Jesus said to them, “But you will receive power when the Holy Spirit has come upon you, and you will be my witnesses in Jerusalem and in all Judea and Samaria, and to the end of the earth.” Acts 1:8
No one could ever claim life in Africa is boring. This is exactly the way we like it.
Cape Town Outreaches
We have been involved in many exciting ministry opportunities since we have been in South Africa. We have been doing regular outreaches at the University of Cape Town (UCT) and in a nearby Muslim neighborhood. Students on campus are open to the Gospel and we are working on building relationships with on-campus ministries to build partnerships with.
As far as the ministry in the Muslim parts of town, the Cape Town Muslims are very closed to the Gospel and we are seeking to find open doors to build relationships with them. However, the Muslims from the Middle East we have met are very open to the Gospel.
Several weeks ago (while we were out witnessing), we met a student from a closed Muslim country who is here studying English for a couple of months. During our conversation, I asked him how his sins could be forgiven and he said, “Allah is most forgiving. He is more forgiving than even your mother.” In the average Muslim’s understanding, Allah can simply forgive and overlook sin based on the fact that he is Allah.
We emphasized the point that if God is holy, He must punish sin. The Bible says “the soul that sins must die” (Ezek. 18:20), and “without the shedding of blood there is no forgiveness of sins” (Heb. 9:22). God provided animal sacrifices in the Old Covenant to point to Christ who was the ultimate sacrifice for sin. “But when Christ had offered for all time a single sacrifice for sins, He sat down at the right hand of God” (Heb. 10:12). Paul said to the Romans, “For the death He died He died to sin, once for all” (Rom. 6:10).
By God’s grace, we have been able to witness to many Muslims and begin building many relationships with them. Please pray for God to work in the hearts of all that we are witnessing to and that He would bring the lost to salvation.
Swim Lessons with an Evangelic Twist
Shortly after we arrived in Cape Town, Jeremy began swim lessons with a local instructor named. What drew us to his business initially was his flyer (which was delivered in the neighborhood mailboxes) as it had various Scripture verses on it. Jeremy has had four lessons so far and thoroughly enjoys his time with “Uncle Trevor.” They have quickly become one of our most favorite appointments of each week.
Another unexpected blessing is the ministry relationship that has grown out of these swim lessons. We soon began to discuss our faith and Trevor shared his heart for Muslim evangelism, specifically. This was an exciting thing for us to learn! Knowing he and Hunter have a shared passion in this area, we put him in touch with Frontline Fellowship. Since then, he has met up with Hunter and is eager to begin participating with the team on regular outreaches. Trevor commented to us that maybe the swimming lessons were only secondary, and that the real reason we met was for the ministry God had in store. We are thankful for this new relationship and are praying God will use it for His glory.
At the mission house we have four missionary apprentices (Alpha, Emma, Alieske, and Kyle), who are here to be equipped for the work of missions. We have a program for them where they work on assignments, write book reports, prepare talks, and go on outreaches twice a week. It has been encouraging to see them grow spiritually, hungering for the Word of God, and working passionately towards the advancement of His Kingdom.
Our container is still making its long trek across the world to us, and is tentatively scheduled to arrive on the 20th of April. Please join us in prayer as we are still short on funding for our container and are seeking the Lord’s hand of provision. We still need to raise roughly $8,000 to cover the final costs for the shipment. We are so thankful for your continued faithful support, both in prayer and financially.
With love in Christ,
Hunter, Andrea, and Jeremy
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