QWA QWA NEWSLETTER
How beautiful on the mountains are the feet of those who bring good news,
who proclaim peace, who bring good tidings, who proclaim salvation,
who say to Zion, “Your God Reigns!”
On Sunday, we were reminded that the primary task of the church, and our primary task in Qwa Qwa, is to proclaim in the power of the Holy Spirit, the good news concerning God’s great salvation in Jesus Christ our Lord. All the other things we do, like healing the sick, casting out demons, feeding the hungry, clothing the naked and comforting the hurting all supplement the great task of proclaiming the gospel to all people. This timely reminder came through Pastor Joseph Zwane from the Lusaka Church, as he preached, at the church in Mabolela, on the commission that Jesus gave his church before his ascension. The Lord showed that we should have Pastor Zwane preach at Mabolela regularly, to keep the connection between the two churches in the minds of the people. There must have been sixty to seventy men, women and children crammed into the classroom the church meets in. Soon the group will have to be divided into Primary school children, Sunday school, and young people and adults, or a bigger venue must be found. We are trusting God for a large piece of land to build, not just a church, but a Christian Centre, that will cater effectively for all the needs of all the people and for all the activities of the church. Praise God for this growth. God, in his grace, has honoured all the house to house visitation and tract distribution that has been done in the name of Jesus. Pray that the Lord will continue to add to the church those who are being saved, and that he will provide the right venue for the Christian Centre. Pray, too, that the new converts will take up the challenge to continue in the faith and to share that faith with others, in order that the church may continue to grow. God continue to stir our hearts to be those whose feet bring the good news of the gospel of Jesus Christ, who, in the power of the Holy Spirit, proclaim peace with God and salvation through our Lord Jesus Christ.
One of the other things God has shown us, is that we should have a once a month prayer meeting with the Church in Lusaka. The first of these prayer meetings was held at Lusaka, Qwa Qwa, on 27th August. About forty attended the prayer meeting. Five of the keen young ladies, from Mabolela, accompanied John, Cynthia and I to the prayer meeting. If we had enough transport we could have taken another six young people. The word of God in Joel 2 challenged us to seek God wholeheartedly. The prophetic word of the Lord encouraged us that prayer was the key to unlocking the hearts of the people of Qwa Qwa. The Holy Spirit stirred us to deep intercession. The Spirit touched many lives. Our next combined prayer meeting will be held on 24th September here at our home. Pray that the Holy Spirit will again draw us into deep intercession, and stir us to seek God in Christ wholeheartedly.
August: Saturday Children’s Bible Club (SCBC)
One hundred and forty four children attended the Bible Club. The children had a great time. They enjoy the games and the attention, which most of them do not appear to get at home. Most of these children have a very low self image. Through the Bible clubs we endeavour to make them feel special and loved. Bart and some of the team did a silent drama with a strong message that only Jesus can set us free from the bondage of sin and satan. This was followed by a brief Bible story. There was quite a good response to the gospel call. Pray that God will establish his word in the hearts of these children, and that the Holy Spirit will keep them in the love of Jesus. We are trusting God to raise up a new generation who will not walk in the sins of their fathers, but will walk in the ways of the Living God, in Christ, through the power of the Holy Spirit. Pray that God will draw many children to the SCBC on Saturday 10th September, and that he will encourage and draw the children to himself. I am trusting God for a full recovery from a lung problem, that has hindered me from being fully functional, before Saturday. He is God my Healer.
Lifeskills Course (LSC).
At Thahametso School the LSC, this term, has been a non event. On various occasions, we have travelled the twenty or so kilometres to the school, only to be told that they have sent the children home early, or some other excuse. So, we have started phoning before going, to save an unnecessary trip. We are planning to sit down with the people from the school to work out the best way forward. Pray that God will show clearly the way forward.
The staff at the Rantsane school have hardly cancelled any of the sessions. They have seen the benefit of the course in changed attitudes and lives. Praise God. God has done a work in some of these young people and the educators have noticed the change. Praise God!
Please pray for LSC workers. The Lord has shown us that we should recruit workers from evangelical churches near the schools, so that there will be no transport problems, and will be able to keep in touch with the learners. Pray that God will show the churches the wonderful opportunity this will be to get the gospel into the schools, and make a difference in the lives of the learners. Pray that Scripture Union will release someone, in December, to train these volunteers…
The Lord has shown us that the Wednesday Bible Study at our home is the beginning of the training school, and that some of these young people will be future pastors, teachers, evangelists, LSC, youth and children’s workers. We are also waiting on God to show us how we can set up training at Lusaka. The young people need training in true Christian leadership. Pray that God will guide in getting the training schools up and running, and that the Holy Spirit will draw the right people who will submit to the Word of God.
The Men’s Meeting.
Five young men are attending the men’s meeting in Mabolela. The subjects dealt with so far have been creation and self image. These young men are keen on learning and growing up in Christ. It is a pity that there are not more men attending these meetings. The men of Qwa Qwa spend most of their time at taverns drinking. Very few of them take responsibility for their families, or accept responsibility for the consequences of their actions. Pray that more men will come to learn about the teaching of the Bible concerning family principles. Pray for breakthrough in the hearts of these men.
By the grace of God, and through your gifts, we continue to provide food parcels for twenty two families amounting to fifty one people. Thank you for your generosity and for helping those less fortunate than yourselves. God bless you for your generosity.
Thank you for your prayers. We appreciate your ongoing prayer for us.
Thank you too for your financial support. We appreciate you, and your gifts toward our personal support.
God bless you all!
We love and appreciate you.
Love in Jesus,
Reg & Cynthia Schafer and John King
For Mountain Ministries