Dear Prayer Friends
We honour the Lord for the wonderful times of blessing lately at conferences and outreaches in various places in the country. Thank you for your prayers and support that keep the hands of every worker up but also enable you to continue in the calling God has called them to.
“The Lord is good to those who hope in Him, to the soul who seeks Him. It is good to wait in silence for the Lord’s help.” (Lament 3: 25,26)
It was the hour when defeat inevitably shone that Joshua stood before God alone in prayer, and the answer was a glorious victory over the five kings. It was the hours when Elijah practiced communion with God that brought fire from heaven that convinced Ahab that the Lord was God. It was the hours that Jonah spent in the deep sea in the belly of the big fish that prepared him to preach repentance to the people of Nineveh. It was the hours that Daniel spent in the upstairs room alone with God that made him a prince among people and also saved him in the lion’s den. It was the hours that the disciples were waiting for in the Lord’s upper room that enabled them to preach in the Kingdom at Pentecost three thousand souls. It was the hours spent by the apostle Paul alone in prayer that enabled him to shake Felix and make King Agrippa cry out: “You are almost moving me to become a Christian!” It was the hours Gladstone spent alone in prayer with God that made him the wise and secure leader of England. It was the hours spent by Spurgeon alone in prayer that made him the greatest preacher since the days of Paul. – Chas E Cowman
“The true victory in all service is secretly achieved in advance through prayer. Service is the collection of results.”
News from the field
The Lord sent 20 children, many of whom come from children’s homes and are absolutely broken and broken. Our hearts were so sore to hear what happened to many of the children. One boy was very searching and responded with just about every service. One of the workers could pray with him and we believe with all our heart that the Lord came to do something for that young man. Another girl opened up to us as workers and we could clearly see that the girl’s sin was bothering her. Sunday afternoon with lunch was a very difficult time. Many of the children’s home children were in tears, they did not want to go back to children’s homes. One young man asked if he could stay with Mispa and take us back to his childhood home in his place.
Easter Conference: A highlight was undoubtedly Saturday morning’s service when many people responded to the invitation to be filled with the Holy Spirit. After that, we could pray together in the Prayer Rooms and trust the Lord in faith.
Rhode helped provide some of the children’s services and had the privilege of praying Saturday night with a little girl who gave her life to the Lord.
Easter Conference: I believe everyone’s highlight of the weekend was Saturday afternoon. In the Namibian heat, the Lord came to visit us so tangibly with His presence. Many people came forward with a desire to live the standard of holiness again. We praise the Lord for a young man for whom we have prayed a lot, for the Lord to do a great job in his life this weekend. As we worked and thought about everything we had to do at the Easter Conference, I realized Saturday morning that I was so busy with my own things and thoughts that I would not allow the Lord to speak to me. That night the Holy Spirit descends and speaks so clearly to me. I could humble myself before God and trust in the Lord again to fill me with His Spirit. Just that one moment made the whole conference worthwhile.
It was a very blessed conference. Each message shone in our hearts like a bright light, but it was Saturday night’s message that brought a whole group of people forward. Many were in tears as they poured their hearts out to the Lord.
We had a Junior Youth Camp March 29-31. We really had a wonderful weekend with them. Uncle Theunis brought the word so beautifully to their level there is not one who can say they did not understand it clearly. It wasn’t long before we realized that many of them came from very difficult domestic circumstances. We still regularly pray for all the children that the Lord will be the post-preacher of His Word in their hearts.
We had a blessed week of outreach at a high school. We had a total of 39 classes. There were troubled classes, but when it came to the cross of Jesus, one could hear a pin fall. Many children have admitted that they are lost and that it bothers them. We pray that the Holy Spirit will do the work of conviction in their hearts. We ended with a youth evening where there were 50 young people. We honor the Lord for the opportunity to share the good news of the Gospel to a lost world.
We visited several towns in the district, and were able to find opportunities at different businesses which is really wonderful. After one of the occasions, the driver walked to our car together to come and ask us for the scripture reference from which Daniel preached so that he could read it again later. There are a number of farms lined up along the river and the uncle we stayed with we referred to a few that we can see in the future in connection with services for their farm workers. We also contacted the elementary school and high school and they were positive about the possibility of Hall openings in the future. We are very grateful for the large open door. We also had a few events in Upington (including service for street children) which also went very well.
The tour in Southern Gauteng ending with a special convention on soul winning were a great privilege to be part of and we believe that much fruit resulted for God’s kingdom.
The Northwest Easter Convention at Betesda was attended by a lovely group of young Christians mainly and it was a joy to sense their excitement in and out of the services.
Vaal Triangle Campaign:
This was an outreach to which I can testify that the Lord worked. The one morning when I brought a message to a school for Gr. 4 class, I made an invitation afterwards, and two children came out and said they would like to give their hearts to the Lord. So I talked to them and prayed with them in the end. My highlight of the outreach was last Sunday’s service. After the message, the Lord came to encourage me through a young man I spoke to and he testified that the Lord used me to lead him to the Lord. “
Another worker testified:
One of the places that was particularly blessed for me was at a primary school where 20 children responded and prayed for salvation together. One of those girls spoke to me personally in earnest and completely trusted the Lord to forgive her. At one of the old age homes, an old lady trusted the Lord for complete security. In all, I can only glorify the Lord’s Name. “
I prayed with an uncle and aunt who trusted the Lord to save their souls. The aunt with tears in her eyes and the uncle with a serious gleam in his eye. We were also at a school where we could pray with nine children.
The messages about the butterfly explained to us the whole process from rebirth to sanctification. Some of the women testified that they would never look at a butterfly again. Some of the women testified about the great work the Lord did in their hearts over the weekend.
During the outreach, we reached out a lot among people who live in so much grief. The question often came to me; “Who can save them from this grief?” The wonderful answer then was, the Lord can. However, the last night of the outreach was the highlight for me. There I had the privilege of praying together for a man for salvation. He was so ripe for the gospel. I thank the Lord for the privilege of being able to used as a mouthpiece, as well as it being Him who saves souls!
Another worker testified:
Something that was a new and good experience for me in the outreach is the very street work. I’ve never really done street work the way we did on the outreach. I experienced it in a positive way because we were able to reach so many people, seeing how the people invited to attend the services were encouraging.
A student testifies:
During the week, I grew a lot in my spiritual life and again saw how almighty God is. The first day we went from house to house. At one house, another student and I led two women to the Lord and prayed with them for salvation. What an encouragement. The sadness of the week was an aunt who could not forgive her children, and therefore could not reach the Lord. Also an uncle who can be seen searching, but there is something holding him back.
For your prayers:
11-15 Mei – Danville outreach (North-Gauteng)
13-17 Mei – Ventersdorp (Northwest)
15 Mei – CSV opening Kimberley
18 Mei – Garden Tea Pretoria tuine
17-19 Mei – Convention Pennington (Natal)
19 Mei – Eldoraigne Retirement home (N-Gauteng)
20 Mei – Hopetown Youth evening
20-26 Mei – Potchefstroom
15-17 Mei – Cradock (Eastern Cape)
18-20 Mei – Tarkasstad (Eastern Cape)
21 Mei – Steynsburg (Eastern Cape)
23-26 Mei – Burgersdorp (Eastern Cape)
27-30 Mei – Aliwal Noord (Eastern Cape)
25 Mei – 14 Junie – Glenvar student Namibiä outreach
1 Junie – Hopetown men’s breakfast
3-5 Junie – Kakamas (Orange River)
6 Junie – Pofadder (Orange River)
8-15 June – Rhinelander Annual Young Woman’s Convention – Mrs Jenny Daniel
7-9 Junie – Springbok (Orange River)
10-12 Junie – Kenhardt (Orange River)
3-7 Junie – Orania
9-12 Junie – Pentecostal meetings Potchefstroom
2-7 Julie & 15-21 Julie – Farm visitation Northwest
5-9 Julie – Campaign in Song Western Cape
8-9 Julie – Council meetings at Glenvar
10-14 Julie – Prayer Convention at Glenvar
17-21 Junie – Holiday Bible schools:
• Pretoria Tuine
24-28 Junie – Holiday Bible schools:
In His love
Frans & Erica Gericke
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