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The Storms of Life Stilled!

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.

Northwest
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.

Namibia
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!

Prepared Hearts

Dear Friends
We trust that each of you is doing well. Thank you for your continued prayers and support. We recently heard about the passing of Mr. Stoffel Mcloud. He left deep footprints in the AEB and was a beloved and respected worker in the AEB. We will always remember him for his walk with the Lord, his unwavering faith in the Lord, but also his precious sense of humor. May the Lord comfort his family in time.

PREPARED HEARTS

Ezra 7: 6-10 “he was a ready scribe in the law of Moses… For Ezra had prepared his heart to seek the law of the LORD, and to do it, and to teach in Israel statutes and judgments.”

1. Preparation of the heart – When a man directs his heart to seek the Word of the Lord, to do it and to teach it to others, then a great revival has already begun. Man must first be surrendered to the Lord before our lives can be of any use to Him. Proverbs 16: 1 “The preparations of the heart in man,”.
2. The hand of the Lord was on Ezra. v. 6 “and the king granted him all his request, according to the hand of the LORD his God upon him.” The all-conquering Hand is the companion of the prepared heart.
3. Provision – “all his desires willing” and v. 21 “that whatsoever Ezra the priest, the scribe of the law of the God of heaven, shall require of you, it be done speedily”. Ezra prepared his heart and the Lord provided for every need he had. “He never sends His servants a warfare on their own charges.”
4. Command of the Lord – Ezra 7:25 “And thou, Ezra, after the wisdom of thy God, that is in thine hand, set magistrates and judges, which may judge all the people that are beyond the river, all such as know the laws of thy God; and teach ye them that know them not.”
Mal. 2: 7 “For the priest’s lips should keep knowledge, and they should seek the law at his mouth: for he is the messenger of the LORD of hosts.” Rom. 10:17 – Faith does not come by words of wisdom from men, but by the Word of God.
5. Our life must be consistent with our testimony – Ezra 8:22 “For I was ashamed to require of the king..” v23 “So we fasted and besought our God for this”. When our heart is focused on the Lord, then He is our source to whom we go, the Rock in which we hide.

PRAYER REQUESTS

  • 7 November – Kuils River service
  • 12 – 21 November – Singing campaign in S-Gauteng with various openings at churches
  • 14 November – Strand service
  • 14-19 November Namibia Coast Youth Week openings
  • 21 November – Diploma service Glenvar
  • 23-25 November – Elnatan Youth Camp Namibia
  • 27 November – Year end service at Hebron
  • 1-2 December – Pilgrim meetings Samekoms
  • 3-5 December – National Conference – Meeting, Middelburg, Mpumalanga

“Every great movement of God can be traced to a kneeling figure” – DL Moody

NEWS FROM THE FIELD

EASTERN CAPE: While working in a town, I see someone who has the Lord on my heart. When I talked to the man, he kept asking me how I knew these things about him. He was in tears and I could give him a tract. At a rehabilitation center I had the opportunity to work regularly with people in great need and we could also lead our people to the Lord.

WESTERN CAPE: The campaign on the West Coast was, as last year, very blessed. The regular opening every day at the Rehabilitation Center was undoubtedly the highlight for me again. The receptivity of the approximately 30 men, their search for God and appreciation for the Word is truly a belt under the heart. The fruit on the labor there, namely people with whom we could pray afterward for a variety of needs, was a very great encouragement. Clanwilliam Day Conference – There was a beautiful atmosphere in which the Word of God could easily come into our hearts.

NORTHERN CAPE: With the youth evening could experience how the Lord came to speak to young people’s hearts. A young boy came to ask for my number and later shared his need, distress and desperation and sought help. Please pray. together how to help this boy as well as for the powerful working of Jesus in his life! The Men’s Breakfast was also marked by the Lord’s presence. One man testified after the time, he received not just another message this morning, but a Word that struck and he needed to go do introspection.

NORTH WEST: At one Church the Lord came really close to us, the Lord’s presence was so palpable that the deacon spontaneously burst into tears with the closing prayer in the consistory where he again dedicated himself to the Lord. At another congregation, eight people responded to the service and one man was so moved that he could not even utter a word. ʼn Lady in the same service also met the Lord anew there.

ORANGE FREE STATE: At a farming community we were able to hold a farmers’ conference this year. At two farm schools we were able to start reaching out among the children and place books further. The housemates contacted me a while later and the lady testified that she had accepted the Lord as her Savior and Redeemer. April youth camp – With the witness opportunity, one after the other young people testified of what the Lord had done for them. Some of them testified of salvation, and two of calling for full-time service and also a few who testified of sanctification.

SOUTH GAUTENG: Despite personal challenges, we still held the Lord for a soul and on March 4, I had the privilege of leading an atheist man to the Lord. What a privilege to be able to pray for that soul with that broken man. All his life he had not known love, and with tears he confessed and said, “Now I know love!”

NORTH GAUTENG: Holiday Bible school – What a privilege it was not to climb under the congregation’s burden for child souls. Only about 10 of the 58 children were from the congregation and therefore it was a precious Evangelism outreach to 48 children from elsewhere in the town. We honor the Lord for His enabling, His Word, and their open hearts. 14 children definitely responded through the week and bowed their hearts before God.

NAMIBIA: Our farm visits to the south were an incredible blessing. Every farmer we stopped at was an elaborate encounter with the Lord.

ORANGE RIVER: We have an opportunity to hold services for homeless people on some Sundays. After one message, two people responded and testified that they trusted the Lord to save them. At a church before one service, the Lord placed another message on my heart for the occasion, and after the service, a lady stayed behind to make amends with the Lord.

CONVENTION SPEAKER – JENNY DANIEL: I look back over the last 6 months with wonder, as I consider the places God allowed me to visit in the USA, as well as the testimonies shared of God’s dealings in lives. It was a huge adjustment not having Keith with me at each place, but during it all the thrill of what God is continuing to do in hearts because of previous messages and those available online was a huge encouragement. E-mails continue to reach sharing testimonies. This week, I will be speaking at a church’s end of year function for ladies in Cape Town itself DV at which they expect 50 to attend. Please pray for God’s unction.

In His Name
Frans & Erica Gericke