Warm Sunny Greetings From South Africa!
After the peak experience of Boot Camp in January, we quickly “came down off the mountain.” Jason got tick fever and was sick for three weeks. Our only staff, Bongani, who was running the MSSM program left, our renter moved, and we lost our bread donation we use for the Manna Project. But God is still on the throne and we started our new Bible school term with four new students giving us a total of 10 students. Joy & Jolie started at their new school, Queenswood, and quickly adjusted and had new friends.
In February God quickly changed things and we got new renters, got the MSSM program up and running again with Isaac (our one-year volunteer) and Peter (BMW student), had a safari with Tom and Linda Maher and Isaac, and baptized five of our current students. Jenn gave us wonderful news that she has met someone and that we knew him. Sympathy Ndlovu was a volunteer at our Boot Camp and that is where they met. He is a pastor at Rhema Ministries in South Africa and also a teacher at our BMW.
March brought more visitors our way. Isaac’s family, the Harrymans, brought suitcases loaded with lots of items for the base and were involved with teaching MSSM, doing evangelism, handing out clothes at the squatter camp, and spoiling our students with cookies and a movie. The Zambian adult team of four ladies had an overnight here with us as they traveled. It’s wonderful how God brings special people into our lives even if it is for just one night.
A big answer to prayer was that after five years, we finally have a social worker in our area. With all the cases of neglect and abuse of children, adults dying of AIDS, and people starving and getting kicked out their homes, it’s wonderful to have someone to go to locally to help them get services. The social workers also want to interview the Samaritan Ladies and help them get some skills at the developmental center. Hopefully, this will enable them to get the school work and jobs they need to get off the streets.
We were blessed to be able to host a Super Bowl party with seventeen of our American friends that also serve here in South Africa. There are some things from home that we miss and it helps us all to be able to speak American English and get refreshed as we see how God is using these imperfect vessels to touch His creation that He loves so much. We also had 45 baptisms in our pool this month. We allow churches to use the pool to baptize because so many churches are too small to have their own baptistry.
In April we had one of our graduate students invite us to come and teach at his weekend Easter conference and fundraiser. We closed down BMW from Thursday to go approximately two hours away to join Lesiba and his head pastor. Through door-to-door evangelism and teaching, many lives were changed. We were truly blessed by our time away and loved being able to help out. The students also enjoyed fellowshipping with some of the Boot Camp kids that attended.
Many of you have asked if we are coming to the States this year and we are not. So this is the perfect time for YOU to visit. We have many work projects at the base, like renovating our Boot Camp bathrooms and raising/ repairing the roof over the classroom and office. For MSSM, we have benches and shelters that need built as well as many ministry opportunities. An African safari at nearby Pilanesburg National Park is always a perk. For a complete list of projects and possible cost involved, please contact Teen Missions International in Florida and they will then work closely with us in advising you the best way to help the ministry in South Africa. Several church groups may be planning to come, so maybe you could join them.
Praises – Donation for health insurance and shock absorber for our MSSM motorcycle – Both Jenn & Brent have found special people – may God bless their relationships – Joy & Jolie have finished the 1st term of school and enjoyed doing drama and soccer – We finally got our work/study permits for three more years
Prayer Requests – Karen’s health to improve – blood sugar levels are too high – More staff for our base to share the load – pray against burnout for us – Quality family time as our kids are growing up quickly
If you would like to donate to our bread ministry, $1 feeds four people. Send donations with a note for “Bread of Life – South Africa” to: Teen Missions 885 E. Hall Rd. Merritt Island, 32953