Molweni bafundisi (Xhosa for Greetings Pastors),
Over the next serval prayer letters and updates, I would like to highlight the events of our survey trip to South Africa and share with you the opportunities God has given us to minister to a neglected people.
Ashlee and I arrived in Port Elizabeth midday on a Wednesday, had a quick bite of lunch, and changed for the midweek service at Madiba Bay Baptist Church. It had been almost a year since the last time I had seen the folks there and it was a wonderful reunion! That evening, Ashlee and I discussed how awesome it is that even acquaintances and strangers can love one another through fellowship in Jesus Christ! Certainly, the bonds of brotherhood we have are a precious gift that one can only find in Jesus!
The next four days were filled with many other services in the various churches in the different townships, each with the same warm and friendly welcome! On Sunday, we had the privilege to worship and fellowship in four different churches and attend a weekly pastor’s training class. From 10:00 am until 7:00 pm, we were able to hear and receive the Word of God!
I am truly thankful that my wife and I had the opportunity to see and experience the field in which God has called our family! Our survey trip has since given us a greater urgency to continue raising our support so that we may begin this new chapter of ministry.
As 2015 draws closer and closer, I would ask you to consider having the Underwood family come by to share our burden and encourage others to carry the gospel to a lost and dying world. The greatest lie the devil ever told was to convince us that time yet remains! Our hearts are heavy and we are energized more than ever to reach South Africa!
Thank you for praying and following along as God provides every need we have for the furtherance of His gospel!
Stephen, Ashlee, Peyton, and Eli Underwood