The Church on Mission: Here, There and Everywhere is the heartbeat of God. Like you, we take the Great Commission personally. Some stay “Here,” as God leads, while others make the trek to be used of God “There and Everywhere.” That’s been our journey and what a delight to be used of God here in South Africa.
Here, There, and Everywhere was the theme of our annual missions conference at Mountain View. For five consecutive Sundays we heard pastors and missionaries tell us of their journey to full-time ministry and the Biblical truth that calls us all to work toward the reality spoken of so vividly in Rev. 7:9-10, “After this I looked, and behold, a great multitude that no one could number, from every nation, from all tribes and peoples and languages, standing before the throne and before the Lamb, clothed in white robes, with palm branches in their hands, and crying out with a loud voice, “Salvation belong to our God who sits on the throne, and to the Lamb!”
So, in keeping with that theme, this is what’s happening in our part of the vineyard…Southern Africa.
Here – Mountain View as a church continues to grow spiritually as well as numerically and we have been seeing an influx of visitors. What a joy to work alongside Pastors Dave, Mark, Wade and Matt as we serve the Lord in two church locations, Somerset West and Hermanus. In Somerset West we hosted a Family Fun Day as part of our missions conference complete with food from around the world and some local home made cookies too! It was such a success that next years’ outreach event is already in the making!
There – Hermanus is a town about one hour from our first church plant in Somerset West. You wouldn’t think with that distance there would be much difference between these two church communities, however, we are finding the cultural climate and variety of people residing in this area to be unique and new to us. Wade McComas is the lead Campus Pastor of this church plant, now over one year old. Wade, Tara and their children are doing a great job connecting with the people in the community. Wade is also teaching Bible classes at the Overberg Bible Centre while Tara (and Aislinn) serve in a pre-school within the township (sub-economic area). We are seeing fruit, howbeit, ever so slow but sure. We recently changed to a new location for our Sunday services to better reach the various people groups in our community. So far, so good…especially with all the kids who are coming.
Everywhere – Pastor Mark will be taking over the role of lead pastor at Mountain View in Somerset West allowing Nancy and I to continue helping with the Hermanus church plant while also focusing more time on the Regional Director responsibilities with ABWE. There are exciting new adventures awaiting us in 2017. You may have heard us mention a survey trip to the country of Mozambique with our Brazilian Portuguese-speaking ministry partners who are looking to send missionaries “everywhere.” Please pray for us as we plan and prepare for this trip in April, 2017.
So, what’s happening in your part of the vineyard? We’d love to hear about it! Just drop us a line in the reply section or send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org – we promise to pray for you, as we know you are so faithfully praying for us. We appreciate you so much!