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The Bible, from the Old Testament to the New, is filled with instructions about what we must remember: memorials and celebrations that commemorate the acts of God. God reminds us over and over to remember because we forget, or grow complacent. The picture above was taken at our recent team meeting in Franschoek. The sign above it says 'Altar of remembrance.' In Joshua 4:1-7, Joshua was leading the nation of Israel through the Jordan River on dry ground. The Lord then tells Joshua to choose 12 people (one from each tribe) to collect 12 stones from the middle of the Jordan. Joshua does as the Lord says.

Verse 6-7 then states that these stones are "to serve as a sign among you. In the future, when your children ask you, ‘What do these stones mean?’ tell them that the flow of the Jordan was cut off before the ark of the covenant of the Lord. When it crossed the Jordan, the waters of the Jordan were cut off. These stones are to be a memorial to the people of Israel forever.” Memorials are alters placed in specific times and places to remember what God has done. 

What is the point of these alters of remembrance?
1.    To point to God! Seeing the pile of rocks and hearing the story, the people of Israel would know clearly that they had not crossed the Jordan on their own. Those stones 'cried out', "God did this! By His hand, we have crossed this river. By His power and faithfulness, we have accomplished this!"

2.    Bear witness of God to others.
VS 6 “In the future, when your children ask you, ‘What do these stones mean?’” These stones serve as testimony to what the Lord has done and when we speak about what God has done in our lives we are shining a light in a dark world to draw people to Him. We exist to know God and to draw others into His Kingdom.

We don’t remember the past great works of God so that we can live in a dreamland of the past, thinking that the best days of our Christian experience are behind us. We remember them as a point of faith, so we can trust God for greater and greater works in the future because we have seen and experienced His past faithfulness. I just love the lyrics of this song: "All my life You have been faithful and all my life You have been so, so good, with every breath that I am able, I will sing of the goodness of God."  In this newsletter, we will be sharing our alter of remembrance from the past year. I also want to encourage you to make time with the Lord - to recall some of yours. Please feel free to share some of them with us so that we can rejoice together!

December
2021
OUR ALTERS OF REMEMBRANCES
May/June:
After two years of no travel and visiting brothers and sisters across the globe to encourage them, Damon had the beautiful privilege of visiting Ukraine. Damon and Gustav (the director of INcontext) shared about global missions and the role of the Ukrainian Church in that. They also had the privilege to build on existing relationships and invest in new ones. During this time I visited family in Durban - which was God-ordained in His fore-knowledge, as I got to spend time with my grandfather who passed away a few months later due to COVID-19. Looking back I am thankful for the time I was able to spend with him.
OUR ALTERS OF REMEMBRANCE CONTINUED:
June:
Just before we headed off to Ukraine and Durban our little 'Herbie' (VW Golf) decided to ride his final ride. Our hearts were anxious not knowing what to do. As you know we live by faith and the obedience of financial blessings from other believers. We were trusting God for a BIG miracle to provide at least
R40 000 - so that we could buy another car that would get us from A to B. When we returned from the Ukraine and Durban we were informed that the Lord provided R125 000 for us to buy a new car! God amazed us and did more than we ever could have asked for, dreamt of, and imagined! Thank you so much to everyone who obediently contributed to the buying of the car. We also do not take for granted our 'daily bread' which the Lord supplies and the monthly support from the family of God - we are so thankful!
September:  
We hosted a diverse group with the hope to impart the heart of God for ‘unreached’ people groups in Cape Town. The group spent time ministering on the streets of Bo-Kaap and Bellville to people groups barely reached with the Gospel of Christ. The group received AMAZING teachings from a variety of lecturers. Topics included the ‘unreached’ world, global missions, and news from a Christian Perspective. They tasted exotic foods, ministered to
each other, and built beautiful friendships. Some of the group experienced the beach for the first time, a birthday party for the first time, and a baby shower. These were little blessings the Lord added along the way.
November: from the 16th-19th we had our annual Strategic Planning Fellowship (SPF), and this year we were privileged to have it at in Harmonie, just outside Franschhoek. It was a blessing to meet together with international team members, board members, volunteers, and friends of the ministry. During this time we reflected on what the Lord has done in the ministry, and through the ministry in 2021. We also looked with 
excitement towards 2022, and we all left with gratitude in our hearts for what the Lord is doing in the world and that we have the privilege to be a part of His plans.
This is our final newsletter for the year so we just wanted to wish you a very Merry Christmas and a blessed New Year!
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