“He who did not spare his own Son but gave him up for us all, how will he not also with him graciously give us all things?”
Dear family and friends,
It is with much gratitude that we write to you. As we reflect on what the Lord has been teaching us this year, our hearts are full of joy, thanksgiving, and praise to our Lord who continues to lavish his grace upon us.
We began our year with so much anxiety, worrying about our church stability and financial support after some of our already few church members have been taken off our membership roll for different reasons. In response, we strengthened our grip onto things we can control and approached the unknown with much anxiety. However, the Lord taught us that he is never out of control, His sovereignty is peculiar. God, through his people, continues to build his church, raising godly families to serve and graciously provides for our needs and blesses us with privileges we could have never dreamt of.
After almost two years of daunting process, the adoption of our baby boy has been granted. Reatlegile, whose name means “we have been enabled” is officially the Leballo boy. We praise the Lord! Our family is doing well, children are all doing well, and growing too fast for us. We thank the Lord for our good health, strength, protection, and providence.
We were so thrilled to receive an invitation and sponsorship to be part of the TMAI President’s Retreat during November. It was an awesome time of fellowship, learning, encouragement, prayer, and leisure. The Lord has used this trip, and a few other sponsored trips we had this year, to show us his love and care for us, draw us closer to him, to exalt him, trust him, and find our satisfaction in him.
From Panic to Peace
Romans 8 is one of the most beautiful and most loved chapters in the whole Bible. In the culminating paragraph at the end, Paul encourages the Christians to know that the all-powerful, all-knowing God has promised to work everything out to our ultimate good: “to be conformed to the image of his Son” (v. 29b). Why should we be anxious? Why should we fear? Why should we worry? He who did not spare his own Son but gave him up for us all, how will he not also with him graciously give us all things?
“For my name’s sake I defer my anger; for the sake of my praise I restrain it for you, that I may not cut you off. Behold, I have refined you, but not as silver; I have tried you in the furnace of affliction. For my own sake, for my own sake, I do it, for how should my name be profaned? My glory I will not give to another.”
For the sake of God’s name being rightly represented in the world, we need to be jealous for the witness of his church. Why? So that God’s glory might be spread and magnified. As Mark Dever has so often said, “Church revitalisation is a kingdom two-for-one. You tear down a bad witness and set up a good one in its place.” Early in the second semester, we partnered with Antioch Bible Church in order to strengthen One Hope Baptist Church in South Hills, Johannesburg. It is such a joy to hear of the great testimonies of God’s grace in building his church from strength to strength.
We praise the Lord for the ministry of these two brothers from our church. They both graduated from Christ Seminary end of November. They obtained their B.Th with cum laude and Siphamandla topped the course academically and history subject. Menzi will work part-time secular job and serve as an intern, while Siphamandla will be furthering his theological studies. To God be the glory.
- Praise God for his faithfulness and provision.
- Praise him for the official adoption of our fourth addition.
Our request: If you feel led to support us financially, or know someone who may be interested, please do so through our church account.
Account Name: Moletsane Baptist Church
Banking Institution: First National Bank (FNB)
Account Number: 62668410154
Branch Name: Maponya Mall
Branch Code: 250-655
Swift Code: FIRNZAJJXXX
This will enable us to get a fixed monthly salary from our church through your support.
Thank you for taking the time to read this. We are hugely grateful for your support.