This last week in Mossel Bay has been filled with divine appointments just as the title of this post suggests. Earlier in the week as I was praying and I heard God say that we would be meeting people that would be important connections for ministry. The next day Josh and I met Robert, a man Josh knew from his previous visit to Mossel Bay. Robert had brought along a Pastor he knew from his outreach into the townships. Pastor Benson was his name. We sat and shared our heart for the people of this area. We quickly kindled a friendship. Pastor Benson invited us to his church the following Sunday. Below you will see pictures of the township called KwaNonqaba and the church.
During a shared meal after church, Pastor Benson invited us to see some of the work that was being done in a sister church located in a nearby town called George. So the following Tuesday, Josh and I accompanied Pastor Benson, his wife Brenda, and Janine and Elmar Haun to the church in George where the feeding program takes place. We arrived early (It would be good to note that Africa time is not the same as American time. Americans and Europeans tend to be early or on time but Africans tend to move at their own pace) so we had time to see some other aspects of the ministry being done other that the feeding program. Pastor Benson and Pastor David (Pastor of the church in George), took us down the road a couple blocks to a gated compound. Once inside we were introduced to several workers. They shared that the Government Municipality took notice of the good work that the church was doing and got behind the program. The University of Cape Town also heard and now are the main sponsers of the program. So they expanded and hired several social workers and counselors. As the story came to a conclusion a nice woman came out and we quickly learned that she was the director of the program. Pastor Benson greeted her and we went to her office to pray with her. After a time of prayer she felt encouraged. Our party left and went back to the church. We arrived just as they were about to begin. Pastor Benson was invited to share a few words and pray for the meal. Josh and I volunteered to serve. Below you will see some pictures of Pastor Benson and Brenda as well as some of time spent in George.
The following day our friend Thamar Rooken-Smith set up an appointment with some friends of hers that work in the local prison for young people. One of the ladies was a social worker with probation and parole and the other lady was named Kitty and was a member (staff) in the prison. To sum up a long conversation they have been praying for people to come and get involved and are completely on board with our heart and vision. As a result of that meeting, Josh and Mindy will be meeting with 10 people out on parole next week and have continued plans for long term involvement in the prison.
Directly following this meeting Josh, Mindy and I went to a local coffee shop to talk about what had just transpired. While we were getting our coffee a man noticed we were from America. We struck up a conversation and found out his name is Josh and is from Virginia. They have been in Mossel Bay 8 years and were missionaries teaching locals how to grow plants so they can have their own gardens. We had heard of him and the work he was doing the previous Sunday from another visitor to the church Pastor Benson Pastors. What are the odds that two different men named Josh from the U.S. would be missionaries to the same area of South Africa. God has a wonderful way of putting people in your path at the right time when you are following his will. We made plans to see the work he and his wife are doing in the near future. Below is a picture with Josh Davis.
I am not sure if I will have time to write another blog post before I head back to Boise, but please keep checking back as I will update you on our plans for future ministry in South Africa.