In Christ Alone

I was born into a Christian family and have been hearing Bible stories since I was little. However, I never really understood who Jesus was for me until I was older. I’m not quite sure of the date, all I know, as Jonathan Edwards so perfectly put it, is that an ‘inward sweet sense’ washed over me, and I knew that I wanted Christ to be the centre of my life. A verse that has really spoken to me is Galatians 2:20, which says, “I have been crucified with Christ. It is no longer I who live, but Christ who lives in me. And the life I now live in the flesh I live by faith in the Son of God, who loved me and gave himself for me.”

I am so thankful that it is no longer I who live, but Christ, who lives in me! I am blessed beyond all measure that Christ gave himself up for Me, a sinner who can’t do any good in my own strength. I won’t stop sinning because I am saved. I still get frustrated when things don’t go exactly the way I want them to, but my Saviour is greater than my sin. And this I know with all my heart: “No power of hell, no scheme of man, shall ever pluck me from His hand. Until He returns, or calls me home, here in the power of Christ I stand.”

-Julia’s baptism testimony, March 1, 2015

Despite a thunderstorm that brought a downpour of rain, on March 1st with hearts overflowing, we celebrated as our Julia Faith made a public profession of her faith in Christ Jesus through baptism along with three other sisters from Living Hope Church. The Apostle John put it well when he wrote in 3 John 1:4 , “I have no greater joy than to hear that my children are walking in the truth.”  Truly, as a parent, there is no greater joy!  Please pray for Julia as she has a lifetime ahead of walking with God and growing in her faith. DSC_0447DSC_0449DSC_0453

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Larissa, Nomatter, Julia and Gertrude just after their baptism. To God be the glory, great things He has done!

Julia with her birthday buddy, Jensen Isaiah,  only hours old!

Julia with her birthday buddy, Jensen Isaiah, only hours old!

Our growing church  Julia celebrated her 15th birthday on March 14th and her birthday wish was to have a “Birthday Buddy”. Heather and Donovan Drew our co-workers and fellow missionaries were expecting their 3rd child who was due March 10th. God was kind to Julia and granted her birthday wish as Jensen Isaiah Drew entered the world on Pi Day (3.14.15).

 Our New Home We are so thankful that God has provided us with an amazing home here in Pretoria and our deepest desire is that it will be used for His purposes and glory. We are blessed to be living in community, sharing our property with our co-workers and dear friends.  Andre and Karlien DeWit and their two adorable children have made their home in the one-bedroom flat adjoining our home.

More often than not we are fortunate enough to get a daily visit from these two (Kara, age 3, and Ben Dewit, age 1)

More often than not we are fortunate enough to get a daily visit from these two (Kara, age 2, and Ben Dewit, age 1)

Living Hope Church has been praying for years to have its own facility, but for now, as we continue to rent our current facility,we are so happy that our home can be utilized for different church events such as communion service and Ladies Bible Study.

Our first hosting of the Living Hope's monthly communion meal

Our first hosting of the Living Hope’s monthly communion meal

Living Hope Ladies Bible Study meets in our home twice a month.  This last gathering was a celebration of our sister Lerato's upcoming birth as she was showered with love and gifts.  Can you guess which one she is?

Living Hope Ladies Bible Study meets in our home twice a month. This last gathering was a celebration of our sister Lerato’s upcoming birth as she was showered with love and gifts. Can you guess which one she is?

Last month we were also privileged to once again host Mary-Kate Martin director of Hosea’s Heart (a ministry in Swaziland) and her interns for a long weekend as they travelled to  Pretoria for some very needed rest and relaxation.

Hosea's Heart Missionaries and Muphamuzi Baby Home interns out for a hike  in the nature reserve just outside Pretoria.  University of South Africa in the background.

Hosea’s Heart Missionaries and Muphamuzi Baby Home interns out for a hike in the nature reserve just outside Pretoria. University of South Africa in the background.

 Resurrection Sunday – What incredible joy it is to gather as the body of Christ on Easter Sunday and celebrate the risen Christ.  A foretaste of what is yet to come because of Christ’s victory over sin and death. We had two services: an Easter Dinner the Saturday before and our Resurrection Sunday service.  In order that we, as a church family, could include Baby Home caregivers and interns, the babies from MBH joined us for both church services.

Celebrating Easter Saturday as a family in Christ!

Celebrating Easter Saturday as a family in Christ!

Guess which are the twins girls?  Baby J on the far right, was just welcomed by his forever family this week.  Although he will be missed, we are so thankful that God has placed him in his family.

Baby Home babies join us for our Easter services! Guess which two are the new twins girls? Baby J on the far right, was just welcomed by his forever family. Although he will be missed, we are so thankful that God has placed him in his family.

This little guy (with caregiver Joy) recently had surgery to repair a birth defect that made it difficult for him to breath and eat.  Thank God, he has recovered well and is now eating and growing!

This little guy (with caregiver Joy) recently had surgery to repair a birth defect that made it difficult for him to breath and eat. Thank God, he has recovered well and is now eating and growing!

Sweet Baby K just celebrated her first birthday.  (With Mama Linda and Marda Mack)

Sweet Baby K just celebrated her first birthday and will soon be placed with her forever family! (With Mama Linda and Marda Mack)

There in the ground, His body lay

Light of the world by darkness slain

Then bursting forth in glorious Day

Up from the grave He rose again

And as He stands in victory

Sin’s curse has lost its grip on me

For I am His and He is mine

Bought with the precious blood of Christ

Hiking in the breathtaking Drakensberg Mountains gives us a glimpse of our Creator's majesty and glory!

We enjoyed a quick “holiday” hiking in the breathtaking Drakensberg Mountains. A glimpse of our Creator’s majesty and glory!

3 thoughts on “In Christ Alone

  1. Those Drakensberg Mtns are breathtaking. Thank you for the update and all the pictures. PTL for your daughters baptism and the other girls too. It is such a joy to see young ones place their trust in Jesus.

  2. Thank you for the wonderful update Susan! Wonderful testimonies of God’s love, faithfulness, and work through you all. So encouraging.

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