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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Cozmore clothes kids!

“The man who has two tunics is to share with him who has none; and he who has food is to do likewise.”Luke 3:11

Transporting school clothing across national borders in Africa is not for the faint-hearted!

The 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!

Against all odds, RNJ Exports and my ministry colleague Cozmore, managed to deliver multiple large bags of new and used school clothing to a small rural school in Zimbabwe.

Reddam House Durbanville, South Africa was the kind donor!

Cozmore said that he thought this project was the biggest waste of time…..until he saw the faces of the children when they received their new school uniforms. The school closed down for the day as each child, from pre-school to grade 7, received at least two sets of clothing.

We even had leftovers, that were donated to visiting students who were in the village to write their final exams.

We cannot even begin to thank each and every person who played a part in making this arguably one of the biggest, most exciting events in the lives of a bunch of school children in rural Zimbabwe.

Thank you Lord!

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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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