Posted by: jeremyh06 | November 18, 2009

A few points of interest

1 – If you or anyone you know is interested in getting our monthly email update we want your email address! We tried to put together a listserve for our October update, but we know we missed some of you.  Please add a comment to this post and leave us your email address so that we can keep you updated that way as well. Although we post updates here, the email updates will be a more cohesive monthly summary about our ministry and other events of the month.  Also its a great way for YOU to update US!

2 – We are in desperate need of a car.  We have already eluded to this need, but we wanted to put out a formal request for your help.  Without a car our ministry opportunities are being very limited and strained.  We are completely dependent on others for transportation to and from the FROG center along with anywhere else we would like to or need to go.  We’ve missed out on some great opportunities to get involved because of this limitation and we’re frustrated.  Our need amounts to $4000 to be able to purchase a car.  This car will not belong to us, but it will belong to Opportunity to Serve Ministry which is the non-profit organization that the FROG center operates under here.  This will be beneficial for everyone because we will have a car for the next two years and when we leave OTSM will have another car to be able to transport people around or they will be able to sell the car and use the profit for one of the many needs they might have. Please prayerfully consider supporting us in this way. Our support information is available by clicking on the support tab above.

3 – There are an abundance of opportunities for ministry here and we are excited about a lot of them.  We are still trying to figure out where to get involved and what to pass on because we do not want to over extend ourselves, which would be very easy to do.

  • First we have the FROG center, which will always be our priority.  We’ve had around 150 different kids in the past week and half, but its hard to keep a head count with so many different kids coming each day.  We’ve started having each grade come on an assigned day and that has helped make the groups a more manageable size and it has given us an opportunity to start developing a more structured time together which includes a short time of sharing the Gospel.  The kids that come are very diverse while some do come from Christian homes and attend Westridge Baptist, some come from poor family backgrounds, and some from a Muslim home. So we started this week with talking about who God is.  We’ll begin to talk about Jesus through the holiday season and then onto the Bible. Our goal is  to lay a foundation to be able to share the need for a relationship with Christ over the next two years.
  • Our second opportunity for ministry is in the schools.  Right now we are only going into one school because everyone is nearing the end of their school year and gearing up for their summer break, which starts in December.  They will get a month off and then start back middle of January and that is when we will start going into all of the schools.  We are still not sure what that is going to look like; if we will be teaching life skills, assisting the teachers, developing relationships, etc. Luckily, South Africa has not yet closed the church off from going into the schools so we are going to take advantage of it while we can.
  • Another opportunity for ministry for me is at the Westridge Yankees Baseball/Softball rec park.  I have gotten to go practices with the adult team and hope to go help coach some of the younger teams soon.  I love sports and I love the connection you get when playing on a team and hope that that connection will help develop some relationships outside of the area we are usually in.
  • Molly’s Place, of course, already has a special place in our hearts and we will continue to invest in the kids there. Helping them with schoolwork, taking them to do special things, and just hanging out.  We can’t replace the families that these kids have lost, but we can try to become a part of the new family they have developed.
  • We have made some friends here, Sarah and Casey Prince, who are missionaries in a town about 30 minutes from us. Sarah is working with an organization called Living Hope, which is an organization that works all realms of dealing with HIV/AIDS.  And Casey is going to be using soccer to do ministry through a nonprofit organization he started up called UBUNTU sports. Check out their blogs as hopefully we’ll continue to develop relationships with them and do ministry together.
  • Lastly check out africastories.org.  We hope to take some time to write and submit a special story from Mitchell’s Plain, South Africa to the Africa Stories website.  They have a lot of great stories so far, but hopefully you’ll read something from us on there one day.

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Responses

  1. We were ahead of your request and send an extra check yes’t to be used for the car. We are praying the rest of the money comes in quickly!
    G’ma R

  2. Will be praying about your needs and would love to have my e-mail included in newsletters, updates, etc.
    sonyastrader@aol.com

  3. Please add me to your email list! Love you guys. You’re in my prayers.

    Lori


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