For the love of Christ compels us, having concluded this, that one died for all, therefore all died; and He died for all, so that they who live might no longer live for themselves, but for Him who died and rose again on their behalf. 2 Cor 5:14 and 15
To this point the posts on our blog site have been from Joshua and Wayne Mack, a son and father team of bloggers. On this blog, you'll hear and see some news from another Mack. This blog was developed by Wayne's daughter and Joshua's sister who is a missionary in the Joburg area of South Africa. She serves as Director of Women's ministries at Grace Christian Church and is also involved in the Lambano ministry to AID'S children which is a mercy ministry of Grace Christin Church.
Recent Pictures of Beth's ministry
Here are the Lambano kids with the team from Grace Community.
Praise Items and Prayer Requests
This blog is my attempt to help keep you better informed of what God is doing here in South Africa.
Its been a great couple of weeks in that we have had a missions team from Grace Community Church fellowshipping with, ministering to us at Grace Christian Church. It's been great also in that they have made real progress in helping us build a church auditorium and hospice for our church plant across the street from where thousands of poor black people live.
At the end of their time with us, we took the team from Grace Community in Los Angeles to a game park. Now, I've been to a game park several times and I am always amazed by the awesomeness of our God and the truth of Psalm 19. This time was by far the most exciting though. We managed to come up on an unsuspecting elephant who in turn got very angry and began to come for us. There was a moment or two when I wondered if our car was going to be squashed or overthrown. It was a pretty scary couple of minutes.
No sooner did the Grace Community team leave when another team that arrived from The Bible Church of Little Rock. This team of twenty young people and adults will be holding a Bible Club next week at our church and at the church plant in the settlement. We're excited for the opportunity to reach out to our neighborhoods. Please pray that kids would come from the neighborhood and the settlement and that they would respond to the truths of the gospel that will be presented. Additionally, the team will be running the children's program at our church camp next weekend.
Thanks to so many of you who prayed for the conferences we had a couple of weeks ago for the Lambano staff. The days were an answer to prayer. The women seemed to be really receptive to the teaching and many of them commented that they wished they had heard this teaching 5 years ago. Many of them are presently feeling overwhelmed and wondering what the point is of trying to apply what they heard now that it is so late in their lives. Please continue to pray for them and for me as I help them practically work through the application of what they heard.
You could also be praying for a single mom (Jeanine) and her two daughters (Crystal and Cherri) in our church whose house was broken into last week and they were help hostage for several hours. While we praise the Lord that they weren't hurt, please pray that God would give them peace and encouragement as they work through the fear that often follows an experience like this. Please pray too for Cherri's salvation and that God would use this experience to draw her to Himself.
Please be praying for my brother, Josh and his family. He arrives next week and I am very excited to be able to see him and spend time with him. He and his family hope to move to South Africa next July and start an orphanage in the Pretoria area. Pray that his time here would be profitable as he works on his dissertation for his doctorate and meets with people about the orphange. Pray also for his wife and daughters who will be home in the states while he is here.
Thanks so much for praying!