What a crazy month it has been! We praise the Lord for many opportunities to share about His work in the Philippines, for lots of fun times we spent with special friends, and for a scary experience that allowed us to see His Grace and to testify of His goodness. It’s been a busy month!
The Lord has blessed us with many opportunities to share what He has been doing in the Philippines. One of our favorite things is catching up with many fellow brothers and sisters in Christ who partner with us, and hearing what is happening in their lives too. We praise God for women’s Bible studies, youth groups, schools and of course churches that have invited us to share. We will treasure these times for a long time to come. We continue to pray that the Lord will use us as His instruments in South Africa, and that we will challenge, encourage and bless all those He brings across our path.
This past month we had the privilege of climbing up 2 of Cape Towns beautiful mountains. We climbed up Table Mountain with friends, and then last week we climbed Helderberg Mountain with friends too. What a beautiful way to see the Cape! One cannot but help to praise the Lord when you see His beautiful creation. It’s also a good reminder of how insignificant we are, and yet God is concerned with us and our lives. We a blessed beyond measure!
A scary experience:
Less than a week ago on our way back from a youth group that Philip led, our car was pelted with rocks and a gun shot broke the back window. We were just unfortunate to be in the wrong place at the wrong time. But, we know God never makes mistakes. What man may mean for evil, God will turn for good. We were miraculously not harmed and were shaken, but unhurt. The damage on the vehicle amounts to R40000. Thankfully the van is insured by our good friends who borrowed it us.
The Lord really has blessed us through this. Philip was able to share the gospel with someone because he was taking the van to Durbanville after the damage was done. Also, fellow brothers and sisters in Christ gave us the funds to cover the insurance excess, and we have been able to borrow another vehicle from other dear friends until the van is repaired. The outpouring of love and concern has been really touching, and we cannot but praise God for those He has raised up as a support for us. We are so blessed!
Incidently, the police have arrested 12 people for stoning cars, one directly for damage to the van. We continue to pray for the people of Klipheuwel who threw the rocks. May their need of Christ be a reminder to us of the urgency of the work set before us.
The landing strip progress is slow but steady. We were encouraged to see some photos that show the landing strip start to look like a landing strip :-). Thank you to all who prayed for our friend Kuya Jes. We hear he is back on the island and although he is struggling with high BP, he is much better.
Unfortunately we received news that someone tried to break into our house on the island on Monday night. Thankfully they were unsuccessful. What comfort to know that God is here with us, but He is also there with them. We rest in the knowledge that He is in control.
Thank you for praying for us and caring for us. We are so blessed to share this work with you, our trusted partners.
The le Rouxs