When Frank dropped off a load of fruits and vegetables at this underprivileged creche, he had no idea how timely it was! The lady in charge almost wept with joy as she explained “I was just about to send one of the teachers to the shop with a list of needed items. And here you are, with just what we need! Now all I have to get is cooking oil and tissue paper!” Frank smiled in amazement and told her there was in fact oil and tissue paper for them as well. How precious, and a reminder of how we just need to be faithful, and God will work everything out with perfect timing!
Today at our group devotions we prayed for greater effectiveness and Power of God’s Spirit in all our efforts to preach the Gospel. Later on, guess what someone brought to our gate? A box of Bibles for distribution! Praise the Lord! An encouragement for us, and blessing for those who will receive them!
It’s always amazing to us how God uses people to supply needs they didn’t even know existed. Let’s backtrack. A family from Scotsdene lost their home and all their belongings in a fire; furniture, pots and pans, clothing. Everything gone! While they were trying to get their lives back together, a friend (who could barely afford it) took them into her own home. She called us for help. At the same time, another friend called us with her ‘ problem’. She had been asked to clear out a house and give away the belongings & furniture, but didn’t know where to bring it. We did! We were able to give this dear family in need beds, a desk, linens, pots and pans, clothing, shoes, boxes of food, and other necessities. With man, these things are simply impossible. But with God, ALL things are possible. (Matthew 19:26)
Zoe(7), and Emma (3) paid a surprise visit to the elderly. They came to spend some time with each one and to bring special gifts to remind them that they are loved and treasured, and not forgotten. Spending some time visiting was a treat for the children as well; they got to hear stories, receive some good advice, and even shared in some delicious fruit! The children went there to be a blessing, and came back home having been blessed in return.
Starting beginning of 2016, we’ve been blessed to be able to meet with these dear children on Sunday mornings; teaching them about Jesus, His great eternal love, and the message of hope in Salvation. The Bible stories, colouring pages, “inspiration” time songs, and energetic games always leave them smiling and excited for the next time, hallelujah! Please continue to pray and support towards this project – these little children are our nation’s future, and each one is precious to our Lord.
Mike and Frank participated in the Red Hill Marathon, with great success! Completing it in just over 4 hrs, and praising God for the ability to “run the race with patience”, they had an awesome time! We are all very proud of them! (Hebrews 12:1-2) Wherefore seeing we also are compassed about with so great a cloud of witnesses, let us lay aside every weight, and the sin which doth so easily beset us, and let us run with patience the race that is set before us, Looking unto Jesus the author and finisher of our faith; who for the joy that was set before him endured the cross, despising the shame, and is set down at the right hand of the throne of God.
The following is a note from J – a dear social worker who works here in Cape Town to assist needy children and families. She especially focuses on providing food for schoolchildren’s lunches, so they can concentrate in class. It is so sad to hear of these situations, but also so beautiful to hear how God’s timing is perfect and His Care is for each and every person, right when they need it. Here is the letter. Dear Ones, just want to give you some feedback on the foodstuffs you donated. Two ladies burst out crying when we delivered the bigger parcels. One is a single mom and the other a friend staying with her. They had no food,absolutely nothing. God just knows. He is always on time. As we gave out food to the children, we spoke to them about their importance to God,how to put Him first. Many children,sadly so,failed their exams, one of the reasons being that they are subjected to domestic violence. We have a lot of work to do. Please continue to pray with us. I praise God for sending His Son to guide us. Thanks again. Blessings to you all at Helping Hand. Praise God for your obedience to Him. Praying for you. -J
We spent time together celebrating all the Lord did in 2016, as well as praising, praying, and singing in anticipation of the blessings in 2017!