It has been a while since we wrote a newsletter, mainly because there was not too much to tell. We would however like to tell you that we have now decided to join the staff of Youth With a Mission (YWAM) Muizenberg and have been accepted officially. This will not have too much of an impact on what we are doing at the moment, but things might change soon. The base has been quite open to us continuing with what we are doing at the moment. Our main involvement on the base will be in missionary care and counselling. This is also a part of the ministry at the base that still need to develop more.
We have been doing some missionary care in our own capacity over the past few years by visiting missionary friends in their respective ministries. We have also done so recently by visiting some friends near Luanshya in Zambia during June/July. They are involved with an organisation ,Foundation for Cross-Cultural Education, that focuses on training educators for the mission field. It was quite interesting to see the work that they are doing in Zambia, but also in South Africa and Namibia. While in Zambia we also had the opportunity to visit the YWAM base in Livingstone, and see what is happening in that area.
I (Jaco) am still working with Hope Prison Ministries in Pollsmoor prison in Cape Town and I love it. I go there 4 mornings a week. One morning I do an interactive Bible study with men who are open to the gospel. They are still awaiting trial which easily can take up to a year when they don’t plead guilty. We desperately need Bibles. I can buy a Bible for around 3 euro’s. Two other mornings I counsel male prisoners. In general they are addicts of methamphetamines called tik. They come from poor and dysfunctional families and most of them really want to change. One man has killed two people and has decided to come clean. One of the signs of conversion is that he has stopped lying in court and pleaded guilty. Another sign of conversion is that they care for other prisoners. An unconverted person normally is only busy with his own needs. “I need socks, a Bible, a phone card”. Their prayer is normally to get out of prison as soon as possible.
I also have a Bible study group with ladies in a small group. They really open up and often the tears are flowing. Women are in the minority in the prison. Most of them are drug addicts but some are co-dependents. Our prayer is that we get no girls that just want to meet each other and are not interested in God or sharing in the group.
Charmaine still works at The Haven, a shelter for homeless in Wynberg, about ten kilometres from our home. She really loves her work and there is a good team spirit among the staff. It is winter in Cape Town and during this period a lot of people are looking for shelter and want to get off the streets.
I used to work two afternoons a week for the Dutch School in Cape Town (SNSK). The school was in a crisis, the director has resigned and because of the situation some parents have withdrawn their children from the school. Because there are not enough pupils I only work one afternoon per week now. This has an impact on our income, as my income has been halved now.
If you want to donate money to support us or for bibles you can donate money to Stichting Support,Heemstede.
Bank account: IBAN: NL82ABNA0597377367 (BIC: ABNANL2A)
Your donations are tax deductable in The Netherlands. Please mention Bijbels Zuid-Afrika (for the bibles) or Zuid-Afrika (when you want to support us). Stichting Support has a lot of other projects.
If you like to read we suggest you to read a Dutch book by Adriaan van Dis called Tikkop.
Greetings and love from a wet Cape Town.
Jaco and Charmaine