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Eastmine Home Church Newsletter 6


(The Newsletter of Ibandla Lendlela Eyodwa

– Congregation of the Only Way. Jesus is the only way.)


Jan 2019

C/O Mesuli Mhlongo

P.O. Box 222

Vryheid 3100

KwaZulu Natal

South Africa


KwaZulu Mission Website:

KwaZulu Mission Facebook Page:

Allegiance Movie Website:

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Greetings brethren. This is a newsletter updating everyone on what has been happening at KwaZulu Mission. 

I, Mesuli (author of this newsletter)have now relocated and working at a rural hospital called Itshelejuba. The nearest town, Pongola, is 30km away and approximately 130km away from Vryheid. I relocated because it is a government requirement that after internship we do a community service year at a government hospital. My community service will then finish on the 31st July 2019. Hopefully I will go back to Vryheid after this, God willing. 

Having moved to this new area, I haven’t been going home much as sometimes I’d be on call on some weekends. This also means I’d only fellowship with brethren back at home at least once a month. Fortunately, I am able to share scripture with some of my new colleagues and it is always fulfilling to meet brothers and sister whose hearts are after The Lord.

img_5377Itshelejuba Hospital 

Phumlani’s bakkie/van had been giving a lot of problems with the engine to be specific. He’s tried fixing it himself and seeking help from local mechanics but the repairs ended being unsuccessful.

Surprisingly, one of Phumlani’s relatives from the Mthembu family have given Phumlani’s their car so that he’s able to drive to work and do his necessary errands. We thank the Lord for this as Phumlani will still be able to fetch brethren from Alpha to and from church.

img_5378Phumlani’s new car

Thoba, Phumlani’s little daughter is very sickly and they ask that we pray for her recovery.

img_5379Thoba with her mother 

One of our congregants from Alpha East Mine area, who fellowships at Ibandla Lendlela Eyodwa, hasn’t been to the fellowship in a while after she had a different vision of how our meetings should operate. All believers are praying seeking for The Lords direction as we believe that He is our teacher. We are also praying for her; that we may all seek the Lord’s will for our fellowship. 

MamaNtombela has been going through difficult times and ask fellow believers to pray with her and for her family. After she lost her job, things with her family have also just been difficult. In spite of all hardships, she’s still holding on to the Lord. She also believes that even this time of her faith being tested she will hold on to Jesus, the Lord of our salvation. May we please pray with her and for her family. 



Mesuli Mhlongo (B. Pharm, Rhodes)

Cell number: +27614577656

Work number: +27344134000




(The Newsletter of Ibandla Lendlela Eyodwa

– Congregation of the Only Way. Jesus is the only way.)


September 2018

C/O Mesuli Mhlongo

P.O. Box 222

Vryheid 3100

KwaZulu Natal

South Africa


KwaZulu Mission Website:

KwaZulu Mission Facebook Page:

Allegiance Movie Website:

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Greetings brethren,

We thank the Lord for keeping us till this time where we produce our newsletter on what happened in June. The weather this side has been a bit chilly but there have also been rain weird enough since we normally just have cold winters. Anyways, the fellowship is going stronger and we all trust our Lord for growth.

Siphiwe, Phumlani’s wife gave her life to the Lord and got baptized in the beginning of June. We are all so pleased for her life and thank The Lord because she is saved knowing the truth and what it means to walk in the light of the lord.
Phumlani, Siphiwe and Mesuli in the freezing water where Siphiwe got baptized. This is the same place Mesuli got baptized at a few years ago.

Phumlani, Siphiwe and Mesuli in the freezing water where Siphiwe got baptized. This is the same place Mesuli got baptized at a few years ago.

This is Celani (Mrs Sibiya) who I beautiful at heart inside out.

The day Siphiwe was going to get baptized, she read psalm 139 and gave a testimony of how God has worked in her life leading her to the decision of getting saved. She has seen God working in her life and she also said she wouldn’t share some things that happened in her life with anyone because they’d tell her it’s a sign that she should get saved. Her love and enthusiasm in salvation is encouraging and we are all pleased for her.

Psalm 139:

1 O LORD , you have searched me and known me!
2 You know when I sit down and when I rise up; you discern my thoughts from afar.
3 You search out my path and my lying down and are acquainted with all my ways.
4 Even before a word is on my tongue, behold, O LORD , you know it altogether.
5 You hem me in, behind and before, and lay your hand upon me.
6 Such knowledge is too wonderful for me; it is high; I cannot attain it.
7 Where shall I go from your Spirit? Or where shall I flee from your presence?
8 If I ascend to heaven, you are there! If I make my bed in Sheol, you are there!
9 If I take the wings of the morning and dwell in the uttermost parts of the sea,
10 even there your hand shall lead me, and your right hand shall hold me.
11 If I say, “Surely the darkness shall cover me, and the light about me be night,”
12 even the darkness is not dark to you; the night is bright as the day, for darkness is as light with you.
13 For you formed my inward parts; you knitted me together in my mother’s womb.
14 I praise you, for I am fearfully and wonderfully made. Wonderful are your works; my soul knows it very well.
15 My frame was not hidden from you, when I was being made in secret, intricately woven in the depths of the earth.
16 Your eyes saw my unformed substance; in your book were written, every one of them, the days that were formed for me, when as yet there was none of them.
17 How precious to me are your thoughts, O God! How vast is the sum of them!
18 If I would count them, they are more than the sand. I awake, and I am still with you.
19 Oh that you would slay the wicked, O God! O men of blood, depart from me!
20 They speak against you with malicious intent; your enemies take your name in vain.
21 Do I not hate those who hate you, O LORD ? And do I not loathe those who rise up against you?
22 I hate them with complete hatred; I count them my enemies.
23 Search me, O God, and know my heart! Try me and know my thoughts!
24 And see if there be any grievous way in me, and lead me in the way everlasting! –


Mama Ntombela on the right sits next to Sphiwe, Phumlani’s wife.

MamaNtombela has constantly had to fight with her family over rituals done by her family where they consult the dead. It was always harder when her husband also wants to perform these but recently, her family called to report to her and her husband that their deceased daughter is bothering them and they need to do something about it. Weird enough is that nothing is happening to her husband and family so they had no reason to do anything about it. Mama Ntombela was pleased that her husband was not interested in this because it’s just the devil cramping her walk with the Lord and her family. May we please pray for her and Mr Ntombela as well because he seems to be losing interest in these rituals. May we pray that as MamaNtombela ministers to him that he may come to the light and receive salvation.



Phumlani sits next to Mkhulu at church service.


Celani’s daughter, Zuzu.

Eastmine Home Church Newsletter 4


(The Newsletter of Ibandla Lendlela Eyodwa

– Congregation of the Only Way. Jesus is the only way.)


June 2018

C/O Mesuli Mhlongo

P.O. Box 222

Vryheid 3100

KwaZulu Natal

South Africa


KwaZulu Mission Website:

KwaZulu Mission Facebook Page:

Allegiance Movie Website:

Allegiance Movie Facebook Page:

Greetings brethren

Mesuli had an opportunity of meeting a young guy in his mid-20s called Siphephelo. Siphephelo approached Mesuli wanting to know what it means to be saved, how he as a young guy coping and wanted to hear my testimony. He also wanted some references on the internet that he could use to grow his understanding of the faith. Mesuli: ”I was quite happy to hear from this guy because it showed how much he wanted to understand what it means to be Christ-like. We set up an afternoon where we could meet and, after sharing with Siphephelo, I could only pray that The Lord raises him to be a young bold man who will walk righteously with the Lord.”

This is Asethabe, Zuzu’s little daughter

Mr Derick from the fellowship in Ballito, Coming King Ministries (CKM) took a young drive to Vryheid to drop off some toys and clothes donated for Ibandla Lendlela Eyodwa fellowship. Mesuli then took these to the Sibiya home where we have our fellowship. Celani and her family was at home when Mesuli took the gifts home and was grateful as the toys will help at kids club as well. She then sent a message to Derick thanking him for his kindness to drive all the way from Ballito to Vryheid. With the few minutes Derick had in Vryheid town, he went for a quick coffee with Mesuli after off loading the car at Mesuli’s apartment in town. Derick and Mesuli shared their testimonies and was really an encouragement for all.

Derick and Mesuli in Vryheid town

Offloading the car at Mesuli’s apartment in town

Toys delivered to KwaSibiya

Phumlani’s family had an unfortunate event where a family member passed away. May the Lord strengthen their family. The Sibiya family also had another loss, where Mr. Sibiya’s (Celani’s husband’s) mom passed away. Celani shared with the church concerning her experience at the funeral; that a few people spoke at the funeral making references to scripture to justify their false belief. As shocking as it was to her to hear how people falsely use scripture, using the Bible to try and prove their practice of ancestral worship was the common denominator. One young guy she says, spoke of being saved and accepting Jesus as their Lord and savior but apparently this guy is a sangoma (traditional healer) and this she only found out the next day and she was just explaining how prominent deception is today. She also expressed how it is our responsibility to continue ministering the word even if people have heard the message before. Fortunately the area now has electricity and people have DVD machines so they have access to Allegiance the film documented on ancestral worship.

Phumlani’s wife and daughter

Phumlani is now doing a series on The Holy Spirit. The point is so that we all understand what Gods Spirit’s purpose is in our lives and most importantly what it means to be filled by The Holy Spirit. We thank God for constantly giving us a direction. God truly knows what our we need to learn and we will continue to trust him.

Phumlani’s car with which he fetches brethren for the meetings.

Prayer points:

• That the Lord may teach and bring understanding to the church on the gifts of the Holy Spirit

• For Mkhulu and his family

• The Alpha East Mine area and KwaNgadi area; that The Lord may touch the hearts of those whom we minister to

• Salvador and Di in New Zealand

• The Second DVD that Salvador will be working on

• Thobani, from our church who is passionate about sharing the gospel.

Eastmine Home Church Newsletter 3


(The Newsletter of Ibandla Lendlela Eyodwa

– Congregation of the Only Way. Jesus is the only way.)


May 2018

C/O Mesuli Mhlongo

P.O. Box 222

Vryheid 3100

KwaZulu Natal

South Africa


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Greetings brethren. We thank the Lord for all the experiences we go though and what He has been teaching us. We all feel like we are at the time where our faith as a church is being tested but what’s most amazing about it all is that God has prepared and is still preparing us for the challenges we are facing.

So, a lot has been happening over the passed few weeks and will try share as much as possible.

Church visits around Vryheid:

Mesuli, Thobani and MaSithole went and visited a church in Bhekuzulu location (a big settlement in Vryheid) in the beginning of May. This was now the first time that we went to visit another church, one which we had no clue whether their doctrine is true or not. Nonetheless we went and unfortunately singing and announcements were all that was done with a few minutes being allocated for “the word” which I suppose was meant to be reading scripture and listening to the sermon but the Bible wasn’t even read. MamaSithole was quite happy with the service and said this is what real fellowship is like, after having visited our apparently quiet church. As much as mamaSithole is enthusiastic about the gospel, I was a bit worried that her inclination to hyper charisma.

On the other hand, as much as some visitors have been finding the fellowship missing a lot of the Gifts of the Holy Spirit, a humble guy, Mr. Mbuyisa, came and fellowshipped with us. No one knew him or where he was from but said that he’d been to so many churches and this is the first time that he had come across a group of believers who intimately seek the Lord and go into so much depth in the word as we do. This was really encouraging for all believers and we all just knew that it was God speaking to us, reminding us to trust Him as our teacher and pastor. Mr Mbuyisa shared with us that he does ministry where the Lord leads him. He also shared a testimony of how he got saved which was encouraging and we pray that his testimony touches the hearts of those who aren’t saved.

Picture of Mr Mbuyisa sharing his testimony with a lot of enthusiasm.

Picture of Mr Mbuyisa sharing his testimony with a lot of enthusiasm.

MaNxumalo (Phumlani’s wife after our meeting).


Sisters having juice and biscuits after the meeting.

Mesuli also had an opportunity to minister at a school in Vryheid. “Upon organizing my visit to Landbou School which is approximately 12km out of town, The Lord put in my heart end times and Laodicea, how to understand scripture and the book of revelations. I prayed and prepare after I had convinced myself this is the message God wants me to go share with the learners and school teachers.

So I got to the school, a bit nervous because I thought the school children wouldn’t understand what I’d be saying. Trusting The Lord, I stared speaking but what was strange about it all was that I was so comfortable and had an inexplicable experience ministering at the school. What I said was in order and this was after making much reference to other scripture (and this is the one thing I’ve always found difficult to do) but on the day it was so spontaneous. I truly believe the Lord spoke through me and pray what was sown in the people’s hearts manifests and grows.

The High School Principal introducing Mesuli.

Mesuli ministering to the school.

The school learners and teachers.

Prayer requests

Our church has been hit to a test where one person has complained about the lack of the “works of the Spirit” in our church. The latter concluded that we needed guidance and needed to find out what our spiritual gifts are. The latter also suggested that we get a pastor from a church in Durban who has the gift of looking at you and telling you exactly what your spiritual gift is. The pastor from Durban would have needed to also be presented with a gift as gratitude. Now, in our fellowship we have had so many visitors and have never been in a position where we needed to give our money for the pastor. This pastor is from a mega church and when the visitor suggested we get that pastor, we were all just skeptical as much as we allow anyone to visit us.

17 Now from Miletus he sent to Ephesus and called the elders of the church to come to him.

18 And when they came to him, he said to them: “You yourselves know how I lived among you the whole time from the first day that I set foot in Asia,

19 serving the Lord with all humility and with tears and with trials that happened to me through the plots of the Jews;

20 how I did not shrink from declaring to you anything that was profitable, and teaching you in public and from house to house,

21 testifying both to Jews and to Greeks of repentance toward God and of faith in our Lord Jesus Christ.

22 And now, behold, I am going to Jerusalem, constrained by the Spirit, not knowing what will happen to me there,

23 except that the Holy Spirit testifies to me in every city that imprisonment and afflictions await me.

24 But I do not account my life of any value nor as precious to myself, if only I may finish my course and the ministry that I received from the Lord Jesus, to testify to the gospel of the grace of God.

25 And now, behold, I know that none of you among whom I have gone about proclaiming the kingdom will see my face again.

26 Therefore I testify to you this day that I am innocent of the blood of all,

27 for I did not shrink from declaring to you the whole counsel of God.

28 Pay careful attention to yourselves and to all the flock, in which the Holy Spirit has made you overseers, to care for the church of God, which he obtained with his own blood.

29 I know that after my departure fierce wolves will come in among you, not sparing the flock;

30 and from among your own selves will arise men speaking twisted things, to draw away the disciples after them.

31 Therefore be alert, remembering that for three years I did not cease night or day to admonish every one with tears.

32 And now I commend you to God and to the word of his grace, which is able to build you up and to give you the inheritance among all those who are sanctified.

33 I coveted no one’s silver or gold or apparel.

34 You yourselves know that these hands ministered to my necessities and to those who were with me.

35 In all things I have shown you that by working hard in this way we must help the weak and remember the words of the Lord Jesus, how he himself said, ‘It is more blessed to give than to receive.'” – Acts 20:17-35

Now almost everyone in our fellowship is unemployed and for them to be expected to prepare a gift was a bit difficult for them to understand. This was not to say that the brethren are against giving but in this context, Mkhulu’s response was that our fellowship is led by the Lord, that He is our teacher and other brethren believed that, God willing, the pastor would come to visit us, despite any issue. Celani also mentioned that we had a visitor, Mr Mbuyisa who to her and other brethren was a confirmation that God is with us and that we should trust Him and that we should be bold.

Our prayer is that the Lord preserves us at this time of testing and that we may remain strong in Gods word and trust him in our faith as we seek him with all our hearts.

Eastmine Home Church Newsletter 2


(The Newsletter of Ibandla Lendlela Eyodwa

– Congregation of the Only Way. Jesus is the only way.)


April 2018

C/O Mesuli Mhlongo

P.O. Box 222

Vryheid 3100

KwaZulu Natal

South Africa


KwaZulu Mission Website:

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Allegiance Movie Website:

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Hi brethren. This is our second news letter and would like to apologize for the late post. Myself (the author) have been pre occupied with pharmacy board exams and hadn’t been able to get to post the newsletter till now. February was a quick month for us and none other than the ordinary has happened since the last newsletter (except growth and love amongst ourselves).

Scripture wise, we’re going through the book of Hosea, looking at prophesy and how God wants his people to be go back to him and be faithful at all times. We also concluded Matthew 13 on the parables after looking into it in detail to really understand why Jesus spoke in parables, what the implication of the parables meant for the present time and the future.

We’ve had a visitor, who attends mega churches in townships around northern KZN who is devoted in truth. It’s always pleasant to have visitors coming to fellowship with us. We pray that God will always help her discern what is Gods word and what isn’t from God.

Scenes from Eastmine

Scenes from Eastmine

Prayer requests:

MamaNtombela’s contract has been terminated, and is looking for another job in Vryheid. May we please keep her in our prayers, ask that the Lord provides for her and her family.


There are a few people who attend the fellowship and have been hearing the truth but aren’t saved. Without any pressure, join us in prayer as we pray that the Lord may open their eyes to see His goodness.

The fellowship:

May we please pray for the Lord to continuously guide the fellowship, teach and lead us at all times. Also pray for Phumlani, Mesuli and Thobani’s guidance and direction from the Lord as they share the word alternatively.

Eastmine Home Church Newsletter 1.

Introduction by Salvador Ung Hayworth. 
Having left South Africa has made Di and I think of our relationship to KwaZulu Mission. In a sense we will always be a part of the work in that area but the Lord has moved us on and left the fellowship and work in the hands of those left behind. We worked with them and now they continue the work without us. It is only right that we started our own website and get one of the brethren there to write newsletters to update you all about the work there that you have continued to pray for.
Mesuli Mhlongo is a precious brother who has a heart for the truth of God’s word and is a young man of God. I first met him in 2004 when he was a boy. He came every week to the Children’s club we started. A young, enthusiastic and polite young man who was always attentive. It was a blessing to find out when Di and I came to live in the area in 2009 that Mesuli had given his life to the Lord. After the visit of our friends from Pretoria, Mesuli started to really grow in his faith and walk, making difficult decisions in order to please God, though following the Lord could mean conflict with those around him. He made the decision to be baptized in the middle of winter and went from strength to strength. Last year he completed studies in Pharmacology at Rhodes Varsity where he also was involved in a home bible study with other students and avoiding compromise with things unbiblical. At present he is back in Vryheid doing his practical. It is wonderful how the Lord brought him back to Vryheid before we left the country. Phumlani, Mesuli and Thobani support each other and share the teaching in the congregation. Mesuli is fluent in English and his mother language, isiZulu. He is able to connect with people from different cultures and he is perfect to be the person who would update you all as to what is happening in the Church and the community, a community that we have been practically disconnected from since we started filming, “Allegiance” movie. The Church there is called “Ibandla Lendlela Eyodwa” which means, ‘congregation of the only way.’ It congregates in the home of one of the members in an area called “Eastmine”. In an area where people are trusting in other messiahs, ancestral spirits and witchcraft, the church exists as a testimony to the fact that Jesus is the only way to God.
May the Lord bless your work Mesuli and the brethren in the Church. May He make you fruitful in your lives and in your service to the Lord.
(The Newsletter of Ibandla Lendlela Eyodwa
– Congregation of the Only Way. Jesus is the only way.)
C/O Mesuli Mhlongo
P.O. Box 222
Vryheid 3100
KwaZulu Natal
South Africa
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Hi everyone. So on the 11th January 2018 we said goodbye to Salvador and Di, as the Lord has directed them to New Zealand for ministry. So, Mesuli, a member of the fellowship at East Mine will be updating the KwaZulu mission page.

Mesuli Mhlongo

Accepting Salvador and Diane’s leaving was really difficult because they have become a part of our lives but we have to follow where the lord leads us. “Your word is the lamp to my feet and a light on my path.” Nonetheless we pray that the Lord continues use them as a light in this dark world.
On his way to say goodbye to Sal and Di at the airport, Mesuli had the opportunity to meet the Wells family and was so encouraged by Sue’s and her husband’s big heart and love for their children. Such a wonderful family that loves the Lord

Sal, Di and Mesuli have supper with the Wells family


As Alan and Sue have adopted, fostered and have privately placed 11 children meal times are always a big affair.


Goodbyes 😦 


Time has come to say goodbye to the Wells family. 


Alan and Sue’s son, Ben, having his cool picture taken


At the O. R. Tambo Airport a few hours before Sal and Di departed.


Morné, Doret, Mesuli, Sue Wells and Thabo Wells accompany Salvador and Di.


Goodbye sister 

We miss you guys so much❤❤
The fellowship is growing and seeking the Lord at all times. We trust the Lord in everything that happens but our hearts seek for the Lord. The last 4 weeks or so, we’ve been looking into that happens in the last days, having read scripture from Jude on apostasy and the the parables in Matthew 13 and relevant scripture. The Lord has been speaking to us on His return much lately.

Time for Singing hymns and choruses to the Lord at the Church meeting.


View from Phumlani’s place near Eastmine

Prayer requests:
  • Mama Ntombela, part of our fellowship, will no longer be employed from April because her contract was not renewed due to corruption happening at her workplace. She isn’t well physically as well so may we please keep her in our prayers. Shes been really worried about her contract not being renewed but Celani spoke some words of encouragement to saying in Zulu “inkosi izolenza icebo buka angisebenzi kodwa nakhu siyaphila” meaning, “God will make a way, look I’m not employed but we’re surviving.”
  • This really encouraged mamaNtombela. May we please pray for her.
  • Thobani is growing in the Lord and it is encouraging. He wants to further his studies, and wants to do accounting as his dream job is to work in the bank. May we please pray for him that the Lord may lead him where he needs to be.
  • There are a few members in our fellowship who aren’t saved. They have heard the truth may we pray for their salvation.
Alpha and Eastmine community
  • Just between December 2017 and February 2018, one person has been butchered and thrown into a river apparently by young boys from the Eastmine community, juvenile suicide from Alpha area and 1 murder case where a man has was shot with 30 bullets and head butchered for theft. People in this area have heard the truth. We ask the Lord that He may use us to speak to the people in the community.

Msindisi Newsletter 151


NUMBER: 151       Jan 2018  


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We are still waiting on the outcome from NZ migration. However, Praise the Lord that He has made a way for Salvador to come to New Zealand. As a British citizen he can go on a return ticket and receive a 6 month visa waiver. This will enable us both to await the outcome of his NZ residency application in New Zealand. So the ticket is booked. We are both able to leave South Africa together on the same flight on the 11th January to Dubai and then on separate flights to Auckland where Salvador will await for Di to land. But more on that later.



An Aloe in KwaZulu Natal is a very versatile thing. It can be used for a whole variety of applications. Lol.

Here we are in Gauteng, house sitting at our friends place in Boksburg. The beginning of the month saw us leave our cottage by the sea and stay with our friends, Grant and Alicia. We visited Vryheid to say goodbye to our Vryheid family. Having spent 7 years of our lives with the brethren it made it hard to say goodbye. Precious souls hidden away in a rural situation, unknown to the rest of the world (except through our newsletters), serving the Lord quietly. Having departed to live near Ballito for a year made it easier for us, as we had already said goodbyes previously. We praise the Lord that He eased our departure in this way. We began with meeting most of our small home cell group on the friday evening in Vryheid. Our friends, Craig and Magda, had moved into a farm house, near Craigs work place. We did a small bible study based on the Hebrew text of Psalm 23.



With Craig and Magda outside their new home.

The next morning we visited Asimbonge and Ncedo with their adopted family. Those of you who have followed our newsletters for several years will remember that their mother, Babhekile, was murdered at our home while we were visiting Kokstad. (You can read about that news here ). Soon after Asimbonge and Ncedo went to live with their grandmother and uncles near a town called Newcastle, who became their adopted family. We were so happy to see that they are excelling in their schooling, Asimbonge especially. It was lovely to think that Di had a part to do with teaching him basics that prepared him for school.



Di with Ncedo and Asimbonge and their school certificates.


Di with Asimbonge when he was a baby.


Look how tall Asimbonge is now.

Later in the day, we went to our Zulu home where Phumlani and Sphiwe were waiting. We had hoped to stay a week but unfortunately we had to leave the following Tuesday evening in order to be ready to fly to Gauteng to house sit. Phumlani and Sphiwe hosted us generously. They prepared all our meals and it was a joy to relax, to speak about the Lord and to fellowship. Phumlani asked Salvador if he would bring a message for Church, so after prayer Salvador felt led to share about the Lords humility and the call to be slaves though we are sons, and the voluntary servitude that pleases the Lord. It was amazing to see that Leslie Crickmays sermon that Sunday at Coming King Ministries was also on Sonship and Servants. Celani put on a wonderful meal after the meeting and we shared one last meal together.



Church Meal

In the afternoon we went to the Creche that Salvador used to do a Bible study at in KwaBhekephi. We were so blessed by Grant and Alicia lending us their 4×4 to get to that area. It worked the difficult terrain like a breeze. We brought toys for the Creche and then did a bible study. The Lord is their teacher but they valued the input that we gave. These are precious souls in the middle of nowhere but they have the word and the Spirit. The next day we visited some people in the community. Salvador visited a friend who made a profession of faith several years ago but suffered a stroke. It was sad to see he had backslidden and says that he doesnt remember making such a commitment.


We are so grateful to have used Grant and Alicia’s 4×4.


Maria, her sister and the creche they run.


Receiving toys donated to the Creche.


On Tuesday morning, early, we left to go to Newcastle to Asimbonges home where Celani was visiting for one night in order that she could do a Facetime call with our friends Caleb and Sophie who Salvador used to minister with in 2002 – 2004. Unfortunately, Salvador got the time difference wrong but thankfully Sophie got out of bed to take it. The joy on Celanis face was priceless as she was able to video call her long time friend and sister in the faith. It really struck us that the Lord has so enriched these precious brethrens lives by bringing believers from the other side of the world to share their lives with these forgotten and hidden people. Those bonds of fellowship and family will never be broken. When we got back, Celani made a lovely lunch for us, and set it out like a restaurant. It was her way of showing her love and heart with us though we didnt expect it. That evening our friends, Johnny and Kim came round for a meal which we shared with Phumlani and Celani. We drove back late that night, which gave us a couple of days to sort out laundry, to pack our things and to tidy unfinished business before leaving Ballito to go to Gauteng.


Lunch for 2 at Celani’s Zulu home, restaurant style.



Singing some Zulu hymns in Phumlani and Sphiwe’s home.


Di with Phumlani and Sphiwe’s daughter, Thobani


Di with Thoba and Mlando.

In Gauteng we have caught up with precious friends, Allen and Sue Wells with all their kids (even though some are young adults lol). Soon after Allen, with two of the younger kids went to visit the oldest daughter and her family. So the rest of the family visited us on Christmas Day. The previous week we visited a couple called Roald and Lydia who had transported some of our possessions from Ballito when they visited in November. We visited our missionary friends Tony and Maria. They are not well. Maria had a benign Tumor which she has had surgically removed and Tony has an infection on Thyroid. Please pray for them. They are equipping various people from different churches to do cross cultural mission and church plant. On the Sunday, (24th Dec) we visited their home church in Thembisa. A young man named Ashley preached a fantastic message on Jesus as Emmanuel and as Saviour. South Africa needs more preachers like him.


Sue and most of the Wells family visit on the 25th December


With Tony and Maria, and Ashley and his wife Nicole after church.


We also got to catch up with John and Esther Raath who were visiting their family. They are from Ballito and part of Coming King Ministries. Esther was instrumental in Salvadors Hebrew classes being established in the Church. The following day we had our friends, Morné and Vicki Rabie with their daughter for breakfast. We have not seen them for years. It was in their home that we got married, they slaved over their garden for the wedding. When Di first came to the country, the mother of the couple we are house sitting for, Val, in had prayed that Di and I would be married and a month before we got married she went to be with the Lord while visiting for one night in Morné and Vickis home. It was such a blessing to see them again and we trust it was an encouragement for them in the Lord. Then in the afternoon we went to visit some lovely friends, John and Julie Leo. They distribute the Berean Call and the Discernment Ministries newsletters in South Africa and sell their books and materials. Please pray for them. Hardships and illness have hit but their faith is strong and they handle it with grace.



Coffee with John and Esther Raath


After breakfast with Morné and Vicki

Our other friends also need prayer. Mark and Paula Hibberds eldest son was cleaning the drains, and the drain cleaners lid popped while he was pouring it and the drain cleaner splashed up violently against his skin, burning his clothes and skin. Miraculously it burned his eyelids but not his eyes and missed his neck. However, his face, chest and arms were burned. His mother had just done a first aid course after being persuaded by a friend and acted quickly. For the first period of time in hospital their son was sedated as the pain was too severe. Many people prayed. The latest news is that he will need some skin grafts on his body but his face is healing nicely. He has not suffered infection and the nurse had remarked that this could have taken his life but his healing is beyond expectation. Praise the Lord. We visited him in hospital and although it must be hard so for him to go through this, he was chatty and gracious during our visit. We visited the rest of the family afterwards. This Sunday we visited Bread of Life Ministries and the message that was preached was a fantastic gospel message which challenged the hearer to recommit to the Lord and acknowledge any blindness or hardheartness to the Lord.


Today we had coffee with a young man from Bread of Life called JP. We knew him from Port Elizabeth from an assembly of wonderful brethren that we have been in fellowship with since 2010. It was wonderful to see the Lord in His life, the Lords leading and his growth. This was followed by lunch with Clayton and Maggie Lowane whom Salvador had the pleasure of officiating and preaching at their wedding back in 2008. They and their home fellowship have been an enormous source of encouragement and blessing to us over the years. 2 members of the house church were part of the Allegiance film and shared their testimonies of how the Lord saved them out of ancestral worship. Their names are Karabo and Mujuru.



Coffee with JP.


Lunch with Clayton and Maggie Lowane.

This is surely a time of reflection for Salvador. The Lord first brought him to South Africa on the 2nd January 2002, 16 years ago tomorrow. When he left the UK, the pastor of the Church shared a message that “You will never pass this way again”. It almost feels the same. We don’t know what lies ahead. We know this is a new chapter of our lives and ministries but don’t know what will be written in that chapter. As Salvador will be in New Zealand as a visitor, he will not be able to work or study. We can stay with Di’s mum up to three months. But it seems that we will visit various believers and churches, possibly in Australia too (which has been spoken about with a certain sister in the Lord in Australia). We plan on being mobile and allowing the Lord to close wrong doors and open right ones. We look back and see how faithful the Lord has been to bring us this far. We know He will not forsake us now. We feel like Abraham going forward to a land he did not know.


After ten years of marriage and ministry together we can testify to the faithfulness of the Lord in every area of our lives. It is His mercy and grace that has brought us this far and we look forward to seeing what he has for us next.


Prayer needs:


Sal has submitted his NZ residency so please keep that in prayer


Di has regular contact with her mum on FaceTime, please keep her in prayer


For John and Julie Leo.


For Mark and Paula Hibberds family.


For Tony and Maria Verlaan and their health.


For Coming King Ministries


For Phumlani and the Zulu Church outside Vryheid.


For the Lords leading for us in New Zealand.


If anyone is interested, here is the next teaching in the series on Eschatology:


Eschatology 7: The Inclusion of Gentiles in the Jewish Ekklesia










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