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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.

Businessmen Being Passionate For Jesus

Businessmen Being Passionate For Jesus


In April a group of 11 business men gave up their precious free time to meet together to learn how to be a disciple who makes disciples. Their free time is so precious to them, yet they were eager and excited to be learning some “tools” on how to better be a witness to those whom they work with, and encounter in their day. They left this Saturday training knowing how to start spiritual conversations which allow them an open door for sharing the Good News of the Gospel. They also learned how to share their testimonies, and how to effectively share the Gospel in a time-sensitive way.

Will you pray for these 11 men? Pray this month that they’d continue to put into practice all that they learned, and pray that much fruit would come from their spiritual conversations.

Prayers for Zululand

Prayers for Zululand

David and Julie share these prayer items!  Pray for the church at Isangoyana.  This is one of the most remote churches that we work with.  The church is small in number with only about 8 women and 10-15 children and youth.  They will be having an evangelistic revival weekend in early July.  We are praying for many to come to salvation.  The church particularly needs to reach the men of the community.  Currently they have no men attending services.

Pray for a volunteer group from Louisiana that will be with us July 17-19 to prayerfully consider the possibility of their church making a long term commitment to help start a new church in the Nongoma area.  The Nongoma area is a vast area that has many small village clusters of population where churches are needed.  Currently we only have one church in the area.  With God’s help, the potential for ministry and church planting in the area is great.

A New Path

A New Path

“I know what this path is I have started to take.  I have known so many who say they are on this path, but they do not remain on it.  They just wander around.  Please pray for me.  I do not want to be like them.  I want to be true to the path that I am walking.  I really need your prayers.”

Just recently, three older men were baptized from Thembalethu Baptist Church in the Xhosa Township of George, South Africa.  “Mr. N”, who spoke the words above, is starting a new path in this new year of 2013.  He faces the same problems and questions of life that most of us do:  “How will I provide for my family?  How can we survive this financial hardship?”  However, Mr. N has been tackling the questions that matter most:  “What about all this sin in my life?  What is my response to the amazing love of God?”

Please pray for Mr. N and for the others as well.  Pray for them to be faithful and true to the path they have begun to walk.  Pray that many more, like Mr. N, will find the narrow path that leads to abundant life in Christ Jesus.  Ask the Lord to mature these men into godly, spiritual leaders of the church; for, you see, after three years of meeting together as a church, Thembalethu Baptist Church has no deacons or elders yet.  Praise God that He is building His church in Thembalethu.