Tonight I had dinner with a man who went to an exclusive boys’ high school in Cape Town. I had dinner with a man who is a traditional healer. I had dinner with a woman who is mentally ill. I had dinner with a man who, even though he was quite intoxicated, knew more about the American political election scene than I did. I had dinner with a man who lost his wife four years ago and is addicted to drugs. I had dinner with a thirteen year boy who has never been to school.
On Thursday evenings our family has been going to a local church for a Community Supper for several weeks now. It is quite humbling. This is a time that a good meal is provided and everyone is seen as a person…treated with respect and listened to. Please pray for the street people who need so much – especially Jesus. Pray for the precious children that they will feel loved.
Mako, one of the guys I have been mentoring, brought one of his friends today to our weekly discipleship meeting. I asked his friend, Q, why he was at the meeting today. He said “I want to learn to use the Bible.” I searched in my heart what the Lord would have me say to him, so I asked him if he knew for certain if he would go to heaven when he died. He said, “No, I don’t know for sure.” I told him that this is the first step in knowing how to use the Bible. I shared the gospel with him and Q trusted Christ! I shared with him the need for baptism and finding a church home. We will plan a time when we will go to the beach and he will be baptized. God is amazing how He brings people together! I’m so grateful that the Lord is giving Mako a heart to serve Him and bring others to Christ! Please pray for these young believers.
What would a church with no children look like? Please pray for a baptist church in Cape Town that has plans to involve neighbourhood children in a Christmas pageant. PKBC wants to share the wonderful story of Jesus’ birth with others. The church also wants to see children come on Sundays and throughout the week to worship and learn about God. This month several members are organizing a Christmas Pageant for the children to perform in December. Ask the Father for this project to be a success and that the children will have fun and feel loved at church. Pray that this PKBC will be a church with children.
Nik and Ruth Ripken, veteran missionaries of more than 30 years, have been challenged by the realities of persecution which millions of Christian suffer daily. They will be visiting South Africa in October to share their ministry experience in some of the most persecuted areas of the world. Please pray as they speak in several different churches around the country. The Strandfontein Baptist Church in Cape Town will host them on 18 October. Ask the Father to stir the hearts of those who attend to have their hearts broken over persecuted Christians and learn to reach out to those who don’t know Him.
We have wonderful news today. One of the refugee English students gave birth to a little girl, whom she named Grace. We are thankful for this new life. We ask you pray for her as she was born several months early weighing just over 2 pounds (1kg). She is in a government hospital now. Please pray for Grace to grow strong and grow up to give a testimony about the loving God who brought her into this world and made her strong enough to live.
On the same day that little Grace was born, one of the refugee English students passed away. He was in his early 20s. Al returned home, ate, and then went to bed. He coughed a few times, then died. It was so sudden and surprising. We know he was a believer; therefore, we know he is with the Lord in heaven. I am so glad Al had a testimony about the Lord and lived the joy of the Lord out in his daily life. Please pray for Al’s family in Burundi. Also please lift up the other students in my class and his friends who are all still in shock at the sudden death of this young man. Pray they have the peace only God can give and that He wraps them with His comfort.
Planes, Trains and Automobiles!… The Cape Town Team is on the move. Please ask the Father for safe travel for those of us traveling by plane – some back home from a training and some to the states for family wedding and celebrations. A few of the team members will be driving across the country. Travel is always a challenge. Please pray for safe roads, easy border transition and arrival of luggage.
It is winter time in South Africa. Thousands of refugees and asylum seekers from tropical countries are experiencing cold weather for the first time. They get here and have no jobs, do not know the language, have no place to live, and wonder what they are going to do to provide for their families.
On top of the worries for the necessities such as food, shelter, and clothes, a new one rises to the forefront – warmth. In Cape Town we get winter winds, rains, and storms from the Antarctic. Houses and buildings here are not built with heating and air conditioning systems. Most people buy blankets and plug-in heaters or oil heaters. Refugees do not have the money to do that.
Through individual partners, local and international, and through the Baptist Global Response (BGR), we have been able to provide 134 double size blankets to over 200 refugees and asylum seekers. Besides blankets, they also hear about the love of Jesus.
If you have given to BGR, then you can smile and know that many families will sleep with warm blankets tonight.
Baptist pastors and their church members are getting together to start a new church in the Cape Flats. Research, surveys and prayers are all a part of the beginning of this exciting venture. Recently, an open-aired rally was held near where the new church will worship. Please pray for wisdom, finances and strategy required for a new church plant. Ask the Father for His name to be glorified.
Cape Town Baptist Seminary has a vision to train the head, the heart and the hand. Classes are designed to cover all three of these areas to equip the student for ministry. In the Children’s Ministry track, students take Introduction to Children’s Ministry, Evangelism and Discipleship in Children’s Ministry, Education and Communication in Children’s Ministry, Organization and Administration in Children’s Ministry and Counselling in Children’s Ministry. The seminary year runs from January through November. Pray for one student (B) who is a husband, father of three and pastoring a township church as well as attending seminary full time. He was sharing with his lecturer recently how the Sunday School has grown and children are learning about the Lord. His excitement and enthusiasm was so evident as he shared that what he has learned in the Children’s Ministry track has enabled him to equip and encourage teachers of the children. Pray for B and many other students who meet the challenge to share the Gospel with children and parents in their communities. Pray for the seminary as they train the head, the heart and the hand to equip students for kingdom work.
Christian Youth Leadership camp takes place in Cape Town this week, March 12-15, wrapping up on Sunday, March 24th. We will be inviting the leaders from the schools, parents, campers, and local Baptist churches. FUGE leaders will be working with our CTMET team. We would encourage you to invite your prayer supporters to join us in prayer, as well. The more the merrier, well actually the more will have an opportunity to take part in and see our God be glorified!
“Now glory be to God! By His mighty power at work within us, He is able to accomplish infinitely more than we could ever dare to ask or hope. May He be given glory in the church and in Christ Jesus forever and ever through endless ages. Amen” Ephesians 3:20-21