“Sing praises to the Lord, O you His saints, and give thanks to His holy name.” Psalm 30:4
We are thrilled that the Lord has sought to bless us through our ministry partners. Our Stone Hill ministry is expanding tremendously.
Our efforts are to present the Gospel of the Kingdom and make disciples, baptizing them and teaching them to observe all that He has commanded us.
And yes, we have numerous youth desiring baptism – showing publicly that they are followers of Jesus Christ and no longer worshipping their ancestors.
Our ministry includes Sunday evening Gospel services, Bible studies, Soldiers for Christ, Dream Girls, a soup kitchen, food-and-clothing distribution, shack/home maintenance and building, sport ministry, youth camps, educational support, outreaches such as Life Chain and Women’s Day in shopping malls; and, Lord willing, within in a week a medical clinic and an early childhood development center.
Don’t we serve an amazing God?
Our efforts are not just local, in terms of distance from where we live near Cape Town, South Africa. With your help, we seek to be a blessing way beyond our local community.
Our efforts include:
Chicken and rabbit farming
We’ve successfully launched four such projects in Zimbabwe. All have been successful, despite the country having suffered an avian flu epidemic. Our young men in Gwayi River are changing from chicken to farming with guinea fowl, due to the outbreak.
We’ve launched one such project in Zimbabwe and have supported another in Zambia. Our barns have literally been overflowing with maize in Zimbabwe. This maize comes from those who pay for the milling with crops, due to lack of cash. This ministry supports widows and orphans – and a full time pastor.
Gospel and discipleship retreats
These started with our young men in Stone Hill, South Africa and Gwayi River, Zimbabwe; and then for the first time this year, parents in Gwayi River. Apparently, we are in big trouble for not having started these retreats many years ago!
This setting, a weekend retreat, provides the attendees a respite from the exhausting distractions associated with normal living in a devastated community, such as searching for food and carrying water all day. It gives us the opportunity to saturate attendees in God’s Word!
Early childhood development centers (ECDC)
We are expecting our ECDC and medical clinic container-buildings to be delivered in the next week. We also have a wooden and plastic walled (yes, you did not mis-read) structure for our pre-schoolers in Lubumbashi, Congo.
One of our faithful ministry partners offered us a massive Kingdom blessing. Every U.S. dollar we raised for our ECDC in Stone Hill, he matched!!
Praise the Lord! This lead to a far larger project, incorporating the medical clinic.
Bibles and bikes
These bicycles serve as much more than a means of exercise; they enhance the Christian workers’ ministry.
We can never have enough Bibles – we’ve distributed in South Africa, Zambia, Malawi, Congo, Cameroon and Zimbabwe.
Soldiers for Christ
Amongst other fun outings, the Soldiers for Christ ascended Cape Town’s mountains – Devil’s Peak, Table Mountain and Lion’s Head—all in one day. They bore each other’s burdens and pains to complete their goal.
My co-worker, Cozmore, had his fair share of pain and suffering after having survived a terrible accident in an African taxi. His acute back pain, as well as pain of an ankle and knee, left him bedridden for days.
ITMI executive director Steve Evers made an immediate decision to help Cozmore get the best possible medical help. After two days of hospitalization, x-rays, continuing physio therapy, and more home rest, Cozmore was well enough to travel and minister again.
He and Laizah, his new bride, are expecting their first baby in February.
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. It will be used to spread the message of Christ’s sacrifice, redemption, salvation and promise of eternal life to nations around Africa and the world, through media, as the Lord calls us to do.
We’ve witnessed the miraculously multiplying power of God’s blessings in our lives. We’ve seen His hand on our ministry. Truly, as you no doubt have in your life, we have seen God keep the promise He makes in Malachi 3:10, where He challenges us to bring “the whole tithe into the storehouse,” and “see if I will not throw open the floodgates of heaven and pour out so much blessing that there will not be room enough to store it.”
God granted us our very lives and pours out the bounty of blessings we enjoy each moment. Through his Holy Word, He guides our hearts and minds to remind us to serve as good stewards of those blessings. As Christians, our giving is one example of our stewardship.
We do hope we are again a part of your stewardship this season. We enter this season grateful for all the opportunity it holds and excited about the unending possibilities the Lord has in store—not only for our efforts, but yours as well.
Thank you for your support and most importantly, your prayers.
Charl van Wyk
P.S.: Even after the rush, rest and respite of Christmas, as word of international political 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 1 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!