Dear Friends and Family
I greet you in the mighty and merciful Name of the King of God’s Kingdom, Jesus Christ.
“He [the Son of Man] was given authority, glory and sovereign power; all nations and peoples of every language worshipped Him. His dominion is an everlasting dominion that will not pass away, and His Kingdom is one that will never be destroyed.”
I hope you are well and that you had a restful and blessed Christmas time with friends and family. I hope that you have had a good start to this new year.
I am excited about this new year and there is much I need to tell you about (it has been a while since my last update and so much has happened).
I am trilled to announce that I have been accepted at George Whitefield College to study for a Bachelor of Theology degree which is a 3-year program.
I started studying GWC’s Explore Course in January 2016 and completed 2 Modules passing both with distinction. These part-time studies gave me such a thrill and excitement as I gained vast increases in my knowledge about God and the Bible – I found that there was so much I didn’t know and yet needed to know in order to be more effective at my missionary work. This inspired me to pursue full-time studies so that I may be a more responsible preacher (and to know God more and know how to please Him better).
I enrolled and have been graciously accepted at George Whitefield College; it is with great excitement that I look forward to learning and studying about our Great God.
I praise God for His hand in my application process to study next year at George Whitefield College and for His provisions of financial assistance from our church which has generously agreed to pay my tuition fees.
I pray that God will quicken my intellect and cause me to have a smooth transition into this academic environment and also that God will help me to give adequate attention to the Vision and Priorities of High Light Africa through these next 3 years of study.
Solar-Powered Jesus Film Kit
I am pleased to announce that High Light Africa is now the proud owner of a Solar-Powered Jesus Film Kit which has been made possible by our generous financial supporters and partners. This is a completely mobile and off-the-grid system particularly designed by myself to present the Jesus Film in remote rural villages. This kit is currently capable of accommodating an audience of 200 people, but can be easily upgraded for more viewers by simply adding more speakers.
High Light Africa – Malawi
As I will be focussing on my studies for the next 3 years, I thought it prudent to set up High Light Africa (HLA) in Malawi where we have co-workers and colleagues who can continue with the vision and priorities of HLA whilst I am otherwise occupied.
Rev. Barnet Phiri, who is a long time friend, ex-bishop of the Evangelical Baptist Church of Malawi, passionate about Evangelism, a great leader and preacher, humble and selfless, and a local indigenous pastor in Malawi has graciously agreed to and accepted the role of being the director of High Light Africa – Malawi (HLA-M).
Over the last few months, Barnet and I together with a lawyer from our church have been formulating and constructing the Constitution of HLA-M. This will be the legal document that defines and regulates our organization in Malawi. This hard and diligent work is almost completed.
We are hoping to formally adopt this Constitution at the founding meeting we plan to hold in Malawi in April 2017 on our next Mission to Malawi. We will appreciate your prayers and support in this regard.
Renée and I are thoroughly enjoying being part of our new church – Tokai Community Church (TCC). We are blessed to sit under the clear teaching of the Bible and also to be a part of the life of the church. Renée has been leading the Girls Teen Connect group since October and I have been privileged to be included in the music team where I play guitar on some Sundays. I also help with maintenance at our church.
I was privileged to join John Shane with some of the outreaches he is conducting in the Westlake Village in Steenberg. John has been running the Soccer Club where the boys of Westlake are invited every Saturday morning to play soccer at a lovely soccer field that he (John) has arranged for them. There are normally between 20 & 30 boys who pitch up (sometimes even more). At half-time, John usually gives them a short encouragement/exhortation from God’s Word. I was once given the opportunity to speak to the boys from the Bible.
I also joined John on a couple of Sundays at the Westlake Community Fellowship which is a small gathering of believers and their kids who gather to worship God and to listen to the Word being preached.
Over Christmas Renée and I went camping with some friends at a bush-camp near to Greyton. It was a wonderful time of relaxation and rejuvenation.
As for our plans in 2017:
Besides for my upcoming studies, we also have plans for some missions this year. During my study break in April I plan to conduct a mission (with Renée) to Malawi. And then during my July study break I plan to conduct a mission (with Renée) to DRC.
May God bless you thoroughly and perpetually!
In His service – and loving it
Michael & Renée Watson
“That His glory may dwell in the land.” – Psalm 85:9b