We again had spent a special holiday with children, grandchildren, family and friends. We always felt blessed and we left for Mozambique with great courage and joy to come and work for the Kingdom of God! We were also blessed with another grandchild on 21 January 2015, when Alexander Daniel De Kock was born in South Korea. We now have 5 lovely grandchildren! Although we couldn’t be with our children when Alexander was born, we know that God was there and thank Him that all went well.
On the 26th of January 2015, we attended the Mission Convention in Paarl, where we learned from the other missionaries. We praised and worshipped and we went home with the knowledge that you must go back to the basics – focus on God, He only wants the best for you!
We arrived at Chandame on the 6th of February 2015, and were again welcomed with lots of flowers and lots of happy people! Our garden looked wonderful – everthing was green and the flowers were beautiful. You could also see that it was a rainy season during November, December, January up until end of April.
We brought back some Sandveld potato seeds that we planted here on Chandame to multiply and use for future planting (a special thank you to Henk van Zyl of Leipoldtville in South Africa for the gift).This will be our first attempt to produce seeds and the start of our dream to do all types of seeds which are replantable and good germinators.
We were tested severely by illness and small problems with our vehicle and power tools during our first two months here at the station. The thought of what our purpose here was, crossed our minds, but the Lord taught us, through his Word, that we had to persevere. Even our finances were at some stage very bleak, but we are pressing onwards for His sake.
We started on the clinic again and, although our finances are low and we feel our passion is not really supported, we shall carry on, as the need for medical services in Africa is high and a lot of people die without it. Susan is seeing up to 90 people per day for medical care. The cases of malaria are very high at this time of year, and deaths are frequent. THE CLINIC PROJECT NEEDS TO FINISH and start serving the community. We have finished building the clinic, which is quite big (I believe it can even be used as a hospital), and are busy working on the inside. The government promised to furnish the clinic themselves on the inside, but their passion for medical care is very low. Even their mobile clinic is not nearly as constant with medical care as it should be, and medicine seems to be usually unavailable. Politics in Mozambique seem to overshadow any other service to the communities.
We also started teaching “Farming God`s Way” again, with our blanket making process for the potatoes. Wilhelm Els also visited our station to help with the teaching. The development of the farm with the local residents will be a school for them, and we hope that the example of how we farm shall encourage the locals to follow. This system of learning about GOD and the methods of increasing yields is a must for us in 2015, as this will spread the Word of God, and also supply food for the local residents, who are in much need of sustainable nutrition. This will also enable them to supply food for themselves as well as their communities on a sustainable level.
We ask that you will keep us in your prayers, especially for our Clinic Project, which is in desperate need of financial support.
Jannie & Susan
We arrived back at Chandame on the 14th of October 2014 – a day before the elections. It was good to be back, but we were worried for our own safety as the elections did not go very peacefully. At one stage, even our Pastor let us know to evacuate and leave for the border, fearing for our safety. We were afraid and unsure of what to do, so we started praying. Jannie received the vision of a burning candle in the dark. Where it stood, there was light. When you took the candle away, there was darkness. So we decided to stay and all went well. Looking back, we are thankful to the Lord for keeping us safe in difficult times, and praise Him for showing us the way where we were uncertain.
Life in our caravan became challenging, so we started to build a bedroom with a bathroom next to our current outdoor kitchen. We also modified the kitchen by putting in a concrete floor and replacing the wooden walls with brick walls and a proper door. We are very excited about the new development, and can’t wait to move into our room. We have been sleeping in a caravan for 3 and half years!
We also visited some prayer houses. On 2nd November 2014 we visited a prayer house called Chiputi 2. Our scripture was John 5 v 1-15 and 1 Pete 1 v 5 (“…..who are kept by the power of God through faith for salvation ready to be revealed in the last time”). There was also a visiting youth choir from another prayer house. They were amazing, when they started singing you felt the joy in their voices. Our Redeemer is alive!!
During November 2014, we started to get ready to leave for SA. We had no money to finish our bedroom and veranda’s roof, but again the Lord knew before we asked. Hennie and Elsabet Smit from Nkhoma gave us some money and before we left for SA, our roof was fitted! We are extremely grateful!! We left on 21 November for South Africa.
We had 2 months’ vacation with our children and grandchildren, family and friends. We cherished precious times spent, as well as Sunday morning services with our co-believers!!
We end the year 2014 with Ps 32 v 8, and look forward to a blessed 2015.
Jannie & Susan
During June to September, we had a constant flow of visitors – Calla and Hetta Botha, Will and Elize Viljoen, Koos and Petro Ritter, Herman and Berdine Smit, Wilhelm Els, Cliff van Dyk and Beulah Greyvenstein all came to visit us. We enjoyed every one of our guests’ input in our daily routine here at Chandame. Early mornings started with devotion en praising the Lord before starting our day.
We went to the farm we received from the government (900 hectares), where we would like to plant maize, soya, potatoes and other vegetables, but the land needs to be deforested before we can start any farming there. We noticed however that the locals here did not replant any trees to replace the trees they felled, and decided to plant 5 trees for every tree that we fell. If we do not do his, Mozambique may one day be without any trees. This shows again that sustainability is a major issue in Africa that needs to be addressed, and we feel privileged to be here to tackle this issue with the locals.
We are also busy building the solar toilets at the clinic, and the ceiling and plumbing are next in line. All the men also helped Jannie with building our bedroom and modifying the kitchen, which will enable us to finally move out of the caravan.
While the visitors were here, Elize and Petro started knitting classes with the women. They enjoyed it very much and I decided to go on with the classes, so every Wednesday Marie Smit from Vila Ulongwe comes over to teach them. They are now busy knitting blocks so they can make handbags. The group’s name is Chisomo, meaning Grace.
At the 14th – 17th of August, we again had our yearly womens’ meeting at Chimwala. The topic this year was: “How to be a witness for the Kingdom of God”. 1,200 women attended the meeting and it was a huge success! All the women went home on Sunday afternoon fIlled with joy and the Holy Spirit!
In September Wilhelm Els visited us again to teach the principles of “Farming God’s Way” to the locals – an easy and inexpensive way to farm sustainably in Africa. The locals began to understand this way of farming. With Wilhelm was Beulah Greyvenstein and Cliff van Dyk. Beulah, a 82 year old lady, had a calling to visit the Mozambique missionaries and pray for them. At the end of her visit she told us she was going to pray for the women of the missionaries – if the women were strong, then their husbands would also be strong. We need lots of prayers here in Mozambique… Thank you to everyone praying for us!!
One of our missions here in Mozambique is to help the missionaries with whatever they needed – especially mechanical work. In September 2014 we went to Jac and Hessie Smit near Chimoi, where Jannie helped to fix all the machinery (like generators, pumps, tractors, digger loader etc) on the farm. They are going to start harvesting their mangoes mid November so everything had to be in order.
Our travelling here was however not without instance. On our way home to Chandame, our bakkie’s alternator broke in the middle of nowhere. We tried to source one, but someone stopped and gave us a second hand alternator. Jannie had to modify it to fix it in our Ford. After four hours we were on our way again. As soon as it started to get dark, our headlights went out, and it was too dark to drive. Jannie again made a plan – he started the small generator at the back of the bakkie so that it could charge the battery, and then we had working lights again.
As we then went further on our way, a big truck drove on our side of the road while busy overtaking another truck, which meant we had to drive off the road to avoid a collision. We made it and satan did not prevent us from going back to Chandame to spread the Word and work amongst the people. Our God is great, strong and mighty and there is nothing that He cannot do!!!
Finally, we would like to thank you again for your prayers, your financial support and all the visitors that were part of our mission – this means so much to us.
Job 19:25 – “For I know that my Redeemer lives, and in the end, He will stand upon the earth”
Jannie & Susan
We would once again like to thank every one who contributes to the cause of our missionary work in Chandame. We believe that we are in the End Times that the Bible tells us of in Revelations, and that the Gospel must be spread to every corner of the earth.
We are however very dependant on the people supporting us, as well as our Heavenly Father, to make this a success. We believe that God uses us and also other people to spread His Gospel. We are in the field every day, and would like to communicate to you, our support system, the needs that we have picked up in our communities. We pray that you will consider this in your prayers:
- We are always in need of medical supplies or equipment for the mobile clinic. Bandages, plaster, medicines, anything can help
- Clothing for the people can always help, as well as warm blankets
- Any equipment that can help us in building churches or make roads to prayer houses and to the farm can help
- Vaaljan, our bakkie, has also become quite old and is past the 500,000km mark. Please pray for us here as we are quite dependant on the bakkie for transport of both ourselves and church members
- Tools and any loose equipment can help, as we are always trying to teach the people as much as we can, and there are usually something that needs to be fixed – either Pastor’s motorcycle, or the pipeline to the dam, or anything anybody bring.
- We also try to support the missionaries around us, and have fixed motor cars or tractors or houses etc many times. We do however need support for that – whether in tools or in money to pay for parts, or labour, etc
- Anything that can help for the school that we are running will help us very much. We try to stimulate the children via teaching as much as possible, as we believe that they are the future of Africa.
- As always, being here and helping the people here to develop, building churches and prayer houses and starting schools and workshops. even just supporting the people here and spreading the Gospel, costs money. We are still living in a caravan, which is not by any means comfortable, but we have always set the needs of the people around us before our own. We have long been doing local work to generate income in helping us with the costs mentioned above, but would like to take the opportunity to ask you for any financial donations. This helps us tremendously in reaching our goals of spreading God’s Word throughout Africa, but we need your support to do that. Just as we are the tools God uses to do the work here in Chandame and the rest of Mocambique and Africa, we believe that you are God’s tools to support us in doing so. The Body of Christ is fully functional when all its parts are moving together.
Having said that, we would like once again to thank everybody who has supported us thus far – you have been incredible. We have so many plans to uplift the community even further, but this will take time and cost money, and we are many times dependant on both to do so.
If you would like to consider any financial support, our banking details are as follows:
Account Number: 906 761 2392
Branch Code: 632005
Account Name: JA Smit
Account Type: Savings
Lastly, we ask for your constant prayers. We are many times in difficult situations, and ask that you do not underestimate the power of your prayers – it has helped us MANY times.
“May Your Name be Glorified, oh God, throughout the corners of the earth. May Your Name be sung on the lips of every human being and may You be Exalted above all forever”
All our love
Jannie and Susan
MAY TO MID JUNE 2014
The weekend of 17 May, we attended church in Chandame. The message was that the things of this world are not forever. We can also go to Jesus Christ with any problem. God must be the leader of your heart. God is our place of safety – Ps 62:8.
For 3 days we had a soft mist rain – everything was wet and it was very cold. Looks like winter finally started in Chandame!
We were in Tete from the 20th – 24th of May 2014 – Jannie did mechanic work and also drilled for water. All the income we receive from this, goes directly for the Kingdom of God.
On the 24th of May, Calla and Hetta Botha arrived for a 2 week visit at Chandame (they are from our hometown Rawsonville). It was a very blessed 2 weeks, and we really enjoyed seeing them again! They joined us in our daily chores, and every morning we had devotion, which was so special for Jannie en me. At the end of their visit they took us for 4 days to Cahorra Bassa – a wonderful ending to a wonderful visit!
On 31st May – 1 June, we had an evangelism weekend in Madibi, one of our prayer houses. We took the people with the tractor and trailer to Madibi, and helped them install their props. We left them until the Sunday morning. Usually they praise and worship right through the night. All the locals from the surrounding area came to join the singing and they also gave food to the people. Jannie, Susan, Calla en Hetta joined them on Sunday morning for the service. There were 470 people that Sunday. Several people shared a message.
At the mobile clinic, we got a lot of patients with burn wounds – most of them caused by fire. The people just leave the little children unattended next to the fire, and the accidents happen so quickly!
I would like to close this update with 1 Samuel 16:1-12 –Don’t judge people from the outside. God looks not to the outside but how your heart is on the inside.
God loves you very much!!
JANNIE AND SUSAN
APRIL / MAY 2014
Be careful what you say. You can say something hurtful in ten seconds, but ten years later the wounds are still there – Joel Osteen.
This is the day which the Lord had made; let us rejoice and be glad in it.
In April, we were busy attending patients, teaching preschool, and making the road to the farm more accessible and driveable. The rain now falls every second day as winter is slowly coming. The days are sunny but not too hot and the evenings are colder.
On the 24th of April, Jannie took the tractor and trailor to Malawi to fetch some wood for the roof of the clinic we are busy building. He left Chandame at 5 o’clock in the morning, driving on the off roads, going through a one horse border. He was on the tractor for 11 hours and arrived at Chandame only after 5 o’clock in the afternoon. All the roads were also heavy 4×4 roads. Just before reaching Chandame, Jannie drove into heavy rains, arriving home drenched but very satisfied.
We drove to Tsangano on 28 April 2014 to fetch the beacons of the farm. The beacons were planted, so now the farm has borders, and we can start to make soil ready for planting our first potatoes!
On the 4th of May we visited the Nkondedze prayer house. Pastor Isaiah from Chandame delivered a message from Mathew 15:21-28, explaining that Jesus can help you no matter what your problems, and that he has a special plan for every one of us!!
On Thursday, 8 May, we drove to Malawi to help Louise Laubscher with her borehole. Her mission’s name is “Fishers, Trainers and Senders”. Unfortunately, they did not find enough water, so she had to drill a new hole for water!
On 11th May we visited the Katchere prayer house in the Temba area. Pastor Isaiah read out of Deut. 29:1 -29 with the message “How is my heart, and who is my Leader?” If you confess to your sins, the Lord is happy – one of His sheep is coming home. God is your Leader!
On the 14th of May, over 300 women arrived at Chandame for weighing their babies as well as for vaccination of the babies. The people responsible for weighing the babies arrived, but not the government with the vaccinations. They could only come on the 19th of May, so all the women had to come again to Chandame. Some of them walked long distances to be on time and then the government didn’t show up without letting anyone now they not coming. Proper health care is still a very big issue in Mozambique.
Lastly, we are busy upgrading our campsite! We have built a new bedroom and are busy modifying the kitchen so we can finally move out of the caravan!!
Thank you again for all the prayers and the financial support. God Bless!!
JANNIE AND SUSAN
OCTOBER – DECEMBER 2013
On the 6th of October 2013, our newest grandchild was born – a baby girl named Gabriella, meaning “God is my strength”. I (Susan) flew in earlier to help with the newborn, and it was very special to be a part of my second daughter Amanda’s family for at least 6 weeks!
Jannie however only arrived in South Africa on 9 December 2013, accompanied by his friend Willem de Villiers. Jannie had to finish last minute duties here at Chandame before driving down to South Africa. We had a wonderful holiday with our children, grandchildren, family and friends. Thank you Lord!!
JANUARY – MARCH 2014
We were in SA for the whole of January up until the 10th of February 2014, preparing for our trip back to Chandame. We left on the 4th of February, but could only drive as far as Laingsburg before our bakkie’s gearbox broke down and we had to return to Rawsonville. With the help of fellow Christians, we arrived in Rawsonville at 14h00 in the afternoon. Jannie decided to attend to the gearbox himself, and the work began. Before nightfall, we had enough money to buy the parts of the gearbox! Thank you again to the Lord and to our friends who contributed to the cause!
On 10 February 2014, we left Rawsonville for Chandame. The trip was trouble free. At the Mozambique boarder, we had to open the load, but after an hour the officials decided to accept Jannie’s itinerary of the load. We paid our duty and off we went.
We arrived at Chandame on 16th February in heavy rain, but were welcomed by lots of joy and lots of flowers.
Of course, there was a long list of people now desperate for medical attention, and the mobile clinic kicked off again very quickly. We had mainly a lot of people suffering from malaria, and patients with wounds caused by boiling water or fire, who wanted to be treated.
The clinic building now has its first layer of paint inside – slowly but surely we are nearing the end result!
Jannie was not well after a vicious looking spider bite, so for 3 days he was ill. Another 3 wounds appeared on his leg, and we went to Nkhoma hospital. Here Jannie was diagnosed with the staflecoc bacteria. He received heavy antibiotics and yesterday, 23 March, he felt well again.
I also started my preschool again – and the children are enjoying it very much!
We realised again how incredibly dependent we are on the Lord, so I would like to thank you again for all your prayers and your financial support – it is much appreciated!!
JANNIE & SUSAN
Mark 14 verse 32-41
On Friday afternoon, members of the Chandame congregation and youth choir departed for Nkondedzi in a lorry. The afternoon at Nkondedzi started with the showing of DVD’s and videos, including the Jesus film.
The group sang, danced and praised God right through the night. Many people were present during the course of the evening. On Friday night, 20 people gave their hearts to the Lord.
The weekend ended on Sunday with a few people being given the opportunity to preach. All who preached messages were the same and this message was how it is your choice if you want to believe in God, that all of us are moving into the last days and that there is no more time to choose a different path.
At the end of the weekend, the church welcomed 52new members. The Synod Church is considering appointing an Evangelist to stay with the Nkondedzi congregation for 3 years and after this, a full time minister.
The clinic at Chandame has been plastered inside and outside as well as the windows and doors have been finished. Vasco and his 2 helpers are doing a good job and their work is very neat.
Jannie got a message a few nights ago to read the book of Hagia. The next morning, he said that we have to start repairing the church and tidying up the building. We have started doing this and the church will be repaired.
Currently, Jannie is helping Ben Bekker to drill for water in Tete and we are getting an extra income to use spread the word of God.
We are continuing with the clinic here in Chandame until the bigger clinic has been completed. We recently received 2 children with severe burns that they got from hot water. One childs hand and the others forearm were burnt.
We get a lot of burn cases because the locals make fire at ground level to cook food. They eat around the fire and there is always a pot with boiling water and a fire burning. We also received a case where a child sat halfway into a fire. He was very brave and did not cry when we helped him. We need aot of prayer regarding this matter.
Every morning between 8 and 9 am, Susan helps local preschool children with vision therapy as well as hand-eye coordination activities. The children really enjoy this and receive the required stimulation that they will not receive before they go to school.
Aida, Pastor Isaias’ wife runs the after school- and morning care program. She helps the older children with their homework. This is really important as the level of education in Mozambique and Chandame is not of a high level. She does 2 shifts because there are 2 shifts at school. Some students go to school in the morning and other in the afternoon because there is not enough space for all the students to go to school at the same time.
The first summer rains have arrived and it rained for 2 days. This is really good news for the local farmers and their crops. The local farmers are really dependant on the rain for a good harvest. The better the rain – the better the harvest.
We are really positive about the work here on Chandame. We also work outside of Chandame and Jannie helps other missionaries. He also supports the local farming community by helping them taking their products to the local market
We serve a God that lives!!!
JANNIE & SUSAN
13 – 15 September 2013
Evangelisasie naweek in Nkondedzi (20 km van Chandame af)
Die lede van die Chandame gemeente en die jeugkoor het Vrydagmiddag vertrek met die vragmotor na Nkondedzi. Hulle het die middag afgeskop met die wys van DVDs en videos onder andere die Jesus film.
Hulle het gesing, gedans en die Here geloof dwarsdeur die nag. Daar was aanmekaar ‘n toeloop van mense. Vrydagaand het 20 mense hul hart vir
die Here gegee.
Sondag het hulle afgesluit met ‘n paar mense wat beurte kry om te preek. Almal se boodskap het gegaan oor dis jou keuse of jy aan God gaan glo en dat ons nou beweeg in die laaste dae en daar nie meer tyd is om ander paaie te stap nie.
Aan die einde van die naweek het hulle 52 lede by gekry by hul gemeente.Die Sinode dink daaraan om ‘n Evangelis aan te stel vir 3 jaar by Nkondedzi en dan daarna ‘n voltydse predikant. Ons is baie opgewonde oor die groei in daardie area!
Die kliniek op Chandame is al binne en buite klaar gepleister en die deure en vensters afgerond. Vasco en sy twee helpers vorder goed en hul werk baie netjies.
Jannie het een nag ‘n boodskap gekry om die boek Hagai te lees. Hy het die volgende oggend gesê ons moet begin om ons kerk op Chandame op te knap en netjies te maak. Ons het nou daarmee begin en die kerk gaan nou opgeknap word!
Ons was vir 9 dae in Zimbabwe. Ons het gegaan om die enjin blok te laat herstel en ook parte te kry vir die boormasjien.
Jannie help vir Ben Bekker in Tete om water te boor so ons kry so ook ‘n ekstra inkomste vir die werk sodat ons die Koninkryk van God kan uitbrei.
Ons gaan daagliks aan met die kliniek wat ons hier by ons woonplek hou totdat die groot kliniek voltooi is. Onlangs het ons weer 2 kinders gekry met
brandwonde. Hulle is met kookwater verbrand. Die een se handjie en die ander dogtertjie se hele voorarm en hand.
Ons kry nogal baie brandwonde, want hul maak op die grond vuur om kos the kook. Hulle eet ook romdom die vuur so daar is altyd ‘n pot water wat kook en altyd ‘n vuur wat brand. Ons het ook ‘n seuntjie gekry wat so half in vuur gaan sit het. Hy was baie braaf en het niks gehuil toe ons hom gedokter het nie. Ons het baie voorbidding nodig vir die kinders van Mosambiek!
Elke oggend tussen 8 en 9 uur het Susan voorskoolse kinders vir visie-terapie en hand- oog koordinasie oefeninge. Die kinders geniet dit baie en kry die nodige stimulasie wat hul nooit kry voor hul skool toe gaan nie.
Aida ,Pastor Isaias se vrou het elke oggend en elke middag nasorg. Sy help die groter kinders met hul skoolwerk. Dis baie nodig want die
onderwys in Mosambiek en veral hier op Chandame is nie in ‘n goeie toestand nie. Sy doen twee skofte want daar is twee skofte by die skool.
Party kinders gaan in die oggend skool toe en ander weer in die middag. Daar is nie plek vir almal om gelyk skool toe te gaan nie.
Ons eerste somerreen het geval. Dit het vir 2 dae aanmekaar gereen. Dit is baie goed vir die inwoners se landerye. Hulle is baie afhanklik van die reen vir die groei van hul produkte. Hoe beter die reenval hoe beter die oeste!
Ons is postief oor ons werk hier op Chandame. Ons werk ook wyer en Jannie gee hulp en bystand vir ander sendelinge. Jannie help ook inwoners met die vervoer van hulle produkte na die mark!
Ons weet ons dien ‘n God wat Leef!!!!!
JANNIE & SUSAN
WE STAYED IN TETE IN AUGUST, CAMPING AT A WATER FACTORY WHERE JANNIE WAS WORKING ON THE COMPRESSOR OF A DRILLING MACHINE (CALLED “THE ROCK GIANT”) AND DRILLED FOR WATER IN ORDER TO GET EXTRA INCOME FOR THE CLINIC. WE ARE QUITE USED TO CAMPING AND LIVING OUT OF A TENT BY NOW, ALTHOUGH IT WAS A BIG ADJUSTMENT FOR US IN THE BEGINNING!
FROM 15 – 18 AUGUST THERE WAS A VERY BIG WOMENS MEETING AT BENGA. THE THEME OF THE MEETING WAS “BE IN JESUS CHRIST IN THE LAST DAYS”. A FULL 1,500 WOMEN ATTENDED THE MEETING!
WE STARTED THE WOMENS MEETING ON THE THURSDAY EVENING WITH THE SCRIPTURE FROM JOHN 15:1-10, WHERE JESUS TELLS US THAT HE IS THE TRUE GRAPEVINE. WE ARE THE BRANCHES FROM THAT GRAPEVINE, AND MUST REMAIN IN HIM TO BEAR FRUIT. OUR PASTOR FROM CHANDAME WAS THE SPEAKER FOR THE WHOLE WEEKEND.
ON FRIDAY (16TH AUGUST) WE READ FROM THE FOLLOWING SCRIPTURES:
MATTHEW 22:3-14 – WE WILL SEE SIGNS IN THE LAST DAYS TO KNOW IT IS THERE. WE WERE REMINDED TO ALLOW JESUS CHRIST TO BE THE LEADER OF OUR LIVES!
- JOHN 14:1-6 – JESUS PROMISES US THAT HE IS GOING TO PREPARE A PLACE WITH HIM FOR ALL THE PEOPLE WHO BELIEVE IN HIM.
JESUS IS THE ONLY WAY AND THE TRUTH AND THE LIFE, AND WE MUST BE CAREFUL FOR FALSE PROPHETS!
THE WOMEN WERE VERY EXCITED ABOUT THE MEETING, AND IT WAS GREAT TO BE ABLE TO BE A PART OF IT. WE WERE AWARE OF THE HOLY SPIRIT WOKING DURING THE MEETING IN WONDERFUL WAYS AND, AS ALWAYS, IT WAS GREAT FOR US TO BE AN INSTRUMENT IN GOD’S HAND, AND TO BE REMINDED OF HIS LOVE FOR US!
ON SATURDAY 17TH AUGUST WE READ FROM MATTHEW 28:19-20. THE WOMEN WERE REMINDED THAT THEY CAN ALSO SPREAD THE WORD OF GOD, AND THAT WE MUST ALL WORK TOGETHER. THE WOMEN ALSO HAVE A RESPONSIBILITY TOWARDS THEIR FAMILIES AND HOME, AND MUST NOT TAKE PART IN TRADITIONAL RITUALS. AT THE AFTERNOON THERE WAS AN ALTERCALL, FOLLOWED BY PRAYER FOR WOMEN THAT WERE NOT WELL IN BODY AND MIND.
ON THE LAST DAY (SUNDAY 18TH AUGUST), WE FINISHED THE WEEKEND WITH 2 CORINTHIANS 4 :16-18 – PEOPLE THESE DAYS ARE SO BUSY WITH THINGS OF THE WORLD, THAT THEY FORGET WHAT IS REALLY IMPORTANT. WE ARE ONLY ON EARTH FOR A SHORT TIME. WE MUST BELIEVE IN JESUS CHRIST AND OUR FAITH MUST BE IN GOD. WE MUSTN’T FORGET THAT WE ARE IN THE LAST DAYS!!
AS ALWAYS, THE BODY ALSO NEEDED TO BE FED, SO THE MENU FOR THE WEEKEND WAS THE FOLLOWING:
14 X 50KG OF MAIZE FLOUR
2 X 25KG RICE
EACH CONGREGATION ALSO CONTRIBUTED 9 X 50 KG OF MAIZE FLOUR AND 2,200 METTICA TO SUPPORT THE BENGA CONGRAGATION.
EVERYBODY ATE VERY WELL, AND THE MEETING WAS A BIG SUCCESS!
FROM 31 AUGUST TO 1 SEPTEMBER 2013, CHANDAME HAD AN EVANGELISM WEEKEND AT AGUA TERIAH. WE TOOK THE YOUTH OF CHANDAME AND SOME OF THE CONGREGATION WITH THE TRACTOR AND TRAILOR TO AGUA TERIAH ON SATURDAY AFTERNOON. THEY STARTED THE WEEKEND AT 14H00 SHOWING DVDS, PLAYING CDS AND PRAISE AND WORSHIPPING RIGHT THROUGH THE NIGHT.
SUNDAY MORNING THE SERVICE STARTED EARLY, AND WAS LED BY SEVERAL PREACHERS. THE MESSAGE DURING THE WHOLE DAY WAS THAT MY FAMILY AND I MUST WORSHIP GOD, AND NOT ALLOW SATAN TO DECIDE FOR US. MANY PEOPLE ARE MISLED BY SATAN, AND WE MUST BE STRONG! WE ARE THE SALT OF THE EARTH AND THE LIGHT OF THE WORLD, AND MUST BE AN EXAMPLE TO OTHERS. WHEN WE ARE TIRED, GOD WILL BE OUR STRENGTH. HE WILL ALSO FIGHT FOR US!
THE SCRIPTURES FOR THE DAY WERE THE FOLLOWING:
- JOSHUA 24:14
- 1 JOHN 2:3,4
- DANIEL 3:13
- MATTHEW 7:13
- MATTHEW 5:13
- MATTHEW 11:25
- JOSHUA 6 :1
- 2 CORINTHIANS 2:14-17
- 1 CORINTHIANS 1:18.
WE ENJOYED THE DAY IN THE PRESENCE OF THE HOLY SPIRIT! ALL THE PREACHING WAS DONE VERY VISUALLY, AND THEY CLOSED THE DAY WITH A DRAMA. ONE WOMAN WAS JANNIE DRIVING THE TRACTOR AND PICKING UP PEOPLE TO BRING TO THE SERVICES EVERY SUNDAY AND ALSO TO THE EVANGELISM WEEKENDS. THE LESSON WAS THAT EVERY ONE CAN WORK FOR GOD!
AFTER A FEW VERY BUSY DAYS, WE STAYED AT CHANDAME DURING THE WEEKEND OF 6 – 8 SEPTEMBER 2013. IT WAS VERY PEACEFUL AND QUIET.
ON SATURDAY JANNIE FETCHED A LOAD OF SAND FOR BUILDING AND PLASTERING THE CLINIC, AND A LOAD OF FIREWOOD FOR OUR “DONKEY” TO MAKE HOT WATER FOR OUR SHOWERS AT CAMP. HE ALSO TOOK SOME WOOD FOR AIDA (PASTOR ISAIAH’S WIFE) FOR COOKING.
ON SUNDAY WE WENT TO SINBEDZI, A PRAYERHOUSE WHERE JANNIE HAD TO PREACH. HIS MESSAGE WAS THAT THE HOLY SPIRIT IS HERE WITH US, AND THAT EVERYONE HAD TO MAKE DECISIONS IN THEIR LIVES. WE KNOW WHAT DECISIONS TO MAKE FROM THE BIBLE AND FROM GOD AND FROM THE HOLY SPIRIT. HE READ FROM ISAIAH 54:3, PSALMS 32:8, EXODUS 9:1 AND EXODUS 33:14.
I WOULD LIKE TO POINT OUT PSALMS 32:8 – “I WILL INSTRUCT THEE AND TEACH THEE IN THE WAY WHICH THOU SHALT GO: I WILL GUIDE THEE WITH MINE EYE!”
AFTER JANNIE FINISHED, PASTOR ISAIAH SERVED THE CONGREGATION HOLY COMMUNION!
WE WOULD ONCE AGAIN LIKE TO THANK EVERYONE PRAYING FOR OUR WORK HERE IN MOZAMBIQUE, AS WELL AS ANYONE HELPING US FINANCIALLY. THE WORK WE DO IN MOZAMBIQUE ISN’T ALWAYS EASY, AND THEREFOR WE APPRECIATE ALL THE SUPPORT WE GET.
YOURS IN CHRIST
JANNIE AND SUSAN