Wednesday, January 30, 2008

Prayer Update

The new year has started with a bang!  We have been delivering materials and doing orientations....  It is exciting!!!
Micro F1 is an evangelistic tool that uses Matchbox and Hot Wheels cars to reach many children for Christ. Three youth groups have already scheduled this event at their churches! We know God is going to reach many for Him using this fun outreach! Please pray for us as we run this event 3 Friday nights in a row, Feb 15, 22 and 29.
The kids are continuing to grow and change!  Brandon is enjoying cricket, math & spelling. Marissa has started gymnastics and loves to walk on the beam, jump on the trampoline and is dying to learn to read. Mya is rolling over, has 2 more new teeth, is giving kisses, and said Mama for the first time! (After dada, baba, gaga, and nana, Mama was starting to feel a little left out!)
Please pray for us, that we take advantage of every ministry opportunity God places in our paths, whether it be within Word of Life, our local church, our community or in our own family.

Love,
Mary, for the fam
Brad, Mary, Brandon, Marissa & Mya

Sunday, January 20, 2008

A way for you to be involved....

Micro F1 is an evangelistic tool that uses Matchbox and Hot Wheels cars to reach many children for Christ. Three youth groups have already scheduled this event at their churches! We know God is going to reach many for Him using this fun outreach! Just as in NASCAR, we are looking for “car sponsors.” Each child is to have their own “race car” and many children in the townships cannot afford a Hot Wheel or Matchbox car (they cost more here due to being imported). You can sponsor a car by either mailing one to Word of Life South Africa, PO Box 600, Schroon Lake, NY 12870, or by donating money towards one. We will allow the child to keep his or her car as a reminder that God loves them!

Wednesday, January 16, 2008

Prayer Update

Dear Friends,

    It has been a great few weeks of the New Year for us here in SA.  We just finished our Leaders Conference and we are now looking at contacting the churches who were not able to make the Conference.  Many of the churches are going through some changes in leadership which is exciting and challenging at the same time. We will begin working with the new leaders to get them up to speed with how everything works in the Word of Life youth ministry over the next few weeks.  This will be a great challenge for us all as there are many to get around to. 

            John and I will be leaving for Polikwane on Friday afternoon.  It is about 3 hours from Jo’berg and is northeast of Pretoria.  We will be doing an Olympian Orientation with them on Saturday.  Friday night we will be visiting the Student Ministry and getting to know some of the leaders.  We are really excited about this time we will have with them and look forward to working with them in the years to come. 

            We had one of those scary moments over the weekend with my computer.  On Saturday it gave us a critical error message and just shut off.  If you don’t know that is a VERY bad sign!  We thought the hard drive crashed and I lost everything on it.  However, I played around with it and found that one of the Ram chips went bad.  This is the second one to go in the last few months.  We had a few left from an upgrade before and were able to replace it.  This is not encouraging for the computer.  We recently put out a request for a new one, we were hoping to wait for furlough but now it may need to be done sooner.  Be praying for the funds needed to replace the computer. If you want to help with this project, there are a few ways to do so.  You can visit Word of Life's online donation center and put Brad Hawkins, South Africa, Laptop Project in the additional comments area.  Another option would be to send the donation to Word of Life.  You can contact us for details!

 Prayer Request:

1.      Traveling safety over the weekend

2.      My (Brad’s) laptop needs replaced ($1200)

3.      Orientation at Christ Baptist Church in Polokwane

4.      Meeting with new Youth Leaders

 Praise Items:

1.      Great Leaders Conference last week

2.      New Churches starting with the New Year

3.      Family and the time we had over the holidays


In His Service,

Brad Hawkins

Prayer Update

Dear Friends,

    It has been a great few weeks of the New Year for us here in SA.  We just finished our Leaders Conference and we are now looking at contacting the churches who were not able to make the Conference.  Many of the churches are going through some changes in leadership which is exciting and challenging at the same time. We will begin working with the new leaders to get them up to speed with how everything works in the Word of Life youth ministry over the next few weeks.  This will be a great challenge for us all as there are many to get around to. 

            John and I will be leaving for Polikwane on Friday afternoon.  It is about 3 hours from Jo’berg and is northeast of Pretoria.  We will be doing an Olympian Orientation with them on Saturday.  Friday night we will be visiting the Student Ministry and getting to know some of the leaders.  We are really excited about this time we will have with them and look forward to working with them in the years to come. 

            We had one of those scary moments over the weekend with my computer.  On Saturday it gave us a critical error message and just shut off.  If you don’t know that is a VERY bad sign!  We thought the hard drive crashed and I lost everything on it.  However, I played around with it and found that one of the Ram chips went bad.  This is the second one to go in the last few months.  We had a few left from an upgrade before and were able to replace it.  This is not encouraging for the computer.  We recently put out a request for a new one, we were hoping to wait for furlough but now it may need to be done sooner.  Be praying for the funds needed to replace the computer. If you want to help with this project, there are a few ways to do so.  You can visit Word of Life's online donation center and put Brad Hawkins, South Africa, Laptop Project in the additional comments area.  Another option would be to send the donation to Word of Life.  You can contact us for details!

 Prayer Request:

1.      Traveling safety over the weekend

2.      My (Brad’s) laptop needs replaced ($1200)

3.      Orientation at Christ Baptist Church in Polokwane

4.      Meeting with new Youth Leaders

 Praise Items:

1.      Great Leaders Conference last week

2.      New Churches starting with the New Year

3.      Family and the time we had over the holidays


In His Service,

Brad Hawkins

Wednesday, January 9, 2008

Praise Update!

Thank you for your prayers regarding our temporary residence applications!  We were approved to stay in South Africa until January, 2010!  We are excited, as we were given the full length allowable, and will not have to reapply for 2 more years. :)

Please join us in praising God for this answer to prayer.

Monday, January 7, 2008

January Prayer Letter

Here is a copy of our most recent prayer letter.
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Attachment: Jan 2008.pdf