Good day Ministry Partners,
Shiniell Smith is a key student leader at University of Western Cape. I asked him to share his testimony of what he has experienced through Campus Crusade for Christ (CCC) so you can get a perspective from a student of what we are doing on campus.I trust you will enjoy the read.
23 May 2013
Dear CCC, Western Cape
It with great pleasure that I can attest to the wonderful work God has done through the hands of His workers at CCC Cape Town. My name is Shiniell Smith and I am a student studying Religion and Theology at the University of the Western Cape. I am in my final year and experiencing the given challenges of being a student.
I met the visiting crew from the States last year along with their guide and faithful missionary, Nicholas Kelderman. There are many “missionaries” walking on our campus grounds sharing their understanding of Christ in the weirdest sense. I had the craziest experiences with some people claiming there is a “Mother God” who would like to nurture me and be my “spiritual mom”. I made my mind up concerning missionaries and their crazy stories. It was when I met Nicholas, Rhett, Christian and Leon. These guys impacted my life in a great way. At first I was resistant to this idea of the Bible Study. “This is something I would not like to be part of” I thought to myself as I had a very bad experience on campus with a previous group who just went spiritually crazy!
As the weeks went on, I realised that these guys are genuine. They showed interest not only in my life, but my family and the other guys who were in the Bible study with us. I saw the hand of God in them. I saw the actual attribute of a “caring God” in those men. They gave me adequate training and though I was senior Theology student, I learn’t so many new things.
The training and material I received such as ‘The 4 Spiritual Laws’ and the 4 ‘Follow-Up booklets’. These materials have contributed to my spiritual life to a large extent. I was taken back to the simple things, the elementary things I thought I knew. I discovered new things and was taken back to the basic form of the Bible. With these materials that I received, I could implement at our Church’s Youth group. I started teaching them some of the topics of the follow up booklets and just last week two new youth members gave their hearts to Christ. I could share those booklets with them and now as they joined up with the new converts group, the church even started to use the 4 follow-up booklets as a basic introduction to their new convert classes.
Campus Crusade for Christ has impacted my life in a great way. I am much bolder as a leader now. I have learnt responsibility and accountability to my fellow brother. I thank God and CCC for sending us Nicholas! He is a faithful and just leader. He’s a great accountable partner and never shy’s away from telling us the truth. God bless him and enlarge his territory. May he be blessed with enough resources to fulfill God work on this earth.
Thanks so much & keep up the good work! 1 Cor. 15
BTh – Religion and Theology
University of the Western Cape
Recently, I (Pravani) had the privilege of receiving feedback from some of the ladies I’ve discipled over the years. I was so humbled by God’s work in their lives but I know that it would not have been possible if it were not for your prayers and financial giving. It’s like this picture a friend of mine drew (see below) of how our ministry partners hold our rope while we reach the lost for Jesus.
Friends, please take a look at this link and marvel at God with me!
Meet Sibulele. She’s one of our student leaders on NMMU (Nelson Mandela Metropolitan University). She’s in the 3rd year of her BA general degree. Sibulele is a real warrior for Christ on her campus and chatting with her on campus today just left me in awe of the power of God in the life of a young person.
As you can tell, I’m in Port Elizabeth this week, doing a ministry team visit with our Eastern Cape missionaries. Today was my first day on campus and meeting Sibulele was a real treat.
As we walked and talked Sibu (as we call her) tells me about how difficult it is to share the Gospel with her friends but when she starts to tell them she realizes that they actually really need to hear it. Sibu has such a heart to reach others with the Gospel, in fact she recently shared the Gospel with a friend over Facebook and was so burdened to see that her friend is wrestling with so many issues even after hearing a full gospel presentation from Sibu and not receiving God’s gift of salvation they way it’s meant to be received – by grace, not works. As you can see from the photo I’ve included, Sibu has taken one of our gospel tracts (The Four Spiritual Laws) and pasted each page of it on the wall in her room at her residence on campus so that she can remember how to share her faith and of course my first thought was, “What? That is amazing!”
Friends, please keep Sibu in your prayers. She will conduct her first discipleship meeting tomorrow where she will be discipling other young women and helping them on their journey with Christ. Sibu is being coached by Katy Holtog, one of our CCCSA team leaders.
I want to share with you a testimony that a student shared with me on Thursday. His name is Paul.
A month ago Leon, my team leader, and I shared a booklet with Paul called “Satisfied?” (a booklet explaining the role of the Holy Spirit in a Christian’s life) Now I can’t remember exactly what happened or what was said, but I got his info from him and tried to set up a follow up appointment.
After a month we got to see each other at last. Paul shared with me that his life has changed so much in the last 4 weeks. While we were talking I found out that he had a fun earthly life: clubbing, drinking and chasing girls. He shared that if we met him last year this time, he would have given us a fake number and basically tried to get rid of us.
What happened after we shared with him? God opened Paul’s eyes and Paul started noticing what it means to be a child of God. His cousin is strong in his faith and Paul has started to spend time with him. In his current friendship circles he started looking for fellow believers. He has a desire to study God’s word and talk about what he is learning with his Christian friends. And that is just what I remember.
Like the rest of us, Paul’s B.C. days (Before Christ) are not something to be proud of, but I believe it’s a testimony to people in the same boat, that God loves them and wants them part of his family.
The part that touches me the most is when he shared that all of this started when 2 strange guys came to talk to him, asking if they can ask him a strange question; “what do you believe?” It’s all about being faithful to God.
I hope that this blessed you as it did me.