Dear Wake Chapel,
Moreover, brethren, I declare unto you the gospel which I preached unto you, which also ye have received, and wherein ye stand; 2 By which also ye are saved, if ye keep in memory what I preached unto you, unless ye have believed in vain.3 For I delivered unto you first of all that which I also received, how that Christ died for our sins according to the scriptures; 4 And that he was buried, and that he rose again the third day according to the scriptures: (1 Corinthians 15:1-4)
We trust that you had an awesome time reflecting over the death, burial, and resurrection of the Lord Jesus Christ this Easter. The resurrection is a constant reminder to us that God is renewing His creation and that He is calling individuals to participate in that renewal through the Gospel! Hallelujah!
Furlough 2014 -- A Time of Renewal for the Hesman Family
Building a snowman, snowball fights, snow angels, sledding, and snow ice...we did it all in our winter wonderland in North Carolina...It was the first snow for our boys to really enjoy so we made the most of it! South Africa is known for its sunshine and mild winters..not for snow. We also realized this winter that there is nothing more refreshing than a cup of hot chocolate after a time in the snow...In contrast, we had our first "scorcher" of the Spring. We went to a park nearby and played football with the boys. Joshua began asking where we could find a cool pool to take a dive. A dive into a cool pool on a hot day is the definition of "refreshing"...
After two major moves, a few traumatic events and hectic daily schedules in South Africa, we are finding furlough as "refreshing" as hot chocolate and a cool pool...We love being in South Africa and praise the Lord for the responsibilities and opportunities He gives us there, but a time of renewal was needed. Part of that renewal is the awesome time with our church families and pastors. It is a great reminder that there are many praying for us and serving with us in the Gospel. As we share at the churches, we experience the renewal of reflecting over the past few years, rejoicing at what God has done, and anticipating what God will do in the future.
Another aspect is the refreshment of family... What a gift to be close by to Kathryn and our extended families, cherishing each moment with them. We are thankful for this time in the States and eagerly look forward to getting back to South Africa, refreshed and ready to dive into the ministry there again.
Reconnecting with our Church Families
What a joy to see so many familiar faces! So far, we have visited over twenty of our church families. Each visit reminds us that we are a very small part of a team of people who are active in sharing Christ with the world.
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Ministries Continue in South Africa -- Please Pray!Please be in prayer for the campus of the Bible Institute as power outages and no internet seem to be the norm in recent months. We have a record number of students and are excited to see how God works in the lives of each one. Please pray for our students that we mentor, that they will not falter. Pray that God is honored in all that is taught and done on the campus.
Pray for our church in Hilton, South Africa, as it experiences exciting days ahead as they focus on reaching the communities around them as well as support missions abroad. Pray for Pastor Rod who just had a heart attack and is in ICU as well as Pastor David who just had surgery on his eye.
Please pray for Mashaka Primary School and John Masiza Primary School, that the Gospel will be evident as the children are taught. Please pray for the many children in these schools who are orphans. Pray for the teachers, especially Nkosi, Zethu, and Thuli, as they serve in very difficult situations.
Pray for Trish and Hannah who share Christ at the school and mentor teachers at John Masiza in Port Elizabeth in Penny's absence.
Preparation for Returning to South Africa -- June 29thWe have many churches and people to see in the upcoming weeks. We look forward to sharing as we make preparations for our return to South Africa. In between our travels, Paul is busy with updating our website as well as making preparations for courses he will be teaching when we return. As Penny home schools Joshua and Michael, she is also doing some research on teaching English as a second language as well as looking for more resources for the Primary schools in South Africa. Please pray for us as we plan to fly out June 29th!
In order to fly out in June, we need to raise $600 in additional support. This shortfall in our support is due to a few factors: a couple of our supporting churches have gone through difficult times during the recession and had to reluctantly reduce their support to missions, the impact of general inflation, and an increase in our medical insurance. Please pray that God would provide this support. Possibly, someone reading this letter would be willing to commit to support the ministry in South Africa for $20 a month or some of our supporting churches will be able to increase their support. We do have a couple of new churches we will be visiting, but with such a short furlough, we have focused our time here on reporting back to our supporting churches. If you would like to join our support team or increase your support, contact ABWE through their website www.abwe.org/give and designate your giving to Paul Hesman in South Africa or call ABWE at 717-774-7000. If you have any difficulty, call (864-350-0061) or email (email@example.com) us and we can guide you through the process. We know our God will provide!