I was in CNP this morning and bumped into Sandra, she was in a foul mood and was extremely derogatory about Dina. Sandra alleged a number of things about Dina most of which I know to be untrue. What really saddened me was the fact that she turned against myself saying that I had put Dina up to getting the police to visit herself warning her about intimidating Dina. I had no idea that this had happened, although I did happen to know that Sandra had verbally abused Dina in my presence and later threw stones at Dina as she was walking to work. The long and the short of this is that Sandra is clearly not wanting to make any effort to befriend Dina despite indications that things were about to improve. Even sadder than this is the fact that a church member has done a lot to stoke Sandra's rage after she was told that she must not ask for any more money from the church -she was asking for money up to 3 times a week despite her disability grant and her husbands fortnightly wage packet. It would appear that her motives for coming to church were less than pure and now that she is no longer getting what she wants she is causing problems for other church members. We really feel that this is a spiritual battle especially as a church we are currently in the midst of our 40 Days Of Impact Campaign in which we're all working through the same book with a view to promoting unity in the church as well as asking God to impact our lives and the life of the church.
Please pray for Dina, she is under immense pressure but despite this she continues to pray for Sandra.
Pray for the church member who is interfering where she shouldn't, pray that she might be truly saved.
Pray for Sandra, for a softening of her heart towards Dina, for maturity so as to not be swayed by those around her who gossip and lie. Pray also for her salvation, she really needs to meet Jesus!
Paula had a really good meeting with Gary today and it looks like she is going to get involved with some administration work at the church. She will work for about 4-5 hours a week administering the volunteers; teams both to and from the church; Gary's New Frontiers work; the initial stages of a church plant from Helderberg church and the Sundaychildrens' work. She hopes to be able to fit this in whilst Dean looks after Joel for a couple of hours a week and the rest will have to fit around him. She would also like to take one morning a week to train a young woman with a physical disability to become an administrator but this will depend on finding someone to look after Joel once a week. Please pray for this.
Dean met with Dina and Patrick, they had a good time discussing topics from the Bible and praying together. Dina felt really encouraged by this (as did Dean!) and she feels God wants her to pray even more about things in CNP generally as well as for Sandra.
Tomorrow we're going into Cape Town so hopefully we'll have a good weekend.
D, P & J