Three of us drove up from Cape Town; Taryn, the Co-ordinator of Africa Christian Action, missionary intern, Ryno and I drove 5,000km to and around Mpumalanga and back. Michael and Renee drove up from KwaZulu/Natal for our intensive Mission to Mpumalanga.
Through Flooded Rivers
From the beginning, this Mission was complicated by unprecedentedly intense torrential rain, which swelled the rivers to bursting their banks and flooded large areas. Several of the key bridges we had to cross were rendered impassable by the swollen and fast-flowing rivers. Michael commented that not even on his Africa Overland Missions to Sudan, had he faced such obstacles in river crossing as our team had to deal with on this Mission to Mpumalanga!
"When you pass through the waters I will be with you; and through the rivers, they shall not overflow you." Isaiah 43:2
"Put on the whole armour of God, that you may be able to stand against the wiles of the devil. For we do not wrestle against flesh and blood, but against principalities, against powers, against the rulers of the darkness of this age, against spiritual hosts of wickedness in the heavenly places." Ephesians 6:11-12
Missionary work involves constant spiritual warfare. However, sometimes the intensity of it can take one by surprise. There were so many, severe, financial restrictions on our Mission that the Chairman of the Board asked me whether it was possible to cancel the upcoming Mission to Mpumalanga. For many different reasons, I knew that that could not be considered. The engagements had been confirmed for over a year. Then I chipped two teeth and needed some serious dental work and suffered a back injury. I had a record number of articles and other writing projects to complete before I began this series of Missions, which would have me out of town for over 6 weeks.
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