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Meeting At Bavumeleni Children’s Center

July 5th

A meeting was called to discuss new developments at the Childrens Center. Present were Reinaldo and Lorna, Primose and Victor, Godfrey and Euphonia, Doreen and Steve.

1. Lorna Rutter had handed in her resignation at the Kenridge Pre-school in order to develop crafts and concentrate on her skills. She wants to spend time at BCC to encourage the workers and kids.

2. The work has been completed at BCC to enlarge and repair the rooms and facilities. Rooms have been paneled and painted, the driveway has been concreted and an awning installed. It was hard work but well organized by many. Our thanks to all those who pitched in to help.

3. A 40′ Container was donated to BCC by a shipping company and delivered within a week. It was sited across the street from the house and will serve as a storage unit — hopefully, a number of wooden pallets will be donated so that the wood can be used to build shelves. A fence has been erected around the container and the small structure next door.

4. The day care facility, operated by Ephonia and helpers, was closed by the local authority. Two other centers nearby were also closed because of the deaths of two children. The inspectors were happy with the new facilities at BCC and had no complaints but decided to close down all day care centers in the area for safety. It isn’t known when the local authority will approve of re-opening them.

5. Godfrey and Euphonia will be relocating to Secunda in the northern Transvaal (Mpumalanga Province). Godfrey was offered a permanent position there plus a post in a church. It will mean a better financial base for them and Faith. They intend to leave during the latter half of July.

6. Since many feeding schemes have sprung up in the nearby areas, there are less children visiting BCC. However, there are more adults in desperate straits who have come for food, too.

7. Marty and Lorna want to concentrate on developing skills in crafts, computer literacy and spiritual teaching at BCC — all of which are needed. (There is now a secure room where Marty can set up the computers.)

Another meeting will be held during August to assess these new developments and make plans accordingly.

Steve Zimmerman

A Day Of Relaxation

It’s a small village along the southern coastline of the Western Cape in South Africa called Kleinmond. Capetownians drive the 90 minutes and rent a small cottage or cabin to spend a pleasant weekend near the warm Indian Ocean. Fishermen in particular like the rocky bluffs right at the sea’s edge to toss out their lines and enjoy the heady ocean air.

Steve had an impromptu birthday celebration there. Reinaldo and Lorna Rutter, co-workers at the children’s center (Bavumeleni) and Andre and Dawn Hildebrand from the Tuesday night Cape Bible Seminary class, rented a cottage. Steve came along and spent a day with them.A birthday wouldn’t be a birthday without a cake. But this time, there wasn’t one. So, Lorna and Dawn did the best they could with a large flat chocolate sponge cake. It was a time for laughter and levity.A long walk along the beach near the cliffs and rocks keeps the heart pumping and brings an appreciation of God’s great creation. At one part, there were so many discarded mussel shells that it filled the picture frame.It is important for people to have a time of relaxation. Christians, in particular, need to be able to step back from their endeavors and allow their minds to have fun, laugh and enjoy fellowship with one another.This was one such occasion.

It’s a small village along the southern coastline of the Western Cape in South Africa called Kleinmond. Capetownians drive the 90 minutes and rent a small cottage or cabin to spend a pleasant weekend near the warm Indian Ocean. Fishermen in particular like the rocky bluffs right at the sea’s edge to toss out their lines and enjoy the heady ocean air.

Steve had an impromptu birthday celebration there. Reinaldo and Lorna Rutter, co-workers at the children’s center (Bavumeleni) and Andre and Dawn Hildebrand from the Tuesday night Cape Bible Seminary class, rented a cottage. Steve came along and spent a day with them.

A birthday wouldn’t be a birthday without a cake. But this time, there wasn’t one. So, Lorna and Dawn did the best they could with a large flat chocolate sponge cake. It was a time for laughter and levity.

A long walk along the beach near the cliffs and rocks keeps the heart pumping and brings an appreciation of God’s great creation. At one part, there were so many discarded mussel shells that it filled the picture frame.

It is important for people to have a time of relaxation. Christians, in particular, need to be able to step back from their endeavors and allow their minds to have fun, laugh and enjoy fellowship with one another.

This was one such occasion.

Friday’s

“Love is forever…” I Cor 13:8 (Simple English Bible)

I recently read a horrific statistic, whether it is actually true or not, I don’t know. It was concerning the divorce rate in South Africa, which supposedly stands at 50%. Half of all marriages end in divorce? Could this possibly be true? I have no idea but it certainly seems to be leaning that way. I often wonder about a couple standing before a minister, taking their vows before God. They promise each other to love and cherish no matter what. Somewhere, between that time and the divorce, something ran off the rails.

Yet, we read in Paul’s letter to the Christians in Corinth that God’s love lasts forever! That means, from the time we accepted Christ and obeyed the gospel in the waters of baptism, until this very moment, the love of God covers our lives. And it will do so tomorrow. Next week. Next year and the next hundred years if the Lord tarries. In fact, God’s love will last right through the temporal into eternity.

Human love might fail. Promises we make to one another might fail. Human wisdom might fail us.

Only God’s love is forever.

And ever.

And ever.

And ever…

Steve