In the book of Galatians, the Apostle Paul makes two of the toughest statements in the entire New Testament: Galatians 1:8-9 NASB But even if we, or an angel from heaven, should preach to you a gospel contrary to what we have preached to you, […]
What value is there in a certificate? To some it is a simple encouragement to continue on but to others it is the only recognition of completion they will ever receive. This month we held a pastors conference in Duran with about 80 representatives from the Congolese refugee community. At the end of our one day seminar we passed out certificates of completion to all those who had filled out the registration forms. I was surprised when several young teens came up to me afterwards to inform me they had not gotten certificates even though they were present the whole time. They participated and learned how to hear God more clearly and they wanted proof of their efforts! I wrote them certificates and the joy on each of their faces was proof of the value they received through their time in the seminar. The Lord reminded me that He can speak to anyone, we just have to be faithful to share and He will reach more than we intend!
This month we were also very blessed to have Billy Bohannon and Scott McClellan visit us from the USA. They arrived from a week of tiring and exhilarating ministry in Kenya and we’re able to deliver the curriculum for this year’s Holiday Bible Club! Both Billy and Scott were key speakers at the Congolese Pastors Conference, shared at the local Friday morning business men’s meeting held each week in Ballito. They got to experience the Indian Pastors Fraternal CMRC in Phoenix with Pastor Johnny Isaacs and spent some time with two of our Congolese sons we have worked very closely with for the past 10 years. The guys were even accepted into the family by our beast of a dog, Reuben. (I think it was those crazy American accents)!
We took a few days to rest and pray in the Drakensberg Mountains and visited friends in Kloof and Bergville along the way. We returned to Durban on Friday in time to bake ham and yams for our traditional American Thanksgiving gathering of over thirty people. It is always fun to see the food dissappear as many South Africans and a few Americans enjoy the blessing of giving thanks to God for all that He has done!
Please continue to pray for me as this last month I have been honored to share with the ladies in both the Congolese and Indian communities that we work with! Our Christmas celebration is VERY HOT during the African Summer of the Southern Hemisphere! Regardless of these things we pray for everyone to remember er that He is the reason for the season!.
One of the most fascinating aspects to our mission is the support we provide to the Indian community in KwaZulu-natal. Our work with this amazing subculture began in 2004 during the first visit we made to Durban. Our original intent was to directly evangelize among […]
One of the most difficult parts of Christian Ministry is the process of making disciples. You begin by either introducing Christ to someone who isn’t saved or entreating a believer to deepen their commitment in their relationship with Jesus. This begins a long road of helping shape someone into a person that lives their life deliberately for God’s Purpose! There are many opportunities to short circuit this process because it is filled with significant resistance from the flesh, the often painful healing of past wounds, and many other challenges to a soul that is very used to its own independence. The product of this, often messy process, isn’t a finished, perfect person but rather someone who knows how God speaks to them and has some sense of direction on how He desires to use them in the future.
Matthew 9:36-38 NASB
Seeing the people, He felt compassion for them, because they were distressed
and dispirited like sheep without a shepherd.  Then He said to His disciples,
“The harvest is plentiful, but the workers are few.  Therefore beseech
the Lord of the harvest to send out workers into His harvest.”
A key attribute of a Christian Disciple is a being deployed into the work of “His Harvest.” Such a person has seen God both change their lives and give them a hope that causes them to respond by looking for opportunities to participate in God doing this for others. It is very clear in Scripture that some the most fruitful and challenging work of Jesus while He was on earth was the fashioning of His twelve disciples.
For the first nine years of our work with a small band of Congolese Refugees in Durban there were A LOT of challenges. Most were unemployed, unsaved, in marital distress, or some combination of all of three! We had loud, verbally abusive arguments, individuals show up thoroughly drunk, and even a full fist fight erupt in the setting where we were gathering to study the basic truths of Scripture! Slowly, Christ changed the hearts of many in this group. They became 100 percent employed over time and the marriages of those involved moved from shaky, often abusive situations, to stable examples of how people should live when they are husband and wife.
Entering our tenth year, the “Bible Study in Etete,” began to evolve through those in attendance reaching out to the larger Congolese community in Durban. This month, we will share at a local Congolese congregation, participate in a community wide conference for Congolese women, and work with approximately one hundred Congolese pastors in a one day seminar. While we consider this to be a beginning to a larger ministry expression, it is already awesome to consider that all this is the fruit of making a handful of disciples.
I am sure that you have noticed this is the first update in quite some time. We have resolved some long standing technical issues and added a much needed webmaster to our online ministry. While the published updates have been sparse, the mission work hasn’t slowed in the least! We will catch you up on 2017 in the coming months! Please remember our growing work among the Congolese of Durban in your prayers!
Trina and I recently finished a leadership meeting in Harare, Zimbabwe that we have participated in for the last twelve years. It never ceases to amaze us just how different our experience is every time we visit this conference and this year was no exception. […]
The winter months, June through August, in the Southern Hemisphere, are traditionally very busy times in our ministry. For the first time in several years, this season has been approached with more excitement and anticipation as opposed to a sense of duty. Trina and I […]
Zimbabwe has become our second home on the continent of Africa. We love the Body of Christ in this nation and it serves as an unlikely hub for our ministry to the leaders of many other nations in Sub Saharan Africa. In 2015 we hosted leaders from Botswana, South Africa, Zimbabwe, Mozambique, Democratic Republic of Congo, Congo Brazzaville, Zambia and Uganda in Harare, Zimbabwe. It would not have been our natural choice, but it is very clear that it is the place the Lord wants us working with leaders! We have been there for more than 12 years and we have had the opportunity to get to know leaders and to what degree they can be trusted.
Last year we launched our first water well project (click here for more details) and some of the fruit of it is pictured above. While first and foremost, IRC Ministries is an equipping/training ministry, we do feel called to raise some funding for projects that will meet basic needs and alleviate some suffering in Zimbabwe. The following is a list of our current projects:
1) Water well servicing orphans in the Bendura area of Zimbabwe.($6000)
2) Used tractor and plowing implement for an undeveloped farm ($8000)
3) Bricks and plumbing for ministry housing in Zimbabwe ($4500)
4) Solar panel electricity system for multiple uses ($7000)
One of the challenges concerning projects in Africa is trust. We know the area and how the local businesses and systems work. Please pray into these different endeavors and ask us any questions you might have.