NEWSLETTER July/August 2012

July/August 2012.

Luke 18:16 But Jesus called the children to him and said,
“Let the children come to me and do not stop them, because the Kingdom of God belongs to such as these.

In God’s economy children are of great importance, and to cause a child to sin carries dire consequences. “Jesus said, ‘Whoever welcomes a little child like this in my name welcomes me. But if any one causes one of these little ones who believe in me to sin, it would be better for him to have a large millstone hung around his neck and to be drowned in the depths of the sea.’” Here children are constantly exposed to evil by those who should protect them from evil. They are constantly being exposed to traditions that venerate and worship the dead. They often have to witness the abuse of their mothers by drunken fathers or boyfriends, and in many cases, are themselves the victims of that abuse. By the grace of God, and in the power of the Holy Spirit we seek to show the children a better way, and that there is a future and a hope for them in Jesus. Please pray with us, that God, by the power of the Holy Spirit, will open their young hearts, and that they will realise that they do not need to follow in a way that leads to death, inherited from their culture, but that they can experience a new way of living through the power of the blood of Jesus and the Holy Spirit.

Report back on the July Holiday Bible Club (HBC)
This HBC was in a sense a first for us. Instead of giving bread or snacks, the children received a cooked meal. On day 1 & 2 they were given maize meal and cabbage and potatoes, and the last two days maize meal and beans. Three ladies from the church did the cooking. This was a bit of a mission. Cooking here at our home, in the store room, which we transformed into a makeshift kitchen, and then having to transport the food to the field. It was a huge learning curve, but somehow, praise God, it worked out in the end. Praise God for the generosity of our sponsors, the ITC Organisation from Holland, Peet Booysens of Ed-U-College here in Qwa Qwa, and our own home base, the Acts 2:42 Network, based in Gauteng. This funding enabled us to buy a gas burner, pots, plates, spoons, etc. for feeding the children. Our grateful thanks go to our sponsors and to Johan and Wilna, of Crossroads Adventure Academy for allowing us to use their fold up tables. We used two in our makeshift kitchen and transported two to the field each day. Our systems need to be fine tuned then it will work better next time. The children enjoyed having a cooked meal, and one little girl was caught licking every last grain and bit of gravy off the plate. The icing on the cake, was a very generous refund from Scripture Union for some of the expenses incurred during the HBC. Praise God; he is our Faithful God and our Great Provider. Thank you SU, and may our God provide all your needs according to his riches in glory in Christ Jesus, so that you may continue your very important work of reaching children and young people with the gospel of Jesus Christ.

Martha and Bongani of Scripture Union together with our team, did very well, and kept the children active for the whole time, up to the group time, where the children are taught a memory verse and the children are taught about Jesus or some Bible principal. On the last day each child was given a gospel tract to take home, courtesy of the ITC funding. The children enjoyed themselves and are looking forward to the next HBC.

For the first time ever we had over two hundred children on the first day of an HBC. 213 children attended that day, the number increased on day 2 to 229, and we were wondering if the numbers increase each day as they usually do will we have enough food to feed them all. Then the weather changed from bright sunny days, to windy and overcast cold days, and the numbers fell with the deteriorating weather, 191 and 160 on the last two days. Overall 355 children heard the gospel message, with about twenty responding to the gospel for the first time. Praise God.

Praise God for our enthusiastic leadership team. 20, mainly high school children, 18 from the church in Mabolela and 2 from Lusaka, helped us with the running of the HBC and 3 ladies from our church did the cooking. They all worked very hard over the four days and were rewarded with a special lunch on the Friday afternoon. God is raising up a good leadership team for the future. Pray that they will remain focussed on Jesus and Grow up to maturity in the Lord, to serve him here in Qwa Qwa.

Farming God’s Way.
Our winter gardens failed, due to illness and business as well as the very cold weather and the heavy frost. We just did not have the time and sometimes the energy, to give the gardens the attention they needed. I am still not fully over the sinus and chest problems from late May and June. There is great potential here for Farming God’s Way, and we have been approached to teach the principals of Farming God’s Way and to lay out some gardens. Pray that God will raise up someone who can take this on for us.

Future Events.
On Saturday 11th August there will be a Saturday Bible Club. Please pray that God will move in the hearts of the children.

From 21st – 24th September there will be a leadership training course for all potential leaders in the Lusaka church and the church in Mabolela. A team from Acts 2:42 Network will be doing the training. Please pray that the Holy Spirit will give them the appropriate words for our future leaders. Pray too that the people of God’s choosing will be available to go. The course will be held at the Lusaka Church.

The next HBC will take place from Tuesday 2nd – Friday 5th October. As this is a very short holiday, the folk from SU will be busy in their own areas, so our team of young people will run the HBC. We praise God for them. They try so hard and do so well.

In October (date not yet settled ) we are having a camp for our young people. The date depends on the speakers we are negotiating with. The venue depends on the ability of the people to pay. Please pray that the speakers will have time in their busy schedule to accommodate us, and that the young people will be able to raise the necessary funds. The venues we are looking at are Crossroads Student Hostel or the Mahon Mission camp site about sixty kilo meters from here. Please pray that God will show us the site most suitable.

Food Project
Praise God for the continuing support of His Place Church in Hastings, England. With their support we have been able to distribute twenty five food parcels to the very poor, widows and orphans. The number of those dependent on the food parcels is growing. Sixteen families, mainly orphans and a few widows, in Lusaka receive food parcels. An orphan run home, of seven receives two food parcels, a crèche in Mabolela also is supplied with food for the toddlers, most of whom are orphans. Nine families in Mabolela also receive food parcels, four orphan families, an old Gogo, and four unemployed families. Thank you His Place Church for your commitment to feed the poor and the needy.

Thank you to all of you for your continued prayer support. We are so conscious that prayer is the key to unlocking the door into the hearts of the people, and the only means through which the gospel will break through the shroud of superstition involved in ancestral worship. We value your prayers for us and for the work here. Thank you for praying. Thank you too for your financial support, for us and the work. We appreciate every gift that you send us and value you as partners in the work of the Lord. Without your support in prayer, your encouragement and your financial support we would not be able to do the work God has called us to. To all of you, a big thank you.

As I close off this newsletter the snow is falling heavily. The lawn is covered with a thick white blanket of snow, that is getting thicker by the minute. The branches of the trees are weighed down by thick layers of snow. The whole landscape is white with snow. It is oh so beautiful. Some birds are flitting from branch to branch in the trees. Only God can paint such an awesome picture.

Good day to you from our cold but beautiful white paradise.

God bless you all.

Love in Jesus
Reg & Cynthia Schafer, and John King.

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