November has been a very exciting and fruitful month here in South Africa! We have been running on all eight cylinders all month long and there’s no slowing down in sight!
So far this month, we’ve had a Missions Emphasis Sunday, a Youth led Thursday evening midweek service, and a special Thanksgiving Sunday and meal after! All of these services have been super special and I am blown away at how the folks at Soweto Baptist Church have been serving one another!
During our Missions Sunday, we prayed for the countries of China, India, and Argentina. We prayed for the Tolson’s, and Johnson’s in China, the Roberts and Elrod’s in India, and the Henry’s and King’s in Argentina! It was exciting to see our folks lifting up these folks in a special time of prayer!
During our Youth led service, Likhaya, Athule, and Apiwe each brought a 10 minute message that was very powerful. They spent several hours and days preparing and working to bring solid bible messages. Sibusiso (Skere) led our song service as well and did a fantastic job!
We had 82 people in attendance for our special Thanksgiving service last Sunday! Somehow, we fed almost 100 🙂 I think a few might have slipped in after the service… but we had a blast! One thing that really stuck out to me was how our leaders served everyone else first, including children. They ran out of food before they were able to get a plate, yet they were just thrilled to serve. It really was a show of Philippians 2:3! We made sure they had something to eat afterwards!
Tonight, we will be having a candle light Lord’s Supper service together! I am greatly looking forward to being with the folks as we remember the sacrifice that Christ made on our behalf and display that sacrifice as we worship by taking part in the Lord’s Supper!
Some prayer requests to remember:
- Camp is just 3 weeks away! There are still several teens that need to be sponsored, so if you would like to help sponsor a teen, you still have time! Just designate any gift to:
Vision Baptist Missions
Attn: Stephen Underwood/Camp
P.O. Box 442
Alpharetta, GA 30009
- Continue praying for Soweto Baptist Church and the Hall family as they are Stateside for a short furlough! We miss them greatly and are looking forward to their return!
- Continue praying for Ashlee and me as we continue learning and practicing Xhosa! We are still a long way from where we desire or even need to be in order to be effective at ministering in this country!
Thank you all for your continued love, prayers, and support for our family! We are eternally grateful!
Your Missionaries to South Africa,
Stephen, Ashlee, Peyton, Eli, and Neyland
The Underwood Family