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Personal Note – August 2018

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Costs will be rising in South Africa over the next year. With the drought and fuel costs, it will restrict the travel plans and outreach. Already, the Gospel 101 Team is feeling the pinch even though I help them with transport. I believe we need a re-think to ensure the successes that have been made, to continue.

Personal

At the moment, Oksana is in Russia. She has been increasingly dissatisfied with living in relative comfort in South Africa, while her son, Jeka, is struggling with various problems in Russia. For the moment, she feels she needs to care for him. I ask for your prayers for them both.

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CBS Update – Riverview Youth

Lately, I have been concentrating on teaching practical Christian ministries with a view to involve every individual in the class (sample attached with this article). Within ten days, the youth at the Congolese church in Riverview organized their own youth workshop last weekend! This was spontaneous and well done on such a short notice. They didn’t involve me or the Gospel 101 Team, concentrating on their friends and neighbors to come along. I had to postpone a meeting on Saturday afternoon after being asked to speak at the opening session.

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The Drought & IDES

Greetings to everyone in the name of Jesus! Summer’s over but there is still plenty of sunshine and heat. For everyone over on your wide of the pond, the big chill is over and spring’s in the air.

The worst drought in living memory has struck the city and the Western Cape Province. We are on severe water restrictions, limited to 10 gallons per person per day for all use. Day Zero was scheduled for April, then May and now perhaps postponed if the winter rains arrive in May/June. The Cape has always been blessed with winter rainfall and everyone has had to learn to do with less. Our African brethren are the worst effected, particularly the IngweCare/TLC children’s ministries. However, with Walt’s help, we are approaching IDES to install huge water tanks for their use. The drought will have serious knock-on effects since crops yields aren’t nearly as fruitful. Increase prices have already bitten.