Football Evangelism News

15 And he said unto them, Go ye into all the world, and preach the gospel to every creature.
16 He that believeth and is baptized shall be saved; but he that believeth not shall be damned.
~ Mark 16:15,16

HE must increase, i must decreaseThis praise report is solely for GOD’s glory alone and that no attention be directed our-way! “He must increase, but I must decrease” (John 3:30).

2017 PADSA Easter Soccer Tournament

We give thanks to GOD our Father and the Lord Jesus Christ for allowing us to be of service to HIM at the Easter Soccer Tournament at the Northdale Stadium as in 2016.

This year we attended on Saturday 15th and Monday 17th April 2017 where many Gospel tracts were handed out and Christ Jesus the Saviour of the world was proclaimed.

PIC000 PIC001 PIC002 PIC003 PIC004 PIC005 We met and spoke to current Pirates’ coaches and past MDFA Pirates players such as Stevie Ruiters and even a referee stopped by to chat. Also recognised by some spectators from yesteryear who also received Gospel literature.

Whilst we did have no problems with the distribution of Christian literature and speaking to players and spectators, an official organiser (?) did try to move us from our position claiming we were obstructing the thoroughfare between the main field and the top outer fields, when clearly crowd support was down on past years and there was not much foot traffic passing that way at that time! He indicated towards a place that was muddy and unclean. We however did move the ‘Are You Ready’ cross and Gospel tract holders in the opposite direction up against a pillar which had more visibility for the time we were there! Praise be to GOD alone!

2016/17 PSL Season 

Cape Town CityThe PSL football match between Maritzburg United and Cape Town City that was to take place on Friday evening the 28th April 2017 at the Harry Gwala Stadium was rescheduled to take place on the following Monday afternoon the 1st May 2017 at 15:00 at the same venue.

Early on with our neighbours at the Maritzburg United vs. Cape Town City match Gary invited some of our neighbours to the football match and handed out Gospel literature after the game. It was really encouraging when the youngsters eagerly jumped in and asked if they could hand out some tracts coming back for more tracts each time until the tracts were finished and klaar!

We were unable to attend the Maritzburg United home fixtures on Wednesday 10th May 2017 against Platinum Stars and the last fixture of the season on Saturday 27th May 2017 against Bloemfontein Celtic. However, GOD willing, we do look forward to being out in the LORD’s harvest field at the PSL 2017/18 football matches for HIS glory proclaiming the Gospel of our Lord Jesus Christ.

PMB Pirates Football Club News

On Saturday 6th May, 2017, Pirates FC played in the MDFA 5-a-side tournament at the Collegians Club in Pietermaritzburg. The Under 10s again finished Runners-Up to Soccer Kids Academy in the Final that went to extra-time losing 0-1 after having beaten the same side 1-0 in the round-robin League stage.

Pirates 'White' Under 10 Final Runners-UpPirates ‘White’ Under 10 Final Runners-Up:- L-R : Thando Hlophe, Cee-Jay Mulder, Curt Rogers, Kaydon Adonis, Malachi Momplé, Azande Zondi and ‘Kofi’ Atta.

Record: League – Soccer Kids 1-0, Westside Lads 2-2, Savages Blues 6-0, Savages Ballies 1-0, Savages Rangers 3-0, Pirates Black 5-0, Savages United 9-0. [Pos.1 P.7 W.6 D.1 L.0 GF.27 GA.2 Pts.19 GD.+25] Semi-Final – Westside Lads 2-0. Final – Soccer Kids Academy (0)0-(0)1 a.e.t.

Kaydon Adonis vs. Westside Lads Curt Rogers vs. Westside LadsMalachi Momplé vs. Westside Lads Cee-Jay Mulder and Kaydon Adonis vs. Westside LadsCee-Jay Mulder turns a Westside Lads' defender Kaydon Adonis and Cee-Jay Mulder vs. Westside LadsKaydon Adonis and Curt Rogers attacking vs. Westside Lads Malachi Momplé and Curt Rogers dribbling vs. Westside Lads'Kofi' Atta makes the tackle vs. Westside Lads 'Kofi' Atta supports Cee-Jay Mulder taking on the Savages Blue defenceCurt Rogers controlling midfield vs. Savages Blue Malachi Momplé vs. Savages BlueCurt Rogers determination, 'Kofi' Atta and Thando Hlophe vs. Savages Blue Great save by Azande Zondi vs. Savages BlueThando Hlophe attacking vs. Savages Blue 'Kofi' Atta and Curt Rogers dropping back vs. Savages Blue'Kofi' Atta and Curt Rogers defending in midfield vs. Savages Blue Malachi Momplé and 'Kofi' Atta vs. Savages Blue'Kofi' Atta vs. Savages Blue Thando Hlophe vs. Savages Blu'Kofi' Atta, Thando Hlophe and Curt Rogers on the charge vs. Savages Blue Goal vs. Savages BluePirates taking on the Savages' defence Pirates shot goes wide vs. Savages BluePirates lining up to receive their medals watched by Soccer kids Academy Coach Miles Rogers presents Malachi Momplé with his medal, watched by 'Kofi' Atta in lineSoccer Kids Academy going forward to receive their winners' medals applauded by the Pirates players Back Row: Gary Crous (Asst. Coach), Miles Rogers (Head Coach). Front Row: Thando Hlophe, 'Kofi' Atta, Azande Zondi, Malachi Momplé, Cee-Jay Mulder. Laying: Curt Rogers. We give thanks to GOD for the skills, talent and abilities all the boys showed during the course of the day and their fair play. We also pray GOD opens doors for the Gospel of HIS blessed Son our Lord Jesus Christ to be proclaimed during the junior football season going forward.           

Soli Deo Gloria  _________________________________

Footnotes:

* For the record Maritzburg United won 1-0 against Cape Town City, drew 0-0 with Platinum Stars and drew 1-1 with Bloemfontein Celtic.

> Maritzburg United 2016/17 Home Fixtures @ Harry Gwala – posted August 24, 2016

> My Friends Are Dying And, Though They Be Alive, They Are Dead Men Walking! Tract – posted March 26, 2017

Evangelism and Football News

15 And he said unto them, Go ye into all the world, and preach the gospel to every creature.
16 He that believeth and is baptized shall be saved; but he that believeth not shall be damned.
~ Mark 16:15,16

Baroka This praise report is solely for GOD’s glory alone and that no attention be directed our-way! “He must increase, but I must decrease” (John 3:30). The PSL football match between Maritzburg United and Baroka F.C. that took place at the Harry Gwala Stadium on the evening of Friday 14th April 2017 had its kick-off time brought forward from 20:00 to 17:00 as the fixture was on the ‘Good Friday’ holiday. Besides not knowing of the change in kick-off time Jono and Gary cancelled the outreach due to the heavy thundershowers the entire afternoon.

As usual, we do request that you kindly keep us in prayer for our next PSL football outreach, Lord willing, at the Harry Gwala Stadium’s North Gate, being on Friday evening the 28th April, 2017 from about 18:00 – 20:00

       Maritzburg United                         Cape Town City   

Maritzburg United vs. Cape Town City

PMB Pirates Football Club News

On another note, Gary is an assistant coach at PMB Pirates FC in the amateur Under 10/11 age group. As part of his evangelism ministry he has prayed for GOD to open a door for the Gospel of Jesus Christ to go through and be made known to players, parents, coaches and club staff. We endeavour to train the children holistically with the objective of having healthy minds, bodies and souls, and by keeping them off the streets in their communities, keeping the children active in football as they apply their GOD-given talents and skills. May our LORD use His servants on match days to reach many who are of other faiths and religions, where many of our football opponents are Roman Catholics, Muslims and Hindus.

On Saturday 8th April, 2017, Pirates FC hosted a 5-a-side tournament in Woodlands in celebration of their 120th anniversary (1897-2017). A full day of football was ended off with a prize-giving and some Gospel tract distribution.

Curt and Malachi on the ball Kaydon and Thando Curt, Thando and Malachi046 047 048 Bryce Moon of Maritzburg United in the yellow played his junior football at Pirates F.C.  My grandson Cee-Jay receiving his medal  with Curt to the right 

Pirates F.C. Under 10 Runners-Up 5-a-side team Pirates ‘Black’ Under 10 Final Runners-Up:- Back L-R : Gary Crous (Asst. Coach), Miles Rogers (Head Coach); Centre L-R : Thando Hlope, Kaydon Adonis, Curt Rogers; Front L-R : Malachi Momplé, Cee-Jay Mulder.

Whilst every competing child in the tournament is a “Winner” there are some who do obtain podium positions, which were as follows:

U6 1st Pirates Red – 2nd Pirates Black

U7 1st Savages FC – 2nd Pirates FC

U9 1st Pirates White – 2nd Savages FC

U10 1st Soccer Kids – 2nd Pirates Black

U11 1st StaxC Red – 2nd Pirates Black

U13 1st MSAE Beta – 2nd Savages Red

U15 1st StaxC Blue – 2nd Pirates FC

U17 1st StaxC Red – 2nd Pirates FC

Soli Deo Gloria _________________________________

Footnotes:

* For the record Maritzburg United won 3-1 against Baroka F.C.

> Maritzburg United 2016/17 Home Fixtures @ Harry Gwala – posted August 24, 2016

> My Friends Are Dying And, Though They Be Alive, They Are Dead Men Walking! Tract – posted March 26, 2017

Evangelism at the United vs Ajax Match 2016/17

15  And he said unto them, Go ye into all the world, and preach the gospel to every creature.
16  He that believeth and is baptized shall be saved; but he that believeth not shall be damned.
~ Mark 16:15,16

Ajax Cape Town This praise report is solely for GOD’s glory alone and that no attention be directed our-way! “He must increase, but I must decrease” (John 3:30). On the evening of Saturday 1st April 2017, Jono and Gary attended at the PSL football match between Maritzburg United and Ajax Cape Town that took place at the Harry Gwala Stadium.

This was our first time to preach in the vicinity of the North Gate to the stadium as opposed to the South Gate, which was our previously advertised ‘fishing’ area. We immediately, after committing the outreach to our Lord GOD in prayer, engaged a car-guard in conversation. He is a Shembe Nazareth believer who follows after their prophet Isaiah Shembe. We made it clear from the beginning that this man – later to learn that his second name is Immanuel – was in violation of the Ten Commandments to which they staunchly hold to. Firstly, he was smoking at the time and if I am not mistaken there appeared to be the smell of alcohol on his breath – two vices Shembe Nazarenes are forbidden to partake in. Secondly, we brought to his attention that as they hold to the Sabbath day (Saturday) whilst he was working they are not to work. The conversation revolved around him trusting in a prophet – a false prophet – who is seen as the ‘messiah’ of the black African man whilst they see the Lord Jesus Christ only as the Messiah of the white man. Straight up their religion is based along racial lines. Shembe believers are deceived of the devil following after a man-centred-religion that has so many factions due to their continuous court case battles as to who owns the ‘church’. Then they are divided not recognising the other factions as ‘true Shembe churches.’ He told us he needed to leave after we told him that if he does not have the Lord Jesus Christ as his Lord and Saviour Who can bring him out of darkness into the light, he is therefore not a child of GOD, but a child of the devil. That statement appeared to rock his world as he walked down the road away from the stadium. We did pray for him as he went down the road.

Later, we also had some conversations with drunk Roman Catholic men – one young African man even had an Afrikaans name Andries. Much literature was handed to them for closer examination especially when Andries tried to make our Lord Jesus Christ into a ‘holy bartender’ when He made water into wine at the wedding in Cana (see John 2:1-11). Wicked men who lust for drunkenness will always try twisting Scripture to fit with their own world view. The wine they were drinking was not the fermented poison of today, for our Lord Jesus would have contravened His own Word where we read,

15  Woe unto him that giveth his neighbour drink, that puttest thy bottle to him, and makest him drunken also, that thou mayest look on their nakedness! ~ Habakkuk 2:15

1  Wine is a mocker, strong drink is raging: and whosoever is deceived thereby is not wise. ~ Proverb 20:1 

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, 
10  Nor thieves, nor covetous, nor drunkards, nor revilers, nor extortioners, shall inherit the kingdom of God. 
11  And such were some of you: but ye are washed, but ye are sanctified, but ye are justified in the name of the Lord Jesus, and by the Spirit of our God. ~ I Corinthians 6:9-11 (my emphasis) 

Our third encounter with spectators took place when Gary started to preach to a group of persons doing some ‘exercise’ on some public equipment outside the stadium leading up to the North Gate. Whilst a man and a woman left the area and the man was making some comments against the preaching, three men listened for a while then came over and stood in front of the ‘Are You Ready’ cross and said that they want to hear more. These three males – the one who we addressed most was Ally from Tanzania – and they were Muslims. They listened intently and interacted as we went through the Law of GOD given to the prophet Moses. We dealt with the differences between the ‘prophet’ Mohammed and our Lord Jesus Christ also addressing their religion of so-called peace and the true Prince of Peace Jesus. However, as the conversation was progressing, one of the three started pulling another away indicating that they must go, just before we were about to share why they have to be born again through the finished work of our Lord Jesus Christ. Ally and the other two had taken Scripture tracts and Ally intimated that he would contact us. Well we trust if he does, so-be-it. If not, he heard sufficiently and has material to contemplate.

The time leading up to kick-off we handed out much literature to groups of fans as they made their way to the stadium’s entrance. Kindly pray with us that those lost in their sin who received GOD’s Word will cry out to GOD for mercy and grace and be saved.

In closing, we do request that you kindly keep us in prayer for our next PSL football outreach, Lord willing, at the Harry Gwala Stadium’s North Gate, being on Friday evening the 14th April, 2017 from about 18:00 – 20:00

        Maritzburg United                   Baroka

Maritzburg United vs. Baroka FCSoli Deo Gloria

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Footnotes:

* For the record Maritzburg United won 2-1 against Ajax Cape Town.

> Maritzburg United 2016/17 Home Fixtures @ Harry Gwala – posted August 24, 2016

> My Friends Are Dying And, Though They Be Alive, They Are Dead Men Walking! Tract – posted March 26, 2017 *** NEW TRACT ***

Evangelism at the United vs Chiefs Match 2016/17

9 Wherefore God also hath highly exalted him, and given him a name which is above every name:
10 That at the name of Jesus every knee should bow, of things in heaven, and things in earth, and things under the earth;
11 And that every tongue should confess that Jesus Christ is Lord, to the glory of God the Father. ~ Philippians 2:9-11

Kaizer Chiefs This belated praise report is solely for GOD’s glory alone and that no attention be directed our-way! “He must increase, but I must decrease” (John 3:30). On the evening of Saturday 11th February 2017, Jono and Gary attended at the PSL football match between Maritzburg United and Kaizer Chiefs, the Amakhozi, that took place at the Harry Gwala Stadium.

Prior to the evening preaching which was limited to Gospel tract distribution as a severe thunderstorm was brewing, we had been in Church Street in the Pietermaritzburg CBD during the afternoon putting the sound system through its paces with the preaching of the Gospel of GOD. Much literature was also given out then. Later in the evening, as fore-stated whilst the thunderstorm brewed and lightening was all about and the wind picked up, it appeared many spectators had not made preparation and had come unprepared for the heavy downpour that would follow. The simple message that was given out with the literature is that eternity is approaching each and every person and yet no preparation is given “to meet thy God” as we are reminded in Scripture,

11  I have overthrown some of you, as God overthrew Sodom and Gomorrah, and ye were as a firebrand plucked out of the burning: yet have ye not returned unto me, saith the LORD.
12  Therefore thus will I do unto thee, O Israel: and because I will do this unto thee, prepare to meet thy God, O Israel.
13  For, lo, he that formeth the mountains, and createth the wind, and declareth unto man what is his thought, that maketh the morning darkness, and treadeth upon the high places of the earth, The LORD, The God of hosts, is his name. ~ Amos 4:11-13 

Free State StarsThen on the Sunday afternoon of 26th February 2017 when Maritzburg United entertained Free State Stars at home we did not go out to evangelise at the match.

However, we do request that you kindly keep us in prayer for our next PSL football outreach, Lord willing, at the Harry Gwala Stadium’s North Gate, being on Saturday evening the 1st April, 2017 from about 18:00 – 20:15

    Maritzburg United                         Ajax Cape Town

Maritzburg United vs. Ajax Cape TownSoli Deo Gloria 01

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Footnotes:

* For the records Maritzburg United lost 1-2 against Kaizer Chiefs and won 2-1 against Free State Stars.

> Maritzburg United 2016/17 Home Fixtures @ Harry Gwala – posted August 24, 2016

> My Friends Are Dying And, Though They Be Alive, They Are Dead Men Walking! Tract – posted March 26, 2017 *** NEW TRACT ***

Evangelism at the United vs Pirates Match, 2016/17

9 Wherefore God also hath highly exalted him, and given him a name which is above every name:
10 That at the name of Jesus every knee should bow, of things in heaven, and things in earth, and things under the earth;
11 And that every tongue should confess that Jesus Christ is Lord, to the glory of God the Father. ~ Philippians 2:9-11

This praise report is solely for GOD’s glory alone and that no attention be directed our-way! “He must increase, but I must decrease” (John 3:30). On Tuesday 13th December 2016, Jono and Gary attended at the PSL football match between Maritzburg United and Orlando Pirates that took place at the Harry Gwala Stadium. We arrived after 17H30.

Gary sharing the Gospel with some youngsters The crowds arrivingOrlando Pirates supporters Gary preachingA crowd gathered for the preaching of The Word The next week, Gary was away in Bethlehem in the Eastern Free State when ‘The Clever BoysBidvest Wits Bidvest Wits came to Pietermaritzburg and therefore could not preach at the match that took place on Tuesday 20th December 2016. However, he has been doing Gospel tract distribution in Bethlehem and has had some wonderful conversations with African car-guards and shopping-mall staff. Tract distribution at the Dihlabeng Mall entrance Tried to proclaim the Gospel of salvation through our Lord Jesus Christ to an African man, who could have been a Rastafarian, helping a Hindu woman sell Hinduism idolatrise books and literature in the Dihlabeng Mall. The acoustics were good, but they were not interested, she calling him away from Gary. However, others heard too. For, it is written,

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

28  Whom we preach, warning every man, and teaching every man in all wisdom; that we may present every man perfect in Christ Jesus:
29  Whereunto I also labour, striving according to his working, which worketh in me mightily. ~ Colossians 1;28,29

With regards to our further football evangelism, the South African Premier Soccer League is taking a mid-summer’s break that includes the month of January 2017 which is when the 2017 Africa Cup of Nations tournament takes place in Gabon from 14th January to 5th February 2017. Therefore, kindly keep us in prayer for our next PSL football outreach, Lord willing, at the Harry Gwala Stadium’s South Gate, being on Saturday evening 11th February, 2017 from 17:00 – 20:15

    Maritzburg United                       Kaizer Chiefs

Maritzburg United vs. Kaizer ChiefsSoli Deo Gloria

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Footnotes:

* For the records Maritzburg United won 2-1 against Orlando Pirates and drew 1-1 with Bidvest Wits.

> Maritzburg United 2016/17 Home Fixtures @ Harry Gwala – posted August 24, 2016

> My friends are dying . . . – posted September 16, 2016

Evangelism at the United vs Chippa Match, 2016/17

9  Wherefore God also hath highly exalted him, and given him a name which is above every name: 
10  That at the name of Jesus every knee should bow, of things in heaven, and things in earth, and things under the earth; 
11  And that every tongue should confess that Jesus Christ is Lord, to the glory of God the Father. ~ Philippians 2:9-11

This praise report is solely for GOD’s glory alone and that no attention be directed our-way! “He must increase, but I must decrease” (John 3:30). On Tuesday 29th November 2016, Jono and Gary attended at the PSL football match between Maritzburg United and Chippa United that took place at the Harry Gwala Stadium. We arrived after 17H30.

A new sound system for the ministry All praise and thanksgiving be to YEHOVAH our Creator GOD Who blessed us with a sound system that pumped out the clarion call of the Gospel of our Lord Jesus Christ! No doubt, many heard the call to repentance and the way of salvation far and wide. On a cool sprinkling (mist) rain evening the Gospel was declared and many Gospel tracts were handed out, both in the isiZulu and English languages. Some were taken and then discarded on the ground. In this sinful generation,

18  There is no fear of God before their eyes. ~ Romans 3:18

Whilst unrepentant sinners do not fear GOD, we remind them what our Lord Jesus Christ said concerning Who one A clarion call to repentanceshould fear, not those who can only kill the body,

5  But I will forewarn you whom ye shall fear: Fear him, which after he hath killed hath power to cast into hell; yea, I say unto you, Fear him. ~ Luke 12:5

Salvation is of GOD and unless He draws them they will never understand,

10  The fear of the LORD is the beginning of wisdom: and the knowledge of the holy is understanding. ~ Proverb 9:10 

Our prayers are that GOD will show mercy and save wretched souls for His glory, as we read,

44  No man can come to me, except the Father which hath sent me draw him: and I will raise him up at the last day. ~ John 6:44

65  And he said, Therefore said I unto you, that no man can come unto me, except it were given unto him of my Father. ~ John 6:65

Jono speaking in isiZulu Jono speaking in isiZulu We were pleasantly surprised that a young African youth came to our assistance and helped us by regulating the sound for us at the outset. We were also encouraged by ‘others’ thanking us for the preaching. All glory to GOD!

Proclaiming Christ Jesus We have also noticed that a lot of alcohol is being publically consumed before matches and some spectators are already ‘drunk as a skunk’ by the time they enter the stadium. Surely they cannot enjoy the game in that condition? I can speak from ‘experience’ as I too once walked in their shoes in my wretched past – But by the grace of GOD! There is hope, and I testify to the goodness of GOD in this regard,

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, 
10  Nor thieves, nor covetous, nor drunkards, nor revilers, nor extortioners, shall inherit the kingdom of God. 
11  And such were some of you: but ye are washed, but ye are sanctified, but ye are justified in the name of the Lord Jesus, and by the Spirit of our God. ~ 1 Corinthians 6:9-11

A 'mixed-up' Orlando Pirates supporter! Just as we were packing up around a quarter-to-eight, or so, this woman arrived who had escorted some children into the stadium. After taking this photograph she spoke . . . i was so shocked i exclaimed “It’s a man!” to much laughter from some standing nearby. However, this is no laughing matter when one considers the above Scripture that he was dressed as “effeminate” and his ‘outfit’ had all sculls on it! Very sad and wicked! The things people do for fun! Honestly, I think “he” was two-weeks too early for the Orlando Pirates match . . .

Kindly keep us in prayer for our next PSL football outreach, Lord willing, at the Harry Gwala Stadium’s South Gate, being on Tuesday evening 13th December, 2016 from 17:30 – 19:30

      Maritzburg United                        Orlando Pirates

Maritzburg United vs. Orlando PiratesSoli Deo Gloria

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Footnotes:

* For the record Maritzburg United drew 1-1 with Chippa United.

> Maritzburg United 2016/17 Home Fixtures @ Harry Gwala – posted August 24, 2016

> My friends are dying . . . – posted September 16, 2016

Evangelism at the United vs Park Match, 2016/17

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

This praise report is solely for GOD’s glory alone and that no attention be directed our-way! “He must increase, but I must decrease” (John 3:30). On Wednesday 2nd November 2016, Jono and Gary attended at the PSL football match between Maritzburg United and Highlands Park “Lions of the North” that took place at the Harry Gwala Stadium. We arrived about 17H45.

A discussion with some spectators After praying in our car, we went and set up and was approached by a young couple who said they are “brother-and-sister-in-Christ” when asked if they were boyfriend and girlfriend. It was also established that they attend a ‘Zion church’. It would appear to be an African Traditional ‘church’. Leaving nothing to chance, Gary engaged them with the Ten Commandments and established that whilst this couple said they do not participate in ancestral prayers and worship, there are those in their ‘church’ who do exactly that.

We asked them if proper Church discipline is undertaken by their ‘church’, and if so, the Pastor needs to discipline the ancestral worshipping perpetrators and put them out of their ‘church’. The congregation must not be mixed up with the Holy and the profane,

14  Be ye not unequally yoked together with unbelievers: for what fellowship hath righteousness with unrighteousness? and what communion hath light with darkness?
15  And what concord hath Christ with Belial? or what part hath he that believeth with an infidel? ~ 2 Corinthians 6:14,15

We also opened GOD’s Word showing them in Deuteronomy that believers are not to consult the dead in necromancy,

10  There shall not be found among you any one that maketh his son or his daughter to pass through the fire, or that useth divination, or an observer of times, or an enchanter, or a witch,
11  Or a charmer, or a consulter with familiar spirits, or a wizard, or a necromancer. ~ Deuteronomy 18:10,11

5  For there is one God, and one mediator between God and men, the man Christ Jesus; ~ 1 Timothy 2:5

Proclaiming our Lord Jesus Christ Ancestral prayers and worship is a vile abomination against the Creator YEHOVAH. It is a scourge in and amongst the African Traditional ‘churches’ and also a wicked evil that has crept into ‘so-called protestant churches’, too. This evil must be repented of toward GOD – penduka.

When the couple left us to enter the stadium, we continued our ministry outreach. There was not a huge crowd for this football match, but still many, many Gospel tracts went out. We were also encouraged to be thanked for our Jono handing out Gospel tractsproclaiming of our Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ. We were also given a free complimentary ticket by an Indian spectator who was entering the stadium to attend the game. So we decided to buy another ticket to watch the match, as Jono had never attended a live football match before. It was an ‘eye-opener’ to see what takes place in a soccer-temple!

Kindly keep us in prayer for our next PSL football outreach, Lord willing, at the Harry Gwala Stadium’s South Gate, being on Tuesday evening 29th November, 2016 from 17:30 – 19:30

      Maritzburg United                         Chippa United

Maritzburg United vs. Chippa UnitedSoli Deo Gloria

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Footnotes:

* For the record Maritzburg United drew 1-1 with Highlands Park.

> Maritzburg United 2016/17 Home Fixtures @ Harry Gwala – posted August 24, 2016

> My friends are dying . . . – posted September 16, 2016

Evangelism at the United vs Arrows Match, 2016/17

13  Enter ye in at the strait gate: for wide is the gate, and broad is the way, that leadeth to destruction, and many there be which go in thereat:
14  Because strait is the gate, and narrow is the way, which leadeth unto life, and few there be that find it.
~ Matthew 7:13,14

This praise report is solely for GOD’s glory alone and that no attention be directed our-way! “He must increase, but I must decrease” (John 3:30). On Friday 28th October 2016, Jono and Gary attended at the PSL “KZN-Derby” football match between Maritzburg United and Lamontville Golden Arrows that took place at the Harry Gwala Stadium. We arrived just on 17H30.

Rain will not keep the "die-hard" supporter from attending the game A little rain was not going to dampen the going out and preaching the Gospel of our great GOD and Saviour our Lord Jesus Christ. And neither was the rain going to keep the “die-hard” supporters from attending the game! We are thankful to our GOD YEHOVAH who controls all things for His Own glory.

Whilst wicked men indulge in their iniquity GOD will hold every man accountable for his own actions. GOD does not tempt men, as we read,

13  Let no man say when he is tempted, I am tempted of God: for God cannot be tempted with evil, neither tempteth he any man:
14  But every man is tempted, when he is drawn away of his own lust, and enticed.
15  Then when lust hath conceived, it bringeth forth sin: and sin, when it is finished, bringeth forth death. ~ James 1:13-15

The queues started to grow as it rained This evening would be no different. We were told by wicked men who were drunk with alcohol that they know ‘Jesus’. These men were confronted to their faces that they do not know the true Jesus of the Bible and are therefore not filled by the Spirit of GOD, but filled by the spirits of alcohol! GOD’s Word tells us that drunkards will not inherit the Kingdom of GOD, for it is written,

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,
10  Nor thieves, nor covetous, nor drunkards, nor revilers, nor extortioners, shall inherit the kingdom of God. ~ 1 Corinthians 6:9,10

The "die-hard" supporters filed past the preaching atop the box Unless drunkards repent of and forsake their abominable sin of drunkenness those drunkards are headed for Hell! An inebriated man entering through the turnstiles even turned back to argue that we are the “illuminaty” because he was confronted with his sin by the Truth of GOD’s Word by the power of the Holy Spirit. The following Scriptures explain this sinful man who is wise in his own conceit, as we read,

20  Woe unto them that call evil good, and good evil; that put darkness for light, and light for darkness; that put bitter for sweet, and sweet for bitter!
21  Woe unto them that are wise in their own eyes, and prudent in their own sight!
22  Woe unto them that are mighty to drink wine, and men of strength to mingle strong drink: ~ Isaiah 5:20-22

Hearing the Law and the Gospel of Grace This drunkard being “wise in his own eyes and prudent in his own sight” also tried to “educate” the evangelists and those spectators within earshot with the question: “Who wrote the Bible?” He then slurring and abrasively answered his own question: “King James wrote the Bible!” This man opened his mouth and showed the world the fool that he is!

Much Scripture portions in Gospel pamphlets and booklets were handed out and much more preaching to small groups of youth hanging around for “freebie tickets” were confronted with the Truth! From some who mocked and scorned the preaching, their mouths were stopped, or they left their friends to continue hearing The Word! We pray for the souls of men who heard the Way of Salvation and the preaching of the Kingdom of GOD!

We also thank GOD for Jono sharing the Gospel in isiZulu after he had walked the various queues handing out many, many Gospel tracts . . .

Jono sharing in isiZulu Jono sharing in isiZuluAnd still the crowds are arriving just shortly before the 20H00 kick-off Thank You Lord Jesus for the preaching!

Kindly keep all in prayer praying to the One and Only true and living GOD for the salvation of souls. We read,

6  Jesus saith unto him, I am the way, the truth, and the life: no man cometh unto the Father, but by me.
7  If ye had known me, ye should have known my Father also: and from henceforth ye know him, and have seen him.
~ John 14:6,7

23  And he said unto them, Ye are from beneath; I am from above: ye are of this world; I am not of this world.
24  I said therefore unto you, that ye shall die in your sins: for if ye believe not that I am he, ye shall die in your sins.
~ John 8:23,24

3  And this is life eternal, that they might know thee the only true God, and Jesus Christ, whom thou hast sent. ~ John 17:3

Kindly keep us in prayer for our next PSL football outreach, Lord willing, at the Harry Gwala Stadium’s South Gate, being on Wednesday evening 2nd November, 2016 from 17:30 – 19:30

     Maritzburg United                          Highlands Park

Maritzburg United vs. Highlands ParkSoli Deo Gloria 0

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Footnotes:

* For the record Maritzburg United drew 2-2 with Lamontville Golden Arrows.

> Maritzburg United 2016/17 Home Fixtures @ Harry Gwala – posted August 24, 2016

> My friends are dying . . . – posted September 16, 2016

Evangelism at the United vs Polokwane Match, 2016/17

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

This praise report is solely for GOD’s glory alone and that no attention be directed our-way! “He must increase, but I must decrease” (John 3:30). On Tuesday 27th September 2016, Jono and Gary attended at the PSL football match between Maritzburg United and Polokwane City that took place at the Harry Gwala Stadium. We arrived just on 17H30.

Jono tracting the growing crowd This match did not attract such a large crowd as last week’s match. We prayed, waited and had discussions in the parked vehicle until just after 18H00 before setting up. When we did set up we had some discussions with a Christian Maritzburg United Supervisor who mentioned that he had seen us here before from last season.

What appeared to be a slow start, really warmed up when our Lord had a young man named Mlamuli draw up next to Gary who started a conversation with him. Mlamuli in response said that he is “born-again”, but one must never always take it that this is the case when a person says so! Upon closer investigation, Mlamuli then became unsure. After being asked the question whether he  was “Good enough to go to heaven” and Mlamuli had answered in the affirmative saying “Yes”, Gary examined Mlamuli by taking him through some of the Ten Gary witnessing to MlamuliCommandments which revealed that he missed the mark considerably. It was established that Mlamuli was attending the Anglican Cathedral in the Pietermaritzburg CBD. Gary told him that the Anglican “church” is very similar to the Roman Catholic “church” which makes her the harlot’s daughter! Mlamuli was very open to GOD’s Law and the Gospel of Grace as he asked many interesting questions about him selling cigarettes to spectators, drinking alcohol and especially wine, and ancestral worship to mention a few! It was again the usual situation with African traditions and culture that Mlamuli, an Anglican, was also involved in the ancestral abominations before GOD. In this regard, Gary opened the Scriptures showing that GOD forbids necromancy – the consulting with the dead and familiar spirits (see Deuteronomy 18:11). For Scripture also says that there is only one mediator Jesus Christ and none else – and certainly not the ancestors – as we read,

5  For there is one God, and one mediator between God and men, the man Christ Jesus; ~ 1 Timothy 2:5

Mlamuli was challenged to repent and believe upon the Lord Jesus Christ alone and to be truly born-again. Please pray for Mlamuli!

Spectators being searched before entering the stadium At 19H40 when this photo to the <<< left was taken, the match had already kicked off when the crowds were really starting to make their way into the stadium. Upon arriving at the stadium, Gary had mistakenly seen someone that resembled our dear brother in Christ Shadrack Bhengu. Well, it could only be by  GOD’s providential leading that whilst Gary was atop the box Gary fielding questions by bro. Shadrack Bhengupreaching, Shadrack Bhengu drew near and started asking questions as to how he could be sure what Gary was saying was true. He was playing the part of an “unsaved person” and it was a truly blessed time of dialoguing for the late arrivals making their way to the stadium, even though the match was well underway. Once Gary and Shadrack had completed the question session of Shadrack Bhengu preaching in isiZulupreaching in English, Gary asked Shadrack to  get up and preach  Christ in isiZulu. All glory to GOD, with his trumpeting voice he preached to the stragglers in mostly their mother tongue.

Our Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ is glorified by GOD’s leading us, and we have found no two evangelism sessions at the stadium are the same, for which we rejoice in Christ. We pray that the many souls that have received Gospel literature and the preached Word of GOD would bow their knees to worship YEHOVAH this side of eternity before it is too late, for it is written,

9  Wherefore God also hath highly exalted him, and given him a name which is above every name: 
10  That at the name of Jesus every knee should bow, of things in heaven, and things in earth, and things under the earth; 
11  And that every tongue should confess that Jesus Christ is Lord, to the glory of God the Father. ~ Philippians 2:9-11

 Shadrack atop the box Shadrack preaching amongst the spectators

We finished up at 20H00 whilst a light rain fell . . .

Kindly keep us in prayer for our next PSL football outreach, Lord willing, at the Harry Gwala Stadium’s South Gate, being in four weeks time on Friday evening 28th October, 2016 from 17:30 – 20:00

           Maritzburg United                                    Golden Arrows                     

Maritzburg United vs. Lamontville Golden ArrowsSoli Deo Gloria

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Footnotes:

* For the record Maritzburg United lost 0-1 to Polokwane City. United’s record to date reads: W(a) D(h) L(a) L(h) L(h).

> Maritzburg United 2016/17 Home Fixtures @ Harry Gwala – posted August 24, 2016

> My friends are dying . . . – posted September 16, 2016

Evangelism at the United vs SuperSport Match, 2016/17

3  I tell you, Nay: but, except ye repent, ye shall all likewise perish. ~ Luke 13:3

This praise report is solely for GOD’s glory alone and that no attention be directed our-way! “He must increase, but I must decrease” (John 3:30). On Wednesday 21st September 2016, Jono and Gary attended at the PSL football match between Maritzburg United and SuperSport United that took place at the Harry Gwala Stadium. We arrived just about 17H30.

Jono distributing Gospel literature Whilst we set up for the evening’s evangelism outreach, we were approached by the ground’s director who was in-charge of the security personnel at the entrance gates. He greeted and addressed writer as “Reverent” to which Gary responded that he is not a “Reverent”. Too many men take on titles as “Reverent”, “Right-Reverent”, Chief-Reverent”, “Holy-Reverent”, etc., etc. Whilst scripture does say that “reverence” as in respect can be shown, Gary takes no pleasure in being seen that he should be given a title or reverenced drawing attention to himself, when clearly “[Jesus] must increase, but I must decrease” (John 3:30). Jono went about the business of handing out Gospel literature from the outset. We also spoke to a male security guard that asked whether we have an isiZulu Bible. Gary had a King James Bible which he showed the guard who said he would rather opt for a Zulu Bible. We will be obtaining some in order to hand him one when he next sees us at the stadium.

Jono distributing Gospel literatureWhilst Jono handed out tracts Gary approached a gentleman named Tei (rhyming with day) and his young son who were waiting to enter the stadium. We got into a discussion about life and death and the meaning of life. Tei professed to be a ‘born-again Christian’ who attends at the St John’s United Church in Loop Street (Jabu  Ndlovu). Gary referred to the Gospel Tract ‘Your Life: God’s Solution To Your Religion and stated that men have a lot of religion in their life, but have no relationship with Jesus Christ. This is what they need: relationship.  Mention was made by Tei to “evolution” that appears on the cover, where Gary opened up the Scriptures and showed Tei the following,

18  For the wrath of God is revealed from heaven against all ungodliness and unrighteousness of men, who hold the truth in unrighteousness;
19  Because that which may be known of God is manifest in them; for God hath shewed it unto them. 
20  For the invisible things of him from the creation of the world are clearly seen, being understood by the things that are made, even his eternal power and Godhead; so that they are without excuse:
21  Because that, when they knew God, they glorified him not as God, neither were thankful; but became vain in their imaginations, and their foolish heart was darkened.
22  Professing themselves to be wise, they became fools,
23  And changed the glory of the uncorruptible God into an image made like to corruptible man, and to birds, and fourfooted beasts, and creeping things.
24  Wherefore God also gave them up to uncleanness through the lusts of their own hearts, to dishonour their own bodies between themselves:
25  Who changed the truth of God into a lie, and worshipped and served the creature more than the Creator, who is blessed for ever. Amen. ~ Romans 1:19-25

Early evening with the braai vendours preparing their firesThis was made in reference to what is being taught in the government schools and university institutions. It was then that Tei revealed that he is a grade 12 (std 10) Biology teacher. He related that he has to teach evolution to the pupils. Gary challenged Tei and said that there are some schools that still teach a Christian-ethos, but Tei was adamant that the educators had to teach the evolution theory as the pupils could hold the teachers responsible if they weren’t taught evolution and they failed their course. Gary asked Tei then how can he be professing to be a ‘born-again Christian’ and reconcile teaching millions and billions of years with the Biblical account of six-literal days? The two cannot be reconciled. One (Creation) is Truth, the other (evolution) is a lie! Gary’s challenge was that he had to be obedient to GOD and he could not compromise. In fact, even if Tei had to lose his teaching job, he had to be faithful in preaching Biblical Truth. GOD would honour his obedience! It appeared that Tei was becoming decidedly uncomfortable as he excused himself to enter the stadium well in advance of the crowds arriving.

Whilst the conversation with Tei was ongoing, Gary had also overheard Jono speaking to the ground’s director from earlier as he was addressing the man’s false belief in the Shembe cult. Jono had referred the director to Jesus saying “I am the way, the truth, and the life: no man cometh unto the Father, but by me” (John 14:6) in response to the director’s Shembe’s motto of: Shembe is the way. Who is telling the truth? The Son of GOD is Truth, He said so! Case dismissed, but Gary would agree that Shembe is the broad way to destruction (Hell)!

Gary atop the boxThe ground director has the white shirt and black tie - he heard the GospelDSCF4135 Surprisingly, Siphiwe Dlamini who heard the preaching last week in the rain came to the stadium’s South Gate to tell Gary, who was atop the box at the time, that he was travelling to Johannesburg by train that evening and he would see him next week. Gary had encouraged Siphiwe to read his Bible. This meeting was so unexpected and out of the ordinary, but encouraging. We hope to see how GOD orchestrates this meeting.

When the open-air preaching commenced it was fire ‘n brimstone preaching! The masses were confronted with the reality that unless they repent they all will perish in hell. Many were confronted with their idolatry, with their ancestral worship and some responded mockingly, but none who heard the preaching went away into the stadium not knowing that GOD hates their abominations and salvation can only be obtained through “repentance toward God, and faith toward our Lord Jesus Christ” (Acts 20:21). The Name of our Lord Jesus Christ reverberated around the precinct of the South Gate and the crowds were up close and personal. There was no chance they could not go away with out knowing their need of repentance and faith in uJesu Kristus!

Crowds are growing towards the 19H30 kickoff DSCF4137

Whilst, what appeared to be, some Maritzburg United supporters filed in through the turnstiles they asked for us to pray for a victory in their favour*. Gary advised them that they want prayers that are amiss, for on judgment day this match’s result will be insignificant as the result will not help them get into the Kingdom of GOD! Consider this – when spectators covet a victory when GOD forbids covetousness (see Mar 7:22; Luk 12:15; Rom 1:29; 2 Cor 9:5; Eph 5:3; Col 3:5; 1 Thess 2:5; Heb 13:5; 2 Pet 2:3 to mention a few) which covetous person should GOD listen to? remembering that many of the covetous prayers are made to the false gods of Islam, Hinduism, Buddhism, Shembe, Roman Catholicism, and even consulting with the witchdoctors and ancestral spirits, to mention only a few abominations! We might not know why GOD allows some teams to win and others to lose, but HE is in control of all events for HIS own sovereign will and purpose! For we also read,

36  For what shall it profit a man, if he shall gain the whole world, and lose his own soul?
37  Or what shall a man give in exchange for his soul?
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.
~ Mark 8:36-38

Crowds are growing towards the 19H30 kickoff Crowds are growing towards the 19H30 kickoff

The majority attending the football matches are sadly “. . . lovers of pleasures more than lovers of God;” (2 Timothy 3:4).

Crowds are growing towards the 19H30 kickoff

Kindly keep us in prayer for our next PSL football outreach, Lord willing, at the Harry Gwala Stadium’s South Gate, being this coming Tuesday evening 27th September, 2016 from 17:30 – 19:30

    Maritzburg United                           Polokwane

Maritzburg United vs. Polokwane CitySoli Deo Gloria

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Footnotes:

* For the record Maritzburg United lost 0-1 to SuperSport United.

> Maritzburg United 2016/17 Home Fixtures @ Harry Gwala – posted August 24, 2016

> My friends are dying . . . – posted September 16, 2016

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