A Holiday Bible Club for all children between grades 0-7 is taking place at the church this week until Thursday. Cost is free. On Thursday evening, we will be hosting a family evening for both children and families. Parents and siblings will be most welcome to attend. The Club is being run by Nick and Sheila Court from SWYM. For more information, please make use of our contact page.
This was an unexpected trip undertaken by Tunize and Nick & Sheila Court. The request for assistance came from Jako & Amber Joubert, Missionaries from Mission of Love. Nick was needed to drive one of the three vehicles up to Zambia, carrying much needed supplies and building materials. A team of 9 Americans and 1 Russian Pastor were meeting us at Livingstone Airport, all ready for the task of building. Jako & Amber’s goal was to have the foundations of this first Orphanage Home in place, before the rains come.
The men all laboured intensively and with great enthusiasm to accomplish the task. The setting was very rural, no electricity and water had to be brought to camp from the nearest well. Sand for construction was obtained from a dried river bed, half an hour drive away. The bricks were hand made, on site.
Apart from the physical labour, great strides were undertaken for spiritual advancement. Many team members gave their testimonies and sung or preached in the local Church services. Nick & Sheila were delighted to attend, along with other team members, the local primary school for assemblies on three occasions. The teachers interpreted the bible lessons into Tonga.
It was a privilege to teach Sunday school and a joy to hear the song taught in English so smoothly translated and sung in Tonga.
We thank you for your prayers. God heard and answered. We all had safe journeying mercies. We were struck by the spiritual darkness which abounds in such a rural, “idyllic” place. On the day we were leaving South Africa, Jako had news that a man from the village was murdered. We learnt that he was related to Pastor Petros and that he was ambushed on his way home, having gone to buy grain. Nothing was stolen from him but his heart was removed from his body. Satanic practices abound and we must pray for the people of Makumba. A young boy of 7 years died from TB whilst we were there and we were able to go and pay our respects to his father who attends the local church. It is imperative that the Tonga people hear the Gospel message.
Jako & Amber have been ministering in Makumba for some years now and they have a passion and love for the people. We thank God for the blessed experience of working alongside them and the team from Virginia and the Russian Pastor from Moscow.
Nick & Sheila Court, Missionaries
Step Wise Youth Ministry
Please pray as Nick & Sheila join missionaries working in Zambia, from the 18th July to 4th August 07. This is an unexpected need & opportunity for them to work with Yacob & Amber, missionaries. Nick is needed to drive one of the 4×4 vehicles with double axle trailer, carrying cement and building materials to Zambia via Botswana. Nine men and 1 Russian Pastor from the USA are joining the South African team at Livingstone Airport, Zambia. Yacob, Nick & Tunize will be driving the vehicles. Sheila & Amber will take turns accompanying Tunize in her vehicle. She is most brave to drive such a distance. Some of the roads are dirt tracks.
Sheila Amber & Tunize will be busy preparing food, washing up, fetching water and firewood, whilst Nick & the other men will be carrying on the building works with help from about 20+ local people. Each day, the 20+ local helpers will join the team for lunch. The Russian Pastor will teach during the lunch times on the Attributes of God. (With Interpreter) On Sundays and week day afternoons, team members will be visiting the churches, schools and villages, to share the gospel. Sheila looks forward to this part but before that highlight, a lot of fetching and carrying will have to be done. It is very rural. No running water and electricity. Team members fetch the water by pumping it from a bore hole well a little distance away and carry containers back to camp in a wheelbarrow. There are snakes and other hazards about the place. The weather is colder and sleeping under canvas could be a little testing.
Items for Daily Prayer:
- Personal safety and travelling mercies for the team
- For unimpeded border crossings
- Pray that the vehicles will perform well, no breakdowns, accidents, incidents. You do come across potholes and animals roaming the roads. It is particularly dangerous for dusk and night driving
- That the team will have energy and stamina for the hard labour and spiritual work
- For a relaxed and encouraging team spirit
- That the lives of team members will be a witness to one another and the local people
- That many will hear the gospel and come to trust in the living Lord Jesus for the forgiveness of sins and eternal life
Thank you so much
With love & prayers
The Prefects Leadership Training was held at Ora et Labara, a very rural conference centre. Sixty learners attended the training from two primary schools.
The emphasis was on leadership, teamwork and communication, all taken from a biblical perspective. The learners analysed the character and style of biblical leadership such as Nehemiah, Moses, Joshua and Queen Esther. They were exhorted to follow the greatest leader of all, the Lord Jesus Christ as their role model for prefect leadership and life itself.
The learners thoroughly enjoyed the outdoor and indoor team building activities. The early morning “wake & shake” sessions were fully attended. This was uplifting energy booster exercises ably led by Danelle. Some of you may remember that we had made the cooking a matter for prayer? Well, Air Stewardess Wilma and Louise got an enthusiastic team together for all the camp catering. We had super meals! Wilma did a presentation of a journey to Hong Kong with the help of air stewardess Louise & “Captain Nick Court.” Wilma spoke of herself as a Christian leader and servant of the Lord.
Please pray for Nick and Sheila Court who will be facilitating a prefects’ leadership training at the Ora et Labora Camp from tomorrow until Wednesday. Their objective is to educate and train learners in the basic skills of team work, leadership and communication. They will also be making use of the opportunity to share the gospel with the prefects who number more than 40! Please pray that the Lord will use this to awaken spiritually dead souls among that group.
Nick and Sheila’s ministry:
Step Wise Youth Ministry (S.W.Y.M) is the vision of Nick & Sheila Court for the children and young people of South Africa. This vision was born out of spending nearly a year sharing the gospel with thousands of young people in South Africa through schools assemblies, weekly clubs in homes and churches and holiday bible clubs. Other exciting evangelistic opportunities included school Christian Unions, school classrooms and camps.