Qwa Qwa Youth Camp Appeal Letter

Dear Family and Friends
Last year the Lord provided for us to hold a camp for the young people of Mountain Ministries. Twenty young people, two camp speakers, Cynthia and I set off to Oban Guest Farm, where we had good spiritual input, some fun activities and good food. This camp had a tremendous spiritual impact on the lives of most of the campers. The majority of those who attended are now active in the church, the music group and the youth group. Through their influence the youth group has grown to over thirty, with many involved in the music group. We praise God for this, because only He provides spiritual growth.
This year there are thirty eight young people who want to attend the camp, plus the two speakers and Cynthia and I. The young people have been collecting money as best they can. Some are in school and do not have much money, others are at university, the rest are out of school and are unemployed. Many are not able to pay anything. There have also been many trips to the recycling depot, where we sell recycling material. Cynthia and I have also put much into the fund. We have also had donations coming in, but in spite of our best efforts we have come up short on our funding.
If you are able to donate toward this camp, or if you may know of anyone who will be able to help, it would be greatly appreciated. If the spiritual impact at this camp, is anything like the previous camp, many of these lives will be changed, and who knows where this can go. A number of those who want to attend are relatively new in the church, and are not yet born again. Christian camps have changed the lives of many young people. These young people have very little to look forward to in life, and this camp could be the beginning of new life in Christ for some.
This is also an appeal for you to pray with us that the funding will come through so that the obligations for the camp will be met.
Yours in Christ
Reg and Cynthia Schafer
If you are able to donate please deposit into the following account:
Name of Account: Youth Fund. Bank: Capitec, Acc No 1428522466, Branch code: 470010
For overseas donors please Nedbank Current Account as in newletter.

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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

Qwa Qwa Newsletter April/May 2017

Incorporating: The Mustard Seed
Using Scripture Union materials and programmes
Registration Number: 137-284 NPO

Qwa Qwa Newsletter
April/May 2017

Brrrr…. Winter hit us suddenly in May with rain and snow on the Drakensberg and Maluti mountains!! A beautiful sight when the mist and clouds cleared but really cold for our bodies etc. But we are grateful to the Lord that we have a roof over our heads and warm beds to sleep in. He is faithful and supplies our needs even if it is at the “11th hour”.

Thank you so much to all who responded to our urgent call for finances during the earlier months of the year. May the Lord truly bless you abundantly and give you the desires of your hearts.

We are still looking to the Lord for more regular donors who will be committed to give a set amount each month to help us budget wisely.

SCHOOL CHRISTIAN GROUP

The Learners at Witsieshoek Primary School look forward to Wednesdays when we run a SCG called “The Bible Club”. We use the hall (2 classrooms together) when it’s available or we all squash into one of the Christian teacher’s classroom!! We have good numbers most Wednesdays and the learners love to sing, play games, hear Bible stories and learn Bible verses. One of the games involves knowing the books of the Bible, especially the New Testament, so they learn as they play. Another camp is being planned for early next year and we trust we will have at least 50 children attending.

MINISTRIES

The Church services are going well with usually a full classroom. The preaching on the Greatness of God continues to be a blessing to many. Lately we have been teaching on the attributes of God. A number of people have been encouraged by the eternity of God, and the omnipresence of God. We obviously have to bring these terms down to the understanding of the people. But the teaching on God has truly given them a deeper insight into who our God really is and how wonderful he is.

The Sunday School is enjoyed by the children under 13 who are learning about Jesus, memorising Bible verses, playing appropriate games and singing both English and Sotho songs.

The youth praise, worship and pray most Friday evenings and are very enthusiastic about it.

The older youth are studying the Bible on Wednesdays (late afternoon). In these meetings we are still teaching through the statement of faith. Through the teaching those who attend are getting an insight into some of the great words of our faith, such as, atonement, sacrifice, propitiation, reconciliation, justification and sanctification.

Thursday afternoons are now taken up with training of potential leaders. The Lord has identified three young men that we are training up to step into leading the ministry. Though we are aiming to train these particular young men, the course is open to anyone. So there have been two young ladies also attending. We have been praying for someone or a couple to come in and work with us and eventually to take over the ministry. A few people showed interest but wanted us to support them. That is not possible at present. So we felt compelled to train up leaders from within the group. Here we have started by looking into the different gifts and ministries in the church. Ephesians chapter four, Romans chapter twelve, 1 Peter 4:7 – 11 and 1 Corinthians 12 – 14, form the basis for these studies, with very particular attention to the context in which the gifts and ministries appear.

Reg has helped with some open air meetings in a new area where one of the older chaps from the village is planning to start a church. He used to belong to the church in Lusaka, and helped us at the beginning here in Mabolela, and now lives near us. So the Word is spreading, but there are vast areas with many, many people still to hear the Good News of the Gospel.

We are still praying for a couple to help us in the ministry so that we can take a bit of a “back seat” for a while. It is now 7 years that we have been in Qwa Qwa full time!!

THE MUSTARD SEED

There is always room for one more. Or in our case 7 more! This all kills my financial complacency. And for a few nights I worry, toss and turn and wonder how I am going to get clothing, shoes and pay for new school uniforms and medications. It is also during these times that Paypal gives Reg and myself huge problems. Or Lesedi sells his school shoes and shirt for a kota. And Kamohelo breaks our large window with a spinning top. I sit morosely in the corner and plan how I can find another job. Then a small voice that I recognise as the Holy Spirit whispers in my heart, “you are failing your test. Don’t you know I am bigger than all this”. So up I stand trying my best to make sure meds will last until pay day comes. I go to my room and pray for my ugly mood. Then I repent and we face diapers, school tours that would pay for a ticket to London and children who need plasters. Workers who come to you on a Saturday and inform me that we need spices, gas and beans. So I deal with each problem sanely and calmly bit by bit. Then Lucky 2 throws a Grande Mal fit and all our traumatised dysfunctional children laugh at this. As I put him on his side and push away the pesky dog, I tell the laughing mob to grow up and I look into 8 and 9 year old faces. They are just children watching a 3 year old’s brain spike. And what do they understand. How can they have any compassion for anything when they all have court dates and meetings with the Child Protection Services. How can you have a sane soft view of life when you did things with Grandfather for Grandmother for 4 years. I realise how far I am from Jesus Christ and pray and think through His little children’s minds. Our Jesus will heal. I must grow up and see their perspective, lower my expectations and just get on with the job He gave me. Long ago, I was highly critical of another ministry head. But with knowledge comes understanding. I repent and carry on with the ground work. Ministry is hard and unrelenting but we have a faithful Boss.

Lusaka Christian Fellowship

Praise God that this church continues to grow. Worship services are pretty full, and new people are being added. The youth group is vibrant. The “Sunday School” is growing and the children are being taught well. The booklet, “The Greatest Gift” has been an important tool for teaching the children. Joseph and Joyce have also identified certain people in the church as potential leaders, and have started a training course with them.

HOLIDAY BIBLE CLUB

The July holidays are fast approaching and we would like to run a 5 day HBC to keep the children off the streets, teach them the Bible and feed them a nutritious meal. This of course will need finance of which we are very short of at this time. Please pray with us for sponsors and donations so that we can cover the costs. The children are looking forward to the HBC and we don’t want to disappoint them.

THANKS

We are very grateful to each one of you for faithfully praying for this ministry. Your prayers mean so much to us and they keep us going when things are tough. A big thank you to His Place church in Sussex, England, for praying for this ministry, and for giving the funds, so that we can continue providing food for the truly needy. Thank you to those who so faithfully give toward our work and our personal support.

Love in the Lord
Cynthia, Julia and Reg