Fenner Newsletter - September 2019
It has been awhile since we wrote our news. Though we have had some challenges, we are thankful for the way God has had his hand firmly on us, and we have known His peace and saturating love.
We spent two months in the UK, visiting our family and different churches across the UK. It was a joyful time with our children and grandchildren, as well as a great time with friends and sending church, Ingatestone Elim in Essex.
Four years ago, as part of the vision given to us, we planted the first Satellite Bible School at Hazyview, and then a few months later the Satellite Bible School at Gutchwa where I lecture and raised up a team of lecturers.
We saw the 37 pioneer students graduate their 3rd year, as well as the second and first year students. The testimonies, joy and growth evident in individual lives left me tearful but yet also rejoicing in what God has done through initial vision.
I can never put in words what I witnessed at the Graduation service, but it is said “a picture tells a thousand words”, so enjoy the photos below. Thanks to all those who have stood alongside us...
Following the Graduation, I handed over the functioning of the Satellite schools to Pastor Julius Phiri, who had walked this road with me right from inception.
Church Visits and Revival Meetings
We have itinerated to many churches over the last months:
We spent a weekend with Lephapane Emmanuel Church in Tzaneen in the Northern District. Four hour drive each way, we were so blessed to spend time with Andries Mogoboya and his wife who hosted us in a real special way. Privileged to dedicate 11 children, followed by me preaching the sermon "Get rid of your baggage – it’s slowing you down". Wonderful response as we saw souls come to salvation and a wonderful time of prayer ministry. Great move of the Spirit as Janet led the congregation in song.
We also had a great time at the national ladies’ conference. There were a lot of folk there including a large group from Botswana.
After a rather rough 10 days of challenge and being unwell we visited the Shishila Emmanuel church where the message I preached turned into me preaching to myself and the Spirit working in me and others.
Spoke about being individually revived, and then stood in awe as the Spirit worked amongst His people. There was revival at Shishila Emmanuel. We are thankful for the many who came to salvation and for changed lives.
We were blessed to be invited to the Silver Mist Guesthouse in Kaapsehoop. We were treated to breakfast, then Janet and I took the service in their beautiful Chapel. Janet led Worship, and then I preached the Word. Locals and tourists attended the service.
A long day of driving and back to back preaching at Steenbok and Ngwenyeni churches. So beautiful to see lives being transformed and restored through salvation and surrender.
Robin had the opportunity to speak at the Barberton Addiction Recovery Centre meeting. Thankful for the 7 souls that surrendered to Christ.
We followed this up with a visit to the Addiction Centre, where we had some valuable conversations with some of the individuals on the twelve-step program.
Had a very tiring and hectic weekend. All in all, twelve hours of driving in different directions, first up to the Northern District and then across to the Eastern District. Ministered at Topville Emmanuel’s Revival Meeting on Friday night, then at Mawangwa Emmanuel Sunday morning, followed by a second church visit at Mdadla Emmanuel where there was a service and Engagement celebration. Preaching in a very uncomfortable 40 degrees Celsius temperature was a challenge. We are thankful for the numerous salvations, recommitmentsand lives restored over the weekend. Had a wonderful time with fellow Elim Missionaries, Keith and Barbie Jackson who hosted us in a special way.
We attended the Emmanuel Annual General Conference at Bushbuckridge over a two day period. Keith Jackson preached on running the race and passing on the baton.
Mozambique Leadership Training Program
We spent a few days in Matola, Mozambique facilitating a Leadership Seminar and ministering. Many lives were changed through salvation and restoration.
We were amazed that even during the doctrine teaching at the seminars, we saw salvation and many coming forward for baptism. Janet stepped out and presented some strong, awesome teaching alongside me.
Robin preached at the Sunday morning service, where we witnessed a move of the Holy Spirit, with many coming for salvation and many lives being restored. The following week saw 25 folks being baptised in Matola following teaching on baptism.
We stand in awe for the beautiful things our great God did over this weekend.
We continue to show the love of Christ through helping with food security for the vulnerable in the community. Please pray for us as we seek to share the Gospel with these families.
For us in new vision and direction.
For the Emmanuel Group of Churches, for their leaders and for growth.
For continued financial support to sustain the ministry
For safety as we travel, sometimes long distances on the roads
For our health.
Thank you for your continued prayer and financial support and what you are doing in the Kingdom.
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