Low rolling thunder on a Saturday evening? My wife rushes to the bedroom window and asks, “What was that?” My daughter and I were on the bed online viewing. I heard the sound, but assumed it was rare thunder from the Cape Town sky. Two hours later cellphone notifications revealed an earthquake. The next morning as we prepared to attend our first church service since March, another sound of rolling thunder. It was confirmed these were two small tremors measuring 2.5 and 2.3 in magnitude over the weekend. Their epicenters were about 70 km north of my city. No damage was reported, but anxiety was sending more shockwaves through distressed individuals.
For most people 2020 can’t end soon enough, with discussions I have had with disciples, ministry colleagues and friends about unemployment, murder of women in South Africa (SA), divorce rates, Covid-19, United States (US) fires, US hurricanes, US elections, death of Blacks at the hands of police officers, SA corruption, churches closed, end times and now earthquakes in Cape Town can be a lot. However, God is still at work. Melanie has discipled a young woman through the ups and downs of relationships. Now this young woman is about to be married. I have discipled a Christian worker of another organization and taught him to trust God to raise his financial support. God moved on his supporter’s heart and they bought my friend a home in Cape Town! God is at work and I am excited to share with my wife our best years of ministry are ahead of us.
As our ministry year in Cape Town comes to a close, I am preparing for end of the year meetings and explaining to teammates how we will navigate ministry in this current reality. We had another successful online outreach we called Activate. Please view our Heritage Day Activate special. We will continue to provide Christian content online and on the mission field. Pray the Lord gives me wisdom. God is doing great things amid this pandemic and we cannot be indifferent to these divine opportunities.