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March 2018 Update

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South Africa needs your prayers and has for a long time. Yes, you could say all countries need prayer, rich, poor, peaceful or troubled and the Bible commands Christians everywhere to pray but in most cases, the answers to prayer aren’t so evident. From the end of Apartheid’s reign in 1994 to the present, South Africa has unexpectedly weathered great political storms clearly buoyed by God’s hand. No doubt, many have prayed.

Prior to the first peaceful democratic elections in 1994, the country was close to civil war. Various factions argued vehemently for a piece of the political pie and the debate spawned violence at the grassroots level in many parts of the country. Miraculously, in spite of widespread trouble, the election happened, was jubilantly celebrated and power was transferred with relative peace.

Since then, however, power plays, corruption, in-fighting, manipulation and plain old stupidity have been the rule. Mbeki’s assertion that AIDS is caused by poverty made everyone cringe.

It’s no surprise that celebrations faded and confidence was lost. It’s also no surprise that global economic agencies downgraded South African banks to junk status, sending the Rand into a downward spiral. It was naturally assumed that South Africa would be the next Zimbabwe. Locals were leaving by the thousands for greener grass anywhere they could find it.

But after suffering the nonsense for so many years, another miracle recently occurred. Cyril Ramaphosa was appointed deputy president of South Africa. You may not have heard of Mr. Ramaphosa but his resume is long and decorated. His reputation is so strong internationally, the local currency immediately strengthened once the news of his appointment was published. Cyril has a great work ethic, is a qualified lawyer and has proven his skills in several significant positions but the cherry on top is he grew up under Christian influences. No, Cyril isn’t a political savior but his appointment is a welcome change and a real answer to prayer. Please keep praying. God is still answering.

Update – May 2017

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Dear Pastor,

We’ve known Janice for years. My wife sees her and talks to her just about every week. Usually more than once a week. Janice knows we are Christians. She knows we are in ministry. She also is aware that we started a church and will often ask Becky how things are going.

Sadly, Janice is not a Christian. She was born into a family that was heavily involved in a cult. From the time she was born, that is all she knew. Thankfully, once she reached adult age she began asking questions and at great expense, eventually managed to extricate herself from the organization.

Since then, Janice has been searching and, although she is a bit leery about religion in general, she is showing an interest in Christianity. We’ve had Janice in our home more than once but recently we invited her to attend a series of studies focused on salvation. She’s agreed!

There’s no doubt God is working in Janice’s heart. Please pray for her and many others just like her as we share the Gospel in South Africa.

Serving this side,
Ennis & Becky Pepper

Update – June 2016

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Dear Pastor,

Building News: Unfortunately, what we wanted to avoid has come to pass. Although the builder imploringly and repeatedly assured us of his good intentions, it became obvious that his promises were empty, and we formally cancelled his contract a few weeks ago.

We need your prayers, though. He has a large amount of our money and so far hasn’t been very forthcoming.

Also, please pray as we talk to new builders.

Second Generation Conversions: Great news! A fellow we led to Christ a few years back recently led one of his children to the Lord. The interesting thing is this particular Dad wasn’t easy to win. He attended services and Bible studies regularly for a couple of years before getting saved. He wasn’t resistant or negative, just deliberate. He was single when he got saved. Now he’s passing the Good News along to the next generation!

Bible Study Please: Got a call recently asking me to do a Bible study. The caller lives near our building, which is in plain view to everyone, and decided to give me a call. There were nine visitors in the study!

As always, your faithful support is humbly and truly appreciated.

Serving this side,
Ennis & Becky Pepper

Close To Home, Not That Unusual

Neighbor defends lone woman from thieves.

The following article was posted on News24.com, Thursday evening, November 12, 2015. The incident occurred about 700 yards from my house, as the crow flies. It’s worth mentioning because, even though horrible, it’s not that unusual. Vigilance is always essential.

Two Suspected House Robbers Shot Dead

Durban – Two suspected house robbers were shot and killed and a third was critically wounded in Durban North on Thursday night.

A well placed police source, who could not be named as he is not authorised to speak (sic) the media, told News24 that four men had forced their way inside a home in Welwitchia Avenue in Glen Hills.

“Four men in a Golf 7 GTI had forced the gate open and reversed inside the property before they used a 10 pound hammer to break down the front door,” he said.

“A neighbour heard the commotion and took on the men. Two of the gunmen were found inside the house a third died from gunshot wounds in the back garden.”

“These guys were professionals and were wearing gloves and balaclavas. The car they were using had been stolen in Chatsworth,” the source added.

Paramedics treated the injured man at the scene before (sic) was transported to a city hospital under police guard.

A fourth suspect is understood to be at large.

Police recovered two firearms at the scene and the homeowners were uninjured in the hail of bullets.

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The critically wounded robber died in the hospital.

Only the wife was at home when the robbers broke in. The husband was away on business and the children, all older, were out for the evening.

Fireworks being set off during the evening – the Diwali festival – would have masked any noise the housebreakers made.

Though armed with guns, the thieves were no match for a sure-shot neighbor.

Update – September 2015

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Dear Pastor,

I’m very happy to report that our building construction is back under way. It’s going a little slow but it is happening. The roof should be on soon, if the rain holds off. I will have picture and video updates as progress made.

Our oldest son, Ennis, was twelve when

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Retaining Wall Behind Main Building

we came to South Africa almost thirty years ago. During that time he made occasional trips to the States but he grew up in South Africa, got married to a local girl and they have a couple of kids.

Two years ago he began planning to return to the States and in September of this year he made the move.

As you can guess, we have mixed emotions. We are very happy that he is taking what he believes is the next move for him and his family but sad that we won’t see them quite so often.

Ennis has been a great asset to the ministry in South Africa. He was always very generous financially and he built a great youth group. He organized youth camps involving several churches and spoke in church on several occasions. And all his service was volunteer. He worked for a major corporation for several years and then started and maintained his own business while serving.

Please pray for our building progress and for Ennis and his family as they settle into the States.

Serving this side,
Ennis & Becky Pepper

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