Karabo and his wife Khensi and their two boys

“…I will build my church and the gates of hell shall not prevail against it” – Matthew 16:18

The promise of our faithful Lord and Saviour has been a great encouraging in the season we find ourselves in as we serve God’s people in Rustenburg. Jesus Christ is committed to the success of His church, and this frees us from anxiety in the midst of challenges and discouragement. Below is a brief report what God has been doing in our family and the church.

 

Family Life

The past few months have been mixed with both trials and joys. Strangely, my wife and I  have been struggling with constant headaches, but my wife’s have been much worse.  She was given medication for migraines and has been responding well to the  medication. On the other hand, we are experiencing the sustaining grace of God in our  family – raising our boys (Lwazi and Nkazimulo) has been a joy and it is wonderful to see  the grow. Recently I have started with my Masters Degree in the New Testament after a generous sponsorship to pay for my studies – I pray it will be a fruitful endeavour and  will work to serve the church well in the future.  

Church Life:

It has been encouraging to see how the church is growing in their desire to pray together.  Seeing God’s people on their knees together calling on the name of Lord is something  that has been a joy. We have been intentional about meeting together for prayer during  the week as a church and gathering before church. 

We have started with street evangelism in the inner city, it is an area that is frequented by people, presenting a great opportunity to reach many with the gospel. This has also  presented an opportunity for one on one with those who stop to hear the word being  preached. Our desire is that God will bring fruit from this by drawing his own people to  the saving knowledge of Jesus Christ.  

However, amidst the progress, we have encountered challenges inherent to our  transient town. With the platinum price dropping to its record low, many people are  leaving Rustenburg in search of employment elsewhere. Since late last year, we have  seen a significant number of members leave Rustenburg, and unfortunately, this trend  has continued into the current year. Several members who were with us at the beginning  of the year have since moved away, impacting our church’s stability. 

One of the most tangible effects of this exodus has been felt in our finances. From  October 2023 to February 2024, the church faced difficulties in meeting its financial  obligations, particularly in paying rates and taxes. However, through prudent  management and the generosity of remaining members, we have been able to stabilize  our financial situation in recent months. However in the midst of all this, our hope remains secured that Christ will build His  church, and that the gospel will prevail.  

What to pray for: 

  • Pray for faithfulness and perseverance as we serve the church 
  • Pray for our evangelism efforts, that God will be pleased to save many Pray for financial stability as we experience a loss of members
  •  Pray that some of our church members will stay in Rustenburg instead of moving.