Dear Prayer Friends

We thank God for the wonderful privilege it is to return to ‘normal’ as far as the work is concerned with so many of the restrictions of the Covid Era lifted. The pilgrims can once again go out into the district and be actively involved in the work of the Lord, holding Youth Camps, Outreaches and of course just ahead of us, the coming Easter Conventions.

We are reminded of the section in Psalm 107 where it speaks of all the storms that assail the people of God and in verse 29, “He maketh the storm a calm, so that the waves thereof are still!”

There are five clear word pictures in this psalm:

• They wandered, were lost, found no sure dwelling place (4-9)
• They sat in darkness bound and under the shadow of death (10-16)
• They called out in their sickness and distress (17-22)
• A raging storm at sea (23-32)
• And eventually the desert transformed into a fruitful land (33-38)

We read of them crying out to God four times in this psalm and in each instance, He heard them and delivered them!

• In the desert He put them on the right path and led them to a sure city (7)
• He breaks the captives’ bands asunder! (14)
• For those that were sick He sent word, healing and delivering them (20)
• He calmed the storms and stilled the waves.

In every instance when they called out to God, something happened. They did not call in vain!

In the storms that assail us, the impossibilities we face, when we feel the darkness enveloping us and choking us, we can call on God as they did, and He will not fail us. What an anchor in the day we live in. We are safe in Him whatever is happening around us!                                       

Frans & Erica Gericke

Prayer requests:

  • 11-13 March – Catechism Camp Eden
  • 7-11 March – Sidwell outreach
  • 7-24 March – Tour Eastern Cape
  • 12-18 March – Potgietersrus Outreach
  • 14-18 March – Hankey tour
  • 18-20 March – Axis Camp Namibia
  • 21-24 March – Samekoms Youth Camp
  • 21-25 March – Youth Week Orania
  • 24 March – 3 April – Namibia south outreach
  • 28 March – 1 April – Upington HBS
  • 28-31 March – Mispa Youth Camp
  • 4-9 April – Prins Albert outreach
  • 5-10 April – Pretoria Gardens outreach
  • 14-17 April – Easter Conventions across South Africa & Namibia
  • 29 April – 2 May – Youth Camp Hebron
  • 1 May – Kuilsrivier meeting
  • 8 May – Strand meeting
  • The salvation of precious souls and that God would raise up intercessors

News from the field

Free State
We were given a wonderful opportunity to work with each class in a certain Junior School. Five children responded and trusted the Lord to save them. We then had the joy of visiting some of these children in their homes and had an opportunity to meet and speak with their parents. The openings we had at the high school made us aware that there was a deep need and absolute ignorance of basic Christian truths. Moses and David were unknown to them! One girl responded and trusted God to save her. We arranged workers’ meetings on the farms and incorporated the Dorothea mission to speak in the workers’ own language.

Western Cape
It was such a joy to start with quarterly meetings again after an absence of two years due to Covid 19. What a joy to see and fellowship with the dear friends. The Parow services have shifted to Kuilsriver and the meetings in Strand to the headquarters. Everyone who attended said that they had sorely missed the times together over the two years. Heinrich has had opportunities to share are several businesses and wonderful openings have come to minister in the Helderberg district for both he and Anél.

North & South Gauteng
The two series of meetings in Brakpan and Rustenburg were deeply blessed.

At the Rustenburg outreach I was blessed to pray with a woman seeking God to save her. She left the meeting with a beaming face and dragged one of her friends with her to attend the following evening. It was an encouragement to see that the work God had done in her heart brought genuine concern for the salvation of others. We also visited several old age homes and had held puppet shows at various schools.

We honor the Lord for many people who in simplicity bowed to the Lord Jesus after some of these occasions.

Northern Cape
At the youth evening we had, ten children responded, and we had the privilege to pray with them. At the Men’s breakfast three men put up their hands for prayer and we could intercede for and with them. One man said joyfully, “This was not just another meeting, but God speaking directly to my own heart!” After another service, a young man asked for my telephone number and phoned me afterwards, sharing the battles he is dealing with on certain issues in his life. He does know the Lord but battling spiritually. I was able to help him from the Word of God and encouraged him to read the Word faithfully and diligently. The more he reads and obeys the Word, the more his life will be aligned to the Word. I also sent him literature that would help him further.

Outreaches in March: Twenty people responded for salvation in various meetings. Meetings held in businesses, schools, and retirement homes. A Film Evening where strangers attended and later attended the Sunday service.

One man testified that he had deep doubts for years, with no surety of salvation and wanted to trust the Lord to save him in the meeting. A lady stayed behind at a meeting, weeping, and confessing her deep need of salvation trusting God to save her. Pilgrims were praying with people all over the church building as they confessed their needs.  The old age homes and retirement complexes deeply appreciated our visits and asked us to come regularly. It was traumatic to realize what needs the children in the orphanage were grappling with and their deep appreciation for any love and care shown them was heartrending. We thank God for the precious opportunity of ministry there.

The Coastal Youth Outreach was a week of tremendous blessing. God worked in a mighty way, and we honor Him for that. Many young people in both Swakopmund and Walvis Bay surrendered their lives to God, seeking Him to save them. Walvis was the highlight in this time. We had been burdened for this area for a long time and at last there was a breakthrough. Many of the young people arrived at the youth evening and ended up hearing the full Gospel! After this we went to Walvis Bay. We were able to share the gospel in many schools. We can testify of blessing and precious souls who sought God to save them.

Eastern Cape
The Lord truly met with the young people at the youth camp. Many testified that God challenged them about forgiveness. One young girl prayed with a worker asking God to help her to forgive. The last evening a young boy went up to one of the workers and asked them to pray with him saying, “Please help me. I need to make right with God!’

Convention Speaker
Jenny Daniel:  My heart is full of gratitude as I see the leading Hand of God in so many ways.  That verse in Isaiah 30:21 “And thine ears shall hear a word behind thee, saying, “This is the way, walk ye in it, when ye turn to the right hand, and when ye turn to the left”, has been a reality in my life as never before.  I realize the “Race of Faith” is to be run ‘with patience’ not at full sprint as we so often want to do!  I have recently had a lot of interaction with people, counselling them, praying for them and in it all deeply conscious that God Himself was giving the much needed wisdom.  I am also blessed – a year after Keith’s death – to still receive emails testifying of God’s blessing to hearts through his ministry. I know that his messages will continue to bring fruit.  I was thinking recently of the difference between inspired messages and messages with unction.  I believe what made his such a blessing was that unique unction that can only come from God Himself!