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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