Dear Friends, Partners and Family!
We want to thank you very much for honoring us with your faith and trust and for laboring with us in reaching out to expand & establish the kingdom of God in hearts of the many that without our united efforts might never have heard the Good News or find the hope and comfort that has been extended to them through our ministry.
“Jesus said unto them, So is the kingdom of God, as if a man should cast seed into the ground; and should sleep, and rise night and day, and the seed should spring and grow up, he knoweth not how. For the earth brings forth fruit of herself; first the blade, then the ear, after that the full corn in the ear. (Mark 4: 26-28). Our work in Sir Lowry’s Pass, Nomzano and other areas is often just like that. A night and day, night and day seemingly uneventful endeavor; but the blades are now budding forth and we are expecting to soon reap a great harvest! And you, our faithful partners and supporters, will be sharing with us the benefits of that great harvest.
This month we had a Wednesday night united event for all those that attend our various study groups as well as those that simply attend church with us on a Sunday morning— everyone was invited. The aim was to bring people together and to have a time of fellowship, Word and worship together.
Philip prepared some worship songs via video and also arranged for some of the disciples/family to lead part of the worship a-capella! This led to a lively train of dancing which is very customary for the people in Sir Lowry’s Pass.
Afterwards we taught on, The Six Life Foundations: Understanding God’s love, Your Spiritual Make-Up; Your Identity in Christ, the True Nature of God and Your Spiritual Authority. Time did only permit us to briefly touch on each one, and to demonstrate Spirit, Soul and Body. Many were touched and and came to thank us saying they learned a lot!
We also led many new souls to the Lord this month. People that were invite in out of the cold not only left the cold to enter His warmth, but also left the Kingdom of darkness to enter the kingdom of His dear son!
These all stayed with us for a two-hour class after first having received the Lord.
Philip brought all the supplies needed for a hot meal to be served for all the attendees
And some of the precious ladies labored tirelessly to prepare 50+ meals for everyone attending! Meat, potatoes, rice, etc. The ladies themselves planned the menu and did ll the needed preparations.
Rather than eating there, which would have cut back on our time for the Word and worship, the meals were packed in take-away containers and handed out at the end of the evening.
Adults and children alike were happy and thankful to be able to leave with a warm meal to enjoy afterwards.
CHARIS ON-LINE BIBLE SCHOOL AND STUDY GROUPS:
As usual we ran the Bible Scholl in the main hall while teaching the Rooted (beginners basics) to the new students in an adjoining classroom.
We start out with a united time of worship which we also use as an opportunity to make announcements that pertain to everybody. We are thankful for the growth we are seeing and the lives that are becoming much more solidly established in truth!
We run a Thursday night study group as well as a Thursday afternoon Rooted group on a weekly basis. This photo is taken during one of our Thursday night teachings.
MILK AND OTHER SUPPLIES:
Bright Stars - Nomzamo!
Sunshine Kids - Sir Lowry's Pass!
Emily's Play School - Sir Lowry's Pass!
Mila's Angels - Sir Lowry's Pass!
We thank all of you who assist us in reaching out to bless and assist others in a tangible way! God loves when we give and wants to give more through us than what we can imagine. He is the biggest giver of all!
We also received several office chairs and this sweet lady took the opportunity to have a fun swing-around before the chairs we redistributed to their final destinations! :)
In the photo above we are collecting the food and in the photo below that people from Joyce’s soup kitchen are busy helping Philip unloading the food. We are very thankful for this assistance.
In closing we would like to ask you to please stand with us in prayer. There are changes on the horizon for us (we are not planning to leave Sir Lowry’s Pass or stop the mission—nothing like that), but the Lord has indicated that there are some changes ahead that we trust till lead us into greater fruitful ness. Please pray with us for clear guidance, the Lord’s wisdom and wise decision making! Thnk you so much. We will keep you updated as things develop.
Last, but not least we want to express our deep gratitude to those of you that is helping to make it possible for us to continue our ministry here. Thus work is only made possible as we continue to labor together. Thank you so much for your love, encouragement and faithfulness.
Concerning the minibus we are still trusting the Lord to bring it in His perfect time. Meanwhile we re staying on the look-out!
Much love and prayers,
Philip and Rita