Report from Africa #9
Yesterday Cathy and I sat on the stoop (porch) and gazed out on the fields and mountains of Amathunzi. Zebra came walking lazily by in front of us. Eland are off to our left scrapping their horns on the trees. There are three new babies among the eland group. Pigs and chickens are off to our right. Weaver birds are chirping and continually building nests on the large tree in the yard. What a great place to feel serenity in your heart. Together we thanked the Lord for the joy of being in such a tranquil place.
Rolf and Lizzie Weichardt are the first missionaries we visited in Africa five years ago. Over the years they have networked us around the country of South Africa and given us great opportunities of ministry in the hearts of other Africans. We love the kinship God has given us during these years.
Rolf picked me up from the Cape Town airport with two of their children. Tenille and Mikhail road back to Amathunzi with us. It is so nice to be around some missionaries who feel like an extension of our family. We have know them since 1994 and their first trip to America. Then Rolf said that Mikhail had something to share with me.
Mikhail (12) had been studying the Bible in school as part of his curriculum and was struggling with his Afrikaans translation. ‘I just could not understand it,’ Mikhail said. He went to his father and got his copy of the Life Application Bible and began to read the NIV translation and notes written on the bottom of the pages. When I read the Life Application notes the passages became very clear to me for the first time…it just is so complex in my mother tongue.He took his test and made a 94%. He was very excited that the Bible can now make clear sense for his class.
For me it was a gratifying moment to realize work that I did twenty years ago had been useful in the life of our friend’s son. God’s Word never returns void but it is so nice to see and hear some of those results.
I spent the last week in Magaliesburg teaching the team Ikageng the Bible. I also spent time with Blessing and Ingrid Mpofu. We went away for the weekend to Durban and the Indian Ocean coast. They needed a chance to get away and rest from the rigors of ministry life. It was a special time to refocus and renew their hearts.
Our stop at the battlefield of Rorke’s Drift was very touching for us. How so few (130 British Soldiers) fought off so many (4,000 Zulu’s) in a fourteen hour battle. Wave after wave was repelled by the defenders to the point of exhaustion.
It is certainly a great example of the spiritual battle we face in ministry leadership. The enemy is relentless and seems to never slow down or run out of warriors. Satan is persistently prying our hearts for weakness and our minds for confusion. He will take down every missionary he can catch unaware.
Please pray as Cathy and I decompress ourselves this month and I begin writing a book that has been in my heart for years. Your kind attention to our hearts would be greatly appreciated and wisely used. Thank you.
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.