2017 Champions ~ Are You Ready?

34  And when he had called the people unto him with his disciples also, he said unto them, Whosoever will come after me, let him deny himself, and take up his cross, and follow me.
35  For whosoever will save his life shall lose it; but whosoever shall lose his life for my sake and the gospel’s, the same shall save it.
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 8:34-38

Pirates Football Club (Est. 1897)Dear players, parents and coaches

Whilst the 2017 M.D.F.A. football league season has drawn to a close, the question that should be asked is – What has it profited us? If we have only obtained gold medals and a trophy, but have not learned anything concerning the Gospel of the Lord Jesus Christ then we have failed dismally. If the Gospel literature and discussions have not challenged unbelieving players, parents and coaches to seek Truth, and who remain unrepentant outside the Kingdom of GOD and therefore they remain enemies of GOD through their wicked works, then any accolades, medals, championships we have won are a waste of time and effort. Being religious and pious, but not being born-again by the Spirit of the Living GOD leaves each individual utterly bankrupt! Our true riches can only be found in the Redeemer, the Lord Jesus Christ! Everything else is dross!

In Holy Scripture, our journey through life on earth is likened to a marathon race. We are reminded that our running of the race is to be a spiritual race for an incorruptible crown, not a worldly race for a crown that perishes! The very medals that we win will wax old and perish, but the true reward for a born-again child of GOD will be to pursue a crown that will last for eternity, as we read, for it is written,

24  Know ye not that they which run in a race run all, but one receiveth the prize? So run, that ye may obtain.
25  And every man that striveth for the mastery is temperate in all things. Now they do it to obtain a corruptible crown; but we an incorruptible.
26  I therefore so run, not as uncertainly; so fight I, not as one that beateth the air:
27  But I keep under my body, and bring it into subjection: lest that by any means, when I have preached to others, I myself should be a castaway. ~ I Corinthians 9:24-27

Friends, in the early part of the football season, on 25th May 2017 to be precise, an encouraging challenge was presented in the various Pirates WhatsApp groups, which led to one conversation, that is shared here to put this blog post in perspective, that went as follows – please read left thenWhatsApp02 right:

WhatsApp01 Friends, the God-Man Jesus Christ stated that, “6 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). GOD is a Spirit (John 4:24), so whilst Jesus was speaking to His disciples and stated that they “know him, and have seen him” in reference to GOD the Father, Christ Jesus was in fact stating that He is GOD manifest in flesh (see John 1:1,2,14) and in I Timothy 3:16 we read, for it is written, “And without controversy great is the mystery of godliness: God was manifest in the flesh, justified in the Spirit, seen of angels, preached unto the Gentiles, believed on in the world, received up into glory.” Therefore, man-made religions do not worship the True GOD and those religions will condemn souls to hell. If you are not a Christ follower (a born-again Christian)(see John 3:3-7) it matters what you believe for your beliefs will condemn your soul into eternal damnation! And there is no Scriptural evidence for a man-made papal heresy called purgatory! For we read, for it is written,

27  And as it is appointed unto men once to die, but after this the judgment: ~ Hebrews 9:27

Friends, during the course of the football season at various times opportunities presented themselves where Gospel literature was presented to various persons and conversations were had. My love for my Roman Catholic friends compelled me to warn some of the dangers of being in membership with the papal Roman Catholic political-religious institution that has changed the Word of GOD with heretical man-made teachings, that one will never find in GOD’s Holy Scriptures. Love compels one to warn of pending danger, and therefore these Gospel tracts were offered in love to my fellow man:

>> My Friends Are Dying And, Though They Be Alive, They Are Dead Men Walking ~ A Message of Hope ~

>> GAME OVER ~ A Real Tragedy ~

>> The Gospel for Roman Catholics

>> Are Roman Catholics Christian?

>> Man of the Match

>> Your Life ~ God’s Solution to Your Religion

>> Creation vs. Evolution ~ Do Not Let Darwin Make a Monkey Out of You

>> Reincarnation . . . Or Resurrection? ~ A Message to Hindus ~ 

2017 League Champions Pirates (League) and Savages (K.O. Cup) awaiting the medal presentations  The Pirates BoysPirates FC lining up to congratulate our opponents Savages FC Pirates FC lining up to congratulate our opponents Savages FCPirates FC lining up to congratulate our opponents Savages FC Pirates FC lining up to congratulate our opponents Savages FCPirates FC lining up to congratulate our opponents Savages FC Pirates FC lining up to congratulate our opponents Savages FCPirates FC lining up to congratulate our opponents Savages FC   Pirates FC lining up to congratulate our opponents Savages FCPirates FC lining up to congratulate our opponents Savages FC Pirates FC lining up to congratulate our opponents Savages FCPirates FC lining up to congratulate our opponents Savages FC  Curt leading the team onto The Deck

WhatsApp comment by George CarelseFriends, in response to the afore-pictured sporting gestures, the screenshot to the left from the Pirates FC Chairman George Carelse, who is also the Chairman of the M.D.F.A. (Maritzburg District Football Association), compliments  our Sportsmanship and Fair Play “On and Off the field” which is commendable as we promote, as can be testified by a video that can be viewed on Facebook at this Link. However, it should be remembered that every ‘good work’ that we undertake here on earth will one day be tested by fire to see if it was done for the right reasons, to bring glory to GOD or whether it was an act to be seen of men, as we read, for it is written,

11  For other foundation can no man lay than that is laid, which is Jesus Christ.
12  Now if any man build upon this foundation gold, silver, precious stones, wood, hay, stubble;
13  Every man’s work shall be made manifest: for the day shall declare it, because it shall be revealed by fire; and the fire shall try every man’s work of what sort it is.
14  If any man’s work abide which he hath built thereupon, he shall receive a reward.
15  If any man’s work shall be burned, he shall suffer loss: but he himself shall be saved; yet so as by fire. ~ I Corinthians 3:11-15

So was our work built upon the foundation of Jesus Christ? Or did we do ‘good works’ in our own self-righteous strength? As a result, was it worth our while this past season to obtain perishable medals? or were we truly running to obtain an incorruptible crown? For we are warned, as it is written,

5  Examine yourselves, whether ye be in the faith; prove your own selves. Know ye not your own selves, how that Jesus Christ is in you, except ye be reprobates? ~ II Corinthians 13:5

Curt Rogers Malachi MompleThando Hlophe  Kory DonnellyKaydon Adonis Cee-Jay MulderKaleb Chetty Trent van WykLungelo Gwabuzela   Azande ZondiBrelyn Johnson Dvon HarveyKofi Atta Lorenzo DolphinHead Coach Miles Rogers presenting Asst. Coach Gary Crous  Asst. Coach Gary Crous presenting Head Coach Miles Rogers  M.D.F.A. Chairman and Pirates F.C. Chairman George Carelse presenting the Pirates Under 10 Coaches with the League Champions Trophy

The M.D.F.A. and Pirates F.C. Chairman George Carelse with the Pirates F.C. Under 10 Coaches Gary Crous (Asst.) and Miles Rogers (Head) after receiving the League Champions Trophy Campiones, Campiones, Ole, Ole, Ole

Dear friends, whilst we were successful in our football endeavours, was there true spiritual growth according to the Word of GOD? Being religious does not cut it. Naming the name of ‘Jesus’ does not cut it either, for we read, for it is written,

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.
15  Beware of false prophets, which come to you in sheep’s clothing, but inwardly they are ravening wolves.
16  Ye shall know them by their fruits. Do men gather grapes of thorns, or figs of thistles?
17  Even so every good tree bringeth forth good fruit; but a corrupt tree bringeth forth evil fruit.
18  A good tree cannot bring forth evil fruit, neither can a corrupt tree bring forth good fruit.
19  Every tree that bringeth not forth good fruit is hewn down, and cast into the fire.
20  Wherefore by their fruits ye shall know them.
21  Not every one that saith unto me, Lord, Lord, shall enter into the kingdom of heaven; but he that doeth the will of my Father which is in heaven.
22 
Many will say to me in that day, Lord, Lord, have we not prophesied in thy name? and in thy name have cast out devils? and in thy name done many wonderful works?
23  And then will I profess unto them, I never knew you: depart from me, ye that work iniquity.
24  Therefore whosoever heareth these sayings of mine, and doeth them, I will liken him unto a wise man, which built his house upon a rock:
25  And the rain descended, and the floods came, and the winds blew, and beat upon that house; and it fell not: for it was founded upon a rock.
26  And every one that heareth these sayings of mine, and doeth them not, shall be likened unto a foolish man, which built his house upon the sand:
27  And the rain descended, and the floods came, and the winds blew, and beat upon that house; and it fell: and great was the fall of it.

28  And it came to pass, when Jesus had ended these sayings, the people were astonished at his doctrine:
29  For he taught them as one having authority, and not as the scribes. ~ Matthew 7:13-29 (my emphasis added in bold)

In closing, as we entered this week there was much talk about the date 23rd September 2017 by the “date setting prophets”, the “doomsday sayers” and the internet is abuzz with videos and writings about the speculative predictions of Planet-X (Nibiru) slamming into earth or knocking it off its axis, the pre-tribulation rapture, the Revelation 12 sign, and the Second Coming of the Lord Jesus Christ, and even talk of the end of the world. Is this all possible now? It certainly is. Will it come to pass now? Only GOD knows the end from the beginning, for it is written, “9 Remember the former things of old: for I am God, and there is none else; I am God, and there is none like me, 10 Declaring the end from the beginning, and from ancient times the things that are not yet done, saying, My counsel shall stand, and I will do all my pleasure:” (Isaiah 46,9,10).

Friends, what I do know and share from GOD’s Word as we can read, for it is written,

31  Heaven and earth shall pass away: but my words shall not pass away.
32  But of that day and that hour knoweth no man, no, not the angels which are in heaven, neither the Son, but the Father.
33  Take ye heed, watch and pray: for ye know not when the time is.

34  For the Son of man is as a man taking a far journey, who left his house, and gave authority to his servants, and to every man his work, and commanded the porter to watch.
35  Watch ye therefore: for ye know not when the master of the house cometh, at even, or at midnight, or at the cockcrowing, or in the morning:
36  Lest coming suddenly he find you sleeping.
37  And what I say unto you I say unto all, Watch.
~ Mark 13:31-37

And in the Gospel of Luke it points to the very times we are living in – these evil days are just as the “days of Noe” and the “days of Lot” – as we read, for it is written,

26  And as it was in the days of Noe, so shall it be also in the days of the Son of man.
27  They did eat, they drank, they married wives, they were given in marriage, until the day that Noe entered into the ark, and the flood came, and destroyed them all.
28  Likewise also as it was in the days of Lot; they did eat, they drank, they bought, they sold, they planted, they builded;
29  But the same day that Lot went out of Sodom it rained fire and brimstone from heaven, and destroyed them all. 
30  Even thus shall it be in the day when the Son of man is revealed.
~ Luke 17:26-30

Friends, let us not find ourselves as enemies of GOD, as we read, “Ye adulterers and adulteresses, know ye not that the friendship of the world is enmity with God? whosoever therefore will be a friend of the world is the enemy of God.” (James 4:4). And in the commentary words of Matthew Henry in respect of this particular verse: “Here is a decided warning to avoid all criminal friendships with this world. Worldly-mindedness is enmity to God. An enemy may be reconciled, but “enmity” never can be reconciled. A man may have a large portion in things of this life, and yet be kept in the love of God; but he who sets his heart upon the world, who will conform to it rather than lose its friendship, is an enemy to God.

Dear friends, unless you are born-again and your name is written in the Lamb’s Book of Life, you cannot enter and see the Kingdom of GOD! Today is the day of salvation. Call upon GOD to save you in Jesus’ Name – Repent and believe in the Gospel of Jesus Christ, for it is your only hope! Your calling should be “repentance toward God, and faith toward our Lord Jesus Christ.” (Acts 20:21). Nothing and nobody else can save your soul. So, Are You Ready?

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? ~ Mark 8:36,37

Soli Deo Gloria

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Evangelism at the United vs Ajax Match 2017/18

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 TownMaritzburg UnitedWith the 2017/18 Premier Soccer League kicking off last weekend it was good to be out in our Lord’s harvest field once again at the local football stadium being the Harry Gwala Stadium (the former Jan Smuts Stadium).

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 Wednesday 23rd August 2017, Jono and Gary attended at the PSL football match between Maritzburg United and Ajax Cape Town.

A call for repentance Whilst handing out tracts someone made mention of the inscription on the wooden cross: “Are You Ready”? This opened the door to presenting the Gospel. A secular analogy was used to begin with. It went along these lines:

Consider you come to this football match on 23rd August 2017 at the Harry Gwala Stadium, but you have a ticket for another match to gain entrance to the FNB Stadium, you will not gain entrance to the Harry Gwala Stadium because you have an incorrect ticket. The ticket you possess is to gain entrance to another stadium at another destination. You need the correct ticket to gain entrance to this stadium at this destination. Now the same principle applies in the spiritual realm. People are going through life with many religious tickets hoping to gain entrance into the Kingdom of GOD,Raising the Name of Christ Jesus or as they put it “some better place”,  but they have the wrong ticket which is leading them to a wrong destination. You need to have the right “ticket”, so-to-speak, to gain entrance into the Kingdom of GOD which is Heaven. If you have the wrong ticket the only entrance access you will gain is into Hell – which is the wrong destination. The “ticket” you need is to be born-again through faith in the Lord Jesus Christ. If you do not have Jesus, you do not have the correct entrance access to the right destination! The devil Satan is a deceiver who sells fraudulent tickets to people who are deceived for the lustful pleasures of this life. They pursue and obtain the wrong tickets that lead to the wrong destination, whilst we evangelists come out here to warn you of your pending destruction through deception. We are pointing you to Jesus Christ, the saviour of the world.

Psalm 34:8  O taste and see that the LORD is good: blessed is the man that trusteth in him.

We also alerted the fans that whilst There are two ways in lifethey were coming out for some entertainment, there is no guarantees that they would go home. We mentioned the death of two spectators outside the FNB Stadium leading up to the Carling Black Label Cup match between Kaizer Chiefs and Orlando Pirates that took place on Saturday 29th July 2017. It is alleged that the deaths were caused due to a stampede that took place at Gate-J and that fake tickets were being sold. [The article Two killed at FNB Stadium can be read Here.] We also mentioned previous tragedies that took place at football grounds and other tragic accidents [read GAME OVER ~ A Real Tragedy ~]. A mention was also made of the late Mondli Cele (26) who played for Maritzburg United and scored the opening goal in a 3-3 draw against Orlando Pirates on the evening of Saturday 16th January 2016 and lost his life at around 5am the next morning 17th January 2016 when his car crashed into the Msunduzi River in Park Drive, Alexandra Park, just down the road from the Harry Gwala Stadium. [A newsDiscussions . . . and a crowd listening report can be read Here.] Life is so fragile and it can be taken at any moment. These events transitioned into the Gospel of mercy and grace that can save wretched sinners! And as the evening progressed leading to kick-off time there were some heckling, mocking, and reasoning. Praise GOD! Much Gospel literature was distributed as the crowds started increasing.

In closing, we request that you kindly keep us in prayer for our next PSL football outreach, Lord willing, at the Harry Gwala Stadium’s South Gate, which should take place on the evening of Friday 15th September, 2017 from about 17:30 – 20:00

   Maritzburg United                   Orlando Pirates

Maritzburg United vs. Orlando PiratesSoli Deo Gloria

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Footnotes:

* For the record Maritzburg United won 2-0 against Ajax Cape Town.

> Maritzburg United 2017/18 Home Fixtures @ Harry Gwala – posted August 17, 2017

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

Maritzburg United 2017/18 Home Fixtures @ Harry Gwala

PSL Maritzburg United The 2017/18 Premier Soccer League in South Africa kicks off on the evening of Friday August 18, 2017 and Lord willing the Repent and Believe South Africa Christian ministry will this season again be evangelising the football fans attending the Maritzburg United home matches at the Harry Gwala Stadium in Pietermaritzburg KZN. The home league fixtures are listed hereunder where by YEHOVAH’s mercy and grace the Gospel of GOD will be proclaimed by us preaching Jesus Christ and Him crucified,

28 Whom we preach, warning every man, and teaching every man in all wisdom; that we may present every man perfect in Christ Jesus: ~ Colossians 1:28

Are you a local who prayerfully can join the Repent and Believe South Africa outreach ministry to obediently reach lost souls? Then we can go in unity of faith and belief, as we read,

9 God is faithful, by whom ye were called unto the fellowship of his Son Jesus Christ our Lord.
10 Now I beseech you, brethren, by the name of our Lord Jesus Christ, that ye all speak the same thing, and that there be no divisions among you; but that ye be perfectly joined together in the same mind and in the same judgment. ~ 1 Corinthians 1:9,10

In short, but not limited to, we preach the love of GOD through the doctrines of law and grace, heaven and hell, and “repentance toward God, and faith toward our Lord Jesus Christ” (Acts 20:21); as we also read,

34 Then Peter said unto them, Repent, and be baptized every one of you in the name of Jesus Christ for the remission of sins, and ye shall receive the gift of the Holy Ghost. ~ Acts 2:34

If you are a born-again Christian kindly contact Gary Crous via email or by placing a comment hereunder to join us in the Lord’s harvest field. Brethren, we also kindly request that you keep these outreaches saturated in prayer for our Father to be merciful toward sinners and grant His grace as a gift to lost souls. Amen.

Soli Deo Gloria

AUGUST 2017

Ajax Cape Town WED. 23 @ 19:30 vs. AJAX CAPE TOWN

>>> Meet @ 17:30 outside the South Gate

 

 

SEPTEMBER 2017

Orlando PiratesFRI. 15 @ 20:00 vs. ORLANDO PIRATES

>>> Meet @ 17:30 outside the South Gate

 

 

Kaizer ChiefsWED. 20 @ 19:30 vs. KAIZER CHIEFS

>>> Meet @ 17:30 outside the South Gate

 

 

Free State StarsFRI. 29 @ 20:00 vs. FREE STATE STARS

>>> Meet @ 17:30 outside the South Gate

 

 

OCTOBER 2017

SuperSport United FRI. 27 @ 20:00 vs. SUPERSPORT UNITED

>>> Meet @ 17:30 outside the South Gate

 

 

NOVEMBER 2017

Bidvest WitsFRI. 24 @ 20:00 vs. BIDVEST WITS

>>> Meet @ 17:30 outside the South Gate

 

 

DECEMBER 2017

Baroka FCFRI. 08 @ 20:00 vs. BAROKA FC

>>> Meet @ 17:30 outside the South Gate

 

 

JANUARY 2018

Bloemfontein Celtic FRI. 12 @ 20:00 vs. BLOEMFONTEIN CELTIC

>>> Meet @ 17:30 outside the South Gate

Chippa UnitedFRI. 26 @ 20:00 vs. CHIPPA UNITED

>>> Meet @ 17:30 outside the South Gate

 

 

FEBRUARY 2018

AmaZulu FCFRI. 16 @ 20:00 vs. AMAZULU FC

>>> Meet @ 17:30 outside the South Gate

 

 

Platinum Stars FRI. 23 @ 20:00 vs. PLATINUM STARS

>>> Meet @ 17:30 outside the South Gate

 

 

MARCH 2018

Polokwane City FRI. 16 @ 20:00 vs. POLOKWANE CITY

>>> Meet @ 17:30 outside the South Gate

 

 

APRIL 2018

Cape Town City FCSAT. 07 @ 20:15 vs. CAPE TOWN CITY FC

>>> Meet @ 18:00 outside the South Gate

 

 

Mamelodi Sundowns WED. 25 @ 19:30 vs. MAMELODI SUNDOWNS

>>> Meet @ 17:30 outside the South Gate

 

 

MAY 2018

Lamontville Golden ArrowsSAT. 12 @ 15:00 vs. GOLDEN ARROWS

>>> Meet @ 13:00 outside the South Gate

 

Soli Deo Gloria

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 ***

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