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Monday, January 15, 2018
The Hawkins family is back in South Africa! We are settling into a new house, and back into the full swing of ministry.
In our family photo above, you'll notice an extra person! William Mohapi is a student at Word of Life South Africa's Discipleship Training Centre (DTC) in Johannesburg. He has spent the holiday season with us, helping us move. He has one term left to finish at the DTC, and in April he is hoping to join us in Durban for an internship. Please pray for him that to finish well!
January brings with it a new year, and in South Africa it also brings a new school year! Saturday is our annual Leaders' Kick Off. Please pray for us as we meet with the youth leaders from our local churches to encourage them and train them for the year to come. Mary & I will both be teaching sessions. Please pray for wisdom as we prepare and for the morning to run smoothly.
Thank you for your prayers!
Brad & Mary Hawkins
Sunday, October 1, 2017
Tuesday, August 22, 2017
We are headed to Chicago on the train today. As an American, you can travel to South Africa for up to 90 days without applying for a visa, but in order to stay longer, we have to submit applications to the South African Consulate, and the one for our region is in Chicago. A visa application involves a lot of supporting documents, and it can be stressful to acquire everything necessary and anticipate what else they might ask for. It includes things like medical reports, radiological reports, marriage certificate, proof of insurance, bank statements and much, much more!
Wednesday, June 21, 2017
Tuesday, April 18, 2017
|Brad at the Opening Session|
|Quillan, William & John Page|
It is so exciting to see the faith of the teens and young adults grow as they raise their support, come away from the world to focus on the Word of God speaking into their lives, and step out of their comfort zones to serve others.
We had the opportunity to volunteer at a local home for mentally challenged residents, Horizon Farm. We also spent some time doing work projects on the property for the church that hosted us, Grace Baptist Church, Queensburgh. They worked hard, ministering to the residents, and serving there and at the church. A lot of physical work and it was HOT!
A small part of our team prepared songs, lessons and crafts and interacted directly with the residents at Horizon Farms. What a blessing to see our youth learning from them as the residents served each other happily, despite whatever physical or mental limitations they might have. We learned so much from them!
The students also had the opportunity to learn how to share the Gospel clearly, and how to effectively share their personal testimony. These sessions were taught by John Page and some of the young adult leaders in our group.