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Qwa Qwa Newsletter March 2014

April 5, 2014

Incorporating “THE MUSTARD SEED

Using SCRIPTURE UNION materials and programmes

Qwa Qwa Newsletter

March 2014.

“The Spirit of the Lord God is upon me, because the Lord has anointed me to preach good news to the poor. He has sent me to bind up the broken-hearted”
Isaiah 61:1.

So many people in Qwa Qwa carry deep hurts in their hearts due to sin and the hurt inflicted upon them by others. The good news is that Jesus, through his blood shedding on the cross is able to heal these very deep and unseen wounds in people’s lives. His invitation of Matthew 11:28 still stands:

“Come to me, all who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest.”

During March we were greatly blessed by a visit by Janet Barlin. Janet is a member of the Acts 2:42 Network. She ministered on healing of the heart and body, and deliverance from the power satan and of self condemnation. Janet also spoke some very pertinent “WORDS” over certain people. She also spent time with Julia and ministered to her and was also able to minister to some young people in their homes. Some people were healed physically. A number received emotional healing from past abuse and failures, while others were delivered from self condemnation because of past mistakes and sin.

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SPECIAL THANK YOU – To Janet for taking the time to minister to the broken people of Mabolela, Qwa Qwa.

Midweek Bible Studies.
Eight to eleven teenagers gather at our home most Wednesday evenings to study the Bible. The Lord showed a way whereby the truths taught could be cemented into the lives of these young people. We are busy with a series of twenty one studies on “What the Bible Teaches.” The difference is that with the notes on the teachings comes a fairly comprehensive test on the notes, and the Bible verses, that has to be done at home and handed in the following week. After every seven courses are completed the there will be an exam on those seven studies followed by a final exam at the completion of the course. Some of the courses covered so far are: “The Bible is the Word of God”, “God”, “Man and satan”, “the Cross”, “The Blood of Christ.” Home work is not compulsory, yet most of them are keen to do it. The papers are marked and handed back to the students with comments and all the correct answers supplied. God is raising up Christian workers from this group.

The Mustard Seed.
The highlights at the Mustard Seed this month were the ”Passion Play”, performed by some of the children for the other children, and a braai where some of the children did the preparation and cooking. The children also did a drama at the Sunday morning service during Janet’s visit.

2014_21“It is truly not by might nor by power, but only through the precious, faithful Holy Spirit, that the Mustard Seed continues to flourish,” writes Julia. She continues, “He leads, I follow. He is the vine, I am the branch. I could not be anything else but his servant. Faced on a daily basis with illness, traumas and little souls that need so much, it is truly impossible to do this work without the Holy Spirit. So, in this month of lent, I lift up, and give our victorious, overcoming, compassionate Christ all the glory. Glory of producing young disciples and evangelists from raw material; glory for providing when we are on our last potato; glory for his love that never lets any of us down. Thank you Holy Spirit for your supernatural work.”

Future Events
31 st March – 4 th April we will be running another Holiday Bible Club. If you are able to donate anything toward the HBC we will be very grateful as we are short of finance for this HBC.

Please pray that God will guide us as we prepare for the Easter weekend, and that as well as the right speakers, he will give us the right venue for the Easter meetings.

Thank you for praying for us. We need your pray support. At present I am very tired and irritable, but he renews my strength, and his grace is sufficient for me. We appreciate you, as well as the fact that you are praying for us.

Thank you too for your financial support as well. It means a lot to us that we have faithful backers who believe in us and what we are doing.

Thank you all for taking the time to read this newsletter.

God bless you all. Love in Jesus
Reg & Cynthia Schafer, and Julia O Connell.


Qwa Qwa Newsletter February 2014

March 4, 2014

Incorporating “THE MUSTARD SEED

Using SCRIPTURE UNION materials and programmes

Qwa Qwa Newsletter

February 2014.

On this mountain he will destroy the shroud that enfolds all people, the sheet that covers all nations
He will swallow up death forever. The Sovereign Lord will wipe away tears from all faces.
Isaiah 25:7 – 8a.

This is a verse that the Lord has laid upon my heart for this year. Jesus, through his death on the cross fulfilled this promise, he has triumphed over the devil, who blinds the eyes of unbelievers, and he destroys the sheet the devil has thrown over all people. What the Lord has shown us is that there is a deep darkness over the people, and that here in Qwa Qwa, the devil still holds the shroud over the people, through ancestral worship, witchcraft and traditional African religion. The other thing he has shown us is that we have to wrestle with God until he destroys that shroud and breaks through the darkness that enfolds the people of Qwa Qwa. We need to do this with the attitude of Jacob when he wrestled with God at Peniel, saying, “I will not let you go unless you bless me.” Exodus 32:26. This breakthrough can only come through the power of the Holy Spirit working through the anointed Word of God.

The unfolding of your words gives life; it imparts understanding to the simple. Psalm 119:130.

Sun Rising over Qwa Qwa.

Sun Rising over Qwa Qwa

Please pray that a new day will dawn in Qwa Qwa. That the Son of God will rise with healing in his wings and shine the light of his word into the hearts of the people in the power of the Holy Spirit.

Pray this prayer with us (words of a chorus):
Shine Jesus shine, fill Qwa Qwa with the Fathers glory; Blaze Spirit blaze, set our hearts on fire; Flow river flow, flood Qwa Qwa with the Fathers glory; Send forth your word Lord, and let there be light.

Pray that God who said “Let light shine out of darkness” will shine in our hearts to give the light of the knowledge of the glory of God in the face of Jesus Christ.

The Mustard Seed
Julia writes from The Mustard Seed: “A very busy month as His angels enter the gates of the Mustard Seed daily with praise and thanksgiving in their little hearts. By his grace has this home become a piece of heaven amongst the crime, angst and poverty. Fulfilling the Fathers vision for 2014, and providing the means to introduce the real Jesus to this dark, and depressed people led me to show the Jesus movie to a group of 10 to 12 year olds.


Intermittently during the movie six children had to be led to the kitchen as they were overcome by frantic, heartfelt sobbing. I sat with them during this Holy Spirit hour. There were no words to say, just the sure knowledge that his precious Spirit was ministering to their pain. They had empathised with the lashings Jesus received and it had touched their inmost core. Yes, six souls had met the real Christ. The greatest miracle known to mankind took place that rainy afternoon. Christ Jesus is looking after his precious little vessels in the physical realm as well. They now look like the Kings kids as they proudly wear, decent, recently donated clothing. After homework and Bible club the Kings kids play with unfamiliar, educational games blessed to them by a ladies church group. Life is changing and evolving positively for his oppressed and poor children.


They are being raised up to empower and inspire future converts. The Mustard Seed, under his anointing is producing little David’s to fight the Goliath’s of Qwa Qwa. The Holy Spirit is powerful, relevant and is amongst us. I can only stand and watch in amazement at his workings. No one is beyond his power. From a hardened, smart talking ex convict living nearby, to the youngest most vulnerable child, he is doing his work. I must just be faithful and alert. He does it all, In his way and in his time. Thank you for your prayers in this harvest field. May he continue to bring hope to the hopeless, love to the loveless, and bind up the broken hearted with his good news.

Food Parcel Distribution: These are two of the homes we delivered food to. They are in the village of Phomolong.

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Phomolong is a very poor area. The houses are constructed of mud or corrugated sheeting. Very few people in this village are employed. They rely on state grants and the good will of others. In February six households from this village were supplied with food. In all thirty three households received food parcels with eighty people benefiting. Some of these are child headed homes and many of those benefiting are orphans. We are all very grateful to The His Place Church for funding this project. Thank you for your generosity and for helping many desperate people, and giving them some hope in life. May the Lord continue to prosper you as you serve him in spreading the gospel.

The Warfare we are Waging.
Through the slaughtering of cows and sheep at and after funerals, the drunkenness, and the sexual immorality all around us, we are constantly reminded of the warfare we are waging. The people are so steeped in ancestral worship and its attendant evils that only a radical change of heart and mind set will cause change. Only a new birth through the power of the Holy Spirit can cause such radical change. We cry to God for a MIGHTY WORK of the HOLY SPIRIT. We cry for REVIVAL.


Pray with us that we may have the victory over satan and his minions through our Lord Jesus Christ. “They overcame him by the BLOOD of the LAMB and by the WORD of their TESTIMONY.”

Future Events
28th March – General church meeting to approve the Mabolela church constitution and to elect deacons. This could be a tricky meeting.

31st March – 4th April we will be running another Holiday Bible Club. If you are able to donate anything toward the HBC we will be very grateful as we are short of finance for this HBC.

Please pray that God will guide us as we prepare for the Easter weekend, and that God will help us get the geust speakers he would like to minister over this week end.

Please pray for each of these events. Pray that God will move in power and challenge the people to change their ways and grow up in Christ.

To those of you who PRAY for us and for the work here, we say, “Thank you very much.” Through our combined prayers, i.e. your prayers and the prayers of us here in Qwa Qwa, we WILL OVERCOME the evil one, his wicked schemes and the obstacles he places in our way. Thank you!

Thanks too, to those who support us and, the work financially. You play a vital role in this work and in our lives. We thank you!

Thank you all for taking the time to read this newsletter.

As we together walk forward into the future, with its challenges, in full assurance of faith and confidence in him in whom we have believed, let us each, put our hand into the HAND of the LIVING GOD, not looking back, but looking unto JESUS, so that, in Him, we may fulfil God’s calling on our lives.

God bless you all. Love in Jesus
Reg & Cynthia Schafer, and Julia O Connell.


Qwa Qwa Newsletter December 2013 – January 2014

February 7, 2014

Incorporating “THE MUSTARD SEED”

Using SRRIPTURE UNION materials and programmes


December 2013/January 2014

Christmas is usually family time but here in Qwa Qwa we have family plus many Church and children’s activities.

December 2013 Holiday Bible Club


Rain washed out play. Instead of cancelling we went in doors. The large lounge at Keta House.

A study of the different age groups at an HBC. Toddlers to high school children.


The HBC was well attended by both children and leaders and we thank the Lord that the Good News went out into the community. 91 children either committed or recommitted their lives to the Lord. His Kingdom is truly growing to the praise of His Name. Life Skills values were shared with the children as well and our grateful thanks go to Scripture Union for raising funds to help us feed the children every day.

Out doors at last.

Group games under the overshadowing mountains. The older children enjoying a game. The younger children have their own group games.


The Blessing of God

The Mustard Seed was really blessed with 60 pairs of school shoes and 60 packs of stationery for the orphans just before Christmas. A very big thank you to Ronnie Human who organised all this through Bata and Spar.

Julia writes: “As 2014 commences, we at the Mustard Seed, reflect on 2013. We did well and served the Lord with verve and passion. We held 800 Bible studies and Scripture Union classes. The Jesus movie was shown to quite a few young men. 65 children received blankets in April. 90 children received school shoes and 60 children received stationery for the 2014 school year. Lives were touched and seeds were planted. In 2014, under the leading of the Holy Spirit we desire to impact human lives for King Jesus in introducing them to the Living, simplified Lord Jesus. The suffering of Mabolela will be visited, counselled and led to the Friend that sticks closer than a brother. Orphaned and vulnerable children will be loved, hugged and taught about King Jesus. Our first narrative, about the working and effect of the Jesus movie, has been accepted by the distributors of this gospel aid. We are driven and determined that the love Christ has bestowed upon us, will be shared with his people. This will be the year of communicating Christ’s good news.

Special Meetings

We hired a tent, pitched it in a garden in the village for 3 days of special impact meetings over the Christmas period, ending with a morning Christmas Day service. These were really enjoyed by the church and the community and we used the same tent again for the Sunday service on 29th December and an all night prayer time on New Year’s eve.

As a church we are overflowing in the school classroom on Sundays and really need a bigger venue for both church and Sunday school.

One Day Bible Club – January 2014

Dawn Presenting a Jungle Doctor Story




In early January we had a few days visit from “old” friends from our Bible College days who took part in this one day HBC on the open field near the village. The weather was kind to us. Reg taught the group a new game that had the children running all across the open field. Dawn shared the Good News concerning Jesus, through a few Jungle Doctor stories. Thank you, Reg and Dawn Friend, for your encouraging visit and for sharing in our labour for the Lord here in Qwa Qwa.


Our poor Golf has had to have another sump replacement due to these bad roads around here and we are looking to the Lord for a 4 x 4 vehicle or at least one that is higher off the ground to use here. Please pray with us along these lines. Thank you.

God bless you all. Love in Jesus

Reg & Cynthia Schafer, and Julia O’Connell.


Qwa Qwa Newsletter October – November 2013

December 8, 2013

Incorporating “THE MUSTARD SEED”

Using SRRIPTURE UNION materials and programmes


October – November 2013

In the Bird “world” the males are often beautifully coloured and the females plain. But in Mabolela and the surrounding villages our ladies are beautiful, with loving hearts and kind deeds. We have enjoyed some inspiring meetings with song and teaching from the Bible by our good friends Dikeledi and her prayer partner. We look forward to watching the Jesus’ movie in Sotho at our next meeting at Julia’s home.

Ladies Meetings


Julia reports from The Mustard Seed Haven. Jesus says, we are his sheep, we belong to him. His Haven has experienced this lately. His sheep from different corners of the earth, have been touched by his Holy Spirit, to help care for his little lambs. Every little angel, who attends our homework and Bible sessions at the Mustard Seed, has been sponsored with a pair of top quality school shoes, and a stationary pack for next year. Our smaller angels will be blessed with either clothing or a toy, for Christmas. His lambs will see the glory of God. There are even extra shoes for any needy orphan we may encounter in the village. Jesus, through his people, has provided far more than we could ever imagine. Praise God for his goodness, and thank you to those who have worked so hard and tirelessly to make this happen.


Children at the Mustard Seed.


Julia has also been running the Scripture Union Life Skill at the Mustard Seed Haven. The children are very keen to learn and are keen to answer the questions in the book. The need is great. Children of eleven and twelve years old are already sexually active. However our God is the God of SECOND CHANCES and NEW BEGINNINGS. In the house there is only one small table at which some of the older girls work, the rest work on the concrete floor. Not very comfortable in the long, cold winter months. There is a desperate need of tables and chairs.


Martha, of SU Gauteng, spent three days with the children to consolidate what has already been taught. The children responded very well to her and some of them were deeply challenged to change their ways.


The children are looking forward to the HOLIDAY BIBLE CLUB from 9th – 13th December during which we will introduce more of the Lifeskills teachings as well as the Good News of the Gospel of Jesus. We are planning to givethe children a cooked meal at the conclusion of each day if sufficient funds come in for the HBC. Please pray with us that we will be able to supply their needs as most of them are undernourished. At the moment there is very little money in this account.

Prayer Requests
Pray for a spiritual breakthrough in the lives of the children who are bound by the darkness of tradition and culture.
Pray that the children and teenagers will overcome the power of sexual immorality.
Pray for a spiritual breakthrough in the people of Qwa Qwa who are bound by fear, ancestral worship and witch craft.
Pray for financial breakthrough for us personally and for the ministry. We need land for a children’s shelter and a hall Pray with us for a 4 x 4 vehicle to cope with these deteriorating roads.

Thank you so much for your financial and prayer support without which this ministry cannot stand or accomplish anything in the spiritual realm.

God bless you all. Love in Jesus.

Reg & Cynthia Schafer, and Julia O’Connell.


Qwa Qwa Newsletter September and October 2013

October 23, 2013

Incorporating “THE MUSTARD SEED”

Using SRRIPTURE UNION materials and programmes


September – October 2013


Many little feet (and big ones too) running, jumping and praising the Lord on the open ground of Mabolela at our HOLIDAY BIBLE CLUB from 23-26 September. Many hands raised in praise and prayer to the Lord amidst wind and dust, clouds and sunshine; many hungry hearts for Jesus and hungry tummies to be filled with nourishing food or any food available! Many little hands reaching out to receive Jesus into their hearts and many little and big hands receiving plates of food at the conclusion of each day. Thank you so much to those who responded to our call for help to feed an average of 200 children per day. May the Lord pour out His special blessings on you and your families.

FOOD PARCELS Many people, both adults and children, have been coming to our gate asking for food. They are mostly from a very needy, nearby area called Chris Hani Park. Our stock emptied fast and we had to turn disappointed people away even after giving loaves of bread from our own pantry till that was empty too. We found this very difficult and really need wisdom and guidance as to how to help these people. Apart from teaching them to start vegetable gardens, we have considered a feeding scheme or a soup kitchen in their area. We really need an answer urgently so please pray with us about these matters.



The picture above shows the awful conditions in which two teenage girls were living. Sibongile And Moleboheng, both aged fifteen, have been living in this rundown, deserted house for the past fifteen months. The broken two seater couch has been their bed for that time. They have no blankets and very little clothing. The ministry has been providing them with food for a short period and through this contact we discovered their situation. Sibongile’s father has been tracked down and she is now living with him, but he was unwilling for Moleboheng, an orphan, to stay with him. We are now busy with social services to find place in a shelter for girls. One aspect of the vision God gave us was to open shelters for orphans and teenage girls. Please pray with us as we seek for a suitable place and the approval of Social Services. There are other teenage girls out there in similar circumstances. The need is urgent.

ABOVE: The couch on which the girls slept for fifteen months. This was all the furniture in the house.

Concerning THE MUSTARD SEED HAVEN, Julia writes as follows, greetings in the wonderful name of Jesus. A new step forward. Jesus uses all things for his good. He has shown me that caring and ministering to the orphaned and vulnerable children only was tunnel vision. There is a need to step out of the boat and befriend and minister to the young adults as well. That is how our Friday nights were conceived. A meal, a Christian video, or games, and dancing to Hillsong followed by informal non judgemental discussions. You can come and go as you like. For three hours on a Friday night the Mustard Seed becomes your home and your family. These hardnosed males sat for three hours mesmerized by the Jesus movie. Some of these guys have never heard the true gospel. The Holy Spirit has started his healing work. They are Divine evenings, with young people without hope, in a world that makes no sense. But they are slowly being touched by Christ, who is drawing them close to his bleeding heart. These are people who have experienced intense pain, and are now doing the best they can to protect themselves. But God reorients sufferers.

A huge problem. One Saturday afternoon I opened the door of the Mustard Seed to be confronted by two of regular angels, aged eight and ten. They were lolling on my veranda drunk and looking quite toxic. I helped the two little bodies into our sitting room and they promptly vomited all over the carpet. Their aunt had taken them to the Maricana Tavern in the village, as she would need their help to get home after she had drunk herself silly. They were plied with alcohol and eventually staggered to the Mustard Seed as they felt so ill. The whole scene of two little angels, that were part of my heart, cut me to the core.

Activities at the Mustard Seed. Once a week our vulnerable children are taught the Scripture Union Life Skills course.. Two days are for soccer. The boy’s team is called “The Saints;” the girl’s team “The Super Saints.” They won their first game, so now they are in the local league. In spite of having no shoes, they are overcomers. The Holy Spirit is using soccer to give them a purpose in their purposeless and messed up lives. The rest of the week the children have Bible studies. We are using the S T O P method (Structure, Talking, Organized, Play and Prayer), to heal the inner chaos and trauma in their young lives. The healing balm of the Holy Spirit is soothing little lives.

Sad News. Our long and fruitful partnership with John King has come to an end. John has felt for a while that his potential has been curtailed in Mountain Ministries, especially in the area of ministry to men, which is his great passion. For this reason he has withdrawn from Mountain Ministries and has joined up with another ministry here in Qwa Qwa where he feels he has the opportunity to fulfil his potential and run an effective men’s ministry. We pray the Lord’s blessing on his new venture and that he will succeed in all that he puts his hand to.

God bless you all. Love in Jesus

Reg & Cynthia Schafer, and Julia O’Connell.


Qwa Qwa News Letter July and August 2013

August 26, 2013

Incorporating “THE MUSTARD SEED”

Running SCRIPTURE UNION Programmes



Cold Weather Red Hot Woman’s Meeting.

Hi and welcome to a -6 Qwa Qwa!!! Brrr… Snow on the mountains, cold wind blowing, causing the electricity to fluctuate! – does the Lord really want us to spend our “retirement” in this place?!! He must do as He is supplying all our needs – we have a roof over our heads, food in our stomachs and peace in our hearts. Even though the wind is so cold,the wind of the Holy Spirit is warm, life giving and life changing eg. His presence was felt and experienced on Womens Day (9th August) when we took about 12 of our older ladies to a special meeting on the other side of town. Powerful messages were delivered by 2 of our own lady friends from other churches and 1 guest speaker who also prayed for most present according to different health problems (including aids) and other needs. The meeting was held in a garage which was beautifully decorated for the occasion. The roads leading there were terrible but it was well worth the effort. The following Sunday our ladies took off in the service with their testimonies of what the Lord had done in their lives. The results – the ladies will be in charge of the next 2 Sundays of August!!! Please pray for these services. If we had a Quantum or a small bus we could do more of these visits. PLEASE PRAY AS WE WILL BE APPROACHING VARIOUS COMPANIES FOR A DONATION OF ONE OF THESE, OR A 4×4 VEHICLEWHICH IS SO BADLY NEEDED IN THIS AREA. IT WILL ALSO BE A TREMENDOUS HELP FOR BUYING AND DELIVERING THE MONTHLY FOOD PARCELS TO ORPHANS AND WIDOWS IN OUR COMMUNITY. Sorry for “harping” on this but it is heavy on our hearts because our poor little Golf is really suffering. Well, before we could send out this newsletter, the clutch on the Golf packed in. Please pray for finance to replace it. This is an urgent are as we were planning to go to JHB on Sunday 1st September for a short break.

Greatly Anticipated Men’s Meeting.

We are looking ahead to the 31st August for another Life changingMen’s meeting in the same garage church and expecting more blessings and growth in our young leaders and all who will be attending; in all we look for a clearer understanding of their role as men in Christ, in order to impact their families and society.

Meeting Other Pastors

Reg and John are also planning to visit different Ministers Fraternal’s to get to know the other pastors better and to work with them to plan a day of prayer for Qwa Qwa, and having combined prayer meetings etc. The first one will be on 19th August. (Reg’s birthday). It is important to attend and for the leaders to pray together. We will have to take another day off to celebrate his birthday! The other fraternal will take place on Wednesday 21st August.

Scripture Union Life Skills Course

Praise God for Julia. She has started teaching the SU Life Skills course to the grades 6 and 7’s at the Mustard Seed house. This course isURGENTLY needed for this age group i.e. 12 – 14.

We will be re-introducing the Life Skills course in the schools in our area early next year beginning in the primary schools. There is a great need to reach the children much earlier than before, to teach them the values they need. Julia is finding that the young girls are not respecting their bodies for “stok sweets” (suckers) and biscuits!! They don’t even know the meaning of the word “values”. Unfortunately some primary school girls are already sexually active. One young grade six pupil was told by his father, ”You must never have sex with an animal, but it’s OK to have sex with another person.” We live in a very immoral society.

Praise God, Thabo Putu from SU Gauteng, will be running a Life Skills and leadership training course on 29th to 30th August. There are about 15 interested people from Mabolela church and a few from the Lusaka church, who are keen to learn and get involved.

The Mustard Seed.

Friends of Mountain Ministries are helping to furnish Julia’s home – the Mustard Seed – for which we are very grateful. Thank you so much and may God bless you richly.

Many children come to the house on a daily basis for their dose of love and tender loving care, and to learn about Jesus. You are doing a great job Julia. We praise God for sending you to us.


Our heart-felt thanks go to all those who sacrifice monthly, or on and off to help us survive in this very challenging ministry. Thanks too to all who pray for us and the work. But the biggest thank you goes to our Heavenly Father for all His faithfulness, strength and grace on a daily basis.

Futures Events

The next Holiday Bible Club will take place from 23rd – 26th September in the short school holidays. All donations toward the expenses of the HBC will be greatly appreciated.

God bless you all. Love in Jesus

Reg & Cynthia Schafer, John King and Julia O’Connell


Qwa Qwa Newsletter June And July

July 23, 2013



“Our times are in His hands” – a wise saying from the Bible (Psalms 31:15). Is it true? YES. Do we believe it? We should if we want to survive in this life on earth with His help and blessing. We never know when we will take our last breath and enter into eternity – either into Jesus’ arms or into the devils domain of fire and brimstone to burn in hell fire forever. No one wants the latter, so now is the time to make right with our Creator, ask His forgiveness for any wrong doing we have done – known or unknown, accept Jesus as our Saviour and have the assurance of eternity with Him. Heaven has no pain, no crying, no sickness, no death. It will be everlasting life enjoying the presence of our Lord Jesus and rejoicing with others who have passed on before.


This is what we have been teaching the many children who attend each day of the Club. Of course it is at their level according to their ages. We have a very safe venue (even though it’s in the open air) unless you class a few cows, or a flock of sheep passing by as a “danger”! Our children are surrounded by our volunteer leaders who love and protect them. Anyway the sheep obey the voice of their shepherd as he leads them to their pastures for the day and they are no threat to our children. That reminds me of Psalm 23 – read it for yourselves and be blessed. There were between 185 and 227 children each day. Each child received a cooked meal each day after the Club. This time, instead of feeding them at the ground, we marched them to our house in their groups and fed them there. One little girl commented, “I have never tasted such nice food in all my life!” Thanks so much to the ladies who did the cooking.

Our children are followed up after the HBC in our Saturday Bible Clubs during the term at the same venue, and in our Sunday School every Sunday morning. Also in their homes in the villages around our house where grandmothers, parents (if there are any) and children are counselled and depending on their needs food is provided for them – thanks to the church in Hastings, England, sending their tithe to us every month for the food parcels for orphans and widows. The Lord provides abundantly. There is always enough every month for all who need, plus a bit extra for the opportunity of helping any desperate person in the community. During our street witness and home visitation before the Holiday Club we came across such a family, father and mother with two small children. They were totally destitute. No money, no jobs, no food, very few clothes, apart from a double bed and a small kitchen cupboard, no furniture. They live in a one roomed mud house. They were so delighted to receive a food parcel.

This visitation programme was the brain child of our youth group leadership. The Friday before the HBC we walked the kilometre to Chris Hani Park Village, then split into five groups of three and went about telling people about Jesus and inviting the children to come to the HBC. Between eight to eighteen children came to the HBC due to these visits. The numbers fluctuated every day.


The children still flock to Julia’s home to hear Bible stories and receive Bible lessons. They also receive help with their homework. Praise God for that. Pray that the Holy Spirit will work in their hearts so that in them he will raise up a new generation of youngsters, freed from the traditions that hold their elders in bondage.

Praise God he touched people’s hearts in the USA to give money for sixty blankets to warm the children during these cold winter nights. When God gives he gives abundantly. He also raised up a man in JHB who sent sixty blankets for the children. Our GOD IS GOOD. Amen!!

Pray for Julia in this work. Pray for her health. At present she is recovering from a heavy bout of the flu.


These continue to be a blessing to many in need. One of our older ladies commented that no other church in our area help the community like we do. This was a real encouragement as we attempt to obey the Word of God to feed and help the widows and orphans (James 1:27). But we desperately need some type of 4 x 4 to help us buy and deliver these heavy food parcels to homes around the area. We really need one badly!!! Please pray seriously with us that we will be able to acquire one soon. Our poor Golf is taking strain. “Shake, shake”,” bump bump”, “shudder, shudder”- our car has to suffer the rocks, stones, humps and bumps on the roads around here, especially in the villages below our house. Tyres, leads and pipes have had to be replaced prematurely. Also tyre balancing and wheel alignment is needed regularly! Too regularly!! We don’t expect perfect roads but a bit of grading would help. But a 4 x 4 would be even better!!!


Church services, Sunday School, Bible Studies and youth and prayer meetings continue to teach and reach the community. A new series – the Blood Covenant – is now the subject for the next 8 weeks for the Bible Study. Our youth enjoyed a fun plus devotional evening last night playing “Beetle Drive”. In the morning services we have been dealing with the subject of “who we are in Christ.”

The Turn to God Prayer Ministry team was a great encouragement to us and our 12 leaders, confirming callings on their lives and ministries. They also provided all of us with a lovely lunch plus a love gift. We say a very big thank you to you all for your sacrifices and time. God bless you richly.

We have been preparing our garden for the coming growing season. As the mouse birds seem to eat all our vegetables before we can have a share, we have decided to plant veggies that they do not eat. So we will concentrate on pumpkin, Gem Squash, and maybe Hubbard Squash, Cucumber, and Water Melon, until we can get the cash to build a large green house in which to grow other veggies.


Our deep and heartfelt appreciation goes out to all those who have so faithfully prayed for us in our various activities and ministry. Thank you very much. A VERY BIG “thank you”, also, to all who have supported us financially. Thank you for giving to our personal support as we work in the Fathers vineyard here in Qwa Qwa, and for all donations to the various projects.

God bless you all. Love in Jesus

Reg & Cynthia Schafer, and John King.


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