Off to Mexico City

“For so the Lord has commanded us: ‘I have set you as a light to the Gentiles, that you should be for salvation to the ends of the earth.'” Acts 13:47

Our 17-year-old son Jason headed off to Richmond, Virginia, in the States in March. He took part in ministry training with Youth With A Mission (YWAM). Jason’s last newsletter, Mission to Mexico, got a great response and many of you have asked for an update after his outreaches. Here’s the ministry story he wrote updating his friends:

Off to Mexico City

I have returned home to Cape Town, South Africa, after my Discipleship Training School (DTS) with YWAM Richmond, VA. I spent the past two months doing my outreach phase.

One month was spent in Mexico City, where we did a lot of street evangelism, ministering to prostitutes and the homeless. The language barrier made the outreach particularly difficult for me, having not grown up with at least hearing others speaking Spanish around me. Many of my teammates have been exposed to the language and thus took to the usual pleasantries far quicker than I did.

“I am very good!” in Spanish sounds like you are telling someone they have ‘beautiful legs’ in Afrikaans. Pretty awkward!

The Lord blessed us with Ruben, a team member who is fluent in Spanish – he translated for us.

Mexico City is extremely densely populated. Visiting a city with 21 million people always on the move (at least that is what it felt like), gave us many opportunities to talk with English-speaking students. We were thrilled to have Gospel conversations with atheists, other non-believers and also Christians.

“Humble yourselves, therefore, under the mighty hand of God so that at the proper time He may exalt you, casting all your anxieties on Him, because He cares for you.” 1 Peter 5:6-7

God used us in ways that we didn’t even think possible because of the challenges that crossed our paths. But, we were where God called us to be. We were like helpless babies and the only place we could go to try and reach these people was by seeking God and asking Him for help and guidance.

Shell shocked!

Mexico has a very spiritual, emotional and even psychologically dark and depressing atmosphere. Prostitution is rife in Mexico City. It goes on in the middle of daily life where children are playing around in the streets and families are busy doing their afternoon shopping. Men, women and even children are being offered by pimps.

Most of the prostitutes are women aged 18-60. Child prostitution takes place behind closed doors. It is terribly sad—heart breaking—to see people treated in this manner.

Many of the people in Mexico City worship an idol of death called the “Santa Muerte,” which I believe is translated “Our Lady of Holy Death.” This idol is found in the middle of the street where the prostitution takes place. A little money box rests at the feet or on a table in front of the idol into which passers-by can place an offering.

Yes, my friends, I know what you are thinking, “Where is Jesus in all of this?” There is a statue of Him straight across the road from where the idol of death stands. This statue also has a money box for offerings.

Besides those living in utter darkness, I also met many lovely Christians who are seeking God wholeheartedly and have dedicated themselves to reaching the lost in their communities. It is very encouraging to see these people go out every week, making a difference where God has called them.

What I learned in Mexico is that prayer is a powerful tool God has given us. Therefore, I will continue to pray for my brothers and sisters serving the Lord in Mexico.

And then the Island!


The second part of our outreach was in Saint Croix, U.S. Virgin Islands. We spent four weeks helping the YWAM Saint Croix run Gospel children and youth holiday camps, a Vacation Bible School (VBS), street evangelism and multiple other ‘outreaches,’ including cleaning old ministry buildings.

The atmosphere in Saint Croix was completely different to Mexico City. It was a welcome contrast because the darkness of Mexico was anything but uplifting. That made coming to Saint Croix and being involved in youth ministry a wonderful difference even though Saint Croix wasn’t entirely sunshine and roses.


I got to speak to many of the children and learned that lots of them come from broken homes and haven’t grown up in the best of environments, which is very sad. The way some have been treated is actually criminal. One 12 year old girl was impregnated by her grandfather.

I was honored to connect with these children and share God’s amazing grace!

The ministry as a whole had its ups and downs, but God uses those ups and downs in order for us to grow closer and into a deeper relationship with Him. I saw the Lord moving in power and experienced Him in ways that I never expected.

I will continue to pray for everyone I met on these outreaches—all those giving of themselves to further the Gospel of the Kingdom.

Praise His Name!

Jason van Wyk

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The Great Betrayal

“For I was hungry and you gave me food, I was thirsty and you gave me drink, I was a stranger and you welcomed me, I was naked and you clothed me, I was sick and you visited me, I was in prison and you came to me.” Matthew 25:35-45

Our Stone Hill medical clinic saves lives – not just physically, but praise the Lord that He saves to the uttermost. The ministry is growing in leaps and bounds; because of this we urgently need to raise funds to add a 6 meter container for space in order to store medical supplies and have more room for stitching and wound care etc.

This is why we are auctioning off this rare African political history book, signed by the author:  https://ebay.to/2xi8k4J

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Through this auction we hope to let more people know about our medical clinics (in Stone Hill, South Africa and Lusaka, Zambia) and we need the funds from the auction to help fund our ministry to the sick and suffering.

Here is just one of multiple testimonies by Dr Bradley, who gives freely of his time to the Lord’s work in Stone Hill:

“I had already locked up the clinic and was just saying goodbye to some of the children who were eating the sandwiches we distribute every Thursday. I had had a long day. A man came up to me and said that his child has a headache.

“I told him that the clinic was closed – I was really tired. But as I stood there I remembered the words of Rev Ron Kronz who had preached the Sunday before.

“He had preached on 2 Kings 4 where the widow came to Elisha and asked for help because her dead husband’s creditors were coming to visit. Instead of asking what she needed, Elisha asked what she had; and then used that to solve her dilemma.

“Ron encouraged us to use what God has given us to fill the jars of others (as the story goes).

“As I walked away from this man I recalled the conviction I had …. that even though sometimes I didn’t feel like seeing patients, it was a skill that God had entrusted to me as my life unfolded. I said to myself ‘pour your oil, pour your oil’.

“I called the man back and told him to bring his son. His wife entered our small clinic with her son wrapped in a blanket on her back. Expecting a baby, I was surprised when I saw it was an 11 year old strapped like a baby to her back. He couldn’t walk. His head was pulled backwards.

“I lay him on the bed and knew immediately that this boy had meningitis. My cursory tests confirmed it.

“I loaded the family into my car and took them through to a hospital about 30km away.

“He is still in the hospital but praise the Lord he has come through without permanent brain damage!”

Will you please help us, and those we serve, by passing on this auction information to friends who might be interested in historical books peculiar to Southern Africa?

Please also bid! Here is the link again: https://ebay.to/2xi8k4J

Thank you
Charl van Wyk

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Help please!

“Be hospitable to one another…” 1 Peter 4:9

There are many Christians who have a heart for international missions but due to varying circumstances—often out of their direct control—they have never been able to fulfill this calling to “go and make disciples of all nations…”

One elderly ministry partner in the States recently wrote to me and explained that she was called by the Lord to “go,” but admitted that she never did.

“I’m now ‘going,’” she said, “by partnering with you!”

I find this both inspiring and heartwarming. It is a great honor to be considered in such high regard when blessed with the opportunity to meet someone so committed to this ministry.

Are you committed?

Others are really committed too, but just have no idea of how to help!

When we missionaries aim to minister in different countries, we’ll often send out an email or some other means of public announcement. As desired, from this we might get some well-meaning offers from friends or ministry partners to help plan meetings.

Usually, this entails the new meeting planner working to get me in the pulpit and in front of a congregation on Sunday morning. Trouble is, the church team has likely never heard of me before. Or, as more often is the case, the church leaders do a little research and find out that I shot someone during a church service! Not so good!

We really do appreciate the idea and the effort, but this doesn’t usually work and the now despondent planner is never heard from again.

We don’t want you being despondent and we don’t want to lose you as a fired-up friend who wants to help us, help the suffering. So, here are some means that might help you help us, and those we minister to:

Your home

The best meetings ever are dinner parties, dessert evenings or coffee and cake get-togethers AT YOUR HOME!

Some of my best meetings—which delivered the most prayer, inspired financially supportive ministry partners, and created longstanding family friends and BFFs—originated in such settings.

Yes, it is inconvenient and you might have to clean up after really messy friends and neighbors, but hey, you get to share in an eternal inheritance that many others are missing out on.

Coffee

Some of my favorite times of fellowship are from friends in the host country inviting me to join them for coffee or breakfast at a local restaurant. Sometimes they’ll invite another friend with and introduce us, and other times not.

Either way, fellowship of this intensity over a hot cup of coffee is just… sweet!

What is really great about these opportunities is that they can take place during the week, when visiting missionaries are least busy.

Opportunities to give and/or receive a blessing

Just a short while ago I felt compelled to challenge a wonderful ministry friend and partner who is at the cutting edge of some of the best missionary endeavors—which can change whole nations—and yet he hasn’t opened up the opportunity for his friends to share in this extremely necessary and life-changing ministry. If his Christian friends had any idea what he is teaching and doing, they would be falling over each other to support the work.

You can help create the environment for your friends and neighbors to give and/or receive a blessing!

What doesn’t work well

A public meeting that doesn’t occur weekly in a public or church hall is typically not well attended. The extra effort can be avoided by piggybacking on an existing meeting. This works best!

Don’t ask a missionary what he charges to speak at a meeting. If he does this, he’ll tell you.

You are not responsible for the missionary’s subsistence and travel. If you do help with this you are an absolute gem, but don’t feel obliged to provide room and board. Giving friends an opportunity to bless the missionary by providing a bed or food, or passing around a basket or hat can be extremely helpful. In so doing, you are helping create an opportunity for others to both be a blessing and receive a blessing.

Never ask a missionary if he is coming to your town. Of course he wants to, so invite him or her and get on with organizing the meeting. If he can’t make it, he will tell you.

Advertising

In Touch Mission International advertises their missionary visitors in this excellent manner:

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We’ve got several partners crossing the Atlantic this fall, and they’d love to:
Get coffee with you
Encourage your small group
Relieve your Sunday school class teacher for a week
or Fill a pulpit
…as long as it’s a blessing to someone!

One can add local radio, television, blog and press interviews to the ‘to organize list’!

Our ministry has been blessed by so many, over so many years; a BIG thank you to each and every partner who has played a role in our joint ministry effort.

I hope this newsletter helps you get involved in international missions and that you are mightily blessed by the Lord for stepping out and helping!

“How then shall they call on Him in whom they have not believed? And how shall they believe in Him of whom they have not heard? And how shall they hear without a preacher?” Romans 10: 14

Charl van Wyk

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Christians are not called to be doormats for the wicked

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

Below is my answer to a reporter requesting comment on the 25 year commemoration of the St James massacre, the attack and its relationship to lobbying around gun control or freedom to carry arms:

The St James Massacre is a very good example of why law abiding citizens must legally be able to defend themselves with lethal force.

Those who reject self-defence play into the hands of the criminals. They encourage the wicked to take advantage of them by creating a safe environment for the attacker.

Some may find this fact an inconvenient truth, but the only person who can stop a bad guy with a gun, is a good guy with a gun. Tellingly in today’s times, this is treated as a controversial statement. But it is self-evident that unarmed victims are pretty helpless. It’s a reality not lost on attackers.

The commander of the terrorist attackers of our church in 1993 agreed on this issue when he admitted that they thought that our church was a gun-free zone. He continued by saying that I surprised his cadres when I returned fire.

Christians are not called to be doormats for the wicked. In fact the Bible teaches us: “Like a muddied spring or a polluted fountain is a righteous man who gives way before the wicked.” Proverbs 25:26

Christians don’t just have a Biblical right to self-defence; they have a Biblical duty to protect the innocent. That is also why all firearm owners should stand for the protection of their right to bear arms and the right to life in the womb. These two positions—among the hottest topics on the planet—are interdependent. Both require the defence of innocent life against acts of violence and evil.

All life is precious because we are made in the image of God. And because He has created us, we have to live by His rules. They are not mere suggestions! We may only take life when He says we can! And defending innocent life abides with just such an occasion. Exodus 22:2-3 makes this very clear.

WND.COM also covered the 25 year commemoration at: https://www.wnd.com/2018/07/what-happens-when-good-people-shoot-back/

USA ministry

I’ll, Lord willing, soon be visiting Virginia, New York and South Carolina – let’s meet for coffee.

Charl van Wyk

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Kids in the Congo!

Let the children come to me and do not hinder them, for to such belongs the kingdom of heaven.” Matthew 19:14

We almost started a riot at our preschool in Lubumbashi, Congo when we visited and handed out new school clothes to the children. All their friends arrived for the event!

“It is more blessed to give than to receive.” – Jesus Christ

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Rags to royalty

“And he said to them, “Go into all the world and proclaim the gospel to the whole creation.””  Mark 16:15

Camping

This past weekend our Stone Hill (12-14-year-old) girls were whisked off to a beautiful center for a camp.

We have a fantastic team of ministry leaders, dedicated to bringing the Gospel of the Kingdom to these young girls, who live in disastrous circumstances. They raised the funds necessary to make this an unforgettable weekend.

I played taxi to the group and, in discussions with a 19-year-old leader from the community, found out that seven other young girls share her tin shack. One can just imagine how thrilled they were to spend time in dormitories with brick walls and a roof that doesn’t leak in winter.

Having full cooked meals just added to their wonder – the girls certainly felt like they had gone from ‘rags to royalty’.

Please pray for these young girls, that they will submit to the Lordship of Jesus Christ and that they will be protected against attacks from the enemy – both physical and spiritual.

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Evening service

Sunday evening, we were blessed to have former convict Steve Sam preaching to the youth at our Stone Hill church service, in our dilapidated hall. Wonderful partners have blessed the ministry with funds to start the renovation process of this building.

Steve called us to “present our bodies as a living sacrifice, holy and acceptable to God” (Romans 12). It is a great encouragement to see God’s grace in the life of Steve and how he is leading young people to faith in Jesus Christ.

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International ministry opportunities

I covet your prayers for future ministry outreaches, which includes an international church conference in Lubumbashi, Congo and multiple ministry opportunities in and around Cape Town for our friend Rev Ron Kronz from Bishop of Souls, USA.

Outreaches in Lusaka, Zambia, will be next, which is to include television, university lectures, and a week-long crusade with the theme ‘All Authority’. I’ll be part of an American team of Bible teachers.

The States follows at the end of September, going into October, which includes the Future of Christendom Conference in Pennsylvania, October 5-7, 2018. This year’s theme is: Transforming the Culture through Education.

Join us by registering at: https://futureofchristendom.org/.

God bless

Charl van Wyk

PS Please remember our Clinics for Christ outreaches that desperately need financial support to keep this worthy Gospel ministry running effectively.

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Mission to Mexico

“For I am not ashamed of the Gospel of Christ, for it is the power of God to salvation for everyone who believes…” Romans 1:16

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Our son Jason (17) headed off to Richmond, Virginia, in the States in March. He is taking part in ministry training with Youth With A Mission. This excellent organization offers a specialized Discipleship Training School (DTS) in sports and fitness, teaching how these pursuits can enable evangelizing and discipling of the nations – thus furthering Christ’s Kingdom on Earth.

Jason loves soccer, along with millions of other Africans. There are apparently 265 million players worldwide—roughly 4 percent of the world’s population. A massive Gospel opportunity!

Here is Jason’s ministry story to his friends:

Greetings,

Many of you know I have been doing a Discipleship Training School (DTS) at Youth With A Mission in Richmond, Virginia.

Lecture phase

The past 10 weeks we have been attending lectures every day. It is very much like a classroom setting where we have lecturers from different fields of ministry who come in and address us. Guest speakers deal with one Biblical topic per week. I have learnt much from Scripture over the past few months, and I keep learning more every day.

This week (11th – 15th June) was the last of our lecture phase.

Outreach phase

Lord willing, on 17 June we fly to Mexico where we will spend a month ministering in Mexico City. During the second month of the outreach phase we intend to minister the Gospel of the Kingdom in Saint Croix, which is a small island in the U.S. Virgin Islands.

YWAM’s original plan was for us to minister in Russia where the FIFA Soccer World Cup is taking place, but since there has been political tension between the US and Russian governments, it has become very difficult for American’s  to obtain visas to enter the country. Ironically, South Africans have no such challenges.

I would have loved to go to Russia and minister to international soccer fans at the World Cup but I pray that God will use us wherever we go and that His will be done.

Local ministry

We have been involved in ministry during our lecture phase as well. Our DTS is specifically sport-based so most of our outreaches are sports orientated. Every Monday I assist in coaching a little kid’s soccer team made up of children from the neighborhood.

Most of our surrounding communities are African American and children are growing up in harsh circumstances. Gangsterism and violence are rife throughout the area.

Wednesday’s ministry takes place in a neighborhood of refugees, where many of the children can’t read; we are able to give attention to one child at a time, where we read a Christian book to them. Many of the refugees are from Africa and the Middle East, so naturally we have to play soccer after reading.

On Thursdays, we play basketball, serve supper and have a Bible study with the older boys in the neighborhood.

Friday evenings is an outreach to the homeless. We go into the city and set up a stand with chairs and tables and then walk the streets, combing the area for those we can invite to enjoy a meal and coffee with us. We take this opportunity to share God’s Word with attendees.

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We also team up with local churches and take part in outreaches with them on Saturdays. One outreach stands out. We went into a ghetto and did a prayer walk; while we were walking we heard multiple gun shots and screams. This was certainly not the safest of neighborhoods – but then, my father’s friend always says that safety is overrated – certainly, when it comes to the Gospel, we must be prepared to give all to Christ, even our very lives.

“The Lord is my light and my salvation; Whom shall I fear? The Lord is the strength of my life; Of whom shall I be afraid?” Psalm 27:1

During our prayers, as we walked, we handed out Biblical literature and necklaces to the children. One little boy, not older than 7, asked, “What is this for?” His friend said, “It’s for God!” He then turned to us and asked, “Is He (God) going to make all the killings go away?”

Many of the areas around our ministry base aren’t very safe and little children fear for their lives.

Prayer needs

I dislocated my shoulder and haven’t been able to play much sport. I’ve been spending time speaking to the children during the ministry outreaches and have been able to use my challenges with my shoulder as a helpful testimony and conversation starter.

Even though not being able to play sport with the children is extremely frustrating at times, the Lord redeems my situation by being able to connect with them.

I would really appreciate prayer for our outreaches to Mexico and the Virgin Islands, and of course my shoulder, that it will be restored back to being strong and healthy.

Thank you and God bless.
Jason van Wyk

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