Tuesday, October 6, 2009

September Muizenberg DTS Well Under Way...

A rough glance at the students and classroom:

We are now on our 3rd week of the Discipleship Training School (DTS) here at our home base in South Africa, discussing all about relationships. This is a topic that digs up a lot of things in people's past and makes students aware of areas that still need healing before they can move on in their journey with Christ Jesus. We are 28 students and 3 full-time staff from 11 different nations.

Two of our students, Jo from Switzerland and Mashadi from South Africa, were baptized in the 2nd week of school in the nearby Atlantic Ocean:

Meditated on John 6 this morning, after assigning the students their first memory verse, but God led me in worship to meditate specifically on Hebrews 9:14; this was after a theme of unworthiness was coming through in the class… “how much more will the blood of Christ…purify our conscience from dead works to serve the living God”… It is when I am seeking to live rightly on my own strength and I fail that I believe in the lie that I am unworthy to be called God’s child (John 1:12). What makes me worthy is that faith in Christ, who alone holds the authority to make His followers worthy of God’s grace and favor. We are free from dead works therefore…
If we do not believe God has made us new, how can we have any authority or persevering passion to make His character and redemptive work known to others?

Thandi and I have been privileged to lead one of the small groups with two other newly-married couples, and it has been completely new for me. Just speaking for myself as a new husband, this group has aided me in changing my way of thinking about life together with my wife, altering my mindset to look to the interests of my wife before my own. It is no longer just me following hard after Christ’s heart for the tribes, but God, in His overriding wisdom, has seen fit to unite me wholeheartedly to another human being whom He has designed to fulfill me and His calling on my life. And the same, I know, goes for Thandeka. I know that our union will at least double my effectiveness in long-term missions building and discipling believers in South Sudan and beyond.

In other news, we found out that our DRC (Congolese) neighbor we had just met a few days prior (when he came by to check on our place after I had severely burned some popcorn--I used the wrong oil) had his wife in the hospital after a C-section was performed on her to deliver the baby girl. While the baby was healthy, the wife got a bad infection and had been in the hospital for nearly two weeks.
We have since visited them and helped out with supper to see the mother and baby back home and healthy. What an answer to prayer! I hope to get a photo of this family soon enough. They are quite literally the only other tenants in our building we have met that are under 50 years old.

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