Prayer Requests

This morning’s blog is not going to be all nice and entertaining. I just want to raise some points for prayer.

This morning my mother-in-law is starting another round of Chemotherapy. The word in itself disgusts me. She has been battling cancer for about 6 years now and has been on chemo before but the cancer has still not lifted its roots. She has lost her hair and seen it grow back twice already and now she has to go through it all again. I sometimes think that losing her hair might be the worst after-effect of the treatment because it lasts so long after the nausea and sickness has lifted. So I beg of you, please pray for her as she faces this demon again. Pray that the treatment will work and that she will be healed. Please also pray that the after-effects won’t be unbearable and that she will cope.

The second thing I want to ask for is prayer for my husband, Michael. He is on a mission to Nigeria as I have told you about in some of my previous posts. At this time he is in a spiritual crossfire. He says he experiences an intense evil in the atmosphere and although that may sound weird to most he is convinced that the devil is not happy about them being there. He experiences a spiritual onslaught on his mind and his spirit. They will be preaching at a Revival conference this weekend which has been advertised widely through Nigeria, even on Nigeria TV so naturally the devil will be angry and afraid. Please pray for them as they prepare for the Ministry this weekend. Pray for protection of their mind and spirit and also physical protection from danger and harm. Please pray for special guidance from the Holy Spirit as they preach and teach so that many will hear and receive the Gospel.

Thank you for your prayer support in this matter

God bless!

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Full Surrender to the Will of God

And so the day came that I had to send off my husband, the love of my life, to a country where they are killing Christians…

Two nights ago we sat having our last meal together before Michael left for Nigeria and I couldn’t help feeling like we were having the Last Supper. How do I know that he will come back from this trip? My thoughts were all jumbled up and my emotions were rising like a stormy ocean.

For the last couple of months attacks against the Christians in Nigeria have been intensifying. The Islamic terrorist group in Nigeria responsible for causing so much damage to the churches and the Christians there  released a statement just last week saying that their “work” is going to intensify and they will not stop until all the Christians are dead and anyone else who opposes Islam. This group of Jihadists are targeting churches and Christian gatherings in Nigeria by driving car bombs into the midst of the gatherings. Many Christians have been killed or seriously wounded through these attacks.

The following is a e-update by Dr. Peter Hammond, director of Frontline Fellowship www.frontline.org.za

NIGERIA UPDATE

Christians Targeted

Muslim Jihadists continue to attack Christians in Northern Nigeria. Rev. Dachollom Datiri of The Church of Christ in Nigeria has reported that over 100 members of the Church of Christ were killed by Muslim assailants in 12 villages: Dogo, Kakkuruk, Kuzen, Kai, Kura Falls, Maseh, Negon, Ninchah, Pwabiduk, Ngyo and Ruk in Plateau state.

 Islamic Jihad

The attackers were identified as Fulani tribesmen. The Fulani tribe are overwhelmingly Muslim. Most of the victims of the latest attacks are from the Birom tribe which is mostly Christian. Many of the farmers report that their crops have been burned.

 Burned to Death

In Maseh, Christians who had fled their homes found sanctuary in a church building. This building was burned down by Muslim Fulani with 50 Christians killed in the blaze. The Islamicist Terrorist Organisation, Boko Haram, has declared that they are launching these attacks to “achieve our goal of establishing an Islamic state, a caliphate.”

Mission to Nigeria

Please pray for Michael and David involved in a Mission to Nigeria at this time.

“Brethren, pray for us, that the Word of the Lord may run swiftly and be glorified, just as it is with you, that we may be delivered from unreasonable and wicked men; for not all have faith.” 2 Thessalonians 3:1-2

You see, I am not crazy for worrying. This is a dangerous situation! Anything could happen out there and there is a chance that Michael might not come back… This highlights to me an area in my life where I need some growing. I believe the Lord wants to use this situation to teach me to trust Him as well as help me strengthen my prayer life.

I have been praying over Michael for the last 2 weeks, praying for his protection and safety, but I realize that when it comes to a full submission to the Will of God I am sorely lacking.

I am reminded of a Bible story we are all familiar with; the story of Moses who was placed in a basket by his mother and this basket with her precious bundle was put into the river. Imagine how afraid his mother must have been… She may never see her baby again! She was putting him in a river and trusting that God will take care of him. God honoured her faith and protected Moses and ultimately he was used greatly by God.

When we TRUST in Almighty God it means that we submit fully to His Will in our lives. When we surrender our lives to Him it calls for a FULL Surrender of our lives, our plans, our will. There is no room for holding back once you have made that commitment to God.

So this is what I pray:

Our Father in Heaven

We humbly come before You as your children. We love You and we want to serve You. We submit ourselves to Your Will and we pray for Your Protection on Michael as he heads off into dangerous territory. Father, please protect him and guide him. May his life be a testimony there where he goes and may he bring glory to Your Name.

Enfold him in your strong comforting Hands and carry him through the difficult situations. Send Your angels to surround him and protect him from any harm and danger. And yet, not my will but Your Will be done.

And Father if it be Your will that he must not return to me then I pray that You will grant me the grace to submit to Your will and that you will still reign Sovereign in my life.

May You be glorified through our lives…

Cancer… What an ugly word!

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Cancer is a filthy disease! It takes lives, it steals quality and it weakens the soul. My mother-in-law is a warrior against cancer. She was diagnosed with cancer about 6 years ago for the first time and since then it has been an on-going battle.


The treatments are rough and she keeps losing her hair but… she has a golden spirit. Her laughter lights up the world and her love lifts your spirit. She is an encouragement to all who know her and she never lets anything get her down.This post is dedicated to my mother-in-law and others who are bravely and cheerfully waging war against this demon of cancer.
I also found a blog of another cancer survivor which I felt fit this description: Someone who lights up the world…Please check it out if you wanted to be inspired: http://cancerkillingrecipe.wordpress.com/2012/03/05/cancer-killing-recipe/

Field Vehicle Required Urgently!

As we know in our hearts, God doesn’t hang around and wait for things to happen, He makes things happen. Praise His Name!

Referring back to my post, “The Sovereign Will of God”, I wrote about how Michael and I had discussed selling my car and his Nissan SANI in order to purchase a Mission Field Vehicle which was more suitable for travelling up in rural Africa. I also related to you how God brought it about that my car broke down and was sold to the mechanic in Swellendam and how Michael only then received some call-backs on a For-Sale Advert he had placed in Gumtree 2 months prior to this…

Well, one of the call-backs ended in the gentleman coming to look at the Nissan and  he closed the deal with Michael. He will be fetching the Nissan during this week. Praise the Lord!

Now we have a matter for serious prayer and consideration… We will need to get a field vehicle rather urgently as we are now without transportation. This in itself does not have to be a HUGE problem because it encourages us to use the good feet that God blessed us with, as well as the bikes that we have at our disposal. Fortunately Cape Town also has a rather developed public transport system. However, for more specific travelling we would definitely need a vehicle of our own. Michael was also hoping that he would be able to have a Field Vehicle to use for his upcoming Zambia/Malawi/Mozambique mission in August.

We have something specific in mind (for specific reason…). Michael is looking for a Toyota 4×4 Diesel, preferably a double-cab. Our budget is limited so we don’t want anything too expensive but we need something that will be reliable.

…So here I call on you, if anyone knows of something, please let us know.

Going to Nigeria?!… You must be CRAZY!

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Most people shy away from dangerous and unpredictable situations but not my husband. When a dangerous opportunity comes up, he goes in!

I believe that God calls each of His people to a different purpose. It seems that Michael falls into the category of : Dangerous and Unpredictable Mission Outreaches.

ImagePlease pray for Michael as he prepares to go into some of the dangerous areas of Nigeria where Jihadic war is waged on the Christians. 

Please pray for:
  • The protection of the team as they go into Nigeria
  • The ministry to the suffering church
  • The evangelistic outreaches to the Muslims
  • Opportunities to touch lives and bring healing
  • Strength during the intensive ministry (both physical and spiritual)
  • The Light of Christ to shine into this dark and devastated nation.

Although I am afraid of what may happen, I know that the Lord is in FULL control and doesn’t call you into a situation where He isn’t prepared to go with you.

Where He leads we will follow…

http://www.timeslive.co.za/africa/2012/06/17/three-churches-hit-in-nigeria-bombings-seven-killed

A Tribute to my Grandmother.

Today is my Ouma’s birthday…

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She was the one who put me to bed at night and she woke me up in the morning. She taught me the ways of God. She insisted that I read my Bible and pray every night before closing my eyes. It was her arms that comforted me when I hurt. Her hanky wiped my tears or the dirty stains on my face and hands. She sat with me many nights till late as I struggled through math homework and she covered for me sometimes when I was in trouble. 

Ouma taught me to sew, to cook, to bake and all the important things because she knew that one day I would need to be a wife and those things were important for a wife to know. She taught me patience and love. She lived out LOVE and compassion. She was never too busy to listen and she always had a comforting word to say. She always picked up the phone… I miss her so much!

Today was my Ouma’s Birthday… I know she is celebrating in Heaven!

The Sovereign Will of God

I have often asked myself the question… How do I know if something is the Will of God?

Last week I had an exciting experience and it just confirmed to me that God is in control. He directs our paths.

Michael and I have been deliberating about our vehicles for some time now. I have an Audi A4 and he has a Nissan SANI 4×4. We intend to go into the mission field next year and honestly neither of our vehicles are suitable!

My Audi is a good family vehicle to use on respectable roads and will not work out in rural Africa. His Nissan, although it is 4×4, is very thirsty on fuel. It also uses PETROL where up in Africa DIESEL is much more readily available and thus will be the fuel you want to be using. His Nissan is also not roadworthy and far from reliable on the rough roads into Africa.

A couple months ago the light debate started… Should we sell our vehicles?

“My vehicle is good for us to move around here in Cape Town. It is economical and …it’s a nice car!” said I, “so let’s sell your Nissan… It is rusted and not licensed. Let’s not bother anymore with trying to fix it!”.

“No”, says Michael, “The Nissan has a good strong engine. If we sell it we won’t get what it is worth. Let’s sell your car and get the Nissan ready for the field…”

…And so the deliberation continued with neither of us too willing to sell our vehicles. I was desperately clinging to the only thing I feel I possessed (although technically we were married in community of property and even though it was in my name, I didn’t possess the car either…)

So 2 weeks ago we had to go to George for Michael’s eye operation (he had to have a pterygium removed from his eye) and we drove down with my car… We spent a lovely weekend with friends in George and in our travels we came across a Toyota Hilux 4×4 bakkie that Michael thought was perfect! Not only was it Diesel, it was a Toyota (spares are more commonly available in Africa) and it was one of the older models which makes it easier for Michael to fix (he fixes anything!!!). This bakkie was being sold for R69 900. We didn’t have this kind of money and we had resolved not to go into debt so here was a problem…

That night I lay in bed and pondered the matter. I could see an answer to the problem but I didn’t want to see it. What if…? Dared I think it? What if we sold both our vehicles and bought the Toyota? That could probably work but it would mean I had to sell my car!!?

The next day I suggested this to Michael and he was thrilled! What a brilliant idea! The next step was to advertise our vehicles for sale and see what happens. Michael had tried advertising his vehicle in gumtree almost 2 months before this but had had no response so we realised we would need to try more avenues.

Well, God had other plans. On our way back from George my car broke down. We had to get my insurance to come and tow my car to the nearest town (which was Swellendam) where we could assess the problem and decide what to do. The towing company happened to also be a mechanical workshop and they said the car could stay there the night and they would take a look the next morning to see what was wrong with it.

The next morning we were told that the cost for repairing the vehicle was way more than we could afford and we obviously were not planning to keep the car for much longer, so we sold it.

Yes, you heard right. We sold the car to the mechanic. As a last resort Michael just threw the question out there to the mechanic and asked him if he would be interested in buying the car and for how much. The mechanic said yes and gave a reasonable offer and after a short discussion I told Michael that we need to cut our losses and sell the car.

This is how it happened that I came back home car-less… Strangely there was a smile in my heart. I had been listening to the audio book “In His Steps” and God had been speaking into my heart about materialistic things and the hold they have on our lives spiritually. Selling my car, although a sad parting, was like lifting a burden off my shoulders because no longer was this an issue in my life. I was set free from the materialistic attachment I had with this earthly possession.

Now, as I said earlier, Michael had advertised his Nissan almost 2 months before in gumtree but had had no response on his advert. But after my car broke down, a strange thing happened… While we were sitting in the Audi near Swellendam, waiting for the tow-in service to arrive, Michael had 2 calls from different people who had spotted his advert on gumtree and were interested in buying the Nissan. Is that coincidence or what? This was crazy! The next day there was another call from someone who wanted to buy the Nissan and was hoping to come and take a look. Since then there has been a few more calls and they will be coming to look at the Nissan with hopes to buy it.

What an incredible God we serve! I relate this story to you just to show that we sometimes try to organize things but God knows what is best for us and He coordinates things in such a way that everything works out for the best.

Romans 8:28

And we know that all things work together for good to them that love God, to them who are called according to his purpose

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