Dear Wake Chapel Family,
Happy New Year! We are praying that God continues to direct your paths as you trust in Him in the year of 2015. We are anticipating God accomplishing great things this year.
2014 Graduation Exercises
The year 2014 ended well here at UBI. Graduation was a full week of celebrations. Since we follow the calendar year on this side of the world, graduations as well as end of the year activities all begin in late November and early December. We are thankful for the thirty graduates and their future ministry. Many of them will continue to study part time to add a one year honours degree which is the prerequisite here for a Masters degree. We are able to offer this here at UBI through a partnership agreement with a theological college in Johannesburg. Many of them will go straight into ministry with their church "back home". Mr. Ngidi is now serving in prison ministry through his church, Mr. Moyo is ministering in a church north of here as a co-pastor as well as developing community gardens, Mr. Diya has returned to his church to lead as a co-pastor, and the list could go on...Please continue to pray both for the students and the alumni of UBI that God will keep them living and preaching the gospel of Jesus Christ.
Church Planters Internship
We are looking to an exciting new adventure in our ministry. Two of the new graduates, Ayanda Kakaza and Sthembiso Nxumalo, Paul has been mentoring for the past two years. Ayanda finds academics challenging but he is gifted in preaching and evangelism, never meeting a stranger. Sthembiso, on the other hand is an exceptional student, studying hard for every assignment, every sermon but socially, still learning.
God has opened the opportunity to extend this mentorship process this upcoming year as they continue with their Honours in Theology at UBI. In addition, they have been invited to partner with our church, Hilton Baptist Church. They will be involved in an internship with the leadership team, which includes Paul, at HBC. This will be a challenge to both the church and the students as the church is predominantly white English speakers. We believe this will be a challenging and growing experience for both our student interns and our church. We are hoping to have them involved in all aspects of ministry as well as helping them develop Christ centered character but at the same time facilitate opportunities for them to build into our church through their experiences as Xhosa/Zulu young men. We are praying that God will not only prepare these young men for church planting but serve as a catalyst for the ongoing reconciliation process between the various people groups of South Africa.
Please pray as this internship will begin in late January. These may be the men that we will later walk with in a church plant. Please pray with us for God's direction. If you would like to give to help either of these young men with the cost of their tuition, please send your gift to ABWE and mark it for Paul Hesman/ Zulu scholarships.
The Hesman Kids
Joshua and Michael are enjoying their "summer/Christmas/New Year" holiday from school. Though it is Christmas, it is also summer, so that is their long break from school. They will only return on the 21st of January. They are having a blast, swimming, going to the beach, playing soccer, having friends over. Life is good!
Kathryn completed her first semester of law school at UNC Chapel Hill. She has found it challenging yet invigorating academically. She has done well. A special thank you to Mrs. McGraw's Kindergarten class at Triad Baptist for the fabulous gift parcel full of goodies for Kathryn. It was delivered by two dear ladies right before Kathryn's exams were to begin. What a blessing!! .
Mashaka Primary School
Mashaka will reopen in late January and Penny will return to continue to mentor the teachers, focusing on grade one and grade four teachers. The 2014 school year ended well, as she met with each teacher, prayed with them, and gave them a small gift reminding them that Christmas is all about Jesus. Penny was also able to meet with four young ladies who are serving as interns at the school. She took them to lunch and was able to share the gospel and discuss life issues with them. Penny has been able to work closely with them at the school, so relationships were already built. It led to a beautiful time of spoiling them with lunch while dealing with issues of the heart. God is great! Please pray for Cebisile, Nthokoza, Zinhle, and Nobuhle, that God will continue to work in their hearts.
We praise the Lord for you and pray that your love may abound yet more and more in knowledge and in all judgment; That ye may approve things that are excellent; that ye may be sincere and without offence till the day of Christ. Being filled with the fruits of righteousness, which are by Jesus Christ, unto the glory and praise of God. (Philippians 1: 9-11)
Please praise the Lord with us for...
- A graduation celebration of 30 UBI students.
- Opportunities for furthering education at UBI, continuing mentorship and internship at HBC for Ayanda and Sthembiso.
- Opportunities for ministries for our UBI graduates.
- Opportunities to share Christ in a variety of ways at Mashaka Primary
- God's hand on our children: Kathryn (21 years old), Joshua (11 years old), and Michael (8 years old)
Please pray with us for...
- God's hand in directing the internship of Ayanda and Sthembiso.
- Incoming student body, that God would continue to send His servants to UBI.
- God's direction as Paul prepares and teaches in the new term.
- The development of the new Bachelor of Theology program at UBI.
- Mashaka Primary, that God would continue penetrate the school with the gospel of Jesus Christ and that Penny will have wisdom of how best to help the school achieve academic excellence.
- God's hand in the lives our children, especially Kathryn as she continues her studies living far from home.
Blessings in Christ,
Paul, Penny, Kathryn, Joshua, and Michael Hesman