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Our lives in Africa no. 37
Dear <<First Name>>,
When Jesus sent out his disciples to proclaim the kingdom of God, he did so with granted power and authority to drive out all demons and to cure diseases.  He also instructed them to take nothing else, because His power and authority were all they needed. How is he equipping us to proclaim the kingdom of God in this day and age?  What would be the thing that we need to proclaim the kingdom of God that requires nothing else?  I shared with you in the last newsletter (no.36) about a boy name Siyamthanda.  He was 5 and was a very violent boy with an abusive mother.  A week after we returned the "I'm Precious to Jesus" bracelet to him from his mother, he was a changed boy.  He was gentle and calm.  He interacted with his friends kindly.  That was what God did for him through love.  As Jesus equipped his disciples with His power and authority to do such miracles, he granted Siymathanda some of the fruits of the spirit.  Do we need anything else to proclaim the kingdom of God in this day and age other than the true fruits of the spirit?  We live in such a depraved world and if someone truly understand the fruits of the spirit and has love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness and self-control, it would be an absolute wonder.  He has equipped us with the wondrous things that we need to win this world over to Christ.  Now, shall we?
MONTESSORI TRAINING IN KHAYELITSHA


LOVEa ministry is a preschool ministry under African Leadership.  It is being led by missionary Jaemin and she oversees the teachers from 25 preschools that we work with.  She spent two years establishing good relationships and placing a biblical foundation in the teachers' hearts.  Recently, she asked Helen to start training these teachers next year with Montessori skills.  Helen decided to teach them how to teach children to read.  As we were preparing for the introductory class with Khayelithsa preschool teachers, Miss Pinky came and handed us a piece of paper.  It appeared to be a comparison between what she has been learning and practicing in our preschools (Liyabona) with what is being done in the township preschools.  She has a 5 year old son, Boimamelo, who is attending preschool in Zola.  The list goes like this. 1. Teachers need to learn how to talk with children and try to understand each of them.  2. Give children freedom and do not force them.  3. Teachers need to guide children all the time.  4. Give children clear expectations.  5. Children must not be scared or afraid of the teachers, but be able to trust teachers.  I have to say she knows what she is talking about.  Miss Pinky has become a great teacher.

WE ARE READY FOR THE LORD


It was the place where my church's mission team worked at and painted a large face of Jesus on the preschool wall.  It is where missionary Joy got robbed only a few weeks ago.  The place is called Bhekela.  It consists of around 450 temporary homes in a mere square kilometer area.  We decided to hold an I'm Precious to Jesus Campaign in that area.  We got 300 shirts, thousands of flyers and hundreds of button badges ready.  Also, for the first time, we decided to campaign towards adults with the campaign and obtain signatures for campaign membership and a petition to stop rape and child abuse.  We didn't know how people would react to signing the petition.  In the begninning, the signing went slow, because we didn't know what we were doing.  However, by the time the children's march was done, people were lining up to sign their names and cellphone numbers to receive SMS updates on future campaigns and events such as educational seminars.  In a short period time with first time jitters, we were able to obtain 225 signatures from men and women from Bhekela.  I believe we are ready for the Lord to lead us into the next step.

With love,
Abohna, Helen and Jung
I'm Precious to Jesus Campaign

Prayer items/ update

Zola youth kids are preparing for  the children's church Christmas.  I hope they will learn and provide a good opportunity for children to learn the true meaning of Christmas.

The preschool land in Zola hasn't been cleared to build the preschool.  There are still informal settlements occupying the land.  Please pray that we can start building in the new year. 

Please pray for the safety of the missionaries.  It is increasingly violent in the township area.

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