Qwa Qwa Newsletter November December 2017

Incorporating: The Mustard Seed

Using Scripture Union materials and programmes

Registration Number: 137-284 NPO

Qwa Qwa Newsletter

November December 2017

For to us a child is born, to us a son is given, and the government will be upon his shoulders;
And his name shall be called
Wonderful Councillor, Mighty God, Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace.
Of the increase of his government and peace there will be no end.
Isaiah 9:6 – 7a.

This wonderful promise is fulfilled in Jesus the Son of God. He has brought a remarkable peace. It’s a peace this world cannot give. It’s a peace this world, and those in this world, cannot know. Not the cessation of human conflict.
But the cessation of the conflict between God and man, through the reconciling work of Jesus Christ on the cross of Calvary. It is the peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ that leads to the peace of God ruling in our hearts and minds. This is one of the wonderful blessings that flows from the birth of Jesus. In the midst of all the hustle and bustle of the world, we who are in Christ can know the peace of God. Wonderful news, in a world of contrary noises.
As we enjoy the peace of God we are not alarmed by the restless beating of the drums from the initiation schools in the mountains around us. These sinister drum beats announce the confusion and the restlessness of the world system that brings no peace. It is a peace that passes all human understanding. In spite of all that goes on around us and all the slander directed toward us, we do know and cherish the peace of God that came through Jesus Christ the Lord, and was announced by the angels at his birth.
Praise God for his protection. On Friday, Cynthia took one of the young women to the doctor, MD. Not long after dropping off the young lady at her house, as Cynthia was travelling home with one the leaders from the church, (whom she found walking along the road), the left front wheel came off, with a loud noise and got jammed. The noise was the breaking of one of the wheel bolts. All six wheel nuts had come off. A mechanic from close by came and took some of the wheel nuts off the other wheels and secured the wheel. On Monday we took the car to a motor mac in Harrismith. After checking the wheel, he said that it looks as if someone had loosened the nuts. Praise God that Cynthia was travelling on a bad road at a very low speed, or who knows what could have happened. Praise God he kept Cynthia safe. We are not sure if someone tried to harm us or, just tried to steal the wheel. On Thursday the car has to go back to the motor mac, when he will take off the hub and replace the bolt that was severed.
Praise God for his provision. When we were really down and out financially, we were blessed with some unexpected and very welcome gifts. Thanks to all who sent us those very welcome and desperately needed gifts. Praise God he has truly blessed us over this Christmas period. Because of these wonderful gifts we will be able to pay for the repairs to the vehicle, and we have paid our rent and have set aside for January’s rent. Our God is so faithful in supplying our needs. Thanks to all the wonderful people who so faithfully support us month by month. We praise God for every good and perfect gift he so graciously supplies through the loving gifts his faithful people give. Without your support we would not be able to continue in the work. Thank you all so much. Praise God too, for the His place Church, who so faithfully give toward the feeding of the poor. Praise God too for all those who support the efforts to feed the children and the poor families in the area.
Holiday Bible Club
Praise God that a Holiday Bible Club took place this holiday. The first day was leaders training and practising carols for our Christmas service and for carolling at the local hospital. The first day for the children was virtually rained out, but all the leaders and some children braved the cold and the rain and just came to our house where we spent time playing games with them and sharing part of the Christmas narrative. It went off very well. The children had a great
time and listened intently to the Bible lesson. Wednesday, we woke to a flat tyre, but made it to the tyre fitment
centre to have it fixed. The vehicle has to carry all the equipment to the ground for the HBC. There were about one hundred and forty children present at the HBC on the open field, in spite of the fact that we could not feed the children due to lack of funds. Again it went very well, with children having a lot of fun, studiously reciting the memory verse, and listening intently to the Bible story of the day. We continued giving out Sniggles (a reasonably good snack) and a “stock sweet” (a sweet on a stick) at the end of each morning. The weather held out most of the time which made it easier to use the open field below the house. Thursday there was a turnout of 160 children. The children enjoyed different games and activities. They learned the memory verse with vigour, and listened attentively to the narrative of the angels message to the shepherds and the shepherds going off to see Jesus. Rain washed out play on Friday, but all the leaders and some brave souls came to the house where we shared the visit of the wise men and taught the memory verse. Three, of the thirteen children, who were present, were able to repeat all four memory verses.
Leaders Braai
On Friday afternoon there was a braai lunch to thank all our leaders for their help with the HBC and especially those leaders who have been helping us throughout the year with preparing the classroom and chairs for the Sunday services, playing instruments and singing in the music group, driving us around when necessary, leading the services, sharing the Word, leading the Sunday School, and many other practical duties. They are normally so willing to help with whatever is needed to be done and we are like a “big family” and they deserve to have a treat once a year.
Visit to the Local hospital.
Christmas 2016 we arranged with the hospital staff to go carol singing and praying for the patients and the staff. It must have gone down well, as this year we were invited to come again and sing to, and pray with the patients and staff. On Christmas eve 15 of our young leaders joined Cynthia and I as we went carolling at the hospital. We sang and prayed in every ward. The patients and the staff on duty expressed their gratitude, many were blessed and one young man said, “Come again tomorrow”. Praise God that these young people were willing to give up their Christmas eve to go and bless others.
Christmas Service
This service was led by the young people. This was a proper Christmas service with many readings and carols. The young people sang many of the carols we sang at the hospital. There were duets and solo’s. There was a very short message toward the end. The people so enjoyed the service, they insisted on the youth repeating the last carol.
Later on Christmas day we were blessed to be able to take presents from the Samaritans Purse (a group in America who fill shoe boxes with toys etc and send them to churches in different nations), with some goodies, to the orphans at the Mustard Seed. The children had a wonderful time opening their boxes and discovering their hidden treasures, eating their goodies and playing. Praise God for his goodness in providing for these children.
Food Deliveries
On, Friday 29th Dec, two of our young men went to buy and distribute the monthly gifts of food to widows, orphans, very poor families, and single mothers with children who are unemployed. Normally Reg would do this but he had had a fall in the mountains on Thursday. Russell and Reg were coming down a steep part of the Qwa Qwa Mountain in heavy rain. This made the paths very slippery. Reg slipped on the steep path and slid flat on his back for about five to food aid, plus a number of people and children who come to our house for help. The majority oIncorporating: The Mustard Seed
Using Scripture Union materials and programmes
Registration Number: 137-284 NPO
Qwa Qwa Newsletter
November December 2017
For to us a child is born, to us a son is given, and the government will be upon his shoulders;
And his name shall be called
Wonderful Councillor, Mighty God, Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace.
Of the increase of his government and peace there will be no end.
Isaiah 9:6 – 7a.
This wonderful promise is fulfilled in Jesus the Son of God. He has brought a remarkable peace. It’s a peace this world cannot give. It’s a peace this world, and those in this world, cannot know. Not the cessation of human conflict.
But the cessation of the conflict between God and man, through the reconciling work of Jesus Christ on the cross of Calvary. It is the peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ that leads to the peace of God ruling in our hearts and minds. This is one of the wonderful blessings that flows from the birth of Jesus. In the midst of all the hustle and bustle of the world, we who are in Christ can know the peace of God. Wonderful news, in a world of contrary noises.
As we enjoy the peace of God we are not alarmed by the restless beating of the drums from the initiation schools in the mountains around us. These sinister drum beats announce the confusion and the restlessness of the world system that brings no peace. It is a peace that passes all human understanding. In spite of all that goes on around us and all the slander directed toward us, we do know and cherish the peace of God that came through Jesus Christ the Lord, and was announced by the angels at his birth.
Praise God for his protection. On Friday, Cynthia took one of the young women to the doctor, MD. Not long after dropping off the young lady at her house, as Cynthia was travelling home with one the leaders from the church, (whom she found walking along the road), the left front wheel came off, with a loud noise and got jammed. The noise was the breaking of one of the wheel bolts. All six wheel nuts had come off. A mechanic from close by came and took some of the wheel nuts off the other wheels and secured the wheel. On Monday we took the car to a motor mac in Harrismith. After checking the wheel, he said that it looks as if someone had loosened the nuts. Praise God that Cynthia was travelling on a bad road at a very low speed, or who knows what could have happened. Praise God he kept Cynthia safe. We are not sure if someone tried to harm us or, just tried to steal the wheel. On Thursday the car has to go back to the motor mac, when he will take off the hub and replace the bolt that was severed.
Praise God for his provision. When we were really down and out financially, we were blessed with some unexpected and very welcome gifts. Thanks to all who sent us those very welcome and desperately needed gifts. Praise God he has truly blessed us over this Christmas period. Because of these wonderful gifts we will be able to pay for the repairs to the vehicle, and we have paid our rent and have set aside for January’s rent. Our God is so faithful in supplying our needs. Thanks to all the wonderful people who so faithfully support us month by month. We praise God for every good and perfect gift he so graciously supplies through the loving gifts his faithful people give. Without your support we would not be able to continue in the work. Thank you all so much. Praise God too, for the His place Church, who so faithfully give toward the feeding of the poor. Praise God too for all those who support the efforts to feed the children and the poor families in the area.

Holiday Bible Club

Praise God that a Holiday Bible Club took place this holiday. The first day was leaders training and practising carols for our Christmas service and for carolling at the local hospital. The first day for the children was virtually rained out, but all the leaders and some children braved the cold and the rain and just came to our house where we spent time playing games with them and sharing part of the Christmas narrative. It went off very well. The children had a great time and listened intently to the Bible lesson. Wednesday, we woke to a flat tyre, but made it to the tyre fitment
centre to have it fixed. The vehicle has to carry all the equipment to the ground for the HBC. There were about one hundred and forty children present at the HBC on the open field, in spite of the fact that we could not feed the children due to lack of funds. Again it went very well, with children having a lot of fun, studiously reciting the memory verse, and listening intently to the Bible story of the day. We continued giving out Sniggles (a reasonably good snack) and a “stock sweet” (a sweet on a stick) at the end of each morning. The weather held out most of the time which made it easier to use the open field below the house. Thursday there was a turnout of 160 children. The children enjoyed different games and activities. They learned the memory verse with vigour, and listened attentively to the narrative of the angels message to the shepherds and the shepherds going off to see Jesus. Rain washed out play on Friday, but all the leaders and some brave souls came to the house where we shared the visit of the wise men and taught the memory verse. Three, of the thirteen children, who were present, were able to repeat all four memory verses.

Leaders Braai

On Friday afternoon there was a braai lunch to thank all our leaders for their help with the HBC and especially those leaders who have been helping us throughout the year with preparing the classroom and chairs for the Sunday services, playing instruments and singing in the music group, driving us around when necessary, leading the services, sharing the Word, leading the Sunday School, and many other practical duties. They are normally so willing to help with whatever is needed to be done and we are like a “big family” and they deserve to have a treat once a year.
Visit to the Local hospital.
Christmas 2016 we arranged with the hospital staff to go carol singing and praying for the patients and the staff. It must have gone down well, as this year we were invited to come again and sing to, and pray with the patients and staff. On Christmas eve 15 of our young leaders joined Cynthia and I as we went carolling at the hospital. We sang and prayed in every ward. The patients and the staff on duty expressed their gratitude, many were blessed and one young man said, “Come again tomorrow”. Praise God that these young people were willing to give up their Christmas eve to go and bless others.

Christmas Service

This service was led by the young people. This was a proper Christmas service with many readings and carols. The young people sang many of the carols we sang at the hospital. There were duets and solo’s. There was a very short message toward the end. The people so enjoyed the service, they insisted on the youth repeating the last carol.
Later on Christmas day we were blessed to be able to take presents from the Samaritans Purse (a group in America who fill shoe boxes with toys etc and send them to churches in different nations), with some goodies, to the orphans at the Mustard Seed. The children had a wonderful time opening their boxes and discovering their hidden treasures, eating their goodies and playing. Praise God for his goodness in providing for these children.

Food Deliveries

On, Friday 29th Dec, two of our young men went to buy and distribute the monthly gifts of food to widows, orphans, very poor families, and single mothers with children who are unemployed. Normally Reg would do this but he had had a fall in the mountains on Thursday. Russell and Reg were coming down a steep part of the Qwa Qwa Mountain in heavy rain. This made the paths very slippery. Reg slipped on the steep path and slid flat on his back for about five to food aid, plus a number of people and children who come to our house for help. The majority of the people who receive food aid are children. Praise God for all those who give toward this part of the ministry.

Thanks and Greetings.

Thank you for all your prayer support, and financial support during 2017. We appreciate each one of you. Thank you for standing with us through the year. We thank our Father in heaven for you. You are very precious. God bless you all.
We trust you all had a wonderful and blessed Christmas. May The Father of mercies and the God of all comfort give you strength in your inner being as you face the challenges of 2018; may you experience his abundance in all things and in every area of your lives, may he sustain, uphold and provide for you in every way and may his grace prove to be sufficient for you in every circumstance you may face in the new year.
Love in the Lord
Cynthia, Julia and Reg

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