2004

DATELINE CAPE TOWN 2004

The New Year begins with the best possible outcome — two young Xhosa women give their hearts and lives to Jesus! During a very hot week, Steve Zimmerman and Thompson Ntobie traveled to Swellendam to conduct Cape Bible Seminary classes. During the summer season, classes are not well attended because most Africans take the four week long factory and construction closures to visit their homelands and only return mid-January. Despite the lack of students, the brethren in Swellendam called for Cape Bible Seminary classes. There were young men and women who hadn’t taken a vacation break.

Thompson taught in Xhosa and Steve in English. To their surprise, two young women came forward in the middle of the class to acknowledge Christ as their Savior. For the African people in general, if a call is made or an invitation issued, those who wish to respond do so right away. Thompson called one of the elders of the church to take their confession of faith.

That Sunday, the entire congregation went down to the river and the two women were baptised into their Lord. As is their custom, the church rejoiced by welcoming them into the fellowship of faith.

Can there be a better fitting to the beginning of a New Year?

Pictures: SW Converts — new sisters in Christ, Mary and Margaret, stand before the Lord’s Table to be welcomed into the church.

SW SS room — after the services, a supper is prepared for the elders and teachers. Bro Leslie is serving the pop. From left to right: Bro Mungo (elder), Thompson Ntobie, Bro Joshua (elder) and a deacon.

DATELINE CAPE TOWN 2004

Steve Zimmerman received a few e-mails asking about the Container ship, the Sealand Express.

It broke its anchors and drifted onto the sand during a week long series of fierce Cape storms. Despite the repeated warnings from the Harbormaster, the ship’s Captain ignored the advice to set out additional anchors. The vessel ground high up on the beach and remained there after many attempts to pull her off. Eventually, after many weeks of trying different schemes, a diamond dredger was hired and shipped down from the Namibian diamond seabed diggings. It had to dredge a deep channel a half a mile from the beach into the ocean under the stern. It took two days of careful wedging back and forth to ease the Sealand Express off the sandbank. Two of the largest salvage tugs in the world, the “Wolraad Woltemade” and the “John Ross”, were used to power it back into the ocean.

Aside from minor damage to the keel, the vessel was relatively undamaged.

DATELINE INDIANA —

I was advised this morning that there was a fire in Jeff Cook’s storeroom! The Bibles that are supposed to be shipped were in the next room but escaped undamaged.

Steve

It began with a simple comment. Steve Zimmerman was seated next to Jeff Cook during lunch after preaching at Stroh (Indiana). Jeff showed Steve a New Testament which was a special edition printed for the year 2000. He asked Steve if these could be used in South Africa — Steve replied, “I could use a ton of these!”

The church at Stroh decided to take Steve at his word and the last Sunday evening Steve was in the States, they invited him for a special meeting. There were cases of New Testaments stacked near the front of the auditorium and presented to Steve for the African Christians and their goal was to order a ton of them! It was an extremely joyous and emotional presentation. These New Testaments were readied to be sent in a Land/Sea Container to Cape Town.

While other Bibles, books and Christian materials were being gathered to fill the 20′ Container, the New Testaments were stored at Jeff Cook’s store. (His operates a Christian bookstore.) Just a few days ago, there was a fire in the store next to Jeff’s! But, praise be to Almightly God, the†cases†of New Testaments, so carefully prepared, were untouched! The shipment will go ahead as planned during the next week.

God works in His way at His times. It has been eighteen months since the Container Project was planned and is now in the final stages of completion. God’s grace has ensured that the shipment will arrive in South Africa very shortly. We can only praise His wonderful name and†give our thanks through His Son, Jesus.†

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The New Year begins with the best possible outcome — two young Xhosa women give their hearts and lives to Jesus! During a very hot week, Steve Zimmerman and Thompson Ntobie traveled to Swellendam to conduct Cape Bible Seminary classes. During the summer season, classes are not well attended because most Africans take the four week long factory and construction closures to visit their homelands and only return mid-January. Despite the lack of students, the brethren in Swellendam called for Cape Bible Seminary classes. There were young men and women who hadn’t taken a vacation break.

Thompson taught in Xhosa and Steve in English. To their surprise, two young women came forward in the middle of the class to acknowledge Christ as their Savior. For the African people in general, if a call is made or an invitation issued, those who wish to respond do so right away. Thompson called one of the elders of the church to take their confession of faith.

That Sunday, the entire congregation went down to the river and the two women were baptised into their Lord. As is their custom, the church rejoiced by welcoming them into the fellowship of faith.

Can there be a better fitting to the beginning of a New Year?

Pictures: Converts — new sisters in Christ, Mary and Margaret, stand before the Lord’s Table to be welcomed into the church.

SS room — after the services, a supper is prepared for the elders and teachers. Bro Leslie is serving the pop. From left to right: Bro Mungo (elder), Thompson Ntobie, Bro Joshua (elder) and a deacon.