Report from Africa
Amathunzi, Robertson, South Africa
Pictured here are Jessica and Kristina from Germany. We first met these young ladies almost two years ago at the Amathunzi Game Reserve in South Africa. They came and gave fifteen months to be missionaries to little children at the farm schools nearby.
This picture was taken on May 3, 2015 on a game drive. Cathy went along and enjoyed all the fun. Jessica calls this one of the happiest days of her life. The laughter, joking, playing around and smiles reflect those thoughts.
What happened to make them so happy? Is it just youthful exuberance or is it something deeper?
Jessica says that Amathunzi was cool from the beginning. It felt like home! Yes, it was a different culture and they lived in community with other students. But I learned the power of prayer here! The story of Amathunzi excited me! I realized the importance of prayer personally. This changed my spiritual life. Now I expect more from God!
This experience helped her find the future. She wants to be here and build schools for these poor farm worker children. She wants to reach out and show the love of Jesus!
Kristina came up with the idea of them returning recently. They had both returned to university for studies but a six-week break was coming. Kristina said let’s go back for those six weeks! Jessica initially said no because she didn’t have the money. God provided the funds and they came.
I see so many changes since we left last December. The group has grown and is now reaching so many schools. The smile on her face said it all.
Cathy asked Jessica about how the children were doing at school since their first visit? Do you see any change? Has there been any change in the boy’s behavior since they were beating on all the volunteers and the girls at school? The boys only see their father’s beating their mothers and getting drunk. They follow the examples of the adults around them.
Jessica can see a significant change in the behavior of the kids. The boys no longer beat anyone. They are now experiencing the love that these young missionaries have been showing them and it is having a powerful effect. The change is spreading to teachers and other volunteers.
Cathy and I see two changed lives in these young ladies. What a thrill to see them here for a school break instead of going on a holiday or vacation. This is the kind of change Jesus makes in our hearts, minds and souls.
We praise God for His mighty work among all of us! We pray that he is working in you also and that you will experience the same joy today.
. . . For the joy of the Lord is your strength. Nehemiah 8:10 (NIV)
Cathy and Danny
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.