Mission to South Africa
News from Grace Place 6 January 2014

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.

Dear Ones, It's already well into January 2014 and trying to look back on the past month with a whirlwind of activities is not so easy. I checked my diary, but seemed to have been too busy to even write in it most of the month. We did have the last Kid's Club of the year the 11th of December and then a Christmas Party for the teenagers and young adults who assist each week with the children - about 20 of them. Now that I have a small pickup as well as the Landcruiser, we were able to fit everyone in to bring them to Grace Place for the day. Hadn't been able to have them for quite some time, so it was a special day for all of us! My eldest daughter, Connie and her eldest son, Jeff and his girlfriend, Jenna came for part of two days and we had a special Christmas-type dinner with ham and pecan pie, etc. It was such a sweet time together. I was just sorry that Kathleen couldn't also come, but she volunteered to dog sit for Connie so that she could come. Then, Richard and Cathie and their four (Rebecca, Rachel, Sarah and John-Michael) came with Jason (Rachel's friend) for about 10 days. They decorated the tree and swam and rode bicycles and read and hiked and fished (very small fish) and just generally had a great a relaxing time. Christmas Eve was our special dinner with Michael Calamia as our guest. Church on Christmas Day was a special blessing and afterwards we had four other guests. We worked in a game drive and picnic, had a special New Year's Eve with friends of mine from the church, The above photo is a composite one, so actually has some of the kids in twice! The family all left on the 3rd of January and Megan and I went to town for shopping and met with Godfrey, the youth pastor and David who was with me when we first began Kid's Club 11 years ago. It was great to get some planning done for the new year and just good to 'hang out' together in the process. I count a lot on the leadership of the young men. I'm getting the next issue of The Source organized and plan to have about 4 testimonies in it of "God's Faithfulness in My Life". We're planning a special day at Grace Place for the 9 to 14 year olds who attend Bible Studies on Saturdays for the 18th. In the meantime, it's helping Thomas and Eric book for their learner's licenses - first step in getting their driver's licenses, and helping with school clothes for those whose families can't afford them. And Kid's Club begins again on the 8th of this month. Megan is looking forward to her father and a friend of hers arriving the 24th of January - her father departs the 2 February and she and her friend depart on the 13th of February. So, that is looking back at December and looking forward to many activities for this month - all, the Lord willing! We need much prayer for God's leading and guidance in all things. In Jesus love, Marilyn

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