After a wonderful evening of rest and fellowship, the team jumped right back into serving in the community. Before heading out to engage in ministry at Tembisa hospital we stirred our faith and fanned the flames of our hearts through devotion and collective worship led by Thomas. Seeking to spur everyone on in hope, team member Elizabeth offered a brief but impactful word of encouragement about God’s faithfulness during times of sifting. Filled and ready to pour out, our team headed to the hospital to bring the hope, healing and encouragement of Jesus!
And that’s just what we did! With songs and words on our lips, and a supernatural confidence in our hearts, each of us, with outstretched hands, relied on the authoritative name of Jesus to soothe, comfort, heal and bless infants and children in the burn unit, women who were days, some—minutes, away from giving birth, men who were in need of healing and young ones with broken limbs. There was a release of hope into the atmosphere of Tembisa hospital. One mother who was present to take home her newly discharged baby received Christ and was born again. While the sight of hurting children and mothers in labor without a loved one, doctor or nurse present, was difficult for many on our team to see, the love of Christ compelled them to act in love, to do what was needed; be it pray for or join along side mothers and help them breath and push, or offer children a gift, a smile, a prayer, a blessing, and/or a comforting touch. It truly was a remarkable time of God moving amongst us!
Our next stop was Tabernacle Church Soup Kitchen & Academy. There, our team split into two groups. In one area Sheena, Thomas and Kayla testified to a group of adults and children about the saving power of Jesus while Ciara and Stefanie served a hot meal to them thereafter. The rest of the team joined the children at the academy in their classrooms. The children sang songs for the team members. A lot of prayer and playing (kick ball, running, singing, pictures, and conversations) took place. While the children of the academy come from lower income or impoverished areas, their laughter and countenances spoke of a joy and wealth that are not materially attained. They loved seeing our team arrive and showed such love and sincerity when it was time for us to go. Running alongside our travel bus they waved and screamed, “We will miss you.” The sentiment was mutually expressed in such a precious moment!
We concluded our day by attending evening service at Bethesda Revival Church located in Laudium for a night of supernatural healings and miracles. On the bus ride over, we sang, prayed and testified to the goodness of Jesus amongst ourselves. A spirit of expectancy and faith filled our bus as many spoke in their prayer languages and lifted up the name of Jesus. We knew God was going to move mightily amongst this community and we all wanted to ready ourselves to be conduits of His grace, mercy and power. As we rounded the corners through the community we noticed a large Hindu temple and many signs promoting Islam. Ultimately we arrived at Bethesda, the Church of Jesus Christ, which stood out, even amongst all the signage and other religious worship centers, like a city on a hill.
We entered in and joined the church in saturating the place in worship. Soon the weight of expectancy amongst our team as well as the members became palpable. Stefanie shared words of encouragement and Mark preached a powerful message that released the word of God into the atmosphere. Alison led the congregation in the prayer of salvation and many responded to the invitation. So many hands went up to receive or rededicate their lives to Christ that we could not count them. With the word preached and heaven in their hearts, the time was ripe for people to reach up to grab hold of all that Jesus had to offer, all that the community came to receive; and our team was ready to aid them. We lined the altar and prayed for all who came forth. God manifested His power as deaf ears were opened, words of knowledge were given, people were set free from demons. God gave strategy to some who had been seeking His wisdom on pertinent and persisting matter. Many received the baptism of the Holy Spirit with the evidence of speaking in tongues! His Holy Spirit worked richly through our team. Ciara gave a prophetic word to Ps Kevin before the entire congregation, who received it with gratitude and faith!
Tonight, our team grew a little closer to our Good Father who delights in meeting His children's needs. All He asks is that we truly receive! And that is what many did. With only a few days left we are still richly engaged and eager for the journey. Please pray our strength in the Lord, as we are in it for the long haul; and don’t forget to check back in to read more of how God is moving mightily in South Africa and amongst our team!
Peace + Blessings,
Cross Point Missions
2018 South Africa Team