🎶 🎶 I’m glaaad to be here at Vacation Bible School….Vacation Bible School… Vacation Bible School. 🎶 🎶
It’s about that time of the year when VBS starts up all over the country.
This is turning out to be a special time for Camp Rhino. Many churches announced they plan to donate their VBS offering to help purchase the 15 to 20 acres of property for the start of the camp and training center.
Just this past Sunday, Pastor Justin Gazaway of Catoosa Baptist Tabernacle in Ringgold, GA let us know they will be giving their VBS offering to Camp Rhino. What an honor and blessing.
It’s incredible to think how kids in the US will be bringing their pennies, nickels, dimes, and quarters to reach kids in South Africa with the Gospel of Jesus Christ.
With more than $30,000 coming in the past few months, our goal of $100,000 is getting closer and closer. Please pray we continue to advance toward this goal.
I look forward to see how this Camp and Training Center ministry aids our churches in impacting our communities and country with the Gospel of Christ.
I’m excited to announce this past week we passed the $30,000 mark for Camp Rhino.
God continues to bless and people continue to get involved.
On top of passing the $30,000 on Sunday, yesterday, I received notice that a business in Marietta, GA sent in $500 to help.
I’m looking forward to see what will happen this summer. Many have let us know they plan to donate their VBS and Children’s Crusade offerings to help us purchase the property. It’s neat to think about American children giving to reach African children.
Please continue to pray.
This past weekend we ended the month at Community Baptist Church in Curwensville, PA with Pastor Todd Hogue and his great family. It was an honor to be a part of their missions conference this year. Community Baptist Church has been supporting our family since 2012.
On Sunday evening of the conference, the church took up a special offering for Camp Rhino. Pastor Hogue left the offering open for the following Wednesday and Sunday, so we don’t yet know what that amount will be. As soon as we have those numbers we will update you.
We also had another $753 extra come in for the camp before the end of April. We’re going to be very close to our April goal. Thank you all for praying and giving. It still amazes me that over $30,000 has been given to purchase property for the camp. Only around $65,000 to go:)
Here’s a little taste of what’s to come. This little guy is a main character that will be coming out soon in a children book series we are creating centered at Camp Rhino to help promote Bible principles involving missions. Be on the lookout for release date.
Meet Robby Rhino:
God continues to grow his Church. Soweto Baptist Church is a year and five months old now. It is unbelievable how quickly time has passed. There is still so much work to be done. We have seen several saved since our last letter; one of the more exciting decisions for me was a 19 year old young man who has been faithfully attending our church for over 8 months now, Aphelele Nyodi. Several of you have been praying with us for him since he began coming. Just last week, Sunday April 30th, he made his decision public and followed the Lord in baptism. Also baptized in April was 15 year old Likamva Teyisa, and 17 year old Yolisa Banda (on the right).
Easter weekend was really exciting at Soweto. Our guys worked very hard and their work paid off. There were 20 first time visitors for our special service and we had over 150 in attendance. Also that day, we had 7 of our young men stand up and give 2-3 messages. All of them did an incredible job and are showing great potential.
Also, last month we received a shipment of 100,000 tracts from Chick Tract Publications. These are now being distributed between the churches here. Soweto Baptist Church has already passed out several thousand and seen several visitors come as a result of their work. Thank you to all those who made this possible.
Other Prayer Requests:
- This month at Soweto there will be two special services, Mother’s Day Service on 14th, and on the 21st we will have a Family Day (Picture Day).
- There are only three weeks left in our Bible Institute, pray that all our students finish strong.
- Our calendar is almost completely full for our upcoming furlough. We only have a few Wednesday nights available, and 2 Sundays in November. If you are interested in us coming by your church, please contact me asap.
Thank you so much for your continued support and prayers!
Jeremy and Rebekah Hall
It is hard to believe that the first quarter of 2017 is almost over. February was a productive month. We had a few hick-ups getting our Bible institute started. Immigration did not want to release our materials. After a two week delay, classes were finally able to commence on February 7th. This semester the students are studying an overview of the Poetic Books, the OT Books of History, and James. Classes will continue through May 14th.
Last month, at Soweto Baptist Church, we had a special movie night. We showed the “Jesus Film.” There were more than two dozen visitors. At the end, we gave a simple Gospel presentation and four people stayed longer to receive more information and make professions of faith.
We also had a very unexpected trip to Johannesburg last month. My sister-in-law’s brother, Gavin Theron, passed away from a brain aneurysm. He was only 33 years old. He was a good friend, and we were actually invited to go up this month for his wedding. As you can imagine, this has been very hard on everyone. Please remember Corli (my sister-in-law), Corne (his fiancé), Thersia (his mother), and all the family in your prayers.
Our furlough plans are coming along well. We still have several services available. If you would like for us to come by and give an update, please contact us. Again, this is going to be a very short furlough (4 months), Aug 23-Jan 3. Our main purpose is to raise some additional funds, so if you know of any churches interested in supporting church planting in South Africa, we would appreciate your recommendations.
This month at Soweto Baptist Church:
- We continue with our weekly homiletics class. There are currently six guys participating. Several of them will be preaching in a special midweek service at the end of the month.
- Youth meetings have begun again on Friday night. Missionary Stephen Underwood and Thamsanqa Olifant are lead this meeting.
- 10,000 new tracks have been ordered and shipped and we will soon begin distribution.
- Rebekah continues to meet every Tuesday with several “mamas” for basic discipleship.
We praise the Lord for you and your participation in our work. Your faithfulness to pray and give means more than you know.
Jeremy and Rebekah Hall