Greetings from Ladybrand. Steph hasn't come back from school yet, but I'm sure she'll be home any time now. As for me, I'm running Daddy Daycare plus trying to get a newsletter written. I'm not to good at multi-tasking, so the newsletter's not done yet, and I don't know what Kaitlyn would say about the daycare.
This past weekend I went with Nt. Molise back to his home village to hold a tent meeting. It's a few miles above Roma in a narrow little valley with sand stone cliffs on either side. The name of the place is Mokhokhong. I had wanted to spend the whole weekend with him there, but with being in Ladybrand Monday and Tuesday, I had to do some other stuff Saturday. We pitched the tent Friday afternoon, and then I helped him with a short children's service just after dark. By the end 15 to 18 children had come. Pastor Molise is excellent with children, and the children seemed to enjoy the service. He told about Jesus birth and used the the angel's words to Joseph (You shall call His name JESUS, for He will save His people from their sins) to make application.
Saturday I worked on our vehicles most of the day. The front brakes on the golf were worn out, so I replaced them, plus an oil change, etc. etc. I also spent a few minutes finishing up (I hoped) the waste oil furnace. I plumbed in the oil supply and it works very well except the little valve I have leaks at the handle. I assume an o-ring or something is shot in it. I may be able to repair it, but I'm doubtful. I had hoped to take it to Ha Matala and install it on Wed. this week, but I guess that won't be happening.
On Saturday Nt. Molise preached to the people around dawn from a sand stone "pulpit" above the village. Though the village is VERY strong Roman Catholic, they all seem to respect him. He said lots of people were standing outside listening by the time he ended. By early afternoon he held a children's service, then around 2:30 he preached to the adults and young people.
Sunday I left the house about 8:30 to go back to the tent meeting. I got there shortly before the 10:00 o'clock children's service. I
suppose 20 children showed up to sing, learn scripture verses, and listen to a Bible story. The singing at the 11:00 service was fairly week until Nt. Molise started singing some Catholic hymns that he remembered from his days as an altar boy. The two he sang had excellent words. I felt like it was a good application of Paul's philosophy of ministry: "I have become all things to all men, that I might by all means save some."
I preached (I suppose it could hardly be called preaching, more
exhorting) using my personal testimony and contrasting Jesus words, "Deny yourself, take up your cross daily and follow me," and "Come unto me all you who labor and are heavy laden, for I will give you rest." I felt like God used the rather scattered ideas to touch some of the people. Quite a few responded to the invitation, but I'm not sure if any really accepted the Lord. Both Nt. Molise and I felt like the week and been spent planting the seed of the Gospel. Help us pray that the harvest will be plentiful! He is planning to go there one Sunday a month to encourage the people since he has a few young men who are beginning to help with the services at Ha Seleso where he is pastor.
Well, I've got lots to do, so I'll send this see if I can make some more progress on the newsletter.
Love to all,