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Full S.T.E.M. Ahead South Africa
Summer 2021 -1
John 10:16 (NLT) – “I have other sheep, too, that are not in this sheepfold. I must bring them also. They will listen to my voice, and there will be one flock with one shepherd.”
Dear Friends and Ministry Partners,
I thank you all for your words of condolence and the sympathy cards you sent during the time of my Grannie’s passing. Thank you to my home/sending church Trinity Baptist Church and Pastor Alvin Tunstill, Jr. for wrapping your arms around my niece.
Many things happened this month and I was glad to have my “community” in the Unites States as well as my new “community” in South Africa (Pictured above). Thanking the Lord for creating communities and helping us to find our place within the Body of Christ, the community of His church. We are from different places, we may speak different languages, we may be of different ethnicities, but together we are one and there is only One Shepherd.
We were on lockdown and schools were closed. I came just after the last lockdown in February 2021. South Africa is in the third wave of the Covid-19 pandemic, and the health community is dealing with the Delta Variant of the Covid-19 virus. There is a curfew for 10 pm to 4 am nightly. There was widespread violence after the arrest of South Africa’s former president, Jacob Zuma. The violence was contained to KwaZulu-Natal and Gauteng provinces in the northern part of the country. Things have calmed down and the clean-up has begun in those provinces. The Eastern Cape providence did not see any of this unrest, but we were all praying that the violence did not spread. It was hard to see a solider with live ammunition at the gas station when I went to get gas. There still remains the underlying poverty and desperation that needs to be addressed, but I, like those who were praying are thanking the Lord that it is over for now.
Bethany Emmanuel Baptist church, Pastor Ruben Ihlenfeldt, started having online prayer meetings weekly on Tuesday. The online prayer has not only been a time of prayer, but also of fellowship, because we cannot meet in person during the lockdown. I am still meeting with my Xhosa tutor daily, Monday to Friday. This helped with daily conversation during the isolation of the lockdown. Before the lockdown, I had a good conversation with Teleios math teacher, Wonga Sambulela. I am sharing my conversation with Wonga in the video below. Pastor Sam Cardinal, my Mission Partnership Team (MPT) Regional Advocate and part of MPT’s Social Media team gave me the acronym “SLO”, as in slowdown during his July 25th, sermon. Stop, Look for God, and Open doors to serve Him. God gets all Glory. Some periods may feel like a holding pattern, but it is God using us through opening more doors for us to minister to others in the community.
Thank you so much for always keeping me in your prayers and for your ongoing sacrificial financial support. Pray that we as the body of Christ will come together as one community no matter where we are and who we are called to serve. May our Lord continue to bless and keep you safe.
Faye Carol Yarbrough
International Ministries Global Servant – South Africa
Teleios Christian School: Interview with Mr. Wonga Sambulela – https://youtu.be/taV6eQVjL90
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