Sunday, October 7, 2018
God blessed us with another beautiful South African day. The local temperature this morning started at a cool 59 degrees, hit a high of 89 and is currently a balmy 74. After breakfast in the Big 5 House, we made our way to Agape Church to celebrate one more time with Pastor Johan Young, his wife Elme, their children Reuben, Joshua and Simon and their local church community.
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We were again warmly welcomed by the congregation and made to feel a true part of the service. We were thrilled to see some of the learners from camp, including Martha and Alpheus. Pastor Johan provided another stellar sermon on the subject of our Hearts! Folks here are in for a real treat as they delve into the various aspects of how our Good Lord will replace our hearts of stone with hearts of flesh, read Ezekiel 36:26. After the service, the team was treated to a delicious luncheon prepared by one of our FASA camp team mates and local Lephalale teacher, Michelle DeNysschen.
Then we were off to support the local economy with a shopping trip to see Mr. Ezekiel, (Note – not to be confused by Ezekiel from the previously mentioned bible verse : ).
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Mr. Ezekiel is a local merchant who makes all his delightful works of art by hand. He was kind to bring a selection of his products for us to purchase. We learned about the many hours of painstaking and precision work that goes into making these delightful creations. Not to worry, we will be bringing back a number of Mr. Ezekiel’s treasures for purchase at the December 7 Paul Baloche Concert to benefit FASA.
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Our next stop was dinner at a local restaurant, Cappuccinos, where we were joined by another of our camp teammates and local teacher, Mr. Manasseh and his delightful daughter Oteng. It was a lovely dinner with the team receiving words of thanks and prayer from Mr. Manasseh for the work and impact this team has made on his local community. Manasseh will again be coming to visit us this December, as he said “to be inspired by how we show love for one another and work together as one joined team.”
We wrapped up tonight and the overall camp experience with one last fire pit devotional and final sharing recap. Every member on the team feels so blessed – blessed by our local support teams of families, friends, church associates, colleagues, etc.; blessed for having met, ministered and fallen in love with so many of the local learners; and lastly, blessed by how our good, good Father God hand selected each member of this team to come together as a family to accomplish the mighty work He laid out for us. As found in Jermemiah 29:11 “For I know the plans I have for you.” Declares the LORD, “plans to prosper you and not to harm you, to give you hope and a future.”
God Bless, Margie