Things around here have quieted down some after a very exciting and busy June and July! We have one other group coming at the end of this month from Fellowship Baptist in Madison, VA. We are excited to see them and look forward to God working in their hearts during their visit!
Once they leave South Africa and head back to the U.S.; my mom and well as Mark, Kevin, and Jeremy’s mom will all be arriving for a visit for a couple of weeks. It’s been over two years since my mom has seen the boys in person! Neyland was just 3 months old when we left and we are looking forward to some quality time with her!
Missionvale Bible Study is still going well! We have a faithful group that attends each week and we are about to finish studying “Leadership in the Church.” I would like to go through our doctrinal beliefs before we leave for furlough next year, and then again once we return in January 2020.
This leads me to ask a special prayer request of you all! Many are aware of the ever growing visa issues that many are facing trying to come to work in South Africa. We are in the process of trying to renew our current volunteer visas as advised by a visa official here in South Africa. We have already sent off the paper work for our FBI background checks, and will be marking things off the list as we wait on those to return. Please pray that we are able to renew our visas that we can continue to minister and serve in the Xhosa community!
Another need I would like to put before you this month is a fellow South African church planter, the Bond Family. They have been serving the Lord faithfully here for over a decade with very little recognition and support. They are a solid family of like faith. They are in desperate need of transportation. Our Project South Africa team is trying to raise $8000 in order to help buy them a vehicle. If you would be interested in helping with this need, please send any donation to Vision Baptist Missions labeled “Bond Vehicle Fund.”
Lastly, please pray for Pastor Lubablo, pastor of Madiba Bay Baptist Church. He will be traveling to the U.S. this month to preach in several churches. During his time, I will be preaching for him at Madiba and ask you to pray for this as well. This is a great opportunity for both of us and I am excited to see how the Lord blesses!
Thank you all for your continued love, prayers, and support of our family!
Your Missionaries to South Africa,
Stephen, Ashlee, Peyton, Eli, and Neyland
The Underwood Family
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