Incorporating “THE MUSTARD SEED
Using SCRIPTURE UNION materials and programmes
Qwa Qwa Newsletter
On this mountain he will destroy the shroud that enfolds all people, the sheet that covers all nations
He will swallow up death forever. The Sovereign Lord will wipe away tears from all faces.
Isaiah 25:7 – 8a.
This is a verse that the Lord has laid upon my heart for this year. Jesus, through his death on the cross fulfilled this promise, he has triumphed over the devil, who blinds the eyes of unbelievers, and he destroys the sheet the devil has thrown over all people. What the Lord has shown us is that there is a deep darkness over the people, and that here in Qwa Qwa, the devil still holds the shroud over the people, through ancestral worship, witchcraft and traditional African religion. The other thing he has shown us is that we have to wrestle with God until he destroys that shroud and breaks through the darkness that enfolds the people of Qwa Qwa. We need to do this with the attitude of Jacob when he wrestled with God at Peniel, saying, “I will not let you go unless you bless me.” Exodus 32:26. This breakthrough can only come through the power of the Holy Spirit working through the anointed Word of God.
The unfolding of your words gives life; it imparts understanding to the simple. Psalm 119:130.
Sun Rising over Qwa Qwa.
Please pray that a new day will dawn in Qwa Qwa. That the Son of God will rise with healing in his wings and shine the light of his word into the hearts of the people in the power of the Holy Spirit.
Pray this prayer with us (words of a chorus):
Shine Jesus shine, fill Qwa Qwa with the Fathers glory; Blaze Spirit blaze, set our hearts on fire; Flow river flow, flood Qwa Qwa with the Fathers glory; Send forth your word Lord, and let there be light.
Pray that God who said “Let light shine out of darkness” will shine in our hearts to give the light of the knowledge of the glory of God in the face of Jesus Christ.
The Mustard Seed
Julia writes from The Mustard Seed: “A very busy month as His angels enter the gates of the Mustard Seed daily with praise and thanksgiving in their little hearts. By his grace has this home become a piece of heaven amongst the crime, angst and poverty. Fulfilling the Fathers vision for 2014, and providing the means to introduce the real Jesus to this dark, and depressed people led me to show the Jesus movie to a group of 10 to 12 year olds.
Intermittently during the movie six children had to be led to the kitchen as they were overcome by frantic, heartfelt sobbing. I sat with them during this Holy Spirit hour. There were no words to say, just the sure knowledge that his precious Spirit was ministering to their pain. They had empathised with the lashings Jesus received and it had touched their inmost core. Yes, six souls had met the real Christ. The greatest miracle known to mankind took place that rainy afternoon. Christ Jesus is looking after his precious little vessels in the physical realm as well. They now look like the Kings kids as they proudly wear, decent, recently donated clothing. After homework and Bible club the Kings kids play with unfamiliar, educational games blessed to them by a ladies church group. Life is changing and evolving positively for his oppressed and poor children.
They are being raised up to empower and inspire future converts. The Mustard Seed, under his anointing is producing little David’s to fight the Goliath’s of Qwa Qwa. The Holy Spirit is powerful, relevant and is amongst us. I can only stand and watch in amazement at his workings. No one is beyond his power. From a hardened, smart talking ex convict living nearby, to the youngest most vulnerable child, he is doing his work. I must just be faithful and alert. He does it all, In his way and in his time. Thank you for your prayers in this harvest field. May he continue to bring hope to the hopeless, love to the loveless, and bind up the broken hearted with his good news.
Food Parcel Distribution: These are two of the homes we delivered food to. They are in the village of Phomolong.
Phomolong is a very poor area. The houses are constructed of mud or corrugated sheeting. Very few people in this village are employed. They rely on state grants and the good will of others. In February six households from this village were supplied with food. In all thirty three households received food parcels with eighty people benefiting. Some of these are child headed homes and many of those benefiting are orphans. We are all very grateful to The His Place Church for funding this project. Thank you for your generosity and for helping many desperate people, and giving them some hope in life. May the Lord continue to prosper you as you serve him in spreading the gospel.
The Warfare we are Waging.
Through the slaughtering of cows and sheep at and after funerals, the drunkenness, and the sexual immorality all around us, we are constantly reminded of the warfare we are waging. 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.
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.”
28th March – General church meeting to approve the Mabolela church constitution and to elect deacons. This could be a tricky meeting.
31st March – 4th April we will be running another Holiday Bible Club. If you are able to donate anything toward the HBC we will be very grateful as we are short of finance for this HBC.
Please pray that God will guide us as we prepare for the Easter weekend, and that God will help us get the geust speakers he would like to minister over this week end.
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 for 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 the future, 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.
God bless you all. Love in Jesus
Reg & Cynthia Schafer, and Julia O Connell.