Southern Africa

  • Lance and Mindy Hines

Photo Credit: Tsvangirayi Mukwazhi


In his letter to the Corinthian believers, Paul’s iconic words offer us a glimpse into the sufferings of the early church. “We are hard pressed on every side, but not crushed; perplexed, but not in despair; persecuted, but not abandoned; struck down, but not destroyed.” (2 Cor 4:8-9) Paul continues a few verses later with one of the most profound declarations of faith recorded in scripture, “…our light and momentary troubles are achieving for us an eternal glory that far outweighs them all. So, we fix our eyes not on what is seen, but on what is unseen, since what is seen is temporary, but what is unseen is eternal.”

As I reflect on these verses, I cannot fathom the depths of suffering the saints of old endured as they planted the Church – yet as suffering closed in on them and surrounded them, pressing hard on every side – they fixed their eyes on the eternal…

On March 14-15, 2019; one of the deadliest tropical storms to ever hit the coast of Africa made landfall. Another storm followed five weeks later. More than 3 million people were directly affected by the storm. Their homes were destroyed, their loved ones were killed, and for those who survived the storm and subsequent flooding – a massive Cholera outbreak posed yet another threat.

The devastation in Southern Africa remains immeasurable.

Believers in Mozambique, Malawi, and Zimbabwe understand what it feels like to be “hard pressed on every side.” Hundreds lost their lives. Yet in the face of incredible suffering, our brother’s and sister’s in Southern Africa fixed their eyes on the eternal. They mobilized quickly, worked tirelessly, and reached out sacrificially to meet the needs of those around them who are suffering.

Thanks to people like you, we have been able to help with relief necessities such as: water, temporary shelter, food, clothing, and medical supplies. AGWM Missionary teams in Southern Africa banded together across borders, to expedite relief efforts. It has been a huge team effort. We thank God for partners in the USA and in Africa who prayed, and gave, and served - even when it meant a great deal of personal sacrifice and risk. (One AGWM missionary was dropped by helicopter into a large crowd of people who had no food or water for several days. He was able to give the people food and water. He preached the gospel, and invited people to follow Jesus…many responded that day.)

Rebuilding and recovery efforts are ongoing and will take years to complete. Progress is slow, but steady. Believers in the affected areas are sharing the Gospel, and seeing many people come to faith in Christ daily. We are reminded that there are still so many who need to hear of Jesus and his great love, while there is still time.

As the fun and freedom Summer settles in, would you join us in praying for our fellow believers who are suffering around the world.

Thank you for praying, and sending us to reach the people of Southern Africa.


  • Lance and Mindy Hines

This New Years Eve we are in Kenya, and only two short hours remain in 2018. This year has been a whirlwind!

As we reflect on 2018 and look ahead to 2019, one particular line of one of our favorite worship songs rolls over in my mind.

The line simply says, “Things that we thought were dead, are breathing in life again.”

The photo above was taken in our back yard. Our beautiful tiny potted tree died. We were certain there was no hope of saving it, and so we made the decision to pull it up and replace it with something else. Our friend Raymond, however, believed there was hope for the tiny tree and convinced us to give the dead tree some TLC and see what happened. Raymond said the tree needed: time, regular and thorough soakings, better soil, and more sunlight. We were not convinced, but figured it wouldn't hurt to try. Months passed, and there no visible change. But inside, something was taking place. The little tree we thought was dead was breathing in life again.

The photo, shows the remarkable transformation.

Sometimes we're like this little tree. We weather storms. Our branches bend low as the winds of change swirl around us. We dry out and crack in extreme heat and cold. Our vibrant green leaves cease to bear fruit, and it looks like we are dead. Often, we may even feel dead. But Jesus does not pluck us up and replace us with something "better." Instead, Jesus draws us into his presence and soaks us with his goodness. Deep calls out to deep and we are pulled into his word where the soil of our souls can be nourished. We bask in his light, and soon...what we once thought was dead starts breathing in life again.

As we all take time to reflect on 2018, and as we look forward to the New Year, we pray that Jesus will breathe new life into all you do. If 2018 was marked by things that appear to be dead...choose to put your hope in the One who makes all things new.

Since 2001, we have watched the Lord Jesus transform lives and communities. People who have been dead in sin now breathe in a whole new life in Christ. People just like you have made it all possible through faithful prayer and financial support.

Please accept our heart felt gratitude for who you are and all you do to bring new life in Christ to the incredible people in Africa. On their behalf - thank you.

May your New Year be filled with every blessing.

So All Can Hear,

Lance & Mindy

  • Lance and Mindy Hines

Updated: Dec 10, 2018

"Long lay the world, in sin and error pining - Till He appeared, and the soul felt it's worth..." Oh, Holy Night.

My mind reels as I consider the implication of those words...

Jesus appeared - and suddenly, the soul of humanity - could feel it's worth. In the person of Christ, God gave us a living motion picture of how much one soul really matters. God's love on display for history to measure and record, wrapped up in swaddling clothes - lying in a manger.

Jesus bowed low, to enter this world as a newborn baby because of his great love for the human soul. Augustine said, "God loves each of us - as if there is only ONE of us to love."

It's impossible to really understand the impact of the manger - without considering the cross.

Jesus' mission was clear. He came to seek and to save the lost. Unwilling that any should perish, he humbly exchanged his life - for ours. Paul writes in Romans 5, "at just the right time, when we were still powerless, Christ died for the ungodly. Very rarely will anyone die for a righteous person, though for a good person someone might possibly dare to die. But God demonstrates his own love for us in this: While we were still sinners, Christ died for us." (Msg.)

During his earthy ministry, Jesus appeared in people's lives, met them at their point of need, and changed them from the inside, out. Jesus demonstrated his power over evil, commanded the natural world, performed works of healing, and miraculously provided for people's needs. Every miracle Jesus performed was designed to communicate how valuable the human soul truly is.

In many of those circumstances, people had big questions about their value...Jesus knew how easy it would be for them to feel worthless, overlooked, passed by, forgotten, and utterly insignificant. So he appeared on the scene, often in the ugliest, most desperate, and shame-filled moment of their lives to do miraculous works of love.

To Jesus, lost souls are worth any price. No sacrifice is too great.

What about you and me? What are lost souls really worth to us?

Our mission in Southern Africa seeks out the lost, introduces them to Jesus. Jesus transforms their lives and makes their soul feel it's true worth. We have had the privilege of watching this happen time after time.

Thank you, for your faithful support in prayer and finance. Without you, our work among the people of Southern Africa would not be possible.

Our prayer for you this Christmas season is that you will encounter Jesus in even greater measure, and that your soul will feel it's great worth.