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.
- 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!