Good morning friends,
Apologies for the lateness of the update which should have been sent out yesterday. Sometimes it’s not always
possible when life throws you a curved ball!
We pray and trust that all is well with you and think of you all with great fondness and longing. Thank you to those of you who
keep in touch we love receiving all your news and it also helps us to pray more informatively for you.
We are amidst a rather frustrating time but are leaning upon the Lord,
trusting that He knows what’s best and that there is always a reason and purpose for all we go through in life. Our car troubles continue, and the car will be going to the mechanic tomorrow (Monday) for 4 days. This will curtail our activities
until the end of the week.
We have been doing as much preparation as we can for the Christmas outreaches, which are now a little delayed. But if all is ready and waiting,
then as soon as we get the car back, we can still push to do as much as possible before Christmas. This is the perfect time of the year to explain to people why Jesus came to Earth and to remind them that Christmas is all about HIM and not Santa Claus,
Elves, Reindeer, parties and gifts.
When we do give gifts of sweet hampers to the children or buckets of groceries to the old folks along with financial assistance, we remind them
that we are giving them a gift to remember the wonderful gift Jesus gave to us of His glorious life, death and resurrection. The forgiveness of our sin is the greatest gift that any of us can receive and therefore Christmas is truly a time for rejoicing.
This past week we fetched thousands of Gospel tracts in various languages which will be packed into the sweet hampers and buckets of groceries as well as being distributed by ourselves
during the Christmas Outreaches.
We are still waiting for the thousand plus sweet hampers that we have ordered and will hopefully get them by the end of this week. We are unable
to fetch the buckets from St Luke’s but are planning to do so on Friday once we have the car returned to us.
We have done the bulk grocery shopping to fill the additional
buckets that Rose of Sharon provides to many destitute folks. This has taken up a lot of our time and is a huge undertaking.
On a personal note, a family who is friends of
Des’ was attacked in their home last week. The husband shot dead in front of his wife and the 2 ladies in the house were both tortured with boiling water before being knocked unconscious with the butt of a firearm. We are very aware of the
violence all around us, but it does hit harder when it’s someone you know. Please continue to pray for our country, which is still so divided and filled with bitterness and hatred.
Thankfully it’s not like that everywhere and we thank the Lord for the love we share with our African pastors and their congregations. We find none of that terrible tension with our Christian brothers and sisters.
We were supposed to have our Scottish AGM for The Rose of Sharon in Longniddry, Edinburgh last Friday. We would have joined our Board Members via Skype. But on Friday morning our treasurer fell
at home and broke her leg and the AGM has had to be postponed. Jacqui, we know that many prayers, along with our own are going up to the throne room of grace on your behalf. Get well dear friend and may the Lord grant you a swift healing.
Below please take a look at the Sunday School children at Kwa Lubisi.
Once again dear friends thank you for your love and support.
Much love in Christ from us both
Gavin and Des.