Evangelism at the United vs Sundowns Match, 2016/17

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. ~ Romans 1:16 

This praise report is solely for GOD’s glory alone and that no attention be directed our-way! “He must increase, but I must decrease” (John 3:30). On Wednesday 14th September 2016, Jono and Gary attended at the PSL football match between Maritzburg United and Mamelodi Sundowns that took place at the Harry Gwala Stadium. We arrived just after 17H30.

Stadium Security and JonoWe started our evangelism outreach by speaking to the two stadium security members (<— at left) and shared with them the reason for our attendance outside the South Gate, as we did during the last football season. Whilst informing them that we were there to preach the Gospel of our Lord Jesus Christ calling all to “repentance toward God, and faith toward our Lord Jesus Christ” (Acts 20:21), we opened the Scriptures and related to an incident that took place at the corresponding fixture between the same two teams during season 2015/16, when racist comments were directed our way by a Sundowns supporter.[*] Clarity was given from Acts 17 where the apostle Paul stood in the midst of Mars’ hill and preached to the men of Athens concerning the UNKNOWN GOD. We made it known to them that we would be standing likewise to declare the Gospel of GOD by GOD’s decree. The Scripture specifically referred to, was,

26  And hath made of one blood all nations of men for to dwell on all the face of the earth, and hath determined the times before appointed, and the bounds of their habitation; ~ Acts 17:26

We made reference to the accusation we were accused of for stealing the Africans’ land by the ‘Downs supporter and used the following analogy, that just as you have ‘whites’ in Europe, in Asia, in North and South America, in Australasia and here in Africa, so you also have ‘blacks’ in Europe, in Asia, in North and South America, in Australasia and here Jono loading up with Gospel literature for distributionin Africa, because GOD “hath made of one blood all nations of men to dwell on all the face of the earth.” Certain races cannot lay claim to being the sole custodians of certain land on earth to the exclusion of other races as GOD “hath determined the times before appointed” in which time era we find ourselves living where HE has appointed us to live, “and the bounds of their habitation” which is where GOD has decreed the inhabitants to live. GOD determines all and therefore we are proud to be Africans for our roots are in Africa, We were not born in Europe so we are therefore not European. Our forefathers might have been European, but by default it does not make us automatically European according to our place of birth.

However, we take comfort that we are “strangers and pilgrims on the earth” and “desire a better country, that is, an heavenly:” as we are reminded in Scripture concerning our heroes of the faith,

13  These all died in faith, not having received the promises, but having seen them afar off, and were persuaded of them, and embraced them, and confessed that they were strangers and pilgrims on the earth.
14  For they that say such things declare plainly that they seek a country.
15  And truly, if they had been mindful of that country from whence they came out, they might have had opportunity to have returned.
16  But now they desire a better country, that is, an heavenly: wherefore God is not ashamed to be called their God: for he hath prepared for them a city. ~ Hebrews 11:13-16

The security were truly blessed and we learned as our conversation proceeded that they do profess the Lord Jesus Christ.

Gary addressing a youth Praise YEHOVAH for opportunities to engage the youth with the Truth. As the early evening darkened and a light drizzle fell, Gary started to preach ‘atop-the-box’ and was approached by a youth who said he is ‘Jesus’! This blasphemy can only stem from false teachings where the youth think they can become ‘gods’, received from the false charismatic teachings that have come to our shores from wolf heretics like Creflo Dollar, and Kenneth and Gloria Copeland! By taking this young man through some of the Ten Commandments, he soon realised he is not the sinless Son of GOD, the Lord Jesus Christ. He was soon joined by his friend that wanted to argue for his ancestral spirits – those would be devils Gary addressing a youthby the way! References were made to the Bible, but since he wanted to stay with his traditions and culture, Gary mentioned that if you are at school or university and you have to take a test, you cannot just write down whatever you feel like as an answer because you feel or think it is the right answer. If you don’t give the correct answer as per your text book you will be marked wrong and fail. Well, GOD has given us HIS perfect text book the Holy Bible and if you do not adhere to it you are going to fail Gary addressing a youthirrespective of your belief in your traditions and culture! So they need to repent of their wicked ways and trust in the Lord Jesus Christ alone. They too, went away thanking us for sharing with them.

While preaching the holiness of GOD and man’s predicament of his sin come Judgment Day, various men stopped and listened intently to the Gospel of our Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ. Whilst the rain fell sporadically, there was one particular man who remained the entire time and did not budge, whilst others came, listened and moved on . . .

Siphiwe Dlamini in the middle of the frame with a beige jacket, beanie and black trousersGary preaching

The man in particular can be seen in the centre of the picture frame below with the beige jacket, beanie and black trousers. Siphiwe Dlamini in the middle of the frame with a beige jacket, beanie and black trousers

After preaching the Law and the Gospel of grace for over an hour, Gary approached this one particular man and these were his first words when greeted: “How does a man get salvation?” Our Father had given us a divine opportunity to share from the Scriptures, to give writer’s testimony of the grace of GOD and challenge Siphiwe Dlamini to cry out to GOD for salvation and that he must seek GOD with all his heart and he will find HIM. Whilst fielding some questions from Siphiwe the heavens opened and we stood in a torrential downpour speaking about spiritual matters whilst ‘the world’, so it seemed, was trying to get into the stadium for the 19:30 kick-off. We spoke for about 20-minutes in the rain and Gary prayed with Siphiwe for GOD to open his understanding and draw him to HIMSELF. Siphiwe was given a Gospel Tract and he said he has an isiZulu Bible at home and wanted to know where to start reading from. Gary suggested the Gospel of John (Johan in isiZulu) and 1 John. He was truly thankful. Please keep Siphiwe Dlamini in prayer for his salvation and for all others who heard the Word and received Gospel literature. We rejoice in Christ that GOD allowed so many to hear about salvation through HIS Son, our Lord Jesus Christ!

Kindly keep us in prayer for our next PSL football outreach, Lord willing, at the Harry Gwala Stadium’s South Gate, being next Wednesday evening 21st September, 2016 from 17:30 – 19:30

 Maritzburg United                               SuperSport United 

Maritzburg United   vs.   SuperSport UnitedSoli Deo Gloria 01

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Footnote:

* The Gospel . . . Racism and South African History – posted March 8, 2016

> Maritzburg United 2016/17 Home Fixtures @ Harry Gwala – posted August 24, 2016

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