WF Report – June 2010
Thankful for the blessing of support
The Beeler family continues to receive blessing after blessing and are so extremely grateful for the opportunity to be supported by the WCF and those who support it. May God Bless each of you as much as we’ve been blessed by Him!
- Hamba Ministries (Walking to and from the BEC – Hamba means to travel, walk, etc)
◦ The most recent addition to my mission activities is to walk back and forth to the Bible Education Center daily. In my walks I read Bible verses, practice my Zulu vocabulary and greet everyone I meet on the street, in Zulu or English. This is a simple exercise which is becoming fruitful! Last week I had 10 requests for the “God’s Master Plan” course. Three of the requests were from car-guards at the beginning of my walk and 5 of my requests have come from a barber/beauty shop owner and his employees. The remaining have been requested by street vendors on the main street I walk down in Durban. As of this week, 5 of the students have finished the first four sections and are now on section 5&6. They did the first two sections very well and are excited to continue in their studies. I continue to visit each of the students and all of them express gratitude and excitement that someone is willing to come to them with God’s Word. In my last visit to the Barber / Beauty shop, One of my students invited me to another shop he has, as he wants to introduce me to some more potential students.
◦ The lesson I continue to learn is that God doesn’t expect “complicated” efforts. Rather, he continues to challenge us to “step out” in faith. I find that God is happy to work through me, even in simple commitments, so long as I trust Him and continue diligently in my efforts until He works through them to produce His harvest. Ez 22:30
- BEC Update (Daily new students and marking – progressions)
◦ We continue to experience high daily new student counts when we have someone sitting outside. I will have new daily estimates on Next months update. About two weeks ago, the police came and took all of the furniture and signs out of the walkway between the shops, including our little bible study table. Hmmmm….no notice, no warning, just gone. We are free to buy it back from the police station, however. Welcome to Africa 😉
- Fundisi (Minister) Class
◦ The stated objective of the ministers course is to provide a common vision and foundation for the group of ministers so that they can support each others in their preaching efforts, as well as provide consistent, biblically based teachings for their congregation. I anticipate their goal is to combine their congregations into a larger church one day.
◦ Talk about a Blessing. I reported that this was something I was excited to begin in my last report. At that time, my primary contact, Xolani Bomvana, said he had 10 ministers who were committed to attending. Well, take the excitement of 10 normal class attendees and pack it into 5 people and that’s what we’ve got. Praise God! The 5 Minister-students I have are so excited by what they are learning, and are so committed to attending. They’ve been to all 5 of our classes so far, and have worked through the first 3 sections of “God’s Master Plan”. It is amazing to see how willing they are to mold their belief to the evidence of the scriptures. I am very encouraged. I cannot see the end from the beginning, but I know that positive biblical change is already underway. Please pray that God continues to soften their hearts to receive the Truth of His Word. He is doing Amazing things here!!!
- BEC Graduation on June 5th
◦ This graduation was absolutely Amazing! We had 35 graduates and another 70 visitors who got to witness them receiving their certificates for completing one or more of our courses. Ben Topham exhorted on the coming Kingdom of God and our hope, and we had the Mariannhill brothers and sisters singing Hymns in English and Zulu. WOW! The fellowship tea afterwards was quite nice as well! A BIG “THANK YOU” to the other volunteers (Kwanda Mzulwini, David White, Laura Iredale, Ben Topham, Roxy Topham, Naomi Midgley, Julie Machacek, Emma Palmer, Simon Palmer and Kim Beeler) who were integral to the smooth and successful ceremony! It was quite an event! I anticipate our next graduation event to be in October, 2010.
◦ We really missed Mary Wilondja at this graduation as she was newly recovering from a major surgery. Mary is doing well and we look forward to having her back at the BEC in a few weeks.
- The 2nd Happys trip to UShaka (Sea World). UShaka was pleased to sponsor another 70 students from Happy’s school, and our 10 volunteers as a chaperone group. This is such an amazing witness, both to the kids who receive this gift to checkout the aquariums and the Dolphin show. This is also a witness of God’s charity being provided to those who cannot help themselves. I know that this is a favorite amongst our volunteers, as there is something very fulfilling about being able to provide this experience for these young people, who would never be able to experience something like this otherwise. I know the other volunteers agree, as well. We discussed amongst ourselves that it is just like God who has seen fit to shower us with many blessings before we even knew Him in our lives. Even the little children crowded around Jesus, but these little ones would have required assistance there too! Relationship is the key to everything! I have experienced that with this and other efforts at Happy’s, we are seeing increasing interest and attendance in our other Bible related ministries there.
- Nozipho is one of our long-term Bible students at Happy’s school, and she is very respected amongst her peers. She was baptized in May at the Westville ecclesia. She is the first to be baptized amongst the Happy’s school students! Hallelujah!
General news and activities
- I am a primary caretaker of the COPT vehicles. One thing we’ve done that is notable is to Brand our vehicles. See the following Brand:
This is pasted on both sides of our vehicles. We get plenty of attention. The Zulu print is rare here in Kwazulu-Natal even though the majority of the population is Zulu. I have people waving to me in their cars, honking, or just plain “goggling” over the sign. The first time I passed up a Zulu police officer (obeying all speed regulations) I thought I was going to get pulled over – he pulled up beside me, and then waved and gave me the “thumbs up”! Whew! I have already given several classes out to people who initiated conversations with me as a result of seeing the Kingdom of God Brand. Amazing!
- Have distributed a basic ZULU course to all of the volunteers to initiate a group effort to learn some of the Zulu language! If we want to make in-roads into the Zulu community, we all agree that we will more quickly develop relationships as we seek to learn and speak in their language. I find that attempting to speak in Zulu has helped me substantially!
- I am translating the “Christadelphian Daily Readings” into Zulu. I’ve received the English template and am currently working on the translation and a professional quality template for printing purposes. I hand out our Daily reading program to those people who purchase our Bibles, and to our students to help encourage them to read their Bible daily. However, our Zulu, Xhosa, and French Bibles all have different book names, and even Month name differences. Once completed, I’ll have the final version in a professional production ready format. I wonder if there are any other languages that would benefit from having the daily reading plan translated into?
- We’ve had 10 baptisms in the Durban / Westville / Mariannhill ecclesias in a Month, all related either directly or indirectly to the area mission activities, most of which are supported in some way by the WCF! Thank you and – God Be Praised!
◦ Nozipho, Siphiwe, Nancy, Sine, Brenda, Sibonga, Linda, Angel, Siyabonga, Nelisiwe
- Publisher quality Daily Bible Reading plan in Zulu, and Xhosa.
- Create a publisher quality English – Zulu Bible bookmark. This has proven to be very popular, and we need to have these printed in Quantities that exceed my abilities. This really helps us work in Bible studies as all of our courses and studies are in English, but our audience may use Zulu Bibles whose book-names are completely different. This will really help our joint English / Zulu Bible studies.
- Have created tools to begin followup of students. Will begin in last week of June. Should drive increase in students to the BEC, as well as encouraging students to finish their courses!
Again, I want to extend my gratitude to all who have contributed to the WCF either directly or indirectly as this has enabled us to experience this wonderful service in the Lord. We continue to see the Hand of God in work all around us. Having the privilege of serving here and experiencing what it means to let God lead our experiences has been a real eye-opener for me. He truly does prepare works in advance for us to experience and grow through, for His Glory! His name is being Glorified and Magnified as a result of your contribution! God Bless each of you!