by Gerhard le Roux
Dear Brothers and Sisters in Christ,
It is with deep gratitude towards our Lord Jesus Christ and towards our brothers and sisters at ITMI that we write this newsletter. We were once again reminded of the fact that the body of Christ functions in unity and that we as Christians do not have to look to Egypt (the world) for our hope and salvation.
When I received the invitation for the 2023 Kwasizabantu Ministers Conference, it came to my heart to invite a certain gentleman from Onseepkans to accompany me. This was confirmed to me when my wife and daughter expressed the same desire.
This gentleman is the chairman of the Onseepkans Roman Catholic Brotherhood of men, and upon inviting him he expressed his desire that the whole brotherhood should go. He then suggested that I contact a mining company in the area for financial assistance to cover the traveling cost.
Initially, I was excited, but over time I was less and less convinced that this was the right route to take. Reluctantly I wrote to the mine, but I received no response. A little more than a week before the conference I wrote again, but again received no reply.
As I considered other options for traveling arrangements, the thought came to me that I should inquire about the price of bus tickets for the six men of the brotherhood and myself. When I received our donations from ITMI in March, it was enough to cover our transport to the conference and back! What also blessed me was that I did not in advance make the need known to ITMI, in fact, only after the conference in a newsletter did ITMI mention the need as a prayer request!
God showed me how upside down I reason about things and that His thoughts are not my thoughts and His ways are not my ways. Here I was, looking for help from those that harvest the minerals from the ground, while failing to trust the One who put the minerals in the ground in the first place! I was humbled by the lesson that God taught me.
Friday morning at 5:00am we started our journey towards Kwazulu Natal and after nearly 24 hours on the bus and 1400km later we arrived in Durban, where we were picked up by a young man from the mission.
On arrival at Kwasizabantu mission we were assigned to a room in the men’s student hostel of Cedar International college, a teachers college on the mission. The men were subjected to an environment where everything was saturated with prayer. They experienced God at work, from feeding the multitudes attending the conference, to the blessing of everything that God is doing on the mission. They partook in a tour to the new Aquelle water factory, the latest of now three factories supplying plain and flavored water throughout South Africa and Namibia.
The conference started on the Monday evening and lasted for the next two days, with four sermons or presentations every day. Apart from breakfast, lunch, and supper, in between the services the mission also provided refreshments. Apart from the spiritual blessings of the messages, the men also witnessed how everybody on the mission worked tirelessly together to serve the thousands that attended. It was clear to all that only God could bring such a miracle about.
Friday evening we started undertaking the long journey home by bus and arrived early Sunday morning at our homes. My heart was full of joy for all the blessings that God had bestowed upon us.
I sincerely want to thank ITMI and its supporters for staying faithful to God and the proclamation of His Kingdom. Sometimes a person just stays faithful to that which God calls him to do, without realizing the extent to which God uses his or her faithfulness.
This is what I witnessed when God provided the funds for the bus tickets through the faithfulness of the supporters of ITMI. We honor you for how you helped to bring these men of Onseepkans in contact with the revival at Kwasizabantu Mission.”