Helping the hurting in Zimbabwe

“In the same way, let your light shine before others, so that they may see your good works and give glory to your Father who is in heaven.” Matthew 5:16

In a joint ministry effort between In Touch Mission International, partnering churches and friends, we can purchase a vehicle, provide a maize mill in Gwayi River, distribute feminine hygiene products and deliver Bibles, in Zimbabwe. Praise the Lord! And Thank you!

In this podcast you will meet Cozmore, whom the Lord uses to help make these outreaches and projects happen!

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March for Life 2019

“For You formed my inward parts; You knitted me together in my mother’s womb.” Psalm 139:13

Thank you to Africa Christian Action for organizing the March for Life 2019 – to the Parliament of South Africa!

I was thrilled to have my children, and three of our friends from our Stone Hill ministry, join us!

Abolition abortion!

Charl van Wyk

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What a year it has been….2018!

“…..and hope does not put us to shame, because God’s love has been poured into our hearts through the Holy Spirit who has been given to us.” Romans 5:5

What a year it has been….2018!

We are so thankful for each one of our ministry partners, who have stood by us in prayer and financial support, to make all the following outreaches and projects happen:

Stone Hill

Our ‘early childhood development center’ (ECDC) and medical clinic buildings, in Stone Hill, near Cape Town, South Africa, are complete and operational! And our beautiful old, ruined stone church building is in the process of being renovated. We are thrilled! No more church services under an open roof in the freezing cold of winter….and we have electricity and lights!Gone are the smashed windows, broken suspended wooden floors, holes in the ceiling, and human excrement left on the floor by those pillaging.

The soup kitchen continues to be run every Monday, Wednesday and Friday. Soup and/or Umgqusho (samp and beans) are distributed to 100 young children each time. We are now employing a young lady to run this ministry.

The gym operates on its own with men in the community using it daily. Wrestling continues, but is now being led by Tiisetsang, one of the young champion wrestlers from the informal settlement who grew up before us.

The Thursday sport outreach program continues and currently we just have fun – we play competitive games, including soccer, and the idea is to build relationships and trust in the community.

We were blessed by ministry partners and have built a structure that houses 5 classrooms, an office, storeroom and a bathroom. This ECDC now employs 5 women from the informal settlement and they are currently being trained.

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!

The children at the Stone Hill ECDC receive food daily. The desire is to disciple the community, which in this case entails addressing the spiritual, educational and physical needs in these young lives and those of their families.

We have a small clinic stocked with basic medication and a Sister that is on site every Monday and Wednesday from 11h00 – 16h00. Currently, she sees up to 16 patients a day. On Thursdays and Sunday evenings Dr Brad sees patients – burn wounds, injuries, infections, suturing etc. are the most common ailments.

We’d love to extend the medical services to 3 days a week – but this needs funding. Please pray with us!

We are partnering with a local congregation in Lusaka to set up another medical clinic – this congregation of believers already has four doctors lined up. These healers of body and soul are willing to give freely of their time to support this Gospel outreach in their extremely poor community.

We enjoy a Church service on Sunday evenings (about 60-80 young people attend) in Stone Hill; and we have 3 Bible studies that run during the week, including Soldiers for Christ!

We praise the Lord that this year, we celebrated our first baptisms.

A more sustained tutoring and educational outreach was launched by Cyndi Parris.

Conferences

I really enjoyed lecturing at the Biblical Worldview Summit, near Cape Town, in January and look forward to next year’s opportunity again. More about the Summit here!

I was honored to lecture at The Mid Atlantic Reformation Society’s ‘Educating the next generation’ conference in PA, 5-7 October 2018. The future of Christendom IS our children! How are we instructing them to make an impact on the culture? Multiple other meetings also took place in the USA – all focusing on discipling the nations as Jesus called us to do in His Great Commission.

Many speaking engagements took place in the Congo and Zambia, where our ministry team managed radio and television interviews aside from the conferences we ran.

Rev Ron Kronz, Founder of Bishop of Souls, preached at meetings in Cape Town when we hosted him. We ministered together in Congo and Zambia as well.

Church Support

We helped with financial support for a church plant in a gangster area near Cape Town. Praise the Lord; they are growing!

Camps

Our Stone Hill (12-14-year-old) girls were whisked off to a beautiful center for a Gospel camp. Praise the Lord youth are coming to faith in Jesus Christ!

Bibles and Bikes

Hundreds of Bibles and other excellent theological books have been distributed in partnership with other ministries this past year. African culture is not a reading culture and so these books have to be distributed with much care!

Clothing

Transporting school clothing across national borders in Africa is not for the faint-hearted! But, Cozmore managed to do just that; and over 320 children and 50 adults were blessed in Zimbabwe. In fact, the school closed for the day to celebrate this unusual event!

Aside from this, used clothes are sold in Stone Hill at a pittance to help support the poor and needy.

The Zimbabwean transportation involved all sorts of intrigue; but let’s just say that the final stretch of the delivery took 18 hours of travel to cover 187km!! This to deliver the clothes safely and with little loss of ministry funds!

Partnership

Should the Lord lead you to financially partner in any of these exciting projects, giving is easy. Simply choose the process for a safe, secure and private donation.

Financial support can be made by:

  1. Phone – Credit card – at 1-480-968-4100
  2. Online at – ITMI Donations
  3. Checks – may be posted to: In Touch Mission International, PO Box 7575, Tempe, AZ 85281

(Checks can be made to ITMI and designated to Charl by sending an attached note of how you want your gift allocated.)

A BIG thank you again to all our ministry partners; we appreciate you very much! We praise the Lord for each of you and pray His grace on your lives!

A blessed New Year to you!

Charl van Wyk

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Empowering young girls through the Gospel

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Sonja and her friends have been very involved with taking the Gospel of Jesus Christ to the girls in our local informal settlement, Stone Hill.

This ‘Dream Girls’ ministry is rewarding and challenging.

Imagine a mother encouraging her daughter to have sex with a young man with the hope of her falling pregnant and thereby proving to a future husband that she can bear children for him.

Imagine it not being acceptable to say “No” when a man wants to satisfy his lusts and you are the item he chooses to use.

Imagine your little sister of 15 being forced into a sex ring and passed among men by a local pimp. If you speak out in protest your shack might be burnt down at night while you sleep so the pimp can quiet his accuser.

Welcome to Africa, where women often get treated far worse than animals in most westernized countries.

I suppose it’s not surprizing then when the girls swear in your face, disrupt classes, destroy classroom contents, scratch in your handbag to steal from you, pilfer items from your home when they visit, flaunt themselves at the boys and dress like prostitutes.

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This is what life without Jesus Christ looks like. This is why this ministry is so crucial in this community.

Bringing God’s Word to this chaotic environment, is true Gospel work. For the size of the challenge is eclipsed by the might of His miracles and the powerful love of our Lord.

This, however, is no “quick fix” ministry. Yes, praise the Lord, some have come to faith in Jesus Christ. But Sonja and her friends will struggle over years and years, giving of their resources, lives and time only to witness scant evidence of godly results. Yet our Dream Girls leaders push on!

“She opens her hand to the poor and reaches out her hands to the needy.” Proverbs 31:20

A BIG thank you! Friends like you have made a difference—and can still make a difference.

Ours is an honest effort, and we are always honest and direct with you. Truth be told, your financial support may not totally change the living conditions of these girls. But it does change their heart condition. The means to maintain the work of the Dream Girls ministry, which commands the Love of Christ expressed consistently—something these girls have never before witnessed or known—makes a major difference. It changes the way they see themselves – made in the image of God!

It also shows them that they are loved, cared for and created for a purpose.

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Sonja and the gang of ministry leaders held a Christmas outreach – we are so thankful to those who financially supported this. The girls were taken to our local suburban church where they were given gifts, sang and danced, played games and made memories together, like all children should.

Our ministry partners were there too, in spirit, praying and walking beside the leaders as you have many times in the past, helping Sonja and the team as they point the girls to Jesus Christ – He who loves them!

Please pray for us all; and a blessed Christmas to you and yours!

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Lordship of Christ podcast

The Lordship of Christ in all areas of life

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Greetings!

Please listen to one of my favorite Salt and Light radio shows of this past year: The Lordship of Christ in all Areas of Life with Charl van Wyk and Ron Kronz.

For more podcasts, you can click on Missionary in Africa’s podcast.

Podcasts can also be accessed on iTunes: missionaryinafrica.

Enjoy listening!

Charl van Wyk

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Giving thanks from Africa!

“And let the peace of Christ rule in your hearts, to which indeed you were called in one body. And be thankful.” Colossians 3:15

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Happy Thanksgiving!

We wish you a very happy and blessed Thanksgiving! We rejoice with you in the Lord’s wonderful gift of faith and the blessing of hope this Thanksgiving Day!

Thanksgiving is an American tradition that I believe the whole world could benefit from emulating.

Seeing American friends gather on this day to express gratitude for what you have, for the family you love, the friends you cherish, and for the blessings that have and still will come, is an amazing godly encouragement.

So in this spirit, Happy Thanksgiving from the Van Wyks!

We praise and thank the Lord for bringing you—our American ministry partners—into our lives. This partnership is extremely important to us and we do not take your sacrifice in prayer and financial support lightly.

Thank you!

After all the fake news and bad news of the past year, isn’t it wonderful to be a fellow Believer in Christ Jesus? You and I also follow the Good News, and we know this season is alive with an amazing hope, as it marks the beginning of the giving of the greatest gift this world has ever known—the birth of our Lord and Savior. It is, in fact, the point of our entire purpose. As I Timothy 4:10 states, “That is why we labor and strive, because we have put our hope in the living God, who is the Savior of all people, and especially of those who believe.”

So yes, our ministry is not unlike other ministries this time of year. And any financial support you choose to give—no matter its size—is welcomed and will be applied to spreading the message of Christ’s sacrifice, redemption, salvation and promise of eternal life to nations around Africa.

How about a mill for Thanksgiving?

Our Zimbabwean brothers and sisters are suffering! For months Zimbabwe has been struggling with its worst outbreak of cholera in a decade; many have died. Before the outbreak they struggled with avian flu, which took its toll on the chicken population—a most desired food for the poor.

Throughout 2016 we asked our ministry partners to help us purchase a maize mill. We were blown away when the Lord laid the project on the hearts of partners who generously covered the cost of the whole project.

Your kindness encompassed every detail, from purchasing the mill, to having it transported hundreds of miles, to hiring an engineer to set it up and train our staff, to the construction of a building around the mill. Yes, that’s right. A building is built around and over the mill so that it cannot be stolen through the door. The thief would have to break down the walls to steal the machine.

This project not only creates employment, but also encourages subsistence farmers to plant more maize to sell on the free market. The milling of the maize makes it last longer and the longevity is what brings greater value, as it can be sold after everyone has depleted their crops.

The extra cash generated by this project is making a huge difference in sustaining the local church ministry. The benevolent fund for the milling process, made up of maize meal as payment instead of cash, has changed the lives of many widows and orphans as Cozmore stores the maize for later relief when locals run out of food.

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.

So far, we are averaging over 30 people a day, in season, coming to use the machine. We would love to expand this community outreach by building another mill in a town called Gwayi River. This will be 150km away from the present mill, near Victoria Falls.

Cozmore expressed his excitement about this project in this way: “Being on the field I see His hand, even though sometimes people test our belief. For I know my God is real – God keeps proving that He is real to them.”

How right Cozmore is; the Lord is literally raining blessings down on this community. When I last went to check on the project, it was pouring rain. After a three-year drought, nobody was complaining.

The mill is servicing locals in a 20km radius of the mission base. To encourage locals to have their corn/maize milled by us, we are operating at half the cost of mills farther afield. Payment for the service is made in cash or in maize.

We already have $450 set aside towards the second mill and look forward to making a difference in the lives of our suffering brothers and sisters.

The difference partners like you make is immeasurable because God is multiplying your support by pouring out blessings on our ministry, and those we minister to and with, that exceed any earthly value.

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Transport for truth

Cozmore and I, with other Godly individuals, are formalizing our ministry in Zimbabwe with the help of ITMI.

The legal entity will help with the ownership of land and other assets needed to establish ourselves firmly in the Gwayi River community as well as invite friends like you over to come and minister alongside us for a short period of time.

Cozmore has spent hours standing waiting along the Zimbabwean roads for a taxi to take him to his place of ministry. After waiting for hours, a taxi might arrive and then leave without passengers because there weren’t enough to make the trip to the village financially viable.

We’d like to purchase a vehicle to help make our ministry a thousand times more productive than having our missionary stand for hours on the side of a lonely road and then not catch a taxi. Every time I visit to minister, Cozmore borrows cars to help us drive to our outreaches.

Used cars, in good condition, can be purchased in Zimbabwe from $6,000.00, of which we already have designated $1,500.00.

If the Lord puts it on your heart to join us in blessing our friends in Zimbabwe this Thanksgiving and Christmas, please join us in prayer and financial support:

– Transport for our newly formalized ministry – we still need $4,500.00
– A maize mill to help and support the ministry – we still need $3,550.00

Please remember to state how you’d like to partner in these ministry opportunities.

Thanks again!

Charl van Wyk

P.S.: Even after the rush, rest and respite of Christmas, as word of African market conditions, global events, wars and rumors of war no doubt return to spread unease, do not succumb to discouragement. Be of good cheer, love the Lord and keep His commands. As I John 5:3-5 says, “His commands are not burdensome, for everyone born of God overcomes the world.” The victory is assured—for it belongs to Him. Amen!

 

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Listen now!

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Greetings!

We were so blessed at the Future of Christendom conference in PA at which I was invited to speak during the breakout sessions!

These more informal sessions are available on Sermon Audio. Click here to listen!

The conference was filled with a lot of awesome people building on a lot of inspiring ideas and constantly seeking ways to further the Gospel of the Kingdom through education. A memorable experience indeed!

Therefore, I wanted to share the lectures with you!

Next year’s conference topic is “The Future of Christendom: Advancing the Kingdom through Enterprise”.

Enjoy listening!

Charl van Wyk

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