Pioneering in Amahlongwa

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Photo of Pioneering in Amahlongwa by Sammy Mseleku

The next journey was Amahlongwa which was not too far from where we're staying. It was about a twenty-minute drive away. As a Jehovah Witness, my sister and I were assigned there to pioneer and tell people about the good news. The good news is based on the principles of the bible- Gods word. Questions like’, ‘Why did God allow suffering?’ ‘Why doesn’t God just destroy humankind? How can I be happy? Find these on jw.org. Every sweaty afternoon was worth the risk because I too learned a lot from there.

The sisters welcomed us with opening hands, the room that we were in never felt out of place. The long days out in the field ministry are what we exactly needed and most of carved no matter the nasty consequences. The bottles of water and less than a trip to the ocean would not satisfy us.

I was so happy that we were staying with a family there who were just as spiritual. But they were encouraged by our novice love for God. It was realistic and of course, they learned about God and his love. I know I learned a lot from them, like the appreciation of small things.

Yes, this is the word! Rich landscapes, mostly because the people are like seed-bearing plants happily strewn across midfield and barren dull lands. Only of course as a regular pioneer, I know what this means to be able to work closely with Jehovah and contributing to the wide work He so blesses

Our first assignment was pioneering in the rural parts of Southern Africa, Amahlongwa, which is not too far away from home. It was just literally just more of a twenty to twenty-five minutes’ drive to the place. But let me begin all before that! A circuit overseer from our territory had been the one to send us pioneering far away. It was so awesome, I loved his suggestions. No, I am lying! I was so hesitant, I had so much in my mind, and literally, I had to take a little bit of a breather just to process what this meant.

Photo of aMahlongwa, South Africa by Sammy Mseleku

I know myself, I was thinking about a lot of things from happy endings to never endings. Until I am a writer, an enthusiast, a sewing artist and student currently studying in UNISA.

I was like; oh, whoa, wait. But the light bulb in my mind was jumping for joy, hitting on the roof, raising it and then noticing the blessings Jehovah gave us.

Finally, the day came! With a car packed full of I days’ worth of clothing, our mum drove. Don’t get me wrong the 'we' if you have not been informed is my twin sister and I. When we arrived, the other regular pioneer was already there as observant as ever. Her rich laughs, hue humor and fantastic warnings were our smiling symphony. The family we were living with was just amazing, welcoming, and happy and filled with potential after some battle.

Days out in the field ministry were cotton on fields, ready to be harvested: just as Jesus had said. But in the end, we took on the project with bravery. I mean we were still nineteen, and to our partner that was quite a laughing stock! But we never minded, the prize is bigger, enormous an elephant in the room.

I remember this one time we were doing our field return visits when I went back to this granny who t first had welcomed us, listened in awe. I was happy that she was able to properly listen to my speech, the good news, despite my shyness and weird accent.

But when we got back home, to her house the other day, she was cold and stiff as a rod, I wondered if the Church sisters had talked her off. Anxiety kicked in when I thought hard, maybe it was my accent?

That is another thing!

My shyness and my accent sometimes I feel like takes me back, but I do not give in. There is no need. Here is a tip; 'you can make it out because people do not talk, they talk in hiding, but you act like they do not bother you.' So I just talk, after prayer first. it was good times, the congregation, a blessing in disguise, a happy harmony of loving sisters and two dedicated elders.

Amahlongwa ministry is rich in every way, totally capable of one day producing a real congregation with more than two elders. I know Jehovah our loving God will bless everything within it. It will be grand to sweep off our hats when we are fifty and drive to the 'Amahlongwa Congregation!' It is nice to know we had or played a part.

The month passed and it was time to go home. Gone were the days of waking up at five, decide on when to start, scramble onto our feet, then shuffle them door to door.

But oh I would miss the family, a beautiful young sixteen girl who loves Jehovah, a young six year old with her love for Jonah, a mother a sister and lovely aunt of the house obeying Jehovah and their gran who just got amazingly baptized.

With our pioneer preaching

My shyness and my accent sometimes I feel like takes me back, but I do not give in. There is no need. Here is a tip; 'you can make it out because people do not talk, they talk in hiding, but you act like they do not bother you.' So I just talk, after prayer first. it was good times, the congregation, a blessing in disguise, a happy harmony of loving sisters and two dedicated elders.

The month passed and it was time to go home. Gone were the days of waking up at five, decide on when to start, scramble onto our feet, then shuffle them door to door.

But oh I would miss the family, a beautiful young sixteen girl who loves Jehovah, a young six year old with her love for Jonah, a mother a sister and lovely aunt of the house obeying Jehovah and their gran who just got amazingly baptized.

I repeat:

Amahlongwa ministry is rich in everyway, totally capable of one day producing a real congregation with more than two elders. I know Jehovah our loving God will bless everything within it. It will be grand to sweep off our hats when we are fifty and drive to the 'Amahlongwa Congregation!' It is nice to know we had or played a part.

Done our job, now we just go there for pioneering for a day then come back. Otherwise we will sleep again after November!

Now, back at home I had to start with long distance studying, frowning up at the books while they smile at us. But I was happy. I am happy. I know I made Jehovah proud.

If I would have to tell you reader, I would say try it, be the one to go for it, be the one to be remembered by Jehovah. No regrets. Or at least start pioneering. Try it for a year at least.

So what do you say?

Will you or will you not?

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