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Dear Prayer Partners,
Praise the Lord! While we were visiting our family in Taiwan during October, we had the opportunity to go to Tai Chung to see Sister Chu. She and her husband accepted Christ a few years ago in Durban. They have a great burden for the salvation of their friends and keep on bringing them to church. They also open their home for Bible study meetings. Every time, they will prepare lots of refreshments for everyone. We are greatly encouraged by their love for Christ and their serving hearts. Half a year ago, Sister Chu was diagnosed with breast cancer, and it had spread to her lymph. The operation went well, but she needed to continue with chemotherapy. When we saw her, she just finished her second treatment. The side effects were minimal, and she did not have to make much adjustments. She was very thankful for the Lord’s grace and protection. She even started to attend painting classes and show us her recent works. Our Lord indeed upholds her spirit, body and soul. She has joy because her God is her fortress! “The LORD is good, a refuge in times of trouble. He cares for those who trust in Him.” (Nahum 1:7)
We also met Sister Chu’s son. He was just baptized two weeks before at their church in Tai Chung. We knew him for many years, and he had interpersonal relationship problems and had no direction in life. He used to claim that he believed in God but was not willing to trust Him with all his heart. Our Bible study group had been praying for him regularly because his parents were concerned and worried about him. This time we were amazed to see how much he had changed. He became very friendly and full of confidence. He was so approachable and sincere. He is now a total different person – a new creation in Christ! This reminds us never to give up on anyone. The gospel is the power of God for the salvation of everyone who believes! (Rom. 1:16)
Sister Zhao’s parents were divorced when she was a toddler. She grew up with her father’s new family and experienced an unhappy childhood without normal parental love. She became very cautious with people and was very self-conscious to other’s comments about her. As a result, she tried to avoid people contacts but felt rejected at the same time. She was very unhappy and was confused about the meaning of life. She heard about God when she was about nine years old. Even though no one really explained that further to her, she believed there is a God. Her family faced a great mishap when she was 17. She began to pray to God for direction and courage. God removed her fear and gave her peace until the ordeal was over. Soon after that, she had a chance to leave China and came to South Africa. She started to attend church, understood the gospel and accepted Christ. In hindsight, she remembered, when she was very young, how she fell into a well and miraculously climbed out of it. She truly believes that was no coincident but God’s protection even before she knew Him. Now she found God, and she found herself in God! In God’s love, she can come to Him as she is and be renewed. She learns to put down her guard to face herself and others with her true self. We praise the Lord; she will be baptized next Sunday. How true! “For the Son of Man came to seek and to save what was lost.” (Luke 19:10) Every one of us was lost but was found by the Lord. Are you willing to answer the call to seek and save the lost?
The economy of South Africa is facing many challenges lately. The electric company is in humongous financial trouble. With its mismanagement and greater frequency of load shedding as well as the ineffective government reforms, South Africa’s economic outlook is gloomy. In addition to S&P Global Ratings’ ranking of South Africa’s debt at junk, it also joined Moody’s Investors Service to downgrade its outlook for the country to “negative.” On top of this, the World Bank lowered its economic growth forecast for South Africa from 2019 to 2021. We can easily tell from the difficulties the manufacturing sector is currently experiencing; it is deep in the longest recession circle of recent decades. Please pray for the South African government. May the Lord help them to do justice, fight corruption and enforce the law. The Bible warns us: “Righteousness exalts a nation, but sin is a disgrace to any people.” (Prov. 14:34)
- Please continue to pray for God’s grace for Sister Chu’s upcoming fourth treatment.
- Please pray for the new Bible study meeting in northern Cape Town as well as the current one in southern Cape Town. May these meetings help us build good fellowships among us.
- Please pray for a new Bible study location in Durban.
- Please pray for all the preparations for our Christmas meeting.
- Please pray for Sister Zhao’s spiritual growth.
- Please continue to pray for our safety as we travel to different cities and towns.
In His service,
Ko-Ta & Christina