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Ministries of Knysna Hope in Knysna, South Africa
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MARCH 2017 NEWSLETTER
6 Months in South Africa!!
Hello Friends!
 
March marks 6 months since we have been in South Africa! As we look back, we are continually reminded of God’s provision and graciousness. He is indeed good and faithful! And we have some exciting news to share!
 
Terrah has been leading a teen girls bible study on Friday afternoons for several weeks now. One of the girls that has been coming is named Priscilla. A couple weeks ago, she said she needed to have this “new life” that she has been learning about on Fridays. Terrah had the joy of leading her to faith and belief in Christ as Savior and Lord! What an incredible privilege! Its humbling to be a part of God’s story in Priscilla’s life. We are but a small piece; God has so evidently been working on her and sending people into her life, planting seeds, and raising questions. We must mention specifically Reyna Golson (Priscilla’s schoolmate and part of our Knysna Hope family). She has consistently been a light into Priscilla’s life, inviting her to the bible study and church, talking about Jesus, answering questions. God used her example tremendously! It is so encouraging to know high school girls who are concerned about their friends' spiritual condition. Please pray for both Terrah and Priscilla as they continue to meet, now moving into discipleship, teaching what it means now to follow Christ with her whole heart! 
Teen Girls' Bible Study. What started as 3, now grown to 7!
Priscilla is the 4th from the left
Terrah and our teammate Phil Golson (actually our former professor in college! How things change!) were invited by a community member to start a new music initiative in an area of Knysna called Hornlee. We as a team have been praying for a unique door into this community for several months now and are incredibly excited! For 2 hours each Sunday afternoon, they are teaching principles of music and studying the Bible with 11-16 year olds. The class is averaging about 15 students each. Hornlee is a predominantly Afrikaans-speaking community, but thankfully most everyone speaks English well. It’s awesome to watch the older students help the younger ones with some of the translation issues. Even more incentive to continue our studying of Afrikaans!
Terrah teaching for the Hornlee class and a local primary school
Caleb has had a very busy month on the business side of the ministry. In addition the continuing business/website projects with local bi-vocational pastors, he has also been teaching business skills classes periodically at the Knysna branch of Youth For Christ. It has been a joy to share part of his background and expertise in a class format, but to also partner with YFC on other aspects of their ministry, particularly on business development and fund-raising.
 
Caleb has also been dealing with several administrative aspects of our NPO. With Knysna Hope’s fiscal year ending on February 28th, there are many yearly reports due now to the South African government. The federal oversight of organizations like ours is not overly-burdensome, though the reporting requirements are detailed and time-consuming. 
Caleb teaching on teamwork and networking at Youth for Christ, Knysna
So that you can be praying for us and our teammates who are also affected, we wanted to make you aware of a challenge common in overseas ministry, but particularly difficult right now: exchange rates. As you know, we are funded by you, our donors, in US Dollars. Most of our living expenses are in South African Rand, so we must convert our support into Rand each month. When the USD is strong, this works greatly in our favor: it “buys” more Rand. However, the USD is not strong, in fact it has been consistently falling for several months. Since the 1st of the year, the USD has weakened against the Rand by 8%. The practical outworking of these global market forces is that our support has been reduced by 8%. This is a reality that we expect to occur periodically, though the sharpness of this decline is troubling. Please be in prayer for us and our team as we all experience what could be an extended period of tightness.
 
Isn’t it encouraging that regardless of what is going on in the world, who the Presidents of the United States and South Africa are or are not, what weather patterns are affecting certain regions, or why economic trends fluctuate, there is still on the throne of history, the “King of the ages, immortal, invisible, the only God”? And He is still working His plan, saving people from every culture, race, and language, people just like Priscilla. To Him alone “be honor and glory forever and ever. Amen!” (1 Timothy 1:17)
 
Soli Deo Gloria!
 
Additional Prayer Requests
  • Knysna and the greater Garden Route is experiencing a severe drought, so much so that there are stringent water-usage restrictions in place across the city. Our fresh-water rivers (the source of most of our drinking water) are not high enough to flow over the dams. Please pray for rain! 
  • Please pray for our ministry partners, Dave and Julie Rudolph, as they spend the next 3 weeks in the US
  • We're in need of additional monthly financial partners. Please click the "support us" button below to be part of our team!
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Sending Church: First Baptist Church, Tallahassee, FL
South Africa Mailing address:
12a Fraser St
Hunter's Home, Knysna, 6571

US Mailing Address:
902 Texas Ave
Lynn Haven, FL 32444
Caleb Cell: +27 64 6460162
Terrah Cell: +27 79 6533281
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