Today we were blessed to have Peter D. Fin, Pastor of Acts Christian Church - Midrand, South Africa - and our host, join us during our daily devotion. There he shared his testimony of how he came to know Christ and subsequently took over pastoring Acts Christian Church after his father’s retirement. The first official order of our day was to take a short drive to Acts South Campus. We prayed for South Africa and the protest that was taking place today. Thousands of South Africans gathered at strategic locations throughout the city to demonstrate against President Jacob Zuma’s dismissal of the finance minister that has fueled concerns over government corruption. We also prayed for our country - the United States - as we launched 59 Tomahawk cruise missiles at Syria in response to what it believes was a chemical attack that killed more than 100 people.
Our next stop was a visit to the Bodirammago Old Age Foundation. Once we arrived at the facility we each adopted one of the 18 residents and shared our story of international mission work and our association with Acts Church. The center director shared their structure and the services they offer the residents. Not all the residents were necessarily elderly. There were also language barriers, however the language of smile and the power of love are universal. They were entertained with a spiritual dance performed by CrossPoint ministries teams Donna and Cindy. And finally, we prayed and blessed them with gifts from toiletries and other soft items such as scarfs, etc. We did not leave before giving honor and praise to the caregivers.
We were served a hearty and healthy lunch at ACTS Church South campus, then we headed out on a shopping spree to Cambanos Curio Center. They had a wide selection of souvenirs and gifts. Many of us bought back many bags of gifts for our family, friends, and supporters.
Last but certainly not least was our evening service at The Living Word Worship Center. This center holds services under a tent and has a congregation of about 300 members. They are also currently construction a new sanctuary next door that will seat approximately 1500 members. They have spirited leadership and poised for tremendous growth. Our mission’s leader Alison heard from the Lord that many people were going to be healed tonight. She had several specific issues that she mentioned and people that were dealing with that issue stood up to receive prayer. We prayed for each of person until they were touched and healed by God and their pain or issue disappeared! Praise God for his healing!! Of course, our ministry members Donna and Cindy also blessed the congregation with a dance to the song Thy will be done. The service culminated with a powerful sermon from Dawn Moyer on “Facing your Giants” and reminded us that we can overcome anything with God on our side. The church leaders were most gracious and thankful for our visit and were very pleased that we were in their midst. They took up a generous offering for our missions group and after much coaxing, CrossPoint leaders were able to convince them that it was God’s will that we return the money to them to aid with their building fund so that they would be able to grow and add children to his kingdom.
After such a spirit filled message we returned to Acts and filled our physical bodies with a meal of shepherd’s pie, salad and delightful desserts.