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Public Holiday – Men’s sauna – Ministry of Reconciliation

Public Holiday – Men’s sauna – Ministry of Reconciliation

We have a public holiday on January 16th here in South Africa called the Day of Reconciliation. My husband, Fred, had gone to the gym on this holiday, which is his usual daily routine, and as he was sitting in the sauna, he was practicing his memory verses. A gentleman then walked into the sauna to join him, and asked him what he was saying. He shared that he was reciting Romans chapter 1, which then lead the man to ask, “So…what is your job…and what do you do?”
Fred then paused for a minute, trying to think of the best way to explain that he was a missionary, and then replied to the gentleman, “I am a minister of reconciliation”.
Fred had never before replied with this response, but the Holy Spirit gave him the words to say, and the gentleman then wanted to know what that meant. Here Fred sat, in a sauna, on the Day of Reconciliation, and a man was wanting to know how to be reconciled to God! Fred then shared the good news of the gospel to this man, and that day a new life was born for God’s kingdom!
2 Corinthians 5:17-21 says, “If anyone is in Christ he is a new creation…and God has given us the ministry of reconciliation…Therefore we are ambassadors for Christ!”
God wants to use us in every circumstance of our lives, to be an ambassador for Him, and to help those around us to be reconciled to Him. Please pray for our missionaries living in South Africa – that we’d be faithful ministers of reconciliation. Pray that God would use us in every situation that we may find ourselves…even in the sauna, at the gym.

LOOK CLOSELY!

LOOK CLOSELY!

Look closely at this picture!  Do you see the man in the foreground with bare feet?  This business man, Leon, aged 50, almost died twice this year.   This past February he came down with a very rare bacterial infection which over took his entire body.  He went from a very fit, healthy young man, to one whose life was almost taken from him.  Twice his four girls, ranging in age from 4-18, were called in by their mother to say goodbye to their dad.

Now for some background.  Back in September 2017 this small group of Christians started meeting together in Leon’s home for the purpose of learning how to be a “disciple who makes disciples”.  From September until when Leon got sick, this small group met to learn some “tools” to help them obey the Great Commission from Matthew 28:19-20.  Jesus commands His followers to “Go, and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father, and Son, and Holy Spirit, and teaching them to obey all that I have commanded them…”.  Then in February 2018 Leon got terribly sick, and was in ICU for several weeks.  We stood by his hospital bedside, praying to the Lord to spare his life.  God heard our prayers, and has allowed Leon to slowly recover.  It is now August, and Leon is recovering day by day.  GOD HAS USED THIS ILLNESS TO GET HIS ATTENTION.  Leon and his family (who host this group),have now expressed their desire to make this discipleship group “church”.  We will need a larger meeting place than this living room pictured, and are prayerful for God’s perfect will to be done in this next step.  Will you pray right now for Leon and his family?  Pray for complete healing for his body, and protection over his family.  Please pray for a new location for us to meet, and pray for this body of believers, that much fruit for God’s kingdom will result from this church plant.