19 January 2019
Dear Friend of ‘There is Hope Ministries’ - Looking back at 2018, we can testify that the Lord was good to us, our Ministry, our three children and their partners. As for the last thirty years, especially the last eleven years, it is still a privilege for myself and Magdaleen to serve the Lord full-time through “There is Hope Ministries” (TIHM).... We stand humble before Jesus in realisation of the powerful work of God, the Holy Spirit and his Word in the lives of many people.
During 2018 we ministered to at least 25 459 people through prayer letters, emails, sms messages and JESUS-Film presentations. We praise God for 9 300 sessions where people globally visited our web page www.hope365.co.za for Spiritual help.
Through the ‘Mentor Centre’ of Power-To-Change we respond and mentor many incoming requests of all the international Power-To-Change web pages. During December holiday season Pieter did an average of 60+ mentoring requests per week from mainly Hindu people of East Asia (India).
Examples of the variety of e-mentoring requests we received:
I’m ready to follow Jesus … I want to live with Him for the rest of my life. What should I do? M Let’s just stop…, and killing myself. K
I really don’t know why I feel so hopeless and emotionally vulnerable. I panic a lot, never feel content. Can’t work in stress. I suck at everything … academically, financially, emotionally. I’m mostly lost in thought, have difficulty in conversation. Thus, I prefer to be glued to the virtual world: watching videos. I’m an escapist. I wish I could end my life, but I don’t have the courage to do so for the sake of my parents. I have lost the purpose of my life. P
I lost feelings towards my husband. I’m not happy. R
Always alone, single, no best friends and depressed. M
Help me. I’ve been addicted to porn for 16 years. I am tired of it. A
I literally do nothing whole day. I spend an average of 12 hours every day on my Smartphone. I am addicted to masturbation… U
Thank you very much, Mr. Pieter; I really appreciate your kindness and the devotion you are giving to see that God’s Kingdom is established in the hearts of men. I also thank you for your enthusiasm, as to drawing me towards Christ. S
I am feeling so lonely. I feel like I should die. A
My wife does no longer want to have any kind of intimacy with me, even more sex. I’m getting fed up and don’t want to look for it somewhere else. C
I pray especially for you according to (Jeremiah 33:3), where God invites you to give your requests to Him, because He wants to answer you: “Ask me and I will tell you remarkable secrets you do not know about things to come.”
E-MENTORING: Incoming requests from around the world are ministered to through prayer and spiritual material. INDUSTRIAL MINISTRY: Weekly spiritual messages to workers of local businesses. JESUS-FILM OUTREACHES: On farms and Villages in the Western- and Southern Cape.
An illegally fired flare early New Year’s morning led to a devastating fire which burned nearly 3 weeks in Kogelberg mountains and Betty’s Bay. At one stage, 52 vehicles were counted with 226 fire-fighters and 8 choppers doing active fire fighting with assistance of 8 helitec teams. Over 40 000 hectares of land were destroyed. In Betty’s Bay, 41 houses were destroyed completely, 28 partially damaged. Many families are left with only the clothes they had on - everything burned down! A friend of us sustained burns on 69% of his body as he ran through the flames to look for his dogs in their burning house. Working-on-Fire teams from different areas and provinces battled day and night to extinguish the raging fires. Kleinmond City Hall (and in Betty’s Bay) were used to shelter and serve the tired, brave firemen and –women. Volunteers (Magaleen included), served the teams with shelter, blankets & pillows, toiletries, meals, medical aid and more. The moment a need arise, it was communicated by the volunteer support team through WhatsApp, and within minutes local people would start coming in with items. At one stage the whole of Kleinmond ran out of bananas, Energade, Bar One and some other items. People spontaneously drove to Hermanus and Somerset-West to buy supplies to donate!! This is a living testimony of the unity, love and enthusiasm on ground level between people of all races!!!!!
Blompark Primary school-Pieter uses three of the small Gr1 children to explain how to become a child of God. After the demo nearly all of the 600 pupils put their hands in the air, indicating that they want to pray the simple prayer of asking Jesus to take control of their lives. The headmaster of the school can also be seen in the photo.
Pieter and Barry plan, together with community leaders from Buffeljags Bay, for a JESUS-Film outreach in 2019. Actually this was a sad day for the people of this small fishing community because they had just received the news that only one third of the current fishers’ licences were renewed. The rest of them are now without permits and work.
On the olive farm Willow Creek we came back for a second outreach. This time it was a follow-up-and-grow outreach for existing Christians. During this outreach we gave special attention to the “Five Love Languages” of Gary Chapman. We teach them not only to concentrate on their own needs, but also on the other person’s. When your partner's love tank is full, he/she is a happy person.
Devastating fires – Betty’s Bay, January 2019 Volunteers dish up food for the firefighter teams. Local volunteers (Magdaleen included), served the teams with shelter, blankets & pillows, toiletries, meals, medical aid and more. The moment a need arise, it was communicated by the volunteer support team through WhatsApp, and within minutes local people would start coming in with items. This is a living testimony of the unity, love and enthusiasm on ground level between people of all races!!!!!
Kleinmond City Hall Meals ready for the teams as they come in and leave throughout the day, working in shifts to fight the blazing fires.
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