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Dear Prayer Partners,
I knew Brother Liu and his wife more than 10 years ago when I was helping with the ministry in Port Elizabeth. They owned a retail shop at the time, and their son was still single. They moved to Cape Town a few years ago and started a pastry factory. Their son is now married with a daughter. It is not easy for them to venture into a new business at their age, but their faith gives them strength and hope to face their failures as surmountable challenges. Every time we visited them, there were no complains but joyful thanksgivings. Even though they ask for prayers in their difficulties, they always have faith that God’s help is on its way. Due to the different quality flour in South Africa, they had to test and revise their recipe so many times. It was a long and humbling process. The result, though, is a uniquely fresh and tasty product. There are real eggs in the ingredients, but no preservative or additives. They believe that they are responsible to God and would not produce food that can be harmful to the human body. Christ’s reputation is at stake! They are living out a real testimony of Colossians 3:23 “Whatever you do, work at it with all your heart, as working for the Lord, not for men …”
Whenever we meet their son and daughter-in-law, they are always so pleasant and friendly. When we take notice of how they care for their grandparents at church and how generously their little daughter shares her toys with other children, we see four generations of Christians living a blessed life together. Every day before work, they will join their hands in prayer for The Lord’s leading and protection. Brother Liu not only lives out his faith but also passes it on to the next generation.
Brother Liu and his wife have known Mr. and Mrs. Zhang since they came to Cape Town to live with their daughter and son-in-law a few years ago. They have been helping with caring for the two granddaughters since they were born. The seemingly good life was disrupted when their son-in-law’s widowed mother came to live with them about six months ago. There were different opinions on how the household should be run, and conflicts turned into violence. Through Brother Liu and his wife, we were able to meet and counsel Mrs. Zhang these last two months. After the last time we met, she sent us a WeChat message saying, “I am not so distressed now. I am really grateful to have met you because you have helped me a lot. I am starting to let things go. You are my savior sent from heaven.” We thank God for letting us to be His messenger to help Mrs. Zhang. It is His amazing plan to fly us to Cape Town to meet her. She also shows willingness to learn more about Christianity through the WeChat Christian sites we sent her. Please pray for her salvation.
The Bible study group at the south side of Cape Town has been growing. It is now on Friday nights, and everyone comes to our apartment straight from work to have a home-made dinner before Bible study. What usually starts as a simple meal quickly becomes a great feast with the various additional dish and desserts. After Bible study, those who do not need to hurry home will stay and continue to chat. Everyone enjoys the warm sharing and fellowship. Please pray for this Bible study group. May we learn to know the Lord and love one another more and more.
The Tuesday Bible study group in Durban just finished the study of the New Testament. We began a new approach to go by topics. Last week was the first lesson on “Christian and Money” and was led by one of our co-workers. Praise the Lord; there were great participations and discussions. Even though she was only able to cover a small portion of the material, our co-worker was greatly encouraged. May this be the beginning of her teaching ministry in the church.
- Please pray for more missionaries to South Africa.
- Please pray for co-workers in the church. May God raise up more leaders with different gifts to serve together in the ministry.
- Please pray for rain in Cape Town.
- Please pray for the salvation of Mrs. Zhang and Mr. Zhou in Cape Town as well as Mrs. Wu and Professor Xu in Durban.
- Please continue to pray for the ministry in Cape Town. We are planning to start a second Bible study group on the north side of town.
- Please continue to pray for our safety as we travel to different cities and towns.
In His service,
Ko-Ta & Christina