Young people are blessed by Purelight Missions* training programs in South Africa and Namibia.
Johannesburg, South Africa
“This mission was a life changing experience for me,” says Avumile Mtimde, one of the youth who attended a three-week mission training event conducted by Purelight Missions at the request of the Dube Central Seventh-day Adventist Church in Soweto, Johannesburg. “It has helped me to climb a step higher on the ‘Christian ladder’ and has drawn me closer to Christ.”
The training program, focusing on evangelism, Bible work, and medical missionary work, included house-to-house visits in the afternoon and evangelistic meetings in the evenings. About 40 young people attended from four provinces and two different countries. Hartland graduates Simdumise Poswa and Angeline Nyaata, assisted by Mucondie Rambuda, a Purelight Missions student from Venda, conducted the training.
“The greatest lesson I learned was how to spend quality time with God,” adds Avumile, referring to the seminar on how to do devotional Bible studies. “I learned the importance of knowing the ‘hows’ in the Christian walk. Many know what to do but do not know how.”
Glowing with excitement, Avumile continues, “I’ve also learned what food to eat and what to avoid to keep in good health, how to treat common ailments like diabetes and arthritis using natural treatments, how to relate with people in the field, how to bear fruit for Christ, and how to further His kingdom.” She concludes, “An understanding of these practical principles has helped me to have a real encounter with God.”
Thubelihle, another young lady who came to receive training, reports, “I was so amazed at how quickly I got to use the skills acquired. One of our contacts had a sore that had not healed for months. We applied aloe vera, and the next day the wound had healed quite dramatically. She was so happy that she came to all the evening meetings.”
Asanda, who had attended many mission camps before, says, “I felt like I was attending a business seminar on how to sell salvation by introducing men to Christ. I learned the importance of right training.” With deep emotion she concludes, “Learning the health treatments was very necessary for the field work. Seeing one of our Bible study contacts walk again warmed my heart.”
The three-week training event closed with a baptism. Thoko, a trainee whose Bible study contact asked for baptism, said with tears, “I have no words. God is just too good!” Mamelo, one of the church youth, was also buried in the watery grave. Her tears of joy almost made the baptistry overflow.
Mucondie, the Purelight Missions student who assisted Angeline, led out in the morning devotions and exercises, presented health talks at the evangelistic series, and did treatments at people’s homes. With determination she says, “I am going to do better when I go back to school. Now I know the greatness of this calling, and I want to do my best.”
Other Purelight students and staff were winning souls to Christ in other locations and training others to do the same. Baboloki Moseki, a student from Botswana, went with Loago Setswalo, Hartland graduate, to Mission Caleb in Namibia, where they trained 129 missionaries. Speaking of the work, Baboloki shares, “Seeing a lady whom I had met at the counseling booth give her life to Christ was the highlight of my experience. Before we left she said to me, ‘Pastor, don’t forget about us.’”
Baboloki also did house-to-house work for three hours each day. He conducted training at the camp and presented health talks before the pastor preached at the evening meetings. Besides this, Baboloki has been doing a great work in his local church. After he taught a class on how to study the Bible, his pastor asked, “How can I enroll for classes at your school? I also want to learn these things.”
God has been opening many doors. Young people are being trained to finish the work. We wish we had enough space to train more young people in our full-time program, but the lack of space is a big problem. Imagine if we had more young people like Baboloki and Mucondie being trained. How many more people would be reached in Southern Africa and the rest of the continent? You can help us train more young people. We need to build structures on the property. Some of you have given gifts for this purpose, and plans are being finalized. Of the $50,000 we needed for this work to begin, half has already been raised. Will you partner with us and the Lord to train more young people to finish the work?
*Purelight Missions is a school begun by Hartland alumni Loago Setswalo and Simdumise Poswa.