Incorporating: The Mustard Seed
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And we know that in all things God works for the good of those who love him, who are called according to his purpose.
For those God foreknew he also predestined to be conformed to the likeness of his Son….
Romans 8:28 – 29 NIV
This scripture is very meaningful to me. During our ministry in Bulawayo, it was a source of strength and comfort when many of our trusted friends and congregants turned against us. Through times of difficulties in the work place it kept me strong and focussed. In times of unemployment, and having rent to pay and a family to feed during our time in Greenside, it encouraged me to look to God’s wider purpose, and caused me to see that God is with us in all circumstances, and will turn it around for our good. But the one thing we often forget is that God uses all these trials to change us to be more like Jesus. The Christian life is not easy, but it is a wonderful adventure, that leads us through dark valleys, and bright mountain tops and everything in between. All of these are designed to make us more like Jesus.
We had hopes of getting water laid on again. These hopes have been dashed. We have had a Jojo tank installed and connected to our water system, but at the last hour, the municipality cut off the water supply to this area. There has been very little rain over September and October. The water level of the dam that supplies water to this area stands at eleven percent. So we continue the long haul to Lusaka and back for water. Some of this water is poured into two or one litre bottles, so that Cynthia and Heather can handle them. This can take from half hour to an hour every day.
Our electricity is also very erratic. There are days when the power can go down three times, and come back one or two hours later, or a day later. Then the power can be stable for a week or more, then it all starts again, especially when there is a strong wind or rain. So, when you work on the computer, you have to save your work as you go along, as you never know when it will just go off.
It could be very discouraging, were it not for the encouragement of the Scriptures, and the assurance we have, that God is with us in all these things, and is working for our good in all circumstances, good or bad, favourable or unfavourable. So we rejoice in the God of our salvation, who works for our good in all circumstances.
The Church in Mabolela
The church services have been going well. We are reinforcing the teaching we received at our annual network retreat, to cement the teaching on the Holy Spirit in the lives of the people. We have dealt with such subjects as, the Holy Spirit will effect change in our lives as we look into the scriptures; The Holy Spirit will create a deep desire for God in our hearts, that will express itself in studying the Word of God; The Holy Spirit is a vital, but neglected member of the Trinity; The Holy Spirit will always lead us to Jesus, and make us more like Jesus through true fellowship with God in prayer and the Word; etc. These teachings are beginning to take effect. Some people have asked us to do more Bible studies.
The services are not as well attended as they were a while ago. The Reason? For years we have been supplying food to some of the poorest people. But lately, the finances for the food parcels has dwindled, and the only source of finance for the food parcels is the donation from the His Place Church, Hastings, in England, and a lovely lady from Uvongo, on the south coast. These donations on their own are not sufficient to support all the families who look to us for food, about one hundred and thirty to one hundred and fifty, women and children. As a result we have only been able to give each family a bag of maize meal. So, many of these people no longer come to the church. Now we know who was coming just for the food, and who had a genuine interest in seeking God. That is a good thing, for now the hidden motives have been exposed.
October Holiday Bible Club
Much hard work goes into running an HBC but it is well worth it when you see the bright eyes of the youth in anticipation of being leaders and being used by the Lord during the HBC (their eyes are not so bright by the end of the week but they have a sense of fulfilment in their hearts).
They teach the children the ways of the Lord, sharing in their lives, feeding an average of 150 a day both physically and spiritually, getting to know them better through spending time with them, playing games and singing songs. They really enjoyed performing the drama of the Prodigal Son which spoke into the lives of the children and teenagers. The theme was Character Building – our own, others and then what Jesus’ character is like. We all aim to be Jesus-like to others but its only by the Lord’s grace that we have any hope of being that. One day we will be like Him, seeing Him as He is. Glory.
Martha from SU Vaal helped us a lot with the HBC and we thank her very much for all her time and effort. She also preached at our church service and was greatly used by the Lord. She is a blessing to us all.A special thank you, to all those who responded so sacrificially to our appeal for funds, for the HBC. The Funds received were sufficient for us to give the children a good meal after each day’s activities, and to feed our hardworking leaders, and to give the children snacks, as they left for home each day. Thank you so much for your generous giving. A number of children responded to the gospel call.
Over many years we have supplied food to many vulnerable people, mainly, orphans, widows and their children, single mothers and their children. A very big “thank you” to the His Place Church for supporting this endeavour over so many, many years, and to all those who have, and are giving to this cause. Thank you very much. It has been a great privilege to be used to meet the needs of these people, through your donations. As we are no longer able to meet the needs of all these people, because of financial constraints, we believe that God wants us to focus on the most vulnerable. That is, child headed homes, orphans and widows, where funds permit. Please pray that we will have enough funding to meet these needs.
Finance on the whole has been a problem over the past three or four months. There is a shortage of funds in all areas of the ministry. In the past when there was a shortage of funds in one area, we were able to make up any shortfall from our own resources, this is no longer the case. Our income has dropped off. This month we have not been able to pay our rent, and now another month’s rent will be due. This is a problem. Please pray that God will give us wisdom to be able to raise more support for the work and ourselves.
Julia is out growing her present rented house, the church needs a building to meet in, and big enough to run a Holiday Bible Club. We have been praying for the money to buy a large piece of ground where we can build a Christian Community Centre. Please pray for the release of finance to buy the land and build this centre.
Thank you so much for your faithful prayers for us. We are very much dependant on your Constant prayer support.
Thank you for your gifts to us and for the various projects of the ministry. We appreciate all that you do for us. Thank you very much. We appreciate each one of you.
Much love in Jesus,
Reg and Cynthia Schafer and Julia O Connell.