Dankbaarheid vir bydrae

Die getuienisbediening wil graag ‘n woord van dank gee aan die gemeentelid wat in die hart gedring was om die splinternuwe baba-stootwaentjie te skenk, waar die behoefte groot was.

Dit is met dankbaarheid ontvang.

Program vir Getuienisnaweek 12 -14 Julie 2024

Program

Programleier: Dr Frans Hancke
Vrydag 12 Julie 2024

17h00 – 18h00: Besigtiging van uitstallings in kerksaal
18h00 – 18h10: Verwelkoming deur Ds Charné Viljoen in kerkgebou
18h15 – 18h40: Eugene Pienaar van die Gideons in kerkgebou
18h45 – 19h30: Ds Hendrik Saayman van NGK Houtbaai in kerkgebou
19h30: Kuier rondom sop en broodjies in kerksaal
Saterdag 13 Julie 2024
09h00 – 09h30: Besigtiging en toeligting van uitstallings in kerksaal
09h30 – 10h00: Opening en Pietman Davids in kerkgebou
10h00 – 10h40: Marina Louw van Frontiers SA in kerkgebou
10h45 – 11h15: Dr Jurie Vermeulen van Radio FEBA in kerkgebou
11h20 – 11h50: Dr Johan Louw van MegaVoice International in kerkgebou
11h50 – 12h10: Pouse : Besoek 1 uitstallingstasie van jou eie keuse
12h15 – 12h45: Fred en Paula Berrington van YWAM in kerkgebou
12h50 – 13h30: Suria Scholtz van Ethnos International in kerkgebou
13h30: Verversings en besig ging/gesprekvoering met gassprekers en uitstallers
Sondag 14 Julie
10h00 – 10h40: Afsluiting van Getuienisnaweek deur Ds Hendrik Saayman in kerkgebou
10h40 – 11h00: Nagmaal deur Ds Charné Viljoen in kerkgebou
11h00: Tee/koffie en verversings in kerksaal
Sondag na die kuiergeleentheid kan die uitstallings, wat Vrydag opgestel was, verwyder word
Enige donasies is welkom en kan by NGK Groot-Brakrivier inbetaal word.
(FNB rekening nr 53083186511, tak: 210314).Verwysing: Getuienisnaweek.

Die Sprekers.

Eugene Pienaar – GideonsTema: “Bybelse beginsels vir effektiewe sending.”
Eugene is getroud, het 3 volwasse kinders en was vir 26 jaar deel van hul familie boerdery besigheid. In 1992 by Gideons aangesluit en in verskeie portfolios en ampte gedien. Hy was ook bevoorreg om vanaf 2017 tot 2022 as Streeks Veld Offisier te dien vir die Gideons Internasionaal in Belize, Bahamas, Cayman Eilande, Jamaica, Mauritius, Reunion, Rodriques Eiland, Angola en Senekal.Dr Johan Louw – MegaVoice International Africa
Tema: “Is 100 miljoen genoeg?”

Ds Hendrik Saayman – NGK Houtbaai
Ds Hendrik is getroud, het 3 volwasse kinders en is voltydse leraar sedert 1984 en tans by NGK Houtbaai. Is ook sedert 2011 by Die_PLAN, ‘n organisasie wat geloofsgemeenskappe bewus maak van hulle Goddelike roeping om die Koninkryk van God te dien in hulle plaaslike gemeenskappe en die wêreld.
Tema Vrydagaand: “’n Geesdriftige Gemeente” Hand. 19
Sondag preek: “Wie weet wat?” Skrif: Luk. 1:1-4

Dr Jurie Vermeulen Radio FEBA
Dr Jurie is getroud, het 2 volwasse seuns en het sy PhD in Christelike Leierskap aan die Universiteit van Pretoria behaal. Hy het ‘n passie vir opleiding, begeleiding, sending en uitdra van die Evangelie. Hy is tans die Hoof Uitvoerende Beampte van Radio FEBA.
Dr Johan is getroud, het 3 volwasse kinders en was 26 jaar in die onderwys waar hy gedien het as onderwyser, Departementshoof, Dosent, Opvoedkundige Sielkundige, Inspekteur van Onderwys en Skoolhoof. Hy leef tans sy roeping en passie uit naamlik: Die skepping van fisiese, psigiese en geestelike welvaart aan mense wat Hoop nodig het.
Tema: “Dissipelmaking in ‘n wêreld wat nie lees nie.”

Dr Johan Louw MegaVoice International Africa
Dr Johan is getroud, het 3 volwasse kinders en was 26 jaar in die onderwys waar hy gedien het as onderwyser, Departementshoof, Dosent, Opvoedkundige Sielkundige, Inspekteur van Onderwys en Skoolhoof. Hy leef tans sy
Tema: “Dissipelmaking in ‘n wêreld wat nie lees nie.”


Fred en Paula Berrington – YWAM
Fred en Paula is getroud met twee volwasse seuns en sedert die seuns uit die huis is, doen hulle baie uitreike en opleiding nasionaal en internasionaal. Fred is tans Internasionale leier van Frontier Missions by YWAM nadat hy die laaste 4 jaar in hulle leierskapspan gedien het. Hy het ‘n passie vir sending en dissipelskap opleiding.
Tema: “Stories vanuit die sendingveld.”

Marina Louw – Frontiers SASuria Scholtz – Ethnos Movement International
Marina het twee volwasse kinders, een kleindogter en het 7 jaar saam met haar oorlede man, as diplomate in Suid-Amerika diens gedoen. Sy het 26 jaar lank onderwys gegee, en het ‘n groot liefde vir die skepping, natuur en verskillende kulture. Sy is reeds dekades by sending betrokke en is sedert 2017 die voltydse mobiliseerder by Frontiers SA, Jesus vir Moslems.Coen en Suria Scholtz lei die sendingorganisasie, Ethnos Movement International vanaf George in die Suid-Kaap en is al vir amper dertig jaar voltyds betrokke by sending. Hulle het vir baie jare in Zambië gewoon en gewerk en het 11 kinders waarvan 2 biologies is. Suria se bediening sluit in radiogleuwe, motiveringspraatjies, vrouekonferensies en skryfwerk.
Tema: “Tot aan die uithoeke van die wêreld.”Tema: “-30, ‘n Strategie vir Sending.”

Suria Scholtz Ethnos Movement International
Coen en Suria Scholtz lei die sendingorganisasie, Ethnos Movement International vanaf George in die Suid-Kaap en is al vir amper dertig jaar voltyds betrokke by sending. Hulle het vir baie jare in Zambi ë gewoon en gewerk en het 11 kinders waarvan 2 biologies is. Suria se bediening sluit in radiogleuwe, motiveringspraatjies, vrouekonferensies en skryfwerk.
Tema: “-30, ‘n Strategie vir Sending.

Uitstallers:

Sendingnuus: Madagaskar – The week 30 June 2024

I finally received that small document which states that I have deposited my file for the renewing of my visa.  I was relieved until I noticed that all the information concerning my passport and previous visa, was completely wrong.  I want to say done on purpose, but let’s be positive.  I have to go back and apply for a new one. 

Dries is almost done with the work on the centre box of the boat.  It is slow work, but has already made a big difference.

Larisdiana and Sitraka welcomed their second child, another girl, named Mariska.  They are really good parents and such an example of what a godly family should look like. 

All our grade 5 students passed the national exam. One of the Ampamata students did not make it.   There were five of them this year and we are very proud of them for this big accomplishment. 

Have a blessed week.

Sendingnuus uit Madagaskar: Die Week 23 Junie 2024

….or rather The Weeks!  The last few weeks have been busy and that explains the fact that I have not posted any news.  Not for a lack of news though.  The schools closed on Friday and we had our concert in the afternoon. I’ll do a special post about that.

So what have we been doing you might ask.  Dries had a couple of demanding weeks.  He got a lot done on the boat. Amidst that, the Land Rover decided to give trouble and that meant that he spent a week to get the starter fixed, together with some other problems waiting to happen.  

What I thought was going to be a routine visa renewal, turned out to be anything but. Foreigners are obliged to use an agent for this process and Mr Einstein impressed me with his professional attitude.  I am sure that he also thought that this was going to be simple, but never underestimate the government offices in Madagascar.  They are masters at the art of digging and finding something they could use against you.  My previous visa had been obtained in the ‘good old days’ when corruption was not so rampant yet.  It was also at the time when the biometric system was introduced with the result that I had paid for my residency card, but never actually got it.  So to cut a long story short, even though I was able to produce proof of payment, this was of course seen as an opportunity and I have now been told that I would have to pay a fine of which the amount seems to change by the week.  We are now at R15 000.  On Friday, Einstein accompanied me to the ‘prefecture’ where photo’s and fingerprints are taken for the new residency card.  Imagine my despair when I was told that it would be better to start a new application with a transformable visa, which means leaving the country, basically what Dries had to do.  I decided to say nothing and to Einstein’s credit, he handled it very well by phoning the ministry in Antananarivo directly.  We were told that that would not be necessary.  We ask for prayer please.  Apart from the financial implication, it is just all so wicked. 

Bruno, the owner of the boat yard where Gabriel is parked, asked me if I could give English classes to a young girl who just finished her studies and who he was supporting to do an internship in France.  This position also requires English and we have until October to get her ready.  That means three to four hour sessions twice a week which requires a lot of preparation.  I always enjoy teaching and Martine is also asking questions about our faith, so I find that very encouraging.  Please pray that the Holy Spirit will show her the way to Jesus. 

We have two months before school starts in September.  The main focus will be Gabriel, but we need to build a classroom at JoshGen school.  Euphrasie will have to take care of the organisation of the building as Dries will not be able to be there full time. 

Alice is home for the holidays. She has one more year of school.  Dries and Alice are biltong lovers and that was the first thing they had done after she arrived. 

Have a blessed week.

Sendingnuus: Oekraïne Junie 2024

Oekraïne

(Nuusbrief ge-anomiseer ter beskerming van ons dienswerkers)

Liewe vriende en familie

Partykeer op ‘n dag soos vandag het ek die Here so nodig. Dan kyk ek op na die berge en ek weet waar my hulp vandaan gaan kom. Hy kom en Hy tel elke stukkende potskerf op en maak my heel. Hy gee vir my in hierdie vreeslike stilte die mooiste sonsondergang. Jesus. 

Verlede Maandag het ons die derde Gebedsontbyt geleentheid gehad. Al die pastore en kerkleiers van ons streek is na die spesiale geleentheid genooi. Die Adjunk raad leiers van die streek asook die burgemeesters van twee dorpe was teenwoordig. Die Amerikaanse ambassadeur van NAVU Kurt Volker was ook daar asook die spesiale teenwoordiger van die Amerikaanse staatsdepartement vir Oekraine was teenwoordig.  Dit was vir my so groot voorreg toe hulle my gevra het om die dag af te sluit en in Afrikaans te bid vir Oekraine en vir vrede in Oekraine.

Bid  asseblief saam vir vrede in Oekraine en vir die Here se beskerming. Die nuwe koring oes is gereed en die hawe gaan weer bedrywig raak, wat die suide weer ‘n teiken maak. Dankie dat julle intree vir my en die mense van die suide. Die Here is so getrou. 

Ons bussie en my kar gee weer probleme. Die bussie moet die week ingaan om reg gemaak te word, voor die jeugkamp begin.

Ek het nie ‘n sent om daarvoor te betaal nie en ek weet nie hoe ons dit gaan doen nie. Ek is baie dankbaar vir die bussie, maar hy is al so oud. Ons het hom tweedehands gekoop meer as 20 jaar gelede. Elke jaar moet ons so baie op hom spandeer om te laat regmaak aangesien hierdie paaie so sleg is. Bid asseblief saam met my vir ‘n voertuig vir die kerk. Al die kos vir die bejaardes in die gemeente word met hom rondgery asook en alle bedienings. 

Die manne ouer as 25 gaan omtrent nie uit hul huise nie, want mans word van die straat af geneem om oorlog toe gestuur te word. Niemand wil vrywillig gaan nie. Hulle noem die oorlog die vleismeule en alle planne wat ons probeer maak het deur die kerk het in duie gestort. Die weermag lag dit af. Indien die mans in Oekraine nie hulself gaan aangee om vrywillig in die oorlog te veg nie, moet hulle ‘n boete van 19 000 grivno betaal en die volgende maand 80 000 en indien hulle dit nie betaal nie, kan hul motors of huise afgeneem word en verkoop word om hul skuld te vereffen. Ons bid dat hierdie oorlog tot ‘n einde sal kon. Ons hoor van gevalle wat ‘n pa van die oorlogsfront bel en vra dat iemand sal gaan kyk wat by sy huis aangaan. Sy vrou het begin drink, omdat sy nie die spanning kan hanteer dat haar man se lewe elke dag in gevaar is nie en dat hulle klein kindertjies het. 

Drank is ‘n groot probleem in Oekraine. Natasia het ook weer vir maande aan mekaar begin drink.  Haar seun, Artiom van 18  het vir hulp kom vra. Natasia het opgehou eet en net gedrink en begin halusineer. Ek is na haar huis toe met ‘n verpleegster en ‘n sak met medikasie en ‘n drup. In die donker kamertjie, sonder elektrisieteit, het die verpleegster probeer om ‘n naald vir die drup in haar arm te druk onder my selfoon se liggie. Natasia was kwaad en het met die verpleegster baklei, tog was sy dankbaar dat ek daar is en begin huil en gesê hoeveel keer hy haar gehelp het, nou is dit ek wat haar kom help. Ek is net so dankbaar om hier te wees, juis in ‘n tyd soos nou. 

Ek, Madeleine en Juliette het saam met die veterane organisasie die maand soveel mense by hulle huise besoek. Daar is net soveel mense wat alleen is, wat honger is vir gesels en versorging. Ons het onder andere ‘n ouma van in die 90 gaan besoek wat alleen bly, sy kan skaars loop. Ons het vir haar ‘n groot sak kos geneem asook ‘n audio Bybel wat met sonkrag werk. Al vyf haar kleinseuns veg in die oorlog. Sy huil wanneer sy praat. My hart breek elke dag vir die mense van Oekraïne. Julle verstaan net nie hoe erg dit gaan nie. Elke dag gaan daar mense dood en die wêreld het vergeet. Dit kom nie eers meer in die nuus nie. Elke dag is daar woonstelblokke wat uitmekaar geskiet word. Vandag is daar net in Kharkiv 8 mense dood en so baie beseer. 

Hoe lank kan dit so aangaan? Bid asseblief vir hierdie bejaardes in ons dorp vir bekering. Ons het lekker gekuier by die Kaptein. Hy is 84 en was skeepskaptein baie jare gelede. Hy woon alleen op die vyfde vloer van ‘n woonstel en kom oor die weg met ‘n rolstoel as hy die dag wil uitgaan. Ons het ook vir hom ‘n audio Bybel gegee en hy is baie opgewonde en sien reeds uit na ons volgende besoek. Hy het geen Bybelkennis nie en ons neem baba stappies met hom. Moesia het gister weer die evangelie met hom gedeel en ons bid vir hom. Op ons lysie is 60 bejaardes en sover het ons by 26 uitgekom. Amal in hul 80’s. Party kan nie beweeg na beroertes nie en is so dankbaar en meeste van hierdie mense huil sommer net en sê: Dankie dat julle nie van my vergeet nie. 

Ons het die maand op internationale Kinderbeskermings Dag ook die sentrum vir kinders met spesiale behoeftes besoek met Mickey mouse en roomys! Ons het vir hulle ‘n spesiale program aangebied en dit is so wonderlik hoe ons jong mense verhouding bou met hulle “Night To Shine” vriende. Ons prys die Here vir elke oop deur.

De oesveld is so gereed en die arbeiders min. 

Bid asseblief vir die kleuterskool. Ons het meer kindertjies ingekry en moet dringend nog ‘n onderwyseres aanstel. Daar was Vrydag ‘n baie oulike onderwyseres vir ‘n onderhoud, maar sy sien nie kans om vir so klein salaris te werk nie. Die minimum salaris in Oekraine is 8000 grivna en ons kan nie meer as 7000 aanbied nie. Ek weet nie wat om te doen nie. Bid asseblief vir uitkoms vir die kleuterskool, vir ‘n borg vir elke kindjie. Ek weet nie wat om te doen nie. 

Bid asseblief vir die jeugkamp wat 1 Julie begin. 

88 jongmense en meeste van hulle ken nie die Here nie. Ons leiers is so min en ons spanne gaan groot wees omdat die mans bo 25 nie uit die suide kan gaan nie. Bid asseblief vir hierdie jong leiers. Ek voel soos Gideon wat met so min mense so groot geveg moet gaan veg, maar ek weet wie veg vir ons. Die Here is altyd getrou en ons kan dit net in Sy krag doen. 

Bid asseblief vir voldoende finansies vir die kamp. Die onkostes is baie meer as wat ons in die begin uitgewerk het, aangesien die kamp die jaar ‘n dag langer gaan wees. Ons is 110 mense wat gaan. As ek daaraan dink, raak en benoud, maar die Here sal voorsien. Ons loop weer op water en in geloof. Ons moet ook ‘n projektor kry vir die kamp aankoop. Daar is soveel goed, te veel vir my. Maar ek gee dit alles net in die Here se hande en ek vra julle om asseblief saam met my te bid.

Bid asseblief vir die twee voertuie se herstel. Laas jaar was elke voertuig meer as R40 000

Bid asseblief vir ‘n nuwe bussie.

Bid asseblief vir voldoende finansies vir die Jeugkamp. 

Bid asseblief vir Natasia en Artiom haar seun.

Bid vir die oorlog om te stop. Bid vir die vroue en kindertjies in die oorlog.

Bid asseblief vir my, vir krag, wysheid en ook vir finansies.

Bid ook asseblief vir die Kleuterskool vir finansies.

Ek kyk na die Here en sal nie oorweldig word nie. Hy is my hulp en Hy is my man en ek vertrou net op Hom. 

Baie liefde en seen uit die Suide van Ukraine

Dienswerker in Oekraïne

Woekering in die Makhathini

‘n Groep van 110 leerders van Wesvalia Hoërskool het ondersteunings werk in die Makhathini gemeenskappe gaan doen. Die groep het by Embangweni gewerk aan die Kerk en gehelp met onderhoud en fisiese werk waaroor die gemeenskap baie dankbaar is. Die Kerk is binne geverf en ‘n kruis teen die agterste muur met die teks: “Wie die Seun het het die lewe…” (1 Joh. 5: 12) is aangebring om die Kerk op te vrolik. Daar is draad gespan met ‘n hek; asook ander noodsaaklike onderhoudswerk is gedoen.

Daar is ook by Zama Zama prettige aktiwiteite saam met die kinders van die gemeenskap gedoen. So kan ook jong mense ‘n bydrae maak in die uitbou van God se Koningkryk op ‘n manier wat hulle insig in die lewe verryk en kan verander. Bande word gebou in die Koninkryks gemeenskap deur hierdie sending-praktyk op ‘n baie praktiese manier en in ‘n wêreld wat dit so nodig het.

Sendingnuus – Madagaskar: Paradise lost

Madagaskar Lynette 5-2-2023

Research was done by three International Mission Board (IMB) journalists and the following article was published. We were also interviewed for this exposé at the time. What prompted us to share this once more what we are experiencing with Mboty and Florette right at this moment. One of the reasons for the high incidence of sexual abuse in the family circle, is the attitude to prostitution and for that fact, child trafficking. It is not a moral issue and money trumps every objection that might remain. Dries felt strongly that people need to be made aware of this situation once again. What we have experienced in twenty-six of ministry is that the Gospel preached in the school milieu and the nurturing of children in all aspects of their lives, is how teenage pregnancy, prostitution and child abuse can be prevented and overcome. People will know how to pray once they know the reality of what happens in Madagascar and for that matter in most other countries in the world.

Paradise Lost: A beautiful island with dirty secrets
ANTANANARIVO, Madagascar – Something’s gone wrong in paradise – terribly wrong.
Considered a gem of the Indian Ocean, the island has it all – turquoise-colored waters, white sand beaches, crimson sunsets, listing palm trees and exotic sail boats. Tropical fruits are in abundance, and markets overflow with the island’s aromatic spices: vanilla, clove, cinnamon, anise, black pepper and more.
Besides its romantic beaches and world-class tourist resorts, the island boasts of pristine rainforests, national parks that feature the unique baobab tree, the world’s only natural habitat of the lemur, hardwoods made into treasured artifacts, varied marine life and coral reefs, and a cuisine built on French and Malagasy traditions with a seafood lover’s mix thrown in.
Ninety percent of Madagascar’s plant and animal life is indigenous only to the island.
Beneath the surface of it all, however, an evil lurks, permeating the very heart of society.

On a small island off the coast of northern Madagascar, a boat pulls ashore. Those aboard seek to purchase local children, especially girls, who will later be trafficked. Down in the southern part of the country, women are put on the auction block and sold to the highest bidder. All night orgies ensue. Elsewhere dozens of young women nightly parade themselves in front of foreign men who gather with the intention of hiring girls for the night. Deals are negotiated and struck, and couples go off into the dark.
All across the island, young children wield sledge hammers, crushing stone sold for construction purposes. In a major tourist district of Madagascar, households designate which baby girls will grow up to be “their” prostitutes, earning money for the families. Nearby, two foreigners are lynched, suspected of harvesting organs from a young child.
Some acts are openly visible, while others are quietly whispered. Some can be proved, and others can be only suspected and speculated.

According to locals, it all started when the French colonized Madagascar in the late 1800s. Following the arrival of the colonists, prostitution evolved, and over the years this illicit sex trade grew into something much more sinister than mere street corner prostitution. Today sex tourism, human trafficking, exploited labor and, some claim, even organ harvesting abound.
What’s going on is shocking and appalling, many say, but little embarrassment or shame seems to settle on those who live here. For them, this is life; it’s how they live and survive.
On an interior wall of an abandoned and dilapidated hotel in northern Madagascar, a graffiti artist depicts the hopes and aspirations of a young woman. She sits dreaming of things beyond her grasp at the moment – money, travel, fashion. The artwork drastically contrasts its surroundings, the here and now.

In the airport of the nation’s capital, a poster pleads with new arrivals, “Stop Sex Tourism.” Such messages are also needed on the island’s beaches, in its hotels and bars, on its streets at night, and in its city parks – in the places people are commonly exploited.
Those who minister and serve among Christians across the island see what’s going on, but little is being done to reach out to those caught up in a dark world where humans are commodities – bought, sold and used, often for ridiculously low prices.
Local Christians agree on one thing, though: discipleship is the solution. They agree on something else as well. They want help – help in reaching out to those being exploited, help in training others to reach out, help in evangelism, help in discipleship, and help in educating and mentoring.
Three International Mission Board (IMB) journalists went to Madagascar to hear from those who are being exploited and those who could do something about it. They talked with pastors, prostitutes and missionaries from various organizations.

The Ugly, Evil . . . Raw Truth!

Charles Braddix is a writer for IMB based in London (International Mission Board)
Three International Mission Board (IMB) journalists went to Madagascar to hear from those who are being exploited and those who could do something about it. They talked with pastors, prostitutes and missionaries from various organizations.
Darkness falls on the beauty of Madagascar as sex tourism is on the rise.

Easy street:
In Madagascar, dusk transforms parks and town squares into marketplaces where women are sold to the highest bidder and then ushered into the darkness.

ANTSIRANANA, Madagascar — The women are young and local. The men are old and foreign. Each day at dusk, dozens of them come together at the city’s Joffre Square to choose partners and negotiate terms and prices. They then saunter off to nearby bars and hotels.

Elsewhere in the city, one-to-one transactions take place along the city’s major boulevards, in front of its central hotels and inside its seedy bars and discotheques. Seeking a quick liaison, scantily clad solicitant’s ranging from teenaged girls to middle-aged women openly approach foreign men.

Prostitution in this northern city, formerly known as Diego Suarez, is open, rampant and apparently shameless. It’s all part of the country’s illicit but booming sex trade.

“Prostitution is a large part of the culture here,” said Michael Allen, who, along with his wife, Michelle, served in Antsiranana with IMB. The Allen’s recently returned to the United States where Michael now serves as a pastor.

“It seems that even though many women aren’t professional prostitutes, most would be willing to do anything to get money and help from a visiting foreigner,” Michael said.

The shame that goes along with prostitution in most cultures is not present in northern Madagascar, he said. Once, while sharing the gospel with an elderly woman and trying to help her understand that she was a sinner, Michael asked the woman if she had ever told a lie. She responded by telling about a time many years ago that she lied to a man when she served as a sex worker.

“She didn’t seem to have any shame associated with the fact that she had worked as a prostitute,” he said.

“Many of the people here in the north rejoice when they have a baby girl, because they know that a girl has the potential to bring a lot more money into the home through sex tourism,” Michael said.

Michelle added, “When I first heard that they rejoice, I thought, ‘Oh good, they love women!’ But then when I heard why they rejoice, that broke my heart.”

Pastor Michel Elysé of Biblical Baptist Church in Antsiranana said families prefer to have more daughters than sons, because ultimately their goal is either to send their daughters into prostitution or to marry them off to a foreigner. “They want quick money,” he said. “It’s just a job to improve their standard of living.”

Joffre Square has always been a favourite meeting place for those living in Antsiranana. It overlooks the bay and is next to a park filled with shade trees and exotic flowers. In recent times, however, the square has become more and more known as a marketplace for prostitution.

According to locals, elderly men — mostly tourists from France or Italy — frequent the square looking to easily pick up a prostitute. It’s not unusual, as well, for sailors from ships docking at the city’s port to show up seeking a partner for the night.

Georgette is a student who frequently comes here hoping to find a tourist to pair up with. She’s in it for the money, she said. Georgette doesn’t work under a pimp, but previously she did. “They can beat you and take most of your money,” she said. It has happened to her. Now she’s on her own and comes to the square only when she needs money.

Michelle went to Madagascar with the desire to minister to those like Georgette and others at Joffre Square. “I was burdened for these ladies that are caught up in this stronghold,” she said. What she discovered, however, was that she couldn’t always tell who was a prostitute and who was not.

Through witnessing and Bible studies, Michelle decided to reach out to women in general. In doing so, she was able to touch the lives of prostitutes with the Good News of a God who created them to be much more than who they were in prostitution.

While a few like Michelle make the effort to reach into the world of northern Madagascar’s illicit sex industry, the church in general is doing nothing, according to Elysé.

They need help, he said.

“We need to know how to go out and share, how to teach our people to share.” Elysé asks for volunteers to come to train them, and for prayer — that the Holy Spirit will give them courage and boldness to go out and minister to those who desperately need to hear the Good News.

Children for sale: Trafficking in Madagascar

MITSIO, Madagascar — In the Mitsio Archipelago, off the northern coast of Madagascar, the purchase price of a child is about $180. At least that’s what child traffickers offered local residents not too long ago. That is a fortune here, an amount almost unimaginable.

The archipelago hosts only a few thousand inhabitants, all living on one island – La Grande Mitsio. There is no electricity, no running water, no radio or cell phone coverage, and all housing consists of palm-thatched huts.

With its white sandy beaches, pristine waters, listing palm trees and beautiful sunsets, Mitsio is truly a tropical paradise.

One day a large catamaran anchored offshore while missionary Lori Willard watched. She lives on the island with her husband, son and missionary colleagues. They serve with Youth With A Mission (YWAM).

Lori saw a “white man” and several Malagasy men ride a small motorized craft to shore. “They then proceeded down the beach to the next village,” she said.

The catamaran remained anchored there overnight.

The next day Lori learned from neighbours that the men had gone to the school to shop for children there. “They were offering 600,000 ariary ($180) a child if anyone was willing to sell their children, especially girls,” she said.

‘Toliara never sleeps’ – The heartbreaking truth behind this city’s slogan

The men said they had permission from the Madagascan government to buy children. They showed village elders a document that supposedly authorized them to do so. On board the catamaran were two children, bought from Nosy Be, the men said. Nosy Be, meaning Big Island, is 40 miles away and well known for its sex tourism, as well as human trafficking.

“The local people assumed that the children would be killed and their organs sold,” Lori said, “so nobody here even entertained the thought of selling their children.”

Her husband, Adam, however, quickly added that if the locals thought the men were sex traffickers and not after the children’s organs, the story might have been different.

“If these people who visited our island were indeed purchasing children for sex trafficking — as I find likely, considering they were more interested in the girls — and if the locals realized it was for sex and not organ harvesting, I believe that, unfortunately, the local people would have been more receptive to the idea,” he said.

“Thankfully, fears of organ harvesting prevented the locals from considering the proposition at all,” Adam concluded.

Recently, stories of children being kidnapped or killed and their organs harvested have been circulating across northern Madagascar, including the smaller islands. On Nosy Be two foreigners were gruesomely attacked and killed by an angry mob after it was suspected they killed a child and took his organs.

Locals here know, however, how lucrative the sex trade can be with visiting tourists. According to Adam, those who prostitute themselves “are proud of the job and the good money.” Thus, like elsewhere across Madagascar, there is no shame or stigma attached to it. A child being used in the sex industry isn’t viewed as a bad thing.

Parents were relieved the traffickers offered to purchase their children rather than outright kidnap them. As a precaution, however, school was cancelled and children were carefully watched until the catamaran was gone.

“It really was a source of great fear in our local villages,” Adam said.

The traffickers had been to the island the year before, and locals suspect they will be back again. Next time, the Willard’s are prepared to alert authorities on the mainland with the hopes the traffickers can be apprehended.

The Willard’s lead a joint YWAM and Africa Inland Mission community development and church-planting team on the island. Their team is the first to take an incarnational gospel witness to the Antakarana people here. They are open to short-term teams and individuals assisting with outreach on the island.

A jungle in paradise

NOSY BE, Madagascar — Beware. It’s a jungle out there. Just a step away from this postcard-perfect paradise lurks the ugly world of human exploitation at its worst.

Tourism is big business here. This island off the northern coast of Madagascar hosts some of the world’s top-rated beach resorts, and visitors by the horde come daily to enjoy its beaches, water sports and marine life.

However, prostitution is so common it’s considered normal. Children are at risk of slave labour, sexual exploitation, kidnapping and even organ harvesting. Human trafficking seems matter-of-fact.

It’s all here, according to Jocelyn Menabe, a Baptist lay leader in northern Madagascar. He told of straight, gay and child prostitution. He told stories of young boys being kidnapped, their mutilated bodies later discovered with sex and internal organs missing. He knows of children sold to “tourists” and later trafficked, and of women sent to Europe for prostitution and slave labour.

“Everything you read is true,” Menabe said, referring to news accounts of the alarming situation here.

“I [heard about] some people that lost two guys, two children, maybe two weeks ago, and they are still not found,” he said. “Lots of women disappear … and their children, to be employed in Europe, but they don’t say what kind of job. They train the women like a machine of sex.”

Evidence of sex tourism in Nosy Be is everywhere. After checking in at hotels, guests often find young ladies at the doors of the guests’ rooms offering their services. Prostitutes by the hundreds walk the streets and beaches of coastal towns, openly soliciting tourists. Massage services abound.

One prostitute was overheard saying to a foreign man on the beach, “I need you. I love you. I be your wife for the night.” Others, under the pretense of selling fresh fruit, asked, “Bananas? Pineapple? Massage?”

Gilbertine is a prostitute here. She is 23 years old and has been prostituting herself since age 17. She makes the equivalent of $15 for a night with a client. The night could be for sex only, or it could include dinner and drinking followed by sex. “It depends on what the man needs,” she said.

She once got approximately $300 for being with a man for three months. She also got to travel with him, and she received “good souvenirs.” On the other hand, she once stayed with a man for a week and all she got was a beating.

Most of those who come to Nosy Be for sex tourism are French or Italian men aged between 65 and 70 years, Gilbertine said.

While Gilbertine enjoys going out, drinking, dancing and making money from sex, she admits it’s a “shameful job.”

She said, “We know that it’s forbidden by the Bible, but we don’t have a choice, so [we] just make our eyes blind … because it’s the only way that we can get money.”

The church is aware of the problem and sees it as a vicious social cycle that is hard to break.

“Nosy Be is known for sex tourism,” said Hery Malal, pastor of Biblical Baptist Church, located in the island’s largest town, Hell-Ville. “Why is that? Because of the lack of jobs. People don’t have jobs.” He said people believe there is easy money to be made through the sex industry.

He also said parents get extra income by forcing their young children into slave labour situations — crushing rocks from sunup to sunset. The crushed stone is used for construction purposes. The children are often physically and sexually abused, and girls are likely to go on to prostitution.

Malal said the church has yet to do anything about the human exploitation problem that is prevalent on the island. “Maybe they think about it,” he said, “but in truth they don’t [do] anything against [it].”

“I do not know of any ministry in Nosy Be to reach out to victims or participants,” said Rosina Ferdinand, a missionary serving on the island with Africa Inland Mission. Her greatest concern is for the children, who are at high risk. “They are exposed to drugs, alcohol and sex tourism at a very young age,” she said, adding that children are also trafficked. “A lot of children end up missing and are never found.”

“Only the Gospel can bring light to this dark life,” said Ferdinand.

An independent South African missionary couple on Nosy Be runs a Christian school that has 165 students. It’s the only Christian school there. While serving on Nosy Be,

The de Jagers use the school to reach into the community. “We have 160-something kids in our school, and we have them for five days a week, and we reach out to the parents in this way,” Lynette said.

At the school the de Jagers see a lot of physically and sexually abused children. Lynette said her and her husband’s desire is “to put God’s Word” into the hearts of both the children and their parents, hopefully making a difference in the lives of these families.

“Most homes have a girl set aside for prostitution,” Dries added. “For them it’s not a moral issue.”

“It’s just so sad,” he said, “and I think sometimes for us spiritually it’s also devastating. You sit here and think, “how much can you really take”, but then tomorrow you carry on, and you just go on and on and on.” It’s never about ambition but all about God’s mission.

In addition to the school, the de Jager’s run children’s camps, a scouting program (Royal Rangers) and a church-planting ministry using a large catamaran to get to hard-to-reach places along the coast.

It is said . . . “according to locals, it all started when the French colonized Madagascar in the late 1800’s”. Dries says; Man does not own up to the wrong done, someone else needs to be blamed. Dries was born in Northern Rhodesia (present day Zambia) and has worked with many different cultures. He also says that in his lifetime he has never come across a more materialistic nation. No conversation will end without talking extensively about money. He makes a joke by saying that they will sell their grandmother just to get money. It very well may be a curse on the nation as a whole, if one could put it that way.

They plead for short – and long-term volunteers to help with all their ministries. Email: driesdej@gmail.com

Malal also has a heart for the children, saying it is his number one concern. “Pray for them,” he said. He is head of the local forum of pastors, with a vision and goal to change the way things are regarding human exploitation in general and children at risk specifically. “We need to change Nosy Be and Madagascar,” he said.

TOLIARA, Madagascar  — “Toliara never sleeps,” the town boasts in one of its slogans used to attract tourists. For those aware of the town’s illicit sex trade, however, the slogan has a double meaning.

What goes on here is certainly not secret, but it is not openly discussed either. To do so could be dangerous. “You and your family could be harmed if word gets out you are working with journalists,” said one Christian worker to a missionary friend. “This is a very touchy subject on the island.”

The worker, American Linda Patrick, went to Toliara to fight human trafficking. She has since left Madagascar under a death threat. According to Patrick, a contract was put out on her after she rescued 12 Malagasy women trafficked for the Middle East and routed through the airport.

She said the last woman who was at the airport trying to prevent girls from being trafficked to Saudi Arabia and Kuwait was killed.

Toliara is a hot, dusty town on the southwest coast of Madagascar. Offshore lies the Toliara Barrier Reef, the third largest coral reef system in the world. Because of the underwater diversity, the town is a hub for national and international marine biologists, students and volunteers.

It appears, however, the town is a hub for something else as well.

Patrick tells of an event held annually at the town’s park located near the beach. All day long girls are sold there. “As soon as it gets dark,” she said, there is “a huge orgy where the girls or women will have up to 40 men in that night.”

She reports that Toliara’s sex trade is not just an annual event, though; it goes on day after day all year long.

“The biggest offenders are the Malagasy people themselves,” Patrick said, including many Christians. “[A Malagasy man] will have his girlfriend or wife sell herself to these old men from other countries coming in as tourists. She will take him for as much as she can.”

Patrick said the Malagasy will also sell their children or other family members, “just to eat.” She continued, “One of my girls was taken by her aunt and sold to a quarry after I left. This little girl was made to break rock into gravel, and we’re pretty sure was used by the men as well.”

According to Patrick, there is one sector of the established Church in Toliara that seems to condone what’s going on. She said a local bishop told her pastor he didn’t want Patrick to return to Madagascar. “He is the one who had the government official close me down,” she said.

Patrick told of another bishop on the island who stepped down because trafficking was rampant in his church and the congregation wouldn’t listen to his pleas to do something to stop it.

In spite of all the difficulties, God is being glorified as He speaks to the hearts of thousands of women in Toliara who are involved in human trafficking and child exploitation. Patrick said as the women hear the anti-trafficking message from the Christian perspective, God is challenging them to change their ways.

E-posadres: lynettedj@gmail.com
Bank: ABSA, Lynette de Jager, Rekeningnr: 1410142909, Takkode: 632005

Sendingnuus – Madagaskar: Vonjy maika!

Save urgently!  The English translation for ‘vonjy maika’, is emergency.  We had an emergency when we visited Lovako School in Ampamata at the end of April.  You might wonder why I haven’t mentioned any of it, but besides being caught up in the aftermath, I prayed that God would provide the deliverance and that I could share it as a testimony to God’s grace.

Not long before we were due to head back home from Ampamata, I noticed that Euphrasie and the teachers were talking intensely amongst themselves and when I approached Euphrasie to ask what was up, I saw in her face that it was definitely no small matter.  Two of the girls, Mboty and Florette lived with Mboty’s grandparents in the village.  Mboty is nine and Florette twelve years old.  Florette has been sexually abused by the grandfather for months and had been threatened with death were she  to tell anybody.  When she discovered that he started to molest Mboty too, she told a neigbour who immediately told the teachers.  The fact that this had all came to light before we left Ampamata, was ordained by God. 

I told them that the girls needed to be taken out of that house immediately.  Thesi and I agreed that this needed to happen before we returned to Nosy be.  I had a meeting with the teachers that afternoon as well as another family member of Florette.  Florette is an orphan and we have always felt responsible for her.  I was therefore angry when Ledesy her teacher, did not want to be involved as he had heard that the accused man was violent.  I suppose telling him to man up and to be brave was a bit harsh, but Euphrasie reminded them that all of the children in the village were at risk and that a predator like that will not change.  We all agreed that the grandmother was just as culpable since Florette has told her many times about what was going on but was beaten for being candid about it.  By now, you can understand that I was filled with anger and disgust, but immensely sad for these girls.  I was adament that the abuser needed to be arrested and the rule of law needed to be followed.  This is kind of problematic if you sit in a village in the middle of nowhere.   The teachers suggested that the whole village met at school the next morning where the next step would be decided.  Florette and Mboty were taken in by Bruni, one of the teachers, for the night.

The following morning, there were loads of people at school.  And they were angry!  Interestingly, the young men were the most outspoken and told the older men that it was unacceptable what had taken place and that it  needed to be dealt with.  Now, village justice has its place, but usually the outcome is swift and bloody.  As foreigners, Thesi and I could not be involved.  I told her that it might be better to keep a low profile.  She assured me that she was ‘all in’ and wanted to support in any way she could.  The village decided that the men would go ahead and detain the grandfather and the women would then follow and collect the girls’ belongings.  Some of the men would then take him to the authorities by boat and file the complaint.  They listened to the girls’ testimonies and were convinced that they were telling the truth.  By then the fear and stress were beginning to show on the faces of the girls and Mboty promptly developed a fever. 

Thesi, Euphrasie and I followed the women who were by then speaking animatedly amongst themselves about what they would do to the man if they laid their hands on him. I prayed that by the time we arrived at the house, that the man would have been taken away.  Thankfully, this was the case and by the time we got back to school, the abuser was surrounded by men and of course still claiming to be innocent.  He demanded the girls to come and tell him to his face what they told others.  I quickly told everyone that this was not going to be the case and that I will not allow those girls to ever stand before that man again. 

We returned to Nosy Be and were kept up to speed about what was happening concerning the case. At the time, the grandmother was not home and she fled when she heard what had happened.  The grandfather was taken to the chief of that area who had to prepare the proper paper work to file the complaint at the police in Ambanja, the closest town.  Most of the villagers added their signatures to the letter. Somewhere in all the activity, the grandfather managed to escape. I still have my opinion about how that could have happened, but corruption shows itself everywhere.  I urged the village to continue with the process, in effect bypassing the area chief.  This they did and the police in Ambanja assured them that the man will be found.  He cannot hide forever. 

Florette and Mboty had to be medically examined. They were both repeatedly raped by this man. Physically, Florette suffered irreparable damage.   Euphrasie and I cried when we learned how much they had endured.  I don’t want to go into the details as I believe that God will heal them in body, mind and spirit. The culture of the people on the island once again showed its evil side.  Parents simply leave their children with grandparents to carry on with their lives, more often than not shunning their responsibility as parents.

It is the time of the year for the national Grade 5 exam.  The five students from Ampamata joined our school on Nosy Be for two months to help them with revision and to prepare for the exam at the end of June.  They wrote the mock exam last week and Florette did very well.  I felt in my heart that we had to bring Mboty as well.  I was convinced that she needed a new start. Her mother agreed and the two of them live close to the school now. Mboty is in Francise’s class which is the best solution as Francise is the most suitable person to help her to deal with the hurt and to show her that God heals and restores.

Jeremiah 32 v 27 says: “Behold I AM the Lord, the God of all flesh.  Is there anything too hard for Me?

Despite the fact that God was reminding Jeremiah of the sins of Israel and how they were carried away as punishment, he was also reminded of the future restoration.  One day God will restore Israel to their land and provide the blessing of salvation.   

I can say with confidence that I believe that for our Father nothing is too hard.  Please pray with us for Mboty and Florette for healing and restoration. 

Sendingnuus – Madagaskar : The Week 12 May 2024

We took a couple of days after the work team had left to get our house in some kind of order. Moving between the boat and home means that we are forever looking for stuff, but we’ll get there.  I am doing the last Royal Ranger preparation for the current school year this week.  It feels as if this school year went by extremely quickly.  Concert practise is in full swing and Larisdiana asked Victoria to help out as she is almost seven months pregnant.  I am blessed by the fact that they don’t need me to concern myself with the planning of the end of year concert anymore. 

For the next two weeks I’ll have to focus on my new visa application.  My ten year visa expires in August and a lot has changed concerning visa applications.  Firstly, one cannot do it on your own anymore. You need an ‘agent’.  Moreover, this means that it has become ridiculously expensive and simply feeds a system that is in all regards corrupt.  The man who had processed Dries’s application has since died, but I was told that his son took over.  I went off in search for Einstein. Yes, you read that correctly.  That is his name and it took me a whole morning to find the elusive mr Einstein. He has a tiny, dark office in a dingy building.  The gloomy place did not inspire any confidence, but on the other hand Einstein gave me some hope that all was not lost.  He is a neatly dressed,  soft spoken man with the most organised desk that I have ever seen in any office in Madagascar.  So I felt more hopeful when I saw that immaculate desk.  He did not answer when I asked what this whole venture was going to cost.  He simply turned the computer screen in my direction to see for myself and he must have noticed the panic in my face when he simply said, ‘Full package, all included madame.‘ The problem is that it is the only ‘package’ and no other options are available.  I did appreciate the fact that he made it sound as if he was offering me the holiday of a lifetime.

We trust God for His provision.

Have a blessed week!

Sendingnuus: Madagaskar – Gabriel work team

Madagaskar

We said goodbye to the seven guys who gave it their all the past two weeks. We are so grateful for what Jan, Jacques, Ackerman, Joubert, Reuben, Ricus and Joseph had accomplished in such a short time.

The main objective was to remove and fix the smaller box on Gabriel’s stern. It had to be put back in place again and this required some muscle and teamwork.

At the same time the big centre box had to be rebuilt, the old one removed and the new one put into place. This was quite a project as the measurements had to be correct and the fibreglass work was arduous and time consuming. Jan and Jacques worked in the sun for most of the time and how they managed this for hours, I don’t know. Dries will add the finishing touches as well as the floor to the box.

My job was to keep the guys fed. I had to make daily trips down to the local village to buy bread and to see if they had any usable vegetables. Jan caught a big fish and that covered a couple of meals. We had lunch at the boat every day under a tree and the cooling breeze from the sea revived all of us after a busy morning. I cooked dinner at the guesthouse and we had some fellowship in the evenings. We were all rather knackered at the end of the day and went to bed early.

The team has given us a much needed boost at the start of this huge task to get Gabriel back on the water. I think that Dries has been encouraged and feel more positive about what lies ahead. Thank you to all of you who prayed for protection and strength. God has been so faithful.

Radio FEBA: e-Gebedsfokus vir Mei 2024

Woensdag 1 Mei: “Hy sê toe vir sy dissipels: ‘Die oes is groot, maar die arbeiders min. Bid dan die Here aan wie die oes behoort, om arbeiders uit te stuur vir sy oes.’” (Matteus 9:37-38 Afr83)

Donderdag 2 Mei: FEBA Oekraïne hou aan om die evangelie uit te saai te midde van verskriklike geweld. ‘n Missiel het onlangs ‘n gebou minder as ‘n kilometer vanaf FEBA se ateljee in Kiëf getref. Hou asseblief aan om vir Oekraïne te bid. Bid vir ‘n einde aan die oorlog en bid dat FEBA Oekraïne sterk sal bly staan in hul geloof.

Vrydag 3 Mei: Radio Nuru, FEBA Mosambiek se stasie in Cabo Delgado, is midde-in die jihadiste-konflik geleë. Ten spyte van die voortdurende bedreiging van geweld, hou die span aan om elke dag tot 17:00 uit te saai. Bid dat God FEBA Mosambiek sal bewaar en elke minuut van uitsaaityd sal seën.

Saterdag & Sondag 4-5 Mei: FEBA se uitsendings het al talle selfdoodpogings voorkom. Dié FEBA Kambodja-luisteraar het gedink sy skakel vir oulaas in op Krusa FM voordat sy ‘n oordosis sou neem. Sy vertel: “Ek het gehoor dat ander luisteraars ook soos ek teleurgesteld is en hulle het ongelooflike bemoediging ontvang… Ek het huilend gebid dat God my die krag sal gee om die lewe se uitdagings te trotseer en my sal leer om die lewe te waardeer soos Hy dit bestem het. Ek het die medisyne uit my hand laat val.” Bid dat diegene wat só ly, troos en hoop uit FEBA se uitsendings sal put.

Maandag 6 Mei: Het jy geweet? Daar is sowat 20 miljoen Moslems in Rusland en FEBA werk hard om na hulle toe uit te reik. Bid dat FEBA Rusland se pogings vrug sal dra. Bid ook vir die FEBA Rusland-span en hul luisteraars, wat in ’n harde en onderdrukkende politieke klimaat moet leef en bedien.

Dinsdag 7 Mei: “Ek was op pad om selfdood te pleeg, maar nadat ek na jul Hoop in Christus-program geluister het, het ek van plan verander. Ek het elke dag na jul stasie begin luister en nou is ek wedergebore.” (FEBA Mosambiek-luisteraar)

Woensdag 8 Mei: “Die Here is goed, Hy is ‘n toevlug in tyd van nood, Hy sorg vir dié wat by Hom skuil.” (Nahum 1:7 Afr83)

Donderdag 9 Mei: In Kazakstan het Moslemgebruike, soos die Ramadan-vas en gebede by die moskee, ‘n modegier onder jongmense geword. Tog is baie van hulle werklik op soek na die waarheid. Bid dat hulle Christus deur FEBA Kazakstan se sosiale media-uitsendings sal ontmoet en dat die ouer geslag ook hul harte vir God se Woord sal oopmaak.

Vrydag 10 Mei: Prys God vir die lewens wat deur FEBA Mali se uitsendings verander word. Baie luisteraars is Moslem en loop die gevaar om deur hul families verwerp te word as hulle Christus aanneem. Bid dat hierdie luisteraars vertroosting en krag by God sal vind en bid dat hul families ook vir Christus deur FEBA Mali se uitsendings sal ontmoet.

Saterdag & Sondag 11-12 Mei: Indië ondervind tans ‘n toename in die vervolging van Christene. Daar is onlangs ‘n wetsontwerp in Assam goedgekeur, wat dit onwettig maak om vir ‘n siek persoon te bid, terwyl Christen-skole opdrag gegee is om van Christelike simbole, soos die kruis, ontslae te raak. Anti-bekeringswette is tot dusver in 12 state in werking gestel. Dit is nou meer noodsaaklik as ooit om deur middel van media, Christus aan die mense van Indië te bring. Bid dat FEBA Indië die Goeie Nuus sal kan aanhou uitsaai en dat hul boodskap wetgewers se harte sal verander.

aandag 13 Mei: In Kirgisië kan jy jou plek in die samelewing, én jou werk, verloor as jy ‘n Christen word. Verlede jaar het video’s op sosiale media mense aangehits om Christene te vervolg. Ten spyte hiervan hou FEBA Kirgisië se bediening aan groei. Bid dat God die span en hul luisteraars sal beskerm, en dat FEBA Kirgisië se uitsendings meer luisteraars sal trek.

Dinsdag 14 Mei: “Ek het deur die radio ontdek dat Christenskap ‘n baie goeie geloof is… God weet hoe lief ek hierdie geloof het en hoe graag ek ‘n Christen wil word. My familie is egter almal Moslem en sal my haat as ek Islam afsweer ter wille van Christenskap. Bid asseblief vir my.” (FEBA Mali-luisteraar)

Woensdag 15 Mei: “Die Here is genadig en regverdig, ons God ontferm Hom oor ons. Die Here beskerm die hulpeloses: ek was magteloos, maar Hy het my gered. Ek moet nou tot rus kom, die Here het goed aan my gedoen…” (Psalm 116:5-7 Afr83)

Donderdag 16 Mei: Het jy geweet? Vandag is die VN se Internasionale Dag vir Saamleef in Vrede. Baie van FEBA se luisteraars leef in samelewings wat deur oorlog of vervolging uitmekaar geskeur is, terwyl ander deur hul families verstoot word as hulle Christene word. Bid dat God FEBA se spanne en luisteraars sal vertroos en sal help om as vredemakers te dien.

Vrydag 17 Mei: FEBA Malawi se programme word vanaf Eswatini via kortgolf na Tanzanië uitgesaai, en FEBA Mosambiek se uitsendings bereik ook die Yao Moslems daar. Pastoor Amos Phiri van FEBA Malawi het onlangs 125 luisteraarklubs in die Tunduru-distrik gevestig! Bid dat FEBA se luisteraars in Tanzanië Christus deur die radio sal ontmoet.

Saterdag & Sondag 18-19 Mei: Sommige mense deel die Goeie Nuus ten koste van hulself. ‘n FEBA Bangladesj-luisteraar vertel: “Ek het onlangs 24 mense na jul luisteraar-byeenkoms gebring en 13 van hulle het Christus aanvaar. Die ander veroorsaak egter probleme. Hulle versprei gerugte oor my. Nou sê plaaslike leiers ek kan nie meer deel wees van die gemeenskap nie.” Bangladesj is meer as 90% Moslem, met 278 onbereikte mensegroepe. Bid dat God mense se harte sal oopmaak teenoor FEBA Bangladesj se uitsendings en dat Hy luisteraars wat verstoot word weens hul geloof, sal vertroos en beskerm.\

Maandag 20 Mei: In China probeer die regering godsdiens ten volle beheer. Kerke moet die regering se toestemming kry om dienste te hou, so huiskerke is tegnies onwettig. Laas Kersfees is Christene verbied om dit openlik te vier. Bid dat FEBA China se uitsendings gelowiges sal bemoedig en nie-gelowiges sal bereik, totdat almal gehoor het.

Dinsdag 21 Mei: “Ons het in ’n klein dorpie gewoon waar iedereen ‘n Boeddhis was. In daardie stadium het niemand nog ooit van Jesus Christus en Sy reddingsplan gehoor nie. Dit het verander toe ons aan jul radioprogramme bekendgestel is. Ek het ‘n Christen geword as gevolg van jul uitsendings. Dankie dat julle my na God toe gebring het.” (FEBA Mianmar-luisteraar)

Woensdag 22 Mei: “Geseënd is julle wanneer julle beledig word ter wille van die Naam van Christus. Dit is ‘n bewys dat die Gees aan wie die heerlikheid behoort, die Gees van God, op julle bly.” (1 Petrus 4:14 Afr83)

Donderdag 23 Mei: FEBA Etniese Bedieninge vervaardig programme vir 18 etniese minderheidsgroepe reg oor Suidoos-Asië, insluitende die Khmu, die Ifugao en die Belitung. Bid dat God vir die spanne die nodige vaardighede en wysheid sal gee om inhoud te skep wat luisteraars in staat sal stel om die waarheid van God se Woord deur FEBA se uitsendings te ervaar.

Vrydag 24 Mei: Bid vir FEBA Niger. Dis nie ‘n maklike land om in te evangeliseer nie en die nuutgevormde span het ‘n moeilike taak voor hulle. Bid dat God vir FEBA Niger sal inspireer met kreatiewe idees vir program-inhoud, en moed sal gee om die Goeie Nuus met vrymoedigheid te deel.

Saterdag & Sondag 25-26 Mei: Prys God vir die geleentheid om die evangelie in Pakistan te deel. FEBA Pakistan vervaardig inhoud vir verskeie aanlynplatforms, saai uit op FM- en AM-stasies, en hou byeenkomste vir dié wat meer oor die Christelike geloof wil leer. Pakistan is sewende op die lys van lande waar Christene dit die moeilikste het. Vervolging is algemeen en gaan soms oor in dodelike geweld. Bid dat die FEBA Pakistan-span veilig sal kan bedien en dat luisteraars hul harte vir die Goeie Nuus sal oopmaak.

Maandag 27 Mei: Suid-Afrika se nasionale en provinsiale verkiesings vind Woensdag 29 Mei plaas. Bid dat die verkiesing vry en regverdig sal wees, en dat God Sy hand van vrede en bewaring oor elke stemlokaal sal hou. Bid ook dat die toekomstige leiers Sy wil en wysheid sal soek.

Dinsdag 28 Mei: “Die Way of Life Punjabi-programreeks het ’n betekenisvolle impak op die bespreking van ernstige kwessies wat gereeld ons persoonlike en gesinslewe bederf. Die Woord van God het my lewe in 2024 verander en omskep. Hou asseblief aan bid dat hierdie nuwe geloof sterk sal groei in my en my gesin.” (FEBA Pakistan-luisteraar)

Woensdag 29 Mei: “Die genade van God wat verlossing bring, het immers aan alle mense verskyn. Dit voed ons op om die goddelose leefwyse en wêreldse begeerlikhede te laat vaar en met selfbeheersing, opregtheid en godsvrug in die teenswoordige wêreld te lewe…” (Titus 2:11-12 Afr83)

Donderdag 30 Mei: Meer as 6,000 mense het aan die einde van 2023 deur FEBA Thailand se Kersprojek tot bekering gekom! Meer as 30,000 minderbevoorregte kinders het Kersgeskenke ontvang. Prys God vir Sy oorvloedige seën en bid dat elkeen van die mense wat betrokke was, kinders inkluis, God se Woord sal aanvaar.

Vrydag 31 Mei: Prys God vir die groei in FEBA Malawi se bediening. Hulle het die afgelope paar maande duisende nuwe luisteraars bygekry en honderde luisteraarklubs is gevestig. Tog staar hierdie luisteraarklubs en miljoene ander mense voedseltekorte in die gesig as gevolg van klimaatsverandering. Bid dat God ter wille van Sy kinders sal intree.

Sendingnuus: Madagaskar – The Week 21 April 2024

I have once again lost a couple of days along the way…but it has been BUSY! Dries and I finally got everything to the boat to be ready for the team to start work Monday morning. There were some challenges; it has been almost two weeks that we hardly have electricity, at most five hours a day. It is simply too expensive to run a generator full time, but we had to cart the generator all the way back to the house to refrigerate the meat for the team. Organising drinking water was also a major challenge. There are still shortages concerning vegetables and a Plan B is always required.

The guys arrived on Sunday afternoon and I think the most repeated phrase so far has been, ‘It is very hot!’ The humidity is definitely tough on all of us. We look as if we have been dragged through a bucket of water for most of the day. Feeding eight hungry men is just about a full time job. Thank you for the meal ideas that some of you supplied. We’ll survive!

We are on our second day of work and these guys are bringing it! Dries has to organise the squad and he literally runs, actually jumps as it is not possible to run on a boat, between the guys. We are so thankful for this mighty boost to get Gabriel back on the water. We are also blessed by the fellowship and to be amongst like minded people.

Rikus definitely ended up with the most unwanted job of all. He has to dig out rotten wood in an extremely small space, but he just keeps going.

Please keep on praying for our safety and for the guys to stay healthy and fit.

God bless!

FEBA Konferensie in Korea, 2024

FEBA, wat deur NG Kerk Groot-Brakrivier Gemeente ondersteun word, se internasionale bestuur het die afgelope week vergader op die tropiese en skilderagtige Daebu Eiland, vanwaar een van hulle groot mediumgolf stasies die hele Asië dek. Menige mense word bereik in dosyne verskillende tale. Die kleurvolle geleentheid is ook gedek deur die Koreaanse televisie.

Die was ‘n geseënde geleentheid met die feestelike optrede van Christene wat baie melodieus hulle Christenskap uitleef. Ook die FEBA kinderkoor van Korea, wat optree tydens fondsinsamelings funksies optree, het dit ‘n luisterryke geleentheid gemaak. Die Konferensie is baie goed bygewoon.

Sendingnuus: Madagaskar – The week 21 April 2024

We said goodbye to Thesi on Tuesday. It was a time of refreshing for us to be together. She will always have a very special place in all of our hearts.

The rest of this week, we shall have to fire on all cylinders. The work team arrives next Sunday and I have so far two days worth of the menu written down. It will be camp style living and cooking…so if any of you have good ideas for tasty meals for ten people, don’t hesitate to share. 😉

Dries seems to be way ahead of me with getting his tools and repair stuff ready. I think when we leave for the boat on Saturday morning, the Landy will be filled to capacity and more.

Please pray also for the seven men who are willing to come and help us. Pray for their travelling, getting used to the heat and humidity of the island and that we’ll also enjoy a time of fellowship.

Have a blessed week.

Madagaskar : The Week – 07-04-2024

“For God so loved the world….” 

Lovako team

Our time at Lovako School reminded me again of the fact that God gave His Son Jesus so that all people who believe in Him could have eternal life. From the most advanced and developed countries in the world, to the small fishing village of Ampamata where people are mostly illiterate and live in tiny houses made from palm leaves, God does not exclude anyone on the basis of background or position. Christ welcomes you as long as you come to Him in repentance and faith. This was the focus of the morning devotions and Euphrasie brought the children and teachers back to the profound and life giving message of John 3:16.

We quickly settled into a routine for the days to come after our arrival on Sunday; the hike to school across the hill in the morning, teaching and training until lunch time, the walk back to the house while the afternoons were used for making visual aids and helping the teachers with specific problems. Norbert had his work cut out for him as he had to strengthen the one wall of the school. We were usually exhausted by the end of the day because of the heat and humidity. I don’t think that I have ever perspired so much! It rained the last night we spent there and the final hike to school was a tough one. The footpath became muddy and treacherously slippery and with the humidity my glasses kept on fogging up causing me to be half blind. At least I had Thesi leading the way to make sure I made it to school.

Thesi did her part although I think she ended up with the unglamorous jobs; painting blackboards and making visuals. At break time, the children were entertained by her with some games and songs and I started sweating just by watching all the jumping around.

We were blessed with an exceptional high tide which created a pool in the shade of the mangroves in the afternoon where Euphrasie, Thesi and I talked about our day while cooling off. We ate lots of fish and crabs. The simple life.

There were disappointments. Norbert needed some help with the wall, but none of the parents turned up to help. He managed to find someone not connected to the school. The spiritual input at school is not what it should be and the teachers still need a lot of training. Norbert was absolutely right when he remarked that Gabriel needs to put down anchor at the school once again. With Gabriel sailing into the bay each time, the light of the Gospel dispels the darkness. I was touched by this fitting picture of Gabriel’s ministry.

That is why we are eagerly awaiting the work team’s arrival in two weeks time. These men have a tough time ahead of them, but it will give us a much needed boost in the repair of the boat. Please pray for all that still needs to be done before their arrival.

Have a blessed week.

FEBA Kazakstan skep ‘n digitale golf wat mense transformeer!

Argen, 21, is ’n universiteitstudent van Almaty en die jongste van drie kinders wie se ouers geskei is. “My ma het haar bes gedoen om ons groot te maak terwyl my pa heeltemal uit die prentjie was,” skryf Argen. “Ons het nie altyd geld gehad vir goed soos verjaardaggeskenke of vakansies, soos ander kinders by ons skool nie. Ek probeer nie hier kla nie, aangesien daardie uitdagende tye ons baie geleer het… In jul uitsendings praat julle daarvan om aan diegene wat in nood verkeer, te gee, en ek identifiseer baie hiermee. Ek voel God seën my en nou is ek mal daaroor om verjaardaggeskenke aan minder bevoorregte kinders te gee.”

FEBA Kazakstan se pad was tot nou toe nie maklik nie. Buiten die uitdaging van evangelisasie in ’n  hoofsaaklik Moslemland, het hulle ook te kampe met ’n dralende anti-godsdienstige sentiment onder ouer mense… ’n oorblyfsel van Kazakstan se jare as deel van die Sowjet-Unie. Amptelik erken die Kazak-regering godsdiensvryheid, maar tog stipuleer die 2011 Godsdienswet onder meer die volgende: … Lees die res van die artikel hier
Totdat almal gehoor het, 

Dr Jurie Vermeulen
Nasionale Direkteur
\
Wil u ’n aangrypende aanbieding beleef waarin ons vertel wat God alles rondom die wêreld doen deur die media? Nooi ons dan gerus hierdie jaar na u gemeente!

Sendingnuus: Missie Japan – Predeparture Newsflash

Dear Supporter,

Greetings from Kobe, where the Sakura (cherry blossoms) charmed us once again! The dawn of a bright spring was, as always, introduced by (Japanese) Nightingales’ energetic melodies all-around. Our long-awaited departure is coming up soon, so I share just a few snippets about our recent work. Please click on available links to read and see more. 

Great gathering in Okayama

The gathering of 250 Christian believers in Okayama—representing 54 RCJ congregations from the broader West Japan region—was a real privilege and joy to experience (20-21 March). After an inspiring time of worship and sharing eucharist, we were reminded (by our main speaker Prof. Takashi Yoshida) of the grace that we are created by God for embodied, in-person fellowship. So that Christ’s body can flourish, for the sake of the world. We discussed many topics, e.g. how to make the church a safe, welcoming space for everyone where people are cared for holistically, often starting from enjoying a meal together. A shared vision, which includes shared resources, vulnerabilities andknowledge/experience was also part of small group conversations. The church embodies the Kingdom of God in a unique way in (whatever) town/city. No other social organization can fulfill this calling!

Deeply encouraged by Hoopstad visit

We all need a healthy dose of encouragement, don’t we!? It’s exactly what we gratefully received through a blessed and strengthening time of fellowship with supporting friends—Johan and Elsabé du Plessis from Hoopstad—during the last few weeks. Together with co-missionaries Tobie and Annalie de Wet from RCJ Niihama, we shared our thoughts on Christ’s suffering from the Bible, sang, prayed, and enjoyed some delicious meals together. We also shared some tears and a lot of laughs. This was a very special (first ever Mission Japan) ‘Retreat’, made possible with NGK Hoopstad’s huge contributions and support. We experienced that the suffering and glory of Christ brings new hope in each of our unique situations while we celebrated Easter together.

Niihama ministry feedback

The ministry at RCJ Niihama has had its ups and downs since the De Wets started there a year ago. Keeping the focus on the basics of building community trust and evangelizing when opportunities arise, can be easier said than done. The recent visit of our Hoopstad supporting friends was a significant one at a challenging moment. Read more here and see photos of the events and interactions as Tobie and Annalie share about their experiences.

Graduation and Initiation @ KRTS

In Africa we say: you need a village to raise a child. Well, in Japan, at Kobe Reformed Theological Seminary (KRTS) it’s much the same: you need a faith community to raise and support a theological graduate. As we celebrated and congratuled those who graduated, we also recently welcomed a new team of four students who start a fresh journey to know God deeper and serve His Kingdom wholeheartedly.  Please pray for them to have a dynamic and meaningful start.

New book released about Mission Japan 

We are excited to share the good news about a new book that was recently published by CLF, coinciding with the 50th celebration of Mission Japan’s work. The book is titled: “Die liefde van Christus dring ons – Missie Japan”. The author of this book is dr. Pieter van Jaarsveld (previous Moderator of the DRC Free State), who serves on the management team of Mission Japan. Pieter visited Japan numerous times and, as pastor of DRC Bothaville congregation, received many guests from Japan. He continues to support Mission Japan as an enthusiastic, retired pastor. Click here to find our more about or, even better, to buy and read the book.

Earthquake disaster’s damage continues to challenge many

We stay involved, albeit more indirectly this time with the aftermath of the 7.6 magnitude earthquake that struck the Noto Peninsula on January 1. The disaster claimed 245 lives and injured 1,545 people; 27,661 houses were totally or partially destroyed and 7,484 people are still living in evacuation centers in Ishikawa Prefecture. Water supply is still cut off in many places and its restoration is still in progress, causing many challenges to those who have returned to their homes from the evacuation centres.

Mental health care for those affected by prolonged evacuation has become a major issue, with people experiencing sleep deprivation, fear of strong aftershocks, worsening dementia, and in some cases, suicidal thoughts. Several churches were in the worst affected areas. Two churches in Wajima, which were particularly close to the epicentre of the earthquake, were completely or partially destroyed. Worship services must be held at evacuation centres and other places. Many elderly members of these churches especially feel the deep loss of not having a place of worship. Please pray with us for God’s comfort and encouraging presence amidst their fear.

England and Scotland visit enroute to South Africa

I started teaching Missiology as a subject at KRTS in 2023, as part of our training of theological students for church ministry. Mission Japan, in collaboration with KRTS’s faculty in Kobe, approved a research opportunity (which already started in April 2022) to help me prepare a curriculum for this. During May I will visit the Oxford Center for Mission Studies (OCMS) for research (study leave), discussions and giving a lecture, as part of OCMS’s Guided Research Programme. This visit, and the three-year long research program, is primarily made financially possible by a generous scholarship from KRTS, as well as by my own research funds (through publications). It is also supplemented by contributions from Partners in Mission (DRC Free State Synod) and a benefactor friend. All the support is humbling and sincerely appreciated. 

This visit will happen along with Carina and our children and we’re looking forward to a unique educational and formational opportunity. We will also make a short stop in Scotland at the Edinburgh Theological Seminary to meet a colleague in Mission Studies. I am also very grateful to have received two preaching opportunities on the Isle of Arran, and a free manse to utilize as a family for a couple of days. 

Other ministries, encounters and events

The past month or so included quite a few other events, encounters and other work that I only briefly list here below. The photos tell the stories further.

l  I recently completed an article titled Proclaiming and Embodying Peace in Pacifist Japan. Click here to read about its background, and the article itself.

l  On Easter Sunday I preached at RCJ Shinko Church and I shared a Bible message about Christ’s resurrection on a Christian Radio Station.

l  Some of our Mission Japan leaders and RCJ Shikoku leaders discussed a review of the existing MOU which aligns our missionary partnership. 

l  We (as a family) received many other guests, from New Zealand, Netherlands and USA at different occasions (Carina’s plate was full with hospitality responsibilities over and above her work at RCJ Kita Kobe and as homeschooling teacher). 

l  I attended the RCJ Western Presbytery meeting (9-10 April) where many new church leaders were welcomed and reports on the presbytery’s relationship with churches in South Africa, South Korea, USA and Hungary were reported on.  

l  I joined the RCJ Diaconal Study Tour group members, who held a meeting in Takarazuku recently. We discussed and finalized some important issues, in preparation for our upcoming visit to South Africa at the end of August. I will introduce the group members in a next newsflash. 

l  Thankful for opportunities to preach at RCJ Niihama and Otokoyama (Kyoto) congregations in March. This weekend (14 April) a last opportunity awaits at RCJ Shiga-Setsuri.

l  We also shared the joy of Annlie’s ballet concert for which she trained very hard, as well as being part of two beloved (Japanese and Korean) KRTS students’ engagement ceremony.

  We deeply appreciate your ongoing support and involvement and eagerly look forward to meeting you in South Africa (from 24 May) or elsewhere in person soon. We request and value your prayers for the ministry opportunities mentioned, for God’s grace, protection and blessing in everything.

May the joy and peace of Christ direct your every step.

Stéphan, Carina, Annlie, Cornelius, Lodewyk, Stephan


# Okayama Gathering

# KRTS Graduation

# KRTS New Students

# RCJ Kita Kobe Sunday School

DRC hoopstad’s encouraging visit


# RCJ Diakonia Tour Group

# RCJ Shinkō Worship

# Annlie’s Ballet (3rd from left)

# Engagement Jubilation

The joy of spring in the air!

Copyright (C) 2024 Mission Japan. All rights reserved.

Our mailing address is:
Shobu Ga Oka 3-1-3, Kita Ku, Kobe City, JAPAN, 651-1306