Thank you for continuing to pray for and support me. God encourages me through your thoughtfulness, prayers and encouragement. I am so glad to know that He promises to bless those who are obedient to Him. I have few words to say and not much to do in return for what you mean to me. I can only pray that He will pour out His blessings on you. Just know I appreciate you and need your support! I honour God for always being faithful, but like many others I do struggle financially. I am not on a pension scheme and have fewer supporters now. Please allow me once again to make my need known and ask you to trust God with me for more financial support.
You have every reason to think I have disappeared. But I’m alive and well and still serving, although to a lesser degree.
Knowing that God is Sovereign, and in control of my life, kept me going during the lows and highs of 2012.
I did not feel my normal self—no energy; lethargic and weepy. Then it happened—I doubled up in pain and so made an emergency trip to the GP. He immediately admitted me to hospital. Although I thought I was pretty calm, the tests showed differently. My heart rhythm was totally out of control and my blood pressure had sky rocketed! They stabilised me and the following day, tests showed that the gallbladder was inflamed and it had to be removed. They could only operate once my heart rhythm had stabilised. The operation was successful, but it took a long time to recuperate. Later on in the year I had bronchitis and laryngitis.
We so often think we are self-sufficient but in reality, “Apart from God, we can do nothing!” Catherine Marshall said: “We had nothing to do with our being born—no control over whether we were male or female—we did not control our ancestry or the basic mental or physical equipment with which we started life. Even after birth an autonomic nervous system controls the vital processes of life. A power that no one understands keeps our hearts beating, our lungs taking in air, our blood circulating, and our body temperature up. A surgeon can cut human tissue, but he is helpless to make the severed tissue heal”. I am so grateful for healing and through your prayers and support, to focus on God and move on.
So I managed to translate Sunday school lesson books into English for KidzXpress; sort through a multitude (at least 20 years) of my teacher training material; pray for and practically help friends who needed a bit of TLC; re-worked lessons for teachers who minister to children and was hostess to missionaries and friends who needed a place to stay.
Although 2012 didn’t start off well, it ended on a high note. In partnership with Strand Baptist church, we ran a week long, full day Christmas “Jesus Celebration” outreach in Broadlands (about 15 minutes from where I live). It was so awesome to experienced God’s intervention in so many ways.
The venue was Patrik and Charity’s small home. We planned for 20 children, but ended with about 50 coming! Talk about challenges— English was no one’s home language! Their ages varied from babies to 15! Everything took place in one venue! Daily we moved chairs to make room for trestle tables and then back again! Children were supposed to bring their own sandwiches, but didn’t! Someone was sent to the “Spaza” shop for bread and we got stuck in making sandwiches! I’m a stickler for time, but in this setup we changed to Africa time—never able to start something as planned! Although it was hot and packed, the children were wonderful (most of the time!) Nonetheless, the seeds of God’s Word were sown; Christmas decorations with a “message” made; new Christmas songs with familiar tunes sung and we had fun playing games. My helpers, Faith and Charity, true to the meaning of their names, were amazing with the children. I could not have done it without them! We were grateful to all the others who helped from time to time.
Brenda and Louise, (former Good News Clubbers) gave me bags of used toys in excellent condition just in time for the Christmas party at the end of the outreach. Patrik and Pastor Paul of Strand Baptist shared the Christmas story with the children. After the meeting they could fill their plates with goodies from the party table which Charity’s friend had set up beautifully. When their tummies were full, the children were given toys and a Christmas stocking filled with all the items they made during the week! Charity’s neighbour who observed what was going on said “This woman must love the children to do what she is doing!” (See the PS comment in Part 2). DO read on!
Working from 7 in the morning until midnight each day during an extremely hot week in December was no mean feat! I was glad for the Christmas break to recuperate. Unfortunately the set-up was not favourable for speaking to children one on one, but it was still a privilege and blessing to sow seeds into lives of boys and girls.
Don’t miss the 2nd instalment!
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Bank details as requested by some:
South Africa: First National Bank Strand, L L Schafer; Branch Code: 200612 Cheque A/c: 53 801 016 148.
America: Central Missionary Clearing House; Post Office Box 12964, Houston, Texas, 77217-2964
Account of Colin Sylvester Remarks: “For Lynette Schafer” (Phone: (713) 487-0117)
Lynette was a member of CBC and attended Glenvar Bible College in 1968-69. She was sent out from CBC and served with the AEB for 6 years and then spent 30 years with Child Evangelism Fellowship. Her great concern was helping new Christian children grow in their faith. She then moved into training Children’s Workers. She then worked on her own with Churches and organisations to train and share her expertise with others. She also does translation of Sunday School material into Afrikaans. Lynette praises the Lord for her good health after open heart surgery 4years ago. and is so grateful for God’s gracious provision for the payment of her flat. She now does not do much training as she feels she needs to watch her health and concentrates on translating materials from English to Afrikaans and visa-versa.