February 2021

A big thing to give thanks for was my trip back to the UK in December. Travel restrictions were lowered for South Africa a month before I was due to travel. This meant not only that I could fly back to the UK but I was also able to get back into South Africa!

This gave me over two weeks to spend some quality time with family and friends (socially distanced) which was much needed after what had been a draining year. I then arrived back to South Africa on the last flight before the UK went into a heavy lockdown. I was incredibly grateful for the timing. 

The COVID case rate went up in January here in South Africa so restrictions increased again. Many of the church activities and events which were meant to be in person had to move online again. Church services were the first to move online but most bible study groups weren’t due to start until later in January with youth groups starting even later. This was quite helpful and gave me the opportunity to plan ahead.

The quieter period also came at a useful time for me to get something else sorted! At the end of January, I had an operation on my anterior cruciate ligament in my knee. I sustained an injury on my knee last year and scans showed that getting an operation would be the best option. The recovery seems to be going well so far. The current brace on my leg makes it look like I’ve been given a bionic leg upgrade! I’m incredibly grateful for the support I’ve been given from friends and church family. My girlfriend Nomfundo has been particularly helpful in organising and providing care and help. I’ve been in good hands.

Last week, the president made the announcement that restrictions would be lowered so religious gatherings are allowed again, albeit limited in number. As soon as the announcement was made, Hope Church was straight into organising in-person Sunday services. The first Sunday with in-person services went well and it’s encouraging that we can meet in-person again. The midweek groups for the kids and youth will be starting back next week and the leaders’ training group will also be starting again. Please pray for the teens and leaders to engage well with the studies and training. 

The men’s ministry is being launched at Hope Church, which is exciting. I was part of the planning team last year and will be part of running the ministry this year. I’m really looking forward to seeing how God will use this ministry to encourage men from diverse backgrounds to be discipling one another. The focus and purpose of the ministry can be summarised by Colossians 1:28: ‘He is the one we proclaim, admonishing and teaching everyone with all wisdom, so that we may present everyone fully mature in Christ.’ 

My role is not changing much this year but I’m taking on a little bit more. Within the youth ministry, I will be overseeing the ministry and training leaders. This will enable me to be freed up to help with the men’s ministry and to do some study modules as well.  

Praise God for

Good rest back in the UK and time to see family and friends.
The operation on my knee and that recovery have gone well so far.
The COVID case rate beginning to go down which has led to lowering of restrictions and the church meeting in person again.
My growing relationship with Nomfundo.

Pray for

Full dependence on Christ in all things and not to wrestle control back into my own hands.
Good recovery for my knee.
Young people to grow in their faith and new teenagers to be reached.
Youth leadership team to grow in number and depth.
Men’s ministry to start well and for growing unity amongst the men in the church.
Ability to juggle different responsibilities well – overseeing the youth ministry, helping with the men’s ministry and starting some study modules.

Thank you so much for your partnership and prayers.

God bless,

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