This sounds like an unusual title, and an unusual prayer request, but this is exactly what we ask you to do for us. In Exodus 17 the Bible tells of how Joshua and his army were victorious over the Amalekites only when Aaron and Hur supported his hands. When Moses’ hands dropped down, the Israelites would be defeated, but they were victorious when his hands were held up. This is a model for us in prayer. This past weekend, March 10th and 11th, our two families who work in Pretoria (see the two men on the far left and far right) did a very intensive discipleship training at a church in the Durban area. More than 60 people were trained with “tools” in how to be “a disciple who makes disciples”. Luke 10:2 says: “The harvest is plentiful, but the workers are few, PRAY to the Lord of the harvest to send out laborers” – and this is what we need you now to do…PRAY. These individuals have been trained now to go into the harvest with their testimonies and the gospel of Jesus. Will you support their/our hands through prayer? Satan HATES what we do when we teach followers how to share the gospel, and he loves to cause trials or distractions to stop us/others from doing what God has called us to do. PLEASE pray for boldness, courage, and for much fruit to result for God’s kingdom.
Robin shares, “It is always encouraging when you see spiritual growth in those you have been investing your life into. We have a young lady who attends Bible Study who is extremely shy and timid. She finds it difficult to share her faith with others. Recently she was in a local bookstore and a woman began chatting with her. The woman was anxious and concerned over many things in her life. This young believer shared Christ with this woman and then prayed with her in the store aisle as people looked on. What a testimony to how God can transform a shy individual into a courageous warrior!” Please pray for the members involved in Robin’s Tuesday Bible studies to continue to grow in His Truth and to go forth in the power of His Spirit.
We have had an official name change…..DUMA. Formally known as DUET (Durban Urban Evangelism Team), we are now the DUMA team (Durban Urban Metropolitan Area) team. The name change more accurately reflects our geographic makeup and our vision. DUMA is an isiZulu word that means “thunder, noisy, to be well known”. Please pray that we would be “noisy” for Jesus and make Him well known in the Durban Urban Metropolitan Areas.
-Twenty-two people have committed to come to the small group studies offered through Umhanga Baptist Church. Please pray for these students to remain faithful to attend the classes and for them to gain wisdom and insight through their study of God’s Word.
-W continues to train small groups in both Trinity Baptist and El Shaddai Baptist on Tuesday evenings. Pray for W as he prepares for the training, for obedience among those being trained and for God to use His people to bring the gospel to those who need to hear.
-Many of the ladies attending the Tuesday Ladies Bible Study have husbands who are lost. Please pray for the salvation of these husbands and that they may accept the Lord before it is eternally too late.
-R had been sharing with J for several months. When the restaurant where Jun worked closed, they had lost contact. On a recent outing with the family, R happened to see J again. Please thank God for this reconnection and ask Him to renew J’s interest in the Injil (New Testament).
TAN (Transforming a Nation) will host a discipleship round table discussion for workers in KZN on February 26-27 at Westville Baptist Church. Pray that this time of sharing would encourage the participants to implement discipleship principles in their local context. Pray that many would share the gospel and see more come to faith as a result of their attendance.
On February 23rd, a Pastor P, from Cape Town, will be coming to Durban to lead a church planting seminar for local pastors. Pastor P uses T4T principles in his 2000+ member church and has seen remarkable growth. Pray for those who attend to catch a vision for what God can do in their churches.
Petrol in the car…check. Road map…check. National partner…check. Sounds like someone is ready for a trip, right? Only if that trip was in your own city! One of the strategic things Urban Team Leaders are doing this year is mapping out their city. Joined by a national partner, Durban team member, Charles found there to be 22 mosques in just one small section of Durban, South Africa. Pray the people living in this part of the city will hear the Good News and give their lives to the One True God.
With the end of summer vacations here in South Africa, the Sunday school of Compensation Baptist Church will be starting up in full swing. Pray for R as she steps into the role of the lead teacher for the younger children’s class. We praise the Lord that L has stepped up to help with the older children’s class. Ask the Father to work in the lives of these precious children to bring them to faith in His Son.
We ask that you begin praying now for the teams that will be coming from the States in 2013 to minister. Pray that God will begin to work in the hearts of those whom He desires to come and that the work done would be fruitful.
Christmas is currently a public holiday in South Africa. However, that may not be the case for much longer. Recent complaints and requests have been made to the government commission that say the Christian holiday is biased and unfair to other religions that do not have public holidays in South Africa. Pray for the Christian community in South Africa as they face this issue.
Pastors L, A and S are all hoping to see new church plants in the coming year. Pray for wisdom for each of these men. Pray for S and W to have wisdom to know how they can assist and encourage their efforts. Pray for the Lord to open more doors of opportunity for evangelism training as S and W return from the States.