RCSS update: March 2024

Dear Friend in Christ,

A lesson I learn time and time again from my congregants in Cape Town, South Africa, is that we are pilgrims on our way to glory. “[W]e look not to things that are seen but to the things that are unseen. For the things that are seen are transient, but the things that are unseen are eternal” (2 Cor. 4:18). Bryan and Yona (pictured) are two of such “letters” (2:2-3). They don’t have much in earthly terms, but they are rich in Christ, and they enrich us. Bryan’s eyes are those of someone crushed by the visible, but he continues to persevere by faith in the unseen – signed and sealed to him every Lord’s Day. He is sorrowful yet always rejoicing (2 Cor. 6:10).

Bryan, a Cameroonian refugee, would like to marry Yona, a native South African. However, he doesn’t have the “lobola” (bride price) to take her hand. By helping Bryan, we are Christ to him in a tangible way.

On the note of diaconal needs intersecting with Word-and-sacrament ministry and fellowship, a recent new family from Swaziland includes a Pakistani refugee convert from Islam, now longing to plumb the riches of the Reformed witness to Scripture.

The African Reformed Churches (ARC) website is live. Please visit the website to read about ARC’s objectives and beliefs.

Please pray for RCSS regarding:

  • New member candidates.
  • New family from Swaziland.
  • New elder Alex Hewitson (pictured below).
  • Rev. Jooste attending URC Classis South-West.

Please pray for ARC regarding:

  • A seminary intern for 2024.
  • Funding.
  • Rev. Jooste visiting the USA in March 2024.
  • Our next ARC meeting in April 2024.

We invite you prayerfully to consider partnering with us to extend the Reformed witness through RCSS and ARC.

For Reformed confessionalism in Africa,

Rev. Dr. Simon Jooste for RCSS and ARC

Alex Hewitson is ordained as an elder of RCSS in March 2024.