Thanks from Mpumelelo

“I will give thanks to the Lord with my whole heart; I will recount all of Your wonderful deeds.”
Psalm 9:1

Thanks from Mpumelelo

“Uncle, thank you for my leg. I’m in lots of pain.” This is how Mpumelelo thanked me in his broken English over the WhatsApp video call, set up by Cozmore, my ministry co-worker.

He waited patiently in hospital for a week before the operation, due to other emergency cases in Bulawayotaking precedence.

The four hour operation went very well and the day thereafter he wasn’t bleeding any longer. Praise the Lord! Another week in the hospital is expected.

In the meantime Cozmore is making arrangements to order the prosthetic limb.

Thank YOU very much again for blessing Mpumelelo with prayer, and the funds to have this medical procedure. Please carry on praying!

Because Mpumelelo has had this amputation, in the pagan culture of Africa, he can be considered useless to his family and so stands a high chance of being ostracized by family and the community. In some African cultures the elderly and infirm, perceived as being worthless to the tribe will be left behind as the nomadic tribe moves on – and they will die of hunger or be eaten by wild animals.

And some liberals think all cultures are equal!

Parents’ camp

Those transformed by the Gospel, on the other hand, reach out with the love of Jesus Christ to the infirm, lost, elderly, fatherless and amputees.

It is for such reasons that we are planning to run a camp, in early November, for the parents of the youth we have been discipling in Matabeleland, Zimbabwe.

The Gospel of our Lord Jesus Christ changes our selfish ideas and attitudes and replaces them with His love – that transcends all understanding.

Will you please prayerfully consider helping us take the Gospel to these parents? They are extremely poor and could never afford to attend a Gospel camp.

My friend, Pastor Joel Saint, director of the Mid-Atlantic Reformation Society (USA), is kindly taking the time to come and preach and teach at this outreach.

The camp will cost $70.00 per parent. Won’t you and your family, or home cell group, consider sponsoring a couple for our weekend camp?

The whole community can be impacted by the Gospel through such an outreach.

Should you like to partner in this ministry, please click HERE for financial support and type ‘Zim camp’ in the comments section.

May His Kingdom come!

Charl van Wyk

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Croc attack update

“Owe no one anything, except to love each other, for the one who loves another has fulfilled the law.” Romans 13:8

On 15 August I wrote to you about Mpumelelo’s leg that needs to be amputated below the knee after he survived a crocodile attack.

Cozmore and Mpumelelo

My ministry co-worker, Cozmore, who has been the “man of the moment” for the burdened family, travelled cross border to South Africa to collect two pints of blood for the operation, which is due to take place tomorrow. (Friday Sept. 8).

Mpumelelo is experiencing lots of pain!

He has received the vitamins we sent him, thanks to two missionary friends acting as couriers. We are praying that these will help build up his immune system and strengthen his body to cope with the shock of the operation.

The amputation will take place in the state hospital in Bulawayo, which is the second-largest city in Zimbabwe. The doctor performing the procedure is a private practitioner.

I don’t quite know how to thank those of you who have given so freely to help this young man. I’m at a loss for words!

Cozmore has lately had his fair share of pain and suffering after having survived a terrible accident in an African taxi. His acute back pain, as well as pain of an ankle and knee, left him bedridden for days.

ITMI executive director Steve Evers made an immediate decision to help Cozmore get the best possible medical help. After two days of hospitalization, x-rays, injections, continuing physio therapy, and more home rest, Cozmore was well enough to travel, again by taxi, to help Mpumelelo through his ordeal.

And the reason Cozmore is traveling by taxi again? The night before he was to leave to help Mpumelelo, the back wheels were stolen off his borrowed car! Hey, this is Africa. But still, doesn’t a love partnership like this, across continents, connecting those who follow the Lord, make your day?

This mercy ministry is a wonderful example to the world of the blessing of Christianity; and the Gospel of the Kingdom at work in their midst!

Due to our ministry partners opening their hearts, we’ve been able to help with much more than just the operation and the future artificial limb. Two pints of blood, pain killers and Lord willing, rehabilitation will all be covered as and when the need arises.

Will you please pray for Mpumelelo?

THANK YOU!
Charl van Wyk

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Croc Attack

“Bear one another’s burdens, and so fulfill the law of Christ.” Galatians 6:2

Previously I’ve written about our discipleship camps for young men in Zimbabwe:

“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—praise the Lord—the friends finally won out.

“Medical staff managed to save his foot and toes.”

Mpumelelo (with crutches) and his friends each receive a Bible at our discipleship camp

Seventeen year old Mpumelelo’s ordeal with the crocodile happened three years ago.

After all the local doctors have done to save his leg and foot, we’ve just received some bad news – Mpumelelo has an internal infection and the leg needs to be amputated below the knee.

This has obviously come as a shock to the family. Mpumelelo’s mother is a pre-school teacher, and his father is unemployed – not due to laziness, but to the economic collapse orchestrated by the communist regime of Robert Mugabe.

When people are hungry, it is easy to buy votes with food.

Mpumelelo explained to Cozmore, my co-worker, that he is ready for the procedure when funds are available. He is praying that the Lord will bless him with friends who will prayerfully, and financially, support him through this ordeal.

The estimated cost of the operation is $700, dependent on theater time. And an artificial leg will cost around $400.

The family’s life savings of $200 is what they have available at present.

Through our network of missionary friends the Lord prepared the way for us to have some medication sent to Mpumelelo that will help build up his immune system, fight the infection and prepare his body for the shock of the amputation.

Even the delivery of the medication is no easy task and includes borrowing a vehicle, hours of driving on bad roads, expensive petrol and negotiating multiple police road blocks.

Will you please pray for Mpumelelo and his family? And if you feel so led, financially support him?

Financial support can be given through ITMI – remember to note ‘croc attack’ under instructions.

Funds received over and above the needs of Mpumelelo will be used to support other Zimbabwean Christian families suffering with major medical challenges.

Thank you in advance for your prayers and support.

Charl van Wyk

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Physical And Spiritual Combat In Africa

“Put on the whole armor of God, that you may be able to stand against the schemes of the devil.” Ephesians 6:11

Please find a link to my lecture at The Future of Christendom Conference hosted by The Mid Atlantic Reformation Society in PA.

My ministry co-worker Ron Kronz, praying with me in the photograph, gives vital testimony after the lecture. Don’t miss it!

Charl van Wyk

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US Speaking Engagements – The Future Of Christendom Conference

Worldwide, it’s not uncommon to hear filthy language spewed from the tongues of those with utmost contempt toward the Biblical worldview, especially when that worldview is espoused by Christians.

In Africa, my native continent, the hatred towards Christians is expressed not only by the tongue, but also often the gun—in individual violence and outright warfare. Spiritual warfare—including demonic attacks—are frequent.

As a witness—and survivor—of attacks in both the natural and supernatural, I can attest to the impact of both. As I prepare to visit the United States for speaking engagements, I’m sure my testimony will challenge many—particularly those comforted by the “scientific consensus” that such incidents exist only in the imaginations of primitive peoples.

Physical attacks

On July 25, 1993, terrorists stormed the sanctuary where I was worshiping during a Sunday evening service. They opened fire with automatic rifles and lobbed hand grenades—which they had affixed with nails—into the crowd of 1,000.

As detailed in my book, Shooting Back, I was armed with a snub-nosed .38 special revolver. By God’s grace, I managed to return fire, hitting one attacker and making them flee.

My pastor friends in the Democratic Republic of Congo recount rebel soldiers entering a church. The rebels blamed the church members for turning the tide of the war against them through prayer. Church members were warned that, if they continued to pray, the rebels would return to bury their pastor alive.

The Congolese Christians quickly determined that a church that isn’t praying, isn’t the Church.

The rebels kept their word. The pastor was buried alive, leaving behind his wife and three young children.

Already disarmed by the government’s gun-free zones, the pastor and congregation had no firearms with which to defend themselves.

Spiritual attacks

Fortunately, during spiritual attacks, Christians have weapons more powerful than firearms with which to respond.

After a Sunday morning worship service at the Come and See Church in Lubumbashi, Congo, my colleague, Ron, and I were asked to pray for the church secretary who had been sick for months. We laid hands on our ill Christian sister and started to pray. Suddenly, her back arched and formed a hunchback. She screeched and fell to the floor with the force of a drop from a dizzying height, her head barely missing a coffee table.

Ron and I scampered over the fallen chair to keep our hands on her as we prayed in the Name Above All Names, Jesus Christ. We asked for the Lord to sovereignly intervene and cast out all demonic forces.

It ended just as quickly as it started. The woman lay dead still on the floor. Our pastor friends watched wide-eyed. She then calmly stood up, with a peaceful look on her face, thanked us in French, and left as if nothing had happened.

Months later we learned our new friend was healthy and strong with no signs of illness.

“Therefore submit to God. Resist the devil and he will flee from you.” James 4:7

U.S. speaking engagements

A firearm can defend you in a physical attack. The victorious Name of Jesus can protect you in both the physical and spiritual realms. Christians everywhere need to know how to use both effectively.

“…be strong in the Lord and in the power of His might. Put on the whole armor of God, that you may be able to stand against the wiles of the devil.” Ephesians 6:10-11

Spiritual attacks, the right weapons of defense and the future of Christendom are the topics I’ll address on my summer visit to the United States. Speaking dates include:

10 a.m. June 25: Reedy River Presbyterian Church in America, 46 Main Street, Conestee, S.C.

10:30 a.m. July 2: Christ the King Church, 1380 N College Rd, Wilmington, N.C.

3:30 p.m. July 8:  Mid-Atlantic Reformation Society’s “The Future of Christendom” conference (July 7-9) at Crowne Plaza Hotel, Reading, PA. Visit https://futureofchristendom.org/  for the full schedule.

Charl van Wyk

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They bore each other’s burdens

“I can do all things through Him who strengthens me.” Philippians 4:13

Three Peaks Challenge

The Soldiers for Christ asked if I would support them hiking up and down Cape Town’s three peaks. I chuckled and half-heartedly agreed—especially since I was to be their driver!

They wanted to ascend Devil’s Peak, Table Mountain and Lion’s Head—starting from and returning each time to the vehicle parked on the road that runs alongside the mountains.

I couldn’t believe it when they brought their own funds—$3.75 each—agreeing to buy food. (Although we emphasize generosity and personal responsibility, such values are rarely practiced in much of Africa.) Next, these young men organized borrowing a vehicle—courtesy of a kind Christian farmer— that could seat all 12 of them.

I immediately became the energy-food buyer, driver and braai (barbeque) host to the 12.

We started out at 6 a.m. and drove very slowly, due to extremely thick fog (which thankfully lifted later).

Their anticipation was palpable. Their noisy excitement practically unbearable. So much so, in fact, that I pitied any nature lovers hoping to enjoy the tranquility of the mountains that still morning.

Ten of the 12 young men completed their Three Peaks Challenge by 2 p.m. and two of them completed two peaks.

Their exhaustion was evident. The braai at my home—where we enjoyed boerewors (sausage) rolls—was not nearly as chaotic as usual.

Here is how one of the boys thanked me:

“Uncle I want say thank you for being with us in long process of climbing mountains. It was so NYC 2me bcz It was the first time of climb mountain. And I thank God for give us a parent like you, who treat us as their biological children. Uncle I don’t now what I can cei 2 u, thank you uncle. I hope God can bless you n give mor power 2be with us. We love u as u love us thank you ancle”

Despite growing up in fatherless homes—with no running water or electricity in their metal shacks and deeply rooted backgrounds of brutal violence, gangsterism and ancestral worship—they helped each other along the climb. They bore each other’s burdens and pains to complete their goal. I was so proud of them!

These young men were not just climbing mountains—they were growing in their walk with Christ.

Previously, helping each other through pain and suffering was a foreign concept for these boys. I’ve seen how they used to laugh and mock those who got injured or suffered some calamity. Their former belief of African Traditional Religion taught that pain and suffering came about due to curses from the ancestral spirit world and that large fees and heinous sacrifices had to be paid for a greater spirit to annul those curses.

Of course, the real curse is the original curse of sin and death. Praise God, the greatest of all—Jesus Christ—paid the price to redeem those who confess and believe in Him!

Fellow Christian—these young men now count themselves among the saved. Jesus Christ now reigns in their lives. They are overcomers and it shows in their actions—they are now men of the Christian faith!

And now they live in victory over all curses and even death.

“For everyone who has been born of God overcomes the world. And this is the victory that has overcome the world—our faith.” 1 John 5:4

US Ministry visit

Jason and I are looking forward to our ministry visit and fellowship with partners and friends in the United States. Our public meetings, to which all are welcome, are as follows:

Sunday 25 June
Reedy River Presbyterian Church in America, 46 Main Street, Conestee, S.C., 10 a.m. Sunday School and 11 a.m. Worship Service

Sunday 2 July
Christ the King Church, 1380 N College Rd, Wilmington, N.C., 10:30 a.m. Worship Service

Friday 7 – Sunday 9 July
Future of Christendom Conference – https://futureofchristendom.org/
Crowne Plaza Hotel, 1741 Papermill Rd, Reading, Pennsylvania

Looking forward to seeing you soon.

Charl van Wyk

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Commands, not suggestions

“Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation. The old has passed away; behold, the new has come.” 2 Corinthians 5:17

Commands, not suggestions

We are commanded in Scripture to be the “salt and light” (Matt 5:13-16). We are told that “faith without works is dead” (James 2:14-26).

We are called to “preach the Gospel” (Mark 16:15) and “disciple the nations” (Matt 28:16-20).

We are not to “close our hearts to a brother in need.” (John 3:17-18)

And the prickly command—that makes us quite uncomfortable— is that we be “exposing the fruitless deeds of darkness” (Eph. 5:11). This might attract negative attention to ourselves, possibly invite slander and likely bring inconvenience—or even persecution—to our comfortable lives.

The bottom-line is that these are commands, not suggestions.

Putting them into action

Missionary work is not a life of ease. There aren’t too many Marriott Hotels (or hotels of any kind) in the jungle. The food can be ghastly and brutal on our Western stomachs. There is also an acutely bitter history—a legacy of long-fostered resentments handed down among the generations—that we often encounter as visitors in this environment.

A common one: “Missionaries arrived in Africa with Bibles for us; but when we looked again, we had the Bibles and they had stolen our land!!”

It is impossible to present you with the full magnitude of lies, deceit and culturally deviant and grossly sinful behaviour missionaries’ face in Africa.

I’ve mentioned this before. The lack of empathy, terrible cruelty, compulsive jealousy, deep hatred, inability to organize anything but destruction, pathetic—sometimes non-existent—work ethic, rampant dishonesty, exploitative opportunism, complete unreliability and a superstitious religion that often surpasses the insane, is all quite unbearable for many.

Friends have asked me how they can encourage new missionaries who want to leave the mission field after just two months. They are aghast at the chaos, theft and hatred they must endure and that occurs between fellow Africans to each other.

The Gospel of Jesus Christ changes all this! The Gospel, when applied to every area of life, makes for empathy, consideration, love, restoration, great work ethics, honesty, reliability and sobriety; not only for one person, it effects, families, businesses, churches and civil government.

So to those who have been pouring out heart, guts, love and funds into this sorry mess called missions – we cannot thank you enough for operating from the very Spirit we are sharing with those in darkness—the Holy Spirit found only through redemption in Christ Jesus!

The projects we are involved with bring the Gospel to the people of Africa and create amazing discipleship opportunities.

This is what we do:

Chicken farming – we’ve successfully launched three such projects in Zimbabwe.

Maize milling – we’ve launched one such project in Zimbabwe and support another in Zambia

Discipleship camps for young men – in South Africa and Zimbabwe

Early childhood development centers – Lord willing, our Stone Hill project building will soon be ready in South Africa; and we have a wooden and plastic walled (yes, you did not mis-read) structure for our pre-schoolers in Lubumbashi, Congo

Rural church building – with Pastor William in Zambia

Bibles and bikes – these bicycles serve as much more than a means of exercise; they enhance the Christian workers’ ministry. Africa needs 100 million Bibles at present!

Stone Hill ministry in South Africa – Our ministry now includes Sunday evening Gospel services, Bible studies, Soldiers for Christ, Dream Girls, 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 last December, a Gospel crusade.

Thank you for praying for us and also for funding these amazing projects, which not only bring physical life to our people, but also spiritual life – life in abundance.

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

Charl van Wyk

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