Mission Act 1:8 ~ Day 1

This has been an evangelism mission that has been laid upon my heart for a few days now. Why do you want to go to the ends of the earth when you have not even reached out to your neighbours where you have been planted by our Lord Jesus Christ in His vineyard? A conviction and a confirmation came upon me when I read Brother Jesse Boyd’s 2013 Travel Blog [There & Back Again | Full Proof Gospel Ministries] concerning his grandfather Earl Taylor Green’s witness. There are souls in every street of Pietermaritzburg, my “Jerusalem” that needs to hear and read about the Gospel of our Lord Jesus Christ.

The Luke 9:23 Evangelism of Repent and Believe South Africa is committed to Mission Act 1:8 ~

Act 1:8 But ye shall receive power, after that the Holy Ghost is come upon you: and ye shall be witnesses unto me both in Jerusalem, and in all Judaea, and in Samaria, and unto the uttermost part of the earth.

Please keep us in prayer to be faithful in proclaiming Christ Jesus and Him crucified to the Glory of Almighty God, and also those souls our Lord leads us to meet!

SOLI DEO GLORIA!

— in Pietermaritzburg. Please click the photograph to go to the Facebook Album for the day’s events. Day 1 ~ February 9, 2013

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Praise Report for the AFCON 2013 Evangelism

Orange Cup of Nations ~ South Africa 2013 :

We hereby give all praise to our Great God and King, our Lord Jesus Christ, for we are His workmanship created in Himself unto good works that He has had us walk in for His Glory!

On the evening of Friday January 18th our Lord’s servant left Pietermaritzburg by Shosholoza Meyl passenger train at around 21H50 for Johannesburg. Before departure, an open-air preaching of the Gospel of our Lord Jesus Christ, expounding upon the Law and Grace of our Almighty God, was conducted upon the station platform – the same railway station where Mahatma Gandhi was evicted from a train on the night of 7 June 1893 for riding first class – to a fair crowd of about 30-40 passengers waiting for the arrival of the train. They were also presented with an “Are You Ready?” Gospel Tract. The train trip was pleasant and I was looking forward to arriving in Johannesburg to see my dear Brother-in-Christ Sello Rasephei.

Saturday January 19 ~ Soweto, Johannesburg [PICS]

DSCF1435The arrival of the train was “running late,” but in God’s timing it was perfect as Sello had informed me by text message that he was engaging Jehovah Witnesses at Park Station, JHB with the True Gospel while he awaited my arrival. Praise Jehovah for a servant of God who also redeems the time for the proclamation of the Word of Truth!

En route to Sello’s home, we fetched and met Brother Neo Matsepe. After meeting Sister Pearl and the growing Rasephei family (four sons), freshening-up, sweet fellowship and a meal with the brethren, we headed out to fetch Ernest Gxagxama in Cosmo City who contacted us via our blog posting callingDSCF1449 soldiers of Christ to join up with us. The forecast was for a 80% chance of thundershowers which was on the day 100%! Thunder and torrential downpours greeted our arrival in Nasrec, Soweto where we would be evangelising outside the FNB National Stadium before the opening ceremony and the two opening matches. We had prayed for a place where no rain would be above us, and that is what we received from our Father. Just outside the stadium is a facility that has a high roof where spectators gather, and we found shelter from the inclement weather, although by this time, since DSCF1440our long walk there, we were pretty much drenched through and our shoes were filled with water. The weather was a blessing and the cross-walking and proclamation of the Gospel of our Lord Jesus Christ went ahead unhindered by law-enforcement agents as an open door by our Father allowed thousands upon thousands of people to hear and receive the Word. We also do find that at these events the Devil is there to disrupt the preaching of God’s Word, especially with the deafening vuvuzelas, but we rejoice always and are also encouraged by brethren being challenged when they see the evangelising going forth!

Sunday January 20 ~ Lyttelton, Centurion and Park Station, Johannesburg [PICS]

After much travelling the night before and getting rest, we attended at the Bethany Baptist Church in Lyttelton for our Lord’s Day worship. After the morning service deacon Sello and I were able to minister whilst seated at a garden table outside, to a African man that normally visits at the Church on Sundays in a “drunken” state who sleeps in the pews! While he has heard the Gospel before from Brother Sello, we are sure the seed of the Living Word was planted and we pray for God to work in this man’s heart. Salvation is of the LORD (Jonah 2:9) as we also read:

Psalm 68:20 He that is our God is the God of salvation; and unto GOD the Lord belong the issues from death.

We returned to Sello’s home and after lunch, Brother Sello and I departed to go spend time evangelising before my train trip back home. Experienced also riding the Gautrain from Centurion, Pretoria to Park Station, Johannesburg which was a pleasant trip at high speed! Phew! Once we arrived at Park Station we decided to walk the main passenger area and wait on the Lord for evangelism opportunities. Whilst Sello carried the wooden cross, it was “magnetic” in drawing various people to us to engage in conversations. We had a gothic girl named Leigh that professed that she had called upon the Lord before who was begging money, saying she needed to pay for penalties on a bus fare. We were prompted by the Holy Spirit to witness to her and a deep conversation took place in the station main-hall. I asked her to draw-back her long sleeves and her arms were covered in tattoos, some crosses and even her knuckles were inked and on her arms were also many, many razor / knife cuttings. We ministered to her trying to find out more about this young woman who had short cropped hair and also various facial piercings. She said she had been in a rehab for drugs and that is where she found the Lord and that she was clean. She also had large sores on her arms, as I was looking for needle-marks, but she squeezed one sore that had puss ooze out of it. She said it was a “spider-bite”! But still some thing was not right with her, as she had a black star pendant around her neck which we said was demonic in appearance. She had black ear-studs and was predominantly dressed in black. At times she was teary eyed, as we pressed on with the Gospel of our Lord Jesus Christ. Then we noticed a black string necklace that disappeared below the neckline of her top. On asking her to take it out it was revealed that it was a Satanic silver disc with the pentagram on it and various symbols at each point. We rebuked the demonic spirit in the name of Jesus and said that she is wearing signs of Satan around her neck and she could not be a christian as she professed. This was a doorway, a foothold for Satan’s demons. Leigh told us that she was given this by some friends not so long ago and she never knew that it was demonic, however she was not at this time cutup about her sin in wearing it and by not removing it. We then gave her a booklet: Satan versus CHRIST (World Missionary Press, Inc.) and the “Are You Ready?” Gospel Tract. We pray and thank God that He brought Leigh across our path to witness Christ Jesus to her and hope she will come to true repentance. What stays with me now is the swagger that she left with, it was not womanly!

In the words of Brother Sello Rasephei:

While brother Gary was speaking to Leigh, I was approached by a lady whose husband was cheating on her. She claimed to be a Christian but didn’t live a holy life. Apparently her husband also gave his life to Christ a long time ago by being prayed for by a pastor, but i showed her that it’s not possible that he is saved based on his deeds. I also showed her the need for holiness and encouraged her to pray for her husband that God might give him repentance, and she left a very humble person. Pray that her husband might repent for his sins, and also that they may both come to the right knowledge of God.

Whilst speaking to this lady, a man who was working at the station approached me and asked me to pray for him as there are voices speaking inside his  head. I prayed for him that God might deliver him from whatever is bothering him. Immediately after praying, God revealed to me that this man is troubled by alcohol and nothing extraordinary as he was drunk whilst working. I showed him his need to repent from alcohol and all sins and trust in Jesus for deliverance from sin. At this moment he was very humble and tears were streaming down his cheeks. He asked that i might pray for him again which i did.

Afterwards i saw a girl and a boy of around 15 years who were holding hands amazed at the man carrying a cross. I approached them and asked them if they are friends, to which the girl proudly replied that they were lovers. In my astonishment I took them through the Law and showed them that they are displeasing to God, and that they are under His judgement unless they repent. The boy withdrew and stood by himself while I continued to speak to the young girl. I taught her the value of purity before marriage and how sex before marriage is not worth going to hell for. My mentioning of hell humbled both of them, especially the boy, as I understand that he was raised in a Christian home. I told them that if they love each other then God will bring them together in due time but fornication will lead them both to hell. They both left, but  now they were not holding hands and the arrogance had disappeared. I pray that God might lead them to Himself, and might keep them pure.

We were also encouraged to speak to a brother named Thembalethu Mxaka from the Eastern Cape province who works in Johannesburg, Gauteng Province. This was more an encouraging fellowship sharpening one another as we also discussed the Gospel of our Lord.

Later, we moved over closer to where a large gathering of bus passengers were congregated awaiting the buses to Durban and other destinations. Prompted by the Holy Spirit I preached on “In the Days of Noah” and the crowd was really attentive. Our great God gave us an open door to preach boldly in the Park Station hall without any disturbances. Many Gospel Tracts were handed out to all the passengers within the vicinity of the preaching. There was a young African lady that took out her Bible and checked up every Scripture reference made which was encouraging. This was the Lord’s Day, so she was getting Church before leaving for home in Durban. Praise be to God! Brother Sello also got into a Gospel presentation and called a witchdoctor woman to repent of her wicked ways! She did not and held fast to her demonic teachings!Another day of such wonderful good works that our Lord Jesus Christ lead us through – praise be to the Lamb, for worthy is the Lamb of God!

Sunday January 27 ~ Moses Mabhida Stadium, Durban [PICS]

Brother Lungisa Zondi and I headed out to Durban at about 15H00 to evangelise before the South Africa vs. Morocco soccer match. Our Great God and Father and our Lord Jesus Christ by the power of the Holy Spirit gave us much grace and boldness together with an open door to preach for about three hours in the face of much wickedness, and also through a sudden storm with heavy downpours. Gospel Tracts were distributed as always, some brief conversations were had, competing with the ever present vuvuzelas! Hundreds, if not thousands of Muslims heard that our Lord Jesus Christ is the ONLY way into paradise (heaven) and many of them laughed, joked and blasphemed the only begotten Son of God! They were summarily rebuked for their blasphemy and corrected and pointed to Christ Jesus in love. It is so sad that in our hearts we pondered that many of the people we saw today would be judged for their rejecting of Christ, who was there to meet them at their need of repentance, but they judged themselves unworthy of everlasting life (see Acts 13:46). We are reminded in the Holy Word of God:

John 8:24 I said therefore unto you, that ye shall die in your sins: for if ye believe not that I am he, ye shall die in your sins.

We also continually reminded the hordes of soccer fanatics that it is a sin to be “lovers of pleasures more than lovers of God;” (see 2 Timothy 3:4). It was a truly blessed day to work in our Lord’s harvest and after dropping Brother Lungisa off at home I arrived home at about 20H35.

Saturday February 2 ~ Moses Mabhida Stadium, Durban [PICS]

We, Brothers Lungisa Nhlakanipho Zondi, Aziz Ebrahim (an ex-Muslim) and Gary Stephen Crous travelled to the Moses Mabhida Stadium in Durban to evangelise before the South Africa vs Mali football match. We had started off earlier on the beachfront where many conversations were had with some believers who have doctrinal issues that are unbiblical. Was able to preach outside the Suncoast Casino plaza where there are eateries with many patrons hearing the Gospel of our Blessed Lord Jesus Christ. Upon ending the open-air, a casino security officer arrived and spoke to Aziz, who was tracking the entrance and plaza of the casino, saying we cannot preach there. Surprisingly, there were about six SAPS Law Enforcement officers sitting just behind me within earshot of the preaching that said absolutely nothing during the entire preach. Maybe, the Gospel never went down well with the steak, egg and chips, or it was too hard to swallow with the calamari and garlic bread in the eateries and a complaint was raised! Our Great God knows the Truth behind this incident.

Later at the walkway to the stadium we were joined by pastor Sidney Francis from Johannesburg, who was encouraged the last Sunday when he saw us outside the stadium and had phoned me during the week to make arrangements to join us today. He and his huge family came out in force and were handing out some Bible story books at various points along the walkway.

During the course of the late afternoon, our Lord God brought two “old friends” past me at two separate occasions. We used to play soccer for the same football team at a stage, and they were also opponents at other times, but we were also back then “boozing buddies”, too! They heard that there is redemption from our sins only through our Lord Jesus Christ. Please join me in praying for the souls of my two friends Bobby Bestall and Dean Butler. The former refused all literature, but was warned that Christ will judge him upon the Day of Judgment and that through repentance and faith in Christ, Jesus can set him free from his sins and the wrath of God, and the latter took a Gospel tract and even said he was happy to see that I had changed, using an expletive (he was duly corrected) to describe my previous drinking habits to his friend, of which I am now delivered from to the Glory of God! Then there was also Tommy “the birdman” who stopped by  to encourage us and said he is born-again and hands out Bibles.

Later as the crowds arrived there was much blasphemy spewed out by Muslims at the preaching of the Living Word and ONLY God, Jesus Christ. A Muslim woman was reminded that she would need to have our Lord Jesus Christ on Judgment Day as her Advocate and Mohammed could not help her as he is a dead man. She told me to “Go to Hell!” Later her husband accompanied three SAPS’ Officers who came to speak to me and Aziz whilst Brother Lungisa was at another point reading from the Book of Hebrews. After dismissing the Muslim man they said we are offending some people and that we must be “tolerant” to their religions and faiths. I said we cannot be tolerant, but will continue to preach the Truth that they need to have our Lord Jesus Christ on Judgment Day! At the point that I asked them if the man had told them that his wife had said to me that I must “Go to Hell!” when we are trying to get them into heaven, they took a tract and allowed us to continue. Well our Great God always makes a way for His Glory!! Through out the evening there was much blasphemy! We keep them all in prayer that God would show them mercy! If not, Almighty God will be and still is Glorified – as we read:

Matthew 25:31 When the Son of man shall come in his glory, and all the holy angels with him, then shall he sit upon the throne of his glory:

Matthew 25:32 And before him shall be gathered all nations: and he shall separate them one from another, as a shepherd divideth his sheep from the goats:

Matthew 25:33 And he shall set the sheep on his right hand, but the goats on the left.

Matthew 25:34 Then shall the King say unto them on his right hand, Come, ye blessed of my Father, inherit the kingdom prepared for you from the foundation of the world:

Matthew 25:41 Then shall he say also unto them on the left hand, Depart from me, ye cursed, into everlasting fire, prepared for the devil and his angels:

Brethren, Go into all the world, to every tribe, tongue and nation calling all to “repentance toward God, and faith toward our Lord Jesus Christ” (Acts 20:21b), “And of some have compassion, making a difference: And others save with fear, pulling them out of the fire; hating even the garment spotted by the flesh” (Jude 22,23).

SOLI DEO GLORIA!

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