It has been a very busy time around the campus of the Southern Africa School of Theology (SAST), the Bible school we partner with here in South Africa. There have been many months & years of building and preparing for a time of celebration. Last Saturday, May 20th, over 400 former students, church leaders and guests from across South Africa came to celebrate the history & future as well as dedicate new buildings. Our theme is, ‘A proud history and a bright future’. The SAST campus has gone through some wonderful renovations with the completion of the Academic and Resource Center.
We want to say thank you to many of you who have helped make such a day possible through your giving, your coming and working and your praying.
Thank you for your partnership as we continue to help train the hope of South Africa.
Trained leaders are the hope of Africa.
This last week brought a lot of “news” at the bible school in Rustenburg, South Africa. Not only is a new school year beginning but we also have a new name for the bible school. Global School of Theology – North West (GST-NW) is now Southern Africa School of Theology – Main Campus (SAST-MC). Our motto is, “Proud History - Bright Future.” The first year students are also starting a new curriculum as SAST-MC partners with the Africa’s Hope Discovery Series.
It is always an exciting time of year when the campus comes alive again. This week we welcomed new and returning students to a time of orientation with classes starting on Tuesday, February 7th.
As we begin a new school year here are some prayer requests:
One of the things we believe here at GST-NW is the importance of church planting and building a “church” from the ground up. The last few days our students have had the chance to learn what it takes to build a tabernacle structure. Thanks to a partnership with Charles Hasselbring, one of our AG missionaries here in South Africa, and Africa Tabernacle Evangelism our students helped dig holes, mix cement, pour footings, and erect a steel structure.
Then Kirk went & helped Charles do the same for a local area church who has been waiting for a structure. Needless to say the church members are very happy they will have a permanent building!
It is hard to believe that we have been here for a couple of months already. It has been a good, busy time of adjusting to life in South Africa. We have been welcomed by a great team of missionaries and church leaders.
Life has been full of a lot of new adventures, here are some highlights:
Getting set up in our new home and learning our way around Rustenburg.
Getting acquainted with the students, faculty, staff and classrooms of Global School of Theology – North West (GST-NW)
Attending a country wide ministers institute that included the ordination of 13 new IAG ministers.
Meeting with church leaders
Hosting guests visiting and teaching at GST-NW
Cheering on the South Africa rugby team in the Rugby World Cup
We are so very thankful to all of you who partner with us on a monthly basis. We count it an honor to be your representative in South Africa!
In our previous update, we mentioned that we were in a holding pattern waiting on some paperwork so that we could apply for our South Africa visas.
We finally were able to apply for our visas last week and we were granted three-year South Africa visas. It has been an interesting process, but we praise the Lord all ended well.
Thank you for your prayers during this process!
So… we are finally on our way to South Africa and look forward to sending you our next update from Rustenburg!
If you have flown you possibly have had a time in your journey where you’ve had to circle in a holding pattern. This is usually due to circumstances beyond your control. That is where we are in our safari to South Africa.
We are ready to go but we are in a holding pattern waiting on paper work so that we can apply for our South Africa visas. There is a list of needed forms to apply, and we have been waiting on clearance forms to submit with our visa applications.
Once all of our paper work is in we are required to submit our visa applications in person in Chicago, then wait for approval.
We are ready to land in South Africa and get settled but we also know God has ALL things in His control. In the meantime we will continue to prepare to leave when we can.
Thanks for your support and prayer!
Kirk and Marlene
Thanks for praying… Great news from GST-NW!
A few weeks ago we had posted a prayer request for Global School of Theology – North West in South Africa (where we will be working) as they started a new school year.
We received some great news that they have 37 students for the first semester. Fifteen of them are NEW students with a call to be new church planters.
We look forward to being on campus as soon as possible.
Exciting news...We are closer but not there yet!
Marlene and I are excited that we only need $700 more of monthly commitments. That is only 14 people or churches at $50 a month to reach 100% and complete our safari to South Africa. AGAIN, we thank all of you who have helped us reach this point.
Now is the time!
Prayer –Looking for 365 “Committed to Pray” partners to pray for us!
I remember as a Missionary Kid (MK) growing up and traveling with my parents (Jerry and Joy Spain) to missions services and having people take our family prayer card. I remember thinking, “why would anyone want my picture?”
Well, it wasn’t all about my picture was it? It was about the prayer for our family.
When Marlene and I visit churches that have supported our families for many years we tell them we are not just products of their financial faithfulness but more than that we are a product of their faithful prayer.
This is what Marlene and I are asking for our family…. Prayer support for our family as we embark on this safari to South Africa. We are true believers that prayer makes a HUGE difference in sustaining us in our ministry.
The prayer card –
These are not business cards or trading cards. Missionaries call them prayer cards because we ask that the card serve as a reminder to pray for our family. Please put it on your fridge (we have a number of prayer cards on our fridge), in your Bible or where you will you see it and say a prayer for us.
365 Committed Prayers
We are seeking 365 churches and or individuals who will make a specific commitment to pray for us on a regular basis. We ask that you please indicate this by going to this webpage http://s1.ag.org/kirkmarlenespain and clicking on the “Committed to Pray” link towards the bottom of the page.
Receiving one of our prayer cards -
If you do not have one of our prayer cards and want one, please click on this link www.kirkmarlenespain.com/contact that takes you to our contact page and fill in the form putting your physical mailing address in the “comment” box.
Please type in “Prayer Card” before your address.
Praise before prayer – We praise the Lord for reaching the 63% mark of our monthly financial commitment goal!! Thank you to those who have joined our financial support team in recent weeks!
Here are our current prayer requests:
Kirk & Marlene -
1. Protection for our immediate and extended family members. Seems our families have been under attack in recent months.
2. An extended family member who has received a discouraging physical report
3. Protection as we drive and fly to missions services.
4. Continued favor as we raise our monthly support.
5. Kealy -
That she will finish college strong and find a job in her field of study.
College life and protection while finishing up football season.
Welcome to our newsletter and prayer request page.
Here are some current prayer requests:
1. Pray for us with this new assignment. We have been blessed to work with Africa's Hope for the past 10 years but are looking forward to this new ministry.
2. Changes are challenging - please pray for us as we make this change and look at moving to a new location.
3. Kealy and Kyle during this time of change.
4. That we will be able to raise our monthly budget and get to South Africa soon.
5. Global School of Theology - NW, the faculty and staff, the students and for future students.
6. For South Africa, that the church will have revival like never before.
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Kirk and Marlene Spain - South Africa.