Sunday, June 20, 2010

SMASH Update

Around 120 at the Soccer Marathon and around 100 at Holiday Bible Club. Crazy busy last day of ministry with amazing results - many coming to know Christ. Thank you all for your prayers! Please pray for us as we minister in our local church this weekend with youth and music ministry and jump back in to another SMASH with HBC and Soccer Clinics on Monday!

Tuesday, June 15, 2010

SMASH Update

We had a great day of ministry! We started HBC off strong with 115 kids! It was COLD and windy today, with a high of 8C and we spent a lot of the day outside. We had a great time with songs, puppets, games, lesson and memory verses all based around the World Cup Soccer.
We also had a group of around 30 kids at the soccer clinic, with one salvation decision!
Our third outreach today involved people from some local churches going door to door in the neighborhood, with around 15 salvation decisions!
Please pray for us as we continue to minister in Toekomsrus this week! Pray also for Pastor Sidney and his church as they follow up with those that we are ministering to.

Thursday, June 10, 2010

Prayer Update

Please keep us in your prayers as we prepare for our first Winter holiday SMASH this year! This will be one of three. We are going to be ministering in Toekumsrus with Pastor Sidney's church, and will be running Holiday Bible Club, Soccer clinics and a soccer tournament. We also will have a group of volunteers from Grace Baptist Church in Poortview. If you want to help out, too, just let us know!
Our staff are in the middle of major preparation, including making vests for soccer teams, repairing PVC soccer goals, preparing for Bible lessons, games, and puppets. It's a flurry of activity as we prepare for the group of teenagers that will be helping to arrive on Monday, and ministry to start on Tuesday.

Wednesday, June 2, 2010

Hawkins' Headlines June 2010

Dear Friends & Family,

Thank you so much for your prayers and support of our ministry! We are excited about all that God is doing in South Africa! We are thrilled to share with you that Mya's adoption has been finalized and she is officially a permanent part of the Hawkins’ family!!

Mike, Fran, Bret & Rachel VanBruggen have joined us in South Africa, and with more staff comes more ministry! There is a lot going on in the next few months. We have just returned from a Southern Africa Staff Retreat where we joined the Word of Life Mozambique Staff, and we are feeling rejuvenated and united as we press forward to reach South Africa for Christ.

South Africa is hosting the FIFA World Cup Soccer beginning in just 11 days! The schools are taking 5-6 weeks off school, and we are going to jump on the chance to minister to these children. We are running 3 SMASH (Students Ministering And Serving Him) camps, providing soccer clinics, tournaments, and Holiday Bible Club (VBS) while using all of these as a medium to reach people for Christ. Please join us in prayer as we will be teaming up with local churches, providing opportunities for upwards of 60 teens to minister with us, and especially for souls to be won for Christ!

There have been MANY ministry opportunities for us in the last few months, and there are many more in the near future that we just don’t have room to share! Unfortunately, our support level has been low on average over the past year, and has limited some of what we could do. Our incoming support is approximately $1300 below our support needs and we will not be coming home on furlough until some time in 2011. We know that we have a God that will meet all of our needs, but with more funds we could do more ministry! Will you please pray about whether God would use you in this way to further the ministry of Word of Life in S. Africa?

Thank you!
Brad, Mary, Brandon, Marissa & Mya