Good morning dear Christian family,
Greetings in the precious name of Jesus. We remember you all with great affection and regularly pray
for the Lord’s blessing to be upon you.
We are at home in Centurion at present and enjoying the blessing and privilege of being here. The last update was written while
we were on outreach in Giyani in the Limpopo province on the northern border of our country.
We had such a wonderful outreach and returned home filled with the blessed assurance
that God is indeed working in and through His people. The morning service held in the Khakhala church was a delight. The love shown by the congregation for the Lord, for one another and for us was extraordinary and the they drank in God’s
word with great enthusiasm. The Sunday School is thriving and there were about 35 children in attendance. After the children’s address Pastor Klass asked the children questions regarding what had been said and the way in which they answered was
most encouraging as they had obviously been listening and understood what they had been taught. During the service a little girl was brought forward to be prayed for by Gavin. We were told that she is an orphan, who Pastor Klass had been supporting together
with her family with the aid that Rose of Sharon has been donating. One never knows the extent to which acts of kindness can have far reaching consequences. This little orphan girl asked to attend Sunday School after Pastor Klass started helping
her and her family.
After the service we gave Pastor Klass groceries to feed the children before Sunday School and bags of clothing for the needy. Children’s Bibles
were also left with Pastor Klass for distribution. We gave all who attended the service a hamper of sweeties. We left the church rejoicing at all we had seen and experienced there and started the long journey home. We arrived back at our
base in Pretoria late on Sunday night, tired but blessed with a sense of achievement at work completed for our Lord.
Since then we have continued to work locally. We have
seen several upheavals in our country this past week. We have been down graded to Junk status by the 3rd and last rating agency, the other 2 agencies having degraded us awhile ago. This will have an enormous negative impact on our struggling
Eskom, who supplies our electricity is in dire straits owing billions of Rand to investors and despite the enormous injections of aid by the government, it continues
to totter on the brink of bankruptcy. There is still a perception in our country that people are entitled to services without paying for them and this has added to Eskom’s woes. We have been told that only 12% of the millions of residents
in the huge township of Soweto pay for their electricity. Added to this the many thousands of folks who steal electricity make it very difficult for the problems Eskom is facing to be resolved. In certain informal settlements where Eskom has been
forced to cut off the supply of electricity it has resulted in massive rioting and burning of infra structure. Some elderly residents who were interviewed have been badly affected by this situation and complained bitterly about the freezing cold nights.
So at the moment it doesn’t look like a viable solution can be found.
There have been massive riots in central Pretoria this past week as well, which has made life very difficult.
The demonstrations revolve around the management level of our municipality receiving a massive 18% pay rise while the lower workers received virtually nothing. This has caused outrage with the burning of cars and looting of shops. Thankfully though,
this has not affected us as we live in the suburbs and not in the central district of Pretoria.
On a personal note, it was our granddaughter, Mikayla’s 7th birthday
yesterday. It’s hard to believe how quickly time has gone by. You may remember the absolute miracle her birth was, and we still rejoice with her parents at God’s miraculous intervention and answer to all our prayers for this little
Both Gavin and Des are doing relatively well, and the work continues to flourish and be blessed by the Lord. Our Pastor, Jonathan, is on Sabbatical at the moment and
our church has been left in the very capable hands of our assistant Pastor Shane and the elders. We thank the Lord for our home church and all the love and teaching we receive there.
We are now prayerfully starting to prepare for an outreach to the big church in Dovho and surrounding villages on the border of Mozambique and Zimbabwe next month. More details will follow as plans are made.
folks once again many thanks for your love and support.
From us both
Gavin and Des