This post was originally written on Monday, 22 April 2013 15:08 at http://charlvanwyk.info/news/51-so-what-do-you-do
“And now, Israel, what does the Lord your God require of you, but to fear the Lord your God, to walk in all His ways and to love Him, to serve the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul, and to keep the commandments of the Lord and His statutes which I command you today for your good?”
Thank you very much for all your prayers and concern for my health and that of my family. It is such a wonderful experience to have friends and partners in ministry who care so much for us.
My health appears to be improving. Lord willing, I’ll have a blood test at the end of this month that should provide a bit of earthly peace of mind. Thankfully, throughout this ordeal I’ve experienced the Peace That Surpasses All Understanding—and your prayers are to thank for fortifying my faith.
As a missionary I’m often asked: “So what do you do?”
So, I’m going to give a peek into some of the things that I deal with, which all support the commands of Jesus Christ to preach the Gospel and “disciple the nations.”
On the odd occasion when radio and television interviews come up, I have to prepare for them. I will spend up to 8 hours in preparation for a 30-minute television interview or debate.
Newsletters, letters to the editor, tracts, articles and books need to be written, typeset, edited and published. Contact must be maintained with those I minister to and my ministry partners—like you—who pray for and fund the work.
I’m deeply grateful for it and take nothing for granted, so staying in touch with you is a joy and responsibility that I nurture with time and care.
One supporter put it this way: “When I was a kid I wanted to be a missionary. Now at the age of 79 I’m doing it from home through you. God bless you!”
And my work needs to be marketed, which can serve as a force multiplier for reaching even more nonbelievers with the Gospel as well as fellow Christians in need of encouragement and discipleship.
Preacher/Teacher/Bible Study leader
Hours must be spent in preparation for ministry outreaches – both in prayer and public speaking refinement.
Preaching, teaching, tract distribution and other public engagements are all extremely hard work.
As a missionary, you frequently forgo the comforts of calm, stable environments. Certainly, life in Africa is a reminder of this truth. Having a neighbor murdered, another stabbed in his home, cars stolen in the neighborhood and my sister-in-law attacked outside our front gate, we live in a heightened state of vigilance, constantly aware of our security situation.
Are security gates locked and not just closed? Are all mechanized security gates/doors well maintained? After all, just one jam can lead to a tragic and disastrous consequence. This is how our neighbor was exposed and vulnerable. A backdoor, left open to allow the cat to go out, enabled robbers to enter. They then shot and killed our neighbor’s father.
Our family is growing and our children are very excited about the newest, soon-to-join member of our family. American Pit Bull Terrier puppy, Zara, will serve as chief of security and early warning system.
A missionary can be any of the following in a matter of a few days:
Prayer warrior, preacher, teacher, home builder, importer, exporter, handyman, businessman, radio host or interviewee, courier, taxi, buyer, seller, administrator, spokesperson, elder, deacon, host, lecturer, author, publisher, editor, hospital visitor, counselor, cultural consultant, political consultant, debater, negotiator, fund raiser, tour guide, packer, cleaner, banker, creditor, photographer, employer, employee, chef, driver, public speaker, public relations officer, marksman, theologian, judge, activist, student, insurance claims clerk…the list can go on.
Some of the exciting projects I’m working on include:
Wheels under the Word – Bibles and bikes for pastors and missionaries
On fire for the faith and industrious in spirit, pastors and missionaries in Africa, often don’t own Bibles and need to cover a lot of ground in spreading the Gospel. Now the bikes will help them do so with greater range, efficiency and safety.
Many pastors have multiple congregations to oversee. And they hazard some remarkable dangers just going to and fro between congregations and parishioner visits.
Usually, our pastors travel such perilous grounds on foot. Please help them so that they can enjoy the increased fleetness and breeze of a bike ride.
Christian College in Congo
As a believer you know the unmistakable truth and strength of God’s Word, and the importance of putting it into the hands of as many people as possible.
The Come and See Church College where students can study Theology, Information Technology, Marketing and Medicine has outgrown its facilities. The church has procured land to build classrooms and expand its spiritual teachings.
You can help with this life-changing ministry of teaching students how to apply the Lordship of Jesus Christ to all areas of life. Short term teachers and building funds are required.
Christian Organization for Peace and Conflict Resolution – Congo
Didier and Christine are doing wonderful Gospel outreaches in the Congo to those who have suffered due to the ongoing social upheaval of war and displacement.
Literally, millions of lives have been lost in the Congo due to civil wars. People have become refugees in their own country.
This young team of husband and wife are dynamic missionaries in very difficult circumstances teaching the Gospel of Jesus Christ, to those suffering great anguish.
Ministry opportunities abound and include the far Northern and Eastern parts of South Africa, as well as Zambia and the Congo. I also have invitations to minister in the USA, Pakistan, Malawi and the Philippines.
Your prayer and financial support is what makes such outreaches possible. Thank you for your partnership and letting me represent your heart in the field.
Jesus Christ is King!
Charl van Wyk