Wednesday, December 26, 2012

Reflecting on 2012

Celebration service at Crossroads
As another year draws to an end, we are so thankful to God for all He has done in and through the folk of Mablauwuni community. We have not only seen people grow and have a deeper relationship with God, but we've seen the community come together through activities like the:
  1. Water Project
  2. Cosmos Health Care
  3. Two weddings of emerging leaders from Crossroads
  4. HIV/AIDS Testing at Crossroads
  5. Immunisation Week at Crossroads
  6. Honouring the elderly
  7. Ladies Conference
  8. Helping New Life for All Church build up one of their toilets etc

People from Crossroads have also been encouraged by the
  • Clothes distribution at Crossroads
  • Megavision 2012 at River of Life Church, Eastlea, Harare
  • Mbonisi Malaba, leader of New Creation church, Bulawayo, come and share at Crossroads
  • Donation of benches and tables from a USA Workteam - thanks to Lance & Elizabeth Edwards
  • Thanksgiving service at New Creation Church
  • Crossroads Celebration service to mark the end of the year

Despite all the wonderful things that have happened, we have faced many challenges as well. God has been faithful through it all and we know that what He has started, He'll bring to completion.

We look forward to 2013 as the new year begins with prayer and fasting, Vision Sunday and an Early Childhood Development Centre at Crossroads. (ECD - Read the article on Early Childhood Development to find out more....)

God bless you all and we hope you'll continue to pray for us as God impacts Mablauwuni Community.

By Molly Manhanga

Tuesday, December 18, 2012

Profiling leaders in Mablauwuni area pt 2

Emelia Sibanda
Emelia Sibanda, better known as Mai Sibanda, is 73 years old. She is married to Misheck Sibanda who is 77 years old and they live in Mablauwuni Community. They had 7 children but 4 have since passed on, leaving 3 that are alive.

Emelia went to Silozwe Primary School (many years ago) and she is one of the Community leaders. She oversees Silozwana village.

Emelia feels that in the last 5 years, the positive changes in the community has been the starting up of Ebenezer Training College as young people are now occupied and they are not going to South Africa. Another positive change that she has seen is people worshipping God differently as their lives have changed. The Church is impacting the community.

A desire that Mai Sibanda has for Mablauwuni community is to see people loving each other and to continue worshipping together.    

 Compiled By Molly Manhanga

Friday, December 7, 2012

Nuggets from "God Meant It For Good" pt 2

"IF GOD PUTS HIS FINGER ON YOU, it is enough to change you, your family, your church - even a nation or the world."

God took over Joseph's life and we notice.....
  1. It was without any advance notice.
  2. It was on his 'sore spot'. The first thing which has to be dealt with is often the thing most dear to us but a sore spot to everybody else. In Joseph's case it was the coat of many colours.
  3. Joseph underwent the shock of seeing how sinful and frail other people were. Joseph knew that his brothers were not fond of him, but he did not know they were capable of doing what they did. Why does God want us to see the frailty of other men? The answer is in Psalm 118:8 "It is better to trust in the Lord than to put confidence in man." We must all learn this lesson sooner or later, but it comes hard. We want to find at least one other person we can totally trust and say, 'I will believe anything you say.' As soon as we begin to do that we are setting ourselves up for the greatest hurt of our lives! 
  4. God brings Joseph to a place of apparent despair. Joseph was cast into a pit. there was nothing for him to do except for him to pray. We learn to trust God as he is proven through an unprecedented situation.
  5. God brought Joseph to a point of no return. His 10 brothers lifted him out of the pit but sold him to the Ismaelites. They wanted to get Joseph completely out of the way. The Ismaelites brought Joseph into Egypt. There was no turning back for him now.
Do you know what it is like to start a new life when that isn't what you want to do, but it is thrust upon you? It may be the consequence of losing a loved one, a marriage breakdown, an illness, being lied about, or betrayed. You have to start all over.

Despite Joseph's upheaval, God made things bearable for him:
  • Joseph had rest from his enemies. He had a rough time and became the victim of cruel hatred. There came a time when God said, "enough is enough." God knows how much we can bear.
  • Joseph had the presence of the Lord. Genesis 39:2 "And the Lord was with Joseph....."
  • Joseph prospered in his new career. God did this to encourage him. He never demoralizes us

Thursday, December 6, 2012

Brilliant and Sithabiso's wedding pt 3

Brilliant and Sithabiso about to say their vows
Brilliant and Sithabiso about to sign their marriage certificate

The cake (made by Elizabeth Edwards. Nice!)

It was a lovely wedding. Brilliant and Sithabiso head up to Victoria Falls on their honeymoon. We hope they have an amazing time.

By Molly Manhanga

Brilliant and Sithabiso's wedding pt 2

Sitha at Ethandweni - her former home

Everyone watches as Brilliant goes to get Sitha

Brilliant and Sitha walking up the aisle

Brilliant & Sitha about to say their vows

By Molly Manhanga

Wednesday, December 5, 2012

Brilliant and Sithabiso's wedding pt 1

Snapshots of the wedding this morning.....

From behind these stunning granite rocks which overlook Ethandweni Children's Home, came the lovely Sithabiso Tshuma. She was raised at the children's home from the age of 8 by a Dutch couple who started the children's home about 15 years ago. Sithabiso said she had really enjoyed her time there. There seems to be a closeness between the children and their 'parents'/teachers. 3 vehicles, full of folk from Ethandweni, came to support Brilliant & Sithabiso. That was really great!

Sithabiso Tshuma
Sitha made a beautiful bride and everyone was so proud of her and Brilliant for being such an example to young people. They both said that they 'absolutely, certainly' wanted to marry each other. Pastor Patson Netha did so well with the marriage ceremony infront of about 200  or so people. The bridal team enetertained the crowd with their energised dances.

Sitha with her 'parents' and founders of Ethandweni Children's Home 

Bridal party entertaining the crowd

The rings are on!!

By Molly Manhanga

Sunday, December 2, 2012

Thanksgiving service at New Creation pt 2

Title: Finances, Family and Future By Scott Marques

Text: 1 Timothy 6: 6 – 12

V 6 Paul is writing to Timothy, trying to tell him how to live. He says ‘Godliness with contentment is great gain. The life we are living is very difficult and tough. Life will get even harder. Not only is life very tough but we living in a world driven by commerce where we need money to do many things. Commerce wants to get more money from us and it’s done through advertising that makes us feel we need it. It makes us feel like we are not enough as we are and creates a strong need and want in us. We need something else to be complete. It makes us feel like we are not rich enough or beautiful enough etc. It creates a strong need and want in me. Our flesh does its own advertising through comparison hence we lose being content over finances, over relationships, life circumstances etc.

Finances, family and future are very powerful in marriage. The person who we thought was good, we become discontent with them because they don’t have enough finances, family or future. This road we are on, we don’t like it and want to change it. We want someone else’s life. This is what celebrities are all about. The Television and media paint these pictures right down to the mobile phone we have. There is Face Book in Kezi.

Paul is saying to Timothy, Godliness with contentment is great gain. We need to recognize the lie of the enemy that as hard as my life is, as imperfect as my spouse is, as tough as my future is, God has a plan for all of it. We are living a very special life. We will have food and clothing because God is in control. As hard as life is, God is providing for every single one of us. We will have enough. “Don’t be anxious about anything……..” We’ll be fine.

We are all going to die. We brought nothing into this world and we’ll take nothing from it. Our comfort on earth is not as important as we think it is. The families God put us in are His design and it’s not a mistake. Every child is conceived in the image of God. No one is a mistake. My family is my family……..for all eternity.

We need to be different. Instead of complaining, let’s be content and be thankful. We have sinned against God and against one another. We are not entitled to anything. The Bible says, the steps of a righteous man are ordered by the Lord. God uses the weak thing of this world to confound the wise. Don’t give up, don’t hold back and persevere. It’s tough for everyone but God will not test us beyond that which we are able to bear. We need to pursue His Kingdom. When I am weak, then He is strong. Godliness with contentment is great gain.

V 9 “But those who desire to be rich fall into temptation and a snare, and into many foolish and harmful lusts which drown men in destruction and perdition.” Life has enough trouble when you are doing the right thing. Don’t do the wrong thing as we complicate things.

We need to live free lives with Godliness and contentment. Don’t think our situation is poor and we need so much more money. Money doesn’t fix anything. Whatever relationships we are in, they are precious. We need to be soft and encourage one another. Don’t treat people like they are small and insignificant. See people in the image of God. (Imago Deo) Be content. Don’t think the life path you are on is small. How I live counts the same as everyone else lives. We don’t have a small life. Each decision, attitude etc counts for eternity. Godliness with contentment is great gain.

The Kingdom of God is about righteousness, peace and joy in the Holy Ghost. Be content in righteousness, peace and joy. God is doing something new in Matabeleland and wants to demonstrate the glory of God. Where there is bitterness on finance, relationships etc, God will demonstrate His glory. We will know joy, peace, righteousness, provision, his calling etc.

Summarised by Molly Manhanga 

Thanksgiving service at New Creation pt 1

Pretty Ndlovu with the New Creation worship team.

 We had a great service yesterday as people from Crossroads, Thembalezizwe and New Creation all gathered under the marquee at New Creation. The guest speaker was Scott Marques, Apostolic leader of Newfrontiers Zimbabwe and beyond and leader of River of Life Church, Eastlea in Harare.

Scott Marques sharing Pretty's testimony
The praise and worship was excellent and we were so pleased that Pretty Ndlovu from Crossroads was able to join the New Creation team leading worship. She did so well and enjoyed herself. Scott Marques also took time to share part of Pretty's testimony and how she has been genuinely impacted by Crossroads and Ebenezer.

Stephen Manhanga, leader of Crossroads, shared the nugget and while the offering was being taken up, he called the Crossroads folk to the front to lead everyone in a song. Needless to say, the song choice was  good and everyone enjoyed singing it; "Jesu wedu number 1" - amazing being a cheerful, smiling, singing giver!

Crossroads folk leading & enjoying the 'nugget' song

Read on for Scott's message.......

By Molly Manhanga