Updates from Sarah serving with YWAM in South Africa
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I am back from my outreach to the Eastern Cape and have jumped straight into a number of other exciting projects.  Read on and see what has been going on....

Recent Goings On

  • We had our Annual Staff Conference, in which all of our staff gathers for a time of re-connecting, input and hearing from God together as we head into our new year.
  • We welcomed back our previous Base Director, Edwin Fillies, from Switzerland and he has stepped back into the Base Director role.  This is a great encouragement for us all as he carries so much vision and passion for Cape Town.  
  • We started our new quarter with our largest student intake for many years.  We have students from all continents participating in our Discipleship Training School and School of Biblical Studies. 
  • I represented YWAM Muizenberg at the Southern Africa Base Leaders meetings.  It was great to hear what God is doing in the region and connect with other bases.

Eastern Cape Outreach

I spent July and August leading an outreach team from the School of Biblical Studies in the Eastern Cape (a province of South Africa).  We were a small team of 2 staff and 4 students teaching in various churches. Five of us squeezed into my little Toyota to drive 2 days up to Lusikisiki to our outreach location.  Our aim was to help people to see that the Word of God is accessible to them and that they can study for themselves without needing a pastor or serious study guides. 
We taught a Biblical Overview showing God’s plan of redemption from Genesis to Revelation in many different churches and also taught seminars on how to study through smaller books of the bible like Philemon, Titus and Ephesians.  We had a great response to our teaching with people seeing how they can study the Bible for themselves and giving testimonies such as “this is the first time I have really understood my Bible!”
It is a wonderful privilege to see people getting to know God through his Word and realising that God is knowable.  Teaching the bible is an awesome blessing in my own life as I realise the truths about who God is continue to become more and more established and deeply rooted in my own life and heart. 
I was also greatly touched by the hospitality of the Xhosa and Zulu people.  We stayed in peoples homes and it was a great blessing to be so warmly accepted into these families and churches.  Yes we came to teach but I left with my heart deeply touched by peoples love, care and generosity.

School of Biblical Foundations and Leadership

For years our mobile bible teaching team has been dreaming about offering more in-depth biblical training to Pastors and church members in the Cape Town area.  This dream is finally being realised as we are pioneering our first intensive bible seminar - School of Biblical Foundations and Leadership.  Normally we teach in churches across Cape Town however for this seminar we have invited Pastors and key leaders from churches we work with to join us for this five week seminar in Muizenberg. We have 10 participants who are coming Wednesday and Friday evenings and all day Saturdays.

We are introducing our participants to the Inductive Bible Study Method we use in our Biblical Training Schools and teaching these principles through the books of Titus, 2 Timothy, James, Ephesians and Mark.  As we go step by step through these books we are looking deeper into the context, understanding the historical background and implementing application in all our lives.

New Zealand

I am excited to be going back to New Zealand for Christmas.  I am looking forward to spending time with my family and hanging our with my nieces and nephews - Charlotte, Thomas and Leo.    
Prayer Requests

I need to find a new room mate again!  Please pray that I find the right person to move in with me.  A good flatmate makes the world of difference to a happy home environment.
We work with people and people aren't perfect, including myself!  Pray for wisdom for how to speak into these situations.

There is a possibility of a new leadership role on the horizon, pray for wisdom as I make decisions about this.

YWAM is a non-profit organization and international movement of Christians from different denominations, cultures and backgrounds dedicated to presenting Jesus to this generation, and training disciple-makers throughout the world. We are, at present, roughly 17,000 fulltime staff working in more than 160 countries.
All staff members rely on a relationship-based support system. We believe that relationship-based support promotes responsibility, accountability, communication and mutual prayer. This involves the ‘supporter’ as a partner in ministry.

To donate in New Zealand:
SJ Murphy
ASB Bank 12-3042-0121488-57


My mailing address is:
Private Bag X129
Muizenberg 7950
Cape Town 
South Africa

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