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May 2013 Newsletter

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May 2013 Newsletter

  1. 1. Dear Friends and Family May 2013 Can you believe it!? Another month has come and gone and before we know it Christmas will be upon us! May has been a HECTIC month! Bush Camp Site—Development Progress at the River Side site is doing well. The rudimentary facilities are slowly being upgraded. Our visitors who have been here in the past will be quite surprised at the changes taking place. My trusted workman Kalenda is still at my side, frustratingly so, as I struggle to understand the Luvale/English ‘funagalo’. I never did do well at languages in school, Merci! Now at 56yrs I am having to learn a new language! Lesley and Sarah seem to be managing better than I. The Chapel floor was cast on Saturday 31st. The toilet with a ‘view’ is also getting a ‘make over’. Here we will install showers and toilets all with a view of the River. The existing shower will remain until it has served its purpose. Fenced with grass and pulley type shower it still functions well ;) We are hoping to have the Chapel/Hall, Ablution, 3 x 2 bed Chalets and Tent site completed by 28th June. There is a youth camp planned for the last week and first week of June/July. We are trusting that materials will be available for completion. Pray with us for this to happen. Preparing Foundation—Chapel/Hall Laying Foundation Slab Complete! Laying Path to Ablution Planting poles at Ablution ‘Old’ Toilet with view still standing!
  2. 2. Discipleship—I have been blessed with three young men (Joshua, Joseph and Chateta) who have submitted themselves to the Training and Equipping of God’s Word both theologically as well as practically. After a few weeks of theory I determined to put the theory into practice. Joshua, Joseph and I, over a weekend, set out by boat down the Zambezi River. Our plan was to map the villages on the way down and then determine which village on the way back we would reach out to. With great excitement and enthusiasm the two young men and I embarked on the venture. Joseph and Joshua are quick learners and they soon learnt the ropes of securing a ‘safe’ camp, setting up camp, food preparation, securing the boat etc. I taught them how to find north using the sun /watch by day and the stars by night to orientate themselves. We fished for food and took a serious look at God’s Word pertaining to the Great Commission and believed that we can do nothing in changing a man’s heart except to offer them the Good News of Salvation through Christ Jesus. Having prayed and asking God to fill us with His Spirit we launched once more, up river this time. We were heartily welcomed on the shore of ‘Majilo’ - S 13deg05.574’ E022deg44.274’ - by some of the villagers. Having gone through the protocol of greetings and small talk we were given permission to share the Good News Message with them. Equipped with a *‘MegaVoice’ recorder in Luvale as well as the Good News **‘Picture’ flipchart we started to tell them about Creation, the Fall of man, separation from God, the shedding of blood through murder...to Christ, Salvation and Everlasting ‘Life’. The villages were very attentive and courteous and when the challenge was made to who would turn from their wicked ways, accept Christ, His death and Resurrection and follow Him, two men responded, Edwin and Shimishi. On leaving the village we encouraged our two new brothers and assured them that we would be back the following week to start a series of teachings with them. The following Wednesday we arrived with material in Luvale 12 lessons of basic Biblical teachings. While we focused on the two new believers the other villagers sat close-by listening. The men nearer and the women and children a little further. We dealt with the first 2 lessons, prayed with the brothers and when we were about to leave three men stood up and stated that they too want to follow Christ. I made it as difficult as possible for them, telling them that life will not be easy, that on the contrary it will become more challenging. Nothing I said would dissuade them and we lead them to Christ. Now there were five. Rejoicing we left instruction to the five that they were to do the following 3 lessons with the test at the end of each lesson on their own. We would return the next week to check up on them and to do a further 2 lessons and so on. Well, when we arrived the following week the five were waiting and ready. I was told that not only had the five completed all 12 lessons and tests on their own but, that the following Sunday morning they had all the villagers gather together under the tree and shared the teachings/lessons with them. So now the whole village wants to know more about this Man they call Christ Jesus, about Creation about their destiny...Pray with us for their willingness to listen, to continue and that the Hope of Salvation and Eternal Life will burn in their hearts—We will keep you updated. *MegaVoice—Digital Gospel and Teaching recording in numerous languages **Picture Flip Chart—Good News ‘story’ in picture form; complimenting the MegaVoice. Both the above and numerous other Evangelism and Discipleship material in many languages is Available from: Dalene: dalenejoubert@globalrecordings.net
  3. 3. Family News - Lesley Sarah has settled down better than the first 2 months. She likes to do the baking, not so much cooking. Bread, biscuits and her famous sponge cake is her forte. She’s been blessed with some art supplies, and seems to show great talent in her sketching. Also spends time with her dad making lampshades from calabashes. Home-schooling is going ahead well, and she’s been very committed and focussed. Sarah enjoys her biology lab work, as she gets to spend time at the hospital lab here. Skip, her cockatiel just loves all the quality time with her, the inseparable feathered friend. Sarah’s teaching young Melody English and she’s being taught Luvale, every Thursday for an hour. John, while extremely busy on building projects and ministry still finds time to spend with us and for this we are grateful. The campsite has been keeping him busy, so much improvement since January. Lots of physical work, so he is looking buff!! no need for Gym contract. He had to be the ambulance the other day, a first for him, had to fetch the body of a man who had drowned in the river, after having an epileptic fit, and bring him to the mor- tuary. Besides this he also saved a young 4 year old boy’s life. The boy was deadly ill with Malaria, his haemoglobin was 2.1 The transfusion was a success and a couple of days later the young boy was discharged. Praise our Lord. John was invited to preach at another local assembly . God opening wonderful doors for him to work with the rest of the Body of Christ here, much like what he was able to do back in Cape Town. And we look forward to further invitations. He was given a tumbler machine before leaving Cape Town which polishes gem stones, so we’ve been collecting stones down at the river, the beaches are full of them. Myself- Daily training - Sombo, because of the language barrier, have had some funny moments. What can I say? Learning Luvale as I go along, a very wordy language. Just the greeting is a page on its own. Busy with some landscaping, and sorting vegetable /herb garden as well. No fruit and Veg City here. Can’t wait to eat the produce!!!Baking has never been my forte, but learning fast, as no bakery here either. Enjoy my cooking, trying to be creative. Started picking up my sewing again too. The retired fashion designer is a bit rusty (pics in the next newsletter), and being Supervisor to Sarah with her schooling, knowing she knows more than I do, Ha,ha…! I will be involved with the young ladies camp coming up the end of June, Lots to learn about them, as they face many challenges out here. I am missing all my friends, as a matter of fact we all are. We are so grateful for the visits to date and look forward to Anna-Marie and Dawid’s visit in the latter part of June. Love you all. General Information and Pics Visitors For all visitor it is important to note that the shortest distance to Lusaka from Chavuma is just on a thousand (1000km) kilometers. The cost of fuel is R15 p/litre. For cost to collect and return in fuel alone is R 8000.00 While we value and encourage our friends and family to visit it would be appreciated that when required to be collected in Lusaka or Livingstone that the cost be taken into consideration.
  4. 4. Needs  Prayer  Building Material such as Cement, Bricks, Plumbing, Electrical and Carpentry goods are needed for the development of facilities.  Gospel and Discipleship Materials for Evangelism  Staff - Folk who are called in the field of: 1. Administration and Management (Hospital). 2. Mechanical/Electrical—Practical as well as management (Base maintenance) - Full Time/3 month stints If you wish to support through Donation/Prayer or Volunteer Staff please contact us. Contact detail—Email: johanl@waymakers.org.za Pics—Zambezi River (Taken while on outreach) We have been given a new sketch each day by our Creator God. Enjoy! Thank you! We look forward to your visit & feedback Always in His Service — John, Lesley and Sarah

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