HIS IN SOUTH AFRICA
Dear Friends in Christ,
“But he knoweth the way that I take: when he hath tried me, I shall come forth as gold. My foot hath held his steps, his way have I kept, and not declined. Neither have I gone back from the commandment of his lips; I have esteemed the words of his mouth more than my necessary food” (Job 23:10-12).
Although some of you have already become aware of our new change in ministry, whether through our visit to your church or through your pastor sharing the information, we realize many are still wondering. We have tried to keep it confidential up until now, to allow each of our supporting pastors to receive an official letter from our pastor, our board, and ourselves. Those letters explained the switch in fields and confirmed a united agreement by all involved.
Through godly counsel from our pastor, we considered a few countries he believed would fit with our gifts, talents, and abilities. One thing we all agreed on was a place where English was a common language, in order to be able to minister effectively and expediently. In our last quarterly prayer letter, we mentioned we would be taking a survey trip from July 8-18 and asked for your prayers. After returning from our survey trip, we wanted to pray at least another month to make sure it was truly God’s will and not just our desire.
On July 8th, we traveled to Cape Town, South Africa to spend time with Eric and Katie Graham and two of their children. We were blessed to be able to see the wonderful ministry and meet folks from their church, as well as fellow missionaries in the area. It was also great timing for us to go when we did as Steve and Martha Anderson, BWM field director and his wife, were there during those weeks.
We believe the Lord would have us to work with the Grahams, and hopefully soon Nathan and Kristin Childs, who are currently on deputation. Together, we desire to assist in strengthening the existing church, Calvary Baptist, help in their church plants/ministries, and establish some kind of Bible training institution. There are many different ideas for the type of school this would be, such as tutoring and helping students pass their final exam in order to graduate from high school, training and teaching various skills and trades in a technical type school, or even a college preparatory school. Obviously, the first thing is for us to get there and then determine which will be the most effective avenue to begin with. We see great potential and are very excited at how the Lord is leading. The biggest foreseeable obstacles are a venue for the school and transportation for the students. We understand there are many unknown variables and details, but we know God is in control and we are following Him in faith. We will share more as the Lord reveals it to us.
One of the prayer requests we would like to place before you as we head towards South Africa is for the additional support needed for housing, as we are going from a third-world country to a more developed area near Cape Town. Another prayer request is for visas, which we hear are more difficult to obtain than in Cambodia. Please also pray for the future ministry there in South Africa: for the type of Bible school the Lord would desire, for the students the Lord wants us to minister to, for the venue, and for transportation needs.
Once again, we would like to thank you for your faithful encouragement and support over the years, through the trials and through the victories the Lord has allowed us to journey through together as we all continue in His service. Take care and God bless.
Serving the Saviour,
Ron & Tina Fruin