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        南非是非洲大陸上新冠肺炎疫情最嚴重的國家,從去年至今,南非已有154萬4千人染疫,5萬2千人死亡。現時疫症仍未止息,過去的二十四小時裡又有965人染疫,15人死亡。前一天有1387人染疫,46人死亡。最近幾個星期,疫情比上個月減緩一些。但是,由於政府下調防疫到第一級(最寬鬆的等級),人們擔心疫症個案又會再度飆昇。專家預估南非可能像歐洲的疫情,在五月份會再嚴峻。最主要是因為目前已經接種疫苗的人數比例尚很低,只有23萬1千的醫療人員接種疫苗。最新的好消息是,南非衛生部長公佈政府將在五月開始設立二千個疫苗注射站,希望每天能夠為20萬人打疫苗。求主幫助南非政府按時得到足夠的疫苗,希望因著更多國民都打了疫苗,使南非染疫減緩,生命得以保存。

        復活節假期的來到,也給南非防疫帶來挑戰。最近感染人數減少,有人認為疫症就此靜止,宗教界要求政府開放教堂舉辦大型室內聚會。然而,專家認為群聚會增加疫症感染的機會。群聚是很冒險的,復活節期間反而是應該提昇防疫等級,更要限制聚集的人數和活動。在雙方爭論不休下,可看出南非政府治理的不容易,求主賜智慧給南非政府做好抗疫的管制。

        美國川普政府以國家安全利益為理由,發出行政命令要禁止使用微信的案件,因為新總統拜登上任而改變。新政府要求中止該項禁令的法院程序,以便可以有時間暸解微信軟件是否真的有威脅到美國的安全,並重新評估。感謝神,現時在北美可以繼續使用微信軟件,使我們與南非各教會弟兄姐妹的通訊不會被影響。

        每週查經前,大家都會聊一聊,彼此問安。遇到有要事商討,會再私聊,每週見面亦很親切。雖然是經由網路,但大家也熱烈參與討論,不太發表意見的人也漸漸開始分享。崇拜是以語音形式進行,方便弟兄姐妹在有空時再收聽。大家都很守時,每週準時上網聚會,感謝主。

請為這些事情代禱:

  1. 請為南非可以獲得足夠疫苗,按照預定的安排注射防新冠肺炎疫苗代禱。
  2. 復活節假期將來到,求主賜智慧給南非政府做好抗疫的管制。
  3. 求主幫助開店和開廠的弟兄姐妹,作好每天防疫保護的工作,保守他們的健康。他們的顧客大多不注意防疫,進店才戴口罩。
  4. 感謝神,目前美國司法部宣佈暫停申訴微信禁令,我們可以繼續用微信服事弟兄姐妹。
  5. 請繼續為林滿足姐妹肺部手術後的康復代禱,求主保守她的身心靈。

您的同工                     
克達、雅麗                
二零二一年三月

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Dear Prayer Partners,

        South Africa has the highest COVID-19 infection rate in the African continent.  As of now, more than 1,544,000 cases have been reported with 52,000 deaths.  Yesterday’s data (965 new cases and 15 deaths) shows a slight improvement from the day before (1,387 cases and 46 deaths).  Even though this month seems to be heading to a decline, some experts are worried that a surge will return in May as the government decided to keep the lockdown at the lowest level.  The current low vaccination rate is actually the main concern because only 231,000 medical workers were vaccinated so far.  There is, though, a bit of good news that the Health Department just announced the opening of 2,000 vaccination sites in May, targeting for 200,000 shots each day.  Please pray for the undisrupted supply of vaccines so a high percentage of the population will be protected from the virus, thus stopping the spread and saving precious lives.

        As the Easter holiday is approaching, South Africa faces another challenge.  People tend to interpret the latest infection figures as a sign of success.  Some religious leaders have petitioned the government to allow for large-scale indoor gatherings.  Health officials at the same time warn against such provision and caution the high probability of a returning spike in cases.  The government is indeed in a great dilemma.  Please pray for wisdom for the government to make the right decision in this matter.

        The court case on banning WeChat in the United States came to a halt as the new president was inaugurated on January 20th.  The new administration has now asked for a suspension of proceedings while it revisits whether WeChat really pose a national security threat.  That means we can continue to use WeChat in the US to serve our brothers and sisters in South Africa.

        Before our weekly Bible studies, we usually have a wonderful chat and update each other.  If needed, some of us will continue in private chats after the meeting.  Everyone looks forward to this wonderful sharing and learning time together.  Some of the brothers and sisters have since become more relaxed and involved in the discussions.  Our worship services and sermons are in pre-recorded audio form; this also allows members of the churches to review again later.  We thank God that everyone is on time for all the meetings on line.

Thanksgiving and Prayer Requests:

  1. Please pray for adequate supply of vaccines for South Africa and the smooth administration of shots as planned.
  2. Please continue to pray for wisdom for the South Africa officials to set up effective measures against the spread of the virus, especially during the upcoming Easter holiday.
  3. Please pray for brothers and sisters who open stores and operate factories. As most of the customers only put on their masks while walking in the stores, they face a higher risk of being infected.
  4. We thank the Lord for the latest development in the WeChat court case. Please continue to pray for the total dismissal of this case so we can serve our churches in South Africa with WeChat while in the US.
  5. Please continue to pray for Sister Lin for her quick recovery from her lung operation as well as her emotional and spiritual wellbeing.

In His service,        
Ko-Ta & Christina

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親愛的代禱夥伴:

        二零二零結束,人們滿以為疫情亦會隨著一年過去而告終結,大家夢想新的一年將會有美好的正常生活,可是,去年底英倫發現變種疫株,而這種變種病毒很快在英國急速擴散,大家的美夢亦隨即幻滅了。

        這英倫變種病毒極易感染,迅速取代舊病毒株,成為主流毒株,並使疫症感染個案再度增多。從二零二一年開始,全球各國都面臨更嚴峻的疫情。去年十二月份在南非已出現變種病毒,南非的變種比英倫的變種更容易傳染,使南非疫情感染快速擴大。從九月到十一月,南非已有12萬人染疫,新變種病毒在過去兩個月造成63萬人染疫,增加了500%。同時,這兩個月因染疫而死亡數字已超過二萬人,亦超過去年十二個月的總數!南非變種病毒的感染容易度及引起傷害的嚴重度,實在可怕。這當然對南非醫療系統造成很大的挑戰,使醫院病床及加護病床都不敷應用。在南非,沒有華人染疫人數的正式統計,只知道有人從疫症中康復,也有人因染疫過世。在開普敦,有華人教會因為沒有停止群聚、防疫不佳,導致有傳道人因感染而過世。在德班亦有傳道人因為發放物資過程中,沒做好防護而染疫,雖然後來她可以康復過來,實在感恩,但由此可見疫情十分嚴峻,每天嚴緊的防疫的工作,是不可鬆懈的。在疫情之下,弟兄姐妹每天都要面對不同的挑戰,其中一項就是要勸導一些不守法不戴口罩的顧客戴好口罩。疫情的嚴峻也提醒我們,保守我們生命的是神,我們不必過度懼怕,只要警醒並存感恩的心生活便足夠。

        南非有一些華人希望及早接種疫苗,就藉著返國辦事而在中國接種。當然,也是因為南非政府疫苗接種的計劃一直不透明,在南非我們只知道到政府已訂購疫苗,但是品牌,價錢,數量,開始安排接種的日期等政府都沒有公佈。南非政府預計要為三分之二的人口接種疫苗,但是,不知道疫苗的實情令很多打算接種的人不安心。但是,南非的疫情持續嚴峻,專家警告若疫苗接種遲延,將來還可能有第三輪的疫情高峯。疫情使南非經濟下滑,現今要花費大量金錢購買疫苗,對南非政府而言,這是一項艱難的任務。請為南非政府禱告,求主為他們開路使南非國民早日得接種疫苗。

        美國川普政府以國家安全利益為理由,用行政命令禁止使用微信的案件,一月十四日在美國舊金山第九巡迴法庭上,由三位法官判定暫緩執行原定9月20日生效的命令。法官判詞指出政府可能越權介入這個案件,妨礙了人們的言論自由,而關閉微信後,亦沒有提供其他的代替方案。法官收取了政府的申訴,到目前案件還沒有結束,亦沒有進一步說明,可能將會繼續擱置。請為我們能繼續使用微信服事代禱。

請你為這些事項代禱:

  1. 感謝主,教會每週在網上的敬拜和查經都運作正常,弟兄姐妹都按時出席,認真的學習。
  2. 感謝神,我們可以繼續用微信服事弟兄姐妹。請為微信禁令能夠早日的得到解決代禱。
  3. 求主賜智慧給南非政府做好防疫,幫助官員能認真執法減低疫症的傳播。
  4. 求主幫助南非政府及早為人民安排接種疫苗,使疫症得以控制。
  5. 德班教會的林滿足姐妹癌症轉移至肺部,感謝主,她的切除手術很成功,請為她手術後身體的復原禱告。
  6. 求主幫助開店和開廠的弟兄姐妹作好防疫保護的工作。也求主保守他們出入的平安。

您的同工                     
克達、雅麗                
二零二一年一月

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Dear Prayer Partners,

        The end of 2020 gave people a wishful dream of the end of the pandemic and brought about a flesh start of normalcy.  However, that dream was dashed when a variant of the virus stormed through UK with quicker and wider infections.  The year 2021 actually started with a new surge in all the countries throughout the world.  A variant was also found in South Africa during December 2020.  It is spreading even faster than the UK variant and has been causing more deaths.  In South Africa, there were 120,000 new cases from September to November of 2020.  New cases of the variant has jumped to 630,000 during the two-month period of December 2020 and January 2021, a 500% increase.  At the same time, the death toll was over 20,000, more than the last 12 months combined.  This puts enormous pressure on the medical system, and beds in the hospitals and ICU’s are in alarming shortages.  There is no official data on the infection rates and resulting death figures for the Chinese population in South Africa, but we do know of people who had been recovered as well as those who had passed away.  One Chinese church in Cape Town continued to hold meetings during the lockdown period.  Some among the congregation were infected, resulted in the death of the pastor.  Another pastor in Durban got the virus when she disturbed food parcels to the poor.  We thank God that she had since recovered.   Therefore, no matter how the situation looks, we still need to exercise all precautionary measures possible to protect ourselves.  The greatest challenge for our brothers and sisters, though, would be to strictly enforce mask wearing for their customers.  Nevertheless, we should not be overly anxious because our God will keep and protect us.  We need to be on high alert, but we can do it with thankfulness.

        Some Chinese opted to receive their vaccination in China when they returned on their business trip.  This is mostly due to the lack of transparency in the government’s plan in acquiring and distributing of the vaccine.  The announced plan is to vaccinate 2/3 of the population, but there is no date in sight as when the general public will have access to it.  The experts warn that if the coronavirus cannot be brought under control soon, the delay of vaccination will cause a third wave of infection.  The economy has already been adversely impacted, the dire situation compounded with the need of payment for the large amount of vaccines.  Please pray for the government in its efforts in securing enough vaccines for South Africa.

        The case for the US government to ban WeChat was presented to the US Court of Appeals in San Francisco on January 14th.  It was the court’s opinion to continue to suspend the Executive Order due to a possible infringement on the users’ right of free speech and the lack of alternatives offered by the Order.  This case is still pending.  Please continue to pray for a favorable result so we can continue our ministry on WeChat.

Thanksgiving and Prayer Requests:

  1. We thank God that our on-line meetings are in smooth operation with good attendance and attentiveness.
  2. We thank God for our continued ministry on WeChat. Please pray that the ban will finally be denied.
  3. Please continue to pray for wisdom for the South Africa officials to set up effective measures to halt the spread of the virus and pray for the people to comply with these measures.
  4. Please pray for quick administration of vaccines for South Africa.
  5. Please pray for Sister Lin of our Durban church. Her cancer has spread to her lungs.  We thank the Lord that her operation was successful.  Please pray for her full recovery.
  6. Please continue to pray for the health and safety of our brothers and sisters.

In His service,        
Ko-Ta & Christina

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親愛的代禱夥伴:

        南非政府將鎖國戒嚴等級從9月21日起下調到最鬆懈的第一級。在九月底,那時的染疫人數是67萬人,南非的衛生部長公佈最新確診數字,截至十一月底,共有79萬人感染新冠肺炎,反映過去的兩個月,平均每天有2000人感染。特别是在黑色星期五這幾天,每天染疫人數超過3000人!這些數字告訴我們現今南非的疫情仍然嚴峻,最基本的問題是民眾防疫鬆懈,不守政府防疫的政策,造成疫情持續。例如小型巴士不顧疫情傳播,滿載客人,為賺錢而不守限載乘客人數的政策,難以想像每天有多少人在乘車時被感染!南非本身的問題,也影響了新冠疫症的防治。例如疫症救援撥款被挪用,急救物資被盜賣或盗用。南非面對疫情的難題,很需要您為他們代禱,求主恩待、憐憫。請您為南非的政府能勵精圖治禱告,也為現任總統拉馬福薩禱告,求主給他智慧處理疫情。

        教會林姐妹去年罹患乳癌,感謝主她的手術很順利。怎料,上個月她才剛完成化療,上個星期發現癌細胞已經轉移成肺癌,最新的發展實在太突然了。她上次患乳癌時很平靜,看出她的單純依靠主的信心,教會弟兄姐妹們也從她的經歷得到鼓勵。感恩林姐妹這次的信心仍然堅定,發微信說要仰望上帝的恩典,請為她的手術代禱。她的丈夫上週也因為心臟衰竭入院,身體現在已經穩定下來,請為這對弟兄姐妹的身體代禱。

        美國以國家安全利益的理由發出行政命令,要禁止使用微信的案件;幸而,美國舊金山第九巡迴法庭三位法官已在11月2日判定暫緩執行原定9月20日生效的行政命令。這個案件暫時得到舒緩,但是還沒有結束,可能會拖延許久。請為我們能繼續使用微信服事代禱。

請你為這些事項代禱:

  1. 南非新冠肺炎疫症嚴峻,求主賜智慧給南非政府釐定防疫方針,幫助官員能認真執法,幫助民眾注意防疫不鬆懈。
  2. 請為林姐妹及她的丈夫身體代禱。
  3. 求主幫助開店和開廠的弟兄姐妹,每天做好防疫保護的工作,也求主保守他們不被感染。
  4. 感謝神,目前微信軟體可以繼續在北美使用。請為這項禁令依法公平公正地得到解決代禱。
  5. 疫情打擊南非的經濟,也引致各類的罪案上升,請為南非的政府加強管治代禱。

您的同工                     
克達、雅麗                
二零二零年十二月

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Dear Prayer Partners,

        Since South Africa moved to Level 1 Lockdown on September 21st, its COVID-19 infection rate has climbed from 670,000 to 790,000 by the end of November, an average increase of 2,000 cases per day. After the Black Friday weekend, the surge has been over 3,000 per day. These numbers indicate that the severity of the pandemic is very real. Unfortunately, people are becoming complacent and do not adhere to the various precautionary measures. For example, greedy minibus drivers ignore the law and fill their vehicles at full capacity. It is not hard to imagine how easy their passengers can contract the virus. The government itself also contributes to the dire situation where corrupted officials misuse and steal emergency funds and medical resources. Please pray for South Africa and its President. May the Lord have mercy on us and grant wisdom and perseverance to the leaders in mitigating the pandemic.

        Sister Lin was diagnosed with breast cancer last year. Her operation was very successful and had just completed the last phase of chemotherapy a couple months ago. To everyone’s surprise, last week her doctor told her that her cancer had spread to her lungs. Last year her faith and serenity had been an encouragement to the church; this time she is still fully trusting in the Lord’s grace. Please pray for her coming operation. Her husband also suffered from heart failure on the same week. We thank God that he had a quick recovery and had been discharged from the hospital. Please pray for their health.

        We thank God that the Ninth Circuit Court had suspended the November banning of WeChat in the States. The case is still pending. Please continue to pray for our ministry through the WeChat platform.

Thanksgiving and Prayer Requests:
1. Please continue to pray for wisdom for the South Africa officials to set up effective measures to halt the spread of the virus and pray for the people to comply with these measures.
2. Please pray for Sister Lin and her husband’s health.
3. Please pray for brothers and sisters who had to tend stores and work in the factory that they are alert and careful in protecting themselves against the virus.
4. We thank the Lord for our continued ministry on WeChat. Please pray for final justice in resolving this case.
5. The economy in South Africa has been greatly affected by the pandemic, and crime has been increasing exponentially. Please pray for safety and security in South Africa.

In His service,        
Ko-Ta & Christina

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親愛的代禱夥伴:

        南非疫情仍然嚴峻,在六月初有3萬人染上新冠肺炎疫症,到六月底升到15萬人染疫,七月底已有42萬人,八月底染疫人數超過62萬人(八月份染疫增加了20萬人),九月底染疫超過67萬人。感謝神,南非九月份新加增新冠肺炎疫症的人數下滑。但是,一個月增加5萬人,代表疫症的傳播仍然嚴重!

        南非政府將鎖國戒嚴等級從9月21日起下調到最寬鬆的第一級。正如南非衛生部長姆齊兹(Dr. Zweli Mkhize)提醒全國的人民:下調到一级,並不意味著新冠狀病毒已經銷聲匿跡,一切都好轉了,這只是政府決心要開始重建南非經濟。我們仍然是生活在一個新型冠狀病毒的世界當中,感染高潮隨時可能無示警地會捲土重來。目前每週的感染數量仍然很高,我們並沒有真正擺脫麻煩。在研發可用的疫苗之前,我們無法真正安心。由於最近有幾個歐洲國家爆發第二波疫情,有的疫情比第一波更嚴重,而南非的疫症最早是從歐洲傳入的;所以,南非政府已經成立新的防疫應對小組,希望能更有效率對抗疫情。請為南非政府禱告,求主幫助他們做好下調解禁之後的防疫工作。

        我們的事工都在網路上運作,由於有些弟兄姐妹住在偏遠的地區,他們接受訊號和網路速度都有限制。所以,我們以微信音訊來查經及崇拜。因為是微信音訊,也方便弟兄姐妹從中國、新加坡和台灣參加聚會。美國以國家安全利益的理由,命令在9月20日後禁止使用微信,在未能確定的影響下,我們只能先將主日崇拜暫時移往WhatsApp運作,建立了教會新的群組,並且一起崇拜。但是,發現有一些弟兄姐妹在中國購買的手機無法下載WhatsApp軟件,無法參加敬拜。所以,要遷到WhatsApp上運作,對我們事工會有影響。

        奇妙的是,9月19日那天美國舊金山法庭宣告暫緩執行原定20日生效的行政命令。因為這禁令有可能違反憲法第一修正案,侵犯了言論自由。事情到底會發展成如何,誰也不清楚。目前,微信仍然可使用;所以,我們的事工又回復使用微信聚會。靜觀其變,再做調整。司法部宣佈將在10月15日為這個案件舉行聽證會,請為我們能繼續使用微信運作代禱。

        我們南非的事工仍保持三個主日崇拜聚會和三個週間小組查經。由於時差的關係,有的是在午夜聚會,有的是在清晨聚會。現在大家每週網上相見,交流起來也很親切。大家都定時參加聚會,查經時,有問有答,互動也很好。網路帶來便利而不是限制,我們為此感恩。

請你為這些事項代禱:

  1. 南非疫情仍然嚴峻,求主賜智慧給南非政府官員抗疫,以減少病毒的傳播,維護人民的健康。
  2. 疫情打擊南非經濟,引致各類的罪案上升,求主賜大家警覺的心,也為南非的政府加強維持治安代禱。
  3. 為南非各教會信徒感恩,大家認真參與在網路上的教會主日崇拜和查經,求主賜福親近他的人。
  4. 許多弟兄姐妹每天要開店和開廠,請為他們每天作好防疫保護的工作代禱。
  5. 請為我們能繼續使用微信來服事代禱。

您的同工             
克達、雅麗        
二零二零年九月

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Dear Prayer Partners,

        The pandemic in South Africa is still surging!  In the beginning of June, total cases was around 30,000; but it jumped to over 150,000 by the end of the month, spiked to 420,000 in July, reached over 620,00 by August (an increase of 200,000) and went past 670,000 near the end of September.  Although the speed of transmission had slowed down to around 50,000 in one month, it is still an alarming number nonetheless!

        South Africa had moved to a Level 1 Lockdown on September 21st.  At the same time, the Health Minister Dr. Zweli Mkhize cautioned the public:  The Level 1 downgrade does not mean the worst is over.  It is decided for the rebuilding of the country’s economy.  We are not seeing the end of the disease yet; a resurgence of cases can happen at any time.  The current weekly infection rate remains high.  We are still in the woods.  We should not rest until an effective vaccine is developed.  Over the past few weeks, a number of European countries were hit with a second wave of the pandemic, some even experienced a worse infection rate than the first time.  Because South Africa’s first COVID-19 cases were imported from Europe, the government had formed a special response team to tackle this new development.  May the Lord help the government in all its precautionary measures and outbreak response.

        Due to the lockdown, our worship services were held using WeChat audio recordings (Bible studies are through WeChat video calls for those who can attend).  This is the most optimal choice for us as some of our brothers and sisters are located at remote rural areas with limited and unstable internet connections.  It also facilitates some of our church members who are currently in different time zones like China, Singapore and Taiwan.  However, when the September 20th WeChat ban in the States was approaching, we elected to move our worship services to WhatsApp by forming new church chat groups.  Unfortunately, some of those who purchased their cell phones in China were not able to download the APP.  It did create some difficulties in our ministry.

        In a turn of events on September 19th, a U.S. District Court judge in San Francisco granted a preliminary injunction against the President’s Executive Order, citing a possible violation of the First Amendment rights.  We were then able to resume all our meetings on WeChat.  At the Justice Department’s request, the judge will hold a hearing on October 15th, we will have to wait and see how it goes.  Please pray for our continued meetings on WeChat.

        We are still holding three worship services and three Bible study meetings online.  With the time differences, some of these meetings are at our midnights and some are early in the mornings.  Everyone is getting used to this form of fellowship, enjoying a different kind of interaction and warm sharing.  This gives us a new convenience rather than limitation.  We thank for Lord for that!

Thanksgiving and Prayer Requests:

  1. Please pray for wisdom for the South Africa officials to effectively halt the spread of the virus and protect its people’s health.
  2. Due to the grim economy, more people engaged in crime. May the Lord keep everyone on alert and help the government’s effort in fighting crime.
  3. We thank God for keeping the church in smooth operation. May the Lord bless those who draw near to Him.
  4. Please pray for those who need to mind shops and run factories. May the Lord protect them.
  5. Please pray for our continued use of WeChat.

In His service,        
Ko-Ta & Christina

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        南非雖然不是非洲人口最多的國家,但卻是非洲確診新冠肺炎疫症最多的國家(超過50%在南非),目前(七月廿七日)新冠病毒病例已升到45萬多宗,疫亡七千多人。這個數字和許多染疫的國家相比,並不驚人;但是,從最近60天確診數字來看,就很驚人了。因為南非在六月初有3萬人染疫,到六月底升到15萬人,也就是在30天內增加了12萬人染疫;近七月底已有45萬人染疫,也就是在第二個30天增加了30萬人。七月份染疫的人數增加了一倍!現在每天以超過一萬人染疫的速度增加,是的,疫症正在南非快速的傳播!另外,已有超過五千位醫護人員也被感染,這個情況更為診治病人工作帶來困窘。請您記念南非疫情的發展,求主憐憫,恩待染疫的病人。

        新冠肺炎疫情在最近60天如此猖獗的原因,是因為在全國鎖國時期使得南非經濟衰退和工人失業。工會給政府壓力,促使南非政府不得不調整政策,要解禁挽救經濟。經濟商業的利益掩蓋了鎖國抗疫的成果。雖然,世界衛生組織(WHO)已經警告南非政府,南非有可能會因為鎖國的解禁開放太早,造成疫情失控,但南非政府六月一日起停止鎖國,南非抗疫下調到第三級戒嚴,恢復一部份的商業及生產活動。開禁之後,經濟的問題並沒有解決,反而疫情如預料的失控了,政府要花費更多金錢去抗疫,真是得不償失。

        在疫情嚴峻的時刻,神仍然掌權行奇事。前一個星期德班教會的一位弟兄和紐卡索教會的一位姐妹都被驗出染疫。教會的弟兄姐妹都同心為他們禱告,求主保守和醫治他們。感謝主恩待,他們在服用中國的藥材和療養後,疫症減輕,現在已在康復之中。真為他們感恩!紐卡索教會的弟兄姐妹自發在七月初兩次去到附近黑人小鎮去派發食物。他們立上橫幅Jesus Loves You,宣告華人教會本著基督的愛來賑助失業饑餓的人們。在疫症時期去發放,更顯出他們的愛心,他們所做的也得神記念。

        我們的事工除了三個崇拜聚會和兩個查經小組外,又增加了一個網路查經小組,是為幾位散居在南非不同城市的姐妹所設立。她們多年無法聚會,大家以前從未見過面,現在每週網上相見,倍感親切。感謝主,這個查經小組聚集了相距千百里的信徒一起聚會,網路擴遠擴大了我們的彊界。神應許給約書亞是腳掌所踏之地,神應許給我們的是網路所到之處!

        最近,克達輔助教會一名姐妹在網路上幫助兩名婚姻遇見困難的姐妹,用聖經話語去勸導,和他們分享、禱告。感謝主,一個分居的家庭因此復合,另一個本要墮胎的母親保存了孩子。因為姐妹只是一個網路上的同路人,她真誠的愛心和關心被人信任。神使用她幫助了千百里外,萍水相逢的主裡姐妹。網路上的輔導讓一些需要私隱的人可以得到幫助。神經由網路行奇妙的事!我們要有願意被神使用去幫助有需要的人的心,神就藉我們成就美好的事。

請你為這些事項代禱:

  1. 感謝神保守患疫的弟兄姐妹,使他們從疫症中康復。
  2. 請為南非政府抗疫的工作代禱,求主幫助政府施行管制,使疫症減緩;幫助醫護人員做好防護。
  3. 感謝神保守我們在疫情擴散的時期,身體都健康。
  4. 請為我們事工的各教會代禱,感謝主各教會主日崇拜和查經都在網路上正常運作,人數穩定。
  5. 祈求神給我們每個信徒都有一個願意被神使用的心志。

您的同工             
克達、雅麗        
二零二零年七月

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Dear Prayer Partners,

        Even though South Africa is not the most populated country in Africa, it has the highest number of COVID-19 cases (more than 50%).  As of today (July 27th), the total number of confirmed cases has exceeded 450,000 with over 7,000 casualties.  Comparing to the top three countries, it is not as enormous; however, it is quite astonishing when considering how the figures spiked in the last 60 days.  At the beginning of June, there were 30,000 cases, with an increase of 120,000, it reached a total of 150,000 cases at the end of June.  It came to over 450,000 cases at the end of July – a 300,000, two-fold jump!  Currently, the number of new daily COVID-19 cases is running over 10,000.  It is indeed out of control!  To make matters worse, over 5,000 medical personnel had already been infected.  This puts an even greater burden on the already inadequate medical infrastructure.  Please pray for South Africa.  May the Lord shower His mercy on us, especially those who have caught the virus.

        The dire situation in South Africa was due to the premature reopening of the country from its strict lockdown.  The government succumbed to the pressure of labor unions as economic concern was put before the health well-being of its people.  WHO had already warned South Africa on its decision, but that did not stop the government from downgrading its national emergency to Level 3 and resuming operation of some of its business and manufacturing sectors on June 1st.  As it stands, the economy still looks grim; coupled with the accelerated rate of infection, South Africa is burning on both ends!

        Yet, God still reigns and does wonders!  A week ago, one brother in Durban and one sister in Newcastle contracted the virus.  We all joined in intercessions for them for God’s protection and healing.  Praise the Lord!  They are now in recovery after taking some Chinese medications during their quarantine.  In the month of July, the Newcastle church delivered food parcels to two of the poor neighborhoods.  They put up a “Jesus Loves You” banner and showed their Christian love in action to those who suffered from unemployment and hunger.  The Lord will be pleased.

        In addition to the three weekly worship services and two Bible study meetings, we had added a third Bible study for some sisters from various cities around South Africa.  They are living in remote areas and do not have access to Chinese churches.  Due to the new popularity of the online platform, we are able to get together from hundreds of miles apart.  We are totally enjoying the fellowship and feel like long-lost friends!  The Lord had promised Joshua the land as far as he could put his feet on; now He gives us the territory as far as the internet can reach!

        Lately, Ko-Ta had the opportunity to help a sister who was counseling two other sisters with their marriage issues.  She shared God’s Word and prayed with them.  Praise the Lord!  A couple reunited, and an unborn baby was saved!  They only met online; but because of her genuine love and caring, a trusted bond was formed.  This kind of indirect counseling does provide a certain degree of privacy they needed.  God works in all circumstances.  As we submit ourselves to serve, we will be a useful vessel for His marvelous deeds!

Thanksgiving and Prayer Requests:

  1. We thank God for His healing for our brother and sister.
  2. Please continue to pray for the government in South Africa that they will set up correct policies in containing the virus as well as protecting the medical staff.
  3. We thank God for keeping us healthy during the pandemic.
  4. Please pray for the smooth running and steady attendance of our on-line meetings.
  5. Please pray for our brothers’ and sisters’ commitment to serve the Lord at all times.

In His service,        
Ko-Ta & Christina

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        南非目前仍是非洲大陸確診新冠病毒疫例最多的國家,截至五月廿六日已有24,264宗確診,疫亡524人。這個數字和許多染疫的國家相此,並不驚人,可歸功於南非從3月26日起實施全民「待在家中」全國封鎖。所以,鎖國抗疫的措施初步控制了疫情,使疫症沒有快速擴散。但是,南非的醫療設備並不足以應付大量感染的病患,這個疫情的隱憂並沒有消除。目前,抗疫的重點仍放在環境衛生極差的貧民社區,控制不爆發社區感染。但是,因為全國鎖國帶來的經濟和生活的壓力,促使南非政府不得不調整政策,要重新開放。六月一日起南非會將抗疫下調到第三級戒嚴,恢復一部份的商業及生產活動。不好的消息是,南非現在疫情仍然在漸漸上升,以客觀的數據來說,南非疫情數字還沒有降低到可以安全恢復開放的狀況。世界衛生組織(WHO)已警告南非政府現在還不應該開放,可是南非政治勢力強大的工會壓制著政府必需開放,經濟和工作的需求勝過抗疫的工作。所以,南非有可能會因為鎖國的解禁開放太早,造成疫情失控。請為南非政府禱告,在兩難之間做有智慧的決定。另外,因為疫情帶來經濟的壓力也促使宵小偷竊和搶劫事件增加,大家都需要提高警覺,更加小心,免得成為受害者。

        四月三日德國首先從南非撤離僑民,英國和美國在四月九日跟著從南非撤離僑民,巴西和其它各國也都開始撤離僑民。領館通知我們撤離安排時,我們僅有兩天的時間安排。因為南非已經鎖國,所以,我們什麼事都不能做,只能匆匆收拾簡單的行李(限定一件),稍做交待就得離開。感恩我們的事工已經在網上運作,在哪一個城市播送都一樣。現在,我們就從美國播送。因為時差的關係,我們在午夜及早上上線。感謝神,我們這兩個月在網路上敬拜及查經,弟兄姐妹都按時來到群中聚會。願疫情可以早日結束,一切可以恢復正常。

        疫症在南非擴散,異端也混雜在網路中趁疫情活動。一個自稱南非好消息教會的牧師在網路上散佈消息藉著為疫症的佈道會和祈禱會來接觸華人信徒。這個自稱牧師的人,在去年曾以國際青少年聯合會(International Youth Fellowship)的名義辦活動,要招攬青年人加入他們的組織。好消息教會是一個韓國的異端,已滲入中國,現在進入南非活動。我們也發現有人以慕道友身份混進教會,在教會的微信群中散佈異端言論,我們就立即將此人從群中移除,並將韓國這個異端公佈出來,他們還以捏造的假文件強辯,謊稱自己是正統的教會。但是,我們從香港得到文件證明他們造假。在證據確實之下,他們開始謾罵毀謗教會的傳道人。感謝神,教會中的弟兄姐妹都沒有受影響,事情就這樣煙消雲散,很快的落幕。每個教會都需要時刻警覺提防異端,聖經提醒我們異端會用欺騙的手法侵入教會,做破壞的工作。

請你為這些事情代禱:

  1. 感謝神保守祂的教會,使異端很快就被暴露出來,沒有造成破壞。
  2. 感謝神保守我們在疫情擴散的時期身體都健康。
  3. 請為南非抗疫的工作代禱,求主賜智慧給政府官員制定政策抗疫,復甦經濟及維謢社會治安。
  4. 請為我們服事的各教會代禱,現在各教會主日崇拜和查經都在網路上運作。求主賜我們智慧去支持並鼓勵弟兄姐妹繼續成長。
  5. 求主幫助各教會弟兄姐妹做好居家及出行時消毒防疫的工作。

您的同工
克達、雅麗
二零二零年五月

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Dear Prayer Partners,

        South Africa has become the epic center of the coronavirus in Africa.  As of May 27th, South Africa has 25,937 confirmed cases and 552 deaths.  Nevertheless, it is still a lot less than other countries.  It is due to the decisive action of the government to impose a countrywide lockdown early enough to contain the spreading speed.  The government knows its inadequate health system and medical supplies will not be able to handle a spike in cases, so it is putting all its resources into preventing community infection in all the township and informal settlement hotspots.  However, the economy is seriously impaired, and the President has announced that the country will enter Level 3 (Level 5 being the most serious) of the lockdown from June 1st.   This was done to appease the union but against the advice of the WHO.  It is indeed a hard choice between saving the economy and workforce from collapsing and strict containment of the virus.  With the reopening of a lot of the businesses and factories, even with stringent policies in place, the country is facing a grim prediction of quick rise in the Covid-19 toll.  Please pray for the government in South Africa for wisdom that they can make correct choices for the country.  In addition, the increase in thefts and robberies are alarming.  Everyone is in high alert not only for possible virus infection but also for possible falling victim to crimes.

        Germany was the first country to evacuate its citizens from South Africa on April 3rd.  The UK and the United States also arranged repatriation flights for their citizens on the 9th.  Then Brazil and other countries followed suit.  We had only a couple days to get ready after the date was confirmed.  As the lockdown was in place, we could only pack some essential things (only one check-in luggage and one carry-on were allowed) and make minimal arrangements before we left.  Fortunately, our churches were already meeting online, so we just needed to adjust to the time difference – Bible study in our mornings and worship service at our night time.  Praise the Lord!  Our brothers and sisters continue to attend the meetings regularly.  We continue to pray for recovery and return to normalcy.

        The spread of the coronavirus does not slow the spread of cults.  There is one called itself the Good News Church in South Africa.  It was promoting an online prayer and evangelizing meeting in May.  The self-proclaimed “pastor” had tried before to recruit young people into their organization “International Youth Fellowship” last year.  This a cult from Korea and has been infiltrating into many countries including China.  From this particular promotion, we discovered one person who has been attending one of our churches as a new believer.  This person was vigorously defending this cult with many different messages and links to their teachings.  We exposed this organization in our church group chats and their falsification of documents from other genuine church organizations in support of their authenticity.  We were able to collect evidence from Hong Kong and posted the original declaration to counter their lies.  We immediately expelled this person from our church chat group, but she turned around and slandered us in other Christian chat groups in South Africa.  We thank God that this matter was resolved quickly, and no brothers or sisters was influenced by her or the cult.  This really reminds us to be always on high alert for false prophets and teachers to come into our churches to create divisions and cause damages.

Thanksgiving and Prayer Requests:

  1. We thank God for His swift intervention and protection for us against the cult.
  2. We thank God in keeping us healthy during the pandemic.
  3. Please pray for the government in South Africa that they will set up correct policies in containing the virus as well as saving the economy and fighting crimes.
  4. Please pray for our churches and our on-line meetings. May the Lord grant us wisdom in caring and encouraging our brothers and sisters in their spiritual growth.
  5. Please pray for our brothers and sisters’ diligence in personal safety and hygiene.

In His service,
Ko-Ta & Christina

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親愛的代禱夥伴:

新冠肺炎病毒的疫情從一月底在武漢封城後,就開始帶給南非衝擊。首先是疫症防護的口罩被買空,被寄回中國。那時,大家都為武漢的疫情禱告。中國春節過後,從二月開始,華人開始從中國返回,疫情擴散成為隱憂;所以,領事館的疫情防控通知要求在南非的華人減少與華人聚集和來往。接著在二月七日南非衛生部發佈通知,要求從中國或其他已出現新冠肺炎病毒疫情的國家返回南非的人員,居家隔離十四天。群聚感染的風險,直接影響到教會的聚會安排。我們立即通告教會會眾若是剛從中國返回,必需在隔離後才能參加聚會。為減低感染風險,教會小組的查經聚會暫停,主日崇拜後的愛宴也暫停。另外,教會為參加聚會的會眾準備口罩和消毒液,入會場時要消毒,戴口罩並隔一公尺就座。有的弟兄姐妹認為這樣做法太過緊張,信心不足;也有的弟兄姐妹因為擔心感染就不來聚會。所以,我們就必需用愛心和耐心去幫助不同看法的人,讓他們看見重點是在防疫,並能接納彼此的不同,能夠在主裡合一。感謝神,看見弟兄姐妹們都能接受勸導,沒有批評論斷或爭論,都照著防疫的規定去做。感謝神,二月份南非沒有疫情發生。

三月五日南非通報有第一起新冠肺炎病毒的疫症,由一位遊意大利的男子帶入。感謝神,疫病不是從中國傳入,就減少了因為疫症引來仇華的的心態,隔離境外防疫的行動轉為抗疫的行動。教會因為抗疫減少群聚感染的可能性,所以改在網路上聚會,主日崇拜時我們就在教會微信群上主持,讓弟兄姐妹收聽,按著程序進行敬拜。因為受網路速度的限制,我們只能用音頻播送。感謝神,我們已經在網路上敬拜了三次,果效還不錯,弟兄姐妹都按時來到群組中敬拜。聚會的形式不同,但大家都能同心敬拜,頌讚上帝的恩典。願疫情可以早日被控制,聚會可以恢復。

南非目前是非洲大陸確診新冠肺炎病毒疫例最多的國家,三月廿六日確診疫例已達927宗。南非從那天開始鎖國。為了阻止病毒的迅速蔓延,南非從3月26日至4月16日實施21天的全民「待在家中」全國封鎖。目前(3月30日)已升到1327宗確診疫例。南非疫情的隱憂是,疫症在環境衛生極差的貧民社區中爆發,加上南非有數十萬染上愛滋病和肺結核病的病人,他們容易被感染而且死亡率高,南非可能死亡的人數會快速上升,南非目前只有四千台呼吸器,不足以應付大面積感染的疫情。南非政府已經宣佈要在全國各個社區中派出測疫小組巡防家庭來控制疫情,但疫情走向是個未知數。目前德國、英國、美國都在釐定在這幾個星期撤僑。請為南非禱告,求主幫助南非,使疫情得以控制。

請你為這些事情代禱:

  1. 請為南非抗新冠肺炎病毒疫症的工作代禱,求主幫助南非人民配合政府,同心抗疫。
  2. 感謝神保守我們在全球疫情擴散的非常時期身體都健康。
  3. 請為我們各教會的事工代禱,因為防疫,現在各教會主日崇拜只能在網路上運作。求主賜我們智慧如何支持並鼓勵弟兄姐妹繼續成長。
  4. 求主幫助各教會弟兄姐妹做好防疫的工作。

您的同工
克達、雅麗
二零二零年三月

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Dear Prayer Partners,

Since the lockdown of Wuhan in January, South Africa has been on edge.  First was the total wipeout of masks by Chinese who snapped them up to send home.  We were all fervently praying for those in the crisis.  After the Chinese New Year holiday, people began to return to South Africa.  There was a real concern of widespread infection.  As a result, the Chinese Embassy issued a stern warning for Chinese in South Africa to avoid social gathering.  On February 7th, South Africa’s Health Department imposed a 14-day self-quarantine requirement for those who returned from China and other affected countries.  As a precaution, we informed all our church members that whoever returned from China should abide by the law and refrain from attending church for 14 days.  We suspended all weekday small group meetings and love feast on Sundays.  The church provided sanitizers and masks for everyone who came to Sunday worship.  There were some that thought the measures were overboard and lack of faith; and there were some who thought that it was not enough and decided stop coming to church.  It was a good lesson for us to accept and consider different perspectives, and be united in love and patience to hold on to a common goal to overcome the pandemic.  We thank God!  There were no arguments or judgmental comments among our brothers and sisters, and everyone was willing to adhere to the government’s regulations.  It was safe sailing in February!

South Africa reported its first confirmed case of COVID-19 on March 5th.  It was brought in by someone who had recently returned from Italy.  Thank God!  It was not from China and did not give xenophobia any foothold.  South Africa soon switched from a preventive mode to a combative mode.  We also made use of the internet and have been conducting our worship services in our WeChat groups.  Due to our unstable internet connection, we were only able to provide audio sessions.  We are grateful that the last three times were carried out smoothly, and brothers and sisters were diligently joining in on time.  Even though it is a different approach, everyone worships in one heart and one soul, praising and thanking our Lord!  May the pandemic be brought under control soon, and we can get back to normal.

At the moment, South Africa has the hardest hit in the continent; confirmed cases climbed to 927 on March 26th.  In order to contain the virus, a national lockdown was enforced from March 26th to April 16th.  Today’s (March 31st) figure reached 1,327.  The most vulnerable areas are poor townships.  Coupled with the co-morbidity of TB and HIV, there is a real potential of high mortality.  There are only 4,000 ventilators in the country, totally inadequate in handling a large scale of infection.  The government is implementing a mobile testing program that will have field workers going door-to-door to screen and test people in different hotspots.  Germany, UK and the US are arranging repatriation flights for their citizens in a matter of weeks.  Please pray for South Africa that all the measures are effective in bringing the pandemic under control.

Prayer Requests:

  1. Please pray for South Africa’s effort against COVID-19 and the people’s cooperation in complying with all the drastic measures.
  2. We thank the Lord in keeping us healthy during this time.
  3. Please pray for our churches and our on-line worship services. May the Lord grant us wisdom in caring and encouraging our brothers and sisters’ spiritual growth.
  4. Please pray for our brothers and sisters’ diligence in personal safety and hygiene.

In His service,
Ko-Ta & Christina

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親愛的代禱夥伴:

        今年的聖誕節是在星期三,所以連著週末和新年就有七天的假期,許多人都選擇去旅遊或回國探親;許多開工廠的弟兄姐妹都回國了。在德班開店的華人,因十二月底是商店旺季,大家都會留在德班過聖誕節。所以,每年在聖誕節那一天,我們都會辦聖誕崇拜。德班教會今年來參加聖誕崇拜的有七十多人,有聖詩獻唱、鋼琴演奏、福音見證及證道;會後,一起享用愛宴。感謝主,聖誕節這天是我們在德班三個聚會點的弟兄姐妹一年一次齊聚一堂的日子,大家同心慶祝聖誕,也藉著聖誕的信息向我們的朋友傳揚福音。

        前個星期收到教會一個年青弟兄家人的電話,告知這個年青弟兄前一週外出之後和家人失聯,家人希望大家能幫助尋找。我們這段日子没法安排去那個城市服事,也沒有他的音訊,真是令我們著急,我們只能迫切的為他的安全祈求。感謝主,第二天就得到消息,那弟兄已經和他的家人聯絡上了。原來他去到三小時外的國際機場,可是,他在機場將錢包和手機丟失了,無法求救和聯絡人。就在那個焦急時候,他被教會一位搭飛機返國的弟兄看見了!那弟兄知道大家都在找尋他,就幫助他和他的家人聯絡,感謝主!事情就如此結束。太神奇了!他的家人對教會弟兄姐妹非常感謝。其實,他們應該感謝的是神,神行事奇妙!求主幫助他和他的家人溝通,修復他們的關係。感謝主!在急難時,保守了弟兄的安全!也藉著這件事提醒我們要全心信靠交託!神聽禱告!

        年底時,接到教會姐妹程太太的短訊,邀我們共進午餐,到達時才知道程先生也來,程先生一向公務繁忙,很少有機會見到他。會談之後,知道他們已經決定退休,即將返回台灣,所以特來道別。因為大家有兩年很好的相處,所以難免不感傷。程太太兩年前信主,之後她的靈命有極大的成長,人也快樂了許多。她信主的過程實在奇妙,因為她丈夫是國際知名公司派駐南非的主管,工作極繁忙,生活在德班兩個小時外的工廠,地區偏遠,她就像一隻關在籠中的金絲雀一般生活。孩子都已成年成家,她多年孤獨生活,除了照顧丈夫生活外,沒有別的事,沒有朋友,也沒有社交生活。教會裡的一位弟兄在她丈夫工廠找到一份工作,有機會將我們介紹給她。我們去探訪她,送她屬靈書籍,和她聊天,從人生聊到信仰。神在她心中動工,不久她就信了主,她從信仰裡得到力量,人也喜樂起來。之後,弟兄也離開了那家工廠。在她最需要神的時候,神奇妙的將我們空降在她的生活中,使我們有機會幫助她信主和成長。現在神又將她帶回台灣。程太太分享說她到南非來最大的得著就是認識了神!在南非事工就常會面對要分離,因為大家都不會久留。提醒我們要多作主工,不要遲延。

請你為這些事項代禱:

  1. 請為程太太返台後尋找到合適的教會代禱,求主也保守她身心靈的健康。
  2. 請為那位青年弟兄和他的家庭和睦相處禱告,求主賜智慧並引導我們去幫助他。
  3. 請為德班教會的姐妹朱媽媽第五次化療後的恢復代禱,最近她的體力較弱,求主保守她。
  4. 請為新加入教會的梁姐妹和兒童主日學的孩子們學習真道和靈命成長代禱。
  5. 請為我們外出各地事工時,行車和出入的平安代禱。

您的同工
克達、雅麗
二零二零年一月

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Dear Prayer Partners,

        This year’s Christmas was on a Wednesday; with the following weekend and New Year’s Day, a lot of people chose to take a seven-day vacation or a longer stay in China.  This year, many of our brothers and sisters in the factories returned to China for holiday.  As the Christmas season is the most profitable time for retail businesses, most of the Chinese merchants remain in Durban.  Our church in Durban, therefore, holds a special Christmas worship every year.  This past Christmas, over 70 people attended the service.  In addition to the regular program, we had special choir and piano performances as well as personal testimonies.  After the service, everyone enjoyed a delicious love feast.  Praise the Lord!  This is our once-a-year get-together for all our brothers and sisters of the three meeting groups in Durban.  We not only rejoiced in the celebration of the birth of Christ but also shared the Christmas message with our families and friends.

        Last week we received a call from one of our brother’s family.  They had not been able to reach him since he left home a week ago and asked us if we knew of his whereabouts.  Due to other ministries, we did not have any contact with our brother since our last visit two months ago.  We were so worried and could only pray for his safety.  Thank God; he contacted his family the next day.  He was at the international airport (about a three-hour drive from his city) but lost both his wallet and cell phone.  Another brother of the church happened to be there catching a flight to China and spotted him.  How wonderful!  His family was greatly thankful to the church; in fact, they should be grateful to God!  May the Lord help him reconcile with his family through open dialogues.  Our Lord is good; He kept our brother safe!  This incident also encourages us to put our trust in God in time of crisis!  He answers prayers!

        Before the end of the year, we received another call from Sister Cheng.  She invited us to lunch.  We were kind of surprised to see her husband when we got there.  Due to Mr. Cheng’s busy schedule, we rarely had the chance to meet him.  They told us that he had just retired and planned to move back to Taiwan.  Therefore, that was a farewell lunch.  We will miss her!  She was baptized two years ago, and she has been growing in the Lord and changed to be a much happier person.  Mr. Cheng was the South Africa Director of a world-famous company, and his time was fully occupied by his job.  Their factory is in a small town about two-hour drive from Durban; and she used to feel like a canary in a cage.  Because their children are all grown up and have their own families, she spent most of her days alone – no friends, no social life!  Two years ago, one of our brothers got a job at that company and introduced us to her.  We visited her, gave her Christian literatures, chatted with her on topics from life perspectives to Christianity.  God worked in her heart, and she accepted Christ as her Savior.  Her faith gives her strength and joy.  Soon after, our brother left the company.  In her times of need, God brought us into her life to lead her to Christ and help her grow.  Now God is leading her back to Taiwan.  She shared with us that knowing God was the greatest treasure she found in South Africa!  In our ministry, we have to say a lot of goodbyes!  Since many people plan to move on sooner or later, we need to take every opportunity as our last chance to tell them about Christ.

Prayer Requests:

  1. Please pray for Sister Cheng’s adjustment in Taiwan. May the Lord help her find a suitable church so she can continue to grow in her faith.
  2. Please pray for our brother’s family relationship. May the Lord also grant us wisdom in guiding him to resolve the conflicts in his family.
  3. Please pray for Sister Chu’s speedy recovery after her fifth chemo treatment.
  4. Please pray for the spiritual growth of a new church member Sister Leung as well as the children in the Sunday School.
  5. Please continue to pray for our safety as we travel to different cities and towns.

In His service,
Ko-Ta & Christina

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親愛的代禱夥伴:

        感謝主,我們十月份返台灣探親時,有機會去探望在台灣養病的朱媽媽。朱媽媽和朱爸爸幾年前在德班信主,之後一直熱心向朋友傳福音,並開放家庭做查經聚會。每次聚會他們都預備茶點水果招待大家,可以看見他們愛主及願意服事人的心志。朱媽媽因為乳腺癌擴散至淋巴,已經動了手術移除癌細胞,但是仍需要做化療確定根除癌細胞。那天探訪她時,她雖然已做過兩次化療,但飲食和身體一切都正常,更一直不斷地感謝神的保守和恩待。她還展示了最近上油畫課的作品。感謝主保守她的身心靈,賜她一顆喜樂的心,因為她有神、是她的依靠!耶和華本為善,在患難的日子為人的保障,並且認得那些投靠他的人。(鴻一7)

        我們也見到朱媽媽的小兒子,他十月初在台中聚會的教會受浸歸主。我們認識他多年,知道他一直在人際關係上不和諧,給人的感覺是他不知道自己的人生方向。信仰上他一直在繞圓圈,說很相信神,但卻不願全心投靠相信主。我們查經小組常會為他禱告,因為父母為他很擔憂。這次見到他時,使我們大為吃驚,他變得有自信和主動,談吐應對變得謙和有禮,從前比真是判若二人,他真是一個新造的人!他的改變提醒我們不要放棄身邊任何一個人,福音本是神的大能,要救一切相信的人。(羅一16)

        趙姐妹在中國出生,從小生長在一個不快樂的家庭。由於父母異離,隨着父親與繼母生活,得不到完整的愛,人際關係上有很強的自我保護意識,很在意別人對她的評價,不喜歡接近人,積壓不少負面情緒;性格很彆扭,很不快樂,人生又很迷茫。趙姐妹大概在九歲時第一次聽過上帝,卻沒有人再多給她解釋。但在她的心中,已經知道有上帝。十七歲那年,她的家庭發生重大變故,她便試著向上帝禱告祈求神引領她,讓她可以勇敢地面對困境。就這樣,她天天向神禱告,就找到了依靠;神挪移了她的懼怕,讓她感到十分踏實,事情後來就結束了。她學習到神是她最穩妥的依靠,她的信仰就如此開始。不久之後,神為她安排一個離開中國到南非生活的機會。她來到南非,進了教會,聽到了福音。她回想起小時候,曾落在井中,後來奇妙的自己爬了出來,那都不是偶然,乃是上帝一直以來的看顧。現在她找到了神,也找到自己,在神的愛裡,她可以放下自我保護意識,面對真我,照著本像來到神的面前,被神更新,要以真我生活。感謝主,趙姐妹在下個主日受洗。真的!人子來,為要尋找、拯救失喪的人。(路十九10)我們每一個都是被主尋找回來的,你願意被主所用去尋找失喪的人嗎?

        最近南非經濟面臨多項考驗,包括國營電力公司債台高築、供電不穩,政府改革不力等困境,使經濟成長失去動力,債信展望遭穆迪降至負向,今明年經濟增長遭世界銀行調降,近期製造業活動低迷,深陷數十年來最長的衰退周期。請您為南非政府禱告,求主幫助他們秉公行義、不放縱貪腐、嚴格執法。聖經提醒我們:「公義使邦國高舉;罪惡是人民的羞辱。」(箴十四34)

請你為這些事項代禱:

  1. 請為德班教會的朱媽媽第四次化療後的恢復代禱,求主保守她的身體。
  2. 請繼續為我們在開普敦北區的查經小組運作代禱。也為在南區的查經小組事工代禱,小組查經能建立起大家良好的關係。
  3. 請為德班教會查經小組尋得一個適當聚會地點代禱。
  4. 請為德班教會聖誕節兒童表演排練和各項準備工作代禱。
  5. 請為趙姐妹真道的學習,靈命的成長代禱。
  6. 請為我們外出各地作事工時,行車和出入的平安代禱。

您的同工                  
克達、雅麗              
二零一九年十一月

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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)

Prayer Requests:

  1. Please continue to pray for God’s grace for Sister Chu’s upcoming fourth treatment.
  2. 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.
  3. Please pray for a new Bible study location in Durban.
  4. Please pray for all the preparations for our Christmas meeting.
  5. Please pray for Sister Zhao’s spiritual growth.
  6. Please continue to pray for our safety as we travel to different cities and towns.

In His service,        
Ko-Ta & Christina

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親愛的代禱夥伴:

        八月初,在南非服事的同工有三天的時間和本團國際總幹事朱昌錂牧師相聚,並開宣教士年會。今年仍然在德班舉行。一位慕道友主動提供她臨海的別墅給我們使用,不單住宿安全舒適,亦方便我們開會和作息。感謝主,朱牧師的信息給我們很好的提醒和鼓勵,也給了我們明確的指引。在宣教士分享到各個城市事工的近況中,我們了解到各地事工的挑戰。我們也一起對南非的事工有討論和決議。感謝主,每年年會都給我們帶來更新。

        宣教士年會後,我們舉辦了中福團事工教會的領袖聯合訓練會,在兩天共四堂的聚會,以「關心你的教會」為主軸,從教會的目的和責任開始,講到教會的爭戰、聚會、牧養和事奉等專題。大家圍桌而坐,除了聆聽講授,也有即時的回應和討論。雖然時間很緊湊,但參加者都得到幫助,大家更有默契,在神裡互為肢體,齊心拓展神的國度。我們已經選定明年五月一日會再聚在一起來學習。

        德班教會的幾位弟兄姐妹在今年領袖訓練之後,提出要設立教會的禱告群來一起為教會守望。除了星期天下午的教會禱告會外,每個星期六我先將下星期的禱告事項公佈。如此,在個人的私禱裡,或在群組的公禱裡,就知道要為什麼人或事禱告。大家因為有一個群組,就有了一個平台發放需要代禱的訊息。當有代求的需要時,只要在群組裡發佈,就立刻有弟兄姐妹代禱。一位姐妹將她的兒子緊急需要留學簽證的事發到群中,立即有幾位弟兄姐妹為這事祈禱。這些代禱給了她安慰、鼓勵和支持。兩天後,她的兒子順利得到簽證。大家一起為成就的事情感恩,一同見證神奇妙的作為。

        九月一日德班教會受邀去伊士台比工廠區和那裡的弟兄姐妹一起崇拜。大家一早就出發到邵姐妹的工廠。感謝主,那天天空睛朗,但是並不炙熱。我們先聚會後聚餐,邵姐妹準備了各類的烤肉、各種的海產、沙拉和水果,還有鮮魚湯和甜點。飽餐之後,我們去參觀各家的工廠和工廠的菜園。工廠區的弟兄姐妹分享他們的收成,贈送一人一袋,青菜瓜果一樣不少,弟兄姐妹的愛心讓我們感到溫暖。那天,大家都很盡興。感謝主!

        上星期一位在開普敦北區經營旅館的華人基督徒和克達聯絡,表示神感動她要提供查經聚會場地給教會使用。我們一直都計劃能在北區開查經聚會,卻苦無適當的地點。我們感恩神為我們開門!深信事工會接踵而來!今天我們房東的媽媽告知我們,她想介紹我們認識幾位開普敦大學的華人學生(其中一個學生的媽媽是她的朋友),看看是否可以一起查聖經。房東的媽媽前兩個星期才剛剛搬來開普敦,真是神奇!請為這兩項事工的進展代禱。若有需要,我們可能要調整在開普敦事工的比重。

請你為這些事項代禱:

  1. 感謝主,朱媽媽乳癌手術成功。請為她往後療程代禱,求主保守她的心、身、靈。
  2. 請記念每個教會中的慕道朋友。求主開他們的心竅明白真道,能早日信主。
  3. 請記念開普敦北區的查經聚會和開普敦大學生福音工作的進展,求主引領。
  4. 請為我們外出各地事工時,行車和出入的平安代禱。

您的同工            
克達、雅麗        
二零一九年九月

 

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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.

Prayer Requests:

  1. 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.
  2. Please pray for the salvation of all the seekers. May they open up their hearts to receive the Lord.
  3. Please pray for the two new ministry opportunities in Cape Town.
  4. Please continue to pray for our safety as we travel to different cities and towns.

In His service,
Ko-Ta & Christina

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