D2D - South Africa
OK -- It is 10:30 pm and I am just updating the blog here. We finished with the conference around 7:00pm -- as planned. I will say this is one of the most punctual groups that I have dealt with in Africa -- we almost started and finished on time for everything -- amazing. We passed out our Certificates for the group tonight and I had a chance to try and pronounce the names in Zulu -- I basically murdered the names -- especially the "clicking sounds" but that was part of the closing entertainment!
We had a really powerful time in the last couple days. A few people were not able to come back from last night -- but we still had a group of around 38. I was amazed that their attention span lasted through the day. God really blessed our time together -- we covered quite a bit of material. Emma, from Oasis taught the class "Accepting the Facts" and had a very inspired story with pictures that told the details in such a creative way. It served as a basis for reference for the whole day -- Dr. Jane Hampton did a wonderful job in teaching us how to "Manage our Bodies" and I spoke on "Applying Faith", "Communicating Positively", "Managing Spiritual Health", and "Life In Christ."
We had a time prayer for each person afterwards and even had communion together as a group -- a powerful time of remembering the Lords sacrifice for us. When it came time to have communion -- there was a good group of people that wanted to receive Christ for the first time, so they could participate in Communion -- which was a thrill for all of us!
Praise Nkosi -- what would we have done without him? -- he interpreted for everyone! All the sessions and did such a great job. I tell you I feel I am joined with him at the Hip -- it is so natural to minister with him. We even had him lead us in worship many times during the day.
Heather Liebenberg, Scott Kotze and Karen Pretorious fixed such a wonderful dinner and fixed up the dining room with candles , fresh flower arrangements, non-alcoholic cider and such great touches -- I felt spoiled myself and I know the group who participated was really blessed. We were able to pray for each person and send them out with a blessing.
I am really "Spent" as they say. But I cannot tell you what it feels like to impart to others the Life and Hope that God has given me through His Son Jesus and see these individuals leave with a heightened sense of purpose and calling -- what a great privilege.
The First pic is a group shot with most of the participants -- some had to leave early - the second -- of one of the tables at our dinner together.
Tomorrow morning - I take Praise to the airport for a 6:30am flight -- he goes to Johannesburg -- I leave an hour an a half later to Cape Town and will be speaking at St. Matthews Church tomorrow evening at 6:00pm. I will let you know how it goes. I will be in Cape Town for the next 5 days -- hoping to rest up before China.......
So grateful for the whole group at Oasis & Seed of Hope -- what a family!