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econd update on my ministry and I am still getting the hang of reflecting how this month has been thus far. The month of April has been a thrill, never to be forgotten! Getting into the hang of things, a large portion of my time has been spent on MPD (Ministry Partnership Development) which has been on itself this month quite interesting. I find myself constantly surrounded by accountability partners that at all points point me back to God and praying my support in so to say. Psalms 24:1 say: The earth is the days.

Lord’s and everything in it. The whole world and all its people belong to him. That scripture has been my MPD verse for the past couple of

Moving in from a house with 4 of us to a complete half a dozen of interns. The house is fully occupied with 6 of us. Two ladies, Thandekile and Noscelo, moved at the beginning of the month of April. I find myself thinking how living with my team has been a ministry in itself. There is so much refining of my character in it, God has not only been showing me how to walk more in love (Ephesians 5:1-14) but also in servanthood (Ephesians 5:21)

00km’s drive, saw my family safely reaching UKZN, Westville Campus for my graduation which was held on the 17th April, 7pm. More excited about it, I think, was my grandmother. Sending me off to Durban besides an above 40kg luggage bag was Psalm 23 and a prayer of blessing and protection until her grandson returns home—and that was 4 years ago. There is nothing to do but praise the Lord for his faithfulness throughout my years of study, more especially bringing me closer to His face as one of His children and accepting Him as my sovereign Lord and Saviour. There is no greater reason to why I would leave my safe haven where family is at arms length to find refuge in a vacant Durban. Praise the Lord!

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Upcoming events Golf day -Fundraising event for our ministry in Durban. Examinations -Our students are planning on getting their test exams as they begin to sit down for their end of the semester examination. • • • • • •

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Our Students as they begin to sit for their exams Vusi, 10 years, who lost his battle to AIDS this month Preparation for a month-long mission in our city and different campus. The ladies bible study that’s to start this month (3 bible studies at Holzner Gardens and basic follow-ups on some ladies who accepted Christ) My discipleship group with 2 students from Westville and 4 from Edgewood 1 Establishing of community and bible study groups on Edgewood campus when students return to campus from their mid-year break

he first Sunday of May we had a complex outreach, inviting some of the ladies whom live in our complex. Me and Anele served them, Anele was on the baking side of things, preparing charred muffins with snacks (the charred part was the stove’s fault I have to admit to that) and I was involved in the logistics and communication, helping our team mates in what they planned to do, giving them idea’s in that. We praise the Lord as it

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went extremely well as 21 young female Edgewood 1st and 2nd year students acknowledge the invite. They had a splendid afternoon getting to know each other. The Lord’s leading created an environment of love and warmth as they explain it. There was a great volume of participation and some of the ladies sharing their personal stories, relating to each other affectionately. Initiating our year as a team, we constantly admonish each other in being ‘My Sisters/Brothers keeper’ and such an environment become more prominent that afternoon than anything else. Anele describes it as being the light and salt. They had a great time of fellowship, fun, snacks and games as well.

r. Mike Anderson who has taught philosophy of science at WITS and co-ordinated a graduate course in religion and science at the University of Cape Town and is in full time ministry as a writer, speaker and educational software developer focusing especially on Jesus and evolution, visited our campuses for 3 days. We had the opportunity to have him speaking at Westville, Edgewood and Howard campus on ‘Exam Strategy and Life’. This seminar was more on how to get students prepared for examinations as they are around the corner. He spoke on the importance of developing exam strategies for before, during and after exams with prominence on after. His interesting analogy of Christ was life as an exam with God being the examiner. “Imagine if the chief examiner would exchange your seat with himself and write the exam for you rather.” he said. Students found his talk quite helpful in such regards and was a great blessing to them. His initial trip to Durban, was an effort to discuss with him some of the ways he could be of assistant to student leaders in their ministry. Example of this would be Science faculty outreach with him speaking on “Evolution and creation – their compatibility with the Gospel or lack-off”. Please be praying for the Lord to put in our hearts how we could use Dr. Anderson to reach our campuses for the next semester.

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In my third year of study, what our ministry leader Alyssa Monda would often share with us is, in order of importance: Love --1God, 2your studies, 3your responsibilities in ministry.

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or the next 3 months I will be sharing about our expected visitors with this insert being the 1st and I decided to aptly title it ‘Go proclaim all nations’ taking the Great Commission from the book of Matthew. From the July 7-August 7, a team of approximately 120 consisting of missionary kids (MK), Campus Crusade for Christ (CCC) interns and staff will be joining us in Durban. MK, a title given to high school students whom their parents are serving in CCC as staff from different cultures and countries of the world, are joining us for a ministry of outreach to different high school students through their classrooms, sports and drama in and around Durban for the entire month. This is a community of MK’s where discipleship takes place by university students. There are proactive in partnering with other ministry and for the first time since the organization had been conceived, they have never visited South Africa, so it’s a great privilege to host them as well as serve with them. We, Durban team and our campus students with the international team, will also be involved in humanitarian work including HIV/AIDS education in the schools and children’s ministry with bible day camps. The MK’s come together seasonally from different parts of the world and plan mission trips such as this one, conferences, internships, etc. This is a great opportunity as well for our students and us to continue reaching our city during the holidays – we encouraging those students who live around Durban to join us.

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mart choices workshops are designed to help combat the HIV epidemic by educating adolescents and young adults about choices and consequences. In the process of learning about HIV, infection and transmission, we also help students, learners and adolescents realize that they are unique, valuable and deeply loved. This is by introducing them to the Love of Christ and ultimately leading them to make a choice about their relationship with God. Its an evangelistic tool which in Durban for a while has been used in different high schools and I have had the great opportunity of being this month along side some of the church members from KwaMashu Anglican Church, an initiative of Church-led movement. In anticipation of the coming year, we will be working with some of the high schools in numerous area’s such as Ntuzuma, KwaMashu, KwaDabeka, Inanda. This is a fantastic opportunity to present Christ often in communities where spirituality means listening to Gospel music on Sunday’s. Moving from a ‘religion’ mentality to a relationship with Christ is very central to any Gospel presentation. ‘Clearly no-one is justified before God by the Law because, “the righteous will live by faith.”’ - Galations 3:11.

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usi, the young boy im standing next to wearing the striped 22 numbered t-shirt lost his parents to AIDS from a very early childhood. His grand parents took him in to look after him until his grandfather past away end of last year. The virus was passed to him at birth and for the past 6 months he has been facing a tough battle, getting sick at odd occasions for days at end. My last call with him was good news, as he was recovering from an episode of sickness because he has not been taking his ARV’s according to what this doctor recommended. The day I was about to print out and mail this newsletter, I received a call early in the morning. A neighbour called me that his battle with AIDS was lost (9 May 2012). That morning I had prayed that the Lord give me wisdom when speaking to him and his grandmother when I were to visit them that very same weekend. That all changed dramatically. That completely shattered me! Obliterating all and any plans I had to do on that day. I was unproductive. After a walk to just digest all that had happened, I felt the Lord say to me: ‘Be still and know that I am God’, after asking questions with an exclaimed WHY, WHY, WHY??!

Noscelo Duma, recently joined the Campus Crusade for Christ family alongside with us. She graduated from DUT studying towards an Internal Auditing diploma. She was then employed at Thembalethu as a facilitator in the teaching and counciling department. Thembalethu is an NGO that is working in Durban working with teenagers on HIV prevention programmes. She grew to have a passion towards discipleship-making amongst female university student. From a single conversation with her, I'm you would be amazing at the level of maturity she has. Bafana Madida (Intern CCC-SA) +27738333345 (mobile) bmadida@gmail.com m_bafana (twitter) b_madida (skype)

“Always be full of joy in the Lord. I say it again—rejoice! Let everyone see that you are considerate in all you do. Remember, the Lord is coming soon. Don’t worry about anything; instead, pray about everything. Tell God what you need, and thank Him for all he Has done. Then you will experience God’s peace which exceeds anything we can understand. His peace will guard your hearts and minds as you live in Christ Jesus. And now dear brothers and sisters, one final thing. Fix your thoughts on what is true, and honourable, and right, and pure, and lovely and admirable. Think about these things that are excellent and worthy of praise. Keep putting into practice all you learned and received from me—everything you heard from me and saw me doing. Then the God of peace will be with you. Philipians 4:4-9” 3

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