Wednesday, October 31, 2007

Group Email

 

Hi everyone,
We're in Ladybrand again this week.  Steph's at school.  I've been
running Daddy's Daycare, writing a newsletter, working on a prayer card, etc.  For the moment Kaitlyn is happily playing on the floor, so I'll try to write you a few lines (oops! she just took her diaper off.)  Ok, try again.

Last week Steph only helped at the school Monday and Tuesday because I had a TEE meeting in Lesotho Wednesday morning.  The TEE project is going well, but needs funding.  We have all of the books translated now, five are ready to be published as soon as money is available, and another seven or eight are within a few weeks of being ready to publish.  If you think of it, please pray for God to provide money for this important project!  Our weekend Bible School students are ready for another book!

Wednesday morning before the meeting I helped Nt. Kali's father-in-law start digging the foundation for a pig pen down at the bottom of the property.  We are going to start raising pigs to help orphans in the church.  The plan is to make this a pilot project to learn the twists of the trade and then help each congregation or maybe individual orphans start similar projects.  Thursday we poured the foundation, and Friday started building the low block walls.  We got rained out by lunch time on Friday, but Nt. Kali and his father-in-law worked again on Monday and yesterday while we were here in Ladybrand.  I'll see to night how far they got, but I'm guessing they probably finished the walls.  We need to level and pour the floor and build some gates, and put a roof on that covers the back half of the pen still.  Nt. Pheko has located someone with some nice Landrance piglets for sale.  I think we'll start with these.  We still haven't decided whether to raise them for meat or for breeding.  Eventually we want to get to good quality females and one good male, but raising pigs for breeding takes longer to turn a profit and is probably a more risky investment.

I can't remember which day, but Steph got out the suitcases sometime during the week and started helping me sort and pack a few things. She's also been doing some baking and extra cooking to use up things out of the freezer since we'll be turning it off while we're gone.  She made some awesome brownies with macadamia nuts.

Kaitlyn is finally down for her nap, so I'll try to finish this up.
Friday night was the Bible School.  Me Mapheko led a very interesting discussion about prophecy.  (She is starting to lecture through the O.T. books of prophecy.)  God has given her a lot of wisdom and the ability to work well with youth, and help them learn to think for themselves. As usual we got home late.  Nt. Pheko and Me Mapheko stayed all night for the monthly ladies' prayer meeting.

Saturday I had to go back to Ha Matala to hold a meeting with the Sunday School teachers of all the congregations.  I was the only pastor there. All the others had either gone to funerals or to a wedding of a friend of the church.  The meeting went fairly well.  The purpose was to choose a committee that will promote the interests of child evangelism and children's ministry in the church as a whole.  The committee has been asked to plan a children's conference that will be during the same time as the youth conference over the Christmas holidays.  Saturday night we made a quick trip to Ladybrand.  We had been invited to the choir concert of the Ladybird Music Academy.  I kept Kaitlyn, but Steph went and REALLY enjoyed it.

This past Sunday was the most relaxing Lord's Day we've had in a long time.  Nt. Pheko preached at Matukeng.  He arrived just in time for the service, and left immediately afterwards.  Steph had prepared a meal for him, but he couldn't stay because he had to preach again at Mazenod at 3:00 in the afternoon.  The chief of the village had asked him to preach at a village meeting.  He is very well respected in his village and throughout Lesotho because of his ministry and preaching on the radio. After a quick lunch, we packed up and came to Ladybrand.

Since we've been here in Ladybrand, Steph has been wanting to have some of the other missionaries over for supper, so Monday night Philip, Steve, Gwen, & family, and Sis. Carol Witter came for supper.  Steph made yummy peanut curry.  We really enjoyed the evening visiting.

 

Tuesday morning I planned to leave soon after breakfast to go to Lesotho to try to get Steph's residence permit transfered to her new passport. On the way out of Ladybrand I stopped to put air in one of the car tires.  I noticed that the car was leaking oil, so I checked it out. The oil pressure sending unit had gone bad and was leaking pretty bad. I drove to the nearest parts store and fortunately they had one in stock.  I put it in quickly and headed out of town again.  At the edge of town the oil pressure light came on and a buzzer sounded.  I switched off the engine immediately and coasted into a gas station at the bottom of the hill.  I added a pint of oil, which seemed to solve the problem. I started off again, but almost immediately the buzzer and light came on again.  I coasted off the road and checked the oil again.  The oil was fine, and eventually I determined that the problem was the sending
unit.  I bought the wrong one.  For some reason only a German could explain, VWs have to sending units that work together.  I finally got to Maseru, got the residence permit put in the new passport after a long wait.


Well, that's the news of our lives.  Hope you all have a good week!

Monday, October 22, 2007

Lesotho Update

Dear Praying Friends,
Once again God has answered prayer, and Satan has been defeated!
Praise:

  • The young lady who was demon-possessed seems to have been delivered! Praise God for this victory, but continue praying for her.  Satan won't give up easily!
  • I visited Bro. Chele where he is holding a tent meeting last Thursday.  God is at work in these services.  Several people came forward to seek the Lord at the end of the service.
  • My weekend in the mountains went well.  Lots of people from the village who don't even attend church turned out to help us with the work.  We not only moved the modular church, but also poured a floor and built a low rock wall around the outside of it to keep water from running in side.  God also really blessed the service on Sunday.  Thanks for praying!
Prayer:
  • Please keep praying for the tent meeting.  Bro. Chele wants to continue the services for several more weeks.
  • We are starting a pig raising project to help support orphans.  Please pray for God's help and blessing on this project!
  • Please pray for us especially.  Our schedule is very busy between the work in the Lesotho and Stephanie helping at the school here in Ladybrand 2-3 days a week.

Thank you so much for supporting us with your prayer!

Glenn, Stephanie, & Kaitlyn Gault
Hope International Missions

My Weekend at HaMokhachane


First we set up the modular church. The men are chipping holes into the sandstone so we can cement in steel anchors to hold it down. The ladies in the background are taking a rest after carrying the yellow 5-gallon containers of water up from the dam.

After the church was all set up and tied down, the young men in blue built a low stone wall around it to keep water from running inside. We also poured a floor inside. The church isn't very big, but it was a lot of work! All the sand had to be shoveled out of the river, and we mixed the cement by hand.Grandma Matumo, one of the "founding members" gave this little house to the church for a parsonage. The thick rock walls make in cool in summer, and the thatched roof makes it warm in winter. It's a comfortable place for us to stay when we visit this congregation.

Wednesday, October 17, 2007

Lesotho Update

Dear Praying Friends,
Once again we want to tell you how grateful we are for your prayer support!  The spiritual oppression seems very strong right now, but we are encouraged knowing how great our God is and how many people are supporting us in prayer.

  • First, an urgent prayer request:  We are interceding for a young lady who is demon possessed.  Since Friday last week she has been suffering terrible pains in her chest.  When we pray for her she goes into demonic seizures.  The Lord is easily able to deliver her if she will only trust Him.  Please join us in fighting this intense spiritual battle through prayer! Pray for her deliverance, and the protection and salvation of her whole family.
  • This weekend I'm planning to go to the mountains to the congregation at Mapoteng.  The chief has given us a site for a church there, and we are going to move the temporary modular church to this lot.  Pray for this work.
  • The tent meeting at Ha Seeiso was stopped temporarily because of the rain and wind, but this week is dry and hot again, so the meeting is going on.  Pray for Bro. Chele, the young man who is preaching at the tent every night.  I plan to visit him tomorrow evening, and probably preach there.
  • Pray for the team of missionaries here and those on deputation in America.
Thank you!
Glenn, Stephanie, & Kaitlyn Gault
Hope International Missions

Monday, October 8, 2007

The Long-Lost Group E-mail

Dear Everyone,
Seems like it's been forever since we've written a group e-mail.  We've tried to write to a few of you in the mean time, but it's probably time for a little update on our lives.


Probably most of you know that Stephanie's Grandma died just over a week ago on Saturday.  She'd been fairly low for a while, and we knew that she didn't have long to live.  Of course we'd hoped that we'd see her again, but we know she's much happier in heaven.


Another item of interest might be that we got tickets to come home.  I leave on the 12th of November from Bloemfontein and arrive in West Palm Beach, FL the following day.  Steph flies on the 5th of December from Bloem to Kansas City arriving the following day also.  The travel agent got us good connections.  I think Steph has the longest layover in Atlanta.  It's a little over 3 hours if I remember right.  We're in the U.S. until the 15th of April.


Last week on Wednesday Nt. Mokoena and I helped Bro. Chele pitch a tent near his home village. Today Nt. Mokoena goes back to move it to another village.  I think Bro. Chele will have services there every night for several weeks.  I'm going to try to go this Thursday.  We trust that the end result will be another church planted.  Please pray a lot for this for!


Thursday last week was a one-day youth conference.  Uncle Gideon from Smithfield preached in the morning.  He spoke very well about the hidden life with Christ Jesus.  In the afternoon the youth committee reported on their work over the last two years, and a new committee was chosen.  I had to come to Ladybrand for an urgent meeting at the school, so I'm not sure who was chosen.


The meetings at the school ran fairly late Thursday night.  We slept at Michelle's place that night, then left for Bloem that next morning.  I returned some parts from Philip's truck, bought a chairs for one of the congregations in Lesotho (they saved up enough money to buy 11 good quality stackable chairs), plus all the usual errands.  We spent the night at Heidi's place and went to the craft fair Saturday.  We had hoped to finds some little gifts to give to pastors that have us for services on deputation, but didn't find anything.  We went to a big wholesale place and found a few things that will have to do.  On the way home I had to stop at Philip's house to write an important letter on behalf of the school board.  (I'm the secretary.)  It was just after 7 when we finally got home.  It was a long weekend, but we really enjoyed the time together as a family!


Sunday I preached at Matukeng.  The attendance has been down for the last several months.  Some of the new converts seemed to have kind of lost out and only attend once in a while.  Please help us pray for them.


Today (Monday) we're in Ladybrand again.  Steph's at school.  Kaitlyn is sweeping the floors with her toy broom.  It's nice when she plays on her own for a while so I can get some things done.  I need to work on TEE, schedule deputation services, type some minutes for a meeting, etc. etc.  Of course it won't all get done, but I better get started.

Cheers (as the Brits say.)
Glenn

Monday, October 1, 2007

Lesotho Update

Dear Praying Friends,
It seems like there is so much to praise God for--and so much to pray about, too.  Thanks for remembering these requests as you pray!
Praise:

  • The rainy season has finally started!  We had a snow storm back in June that helped a little, but we haven't had significant rain since January or February.  Many people have said it was the driest year that they could remember.  As a result, there has been a lot of hunger and malnutrition in Lesotho.  Lots of people had already slaughtered their cows because the rivers were completely dray.  We are SO grateful for the moisture!
  • Yesterday I was invited to preach at a graduation party or feast of a young man who got saved in the Ha Hlalele church.  He no longer attends our church, but his pastor and I divided the time.  The Holy Spirit really moved on the people of the village, and many came forward to pray when the other pastor made an invitation.  I had the privilege of praying for the pastor of the local Catholic church and 'Me Remi's husband.  To my knowledge it is the first time he has sought the Lord.  Please pray that these men will really get saved!  They are notorious drunkards, and their salvation would completely change the village!
Prayer:
  • Please pray for Stephanie and her family.  Her Grandma Stratton passed away Saturday in New York.  As far as we know, the funeral is Tuesday.
  • Please pray for Stephanie as she helps out at Hope Christian Academy.  The last term of the school year started today.  Often this is a difficult term in any school.  Please pray much for all the students, staff, and parents.  At the last board meeting, the teachers gave good reports of how several students have found spiritual help, but Satan is fighting hard.
  • Wednesday this week we will be pitching a tent in a new area.  God has called Bro. Chele, a young man who is attending our weekend Bible School, to go back to his home village and start a church.  Please pray a lot for him!
  • Thursday is the annual youth conference. 
News:
  • We got our tickets to come home for deputation last week.  I will be leaving the 12th of November to attend a mission convention and meetings at Hobe Sound.  Stephanie will come on the 5th of December after the academy closes.  She will fly directly to Kansas.  After the mission convention I plan to do some deputation services as I travel to meet Stephanie and Kaitlyn in Kansas.  If you are interested in having us for a service, or know someone who is, please contact us!  We have to schedule all our own services this time, and it is quite a challenge!

May God bless you all!

Glenn, Stephanie, & Kaitlyn
Hope International Missions