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Dear Prayer Partners,
We first met Mrs. Yao at a dinner party in one of our brothers’ home. Our conversation somehow touched on the authority of the Bible. She mentioned that she had read the Bible before but religion did not appeal to her at all. She neither had the interest nor the time to explore. However, after she accepted Christ, she admitted that at that time she was actually under a lot of stress due to marriage problems. In order to make a good impression on others, she just put on a happy front. There are indeed a lot of people around us like her. Their eyes are blinded; they do not know God. They feel helpless when facing life’s challenges; they do not know that faith in Christ is the solution. Without a clear life direction and a correct value system, people are drowning in despair. Many see the gospel as a religion, not realizing it as the Word of Life. We need to make it known to them, “Faith in Christ brings about an abundant life; it is not an optional religious choice.”
Praise the Lord! He led Mrs. Yao to recognize that faith in Christ is not another religion, but man’s way of life that brings hope and confidence. She saw that her new friends (the brother and his wife) also had similar family issues and worries, even fights and arguments. At the same time, she found that there was an unseen influence in their family that gave them hope in overcoming their problems. Any resentment toward each other was resolved through forgiveness. This kind of love was an eye opener; she wanted it so much in her life. As she got to know them more, she began to attend some church activities with them. People around us can see through our pretense. If we want to lead them to Christ, we need to be real in living out our faith.
Three months after Mrs. Yao attended church regularly, she was baptized. Her spiritual growth was not without struggles, especially in the areas of submission, patience, forgiveness and gentleness. When we visited her, we continued to encourage her and share with her our own experiences. She then really committed herself to live out her faith. She shares with us that now she is gentler and does not easily get angry like before. Her obvious changes affected her husband to change, too. In turn, she found herself easier to submit to her husband. Her kids also become more orderly and calm. Blessed are those who know the truth and practice it! (James 1:25)
As we noticed that more interaction is needed among the Cape Town church members, we decided to form different cell groups to facilitate and encourage sharing, support as well as praying for each other. The Young Adult group and Women’s group just had their first meetings this month, and the response is encouraging. We plan to start other groups in the coming months.
- May the Lord send more workers to South Africa.
- Please pray for the formation and planning of the new cell groups in the Cape Town church.
- Please pray for the outreach in Stellenbosch, especially the salvation of our new friend Mr. Wen. May the Lord lead us to come in contact with more Chinese.
- Please pray for the preparation and messages for the December retreat in Cape Town.
- As we have to rearrange our schedule in serving three churches, please pray that no ministry is adversely affected.
- Please continue to pray for our safety as we travel to different cities and towns.
In His service,
Ko-Ta & Christina