Trouble

4:00 PM Harts for Africa 1 Comments

We have had our share of sickness and trouble since our last update. Thank you for your prayers - our family is now in good health and back to full steam.

 

We had a day on Friday that should never be repeated. Greg, Kim, Gabi, Thomas and Miranda were traveling together. We were in the bush 120km from nowhere when we blew a tyre. I changed it for the spare (while everyone stood on guard looking for lions!). Ten kilometres later we blew the second tyre. Fortunately it held air long enough to travel 10km before using our pump to pump it up again. This was repeated every 10 kms. At the time this tyre blew I was checking to see what the noise was at the rear of the car, it turns out a shock absorber came loose and was out of action. No phones were working and our prayer increased to new levels. 40km into the trip home I noticed another tire was down and found a nail in it. Whilst this was happing in the bush at home the toilet cistern fell off the wall breaking the toilet bowl. The next day a fan belt broke 140km from our destination. I guess you are thinking we should maintain our car a little better, interestingly we had only got it back from the mechanic 3 weeks ago after he did a host of work including changing the shocks on the front.

The good news is that we got home safely, fitted a new loo and all is well, although I’m guessing the mechanic will not be glad to see me.

 

 

New opportunity

7:01 PM Harts for Africa 0 Comments

We are currently praying where to send a group of Bible College graduates in our local area. We pray that they will strengthen existing churches or plant a healthy church to be a testimony in the area. We have a very strategic area close by, but it will be hard ground for them to break open. Please stand with us in prayer as we make the decision on how to approach this task.

ACCWM Exchange 2010

1:19 AM Harts for Africa 0 Comments

I had a great experience at the African - Australian Exchange in Kenya last month. We had leaders from 9 African nations meeting together with Australians from a range of ministries including the Director of Australian Christian Churches World Missions, Australian and African church leaders, African missionaries, the Dean of a Bible College, a missioligist (a word for a clever missionary with a gift for strategic thinking) and many more.

In this company it is impossible not to be challenged to do more using smarter methods. I was challenged to be part of uniting the local African church which would enable us to provide training to more pastors at a reduced cost. I was well pleased that our focus on training was also the most pressing need felt by the African church.

Another area I felt challenged by was the lack of outreach activities displayed by the church in my area of Africa. Pastors in other parts of Africa have some wonderful projects that are helping the church reach their community. I suspect that at the heart of our lack lies financial restraints.

 

It is my prayer that the African church can be united with a focus on sharing biblical wisdom. Also that the local churches will have a vision that reaches out from within their walls into the community with the gospel and that these God given ideas will attract the funding required to becoming reality.

 

Communication blackout

9:59 PM Harts for Africa 0 Comments

A fiber optic cable has been cut in Mozambique, as a result we have lost phone and internet. Word is all will be restored by the end of the month. We are all well. Greg and Kim