Dear Pastor and Friend,
Pictured above are several of the guys I am spending the majority of my time with these days. Top row standing next to me is Songeza. He has been around for several months now as a result of the guy standing in the middle, Matthew Olwethu. Songeza has been attending everything and is growing in his faith. Matthew is doing great too (you may remeber him from previous updates, he was the first guy I baptized here in SA). He just started attending our Bible College and for the first time this month taught our youth meeting, stepping in for me at Soweto while I was away on a survey trip in East London. The guy to his right is Aphiwe (top row green shirt). He trusted Christ as his savior a few weeks ago and has not missed a service since. The last young man on the top row is Zolani. Remember him in your prayers as he has yet to make a decision for Christ. He seems to be a natural leader and if he humbles himself, it would not surprise me to see several others drop their guard also. The little guy holding the trophy is Luxolo (14 years old!), and the guy to his left is Likhaya (13). Both of them trusted Christ for salvation the same day, after last Sunday morning’s service. Please pray for all these guys, but especially Zolani and Soli (bottom row white shirt) for salvation. All of these guys have experieced more junk than you can imagine in their short lives and I would love nothing more than for them to have hope for a better eternity with Jesus.
These young men, along with several other women who Bekah is currently discipling, are who we plan to begin Soweto Baptist Church with really soon. They are currently attending with us at a church in another district, New Life Baptist Church Kwadwesi. Bekah and I are transporting them in our cars. I have had over 20 in my little pickup alone. Please continue to pray for us and this language. I want to begin the church now, but my language abilitiy is still not where it needs to be.
Youth Camp: Our first youth camp is December 6-12. Our cost to take 160 teens to camp is going to be$4650; $1500 for food, $2700 for camp, and $450 for transport. We are planning to charge each camper R300 ($25) for the week. That doesn’t sound like much, but considering most of the teens who will attend are probably being raised by an unemployed single parent or a grandmother, it’s almost impossible. We will be having several fundraisers and work days planned for the teens to help with their expenses. If you would be interested in helping us finance this camp please send any donation to P.O. Box 519 Braselton, GA 30517 (Att. Jeremy Hall/Youth Camp).
Thanks for your prayers and for all you do!
Jeremy and Rebekah Hall
September 2015 Prayer Letter
– Our Sunday School class
– Our young men in discipleship
– to book meetings
– Cultural adaptation
– Language learning
– Youth on Fridays
My family and I are so blessed to be here in South Africa with amazing families to help train us. My wife and I continually see the benefits of our internship and are so amazed that God would allow us to have this opportunity. We are so thankful for the ones who pray for and support us in our mission.
Pastor Sipho and I are still meeting with out young men. These boys have been faithful and we are now meeting on Tuesdays, Thursdays and Saturdays. Pastor Sipho has been one of my main ministry partners. He has been a great help with me learning the language as well as the culture.
A new ministry opportunity has come up. Pastor Mark and Pastor Sipho are working on a plan for a possible church plant in Kwadwesi-extension. Please pray for them to have God’s wisdom. The area shows much promise as we already have people from that area wanting a church to go to.
We only have 13 weeks left here in South Africa. Less than 100 days. Please pray for us to use every bit of time we have left wisely. Our desire is to soak up all the experience and information possible while we are here. We already feel so much more prepared to live in SA.
- Bay Baptist Bible Institute
- More laborers for Southern Africa
- Two future church plants
- Language learning
- Plans for ministry expansion in the next few months
This past Sunday morning at New Life Baptist Church we had visitors from an area called Kwadwesi Extension. This is an area that can been seen from our church over the valley and on the next hill. To get to our church from that location is about a 20 minute walk. We have been going door to door in the area for the last two weeks and have had pretty good reception. Pastor Sipho mentioned his desire to one day see a church started in this area. I went ahead and asked him to look into some available properties to see about starting a church there soon. He quickly found a small building on a good piece of property that cost around $5600.
Please be praying for us about this decision. Our thoughts right now are to buy the property and stagger our services which would allow us to run both churches.
Our coworkers, Jeremy & Bekah Hall have also been working in an area called Soweto on the Sea. They are doing Bible studies in the area with the hopes of starting a church there in the next few months or so. Our team had a church close in the area over the last year, so we are excited about the possibilities of seeing a new work started back in this needy area.
- Josh & Meagan Sullivan are in their 3rd month of their internship. They have decided to come back to work in South Africa as church planting missionaries and will be starting full time deputation this January.
- Our oldest son Tyler (pictured above preaching at New Life Baptist Church) turns 18 this month. Pray for him as he has many big decisions to make during the next year.
- $5600 to purchase land for the new church plant in Kwadwesi Extension
- Please pray that the Lord would direct us in the right area to buy property for our future training center.
- Baptistry for New Life Baptist- $350
Praise God for his joy he brings to those that serve him. There are many obstacles we may face here in SA but the joy that God brings is greater than anything we face.
Pastor Sipho and I have been continually discipling about 5 young boys. They age from 13-15 and all profess Christ. They have been coming to most of our services and even came to visitation last Saturday and helped us pass out nearly 500 gospel tracts. Since they are younger the language barrier is still there because they are still learning English in school. Please pray that they will continue to make themselves available to the Lords service. Also, our youth class is growing but we are still trying to get all those who come to youth on Fridays to come to church on Sunday.
Our language learning is going well. Last week we practiced inviting people to church in Xhosa and we are adding more and more sentences each week. This language continues to prove challenging but we know that we cannot be fully successful without being fluent in the language. We must gain the trust of those we plan to work with and this comes with language and culture.
My wife and I celebrated our 5th anniversary at the beginning of this month. God has blessed me with a wonderful wife that willing to sacrifice for the Lords work. I am thankful for her and her family. We also were able to celebrate our son, Avett, first birthday. We are so thankful of the team that is here and to have a family away from our family.
We are starting to book meetings this month. God has continued to burden my hearth that our future is in South Africa. Our goal is to be booked from January to March of 2016 before we return to America in November.
It’s amazing to think we only have 4 months left!! There is so much more we would like to accomplish in the upcoming months ahead. We don’t know want out time to go to waste.
Please pray for:
2. Our health (our whole family has battled stomach virus)
3. Our youth class
4. The 5 young men
5. Mettings to be booked.