WF REPORT – JUNE 2010
We have witnessed a number of God-blessed activities in South Africa since my April 2010 report, beginning with
The first miracle dates back to 2008, to events surrounding Marcus Shange, whose wife Nokuthula and daughter Dudu are members of our Mariannhill ecclesia. Marcus was a very sick man, a cancer sufferer. He was not expected to live long, and had to be physically carried from his home to waiting transport for frequent treatment in hospital. He made a remarkable recovery, was instructed and later baptised. A miracle indeed.
Sadly, Bro Marcus’s recovery was not sustained and earlier this year he returned to hospital and a care facility. A visiting plan was established and members of his own and other ecclesias, plus members of the P2P team, visited him daily. The care staff were amazed to see so many daily visitors around Marcus’s bed! They were impressed. Family and friends arranged a party for Marcus’s 55th birthday. It was a joyful occasion, as the photograph shows.
Celebration… and more than two visitors to a bed!
Tragically for his family, Bro. Marcus fell asleep five days later. However it was not only the nurses who had been impressed by Bro. Marcus and his many visitors. Siphiwe, who occupied the next bed, had talked to Marcus and borrowed his bible. He read it with great interest, and discussed it increasingly, particularly with Ben and Roxy.
Siphiwe’s interest continued after Marcus fell asleep and two weeks ago he was baptised at Westville. A second miracle, for out of death came life. In the resurrection, the reunion between Marcus and Siphiwe will rival that of Paul and Stephen. What a moment it will be!
Nancy, who had also been receiving instruction, was baptised on the same day.
Bro. Siphiwe and sis. Nancy being received into fellowship
The outcome of visiting Bro. Marcus could be a never – ending story. P2P team members continue to visit ‘Marcus’s Ward’ and one other, on a weekly basis. They speak about the Word of Life and sing spiritual songs for the benefit and joy of many sick and lonely people… “I was sick, and you visited me.”
I have repeatedly, mentioned the importance of consistent “ week-in-week-out” teaching. By the grace of God, I was privileged on three successive Sundays to receive into fellowship Bro. Sibonga, Bro. Pierre, Bro. Siphiwe and Sis. Nancy.
We had a wonderful experience recently at Sydenham, a poor district of Durban. Forty adults and thirty children attend the meeting. Later the visitors continued to sing as they “went on their way rejoicing.
After the meeting at Sydenham… not a common sight in the U.K!
Briefly, my work at the Durban BEC continues, plus leading classes on Monday, Tuesday and Friday evenings, in addition to three classes on Saturdays. Bro. Barry and I share responsibility for the fortnightly Sunday afternoon seminars in Durban. Nineteen members and friends attended last Sunday’s class. I also teach two enthusiastic local P2Pers every Thursday. Their delight in the Scriptures and their evident spiritual growth is a continuing joy to me.
As our preaching work expands, especially in poor townships, one inevitable consequence is that an increasing number of brethren, sisters and friends are experiencing financial difficulties. With fewer than six hundred brethren and sisters in South Africa, help will be needed from abroad to meet basic needs. A new Welfare Committee has been established to keep abreast of needs, seek financial aid and make sure that we meet the needs of the seriously disadvantaged. We cannot just say “be warmed and filled.” I have been elected chairperson of the committee.
The labours are few. May the lord of the harvest send forth more labourers into HIS harvest.
With love in Jesus,