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Dear Prayer Partners,
Early August, Rev. Chu was in South Africa for our missionary annual meeting in Durban. One lady who has been attending our weekly Bible studies let us stay at her ocean-view mansion for the duration. This not only provided us with safe and comfortable accommodations but also convenient living and meeting facilities. We thank God for Rev. Chu’s messages that deeply inspired and encouraged us. We also shared the challenges in each of our ministries, and he gave us clear directions in moving forward. We are truly grateful for such an opportunity each year to refresh and renew.
There was a two-day leadership training after the annual meeting for co-workers in churches where CEM missionaries are serving. With “Your Church” as the main theme, the conference focused on the purposes of church meetings, ways to face challenges as well as the heart of ministering and serving. Everyone sat around a long table, listened to the lectures, reflected and exchanged ideas on many related issues. Even though there was a lot of materials to cover in a short time, all attended were greatly enriched. They were motivated to serve the Lord together for the kingdom of God with understanding and harmony. We had also scheduled to meet again next year on the 1st of May.
After the leadership training, the co-workers at the Durban church decided to set up a special prayer chat group. In addition to the regular prayer meeting on Sunday, Ko-Ta will post all prayer items on Saturday so everyone can pray for those special needs both publicly and privately. With this platform, any prayer request can be made known and be prayed for immediately. A sister’s son had been waiting for a student visa to attend university overseas, and school would start in a matter of weeks. She requested for prayers and instantly there were intercessions by brothers and sisters. This gave her tremendous comfort, encouragement and support. Two days later, he received his visa. We offered up our praises as we experienced the wonderful work of our Lord!
On the 1st of September, the Durban church was invited to hold our worship service at Sister Shao’s factory in the Isithebe industrial area. We traveled together to her place on a sunny yet breezy day. After the service, she prepared a big barbeque for us with salad, fruit, fresh fish soup and dessert. Then we visited a few private vegetable gardens in nearby factories that belong to other brothers and sisters and were gifted with bags of fresh vegetables. Praise God! Everyone had a great time enjoying such warm brotherly love in the Lord!
Last week, Ko-Ta was contacted by a Chinese Christian who operates a guest house in Cape Town. She had a burden from the Lord to open her place to other churches for meetings. We have been praying for a meeting place for Bible studies in the northern area but did not find any suitable place as yet. Now the Lord opened the door for us! We believe this will be the beginning of another ministry. Today, our landlord’s mother told us that she wanted us to meet a few Chinese students at the local university (one of the student’s mother is her friend) and see if we can start a Bible study meeting with them. How amazing! Our landlord’s mother just moved to Cape Town to stay about two weeks ago! Please pray for these two new opportunities. If needed, we may have to readjust our travel schedules for Durban and Cape Town.
- We thank the Lord for Sister Chu’s successful operation. Please continue to pray for her subsequent treatments. May God uphold her spirit, body and soul.
- Please pray for the salvation of all the seekers. May they open up their hearts to receive the Lord.
- Please pray for the two new ministry opportunities in Cape Town.
- Please continue to pray for our safety as we travel to different cities and towns.
In His service,
Ko-Ta & Christina