June update from Bert and Nancy Williams, missionaries in South Africa:
Lately, our work has involved getting to know the people around us. We do that in a variety of ways: before and after worship services, through Bible studies, and through farm visits. Every now and then, we will be sharing with you some of the people we meet. We do this so you can pray better for them.
We would like to introduce to you four siblings: Isaac, Griet, Chris, and Katje. They are four retired farm workers, the youngest of which is 78 and the oldest is 92. They live on an unoccupied farm, Ou Plaas, in two one-room buildings: a kitchen and a sleeping building. They do not have electricity or indoor plumbing. Ou Plaas is owned by Francois, one of the farmers we work with. When workers retire, the farmer cannot insist that they move but if he sells the farm, the new owner isn’t obligated to keep them on the farm. Ou Plaas is the third farm that Isaac and his sister have lived on since they retired. We rejoice that Francois will not be selling this farm (it has been in his family since the 1840′s).
Isaac always has a smile on his face. He reminds Bert of his grandfather who loved to play practical jokes on the family. We haven’t yet experienced this with Isaac but we’ll not be surprised if we do.
Griet is the only one with a child, Martines. Martines lives on a neighbouring farm and does his best to look after his mother, uncle and aunts. Billy, the neighbouring farmer, and Francois do help out when things go wrong. The windmill which pumps water for them recently quit and was repaired by Billy. Martines can borrow a pick-up truck to take them to town when they need to go.
Chris is the gardener in the family. On a recent visit, she took Nancy around to show her the garden. It is not only a vegetable garden but also a beautiful flower garden. She delighted in telling Nancy all the Afrikaans names for the flowers and vegetables. Katje (which is Afrikaans for Kitty) is the eldest. She is deaf and nearly blind but still gets around.
Some of the workers can understand a little English so we get along okay with them. These four know next to no English so our visits can be a bit of a struggle but it is good for us. We talk with them for awhile, read a passage or two from the Bible (none of them can read), and then pray together. We are greatly blessed by visiting them.
Would you join us in praying for these four siblings? It is winter here now and our region is one of the coldest in South Africa. It is also the rainy season for us. Pray for their health and well-being. Pray also for their spiritual health. We have seen and heard of their faith. It is nearly impossible for them to attend a worship service now. Pray that the Lord may be with them.
We thank you so much for your continued support.
Bert and Nancy
Therefore encourage one another and build one another up, just as you are
doing. 1 Thessalonians 5:11