We drove on the dirt road headed to Amathunzi. It has been a familiar home for us in South Africa for the past few years.
We passed by the game reserve and went down the hill to a valley of vineyards owned and operated by the Roux families. The father, Yohann, had felt a strong call from God to provide facilities for volunteers working with farm children and a home for missionaries Rolf and Lizzie Weichardt. They were moving from Amathunzi in January of 2018.
Memories have been deep and touching in the past few years as we have hosted many missionaries at Amathunzi. The animals which live on the reserve have become fixtures in our hearts and minds. It had become a place for ministry leaders to rest, renew and refocus their call from God.
Here we drove up to a former storage building that has been renovated to house ministry leaders and volunteers. We walked into a flat that had been completed only weeks ago with a nice bed, small kitchen, shower and bathroom. This is to be our home for the next two months.
The building is nested with a vineyard to the West and an orchard to the East. There is a small gravel drive between our porch and the vineyard. Workers drive by our flat continually completing tasks in the fields and pruning the vines for next years harvest. Yesterday they were sorting olives near us.
The thrilling atmosphere has been one of great joy for the Roux family. They are excited to be engaged with the ministry. The volunteers from Germany have become like grand children for the older parents. Laughter, smiles, a few pranks with the volunteers and the sharing of meals is the norm.
You can see and feel the movement of the Spirit of God in this Robertson Valley. The son Yohan pointed out the Life Application Bible on his kitchen counter. He said, "I read it every day!" Most importantly the rains have returned. This drought and parched area of the Western Cape is now being soaked.
Pray as we minister to the missionaries, volunteers, farm families and workers. What a joy to be nestled among the mountains and in the vineyards of Le Chasseur.
Cathy and Danny Sartin
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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.