Update from South Africa

From Ellie Risher, Missionary with YWAM South Africa: Hey lovely people, I just wanted to send you a bit of info about all the fun and exciting things I am a part of on a regular basis as I serve with YWAM Muizenberg here in South Africa!!

Prayer & Worship Department

The Prayer and worship department of YWAM Muizenberg exists to encourage a lifestyle of personal and corporate intercession, worship and spiritual warfare, facilitating the encountering of God to see transformation of lives, society and nations by His presence and power.

Our department is comprised of the following ministries and focuses:

  • School of Intercessory Prayer (SOIP) - Providing training in the areas of intercession, worship, spiritual warfare and the prophetic.
  • Bethesda House - We are in the midst of pioneering this ministry in the community of Muizenberg, commonly known as ‘The Village.' Bethesda is a Hebrew word which means ‘Place of the outpouring and/or house of grace!’ (John 5:1-15). Bethesda House is a place set apart for continual worship and prayer. Our vision is that God's presence would draw the hungry and the hurting of our community to encounter Him in a tangible way, bringing transformation of lives and our community.
  • Strategic Prayer Outreaches - We send teams to various nations to address specific strongholds that are preventing the spread of the gospel and the furtherance of His kingdom. This year we have focused outreaches on Swaziland and Lesotho (re: human trafficking issues), South Africa (World Cup), and the Himalayas (among unreached people group).
  • Light and Life events - Offering spiritually hungry seekers a chance to encounter the Spirit of Jesus by demonstrating the God who speaks, heals and delivers. We offer prophetic readings, dream interpretation, healing prayer, massage therapy, prophetic art, prophetic personality profiles and live worship.
  • Corporate worship and intercession - We facilitate all corporate worship and prayer meetings on the YWAM base and are available to strengthen and equip schools and ministries in these areas. From 23 August - 3 September we will offer a ‘Leading by the Spirit’ seminar designed to equip staff in giving spiritual leadership (training to include the areas of worship, intercession, prophetic, deliverance, inner healing, facilitating the anointing and more).
  • Churches - We offer equipping and teaching seminars for churches and other ministries in the areas of prayer, worship, spiritual warfare and the prophetic.

JUSTICE ACTS: Victim Assistance Project

S-CAPE House- Restoration from Exploitation

We are currently developing Victim Assistance projects and forming a Trust to oversee them. Go have a look on www.s-cape-home.co.za to read about the development of a safe house in the greater Cape Town area.  We are planning to open a safe house for the rehabilitation of trafficked persons by the 2010 World Cup time. We have a trained counselor, who will head this portion of the project, and a social worker on board. We are laying the ground work by searching for a venue, researching safe house legalities and protocol and developing the necessary network.

Well, if you've made it to the end of all this amazing stuff you can see that we definitely have our hands full down here. I love the crazy chaos of serving the kingdom in any way I can!

Super Love, El