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Exciting Times

Exciting Times

Any involvement in ministry has its ups and downs.
In Fort Dauphin, we just wrapped up a week of ups! Sixty brothers and sisters in Christ came together every day this past week to learn under the teachings of a seminary professor and pastor from the States. In the mornings, they studied and discussed Christian Ethics. These sessions included much conversation about cultural influences on a Christian’s life. In the end, the Word of God is the plumb-line. Each afternoon, they looked at God’s grace. What an amazing study with unfathomable reason, but for grace! These individuals represent 25 churches that have been planted in recent years. There was not enough space for all our partners, but these individuals will go back and teach their disciples and congregations what they’ve learned. Pray they will continue to ponder the truths they learned as they teach others and spur one another on. Also, praise God for all he’s done and is going to do in the Antandroy and Antanosy regions!

What Next

What Next

Making disciples is a journey. It takes each believer along a learning curve that is continually ebbing, flowing and growing. The vastness of strategies, ideas, trainings and books that offer suggestions for what’s best can be overwhelming. In the midst of all these amazing ideas and tools, one truth remains, the plumb line, the best strategy, the Word of God. As missionaries and national partners go out proclaiming the gospel and seeking to make disciples it’s important to take many things into consideration including context, reproducibility, longevity and end goal. It’s also just as important to know “what’s next”. Each time a new relationship is formed or a group meets, the missionary or national partner, every believer, should ask themselves, “what’s next?”
In Fort Dauphin and the surrounding bush villages much thought, discussion and planning has gone into this process of making disciples. There is continuing discussion on best practices and consideration for what needs to change. Two years ago a group consisting of the six leaders over Antandroy and Antanosy work met together. Recently, another group of leaders over these same two regions met. This time there were 30 leaders. The gospel is spreading. Disciples are making disciples. Workers and leaders alike are rising up. As you pray for this work to continue, don’t forget to ask yourself, “What’s Next?”

Suspicious Pastor – Barrier to ministry

Suspicious Pastor – Barrier to ministry

Pray for the Mpumalanga Evangelism Team as we try to reach out to a small church in our area.  This church has a pastor who is suspicious and for some reason does not seem to want help.  Pray that the barriers would come down and that there would be a willingness for us to help him.  The church is slowly dying and people are leaving out of frustration.  Pray as we try to meet with Pastor C. to see if we can partner together and reach this community.

Reaching Out in Cape Town

Reaching Out in Cape Town
N C Baptist Church in Cape Town hired its first full-time Pastor at the beginning of this year.  They have been very actively surveying and working in the community to determine the real needs and to get to know the people.  Bible studies have begun.  Children and families have been encouraged to attend church.  Several people have come to know the Lord.  In these 10 months, the church pastor and elders have determined that the greatest need for the community, as stated by 45% of the people spoken with, is to assist the unemployed.  This team from the church has determined that the unemployed of their community come mostly from 14-30 year old.  They met with the Ronnie & Gail, to discuss how to reach this group and help them with their situation.  Mentoring, job-shadowing, camps, career counseling, Bible studies, and emergency assistance were a few ideas shared. 
Please be in prayer for the N C Baptist Church as they organize to reach these people for Christ and as they try to assist them in overcoming their greatest obstacle at this time, unemployment/poverty.  Please pray for all the Cape Town team members who work with them each week.