Monday, December 5, 2016

Prayer & Praise

Dear Friends,
Thank you so much for your prayers this past weekend. It was a busy, happy weekend as we joined Pastor Tankiso Klaas (HIM's national chairman in South Africa) and 'Mapaseka Roberts (one of Steph's first children's ministry converts) for their wedding. Saturday was the actual wedding held at 'Mapaseka's home. Sunday was a celebration at Tankiso's home to welcome the new bride into his family and church. We especially praise the Lord for the crowd of several hundred people who heard the Gospel on Sunday in South Africa. Please pray that God will give this new couple a strong marriage and many souls as they work together in the Kingdom.

We are also praising the Lord for a good report from Uncle Piet Marais' meeting with the General Secretary of the Namibian Bible Society. Please keep praying for the Bible Societies of Southern Africa and pray that more Bibles will be printed in African languages.
Please pray for Matukeng Health Centre and the government of Lesotho. The constant political trumoil over the last few years is affecting the government's ability to keep their contract to fund free health care through our clinic. Please pray for high-level meetings and that the government will re-prioritize funds to promote health care rather than less essential programs.

Glenn, Stephanie, Kaitlyn, Kristell, & Caleb Gault
Hope International MissionsAfrica Director

Monday, November 28, 2016

Prayer & Praise

Dear praying friends,

Join us in praising the Lord for the wonderful work the Motovilov family are doing with the children of Mauersnek, South Africa.  This past Wednesday they had a little Christmas program to share with parents and the community what the children have been learning in the afternoons after school.  The children did a GREAT job, and we were so please with the good turnout of parents and people from this township.  Please keep praying for the Motovilovs and these children they are working with!

Also, we want to ask for your special prayers for the Marais and the Bible Distribution ministry.  Bro. Pieter is making a special trip to Windhoek, Namibia this week to meet with the General Secretary of the Bible Society there.  He is hoping to arrange the printing of Bibles for distribution next year.  Please pray for traveling mercy for him and for God's will to be done in this meeting!  Also pray for the Bible Societies!  Many of them hardly have stock of Bibles these days.

Thanks for your faithful prayers!
Glenn, Stephanie, Kaitlyn, Kristell, & Caleb

Wednesday, November 23, 2016

Pastors Retreat

This past weekend we held a retreat for HIM's pastors in South Africa and Lesotho.  We are so grateful for your financial support that makes a time of rest, fellowship, and learning like this possible!

We went to St. Augustine's just outside Ladybrand.
Steve and Marita Shone were such great hosts.
I would highly recommend this place!
11 pastors plus us missionaries attended.
Rev. Sidney Grant, President of our mission, was the speaker.
He taught about "Training Tomorrow's Leaders Today"
Everyone seemed to enjoy the food even though the Basotho missed their
"papa"or corn meal mush that is their staple food.
Valera and I also shared devotionals.  The picture I took of him
didn't turn out, so I'll have to use the one he took of me.

President Grant held a special installation service
for me as HIM Africa Director

Monday, October 31, 2016

Training and Outreach at Mants'onyane Lesotho

 This past weekend Valera Motovilov and I helped the nondenominational Lesotho Theological Education by Extension Committee facilitate a training seminar and outreach in the village of Ha Thabo near Mants'onyane.  The Theological Education by Extension Committee holds training seminars three or four times a year for students to write exams, receive further training, and have uplifting fellowship.  It was decided that this quarter, we would hold the seminar out in the rural mountains of Lesotho at the church where one of the students pastors.
The red star shows approximately where Mants'onyane is.

The theme of the seminar was "Look Up and See the Fields which Are White Unto Harvest."  The emphasis was the great need to plant evangelical churches in the mountainous parts of Lesotho.  To make this practical for the students, we helped the local church with an outreach campaign Saturday evening.

Since there were still two seats in the chartered taxi,
we went in the taxi rather than take our own vehicle.

Yes, those seats are pretty tight for long-legged
fellows like Valera and me!
Group photo

The road was so bad that we had to walk the last half-mile or so.
The Salt and Light Mission Station at Ha Thabo, Mants'onyane
Ntate Joseph's accordion and singing drew a
crowd for the evangelistic campaign.
Showing the Jesus Film
Walking back to the taxi. The scenery was incredible!
A panoramic view from near Mants'onyane.  (Click to enlarge)

Monday, September 12, 2016

I saw it in Africa...

Every once in a while we see some REALLY strange things in Africa!  I took this "Wide Load" picture along the road to Matukeng last week!  Notice the thin ropes tying all this down.  Good thing it wasn't windy!  They were having quite a challenge figuring out how to get it under the electric lines.