Incorporating: The Mustard Seed
Using Scripture Union materials and programmes
Registration Number: 137-284 NPO
Qwa Qwa Newsletter
Here in Qwa Qwa the temperature has soared into the mid and higher 30’s. The heat is stifling; the grass is drying out, the lawns are scorched, the ground is hard and lifeless, the streams have dried up, because there has been so little rain. The heavens are like brass, the dogs lie around panting, the cats seek shady cool places to lie and only venture out at night. The heat is stifling, it drains the energy levels. But we have a God in heaven. The Bible tells us that it is God who with holds the rain. In 1 Kings 8:35 Solomon prays, “When the heavens are shut up and there is no rain, because your people have sinned against you…” in 2 Chronicles 7:13 – 14 God gives Solomon and Israel a promise, “When I shut up the heavens and there is no rain,… if my people who are called by my name, will humble themselves and pray and seek my face and turn from their wicked ways, then will I hear from heaven and will forgive their sins and heal their land.” We the people of God need to look at our own lives, repent and seek the face of God. Then we need to stand in the gap for our nation, and repent on behalf of our nation and pray for God’s forgiveness, mercy and grace upon the nation, so that God in His grace will have mercy upon our nation, and send the rain from heaven, so that there will be food and water in our land. O Lord God Almighty, in your mercy and grace, forgive our sin and send the rain from heaven on Southern Africa.
Between starting and completing this letter, the Lord blessed us with a wonderful shower. But since then we have gone back to long hot and dry days. The stream after reviving after the rain is almost dry again. O Lord of the universe, giver and with holder of the rain, be merciful and send the rain upon our nation and Southern Africa.
Witsieshoek Primary School.
It was our privilege and pleasure to be able to minister to the children over the past term. The S U Bible club was generally well attended and the children enjoyed the Bible teachings as well as the games. They get so excited when they see us coming, knowing that we are going to have some fun together. Sometimes they get over excited and become unruly, but by the grace of God we are always able to gain control. In some there is a real desire to know Jesus better. We thank the Lord for the opportunities we have to minister to the children, We are looking forward to next year’s camp, when we will have more time to share with the children.
Holiday Bible Club
Still on the subject of children, the Holiday Bible Club will run from 18th – 21st December. Praise the Lord for the generosity of ITC in the Netherlands; we will be able to provide a meal for the children after each days’ activities. Please pray that we will be able to find the right people to do the cooking for the HBC. One of our loyal cooks over many years is now working at the Mustard Seed. Pray too for cool weather. It would not be good for the children to come out in the extreme heat we have been experiencing. Today has been not so hot, We pray that cooler weather will continue.
Baptismal Service at Lusaka
Sunday 18th stared off hot, good weather for a baptism. Praise the Lord it was not a sizzling hot day. At eight thirty the mustard seed children were transported to Lusaka, followed by a trip back to Mabolela to meet the two taxis we hired, and take another load back to Lusaka. In all we filled two taxis, the Golf and the Frontier overloaded twice. Eventually we got everybody to Lusaka for the service. There was a wonderful Spirit filled atmosphere, expressed in jubilant praise, and deep worship, followed by a challenge to greater submission to God. This was followed by a time of prayer for the nation and for rain. Two babies and a child were dedicated to the Lord, followed by a short demonstration of baptism and its meaning. Then it was time to baptise those who had come for baptism. There were about thirty people who were baptised. Among those, from Mountain Ministries, who were baptised were some from the Mustard seed, some new converts from the youth camp, held in May this year, other new folk and an old gogo who has been attending church for the past number of years. There were also a number of young people from Lusaka and older church members who were baptised. About thirty in all. Praise God for all these people who expressed their desire to carry on following and serving Jesus. After the service we had lunch together. It was good to see the Lusaka and Mabolela people talking together. There was a real spirit of unity between the two groups.
The only drawback was that the other church from Pabalo pulled out at the 11th hour. We missed them, but maybe next time they will join us.
There will be a combined prayer meeting when the three churches will get together on the 1st December.
Thank you so very much for praying for us in this ministry. We are very dependent on the prayers of God’s people. Thank you too for your financial support for us and the work. Thank you too for your wonderful response when we were in deep financial trouble. Your response in prayer and giving was overwhelming. Thank you. Without you, our faithful prayers and givers, we would not be able to accomplish anything. We appreciate each one of you who bear us up in prayer and for our very faithful donors. Thank you so much.
Much love in Jesus,
Reg and Cynthia Schafer and Julia O Connell.