A Lot of Elevens in a Test too Bizarre

THE Test match between South Africa and Australia that ended at Sahara Park Newlands, Cape Town yesterday was nothing short of bizarre, and not just for the reasons that emerged after Thursday’s pandemonium where 23 wickets tumbled continuously throughout the second day.

As was well documented on social media sites throughout the world, yesterday’s date was 11/11/11.

What was less obvious, but far more mind-boggling, was the manner in which the Proteas’ run chase contributed to the already unique date. When the clock struck 11am yesterday, Graeme Smith and Hashim Amla were still at the wicket with the Proteas’ score on, believe it or not, 111/1. If they had failed to score a run in the next 11 minutes, then there would have been the outrageously freaky situation of South Africa being on 111/1 at 11:11:11am on 11/11/11. As it turns out, Smith and Amla managed a few runs in those 11 minutes, but that was not the end of the day’s peculiarities. When it was that moment in the day when the clock read 11 minutes and 11 seconds past 11am on the 11/11/11, it just so happened that the Proteas’ needed 111 runs (125/1) to win the Test match. Who ever said that Test cricket was boring? – Adapted from the Witness Reporter.

And for the staticians the Test match was wrapped up before lunch on day 3 of 5 and here are the scores:

  • Australia 1st Innings – 284 All Out (M. Clarke 151, D. Steyn 4/55, V. Philander 3/63)
  • South Africa 1st Innings – 96 All Out (G. Smith 37, S. Watson 5/17, R. Harris 4/33)
  • Australia 2nd Innings – 47 All Out (V. Philander 5/15) (At one stage Australia were 21/9)
  • South Africa 2nd Innings – 236/2 (G. Smith 101 Not Out, H. Amla 112)

Man of the Match: Debutant Vernon Philander (South Africa) for match figures of 8/78

South Africa beat Australia by eight wickets (1 up in a 2 match Series)

And through all of this, God Almighty the Lord Jesus Christ was still in control of all things, reigning on High, seated on his Heavenly Throne. Nothing changed!

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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

Train Ministries – May 1st – 9am @ Retreat Station

Hiya!

Just a friendly reminder of this week-end’s co-ordinated outreach activity on the train lines. We will also be having our Project Ezra readings on the Grand Parade for about an hour or so. Tracts and one2one will naturally be incorporated.

Please remain faithful in prayer and intercession as we continue to build momentum leading up to the outreach event during the FIFA World Cup™ in June /July!  We are also considering a day-long outreach event in the sprawling Cape Town suburb of Mitchell’s Plain next month (May). Pray for God’s direction as we pursue this option.

Nigel Titus

legintitus@gmail.com

Cellular 083 642 4454

Summer4Souls™ – Train Ministry: Retreat – Cape Town – Retreat

Hiya!

Just a friendly reminder of this week-end’s co-ordinated outreach activity on the train lines. We have some new, fresh faces joining us for the first time – please remain faithful in prayer and intercession as God continues to build a dedicated outreach team in Cape Town that will storm our city during the FIFA World Cup™ in June /July! (and beyond).

Please let us know by Thursday latest – God Bless!

Nigel Titus

legintitus@gmail.com

Cellular 083 642 4454

Praise Report ~ Summer4Souls™ Train Ministry: Retreat – Cape Town – Retreat

14How, then, can they call on the one they have not believed in? And how can they believe in the one of whom they have not heard? And how can they hear without someone preaching to them? 15And how can they preach unless they are sent? As it is written, “How beautiful are the feet of those who bring good news!” (Romans 10:14-15) 

With this scripture ringing in our ears, the team got together on Saturday morning and proceeded to minister the Word, hand out tracts, engage one-on-one conversations and witness to the hundreds of commuters on the Southern Suburbs train line. We started off at a station called Retreat, which is the last thing we actually did, as the soldiers of the cross proceeded to fearlessly advance up the battlefield and proclaim the Gospel with boldness, authority and in power!..PRAISE GOD!

On this particular trip, God added two new members to the group – our Brother Matthew, whom God graciously connected us with at the FIFA World Cup Draw evangelism event held last year, and our Brother Kyle, a member of our local church congregation who also joined us for the first time. These two wonderful brothers bravely swallowed their initial fears and heralded the Gospel, loud and clear to the commuters in the carriage. To God Be The Glory!

Our trip to Cape Town was admittedly tough, with the carriage jam-packed and the team finding it a bit difficult to maneuver their way amongst the scores of people and also having to deal with a very noisy carriage. Our Brother Riedewaan though, broke the ice by boldly declaring the Gospel, reading from the Scriptures and questioning the crowd about the state of their souls. By this time, the noise level was markedly down as people listened attentively to the preaching of the Word.

Plenty of one-on-one conversations were held with the commuters and an abundance of tracts were handed out. The tracts were a real attention grabber as we had just received some brand new Celebrity Million $ bills the week before, and these flew like hot cakes on the train!..

Celebrity Millions Tracts

Obama Million Tract

Youth Celebrity Million Tracts

At Cape Town station, we continued the preaching of the Gospel and handing out tracts to the crowds passing by on the platform. One young man was overwhelmed with guilt and repented of his sins and prayed to God for forgiveness on the busy platform! We made absolutely sure that he understood the serious nature of his sin (by using the Law), and also made sure he completely understood the Gospel (God’s grace) before continuing. The last thing the church needs is more false conversions……

The trip back was a lot easier as far as moving around in the carriage was concerned. Our Brother Matthew did his Project Ezra reading (Psalm 51) , which was a great springboard for the preaching of the Gospel, as Psalm 51 deals extensively with the issue of sin and the nature thereof, God’s nature and attitude to sin, our prerogative to repent and confess our sin, and God’s abundant goodness and mercy when he forgives us. I continued where my Brother Matthew left off, and preached about the reality and certainty of Hell and impending judgment. After my throat refused to co-operate further, Brother Vernon came to the rescue and ministered powerfully to the crowd, who were now completely absorbed with the preaching of the Gospel. Our Brother Riedewaan and Brother Kyle rounded things off by delivering their personal testimonies of how God saved them from eternal death and Hell.

All in all, another tough, but very rewarding day of evangelism and witnessing. We are eternally grateful that Almighty God has entrusted this awesome responsibility to us, a responsibility that we passionately and fervently embrace as we obey our Commander-In-Chief. To God Be The Glory!

Please continue to pray and intercede for us – our next adventure will be announced soon. We also strongly encourage you, if you have not already done so, to sign up as a subscriber to www.luke923evangelism.wordpress.com . This way you will receive automatic notification and announcements of any pending evangelism trips, not only in Cape Town, but across the country as well. This really helps, especially when praying and interceding for the team.

The photos can be viewed at this link.

God Bless

Nigel

Summer4Souls™ Train Ministry in the Cape Peninsula

As part of our on-going outreach campaign, we have decided to dedicate the 1st Saturday of each month specifically to train ministries. By this we mean we will board the Metro train at a particular location and proceed to preach the gospel, hand out tracts to passengers, and have the Project Ezra scripture readings on the trains.

Thus, our first trip will be this Saturday , February 6th. We will congregate at Retreat Station at 9am and take the next available train to Cape Town Station. After a short break, we will catch a return train back to Retreat Station. The entire outreach journey should take about 3 hours max. (Hopefully , Metrorail will stay true to form and the coach breaks down in the middle of the journey!)

Please let Nigel Titus know if you would like to attend – We’d like to be in a position to know who’s gonna do what on each leg of the trip. Please also (more importantly), PRAY PRAY PRAY!

God Bless!

Nigel Titus

legintitus@gmail.com

Cellular 083 642 4454

Praise Report ~ Summer4Souls™ Muizenberg & Sunrise Circle beach

The following Praise Report was written by Brother Nigel Titus for Sunday January 10, 2010 ~

With this past week end being the last of the school vacation, we anticipated major crowds at the beaches in and around Cape Town, with beach goers hoping to enjoy the last bit of their holiday before heading back to work & school.

Determined not to let the moment pass us by, we got a team together and headed out to one of our favorite fishing holes, Muizenberg & Sunrise Circle beach. We were joined by two new brothers who had heard of our fishing expeditions and desired to labour with us in the field. By the grace of God, we are thankful that our “core” team of evangelists and like minded brothers and sisters is steadily increasing with each new adventure we have! Praise God!

After praying and agreeing on a plan of action, we proceeded to open air preach and witness at the Sunrise Circle flea market to the hundreds of bargain hunters roaming the area. The loud preaching and proclamation immediately draw the attention of many, who paused their routine activity to pay attention to what the “preachers”, one by one, were declaring and reading from the Bible. Many voiced their disapproval and anger in no uncertain terms, especially the tenants who felt we were interfering with their customer base. We just ignored them and continued to preach and hand out tracts, and I’m thrilled to say that each one of the group confidently and boldly declared the Word of God to the masses! Our preaching focused primarily on the subject of death and what happens after someone dies. The interesting thing is that even though Muizenberg is a great “come together” place, with its clean beaches and feel good vibe, the local cemetery is just a few minutes away. We used this quite frequently when reminding people that the “pleasures of sin” are but for a season, but there’s coming a day when we all have to make that trip down the road. It worked!

When we were nearly done, we were approached by “officialdom” and requested to halt our proceedings as we did not have a “permit” J . After some peaceful negotiation, we were allowed to finish our preaching for the day, but were politely requested, that in the event of future preaching, that we move our “preaching location” a few meters away ( off the official flea market area) to appease the tenants that were complaining. After consideration, we decided it was not a battle worth fighting as our new “proposed” location would not hamper our attempts to draw the crowds. Interestingly enough, “officialdom” conceded that they could not prevent us in engaging in “one2one” witnessing conversations with the potential customers, or handing out tracts for that matter. Whatever!

Despite all this, there were many in the crowd who stayed the entire hour and a half and listened attentively to the preaching without moving an inch. About 4 or 5 actually called us over to talk to them privately about what they had just heard being preached, and we gladly shared with them out of the Bible the truth about Hell and God’s righteous judgment. One fellow was intensely convicted, to the point of weeping when I went through the 10 commandments with him. Please pray for Colin Charles, a Durbanite, that God might save him. There were many others who gladly received tracts and were willing to discuss the state of their souls.

We are also thankful that God connected us to some tourists from the Philippines who are also heavily engaged in outreach work and happened to be shopping at the flea market that day. They were really encouraged by our ministering and promised to pray for us and thanked us for having the boldness to share our faith. They actually videotaped some of the preaching and said they would be showing the footage to their church back home as inspiration and motivation for the rest of their congregation. All Glory to God who is setting the church on fire!

After another hour or so of witnessing and preaching on the beach, the weary but satisfied team returned with more testimonies and praise reports. Although the voices were practically shot (!) , and the limbs and bodies tired from the trip, there was a wonderful sense of “ We need to come back soon!” kind of spirit and attitude in the camp! As they say, so many souls, so little time!

The photos can be viewed at this slideshow and this gallery.

Until the next trip!

Blessings,

Nigel Titus

legintitus@gmail.com

Cellular 083 642 4454

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