May 1, 2015

Thank you for all your prayers and emails concerning the robberies on the YWAM base. With 75% unemployment among young black South African men, thievery is far too common.  On a national scale, there has also been increased crime against foreigners pouring into South Africans from neighboring countries in search of employment.  Many lost their lives in the most recent xenophobic attacks.  Some say not much has changed since apartheid ended 21 years ago.  Race relations are tense, and inequality rampant.

We as Christians need to be an example to the rest of South Africa.  Here on the YWAM base, we represent 33 nations.  Just last night we had a worship time when people from each continent were asked to spontaneously worship God in their language and dance.  It was a beautiful sight to see the differing cultures worshipping the one true God!  I don’t know who were louder: the Africans or South Americans!

Alberto has finished his counseling course!  He is happy to be done with the classroom requirements.  These next two months will be spent in practical outreach.  His assignment this past week was to work with 10-14 year old Coloured boys in their neighborhood.  The boys live a bleak existence, and are actively recruited by the gangs.  Alberto has a heart for these kids, to see them stand strong for Jesus in an environment that will test them.  At this time, he is the only one working with the boys, as the rest of his (female) team is working with young girls.

Alberto and I just completed a marriage course, which strengthened our own marriage and gave us the tools to help others with theirs!

Ana celebrated her 18th birthday!  She graduates from high school in October.  She recently participated in her school’s beauty pageant.

Prayer

  • Join us in praying for the crisis in Nepal, and tense racial relations here in South Africa.
  • Please continue to pray for our housing.  The most recent house we applied for (there have been many) seems to be a real possibility!

Contacts

Dec 13, 2013

EVENT REMINDER

Join us on Sunday at 9:45 in the Granary Room at Park Street Church for our second informational session!  We will be sharing our vision for missions in South Africa. You’ll get to watch a video about YWAM, see some photos of South Africa, hear God’s testimony of His faithfulness in our lives, hear what plans we have, and find out how you can partner with us through prayer and finances. Refreshments will be served!  We’ll be done in an hour. Hope to see you there!

For those of you who can’t make it, we would be happy to share the same presentation at your small group or Bible study.  Contact us!

FAMILY PRAYER REQUESTS

  • Sensitivity to God’s Spirit as we seek Him
  • Wisdom in the details as we make plans for our departure
  • More monthly financial pledges to maintain our work in South Africa
  • Opportunities to share with small (and large) groups
  • Mental clarity as Ana and Isaac write exams next week

 

FORMER PRESIDENT NELSON MANDELA DIED LAST WEEK

Nelson Mandela was actively involved in the anti-apartheid movement in South Africa.  He was imprisoned for 27 years, and was later released to became the country’s first black president.  He received the Noble Peace Prize for his work at dismantling apartheid and facilitating the country’s first democratic elections.  He transitioned the country from a small white rule to majority rule.  Because of his leadership and God’s grace, the country did not turn to violence through a civil war.  He is remembered for his advocacy for peace and equality. He died December 5th, at age 95.

Pray for the country as they mourn their hero.  Many are looking for a new hero, and feel disillusioned with the slow change.  This is when the Gospel can shine.  Only Jesus offers lasting hope and forgiveness.   Matthew 11:28 says, “Come to me, all you who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest.”  It is the weary and burdened that break our hearts.  And what an amazing God we serve!  He delights in transforming lives!