my life, my passion, my joy

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Welcome to my life and my passion. My passion is helping whoever comes across my path, reach their dreams. It does not matter where you come from, your culture or your language - I will learn it and try my best to come along side you and support you in whatever way I can. I believe that I am called by Jesus to be who I am and go where he leads me.

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Rob and Cath’s June 2013 update

“…that they all may be one. As You, Father, are in Me, and I in You, that they also may be one in Us…” (John 17:21)

Our Wedding – 27th April!

On the morning of our wedding I woke up at 4am, unable to fall asleep again, I showered and opened my Bible reading which happened to be John 17. Verse 21 particularly touched me as this was our special day to get married, a day where we were going to become one before God. As I got ready with my bridal party, Rob got ready with his groomsmen and we both anticipated the day with joy, peace and excitement. The sunrise was incredible and the weather was perfect. We got married in a lovely old Anglican Church, and my pastors, Howard Wylie took us through the vows and John Basson preached the message. We were blessed by family and friends who travelled from far to be with us on this special day. It was such a wonderful day where we both saw God answering our prayers in every way. Thank you to all those who prayed for us and for all the special gifts we received. Some of it we are using for our mission trip to Kenya this month.

Our Honeymoon

Honeymoon gave me some time to relax and just be. We went to beautiful places in the Western and Eastern Cape of South Africa. We switched off our laptops and cell phones. It was a wonderful time with Jesus and with each other in God’s beautiful creation.
My honeymoon reading has been our Bible, quiet time readings by Oswald Chambers and a small book by John Piper about one of my favourite books in the Bible, Ruth. It has been incredible for me how each one has had an interwoven theme which is shaping our prayers and thoughts for our future. That theme has been “vision”.
And the Lord answered me, “Write the vision; make it plan on tablets, so he may run who reads it. For still the vision awaits its appointed time; it hastens to the end – it will not lie. If it seems slow, wait for it; it will surely come; it will not delay” (Hab. 2:2-3).
As Rob and I have prayed and waited on God, I have asked myself, “What is our vision, actually what is vision?” Oswald Chambers puts it so beautifully as we read on 2 May. He explained that having the vision of God is the source of patience because it gives us God’s true and proper inspiration. “Moses endured, not because of his devotion to his principles of what was right, not because of his sense of duty to God, but because he had a vision of God.”… “he endured as seeing Him who is invisible” (Heb. 11:27). He says further that “a person who has the vision of God is not devoted to a cause or to any particular issue, he is devoted to God Himself”.
We both have a passion and love for art. So I was delighted that during this holiday we were able to explore architecture, various art galleries and pottery houses on our travels, visiting Franschoek, Outshoorn, Graaff Reniet and Hogsback, all little country towns. At one of the art galleries in Hogsback there was a chalk board sign outside, and again the word vision jumped out at me. As I thought about these words in light of what we had read in the Bible and our daily devotion, I thought to myself isn’t it wonderful that God is the artist! He is the potter and we are the clay. We labour out of a passion and devotion to God who is our vision!

Life back at home

A week or two after arriving home from honeymoon we received the exciting news that Rob successfully passed his PhD in systematic theology. We are thrilled as this means Rob has finished with his studies and is free to now explore different opportunities where he can apply the skills he has learnt. During this waiting and preparation time Rob continues to work as an architect. I have now settled into our home and am thoroughly enjoying being a wife. I keep myself busy with my housework, my theological studies (I’m currently studying homiletics in 2nd year) and getting involved with small church projects in the community. I have had incredible opportunities to share my testimony with a number of churches in East London and Port Elizabeth and have sold many Toriana books. I also had the opportunity to lead a Bible study group with Xhosa Women at Alternatives Community Centre run by Wendy Heasley, Rob’s pastor’s wife (www.alternatives.org.za). They mainly care for women who are considering having an abortion and assist them with making an informed decision. They then offer counseling, skills training and support groups after they have decided to keep their babies. I had the opportunity of meeting some of these ladies and their little babies. I so enjoyed leading the Bible study and started practicing my Xhosa again. I will also be serving with the Christian ladies with a weekly soup kitchen helping the poor in our community.

Our mission trip to Kenya

On the 22 June Rob and I will travel to Kenya for 2 weeks to explore opportunities where we can serve as a team, discipling and equipping people in God’s Word. We particularly have a heart for the people of Africa so we hope and pray that this opportunity to serve with DIGUNA in their discipleship school in Kenya will work out well for us all. Please pray with us and the leadership, as we prayerfully consider this as a future ministry.

A new website

This news will be the last update on my website www.cathonamission.com and we will now be putting updates on our new website www.visionandaffections.wordpress.com

Cath & Rob’s New Year’s News – 2013

For we are His workmanship created in Christ Jesus for good works, which God prepared beforehand that we should walk in them (Eph 2:10).

We got engaged!

Last year was a very eventful year having begun a courtship with Robert. On the 8th of December, before sunrise, he took me to the roof of his flat above the 7th floor. He set up chairs and served me milo and muffins and then we watched the sunrise. Then Robert presented me with a card which said, “My dearest Catherine – WILL YOU MARRY ME – with all the love and affection in the world!” I said: “Yes!” Rob then got down on his knee and presented me with a beautiful ring that he designed. He put it on my finger and I loved it!

Our wedding

We will be having a morning wedding on 27th April 2013, 8am at St Paul’s Church in Rondebosch, Cape Town. There will be tea and muffins served afterwards. You are most welcome and can look at our website for more details www.weddingwire.com/robandcath. If you are unable to see the website and would like to come to our wedding then please email me before the 14th February 2012 on the following email address cath.bezold@diguna.de.

Our future

For now we are preparing for our wedding. Robert submitted his final PhD dissertation in Theology on his birthday earlier this month. I really admire how he worked a full time job as an architect and in the evening studied theology. He will continue working as an architect this year so that I can have my full sabbatical year and then we are praying into various ministry opportunities. We are exploring the possibility of joining DIGUNA and serving in their discipleship school in Kenya. We plan to fly to Kenya in the last week of June to meet with leaders and explore options there. Please pray with us as we wait on the Lord for His guidance and the work that He desires to do through us. My church has been very supportive of us during this time.

At present, my time of re-entry into South Africa has been good and we have had a wonderful Christmas with both our families. I have also had time to rest and we are now preparing Robert’s apartment where we will stay once we are married. I will also be continuing my studies with the South African Theological Seminary, as well as writing my second book. Late last year my first book, Toriana was successfully translated into German and was printed just before Christmas. Up to now 45 books have been sold. Once I start making a profit from these sales we plan to use those funds towards missions.

Thank you for your continued love, emails, financial support and all your prayers. Please also continue to pray for both of us during this time of marriage preparation.

God bless you!
Rob and Cath

NEWS – September 2012

Dearest family and friends,

“What then is Apollos? What is Paul? Servants through whom you believed as the Lord assigned each. I planted, Apollos watered, but God gave the growth…He who plants and he who waters are one, and each will receive his wages according to his labor” (1 Cor. 3:5-8).

Cath’s future plans

Likewise, I together with the late Martin Bezold was a servant through whom many came to believe in Jesus Christ, and God in His graciousness has grown the seedlings that we planted in South Sudan. I felt called to serve Jesus in South Sudan indefinitely because I knew that I was called to share the Gospel of Jesus Christ amongst unreached peoples. However, I also felt that I was never meant to serve as a single missionary for the rest of my life. Since I was a little girl I have had dreams and hoped to be married and have a family. I never doubted God’s plan and I have always trusted that He will guide me as I picked up my cross and followed Him. I also know that God’s timing is not mine and He brought Martin into my life when he did for a season and for a reason, and then God took him home. I can truly say that my God gives and takes away but my heart will still say, even in times of heartache and disappointment, “my Lord blessed be your name!” It has been three and a half years since Martin passed away and I know he is with our Lord. I believe that I have faithfully continued the work that Martin started in South Sudan.

I had planned to lead a TIMO team to help grow and establish the church that we started here. In the midst of my plans God brought Robert Falconer, a Christian man into my life. We have developed a very close friendship but more than that we are very much in love and have prayed and feel called to be together. Over the past months we have prayed together with family, friends, and mission leaders and feel that I need to take a year sabbatical in South Africa. This will enable Robert and I to spend more time building our relationship and living lives in the same area rather than over email and Skype.

The Community

My father wrote a culturally appropriate letter telling them truthfully about what happened with Martin and his death and that a new man, Robert had approached him and that my father is requesting me to come home for family negotiations. I enquired from a number of people in the Lopit communities what was appropriate, and they suggested I have the letter read by a representative having it translated with me being present. This was done two weeks ago and the community were sad but gave me their blessing as they said it was good for me to go home and get married.

TIMO (Training in Ministry Outreach) team.

Thank goodness this is not my work but God’s and He has a plan. After my DIGUNA mission leaders informed TIMO and AIM (African Inland Mission) about my change situation, you could understand that they were happy for me but they were also concerned and so they started praying that God would provide other leaders. AIM approached Joshua and Justina Musuva who were very close friends of Martin’s as well as myself from the start of our ministry to the people of South Sudan. Below is an excerpt from Brian and Kathy De Smidt’s (AIM central region coordinators) newsletter confirming the good news that the Musuva’s together with AIM and their mission organization (AICMB) have agreed to take over my position in leading the TIMO team here in this part of South Sudan:

“We are thrilled that Joshua and Justina Musuva, who have been missionaries from Kenya to South Sudan for 6 years, have agreed to lead a TIMO team among the Lopit people. We spent good time talking about future possibilities and practical implications of this with them, their mission leaders and TIMO personnel. Pray for them and their 4 children as they prepare for the team to arrive in September 2013. In our books, they should get a gold medal.”

The money that was given for TIMO

Any sponsors that specifically sent money for the TIMO project and the building of the houses, has been kept by DIGUNA and will be allocated to TIMO and the Musuva’s when they start building and preparing for the team.

The container house

The container house, solar system, water tank and the communication system will all remain here for Daniel, Clayton, the Musuva’s and the TIMO team and any other missionaries that want to serve in this area. I pray that it will continue to be a light on the hill for the glory of God!

Pastor Mark

I know I will miss him a great deal, he is a good friend. One of my main aims was to help him and his wife get established here. The good news is that the cow and goat negotiations for the bride price were successfully completed two weeks ago. Thank you to all who contributed and prayed with us. The other good news is that Mark’s house is almost complete and the builders are completing the windows soon and will be finishing of the walls by applying mud to the ‘wattle and daub’. So the house will soon be ready for him and his family.

The church

Last December a team of visitors helped to roof the church and in the last months we have completed finishes to the walls, floor and pulpit. So the church is completed and the young disciples in the church are growing under Pastor Mark’s leadership. Daniel will return for a time and will be a great support to Mark, as will Clayton when he returns.

The Lopit Alphabet books

This project has been very rewarding as members of the community and Peter from DIGUNA in Germany helped me put it together and my friend Ute brought it to South Sudan. In the past weeks we have been successful in having it stamped by the local Department of Education. Together with us they have distributed these books and have held training sessions in all the local Lopit schools. This has been a four year project and it has been wonderful to see it successfully received.

The school

This is one project I will not be able to complete before I leave, but I am trusting God to complete this work according to His will. The funds I received up until today have enabled me to successfully complete up to ring-beam level. I will continue to save the profits I make from the sales of my “TORIANA” books and I will allocate it towards the school and / or Joshua and Justina as they continue the ministry here.

“Toriana” in German

The translation is complete, but the design work and putting it all together into a book with pictures takes time. I will inform you as soon as it goes to the printing press in Germany.

The Cars

My Toyota Land cruiser which people contributed towards has been given to Maggi and Willi who are with DIGUNA and are serving in this part of South Sudan. They have a vision to reach other villages with the Gospel of Jesus Christ. They have had it for 2 months and it has brought me much joy to see how much they have used the vehicle to reach other villages for Jesus Christ. The other vehicle DIGUNA is allocating to another project that needs it.

One month’s notice

Some of my mission sending cell representatives alerted me to the fact that I have been serving under the spiritual leadership of my church as a missionary for over 10 years without taking a sabbatical year. They together with my church elders and DIGUNA mission leaders have agreed that it is good for me to now take a year’s sabbatical, starting from the 1 November 2012. I will still remain as a full time missionary with DIGUNA, but my season in South Sudan I believe is coming to a close. To all my sponsors and supporters I feel it is only right to inform you and give you a month’s notice of my intentions about leaving South Sudan. Thank you for your incredible support, encouragement and prayers in all these years in South Sudan. I am forever thankful!

Robert and I will be using this year to build our relationship and vision for our future in missions/ministry wherever that may be. Missions and reaching the unreached with the Gospel of Jesus Christ is very much part of our vision but we need time to pray and to seek God for this vision together. The elders in my church in South Africa and Germany still see me very much as their missionary and will still continue to support me during this sabbatical year. But some of you may feel that you specifically wanted to support the work in South Sudan, and so I understand if you decide to stop financial support.

Please feel free to email me at cath.bezold@diguna.de should you have any questions.

Thank you for your prayers, love and support.

May God bless you!

Cath

NEWS – August 2012

“And the prayer of faith will save the sick, and the Lord will raise him up” (James. 5:15).

Malaria

This has been a hard month with many people sick with malaria. We had two serious cases, one Madelena who was also 3 months pregnant and Afara, one of our disciples. I was grateful for all those that prayed with us. Our young disciples also prayed for their friend Afara and saw how God healed him. What was interesting is that the community observed how we used medicine but also how we prayed to God for their healing. You can see the before and after pictures of both patients – all glory to God! At the end of this month I too got malaria and had to start treatment. The chief and other leaders who came to visit to see how I was, told me that we must pray to God and He will heal me! I smiled to myself and thought it is true they are seeing and learning and are now reminding me to trust the Lord to help me recover and He will raise me up! All glory to Him.

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Our water tank is full!

I was very thankful for Willi and Clay who helped to install the water tank that Daniel brought from Kenya. It took them a day to install during a period when it was dry and hot. I was concerned that perhaps the rain season had ended, but we prayed together with the children, and praise Jesus we have had a lot of rains. Our 5000 Litre tank is now over flowing!

The building of our school

I am very grateful to Kathy, Helen and Jose who organised the book launch of Toriana in London. The money raised from the book launch as well as the money donated from various parts of the world has enabled us to continue building the school of two classrooms for our village. It is a community project where the locals have made the bricks, and bring water and sand. This month they broke stones for the ring-beam. Our contribution thus far has been to provide cement and pay some Christian Ugandan builders. At the moment we have enough funds to complete the school up to ring-beam level and I am trusting God to provide the funds to purchase timber and roofing material.
I feel a bit like Nehemiah where I am praying on the one hand and building on the other. If you feel led to contribute towards the roof of the school we would be most thankful, you can reference it as “Cath Bezold School” so that I know how to allocate the funds (simple click on the icon “contribute” and you will find the banking details).

NEWS – July 2012

“My God will meet all your needs according to his glorious riches in Christ Jesus” (Phil. 4:19).

Alphabet book


In my first week of being back in South Sudan, it was really exciting to see people’s response to the Lopit Alphabet booklet which I have been working on for the last two years. Even the three education inspectors for this area looked at it and gave their comments. I am making the final corrections and will hopefully get them printed and distributed amongst the schools in this area.

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Outreach

Before we arrived back in South Sudan, the members of the Ohilang team felt it was a matter of urgency to reach many more villages than before with the Word of God. Up to now we have been achieving this goal. In our village Ohilang, at least twice a week the Word is being presented in various forms, the Jesus Film, our Moses Film, ten minute video clips which present the Gospel in Lopit, as well as preaching the Word of God. The men and our young disciple boys have also been going on foot to reach other villages that have not been reached before. The response has been incredible! Our electrical equipment in which we invested, the little beamer, Ipod and new speaker, are all charged through solar power without a generator. These have been working incredibly well and are used at least three times a week in ministry.

Water

Within a week of arriving back, the main water pump that provides water for the village and our compound broke! We were without water for 10 days and relied on God for rain water or women who helped bring water from another village. We fetched pipes that were needed from a neighbouring village and the men worked for a whole day. Thank the Lord they were successful. We realized the importance through this process of getting our rain water tank in Kenya which Daniel went to fetch for us this last week.

Toriana in German

The publisher helping me fine tune the German version of my book made great progress this last month. Together we have successfully completed up to the end of Chapter eleven over email. There are only twelve chapters, so hopefully in the next month, it will be complete.

Rob and Cath

As you would have read in my previous newsletter, Rob and I are now in a courtship after meeting through our theological seminary and having a week together in South Africa. Both of us feel very blessed and we are grateful for technology that has helped us keep in contact as we email daily. Our love continues to grow and we are enjoying getting to know each other. Rob continues to work in his full time job as an architect and then in the evenings and during the weekends he is working hard to complete his PhD in Theology. We miss each other greatly but we both know we have projects to complete at this time and we are trusting God to help us run the race well. By the end of September we hope have a better idea of where God is taking us. I shall then update you with any further developments.

Thank you for or your prayers, support and commitment in helping us reach the unreached with the Gospel!

NEWS – May, June 2012

“To everything there is a season, a time for every purpose under heaven…”(Ecc. 3:1).

Entry into South Sudan delayed

Our planned date of entry was delayed mainly due to various car parts we were waiting for from Germany. But praise God all the right parts have arrived and they can start working on the cars and hopefully have them ready to go into South Sudan next week Monday. Jordon from the USA will also be joining our team which his really exciting. God willing I will be flying ahead of the men this Thursday into Juba and then into our area in the Lopit mountains.

Toriana Books sales

The sales are going well as the South African Theological Seminary bought many as well as friends from Port Elizabeth. With the profits from these sales it helped us buy a loud 5kg speaker that charges like a laptop and does not need a genenator. This will help us greatly with when showing the Jesus Film as well as other Bible films we are bringing in. Books are now selling at the Scripture Union in Port Elizabeth, contact Paul at paul@su.org.za

They are also selling in Kenya from our DIGUNA book store in Mbagathi contact Philip at mbagathi@diguna.de.

A new season of love in Cath’s life

As many of you know I have been studying through the South African Theological Seminary via correspondence the last 3 years. Last year I wrote a paper on the Doctrine of the Church and Robert Falconer was my tutor for that assignment. He is from Port Elizabeth, South Africa. I included a lot of the work I do in South Sudan in the assignment and Rob was touched by it and asked if he could support and pray for the work is was doing. I put him on my weekly prayer teams as well as my monthly newsletters. At times he would reply with encouraging words or prayers for our ministry and the team. About 4 weeks ago Rob emailed me and asked me if I was open to starting a friendship. I had never met him but nevertheless we decided to start corresponding more. Each day our emails became more frequent and I started to include my dad and my pastor John in the process. They prayed with me and emailed me advice. My love for him was growing and his love for me as we wrote to each other each day. Then Rob contacted my dad to order one of my books and through reading it his love for me was affirmed. I felt I could not respond until I had time to meet him. My DIGUNA mission leaders agreed that I spend a week in South Africa where he met my dad and family and I met his family and church. It was an incredible week, many people were praying and we felt a peace, excitement and love for each other. Rob asked me, after a romantic dinner, if I would be willing for him to court me, I said yes! So it is official and we are both very happy. Robert’s Professor at SATS joked and asked if Rob was going to pay SATS labola (cows as the bride price) as I am one of their students! I will share more details in next month’s newsletter.

Please pray for us as I have returned to South Sudan and Rob continues to complete his PhD in theology.

NEWS – April 2012

“See that you are not troubled, for all these things must come to pass, but the end is not yet. For nation will rise against nation, and kingdom against kingdom. …and the Gospel of the kingdom will be preached in all the world as a witness to all nations, and then the end will come.”(Matthew 24:6,14)

Friction between Sudan and South Sudan

In the most recent world news the situation along the border between South Sudan and Sudan is not looking good. There has been fighting and bombings in the areas along the borders and the political leaders from the North and South need to come to some form of agreement concerning the oil in the South and the use of the oil pipes that run through the northern part of Sudan. We need to pray for the situation to improve. At the moment the fighting and bombing is not affecting the area in which we are currently working, which is the very southern part of South Sudan. We are taking precautionary measures and are keeping ourselves informed. We appreciate your love, prayers and support for all of us working in South Sudan to preach the gospel of the kingdom of God at this critical time. Below is a map that was from the BBC World news website. (www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-africa-18045919 12 May 2012)

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I have appreciated all those who have bought my book. As you know from my previous news I had sold up to 300 books in South Africa. I only needed to sell 220 books to cover all the costs of the printing and have now been making a profit. With the profits up to now I have been able to invest in 2 solar powered laptop computers for our Kenyan pastor working in another part of the South Sudan and our Sudanese pastor that we are working with in our village. See pictures below

The sales have continued in the last 2 months. In South Africa 18 more books were sold and in Germany 19 books were sold. Thank you Lord. The German book is still a work in progress. We are currently in chapter 5 and I will let you know via my newsletter when it is ready and available to buy.

My travels in Germany

I had the opportunity to speak in many churches around Germany. I was also invited to speak in confirmation classes, children’s bible studies, youth events and a combined men and women’s Bible study evening. I was even invited to speak at a school in Lintorf, which was having an African theme. It was a privilege to have the opportunity to share about my experienes in Africa, my love for Jesus and how He can impact their lives too.

TIMO progress

After all my speaking in many churches in South Africa and Germany God has provided in many ways and I am most thankful for the support that has been coming in. In the last newsletter I explained that I am required to raise 15, 000 Euro to build the TIMO houses and up to now God has provided 6,980 Euro. Praise the Lord! Please continue to pray for His provision in this. Pray for Daniel and Clay and other men that will be joining us in preparing to build the TIMO team hut and houses in the villages.

Then the exciting news is that African Inland Mission (AIM) has interviewed and found 2 single women that are seriously thinking about joining our TIMO team.

Please pray for God to provide other single ladies and couples to join our team.

NEWS – March 2012

Come and see the works of God, He is awesome in His doing towards the sons of men. (Psalm 66:5)


As I have been traveling from church to church giving report backs of our work in South Sudan, I felt it would be important to also include some financial facts and information of how we have used the funds you have contributed. We will start with our building projects that consumed most of the funds, then team travel followed by Evangelism/School.

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Building

1) Building our base for our new project in a new area in the Lopit Mountains:

    -Supplies for building a large wire fence around our piece of land.
    -Tools and food for people helping us clear the airstrip.
    -The Container house – designing, constructing, building a roof, transportation.

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2) An excellent solar system that supplies the team with enough power to charge our equipment day or night, as well as lights etc.

3) The store and bathroom facilities next to the Container house – finances were needed for these supplies and the transportation of cement, bricks, sand, water, roofing materials and labour to break the stones and to help build it.

4) Building of our AIC church – we bought these supplies from locals in our area:

    -Large wooden poles to support the whole structure
    -Large amounts of bamboo for the walls and roof.
    -Large amounts of palm leaves for the roof
    -Sand and water needed to mud the walls.

5) Building of the 2 classrooms of the Primary School (Community project)

    -We only provided cement and transportation of cement.
    -Also contributed financially to the 2 main builders of the school.
    -This was a community project where the community provided bricks, sand and water as well as 5 men to help with the building, which the community paid in food and finances.

Transportation

Transportation of various teams that helped us in building the above as well as evangelism and Jesus Film outreaches in surrounding areas.

    -VISA costs of 100 US dollars each
    -Flight costs
    -Fuel costs
    -Servicing 2 vehicles and buying parts

Financial support

Providing some of the finances for schooling of children of local missionaries and various South Sudanese students that are in Bible School. John Kerim for example is being trained to be a pastor in the areas that we have been ministering in. (He has agreed to be included in my newsletter and even sent prayer requests)

John Kerim(The young man in blue on the right)

John Kerim was born in South Sudan and was influenced and discipled by godly South Sudanese men like Klero, Tito, Philip and others as he grew up. In the year that I came for the first time into South Sudan he was working with the local church in our area. He had a great desire to go to a very good Bible School in Kenya called Scott Theological College. A number of us prayed about it and decided to support him. He is now in his final year and has done very well each year. Most holidays he has returned to help the church. During this time he met a good Christian lady in our community and when he has finished his studies he has already put in place that he will return to help pastor the church in our areas. Some of the support you have given me I have used to help him in order to have a Lopit speaking person help pastor his own church. We are in constant communication and these are his latest prayer requests so please join us all in praying for him.
“Cath,
I will also be happy to be in your newsletter as we are together and it is part of your ministry…please include my prayer items too:

Prayer items:

    -That God may take me through my studies as He is using you to support.
    -After graduation next year May, that God may provide me some finances as I serve Him in our church because without it, it may destabilized my ministry. But Matt 6:33 is a good reminder to me.”seek first His kingdom and all other things shall be given to you”
    - That God may make our wedding successful. Since Lopit people want cows.

Thank you Cath
John Kerim”

TIMO(Training in Ministry Outreach) team 2013

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This month we had some leaders from DIGUNA, AIM and TIMO meet in our area to survey the two villages either side of our new project area. The plan is that we build local style houses to accommodate new missionaries who would like to join this two year program. We prepare their houses and the villagers for their arrival so that when they arrive all they need to do is focus on learning the language and culture. This will lay a good foundation for the ministry we plan to do in future. Many discussions and plans were made and my leader informed me that from DIGUNA’s side we would need to raise 15 000,00 Euro. Thank the Lord 4000 Euro has been provided and we trust God for his financial provision so we can build homes for the up and coming team.

Picture of some of the leaders surveying the land for TIMO 2013.

NEWS – February 2011

“Let nothing move you. Always give yourselves to the work of Lord, because you know that your labour in the Lord is not in vain” (1 Corinthians 15:58).

Medical runs

The twins of Chief William received medicine, which I helped administer for slight pneumonia.

This is a ministry that has evolved as many people have come to us when they have been in an accident or are seriously ill. We have seen this as an amazing opportunity to show the Lopit people that there is another way other than going to their traditional witch doctor. We have developed a system with the men leaders of our village where Taban is responsible for keeping records of those that need serious medical attention. He brings these records to us and then we manage about 2-3 medical runs to the clinic that runs near our other DIGUNA base about a 30-minute drive away in dry season. In emergency cases we take the patients immediately. I am very grateful to Clayton who has embraced this as very much part of his ministry. Here are just a few cases where people’s lives have been changed or improved.

Ambros our watchman had successful eye surgery from a visiting eye doctor and can see much more clearly now.

Little Martin Adongi had his head seriously cut open and with the help of our doctor and clinical officer Victor he improved.

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Current building projects



It is now dry season and it is the best time to build. Therefore we have taken the opportunity to build Mark’s house on our compound. He is currently helping us shepherd young boys and girls in our Ohilang African Inland Church. He is doing a great job in pastoring the people coming to church. We are building his house out of stone from the area, cement, sand and a bamboo and palm leaf roof. We are utilizing the existing local builders in the area.

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At the same time we have also joined the community in helping them build their primary school. It is starting with two classrooms. You can see from their previous classroom that they really do need better facilities especially for when the rainy season comes. The community made the bricks, bring the water and put money together to pay towards a DIGUNA truck and helped collect sand. Up to now we have contributed cement.

News hour

This last month we were able to have a better internet system installed thanks to the contribution of one of my supporters. We now have monthly costs that I will need to raise support for but it has truly helped us in the effectiveness of our ministry as well as being able to connect to family and friends more regularly. Clayton has used this opportunity to research current news events and we now have news time in the morning three times a week. We have a growing number of people joining this time. Clayton also shows them where the news is happening on a world map. The disciples that spend time with us daily enjoy this time and are learning a lot!

Malaria!


Last year I had a good year without being sick that much with malaria. The start of this year I really battled with malaria. I had tried various treatments but in the end had to use quinine after they found malaria in my blood after tests in Lokichoggio (the border between Kenya and Sudan). I had a lot of prayer during this time and am grateful for the prayers and have fully recovered. However I am going for further tests in South Africa.

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“TORIANA” Book launches in South Africa

I was inspired to write this book that it might encourage others in their walk with Jesus and at the same time use it as a creative means to raise support for the new project we have started in South Sudan. It has been incredible how God has blessed this idea. The books sales of the English book from Germany continue to do well and I hope people are being blessed by it. There has been an increasing demand for it in South Africa. God provided funds and printing through my dad and now the book can be made available to South Africa, Australia and New Zealand and other countries that cannot get it from Germany. There will be two book launches from Scripture Union bookstores, where I will share about the book and refreshments will be available.

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Joburg: Wednesday 22nd February 10:00 – 14:00
Cape Town: Wednesday: 7th March 10:00 – 14:30

The books will also be sold through Carol Profitt at my church, Meadowridge Baptist Church.

A GIFT from the Lord!


Last year I was asked if I needed another car to help with our ministry and project but I did not have enough funds for another car. The leadership in DIGUNA met together with Horst Kommerau who started investigating and looking for another car that would help us in the ministry and our growing team. Horst has shared with me that it has been an incredible journey for him starting from the family that sold the car to DIGUNA to various companies in Germany that gave brand new parts for the car at a discount price or for free! The miracles continued for us as Daniel from our team went to pick the car up from the Kenyan port and they gave it to him with no costs for bringing it into Kenya! Praise the Lord!This car will greatly help us in the ministry especially with a growing team and preparing for the TIMO team starting in 2013.

NEWS – December 2011, January 2012

If you remain in me and my words remain in you, ask whatever you wish, and it will be given to you. This is my Father’s glory that you bear much fruit. (John 15:7-8)

We have landed!

It was a combined effort of Jon, our AIMAIR pilot, the community of Ohilang as well as fellow missionaries like Clay and Tim that did the backbreaking work of preparing the airstrip. They had no chainsaws or machines just simple machetes and axes and pure sweat and muscle. Jon came a number of times to survey the airstrip and then felt ready to make his first landing. The whole Christmas team had just arrived and it was incredible to witness the maiden landing. Since then Jon has landed a number of times with small and big planes and all has gone well. Thank you Lord!

Building the Church

We have been having church in a fenced area with no roof for the last year, which is terribly wet in rainy season and very hot in dry season. Therefore we planned with Mark and the church members that it would be good to build the church with local materials. The men on our team spent days carrying bamboo and palms leaves up the mountain in 35 ° C heat! The people in the community were impressed and it built their enthusiasm to also help build the church. It was all ready for Christmas and we had a very cool service!
This year I have been busy helping the ladies mud the church walls.

Inreach is part of Outreach

All the people on our team were excellent in building relationships with the people here, despite their lack of language. This formed the foundation in reaching out to the Lopit people. We managed to partner with the AIC(African Inland Church) in various villages in the Lopit Mountain range and beyond. Some of the outreaches were to places that are only accessible by foot and the other places we went via road. We showed the Jesus Film or shared a message. I had the opportunity of sharing a message on New Year’s Eve in a combined service of Catholics and AIC members on the top of the mountain. I shared the message for 2012 of needing to remain in the vine, our Lord Jesus Christ, if we desire to live and bear much fruit.

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Distributing Bibles

to an African Inland Church in a village in the Lopit Mountains

Plans for 2012

The exciting news is that I have felt led to lead a TIMO(Training In Ministry Outreach) team in this new area where I have moved with my container house in South Sudan. My heart is to see a vibrant church growing in this area, a place where new believers can be discipled. To achieve this one would need to learn the language and culture, build relationships with the people and over time develop materials that can be used to spread the Gospel. After much prayer and discussions with various leaders we decided the best way to achieve this would be through the TIMO program. (www.timo-aim.com) It is a two year training program that begins with language learning and culture and then has units that include evangelism, church planting and discipleship to name a few. It will be a partnership between AIM(African Inland Mission), DIGUNA ( The Good News for Africa) and TIMO starting the middle of 2013.

Therefore this year Clay and Daniel and God willing others will help me in building the houses for this team in the two nearby villages. This year has already been full with meetings, logistics and planning for what is ahead. Pray for us all as we survey, prepare and build houses for the team that is to come.

My health

Thank the Lord that last year I only contracted malaria once, which is great. The start of this year began with malaria, praise Him I am recovering. Please pray that this year God would strengthen and protect me from malaria and other illnesses here.

My book – Toriana

You will be excited to know that as of the end of last year 14 of my books were sold. I must apologize that it seems that not all countries in the world can order and receive the book from this publisher. They emailed me this last week to say they can only send it to the following countries:

Belgium, Denmark, UK, Finland, France, Greece, Ireland, Italy, Canada, Luxembourg, Netherlands, Norway, Austria, Portugal, Scotland, Sweden, Switzerland, Slovenia, Spain, USA, Hungary and Wales.

Hopefully the German book will be ready by the end of Jan. 2012, as the publisher has to do some fine-tuning before it is published. The book that is being prepared for South Africa will be ready for printing by the end of the week. My dad will then continue the process of helping me getting it printed. As soon as I know details of the price and where and when it will be available I will let you all know.

Thank you for your incredible prayers and support.