April 2021 Newsletter
There is nothing more special than a beautiful sunset. We get to enjoy many of them in the area where we live in South Africa. Our God spoils us in His love.
This is Theresa writing from Gordon's Bay. The weather is turning cooler now as we heard toward winter in the Cape Town region.
Although it took some time, things have finally eased up tremendously concerning the COVID lockdown in our area. We are experiencing more freedom of movement locally just in the past few weeks. Air travel is still closed, but will hopefully open up soon.
When we returned to South Africa in November last year, we arrived just in time to submit paper work in order to renew our Charitable Volunteer Visa. We expected to hear back from Immigration Services by mid January of this year but because of the renewed lockdown that began right after Christmas we still have not heard from them. All multiple entry visa holders, which includes us, have been granted an extension good through the end of June because of the back-log situation. Please pray with us that the renewal process will be finalized soon allowing us to remain longer.
During the long months of lockdown we were very limited ministry wise as so many ministries have been during this crisis. We have kept very busy though, pursuing the Lord and waiting before Him in prayer. It has actually been an amazing time of fellowship and intimacy in His presence and He has downloaded so much to us concerning so many things. We spent many happy hours in worship and seeking His face and then waiting to hear His heart. We also kept very busy with several writing projects. We have finished a book on Overcoming Our Adversary that grew out of a seminar that we teach everywhere we go. There are a couple of other books in the works as well. We also have had opportunities to minister to groups in Zimbabwe and around the world via the internet. We were able to reach greater numbers of people in on-line ministry than if we had been physically able to travel there. I was able to minister in a couple conferences to large groups of women and many lives were touched and changed through the power of the Holy Spirit. Even when we can't be present the Holy Spirit can be and He just does His thing. Hallelujah!
Now that things have begun to open up locally, we have been praying, asking the Lord to connect us with more people right here in our neighborhood and God has graciously connected us with several new people just in the few weeks since lockdown has lessened. He is so faithful and I'm amazed how quickly things happen when we just ask. We were so impressed by the Lord during lockdown that small home groups are essential in these times and so we are pursuing that avenue of ministry as well and helping others to establish groups in their own homes. On top of those things we are also getting ready to move to a different home at the end of the month. Again, it was one of those things we asked for in prayer and the Lord amazingly provided.
Please keep us in your prayers, especially concerning the renewal of our visa and for new connections and doors to be opened up to us locally. Our God is so good and it is an honor to be His servants. God bless each one of you richly in His amazing love.
Theresa and Dan McArthur
Servants of Christ