Good morning dear friends,
Our apologies for the lateness of this update. We trust and pray that you are all well and blessed. Things
at the Rose of Sharon base are slowly improving and the hard start to the year seems to be easing. Both Gavin and Des have recovered from their various illnesses and are feeling a lot stronger. Thank you to all of you who prayed so faithfully for
us. The prayers of the righteous avail much!
The coronavirus which has been on everyone’s lips finally reached South Africa about 10 days ago. In that short period
of time 61 people have been infected. Our country faces unique challenges as so many of our impoverished people live in areas where there is no running water and because of the difficulties accessing water, personal hygiene is not a priority.
Last night, our State President, Cyril Ramaphosa, addressed the nation and informed us of the measures being taken to stop the spread of this virus. Amongst the many restrictions
now in place, there is a ban on non-essential domestic travel until after Easter and the prohibition of more than 100 folks meeting together.
For these reasons, our home church
and all the churches we support have had to close their doors for the foreseeable future. We have had to postpone our outreach to Pongola and our visit to the Kwa Lubisi church. Even the local outreaches to Johannesburg have been put on hold but
thankfully we can still send critical financial aid via the Automated bank tellers to those folks that we support regularly.
So folks, for the next couple of weeks it is a
complete lock down for us and we are unable to continue with the normal day to day running of the ministry. We have prayerfully decided to use this time to do maintenance on the mission base, the yearly financial record keeping and devote ourselves to
Bible Study and prayer.
With not much to report and anticipating not much to report over the next few weeks, the blog post and updates will be put on hold until after Easter.
Please continue to pray for our safety and our health, as we will for you all.
We wish you a most blessed Easter time as we contemplate the enormous sacrifice our Lord Jesus made
for us that we may be reconciled to Him. May the Lord richly bless and keep you in His mighty care.
With love from us both
Gavin and Des.