Monday, April 22, 2013

Hearing God Workshop

Hearing God workshop at All Souls Umhlali
We did a work shop on hearing God this past weekend at All Souls Umhlali. During the morning we touched on these topics in scripture:

Come to God daily - John 10:9-10,
Do not doubt what He says -
Genesis 3:1,
The Word of God - John 6:63 and Matthew 4:3-4,
If you are a child of God you can hear His voice - John 10:27
Forgive - Psalm 73:21-22
Watch out for personal agenda - Matthew 11:15-19
Ministries specifically given to facilitate hearing God's voice - Ephesians 4:10-12
Respond to what God tells you - Matthew 10:40-41
The Holy Spirit and hearing God's voice - John 16:31 and Acts 8:14-17
Because everyone is called, every one can and must hear God's voice 1 Peter 410-11

We had a great time with the saints in the community!

Friday, March 1, 2013

February 25, 2013

Ps John Mkulisi translating as Trina shares on the need to be thankful during the Zulu outreach
We have just finished a trip to the northern Drakensburg area in our home state of
Kwazulu Natal, South Africa.  This is our primary ministry to the Zulu community and
one of the most rural areas that we visit. Pastor John Mkulisi has a significant ministry
both as a shepherd to the local community and to other ministers in the area.  He is
well versed in scripture and an excellent translator between Zulu and English. When
we met he and his wife, Irene, five years ago, they asked us to help them reach out
to other shepherds in their area and we have continued to do so ever since.
Trina has a wonderful relationship with Irene and from the beginning of our time together
they have encouraged one another and worked to help the women of the area see their
value in Christ. There are cultural hurdles among Zulus that often keep women from
fully participating. Trina's gracious, unassuming style is very effective at bringing many
of these precious ladies out of their shells!
saiah 41:8-9 (NASB) says,

8 "But you, Israel, My servant, Jacob whom I have chosen, Descendant of Abraham
My friend,
9 You whom I have taken from the ends of the earth, And called from its remotest parts
And said to you, 'You are My servant, I have chosen you and not rejected you."

We had one testimony from the ministry times that was particularly encouraging.  One
of the messages referenced the above scripture and highlighted the "chosen" place of
anyone who takes Christ into their heart. Many people were moved and one young
man tearfully closed the service in prayer when he was asked. The next day this boy's
mother stood up and said that her son had been secretly consulting with witch doctors
and had told her that he wanted nothing to do with God because of his disappointment.
He then had a dream the night before our service and there was "a man who told him
that he was chosen and not rejected." When the message came he knew God was
speaking straight to him and he completely rededicated his life to the Lord! It is the
reality of God's goodness that we love to see come through when we work with people.

Please pray for our ministry in the Indian areas of Durban. We believe that this particular
area is important for us to concentrate on and we've already been to a number of churches
in the area this year. Not only are there a large number of Indians in Durban, they are
very influential with the Zulu population. We will highlight this work a bit more in next
news update.

We are currently planning a trip to the USA in late May and the schedule will be very tight.
We have family to see and very many churches to visit. Please pray for us as we work
toward this over the coming two months.

Blessings in Christ,

Rodney, Trina and Bridget

Monday, February 25, 2013

Anelisa's Smile

 On one of our trips to Wellington we got to know a beautiful lady with a huge heart.  Karmien Joubert helps underprivileged children explore and express the world around them through art. She loves every child she encounters. Anelisa is one of the children she works with at the education center weekly.  Anelisa is an orphan living in one of several child homes in the area. While we were there Anelisa fell and broke off her two adult front teeth. The nurse at the clinic scheduled the teeth to be pulled as this is the least expensive alternative. Karmien could not stand the thought of loosing such a beautiful smile so she found ways to help Anelisa. A local dentist was contacted that could do the repairs, money was quickly raised to pay for the procedure and a beautiful smile has been restored. 
Karmien Joubert and Anelisa
Matthew 25:40 says " .......truly I tell you, whatever you did for one of the least of these brothers and sisters of mine, you did for me."

Much too often we see things happen and think shame but that is just the way things go. If you could change one life, make one person smile, would you? The opportunities are all around us daily. Reach out and make a change.

Anelisa (10) by "norsa foster homes"

Wednesday, December 5, 2012

November 5, 2012

Some of the Saints we are working with in the work in Stratford

Pastor Blesson Kallimel of Beersheba Church in Oxford


We have just returned from visiting several different parts of the Body of Christ in England. Our burden for this area dates back 15 years and is only at the infant stage of development. Part of the mission is helping to pioneer a new home based fellowship in East London. The leaders of this group have become spiritual children to us over the years and it is very exciting to be helping them fulfill their callings in a city with a challenging spiritual environment. Islam and Secular Humanism are two of the biggest hindrances to the work of the Lord in London. It will take persistence and a total dependence on the Holy Spirit to see this work succeed.

Beyond this we also work with an established fellowship, BFCI, in the city of Oxford Pastor Blesson and his wife, Grace, are exceptional friends who are already doing a wonderful work in this area.Every time we get to be together, there is a mutual blessing that helps us prepare for and look to the future with anticipation. We will support this man of God in every way possible as he has been prepared for very significant ministry in the UK at this time. The last leg of the trip was a prayer walk in the city of Leeds in Northern England. Many years ago I had a dream about this area and this trip marked the first of what will be many trips to the region. I am convinced that the Yorkshire area, with its population of roughly five million, will be the center of one of the most important moves of God that the modern Church will witness. It is imperative that Christians look beyond the spiritual doldrums that have plagued the UK in recent times and begin to base their conclusions on what God is saying and doing today! The Church in the UK is on the verge of an advance that will give hope to Christians in many nations that presently see very little of the life of Jesus in their societies!

Tuesday, November 6, 2012

Zimbabwe and Drakensberg 2012

August 15, 2012

Some of the Pastors from Zimbabwe, Zambia, Congo and South Africa


Pastors John Mkulisi and Ari Cavalcanti handing out Zulu Bibles

We have just finished two weeks working in Harare,Zimbabwe and the Drakensberg mountain area of South Africa. We attend an annual conference in Harare that brings leaders from many of the Southern African nations together for teaching and fellowship. Over the years this gathering has grown both in number and effectiveness. We are currently praying for a larger venue to accommodate the increased interest in the meetings. Please pray for the planning challenges that will go along with a new, larger event. We ask the leaders who attend to pay for their own transport cost and we, IRC Ministries and partners, do our best to provide Bible training and subsidize the venue for the attendees.

We have also seen our outreach to Zulu speaking people in the Drakensberg Mountain area of South Africa expand. We continue to work with several key leaders who definitely preside over fields of people that are "white for the harvest." Our recent work there included many salivations and bibles distributed. There is MUCH more to be done in this area and we appreciate your support!
Blessings in Christ...............................................Rod, Trina and Bridget