Greetings in the name of our loving Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ, my heart rejoices at the thought of brothers and sisters far and wide who have us in their hearts and prayers. It is with joy that I write this report, because it is a testimony of your prayers and your support.
Here’s what has been happening in Rustenburg.
Personal and Family
We have been doing well as a family in the past month. I (Karabo) have, by the mercies of God, enjoyed good health and have not struggled with my breathing or sinuses. It can be uncomfortable to constantly deal with a blocked nose and shortness of breath regularly, so we thank the Lord for that relief. And also looking forward to the hospital visit on 14 November where my nasal polyps will be removed through a minor operation.
My wife has been taking piano classes at a college just a kilometre from our home, with the hope that she will be playing soon at church since we don’t have a pianist. Her musical aptitude has given her a great advantage in learning some of the things quicker. Hopefully she’ll be playing sometime next year.
We’ve been enjoying going through the New City Catechism together, which makes for great conversations around issues of doctrine and its practical outworking in daily life.
September and October have been busy months in terms of preaching engagements outside the church. I had the privilege of preaching at a conference in a village (Phokeng) some fifteen kilometres from the Rustenburg town, which opened other doors of being able to serve leaders in these areas.
I was also invited to address the Grade 12 learners of a high school in a nearby township in their farewell ceremony. Our desire is that this opportunity will result in more opportunities of sharing the gospel with the teachers and learners of the school in the near future. Please remember us in your prayers.
Another great opportunity was preaching at Antioch Bible Church pastored by Tim Cantrell. We have benefited a lot from the ministry of Antioch to our church, so it was a great pleasure to return the favour of God’s blessings by sharing the word with the saints there.
One of our desires for Central Baptist Church Rustenburg is to see the church led by a plurality of elders. For a while I have been the only elder with an outstanding team of deacons.
In September, the church officially recognised one of the men at church, David Nyosi, as an elder. It was a joyous occasion to recognise David as an elder for CBCR. He has been a great blessing to the church and exemplary in his family and personal life.
A highlight for October was a church camp we have long been praying and planning for. At some point, I thought of cancelling the whole thing, thinking that the response would be poor, but the response was great and we had a blessed weekend of fellowship and being fed from God’s word. The theme of the camp was “Know, Love and Worship: Meditating on the Attributes of God.” The response to the teaching was encouraging. We look forward to having another camp in 2019.
We also praise the Lord for the two weekly Bible studies that are well attended, and occasionally we have visitors who also attend, some who are not saved. May God bring them to saving faith as they hear his word.
Thank you so much for your prayers for and involvement in the life and progress of Central Baptist Church Rustenburg.
How Can You Pray for Us?
- Praise the Lord for adding an elder to the church (David Nyoni).
- Pray for the elders and deacons that God will give them wisdom and strength as they shepherd the church.
- Pray for my wife (Khensi) and I—that God would use us in the lives of the people at church.
- Pray for the effective witness of the church in the community of Rustenburg.
- Pray for the spiritual, numerical and financial growth of the church.