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How Kingdom Culture Affects Everyday Life
Our series follows on from the topic “What the Kingdom of God is Like”. The culture that Jesus taught his disciples about was a different one from the culture of His time. Loving one’s neighbour, praying for those who persecute you and being persistent in the face of adversity are some of the ways kingdom culture differs from the one around us.
Come along and hear how relevant the Bible is to such vital topics as: how to resolve conflict, how to handle anger, stress and finances, and how to love those who are difficult to love.
New Horizons Whittlesea Campus
Sundays @ 10 am | 28 Forest St Whittlesea
Vibrant Kids Program provided
Coffee, tea & morning tea provided after the service
News from Africa – Week 1
Greetings to all in the name of Jesus!
We arrived in Zambia safely and were very appreciative of your prayers for us. It was quite a shock to arrive to 34 degree heat, but we all settled in quickly to our temporary home at Kachele Farm in Luanshya, Zambia. It was straight into action though, as we had to unpack all our cases and begin to prepare for the children’s arrival next morning. We were all tired, but excited. We were all up early next morning for prayer meetings and orientation and then prepared for the children to arrive.
When the bus arrived, we saw the children for the first time and they all looked nervous, but excited. We have witnessed this scene many times before, knowing that the children would take some time to warm to their camp leaders. As the children came off the bus we greeted them and spent some time getting to know their names.
Over the next few days, the team did an excellent job with the children and had the privilege of witnessing the Holy Spirit work in the hearts of each child and leader. In small groups of 5 children plus 2 leaders, they shared their stories, some weeping as they shared their fears.
Each day a scripture was shared and life applications discussed. The children especially related to the story about Jesus in the boat when he calmed the storm. They talked about the “storms” they experience and encouraged us when they verbalised that it is good to trust Jesus and have faith in him to help them.
On Tuesday Levy, Andrew and myself (Shane) travelled down to Kabwe and visited three CBO’s, meeting and ministering to the caretakers at each point. It was a great privilege to listen to their stories and then pray for them. The Holy Spirit moved powerfully amongst them, and as they came out for prayer they were confessing their sins and asking for prayer to start afresh. At each CBO we saw God at work powerfully in the lives of each of these amazing people. Even in the brokenness, they were ministering to the vulnerable children. One of the men even came to me and shared his heartache for a son who was addicted to drugs, and he did not know how to deal with it. I was stunned to hear that story from a man in Zambia. Needless to say, I could tell him I understood his paining was able to minister to him.
There will be a few tears shed tomorrow as the children leave, but we have sown a lot of love, joy and hope into their lives which we pray will be life changing for them. But at least we will see them again next week as we visit their school and visit them in their homes.
We appreciate your continued prayers.
Ps Shane and Millie
News from Africa – Week 2
Good evening all from South Africa. Well, what a whirlwind 10 days we have had already, and I must say, that we are all looking forward to our first free day on Saturday.
Last Saturday, I had the privilege of marrying Mick and Robyn under the Kachele tree on the farm, and then having a special Braii (BBQ) lunch with the people from the farm as a celebration. It was a great surprise right up to the moment that Robyn (Bride) and Millie (matron of Honour) arrived on the back of a buggy. It was a memorable day.
On Sunday we went to a local Dutch Reformed Church where I had the privilege of preaching. With all the choirs singing, and other formalities, the service went for 3 hours – no, I didn’t preach that long lol, and then we had lunch at the Reverend’s Manse. That afternoon we took all the Hands volunteers at the farm out for a buffet dinner which was also very enjoyable.
Monday morning we travelled out to Chibuli and met with the caregivers, mixed with the children and then helped serve them lunch. We saw firsthand the challenge of cooking for, and serving 150 meals. It was very gratifying to be a part of it though.After the children had lunch, we went to do some Holy Home visits, where we visited some of the children in their homes. It is always very challenging. The children I visited had been abandoned by their parents, and they now stayed with their older sister and her child.All five lived in a small mud brick home. Half the building was the bedroom and they all slept in it. The other half was just a small room with no roof and no door. I was certainly challenged by their situation.
We then went back to the care centre and had a late lunch with he careworkers, had a play with some of the children and then made the long trip back to the farm.
Tuesday was similar, except we went on longer home visits. Millie and I visited the home of a young girl who had attended the camp, and met her Go-Go (grandmother) who looked after her, her sister and her cousin. We pitched in and did some cleaning around the building where the children slept, collected water from a well, and spent quite a long time just sitting and talking with the Go-Go, who was a remarkable woman.
On Wednesday, we went back to Chibuli early in the morning for the Volunteer/Children appreciation Day. It was such a long day, but such a great day too. We played with the children all morning, which was no easy task keeping 150 children occupied. After lunch, we gave them their back packs and hygiene packs and they left.We then turned our focus onto the 18 careworkers. A few of the ladies in the team pampered them with hand massages and painted their nails, Millie showed them how to make friendship bands and the men in the team washed all their feet and applied lotion to them. It was hard work in the 34 degree heat, but they appreciated it very much. We then gave them all an appreciation bag which contained a hygiene pack and then a food pack containing things like oil, rice and beans. We left the farm at just after 8 in the morning and arrived back at the farm just before 7 pm. Needless to say we were exhausted.
Today, Thursday, we had our debrief, said our farewells and made the long trip to South Africa, arriving at the Hands Village about 9 pm. Time for bed now as we need to be up early in the morning to visit a community in South Africa.
Thank you for keeping us in your prayers. It is very much appreciated.
Shane and Millie