Monthly Archives: April 2014

Prayer Needs for Trip to South Africa

Brett and Ross are incredibly excited and expecting God to move in their upcoming trip to South Africa.  It is only 3 days away before they get on their first plane for their 35 hour trip to the airport in Johannesburg.  During this trip, we have several needs that we would like you all to pray for.

What we would love for you all to cover in prayer is:

  • Safety for Ross and Brett
  • Sydney to thrive with Isaac and Judah
  • Financial provision
  • Ross and Brett would be sensitive to what the Holy Spirit wants to do through them
  • Greater vision and guidance for our long term stay in South Africa
  • Ross and Brett would be faithful witnesses of the Gospel to everyone they meet

We very much appreciate any time that you spend in prayer for us.  We know that “The prayer of a righteous person has great power as it is working.” (James 5:16b)  Thank you all for supporting us.  We love you all and look forward to sharing what God is doing in South Africa when Brett gets back at the end of May.

We have also recently created a Facebook page where you’ll be able to get more frequent updates on what is going on during the trip and beyond.  Click this link: Stelmaszek Missions and click “Like”, and you’ll be able to receive our updates there.

God bless.

Brett & Ross at a youth retreat in 2013.

Hello to all of our friends, family, and missions partners!  We have an early, but exciting newsletter to share with you this month.

We asked for your prayers last month as we made decisions as far as Brett traveling short term to Pretoria.   He has confirmed travel plans for May 1-21.  During his time there he will get to know the people that we will be ministering alongside personally (as opposed to our many Skype chats), get a better idea for how we can be praying for our ministry in Pretoria, and spend some time actually serving at Life Church.  Brett will have the added bonus of visiting Life Church Cape Town for a few days.  To top it all off, he will be traveling with his friend Ross.  Ross comes from a family of faithful disciples that we met during our time in Cape Coral and was discipled by Brett while he was still part of the youth ministry at First Assembly West.

As partners in our ministry, you may be wondering why Brett’s short term travel to South Africa is necessary.  We and Fivefold Missions have been prayerfully considering the steps that we should take that will be most effective at getting us to Life Church long term.  Now that Judah has been doing better for a couple of months, we feel more confident and have more time to press forward with the additional partner-raising that is needed before we move.

We believe that a short-term trip for Brett will provide greater insight in to the ministry that God has called us to. We will be able to more effectively pray and prepare for our time there, as well as share more concretely with potential partners what exactly we will be doing.  We are especially hopeful that, over the next month, God will give more definition to our timeline for moving.  We are prepared to follow His lead, whether it means moving very soon or spending more time in the States than we had originally thought.  We certainly were not expecting to have to dedicate so much extra time to Judah’s health over this past year, but we are thankful that, as disciples, God works through us for the Kingdom regardless of if we are in our desired place of ministry.  We know that we are called to “…be my witnesses in Jerusalem and in all Judea and Samaria, and to the end of the earth.” (Acts 1:8). To him, all the Earth is the “missions field” and missions is not just about getting to the place where you desire to minister. Rather, the Great Commission is a journey that is meant not only to win lost souls, but also to shape God’s workers in to a finer representation of Jesus, and that is what we have tried to do with our “extra” time in the States.

Please pray with us as we discern what God’s next steps are. Additionally, please stay tuned as we desire to bring you stories and pictures from Brett’s time in South Africa while he is there.  We are not sure yet how much time and resources he will have to dedicate to sharing about his adventures, but we do hope to encourage everyone with what God shows Him during his time in Pretoria and Cape Town.