WF REPORT – SEPTEMBER-OCTOBER
Once more, two months have flown by and much has been accomplished. Many visitors have come and gone. A great deal of valuable work has been done; a new meeting has been established in Clermont, baptisms have been joyfully witnessed and successful campaigns have been held in towns and townships. The International Family Conference was enjoyed by all participants, many of who returned enthusiastically to their home ecclesias determined to let their lights shine.
Another major event was the planning of the preaching and practical work for the next ten years in South Africa, DV. IGNITE 2020! It was a delight to be part of that process – lots of ideas, commitment and spiritual energy were evident.
A Need for Teachers
On a personal level, I spent time saying farewell to brethren, sisters and friends in the Durban/Westville area. I passed on responsibility for leading various classes to other brethren, so no classes should fail. However, this emphasized the point I have made consistently in these reports – that we need more teachers of the Word. Volunteers to lead classes were not numerous, from either local members or P2P workers. Teaching adults need experience and a time commitment for preparation, traveling, and leading classes, which not many are either able or willing to give. Unless the friends attracted to us through our various practical outreach projects are well-taught and develop a real perception of what a new “Life in Christ” means, the help given and the work done will never reach spiritual fruition.
The Need for Volunteers
There are many competent members and volunteers working in the Durban/Westville area. This is not the case in Yeoville and Soweto, where there are two growing meetings and numerous interested friends. Having worked in both ecclesias on “flying visits” over the last two years, I have seen the need for extra help. Having sought guidance in prayer, I have made a commitment to help in these two ecclesias as a major part of my WCF/COPT teaching, preaching, pastoral and outreach work.
God’s Master Plan
Last Saturday, 18 friends attended the final lesson of the 8-part God’s Master Plan (GMP) course in Soweto. That is about 65 per cent of the original students. This was remarkable, given the usual “fall-out” rates at seminars. Having successfully launched an Advanced GMP in Durban to give immediate support to our seriously interested friends at the end of GMP, we are going to do the same in Soweto. Our first class will be on Saturday, 30th October, DV. We anticipate that at least 10 friends will attend to continue their studies, along with local recently baptized members who want to develop further, and learn how to run classes themselves.
On the 6th and 13th of November, I shall be leading P2P Training for members of the Kempton Park, Kensington, Soweto and Yeoville ecclesias. Each Saturday will be filled with talks and discussions. Some of the topics will be:
- Why Preach?
- True Colours
- God’s Master Plan Course
- Answering Tough Questions
- Developing Chain References
The sessions will end with a discussion: “How Can We Improve Our Preaching?”
The ecclesia in Yeoville continues to grow, and there is so much potential for further developments
I close with one wonderful comment from Bro. Elijah, who was baptized 15 years ago in Soweto in isolation, and is now in a wheelchair. His wife has never been interested. His son William was eventually baptized, but did not show much interest. Now there is a developing ecclesia in Soweto, and William is an active member. Bro.Elijah said to Sis. Leoni Verster: “I have been praising God so much lately that I think I am overdoing it!”
I am looking forward to the joys and challenges of working in Yeoville and Soweto.
With love in Jesus,