WF Report – July 2010
Another awesome 2 months of new developments!
We met a couple through the Bible Education Centre called Jabu and Vincent. Eagar to learn more about God and his word Phil and I have been meeting with them once a week for about 3 months going through the bible courses we offer at the BEC and they have also been coming to church. Last Monday they said they would like to be baptized, fantastic news! But they also opened up more opportunities for us…they set up and run a soup kitchen for orphans in the surrounding area of Ndwedwe. Ndwedwe is in the middle of nowhere in the most stunning location. The soup kitchen is run from an old ladies mud hut, the food is cooked in here over an open fire and the children eat outside. The old lady is unable to walk and spends her days on her bed, which is a mattress on the floor next to the fire. Westville and Durban ecclesia’s have been fantastic at donating food, which we then take up to Ndwedwe to last for a month for all the children. Our next step is fundraising to buy a chainsaw to build more mud huts, a place for the food to be cooked and children to eat their food. Jabu and Vincent’s passion is to help these people, not only to provide food and clothing but also now to tell people in that area about God. There are people there that have never heard of god, they want to share the knowledge that they have gained! They totally understand “Love thy neighbour”. “Freely you have received, freely give!”
Once a week we all pay a visit to the hospital, to sing and to chat to the patients. Already there has been a baptism as a result but that’s another story. We only visit one women’s ward and upon visiting one week we find our friend Promise from the Happy’s school there! What a surprise! It was totally God leading us into that ward, of all the hospitals and of all the wards; she was in the one we visit! Promise always attends the bible class we do at Happy’s and she really appreciates you being there to learn from. She was receiving treatment for cancer and having a tough time with no support from her family. For 5 weeks we visited her regularly. She was always so eager to read the bible with us and share her favorite bible passages and discuss them. She is a great example, preaching to those around her in a tough environment where people are suffering and have cultural traditions, she would always ask us about tough subjects people would ask her about, keen to tell them the truth. This circumstance gave us time to form a good relationship and chat about our common faith. She comes to church every week without fail now. How great is our God in the way he works!
The Happy’s school still continues to bring me joy every time I visit. To brighten the school up I made some wooden signs for the classrooms.
Heaps of clothes were also donated for the school. One day last week we had a jumble sale style way of giving out the clothes, each child could choose what they wanted. Its funny most of them were so content and happy with just a teddy bear. It’s so priceless to see a happy child’s face as they tan take anything they want for free!
Pen pal letters have also arrived in the school with thanks to Anna arranging it with the CYC kids at hall green meeting. They can’t believe they have a friend in England to write to! I can see on their faces when I tell them how joyful they are, they can’t wait to get started on writing the letters back!
I recently held a photography class for the first 10 students that put their name down for it. I taught them about documentary photography, what it is and how they can achieve it. I gave them the task of documenting their daily life within the school. I have the cameras back from them, they are yet to be developed…the outcome will be a book of photographs combined with Simon’s photography class in November, which will be for sale to raise money for the COP Trust projects here in South Africa.
Singing in South Africa is such a key way of preaching. People stop and stare at you. Surprised, Astonished and full of unbelief that we can sing in their language. They always ask, “Who is teaching you these songs?” It’s priceless to see someone walking past, stop, stare and then watch as a huge grin spreads across their face. Which then gives you more energy and passion to sing with. This is the technique we used to advertise the praise evening at the church. We would walk into a shop and sing, people would stare in unbelief and then join in and then we would hand out leaflets. They wanted to join in! In one shop a staff member was brought to tears. One evening we sang at the mall when it was fairly quiet to our friends at Milky lane ice cream. It sounds ridiculous and something that would never work back home but it brings unity over here. The Milky lane guys join in with us and for 5 minutes the surrounding cafes don’t have any customer service because they all want to listen. So much so we were asked to sing round at 2 of the cafes and afterwards had the security guys engaged in conversation. And it worked, some of them turned up to the praise evening, it was so good!! Praise be to God for working through us that way.
And a huge thank you to WCF sponsoring me to be out here so I can witness all these wonderful things as my faith grows more and more each day as I see God working. I am very blessed!