For the Kingdom!
Today’s Thursday. Following our visit to the high school on the 4th, we decided to visit the elementary school and minister to the students. We feel that elementary school ministry is equally if not more important compared to the high school ministry. We can say with confidence that elementary school ministry is critical component of the African Leadership. It is mainly because; we can closely observe students’ progress and early development during this age period can have huge influence on the child’s life in the future.
The name of the elementary school we visited was: Ludwe Ngamlana Primary School. It is one of the new schools in Khayelitsha; its advanced academic environment and facilities are considered at par with average elementary schools in South Korea. The school operates with sound Christian-based policies where students receive education on the Gospel, the Scripture, and the Kingdom Perspectives; one can way that the school is following an ideal model of Christian educational institution. Such reality is made possible by the school principal. S/he is a pastor and ministers to the school all week except for Sundays. We met with the principal and the vice-principal and were briefed on daily operations of the school. They also informed us on the process of teaching the Gospel and the challenges that came with it. After our meeting, the short-term missions team delivered 200 gloves they prepared. These gloves will keep the children’s hands warm throughout the winter, the warmth through which they would feel God’s love.
The principal and vice-principal kindly prepared an ideal environment and space for the missions team to present their performances and activities. Approximately 300 students gathered at a gym and the team was able to smoothly carry out their presentations. Students encouraged the team with such enthusiasm and huge applause; it felt as though the Kingdom of God was truly present in this place. In the spirit of appreciation, the students presented traditional African dance performance for the team. I was again reminded that I was indeed in Africa!
As we ministered to the students under God’s lead, I was again reminded that truly everything unfolds under God’s perfect plan. God showed many facades of South Africa to the team; its pain, beauty, environment and holistic circumstances. He also revealed the present and future of His Kingdom. I was again inspired to contemplate on ‘Why would he lead the team to such revelations?’ and concluded that it was to help them obey and follow His lead. Truly everything is under God’s plan, therefore we must obey and follow Him. The team was called to visit South Africa under His plan, and you are reading this very letter under His plan as well. Therefore, the best we can do is to pray and follow His plan. Let us all pray more earnestly to God!
For the Kingdom!
In the Name of Jesus Christ, Amen.