“The Lord bless you and keep you; the Lord make his face to shine upon you and be gracious to you; the Lord lift up his countenance upon you and give you peace.”
Thanksgiving Day is a wonderful tradition enjoyed by American Christians; a day of giving thanks to the Lord for the blessings of the harvest and for all His goodness over the preceding year.
Sonja, Roberta (16), Jason (12), John-Marc (11), Anya (7, going on 17) and I also give thanks to the Lord for His goodness and provision over the past year. Most of all we thank Him for you, our friends and supporters. We honestly cannot imagine what our ministry would have looked like without your prayers and continued partnership.
We’d like to give you a quick overview of just some of the areas where the Lord has allowed us to really make a difference in preaching His Word and discipling the nations.
All projects and opportunities in ministry are never a one-man-show. Many people, like you, play an integral part in enabling us to do His work.
Linda Compound, Lusaka, Zambia
My friend Ron Kronz has been a wonderful stalwart in making the Linda Compound building project—an outreach to the poorest of people—a reality. This new church building will be used for preaching the Gospel and discipling and educating many orphans – children whose parents have mostly died due to the HIV/AIDS pandemic. Without this refuge, such children would remain vulnerable to harsh elements and harsher individuals seeking to exploit their need for care and love.
Wheels under the Word
They are blown away that Christians in the West care so much for them that they take particular interest in such “mundane matters” as a need for reliable transportation over rough terrain.
Just as an extension of this project, I’d like you to meet Nelayi. She is a 27-year-old paraplegic and member of my friend, Ps Didier’s ‘Come and See’ congregation in Lubumbashi, Congo.
After giving birth, Nelayi’s husband walked out on her. Her covenant family is looking after her but she is in desperate need of a new quad bike, her only means of transport.
I’m trying to help Nelayi in this matter. A new quad costs $1500.00. If you’d like to join me in blessing Nelayi, US donations can be made by clicking HERE and specifying in comments: ‘Bibles and Bikes Project – quad’
I’ve enjoyed myriads of preaching and teaching opportunities this year. The Lord has opened doors in the most unlikely places.
Television, radio, magazine, newspaper and Internet coverage showcased Gospel opportunities. Two of my most memorable were when a Muslim newspaper editor asked me to write an article on the 20-year-commemoration of the St James Massacre. She published the article in full and reported that she later received a very positive response. God is amazing, isn’t He? Another was when a former terrorist called the radio studio after I was interviewed and witnessed to the Lord’s saving Grace in his life. Listen to the interview by clicking HERE
Truly the Holy Spirit is changing hearts and changing lives. We know that if no one praised Him, the rocks and trees would cry out. God’s glory will be made known with or without us—but we’re so grateful to be involved—and we’re thankful that your support of this ministry makes it possible for us to help contribute to His good works.
Our Life Chain in October was a huge success with more than 100 Capetonians taking a stand for life. They were such a joyous and loving crowd, who had much concern for the lost.
The Women’s Day outreaches at various shopping malls were another time of Gospel opportunity. The stand we took against human trafficking had a profound impact on those we reached.
The Lord brought a Dutch Reformed pastor across my path, whose brother and sister-in-law were murdered by their son and daughter. This court case is very well known in South Africa. He and I have ministered together giving witness to the transforming love of Christ and forgiveness we enjoy through Him.
On a more personal note
I’ve helped train next year’s leadership body of students at a private school near Cape Town. They are a great bunch of children who even have a “Christian outreach” portfolio.
I’m, Lord willing, going to minister in Zimbabwe before the end of the year. I need special prayer support as my colleague, Cozmore, and I reach out to a hurting people.
Sonja has done a wonderful job with running our home; a place we try and make a sanctuary for many to come and enjoy.
Our children are getting on with their homeschooling. Roberta is enjoying her kick-boxing. Her cousin and uncle are both black belts. Jason and John-Marc love archery and mountain biking, and Anya is becoming proficient in the art of ballet. We enjoyed her year-end show very much.
Lastly, it is exciting to have had none other than Chuck Norris endorsing my book and DVD combo published and sold by WND.com.
We wish you a wonderful Thanksgiving Day with your loved ones. May the Lord give you peace.
Charl van Wyk