Prayer Letter • July 2017

JULY 2017

Dear Friends of Carmel

A lot has happened since the last Prayer Letter went out, but we have a lot to be thankful for! The recent fires caused widespread devastation along the Garden Route, but they seemed to mysteriously skirt around George, in spite of the fact that we experienced the same dry conditions and raging wind storms as the places that were most seriously impacted.

At the time of the crisis, the people of George came together and mobilised in their thousands to donate food and essential items, and volunteer help to those who had lost their homes. This initiative was largely spearheaded by local Churches who moved quickly to offer assistance. We praise God for that. It is an enormous blessing to live in a city where the Church has a strong voice and Christian communities come together to meet urgent needs at they arise.

At Carmel, we are passionate about doing all that we can to build unity in the Body of Christ and we are thankful for the part we have been able to play as a neutral Christian venue where Churches of different denominations can meet together to celebrate Jesus and share His love.

Not long after the fires, about twenty Knysna Pastors came to Carmel to attend a conference focused on building relationships, and it was a privilege to have the opportunity to offer them some encouragement during our Breakfast Devotions. The scripture reading for the morning was Isaiah 61:3-7 and there was a strong sense that what the enemy had intended for harm, the Lord would turn into an opportunity to display His goodness.

We would also like to give thanks for the Israel Foundation Course that was recently presented at Carmel by Chris and Cecelia Eden from Bridges for Peace. The course was fully booked and all of the delegates commented that they enjoyed it immensely.

We are also thankful for the fact that many people responded to our Winter School Holiday Special and we will be looking forward to welcoming all of them to Carmel this month. We even have a missionary group that has taken advantage of the very low prices to come and stay at Carmel so that they can serve in the George area. Please continue to pray for even more people to come during this low season period.

We are very excited about the upcoming Prime Plus Programme that will be presented by Harry and Margie Munnings from the 13th to the 18th of August this year. We believe that it is going to be a fun time of inspiration and blessing and we are trusting that it will be filled to capacity. As Prime Plus takes place during winter this year, we have offered special discount rates for sharing, in an effort to make it more assessable to senior people. Please pray that those people whom the Lord intends to bless at Prime Plus will be there, and that they will encounter His goodness in every area of their lives as they focus on the enjoyment of a balanced lifestyle.

As far as security is concerned, we would like to thank you all for your concerted prayers that have produced the most wonderful results! The old Scripture Union Camp Site has been purchased by a committed Christian gentleman who is eager to work together with us to keep the area safe and secure. We now have guards with dogs patrolling the premises day and night, and the crime threat has dissipated to a large extent. Our new approach to security is still in its early stages and we ask you to continue to pray for its development and long term sustainability.

Sadly, after two years, we said goodbye at the end of June, to Colleen Booysen, our Financial Manager, and Anthone Van Litsenborgh who managed the Carmel Kitchen. Although we will all miss Colleen very much, we are thankful for the season that we had working together with her, and we are excited about the new doors of opportunity that God has opened for her. Anthone was also a great blessing to us, and we ask you to join us in praying that the Lord will pave her way with favour for the future.

We are very pleased to welcome Rina-Marie Snygans as our new Kitchen Manager. Please pray for her as she takes on this challenge and settles into her role. Please pray also, for the right person to take up the position of Financial Manager in Colleen’s place.

We would also appreciate your prayers for the Trustees as they seek the Lord for His guidance in decision making for Carmel’s future.

Thank you once again for your continued support of our ministry. It is really our desire to be a place were people can come from all over the world to fellowship with other believers and encounter God’s overflowing love and grace.
May you be greatly blessed this month!

Lisa La Grange
Marketing, Ministry & Youth Coordination Manager