Many of you gave to City to City through the Special Offering in September. City to City thanks you and so do the 13 international church planters whose training you helped underwrite. One of these church-planting couples, Confidence and One Mokgatle, send their greetings from Pretoria, South Africa:
It’s been a little over two weeks since I arrived back in the City of Pretoria and to say the last 2 months have been eventful would be an understatement!
We spent all of September and October in the United States attending the Redeemer City to City International Church Planting Intensive. We trained alongside people from India, Chile, France, Switzerland, Canada, Amsterdam, United States and another couple from South Africa.
The Intensive both challenged and inspired us. We learned a lot about what it means to plant a church in a city and how to think it all through as we seek to share the gospel with those who don’t know Jesus. We also left with a greater understanding of ourselves, our gifts and talents, our strengths and weaknesses and how we can ensure that our marriage continues to reflect the nature and character of God, as we begin on this adventure of planting a church in Pretoria. Not only were we loved and served well, but we felt a great sense of partnership and commitment to seeing the success of this future church plant.
In South Africa we say it takes a village to raise a child. We believe the same commitment is required when planting a church. Its going to take the prayers of multiple communities and individuals to see this church plant become healthy; not only for its existing community, but to witness it go on and plant other healthy churches. For that reason we thank you for being a prayer partner and lifting us up to God as we seek His wisdom, strength and provision.
What lies ahead for us, at least until the end of the year, is to process everything we have learned and begin to answer the question: What does 2014 look like for us? Many questions are still unanswered, but what we do know is that in the new year we are starting a new home group that will meet weekly. This group will be made up of individuals who are interested in being part of the launch team for the church plant in 2015. We will begin to dream together and cast vision through weekly Bible studies, training and fellowship. We will also continue to pray that God would send us a co-planter, someone who will be excited to partner with us as we seek to reach the City of Pretoria.
1. That we would continue to love God and make Him known in all our spheres of life.
2. That we would find a co-planter who will be passionate about the Gospel and excited to plant a church in Pretoria.
3. That God would open doors for financial support to come in, to cover One’s church planting residency for 2014.