December 2023

Dear friends and family,

The Tomalin family in South Africa send their love and greetings to you! It is our prayer that you are all well, and that God continues to draw near to you all. It fills us with immense joy to be sharing our recent news with you, as the last few months have been quite eventful for both of us. We had the privilege to visit Kwa-Zulu Natal for a week, during the George Whitefield College September break. This was a great opportunity to attend our first REACH SA Synod and we also had the chance to stay with family who reside in Kwa-Zulu Natal.

The 2023 Synod of the denomination which we are linked with, REACH SA (Reformed Evangelical Anglican Church of South Africa) was significant as big decisions were being made. The Synod is an annual gathering of all the various ministry leaders, workers, and church representatives from churches in the denomination, across the country. It was a joy to see so many people come together and hear from many people across the nation and countries around. The big decisions made included electing the new Presiding Bishop for the denomination, and many other Area Bishops. We are pleased to inform you that Dr Rev Siegfried Ngubane is our new Presiding Bishop. Please keep him and his family in your prayers during this transition period. We were also blessed to spend time with Nomfundo’s older sister and her niece in Durban. Furthermore, we managed to visit Gogo, an aunt and uncle as well other cousins in the family homestead, KwaNyuswa. Our time in Kwa-Zulu Natal was fruitful but short, and we look forward to visiting again sometime soon.

There have been a few exciting developments this term. Nomfundo has been facilitating Trauma Healing Groups with the Trauma Healing Institute as an Apprentice Facilitator, but she has recently qualified as an Advanced Facilitator. This means that she will have the opportunity to share God’s word with more communities who are suffering from trauma. Nomfundo has also completed her counselling bridging courses with the South Africa Theological Seminar and started her Bachelor of Theology (Hons) in Christian Counselling in August. She also started a Biblical counselling course through CCEF called Counselling in the Local Church in October. She looks forward to growing her counselling skills and using her gifts to come alongside those in need with the same comfort which God provides to us all.

To add to these developments, Adam has been elected to lead the Student Representative Council (SRC) as the new SRC chair, which is a

Text Box: With Gogo and cousinsWith regards to church, it’s been such a joy to serve and be part of the Message Church family over the past two years. We’ve learned lots from our experience and have formed some great friendships. However, next year will bring some more change as we embark on ministry in a township context. We will be beginning to attend Christ Church Khayelitsha, where isiXhosa is the main language spoken, both in the township and in the church. We’re very much looking forward to this exciting change and the massive opportunities for learning which it will present. Yet, we are also sad to be moving on from the Message Church. We are confident that this will be the right thing to do as we think about future steps in ministry, after college, so please be praying with us for God’s ongoing provision, strength, humility and courage as we move forward, by his grace.

As we write this prayer update, we both cannot believe that it is November already and that we are approaching the end of 2023. God has been so faithful to us throughout the year, and we are eternally grateful for his provision through you. Your support and prayers have been invaluable.

Take care and God bless,

Adam and Nomfundo

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Please pray for...

  • Pray for Nomfundo’s family who are also struggling through some financial difficulties back home. Pray for God to provide and for them to know God’s peace in this troubling time.
  • Pray for ongoing wisdom and guidance as we seek to pursue longer term ministry in a context which will help us grow in the understanding and appreciation of the Zulu culture and language.
  • Pray for us to settle in well and embrace the dynamics of church in a township context, next year. Pray that we’d have a posture of humility and be able to manage our own expectations as we observe and learn more about how we can be involved in ministry in such a context.
  • Pray for us to wisely balance and even prioritise our involvement across studies, student leadership, ministry commitments and investing in family and friendships.
  • Pray for a good time of rest over the college break and for encouraging time spent with family and friends in Cape Town, Joburg and KZN.
  • Pray for us to both remain humbly dependent on the Lord in all we do and keep running to him when it is tempting to put our trust and sense of confidence in other areas.

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