Looking forward (2013)
I can’t always share “wow” moments like the Christmas outreach, or report about children coming to know the Lord. These days much of my ministry happens behind the scenes, like research for articles; preparation of lessons; translations and sowing seed into people’s lives. It’s hard sometimes to keep motivated, but with my support group (we try and meet once a week), they trust God with me that the seeds sown will yield a plentiful harvest.
In Psalm 127:3 Solomon says, “Sons are a heritage from the Lord, children a reward from him.” Yet in our society, so many of our children are not wanted. They are being abused, raped, murdered and bullied. We stand up in horror and want harsher sentences against the perpetrators! We talk about it and tell each another how horrific it is. Then there are other news headlines and we forget the horror stories. Children learn by example. They are doing exactly what they have been taught! Are you turning a blind eye to what’s going on? Does it remain just talk? To make a real difference we have to change our thinking. The only way for the human heart to change, is through the Lord Jesus Christ—the way, the truth and the life. Perhaps we need to start thinking outside of our “familiar” and take a journey into the “unknown” and start impacting the next generation, not only by providing in their physical needs but especially in their spiritual needs. Show them the way to Jesus and then teach them practically how to walk in this way. Get involved and make a difference.
Lechem Leadership Academy
Lechem is a NPO organisation based in Port Elizabeth which was initiated by Amor Bezuidenhout to empower leaders to impact the next generation. The training is multi-faceted. My involvement however, is with the production of material. It includes revising existing training material into separate modules; preparing basic training material for child caregivers and community leaders and booklets for children. Our desire is for people in the communities to know how to lead children to Christ; then to teach them how to rise above their hurts and difficult circumstances. Our country needs godly men and women; people of honour and high moral standards. For this to come to fruition, we have to start teaching and encouraging them at a young age to honour God and respect others.
Preparation of teacher training material
I have completed a booklet for children on “I can rise above the lies of bullies”. Now it needs to be edited, fine-tuned and illustrated for children to read and understand. Amor is networking with people in Port Elizabeth to get this project off the ground. The material will help teachers, parents or caregivers to ground children in the Word of God and show them practically how to face their daily challenges. Pray that I will choose relevant subjects to meet the needs of today’s child.
Kidzxpress (Werner & Tania Schultz)
I still translate their material into English. Pray that more English churches will use their excellent material.
Although the date has not been confirmed, I will be teaching a child evangelism course at Glenvar Bible College again this year. Please pray that I will develop a curriculum which will be beneficial for the students as they spread the gospel at schools, prisons, churches, and camps etc. throughout South Africa.
Mentoring Children’s workers
I use my past experience to mentor children’s workers; suggesting programmes, what materials to use and where to purchase them, etc. We are planning to follow-up the children reached during the Christmas outreach, possibly starting with the Mailbox Club® correspondence lessons. Charity is a very busy Mom, so we need others from the community to come on board. I will be involved until they feel strong enough to continue on their own.
Many of God’s children are struggling to keep their heads above water. The Lord has helped me to pray for, encourage and help His children where I can. As He reminds you, please pray with me for: PM (praise God for what He has done for PM during the last two years and pray for trustworthy tenants for his house); Mark (complete healing in body, soul and spirit); Wilna (wise choices for permanent work); Petra (letting go of hurts); Ina (apart from other Christian ministry, she teaches Scripture classes at two primary schools). The truth out of the mouths of babes—said of Ina, “I love you even though you are so old!” (She’s early 50’s).
I don’t often see the family, but we keep in touch through phone calls, FB and sometimes a short visit. Neville, Linda and Kirsty have all had operations. They and the rest of the bunch are all well. Caitlin and Alyssa, now teenagers, have adapted well to high school. The Breslers in New Zealand are fine and their teenagers are being homeschooled. Neville arrives on Sunday (17th) for two months. His home base is here with me, so my routine changes for the next two months.
Yes, without God we can do nothing. Thank you for being there for me, enabling me to achieve His purpose in my life.
Love in the Lord
PS: Wilna is going to help update my computer skills. Then you can look forward to see what took place at the Christmas outreach!
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.