We greet you with joy and confidence in the full assurance of the abundant grace of our Lord Jesus Christ and the Presence of the Lord our God amongst us.
Even so, the Presence and the joy of the Lord remains ours.
Our Tuesday and Thursday attendances have dwindled markedly and even our Sunday Church attendances are distinctly down. We could find many apparent reasons for some of this but much remains unexplained other than if we see in this a concerted attack of Satan. Certainly, he has not devised merely to oppose us but designed to destroy us. However, by God’s grace that is impossible.
Mark Manana felt that the Lord led him to take up secular employment and left us for those reasons.
This leaves us with the following members on our personnel:
Trevor and Sonia, Noeline, Hector and Mandy, Deon and Colsie, Gladys, Josephine, Priscilla and myself. This is by-and-large the team that has been walking together over many years and we can happily report of a wonderful spirit of unity, of prayer and of great expectation of the imminent blessings of the Lord upon us.
Then there are still Elmo and Verlene Manuel with whom we co-operate in the outreach to the orphans who gather on their farm. At present Elmo is in hospital with a very serious heart condition. Please pray specially for him.
Gaye has been with us on a volunteer basis from the United States of America since January last year and has been involved primarily in personal evangelism and the Children’s Club activities. She also assisted in the handling of the school children sponsored by some of our people for schooling in the city. In the process of time she made many friends amongst adults as well as children but now the Lord has led her to return to the United States.
VISITORS FROM THE USA:
Towards the middle of June we are expecting Diana and BJ (friends of Gaye) to join us for a short time in our Mission’s Outreach. We were blessed by Diana’s visit last year and now they are also coming to investigate the possibility of later continuing mission work in our country. Pray for us as we seek to give them such help and information as we can, expose them to opportunities and also introduce them to our Board Member, Alan Sylvester together with his wife Jean who served at the head of the OMS Mission in South Africa for many years. With so many years of practical experience in the mission field we know they will be able to give sound advice to this young couple. FURTHER OUTREACH ACTIVITIES:
FURTHER OUTREACH ACTIVITIES:
I). Dimbaza near King Williamstown:
Mkhululi Ntombana a past student of our College commenced to serve the Lord in this area and has by now established 2 Churches. We have been receiving periodical reports from him and been able to send of our Salvation and Discipleship materials to him. However it has become imperative that we visit that town and investigate the work for ourselves. In the process Trevor will be leaving here on the 8th of this month returning on the 11th , for a time of becoming acquainted with the developments there and passing on such help, guidance and encouragement as the Lord shows him to give.
Stanley Futch (also one of our Bible College students) has by now 14Churches in operation and he has also since become a married man. We send him a small monthly support and by now two bicycles have been donated to the work there. (Still to be delivered there by us).
iii). The Philippines:
There is continued pressure for us to revisit the Philippines where some Churches are by now even operating under the adopted name of Gospel Outreach. These people are poor and generally speaking quite neglected by the more privileged Churches because of the great expense to visit this poverty-stricken area.
We can say with the Psalmist: ‘You have made Your people suffer hard things…but now, You have set up a banner for those who fear and worshipfully revere You…’ (Psalm 60:3, 4 – Amplified Version). Our banner and rallying point is Calvary and standing here humbly at the cross where all was paid for and our victory secured, we rejoice in the Lord in expectation of His great mercy and generous provision.
With warm Greetings,
Rev Eddie Vosloo