Incorporating: The Mustard Seed
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Qwa Qwa Newsletter
God is our refuge and strength, an ever-present help in trouble.
Therefore we will not fear, though the earth give way
and the mountains fall into the heart of the sea,
Though its waters roar and foam, and the mountains quake with their surging.
These are the opening verses of Psalm 46. This has always been one of my favourite Psalms. It has encouraged me in very difficult circumstances and will continue to do so. We as a family, and as a ministry, have been stretched financially these last few weeks, so much so that we are in a very difficult financial situation. Among other things, Heather’s meds for one, we had two ‘punctures’ in quick succession. Before we had the money and time to fix the first ’puncture’, we had another. Two punctures, one spare wheel; a problem. So the poor Isuzu Frontier had to spend a while on the jack. When money came in I had to go to and fro in the golf taking one tyre at a time. The first trip – tyre not repairable. Second trip – same result. We needed the Isuzu, so we had to buy two new tyres, which we could not afford. A Month earlier we had to replace a tyre, because of a split in the wall. It has flattened us financially for the rest of the month. On top of the financial situation, I have not been feeling well for a while now. But, praise God for the “But”, we have a God who is a very present help in trouble; one who is always there for us, so when the waves of the sea threaten to overwhelm us, He is our refuge and strength. Whatever happens he will help us, strengthen us, and uphold us in his Almighty arms. Praise the Lord. Please pray with us through this difficult time.
The Mustard Seed
The CCMA hearing went against us. So we had to pay each of the three workers R 3500 for their August 2017 salary. They had changed their complaint from unfair dismissal, as they seemed to have been advised that this claim was not valid because of the lies they had spread, and were now only claiming their August 2017 salaries. Julia had paid them all for August 2017, but on the day of the hearing she was not able to produce the proof of payment. A while after the hearing she found the proof of payment vouchers, but the CCMA refused to reverse their decision. The fact that this money had to be paid worried Julia so much that she took a loan from her father, who is quite well off, but not forthcoming with money to help Julia. He would only agree to a loan that has to be paid off in twelve months. So the problem is solved. Mean while life at the Mustard seed goes on as normal.
At the time of writing, Julia is in JHB. Her father suffers from dementia. He has lucid moments, but most of the time he does not know what is going on. She went to try to get him into a home as he is not capable of looking after himself in his big house. But he absolutely refuses to move. It is so sad. We prayed so hard that he would be willing to go into a home, but he will not budge. Julia will return next week and Jessica, Julia’s daughter, who lives close by, will check on him every day. Julia will go to visit every three months. In the mean time I have been visiting the Mustard Seed two to three times a day. The children are all well and can’t wait for Mama Julia to come home. In all these ups and downs the Lord continues to be an ever-present help, who continues to lift us up in his everlasting arms.
August – Womens’ Month
On the 9th August a large crowd of ladies met at Keta House to sing praises to the Lord and hear an inspiring message from a gifted speaker. Old, middle-aged and young really enjoyed themselves and feasted on sandwiches and coffee at the end. Two of our guys braved the day to play 2 keyboards that the ladies really enjoyed and the ladies danced a while after the meeting!! Nobody was in a hurry to go home!
The following Sunday many of the ladies spoke and testified in the service with great enthusiasm and some had to wait for the following Sunday to share with the congregation. Reg was in Johannesburg for a special meeting so the ladies really took over the whole service for 2 weeks!!
Praise the Lord for these gifted and enthusiastic ladies.
The church in Lusaka continues to grow under the leadership of pastor Joseph and Joyce Zwane. They have some talented, gifted and really enthusiastic twenty something leaders. Unfortunately due to lack of funds they will not be able to attend the Network retreat from the 21st – 24th September. These young leaders, some of who are also gifted singers, also lead in the worship team. Others are involved in an outreach work between Harrismith and Kestel. They would take a taxi on a Saturday morning, then spend the afternoon visiting the homes in the afternoon. Sometimes have a service for the people in the evening and then lead the service on the Sunday morning, before travelling back to Lusaka. Some of these young leaders are also involved in teaching in the Sunday school. They are a great blessing to the church.
One of the highlights of the month of September so far was the combined prayer meeting held at Lusaka on the 1st. Two car loads of mostly young folk from the church in Mabolela travelled through to Lusaka for the prayer meeting. The main topic for prayer was for our leaders of the nation, and for spiritual renewal in the church and the nation. It was a time of intensive prayer lasting two hours. Then we had to do the two trips back to Mabolela to get all the people home.
Praise God that these monthly combined prayer meetings are back on track. Praise God too that so many young people from both churches were willing to give up their Saturday afternoon to come out and pray. This will now be a monthly occurrence.
Praise God, that in spite of the decreasing funds available for the feeding project, we are still able to help a number of families in Lusaka and Mabolela with food. We are truly grateful to the His Place Church, in Sussex, England, for their ongoing support of this project. Those who receive help are the poorest in the churches, made up mostly of widows, orphans, single mothers and their children. The recipients are always truly grateful for the food supplied.
Holiday Bible Club
Praise God for the July Holiday Bible Club. It went very well and many children were blessed. Praise God too for our dedicated, enthusiastic and committed leaders who so willingly give their time to bless the children. Praise God we have also received a wonderful sponsorship for the December Holiday Bible Club. Thank God for the board of the ITC Christian Fellowship, in the Netherlands, for their generous gift. This gift will not only enable us to run the HBC in December, but will also enable us to give the children a good meal after each day’s activities. Praise the Lord for his abundant goodness.
We praise God for your faithful prayers for us and for your encouragement in the work. Sometimes things become very difficult, but your prayers sustain us. Thank you. Praise God too for your generous donations for us personally and for the ministry. We thank God for each one of you, and appreciate you.
Love in the Lord
Cynthia, Julia and Reg