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