WCF Report : June to August 2015
Bro Barry van Heerden \\ Durban South Africa
We are currently running a series of Seminars under the banner of ‘Do you know the Real Jesus?’ They are primarily aimed at our former and current BEC (Bible Education Centre) Students. To date we have received an encouraging response – between 30 and 40 attendees.
The seminars are being presented in the Durban hall as it is ideally located near the city centre as well as being on all the main taxi routes.
Each seminar is done in three parts over thee hours and comprises of a formal 40 minute presentation with questions and refreshments in-between each session. The presenters are Bre. Charlie Taylor, Matt Blewett and myself. The seminars have been advertised via bulk SMS using our BEC data-base as well as using street posters outside of the BEC in town as well as outside the hall.
We pray that our efforts will bare fruit and bring glory and honour to the Father & the Son.
Although sister Rosie is extremely poor and is often quite sickly, her love and passion for the gospel and teaching the Word of God to her neighbours and those that she meets, is an inspiration to us all. After breaking bread with her and her husband Bro. Lithle, Rosie disappeared to her small humble kitchen to made tea for us.
I followed her into kitchen to give her a hand. Adjoining her kitchen is an old mud-room with the only available light and ventilation coming through a gaping crack in the wall due to the lack of a proper foundation.
On her mud walls were a number of bible lessons handwritten on scraps of old paper and card. These were not for show. No fancy PowerPoint or Infographic presentation. No flashy tripod and white-board or flip chart. Not even a school chalk board for the old ‘chalk-and-talk’ method of teaching. No, these old pieces of paper stuck to a mud wall spoke more words to my heart that the slickest of presentations I have experienced in all of my teaching and lecturing career – because these presentations came from the heart. They are a testimony to who she is and the love she has for her saviour and king and I am humbled to be a part of her life.
Previously I had reported that a wedding was going to take place on Saturday the 25th of July.
Well – I am pleased to report that the wedding between Bro Bongani and Sis Numvula Khathi did take place on the right day at the right time (well nearly, give-or-take an hour or so). We had agreed to do the service, provide the hall, do the wedding invites, the service sheets and supply the 100 wedding guests with tea and cake. But Bro Bongani insisted that lunch should also be served. We agreed – on the proviso that he and sis Nomvula arrange for all the food and catering arrangements, and that no food be taken into the main hall.
All seating was to be in the small hall (which only holds about 60 people at best).
Well – the day came and I thought ‘mission impossible’ was just that.
How wrong could I be!
They decorated the small hall beautifully … and more than that, they managed to seat all 100 of their guests in comfort. The wedding cake was a dream and so was the food.
They came for a ‘blessing’, but I was the one that was blessed … more than words can say.
We celebrated Madiba day on Saturday 18th of July at our Clermont Community Centre.
The young people from the Westville meeting took it upon themselves to serve the community by filling the tank at the back of the Clermont Good News Centre. No easy task, as the water had to be carried from 100 meters down the street and up two flights of stairs!
The children who attend Sunday school were given the opportunity to invite their parents over for lunch. A number of volunteers helped out with the making of chicken curry, rice and salad.
Parents were treated to some songs prepared by the children and then served lunch. The children iced cupcakes in colours of the South African flag and were reminded of how the late Madiba once said –
‘What counts in life is not the mere fact that we have lived. It is what difference we have made to the lives of others that will determine the significance of the life we lead’.
Sarah is a pastor in one of the township churches in the area. She took a number of courses at the BEC (Bible Education Centre) some years ago. She was so impressed by what she had learned that she ran the same BEC courses with a number of prisoners in the Westville High Security prison. Currently there are 17 prisoners that have completed a number of our BEC Courses and have requested that we hold a BEC Graduation Ceremony in the prison. This has been arranged with the authorities, and God willing will take place on the 28th of this month.
Having a ‘captive’ audience is going to prove challenging as the prison warders will be keeping a keen eye and ear on what we say at the at the event.
Due to a lack of funding for next year, we have embarked on a major fund raising drive for 2016. As our COPT website is now complete (coptrust.org) we are now able to use it for leverage in this regard.
We have made use of various social media networks as well as approaching local businesses for funds. Our efforts so far have met with a reasonable amount of success, but we still have a long way to go.
Wendith has just completed her 2nd round of her 4th cycle of chemo and is doing well.
We are incredibly thankful for all the prayers and messages of support and love.
Please continue to pray for her complete and full recovery.