Missions in Africa, Inc.
June 11, 2011
Dear Friends and Family,
Greetings from Swaziland! We want to wish you “Happy Memorial Day” just a little bit late. As the USA enters into summer, we are entering into winter which means an occasional frost at night (5 times already!) and daytime highs of 70-80F.
The Lord is doing amazing things here in Swaziland. We wanted to give you a quick update on “discipleship” through Bride of Christ Church, “mercy ministry” at “I Am Not Forgotten” orphan homes, and lastly, “evangelism and healing” at the Government Hospital.
DISCIPLESHIP: Over the past 4 years we have been working with Pastor Mbongeni Ndlovukasi at Bride of Christ Church. We have helped build the Church building, the orphan home on the same site, and have done outreach on an ongoing basis. The church has stabilized at about 120 on a Sunday. In the last six months Bride of Christ has started cooperating with six other churches in the area. The Pastors of these seven churches have been coming together under the banner of Jesus to advance the Kingdom of God in Mpolonjeni, Swaziland. This is the unity that Jesus himself prayed for in John 17:23, “May they be brought to complete unity to let the world know that you sent me..” This is truly amazing that seven different churches would cooperate in a discipleship program! This is unheard of in Swaziland.
We introduced the ISOM (International School of Ministry) discipleship curriculum to the seven pastors and they loved it. They in turn identified people in their churches that would want to participate in the program. The Pastors also told other Pastors in the area and we now have 64 students, 15 of them are Pastors! We meet every Saturday from 9am to 1pm. The curriculum is from the International School of Ministry in California. It is a 5 trimester course of study that leads to a certificate in theology after 3 trimesters and a diploma in theology after 5 trimesters. We are very excited about what the Lord is doing through this school.
MERCY MINISTRY: Ruth Dlamini has just moved her household of 11 orphans into a beautiful new house. This was made possible by the generous donations of many people back in the USA. Each child is now able to share a bedroom with three others rather than having all 11 sleeping on the floor in one room. The bathroom is attached to the house rather than down a dirt path. The kitchen is attached as well rather than being in a separate structure.
EVANGELISM AND HEALING: Last week we took a small team of American college kids into the Government Hospital to do ministry. We gave them our testimony about the healings that we have been seeing and they were really excited to see what the Lord was doing. There was a lady sitting in her bed and indicated that she wanted to receive the Lord. So we prayed with her and she received Jesus Christ as her Lord and Savior. Then she said that she was paralyzed and wanted to walk. We asked her if she believed that Christ was willing and able to do it and she gave a good confession that “Yes He can and He is willing.” So we began to pray for her to receive the use of her legs. As we prayed she began to move her toes, then her feet, then her legs. When we finished praying she said that she had to go to the bathroom and wanted to walk to the bathroom. She moved her legs to the side of the bed and put her weight on her legs?she was no longer paralyzed. The college students and other people in the hospital witnessed the day that “the paralyzed lady walked.” Praise the Lord as he continues to confirm his gospel message with miracles!
Thank you for your prayers. The Kingdom of Heaven continues to touch down here in Swaziland.
Grace and Peace to you,
Randy and Karen Brennan