On Wednesday the 9th, the worker at the pump station at Linthipe river informed us that the river dried up. They had to switch on the pumps. The next morning, they switched on the generator with the 3 pumps. God has provided again! Everyone praised and worshiped God’s goodness.
On the 14th, Rian and Saretha Terblanche slept over at Chandame. Rian does Veritas training. He is empowering leaders to spread the word of God.
The 16th, Jannie transported loads of sand and wood for the locals. It seemed like the rain was coming. We have been praying for rain because the locals needed rain before they could start with sowing.
I had about 50 patients on the 17th, most of the cases being malaria. This time of the year, malaria is bad.
On the 18th we drove to Tete for a dentist appointment and to do some shopping. We visited evangelist, Joshua at Nkondedzi. We gave him bananas and 4 bags of instant soup. His ministry’s people are poor and in need of food. We now get rain every day and is so thankful for it! About 40km from us, Frelimo killed 19 people! One must pray for Mozambique in these difficult times.
On Sunday the 20th we had a big downpour and we thanked God for the rain!
The 22nd, Jannie use the road-grader to level the road. It was raining and Jannie ended up drenched but he was satisfied about work he did.
On the 23rd, Jannie finished off levelling the road to the farm (Mwala Madzi). Driving to the farm is easier and quicker! The clinic is still open from 9 to 12pm daily. Every day at 1 o’clock it starts to rain and all the farmers are in their fields. All the locals are so dependent on the rain for their crops to grow.
Hennie and Elsabet Smit from Nkhoma, came to visit us from 25-28 of November. On the 26th Hennie helped Jannie to move a 40 foot container with the towing truck. We want to use it for storage. The roof of the container is bent but it is still in a good condition. They worked for 7 hours to get the container back to Chandame. The container is now ready for storage. Thanks to Hennie for helping with this huge task, Jannie wouldn’t have been able to move the container on his own.
On the 27th, Jannie had to help with a breakdown. Luckily, Hennie was around to help. On the 29th, Jannie had to fix the drive shaft of the broken truck recovered in September. A tow in truck from Zimbabwe assisted and we had a difficult time completing the job at hand. This job continued until the 30th of November.
At four o’clock on the 2nd, we headed to George from Kempton Park. Close to Uniondale, the gearbox started giving us trouble and we had to drive in 4th gear to George. God was so good, he protected us and guided Jannie with the right tools to get to George.
Our children and grandchildren were so surprised to see us and we had a lovely get together. Jannie had to hire a trailer to transport the Colt to Rawsonville. Jannie’s younger brother, Herman helped to tow the trailer with his Everest. Jannie left the Colt in Rawsonville and lucky for us, the Ford was still in Rawsonville. Jannie decided to drive back to George with the Ford Bakkie.
After Jannie drove back to George, he picked me up. We fetched the generator on his older brother’s farm with the help of Jacques and Christian. We then headed back to Rawsonville on the 4th of October.
We were fortunate to celebrate Christian and Gabriella’s birthdays on the 4th and 6th. It was special to us because our plan was only to go back to South Africa in December.
On the 6th, Jannie asked Rawsonville electric to build him a 3 phase board. This would help with the electricity supply from the generator to the 3 pumps. Jannie ordered all the cables that he needed for the completion of every bore hole. Andre Fouche was such great help and he collected 6 pumps that we ordered in Johannesburg. This made our life easier so that we can get back to Nkhoma.
On the 17th, we were still in Rawsonville. Jannie had to service the Ford bakkie that was going to take the generator back to Malawi.
At 4am on the 21st of October we started driving back to Malawi. We arrived in Kempton Park later that afternoon. The drive to Kempton Park with the generator went without any problems.
On the 22nd, we decided to take a day off and just rest before we continued with the drive back to Malawi. On the 23rd, we departed from Kempton to Malawi via Botswana and Zambia. We were on the road from the 24th to the 26th. At the border, we didn’t have to open the bakkie or the trailer. Nobody asked us questions about our load and that was just another sign that God was with us all the way. We also did not have any problems with the bakkie and that just shows you that prayer works. On the 26th, 9:30pm we arrived at Nkhoma, tired, but thankful.
We drove back to Chandame on the 27th, but we only stayed for 4 days. We had to drive back to Nkhoma on the 31st and stay there for 10 days as Jannie had to help Hennie. They installed the generator, water pumps, pipes and the electricity supply. They worked from early in the morning till about 4pm. It was hot and dry, because of the lack of rainfall.
On the weekend of the 10th we visited Nkhoma. Jannie fixed a lorry and helped with other repair work.
The 19th, I saw 43 patients at the clinic. Most of the patients were elderly. It was Pensioners’ day and the state uses our property to hand out the pensions.
On the 20th, Jannie worked on Chembekeso’s bakkie clutch and gearbox. He needed to get a new kit from South Africa.
On the 21st, Jannie worked on the generator. The solar toilets’ pipes were painted and we transported a load of sand. Pastor Isaias came to visit us; he was our previous pastor. At the clinic, one of the mothers left her new born baby at home without a babysitter to come to the clinic.
On the 24th, the police came to fetch Jannie. A lorry had an accident and 2 people were stuck in the cabin. He got both passengers out. One unfortunately died and the other was taken to the hospital.
He towed out two big trucks and helped to start one of the trucks. The next day he had to tow out a truck that went off the road. It took him 4 hours and he had to use all his cables because of how far the car had fallen.
On the 28th, we started driving to South Africa. We had to collect parts we need to fix the Nkhoma missionary station’s water pumps. Jannie phoned his brother and asked if we could use his generator for the missionary station. Malawi’s electricity supply is unpredictable. If you don’t have electricity you do not have a water pump. The generator can help all 3 water pumps function until the Eskom lines are installed.
On the 2nd, Kobus Odendaal from the Western Cape Missionary office visited us for 2 days. We took him on a tour of the farm and showed him our water project. There are 2 reservoirs that can each hold 40 000 litres of water. The water is from a natural spring and are carried by gravity for 4.7km by means of an irrigation pipe to the different places in Chandame. We appreciated his visit a lot!
On the 4th, Jannie transported corn and worked on the hooks that he needs when he tows in the containers. I had to drive to Limbuni to go and get some eggs. I left the bakkie running when I got out at Peta Bennet’s place to get the eggs. When I reached the back of the bakkie it started rolling backwards. I tried to get back in die bakkie to hit the brakes but I was unsuccessful. Suddenly the bakkie came to a standstill and behind the right wheel there was a big rock! I was still in a lot of shock while driving home but also so thankful that nothing bad happened. Later that day I returned to the scene and the rock that stopped the bakkie was not there! I was so amazed! We serve a wonderful God! He saw that I was in trouble and he did something about it. Jes 59 verse 1
Every day we had a standard routine. I had clinic duty from 9 to 12. Most of the patients had flu symptoms, stomach problems, back pain and skin sores. A four-year-old came to the clinic with a head wound. He was helping his dad hunt mice (the locals usually put the mice on a skewer and barbeque it) when he got in the way of the pick axe. He was so brave when we treated his wound. Sarah’s leg (see previous update) is almost healed.
On the 7th of August we went to a church service in Chandame. The scriptures were Num 13 verse 26-32 and Joh 14 verse 1-6. It is our responsibility to encourage one another. Be faithful to Jesus Christ so that you can enter his Kingdom.
On the 8th, Jannie worked on the road to the farm. I had about 30 kids at the school for the day and I did hand eye coordination with them. We also asked people in South Africa to pray for peace in Mozambique.
On the 9th, Jannie had to transport more corn. 44 bags of 50 kg each. Our workers had to cut reeds for the fence around our home.
On the 10th we had to transport stone, sand and bricks so that we could finish off the solar toilets.
There was still restlessness between the two political parties, but everything at Chandame was restful and quiet.
The weekend of the 13th we went over the border and camped at Fat Monkey in Malawi. We went back to Chandame fully rested and ready for all the challenges that we are faced with every day.
On the 16th, we went to Lilongwe to buy medicine for the clinic and stock up on some food supplies. We met up with Amanda van Saasen. She has lived in Malawi for 21 years doing missionary work. She is an amazing and strong woman.
On the 18th there was a funeral for a man who drank poison. There were problems between him and his wife. Our workers were really upset. They buried him like a dog. It was so sad and it just made us realise that there is so much missionary work to be done in Mozambique.
The weekend of the 20th we had a choir competition at Chandame. The youth choir wanted to raise money so that they can buy uniforms for the choir. We attended the festivities on Sunday. It was incredible! The choir sang with so much enthusiasm. They raised half of the money that they need for their uniforms. They still need the rest, but God will provide! Jannie also had to take Pastor Daniel to one of the prayer houses in Impale on the 21st.
The Monday of the 22nd God’s light shined brighter than the sun!! We were still working on the solar toilets using the method of the Barefoot Architect. We still need parts for the generator from South Africa.
On the 26th we had a meeting with the owner of the property that our water source is on. The agricultural developments are endangering the water source so we came up with a solution that the church should buy the land from him and he approved.
From the 26th to the 28th the Presbytery meeting took place at Chandame. Church elders and ministers of the congregation attended the meeting. Pastor Daniel also preached his last sermon. The verse he highlighted was Phil 4 verse 4 to 9. He is leaving us after 8 months at Chandame. The Synod relocated him to Mpatso to so that he can manage the farm project. So we are again looking for a new pastor.
Patients that were treated during August – 320.
Proverbs 27 verse 9
Ointment and perfume delight the heart. And the sweetness of a man’s friend gives delight by hearty counsel.
On the 3rd of July we had a sermon at Chandame and the scripture was John 15 verse 1-8. The message was to bear good fruit and abide in God.
On the 6th, Hennie and Elsabet Smit surprised me by visiting us on my birthday. It was really special for me. An outreach group from Wellington also spent the night on their way back to South Africa. The visit from the group was also very special because we made new friends in Christ. A group of Potchefstroom also slept over at our place on their way to Malawi. We are feeling blessed with all these visits from different groups.
We had 9 days of light rain here in Chandame. This is good for the crops and the plants. On the 10th of July Jannie got malaria again. Every one prayed, because he was very sick. There is definitely power in prayer.
I AM A GIFT FROM GOD! Everyone must remember that!
On the 14th, Wynand, Martin, Lance and Candice (all members of Joshua Generation) spent the night. It was an amazing visit! They prayed for Jannie’s knee and since then his knee is much better. There is power in prayer! They also prayed for the healing of my hernia.
Psalm 94 verse 19, 22. “My God is the rock and my refuge”
Monday to Friday I had the clinic duty as usual from 9 to 12. Luckily the malaria patients were less. The adult patients only had common flu symptoms and the babies and young children, bronchitis. Please remember to pray for the sick!
On the 28th, Jannie helped the Nkondedzi congregation transport sand, stone and bricks with the tractor and trailer to the site where they want to build a church. Nkondedzi is 40km from Chandame. He also helped them to lay the foundation
At the end of every month we look back and just praise the Lord for taking care of us and never letting us down. God is definitely in charge! We will not be able to survive Mozambique without God’s grace.
Patients helped at the clinic: 261
On the 4th of June we arrived at Woodlands in Botswana where we spend the night. The 5th of June, we were in Zambia and we stayed the night at Fawlty Towers, Livingstone. The 6th of June we were still in Zambia and spend the night at Bridge Camp.
On the 7th we crossed the Malawi border. We had to spent 2 days in Nkhoma because Jannie had to help with the parts that he brought back from South Africa.
Proverbs 9 verse 10 “The fear of the Lord is the beginning of wisdom. And the knowledge of the Holy One is understanding”
Proverbs 9 verse 11: “For by me your days will be multiplied. And years of life will be added to you”
On the 9th of June, we were back at Chandame and thanking God for keeping us save all the way. The next day Jannie had to help pull out a trailer (that was overloaded) out of a ditch. He had to use his tractor and trailer to get the job done.
On the 12th we went to Tsangano to visit one of our congregations to welcome their new pastor.
On the 13th, Helen Meyer visited us with the ACRIS clinic. They just visited us and didn’t see any patients. She brought ointment and bandages for our clinic. A big welcome and huge gift. We were working at full steam again. I was busy with the clinic and Jannie helped the locals with their corn harvests.
Sarah is a 6-year-old girl and had been struggling with a horrible wound on her shin. She fell out of a tree but at the time told us it was a snake bite. She went for x-rays, but they couldn’t find anything wrong. It turned out that there was an infection in her leg. No matter what we did, the leg would not heal. She went to a hospital in Malawi after we told her that we think she had a minor bone fracture because we could see a piece of bone in the wound. The Malawi hospital could also not diagnose her and sent her home with bandages and honey. We had to clean her leg with saltwater every day and had to apply honey to the wound before wrapping her leg with bandages. We prayed a lot for her leg and a miracle happened. The honey pulled out the piece of bone that was stuck in her wound and to date, the wound is almost completely healed. We were so relieved because it took almost 2 years to heal.
On the 19th we went to Nkondedzi for a church service led by Joshua. The scripture was from John 21 verse 14. God has a plan for each and every one of us. Jesus Christ wants to lead you every day.
On the 22nd of June, some locals brought a 2-year-old girl to us at 19:00 covered in burns. Her mother had to go to the market and left her alone next to the fire. Her clothes caught fire. We cleaned the wounds with saltwater and applied ointment before covering everything with bandages. We gave the folk some medicine to give her through the night and also told the locals to keep her hydrated. During their follow up visit, we realized that they only gave her water and medicine, but no food! She was underfed and hungry! I gave her 2 bananas while Jannie was busy tending to her wounds. After the 3rd check-up we decided to send her to the Nkhoma hospital because they have a very good burn unit. After 3 days in hospital she passed away of malnutrition, burns and smoke inhalation.
Also in June, Jannie’s decided to not charge a widow for the corn that he had to drive to the market. After 3 days she visited us and brought us cabbage, tomatoes, carrots, potatoes and bananas. This just shows you that if you do good, God will provide!
On the 29th Jannie got Malaria again! He had a cold fever at 2 in the morning and I gave him some medication. Hennie Smit also gave him multi vitamins.
Wynand Theron and Martin Potgieter is the answer to our prayers! We have a 900ha farm, Mwala Matze. We want to use the farm to generate funds to help with the spreading of the Lord’s word as well as creating job opportunities by teaching farming God’s way. We deforest a part of the farm with the help of some locals. We want to plant corn, potatoes and cabbage, but we need funds. That is where Wynand and Martin came in. They want to help with the development of the farm and they are also going to help with funding. They share our vision of the farm and we are so fortunate to have them be part of this journey. Our plan in the future is to invite other groups and give them a tenth of our profit so that they can have funds to go and spread the word of God.
WE MUST JUST WAIT ON THE LORD AND MIRACLES WILL HAPPEN!!
Patients helped at the clinic: 184
The first 10 days of May we were still tending to our two grandchildren in Brackenfell. Amanda came back on the 10th of May. Amanda told us about an experience she had while on tour regarding the power of prayer and that you have to listen and be obedient when the Holy Spirit speaks to you.
We were back home in Rawsonville and we could attend the Pentecost services in Rawsonville. It was so comforting to hear that we are not alone in Chandame. God is with us every step of the way. You cannot survive on your own. Don’t lose your focus on God.
On the 25th of May, we flew back to Gauteng. Our bakkie was parked in Birchleigh at Andre and Rita’s house. Jannie had to pick up parts and extra goods for fellow missionaries in Malawi before we left for Chandame. Jannie also serviced our Colt bakkie so that it would be in tip top shape for the drive back to Mozambique. On the 4th of June, we started the long journey back to Chandame.
We started April on a positive note by not having to take any strong medicine. We only took medication to build up our bodies.
Jannie went to an orthopaedic surgeon with his left knee that had been giving him a lot of trouble. The doctor told him that he would need to get a knee replacement sometime in the future. However, Jannie had a vision in his dream one night that his knee would heel without an operation. We serve a God of miracles, so anything is possible!
We spent the first week of April with Jacques, Susan and Alexander. It is always such a treat and privilege to bond with my children and grandchildren. When we arrived in Rawsonville my eldest daughter Christien and her children were also there, visiting from Porterville. Time with our children was so special.
On 12 April 2016, we went to Brackenfell to help our son in law, Eddie, tend to Andreas and Gabriella while Amanda was in Germany performing with the Libertas Choir. It was such a joy and a pleasure to look after our two grandchildren. This made us realize that we as Christians have to believe like children. As it says in Matthew 19, verse 14: “But Jesus said: ‘Let the little children come to Me and do not forbid them, for of such is the Kingdom of Heaven.” Every weekend we went back to Rawsonville where we could catch up with friends and go to our Afrikaans church. At the end of April my eldest daughter, Christien and her 2 children came to visit us in Rawsonville. We enjoyed the visit a lot and made lovely memories to take back with us to Mozambique.
God will never let you down! No matter what!!
On the 1st of March we were blessed with a much welcomed, 70 mm of rain. The rainy season started later than usual this year and the earth needed it badly.
Hennie and Elsabet visited us for Jannie’s 60th birthday. We had a bit of a water crisis during this time and Jannie and I did not feel good at all. Hence, we could not enjoy his birthday to the fullest.
Jannie towed in 2 trucks at Agua Boa with the towing truck. It was the 3rd towing job in Agua Boa. The Lord is definitely providing for us by means of the tow in truck!! One of our worker’s dog got rabies and it bit some chickens and rabbits. Eventually, it bit two children and the dog had to be put down. On March 10th, the ACRIS mobile clinic visited Chandame. The ACRIS focusses on children and pregnant women. 211 babies were weighed and 30 babies got an immunization shots for measles.
On the same day, we left for Nkhoma, Malawi; both of us feeling horribly sick. We went to the Nkhoma mission hospital for blood tests to find out what was making us so sick. It turned out that our bodies were fighting against some disease. I (Susan) had malaria again. The malaria parasites were dormant in my liver and I basically infected myself over and over again. They started me on a medication to detox my liver. Jannie also started taking medication for bilharzia.
On the 18th of March, feeling really ill, we decided to go back to South Africa. We drove non-stop for 15 hours before we took a break and slept over at the Lion and Elephant. We arrived in Kempton Park on the 19th.
On the 21st March 2016 we started to drink strong antibiotics for 10 days prescribed by Doctor Johannes Smit. We stayed in Kempton Park with Andre and Rita Fouche until we regained our strength to fly back to Cape Town and to continue our recovery process in Rawsonville. On the 26th of March, we flew back to Cape Town.
I would like to end off this entry by asking you to read the following 2 verses:
Zephaniah 3 verse 17
1 Peter 1 verse 13
I flew back to Gauteng on the 4th of February. Jannie drove from Chandame (with Jaco and Maxi’s bakkie) to pick me up and collect goods in Gauteng for other missionaries in Mozambique and Malawi.
On the 12th of February we left Gauteng for Chandame and arrived on the 14th. One of our worker’s grandchildren died of a dog bite. Hennie and Elsabet Smit from Nkhoma had to bring the child’s body back to Chandame and decided to stay for the weekend.
We both started feeling sick again on the 23rd of February. Jannie immediately started drinking malaria medication and I started drinking antibiotics. If you are physically ill, it is very difficult to keep your trust in the Lord. But we knew at that moment that our faith needed to be stronger since God is in charge of our lives and he will get us through difficult times. A few days later, I attended a service in Chandame alone as Jannie was away for the day. It started to rain heavily. It rained so hard that no one could hear Pastor Daniel preaching. The congregation then decided to sing hymns because no one could hear him! It rained 80 mm in just 2 hours that day.
In February we saw and helped 566 patients in 10 days!