It’s really awesome to be consistently in a position where you are able to see the way that God answers your prayers. In the work here in South Africa, so often we are lacking in finances, people, resources, skills. We see huge needs, and have no idea of what to offer to meet these needs. The only thing we can do is pray. And whilst I am usually just a failing student in the school of prayer, I have been amazed over and over again when God opens the curtains between the worlds of the visible and the invisible, and allows us again see how he is working in the spiritual realm.
Two years ago we began to work at a school called
“VukaUzenzele“, teaching the crossroads course. Since then, there have been many opportunities to help out at the school practically, passing on funds to provide uniforms for needy kids, providing sporting supplies, helping run a year 7 camp, and repairing vandalized buildings. A few months ago, a lady in OM who had been working elsewhere became the chaplain at the school, and has been able to do counseling with vulnerable children, and do religious education. It would be so easy to think – “wow, how good are we, that we have been able to accomplish all of this.” But then I found a newsletter that was written 2 whole years ago, asking prayer partners to join with us in petitioning the Lord for money for school uniforms, a chaplain for the students, and more opportunities to serve. It had all seemed to come about so naturally; it is now that we realise that it was because the Lord did the work.
About 6 months after I first arrived in South Africa, I met a little girl called Allyssa in town called Hammaanskraal. She was visibly affected by AIDS, and I was shattered to see a child suffer in this way. To me, she looked just days, weeks away from death. I didn’t know what else to do but share her story with many of you, and ask you to pray… A few months ago, I found a website on the Internet of an American missionary couple who had adopted a little girl with AIDS called Allyssa from Hammaanskraal, who was doing so well on her medication, and loved being a part of a family. He didn’t have to, but God opened to curtains again to show that our prayers had accomplished something beautiful – that HE had done something beautiful.
About a year and a half ago, the AIDS HOPE team began to pray for a place where we could do ministry amongst the people. Our location right now is not ideal – it is in the “suburbs”, whilst the people we minister amongst are in the “townships”. God showed us that we would be more effective if the people could come to us, instead of always going to the people.
And then, again, the miraculous has happened. Whilst I was away in Australia, AIDS HOPE was approached by another ministry, and asked if we wouldn’t like to take over their property in Mamelodi, a nearby township. The buildings are perfect – small apartments for team members to live, offices to work from, room to expand into HIV testing, ministry to children and feeding schemes. It is the building of our dreams – no, the building of our prayers. There are a lot of issues now to work through (permissions from the municipality, property valuations, finding finances to fund the project) but we trust that the Lord can make a way if this is from Him.
Why do I share this? First, as a testimony to how God has used your prayers over the last few years to do some beautiful things. And then to ask that you pray with us for these buildings in Mamelodi, that if they are from the Lord, he would make them available to us, for His glory. This is such an exciting new development for the ministry of AIDS HOPE, and I wanted to share this with you, who work alongside me in Africa.