An exciting update on the work of the NOMaD team in South Africa by Jeff Kenee, Minister at Warrensburg Church of Christ and Evangelist with Reaching and Teaching South Africa Ministries
God continues to bless us under trying circumstances. Life in any country brings with it her own share of trying circumstances. Satan and his helpers use every opportunity they can to thwart the efforts of God’s people to reveal the hope there is in Jesus. South Africa has her share of general issues, as well as the struggles of an emerging country that has to deal with an epidemic of HIV and AIDS (workers estimate 53% of the community we work in is infected), a huge influx of people fleeing from poverty and political/tribal unrest, a growing unemployment (social workers in our areas of ministry estimate more than 70% are unemployed), and a poverty crisis of their own. It is in this environment that God has revealed his incredible power and influence.
Our leadership development continues successfully on Wednesdays and Saturdays. Maybe the sacrifice of time and effort, for hours in difficult and overcrowded situations, gives additional desire to make the commute worthwhile. Men and women come from several different areas to be a part of spiritual development classes. It is from these classes that we have seen God’s powerful hand at work. Even with our inability to document everything that has happened within our ministry, we know there is far more than one conversion every day taking place because of these leadership classes.
The NOMaD team that works with us is finally being seen as such a critical part of this expanding ministry. They have produced some very powerful videos on AIDS (like the one below) and some social choice issues.
Recently they finished two major projects. They filmed, edited, and produced with teaching aids, lessons on Inductive Bible Study and Growing in Spiritual Maturity (for leaders). These two lessons were produced together and became the first of a series. This first DVD resource has already been distributed to several hundred church leaders. We praise God for the vision and skill of our NOMaD team and for GNPI, for the vision God has given this ministry.
We are excited about other outreach opportunities also. Three of our leadership students have been accepted into a federal prison as teachers/chaplains; a responsibility that is extremely difficult to obtain in South African overcrowded prisons. Due to the class growth, the warden has made an allowance to make a larger hall available to the teachers. Our NOMaD team is planning to work with the New Life Behavior team. New Life Behavior is a series of lessons specifically developed by the church for inmates and people struggling with addiction. This series has been accepted by the prisons in South Africa as the official religious material to be used in prisons. We are planning to utilize the New Life Behavior team to present training to all of our leadership students and produce it as a future training DVD.
Our NOMaD team is opening amazing doors for us to expand our ministry to reach all sorts of people in all stages and places of life. By working together, we are reaching and teaching South Africa. www.reachingandteachingSA.com