Spiritual Insights is Expanding to a Second Continent

Spiritual Insights for Everyday Life has been international in outlook and outreach right from its beginning seven years ago in September, 2012. Not only have we covered people and stories from many countries around the world, but we have had visitors from almost every nation in the world.

Here are the top ten countries and regions from which our readers come:

  1. United States (over half of the total visits)
  2. United Kingdom
  3. Canada
  4. India
  5. South Africa
  6. Australia
  7. Philippines
  8. European Union
  9. Nigeria
  10. Singapore

Now Spiritual Insights itself is going international!

As we have mentioned previously (see: “If the Second Coming has Already Happened, When do Things Start Getting Better?”) Annette and I have visited South Africa several times in the past year. During these trips we have visited with our Swedenborgian brothers and sisters in The New Church of Southern Africa (NCSA), who have warmly and enthusiastically welcomed us.

These visits have not just been social. For several years now Annette and I have been contemplating making a big move in our life. I received a welcome invitation from Bishop M.E.J. Montsho, Principal of Mooki Memorial College (MMC), the theological seminary of the NCSA, to join its faculty—an invitation that was affirmed by the Rt. Rev. L.B. Ngwexane, Archbishop of the NCSA. In conversation with Annette, I gladly accepted the invitation.

Since then we have been busily preparing for our big move. It has not been easy! We are pleased to announce that on Wednesday, January 22, we will leave our beloved home in Cheyenne, Wyoming, and travel to Orlando East, Soweto, Johannesburg so that I can take up my new post as Program Coordinator and Lecturer at MMC.

Lee Woofenden teaching a class attended by seminarians and a fellow faculty member

Lee teaching a class for seminarians at a South African retreat center

Our American home will remain in Wyoming, U.S.A. However, we will also operate from our new base in Soweto, South Africa.

During our move we will not be able to fully attend to the comments and maintenance of Spiritual Insights for Everyday Life. However, once we settle in, we plan to resume posting new articles here regularly.

We hope and pray that this new international basis of Spiritual Insights will serve you, our international readership, even better in the coming years.

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Lee Woofenden is an ordained minister, writer, editor, translator, and teacher. He enjoys taking spiritual insights from the Bible and the writings of Emanuel Swedenborg and putting them into plain English as guides for everyday life.

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16 comments on “Spiritual Insights is Expanding to a Second Continent
  1. Aruthra says:

    I’m SO HAPPY to hear this sir. You have helped me and many a lot and shared your deeper understanding and analysis of the treasures in Bible. Thank you for everything. God will bless you and your family for the work you’re doing. Love from India😊🙏❤️

    • Lee says:

      Hi Aruthra,

      Thank you so much for your support and your kind words. It is truly a joy for us to serve you and so many other people from all around the world!

  2. Alan E French says:

    Dear Lee and Annette,
    I really love your articles Lee. I have read many of them, but (fortunately) still have many to go. You are very insightful and have an easy, understandable writing style. Have learned much from you and virtually all of it resonates with me. Your article on homosexuality in particular, was a real blessing as we have a family member who is gay and I have been very worried about his salvation. Not so much now – thank you.
    I wish you and Annette much happiness and fulfilment in this new (and major) undertaking.
    Godspeed,
    Alan
    PS: You couldn’t have moved much further from Wyoming…

    • Lee says:

      Hi Alan,

      Thanks for your good thoughts and well-wishes. I’m glad you’re finding the articles here enjoyable and helpful. We’re all human beings here on this earth, beloved by God. We’re meant to love one another as well.

      And yes, South Africa is about as far away from Wyoming as you can get and still be on land! However, the geography in central South Africa is actually fairly similar to that of eastern Wyoming: open countryside and relatively sparse vegetation in a high semi-arid mix of plains and mountains. Of course, it’s considerably warmer in South Africa, but in many ways we’ll feel right at home.

  3. Rod says:

    That’s awesome! Congratulations to both of you! I wish you all the best and I’ll be praying for you. May this new chapter of your life be full of blessings and may everything that you guys do be successful! I’m not from South Africa, I’m Brazilian, but I also send my best wishes to the Swedenborgian communities in South Africa, as well as to the country and the continent as a whole. And of course, I look forward to new content on this wonderful website, which is a blessing in the lives of many people in many different places, including me. God bless you all!

    • Lee says:

      Hi Rod,

      Thanks so much! We really appreciate your support and your prayers. We get fewer visitors from South America than from the other major inhabited continents. That makes it all the more enjoyable to hear from a friend in Brazil.

  4. Forrest Dristy says:

    This is exciting news, Lee. I hope you enjoy your work at MMC. It will be a wonderful new opportunity for you and Annette. Please tell us about the new church in South Africa. I am looking forward to following your blog. Forrest

    • Lee says:

      Hi Forrest,

      Good to hear from you, and thanks for your good words. We’ll have to think of a way to send out news of our activities in the New Church of Southern Africa for people who are interested. The church is struggling there as it is everywhere around the world, but we believe there is a lot of upward potential in the new South Africa.

  5. teboho job says:

    Hi Rev lee

    I’m so happy to hear that you are on the way back to south Africa especially to mmc as we start to attend the 1st session next month can’t wait to see you soon have a safe trip and God bless

    • Lee says:

      Hi teboho job,

      Thanks for stopping by. It’s good to hear from you! Annette and I are very much looking forward to seeing you again, and meeting the new students. We fly out today (Wednesday), and arrive in South Africa on Friday. See you soon!

  6. Chad says:

    Congratulations on the expansion, Lee! Best of luck in this new endeavor and all the future ones to come!

    God Bless,

    Chad

  7. Leeanne says:

    Best wishes from Australia. Your site has helped me a great deal since my teenaged son’s death from suicide in March 2019. My spiritual search for comfort brought me here and I hope to read Swedenborg’s books. Having been badly let down by Churches, I’m finally feeling some truth being revealed. God bless you both and please don’t abandon this blog.

    • Lee says:

      Hi Leeanne,

      Thanks for stopping by, and for your kind words. I’m so sorry to hear about your son’s death. And glad to hear that our site has helped you in its aftermath. Please let me know if you have any particular thoughts or questions. We will indeed be posting new articles as things settle down in our new home, and as the world emerges from coronavirus. Meanwhile, our thoughts and prayers are with you.

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