Dear Wake Chapel Family,
“Now unto him that is able to do exceeding abundantly above all that we ask or think, according to the power that worketh in us, unto him be glory in the church by Christ Jesus throughout all ages, world without end. Amen.” - Ephesians 3:10
We are presently on furlough in the States. Our sending church, Salem Baptist, meticulously maintains a beautiful missions’ home. What a blessing to have a home away from home. Thank you again, Salem Baptist, for the use of your ministry house! Lord willing, we will be here until the new year.
Here is our address while we are in the States : 419 South Broad Street Winston-Salem, NC 27101
Sharing in churches, catching up with family and friends, reading/ writing and home schooling our boys, Joshua and Michael, fill our days. We are extremely thankful for this time to catch our breath from the busy schedule in South Africa and reflect over the past few years. God has been gracious and walked with us each step of the way. We are thankful!
Keeping in Touch with South Africa
We are attempting to stay in touch with South Africa. WhatsApp has been wonderful as we text friends and mentees in South Africa. Paul has also found a deal on Skype for 400 minutes of call time to cell phones in South Africa. This has allowed us to continue to foster relationships even while away. We are thankful for the progression of cell phone technology that allows such communication even with people who do not have a computer or Wifi.
Ayanda and Khulu
Please be in prayer for Ayanda and Khulu Kakaza, the couple we are mentoring in South Africa. We have been talking to him almost daily. He is transitioning from the LIV village, a non-profit Christian orphanage. He will complete two years of serving there. There have been numerous challenges and opportunities to grow as individuals and as a couple.
He is eager to begin a church plant but he is looking for ways in which he can support himself financially until the church is sustainable. He is looking at the possibility of becoming a chaplain in the SA military or police but there are a couple of qualifications he will need to pursue for that to be an option. As a chaplain, he would have some flexibility to church plant as he serves and it would provide a steady salary. We are not sure this is the best option but it is one possibility. All this to humbly request that you pray for Ayanda and Khulu as they make this transition. Please pray that their “love may abound yet more and more in knowledge and in all judgment; That they may approve things that are excellent; that they may be sincere and without offence till the day of Christ. Being filled with the fruits of righteousness, which are by Jesus Christ, unto the glory and praise of God.”
Mashaka and Sibongumbomvu Primary Schools
Things are going well at the South African elementary schools in which Penny has served. The teachers continue to share Jesus and strive to teach well at Mashaka Primary. The ministries at Sibongumbomvu Primary School through Hilton Baptist Church have faced challenges but in the midst of obstacles, God has blessed: more tutors, more students being served, and additional mentoring of teachers. We praise the Lord for His goodness and provision.
Please continue to pray for the teachers of the schools, the challenges within the classroom are huge in this context: 45+ students in the classroom, 80% of student body are orphans, all children are second language English learners, ancestor worship is prevalent, life of fear is the norm… Pray that the teachers stay close to Christ and will continue to share Jesus with the children. Also pray for the many children who consider school as their refuge because of the struggles of life and living. Pray that they come to know Christ, they find strength in Him, and that God will protect and provide for them as they grow.
Phoenix Fellowship Baptist Church
Ministry continues at Phoenix Fellowship Baptist Church in South Africa. They have completed more work on the church building, carpet and tile have been laid. Services continue with a variety of individuals preaching on Sunday with the deacons leading the Wednesday evening prayer time. Soup kitchen, ladies’ Bible studies, Men’s ministries continue but the need for a pastor is urgent. There are many in the church who not only need that consistent presence in the pulpit, but the counsel and encouragement of a pastor to individuals and families. Please pray that the leadership of the church would have wisdom as they seek for God’s man for this position.
It has been wonderful to back with family. There is a huge gap when a daughter/sister is thousands of miles away! Birthdays take on a whole new dimension when we are all together. So thankful for being back near to Kathryn. It is amazing how God has kept us in spite of the distance. The boys and Kathryn are close and spend time together whenever it is possible.
We have also made sure to make every opportunity to be together with extended family as well. Family is such a blessing!
Fellowship with Church Families
What an amazing time of fellowship with our friends and our church families we have experienced in the past few months! Thank you for the hospitality and encouragement from all that we have visited. We have been blessed!
We still have some openings in our calendar though our schedule is becoming full. Please, if you would like for us to come by to share about this past term in South Africa contact us via email or on Paul’s cell 336-618-2541 or Penny’s cell 336-618-2767. If your church calendar is full, we totally understand. If you would like to call and chat about South Africa and ministry or stop by for a cup of coffee, please do! We cannot begin to express our appreciation for our partners in sharing the gospel of Jesus Christ! Your investments in South Africa through prayer and giving are invaluable. Many of you have asked about our support level, we are at 100%. We praise the Lord for his constant provision. Thank you for your partnership in the gospel!!
Please praise the Lord for…
- Amazing opportunities to visit some of our partners in ministry
- God’s work in the life of the people we have mentored
- Wonderful time with friends and family while in the States
- Provision of more volunteers at Sibongumbomvu Combined School
- Teachers at Mashaka Primary School who are communicating the gospel
- Provision of a car during furlough
Please pray for…
- A pastor for Phoenix Baptist Church
- Muzi Dube and Ayanda Kakaza and their families as they serve the Lord in ministry
- Continued growth for all those who have been mentored in leadership at UBI, Mashaka Primary, Sibongumbomvu Primary, Hilton Baptist Church, Northdale, and Phoenix Fellowship Baptist Church
- Married couples who have been meeting with us for counseling. They need God's sustaining grace to re-energize their marriage
- Continued spiritual growth of our family
Blessings in Christ,
Paul, Penny, Kathryn, Joshua, and Michael Hesman
419 South Broad Street
Winston-Salem, NC 27101