South Africa Update
Two years ago, the Lord knitted my heart to the great country of South Africa. Now, I have an entire family with hearts afire for these precious people. It is difficult to describe the impact a trip like this makes on your life. It is truly an adventure you must experience for yourself to understand. The message I tried so hard to convey once I returned in 2010...Alyse, Bryce, and Nana now "get it." As we left South Africa and our wonderful friends on Tuesday, we left in tears!
The journey was LOOOOONNNGGGGG! Our days were FUUUUULLLLL! Our trip was blessed beyond measure! Thanks to everyone who supported us in prayer.
It was winter there, but let me say that their winters are extremely mild. The days were sunny and
70's, which made for pleasant ministry conditions. Thanks to the selfless partners and friends of RTBM,Inc. we cooked and fed over 200 meals to the homeless of inner-city Durban and delivered week-long food packets to 100 families in nearby villages of Chatsworth and The Valley of a Thousand Hills. Our hearts were touched and changed by their living conditions and joyful countenance! It was fulfilling to actually purchase, package, and deliver the goods to each home personally. Many of the families invited us into their "homes" for special prayer. The message we shared with them came from Psalm 139 - "God is intimately acquainted with each of you and your needs because HE formed you in your mother's womb and knew
you before you were ever born. He loves you so much that HE even spoke to us, over 9000 miles away, to come and personally meet your needs." We diligently portrayed the goodness of our Mighty God because Romans 4:2 says, "It is the goodness of God which leads man to repentance." People respond to your goodness before they respond to your message!
Much preparation went into the "WORD" God prepared for the people of South Africa and their hearts
were ready to receive. It always amazes me how we each have the power to change others simply through our own personal experiences and testimonies. I shared with the women on several occasions all that God has so graciously taught me about Faith, the power of His Word, the Dominion Christ left within each of us and our call to become living
sacrifices unto God through a renewed mind. The message not only touched lives, but report after report came forth that these women will never be the same because there has been a shift in their mindsets. Hallelujah! God always does exceedingly and abundantly more than we could ever ask or think. Isaiah 55:11 says, "So shall my word be that goes forth out of my mouth; It shall not return void, but it shall go forth and accomplish that thing which I sent it to accomplish."
I thank God for allowing my children and mother to experience this trip with me. Many lasting
memories were made together. Alyse and Bryce testify to the life-changing experience this trip has truly been for them. It was a great honor to watch them minister so freely and comfortably to others. They each had several opportunities to address the multitudes and pray openly for specific needs. I give all glory to God for the rich inheritance and firm foundation evident within them. They belong to God and I release them for His work and will. This will not be their last trip to South Africa if they have anything to do with it!
Nana did wonderful on the trip. With the loss of Papa last year, this opportunity couldn't have come at
a better time. Physically, she was a trooper. 64 has nothing on this lady. Her precious spirit warmed the hearts of everyone she met and before leaving she became "nana" to them as well. I am grateful for the support she always gives to me and this ministry. We work well together and much honor and love go out to my mother.
I have attached a few of the 2000 pictures we took. My family was amazed at the beauty of this country's landscape. To fully grasp the experiences we were given, you can find many of our photos on my Facebook page under Jeneen Bullen Kohler. Once I catch my breath I will also post several on the website. Until next time, have a wonderfully, blessed week. Be God's goodness to everyone you encounter! I love you all...