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Qwa Qwa Newsletter December 2013 – January 2014

February 7, 2014

Incorporating “THE MUSTARD SEED”

Using SRRIPTURE UNION materials and programmes

QWA QWA NEWSLETTER

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

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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.

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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.

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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

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Reg

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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.

General

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.

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Qwa Qwa Newsletter October – November 2013

December 8, 2013

Incorporating “THE MUSTARD SEED”

Using SRRIPTURE UNION materials and programmes

QWA QWA NEWSLETTER

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

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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.

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Children at the Mustard Seed.

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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.

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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.

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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.

Thanks
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.

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Qwa Qwa Newsletter September and October 2013

October 23, 2013

Incorporating “THE MUSTARD SEED”

Using SRRIPTURE UNION materials and programmes

QWA QWA NEWSLETTER

September – October 2013

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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.

AN URGENT NEED!!!!

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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.

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Qwa Qwa News Letter July and August 2013

August 26, 2013

Incorporating “THE MUSTARD SEED”

Running SCRIPTURE UNION Programmes

QWA QWA NEWSLETTER

JULY/AUGUST, 2013

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.

Thanks

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

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Qwa Qwa Newsletter June And July

July 23, 2013

SCRIPTURE UNION

THE MUSTARD SEED

“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.

HOLIDAY BIBLE CLUB

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.

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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.

FOOD PARCELS

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!!!

OTHER

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.

THANKS

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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QWA QWA NEWSLETTER APRIL AND MAY

June 7, 2013

APRIL – May 2013.

SCRIPTURE UNION

All Praise and Glory to our Father God, to Jesus our Elder Brother, Friend and victorious Lord and the Holy Spirit our Guide, Comforter and Teacher. The Triune Godhead, full of love, grace, mercy and justice. We have proved Him over and over again in all areas of our lives. Praise His Name.

Settling Julia.

“Hard work never killed anyone.” In fact it strengthens your muscles and keeps you fit! Wow our faithful young guys have been very busy again – apart from digging 2 very large holes in preparation for Julias’s toilet and bathroom – they carried all her furniture up the mountain to this 6 roomed house in Mabolela which she is renting at a reasonable price. It’s quite a mission as our cars can only go to the road at the bottom of the mountain. Thank you so much, guys. A big thank you too, to Save the Children, who lent us a bakkie and a driver, to help bring her possessions from Lusaka area to our side of town.

The children in our area are flocking to Julia for homework classes, Bible stories, fun and games and love, love, lots of love. They come and go all day – some cold and wet needing clothes and shoes. What a privilege to be able to help and serve these little ones (and older ones) is some way to meet, at least, some of their needs.

Julia’s Bathroom

Work on Julia’s bathroom and toilet is now complete, apart from the dry wall separating the toilet and Bathroom, and the bathroom and toilet from the rest of the room in which the bathroom was installed. The irony of the situation is that just before the electrician was able to complete the electrical work for the geyser, the water failed due to a burst pipe. So he was not able to check to see if everything is working properly. And Julia has been without water since 25th until now, and we have been without water for two days now. They say we will have water by the morning 2nd June. Sometimes we get a bit impatient because things take a while, but we need to lay solid foundations in practical things, in life and in the lives of our children and young people. All takes patience, hard work and devotion to the Lord’s service.

Midweek Meetings

The weekly Bible Studies and Youth meetings are now divided into 2 – primary school children going to Julia, high school and beyond people coming to us as before at Keta house on the farm. Julia had 50 children at her first meeting and 60 at the second!!

By the way, our Scripture Union training with Sello and Elia was brilliant and the SU Holiday Bible Club that followed with Martha was proof of what our guys learnt at the training. The only problem this time was the weather! Rain made the time with the children very difficult at times. Oh for any kind of covered “house” or building in which to hold our weekly activities, come rain or shine. It will come in God’s perfect time.

Food Parcels

These continue to go out month by month to the orphans and widows and are gratefully received. Thank you once again to our friends at His Place church in Hastings, England, for their faithful giving. May the Lord bless you and give you the desires of your hearts.

Thanks so much too for all the clothes and shoes collected for the orphans from our friends in Centurion, Pretoria, and others in Johannesburg and for the lovely Mothers Day gifts for Julia and Cynthia. Such practical products and some special “spoiling” ones as well. God is good and we praise Him for His faithfulness in providing for our needs so that we can share and help the needy with their needs.

Our winter gardens are doing reasonably well but the extreme cold in winter cause growth to be very slow. O for a “green house” to help our poor vegetables! And to save them from the Mouse Birds. They ate just about our whole summer crop; all the spinach, all the cabbages, all the beetroot, and a lot of our beans.

Accommodation.

We are still needing accommodation in the Durban area for an important wedding on the last weekend of September. It will be for 3 of us. As long as we have beds to sleep in that’s all we need! A thought – maybe we should pitch our elder son’s (Russell) tents on Durban beach and enjoy the sea air both day and night! We all have sleeping bags which would help!

On another personal note – please come and join the “circus” we have here at home. We have 10 “grandchildren”, 10 animals who give us much pleasure and also some anxious moments! 7 dogs and 3 cats of all ages, sizes and colours really enjoy walks on the dusty/muddy roads or partly up the mountain behind our house. They are all needed for forewarning of “visitors” or the catching of unwanted rodents! But seriously, you are welcome anytime for anything you may need! It would be lovely to see you and you can enjoy our beautiful surroundings without having to face any of the challenges that come OUR way. If quietness is what you need, we have a lovely B & B about 5 minutes walk from our house on the same farm with very economical prices. The Drakensberg amphitheatre is about 25 KMs from us and one of the Lesotho border posts is only 23 KMs down the road. We are only 50 KMs from Harrismith, passing the Sterkfontein Dam, on a very good road. See you soon, we hope.

Future Activities

Please pray for our next Holiday Bible Club (1st – 5th July). Pray for good weather and finance to be able to feed the children who attend and give our volunteers lunch every day.

We are looking forward to a visit from the team from Turn2God Prayer Ministries quite soon. Their last visit was very encouraging and uplifting.

God bless you all. Love in Jesus

Reg & Cynthia Schafer, and John King.

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Cynthia’s Newsletter March 2013

March 17, 2013

SCRIPTURE UNION

Have you ever prayed for a sick cat or an injured chicken? Well, our God is an awesome God and a prayer answering God.

“Our God is an awesome God; He reigns from heaven above,

With wisdom, power and love,

Our God is an awesome God – indeed He is!!

On the “farm” with free-range chickens there are indeed dangers! Spiritually as well we have unseen dangers and need to be on our guard daily clothing ourselves with the armour of God (Ephesians 6:11 – 17). Be good soldiers (warriors) for the Lord, marching against the enemy (seen or unseen). We are seated in heavenly places and can look down on our circumstances and be victorious over them. Set our minds on things above, eternal things, and the earthly things will fall into line.

Back to prayer (communicating or talking) to our Heavenly Father as our Friend and as we keep a close relationship with Him we may ask Him to meet our needs, to protect us and to be with us at all times. Our needs at this time are for finances for our HOLIDAY BIBLE CLUB at the end of the month. We would like to feed the children with one nutritious meal each day and sandwiches for lunch for our volunteer leaders. We also give our leaders a thank you lunch on the last day of the club and try to include ice cream as a treat because they have given at least part of their holiday to serve the Lord and the children of the community.

Ever been to a funeral where your feet and shoes get stuck in the mud!? Quite challenging! It had rained “cats and dogs” the day and night before and even the ground under the tent was sticky mud. The Golf got stuck in the “road” and had to be “towed out” by muscle power! It was a funeral for a young man of 23 from our sister church in Lusaka (Qwa Qwa) whose family had moved to our side of town. He had epilepsy, but was doing so well and had grown so much as a Christian since coming to know Jesus as his Saviour. We celebrated his life and his promotion to heaven.

Our days are very full with various activities. One highlight recently was a weekend thoroughly enjoying Sandra, Michele and Nicky, from Hartebeespoort (the Word Wise Church) sharing with our church folk in dance and music, with prophetic worship, prophetic prayer, testimony and very powerful Intercession. It was wonderful, awesome and we really saw the glory of the Lord (Revelation 1,4 and 5) and felt His tangible presence in the hall we met in – the Tribal Trust Hall – on Friday eve., Saturday all day (meals included thanks to our great team of ladies) and Sunday morning. A big thank you to Sandra and her team. May the Lord truly bless you and continue to use you as you serve Him in this very creative way.

We are looking forward to 21st and 22nd March when Thabu and his team from Scripture Union will be training about 30 of our volunteers for various activities with children and young people. The S.U. training is so good it is life changing and helps to equip trainees for not only current events but life in general and future jobs etc. Please pray that our higher grade high school learners will not be required to attend extra classes over that time! The following week we will be holding our Holiday Bible Club for the children of our community on the open piece of ground below our house. We trust we will one day have a building in which to hold the clubs, church services, Bible studies and prayer and youth meetings so that whatever the weather, we can continue with our activities.

Until next time please keep praying for us and giving as you are able to the work here in this very needy part of the Free State, South Africa. QWA QWA FOR JESUS – Amen. Thank you for all your support in so many ways.

Love in Jesus, Cynthia and team.

 

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