Robin, Janet and Kyla Fenner

Robin and Janet Fenner: October Newsletter 2016

"God's part is to put forth power; our part is to put forth faith." - Andrew A. Bonar

We have been excited to see God work in strength and power over the last few months. It is so exciting to see the growth of the vision God has placed in our hearts. and as we have walked as the feet of Christ He has been in every step, and as we have been the hands of Christ He has given much as we minister His name to those around us. We thank God for the calling He has placed on our lives, and the excitement we have experienced as we put our faith in Him and see Him move forth with His power.


After much prayer and planning, we began with the church plant in Phiring, a rural village about 90 km north of Graskop. The big blue crusade tent was put up next to an unused building which we identified as a church site and we began a two week crusade in the local community. We were so blessed to have John Cavill, a friend and brother from our home church, Ingatestone Elim in Essex, join us for two weeks to minister alongside us and be a part of this crusade. Over the two week crusade, we witnessed over 120 people come to salvation, and saw many needs being met as we prayed for breakthroughs, healings and restoration in peoples lives. On Sunday 9th October 2016 Robin preached at the inaugural service of this new church plant with 60 people attending this service.

After two weeks of labour, Phiring Emmanuel Church is birthed. We give thanks. Please pray alongside us for blessing, anointing and wisdom as the new leadership team guide this new church
into the future.


On Saturday the 1st October we facilitated a Christian marriage and Family Relationships seminar at the Tulani Emmanuel Church near Hazyview. There was a great attendance and an even greater blessing from the Holy Spirit. John Cavill from our home church in the UK, Robin and Janet presented eight intense sessions. We are so grateful for the call to this beautiful people.


The Bible Schools continue to function strongly. We are overjoyed at how the students are developing in their walk with God, and their excitement about the Word of God. The students are nearing completion of their first year. We give thanks for the strengthening of church leadership and the churches they lead.


Food Project 
The distribution of food parcels continues within the community. We have had many opportunities to have some great conversations and pray with many vulnerable people in the community, including a couple who have both had strokes, widows and a parent-less family where the older sibling cares for the younger children.

Community Compassion

Roger – We were approached about a man who lost his shack home and all his belongings in a fire in a poor area just outside Graskop.

We went to get an overview of his situation, and with the team of volunteers who work alongside us in the community project, we jumped into action.

We were able to purchase the materials to rebuild his home, and supply him with a bed, mattress, clothing and a food parcel.

The situation of hopelessness of this man, Roger, has turned into one of joy and blessing. We had chance to witness to him and others in the community.

Imfaanu – This is Imfaanu, a young man with a six year old son. They lost their home and belongings to a fire. We have been able to build a new home, buy school uniform and clothing/shoes as well as deliver a food parcel to the family.

Thank you to all who faithfully support us with finance and prayer. This is the Gospel in action, showing the love of Christ. Stand alongside us as we are the hands and feet of Christ.


We have booked our flights to return to the UK on a two month furlough. We will be home from 20 April to the 19 June 2017.

If you would like us to speak at your church over the furlough period, please contact us soon so we can get you into our diary.


We continue to thank God for the ministry to the children and young people of Graskop, and witness the enthusiasm of these youngsters at the Friday evening sessions. The afternoon and evening session is composed of games followed by a Bible talk.

We have also begun rehearsing for the play to be presented at the Carols service at Graskop Town Hall in December.


It was a great joy and blessing to attend the Elim Global Conference in Zimbabwe in August with some of the Leaders we work with here in South Africa. We were blessed to be fed by the Word by various Leaders from East and Southern Africa. Robin spoke alongside the General Superintendent of Emmanuel Assembly, South Africa on the subject of “ The Missionary and the National Leader”. We were blessed to be able to see the Director of Elim International Missions UK, Paul Hudson, The Director of Elim Missions, Ireland, Roy Johnson and David and Bobbie Tinnion, Elim Global Co- ordinators. Also a joy to meet other Elim Missionaries from around Africa.


Robin has preached at various churches on Sunday mornings.

Prayer Focus


  • We give thanks for the wonderful way that God has been with us.
  • We give thanks for the quick healing of the spider bite that was inflicted on Robin while we were in Zimbabwe, and the good medical team at the hospital in Johannesburg.
  • We give thanks for the visitors who have spent time with us, John Cavill from the UK and Janet’s mother.
  • We give thanks for those who have made donations to the community project – the Pound stretches far with the exchange rate.
  • We give thanks for your continued prayers which sustain us while we are on the field.


  • For the ongoing community outreach and projects, and for the finance to sustain this project.
  • For finance to purchase and clean the building for the new church plant at Phiring.
  • For the Bible school Students as they continue with their studies.
  • For the new church plant at Phiring.
  • For safety as we travel long distances between churches.
  • For our children and Grandchildren in the UK.


Robin, Janet and Kyla Fenner

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