Our lives in Africa no. 34
Dear friends in Christ,
When we reach out to people, we often think about how they should be changed or what they can do to improve in their lives.  Sometimes those thoughts are the very reasons that motivate us to reach out.  Just like the phrase by John Piper, "Missions exists because worship doesn't."  They lack in worship, so we reach out to them.  I fully agree, but I was reminded also to look at how they are great before the Lord, not just what they are lacking.  Nurturing and encouraging their righteousness can help them grow to overshadow their shortcomings which will bring fruitful result.  “Come to me, all you who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest.  Take my yoke upon you and learn from me, for I am gentle and humble in heart, and you will find rest for your souls.  For my yoke is easy and my burden is light.” - Matthew 11:28-30

It has been one year since we started our Zola youth group.  The youth are Anati, Kekeletzo, Zimasa, Papama, Lolo, Vusi. Samkeala, Siphokazi, Alindile, Sam, and Sinoyolo.  Out of 12 who we started with, two of them lost their mothers, two of them got raped, one moved away, one got sent away to Transkei for stealing, and one got deserted by parents.  Now, none of them lives with both of their own parents.  Often we had to buy some of them groceries, because their parents neglected them.  We bought a watch, some school shoes, and paid for school farewell parties for some of them.  We took them on an overnight camping trip, multiple outings to parks and museums and to our house for braai (BBQ).  They frequently and randomly visited our house to hang out, to do Bible studies, to grab some food, and to do homework.  Once we even had to do homework for them.  To follow suit, younger ones from the Zola Children's Church started to visit our house as well.  Sometimes it was not easy to welcome them when we are trying to rest on a Saturday or Sunday afternoon.  I remember one Saturday three separate groups of kids visited our house.  We kept reminding ourselves that these children don't have many places where they feel welcome.  Last month, some of the youth group members came to me and asked if it would be okay for them to lead the Children's Church on their own.  I could only tell them one thing from my heart that served as advice, "They are your children. Love them."


As a part of the I'm Precious to Jesus Campaign, there were close to 400 children wearing the shirts and we handed out 8000 leaflets to the residences of SST in Khayelitsha.  When we just passed the mid way point, I noticed a boy with eye defects.  He was not wearing the shirt and shyly followed around lightly guided by his friend.  By the time, we got back to the field, many more children joined and wanted the shirts, but we had only a few shirts left.  I discreetly took one shirt and snuck behind the boy with eye defects and put it on for him.  I didn't catch his reaction, but it was one of those things that you just have to do even if it turned out to be a mistake.  Your mind just zooms in like getting sucked into a tractor beam.  In the environment that he is in, living with such a disability won't be easy.  There is no support system, nor is it in people's mindsets to assist such children towards proper growth.  We might not be able to change his living condition or his future, but he will know that he is precious to Jesus and that whoever lives with him will see the shirt and will get the message.  As the leaflet says, we pray and hope people would treat him as he is precious to Jesus.  With your prayer and support, 1500 children are wearing the shirts in Khayelitsha.  With 1500 shirts and 15000 leaflets distributed in Site B, Site C, BM Section, Zola, and SST, we estimate that at least 10000 people have heard and seen the message.  We still have a long way to go, but we trust the Lord that this campaign will become a great foundation for building God's Kingdom in the people's hearts.

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

Prayer items/ update

I'm Precious to Jesus Campagin had reached 1500 shirts mark.  We have reached out to BM Section, Site B, Site C, SST(Silver Town) and Zola.  Thank you for your prayers and support for the Campaign.  We had a meeting with the Department of Social Development and we will be making a proposal soon.

Please pray for the land in Zola for our preschool.  We might have to buy the small land that is available to start off with.  This wait has been a long one, but we still trust that God is in control.

With our new teacher Phumza, we are realizing again that we are not just teaching them skills.  We are sharing our lives and discipleship training is our key to success in our teacher training.  Please pray for our strong relationship with teachers.

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