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    There is no exclusion put upon any tribe or clan, no classes are laid under ban, no individuals are exempted. Therefore, Church of Christ, by the love you bear to your crucified Master, by His wounds and death for you, and by His living love to you, seek out the lost and gather together the outcasts. You fishers of men, launch out into the deep and let down your nets for a draught. You sowers of holy seed, go abroad, and sow the untrodden wastes. You consecrated builders, break away from old foundations, and lay fresh groundwork for a larger temple for your God and King. Surely the Spirit of love in a church will suggest this. ~ C. H. Spurgeon

    16 For I am not ashamed of the gospel of Christ: for it is the power of God unto salvation to every one that believeth; to the Jew first, and also to the Greek. 17 For therein is the righteousness of God revealed from faith to faith: as it is written, The just shall live by faith. ~ Romans 1:16, 17

    28 Whom we preach, warning every man, and teaching every man in all wisdom; that we may present every man perfect in Christ Jesus: ~ Colossians 1:28

    16 And without controversy great is the mystery of godliness: God was manifest in the flesh, justified in the Spirit, seen of angels, preached unto the Gentiles, believed on in the world, received up into glory. ~ 1 Timothy 3:16

    6 Jesus saith unto him, I am the way, the truth, and the life: no man cometh unto the Father, but by me. ~ John 14:6

    21 For he hath made him to be sin for us, who knew no sin; that we might be made the righteousness of God in him. ~ 2 Corinthians 5:21

    25 Jesus said unto her, I am the resurrection, and the life: he that believeth in me, though he were dead, yet shall he live: 26 And whosoever liveth and believeth in me shall never die. Believest thou this? ~ John 11:25,26

    16 For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life. 17 For God sent not his Son into the world to condemn the world; but that the world through him might be saved. 18 He that believeth on him is not condemned: but he that believeth not is condemned already, because he hath not believed in the name of the only begotten Son of God. ~ John 3:16-18

    24 Wherefore the law was our schoolmaster to bring us unto Christ, that we might be justified by faith. ~ Galatians 3:24

    23 For the wages of sin is death; but the gift of God is eternal life through Jesus Christ our Lord. ~ Romans 6:23

    8 For by grace are ye saved through faith; and that not of yourselves: it is the gift of God: 9 Not of works, lest any man should boast. 10 For we are his workmanship, created in Christ Jesus unto good works, which God hath before ordained that we should walk in them. ~ Ephesians 2:8-10

    3 Jesus answered and said unto him, Verily, verily, I say unto thee, Except a man be born again, he cannot see the kingdom of God. 7 Marvel not that I said unto thee, Ye must be born again.~ John 3:3,7

    3 For this is good and acceptable in the sight of God our Saviour; 4 Who will have all men to be saved, and to come unto the knowledge of the truth. 5 For there is one God, and one mediator between God and men, the man Christ Jesus; ~ 1 Timothy 2:3-5

    13 The God of Abraham, and of Isaac, and of Jacob, the God of our fathers, hath glorified his Son Jesus; whom ye delivered up, and denied him in the presence of Pilate, when he was determined to let him go. 14 But ye denied the Holy One and the Just, and desired a murderer to be granted unto you; 15 And killed the Prince of life, whom God hath raised from the dead; whereof we are witnesses. ~ Acts 3:13-15

    19 Repent ye therefore, and be converted, that your sins may be blotted out, when the times of refreshing shall come from the presence of the Lord; 20 And he shall send Jesus Christ, which before was preached unto you: 21 Whom the heaven must receive until the times of restitution of all things, which God hath spoken by the mouth of all his holy prophets since the world began. ~ Acts 3:19-21

    36 He that believeth on the Son hath everlasting life: and he that believeth not the Son shall not see life; but the wrath of God abideth on him. ~ John 3:36

    11 And this is the record, that God hath given to us eternal life, and this life is in his Son. 12 He that hath the Son hath life; and he that hath not the Son of God hath not life. ~ 1 John 5:11,12

    21 He that hath my commandments, and keepeth them, he it is that loveth me: and he that loveth me shall be loved of my Father, and I will love him, and will manifest myself to him. ~ John 14:21

    7 For there are three that bear record in heaven, the Father, the Word, and the Holy Ghost: and these three are one. ~ 1 John 5:7

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Ficksburg Cherry Festival 2011

Eleven days ago on Friday 18th and Saturday 19th November, four brethren came together in a small Eastern Free State town known as Ficksburg. This Afrikaaner-town that borders on Lesotho is known as the “Cherry Capital of the world” and it is in this setting that a festival is held there each year at the harvest time of this precious crop – cherries. Festivities and sin prevails in a carnival atmosphere, but the four men mentioned, four brothers in Christ – Sello Rasephei (Sesotho), Ndumiso Mndayi (Xhosa), Lungisa Zondi (Zulu) and Gary Crous (Afrikaaner – so says Sello :)) were not there for fun purposes, but we were there on business – our Father God’s business. We can find nothing more satisfying than travelling vast distances to come share the Gospel of our Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ, to hand out as many as 3000+ English and Sesotho Gospel booklets / tracts / hand-outs and to raise our voices in the public arena upon the streets in open-air preaching. There is absolutely nothing more satisfying than preaching Christ – Him crucified, buried and resurrected – to this dark dying world, calling all to repentance and faith in God’s only begotten Son Jesus Christ, as God wills for His good purpose. We were there to proclaim Truth to a self-serving people caught in the trappings of this world. And it was a truly blessed time with many conversations had with many souls our God brought across our paths.

L to R: Ndumiso Mndayi (Xhosa), Lungisa Zondi (Zulu), Gary Crous (Afrikaaner) and Sello Rasephei (Sesotho)

Lungisa and I travelled up with my wife Tammy, son Chad and our grandson Cee-Jay – the son of our older son Jason who lives in Ficksburg with our in-laws, from Pietermaritzburg, KwaZulu-Natal and the collective distance travelled for the evangelism week-end was 831 kms, whilst Sello and Ndumiso travelled from Johannesburg, Gauteng. Koos and Jan Kruger opened their home to us as the base from where to evangelise, whilst our brethren from Gauteng stayed at Sello’s sister’s home also in Ficksburg.

During the course of the two days, the Gospel was proclaimed with power from on high. There were some convicting conversations for some persons hearing the Gospel of Christ. There was one conversation that I had that was a sweet savour to our Lord – a conversation with a 12 year-old Sesotho boy whose name translated means “Right.” He and his friends were out there selling some frozen juice sachets when I stopped them and engaged them in dialogue about Jesus Christ. Whilst sharing the Gospel with “Right” and his friends, I expounded on idolatry and asked whether he participated in ancestral worship. He said they do not do such things – Praise God that there are some wise locals who don’t worship demons. Then he said he has a question for me. He asked, “Then is it wrong when Indians pray to pictures?” I responded that it is wrong as they are praying to another god – idols that God is angry with. “Right’s” response was priceless, and it shows that the Kingdom of God is truly for children, when he responded, “Then this means that the constitution of South Africa is not godly, because it teaches people to not follow after God.” He was referring to the freedom of religion. It was so refreshing to hear a twelve year old understand and know that the man-made laws of South Africa are ungodly when there are educated adults that do not even perceive the wisdom of this child and they continue in their foolery. “Right” was right – and he said he is a Christian. I have no doubt this brother was true to his word.

There was also a lady vendor who was selling her merchandise at a stall situate behind Lungisa when he open-air preached in English, and she was reduced to crying as large tears streamed from her eyes. Truly moved and convicted, I rejoiced at this sight. People don’t just cry for the sake of crying in public and at the preaching of the Gospel of Jesus Christ. The Holy Spirit was at work – a truly beautiful moment. We thank God for His Word:

For the word of God is quick, and powerful, and sharper than any twoedged sword, piercing even to the dividing asunder of soul and spirit, and of the joints and marrow, and is a discerner of the thoughts and intents of the heart. ~ Hebrews 4:12

Many more conversations were had, literature distributed and our voices raised to the Heavens proclaiming the only true King and God Jesus Christ to every tribe and tongue present to hear. We took some photographs and videos, not to bring vain glory to us, but to show you what God can do with mere men willing to Go and share the Gospel of His dear Son Jesus Christ. You can view them at our Facebook page Mark 16:15 Evangelism Missions and the YouTube Luke 9:23 Evangelism channel and Burden4Souls channel.

We give God our Father all the Glory and the testimony and witness of His Son Jesus Christ be praise and worship forever.

(24) Now unto him that is able to keep you from falling, and to present you faultless before the presence of his glory with exceeding joy, (25) To the only wise God our Saviour, be glory and majesty, dominion and power, both now and ever. Amen. ~ Jude 24,25

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