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March 05, 2012
South Africa Mission Report
It is with great joy and excitement about all the wonderful things that God did during our time in South Africa that I send you this email. As I type, "thank you" seems to really fall short of the deep gratitude and appreciation we have for all of you that support our ministry through your prayers and giving. Because of your faithfulness, countless people in Mitchells Plain will never be the same. Here are just a few testimonies of some of the people we had the privilege of sharing our lives with.
I had an opportunity to counsel and share my testimony with this group of 17 men and women who struggle with drug addiction. When I first arrived, one was sitting with his arms folded and wouldn't even look at me. In the end, I had to fight back the tears as he and 5 others prayed with me to receive Jesus!! Wow, I'm so excited! Lunchtime bible study and support with Pastor John will be available everyday for these new believers and others who may want to join them. Heaven is rejoicing!
This is our new friend Pastor Colin. Jeff and I met him at a Pastor's Fellowship Meeting where I was invited to speak in Mitchells Plain. He has had over 40 surgeries and lives in constant excruciating pain. In despair, he had been wrestling with God, feeling hopeless and even losing faith. He recently prayed and asked God to make Himself real to him again. Imagine this pastor's amazement when he saw me sitting across the room from him about to share my story. He had no idea I was coming. Before I could even start, he began to cry. In the end he came to me and said, "Bernadette, I believe God sent you to South Africa just for me." I was about to give up but God spoke to me today -- through you. Wow.
One Sunday I spoke at a small church in the township of Khayelitsha ... a shanty town with a population of over 1.8 million people located near the city of Cape Town. Three came forward for salvation that morning, including a man who was just released from a 12 year prison sentence that week.
The steadfast love of the LORD never ceases, His mercies never come to an end!
Pastor John received this message from a parent of a young girl who listened to my testimony one Friday evening at a youth meeting held at Westridge Baptist church. "Pastor John, thank you for bringing Bernadette to South Africa. You will never know what this meant to Candice and to us. Absolute perfect timing. Because of Bernadette's message, our daughter is now starting to accept her condition and she is learning to enjoy life in spite of ... She and Bernadette are now Facebook friends and she continues to be encouraged. She is a true inspiration to our daughter... THANK YOU so very much, God bless you."
One Monday morning before classes started, over 1,200 students at Cedars High (a public school) gathered and sat on the ground beneath the hot South African sun to hear me talk about how much Jesus loves them. Imagine the feeling in my heart as I saw hundreds of hands going up for salvation. A teacher told me afterwards that it was the first time a missionary ever went there. Now Pastor John has an open door to do more outreach and bring others to this school. God is SO good! Thank you Lord for this amazing opportunity!
And the list goes on! Praise be to God for what He has done! Once again, Jeff and I wish to express our overwhelming thanks and heartfelt appreciation for your prayer and support. Without your partnership none of what we just shared would be possible. One day, may we all receive the reward of hearing our Lord say, "Well done, good and faithful servant."
Continuing in His Service,
Posted by Bernadette at 02:46 PM