South Africa: Pastor Raphael Perseveres Through Persecution

“Now to each one the manifestation of the Spirit is given for the common good… All these are the work of one and the same Spirit, and He gives to each one, just as He determines.” (1 Corinthians 12:7-11)

Pastor Raphael teaching God's Word

Pastor Raphael proclaiming Christ’s love

We are excited, thanking and praising God, the Giver of all gifts through His one Spirit, who gives and apportions to each one according to His will. We are really blessed to be called children of God in Christ our Lord. For it is never by the will of our strength or the work of our efforts that makes us alive at this time of the year.

It is the Lord’s doing and we have no excuse not to share our Christ’s light and to shine to those who are still in the darkness of sin and death, in poverty and the misery of this world. We may not all have the same gifts of the Spirit but we all have equal opportunity to extend God’s kingdom while it still called day. This is our commitment and obligation to continually hold you in our prayers, having a special place in our hearts and in the ministry. We wish you all of God’s best blessings and protection during this festive season and new year.

About my Family

It is not easy to live as a refugee in South Africa. We always live in fear of being attacked, with death threats, discrimination and harassment, humiliation and abuse from the government’s officials and local communities. Every time we face these challenges, I always tell myself that God is allowing this for a reason and that running away will never solve our problems. Will you please join me in prayerfully seeking the Lord for legal ways to help bring change and make a difference in South Africa.

I truly know that God is still taking me through a tough and painful wilderness in my life and ministry, but one thing I have find of comfort and joy in is the satisfaction and fulfillment I find in serving God’s people and the communities in Africa. I have put my life on the line to be spent in preaching and teaching the truth of God’s Word. The UNHCR Cape Town sponsored me to attend a three day Refugee Rights Project workshop organized by the University of Cape Town Law Clinic. My desire is to present Christ clearly so as to unite the integration of both the refugees and nationals in observing mutual respect and dignity. Thank you so much our precious praying friends and families, for your continued prayers and supports.

Our four older children have just completed their final exams for this school year. We are waiting for the results which will be handed over to them on the last day of school, December 10, 2014. Pray with us as they break for these festive holidays.

About the Ministry

As we are in the last month of the year, we as a church and family are very grateful to God for you friends, for all the prayers and support you endlessly direct to us; it enables us to take advantage of all the opportunities to present Christ to the lost. This last year we have witnessed lost souls turning to the Lord, lives getting restored and changed for the glory of God.

We are going to reach out to couples for the Lord, on December 17, 2014 with the theme “Build Again the Family Altar”. Families are falling apart in greater numbers here in South Africa and people think it is the responsibility of the government to bring restoration. This way of thinking only brings confusion!

I am so excited to once again have a baptism service on the Christmas day. We already have 10  candidates for water baptism. Please pray for these new converts to grow strong in their faith and in God’s Word.

God's Children in South Africa

Church family from Pastor Raphael’s church in South Africa

These faces makes part of our Sunday school children. We would like to take them for a Bible study tour on the 29th of December. As a pastor of these little lovely ones, I invite you to team up with us in putting a smile on their faces and give them a story to talk about when they go back to school next year for their national colleagues tease them at school, especially when teachers asks them to tell holidays stories in class. They find themselves humiliated and crying. Most of them are refugees and orphans. To them the church is the only hope for comfort. Please, if we have found favor before God, your donations and contributions towards toys, writing materials, story books, food, drinks and snacks will be greatly appreciated.

We wish you a merry Christmas and an excellent new year.

In Christ’ service,
Pastor Raphael Maombi

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