Dear Friends & Family,
We hope you have had a weekend full of reflecting on the costly sacrifice of our King. And Praise God for this Sunday morning!! May you have a wonderful Sunday celebrating the Resurrection of our Lord & Savior Jesus Christ!!
The Lord has given us a new ministry home in YWAM Swaziland. This has brought us much joy and happiness. We are part of a great ministry team! Below is a picture of our staff.
The YWAM Swaziland staff is composed of 3 families from Brazil, a family from Holland, a man from Nigeria, a young Swazi guy, and a Swazi Couple who run a home for orphaned children. The YWAM Swazi base is located in the capital of Mbabane, up on a mountain that overlooks the city. Below is a picture of the beautiful view from our headquarters.
The property of the base is nestled between an older township community known as "Zone 4," and a new property development called "Lomkiri." In both communities there are a lot of opportunities for ministry, in some cases literally right next door.
Zwakele & I are now involved in a bunch of different ministries. All of the YWAM staff have to put in some hours every week helping the base. Monday mornings I usually work about 4 hours with our director handling communications for YWAM Swazi. We currently are working on our new website, building it up, and adding content as we can. You can check out our new website @ www.ywamswaziland.org . We really have a severe challenge with communication at the moment. In January we lost our internet ability at both the base and at all of our residences. It is a long & complicated story, but we have been trying for months to get another internet service provider. We are now dependent on internet cafe's again which can be extremely slow and impossible to download or upload any pictures/content.
Part of our Partnering with God along the theme of HOME has been helping those in need of proper shelter. In February Jon Schuerholz the pastor of our home church, Kenmore Alliance visited us. It was an awesome trip with a lot of encouragement for us and much work for the Kingdom of God.
One day we did home visits in the rural area surrounding Pigg's Peak (North West Mountainous part of the country). We visited a widowed mother who currently had 3 children staying with her. The four of them lived in a 2 room stick & mud house. The inside part of the walls are decaying and water is surfacing from somewhere underground. This makes the floor of the inside constantly wet and even muddy at times. So Pastor Jon decided that we would construct a new concrete house for her. Below is the picture of the house they are currently staying in.
HOPE – The Resurrection of Christ Jesus displays the only true HOPE for mankind. Some of the ministries we now are involved in are all about declaring the love & hope that are found only in Christ. Will you please stand with us in prayer for these ministries we are involved in.
Being in Christ's will for your life brings joy! We are so thankful to be in this new season of ministry. Our families desire is that wherever we go we want to move with Jesus' purposes, love, and compassion. We want to be conduits of His joy to those around us, carrying His light into dark places. Whether its the government hospital, the township of Zone 4, or the rural areas, we want to minister Jesus' love and bring joy to people. When people meet us we want them to encounter Christ. Thandeka Grace is now 3 years old. She is growing and speaking both Siswati and English. It has been such a joy to take her with us as we go out to minister. Below she is holding the hand of one of the children for whom we are building the new house.