Ballito Rage Festival 2014

This year was the tenth anniversary (2004-2014) of the Rage Festival in Ballito. From word on the street it appeared that the numbers were down from previous years (an answer to prayer) of matriculants (Grade 12ers) and other Raging party-seekers coming to party, booze and drug their way, expressing what they would think is “freedom” from school, teachers, parents and authority. Well, they had a rude awakening, for the Word of God says:

If the Son therefore shall make you free, ye shall be free indeed. ~ John 8:36

Saturday November 29

On our first day at the Rage Festival, Jarryd Cairns, Reece Cairns and Candice Simpson all from Hillcrest Baptist Church and writer from Living Hope in Pietermaritzburg, went down to the main beach where we saw many youngsters publically consuming alcohol, smoking a “hubbly-bubbly” and being reckless in partying and skateboarding in the streets. Pockets of street parties were also taking place on the main road through Ballito. We engaged some youngsters in conversation and also proceeded to open-air preach the Gospel of God to those on the beach. Many rejected the preaching, but there were many that by the leading of God that also stopped to listen on the beach and up on the boardwalk. Many Gospel tracts were also distributed to all willing to receive literature. We were also confronted by a young girl named Jessica who professed to be a Christian who was clad in a bikini. She was barely sixteen years of age and said that preaching as we did was only “scaring” the revellers off the beach. We shared with this young girl the Biblical way in which to share the Gospel, the way our Lord Jesus Christ did, the Apostle Paul did, Peter the Apostle did, and many other reformed puritans of the 16th and 17th centuries did, as well as us in the 21st century do. We also through much concern brought to her attention that if she being a Christian was encouraging other boys/men to look upon her body due to her immodest dress then she would be encouraging the lust of the eyes in adultery and therefore she would be seen as an adulteress. The proof text was:

27  Ye have heard that it was said by them of old time, Thou shalt not commit adultery:
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. ~ Matthew 5:27,28

Well, this did not go down too well, as she had told her dad Paul who tracked us down later in the evening with her mother and sister to address why writer had called his innocent daughter an “adulteress”. Obviously the entire story was not revealed to him, but we were also castigated by them for not befriending the sinners first and earning the right to speak to them about the Gospel, like they and the Red-frogs do! We heard first hand from a member of the Red-frogs – a ministry that offers free pancakes and who pick-up drunk teenagers – that they never force the Gospel unless asked to share it. Why wait until someone is blind-drunk or drugged-up to want to be a good-samaritan when it is then too late? What one must understand, on a short mission that is dealing with rebellious persons/teenagers – and I lay the blame squarely with their parents for allowing them to come to Ballito and be reprobate in their actions – is that you can’t go and engage in friendship evangelism as the time period is short. We come to proclaim the Gospel of Christ in obedience to our Lord’s command of the Great Commission (Matthew 28:18-20; Mark 16:15; Acts 1:8) to as large an audience as possible, and yes we engaged individuals too in one-on-one conversations showing them from the Holy Scriptures what is required of each person before a Holy, Just and Righteous God who is also merciful and gracious to sinners who will bow their knees and call upon Him in repentance for His salvation.

We had many conversations with youth, drunks, drug-addicts, the homeless, a Muslim, professing Christians and a devil-loving African man that said Satan is his father! Many people from all walks of life were confronted with the Son of Righteousness. We give all glory to God for using simple men to proclaim Truth. However, it is really sad when professing believers object as loud as the unbelieving dark and wicked world do to the preaching of the Gospel of our Lord Jesus Christ.

1 Corinthians 1:21  For after that in the wisdom of God the world by wisdom knew not God, it pleased God by the foolishness of preaching to save them that believe.

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Brother Jarryd raising the name of our Great God the Lord Jesus Christ! Brother Reece is speaking to a "heckler" (red shirt) who said his father is Satan!

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A small gathering listening to the Gospel of God (Romans 1:1) being proclaimed by Jarryd.

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Please pray for this Muslim woman named Cathy who heard the preaching outside and came out from a deli she works in. Cathy was very receptive, asking questions and listening intently. We pray our Father was dealing with her heart. Much what was shared by us to her was a confirmation of what her husband had shared with her on other occasions. She also took much Gospel literature before going back to work. Soli Deo Gloria!

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Sister Candice witnessing and discussing issues with a lady named Anna.

The homeless and destitute need the Gospel of God and much prayer. Please remember Gideon and Riaan in your prayers.

Saturday December 6

Jarryd and I went to Ballito to preach at the Rage Festival again on this day. Enroute we visited Stan and Tilly Webster for fellowship and stopped off at the Durban Beachfront and preached Jesus Christ open-air outside Joe Kool’s Restaurant. During this time in Durban we witnessed 1-on-1 with many souls. Please keep Jamisse (Mozambican), Sandile, Malcom (a homeless believer who joined us with tract distribution), Mamsi who came to Jarryd speaking to Malcom as she wanted to hear what was going down. Mamsi was open and teary eyed receiving the Word of Truth. She also enquired of a place where she could go and worship. We trust our Father will lead her in this regard and if she should contact us we are sure Stan, an elder at HBC, would be willing to direct her as he is resident in Durban.

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We also started discussing and praising God on the water-edge with Nathi from Pietermaritzburg whilst the Gospel was being preached to the ears that would listen. Soli Deo Gloria!

Parable of the Great Supper

21 … Go out quickly into the streets and lanes of the city, and bring in hither the poor, and the maimed, and the halt, and the blind.
22 And the servant said, Lord, it is done as thou hast commanded, and yet there is room.
23 And the lord said unto the servant, Go out into the highways and hedges and compel them to come in, that my house may be filled….
24 For I say unto you, That none of those men which were bidden shall taste of my supper. ~ Luke 14:21b-24

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Proclaiming the Gospel of our Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ at the water edge on North Beach, Durban. An audience listened to the Word of God.

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Outside a Spar convenient store in Ballito. There were a few alcohol consuming men who came to listen atop the roof of the Spar. Praise God.

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Even when there is load-shedding (blackout) the Light still shines in a dark and wicked world!

Whilst there was load-shedding the Gospel of Christ was shared with some youngsters in the dark, who were from upcountry. Their names are: Ailene, Calvin, Nathan, Elias and Zayne. Please keep them in prayer.

We also ministered to some homeless men in the Spar parking-lot named Mark, (an Indian-man who was drunk) and John (who spoke about doing battle against the angels). Mark was really open and listened intently. Please keep these men in prayer.

There were many more persons that had one-on-one ministry that our Lord knows by name. To God be all the glory for answering our prayers of bringing those He wished to have us speak with across our paths. We are truly thankful to our Father in heaven that we did not stay home and allow people to go about without being warned and prayed for. As an encouragement to all Christ’s disciples reading this, stop hedging, and be obedient to Luke 9:23; our Lord Jesus Christ speaking ~

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.

SOLI DEO GLORIA!

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Youth Day ~ June 16

On June 16, 1976 – what is now a Republic holiday in South Africa, known as “Youth Day” – was the Soweto Student Uprising where the black township youth rebelled against the then minority apartheid dictatorship government known as the Nats (National Party). The reason? Against the “forced” medium of being taught in Afrikaans. [See the following links for the history]

16 June 1976 Student Uprising in Soweto

Part 1 and Part 2

‘This is our day’

What is surprising is a large contingent of the black / coloured South African community, from Alexander Bay to Sordwana and from Breit Bridge to Cape Town, even now in 2011, speak Afrikaans and their African cultural language and some do not even speak English, which is the internationally recognised tongue of communication.

So did the Soweto uprising achieve its objective? Three and a half decades later is the anniversary of the event that took place 35 years ago, and does it really stand for the reason that it was fought? Or has it been used as the propaganda vehicle in which it is used by the ANC and its allies to keep the youth of today remembering “where they came from” when the youth of today were not even born at the time. In 1976 I was 11½ years old and at that time I certainly don’t remember the uprising, and although a white South African, I can guarantee that not all whites received equal opportunities back in the dark days of apartheid. Nothing has changed in this so-called ‘Rainbow Nation’ that we live in. Apartheid has gone the full circle and now we have racism in reverse and the apartheid government now calls it BEE – for the foreign visitors to this site that stands for Black Economic Empowerment).

Now that the ruling party has the power and all the resources available to themselves, we do not see them using them wisely, but greed, fraud and mismanagement is the order of business. Not only has this country not moved forward leaving behind a dark sinister history, it is now a country that is stagnated in the past, lying to its citizens and the global community that this Rainbow Nation is moving forward in unity. The crime, nepotism, murder, genocide of Afrikaners, abortion and the despicable ungodly evil, corrupt and wicked behaviour persists. Apartheid was truly an evil system, but my dear friends, the system under which South Africans live today is no better than the past system. You are just a slave to a different system. It is called demo-crazy. Two wrongs don’t make a right, and today who are the ‘comrades’ pandering to, but 35-something youth! (See Footnotes)

We can analyse the past, present and future from man’s perspective and we will always get exactly what man dictates us to have. Every year Youth Day draws around, but not everyone is remembered on this day, so how can this day be a unifying day to remember where we came from when the day and speeches always speaks to a select group of citizens and not a nation collectively. What we have today is the tale of unforgiveness that permeates men’s hearts as they are brainwashed into holding fast to an ideology of what was done to them in the past. Today my friends, South African black youth have better opportunities than many other first world nations’ youth of equal opportunity. Think of true communist regimes where the youth don’t have what our youth presently enjoy and they have it worse than the poverty stricken of this nation.

Probably the most famous photograph of the uprising is the photo by Samuel Nzima of Mbuyisa Makhubu carrying the body of 13-year-old Hector Petersen

In stead of pushing political agendas, think for a moment… if Hector Peteren could speak from eternity to you today, what would you think he would tell you? Do you think he would tell you it was worth it to die on June 16, 1976 over an issue of Afrikaans? Or do you think he would tell you to remember the day perpetually so people do not forget where they came from? Or perhaps, do you think he would have a stronger message? A more urgent message? If Hector Petersen could speak from the grave, I would think he would be warning YOU not to miss Heaven. Irrespective of what one thinks, what ideology one holds to, what you believe to be true, or what you might think happens after death, one thing is for certain… YOU will stand before the Judgment Seat of Jesus Christ, your Creator and give an account of how you lived in this life time. Here is a warning from Scripture:

19There was a certain rich man, which was clothed in purple and fine linen, and fared sumptuously every day: 20And there was a certain beggar named Lazarus, which was laid at his gate, full of sores, 21And desiring to be fed with the crumbs which fell from the rich man’s table: moreover the dogs came and licked his sores. 22And it came to pass, that the beggar died, and was carried by the angels into Abraham’s bosom: the rich man also died, and was buried; 23And in hell he lift up his eyes, being in torments, and seeth Abraham afar off, and Lazarus in his bosom. 24And he cried and said, Father Abraham, have mercy on me, and send Lazarus, that he may dip the tip of his finger in water, and cool my tongue; for I am tormented in this flame. 25But Abraham said, Son, remember that thou in thy lifetime receivedst thy good things, and likewise Lazarus evil things: but now he is comforted, and thou art tormented. 26And beside all this, between us and you there is a great gulf fixed: so that they which would pass from hence to you cannot; neither can they pass to us, that would come from thence. 27Then he said, I pray thee therefore, father, that thou wouldest send him to my father’s house: 28For I have five brethren; that he may testify unto them, lest they also come into this place of torment. 29Abraham saith unto him, They have Moses and the prophets; let them hear them. 30And he said, Nay, father Abraham: but if one went unto them from the dead, they will repent. 31And he said unto him, If they hear not Moses and the prophets, neither will they be persuaded, though one rose from the dead. ~ Luke 16:19-31

UKUPHENDUKA ~

UJesu wathi: Uma ningaphenduki, niyakubhubha [3I tell you, Nay: but, except ye repent, ye shall all likewise perish.] ~ Luke13:3

If you are an unbeliever, please do not miss Heaven!

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Definitions of Youth:

  • youth (yth)
    n. pl. youths (yths, yz)

    1.

    a. The condition or quality of being young.
    b. An early period of development or existence: a nation in its youth.
    2. The time of life between childhood and maturity.
    3.

    a. A young person, especially a young male in late adolescence.
    b. (used with a sing. or pl. verb) Young people considered as a group.
    4. Geology The first stage in the erosion cycle.

    [Middle English youthe, from Old English geoguth; see yeu- in Indo-European roots.]
  • YOUTH VOLUNTARISM IN SOUTH AFRICA (South Africa seems to always have its own definitions to fit with its agenda)  
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