Evangelism at the United vs Ajax Match 2016/17

15  And he said unto them, Go ye into all the world, and preach the gospel to every creature.
16  He that believeth and is baptized shall be saved; but he that believeth not shall be damned.
~ Mark 16:15,16

Ajax Cape Town 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 the evening of Saturday 1st April 2017, Jono and Gary attended at the PSL football match between Maritzburg United and Ajax Cape Town that took place at the Harry Gwala Stadium.

This was our first time to preach in the vicinity of the North Gate to the stadium as opposed to the South Gate, which was our previously advertised ‘fishing’ area. We immediately, after committing the outreach to our Lord GOD in prayer, engaged a car-guard in conversation. He is a Shembe Nazareth believer who follows after their prophet Isaiah Shembe. We made it clear from the beginning that this man – later to learn that his second name is Immanuel – was in violation of the Ten Commandments to which they staunchly hold to. Firstly, he was smoking at the time and if I am not mistaken there appeared to be the smell of alcohol on his breath – two vices Shembe Nazarenes are forbidden to partake in. Secondly, we brought to his attention that as they hold to the Sabbath day (Saturday) whilst he was working they are not to work. The conversation revolved around him trusting in a prophet – a false prophet – who is seen as the ‘messiah’ of the black African man whilst they see the Lord Jesus Christ only as the Messiah of the white man. Straight up their religion is based along racial lines. Shembe believers are deceived of the devil following after a man-centred-religion that has so many factions due to their continuous court case battles as to who owns the ‘church’. Then they are divided not recognising the other factions as ‘true Shembe churches.’ He told us he needed to leave after we told him that if he does not have the Lord Jesus Christ as his Lord and Saviour Who can bring him out of darkness into the light, he is therefore not a child of GOD, but a child of the devil. That statement appeared to rock his world as he walked down the road away from the stadium. We did pray for him as he went down the road.

Later, we also had some conversations with drunk Roman Catholic men – one young African man even had an Afrikaans name Andries. Much literature was handed to them for closer examination especially when Andries tried to make our Lord Jesus Christ into a ‘holy bartender’ when He made water into wine at the wedding in Cana (see John 2:1-11). Wicked men who lust for drunkenness will always try twisting Scripture to fit with their own world view. The wine they were drinking was not the fermented poison of today, for our Lord Jesus would have contravened His own Word where we read,

15  Woe unto him that giveth his neighbour drink, that puttest thy bottle to him, and makest him drunken also, that thou mayest look on their nakedness! ~ Habakkuk 2:15

1  Wine is a mocker, strong drink is raging: and whosoever is deceived thereby is not wise. ~ Proverb 20:1 

9  Know ye not that the unrighteous shall not inherit the kingdom of God? Be not deceived: neither fornicators, nor idolaters, nor adulterers, nor effeminate, nor abusers of themselves with mankind, 
10  Nor thieves, nor covetous, nor drunkards, nor revilers, nor extortioners, shall inherit the kingdom of God. 
11  And such were some of you: but ye are washed, but ye are sanctified, but ye are justified in the name of the Lord Jesus, and by the Spirit of our God. ~ I Corinthians 6:9-11 (my emphasis) 

Our third encounter with spectators took place when Gary started to preach to a group of persons doing some ‘exercise’ on some public equipment outside the stadium leading up to the North Gate. Whilst a man and a woman left the area and the man was making some comments against the preaching, three men listened for a while then came over and stood in front of the ‘Are You Ready’ cross and said that they want to hear more. These three males – the one who we addressed most was Ally from Tanzania – and they were Muslims. They listened intently and interacted as we went through the Law of GOD given to the prophet Moses. We dealt with the differences between the ‘prophet’ Mohammed and our Lord Jesus Christ also addressing their religion of so-called peace and the true Prince of Peace Jesus. However, as the conversation was progressing, one of the three started pulling another away indicating that they must go, just before we were about to share why they have to be born again through the finished work of our Lord Jesus Christ. Ally and the other two had taken Scripture tracts and Ally intimated that he would contact us. Well we trust if he does, so-be-it. If not, he heard sufficiently and has material to contemplate.

The time leading up to kick-off we handed out much literature to groups of fans as they made their way to the stadium’s entrance. Kindly pray with us that those lost in their sin who received GOD’s Word will cry out to GOD for mercy and grace and be saved.

In closing, we do request that you kindly keep us in prayer for our next PSL football outreach, Lord willing, at the Harry Gwala Stadium’s North Gate, being on Friday evening the 14th April, 2017 from about 18:00 – 20:00

        Maritzburg United                   Baroka

Maritzburg United vs. Baroka FCSoli Deo Gloria

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Footnotes:

* For the record Maritzburg United won 2-1 against Ajax Cape Town.

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

> My Friends Are Dying And, Though They Be Alive, They Are Dead Men Walking! Tract – posted March 26, 2017 *** NEW TRACT ***

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