UCI Mountain Bike World Championships

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An evangelising opportunity has presented itself where more than 50 nations will be present in Pietermaritzburg, KwaZulu-Natal, South Africa. This is a result of the UCI Mountain Bike Masters World Championships (21-25 August 2013) and the UCI Mountain Bike and Trials World Championships (26 August – 1 September 2013) taking place at the Pietermaritzburg Cascades MTB Park. It is the first time that both events are held in one city in the same year – twelve days straight!

We hope to be out there preaching our Lord Jesus Christ and Him crucified, doing Gospel tracts / booklets distribution and one-on-one witnessing. Please keep this mission in prayer and pray for open hearts and open doors. May God be glorified through His Son Jesus Christ.

The event details can be viewed at this website MTB World Champs and the evangelism hopefully will be during the times 09H00 – 12H00 and 13H00 – 16H00 daily and as the Lord leads. If you wish to join us, Lord willing, kindly contact Gary on 072 221 1233.

SOLI DEO GLORIA

Burry Stander ~ Obituary

Burry StanderBURRY WILLIE STANDER, son to Charles and Mandie Stander, brother, husband to Cherise Stander (nee Taylor), friend, competitor, entrepreneur, champion MTB rider, a double South African Olympian, was born September 16,  1987 – died January 3, 2013 aged 25.

It was saddening news that greeted many the world over that Burry Stander had been tragically killed by a collision with a mini-taxi on a training ride, cut down in what many determine to be the prime of his life, in his prowess. From learning of the news of his death much has been written in way of condolences that have steadily poured in from here at home and from abroad, and there has been many memorial rides organised at various places around South Africa in memory of his passing. Whilst many convey words of sympathy to his parents and Cherise, wife of Burry, it is heart rending that parents should be burying their son, and a married life was cut so tragically short after just six months – are there any words that can be spoken to ease the pain and heartache at this time? The bereavement of the loss of this life is painful just as many others have also experienced the loss of a family member, or a close friend at some other time before!

Whilst many messages pour in through the social networks and the public media, many obituaries have been written from specific points of view, most noticeably from the point of view celebrating Burry Stander – “humble celebrity, gentleman, world champion mountain-bike legend, athlete, icon, hero” – whilst these accolades describe this South African son known affectionately as Africanmtbkid, not much has been written about the normal man – the man Burry Stander.

While people the world over give much praise and homage to this celebrated life, many do not pause to ponder what lies ahead after one dies. If Burry could now speak from eternity, for death is not the end of a soul, what would he tell you? If he could speak to you, dear reader – the words would most probably be: “Repent and believe the Gospel of Jesus Christ!” While many people live life fast, hard and large, they fail to examine themselves and see where they are ultimately headed. The question that should be posted to you, dear reader, is: “Are YOU Ready?” (Gospel tract). People tend to downplay what awaits them after death. Many truly believe that they will “go to a better place”, “go to heaven”, and many will even say in sympathy statements: “My prayers are with the family” and “God bless!” But what do these sentiments really mean? Do all believe in a Creator God? Do all believe in salvation through Jesus Christ alone? Are all living truly Christ-centred lives? Or, are people just trying to soften the impact of death – as they do not really want to offend people by speaking the Truth. Is it that they don’t want to deal with the real issues of the after-life, eternity? Jesus said what is in the abundance of the heart is what a man really is.

I do pray and hope that the pastors conducting the church service on Thursday January 10, 2013 will be faithful to Almighty God, YHVH, and proclaim the unadulterated Gospel of our Lord Jesus Christ (not the ear-tickling gospel of today in the Ecumenical system), and will not withhold the real TRUTH of what awaits a person once they die. There is bound to be many in attendance, some professing believers who need to be reminded of the surrendered life we are to live for our Lord Jesus Christ and many others who are unbelievers who need an urgent wake-up call to the frailty of life. Funerals are not for the deceased. The deceased’s soul has already departed and moved into eternity and the corpse is an empty shell that is lying there lifeless. Funerals are there for the family and friends that are left behind, who have been tardy or who have neglected to make preparation for the day when they too will die and meet their Creator. For God tells us in His Holy Word, the Bible, in Hebrews 9:27 ~

And as it is appointed unto men once to die, but after this the judgment:

If God says there is a judgment after death, are you prepared to meet the Creator of all the universe at that judgment?

Shall not the Judge of all the earth do right? (see Genesis 18:25)

We are also reminded ~

2 Corinthians 5:10 For we must all appear before the judgment seat of Christ; that every one may receive the things done in his body, according to that he hath done, whether it be good or bad.

So: Are you ready? Are you prepared? And are you making preparation? Scripture warns that we are to prepare to meet our God (see Amos 4:12). Jesus said: “Verily, verily, I say unto thee, Except a man be born again, he cannot see the kingdom of God(see John 3:3). If any person dies outside the covering of our Lord Jesus Christ they will not enter heaven. So then what happens to them?  So what do you think will happen to YOU when you die and stand naked before your Creator? Do you think God would find you innocent or guilty before His Judgment Seat? God tells us in 2 Corinthians 13:5 to examine ourselves to see whether we are in the faith and whether we will pass the test, which is the judgment. You can examine yourself to see your condition before God Almighty by looking into the ‘mirror’ of God’s Holy and Moral Law, which are the Ten Commandments (the full version can be read at Exodus 20:1-17):

  1. Thou shalt have no other gods before me (v3)
  2. Thou shalt not make unto thee any graven image [idols](vv4-6)
  3. Thou shalt not take the name of the LORD thy God in vain [blasphemy](v7)
  4. Remember the sabbath day, to keep it holy (vv8-11)
  5. Honour thy father and thy mother (v12)
  6. Thou shalt not kill (v13)
  7. Thou shalt not commit adultery (v14)
  8. Thou shalt not steal (v15)
  9. Thou shalt not bear false witness against thy neighbour [lie](v16)
  10. Thou shalt not covet (v17)

Now that you know God’s standard of holiness and perfection, “we know that the law is good, if a man  use it lawfully; Knowing this, that the law is not made for a righteous man, but for the lawless and disobedient” (see 1 Timothy 1:8-11) and we are reminded in Romans 3:23 that:

For all have sinned, and come short of the glory of God;

So let us take a quick test to see your true condition. If you should die today, what will be your condition before God on Judgment Day? Listen to your conscience and answer honestly. The ninth commandment says you shall not tell lies (bear false witness) (Exodus 20:16). How many lies have you told in your lifetime? Fibs, half-truths, white lies – they are all lies. A lie is deception and someone always gets hurt by lying. Jesus tells us that if a person speaks lies he speaks the language of the devil, Satan, “for he is a liar, and the father of it” (see John 8:44). The eighth commandment says you shall not steal (Exodus 20:15). Irrespective of the size or value of the object, have you ever stolen something – taken it without someone’s permission. This also includes piracy which is buying, downloading or copying CDs and DVDs that belong to other people without their permission.

Then there is the seventh commandment that says you shall not commit adultery. Have you cheated on your spouse? But listen, you do not have to be married to commit adultery. Jesus said:

Matthew 5:27 Ye have heard that it was said by them of old time, Thou shalt not commit adultery:

Matthew 5:28 But I say unto you, That whosoever looketh on a woman to lust after her hath committed adultery with her already in his heart.

Have you looked with lust? Roving eyes, lustful intent, leering at pornography; have you broken this command? This command would also include fornication (sexual relations outside the bounds of marriage) either heterosexual (mf) or homosexual (mm / ff) sex. Are you ‘living together’ out of wedlock as partners?

What about murder? Have you broken the sixth commandment? Have you murdered anyone? You do not have to pick up a gun, or knife or rope to kill someone to commit murder. If you hate someone you have committed murder in the heart:

1 John 3:15 Whosoever hateth his brother is a murderer: and ye know that no murderer hath eternal life abiding in him.

Gossip is also considered murder of the heart by God’s standard.

The second commandment deals with idols and idolatry. Do you worship and bow down to things made of wood, stone, plastic, gold, silver and any other material? God has warned that no person is to fashion or make any idols or “any graven image, or any likeness of any thing that is in heaven above, or that is in the earth beneath, or that is in the water under the earth:” (Exodus 20:4). God also warns that those who worship and make these idols are just like them – DEAD! It also includes people who make a god to suite themselves in their own image, a god they are more comfortable with, someone who won’t punish sin. Idols can also be placing your love, devotion and worship in things of this world – money, material possessions, sports and their athletes, celebrities in the film and music industry, family members, sex and pornography, alcohol and drugs, your work, studies and all other manner of activities, even your religious practices including your idolised favourite pastor / teacher – these are all idolatries. Vanities of vanities.

God tells us in James 4:4 that any friend of the world is an enemy of God and according to His Word no enemy will R.I.P. (Rest In Peace) for any person that does not have the Son does not have life, but has the wrath of God abiding on him (see John 3:36).

Now consider that we have only looked at five of the Ten Commandments – and if God judged you by this Holy standard and sees you as a lying thief, adulterer, murderer and idolater, do you think you will be innocent? Or guilty? You see the law is a schoolmaster, a teacher that teaches us that we have transgressed God’s Holy Commandments; it shows that we are in need of a Saviour – Someone to save us from the wrath of God. Scripture tells us:

Galatians 3:24 Wherefore the law was our schoolmaster to bring us unto Christ, that we might be justified by faith.

God’s Word tells us that transgressors of His law will be guilty and that:

1 Corinthians 6:9 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,

1 Corinthians 6:10 Nor thieves, nor covetous, nor drunkards, nor revilers, nor extortioners, shall inherit the kingdom of God.

Therefore you would be guilty and God warns that all guilty persons are condemned (see John 3:18) and will end up in Hell for all eternity. This is what Hell is described as in the Holy Words of God:

  • A devouring fire and everlasting burnings – Isaiah 33:14
  • A place of weeping and gnashing of teeth – Matthew 8:12, 22:13, 24:51, 25:30; Luke 13:28
  • Where the fire is never quenched – Mark 9:44, 46, 48
  • Where they can never repent – Matthew 12:32; Mark 3:29
  • Where they don’t want their loved ones to come – Luke 16:28
  • A bottomless pit – Revelation 9:1, 2, 11, 11:7, 17:8, 20:1, 3
  • Where they scream for mercy – Luke 16:24
  • A place of sorrows – Psalm 18:5
  • A place of outer darkness – Matthew 8:12, 22:13, 25:30
  • A place of torments – Luke 16:23
  • And many, many more verses …

On that Great Day at the Great White Throne Judgment, this is the Revelation of Jesus Christ of Judgment Day:

Revelation 20:11 And I saw a great white throne, and him that sat on it, from whose face the earth and the heaven fled away; and there was found no place for them.

Revelation 20:12 And I saw the dead, small and great, stand before God; and the books were opened: and another book was opened, which is the book of life: and the dead were judged out of those things which were written in the books, according to their works.

Revelation 20:13 And the sea gave up the dead which were in it; and death and hell delivered up the dead which were in them: and they were judged every man according to their works.

Revelation 20:14 And death and hell were cast into the lake of fire. This is the second death.

Revelation 20:15 And whosoever was not found written in the book of life was cast into the lake of fire.

If you should stand before the Judgment Seat of Christ know this that transgressors will end up in God’s prison – Hell for all eternity. On that Day there will be no Court of Appeal against your sentence, there will be no Constitutional Court to appeal to for a lesser sentence or an acquittal. There also will be no extenuating circumstantial pleas heard on your behalf. No, my friend, the judgment will be final and binding. Your only hope is – will you have the Lord Jesus Christ as your advocate (see 1 John 2:1) on that Day. If God is not your Father on Judgment Day, then He will certainly be your Judge. And Scripture warns that:

Hebrews 10:31 It is a fearful thing to fall into the hands of the living God.

Matthews 10:28 And fear not them which kill the body, but are not able to kill the soul: but rather fear him which is able to destroy both soul and body in hell.

The bad news is that Hell awaits all unrepentant evil and wicked sinners who have not repented towards God. But, O yea, there is Good News. And this is what a Good and Loving God did for you about two thousand years ago. God the Father took on human form – and became flesh (John 1:14) to take upon Himself the sins of the whole world so that redemption can be granted to His people. God is “not willing that any should perish, but that all should come to repentance” (see 2 Peter 3:9). Scripture tells us of God’s great love for us:

John 3:16 For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life.

John 3:17 For God sent not his Son into the world to condemn the world; but that the world through him might be saved.

Romans 5:8 But God commendeth his love toward us, in that, while we were yet sinners, Christ died for us.

Jesus Christ – God in human form – became the sin offering – the Lamb of God who takes away the sin of the world – for you when He went to the cross to die in your place taking the wrath of the Father upon Himself:

2 Corinthians 5:21 For he hath made him to be sin for us, who knew no sin; that we might be made the righteousness of God in him.

If God is speaking to you, do not harden your heart in the day of His visitation.

John 12:32 And I, if I be lifted up from the earth, will draw all men unto me.

John 6:39 And this is the Father’s will which hath sent me, that of all which he hath given me I should lose nothing, but should raise it up again at the last day.

John 6:40 And this is the will of him that sent me, that every one which seeth the Son, and believeth on him, may have everlasting life: and I will raise him up at the last day.

Jesus Christ took your punishment upon Himself so that He can legally commute your death sentence upon the Day of Judgment if you would believe upon His Name and be clothed in His Righteousness.

Scripture tells us that when Jesus died He was laid in a tomb (grave) and on the third day raised to life. Jesus has overcome this world, death and sin for all those who would believe in Him.

John 5:24 Verily, verily, I say unto you, He that heareth my word, and believeth on him that sent me, hath everlasting life, and shall not come into condemnation; but is passed from death unto life.

2 Timothy 1:9 Who hath saved us, and called us with an holy calling, not according to our works, but according to his own purpose and grace, which was given us in Christ Jesus before the world began,

2 Timothy 1:10 But is now made manifest by the appearing of our Saviour Jesus Christ, who hath abolished death, and hath brought life and immortality to light through the gospel:

Know this, that:

Ephesians 2:8 For by grace are ye saved through faith; and that not of yourselves: it is the gift of God:

Ephesians 2:9 Not of works, lest any man should boast.

2 Corinthians 6:1 We then, as workers together with him, beseech you also that ye receive not the grace of God in vain.

2 Corinthians 6:2 (For he saith, I have heard thee in a time accepted, and in the day of salvation have I succoured thee: behold, now is the accepted time; behold, now is the day of salvation.)

Call upon the Name of the Lord Jesus Christ, for His mercy and grace for there is no other that can save you:

Act 4:12 Neither is there salvation in any other: for there is none other name under heaven given among men, whereby we must be saved.

And Jesus said you must be born again, born of the Spirit of God, not of man or his will:

John 3:3 Jesus answered and said unto him, Verily, verily, I say unto thee, Except a man be born again, he cannot see the kingdom of God.

John 3:5 Jesus answered, Verily, verily, I say unto thee, Except a man be born of water and of the Spirit, he cannot enter into the kingdom of God.

John 3:6 That which is born of the flesh is flesh; and that which is born of the Spirit is spirit.

John 3:7 Marvel not that I said unto thee, Ye must be born again.

John 14:6 Jesus saith unto him, I am the way, the truth, and the life: no man cometh unto the Father, but by me.

John 1:12 But as many as received him, to them gave he power to become the sons of God, even to them that believe on his name:

John 1:13 Which were born, not of blood, nor of the will of the flesh, nor of the will of man, but of God.

So this day, your repentance must be toward God and your faith toward our Lord Jesus Christ (see Acts 20:21) and let God work repentance in you and receive Jesus Christ as your Lord and Saviour by faith:

Hebrews 11:1 Now faith is the substance of things hoped for, the evidence of things not seen.

Come to Jesus:

Romans 10:9 That if thou shalt confess with thy mouth the Lord Jesus, and shalt believe in thine heart that God hath raised him from the dead, thou shalt be saved.

Romans 10:10 For with the heart man believeth unto righteousness; and with the mouth confession is made unto salvation.

Find a quiet place and go before the Lord God Almighty and do business with Him today, for you are not guaranteed of tomorrow. Then get yourself a KJ Bible, read and obey what is written in it. Live it out. Get into a Bible believing assembly of believers and follow Jesus. For God commands Perfection, Holiness and Obedience. What is the cost of being a disciple of Christ?

Luke 9:23 And he said to them all, If any man will come after me, let him deny himself, and take up his cross daily, and follow me.

Luke 9:24 For whosoever will save his life shall lose it: but whosoever will lose his life for my sake, the same shall save it.

You never know when your time will be up and you will die. Are YOU Ready?

Mark 8:36 For what shall it profit a man, if he shall gain the whole world, and lose his own soul?

Mark 8:37 Or what shall a man give in exchange for his soul?

Mark 8:38 Whosoever therefore shall be ashamed of me and of my words in this adulterous and sinful generation; of him also shall the Son of man be ashamed, when he cometh in the glory of his Father with the holy angels.

Soli Deo Gloria,

Amen.

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Obituary written by an evangelist who has attended at the UCI Mountain Bike World Championships held in Pietermaritzburg, KwaZulu-Natal to reach competitors and spectators alike with the Gospel of our Lord Jesus Christ. Possibly, you too, have received a Gospel Tract. Consider this – Are YOU Ready?

2 Corinthians 5:20 Now then we are ambassadors for Christ, as though God did beseech you by us: we pray you in Christ’s stead, be ye reconciled to God.

MTB World Cup 2009 ~ Gospel Tract

Side One ~

NISSAN UCI MTB WORLD CUP 2009
PIETERMARITZBURG, SOUTH AFRICA
10TH – 12TH APRIL

QUIZ ~ Q & A
(Test your knowledge and please do not cheat by looking at the answers first)

1. Which team won the 2009 ABSA Cape Epic?

2. What nationality is the 2008 cross-country MTB World Champion, Christoph Sauser?

3. Who is the 2008 Elite Women’s World Champion?

4. Who is the reigning Downhill World Champion?

5. How many cross-country World Cup Series titles has France’s Julien Absalon won?

6. In 2008 which woman was both South African and African Elite women’s champion and 22nd at the Beijing Olympic Games?

7. What holiday is this weekend?

~ Please read the reverse side for more knowledge ~

Answers*: 1. Team Bulls ~ German duo of Karl Platt and Stefan Sahm. 2. Swiss. 3. Margarita Fullana (Spain). 4. Greg Minnaar of Pietermaritzburg, South Africa.  5. Four – 2003, 2006, 2007 and 2008. 6. Yolande Speedy. 7. Passover (Easter).
* Answers (except 7) were verified on MTB internet sites and are taken as being correct as at 3rd April 2009.

Gary Crous +27 72 221 1233

Side Two ~
Now that you have answered the questions on the reverse side of this handout ~ how did you score? 25%? 50%? 100%? We tend to know a lot about our sport and other things, but spend little to no time thinking about the million dollar question that I will put to you now. This question will make every other question you have ever answered appear to be insignificant. Do you know what will happen to you the day you will die and pass into eternity? People tend to think about everything else including attending a mountain bike event than thinking about their eternal destiny. Reality is 150 000 people die every 24 hours and you know that you are guaranteed one thing in this life ~ someday you will also die. If you should die this day, do you think you will be good enough to stand before a Holy God and go to Heaven. If I should ask you if you are a good person, most persons will profess to be good. But, by what standard are you basing your goodness on? Your own standard? To truly see whether you are a good person you should use a more perfect standard to judge yourself by looking into the perfect moral Law of Almighty God. This Law is known as the Ten Commandments. How many lies have you told in your life? Half-truths, fibs, white lies … it doesn’t matter what you call the lie, by definition God sees you as a liar. Stolen something? It doesn’t matter the size or value of the object, time does not excuse this crime. God sees you as a thief. Jesus said in old times it was said do not commit adultery, but I tell you whoever looks upon a woman to lust after her has already committed adultery with her in his heart (Matthew 5:28). Ever looked with lust? Had sexual thoughts in your mind? Indulged in fornication (had sex outside the bounds of marriage)? Then God sees you as an adulterer. Ever committed murder? The Bible says hating someone is murder (1 John 3:15). This also includes abortion which is the murder of unborn children. Ever used God or His Son Jesus’ name to show surprise or disgust? Like, “Oh my G-D!!” That is blasphemy and it is a serious offense in the sight of God. If you have answered “yes” to any of these questions then God sees you as a liar, a thief, an adulterer, a murderer and a blasphemer and God finds you guilty and will judge you for every crime you have committed against Him. He sees every thought, intention of the heart, every word uttered and every deed done, even those in secret. If God gives you the justice you rightfully deserve on the Day of Judgment as a lawbreaker then will you go to Heaven or Hell? Any person in their right mind will know that breaking the Law demands a payment and God has assigned a place called Hell as His prison for sinners who have transgressed against Him. That is the bad news. The Good News is that God is so kind and merciful that He expressed His grace and love to sinners by choosing to reveal Himself in the person of His Son Jesus Christ. Fully God and fully Man and without sin, Jesus gave us the divine standard by which we are to live and then He went to the cross to be punished by the full wrath of God to pay the price and take the full punishment for the repentant sinner who will hear the Gospel and believe. Not just believe but to put your full trust in Jesus Christ for mercifully dying in the place of you the sinner. You cannot buy your way into Heaven. Your righteousness is as filthy rags (Isaiah 64:6) in the sight of a Holy God. You are not good. God is so Good to want to save evil and wicked sinners from eternal damnation. Repent before God’s throne while you still have time.

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MTB World Cup 2009 ~ Day I

Friday 10th April 2009

Today would be the first of three days that I would be out at the MTB World Cup being staged in Pietermaritzburg, South Africa. This colonial city is nicknamed “Sleepy Hollow” and has become known as the “City of Choice” which now houses the local provincial legislature of KwaZulu-Natal.

Jonathan and I met at Cascades Shopping Centre around 07H00 and prepared to take up our positions to hand out a gospel tract especially designed for this event with a quiz dealing with mountain bike trivia on the front page and the Law and the Gospel of Grace on the reverse page. Jonathan went to the entrance leading from the Cascades’ parking lot and I took up my position at the main entrance leading from an adjacent car park where the competitors, event staff, course marshals, organizers and the media parked their vehicles outside the main ticket office. The reason is I would be here for three days, as the Lord willed.

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God is gracious in how He wants things done and the door He opens remains open. While I was waiting at the entrance, the main coordinator named Alec saw me standing with a hand full of the 3000 printed tracts (thanks to my wife Tammy for helping with the printing of the same) we hoped to hand out over the course of the three days. He asked me what I was going to hand out and without hesitation I replied “Gospel tracts.” He was silent for a brief moment and then recollected a conversation he had with his mother about this event taking place on the Easter weekend and that he would not be able to attend church service. This story was broadcast aloud while staff, security and marshals milled around waiting to be taken to their positions for the day. God allowed him to give me the go-ahead to take up my position at the main entrance outside the main ticket office as I introduced myself to the main security officer Craig and his gate attendees Andile and Carmenie (a Hindu). I tried to witness to both gate attendees but it would appear that at the time they were not open to the Word and they were busy working. God is the only Judge of their hearts.

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When the volunteers and paid marshals came through the gate I handed them tracts and some of them read it immediately and a few dropped them. I will relate to this incident a little later.

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This being a qualification day there was a steady flow of spectators coming through the gate and as each person came through I greeted them and told them to have a nice day as I handed them a tract. There were not many who refused the tracts – some asked what it was and I told them that it asks questions about this (MTB) event and on the reverse side is a presentation of a more important event that took place about 2000 years ago. At other times I just referred to the handout being a gospel tract. Mostly took without asking questions, some refused and handed it back with a comment, but this allowed me to speak openly in ear shot that they will have to stand before God someday and will they be found good enough to enter into heaven.

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Even though I did not stand up and preach a sermon by proclaiming the Law and the Gospel of Grace, I received a heckler – an American woman competitor whose name and photo I did not get. She rode past and pointed to the few tracts lying on the ground that the marshals dropped – surprisingly I did not see a spectator drop a tract that I was aware of, there was none lying about – but here this woman pointed to the tracts and told me to pick them up and that the people do not want them. She also alluded to that I was sinning by polluting the place with my tracts. My response to her was that if people reject the gospel it is not my sin but their own sin and that they should know better than to pollute. I had not handed her a tract so she must have been told about it or read it somewhere within the bounds of the event. However she came to know about the gospel literature I sensed she did not like the message. Was she being convicted? Only God knows why she heckled me. This took place early in the morning before the day’s proceedings were well under way. A short while later the main coordinator happened along and picked up the three or four tracts that lay about. Nothing was said.

From that point on it was awesome and humbling serving the Lord at the gate even helping the gate attendees with tickets and directing spectators to the downhill shuttle. At every opportunity someone received a tract and when the opportunity presented itself I spoke about the things of God. I even had an opportunity to speak to a member of MTB South Africa (name not known) who “boastfully” answered the trivia questions all right, but when I started to take him through the good person test he didn’t want to admit he is a liar. He kept telling me he is not a liar and God is love and he does not agree with me. The conversation was short and a seed was planted.

During the course of the day Jonathan laboured in the Lord’s vineyard and even at one point “they” closed his entrance to spectators to send them to the main ticket office entrance so tracts could be given out. This was no coincidence. This was God at work. We were also blessed to have our brothers and sisters in Christ join us for a while to encourage us and hand out some tracts.

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Thanks to Reghardt, Lynette and baby Leonard, Dale and Amanda (above picture), and Paul who has recently returned from England. Mark McDonogh is his dad and I know he was praying for us. You all are a blessing.

What I learned from the first day and marveled at the work of the Lord was when I recollected the events of that day and shared them with my family, when I returned home at about 16H00, God is faithful as He leads. We must allow God’s will to be done. Don’t try doing anything in your own strength. I was on my feet for nine hours straight and God kept me upright in overcast humid heat, He fed me spiritually (I did not eat anything until I arrived home;  I only had some juice I took along) and if I wanted to get up and preach to the crowds security could have tried to shut me down. At the end of the day I served the Lord by faithfully getting more tracts into peoples’ hands than I have done before on any day. At the day’s end almost a thousand tracts were handed out.

I would thank the Lord Jesus for glorifying Himself while we laboured not in vain. An early night to prepare for tomorrow.

MTB World Cup 2009 ~ Day II

Saturday 11th April 2009

Day two and the crowds picked up as the events for the day would be the following:

• World Cup Olympic Cross-country – Men Juniors
• World Cup Olympic Cross-country – Women Juniors
• World Cup Olympic Cross-country – Women Elite
• World Cup Olympic Cross-country – Men Elite
• World Cup 4X – Finals

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The left over tracts from the day before together with a thousand more was what I was armed with this day at the main entrance outside the main ticket office. The Lord kept me while I served Him, by helping the staff at the gate and getting tracts into peoples’ hands. What was so encouraging was that although some people when offered a tract responded with a quick “No, I received one yesterday, thank you” it allowed me to quickly direct a question to them whether they had read both sides. Some had; some had not. It also allowed short dialogue within earshot of others as I implored them to please read both sides and see how they will have to stand before a Holy God. What was also encouraging was that some Christians thanked me for handing out tracts and they had read both sides. It is all glory to God that the Word was being shared.

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 What I also thank the Lord for is that some friends of mine who are still in the world who I have not been in contact with since I became a child of God passed by me and I had the opportunity to get a tract into their hands. This was a blessing and I pray that they will read the tracts and if they visit this blog they will post a comment. I pray God will extend mercy to them and cause them to repent of their sin and trust in His Son the Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ.

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This day I was again heckled by the “unknown woman from day one” when she challenged me that I do not have permission from UCI to hand out my “religious material”. I kindly responded to her: “Who should I listen to – man or God?” She continued with her “Nobody wants your religious material” retort. To the woman heckler: If you view this at anytime, I am not angry at you for your comments, but I do hope you would enter into a proper dialogue and not heckle from a distance. The proof is by the end of day two; just short of two thousand tracts had been handed out. God is in control and He decides who accepts and who rejects the Gospel – O Father, thank you for allowing so many tracts to go forth, taking Your Word to those You have called.

It was yet another fruitful day for God’s glory and I thank our Lord Jesus for allowing me to be of service to Him. I was truly blessed to receive a text message today that read:

Proverbs 11:30 “The fruit of the righteous is a tree of life, and he who wins souls is wise.”

God bless
Paul

I share this not to get praise for myself. I am nothing without Jesus. It is all the glory for God and His Son Jesus. It is a blessing to have brothers and sisters thinking about and praying for you and that this is truly a family affair, not a solo effort.

For me, this day came to a close about 16H30.

MTB World Cup 2009 ~ Day III

Sunday 12th April 2009

I awoke and after prayer and reading the Bible I went in a little later at 08H00 as there would be the following main events in the afternoon:

 • Women’s World Cup Downhill – Finals

 • Men’s World Cup Downhill – Finals

Today would be busy. Armed again with the remnant tracts from day two and a further thousand tracts I resumed the position at the main entrance. The crowds came and there were many repeat visitors who said they had already received tracts, but the Lord also brought new spectators that readily took the gospel message. There were even more compliments and encouragement from spectators and there were also those that did not want the tracts again, or refused to take it anew when told it was a gospel tract. Even as late as into the third day, the main coordinator Alec (from day one) came and asked me for a tract. Here he is in the red shirt walking to the main arena at the finish line. Back at the entrance the spectators kept arriving… And they continued to come in… Until they closed the ticket office as the men’s final was well underway. For the first time I decided to go in to see how many spectators there were and this is part of the crowd – just at the finish line to the downhill course, not including those out on the course… I did not stay for the whole final and did not see the local rider Greg Minnaar win, but I do hope a gospel tract found its way into his hands. I went out and found my van was parked in that I could not leave. This allowed me time to place tracts under the windscreen wipers on the vehicles in the parking area. I then returned to my vehicle where I was approached by Lovemore, a Zimbabwean who was selling his curio ware at the entrance to the car park. He approached me and asked me what I had. Before long, it allowed me time to proclaim the Law and the Gospel of Grace to him for which he was thankful. Please join me in prayer for Lovemore and the people that received tracts and heard the Law and the Gospel of Grace. Even if one person is redeemed, the host before the throne of our Heavenly Father will rejoice.

This was truly a most awesome weekend of time well spent in God’s vineyard, in His harvest field. To cap it all off I received a telephone call from a lady thanking me for putting the tract together, blessing me. This work is not for my praise. Everything was for God’s glory and that His Son, our Lord Jesus Christ will have His name exalted and He will receive praise and worship as He rightfully deserves.

For the record – especially for my “unknown woman heckler” – of the 3000 tracts printed I have only about 100 left which were not handed out. The rest will be handed out on the streets. God is Sovereign, Holy and Awesome.

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