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Wilro Park Baptist goes to Limpopo

Posted by 3D-Outreach on 8 August 2014

There are times here at 3D-Outreach when the only part we need to play in helping organise a short term trip is to be a sounding board to the organisers, offer some guidance, check how planning is progressing, and just give some general support. A group from Wilro Park Baptist Church went to Limpopo to be a support and resource to a missionary couple for one week. This was one such trip. Read their story…

“Before the sun was up on Monday morning I was carrying a small black bucket full of water from the water bins on one side of the camp to the water bin on the other side of the camp which would be used to flush the toilet. Little did I know that this would become my designated task for the rest of the week. Some in the team became designated tent-pitchers, some designated trench-diggers, some designated child-carers. Such is the nature of short-term missions.1

The team of ten members from Wilro Park Baptist left comfortable homes and neighbourhoods on Sunday, June 29th and headed for a week to a building site in the Saleka-Mae village in Limpopo. This part of the village is very new, only about three years old. Though it has shebeens and spaza shops, it still lacks a Church.

33Our team joined with missionaries Hennie and Rina Venter to help a local teacher build a Child Care Centre. Hennie and Rina have been faithfully labouring in this region for three decades and their heart’s cry is to see the kingdom of God manifested in the lives and hearts of people.

So while the ‘primary task’ of the week in Limpopo was the building of the Child Care Centre, the opportunity to spread God’s good news amongst people was not lost. A tent was set up next to the building site, and nightly tent-crusades were held: a sound system was errected with massive speakers pointing outwards into the dark night around the tent, and lively worship sounds were blasted into a community that was more familiar with loud tavern music. Testimonies were shared, the Word of God was preached, and times of prayer were held to cry out to God to brin23g a change in the community.

During the days, our team would split up and go in opposite directions into the village where we would meet with people in their homes and gardens, inviting them to the afternoon children’s ministry, and the evening tent crusade, and asking them what their needs are, praying with them and trusting with them to see God’s provision, and also sharing the gospel with those who were willing to hear it.22

Something we must realise as God’s people is that the lost that Jesus came to seek and save, are not only in a little village in Limpopo – they are our neighbours, our friends, our colleagues, our family. And it is not only those who are on a missions trip who are on the front-lines of spiritual warfare – we are, right here where we are.

 Let us serve God in a way that recognises that we are not in a physical battle, but a spiritual one, and that those that God has called us to reach out to are not ‘out there’, but we are surrounded by them. Just as He delights to use us ‘out there’, so He delights to speak to us and through us ‘right here’.

A quick testimony from one of our team members, Andre De Klerk:

“Our Lord works in weird, wonderful and mysterious ways!

I am currently without work and waiting for the Lord to open a new door for me. Being in the position that I am, I felt that I must be available at short notice, if someone wanted to see me for an interview – so going on this trip was out of the question! But the Lord had other plans!

The Lord spoke to me during a Sunday evening service when a friend came up to me after the service and confirmed the Lord’s call for me to go. We, that go, are blessed more than those that receive us! It is always the case and many people have experienced this before and11 can testify to this fact!

During the trip we had the privilege of leading a young single mother by the name of Lebo to accept Jesus Christ as her Lord and Saviour! This alone, made the trip worth my while. Incidentally – Lebo spoke fluent English and she told us that she is from the Eastern Cape.

The Lord works in mysterious ways – He brought her all the way from there to be told by a couple of people from Roodepoort that Jesus loves her and that He died in order for her to have eternal life! In total there were 10 or 12 people who made this decision during the week.

Can you imagine the festivities in Heaven?”

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