Can you believe it? Another quarter of 2013 has just zipped by! We trust you had a meaningful Easter celebration. One of our Easter highlights was the pleasure of going to watch the “African Passion” story at Baxter Theatre in Cape Town with some dear friends. We loved the contextualization and creativity presented on a shoe-string budget. Easter reminds us of the reason both of us are here serving in another country for the glory of Christ.
Another personal highlight was the 2 year anniversary of marriage on February 24th. We decided to make it a whole weekend celebration. Our theme was to explore new things that we’ve wanted to do or see. We discovered a Tibetan Tea House, a Korean Restaurant, took a road trip through the Overberg on the East Coast of Cape Town. South Africa is such a beautiful country and there’s so much to see and do without costing a fortune.
On the ministry front, there’s so much to share so how about we jump right in?
YWAM Training and Meetings
In the first three months of 2013, David taught on two Discipleship Training Schools (Media Village and Drakensberg) and Grace taught on one DTS (Media Village). Combined, it’s about a month of our time spent in preparation and teaching towards the spiritual development of DTS students.
In the first week of March, Grace attended the Regional Leadership Team (RLT) meetings for 2 days held at Goudini Spa, Worcester. This is the group that provides spiritual oversight over the work of YWAM in all of Southern Africa.
Lately, we have received a number of invitations from our local church to preach. It is an honour to use our gifts to edify the local church that we belong to. David was asked to preach on the last Sunday of 2012 to wrap things up, and Grace was asked to speak on the first Sunday of 2013. God used both of us to bring reflection and re-alignment of priorities through the messages that we preached.
In early January, YWAM Worcester, one of the largest bases in Southern Africa hosted a Conference to get the Staff team on the same page with one vision and mission. Grace was asked to speak and David led worship. It was a rich, participatory process and we enjoyed working together in hearing God and moving in the direction of the Spirit. The outcome of the conference was developing a Corporate Mission Statement for the base.
In Mid-February, Grace spoke at a Marketing Company Employees’ Conference at Arabella Hotels & Spa, a 5-Star venue in Hermanus. The feedback from the event was tremendous! The Management of the Company is now more open for spiritual input in the area of personal development and also looking into attending Grace’s course – The PIN Code in the nearest future.
The PIN Code Course
In mid-January, we had the privilege of leading the another PIN Code course, the first for 2013 in our home. We had participants from YWAM Muizenberg and from our local church. This was the 5th Course presented since the launch last year. God used the tool to bring clarity and light to the group, we were very pleased with the outcome.
Static Run and HEARTZA Movement
Praise God for a successful launch of The HEARTZA movement in a concert hosted by the STATIC RUN band on March 9. The HEARTZA is the platform that celebrates and honours those working with vulnerable children. Part of the STATIC RUN Band’s vision is to raise awareness through hosting BENEFIT Concerts. This first event highlighted 4 local NGOs - Samaritan’s Feet, Baby Safe, Sibongile and Children of Promise. Static Run will host similar benefit concerts in India in our upcoming June tour.
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Well, thank you for taking the time to read and pray along with us. We are so grateful for your coming alongside us in countless ways. Your partnership definitely confirm the saying “No one should travel through life alone.” Thank you for coming this far with us, and we look to the future with great hope because together, we can fulfill HIS purposes in our generation.
With love from us.