July 2021 has been one of the most exciting months for our family, since moving to South Africa. Last year, We started meeting for bible study in the home of a recent convert; where we have been meeting ever since. In May, we returned from a short furlough to raise funds for our first church plant. We immediately started searching for a place to worship of our own. After seeking counsel and speaking with multiple experienced missionaries, we decided it was best to rent a place as we begin our church. This will give us the opportunity to make sure we are in the area God wants us in. (Remember, Motherwell has around 250,000 people.) God has provided a small home, in a seemingly wonderful area, to start in! Praise the Lord! This home will allow us to start small and grow into a larger place in the future. We are very thankful for the prayers, the financial support, and the wisdom given by those around us. We covet your prayers over this tiny house, that God will change the lives of all who enter, in a big way.
Unfortunately, this good news comes with some bad news. "lockdowns" have returned to SA. With the Covid-19 numbers rising the President decided to move SA into lockdown level 4. The term "lockdown," is said very loosely though. Basically, anything that brings in money is still permitted; but no church services are allowed. This is a clear indication of how badly South Africa needs the gospel. So we go about our everyday routines and make tough decisions about church services. We have continued our bible study but we also realize this may not be the best time to begin a new church plant. We believe that his word does not come back void. We will try to be smart but also try our best to continue to preach the Gospel here in SA. Please pray for us to be wise in our decision-making but also bold in our witness. Also, that this church restriction will soon be lifted.
Some of you all may have seen on the news about the unrest here. This has so far not affected us. Most of the looting is about 10 hours north of us in Durban. The people here are desperate for political change and hope for a better future. That being said, we need more laborers to tell them about Jesus.
The President has sent out the national guard and it seems to have been helping so far. We have seen no unrest here in Port Elizabeth. We ask that you pray for the safety of all those affected by this issue, and for more people to surrender to reach South Africa with the gospel.
- Wisdom as we proceed during this lockdown.
- The unrest and looting in Durban.
- Bay Baptist College/Training Center (currently being built)
- Bay Baptist Academy - (looking for a property)