Saturday, August 11, 2012

Text Only Prayer Letter....

For those of you that prefer a simple, text-only prayer letter, here it is! :)

Our upcoming move is getting closer. We’ve set a goal to move on Nov. 1, and it’s hard to believe that in less than 3 months we will be in Durban starting a new ministry! We are extremely grateful to those that have given toward our moving expenses. God has allowed us to reach & exceed our goal of $3500 to cover expenses for the move.

We are still needing additional monthly support, so please pray regarding whether God desires to have you join our ministry team in this way. If you would like to give toward our ministry, you can do so here:

Since we last wrote, we had some amazing family time in Durban. It was a much needed time away, as well as a great opportunity to visit churches and make connections for our upcoming move.
We also had the opportunity to go to family camp with Grace Baptist Church in Northdene. Brad was given the privilege of being the speaker for the adults and Mary for the children. We had a great time of fellowship and made some new friends!

On June 21 we had a Micro F1 in Muldersdrift (Hot Wheels Car Race). We had around 115 in attendance, and 24 decisions for Christ! John Cottier, an intern with Word of Life SA, shared the gospel, Steven Bongani Ndaba, a Discipleship Training Centre Student, translated and God changed lives!

Thank you so much for your prayers for SMASH (Students Ministering And Serving Him, a mission trip for S. African Kids). We had an amazing week in Durban from June 24-30!

We had a total of 34 people on our team, and we stayed at a local church, Grace Baptist of Northdene. The church was gracious to let us stay there, even though they had their own Holiday Bible Club (HBC, like VBS) throughout the week. Each day we would get up early, pack up all of our things and attempt to make it appear as if we'd never been there before they arrived for a full program of ministry.

Then we split into two groups and went to two churches. In the mornings we did all that we could to help them run HBC, ministering to well over 330 children. 
In the afternoons, still in our two groups at two churches, we worked on training youth in the church in personal Bible study & evangelism. We went with their youth out into the community and were able to share the gospel with numerous people.
We were excited to see, with the two HBCs and afternoon evangelism outreaches combined, over 45 people make decisions to follow Christ!

In the evenings we gathered all of our team back at our base church and heard amazing, challenging messages from several Pastors and Missionaries in the area.

And following SMASH, we had a great visit from Word of Life Student Fusion, a group of 15 teens and young adults  from  all  over  the  US  that came together for short-term missions. The Student Fusion team was immersed in ministry from the moment the airplane landed until take off to return to the US 2 weeks later. They were able to do ministry here in South Africa as well as Mozambique and were involved in orphan ministry, open air evangelism, school outreaches, youth groups, churches, etc. We are so grateful for refreshing encouragement they gave as well as their lasting impact on our communities.

~Upcoming Ministry Opportunities~

9/10-14 - Running Camp for Grace Christian School
9/21-24 - Young Adult Camp
10/20 - Olympian Games Day, West Rand
10/27 - Olympian Games Day, East Rand
11/1 - Move to Durban

Brad, Mary, Brandon, Marissa & Mya Hawkins
Word of Life
PO Box 600
Schroon Lk, NY 12870

Word of Life South Africa
PO Box 2013
Gauteng, South Africa

Friday, August 10, 2012

August Prayer Letter

Here is a copy of our most recent prayer letter. Note that there are two attachments! There are two pages, one in each file.
You will need Adobe Reader to open the files. Click here to download free.

Brad, Mary, Brandon, Marissa & Mya
Word of Life South Africa
Attachment: Aug 2012.pdf
Attachment: Aug 2012 2.pdf

Wednesday, August 1, 2012

Prayer Update

After a busy 2 weeks with the Student Fusion team, they left to return to the US last Friday night. What an amazing 2 weeks of ministry! Here are a couple of links to pics if you are interested! Week 1 Week 2

Saturday night we were able to attend a dinner at Paseo Baptist Church. We have really appreciated their youth leadership, Derrick & Hadessah Martin Jones, and the friendship that we've developed with them. The youth from our church will be joining their youth this upcoming Friday night and we're looking forward to fun and fellowship!

Sunday morning Brad was able to visit Toekumsrus Baptist Church. Two of our Discipleship Training Center students are from this church, and the church also has an Olympians (Children's) program. It's always encouraging to worship with them!

Please pray for my friend, Memory, and her husband as their house burned down this week. They lived in a squatter camp and the fire took 2 lives and over 20 shacks. They have been told that they are not allowed to rebuild and they don't have anywhere else to go. It is winter in South Africa and there is supposed to be a cold front on it's way, and all they have left of their belongings is a mattress. Pray that God uses this situation to draw them closer to Him and that I can find an opportunity to share the gospel through this situation.

It's hard to believe that it is already August 1! That means 3 months and counting until the planned move date to Durban. There is so much to do!!! Please pray for us as we pare down some of our belongings and pack for the move.

Serving Him,
Mary, for the fam
Brad, Mary, Brandon, Marissa & Mya Hawkins