Colossian 3:1 (NLT) Since you have been raised to new life with Christ, set your sight on the realities of heaven, where Christ sets in the place of honor at God’s right hand.
Happy Belated Easter/Resurrection Sunday to all of you. I hope you enjoyed the Holy Week and the new life Christ has given to each believer. Thank you so much for the many caring responses to the last newsletter. Thank you for your prayers.
I celebrated Palm Sunday with Ethembeni Baptist Church. We shared communion at Bethany Emmanuel Baptist Church at the Good Friday Service and had hot cross buns directly after service. Resurrection Sunday was also first Sunday where we once again shared Communion with our brothers and sisters in Christ all over the world.
The new life in Christ, remembering His death on the cross, His burial in a never before used tomb, but most of all His Resurrection, the scene of a rolled away stone and an empty tomb, sometime get over shadowed with the preparation or lack of preparation for Easter. This year for me I missed Spring in March 2021. It is already Fall in South Africa. I missed the new life emerging by seeing new buds of purple freesia, yellow daffodils, white calla lily and orange and yellow clivia in my garden in the USA. Really deep down I was missing home. I was missing my friends and family. I was missing the “normal” Easter preparation yet another year.
The week before Easter week I heard a knock on the door. It was two little boys living in the complex. Their words were, “Are you okay?” The day before I had asked them not to kick the ball on the wall because I was not feeing well. They were just checking with me to see if I was okay so that they could play on the steps and kick their ball. I said, “yes”, but they checked with me several times before starting to play. What a sign of new life? God sent these two little boys to check on me. Then, the little girl next door came to dance for me. Again, new life showing itself. My next-door neighbor brought kale from her garden because I told her that I love to garden. Wow God, what a wonderful “New Life” You keep showing me.
I entered Holy Week with a back spasm, but God brought so many people to pray for my back from near and far. I got to see the new life the Lord prepared for me. The song, “The Blood Will Never Lose Its Power”, by Andre Crouch, also got me through as well. God thought about all of us as the song says, “way back on Calvary”. I look forward to this new Resurrection Sunday. I look forward to more new life experiences God has in store for you and I. Remember, we are in this together. Jesus died to give you and I this new life each day we wake up. Enjoy each day as stated in 1Corinthians 2:9 (NLT), “That is what the Scriptures mean when they say, “No eye has seen, no ear has heard, and no mind has imagined what God has prepared for those who love him.”e gave to me when I gav me salbvation and
“Enkosi kakhulu, ndiyabulela .” (Thank you very much, I am grateful)
International Ministries Global Servant – South Africa