Missionary Stories

Hope and Transformation for Street Girls in Cape Town

South_Africa_-_Sullivan_Spr_2017_Ons_Plek.jpgWhen sharing the news of my move to Cape Town, I pause to take in the shear excitement and awe that people convey to me. In response to this news, I’m often given a list of tourist activities to partake in and various sights to visit. Many tourists share their stories of unparalleled relaxation and breathtakingly beautiful accommodations while visiting the motherland. To them, Cape Town is paradise. However, scores of South Africans who struggle daily from the unaddressed injustices that flow from apartheid see this land quite differently. Accordingly, travelers who look underneath the city’s glamorous surface learn of the often-unreported realities of Cape Town citizens who live in unspeakably horrible conditions.

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Resilience

Congo_-_L_James_Spr_2017_LJUMKCHIVProject(Dec2016).jpgMay peace and prosperity be a part of Congo’s 2017!

As we renew ourselves and our missions for 2017, it is beneficial to reflect back over the past year on the challenges and successes! These reflections guide me as I continue to work hand in hand with the Congo Protestant University (Université Protestante au Congo - UPC) initiating and implementing projects. After a year of political uncertainty, I am again amazed at the resilience of the Congolese people to insist on moving forward with their daily lives. Their tenacity can be a lesson to us all!

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Praying for Politicians

I urge…that requests, prayers, intercession…be made for everyone – for kings and all those in authority…”
(1 Timothy 2:1-2
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For being such a small country and having less than a million registered voters, you wouldn’t think there would be many political parties in Lesotho.  But you’d be wrong.  Parties have proliferated in recent years.  Many of them have been formed by splitting off from existing parties or by disgruntled politicians who have quit their party to form a new one.  Currently there are around 25 parties and every week the papers have no shortage of political stories and drama to write about.  In November some members of parliament from the ruling coalition broke off to form a new party which, according to most observers, left the coalition without a majority.  Parliament was suddenly adjourned “indefinitely” before a vote of no confidence could take place.  Last week parliament finally reopened and the opposition is pressing hard to see that a vote soon takes place.  The uncertainty which has become the political norm here lately continues to reign.

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Doing Things for God

Swaziland_-_Barker_Spr_2016_pic2.jpgIn the last two months the church has been remodeled in the pulpit area by one of our very own, Babe Gumedze, who is a pastor or “mfundisi” at Kukhany’Okusha. He has put new tiles around the perimeter of the windows as well as around the back wall where the main stage is. I watched him and was his assistant when he needed an extra pair of hands. Babe Gumedze has been doing this since he was twelve years old, more than thirty years. I learned that his favorite book in the Bible is Hebrews because no one knows who wrote it. It is also his favorite book because it is one of the books that talks about the relationship of connecting the Old Testament and the New Testament together. His work made me realize that doing things for God and the church are not always perfect. Babe Gumedze’s work was done by hand, which took patience and time. Babe did this out of love for the church; these are all things that God praises.

I found a new way of looking and perceiving the church’s role in my faith. I also, think it is more of a blessing doing things with your hands rather than machine. There is a humility and humbleness with hands. Babe Gumedze’s handcrafted work is beautiful and a blessing for the church. We all thank you Babe Gumedze for your hard work.

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Begin as You Want to End 2017

South_Africa_-_Jan_2017_IMG_6806.JPGThe new school year of 2017 at Inanda Seminary has begun.  The boarding school campus is buzzing.   The grade 12s who completed their exams at the end of last year have just heard the good news of their results.

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Give Us the Ballot

On December 19th, DR Congo witnessed large protests in several major cities such as Kinshasa, Lubumbashi and Goma, in response to the opposition’s call for demonstrations against President Kabila’s refusal to relinquish power.  Police and military personnel were well-organized and out in force.  The government went so far as to shut down social media throughout the country to slow the opposition’s ability to organize and share information concerning the number of arrests and detainees.

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Thanking God and You!

Kenya_-_Eale__Bosela_Dec_2016_Pic_1.jpgWe would like to thank God and you for your continuous support since we joined the All Africa Conference of Churches (AACC) as Global Ministries Missionary. The All Africa Conference of Churches is an ecumenical fellowship of churches and institutions working together in their common witness to the Gospel by:

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Thanking the Lord

We take this opportunity to thank the Lord for having seen us through these last six months of this year working with the Organization of African Instituted Churches (OAIC).

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Community of Disciples of Christ Celebrate Ordinations

Congo_-_Turner_2016_Ordination_Photo.JPGThe greatness of a team often depends not just on the talent of its starters, but also on the strength of players who occupy the bench.  Momentum can be gained, or lost, when the starters are relieved or cannot finish the course of a game or match.  This is why a strong bench is vital for team success.

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Peace and Good Will in DR Congo

December 19th is the date on everyone’s mind in the Democratic Republic of the Congo.  This is the date when the sitting president is constitutionally bound to leave office following elections in November. However, November elections did not occur.  December 19th will be day for peaceful demonstrations throughout the country. The largest demonstration is expected to be in the capital city of Kinshasa. Demonstrators are planning to march holding red cards, a reference to the soccer penalty for ejection, to indicate that the President must go.

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