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Wednesday, May 30, 2018
May Newsletter 2018
Johann and Louise: Training Disciples to Make Disciples in Southern Africa
“I can't thank you enough for the spiritual armaments that you have imparted into my spirituality as well as ministry through this training. The material is so divine to extent that I have waited for such since 2008, but I really would not put my head around to formulate anything like that, even though I knew that something is missing in the way I teach the children of God. But now with this material every thing will be so easy.”
We received this email from Phiwa, one of our Natal Diocese trainees. Shortly after receiving it, we received another, this time from Swaziland. Mandla writes:
"God is helping us and we meet every Wednesday with the group around Mbabane. Busy with the 60 days Study in the life of Jesus Christ. I have also met the clergy from the East Region hope classes will be starting soon by Rev Ntokozo Ndzimandze."
These are very encouraging testimonies especially since the latter comes from a training we did last year! God's Word does not return to Him void, but it will accomplish what He has purposed. And this is the beauty of the material we use to train trainers of disciple makers...it is all Scripture. We open the Gospels and Acts and examine the way Jesus made disciples and then we apply the principles...the Holy Spirit truly does do the rest!
Louise and I returned from the US rearing to go. The Lord had blessed us exceedingly abundantly above all we could have asked for and He did it through our family and our friends. We are so grateful to have such a great cloud of witnesses surrounding us!
We had hardly hit the ground when we had to board a plane once again for Kwa-Zulu Natal. There we trained a few folks in Strategy and others in a new program for us called Rooted in Jesus. We had a marvellous time and were so encouraged by the excitement of the trainees...they loved Strategy so much they want to translate it into Zulu so that they can use it in the rural areas. We have sent them all the material as well as the translation in isi-Xhosa as the two languages are very similar. We are all anticipation to see what they do with it!
We will be leaving for Namibia next week as I was asked to preside at the wedding of my cousin's daughter. What an amazing privilege! Bishop Luke Pato of Namibia has also asked us to train a few key members in Strategy. We are SO excited! We have been praying about this for a long time...this will be our first training in the country of my birth since we left in 1996!
This will also be the first time we use The Godmobile for a ministry trip! Thank you once again to our generous partners who made this purchase possible. There was even a bit of $ left over to help pay for insurance and fuel!
Items for Prayer: Violent crime is rampant is southern Africa. Pray for protection We are still in need of monthly donors for our personal support. The funding we need to do the work of the ministry is dwindling. Pray for adequate funding to pay for training trips. Pray for those we have trained, that they will apply the principles learned. Pray for those working on the Zulu translation of Strategy. Pray for our trips to Namibia, Ethiopia, and Egypt.