Thembeka Mdlangu – September 2017

Since I accepted or receive the call of God being a preacher of the Good news, I trust Him, I believe His Word. I preach, I counsel, teach the word about the gospel of Jesus Christ. I am not just a pastor, I am a church planter. We are still pitching the tents. Last month we were evangelizing at Ndelane at Thaleni Willowvale, presently we are at fort Malan (New Brite). We see God in mission, the works of the Holy Spirit. People are coming back to God in numbers in tears. The sick are healed, the unemployed are getting; jobs. Many people are praising the Lord for what he has done. Our slogan is Go Ye preach “Matthew 28:18-20.

I do not have the resources to boost our work but Pastor Ngudle whom I work with gave his bakkie and his system for God’s work. We are using different gifts in those tents. After 3-4 weeks we start a Bible study classes, cells to teach people about the Lord Jesus using the Bible. When I was preaching in Centane I had two boys that I sent to Union Bible Institute at Pieter maritzburg for three year Theology classes. One started working at Whittlesea and on at Maritzburg planting churches. I called the one at Maritzburg to come back and work with me fulltime. He came back we are working together. Pitching tents is a huge work. He is Bongile Mathsini. He is married and have two children. He is not staying at his home or with his family he is staying fulltime where the revivals are. Each rural area has its own stronghold but we pray a lot even prayer with fasting. The challenge is the so called Christians but they are not committed to God’s will. They have fear of our work and people I mean they say their people accept Jesus and leave their churches.

Africa for Christ thank you so much for your help you are our shoulder to cry on. As long as God’s help we are going to preach.

Our plan is that in September we are going to pitch the tent at Lahlangubo at Hlobo (Dutywa). We announce it already! Yho! God is on our side.

Thank you for your support and prayers

Loyiso Matu – July 2017

Describe your own spiritual and emotional health. Encouraged? Discouraged? Hopeful? Hopeless? Tired?

I am encouraged and hopeful by the word of God because it does not change but heals the spirit.

Describe how your family is doing. Your marriage? Your children? Any specific challenges?

We are doing well in the family, no challenges.

Describe how the Church Plant is doing. Is it growing? Any challenges? Any joys? Discouragements?

The church plant is doing well and growing, we see people getting at Motherwell especially men and youth. The Lord is answering our prayers because that’s what we have been praying for.

Share some PERSONAL and MINISTRY prayer requests:

As the church, we are still in the lookout for a better place to gather especially on Sundays, at Port Elizabeth branch we currently gathering at a school class on Sundays but you will find out that other Sundays the school is busy or struggle to a get a key or access. At Alexandria branch we are still gathering at brethren’s houses there we also need a better place to worship our Lord.

Share some TESTIMONIES of God’s faithfulness in your PERSONAL and MINISTRY life. ANSWERS to prayer?

My personal testimony is that I have received the bakkie I have been praying for so that I can be able to preach the word of God having the facilities, I thank the Lord for the blessing and thank you for your prayers.

The ministry testimony is that as we gather in the house brethrens during the week, there is a mother that fellowships with us when the church went to her house she saw God at work. Her husband and three sons accepted Jesus as the Lord and saviour. We give the Lord all the praise.

Godfrey May – July 2017

Greetings in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ

God is still faithful. Since the begin of this year.

We have our normal services, youth activities, Sunday school is growing big on that area.

Recently we had youth month in June, invited other youth around area and other churches, I was great. We won the souls., youth actives happen, I also gave the opportunity to preach during the youth month and coach them well.

We also did house visitations , since its informal settlement / temporal houses, it was difficult during winter, its cold and raining, rain get to their house, they stay there because its damp, because they have nowhere to go. My wife and I , we collect clothes t to share with those people using my car at that time, experience problem , sometimes I don’t have petrol . Some will call to day I am sick , please pastor come to hospital.

Fulltime ministry demand a lot but I am happy to work for the Lord.

The rain also affected my church as it is temporal structure as well, the wall were affected, we need to as soon as we have money, the other day last month, the was a storm, neighbours of the church called to day church door feel and it broke, I had to go church, go around to get someone who can give us even old door is not using, one of the elder gave it. We still need to busy new one

we had communion service twice a month and also dedicated children to the Lord, it was successful.

I am preaching in my church, I was encouraging the people to be strong in the Lord. I am so happy in this area that I working for the Lord. My heart is there.

On the 31 December 2016 ,the Lord bless us with new born baby gal. We are grateful to the Lord with a precious gift.

Titus Noinyane – July 2017

Describe how your family is doing. Your marriage? Your children? Any specific challenges?

The abovementioned family factors is pretty much doing well now that God`s grace had found us throughout all life challenges, it has also sustained God`s plan with our lives that our marriage ministry played Christ dominant thought or idea of keeping the main thing the main thing. According Proverbs 22:6 sayings; teach your child the ways of God while ii is still young, when grown up shall never depart from that divine path. It was more exciting to experience God`s grace when we noticed the level of high commitment to our grown up children taking Sunday school ministry with more eagerness compared in the previous struggles.

From our pastoral practical theology studies they continue to emphasise that the home of a pastor it is like a fish-bowl wherefore every church member looks into it as a reflection of what Jesus Christ does and set up a tone for the church families to aspire. We are more than happy to recognize His favour upon us, that our children are doing their best to live up to such-like expectations. The older daughter have taken up Sunday school education project by a storm to a point of drafting biblical manual through bible stories, even to supply them with basic monthly tests of faithfulness as to address the problems of those who are raised up from the unstable communities. The young brother to her is doing a lot of commitment in the youth project whereby he is much more involved in fund-raising project for their particular programs, this has helped the church leadership to address certain aspects of the church rather to focus on other issues than to cover youth project as well. During the school holidays of June the youth conducted a youth camp and concludes it with June 16th celebration wherein they commemorate the South African liberation struggle, converting it into biblical perspective. Most of the youth who attended the camp were exposed to the gospel, and it was exciting to see our youth participating and exchanging the biblical understanding with the panel group of the public. Both the Sunday school and the youth departments respectively were committed in the welfare of the event and shown up interest in the progressive planning for the next event. The current challenges are basically flowing from the consistency of other activities that can sustain the attendance because most of youth came from far from the church. One of the mayor challenge is the transport facility to cater for the young people after their respective midweek evening services whereby some other areas are not safe to travel alone.

Describe how the Church Plant is doing. Is it growing? Any challenges? Any joys? Discouragements?

The Letlhabile Baptist fellowship is currently battling with the state of crime in some other areas, whereby the church midweek services were affected and we advised the church members not to risk their lives by attending such-like services. Our church spiritual development programs and discipleship classes are mainly conducted concurrently with the Sunday school bible study the reason being to influence the bible reading book by book. One of the targeted method was to promote discipline in reading one of the New Testament book in one sitting and develop the theology of each book that was completed. The challenge of reading one book in one sitting disclosed the Christians lack of attention in the things of God but also reflected some Christian’s misbehaviour of watching television movies more than spiritual nourishment. Growing the new converts depended mostly on outreach programs whereby they learn through public testimony of sharing the gospel how did you found the way of the cross. During our youth camp campaign we discovered the boldness of some new converts who convinced the church about their biblical conviction stand point.

  • Some Challenges: Basically it was transporting new converts after the church meetings to their respective destiny particularly the evening services, due to unforeseen crime factors. The past two months the pastor`s bakkie got radiator breakdown, and aforesaid circumstances of the project suffered.
  • People were discouraged to attend some of the evening services due to lack of public transport because even the taxi people do not prefer to work areas  affected by crime,.

2.Share some PERSONAL and MINISTRY prayer requests:

  • Basically my sincere personal prayer request is based on the outstanding duration of my monthly travelling costs to seminary. The health of my wife that fluctuates due to some domestically pressures wherefore affects my attention to my studies.
  • Pray for the escalating state of crime that affects the progress and the preaching of the gospel
  • Today`s generation has lost the love of reading and studying God`s Word.

Share some TESTIMONIES of God’s faithfulness in your PERSONAL and MINISTRY life. ANSWERS to prayer?

God`s faithfulness has been revealed in His divine providences, He sustained our church outreach projects particularly the youth camp whereby  more faith was exercised due to the fact that we did not have any budget to cater for it. But God`s ways are higher than man`s ways, the event was pretty much successful, it went well to the point of winning back some church members who were partly discouraged and have abandoned the church attendance. We have experienced youth leadership growth whereby they were able to run the event on their own, we only facilitate certain minor spiritual areas. It is exciting to realise such-like spiritual movement.

Personally I am encouraged to gain more momentum of biblical counselling marital dynamics after completing first semester wherefore it played important role enhancing better level of addressing marriage dispute among the communities. Despite some pastoral challenges God is always one step ahead of our challenges as much as He promised not to forsake nor leave us alone in the ministry.

Nceba Mtiti – July 2017

Describe how the Church Plant is doing. Is it growing? Any challenges? Any joys? Discouragements?

We had a big revival in this winter season and that benefited the church in a positive way because we gained new church member and God was with us in this revival people were getting saved others delivered from evil spirits we thank our God so much for his work. Also by the time we were having the revival on the June 16 we had a Youth Conference here in Gugulethu Township, we thank our God so much because it was successful. We were encouraging young people to receive Jesus Christ as their personal Lord and saviour and we were addressing the issues that they are currently facing in our daily lives such as drugs, alcohol abuse, HIV/AIDS and substance abuse. So far the church is doing well still we are getting new members in the church even if we are not having a revival currently. Since we are still grooming the members that God blessed us with on the time we had revival here in middledrift Gugulethu. Each and every day in the middle of the week we meet to have bible studies and practical preaching. We thank God so much now because as the bible says we must go into all the World and make disciples in deed it is happening because these members we received on our last revival are staring to work now in the church, others joined worshiping team others are able now to share the word of God in the church and e=we are so happy for that.

Currently we are busy praying a lot since we are going to have the big revival here in Middledrift in Mathole Village, the purpose we want to expand the church planting.

We do have lot of challenges as the church. 1 our keyboard and amplifier need service but currently we are not financially balanced to take care of those. Also we don’t have a enough space to meet in our church activities.

Share some PERSONAL and MINISTRY prayer requests:

We pray to our God to provide us with a piece of Land for us to put a temporally structure for our church since we are running out of space where we meet.

Personally I pray that God can provide me with a car since I’m preaching the Gospel on Villages and it is difficult for me to reach other Villages on time to spread this Gospel.

Share some TESTIMONIES of God’s faithfulness in your PERSONAL and MINISTRY life. ANSWERS to prayer?

Since we were having a shortage of speakers for our PA system,  we thank God that he provided us with 2 new speakers and we are so thankful to God that the Church is now growing since we had received the new members in the church. 

I prayed to God that he must provide me to take my wife to school even if I’m not financially balanced yet, I thank God that my wife still in continuation in school and she is doing very well.

Thanks to the Organization for the support we appreciate very much.

Thembeka Mdlangu – July 2017

I am a single lady who never married. I am saved and committed to the Lord. My family is well and submissive to Jesus. I work in partnership with Pastor Zamikhaya Ngudle who is saved and preaching the gospel of Jesus Christ. He is helping my ministry with transport and p.a. system.

During youth month June we evangelize youth at Willowvale Ciko where we had door to door evangelism. Youth team was keen to do it. During the weekends we had youth gatherings. We invited different speakers to talk to the youth. We also invited social development to come and talk to the youth about the substances that the youth take and destroy themselves. We have new converts of youth.

Pitching tents- Dutywa

At Lahlangubo at Hlobo location we set a tent to preach for three weeks. People are accepting Jesus Christ as their Lord and King. Mr Dindili opened his house for the rivivial.

Now we pitch a tent at Thaleni –Ndelani. Mrs Mncedi hosts the tent at her home. People from the nearest places are coming. Some accepts Jesus for the first time and some were the backsliders and now dedicated themselves to the Lord.

We praise the Lord for what he has done, two men are employed after accepting Jesus. One girl has been a sangoma and she gave up everything to Jesus.

My Challenges

This season is very cold, some days are tough but we do not give up. I am so greatful that God always show himself to people. He does not leave nor forsake our ministry. I have a testimony of the works of Holy Spirit. I love preaching.

Please pray for our work

May God bless you and your families

Elvis M.Nxusani – July 2017

SPIRITUAL AND EMOTIONAL HEALTH
I really praise God for the grace to live healthily everyday.

CHURCH PLANTING
Since the beginning of June we found a hall in the the Kuni Village where we manage to hold our Sunday services, they charge us R100 a day. New faces are coming in every Sunday and there is a home of securing a church site on the same street. There is a hope of spreading the gospel among the villagers.We praise God for this breakthrough.

PERSONAL AND MINISTRY PRAYERS
We would like to ask for prayers for:
* My wife to get employment in East London
* To secure a church site as promised
*Church growth.

TESTIMONIES

One of the people who have just joined us testified that he was looking for a spiritual home for a while and this is an answer to his prayer request. He could not travel to church as he is unemployed.

Mluleki Marongqeni – July 2017

Spiritual and Emotional 

I thank  the mighty God for my spiritual wellness, which makes me strong enough to endure enough and face challenges in other areas of my life.

Church Planting 

Ministry is doing fine, the revival at Nompumelelo is still on people get saved, healed and delivered. God is working wonders there and I’m so humble to be part of it.

But now the members in Ducats are less committed to church ever since I started a new branch at Nompumelelo. 

We had youth service there on 16th June, it was amazing to see youth excited and committed like that. 

Next Sunday 6th Zizipho and Zolile are getting engage at our church in Ducats. Atleast something good is happening. 

Personal and Ministry Prayer Request 

  • Financial break through 
  • Development and progress at home and in the church 
  • Healing my wife
  • Permanent job in teaching for my wife 
  • I need to win more souls and not lose the existing ones on that process 
  •  Peace, satisfaction, joy in our marriage 
  • My wife is much better now.

Victor Befile – July 2017

Describe how the Church Plant is doing. Is it growing? Any challenges? Any joys? Discouragements?

The church is growing at Kenton On Sea in Motherwell there has been challenges most members moved to look for work to other areas in Nelson Mandela Metropolitan Municipality and that has affected the church membership.

Share some PERSONAL and MINISTRY prayer requests:

We are looking for a church site in Motherwell. At Kenton On Sea we are in a process of buying a building that will be used for church services. This building worth R50 000.00

Share some TESTIMONIES of God’s faithfulness in your PERSONAL and MINISTRY life. ANSWERS to prayer?

We had a successful crusade in Kenton On Sea; through the support of our partners next year we will have Associate Pastor at Motherwell; Walmer and Kenton On Sea.

Sivuyile Ngindana – July 2017

Describe how the Church Plant is doing. Is it growing? Any challenges? Any joys? Discouragements?

Wooow! God is doing wonderful things that are even surprising me because his word that I am spreading to his people it is breaking the yokes people are receiving it and they are repenting from their wicked ways, witches, drunkards are becoming new believers through God’s Lord.

Share some PERSONAL and MINISTRY prayer requests:

My personal prayer is, if God can keep my family safe while I am away and give them a shelter to stay, I am ministry. I am asking God to protect His people so that they cannot backslide, and love Jesus as they do.

Share some TESTIMONIES of God’s faithfulness in your PERSONAL and MINISTRY life. ANSWERS to prayer?

The testimony that I have in my life is that, my wife’s sister has repent. I thank God for that. In Ministry as I said that people receive Jesus in a wonderful way, that is always my prayer and God is fulfilling it