Thursday, September 24, 2009

S.M.A.S.H.

SMASH (Students Ministering And Serving Him) starts tonight with a team of 10 young people from 4 different churches!
We are running a second SMASH trip this year from September 25-28, providing an opportunity for service orientated missions. We will be helping one of the churches that we already work with in Orange Farm, just outside of Joburg. We will do whatever we can to help them improve the church grounds as well as take the opportunity to do a youth rally to reach out to the community. Please pray for those we will be able to minister to in the local area, as well as the youth that will be joining us on this mission trip, that they will allow God to use the experience to impact their lives.
Please keep us in your prayers.

Monday, September 14, 2009

Computer Needed

We are in need of a computer that is better equipped for video and design needs. If you feel God leading you to help with this purchase, please follow this link. It contains information on how to give online, through the mail, or over the phone. Please be sure to note that it is for Brad & Mary Hawkins' Computer Project. Thank you!

Sunday, September 13, 2009

Another Prayer Update

We had a wonderful trip to Kimberly! We traveled with friends, Ella, Hannah, Max & Bronwyn Embree and Jess Case. It was so nice to spend some time with precious friends! It took about 7 hours to get there, which was a little longer than expected, due to lots of construction.
We got in Thursday night, and Friday was a FULL day. The morning was spent at the Big Hole, a diamond mine & museum.
Friday afternoon we helped out at AWANA. It was a blessing to see Brandon & Marissa both share the gospel using the Evangecube and the rope trick. Three children made decisions for Christ!
Friday evening was spent at the church with the senior youth. It was exciting to see their excitement for the Lord. They made us feel very welcomed!
We were there Thursday and Friday nights, and were so grateful to be able to stay with the pastor and his wife, Pastor Warren and Mmamokete. They are former students at ICBM, where Brad has started teaching.
We arrived home last night, safe and sound!

This morning Brad had an opportunity to preach at our South African home church. He spoke about how God has been teaching him to have a passion to witness. He taught how to use different tools as a means to share the gospel, including the Romans road, evangecube, the rope trick and the colour bracelet.

We are leaving for 3 nights of holiday on Tuesday. We are going tenting with friends. We are really looking forward to a few nights away.

We come home Friday, and then Saturday we have a Micro F1 at Valley Community Church in Bez Valley. Please pray that God prepares the hearts of the children even now, so that they will be ready to hear the message of the gospel.

Prayer Update

Sept. 8, 2009

Thank you all for your prayers for my family throughout the last week. It has been hard, but God has been faithful! "My soul is weary with sorrow; strengthen me according to your word." Psalm 119:28 His Word has been SUCH a source of strength, along with the prayers of faithful friends. Thank you!

Marissa had some warts removed from her right foot last week and has stitches in two places. Please pray for quick healing. She has been SO brave and is healing nicely so far. She will have her stitches removed on Monday.

This coming Thursday through Saturday Brand, Marissa and I along with some other home school missionary friends are taking a field trip to Kimberley to see a diamond mine. The Big Hole is the largest hand-dug excavation in the world! Dad & Mya are staying home this time.

While there, we will be helping out a local church with their youth program. Brandon and Marissa will both get a chance to share the gospel using the rope trick and the evangecube. It is so exciting to see our children involved in ministry!

Sunday, Brad will be preaching at our South African home church, Grace Baptist Church, I will be playing the flute, and the kids may even use their rope trick and evangecube again.

And Tuesday, the family will be headed off on a camping trip for 3 nights. We are looking forward to a few days away with family & friends, and will jump right back into ministry upon our return with a Micro F1 on the 19th.

Tuesday, September 1, 2009

Prayer Request

Last night the youngest of my brothers passed away. Pat was 48 years old. It is suspected that he had a heart attack. I would appreciate your prayers for my family at this time.

Love,
Mary, for the fam