Dear Friends and Family
I greet you in the precious and wonderful Name of Jesus Christ, our Lord and Saviour.
I hope you and all who are dear to you are well.
“Yet the Lord longs to be gracious to you; He rises to show you compassion.
For the Lord is a God of justice. Blessed are all who wait for Him!”
Isaiah 30:18 (NIV)
As you well know, we have a heart and a vision to help the people of Malawi. Our main goals are to help the people to understand the Gospel, resist the advance of Islam, and become economically self-sustaining. We had planned a Mission to Malawi for early this year, but the sudden death of my mother hampered our momentum temporarily. Thanks be to God Who has put our feet on a solid rock and Who brings trials to strengthen our Faith, giving us time to re-evaluate our motives and re-adjust our compass.
In the flaming furnace, how graciously did He deliver us. – C.H. Spurgeon
Malawi Mission Postponed – Again
As I informed you in my last Newsletter in June, I had planned to conduct a 3 month Mission to Malawi during September, October, and November this year. We have unfortunately had to reluctantly put our plans for this 2015 Springtime Mission to Malawi on hold till next year. Mission Make-a-Mother has taken its place.
Renee and I have been struggling to have children since we got married 4 years ago. And now with the passing of my own mother, the Watsons no longer have a mother on this planet. This has increased the desire in us to have children so that Renee can continue the motherhood in the Watson family. Lenora Hammond has been a great help and advisor to Renee and has encouraged us to start with fertility treatments again. This seemed like good advice, but comes with a dire consequence – we would have to postpone our planned Mission to Malawi. Our mission leaders have encouraged us to pursue the fertility treatments without reserve, as time to do this is running out fast. Malawi can wait a few months.
Father, Family, and Farming
As you may know, my father is a farmer in Kwa-Zulu Natal where he and my mom lived until her passing last year. After Mom’s funeral Dad decided to continue farming even though he would be all alone out in the ‘middle of nowhere’. My brother and I were quite concerned for him, but Dad is strong in character and seemed to pull through. I stayed with Dad for a month after Mom’s passing to ensure that he will be ok.
In June this year, Dad was facing another family crisis which demanded that he be away from his farm for a whole month. Dad needed one of his boys to step in and help out with the farming. As my schedule was more flexible than my brother’s, I offered to help Dad by looking after the farm whilst he was away.
So for the month of July, I was a farmer. This was quite fun, but also hard work. I gained a new respect for my aging Dad as I filled his shoes during this time. My Dad is a hard worker and has brought me up to have a good work ethic and to be a hard worker doing a thorough job. Renee and I had to keep the farm running, ensure the harvest was done, take the produce to the various Farmer’s Markets where we would sell the produce, and do any maintenance that would be required. By the end of this month we were quite tired indeed.
Wild Medix First Aid Training
In early August, as we returned from my Dad’s farm back to the Mission base in Cape Town, we immediately started on an 8 day Wilderness First Aid course. This course was conducted in Cape Town by a paramedic company called Wild Medix. This course is an advanced Level 3 First Aid course which qualifies you to provide immediate First Aid to a trauma or medical patient in a wilderness environment.
This is vital training for us as we often travel far out in rural neglected areas where there are no medical facilities – the nearest emergency medical facility may be 5 hours’ drive, or more, away. We have often been in situations where others have been injured and needed immediate first aid care, but we have been helpless being without any medical training. This propelled us to find and invest in competitive First Aid training.
This 8 day Wilderness First Aid course was quite intensive with detailed lectures and exciting and realistic practicals. Our lecturer and trainer was very descriptive and entertaining which really made the course meaningful, memorable, and fun.
Just as important as the training is, we also realized that equipment is also vital. So we also acquired a well-kitted First Aid gear bag to help us be more prepared in emergency situations.
Ministry in Cape Town
The Lord has been very good to us in these months while we have been based in Cape Town. We have had a great number of wonderful opportunities to minister and share the Gospel with folk in the areas around us.
Ministry in the Malls
Africa Christian Action had a wonderful opportunity to run a book table in the Cavendish Square Mall for four days. This was part of an annual Charity Book Sale that this mall hosts every year. The book table was laden with great Gospel books, Bibles, Devotionals, Christian Novels, Doctrinal books, and many more. Renee and I volunteered to help at the book table. This provided us with great opportunities to interact with shoppers passing by, or stopping at our book table. I thank God for the many evangelistic encounters that we had during this time.
We were also privileged to participate in the National Women’s Day Outreaches in the Malls on 10 August. 76 Volunteers helped us distribute over 6 000 tracts, leaflets and Gospel booklets and over 2,000 balloons with Scripture messages on them, in 6 shopping malls on Monday, 10 August (National Women’s Day) in South Africa. This also presented many opportunities to have evangelistic encounters with many shoppers in the mall – we praise God for this.
Evangelism Expo Experience
We had the great privilege of being able to attend the Evangelism Expo that was held in the Northern Suburbs. Africa Christian Action, Literature4Africa, and Living Waters Africa which are three ministries of Frontline Fellowship had display tables at the Expo. I was tasked to eagerly assist with the books and literature which would be available on these tables.
This was a magnificent experience! To be able to fellowship with like-minded folk who also have a passion to build the Kingdom of God through Evangelism was to me the most valuable thing I gained from this experience. With great glee I went from table to table fellowshipping with various Evangelists who are doing great work for God. There were folk there that I linked up with who are doing ministry in the city, in the townships, among the homeless, to muslims, reaching gangsters, radio ministry, internet ministry, evangelistic crusade ministry, and many more. I was excited and invigorated after this experience. This opened my eyes to the vast ministry opportunities that exist in and around Cape Town. I am eager to get more involved with and work together with some of these ministries whilst in Cape Town.
The message that was preached at this Evangelism Expo was also right on target encouraging us as believers to work together as the body of Christ.
Preaching in Place of Peter
Dr Peter Hammond has had some great invitations to speak at various churches in Cape Town. This opened opportunities for me to preach in his place at Livingstone Fellowship which is the fellowship that we attend. I appreciate these opportunities very much as it helps me to hone my preaching skills. I much rather prefer preaching in rural areas among simple folk; preaching in the ‘mother’-city among professional, skilled, and educated people is quite intimidating which drives me to my knees and causes me to study and prepare fervently. I have also had the privilege of taking the Staff Devotions at the Mission base and also do a presentation at the Reformation Society whilst Peter was away on a Mission to Mpumalanga.
Mission to Mpumalanga and Gauteng
We have just returned from a Mission to Gauteng and Mpumalanga. We have had a busy and effective time of ministry over the last two and a half weeks in Mpumalanga and Gauteng. We conducted a total of 25 meetings including 4 Sunday worship services, 5 schools, 6 youth group meetings, 3 cell group meetings, 2 college Devotions, children home meetings, and a university meeting.
I have written a full report of the adventures, testimonies, and ministry opportunities that we experienced, learned, and conducted. You can read it on my blog at www.mikemissions.wordpress.com or directly at this link: SA Mission 2015 Report.
A Decade of Divine Difference
This year on September 15 I celebrated my 10th spiritual birthday. Some people don’t see much significance in this, but I am thrilled, ecstatic, and delighted that God has kept me in His grip for these past 10 years. It has been an absolute exciting adventure, growing in grace, learning to love God more, jubilating in the freedom of His presence, serving in Missions, and sharing His love for mankind with others. To me 10 years is a significant milestone; I look forward to another 10 million years as an exhilarated son of God – and then of course an eternity of the same…
“For I am persuaded that neither death nor life, nor angels nor principalities nor powers, nor things present nor things to come nor height nor depth, nor any other created thing, shall be able to separate us from the love of God which is in Christ Jesus our Lord.”
Romans 8:38, 39
It seems the Lord is opening up a door for me to conduct a Mission to Rwanda, Burundi, and DR Congo this year in November. Please pray for the preparation and provision for this Mission.
The next Great Commission Course is just around the corner as it will be starting on 1 January 2016. I am really looking forward this opportunity to be involved in the training offered by this invigorating Missionary training course. This will be my 5th GCC in which I will be participating; I always enjoy meeting and interacting with the participants who are like-minded, missions-focused individuals from all over the world.
I am also planning a Mission to Malawi for early next year, possibly for February/March. Please pray for guidance as we plan and prepare.
Thank You !!
Thank you very much for you encouragement and for your support – both financial and prayer support. We could not do this work without your partnership with us in the Gospel. We desperately appreciate your support.
May God bless you abundantly, thoroughly, and perpetually.
An unworthy servant
“That His glory may dwell in the land” – Psalm 85:9
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