Rose of Sharon Blog

Update 14 March

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.

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Ronald Robinson | Reply 17.10.2020 21:10

Love and greetings by the love of God from Kenya.

Agnes | Reply 05.07.2020 21:01

How are you both always remembering you in prayer .keep well and free from this virus things not too bad on Skye now still not able to visit family miss them

Agnes 05.07.2020 21:07

To Des and Gavin

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05.04 | 06:17

I am the senior pastor of Faith Walk World Outreach Center in Sierra Leone, West Africa. Our ministry want to come imto partnership with your ministry so we can help propagate the gospel of our risen Lord together. Any information needed we we gladly send

01.11 | 18:34

Hello Colin and Mayke, Thank you for your most welcome message.It is a great blessing to know that special people like yourselves are praying for us.God Bless

01.11 | 17:19

Thank you both very much for the work you are doing and we hope you are keeping well, we are praying for you both. God bless from Colin & Mayke - Roscommon, IE.

17.10 | 21:10

Love and greetings by the love of God from Kenya.

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