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!.