Charlene is the wife of Mario Maneville, pastor of Reformed Faith Mission Community Church in Bellville, Cape Town, South Africa.
I am excited to see how God is using our small congregation to His glory. I have learned through my journey in these past few years that God is sovereignly in control even when I do not trust or cannot see His plans.
I have been going through a difficult time since we moved from Kimberely, in the Northern Cape region, to Cape Town to heed the call of the Lord three years ago. I threw heavy tantrums at first since I was born and bred in Kimberely and felt comfortable there with long-time friends, family, and fellow believers.
After one year in Cape Town with mostly ‘negative’ encounters––not coping with different climate (wet and cold), severe sinusitis, allergies to flea bites (fleas not found in Kimberely), and difficulties from my new jobs—I was doubting whether this was where God really wanted us. However, we joined the church where we are currently serving, and God has been faithful in so many ways. I must confess that I doubted a lot, even whether my husband would receive support from HeartCry—but I now stand amazed at how God just put all the puzzle pieces together perfectly.
It was only after God showed me my selfishness in making it all about me that I started to see how I could serve my Father. I am now involved with women’s ministry and Sunday school in our church.
I am witnessing my husband’s transformation as he lives his dream: to work full-time for the Lord. I am encouraged as I see the growth in our congregation.
I want to thank HeartCry for their support in allowing God to use them. May God continue to bless your ministry!
Yours in Christ,