Jim and Shirley Neuenschwander as well as Mattie and Dan McLaughlin visited the city this year. It was great to have fellowship and see familiar faces. It was Dan’s first visit to SA to see the work his father and mother have been involved in. they spent two weeks in Cape Town sort of a busman’s holiday, sites seeing but also visiting the children’s ministries, churches and theGospel 101 team. I am sure they call took plenty of photos and videos and can personally share what they saw and experienced. The Neuenschwanders helped the work financially, too, which was greatly appreciated.
Rusty Draper (Zephyrhills, FL) also visited on a short term mission and helped substantially. He has a singing ministry (Southern Country Gospel) which every church and congregation enjoyed immensely. Together with the Gospel 101 Team, we drove to Swellendam (2 hours through the mountains) and ministered to the believers one Sunday morning. Bro Soga, the elder, commented afterwards that he wished Rusty would return in September when it was his birthday so he could sing gospel songs!
Rusty contributed to the new church building which the Christians have been steadily constructing. They were a few courses short of roof height andRusty ensured that they had the necessary bricks to get there. He also donated funds to the Gospel 101 Team and also TLC/Ingwe Care. Rusty was not idle and used his building skills to repair and restore part of the house under the TLC Trust. From South Africa, he left for Kenya to sing and speak at a Christian conference in Nairobi. Our thanks to him for his generosity of spirit and financial help.
Julia Scare informed us regarding Brian de Cook and his ministry. Brian and his family came toSA to conduct a workshop in Pretoria (1000 miles north) and spent a few days in Cape Town fora sightseeing side trip. Sara and I were able to meet with them and share the work of the Mission. We made solid contact and I will be visiting with them during my furlough to see how we can work together. His ministry is called: PeaceFire.
Since October last year, I have been teaching every Thursday evening with Bro Honore and his church in Retreat, about 10 miles away across the city. I met Honore at a Christian fellowship and recognized that he wasn’t local. So I spoke to him in KiSwahili and he was shocked to hear his home language, which no on in SA speaks. I helped him with a few Bibles and the congregation asked me to teach CBS classes as well as minister one Sunday morning per month. They are going through a difficult time.
Also, a small church in Bishop Lavis, where Ntobie’s wife, Sylvie and her daughter attend, asked for Regular CBS classes every Wednesday evening. Read More »
Greetings in Christ! It is good to be present with all of you for this special time of sharing and fellowship. Cape Town is experiencing a severe drought and the projection for winter rains(Jun-Sept) aren’t that positive. We need prayer!
BIBLES FOR AFRICA PROJECT
The stacks of Bibles have slowly been decreasing and only ten boxes of new NIVs are left. Rg remaining boxes of used Bibles and Christian books number about 50. We will run out shortly.
Bro Wallason from Zambia (2000 miles north) came down twice and took about 50 boxes with him to the Christian in southern Zambia. (He ministers to about 200 churches number 65,000 believers.) He is due to visit in June 2017 with his wife and several pastors so I am sure he wants more! Read More »