RCSS update: December 2023

Dear Friend in Christ

In Romans 12:9ff, Paul exhorts believers to: “Let love be genuine … Contribute to the needs of the saints and seek to show hospitality … Live in harmony with one another. Do not be haughty, but associate with the lowly…” As RCSS seeks to further her ministry in Cape Town, she has many diaconal needs that have increased lately. One example is Daniel Fanuel (pictured with his mother and sister), who works to support his family in Malawi. We are trying to get him and his wife, Miriam, into safer housing. Recently, RCSS enabled Daniel to visit Malawi for the first time in four years to see his family, including his children.

We have much for which to be grateful as we reflect on 2023. For some highlights, we encourage you to watch the sermons and the presentations from our Christianity and Liberal Democracy conference at www.youtube.com/@pilgrimpolitics. Furthermore, to obtain a better sense of the background and vision for African Reformed Churches (ARC), watch Rev. Chris Gordon of Abounding Grace Radio interview Rev. Simon Jooste of RCSS.

Please pray for RCSS regarding:

  • New member candidates.
  • Financial stability.
  • New elders and deacons.
  • Stronger ties with the United Reformed Churches in North America and other North American Presbyterian and Reformed Council churches.

Please pray for ARC regarding:

  • A seminary intern for 2024.
  • Funding, particularly for Alex Hewitson.
  • Our next ARC meeting on 22 January 2024.
  • Relationships with local and national churches.

We invite you prayerfully to consider partnering with us to strengthen RCSS and extend the continental Reformed witness through ARC. Together, we can recover Christ, his Gospel, and his church from political capture.

For your information:

For Reformed confessionalism in Africa.

Rev. Dr. Simon Jooste on behalf of the RCSS Council.