A few years ago 1Hope developed their Mercy Network Ministry and it is one of the areas that we are focusing on during our time here. Within the past month Randy has been involved with two visits to pastors/churches within 1Hope’s Mercy Network and will be making another visit next week.
Standardton His first visit was to the township of Standardton where he, Andre and Kathryn (baby home intern) visited pastor James.
Pastor James was introduced to the gospel as a child through his aunt whom he lived with after his father died. After becoming a Christian, James’ family rejected him because they believed his Christianity would anger their ancestors. This did not deter him, however, and with a passion for following Christ at an early age, he began open air preaching at the age of 14. A white farmer began allowing James to preach on his property and through a series of connections, James began attending Christ Seminary in 2005. There, James learned how to preach accurately and biblically. He finished seminary in 2009 and started Rise and Shine For Christ Church in the township of his birth, Standardton. Not having the resources for a permanent building, the church meets in a large tent.
Also, in spite of its limited resources, the church lovingly and obediently cares for 42 orphans. It is 1Hope’s desire to come alongside the church and offer them support, encouragement and resources to help them show the love of Christ to these children. James has four children of his own and lives in a small brick house. The support received by the church is not adequate enough to allow James to work only as a pastor. So James must work a full time job during the week as a baker in order to provide for his family.
Modimolle A few weekends ago, our family travelled with other members of the 1Hope team to the township of Modimolle, about two hours outside of Pretoria.
We met Pastor Billy and members of his congregation. The congregation meets in a wonderful brick church in the middle of a township. There are many children in Pastor Billy’s congregation and also in the surrounding community. He has a desire to build his children’s ministry. 1Hope and Step Wise Youth Ministries went out on a Saturday to visit his church and provide Children’s Ministry Training to church members. 1 Hope would love to provide resources and the manpower to run Vacation Bible School/Kid’s Bible Camp on a regular basis in Modimolle through Pastor Billy’s church.
Lesotho Please pray for Randy and other members of 1Hope (Andre and Josh) as they travel to Lesotho next week to visit Pastor Thomas and his church. Lesotho is a very small, very impoverished country that is completely surrounded by South Africa . Pastor Thomas and his church members have built a school in which they feed, clothe and educate forty orphans that attend the church. The team will be traveling December 3-5th.
Baby Home Update Another baby arrived at the home this week. He is seven months old and tragically both of his legs were broken. We are thankful that God has entrusted this little one into 1Hope’s care. He will be well loved until the social workers determine a course of action for him.
Julia and Marissa love serving at the Baby Home. Tuesday is Randy’s day to complete projects around the home and on Monday you can find Julia and Marissa working diligently to finish two days worth of homeschooling so that they can join Daddy at the baby home!
Thanksgiving Our Thanksgiving celebration was a small snapshot of heaven as people from different nations gathered around a table for a feast giving praise and honor to the One from whom all blessings flow. Joining us at this table were people from Zimbabwe, Democratic Republic of the Congo, Malawi, Nigeria, South Africa and the United States!!
After this I looked, and there before me was a great multitude that no one could count, from every nation, tribe, people and language, standing before the throne and before the Lamb. They were wearing white robes and were holding palm branches in their hands. And they cried out in a loud voice: “Salvation belongs to our God, who sits on the throne, and to the Lamb.” Rev. 7: 9-11