Ecclesiastes tells us there is a time for everything. A time to weep, and a time to laugh; a time to mourn, and a time to dance. April brought both for our family and ministry. At the beginning of the month, our family felt tremendous grief, as my wife unexpectedly miscarried our 5th child. We grieve, but not like those who have no hope. We believe we will meet our baby in Heaven one day. We praise the Lord for the time He gave us with them. We then ended the month, with the loss of one of our faithful teen boys from Vision Baptist Church, Lisolethu. Our hearts were broken, but we rejoice in knowing He made a profession of faith in Jesus Christ, and to be absent from the body is to be present with the Lord. We pray the Lord will continue to use His life (and death,) to bring lost souls to Him. Please pray for Liso's family.
In between the loss and sadness, God gave us times of joy and laughter. We celebrated our Risen Savior on Easter Sunday. We used this opportunity to serve a meal after our service, and it was a joy to watch our "mama's" excitedly serve. We had a handful of visitors, and it was a wonderful time of fellowship. We were blessed to attend the funeral of Liso, as this was the first christian funeral we have ever attended. While still incorporating their culture, Pastor Sipho shared the gospel message with over 100 people that have most likely, never heard. The Lord was glorified in the songs and the preaching, and our hearts were encouraged.
Last week, our teens had a school holiday, so we used the opportunity to spend some extra time with them. The boys went to a professional soccer match, and the girls went out to lunch. My wife and I thoroughly enjoyed this, and we believe they did too. Please pray for our teen's as they continue to grow in their faith. Please pray for Masilakhe, Masiwakhe, Elethu and Miso. These young boys have been growing in Christ and we are praying the can be used by God greatly at FBC Motherwell. Lastly, we were excited to welcome back our teammates, Mark and Amy Coffey. We are excited to see how God will use them and their ministry at Camp Rhino this year.