Churches in Mpumalanga!
Our work among leaders in this Northern Province of South Africa has been very fruitful. The last two weeks of our time in this area is going to be very busy.
Last Sunday I preached in the Calvary Church in White River among Afrikaans people and many missionaries who are working in the area. Cathy has been attending their ladies Bible Study each week that we have been here. When she emerged on Tuesday I could tell something had happened. The ladies were hugging Cathy and thanking her for coming to this group that is studying soul care.
Yesterday I drove 2 1/2 hours South to the village of Elukwatini. Twenty-five pastors awaited a two-hour Bible Study session. This was our third meeting this month. Despite our language differences they were laughing, smiling and enjoying an honest walk through difficult scriptures. Our friendships started over four years ago and have deepenedeach time we have visited this remote area. Inductive Bible Study is a new concept to them and deeply valued with these poor pastors.
Today, Ronas Marule and I met with Pastors in Nelspruit (now named Mbombela) and I had the joy to open God's Word with them. Comments of affirmation, excitement and thankfulness followed after our time. Then Ronas and I were off to new High School in the community of Tekswane South East of Nelspruit. Observing another ministry designed to reach out and give dignity to girls as they grow up. Tonight, I am preaching at a church in the community as they are conducting a revival. Pictured above (kneeling) is Bishop Israel Malele who set up this time at Sello's church.
Saturday will be a day of training at a church in Moramela in the escarpment mountains. I will be teaching leadership and Bible skills to youth leaders and pastors. They wanted to go from 9 to 5 with the training. Ronas suggested a shorter time so the group would learn, apply and not forget.
The exciting part of Saturday is the location. Six years ago I was the featured speaker at a youth rally in Moramela. No church existed at that remote village. Today it is the largest church on the entire escarpment. I can't wait to see it again.
Sunday will find us three hours South speaking in Pastor Maxwell's church in Moraplass. It will be our first time to visit his congregation. He was my interpreter four years ago in Elukwatini.
Through missionaries Ronas Marule and Darryl Mather-Pike we find ourselves involved in the lives of so many pastors, churches and other missionaries. Life on life transformation changes us from the inside out.
Thank you for sending us area so we could pitch our tent and live among them. The fruit just seems to multiply.
Cathy and Danny Sartin
A Kingdom Leader is aware that his route was blazed by the author and perfecter of our faith. Jesus Christ cut a pioneer path forward that marked hearts, left impressions and left a footpath that transformed the world. His disciples were altered so deeply that they did not think, feel or act the same as before.
Following Christ is not a super autobahn that will whisk you from one location to another effortlessly. Instead it is a wilderness of obstacles that is full of deceptions, traps and wild creatures that can consume your heart, mind and soul. Even getting a bird’s eye view to identify your location and find your direction can be a daunting task.
Are you looking for the quickest and easiest path to be a Christian leader? Are you taking the scenic route for your pleasure? Are you willing to travel the road less traveled? Is your comfort and safety more important than serving the lost so they can see a glimpse of Jesus?
Luke 2:52 (WUESTNT)
52 And Jesus kept on hewing a pioneer path ahead, making steady progress in wisdom and maturity and in favor in the presence of God and with men.
We pray that you will take courage and follow the footpath set by Christ!
Cathy and Danny Sartin
Wuest, K. S. (1961). The New Testament: an expanded translation (Lk 2:52). Grand Rapids, MI: Eerdmans.
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Four decade veteran of youth ministry in churches, Youth For Christ and now is the Founder and Executive Director of Deeper Still Missions. Danny and his wife Cathy spend most of their time mentoring missionaries in Africa, Europe, Central America and North America. Future opportunities include South America and the Asia Pacific area.