Humbled and Grateful

Fundraising. Fundraising has not always been an easy word to swallow for us. However, as we have stepped into it, and shared our hearts for the people of South Africa with our loved ones, we can clearly see God working in it. We are humbled and grateful.

Since we leave shortly (in almost one month to be exact) we have been focusing on fundraising quite a bit lately. One of the highlights of it has been having so many friends and family step forward that are truly invested in bringing hope to South Africa. We cannot tell you what it does for our hearts to have those we love onboard with this work. You are each just as much a part of it as we are. The genuine questions, conversations, and time spent has been refreshing.

We have received generous donations, and are well on our way to being funded. However, we have not reached our goal yet. The beauty of this is that we are getting to see up close and personal what it means for God to be our provider. We have what we need for today (and even several months ahead), and we are trusting that beyond that He has a plan. He clearly called us to serve the people of South Africa, so we are fully believing He will see that it is funded. Meditating on certain scripture that highlights God knowing our needs, and meeting them, has brought us a lot of peace.

31 So do not worry, saying, ‘What shall we eat?’ or ‘What shall we drink?’ or ‘What shall we wear?’ 32 For the pagans run after all these things, and your heavenly Father knows that you need them. 33 But seek first his kingdom and his righteousness, and all these things will be given to you as well. Matthew 6:31-33

We had the chance to have a fundraiser at Old Hickory Country Club a couple weeks ago. THANK YOU to everyone who came out!! Seeing all of your faces there was such an encouragement to us. It was a really hot and humid Saturday, but we all still managed to have some fun. Several of the kids won t-shirts for answering some South African trivia. Also, THANK YOU to all of those who couldn’t make it and sent us prayers, words of encouragement and donations. It’s truly you guys that are making this all possible. Here’s a few pictures from our fundraiser:

Dustin getting to meet Evelyn Blackburn for the very first time!

The Clark kiddos/trivia Champions

sweet Stephens who drove all of the way from Knoxville to support us!

Landon made his Nashville debut!! Thank you for driving all of that way to let us meet him, Johnsie and Bryan!

During our last month in the States we are continuing to fundraise, and are hoping to see everyone! So, let us know when you are free!! Email us: or

With all of this being said, if you feel led to support our work in South Africa there are a few ways to do it:

*All donations are tax deductible.


  1. Send a check:

*All checks can be made out to Brentwood Baptist Church.

*In the memo write: Denning Support

*Mail check to: 2113 Lake Shore Dr, Old Hickory, TN 37138


  1. Give Online: At the top of this blog click on “Partner with us.” A box will appear for donations, click on it. This will take you to the page where you can enter the donation information.


Thank you for taking the time to read this update! We hope to see you soon J

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