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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!
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:
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
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.
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: email@example.com
Pics—Zambezi River (Taken while on outreach)
We have been given a new sketch each day by our Creator God. Enjoy!
We look forward
to your visit
Always in His Service
John, Lesley and Sarah