FOR THE FUTURE OF THE KINGDOM
It is such a blessing for us to have a children's church and youth group in Zola. We only started to work with the children and youth to formulate visions for the preschoolers so that we could serve in our Montessori schools in the townships. To see what kind of world they would grow up into and what kind of future they would have, there was no better way to see it firsthand than by working with the older ones. The children's ministry and youth group gave us an understanding of the people beyond our ability and gave birth to the 'I'm Precious to Jesus Campaign.' These two girls, Zimasa and Papama, stopped by last Saturday to do their homework. After doing some puzzles and eating food that Helen prepared for them, they didn't get to do their homework, but it was a great time nonetheless. Another reason they came by was to drop off Papama's high school application. Papama is an excellent student. I have been checking her marks over the past two years and her averages have been consistently above 90% when 50% is the passing grade, and the majority of students do not pass. Papama lost her mother last year and she never met her father. After the mission team from Lighthouse Ministries visited Zola in August, the team members decided to provide for her schooling for a school outside of the township. When I shared the news with Papama, she was shaking with excitements. We have lot to do to get her into the January term, so please pray for us and, thank you and thank you.
I'M SIYAMTHANDA, THE TROUBLE MAKER
The boy wearing the burgundy training suit is Siyamthanda. He lives next to Wendy, so we have known him for a long time. He was a very active boy who always got in trouble. As he got bigger, he became increasingly violent. When I came back from Canada earlier this month, I noticed he was actually fist fighting with his friends (obviously he was winning, pushing is what an average boy can do at that age). When I broke up the fight, I could feel he was very strong for a boy in his age. His mother is well known for beating him... everyday and I have witnessed many times over the years. Last week, we handed out the 'I'm Precious to Jesus Campaign' bracelets that One Church Perth mission team and Gordon's Bay Baptist Church made for us while I was in Canada. After we handed out more than 100 bracelets, Wendy came to get me. She said, "Siyamthanda's mother took the bracelet from him." With me standing behind, Wendy got the bracelet back from the boy's mother. The mother looked embarrassed that I found out about it. When we went to find Siyamthanda to give the bracelet back, we found him in the middle of the room with his head down. Every good and perfect gift comes from above, not taken from 5 year olds. I hope we can give enough love for the adults as well, so they won't be hungry enough to take it from others.