Dear Pastor and Friends,
I want to begin by thanking all of you who gave so generously last month to Camp Rhino; especially Newton, New Life, and Mt. Carmel Baptist Churches. The land has been purchased and we are about to begin remodeling the structures which are there, as well as make preparations for the installation of several new facilities. Please continue to pray as we are expecting to use the property for camp on December 10th-14th of this year (click here to see a video of the property).
Soweto Baptist Church continues to progress. We are currently studying through and developing our doctrinal statement as a congregation. We do this during our mid-week service and Sunday School. As soon as we finish this, we plan to officially organize the church. Also, I am really enjoying preaching through the book of Ephesians on Sunday mornings. Through this study, Phendulani, a 28 year old young man who has been attending our church off and on for the last six months, made a profession of faith last month.
Our Bible Institute started their studies again on August 21st. From Soweto, there is currently one student enrolled, Matthew Olwethu. We have several others who are showing more and more interest in the Word and work. Please pray with us that more young men and women will step up and begin preparation for the work of the ministry.
The family unit is almost non-existent where we work. Out of the 50+ kids who attend our church, I know of three who have both a mother and father at home. Most are being raised by a grandmother or older sibling. They have no idea what a true family looks like, much less a godly one. Unfortunately, several of our teen girls (as young as 14) have already stepped over into motherhood. I was just informed last week of another young lady who is pregnant. It’s heartbreaking and overwhelming at times. There is an epidemic of kids having kids, continuing in this cycle of chaos. Of course, we know this ultimately stems from a heart issue and the Gospel is the only hope for true change. Please remember and pray for these young ladies and thousands, if not millions, more like them around this country. Also, please join us in praying specifically for 10 new family units at Soweto Baptist Church. These young people desperately need more godly examples to follow.
Another need I would like to put before you this month is a fellow South African church planter, the Bond Family. They have been serving the Lord faithfully here for over a decade with very little recognition and support. They are a solid family of like faith. They are in desperate need of transportation. My brother and I are trying to raise $8000 in order to help buy them a vehicle. If you would be interested in helping with this need, please send any donation to Macedonia labeled “Bond Vehicle Fund.”
One more final prayer request:
Vinchesto is 24 year old young man who visited our church for the first time last Sunday. He came with Wandisile, another young man who was recently saved. Today, while I was studying at the church, Wandisile brought him back so that I could share the Gospel with him personally. The Holy Spirit really seemed to be convicting him. Please pray this young man would see his need for salvation and trust in Christ for reconciliation with God.
Thanks for all you do for us and our Lord Jesus Christ!
Jeremy and Rebekah Hall