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February 22, 2012
A Message From Jeff
Just a quick update to let you know that things are going great here in South Africa. Bernadette has been speaking everyday and so far the response has been great.
I wish you were with me on Monday as I watched over 900 hundred high school students sit spell bound as she gave her testimony. We were told by a teacher that the students would be rowdy... that they were going through a lot and that they would be very hard to reach.
When Bernadette gave the invitation to receive Christ so many hands went up that we couldn't even count them all!! The same teacher called Pastor John's house (where we're staying) and said the public school was filled with the spirit of God that day. He told us the students couldn't stop talking about her presentation. We were so humbled to hear that Bernadette's testimony was the topic of conversation in all classes. He said even teachers were crying and touched.
And so it has been day after day. Only God can bring such revival to the hearts and lives of people through a willing and unassuming servant such as Bernadette. Thank you so much for sending us and for lifting us in prayer each day. None of this would be possible without faithful people like YOU standing with us!
Thanking God for YOU…
Your Missionary in South Africa,
Posted by Bernadette at 03:57 AM
February 10, 2012
South Africa - Feb 14th!
Hi Dear Friends,
What are you doing on Valentine’s Day? Jeff and I looking forward to spending 21 hours on a plane together (plus a 12hr airport layover) as we travel to South Africa for our next mission of hope. Enduring long flights might not sound romantic or fun to you, but for us, it’s an incredibly special feeling to serve together in ministry with the one who has made your heart take flight for the past 25 years. Can you believe that it was 25 years ago, on Valentine’s Day, that Jeff asked me to marry him?? Since that day, I’ve been floating on air! So it is with great joy this year that we celebrate our engagement day by embarking on a journey to take the message of God's great love to South Africa!
We'll be serving alongside Pastor John Pascoe at Westridge Baptist Church in an urban area called Mitchells Plain, on the outskirts of Cape Town. Mitchells Plain is an impoverished, heavily Muslim community facing many challenges. Gang activity, HIV, teen pregnancy and drug addiction are rampant in this area. But there is a remnant there that loves the Lord who persist in praying and reaching out to their neighbors by showing the love of Jesus.
We ask for your prayers as we prepare to go serve the people of Mitchells Plain. Please pray daily for our safety, protection and physical strength as we focus on the mission of spreading the gospel via my testimony and encouraging our fellow believers. Pray also that we will be a source of blessing and encouragement to our hosts, Pastor John and his wife Evelyn.
THANK YOU for sending us to South Africa! And thank you for going with us in prayer!
With Love to You,
Posted by Bernadette at 09:26 AM