World Cup Outreach ~ A Group Photo

From L to R - Jaco Pitzer (Pretoria, GP, SA), Jason Karroll (Orlando, Fl, USA), Willem Pretorius (Badplaas, MP, SA), Tim Crawford (Dallas, Tx, USA), Vincent Piater (Empangeni, KZN, SA), Gary Crous (Pietermaritzburg, KZN, SA) and Bill Adams (Atlanta, Ga, USA)

This photograph was taken before our street ministry that took place around the Loftus Versveld Stadium in Pretoria on Tuesday June 29th. Brother Jaco Pitzer was one of the local ‘newbie’ open-air Gospel proclaimers who joined us preaching the Law and the Gospel of Jesus Christ to the soccer fans attending the games in Pretoria. Jaco also joined us in Rustenburg on Saturday June 26th.

Praise reports and links to many photographs will follow.

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The Score Board

Saturday June 19

E : Netherlands 1 vs. Japan 0 ~ Durban

D : Ghana 1 vs. Australia 1 ~ Rustenburg

E : Cameroon 1 vs. Denmark 2 ~ Pretoria

Sunday June 20

F : Slovakia 0 vs. Paraguay 2 ~ Bloemfontein

F : Italy 1 vs. New Zealand 1 ~ Nelspruit

G : Brazil 3 vs. Côte d’Ivoire 1 ~ Soccer City, Johannesburg

Monday June 21

G : Portugal 7 vs. Korea DPR 0 ~ Cape Town

H : Chile 1 vs. Switzerland 0 ~ Port Elizabeth

H : Spain 2 vs. Honduras 0 ~ Ellis Park, Johannesburg

Tuesday June 22

A : Mexico 0 vs. Uruguay 1 ~ Rustenburg

A : France 1 vs. South Africa 2 ~ Bloemfontein

B : Nigeria 2 vs. Korea Republic 2 ~ Durban

B : Greece 0 vs. Argentina 2 ~ Polokwane

Wednesday June 23

C : Slovenia 0 vs. England 1 ~ Port Elizabeth

C : USA 1 vs. Algeria 0 ~ Pretoria

D : Ghana 0 vs. Germany 1 ~ Soccer City, Johannesburg

D : Australia 2 vs. Serbia 1 ~ Nelspruit

Thursday June 24

F : Slovakia 3 vs. Italy 2 ~ Ellis Park, Johannesburg

F : Paraguay 0 vs. New Zealand 0 ~ Polokwane

E : Denmark 1 vs. Japan 3 ~ Rustenburg

E : Cameroon 1 vs. Netherlands 2 ~ Cape Town

Friday June 25

G : Portugal 0 vs. Brazil 0 ~ Durban

G : Korea DPR 0 vs.  Côte d’Ivoire 3 ~ Nelspruit

H : Chile 1 vs. Spain 2 ~ Pretoria

H : Switzerland 0 vs. Honduras 0 ~ Bloemfontein

Round of 16

Saturday June 26

1 : Uruguay 2 vs. Korea Republic 1 ~ Port Elizabeth

2 : USA 1 (1) vs. Ghana 2 (1) a.e.t. ~ Rustenburg

Sunday June 27

3 : Germany 4 vs. England 1 ~ Bloemfontein

4 : Argentina 3 vs. Mexico 1 ~ Soccer City, Johannesburg

Monday June 28

5 : Netherlands 2 vs. Slovakia 1 ~ Durban

6 : Brazil 3 vs. Chile 0 ~ Ellis Park, Johannesburg

Tuesday June 29

7 : Paraguay 0 vs. Japan 0 a.e.t. [5 – 3 penalties] ~ Pretoria

8 : Spain 1 vs. Portugal 0 ~ Cape Town

World Cup Outreach ~ Sello’s Diary

During the last thirteen days the Brethren that met for the World Cup Outreach in the Gauteng and North West Provinces have also met new brothers and sisters in Christ who have boldly stepped out of their comfort zones and allowed Almighty God to glorify Himself through them. We hope to have reports posted by all the Brethren who laboured in our Lord’s harvest to the Glory of our Triune God – Father, Son and Holy Spirit.

Sello Rasephei reading God's Word in public

To ‘kick-off’ we will start with Brother Sello Rasephei from Pretoria who has been keeping the following journal for God’s Glory and he also broke the sound barrier for the very first time with the public proclamation of God’s Word. Here are extracts and the links to read more at his blog Burden4Souls :

It is really been a thrill to serve God, and it has not been different during this soccer World Cup in South Africa. The soccer World Cup is the best opportunity in the whole world to preach the Gospel, and I’m glad that I have been able to participate so far.

My participation in World Cup Evangelism started when I received a weekly newsletter update from Way of the Master on the 20th April, and they highlighted that they have been able to ship 100 000 tracts to a South African ministry for distribution during the World Cup. My interest in these football tracts was already great, and I had been looking to buy them so I can distribute them in the street corners. So I contacted Living Waters (of which Way of the Master is its TV ministry) to find out if I can get my hands on these tracts. A Living Waters correspondent, Oracio Sandoval, referred me to Gary Crous of Luke 9:23 Ministries and as they say the rest was history. Gary told me about the Evangelism Bootcamp that has been arranged for all those who would like to participate in World Cup Evangelism. (Read more at http://burden4souls.wordpress.com/2010/06/25/fifa-world-cup-2010-and-evangelism-update-2/)

World Cup outreaches are getting better every day, and it is definitely the best time of my Christian life. Years from now I will look back at this few weeks and I’ll conclude that they were the turning point in my Christian life, and I got closer to God than I have ever been in my two and a half years as a Christian. (Read more at http://burden4souls.wordpress.com/2010/06/28/fifa-world-cup-2010-and-evangelism-update-3/)

More will follow on the ‘newbie’ labourers who broke the sound barrier for the Gospel of our Lord Jesus Christ.

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The Score Board

Tuesday June 15

F : New Zealand 1 vs. Slovakia 1 ~ Rustenburg

G : Côte d’Ivoire 0 vs. Portugal 0 ~ Pretoria

G : Brazil 2 vs. Korea DPR 1 ~ Ellis Park, Johannesburg

Wednesday June 16

H : Honduras 0 vs. Chile 1 ~ Nelspruit

H : Spain 0 vs. Switzerland 1 ~ Durban

A : South Africa 0 vs. Uruguay 3 ~ Pretoria

Thursday June 17

A : France 0 vs. Mexico 2 ~ Polokwane

B : Greece 2 vs. Nigeria 1 ~ Bloemfontein

B : Argentina 4 vs. Korea Republic 1 ~ Soccer City, Johannesburg

Friday June 18

D : Germany 0 vs. Serbia 1 ~ Port Elizabeth

C : Slovenia 2 vs. USA 2 ~ Ellis Park, Johannesburg

C : England 0 vs. Algeria 0 ~ Cape Town

(No links available to the games’ highlights – other results with links to follow)

World Cup Outreach ~ Rustenburg Market and Pretoria

This video is from our time at the Rustenburg Market when we went and ministered there on June 19, 2010 and at Loftus Versveld Stadium in Pretoria later that night.

World Cup Outreach ~ Gauteng

Five of us began the day at Bethel Chapel with Brother Syd Warren who assembled twenty Saints together to hear a message from Brother Tim Crawford of Lost Cause Ministries. From there Warren & Sandra Joubert from Vanderbijl Park, SA joined us at Ellis Park Stadium to preach at the USA vs. Slovenia game.

The above video shows the ministry that took place leading up to kickoff. For about two hours thousands of tracts were distributed, the Word was proclaimed by several of us and many conversations held. The fans, especially many from the USA, knew that the true and living God had His Ambassadors there proclaiming His salvation alone in His Son the Lord Jesus Christ.

World Cup Outreach ~ Durban

On Sunday June 13, a group of evangelists met on the Durban beach front to get the Gospel of Jesus Christ into the hands of our foreign visitors and the locals leading up to the Germany vs. Australia match taking place in the evening.

Brother Paul McDonogh and I travelled down to Durban from Pietermaritzburg to meet up with Brother Glenn Smith and the other evangelists who would be arriving during the course of the day. We handed out many tracts and had some meaningful witnessing encounters all to the glory of God our Father. Although there were many people caught up in the occasion I found that there were alot of German supporters and Australian ‘Roo supporters that declined the invitation to receive the Gospel in tract and conversation form. However, there were those who did receive the Gospel – both foreign and local people alike.

German supporters received 'Der Kaizer' German Gospel Tracts

I had three very meaningful conversations (not that any are unmeaningful) – one just outside the Fan Park entrance with three male youngsters that were ‘strutting their stuff’, topless and muscular, Warren and friends, who were jovial at first, but became very ‘poker-faced’ and sober once the Law and Gospel of Grace were shared with them. They agreed to check out what I had shared with them. I encouraged them to read the Bible and see that what I had shared with them was from God’s Word.

The two other conversations were both with Roman Catholics – Yvonne (middle-aged) just inside the Fan Park entrance and Franklyn (middle-aged) awhile later who was handing out pamphlets warning against Drug Abuse. In both witnessing encounters the conversation revolved mainly around sinful man, confession to the priest and Jesus Christ our Advocate. As I shared with Brother Paul later, the previous night I had been reading the Bible and I felt the Lord impressing upon me the highlighting of Matthew 23:9 ~

And call no man your father upon the earth: for one is your Father, which is in heaven.

This was the foundation of the witnessing encounters and both parties agreed to read and test what I had told them about Roman Catholicism. Please pray for Warren and friends, Yvonne and Franklyn. All praise, glory and honour to our God – our Lord Jesus Christ.

Here are some praise reports for our Awesome God from our team that gathered in Durban:

It is always a glorious time spending time in the vineyard reaching people for Christ. Bev, my wife and I came down to the beach front together. We are just sorry that we came down so late, as I had a preaching appointment at 1030 and only got home at about 1pm.

I found that most people were receptive and only had one encounter of total opposition to the gospel. Of course the greatest blessing was actually giving the gospel message to various nationalities, and found the most receptive recipients where the African folk from South Africa. I had a most interesting chat with a Moslem man from India who was a physio-therapist in Durban. He gave me his business card and requested that I contact him to pursue a further discussions with him. I praise God that, the door to a staunch Moslem has been opened.

 All praise and glory to God.

~ By Ronnie Geel

and

Thanks so much for your part in organizing the outreach!! God is so good! David and I both had an awesome time sharing with people. Some were in too much of a hurry to chat but said they would read the tract. We both had several others who listened and agreed they were concerned about their eternal destination. One of my favorite moments was sharing with a group of four teenage girls from Australia. They started off joking around but when I got to the point of asking if this concerned them they were all very quiet and serious. They had obviously got the message and I trust they will take it further and make a solid committment to Christ!!

Our friends Daniel and Richard who also helped hand out tracts also had a good response. They handed out a large amount of German tracts and said they loved them.

Again thanks so much for letting us be part of this!!! I apologize for the brief report but we are in the midst of a week long vbs we are running at our church. I knew if I didn’t do this now it would likely get missed in the busyness!!!

God’s richest blessings!

~ By Krista Meisner

Here are also some photos that you can view at this gallery or slide-show.

German Gospel Tract - Front

Back - Read the Gospel in German

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The Score Board

Sunday June 13

C : Algeria 0 vs. Slovenia 1 ~ Polokwane

D : Serbia 0 vs. Ghana 1 ~ Pretoria

D : Germany 4 vs. Australia 0 ~ Durban

Monday June 14

E : Netherlands 2 vs. Denmark 0 ~ Soccer City, Johannesburg

E : Japan 1 vs. Cameroon 0 ~ Bloemfontein

F : Italy 1 vs. Paraguay 1 ~ Cape Town

World Cup Outreach in Cape Town

Here is a short e-mail received from Brother Nigel Titus in Cape Town. They have been out evangelising the streets of Cape Town since the evening of Thursday June 10th. A full report will follow, but here is something to rejoice about. Hallelujah to our King:

It’s been simply awesome. I’ve uploaded some photos of our outreach on FaceBook:

http://www.facebook.com/album.php?aid=2062334&id=1124782929&l=0f0ac024a0

http://www.facebook.com/album.php?aid=2062475&id=1124782929&l=56a8db74a0

One of the highlights was of a fully fledged Muslim (Tariq) who heard the gospel and repented in full public view of everyone. Praise God!

A Muslim named Tariq (red beenie) repenting before God in public

 Here is also the Gospel Tract in French for visitors to read in their native tongue.

French Gospel Tract - Front

Back - Read the Gospel in French

We will also, hopefully, record all the soccer scores under “The Score Board” with a video link to highlights of the game. We hope that this feature will draw unbelievers to this website so they too can receive the Gospel of our Lord Jesus Christ and see how the Blessed Son is glorifying His Father God Almighty through faith and good works that He has given to His children. May we continue to serve our King clothed in His righteousness until He returns.

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The Score Board

Friday June 11

Opening Ceremony ~ Soccer City, Johannesburg

A : South Africa 1 vs. Mexico 1 ~ Soccer City, Johannesburg

A : France 0 vs. Uruguay 0 ~ Green Point, Cape Town

Saturday June 12

B : Korea Republic 2 vs. Greece 0 ~ Port Elizabeth

B : Argentina 1 vs. Nigeria 0 ~ Ellis Park, Johannesburg

C : England 1 vs. USA 1 ~ Rustenburg

World Cup Flags in Johannesburg

I can think of many other ways the money spent on these flags could have been spent more wisely. I wonder how many Gospel tracts and Bibles we could have bought – that would feed the multitudes spiritually. And how many orphans could we have housed, clothed and educated?

for where your treasure is, there will your heart be also. ~ Matthew 6:21

For what is a man profited, if he shall gain the whole world, and lose his own soul? or what shall a man give in exchange for his soul? ~ Matthew 16:26

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