A new beginning ................
The old adage goes, that 'when one door closes, another opens', and we know that the door has closed on our work at the school at Heyshope Dam.
The new door that has opened is at Bushmansbend - at Pastor Phillip's new house, which we were able to help him buy, thanks to a generous donation.
For those who are not familiar with the plans we have for the area, we wanted to share the vision with you as well. The house which Phillip has aptly named 'Shalom' ('peace') has a little outside room, and is situated on about a quarter hectare of land. We are able to transfer the entire idea we had for Galilee here, with the added bonus that Pastor Phillip will be able to host visitors and do training on his very own piece of land!
Location, location, location. Phillip's house is within the community of Bushmansbend - this is going to be a far better option, as he will be able to train from 'within' and not take the approach of building a school or training centre. The communities prefer a training area in the community, rather than going to a Training Centre which they cannot relate to. Phillip's vision is to host visitors (up to about 4) and various couples from places like Zambia and Northern Mocambique in his home for 2-3 weeks, or even as long a month. During this time they can go with him and he can disciple them daily on the DMM Principals (DBS groups and gatherings).
His tuckshop just up the road at Jezreel is running succesffuly, so he will also be able to mentor them on running a small business which they can see frist hand. Visitors will also learn about the 'Access Ministries' which we will be doing there, such as Asidlale and Skills Development. We are also hopefully gaining another hectare of land there, which we will be able to use for Farming Foundations training. There will also be maize, beans and working gardens where vegetables are being grown and used to help feed members of the community and visitors to Phillip's home. So, Pastor Phillip is a busy man! He is now overseeing the areas of Driefontein, Sheepmoore, Amsterdam, Iswepe and Mbabala, along with Jezreel and Bushmansbend.
We trust God to anoint the work that Phillip and his Team are doing, and that the visitors and communities will engage and replicate their training and return to their communities inspired and ready to make new disciples.