ITMI’s Gerhard le Roux shares what he thinks is the single most important characteristic of a faithful and productive ministry helper – and a time he failed at it.
Friends, there’s no easy way to share this. But we feel like you need to know.
“I have two different infections. One is pseudomonas and the other is MSSA”, Phil texted me after we returned from our India trip. Pastor Phil McKeown went to battle the spiritual blindness in India and Nepal and yet on a physical level, he realistically could have fought his last fight.
“I used to think, ‘All for one and one for all,’ is what village life is all about, right? That the villages are populated by the “noble savage” and lead a connected, unified community life,” says ITMI’s Timothy Keller. But unfortunately, this version of village life may be popular in Hollywood and children’s tales, its simply not what Timothy has found after over a decade of ministry in African villages. “Rural Africa is
Glen Barkhuizen has a unique mission. Glen is in charge of the garden ministry at Moreson Farm, where my family lived and ministered before God called us to Onseepkans.
Maybe you have wondered why we as a mission try to produce vegetables. Why don’t we just buy vegetables from one of the small little local stores in Onseepkans, or in the nearest town?
Gerhard le Roux and four of his kids took their sheep to pasture in the typical way, but what happened next was anything but typical.
Usually during the week of funeral services there is very little mention to where the deceased now finds him or herself. Even those conducting the funeral services are usually unsure about what happens to the deceased after death. Sometimes at these services there will be terrible crying, especially when paying last respects to the deceased at the open coffin. Ouma’s funeral was completely different!
For many of the people from the communities in Northern Cape, South Africa, it is an unreachable dream that their circumstances will ever improve. A better life is for someone else – not them. There’s nothing they can do to change their circumstances.
As you can see from these photos, the kids not only love it, they are focused on their work proud of their accomplishments!