WCF WF Report – April 2010
Kim and the kids and myself have all been blessed in amazing ways by everyone who contributes both directly and indirectly to the White Fields program! Our continued interactions with the P2P volunteers from around the world, and the other short term volunteers who work out of Durban are a continual source of spiritual inspiration and encouragement in our efforts to serve our Father! I have the opportunity to share my excitement and amazement at the privilege that the Beelers’ have been given to dedicate ourselves to mission work in “The Field”. So THANK YOU!!
There are several notable things that have occurred in the last couple of months.
First, we have done the first ever COPT Extreme Fundraiser – “Kili For Kids”. This event was sponsored by several businesses here in South Africa, and the proceeds went directly to the COPT, earmarked for the Creche’s (Pre-schools) here in South Africa. The Hike with Brothers from South Africa, and my Brother from the states, was an amazing experience! Another example that when you follow God, he will take you places you never expected. Sometimes it’s not pleasant, but it always creates memories that will stick with you for the rest of your life. Much like climbing Mount Kilimanjaro, I never expected to do anything like that, but the time I spent with my Brothers going to the top in an effort to raise funds that will be used (100%) for the children in our local communities, was absolutely amazing and rewarding in both physical and spiritual ways. It was tough, and uncomfortable, but we overcame our mundane concerns and discomforts, enjoyed the Glory of God’s creation and saw the spiritual lessons that God gives us in climbing this majestic mountain! I can’t wait until the prophecy comes to pass. “…In that day, the Mountain of the Lord’s Temple will be established as Chief amongst the mountains…” when we will truly find the Lord at the Top of the Mountain of Zion!
It was a privilege of coming back to the States to visit our family. As amazing as our mission work is, and as much as we miss it when we are gone, being able to visit family each year is fantastic! March was consumed with our visit to the States. We had the privilege of visiting the Maumelle “Good Hope” Arkansas ecclesia and Also the San Diego County ecclesia twice, while visiting my Brother. These visits allowed us to share some of what we are doing in South Africa, and with our Kili For Kids fundraiser. Additionally, we had the opportunity to visit our friends and brothers/sisters in Fayetteville Arkansas. On a sad note, Brother Mike MClane died while we were in Arkansas. At least we had the opportunity to go to the funeral and support Sister Kim MClane and her Daughters in our visit. Mike will be missed. Solomon tells us that it is better to go to a house of mourning than that of feasting, because we are all Mortal…Being reminded of our Mortality at Mike’s funeral, I am also reminded of precisely how wonderful it is that God is faithful and that all of us who are “overcomers” will one day stand in the Last day, and be Like Jesus…In our grief we find our comfort. We also greatly appreciate our families who took care of us while we were in the states. You were all very graceful to us – I pray God’s Blessings rest on each of you!
An observation: One of the great benefits to returning home for a few weeks was that it really gave the whole family some time to reflect on our past year, and helped us decide the approach we will use for the next year. I like being intentional in my approach, so this is Great! This year I intend to spend my time on running the BEC as well as contributing to Happy’s as much as I can. I also intend to participate in future COPTrust Fundraisers, Lord Willing! I’m certain that I’ll have the privilege of helping in other areas as well, but these are my planned “Daily” efforts.
Our return to South Africa
Man, if you are gone a little while, you miss a lot! We returned to our volunteer team and were back in action around the beginning of April! It is amazing that there were a number of new projects that were created during our absence and much excitement here in Durban! As for the Beeler family, we are very focused on the work that is occurring at the Durban BEC. To enhance my current BEC work, I now walk to & from the BEC every day for exercise. I use my exercise time well by reading memory verses on 3×5 cards. I carry fruit with me while I’m walking. My walk is a ministry in at least two ways, first, it is common for me to be asked to “share” a word from God, so I hand them one of my memory verses and speak to them about the verse they have received. Second, if I see someone who is in need, and/or begging in my path, then I give them a piece of fruit and some words of encouragement from God. Honestly, a fruitful endeavor :-). Every time you step out and do something a little different, it can create a little anxiety, but stepping out in faith bears fruit every time. And I find the contribution of both food and Bible verses is happily received (Praise God!!).
Improvements: I started this using my old Memory cards. My improvement will be to use business card stock, place a background Kingdom of God logo on one side, with the BEC address and phone number, and on the other side, place the memory verse! I can’t wait to get this started!
The Durban BEC has seen some amazing improvements in the last couple of months. First, our regular volunteers and P2P volunteers do a weekly Zulu Hymn Sing out front of the BEC, and we have experienced days where we actually sign up as many as 60 new students for the class. We’ve also discovered when one or more people sit outside of our BEC reading the Bible that we generates a significant amount of interest and increased number of visits and new class enrollees. The result is an average of 15 new students per day. Before the Zulu hymn sings and placing someone outside of the BEC to read their Bible, we realized an average of about 2.5 new students per day. We’re still learning, but initial indicators are good that we can increase our number of new students by 10 fold with minimal effort. Amazing huh?
A BEC day…
Today was a day that is much like many of our days in the BEC. Today we have our weekly hymn sing that is an amalgam of English and Zulu hymns which are very popular with the local Zulu community, and many of our volunteers are here, singing “Siyabonga Nkosi Amakosi” (literally, We Thank you King of Kings) and many people are coming into the BEC. I have been in 5 separate Bible studies today, more than normal, and I have been able to discuss many scriptural truths. One of my favorites was the discussion on Exodus 34 and the character and likeness of God when He shows His Way to Moses! I enjoyed our discussions across scripture on the concept of manifestation, which started with the question on what it means to be an ambassador. I really enjoyed the Bible Class that I got to participate in on Baptism and it’s necessity yesterday. Some questions are out of Left field, some are right between the eyes 😉 but it is amazing to live in an environment where I’m dropped into Bible studies at any moment of any day! It helps to impress on me how little I actually know, but how actively God works with us to deliver his message as He See’s fit, so long as we’ve given ourselves to Him!
I’ve been so busy working with the BEC that I haven’t visited Happy’s in a couple of weeks. Happy’s school for the disabled is one of my favorite project areas, but the other volunteers have been so busy in many capacities with them, that I have been able to focus in other areas. However, of great note is that one of our most consistent students from Happy’s, Nozipho Hlongwa (almost sounds like Schlongwa) has given an excellent statement of faith and is waiting to be baptized next Sunday. So amazing to see one of God’s little children decide to make “His Way”, their Life! Additionally, Happy’s has requested that we have a regular church meeting at their school every week. We have agreed and are still working out the details of their services, as well as the rotations, but we should see our first true ecclesial meeting there on the first weekend of May. This is amazing.
One of my most exciting new developments is that through the BEC we have received a request to have private Bible education studies with a group of ministers representing 10 churches in the Durban area. They have asked if we can help them develop a Biblically consistent message for all 10 of their churches. We are beginning with some custom “basic expectations” for any good bible student, combined with God’s Master Plan coursework and establishing common expectations between the ministers for their assemblies / congregations. This may result in nothing except me gaining more experience, but with God’s hand in it, who really knows what might happen…! Updates to follow in my next letter…
Happy’s is having it’s second group of 50 students and 10 volunteers going to uShaka. I was happy to be able to continue working with uShaka (sea world), and God has blessed our efforts, as uShaka is providing free tickets to 50 students and 10 of our volunteers. Truly amazing! We will visit uShaka on May 10th, Lord Willing.
I will be offering a teacher led course on “The Way of Life” to help many of our students understand the need of Baptism and to seek a change in their behaviors to become more like God! I anticipate that this class will begin in early June. We will be offering this to students who have successfully completed some of our other correspondence courses.
We are tentatively planning to have another BEC Student graduation on Saturday May 29th.