A Season of Fruit

The Lord has a way to provide for those who are obedient. It has been a crazy season of God providing, ministry prospering and bearing fruit.

Psalms 1: 1-3 states, “Blessed is the one who does not walk in step with the wicked or stand in the way that sinners take or sit in the company of mockers, but who delight is in the law of the Lord, and who mediates on his law day and night. That person is like a tree planted by streams of water, which yields its fruit in season and whose leaf does not wither – whatever they do prospers.”

It’s been an exciting and fast paced season only from the Lord. I have heard more directly and often from the Lord than any other time in my life. To be honest, I am just trying to keep up with God.  I love the adventure of life the Lord has me on. As he continues to provide I continue to see His faithfulness. What a mighty God we serve!

I wanted to explain some of the fruit I have seen lately in order to give glory to God and to share as a testimony. Many of you know about Lydia’s Circle, my weekly group that meets in the local garbage dump. We have met for over a year now. It all started when I moved into a new house and the monkeysLydia Circle-4 kept scattering my trash. Out of my frustration I drove my trash to the local dump in Badplaas (now called eManzana). As I pulled in the women started to swarm my car and fighting with each other over my trash. The emotions of that experience overwhelmed me to the point of tears. I pulled out of the dump and felt the Lord say “I am not finished here yet.” Fast-forward to today. This group is up to 25 women who are all passionate about following Christ, sharing their faith each week and pursuing after the Lord with all their heart. Just the other day one of the women named Nellie stated, “I have the most hope in life than I have ever had.” The ladies have surrendered their lives and have declared with their mouths “all I need is you Lord.”

Another one of my groups is called Lydia’s Circle: Farm Village that meets in a small rural village 15 IMG_5606kilometers outside of Badplaas, where I live in South Africa. The Lord was telling me “I want you to go there and do ministry” so back in October I turned my vehicle on to a dirt road and went into the village, not knowing at all what to expect. I started this group with 10 ladies and now the group has grown to 25. Many of the ladies were talking this past week stating, “Before we met you Sisi (sister) Claire we were always sick, drinking unclean water, always fighting and being jealous with each other, struggling to provide for our families because we have no work and without relationships with the Lord. Now all that has changed.” Today I can say they all have accepted Christ. They have access to clean water; they have food for their children and jobs with making handcrafts. They are following the Lord with their lives and are sharing with others about God. The group keeps growing and God is moving in mighty ways meeting their physical, emotional, spiritual and economic needs.
I also started a feeding site in January at a school that has 150 kids. They were cooking in very poor
conditions with very limited food. Many children were hungry or starving and falling asleep in class because of the lack of food in their stomachs. Then God moved! Now the children are eating two meals a day, five days a week and are doing better in school. The Lord helped to make connections though a phone call from a lady I had never met named Louise. She said she heard I had a feeding site that needed a better cooking arrangement. This was an answered prayer. Since starting the feeding site I had been praying that the Lord would provide. He is so faithful. On Thursday the school received two Mashesha Stoves. They use half the wood and speed up the cooking time by twice as fast. The stove IMG_5630also puts off very little smoke, which is much healthier for our cook Zandile.

These are just three examples of many of how the Lord is providing and producing fruit. The work is not finished yet. The goal is multiplication and continual spiritual growth. The goal is that children do not go hungry in and around eManzana and that every women in this area would hear about the hope of the Lord.

So please join me in prayer for multiplication, more fruit, for new groups (goal is to add 3 new groups in 2017) and new feeding sites (goal is to add 6 new sites in 2017)!

If you would like to help make this possible each feeding site takes $200 a month. Would you consider sponsoring a site? Would you join the movement of partnering with God to make a difference one life at a time? If you wish to donate in monthly or a onetime gift please go to servinginafrica.org and click on the donate tab. Above all, I would appreciate your continued prayer support for the ministry. Thank You!

“You’re the God of this city. Greater things are yet to come; greater

things are still to be done here.”

Chris Tomlin

Empower a Woman. Impact Generations.

Lydia’s Mission empowers and teaches women skills in rural South Africa to feed, educate, and care for their children by earning a living wage. When a woman begins to grasp her value in Christ through discipleship and Biblical training, her life becomes the first ripple of hope…that will last for generations.