Buaya, Tia Newsletter (Fall 2015)


Dear Family, Friends and Sponsors,

It’s been one year and four months that I’ve been at the base of Teen Missions South Africa as a staff, and I’ve had lots of experiences especially in ministry. How wonderfully God, with His righteous hand, protected me to do His will in South Africa. Wherever I go and meet Africans, they think I’m Chinese. Here in SA, Africans in general look down on Chinese. According to the history from long time ago, there was a war between Chinese and Sotho people. At the time, the Chinese attacked and killed many of the Sotho people. So we pray for reconciliation.

One day some of the students and I went to the Hatfield Church North. We took a public taxi and on the way back we were sitting and waiting for more passengers. One guy came and spoke in Sesotho language so loudly and he pointed at me and other people tried to stop him. My friend said to him, “She doesn’t understand.” Then he replied, “English is not my father language. This is Africa!” I was so scared and I prayed in my heart. The guy spoke to the driver and finally we moved to another taxi. My African friend said he was drunk and he didn’t tell me what was going on, but I know God protected me from the stranger.

Shanty (one of the staff) with the children at Masakhane
Mrs. Anna cooking outside

You may think that doing ministry is only “share and preach the Gospel—that’s all.” You never know until you see and you share and you meet people here in SA. Actually, if you are face to face and have your own experience, it will give you more challenge and even break your heart. Lots of people need your help. They never feel true love, they don’t know Jesus Christ, and there are many needy who are hungry and thirsty: physically and spiritually.

A great true story—One afternoon one of the staff and I went to outreach at Masakhane where we usually do children ministry and outreach. Most of the people at Masakhane are smokers and drunkards. When we entered the gate, the children are happy and ran to us and called us “Moruti” which means Pastor. They don’t know English very well, but we see in their eyes they need something from us. The parents left them and go to work or hang out with friends. They just make sure no one kidnaps their children. The children play on the ground without shoes or sandals, no pants or t-shirt, and they were rolling their body on the dust and dirt. So this is the good time for us to play with them, sing songs, share the Word of God and pray for them. When their parents come back from work, they bring food. They make a fire outside to cook pap and boil water inside the cans. The children sit around the fire and make a circle to keep them warm while they wait for meal. The children don’t know what their parents go through every day—difficulties, problems, and even how to find some food from outside. Their only thought is food to eat for their little belly and afterwards they are full and they sleep very well. Think about how so many people waste their food and keep their possessions without knowing there are a lot of needy who are hungry right now.

Tia preaching to the ladies at the strawberry fields
Tia and Alain (intern) preaching at the strawberry fields

Another afternoon we did outreach at the Strawberry Fields where lots of ladies work at picking and weeding the strawberries. These ladies are friendly and welcome us and sometimes they give us some strawberries. We really enjoy going there because when we preach to them, they listen carefully. One day there were seven babies with one babysitter sitting under the small roof. When the ladies came to have lunch, the babies started crying and they want to find their mom, probably the babies were hungry and thirsty. They left their children from 7:00 a.m. until 1:00 p.m. and they continue work from 2:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m. Those ladies work hard under the sun without shade and the owner pays them Rand 200 ($20) or 300 ($30)/month. I can’t imagine how they can live with this small amount of money, plus they send some to their family in Zimbabwe. Sometimes they are discouraged and want to give up. That’s why we motivate and encourage them with the Word of God. God will always be there and will never leave and never forsake His people.

One of the Samaritan  Ladies learning to type

Another interesting part of our program here at the base is the class computer training for Samaritan Ladies. To be honest, I’m not professional with computers, but here I am as a supervisor for Samaritan Ladies. I have to be more patient to teach them because not all of them know how to read and most have never touched a computer before. So I make sure that I put a smile upon my face and follow them so they may feel comfortable to learn step-by-step all of the computer programs. Our goal is, after they finish the program, they will receive a certificate and this will help them to find a good job and they can see the hands of God work in their life.

Prayer requests:

1. May God give me strength, wisdom and a humble heart to serve Him in South Africa.

2. Financial support

3. May God have mercy upon my mom (Tina) in Nias Island-Indonesia. She has a problem in her left eye and she can’t see very clearly.

Tia, Mrs. Linda Maher & Shanty at the TMSA chapel

His mercy,

Tia Buaya

Psalm 126:5-6

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