Thank you so much for your prayers! I’m two weeks into my trip to Johannesburg so it’s time to write my first prayer letter.
A few hours after arriving into South Africa, I found myself joining the young adults in their evening bible study. Fast forward one sleep and I’m on a university campus doing my first day of student work. The next day I’m running around with 40 energetic kids for six hours. I think it’s safe to stay they got me stuck in pretty quickly here at Hope Church! That’s something I’ve really appreciated here; everyone has really made an effort to get me involved and to get to know me better. Special thanks to Crosslinks mission partners James and Lucy Buchanan who have been absolutely wonderful. Adam and S’bu, the two guys I’m living next to, have been so welcoming and really helped me settle in.
The next day, an American team arrived, and they had a week here serving Hope Church. This gave me an opportunity to get involved with a lot of the activities they were doing. We gave out flyers at university campuses and invited students to church. We also went to Soweto and invited people to church there. It was the first week of term so we had many socials with students which was an amazing opportunity to meet loads of students and build relationships with them. I’ve managed to find some chances to play football, and last week I tried my hand at basketball with some of the students - I’m really grateful that I’m able to exercise here. I also really enjoyed celebrating my birthday here with some of the students who have been so welcoming and made me feel at home.
So far, I’ve been involved in three main ministries - students, youth and kids. I’m also hoping to get involved in music.
I have also had so many great opportunities to learn whilst being here. There is an evening service I can attend when I’ve helped in Sunday school in the morning. I can attend the young adults’ night and a meeting to train students how to lead bible studies. I’m attending Johannesburg Bible College on Monday and Tuesday mornings, which has been helpful, and, finally, an intern training workshop. So these past couple of weeks alone have been an incredibly fruitful time for my faith, and learning more about God and a lot ministry skills and practicalities.
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