Mission to South Africa
Grace Place News! June 2017

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“Now may our Lord Jesus Christ Himself and God our Father, who has loved us and gave us eternal comfort and good hope by grace, comfort and strengthen your hearts in every good work and word.”

Thessalonians 2:16,17

Marilyn continues in the ministry in which she became involved in 2001 – that of sharing the gospel and a substantial meal with around 500 children in Leseding, the township near her of about 70,000 with approximately 70 per cent unemployment. This began as a ‘soup kitchen’ in which we actually served soup. But when summer came and it was too hot for soup, the menu was changed to peanut butter and jam sandwiches and fresh milk. Lethabo Kid’s Club is where the children know they will hear God’s message, sing praises, and have a substantial meal. You should see them running to get there!

The youth are a special part of her weekly ministry. God is at work in their lives, and many are developing into leaders in His work.

Hospitality has always been a major part of Cook’s ministry and Marilyn continues to host the youth, visiting missionaries, others who have come to help her and work in the ministry. For this, Grace Place, her home is ideal in providing a quiet place to draw near to the Lord and experience His beautiful creation.

So simple and yet so profound. Chris interpreted for the children at Bible Study as we told the story of Jesus’ death and resurrection with flannelgraph. When we finished, Chris asked them questions and they answered them all perfectly! When asked how many love Jesus, every hand went up – 
I love it! The Youth who are assisting in Kid’s Club and teaching and interpreting are mostly ones who began many years ago in Kid’s Club. The oldest ones are now married and have been responsible for the new church plant in Leseding called Truth Restoration Church. Now we see families attending church, giving, attending Bible Studies and prayer meetings throughout the week. Twelve of our Kholofelo (giving hope to youth organization)students are in the middle of exam time. So far this year their marks have been good. Pray for them that not only their studies, but their walk with the Lord will be good and strong. They are Johannes, Solly, S’Busiso, Maria L, Maria M, Tshipiso, Elsie, Rosina, Sarie, Emmanuel, Ben and Phillip, plus Thomas who is my driver and studying by correspondence. We continue to help feed about 6 families. Now a young teenager has come to our attention. His mother died last year and he was left in the care of his grandmother and aunt. But since he refuses to worship and serve the ancestors, they refuse to give him food. They tell him, “Go to your mother’s grave and get food.” We have taken him under God’s wings to see that he has food every month. His name is Alfred. The youth have taken him into their care as well. One of the fun things of having youth out for a night or two is that we have some who are studying catering. The photo is of Katlego who is completing his course and it looks like he has a job waiting for him in a game lodge. Last night he made the most wonderful spinach. Don’t like spinach, think again! You haven’t tasted his! Frans a couple of weeks ago made a great omelet – it was beautiful as well as tasty. From my side personally and Aletheia’s finances this month the giving was down and Connie and I have about half of what we need to keep everything running for the month. After just getting my land cruiser (1996) back from the mechanic, my old (2004) Ford Ranger had a broken spring which did some other damage and in the end we had to get new shocks as well (R6000 altogether) This was also after new tires on the cruiser and a new battery in the Ranger. On the way back from the mechanic after the springs and shocks, there was a noise in the front end and several things are wrong. I have contacted a friend who has a car dealership in Polokwane and he is looking for a good pickup for me. But, at this stage I don’t know if he can or will take in one or both of the vehicles I have as trade-ins. I’m waiting to hear from Tim, and I know he is looking for the right vehicle. Our Trip To The States Connie and I and perhaps Kathleen are planning a trip to the states in September/October this year, the Lord willing. I don’t have prices yet for tickets. We will need help with those. Thank you for all your love and care and prayers. We couldn’t carry on this ministry without you. Many, many hungry are being fed and the Gospel is getting out from the very young to the elderly. In His Service, 
Marilyn Cook


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