When I was growing up, Dire Straits was a band…not a life condition known to me. My father went to great lengths to provide for our every need and we never knew what it meant to need anything…we always had enough and then some. According to the Scriptures, if our earthly fathers know how to give good gifts to their children, how much more will our heavenly Father give good things to those who ask Him! He knows our needs even before we ask…
We just received our monthly expense report from SAMS. Our total income for the month of January was $3,252.95…not even enough to cover our base monthly salary. SAMS has worked out that we need $3,802.58 as salaries for both of us, plus $568.50 for Health Insurance, $342.23 and $171.12 for our respective pensions, plus $145.45 for payroll taxes monthly. Our Missionary support balance has also dropped rather dramatically to $14,166.50. SAMS has a policy that when this amount drops to a certain level, the missionaries are recalled.
I think you will agree with us that we have far too much invested in our work with SAMS to be recalled at this point. We have given up so much to do the work of the Kingdom in this part of our Lord’s vineyard. It would be such a tragedy for us and for the Church were we to leave the field because we don’t have adequate funding.
Our grandson, Everett will be baptized Easter Sunday in North Carolina, so we would like to spend our first few days in the US with our children, but we will be available for speaking engagements directly after Easter. We leave to return to Africa on May 2. If you would like us to speak at your church or any other gathering, please let us know so that we can work out a schedule. Try to give us more than one date in April if possible.
We leave for Polokwane tomorrow morning early where we will be training about 40 clergy in how to make disciples. From there we go to Johannesburg where we will be training those who have already done the first module of, what we call, our LEAD Program. This second module covers 6 basic characteristics of a disciple-maker: dependence on the power of the Holy Spirit, prayer, obedience to God at all costs, Word centred, always seeking to exalt the Father, and being relational in all aspects of ministry.
Please keep us in your prayers…we need new supporters, so please spread the word about this ministry…we need more prayer as we lead the church in southern Africa through the very gates of hell to plunder the kingdom of the evil one. He has enslaved too many for too long and it is time for the Church to take up the spiritual challenge and to reclaim stolen territory! We know the evil one will seek to put a stop to this ministry. We have already seen so much fruit! Apparently, so has he.
So pray with us. Help us. Without your partnership, we cannot do the work of the ministry.
In His grip
Johann and Louise