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For the past 3 days there have been mass looting, rioting and burning of buildings in the provinces of Gauteng and KwaZulu Natal. …

The team knew to expect dishonesty as they planned the outreach. But they were undeterred.

During this unusual and perhaps fearful, difficult or challenging time of the Coronavirus pandemic, we need daily reminders that we can trust our good and faithful Lord and Savior, no matter what we face. Here’s how three of our partners have seen Him at work, revealing Himself to be more than trustworthy during these unusual times. 

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Riots, Looting and Chaos in South Africa

For the past 3 days there have been mass looting, rioting and burning of buildings in the provinces of Gauteng and KwaZulu Natal. …

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Undeterred: Avoiding the Landmines of the Mission Field

The team knew to expect dishonesty as they planned the outreach. But they were undeterred.

3 stories of His trustworthiness during the pandemic

3 Stories of His Trustworthiness During the Pandemic

During this unusual and perhaps fearful, difficult or challenging time of the Coronavirus pandemic, we need daily reminders that we can trust our good and faithful Lord and Savior, no matter what we face. Here’s how three of our partners have seen Him at work, revealing Himself to be more than trustworthy during these unusual times. 

In this episode, Kent Reisenauer is telling us all about his last trip to South Africa and Zambia.

He’s talking about visiting Johan and Lesley not long after their home burned down, delivering pillowcase dresses and knitted hats from some US churches to remote villages across the Zambezi River, the progress and impact of Eugene Kalunga’s village school, what happened when Eugene put him on the spot to share something with the students at Excellence Christian Academy, and the baptisms of new Zulu believers he got to witness in South Africa.

The day of the Project Christmas Blessing event dawned with dark clouds hanging low over the grassy hills of KwaZulu Natal, South Africa, promising to live up to the ominous weather predicted by the local meteorologists. The government had even issued an announcement that schools must release students early, so they could traverse the dirt paths over the area’s steeply graded hills before the heavy rain and lightning made it too dangerous. But the event could not be rescheduled. It was today or never, so…

In part 2 of this interview with ITMI’s Kelly and Cherise Smith, they’re letting us in on what it’s like sharing the Gospel as “white people” living in an African village, sharing some exciting new places God is taking their ministry, a little about their Thanksgivings in South Africa and why they’re now doing something they thought they wouldn’t do when they first arrived in KwaZulu Natal. 

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On the Spot in Zambia featuring Kent Reisenauer (Podcast Episode)

In this episode, Kent Reisenauer is telling us all about his last trip to South Africa and Zambia.

He’s talking about visiting Johan and Lesley not long after their home burned down, delivering pillowcase dresses and knitted hats from some US churches to remote villages across the Zambezi River, the progress and impact of Eugene Kalunga’s village school, what happened when Eugene put him on the spot to share something with the students at Excellence Christian Academy, and the baptisms of new Zulu believers he got to witness in South Africa.

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How God Intervened to Avert Disaster

The day of the Project Christmas Blessing event dawned with dark clouds hanging low over the grassy hills of KwaZulu Natal, South Africa, promising to live up to the ominous weather predicted by the local meteorologists. The government had even issued an announcement that schools must release students early, so they could traverse the dirt paths over the area’s steeply graded hills before the heavy rain and lightning made it too dangerous. But the event could not be rescheduled. It was today or never, so…

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Sharing the Gospel Among the Zulu featuring Kelly and Cherise Smith (Podcast Episode)

In part 2 of this interview with ITMI’s Kelly and Cherise Smith, they’re letting us in on what it’s like sharing the Gospel as “white people” living in an African village, sharing some exciting new places God is taking their ministry, a little about their Thanksgivings in South Africa and why they’re now doing something they thought they wouldn’t do when they first arrived in KwaZulu Natal. 

THE CONTEXT

According to the CIA's 2019 estimate, South Africa ranked number one in HIV/AIDS related deaths, with about 72,000. South Africa also has the highest reported number of people living with HIV/AIDS, about 7.5 million.

Much of this is related to the Animistic practices that are common among South African tribes.

Because of their commitment to their Animistic witchcraft religious practices, they are widely accepting of the message of Christianity, but few find the courage to renounce Animism all together and confess Jesus as the one and only Lord, particularly if that message comes from a person outside their tribe.

Since the message of the Gospel is exponentially more powerful coming from a fellow member of their tribe, the testimony of Zulu believers is the ideal way to share the Gospel.

 

WHAT YOUR SUPPORT DOES

Proclaim the Gospel

Your support of Fifi allows her to live in KwaZulu Natal, South Africa, creating ways to share the Gospel message with the Zulu people in her community - in the Zulu language - as often as possible. This is done through various outreaches as doors are open and resources are provided.

Demonstrate that Jesus is Lord

Set an example with her life, speech and acts of service what it means for a locally-raised Zulu to follow Jesus as the only Lord and Savior. This is vitally important because most Zulu are accepting of Christians, but unwilling to leave ancestral worship behind to follow Jesus as the one true Lord and Savior.

Community Outreach and Service

With your support, Fifi works hard to serve the elderly and widowed in her community, sharing Jesus while she fills their water jugs, washes their dishes and serves with a cheerful heart.

Serving Widows and the Elderly

Fifi's Children's Ministry

The Chwabasi Bead Shop

Many young women and girls in this area are abused. This can lead to poor choices and difficult situations and single motherhood.

The transportation to the city for work is often more expensive than the possible wages, making it difficult for anyone to support a baby or family.

The Chwabasi Bead Shop is a weekly opportunity for girls in the community who have had to drop out of school to walk to 7 Rivers Farm where they create handmade jewelry made from seeds from the chwabasi plants that grow in abundance on the farm.

Earning income while crafting builds redemptive relationships and leads to Biblical perspective on finances and parenting.

Fifi and making necklaces with a young girl from the community.

 

 

 

HISTORY

Fifi grew up in this Zulu village, so she is uniquely equipped to reach this community with the Good News that Jesus, the Great Healer, wants to walk next to them through their sorrows and joys.

She is also one of few who can demonstrate what it means to make Jesus your Lord and Savior and abandon all others.

When Kelly and Cherise Smith arrived home at 7 Rivers Farm in KwaZulu Natal last June, winter holiday was in full swing for the cluster of three Zulu villages in the area. They’d done – once again – one of the hardest things about being on the mission field. They’d…

In this episode, Kelly and Cherise Smith are sharing what it’s like living among the Zulu tribe in KwaZulu Natal, South Africa. They’re sharing some remarkable things Zulu women and girls do as part of their daily lives, the extents people are going to so they can attend Kelly and Cherise’s monthly “Bible Verse Shop” outreach and a few only-in-africa stories of snake bites, late night labors and extreme runs to the hospital!

Fifi glanced at her friend. She could tell Sandisiwe was fighting tears. Sandisiwe’s explanation tumbled from her lips…

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2 New Doors Opening for the 7 Rivers Team and Why We are Jazzed About Them

When Kelly and Cherise Smith arrived home at 7 Rivers Farm in KwaZulu Natal last June, winter holiday was in full swing for the cluster of three Zulu villages in the area. They’d done – once again – one of the hardest things about being on the mission field. They’d…

Kelly and Cherise Smith, Fifi Smith, South Africa

Life Among the Zulu featuring Kelly and Cherise Smith

In this episode, Kelly and Cherise Smith are sharing what it’s like living among the Zulu tribe in KwaZulu Natal, South Africa. They’re sharing some remarkable things Zulu women and girls do as part of their daily lives, the extents people are going to so they can attend Kelly and Cherise’s monthly “Bible Verse Shop” outreach and a few only-in-africa stories of snake bites, late night labors and extreme runs to the hospital!

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Sandisiwe’s Answer to Prayer

Fifi glanced at her friend. She could tell Sandisiwe was fighting tears. Sandisiwe’s explanation tumbled from her lips…

Sunlight falling from the wide, blue sky above the hills of Zulu Natal, South Africa glinted from the water as it tumbled from the small spigot into the black plastic 5-gallon bucket. The community water source is atop one of the many steep hills that envelope this Zulu settlement. From the high vantage point, the surrounding bubbly terrain stretches to the horizon. Traversing the hills is tough, even for the young.But for the elderly to do it while carrying full buckets of water is…

“When I pass away, I want Mr. Smith to bury me.” It took a great deal of courage for Mrs. Khawula to share this with just one member of her family. Mrs. Khawula’s health was failing. She had HIV. The elderly Zulu woman contracted the deadly virus bathing her daughter each day without gloves.

Fifi Smith, South Africa

What Everyone Ought to Know About Fifi Smith

Sunlight falling from the wide, blue sky above the hills of Zulu Natal, South Africa glinted from the water as it tumbled from the small spigot into the black plastic 5-gallon bucket. The community water source is atop one of the many steep hills that envelope this Zulu settlement. From the high vantage point, the surrounding bubbly terrain stretches to the horizon. Traversing the hills is tough, even for the young.But for the elderly to do it while carrying full buckets of water is…

Fifi Smith, South Africa

Meet Fifi, Our Newest Partner!

“When I pass away, I want Mr. Smith to bury me.” It took a great deal of courage for Mrs. Khawula to share this with just one member of her family. Mrs. Khawula’s health was failing. She had HIV. The elderly Zulu woman contracted the deadly virus bathing her daughter each day without gloves.