QWA QWA NEWSLETTER January 2013.
But one thing I do: forgetting what is behind and straining towards what is ahead, I PRESS ON….
It is with this attitude that we look forward to 2013, determined not to let any past mistakes, failures and disappointments derail the vision God has given us. 2013 is a year of HOPE, GROWTH and PROMISE, pregnant with POTENTIAL for great things. Therefore, focussing on JESUS, we do not look back, nor to the left, nor to the right but we press on to take hold of that for which Christ Jesus has taken hold of us. Philippians 3:12b.
The Warfare we are Waging.
During December, last year, and January this year, we were given a timely reminder of the warfare we are waging.
From early December to early January we had to endure the noise, comings and goings and inconvenience of having a traditional initiation school for women, with their wailing and chanting, right on our doorstep. 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.
Then during the first week of school, I had a principle of a school close by, ask if we could help a young man who was caught in satanism. Praise God he has been delivered and set free through the BLOOD of JESUS.
This year we have to sit up and take notice. Last year the Lord showed me the same thing through a severe sickness and now at the beginning of the year he has repeated the warning. For our struggle is not against flesh and blood, BUT against the RULERS, against the AUTHORITIES, against the POWERS of this DARK WORLD and against the SPIRITUAL POWERS of EVIL in the heavenly realms. Ephesians 6:12. It is a disturbing fact that Satanism has gained ground in many unsuspecting schools. What is worse, is that some teachers are involved and are getting the pupils caught in this evil web of destruction and deceit.
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.”
God is Great and Does Wonderful Things.
God revealed his glorious GREATNESS during the buying and the distribution of the food parcels. It happened like this. We calculated the number of food parcels needed: 32. An over calculation of 1. We bought all the stuff needed including 32 small R 10 bags of potatoes and 36 cabbages. 6 bags of 6 cabbages in a bag. We also bought 32 bags of maize meal. We distributed the 31 food parcels and gave the Zwane family a bag of maize meal and a cabbage. When we arrived home; guess what? In the boot of the car there were EIGHT little bags of potatoes, ELEVEN cabbages and TWO bags of maize meal. Did we make a mistake? No! We checked the invoices balanced the cash. No mistake. Did we forget somebody. Checked. No. What then? God multiplied it in the boot. Because he knew we needed it. By the end of the week everything had been given to those in need. GOD IS GOOD. HE’s a God of MIRACLES.
8th – 10th February: The team from farming God’s way will be visiting us to check our gardens and give advice etc.
1st – 3rd March: Lavan Temple Dance & Prophetic Intercession Ministries will be ministering on worship, intercession and spiritual warfare.
March 23rd or 30th: Mountain Ministries will be hosting a pastor’s lunch and fellowship at our home.
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 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 2013, 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.Please,allow me to encourage you with a quote from king George of England and the UK. In one of his new year speeches, during the dark and dangerous days of the Second World War he said:
I said to the man who stood at the gate of the year,
“Give me a light, that I may walk into the unknown.”
But he said to me,
“Put your hand into the hand of God,
for that will be a light to you;
and safer than any known way.”
It is with confidence in the GREAT I AM that we look forward to the challenges of 2013, knowing that He who called us will equip us with everything good to do his will, and will work in us that which is pleasing to him.
God bless you all. Love in Jesus
Reg & Cynthia Schafer, and John King.