Sunday, October 17th, 2010

Mukhanyo and onward

Update: Pictures are posted now. And: the correct name of the AIDS clinic is Nakekela.

Update 2: Here is a video of the Mukhanyo Christian Academy children singing.

This past Wednesday morning, after a long drive through the countryside, we arrived at the chapel gathering of the Mukhanyo Theological College just in time to hear songs from the Chapel Choir and then from the children of the new Christian Primary School on the Mukhanyo campus.

Johnny gave the devotional: True love toward other people is the overflow onto them of our joy in God.

Afterward, we visited two other ministries that are part of the same organization as the Bible College.

First was the  Clinic that cares for 12 AIDS patients at a time. For some it is a caring hospice setting. For many it becomes a place for regaining strength and enough recovery to be able to return home. There is always a waiting list.

We met Busi, a woman who had been admitted recently. She lay curled on her side, her  thin body hardly making a rise in the bed covers. (It’s easy to see why people in some parts of Africa call AIDS by the nickname, “Slim.”)

When she nodded with her eyes that I could pray for her, I took her hand and asked God to give her strength and hope and faith in him. I told her I would pray for her even after we left. Writing about her here is another reminder to me. And perhaps you might add your prayer for Busi–with whatever desires God gives you for her.

From there we went to one of 5 day care centers the ministry sponsors for children who are orphans. Our car hadn’t even stopped before boys and girls were swarming out the gate to hold our hands and asking to be held. Most or all of them have distant relatives to stay with. But all, by eagerness or shyness or sassiness, stretched out toward someone who might show them love.

South Africa is one of the countries most affected by AIDS, so there are a growing number of children without relatives to turn to. For these children, the ministry is trying to recruit and train suitable Christian families to provide foster care.

Now to today. In a few moments we leave for the Sunday morning session of  the first ever Rezolution in South Africa.  Johnny will be preaching this morning. I hope to post some videos and photos. The music has been phenomenal–an infectious blend of cultures.

This afternoon we fly to Cape Town to be there in time for the opening ceremonies of Lausanne 2010. Please pray for us and thousands of Christians gathering from around the globe.

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  1. Dearest Noel. I imagine you will not find this message in amongst so many others. But something inside me had to reach out. Deep inside I know one day God will grant me the chance to say ‘thank you’ face to face’, but I could wait no longer. As i read this post I wept thinking how small my problems seem. However.. 4 nights ago before I went to bed I pleaded with God to give me hope from this despair. I felt compelled to go to desiringgod.com and type in ‘suffering’. The Job series came up and I instantly downloaded it. As I lay down alone that night I heard your Johnny preach and he said that satan will come in one of 2 ways ..pain or pleasure. Dearest Noel, I love you and I thank you for being the Sarah to my spiritual father, Jon Piper. My heart anguishes as on Wednesday my 8 children lost their daddy when the police arrested him for molesting our 14 year old daughter. My heart anguished. My life turned upside down. But because of God, you, Johnny, Joni, Mary Kassian, Mark Driscoll and many more I am comforted – I know he will be glorified in all of this and all I can say is that I love you and thank you for being the mother i never had. I am encouraged by your books and your husband. 2 years ago your husband freed us from religion but it was too late for my Paul, the damage was done. But i thank you and I praise God for how He provided light in the little dairy farm in Tasmania Australia. God bless you dear sister in Christ.

    • Katrina,
      I have prayed for you and your family, but most of all for your husband. This side of heaven, while we (and he) still have breath and see the light of day—and are still able to count yet another day upon the rise and set of the sun….there is still hope of salvation for your husband. What mercy He extends to people like you, me and to your husband.
      1 Timothy 1:9-11 realizing the fact that law is not made for a righteous person, but for those who are lawless and rebellious, for the ungodly and sinners, for the unholy and profane, for those who kill their fathers or mothers, for murderers and immoral men and homosexuals and kidnappers and liars and perjurers, and whatever else is contrary to sound teaching, according to the glorious gospel of the blessed God, with which I have been entrusted.”

  2. [...] October 19th, 2010Pictures from MukhanyoI posted a few days ago about our visit to Mukhanyo Bible College, Aids Clinic, and orphan day care program. The photos are [...]

  3. [...] of posts at Pastor Sam Crabtree’s blog.One is Talitha’s reflections after our visit to Mukhanyo Bible School, AIDS Clinic, and Day Care for orphans outside Johannesburg.The other is what I wrote [...]

  4. [...] We Pipers were in Johannesburg area a week before we flew down to Cape Town for Lausanne. One day we rode out into the countryside to visit ministries associated with Mukhanyo Bible College, including an AIDS clinic and a daycare for orphans. I am grateful that Talitha (now age 15) was able to be at these places, because many of the delegates at Lausanne deal with similar daily crises in their own ministries and communities.—Noël Piper (Read more on Noël’s blog.) [...]

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