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Our lives in Africa no. 35
Dear friends in Christ,
I have given numerous missions trip testimonies over the years.  My favorite one was when I only shared about three Godly people I had met during my trip to South Africa.  Sometimes it is much easier to talk about others than myself, because I don't need to worry about sounding proud.  Such as how wise, loving and gentle I was.  During the Passion week, we were reading 1 Thessalonians at African Leadership devotion and I started to giggle, because I realized that Paul was doing just that, how wise he was, loving and gentle he was with people of Thessalonica.  He even pleaded with them not to forget their (Paul, Sila and Timothy) toil and hardship, "We worked night and day not to be burden to anyone..." and he goes on to say "...while we preached the Gospel of God to you."  He did not say he was a kind and humble person who wouldn't burden anyone.  Instead he said in order to preach the Gospel to the people of Thessalonica, to make the Gospel pure and powerful to the people of Thessalonica, he adapted all the characters of ... God.  I am a mere imitator of God and only God has love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness and self-control.  If I am anything, I am an obedient servant, who owes it all to Christ.
TIME TO GO FORWARD

Pinky
It has been one and a half years, since we started to look for land in the nearby township, Zola.  We have looked at many different places and attempted many different methods to find land to build the preschools for the teachers we have trained.  It has not been fruitful and we are still waiting for any land to become available.  Our plan is to train teachers at the Liyabona Montessori Preschool, then build a preschool in a township for them to teach.  Our goal is to provide the same quality, love and care that we give to our own children to the children in the townships.  Since the needs are great and preschools are in demand in the townships, we tend to undercut the quality of care and love we provide them.  We are seeking a solution to the problem by producing more qualified teachers, who would be able to love the children in a Christian way without being pressured by time or finances.  We hope to graduate two teachers per year and send them to the townships.  So far, we have trained three teachers.  Wendy and Pinky are ready and Phumza finished her first term.  We believe the time has come for us to take action and move forward.  We have decided to purchase several houses and convert them into preschools rather than building them from scratch.  Please pray for us to see what God had in mind with the township preschools when He sent us to South Africa.          

SHARING LIVES IN JESUS


Something interesting happened after we recruited three more kids, Nori, Sizeka, and Theo, into our Zola Youth group.  The following week, they started to argue in front of me.  They were yelling at each other in Xhosa, so I didn't understand, but I could see that they were divided into two groups.  I soon found out that two of the new kids were disrespecting the older ones in the group, so they were vetoing their membership.  Some of them were threatening to leave the group if the disrespectful and unqualified kids were staying.  They were protesting to me to disqualify the two new members from the group.  I said in my heart, 'Thank you Lord'.  Finally, I have something to challenge them with.  For the first year, they were all behaving very nicely, because they were grateful to what we were doing for them.  They never said anything bad and always tried to hide their shortcomings from me.  Now they were comfortable enough to show me their true feelings including anger.  I told them two things.  "I am a missionary and everything I do with you is for you to love God and love one another as Jesus taught us.  After one year I have spent with you, if you can't still love each other, I don't know what I have done.  I expect you to respect and love one another, not because of the age, but for Jesus' love.  Second, did I recruit you with qualifications?  Did I form this group and turn any of you away because you didn't have a certain quality?  Why are you imposing qualifications on the new members?"  Then I went home.  The next day, everyone who was involved in the argument came to our house in peace and had a great time together.  One of the kids said, "Mr. Jung. What you said changed something in me."  The way you saved us truly make sense, Jesus.  Thank you.   

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

Prayer items/ update

We are looking to purchase a house in Zola and it is located next to a primary school.  Please pray for us, so we can continue with what God had called us to do with township preschools.

We are attemping to partner with government and other NGO's to further I'm Precious to Jesus Campaign.  Please pray that this movement can be used to put a foundation for God's kingdom.

This is our vision statement for African Leadership: African Leadership is people empowering communities to train leaders and make disciples reaching the World for God's Kingdom.

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