Blankets and Bibles Outreach

We might be feeling the heat of summer coming, but south of the Equator they are feeling winter approaching.  For many families in South Africa, they can’t afford a quality blanket to stave off winter’s chill.

Enter Shannon and Corné Stone.  On June 13th, they will be hosting an outreach in their nearby village and distributing blankets to those in need.  It’s not enough to provide physical warmth and comfort.  The Gospel will be preached and native language Bibles will be distributed as well.

IMG_4461WE NEED YOUR HELP!  Unfortunately, the local businessman who normally donated 100 blankets is not able to do so this year.  This means we’re starting from scratch….with only a few weeks to meet the need.  Blankets and Bibles will be given to orphans, single-moms with kids, elderly, and families in need.

One blanket and Bible combo is only $30.  The return on investment?  Priceless!

Help us wrap them with warmth and set their hearts on fire for the Lord.

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South Africa Update

By Shannon & Corné Stone

“If you only look at us, you might well miss the brightness.  We carry this precious Message around in the unadorned clay pots of our ordinary lives.  That’s to prevent anyone from confusing God’s incomparable power within us.  As it is, there’s not much chance of that.”
— 2 Corinthians 4:7 (The Message)

image1This week we fed 180 children.  We keep on being amazed that our peanut butter stretches as far as it does…glory be to God.  We’ve seen a greater unity in the groups of children who come to our house.  The children form groups within their community and the groups often fight amongst each other.  These children grow up with very few positive role models in their environment, very little love, and VERY little discipline.  Growth in this is wonderful to see.

One boy who received a new pair of shoes on Christmas has already worn out the soles.  He must have walked many miles in them, as they were one of the best pairs we had!  He is an orphan, age 14, and living on his own.  Another young girl, about 8 years old, lost her grandmother last week.  Her grandmother was the closest relative she had and was her caretaker, but  now she has to go stay with her uncle in an already crowded living environment.

image2Many of the children came to us recently with minor wounds that had gotten infected.  This yet again stresses the fact that simple health education is so important here.  We hope to get permission soon to build a building in the local township from where we can serve the children’s nutritional, social, and spiritual needs in addition to providing health education.

Some days when we come home from building our house, we feel so drained.  One day of exhaustion left us saying, “We don’t have enough love to give today.”  The Lord answered, “You don’t….but I have more than enough.  Don’t try to love out of yourself, but draw from Me.”  Loving others comes in a variety of ways, even when receiving an unpleasant visit from a man who said that he and several others do not approve of what we do and that we should stop at once.  His complaint was that the children who come to our house walk by his house and tease his dogs.  He said he didn’t like black children going down his street and that if we want to feed these kids, we should go to the area where they live.  Hatred was pouring out of him and we were just speechless.  Yet we know Christ loves that man too and we pray that his heart will change — toward the children and for the Lord.

On a more positive note:  Our house will have a roof by the end of this week.  Praise God!!

Thank you to all who are supporting us through prayer and finances.  We appreciate you and your partnering with us to reach South African souls and change lives!

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