Thursday, August 09, 2007

South Africa Update #3: Two men profess to believe

Imagine telling an old man the gospel who had never heard it before and then seeing him come to Christ.

This was my experience on Tuesday. I was in the mostly-AIDS wards at the local hospital here in Pretoria again, and it was my joy to see two men--this older man and a younger man--commit their lives to Christ. My prayer partner Stephen and I were also able to encourage and recommission to greater commitment two or three other men who had already been saved.

Earlier in the week, on Monday, I was run off my feet serving AIDS patients meals and hot drinks. It was a tiring morning; we had a lot of 'customers'!

My girlfriend Lydia (whose passion is refugees and whose heart is for Africa) is joining me from the UK on Saturday morning--woohoo!--and later on that day we are flying to Zambia where I will be seeing my parents for the first time in more than two years. Looking forward to it! We'll be spending nine days in Zambia - including a few days in Mansa, where my parents are based and where I lived for three or four years as a high-schooler.

I will be writing an official prayer letter soon. It has been difficult so far--and still--because of a degree of uncertainty about the future, but "God knows."

Thanks for your prayers. - Nigel
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JULY


AUGUST

14-15 Tue-Wed l'ship retreat (+ below)
14 Tue (7:15pm patch prayer mtg)
15 Wed 6pm dinner w/ Peter T & HE + poss. stayover
16 Thu SL
17-19 Fri-Sun church-plant camping trip - Killbear
19 Sun 5pm fun dinner w/ VT - Burlington
20 Mon 8pm Malkutha oversight mtg (VS)
21 Tue 9:30pm time w/ JVDB (+ patch prayer mtg)
23 Thu poss. time w/ DonM/S
24-25 Fri-Sat writing training wknd - Hamilton
28 Tue 10am CCWM board mtg
31 Fri eve time w/ J/BA+

SEPTEMBER
2-3 Sun-Mon new-staff retreat - Faith Mission
3-7 Tue-Fri VT retreat - Faith Mission
21 Fri MI in-person board mtg
22-23 Sat-Sun poss. visiting AR/UJ+
27 to Oct 3 Thu-Wed Dollar-a-Day

OCTOBER
... Oct 3 (see above) Thu-Wed Dollar-a-Day
5-8 Fri-Mon Thanksgiving long weekend (Mon stat. hol.)
15 to Nov 15 Mon-Thu poss. Europe + India

NOVEMBER
(speaking at Pastor Y's church)
... Nov 15 (see above) Mon-Thu poss. Europe + India
17 Khev's conf
23 Fri MI online board mtg
29 ~J's dad's b'day (poss. party on 30th)

DECEMBER
29: KH/S wedding

2019 on
Feb 15-18: MIer conference
Feb 16: Sat - 10-yr anniv
Feb 18-22: VT retreat
Feb 22-30: time off (poss. Southern Africa)
Apr 1-3: poss. First Chair retreat
May 10, 10am: CCWM board mtg
Jun 15: poss. Prayer Journey (poss. Australia); poss. visit supporters
Jun 25-29: poss. marketplace conf. - Manila
Dec: likely Indonesia