Johannesburg for Jesus
After a week of meetings – which included preaching, teaching and orphan outreaches, at the congregation of Ps Oscar Wakandwa in Johannesburg, South Africa, our ‘Bishop of Souls’ team – Oscar Wakandwa, Ron Kronz and I – flew to Douala, Cameroon.
In Johannesburg, we met a wife and mother who had become an alcoholic. This destroyed her family and she ended up on the streets. Her children were sent back to Lubumbashi, Congo, to live with their grandmother.
Pastor Oscar found this lady in a drunken stupor. He reached out to her with the Gospel. By God’s Grace she responded, putting her faith in Jesus Christ, rather than trusting any longer in the bottle.
“The King will reply, ‘Truly I tell you, whatever you did for one of the least of these brothers and sisters of mine, you did for me.’” Matthew 25:40
Through the fervent prayers of the saints and the courageous ministry effort of Oscar, the husband and wife are now reconciled.
Her challenges are far from over. While she lived a sordid life on the streets, she contracted HIV Aids.
Despite all this, her husband loves her dearly. He even stepped forward to undergo Christian leadership training.
Our God is a great and mighty Redeemer!
Our team left financial support with the grandmother to help feed her covenant grandchildren. We hope to keep doing so until the parents’ lives are stable.
Please pray for Oscar as he perseveres in discpling this couple. And keep thanking the Lord for His saving Grace in their lives.
At the orphan outreach we learned of a father who went to a sangoma (witchdoctor) for help to win his son over after a terrible divorce.
The sangoma sought evil spirits to torment the young boy. It reached a level where his mother was beside herself with worry and at a loss for what to do next. By God’s Grace, through prayer and the powerful Name of Jesus Christ, the boy was set free from demonic oppression.
Cameroon for Christ
After arriving in Douala, we left the very next day to the airport, heading for ministry in the capital city, Yaoundé. Boy, were we surprized at the airport when we discovered that there was no plane available for the flight. Interesting observation – the airways sold the tickets to our host the day before, knowing full well that they’d had no flights up to four days earlier.
Our only resort – a five-hour bus ride. The tone for the journey ahead was quickly established when it was announced that passengers may only urinate in the bus toilet! Even this was almost an impossible feat, as most of the trip involved the driver dodging potholes.
The bus hostess, strangely enough, was adamant that I could not have a bottle of water, but had to drink only soda. In Africa, few service providers practice the business principle that their customers should be kindly taken care of.
Back at the Douala hotel we soon learned that we could only have (watered down) milk with our coffee at breakfast and at no time thereafter.
Aside from these funny happenings, our team was tremendously blessed by our Father. We saw countless people coming to faith in Christ and also many delivered from demonic oppression, which is quite prevalent in Central and West Africa.
In Yaoundé our services were aired on city wide television and others were recorded for later transmission.
Leadership training with ministers, church founders and leaders provided tremendous encouragement to us – as was our work back in Douala with our host, Bishop Floribert Mawit.
Congo Christians care for life
It is inspiring to see Christians getting involved in the socio/political process in the Democratic Republic of Congo. Christians have historically believed the unbiblical arguments that politics is dirty, or religion and politics do not mix and that the Christians’ citizenship is only in Heaven. These ideas leave the Church practically paralyzed and enslaved to the pagans. Not anymore!
Bishop Lamba Lamba of the Come and See Church encourages his members to welcome home orphans – bringing them up in covenant families where the Gospel and discipleship are practiced daily. The congregation then financially supports these servant-hearted families.
“Religion that God our Father accepts as pure and faultless is this: to look after orphans and widows in their distress and to keep oneself from being polluted by the world.” James 1:27
Opportunities to start orphanages and Christian schools, to educate these desperate children, abound and effort is being put into such ministries.
Let the African Reformation begin!
We had the opportunity to distribute 120 Bibles in Cameroon and through friends, another 190 in Gabon; some at brand new church plants – where, believe it or not, a lady was typing up pages of Scripture for new converts.
A BIG thank you for supporting our “Bibles and bikes fund” – we tremendously appreciate your love for, and distribution of, God’s Word.
It was such an honor to work with Ron and Oscar – these men are “Kingdom-first” kind of men who are willing to forgo all comfort and safety to see the Gospel go forth.
Praise the Lord for the “life in abundance” He blesses us with!
Charl van Wyk