June 7, 2011

The Brothers and Sisters of Turning Point Church in Paarl East

We’ve just returned from a triumphant trip to the Western Cape province. We have worked with several churches and ministries in the Borland area of the province for many years. There has been a notable strength come from these relationships over time. Ephesians 4:15-16 says,

15 but speaking the truth in love, we are to grow up in all
aspects into Him who is the head, even Christ, 16 from
whom the whole body, being fitted and held together by
what every joint supplies, according to the proper working
of each individual part, causes the growth of the body for
the building up of itself in love.
The relationships we have with the Saints at First Love
Church and His Grace International would be best described
as “joint(s)” in the Body of Christ. Because we are received
by these groups, our special relationship with them causes a
spiritual “growth” in the people that helps them share Christ’s
love in their communities.

We had a very exciting experience with a new Church in the

city of Paarl. A young pastor, Morton Sias, asked if there was
any way we could do a service with the church he has worked
with over the last four years. We agreed to do Sunday evening
service and the drive to the small meeting hall was ominous. 
The fellowship is located in Paarl East which is notorious for
crime, drugs and gang activity. It literally felt like we were
sneaking “behind enemy lines” as we drove through the
impoverished housing project to get to the church. What we
found was a packed house of believers and a tangible presence 
of the Holy Spirit. Not only was I filled with hope, it was clear
to me that the appearance of “doom and gloom” was a lie of the
enemy. Jesus is taking over this area and we got to participate in
His assault that evening. It served as a pointed reminder that
nothing can stop us when we are led by Him!
We have an amazingly busy few months. On June 15, I’ll go to
Brazil for 20 days. This will be followed by a trip to Zimbabwe
in July and another to Capetown in August. Please be in prayer
for us as we do our best to spread the Gospel of the Kingdom!