Smith family update from 7 Rivers Farm in South Africa

Posted on April 24, 2015.
April 2015 - Kelly & Cherise Smith - News from 7 Rivers
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"O Death where is your sting?  O Hades, where is your victory?" 
1 Corinthians 15:55


When a belief system is centered on ancestors it's coupled with great fear of death and what awaits them there after.
As believers in Christ we look forward to spending eternity with our Lord in heaven.  We rejoice as a ministry team to see new commitments to Christ, especially when this means stepping away from ancestral worship. 
We're preparing for a day of baptisms to be held at 7 Rivers Farm on Saturday, May 16th.  In the many sessions between now and then we'll be teaching on this subject and ask that you join us is prayer for a clear understanding for those interested in being baptised.
 

April is Easter

iPhasika means Passover in Zulu

This year was our 2nd iPhasika celebration and it was certainly another success!  Entabeni and Ekukhanyeni churches were hosted by Grace Baptist Church for a day of worship, fellowship, prayer and time in God's Word.
Much preparation goes into making this a successful day and organization to transport 100 people from rural areas of 2 different churches to Grace Church in town.  Everyone was especially grateful for the wonderful lunch served and the perfect weather to sit on the green grass outside.
The youth practiced many hours to perform some dramas and the church as a whole practiced special songs for the day.
There were also 5 visitors who heard the gospel and came forward to commit their lives to Christ.

A panoramic shot of the whole gang, all 100 of us!
 
China Team
AGIF Shanghai returned with their short-term ministry team.  We were blessed by their time spent in the community.  Take a look at the mural they painted in the youth room!    Thanks Guys
 
Farm News
We're excited to share the news of our farm family growing.  There are two families moving to the farm to join in the outreach.  They will be focusing on the start-up of a Children's Home. The Kemp family will be arriving in the next month and the Willoughby's will follow soon there after.  Please pray for their transition and the many necessary alterations I need to make to housing before their arrival.
We'll be sharing more in our next report on the progress of the move.
 
Community Health Outreach
We are priviliged to live where we do and blessed to work with the Zulu people.  We used to spend great effort in encouraging people to start medication to treat their HIV/AIDS.  Although this is still necessary, we now seem to focus a lot more on teaching adherence to their meds. Yesterday I visited a man who was diagnosed with a drug resistant TB!  This is a direct result of not adhering to the treatment regimen.  We also visited a small mud hut with 6 kids living alone since their mother died mid last year.  In every cluster of round mud huts there are similar tragic stories.
 
 
 
 
 
Life is short here in Zulu land and it's our daily desire to share the hope of Jesus Christ with our neighbors.  We praise God that Entabeni Church is established and growing, and that so many hear the good news of the gospel several times each week through Pastor Mlungisi Zuma and the various outreaches that takes place from 7 Rivers Farm.
We're so grateful for you and your prayers for us, as well as your financial partnership in the ministry.  Thank You
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