100% returns on your Kingdom investment

“See that you do not despise one of these little ones. For I tell you that in heaven their angels always see the face of my Father who is in heaven.” Matthew 18:10

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God is good! (But as a faithful follower of the Lord, you knew that already, didn’t you?)

One of our faithful ministry partners has offered us a massive Kingdom blessing.  Every U.S. dollar we raise for our Early Childhood Development Centre in Stone Hill, he will match!!

This opportunity stands for the next six weeks – until end of March 2017.

Through your partnership we stand to double our funds designated for this worthy ministry – 100% immediate returns. Isn’t that amazing?

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The Lord has multiplied our work in the most amazing ways. We’ve just run a boy’s Discipleship Camp. Our guest speakers were two former gangsters both saved by the Grace of God while incarcerated.

The Lord used them in a mighty way with the young campers. Seeing young men, from an informal settlement, bend their knees to King Jesus, is a miracle to behold.

Here is a quick reminder of how we’d like to expand our Christian influence in the settlement:

We’d like to build a Gospel-centred Early Childhood Development Center (ECDC). This will entail having two shipping containers welded together to create a safe classroom for pre-schoolers.

At present, while mothers work, toddlers are housed all day in a nearby shack with a small outside play area. Mothers work as domestics or as laborers on farms to put food on the table after their partners have left them.

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As clean as the two adults try and keep this shack with 34 toddlers, the fact remains that it is an insecure, unsafe and an unhealthy environment.

We’d love for you to partner with us to further increase our Gospel influence in Stone Hill by converting two more shipping containers into a large classroom for an ECDC. This would legally allow a secure, safe and healthy environment for 40 toddlers.

Our present containers have worked very well.

Our prayer is to raise $19,000 to purchase the containers as well as cutting and welding them together, fitting them with fire-safety insulation, creating an emergency/fire escape, fire extinguishers and adding windows for natural lighting and ventilation. Sanitary facilities must be provided as well.

From a regulatory standpoint, we must also demonstrate that condensation will not form on the inside of the containers.

An additional $3,000 goal will help us kit out the facility with desks, chairs and a kitchenette (which can run off our generator), Christian educational materials, fencing for protection, small veggie garden for healthy foods, climbing frames, etc.

Our total goal: $22,000.00

We are humbled and blessed by the past support from our ministry partners. We thank the LORD for His blessing us through YOU!

Please consider supporting this work through ITMI (480) 968 4100, to reach vulnerable children with the Gospel. Please remember to designate your financial support “ECDC.”

Charl van Wyk

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Demons Shivered and Screeched!

“Submit yourselves therefore to God. Resist the devil, and he will flee from you.” James 4:7

We had a crazy, busy December month.

My turnaround time between my U.S. ministry—repacking at home and leaving for our Zimbabwe youth camp—amounted to little more than just a few days.

Just as the evil one would have it, my laptop got very sick with a virus. Amid my preparation for the Zimbabwe camp and the Gospel crusade in Stone Hill, I relied on tech support to help me get it running again. Thankfully, we serve a great God and with Him all things are possible. In matters big and small, the enemy seeks to disrupt, delay and discourage us. And the intensity of his attacks usually gives a very good indication of the wondrous works the Lord has in store with our outreaches.

I met my U.S. ministry colleague, Ron Kronz, of Bishop of Souls, at the Johannesburg airport and we flew to the town of Victoria Falls, Zimbabwe—about 1,500 miles from home in Cape Town – where Cozmore was ready for action.

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Zimbabwe is in a crisis. Jubilation erupted and numerous parties broke out at the news of President Robert Mugabe’s death. After the false report, Mugabe—a brutal dictator—says that he was ‘raised from the dead’. The nation’s state-issued bond notes lost 30% on the free market on date of issue. One in six children are orphans. Soldiers are said to be standing up for the public against police—a rare bright spot in the nation’s troubled history of military-enforced governmental repression.

Our ministry for the young men was staged a few hours’ drive from Victoria Falls to Hwange Main Camp.

Twenty-eight young men arrived with great expectancy. Some had been on our previous camp in July. One young man arrived on crutches from an injury he suffered in a crocodile attack. Thankfully, he wasn’t alone during the attack. In a vicious fight his friends clung to his upper body and arms while the croc clutched his foot before the friends finally won out. Medical staff managed to save his foot and toes.

The Lord has worked wonders in the lives of these young men. Those who attended our July camp reported some changes in their lives. One has saved up $50 from his candy selling business and is now launching an enterprise involving chicken farming. Others have made it their duty to protect women and children—terribly vulnerable in this environment where the lawless enforce “the law.” These young men are showing respect to their single mothers and helping in the fields to feed the family. Praise the Lord that they are no longer a bunch of useless, reprobate teenagers!

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Ron encouraged our campers to start a generation of men who love the Lord, will love their future wife, like Christ loved the Church, and nurture their families by reading the Scriptures to them. They responded with much enthusiasm.

One camper told Ron that he wanted to become a Gospel preacher.

“How long have you had this desire?” asked Ron.

“Since I heard you preach last night!” was the answer.

Many put their faith in Jesus Christ, rather than their ancestors—the common default for worship in much of Africa.

Camp leader Pastor Nyoni called a prayer meeting for rain a few months ago—in contrast to the community elders calling upon the ancestors. The Lord answered and two days later the rains fell in this drought-stricken area. Praise the Lord!

If you missed our short video report, view it here.

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Ron and I arrived back in Cape Town the night before our Stone Hill Gospel crusade.

I was so proud of our Soldiers for Christ (SFC) young men. They were extremely dedicated to making the crusade a success. Marketing was done “squatter-camp” style—on foot handing out leaflets, putting up of posters and most importantly, shouting over the PA system in the community.

Ministry colleagues and SFC sorted lighting and sound by generator, chairs, and a stage.

Ron’s preaching was dynamic and the presence of the Holy Spirit caused demons to shiver and screech! Again we witnessed the saving Grace of our Lord and Saviour, Jesus Christ.

Now, the hard work of discipleship begins with those who submitted to the Lordship of Christ. A camp to disciple our young men will take place this weekend. Please pray for us!

A Blessed New Year to you and yours! We hope and pray that you will continue to partner with us in the Lord’s work. May His Will be done in Africa, as it is in Heaven!

Charl van Wyk

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Camping for Christ!

A 1 minute video report on our Zimbabwe youth camp!

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Giving thanks to the Lord … and you!

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The thief comes only to steal and kill and destroy. I came that they may have life and have it abundantly.” John 10:10

Giving thanks to the Lord … and you!

I’ve been preparing presentations for my ministry speaking tour to the United States, which ends just before Thanksgiving.

I always revisit past presentations so that I don’t bore listeners with the same ideas. In doing so, I’m in awe of what the Lord has done—and is doing—with and through our ministry partners like you.

With the generous help of our partners, and even their children in some cases, the extent of our outreach for furthering the Kingdom of our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ, has been astounding.

Over the past year, they have made it possible for us to partner with and support outreaches to China—under the guise of running English language camps for children—Vietnam, Zimbabwe, Zambia, Congo, Cameroon and South Africa.

The Gospel of the Kingdom is preached and lived out in our ministry outreach projects. By God’s truly amazing grace, many have responded by putting their faith in Jesus Christ.

Discipleship is of paramount importance and new believers are taken care of by men and women who then disciple them over time—through both teachings and by example.

Gangsters change

Typically, the youngsters starting gangs in Stone Hill are around 17 years old. They hail overwhelmingly from single-parent homes—most always only a mother. In this dysfunctional community, girls have babies to prove that they are fertile in the hope of securing a marriage proposal in the future. This is one of many reasons for the existence of single-parent homes.

The Christian community leaders take it upon themselves to help the mothers by acting like fathers to the disobedient young men. The mothers can’t fulfill their parental responsibility in spanking the boys when necessary, so the Christian men do. And—despite what the purveyors of political correctness say—it works wonders.

Through loving discipline and an investment of time and teaching, our ministry and community leaders are taking the (former) gangsters camping and on hikes up the mountain. Through this they release energy, build relationships and start Gospel conversations. We help with funds for taxis, food, etc.

“For God has not given us the spirit of fear; but of power, and of love, and of a sound mind,” 2 Timothy 1:7.

Explosive Growth

Our Stone Hill ministry has grown exponentially. The Lord has blessed us in so many ways. We’ve built a U-shaped building with three shipping containers. One holds a kitchen. The other offers two classrooms and the third, a gym.

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Our ministry now includes Sunday evening Gospel services, Bible Studies, Soldiers for Christ, Dream Girls, math and science homework help, a soup kitchen, food-and-clothing distribution, shack maintenance and building, sport ministry, youth camps, outreaches such as Life Chain and Women’s Day in shopping malls; and in December, Lord willing, a Gospel crusade.

We’ve invested a lot of energy into reaching the youth in Stone Hill.

Now, we’d like to expand our Christian influence by building a Gospel-centered Early Childhood Development (ECD) Center. This will entail having two shipping containers welded together to create a safe classroom for preschoolers. Toddlers are housed all day, while mothers work, in a nearby shack with a small outside play area.

As clean as the two adults try and keep the shack with 34 toddlers, the fact remains that it is an insecure, unsafe and an unhealthy environment.

We’d love for you to partner with us to further increase our Gospel influence in Stone Hill by converting two more shipping containers into a large classroom for an ECD Center. This would legally allow a secure, safe and healthy environment for 40 toddlers.

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Our present containers have worked well.

Converted shipping containers offer budget savings. By recycling old shipping containers, we repurpose our limited materials, rather than sourcing new materials used in traditional construction. Also, the buildings can be relocated, or moved about, as our ministry grows.

Our prayer is to raise $19,000 to purchase the containers as well as cutting and welding them together, fitting them with fire-safety insulation, creating an emergency/fire escape, fire extinguishers and adding windows for natural lighting and ventilation. Sanitary facilities must be provided as well.

From a regulatory standpoint, we must also demonstrate that condensation will not form on the inside of the containers. That’s no joke. Really! Even (or shall I say, only) in Africa. Where do these bureaucrats come from?

An additional $3,000 goal will help to kit out the facility with desks, chairs, kitchenette, which can run off our generator, Christian educational materials, fencing for protection, small veggie garden for healthy foods, climbing frames, etc.

Our total goal: $22,000.00

We are humbled and blessed by the past support from partners. We thank the LORD for His blessing us through YOU!

Pease consider supporting this work through ITMI (480) 968 4100, at this time of Thanksgiving, to reach vulnerable children with the Gospel.

Charl van Wyk

PS. We wish you a wonderful Thanksgiving Day with your loved ones.

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No more ‘evanjellyfish’ Christianity

“Have nothing to do with irreverent, silly myths. Rather train yourself for godliness.” 1 Timothy 4:7

“You are wasting my time! Get out of here and go ask the question to somebody outside. If you don’t ask the question, don’t bother coming back!”

We will not accept the fact that young men will not carry out instructions, if they claim to be serious about the things of the Lord. Living in a squatter camp (locally called a “township”), in a shack and being poor is no excuse for being lazy or unconcerned about the Gospel of the Kingdom.

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Our group’s name is Soldiers for Christ (SFC)! These twelve young men want to make a difference. They want to live out the Lordship of Jesus Christ in their personal lives, in their homes, schools and work places; and in their squatter camp.

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So where does one start with a bunch of rough kids, whose third language is English, who live in shacks, with dirt roads, little drainage, no electricity, surrounded daily by crime, and too often have little food on the table?

We start with God’s Word of course!

“Therefore by the deeds of the law no flesh will be justified in His sight, for by the law is the knowledge of sin.” Romans 3:20

The African traditional religion these young men have been born into, and brought up to know, teaches that you need to slaughter a goat when you have sinned, as if you don’t “always” sin – the goat’s blood will apparently cleanse you of unrighteousness. Sprinkling holy water in your hut keeps the evil spirits away and a piece of plastic on a limb can bring healing.

If we don’t teach God’s Law, His Word, they will never know His standards; or understand that they have sinned because “…sin is Lawlessness.” And if you haven’t sinned, why would you need a saviour?

The Law shows us our need of a saviour. Jesus Christ paid our penalty – His blood, not a goat’s blood, cleanses us from all sin – past, present and future! Putting our faith in Him, and not our ancestors, is what will save us!

One young man underwent massive family pressure due to leaving his ancestral worship. But he would not back down. He was discovered by my colleague as a 12-year-old head of a household. He was brought up in the Christian faith and today is a ministry and community leader.

His mother told the family that years ago, when she was unable to financially support her two sons, none of the family helped her, so she left her boys to fend for themselves. The Christians helped, supported and provided for the brothers, and so now the family must accept that they are following their Christian God.

Our faith is not the local “evanjellyfish” type. Some of these young men are just a few weeks old as Christians. So, they are sent out immediately to start Gospel conversations to tell others about the Gospel of the Kingdom. Yes, they will make mistakes. Yes, they will mess up and yes, it is difficult!

We’ve taken part in a shopping mall outreach where some of our group got to interact with shoppers and hand out tracts and balloons with Bible verses for children. Those “soldiers” who said they would come but did not arrive for the outreach were disciplined by their peers.

We have also undergone training by self-defense guru Gerald Bailey of Suarez International, who kindly gave freely of his time to help our young men. Gerald’s training will be put into good use at our upcoming Gospel crusade in the Stone Hill squatter camp when international Gospel preacher, Ron Kronz, visits us on his tri-nation preaching tour to Africa.

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Church leaders are very excited about the coming Gospel outreach. Unity is a top priority for the local churches.

Men beating women is quite normal in the township. The Soldiers for Christ intend to put a stop to this by prayer and action, even physically threatening the perpetrators.

The township dwellers firmly believe that the police only help and support the criminals and so there is little to no trust of the authorities. Law and order in South Africa has become a joke and people believe they have to see to their own personal and community safety.

The community is known for having beaten youngsters starting gangs, caught and beaten armed thugs who attacked their local store, dismantled the shack of an unrepentant rapist and kicked him out of their township so he may never return. Needless to say, many of the community leaders are Chrsitians!

Some outsiders have apparently referred to Stone Hill as “the Christian township!”

SFC members are on duty at our Gospel outreach services each Sunday evening. The ill-discipline, obviously tolerated in state schools, is a nuisance of the past. Jabbering, laughing and jesting during the preaching of God’s Word has come to an end. Drunkards, and those wishing to interrupt the sermon, are kindly walked away so that listeners may hear the Word.

“So then faith comes by hearing, and hearing by the Word of God.” Romans 10:17

Please pray with us! Jesus Christ is building His Church in Stone Hill! May His Will be done in Stone Hill, as it is in Heaven!

Charl van Wyk

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Stone Hill (Klipheuwel) challenges

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Zimbabwe – hope, in spite of destruction

“He raises up the poor from the dust; He lifts the needy from the ash heap…” 1 Samuel 2:8

“We are not sure if we can believe the stories the boys are telling us about the camp you ran for them. The stories seem too good to be true!”

“Cozmore, we cannot wait for two weeks for you to come back to Gwayi River! You have to come back this weekend! The boys want to start an interdenominational youth outreach!”

“I want to teach husbands to take Godly responsibility for their families!”

“I have been lazy!”

These were comments received after we completed our weekend camp for young men from Gwayi River and Victoria Falls, Zimbabwe – 27 young men and 4 leaders from 10 churches took part.

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My missionary friend Daniel arrived from Victoria Falls and Pastor Nyoni from Gwayi River – with young men. Travel to and from the camp was onerous for these really poor youngsters.

The camp was held in Hwange Game Reserve Main Camp – where antelope, giraffe, warthogs and elephant roam and sleep freely between the administration buildings at night.

My Zimbabwean missionary friend, Cozmore, sons Jason, 15, and John-Marc, 13, and I set out by car and trailer on the 1,800-mile journey from Cape Town.

Cozmore put in a lot of effort to organize this outreach – everything in Africa takes effort and nothing runs smoothly. Satan’s spiritual attacks work out in the physical; but the armor of the Lord is much stronger.

I knew God was going to do something special in the hearts and minds of the young men who would attend our camp. I knew this because everything in the preparation period was going wrong!

At the camp I spoke on the Biblical response to issues that cause the most havoc in any young man’s life: cultural chaos, sex and relationships, money and hard work, and, of course, the big one, When is it right to fight?

I stressed that blessings are promised for obedience and curses are associated with disobedience to God’s Word.

The young men got a sparkle in their eyes when they learned that if they caught a man beating a woman, which often happens in their society, they have a Biblical duty to step in and “lay hands” on the attacker to stop the assault.

Apparently the youth have never in their lives been exposed to such direct, and controversial, teaching.

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Strange, but true

Cozmore went checking on the boys at bed time. He found one youngster, in bed, freezing to death under a thin duvet. Having come from a distant village he has never seen a bed with folded sheets and a blanket, so climbing in between the sheets had never occurred to him.

Sure enough, he wasn’t the only one.

Other interesting concepts were also dealt with, like, why there is a white cloth (napkin), twisted in the shape of a hat, next to my cutlery? Nobody wanted to touch their napkins because they might dirty it!

“Uncle, uncle, did you see me? Did you see me?” asked a young man, speaking to Cozmore. “I used a knife and fork to eat with at dinner!”

Things are tight

Businessmen in Zimbabwe are not banking their US dollar cash because of the government threat of printing a new currency. The state will then just take the banked US dollars and replace it with their new zero value money.

Everyone remembers all-too-well the peak month of inflation, estimated at 79.6 billion percent in mid-November 2008. Yep, that is no misprint.

The population would rather stick with their US dollar currency used at present.

The lack of funds in the banks has led to civil servants not receiving their salaries and the population, having had enough of a corrupt government, are revolting.

“Whoever oppresses a poor man insults his Maker, but he who is generous to the needy honors Him.” Proverbs 14:31

Living and ministering in a police state is treacherous to say the least. We endured 10 police roadblocks in less than 125 miles. Each one asking for the same paper work – like you were able to cross the border in your car without getting the necessary bureaucratic red tape being done!

And then there is the checking on the road worthiness of the car – like foreigners can drive over bad roads for thousands of miles with an un-roadworthy vehicle!! What they want to find is that one light bulb that blew, or loosened, while your car was bouncing on the uneven roads, so that they can issue a fine (or get a bribe) so that they can buy some food.

Food is scarce. The drought has made things worse.

One of our young men, fishes illegally in a local river to provide food for his elderly grandparents. Almost every family does some small scale farming to feed their families. Many walk 6-7 miles carrying the heavy bags of maize, to have their maize milled for safe consumption.

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We’d love to purchase a maize mill. This not only creates employment, but also encourages subsistence farmers to plant more maize to sell to the mill. This extra cash will make a huge difference in sustaining the local church ministry. Also in helping the widows who have some maize but cannot afford to have it milled – the benevolent fund will change the lives of the widows and orphans.

Maize milling is most welcome for these families struggling with extreme scarcity, but we know what they really hunger for is the nourishment of the Gospel.

Thank YOU!

A very BIG thank you to the ITMI partners who, through prayer and faithful giving, made this camp a milestone for the furthering of the Gospel and discipleship of the Zimbabwean youth.

“Rescue the weak and the needy; deliver them from the hand of the wicked.” Psalm 82:4

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Jason commented: “These boys have absolutely nothing, but they are happier than anyone I know!”

They have nothing physically, but they have Jesus!

Charl van Wyk

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