QWA QWA NEWSLETTER
Hebrews 9:26b – 28a “But now he (Jesus) has appeared once for all at the end of the ages to do away with sin by the sacrifice of himself. Just as man is destined to die once, and after that to face judgement, so Christ was sacrificed once to take away the sins of many people”
Hebrews 10:10 -12 “And by that will, we have been made holy through the sacrifice of the body of Jesus Christ once for all. Day after day every priest stands and performs his religious duties; again and again he offers the same sacrifices, which can never take away sins. But when this priest (Jesus) had offered for all time one sacrifice for sins, he sat down at the right hand of God.”
Of late the devil has raised his ugly head in opposing our work here in the form of ancestral worship and its attendant evils, animal sacrifice, witchcraft and consulting spirit mediums. At least two of these evil practices take place at nearly every funeral in Qwa Qwa, even in so called “Christian” homes. What is worse, in most cases the pastors and the churches condone these practices. When the body of the deceased person is delivered to the home where the service is to be held, the men all gather in the room with the coffin and a, I presume, spirit medium or witch doctor will mumble some incantation. Then the men go outside where a hole is dug. Into this hole they drain the blood of the animal to be slaughtered, in sacrifice to the ancestors. What they do with the blood, I am not sure. We have never been present, or ever want to be present, at this cruel slaughter. This is all done, even in “Christian” homes, under the guise, “It’s our custom.” It is a very cruel custom. What they do not realise, is that they are sacrificing to demonic spirits, and that Jesus once for all sacrifice, on the cross is the only sacrifice for sins. Most churches are totally compromised on this issue. Some churches even practice it openly. Very few churches speak out against it, for fear of losing people. There is a lot of mixed worship in the local churches. We have opposed these practices, by speaking out against them in the church and in the village, hence the opposition from the devil. We are confident that in Christ we have the victory, and that, “Greater is he who is in us than he who is in the world.” Pray that the Lord by the power of the Holy Spirit working through the Word will expose this evil practice and set the people free from this superstition that has held them in bondage for all these years. Many of the people who attend our church in Mabolela have renounced the evil of ancestral worship openly and to their parents. Pray that all who attend the church in Mabolela will openly renounce everything to do with ancestral worship. Thanks be to God who always leads us in triumph through our Lord Jesus Christ. The battle is not ours but the Lord’s. Thank you Jesus, you give us the victory!
This is the reason, I believe, the Lord showed us to put a lot of effort into children’s work. The adults are so steeped in it, that it will take a miracle of God’s mighty power to free them from it. (All things are possible with God. He is a God of miracles. Pray that this miracle will take place. In God we have the victory.) Pray that God will breakthrough into the lives of the children through these HBC’s and the love we show them, so that they will be set free from this curse and it’s bondage.
Praise God for the eighteen people, mostly young adults and teenagers who were baptised recently. Two of the young adults have subsequently back slidden. They have withdrawn from the Life Skills course, no longer attend the church meetings, and have got involved with some young men who will use them, abuse them and throw them away. Please pray for Matshiu and Totila. Pray that God will rescue them from the hand of the enemy before they become pregnant and are discarded and hurt by these guys. Pray that God will guard and keep the others who were baptised, that they may grow up to full maturity in the Lord.
Praise God for a wonderful Children’s holiday Bible Club in October. Attendances were good and a number received Jesus for the first time. Praise God for the team he has raised up. They ran the activities, they led the singing, they organised the drama’s and they did the Bible memory verse and gave the talk or Bible story. God gave us the grace to train these young people, now they run the show and we observe and advise. Pray that more will be added to the team and that they will grow in confidence in the Lord and will overcome the strong pull of this world, and be a strong witness in the area.
Praise God for the Wednesday evening Bible study group. This is the group the Lord has shown us to concentrate on. At present we are doing foundational studies with them. Then, as the Holy Spirit enables, we will teach the important concepts of our faith. This group is beginning to grow. Praise God for the growth and pray that they will apply themselves to the study of God’s word. Pray that from this group God will raise up strong and committed, future leaders for the local church, as well as evangelists, pastors and teachers who will go out and start new churches.
Praise God for the men’s meeting every Sunday at 15H30. There is a core group of six to seven young guys who attend. The aim is to teach men responsible Christian living in all areas of life and how to relate to women, as well as good Biblical, family values. It is also a platform to train future leaders. Pray that more men will attend and, that those who attend will be built up in their faith.
Pray that God will give Cynthia the grace, wisdom and time to start a meeting for ladies. Cynthia is very much tied up with helping ouma (my mom) and Heather and Heather’s dogs. If Heather will get up and help take care of ouma, and look after her own dogs, this will give Cynthia more time in the ministry. Please pray that Heather will become more independent and will get more involved in the home and the work. Pray for spiritual breakthrough in Heather’s life, and that she may have victory over her problems, real or otherwise.
Praise God for the faithful group who attend the Sunday morning service. The numbers took a knock from the time we took a stand against ancestral worship. Praise God that numbers are increasing again, and over the past few weeks some people have made commitments to follow Jesus. Pray that all who attend will denounce, and renounce all ties with ancestral worship and live for Jesus alone. Pray too that we will continue to declare the whole truth of the gospel without compromise.
Praise God for the Lusaka church. It continues to grow. We held a combined baptismal service, at which eighteen new converts from Lusaka, as well as the ones form Mabolela, were baptised. Praise God. Pray that the church will take an uncompromising stand against the evils of ancestral worship and sexual immorality in the church. Pray that they will take an uncompromising stand on the word of God, and will expose these twin evils.
Future events to praise God for, and to pray for.
- December 3rd – A lunch as a reward for the volunteers and the church.
- December 10th – Combined prayer meeting at our home with the Lusaka group
- December Children’s Holiday Bible Club: 13th – 16th. Pray for funds. Funds permitting, we will run two in our area. If you are able to give toward the Holiday Club, your gifts will be greatly appreciated. Bank details below.
- December 21st – Carol services to be held in various wards of the local hospital. Pray that the superintendent will show us favour and give us his blessing to bless the patients.
- December 25th Christmas day service
- December 31st All night prayer vigil and new year service.
- January. The launch of our Sunday School. At present Sunday School and church are combined. Cynthia will head up the Sunday School. And train teachers.
- January. The Life Skills course starts.
Praise God for the continued support of the His Place Church that enables us to supply food parcels to a growing number of widows, orphans and very poor people. The number has risen to close on sixty.
Praise God for the Farming God’s Way team who taught us a new and more effective way of growing maize and vegetables. The produce will be used to supply vegetables for those who receive the food parcels. The plan is to teach all those who depend on the food parcels to grow their own vegetables. This will not only supply vegetables for them but will give them a surplus they could sell or trade. Pray that the people will catch the vision and begin to become self-reliant and not dependant on others.
We praise God for all of you who care to read this newsletter. We thank our Father for all your prayers for us and the work. We thank God for all the gifts you send us, for the work and for our personal support.
Thank you for praying.
Thank you for giving.
God bless you all.
Love in Jesus.
Reg & Cynthia Schafer and John King
For Mountain Ministries
If you would like to support any of our activities, or any one of us personally, our bank details are as follows.
Please specify the project you wish to sponsor.
For HBC’s, Orphan support:
The Family Church – Qwa Qwa Account. (Current Account).
First National Bank: Cresta Branch.
Account number: 62101490217.
Branch code: 254905.
Farming God’s Way (FGW) project:
R P Schafer – Missions Account. (Savings Account).
Nedbank: Greenside Branch.
Account number: 2975060955.
Branch code: 197505.
Reg and Cynthia Schafer personal support.
R P Schafer. (Current Account).
Nedbank: Greenside Branch.
Account number: 1975006763.
Branch code: 197505.
John King personal support.
J B King. (Savings Account).
Account number 9076089015.
Universal branch code: 632005.
Praise God and thank you.
You made it to the end. Well done.