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.

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2010 FIFA World Cup South Africa™ Evangelism – Newsletter #2

We, Bill Adams (www.sfoi.org), Michael Rogers (www.livingwatersafrica.co.za) and Gary Crous (www.luke9.23evangelism@wordpress.com) have received responses from four (4) brothers in Christ who have shown a willingness to labour with us at the 2010 event. Keep praying to our Father for more laborers (Matthew 9:37, 38; Luke 10:2).

We have received the following report from Brother Nigel Titus in Cape Town who is graciously coordinating The 2010 FIFA World Cup South Africa Draw™ Evangelism Outreach from December 4th-6th, 2009 –

On December 4, 2009, Cape Town will welcome FIFA executives, representatives of the 32 qualifying teams, the international media, and FIFA guests to the city to witness the Final Draw for the tournament at the Cape Town International Convention Centre (CTICC). The Final Draw, which will take place in front of some 3 000 international guests at the Cape Town International Convention Centre will be broadcast live to an estimated audience of 150 million viewers in 200 countries.

The event is expected to have football fans around the world glued to their screens as the match order for the qualifying teams is announced. According to the City of Cape Town’s site, the Final Draw event will be attended by an estimated 8 000 people. Besides the local and TV audiences, a large number of soccer professionals and officials, associated celebrities, and sponsors will be in town for the event – bringing even more attention and visitors to our fantastic “Mother City”.

For Christians and like-minded evangelists, this presents a massive opportunity to spread the gospel and open-air preach to the thousands of fans, party-goers and tourists that will be descending upon the Mother City next week. In addition, we also hope to use this event as a good test run for the 2010 World Cup Evangelism Project which is coming up next year.

According to organizers, the main hot spots for the Final Draw will be the entire Upper Long Street, from Wale Street to Buitensingel which is to be converted into a festival zone for the Final Draw on Friday. The main stage will be situated at the Long Street baths, with several huge television screens further down towards Wale Street. The festivities will start at 12:00 noon with music and cultural performances with a South African and African flavor. Entrance to the festival is free and thousands of Capetonians are expected to congregate at Long Street to share in the world’s excitement of the Final Draw. Please also check out Cape Town Magazine.com Sport & FIFA 2010 for more information.

If you are interested in laboring with us to preach the gospel at this event, please feel free to contact us at the below numbers / email address. A final plan with all the necessary details of how we will operate will only be finalized by next week – we encourage you however to get in touch with us soonest if you wish to be a part of this event. We will also be setting aside next Wednesday and Thursday (2nd and 3rd December 2009) to earnestly seek God’s guidance in prayer and supplication on how we should approach this event. We acknowledge that our endeavors and actions will attract the attention of our spiritual enemy and we need to be sufficiently equipped and prepared before we go out.

For His Glory!

Nigel Titus
083 642 4454
legintitus@gmail.com

In Christ’s Service until He returns,

Gary Stephen Crous
tel. 033 – 394 9091 (Work)
Cell +27 722211233
e-mail gary@gdlk.co.za

www.chroniclesofafisherofmen.blogspot.com
www.luke923evangelism.wordpress.com
www.NeedGod.com

[Jesus] saying, “The time is fulfilled, and the kingdom of God is at hand; repent and believe the gospel.” – Mark 1:15

2010 FIFA World Cup South Africa™ Evangelism Newsletter #1

Dear Friend

RE.: 2010 FIFA WORLD CUP SOUTH AFRICA™ EVANGELISING MISSION

We, Bill Adams (www.sfoi.org/), Michael Rogers (www.livingwatersafrica.co.za/) and Gary Crous (www.luke923evangelism.wordpress.com/) take this opportunity of requesting your availability, Lord willing, to join us in reaching the tens of thousands of soccer fans and visitors coming to South Africa to be a part of the 2010 FIFA World Cup™. Add to this the 47.9 million (www.southafrica.info/about/people/population.htm) local people then we have the world’s largest sporting event in our own backyard where we can work with our Lord Jesus to reach His people.

You can check out the progress of the World Cup at FIFA.com and view the official website (www.fifa.com/worldcup/index.html). There are nine (9) cities that will be hosting the First Round matches in nine stadia, which are –

 Cape Town – Green Point Stadium

 Durban – Moses Mabhida Stadium

 Johannesburg – Ellis Park Stadium

 Bloemfontein – Free State Stadium

 Port Elizabeth – Nelson Mandela Bay Stadium

 Nelspruit – Mbombela Stadium

 Polokwane – Peter Mokaba Stadium

 Rustenburg – Royal Bafokeng Sports Palace Stadium

 Pretoria – Loftus Versfeld Stadium

You can expect from the magnitude of the sporting event and the logistics involved stretching from the west coast to the east coast and from the southern coast through the central and northern regions of South Africa that we do appeal to ambassadors for Christ (2 Corinthians 5:20) to join us in fighting the good fight for souls (1 Timothy 6:12) all for the Glory of God.

The vision is to get as many obedient and faithful evangelists who love the Lord and will willingly lay down their lives, set aside their time and resources in reaching the millions for Christ so that many will hear the proclamation of God’s Law and His Gospel of Grace, compelling sinners to repentance and putting their trust in the Lord Jesus Christ (see Acts 17:30,31).

We are looking to labour with our brothers and our sisters in Christ who will preach the true biblical gospel – not a soft, candy-coated, prosperity gospel – but the True Gospel which saves unto salvation where we will allow the Holy Spirit to “reprove the world of sin, and of righteousness and of judgment” (John 16:8).

We are convinced that as you are on Michael’s mailing list you have possibly heard or have been taught ‘The Way of the Master’ (Kirk Cameron and Ray Comfort), a ministry of Living Waters (www.livingwaters.com/). Please do take some time to listen to the two Foundational Messages “Hell’s Best Kept Secret” and “True and False Conversion” on their website. If you have already, please do these as a refreshing exercise, as we all are to examine ourselves (see 2 Corinthians 13:5). We are trying to make certain that whoever stands up to preach Jesus Christ and Him crucified will be reading off the same Bible pages and not flying under the radar with another gospel (see Galatians 1:6-10).

We are also hoping to put together a type of “Ambassadors’ Academy / Way of the Master” style Evangelism Boot Camp. However, what might be more appropriate would be to get those ambassadors in the nine cities who are prepared to make a sacrifice to come together and be involved in a training camp within each city. This will create an awareness of the evangelism outreach for the 2010 event. We therefore appeal to you and request those who want to be a team leader of an evangelism team in your city and those who want to host an Evangelism Boot Camp to forward the following information to gary@gdlk.co.za :

 Your full names and contact details.

 Your church and pastor’s details – a reference.

 Have you taken / taught ‘The Way of the Master’ Evangelism Basic Training Course?

 A short testimony of your faith in Christ Jesus and any ministry / mission work.

 Have you listened to the Foundational Messages “Hell’s Best Kept Secret” and “True and False Conversion”?

 Do you preach sin, righteousness and judgment by using God’s Law (The Ten Commandments) and the Gospel of Grace through the Cross, Resurrection, Ascension and Second Coming of our Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ?

To host a team to conduct the boot camp will however require financial support so if you have any ideas please let us know by emailing suggestions / actions / support to the above e-mail address in order that the necessary arrangements can be undertaken.

The ultimate aim is to have a team of evangelists – open-air preaching and one-to-one witnessing –available in each of the nine cities, to be shepherded by a team leader (for accountability purposes) around the stadia and at the fan parks. This will be a corporate mission with prayer gatherings, transport, preferably Living Water’s gospel Tracts and/or One Million Tracts (www.onemilliontracts.com/), accommodation and meals being organized by the team leader and the members (ecclesia) of each team. We would also appreciate photos and videos to be taken at the various venues so they can be posted, hopefully, on a daily basis on the Luke 9:23 Evangelism blog in order that our brothers and sisters in Christ from around the world can be informed of the mission and also be prayer warriors for the evangelists and the souls witnessed to.

As the sporting event progresses we hope to all come together, those who are able to, in the Second Round at the venues allocated and so on to the Quarter-Finals, the Semi-Finals until we will all be united in one huge gathering at the Third/Fourth Place Play-off and the Final. This is the vision and the prayer for our BIG GOD to give Himself all the Glory!!

We hope to hear from you, if you have suggestions or plans we have overlooked, please drop us a line. To get a feel of the Lord’s work at the 2009 FIFA Confederations Cup™ please check out the following links –

o Photo Gallery – www.luke923evangelism.shutterfly.com/26

o Live Report by Bill Adams – www.luke923evangelism.wordpress.com/2009/06/20/live-report-from-confederations-cup/

o Thomas Nunes Report – www.luke923evangelism.wordpress.com/2009/06/24/thomas-nunes-confederations-cup-report/

o Bill Adams Friday June 19th – www.luke923evangelism.wordpress.com/2009/06/30/bill-adams-confederations-cup-report-friday-june-19th/

o Bill Adams Saturday June 20th – www.luke923evangelism.wordpress.com/2009/07/02/bill-adams-confederations-cup-report/

o Brothers on Mission – www.luke923evangelism.wordpress.com/2009/07/09/brothers-on-mission/

In Christ’s Service until He returns,

Gary Stephen Crous
Tel. 033 – 394 9091 (Work)
Cell +27 722211233
e-mail gary@gdlk.co.za

www.chroniclesofafisherofmen.blogspot.com/
www.needgod.com/001.shtml

[Jesus] saying, “The time is fulfilled, and the kingdom of God is at hand; repent and believe the gospel.” – Mark 1:15

Bill Adams – Confederations Cup Report – Saturday June 20th

Entry from Bill Adams:

Saturday was a return trip to downtown Johannesburg.  What joy.  Standing in the same plaza proclaiming Jesus Christ as Lord.

As it turned out we stood on a famous corner outside the Supreme Court building.  The corner was where the city was initially founded in 1886.  A statue of Carl von Brandis, the first magistrate of Johannesburg, is there.   Apparently he governed the city until 1900.  He must have done it well as the city has survived for 100+ years now.

Von Brandeis Staue

In spiritual terms when you go into a city to preach you go to the center to attack the spiritual powers & principalities that control the city.  So by God’s grace we had arrived at the city center.

In all candor my mission is to stand in a city center & preach as boldly, directly & long as possible.  This was accomplished today; even more so than Friday.

The boldness encourages the Saints & the directness challenges the demonic spirits in the area: those dwelling in the people & those governing the area.

Willem Preaching

The longer you can go the greater damage you do to their power.  The Bible says that preaching is the power we have been given to tear down demonic powers & principalities.  Paul says in II Corinthians 10:3-5 that our power is not carnal but mighty in tearing down spiritual strongholds.

THomas Preaching

So I was able to proclaim the Word for a long time.  You can look at the pictures to see how simple this is & what is surrounding me.

One brother from Zimbabwe began to stand beside me & listen.  He was a pastor & was encouraged by our presence.  He helped me by interpreting the invitation from me to people to pray for them.

Several people during the day asked to be prayed for.

Willem witnessing

At about 4:00 PM we departed for Ellis Stadium.  Gary adroitly navigated us into a parking space near the stadium.  The four of us journeyed to the stadium chatting along the way.  During the travel is when the comraderie is further experienced.

Chatting about whatever comes to mind & recalling the events of the day is what we do for as long as we walk & ride.

We arrived at the stadium about 5:00 PM.  We walked to the Shell station across the street from the stadium to get a Coke.  Gary stopped along the way to witness to a man.  Thomas talked to some people at the station.  Willem & I, undeterred, got our drinks & snacks.

As we stood around waiting on Gary there were more opportunities to witness to passersby.  It truly never ends until you are home.  Because of God working through us & around us at all times when we are out every moment is a witnessing opportunity.

Willem & I went back to the corner where Thomas & I were Wednesday night.  Immediately we began preaching.  “Are you a good person” from Willem; “The goodness of God” from me which of course ends with “Jesus Christ is Lord”.

The police coming & going, fans, stadium workers all heard the Word.  No one talked to me but several paused to listen.  Even those who don’t stop but are standing around hear.  The Word is sharper than any two edged sword cutting asunder to the bone & marrow (Hebrews ).  We can’t underestimate to power of the  Word prolcaimed.

Ultimately one of the workers gave us two tickets to the game.  To me this is a witness from God; what you learn is that people will give you something as a sign that they are impacted from your preaching.  Some people give a smile; some give a word of encouragement; some a dollar; generally I take whatever one offers because God has convicted them to give.

After we were done, Gary & Thomas used the tickets & Willem & I returned to the Shell station for coffee & more fellowship.  Even here we are witnesses & our presence reinforces the message to those who heard us in the streets.

Word travels fast amongst the security that preachers are in an area, others who have noticed us as we preached & maybe in the store see us & the message is reinforced to them.

Bill Adams – Confederations Cup Report – Friday June 19th

Entry from Bill Adams:

Friday there were no games so went to downtown Johannesburg all day.  Normally as you enter a new area you drive around looking for the “right” spot.  A location that has heavy foot traffic & is in the center of an area.

By God’s grace Gary drove us to the exact location in Joburg that fit this description.  In fact, a parking spot opened as we approached it & on Friday there were few if any parking spots available downtown.

The location was at the corner of the South Africa Supreme Court building.  There was plenty of space on the corner, it’s always good to have space because you don’t want to encroach on people’s daily routine any more than necessary.  And there were plenty of people.  The day’s business brought many people across our path & refugees from Zimbabwe were there too & able to listen.

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Zimbabwe refugees

So the three of us, Gary, Thomas & I, hopped out of the car & began preaching, distributing tracts & talking with people.

Normally when you begin preaching in a business day environment it takes a little time for people to respond.  They seem to have to get used to your presence & then some listen while others walk up to talk.

Thomas & Gary have shown expertise in getting a crowd of 5 – 10 people around them as they preach & teach.  And today was no exception.

Thomas with crowd

I, quite frankly, see the behavior of the people as spiritually based (we are temples of the Holy Spirit or some other spirit, but temples of spirits nonetheless) & prefer to preach on in an attempt to break the spiritual power over them.

bill preaching

The refugees were in a hopeless place.  They fled Zimbabwe looking for work & of course there was seemingly no work for them in Joburg.  It’s heart breaking that men, made in the image of God, sit idly waiting for something or someone to help.  Where is the determination that marks so many other men?  Why would they give up?  The hope of our hearts which pushes on onward is Christ in you, the hope of glory.  They needed Christ in their hearts.  So I preached on.

preaching

The Methodist church down the street was housing 2,500 of them.  I’m sure there was some source of food for their bodies but they needed food for their soul:  Christ in their hearts. So I preached on.  Men don’t need more information they need the Holy Spirit to convict them of their sin & to convert them.  So I preached on.

Paul said I wasn’t sent to baptize but to preach the Gospel.

preaching

We were there until about dark.

Live Report from Confederations Cup

Entry from Bill Adams:

 

Missions trips consist of three areas:  ministry, fellowship, travel.

 

The ministry time so far has been divine.  Thanks to the steady hand of Gary Crous who has patiently driven us we have proclaimed Christ at three stadiums & downtown Joburg twice.  

 

Gary has made possible for Thomas & me to cover many areas which we would not have been able to if we were here alone.  I can’t emphasize this point enough:  the grace Gary is showing to us strangers (Matt. 25:35) is a divine gift.  His heart to serve is to be emulated by each & everyone of us as we interact as the body of Christ.  Otherwise we are clanging gongs & brass symbols.

 

All three of us therefore have preached to the locals in downtown Joburg Wednesday afternoon for three hours.  

 

It was a beautiful site as Thomas witnessed to many, Gary began distributing tracts & drew a large crowd to whom he presented the law & the Gospel.  I was able to simply read through the Book of Luke for three hours.  Many were ministered to; many encouraged; others seemed stunned & confused as to our presences; others told us of their ministries.

 

Thomas - Joburg I

 

Then it was off to Rustenberg for the game between Bafana Bafana (the South African team) & New Zealand.  There is much zeal for the Bafana Bafana.  Fans cheering, blowing vuvuzelas and wearing the national colors.  

 

Gary expertly navigated us so that Thomas & I got out of the car to walk to the stadium.  Security is very tight in terms of allowing vehicles close to the stadiums.  So we walked several hundred yards and set up outside the gate.  

 

We preached & Thomas distributed tracts for two hours  Agaiin it was so beautiful to stand in the midst of thousands of fans proclaiming Christ even in the dark the Word of Light penetrated the hearts of the hearers.

 

Many responded with hallelujah & at one point ten teenagers surrounded Thomas shouting the name of Jesus.  Even the police heard the Word.

 

Gary was posted where he let us off &, by God’s grace, was able to distribute tracts & converse with those walking to the stadium from that direction.

 

One other note is that whenever we have stopped for gas or to get a soda Gary & Thomas immediately begin talking with the men who pump the gas & work in the stores.  They patiently share the Law & the Gospel with each.  It’s heart rending to see these two Saints boldly & joyfully proclaim Christ.

 

Yesterday we did a doubleheader:  first game was the USA vs. Brazil at Pretoria & the second game was Egypt vs. Italy in Joburg.

 

Ah such grace.  Gary astutely got us down to the main pedestrian gate for the first game.  And for 90 minutes we preached & distributed tracts.  This picture of of Gary witnessing to a fan.   

 

Gary - Pretoria I

 

What else can be said that Gary & Thomas spoke with people, distributed tracts & boldly proclaimed the Truth for two hours.  

 

Candidly, we do the same thing everywhere we go.  The only thing that changes are the ears that hear the Word & the eyes that see the Ambassadors of Christ.  Our mission to sow & water as much as possible & that’ll always be our mission.

 

Then yesterday concluded with Thomas & me preaching for 45 minutes at the Joburg stadium.  Traffic was terrible from Pretoria & around the stadium otherwise we would have arrived in plenty of time.

 

But nevertheless thousands of fans heard the Word.  One of the policemen spoke with me along time.  He was so encouraged to see us.  He even noticed how when the Muslim fans passed me they began to blow their vuvuzelas to drown out the Word.  

 

Fellowship:  the great intangible is the fellowship.  When you spend 16 hours a day with people you have plenty of time to get to know each other & the Spirit works to connect our hearts.  Man, this is the sweetest part of missions.  I already miss these guys and we are only three days into the trip.

 

Each of us has his personal testimony that is shared & that brings a variety of perspective & passions to our time & outreach.  See, this is what you truly pay for when you go on a missions trip.  You can minister anytime, anywhere, but you can’t create the fellowship except in this intense environment.  So I whole heartedly encourage you to sign up & participate in the sweetest gift of our Christian faith this side of heaven.

 

Bill & Gary - Pretoria I

 

Travel:  Ah.  The travel.  For Thomas & me seeing the sites of South Africa has been wonderful.  We’ve been in three cities so far; seen the Capitol in Pretoria (where we met two American missionaries); seen the countryside & heard the history of South Africa from Gary.

 

Pretoria I

 

He’s a native.  He calls himself a South African & takes great pride in the national sports teams.  Gary was born in Cape Town & now lives in Pietermaritzburg near Durban.  He loves his country & shares his passion for it with us.  

 

Travel I

 

Travel also gives a glimpse into the lives of the people & into God’s hand. 

 

Pretoria II

 

There is more to come later…we’re off now to Joburg & the game tonight at Ellis Park Stadium.  


FIFA Confederations Cup South Africa 2009

Here is an update in respect of the FIFA Confederations Cup South Africa 2009, which e-mail Bill Adams has sent out on his mailing list. Things are definitely coming to a head and it is ALL GLORY TO GOD HIMSELF!!! Further reports will be posted here so please check back.

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Sports Fan Outreach International: Super Bowl XLIV Outreach Newsletter

Edition #11
May 21, 2009

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Two of us from Atlanta are departing in a month for the Confederations Cup Soccer tournament in South Africa. The Confederations Cup is the preliminary event to next year’s World Cup being held also in South Africa.

The World Cup is the absolute largest sporting event on the planet. Thirty days of games throughout the entire nation.

God willing we are going back next year & this trip is to gain an understanding of ministry in South Africa.

Watch the Confederations Cup promo video to get a sense of the excitement & then register to go with us.

Confederations Cup Video Marketing Promo.

We are meeting with a brother in Johannesburg, South Africa, Gary Crous, who has been to the Ambassadors Alliance training & communicated with me after being interveiwed by Tony Miano on his blogtalk radio show.

Here is a promo for the World Cup.

World Cup 2010 video.

And for South Africa itself. South Africa video.

It’s going to be an amazing time. Register today.

“Clark’s Corner”: “Glorifying God in your body”
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Pastor Clark gives another call to holy living: “Glorifying God in your body“.

Email Mike with your thoughts: mclark707@yahoo.com.

SFOI Events: MLB All-Star Celebration
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This is the next event in the US for us. So pray about joining us at the Major League All-Star Celebration. It’s being held from July 11 – July 14 in St. Louis, MO.

All the information & registration information is here: MLB All-Star Outreach.

Thank you & contact Information
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Hope to hear from you about traveling to South Africa.

Grace, mercy & peace,

Bill Adams
bill@sfoi.org
1-866-646-LOVE (5683)

Sports Fan Outreach International
P.O. Box 11667
Atlanta, GA 30355

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Evangelism Resources: Many Saints would be glad to “go” but can’t afford it. If you have ever wanted to “Sponsor A Saint” for a particular trip or in general you can do so here: Sponsor A Saint.

MLB All-Star Celebration $300 per person.

If you give the name of the person(s) you sponsor will be sent to you.

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