Incorporating: The Mustard Seed
Using Scripture Union materials and programmes
Registration Number: 137-284 NPO
Qwa Qwa Newsletter
Result of the CCMA Hearing.
Praise God. He is good and his mercies endure forever. If we did not have the sure Word of God to encourage us we would have been in despair. But we know that God works all things together for good to those who love him and are called according to his purpose.
The verdict went against us at the CCMA hearing yesterday. The Mustard Seed has to pay three of the old workers, who were dismissed for bringing the ministry into disrepute through allegations of sexual abuse etc, R 3500 each. Praise God it is not R 15000 or even R 5000 each, that they were claiming. But yet, R 10500, is still beyond our means. Each worker has to be paid R 583.33 per month for six months i.e. R1750 per month. Julia’s sponsor has been asked but is not willing to pay anything toward this. The Mustard Seed and Mountain Ministries have no spare cash to meet this expense, we always are scraping the bottom of the barrel each month end. If the Mustard Seed had not lost sponsors through the lies of these workers, these payments would be no problem.
Please pray with us that we will be able to raise the required amount needed for the full payment or that we will be able to meet the monthly amount required. If we fail to meet the payments, the CCMA has said they will have to close the centre and confiscate furniture to the value of the amount owing. We are not sure if they can actually do this, or if it is just a threat. Not good news, but we know that God is in control, and his will, will be done.
If anyone is able to help in any way to meet these payments please deposit money into Julia’s FNB account, listed below, and send me a mail saying how much you have deposited so that I am able to keep a record of all that comes in toward meeting these payments. Tag each deposit with your name and CCMA, so that Julia can differentiate what is for the home and what is for the CCMA.
Please keep this in your prayers. And pray that the other dismissed workers will not also climb on the band wagon and make claims through the CCMA. All is in the hands of the Lord. We trust him in all things.
The social worker who came to support us, and spoke up on our behalf, felt that the commissioner was a bit biased because we were white and trying to exploit poor black people.
What is so hard to understand is that in spite of Julia having been very kind to these people in many ways, even taking the one ladies grandson into the home, feeding him and buying his school uniform every year as well as buying him shoes and clothes when needed, these workers showed no appreciation and then turned on Julia. Nor did they have any sympathy or feeling for the children who may suffer shortages arising from their actions. The heart of man is truly deceitful, and cares only for self.
This result has hit Julia very hard. She needs your encouragement. It has also knocked me and annoyed me. But God gives grace to forgive.
What is worse is that workers we were planning to dismiss at the end of their contract period, end August, are not allowed to be dismissed, as they have worked more than three months and are now, so called, permanent. These workers have caused a lot of trouble between Julia and the children, but now they have to stay on. Please pray that they will leave of their own accord, sooner rather than later. This has also hit Julia very hard. The labour laws in this country favour the workers, so it is so difficult to dismiss workers. This has also annoyed me. But I must forgive.
Thank you so much for praying. He who accomplishes all things according to the counsel of his will, will work all of these setbacks for good.
Love in the Lord
Cynthia, Julia and Reg