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11 April 2012

Matt 6:33-34 “But seek first the kingdom of God and his righteousness, and all these things will be added to you. Therefore do not be anxious about tomorrow, for tomorrow will be anxious for itself. Sufficient for the day is its own trouble.

GOD IS FAITHFUL IN LIMPOPO OUTREACH TO GAZANKULU

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od’s faithfulness is never really fully realized before we step out in faith in a situation where the only thing you can rely on is God’s faithfulness. After Jesus’ great commission to go and make disciples of all nations he makes the promise that He will be with us (Matt 28:19-20).The reason this promise didn’t mean much to me is because I wasn’t really busy making disciples for Jesus. God fulfilled this promise for our team during our time in Huntington. We arrived with high expectations. We expected a program from the pastor of the church we stayed at. What did the pastor gave us? Nothing. No program, and with it, freedom to do what we want. This came as a shock to me and Deborah (my co-leader). We were left with a team ready to give themselves for the people and for God’s work. So we asked God to open the doors... and that’s exactly what He did. The next morning I and Deborah went to the primary school to talk to the principle. The principle was more than happy for us to do something with the children. The days to come we went everyday to

open with songs. In the breaks we played with them. After the break we went into the classes and did a drama, followed by the message of the cross of Jesus. The same thing happened in the pre-school and the drop of centre. The children at the preschool were so young that the only thing we could do with them was play and

Some of the people doing a drama with the children

teach them some Bible verses. The drop of centre was another story. We went from house to house with the local people and bathed patients that were too old to care for themselves. In the process we distributed Bibles, tracks and the gospel of Jesus Christ. In the afternoon we had children and youth ministry. The youth ministry consisted primarily of soccer and in between a drama with the gospel. The children ministry focused more on Bible stories and games. By three days into the outreach the team wanted to rest from all the ministries. It’s amazing how faithful God is when we trust him. The days went by so quickly, that the 12 days felt like 2. Nobody

My wonderful team in Huntington


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responded to the gospel except on the last day. What looked like a seemingly fruitless outreach, two boys came. They said in a simple way, “I’m not sure that we’re going to Heaven.” Alfred and Isaac prayed that day with me that Jesus should forgive them of their sins and come and live in them. Even if nobody responded to the gospel,

obedience to God is always enough and more satisfying than results and fruits. We as a team also trust the Lord that his infallible word may end up in the right hands at the right time. Praise be to God that he is a sovereign God and that salvation belongs to Him (Rev 7:10) .

WHAT GOD IS TEACHING ME "Missions exist because worship doesn't" - John Piper

What are missions? Currently we are busy with the biblical basis for missions. What struck me was the simple definition we got from one of the teachers here: Missions are to restore a rebellious humanity into a worship relationship with God. The goal of missions is for people to hear the good news of Jesus Christ, so that, if they repent and trust Jesus to save them, they might inherit eternal life. What God taught me is that I should love people as a whole. My only concern was for people to hear the gospel and then to move on to the next person. It’s almost as if I saw people as an object of evangelism Please pray for: and nothing more. But Jesus was very different. He cared for people’s physical, emotional and spiritual •The next outreach to needs. When we as Christians start to care for the inner city of people’s physical and emotional needs along with the Pretoria. Pray that gospel, they are more likely to believe what we say. God will prepare the hearts of the people for the message of Jesus Christ. •That God will give me peace with what he wants for the rest of my life. Pray also that I will be obedient to whatever He wants.

The amazing thing for me is that the cross of Jesus Christ was not an afterthought or a plan B. It was the plan from the beginning of creation. All of us, if we are a born again Christian, is apart of this plan. We’re either apart of it in the workplace or on the field. No one is superior to another. From Gen 3:15 the plan started. What a privilege that we as children of God can be apart of this plan.

Another thing God challenged me was what I was seeking. I was so worried about my future and the rest of my life, that I basically missed God. After a wonderful prayer night, the leader reminded us that where ever we are, we are to seek God and God alone. Then the rest will

Thank you so much for all your support. John 4:35 “Do you not say, ‘There are yet four months, then comes Contact me at: the harvest? Look, I tell you, lift up your eyes, and see that the fields Cell: 079 740 0558 are white for harvest” E-mail: riaan.strydom@om.org


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become clear. It was a wonderful reminder to put my eyes back on my first love: Jesus Christ (Rev 2:4)


April 11, Outreach Limpopo