October – November 2012
God has continued His great work in Angel’s life. She has been trained by friends who are with Child Evangelism Fellowship, in teaching children, and is using her new skills in her Sunday gatherings at her house.
She has been reaching out to her neighbors, and sharing the gospel, with lots of resistance, as many families are Shembe (another Zulu religion) and don’t want to hear anything about Jesus.
In fact, when one young boy got saved through the soccer ministry, his mother, who is a Shembe follower, forbid him to come to soccer any more. But God is faithful, and through much prayer for the community, this very mother came forward in church and gave her life to Christ. She now attends church with her son, and he is back playing soccer.
We are so excited about the growth of genuine salvations and changes in lives in this community. Knowing God, is offering so much hope to these beautiful people, who seem to struggle in every area of their lives.
Of course, with growth in Christ, often trials come, and our dear Angel, who seems to be everywhere all the time, helping, serving and sharing Christ, had a fall that caused a break in her lower leg.
The doctor said that she needs to be in her cast for 6 weeks without putting any pressure on her leg, and then he will add a boot to it, for another 6 weeks, which she can walk on. This definitely slows Angel down.
It is interesting how God uses situations to teach us new things. Angel still carries on as best as she can, but now, people from the community come to her house, to visit, to help, to clean and to cook.
She is being blessed by the people that she blessed, and she continues to share the hope of Jesus, in her setback. She said that even though it will be hard for a while, “God is still good!!” Angel understands the love of her heavenly Father.
Please continue to pray for Angel, her witness in the community is so powerful, because she is Zulu. Her life story is like those around her, and they see what Christ is doing in her life.
The church here is growing, and we are so grateful for your input. When Angel started the Sunday School for the littler kids, the teens wanted to learn, too.
Bongeka suggested a youth group, and now there is a teen/youth gathering every Friday night at a house in the community. The kids get together, sing, fellowship and share scripture that they have been reading through the week.
In February, we shared the great news that Fifi’s adoption has been finalized. We also asked for special prayer for Bongeka’s adoption because it was looking quite grim. Well, our prayers have been answered and Bo’s adoption was processed at the beginning of this month!
With the finalization of the adoptions, we have been cleared for takeoff! We hope to return for 4 months during Summer 2013. Our last trip back was in 2008.
We have had so much rain lately, that our last church service had to be held at the local sportsfield. We tried to get up the hill in our truck and our 4WD vehicle, andneither was very safe. Nevertheless, the rain held off, as we sang our hearts out to the Lord in the fresh air, and had another solid teaching from Pastor Xolani.
Our little Andile has been blessed with his new home. It was sad to say goodbye to him, but we are so excited for his opportunity to have a family who loves him, and some brothers and sisters his own age.
We have the possibility of acquiring a piece of land in the center of our community. We would be able to build a facility that is in walking distance for everyone that we minister to. It could be used as a meeting place for many of our weekly outreaches, plus a youth center, skills training, etc. There are complications with this, however, and we just ask you to pray for God to pave the way according to His will.
Thank you for your prayer and financial giving to PCB 2012. If you’d like to more information about how you can take part in this year’s outreach or help us promote this event by sharing it with your church or home group, check out the Project Christmas Blessing page with photos, information and a video clip.