Mission Act 1:8 ~ Day 46

NAPIERVILLE

Monday May 25, 2015, Marius and Gary continued sowing the seed of the Living Word, the Gospel of our Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ, in the Napierville area.

L to R - Marius, Arthur and Johanna We started off the day having an hour and twenty minutes discussion sharing the Gospel with Johanna as we were later joined by her husband Arthur after he had returned from buying stock for their Tuck Shop which they run from their home. Johanna said they attend the CRC near Makro, Camps Drift, which I am afraid preaches “another gospel.” All I am willing to say at this time concerning this church is that an “ex-friend” of my son committed suicide and the pastor had a perfect opportunity to preach the Gospel of repentance and faith in the Lord Jesus Christ, warning of Judgment Day and the realities of Hell for unrepentant sinners, and all that was offered in a watered down fashion was “God loves all of you.” Sadly he was not preaching the GOD (YHVH) of the Holy Bible, but a god of man’s choosing in idolatry! This was an opportunity missed. An appropriate Scripture for many in attendance at the funeral would be:

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

Johanna had said that she was not sure whether she would go to Heaven if she had to die, so we examined her condition by conducting the “Good Person Test” and shared that the Holy Spirit will confirm with your spirit whether you belong to God and that each person is to examine themselves to see if they are in the faith. These two Scripture portions should be read together:

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? ~ 2 Corinthians 13:5

15  For ye have not received the spirit of bondage again to fear; but ye have received the Spirit of adoption, whereby we cry, Abba, Father.
16  The Spirit itself beareth witness with our spirit, that we are the children of God:
17  And if children, then heirs; heirs of God, and joint-heirs with Christ; if so be that we suffer with him, that we may be also glorified together. ~ Romans 8:15-17

Later, we had some interesting conversations with people over their property fences and some on the streets. Charmaine, a lady on Napier Road, heard the Gospel and she became tearful as she mentioned that she had been drinking alcohol the morning and was wondering about things, when we happened to come by “as if God had sent us.” She said she was baptised in the Baptist Church, but sadly she has backslidden, was divorced and now living in adultery and fornication with her boyfriend. We told her that she needs to repent to God. Through prayer she should ask assistance from her children and family and get out of her current relationship. We did pray with her that our Divine God and Father would work upon her heart and conscience and bring her to true repentance and true faith in His Son Jesus Christ.

Whilst this conversation was taking place, before Marius joined Gary, Marius also had a discussion with some ancestral worshipping heathens, also on Napier Road, who refused any Gospel literature that he offered them. Once Marius had also joined Gary speaking to Charmaine, her boyfriend’s son and wife (?) came out from next door to report that her dog was going to be attacked by their dog “Kaptein” if he came snooping around there. Gospel literature was also offered to them which offer they sadly declined together with another man, who resides with them, who passed by saying he is a drunkard! We advised him that through repentance and seeking God he can be delivered from being a slave to alcohol as we can testify to God’s goodness of delivering us.

There are many people that are hurting in the suburbs, but sadly the majority of them are wilfully holding to their wicked and evil sins rather than seeking God’s redemptive salvation! God can justify them and begin a work in them should they humble themselves. We are told by our Lord Jesus:

27  All things are delivered unto me of my Father: and no man knoweth the Son, but the Father; neither knoweth any man the Father, save the Son, and he to whomsoever the Son will reveal him.
28  Come unto me, all ye that labour and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest.
29  Take my yoke upon you, and learn of me; for I am meek and lowly in heart: and ye shall find rest unto your souls. 
30  For my yoke is easy, and my burden is light.
~ Matthew 11:27-30 

Please keep all in your prayers who have received by oral or written testimony the goodness of God and the testimony of His blessed Son Jesus. We are reminded that God is not willing that any should perish, as we read:

9  The Lord is not slack concerning his promise, as some men count slackness; but is longsuffering to us-ward, not willing that any should perish, but that all should come to repentance. ~ 2 Peter 3:9

In closing, we have since passed the 10,000 properties tracted in complete time of 4 Days 16 Hours 30 Minutes (112Hrs 30Mins = 10,072). This is broken down as follows (approximately due to possible human error):

* 2013 : 3 Days 15 Hours 15 Minutes (87Hrs 15Mins) = 8,200

* 2015 : 1 Day 1 Hour 15 Minutes (25Hrs 15Mins) = 1,872

The day’s route was: Sherwood – Devonshire – Lancashire – Devonshire – Wiltshire – Napier – Devonshire – Seaforth – Sherwood – Poppy – Devonshire – Eugene Marais (Upper and Lower Roads).

Mission Act 1:8 Route Marius on DevonshireFort Napier Military Cemetery ~ Commonwealth War Graves CommissionFort Napier Military Cemetery ~ Commonwealth War Graves CommissionMarius tracting a house opposite the Military CemeteryMarius on Eugene MaraisMarius speaking to a man on Eugene MaraisMission Act 1.8 Statistics 46 Soli Deo Gloria!

Mission Act 1:8 ~ Day 45

NAPIERVILLE

At the top end of Napierville Saturday May 23, 2015 (at sunset in the Hebrew calendar Sivan 6, 5775, which is Shavuot (Feast of Weeks): Pentecost), Marius and Gary ventured out in the Napierville suburb to scatter the seed of God’s eternal Word.

Gary preaching at a gate Some conversations were had and one’s voice was raised uplifting the Name of our Lord Jesus Christ – preaching that salvation is in no other name but Jesus.

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

Marius speaking to a man he knows Stood outside a gate on Langenhoven Road and shared the Gospel in a loud tone as three men stood / sat a distance from the gate, but it also had the effect that the neighbours could hear, too. On Aalwyn Road a person who knew Marius stopped his LDV and Marius was able to give him Gospel literature and share briefly with this coloured man encouraging him to read and examine his life.

Gary making known we are NOT JWs outside a 'Spaza-shop' We also shared along the way at small ‘spaza-shops’ operating out of some peoples’ yards. This is one way how the community make a living where employment is scarce. A convenience store is provided to one’s neighbours when the shops are a distance from where they reside. We also spoke to people in cars who saw the cross and wanted Gospel literature to read. One couple even enquired to make sure we are NOT Jehovah Witnesses. These queries are welcomed as they allow us to preach the True Jesus Christ and warn of the false gospels that are ‘shared’ by those cults!

On the last stretch of Aalwyn Road that lead to a dead-end we were almost attacked by some dogs, which is par for the course and one of the hindrances that we can face when out on the streets. Normally the dogs are behind high fences, but sometimes you have areas like today that gates are left open or fencing are in poor condition allowing the dogs to roam / enter the roads at will. Only by the grace of God were we kept safe! On the same road proceeding back down the hill, as we walked Gary raised his voice and trumpeted the call to repentance!

DSCF2987 Later on Arum Road we spoke to five youngsters that attend the Piet Retief Primary School. They, L to R: Lindani, Mvola (obscured white shirt), Snenhlanhla (on bike), Khelhelo, and Anelo,  were on their way home from playing school rugby. We shared the Gospel with them even though they said they were on their way to heaven, mostly because they attend church and pray. We did the “Good Person Test” on them just to make sure of their condition before God. It was evident that they were violating many of the God’s commandments. But they are now aware of the perfect standard God requires of each one of us!

Please pray for each and every person who received the Word of God by oral and written witness today.

The day’s route: Langenhoven – Aalwyn – Arum – Roos – Tritonia – Langenhoven – Hortensia – Angeliers – Hortensia – Langenhoven.

Mission Act 1:8 RouteGary sharing the Gospel on LangenhovenGary sharing the Gospel on LangenhovenGary with CBD in the backgroundMarius with CBD in the backgroundGary preaching at a gateTree-mailTree-mailGary on LangenhovenPiet Retief Primary SchoolMarius on HortensiaMarius outside Piet Retief Primary SchoolMarius outside Piet Retief Primary SchoolMission Act 1.8 Statistics 45 Soli Deo Gloria!

Mission Act 1:8 ~ Day 44

SCOTTSVILLE

Wednesday 20, 2015 – Jono, Marius and Gary continued in the Scottsville area, between the UKZN campus and Alan Paton Avenue. It is also the neighbourhood where Jono resides.

Whilst we handed Gospel tracts to approximately 166 persons – a vast majority being UKZN students followed by municipal workers – only very brief conversations were had. The day was a trying day, it just did not seem to want to “click-into-gear”, so to speak! The devils were clearly hindering the Gospel work. It was very evident in Pepworth Road when Gary approached an elderly European lady who was waiting at her gate. When offered some Gospel literature she said very abruptly: “What is it? Is it religious?” When an answer was given to her that it is Gospel material concerning our Lord Jesus Christ, she retorted: “I have my religion!” On asking her what religion it was, in a harsh tone she came back at Gary and said it was none of his business to which he calmly responded, “I was only asking nothing else.” This lady almost spat out “I am Roman Catholic!” to which was the response, “If Roman Catholics speak to people like this, I would consider leaving that church.” While Gary crossed the road to speak to an African lady, the European lady had departed in a car and so Marius retraced his steps and placed some Gospel literature in her post-box. Pray that this Roman Catholic lady will be humbled by the Gospel material placed in her post-box.

The day’s routes were:

Stage 1:- Roseveare – Chapman – Pepworth – Ridge – Alan Paton – Dorset – Chapman – Lymbrook – Carbis – Chapman – Carbis – Ridge – Roseveare.

Stage 2:- Hutchinson – Epworth – Shores – Carbis (between Faculty of Agriculture and Lymbrook).

Mission Act 1:8 RouteWalking for JesusOutside the Scottsville Islamic CentreScottsville Presbyterian ChurchScottsville Presbyterian ChurchMarius depositing tractsGary speaking to two Municipal workersMission Act 1.8 Statistics 44Soli Deo Gloria!

Mission Act 1:8 ~ Day 43

SCOTTSVILLE

Wednesday 13, 2015 Marius and Gary continued in the Scottsville area, starting near The Mall @ Scottsville. We met up with two young female Municipal street cleaners named Angel and Gloria on King Edward Drive. Their plight which has become all too customary amongst the African folk, is a question of: “Why are my prayers not answered when I pray to God?” We had to get to the bottom of the problem, and it mostly comes down to the “age old” problem – or should we say the traditional problem – of mixing the Holy with the profane. Shembe followers and African traditionalists are being deceived thinking that they can pray to Unkulunkulu (God) and hold to their ancestral prayers, too!

L to R: Angel, Gary and Gloria This is an abomination when God warns that nobody is to consult with the dead, which is necromancy (see Deut. 18:10-13). People continually say that we – Christians – have no right to judge another person’s traditions! However, they are judged already by God by their foolish actions when God warns against their very practices. We Christians, as disciples of the Son of God our Lord Jesus Christ are merely warning the transgressors of their situation before a Holy, Just and Perfect God who they must face on Judgment Day. Sincerely, this is the greatest love we can extend to deceived persons, warning them of the inevitable destruction of their souls in Hell should they not repent of their abominable actions this side of eternity. Angel saw her sin in mixing the Holy with the profane and she said she wants to be born again. We shared the Law of God with them compelling them to turn back to God through repentance and faith in the finished work of the Saviour our Lord Jesus Christ. We prayed with them that God will open their understanding and cause them to truly repent. Often the easiest way for a traditionalist is for them to continue in their folly out of fear of being ostracised by their family, than make a stand for God by seeking after His righteousness. The Devil uses demonic fear to keep souls in bondage to their sin! Christ, and Christ alone, can redeem souls back to God!

Gary sharing with Sabelo A while later, Marius handed a third year UKZN LLB (Latin Legum Baccalaureus) law student named Sabelo some Gospel literature. He had initially received the material and had walked on, but then after starting to read the same, turned and came back to ask us some questions! It was through our discussions that we learned that Sabelo who is studying to be an attorney has set his goals on being rich, in fact he wants to accumulate great wealth! He follows the “teachings” of Donald Trump and other wealthy moguls. It was while sharing the Ten Commandments of God that we dealt with covetousness, the lust for riches, and we went to the Scripture that reads:

10  For the love of money is the root of all evil: which while some coveted after, they have erred from the faith, and pierced themselves through with many sorrows. ~ 1 Timothy 6:10

UKZN Sabelo said that Donald Trump is a “Christian” that does a lot of “good work” for “God.” Gary had to remind Sabelo that Trump, a Presbyterian (source: Wikipedia), might have a different god to the One in the Holy Bible, for Trump has much dealings with casinos that encourage people to gamble, and Trump even makes money off the desperate and poor who will use their last food money to covet after riches and wealth! We advised Sabelo that money in and of itself is not bad as we do have need of money, but it is how you use it – is the love of money so great that you lust after more and more wealth for your own selfish gain and ambition? Or are you using your wealth for the furtherance of God’s Kingdom according to God’s will? For it is “the love of money” which “is the root of all evil”. We then referred Sabelo to the following Scripture:

16  And he spake a parable unto them, saying, The ground of a certain rich man brought forth plentifully:
17  And he thought within himself, saying, What shall I do, because I have no room where to bestow my fruits?
18  And he said, This will I do: I will pull down my barns, and build greater; and there will I bestow all my fruits and my goods.
19  And I will say to my soul, Soul, thou hast much goods laid up for many years; take thine ease, eat, drink, and be merry. 
20  But God said unto him, Thou fool, this night thy soul shall be required of thee: then whose shall those things be, which thou hast provided? 
21  So is he that layeth up treasure for himself, and is not rich toward God.
~ Luke 12:16-21 

Matthew 16:26 We discussed many issues relating to wealth and being a good steward of “wealth” for God! Sabelo also made reference to the professional football association FC Barcelona star Lionel Messi who also has much wealth. He also made reference to Messi being helpful by his “charitable work.” The thing is that whilst Sabelo might think that Lionel Messi’s work-righteous Roman Catholic faith benefits people, it is detrimental to the benefactors for they might receive benevolence from the man, but not the Truth. It is the same as an unrepentant poor man begging for food and he receives physical food / care but is not told how to receive the spiritual food of forgiveness of his sins through repentance and faith in Jesus Christ, the unrepentant poor man will still go to Hell cared for and well fed with food that wastes away. Spiritually his soul will be lost for all eternity! As our Lord Jesus Christ said:

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 [Gary’s emphasis added]

Pray for God the Father to deal with the hearts of those who came to hear the Word this day. We pray “. . . that they should repent and turn to God, and do works meet for repentance.” (see Acts 26:20). The day’s route was: King Edward – Oribi (to Scottsville Clinic) – King Edward – Hardy – St Patricks – Coronation.

Mission Act 1:8 RouteGary placing Gospel tracts in Glenallan's postboxesGary spoke to Angel and Gloria on King Edward AvenueMarius crossed King Edward Avenue to distribute tractsMunicipal cleaners being tractedSome posers on the sidewalk who received Gospel literatureTwo passer-bys who received Gospel literatureMission Act 1.8 Statistics 43Soli Deo Gloria!

Mission Act 1:8 ~ Day 41

SCOTTSVILLE

Today, Monday May 11, 2015, Marius and Gary continued to the northern parts of the Scottsville area towards The Wanderers Club and the Durban University of Technology (DUT) Riverside Campus (the old defunct Gert Maritz School). We came into contact with in excess of 78 people on the roads and at DUT Marius must have tracted about +50-75 students alone outside the main gates and the spaza-shop across the road.

L to R - Sam, Gary and Steve Prior to arriving at DUT, Gary had an engaging Gospel sharing time at the fork on Riverton Road and Woodhouse Road with two DUT students on their way home to Pelham. Steve and Sam attend at the City Presbyterian Church (referred to by them as City Pres.) which is situate in the suburb of Napierville. However, they said they are not ‘born again’. It appeared from our discussion that they are “church attendees”, but they realised that this does not save them or make them right before a Holy and Just God. In fact, Steve’s family engage in the African ancestral traditions while Sam does not believe and does not follow the same. Hopefully these two friends will dialog concerning this particular issue and more importantly go before God in repentance calling on God to truly save them! At the same time, Marius also had engaged two African men named Sipho and Nicholas heading up Woodhouse Road. We pray for our Father in Heaven to draw these young men to Himself!

Marius and a garden services' man behind hedges on Aberfeldy Road On Aberfeldy Road Marius had a witnessing encounter with a garden services’ man behind some hedges. Our Lord Jesus Christ did say when he spoke in a parable about His supper:

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. ~ Luke 14:23

So we were only doing what our LORD commanded! The conversation briefly touched on evolution and about Genesis and God’s creation. This man had said someone told him all animals has names except the “dog” as “dog” in reverse is “god.” Marius told him it is a lie as Adam named the animals and that God’s true name is YHVH. Marius also said to this man that the devil Satan is a liar and changes everything around. We are so thankful for our great GOD YHVH who sends us into His harvest fields and gives us opportunity to speak to deceived people and to share the Light from His Word.

Afterwards we entered in at The Wanderers Club and handed out some Gospel literature to a few older patrons sitting on the veranda drinking alcohol while a few middle-aged men were stoking the fires to have a braai (barbeque). They too received tracts. This is the very same club where Gary played soccer for Shamrocks FC back in the day! It is always good to go back to old “haunting grounds” where one was once a depraved reprobate and now you can go there as a new creation to sow the seed of Truth!! O God, YOU are so merciful and gracious – Amen!

Later, just up the road at the DUT Riverside Campus, Marius and Gary continued to make Gospel tract distribution. There seemed at first an air of reluctance from various students to take literature, but many more received the material containing the Word of God. At the turnstile gates to the campus, Gary seized the opportunity of raising the Name of our Lord Jesus Christ presenting the Law and Grace from the two ways of life, as we read:

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 

Many more students came over to receive Gospel material from Marius once the preaching had commenced. Some also stood around near their vehicles listening, some joking, but we are sure there were ears to hear and that the security at the Internet Archivegates heard the way of salvation. We praise GOD for these opportunities.

The short audio clip can be listened to at the link >>> by clicking on the logo an audio player will open in a new window.

Our prayer is for that “one” who will repent and turn back to God, as we read:

3  And he spake this parable unto them, saying, 
4 
What man of you, having an hundred sheep, if he lose one of them, doth not leave the ninety and nine in the wilderness, and go after that which is lost, until he find it? 
5  And when he hath found it, he layeth it on his shoulders, rejoicing. 
6  And when he cometh home, he calleth together his friends and neighbours, saying unto them, Rejoice with me; for I have found my sheep which was lost. 
7  I say unto you, that likewise joy shall be in heaven over one sinner that repenteth, more than over ninety and nine just persons, which need no repentance. 
8  Either what woman having ten pieces of silver, if she lose one piece, doth not light a candle, and sweep the house, and seek diligently till she find it? 
9  And when she hath found it, she calleth her friends and her neighbours together, saying, Rejoice with me; for I have found the piece which I had lost. 
10  Likewise, I say unto you, there is joy in the presence of the angels of God over one sinner that repenteth.
~ Luke 15:3-10

Today’s route was: Woodhouse – Surrey – Oban – Surrey – Riverton – Aberfeldy – Woodhouse.

Mission Act 1:8 Route Gary on Woodhouse RoadGary on Woodhouse RoadMarius tracting on Oban DriveGary on Oban Drive#SaveKidsLives on trees - They need the Gospel of Jesus ChristGary sharing the Gospel with Sam and Steve on Riverton RoadMarius handing out tracts to two female students on Riverton RoadMarius sharing with a garden services' manEntrance to The Wanderers ClubHosanna Church on Woodhouse RoadMission Act 1.8 Statistics 41 Soli Deo Gloria!

Mission Act 1:8 ~ Day 40

SCOTTSVILLE

Marius tracting some Taxi operators on King Edward Avenue Friday May 8, 2015 Marius and Gary continued distributing Gospel literature in the Scottsville suburb in an area between the Scottsville Race Course (North) and the Scottsville Mall (South) and between the Woodburn Rugby Stadium (West) and the Scottsville Primary School (East). This particular area has many residences for students who attend at the nearby University of KwaZulu-Natal (UKZN). However, most of the converted flats for student digs’ do not have post boxes so we hoped to meet much more foot traffic along our routes.

God was faithful for there were a real mixture of people groups encountered today and from all walks of life. Some of the people who we met, were:

* A Christian man named Pietermaritzburg-20150508 - JonathanJonathan walking on New England Road. He told Gary that he attends the nearby  Hosanna Church and he also testified that he was in a car accident where the right-side of his head was split open and his brains had fallen out! He jokingly said he now has a ‘clean brain’ as they had to wash it before putting it back into his head during surgery. This can only be a Divine miracle – Praise be to our Living God!

* Lunthuo (?), a poor begging mother at the traffic lights at the New England Road / Alan Paton Avenue / Leinster Road junction. Gary spoke with her and handed her an isiZulu Gospel Tract titled: “Ngabe ucabanga ukuthi ungumuntu olungileyo na?” [Translation: “Do you think you are a good person?”]. He then conversed with her in English and using some isiZulu terminology to feed her soul with the Gospel of uJesu before blessing her with provision to buy natural food. We are reminded by our Lord Jesus Christ that we should “Labour not for the meat which perisheth, but for that meat which endureth unto everlasting life, which the Son of man shall give unto you: for him hath God the Father sealed.” (John 6:27) This verse in context is read as follows:

23  (Howbeit there came other boats from Tiberias nigh unto the place where they did eat bread, after that the Lord had given thanks:)
24  When the people therefore saw that Jesus was not there, neither his disciples, they also took shipping, and came to Capernaum, seeking for Jesus.
25  And when they had found him on the other side of the sea, they said unto him, Rabbi, when camest thou hither?
26  Jesus answered them and said,
Verily, verily, I say unto you, Ye seek me, not because ye saw the miracles, but because ye did eat of the loaves, and were filled.
27  Labour not for the meat which perisheth, but for that meat which endureth unto everlasting life, which the Son of man shall give unto you: for him hath God the Father sealed.

28  Then said they unto him, What shall we do, that we might work the works of God?
29  Jesus answered and said unto them, This is the work of God, that ye believe on him whom he hath sent. ~ John 6:23-29

We are also further warned in the words of our Lord Jesus Christ, as it is written:

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

Gary speaking to Phuma* We also met with another Christian student named Phuma on  Conway Road and encouraged her in sharing the Gospel of our Lord Jesus Christ with her fellow students on campus. She said she does. We emphasised the necessity to preach the full counsel of Law and Grace to bring the hearers to a clear understanding of Judgment Day = Heaven? or Hell?

* While walking Gallway Road we came across an ambulance first-responder despatch centre where the paramedics were sitting around on the property outside in the sunshine awaiting callouts. Gary seized the opportunity of approaching them and after asking if he could share something with them, he started in the natural speaking about the work they are involved in seeing many accidents that entail carnage and trauma at accidents and that their job is one of life and death. From there the preaching swung to the spiritual as we started examining their lives in light of eternity as they are also not guaranteed ‘a tomorrow’ as they too could be involved in an accident responding to a callout at high speed. It was a Divinely appointed time as they listened intentlyAmbulance Emergency Respondersand we were even joined by their office cleaning lady. An African paramedic was ‘called out’ (as Gary noticed his animal hide bangle) and warned that his ancestors cannot help him and his open response was to thank us. Gospel literature was handed to all and Gary even made enquiry about whether he could join “them” for a day, but was told we would have to consult with management. Anyway, they agreed to a “team” photograph holding our “Are You Ready” Cross.

It has become a practice that whenever we see an ambulance responding to a red-light callout, we pray for their safety and for our God to use the paramedics to save those lives that are in danger of death and for someone to bring the Good News of Jesus Christ to them! We also made known to this ambulance unit [not verbatim]: “Wouldn’t it be wonderful that when you responded to a callout you too would be able to share the Gospel of Jesus Christ with your patients; sharing the Only One Who is the giver of life, the Redeemer Jesus Christ!” We know they have much to think about!

* Of the 45 people we interacted with today, one of them was a pastor’s son who we met on Gallway Road, who was discouraged and was losing faith. He has lost a friend who has died and he cannot come to terms with his death. We encouraged him that he who perseveres to the end shall be saved and that he must look to our Lord Jesus Christ keeping his eyes and hope upon Him – during the good times and the bad times. This young man – a student – was truly encouraged and said he needs to get back into Church! As long as we minister to hurting people, God uses those encounters to remind us of His love for us and that we are to act upon the advice we give out. In all this, God ministers to us and strengthens us too! To think, if we had stayed home to do “our own thing”, we would have missed this opportunity to encourage a hurting brother/son, not through sympathy, but by empathy!

* As we were completing the last stretch of Alan Paton Avenue opposite the Scottsville Mall, we gave Gospel tracts to three Africans outside a hairdressing salon. They saw the Cross and said that they were ready! However, whilst sharing the reality of Judgment Day, Gary started to say who would not see the Kingdom of God, referring to 1 Corinthians 6:9,10 which reads as follows:

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

On hearing the male’s effeminate voice – for there were two females and a male present – Gary had made reference to homosexuals not seeing the Kingdom of God, this male said that he was then not ready, but would end up in Hell. One of his female friends then said that God loves everyone and the gay man wouldn’t go to Hell! We reminded her that she is making a god to suit their sin, for God says homosexuals will not inherit His Kingdom. She intimated that God is then not a loving God, but we brought correction that He is both just and loving and that they should not blame God for their sins, but should repent of their wicked sins as it is a lifestyle choice they are embracing and not that God made homosexuals as by her inference. We also read:

22  Thou shalt not lie with mankind, as with womankind: it is abomination. ~ Leviticus 18:22

We also brought it to their understanding that the Creator God of the Bible made man and woman and that they would multiply by bringing children forth through an act of true love that would reflect the Godhead and the Church! Two men sodomising each other cannot bring forth a child in an ‘act of love’ for each other, but their sodomy is an act of perversion, a lust not true love! The same applies with two lesbians they cannot naturally bring forth a child in an ‘act of love’ through sexual intercourse, but their sexual act too is an act of perversion, a lust not true love! We are warned in Romans 1 how God will hand over perverts, as it is written:

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.
26  For this cause God gave them up unto vile affections: for even their women did change the natural use into that which is against nature:
27  And likewise also the men, leaving the natural use of the woman, burned in their lust one toward another; men with men working that which is unseemly, and receiving in themselves that recompence of their error which was meet. ~ Romans 1:22-27

In true godly love for our neighbours we were calling these sinners to repentance! We do pray the sodomite will have “repentance toward God, and faith toward our Lord Jesus Christ” (Acts 20:21). We concluded the street walking in King Edward Avenue where we parked our vehicle just as the pupils were coming out from Scottsville Primary School.

Please continue to pray on for every person that heard / received the Gospel of God’s salvation.

Today’s route was: Rutland – St Patricks – New England – Alan Paton – Caithness – Connaught – Conway – St Patricks – Alan Paton – Gallway – St Patricks – Alan Paton – King Edward.

Mission Act 1:8 RouteAnglican Church of St Alphege and Scottsville Methodist Church ~ Both share the same building at different times. Denominations are not united.Gary speaking to Phuma on Conway RoadGary sharing on Alan Paton AvenueGary sharing on Alan Paton AvenueMarius distributing to a street vendorMarius distributing at a Taxi rank on King Edward Avenue Marius distributing at a Taxi rank on King Edward Avenue Marius distributing at a Taxi rank on King Edward Avenue Mission Act 1.8 Statistics 40 Soli Deo Gloria!

Mission Act 1:8 ~ Day 39

SCOTTSVILLE

Wednesday May 6, 2015, Marius joined Gary for further distribution of Gospel literature in the Scottsville area, trusting our Father in Heaven to order our steps and lead us as He will.

Today was a much cooler day with lots of cloud cover. Our prayers always before we step out is that our Great GOD and Father will lead us where He wants us to go, and we are comforted knowing that our GOD will be faithful for His glory alone and the very people He want us to meet will be found on the way.

23  The steps of a good man are ordered by the LORD: and he delighteth in his way. ~ Psalm 37:23

Today was no different. There would also be some weird sights and sites along the way. On Birkett Road barely fifteen minutes in Is There Life After Death? Come In And Find Out! we came across this sign – <<< a weird sight – many a true word spoken in jest! But judging from the picture one can make a conclusion that the owner of this sign is not being too “neighbourly” – well to answer the question, Gospel literature would be found in their post-box explaining eternal life in the Kingdom of God and eternal damnation in Hell.

On Leinster Road we came across the Garden of Remembrance where the Delville Wood Cross – that weeps resin – can be found. [Battle of Delville Wood] It states that the venue is open daily between 9 a.m. – 5 p.m. andM.O.T.H.'s Garden of Remembrance the notice board reads:

“THIS GARDEN  IS CONSECRATED AND CONSTITUTES A BURIAL PLACE . . . PLEASE RESPECT THE DEAD.”

However the gate was chained and locked! Another weird sight! >>>

Across the road from the Garden of Remembrance is a Roman Catholic seminary Emaphethelweni Dominican House – a weird site – and at the time of passing by standing outside smoking her cigarette was a “good” Roman Catholic coloured lady named Jacky. Gary approached her and entered into a conversation with her. Gary shared some of the conflicting teachings of the RCC that are heresy contained in their man-inspired Catechism when compared to the plumb-line of God’s Holy Word. Jacky kept trying to get out of the conversation wanting to refer Gary to a RCC theological priest. The Light of the Word kept showing her the error of her ways holding to the “Mother Church” and not wanting to leave it and that she should not address the priests as “Father” in a spiritual sense, not as one who addresses one’s male parent, for we read:

9  And call no man your father upon the earth: for one is your Father, which is in heaven. ~ Matthew 23:9 

Jacky had to go back to work as a receptionist, but she heard the Truth and has Gospel literature to read.

On the corner of Leinster Road and Alan Paton Avenue we came across municipal workers planting vegetables (!) on a traffic island and painting the road surface markings. A lengthy discussion commenced with Wonderboy dealing with the age old “rabbit-trails” of the African tradition of speaking to the ancestors who look after the African-man with what he has (possessions) in this lifetime, the Bible was written by men, etc. And yet, he still thinks he will end up in Heaven, because GOD will not punish His children in Hell. Wonderboy was corrected by presenting the Law of GOD to him showing his plight come Judgment Day and therefore he needs to Repent of his sins and receive Christ Jesus by faith to escape GOD’s wrath. GOD will not punish His children with Hell, He only punishes His enemies with fire! Marius distributed much Gospel literature to the other municipal workers, too!

On our way back to where we parked the vehicle we had to pass a porn video shop “Blue Moves” – whilst we guarded ourselves by not going in, Gary stuck Gospel literature under a partition on a counter within an arm’s length from the door before a second closed door!

Please pray for every soul that received the Gospel in word or written material and that GOD will draw repentant hearts to Himself and save their souls!

Please also pray for Brother Marius who despite having metal pins in his back and him experiencing great discomfort and pain in his legs, he faithfully comes out to reach the lost for his Saviour Jesus Christ.

Saints, we do also covert your fervent prayers that we will remain faithful to the end as we too are experiencing great trials and attacks against us from the wicked one and his devils who hates our LORD, who hates us and who hates the work that we are doing for our Lord and Great King Jesus Christ! We also do pray and request that you support this ministry by your prayers, by interceding on our behalf before our Great High Priest Jesus, by providing us with solid Gospel literature for distribution as you partner with us for lost souls, and any love offerings should our LORD lay it upon your hearts. We are truly thankful to our Great GOD – Who is LORD of lords, KING of kings and GOD above all gods for His provision and blessings!

The day’s route was: Birkett – Hardy – Birkett – Leinster – Alan Paton – Coronation – Connaught – Leinster – Hardy – St Patricks – Lindup.

Mission Act 1:8 Route

Marius on Birkett RoadMarius tracting two African girlsGary post-boxing on Birkett RoadDelville Wood Cross on Leinster RoadRoman Catholic seminary on Leinster RoadCnr Leinster Road and Alan Paton Avenue - planting vegetables on the traffic islandGary speaking to Wonderboy on cnr. Leinster Road and Alan Paton AvenueBrother Shadrack Bhengu met us as we were packing up on St Patricks RoadMission Act 1.8 Statistics 39

Soli Deo Gloria!

Mission Act 1:8 ~ Day 38

SCOTTSVILLE

On Tuesday May 5, 2015, Marius, Jono and Gary walked part of the Scottsville suburb making Gospel tract distribution in the post boxes and to all who passed by us on the streets. We had some brief conversations and two lengthy Gospel presentations.

The first was with a young female Varsity student named Thando, who was speaking to her male friend Muzu on York Road, who said she was heading to heaven and then questioned most things about the Christian faith and saying “we” cannot judge other peoples’ religions / faiths, and that we all worship the same “God”. We earnestly brought it to Thando’s attention that the Lord Jesus Christ who we serve said we are to judge, but our judging is to be righteous judgment as we read, for it is written:

24  Judge not according to the appearance, but judge righteous judgment. ~ John 7:24

We further expounded upon Thando’s ecumenical statement that not all religions / faiths can be true as the Hindus worship everything as a god and they have over 300,000,000 (i.e. Three Hundred Million!) gods including a jesus to fit with their gods, whilst the Muslims worship a moon god known as Allah and the Mohammedeans do not believe that Jesus Christ is the Son of God and God manifest in human flesh, and then there are the Darwinian Evolutionists who believe everything evolved and there is no Creator God as they do not want to be accountable to their Creator, and then there are the Judeo-Christians who believe in the Triune Creator God YHVH, Who is Yeshua HaMeshiach, our Lord Jesus Christ. The question was posed to Thando: Then what religion / faith is the correct one? Not every religious faith system can be true as they all contradict each other. The True religion and faith was then shared with Thando that the only way to the Father – Who is the Creator God – is as the Lord Jesus Christ said:

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

With this Divine statement there is Only ONE WAY, there is Only ONE TRUTH, and there is Only ONE LIFE by Jesus Christ. The Lord Jesus Christ eradicated every other “religion, faith and belief” system – that are man-made and not of GOD – with this ONE infinite statement that forever settles the Heaven or Hell quandary that awaits every person past, present and future. Thando was warned not to drink the coolant water that is 99% pure and 1% poisonous arsenic that corrupts the pure and is therefore lethal to one’s spiritual health. We finished off this discussion by handing Thando the “Creation vs. Evolution ~ Do Not Let Darwin Make a Monkey Out of You” Gospel tract warning her of the lies being taught in the University system that will take a vast majority of students straight to Hell if they fail to Repent and trust in Jesus Christ alone for their salvation during this life time!

Later, the second Gospel presentation was with four young Indian men at the bottom dead-end of Windsor Road. There were much tattoos and ear-and-eyebrow piercings on display. There names are Bradley (a Jehovah’s Witness), Sash and Jermaine (Christians) and Tyrique (not sure). Their religious beliefs only came out towards the end of the Gospel presentation, but they were concerned about their plight come the Day of Judgment. Jermaine seemed really concerned and was sober to the facts presented as he said he needs to start reading his Bible and also start attending Church again. We pray our Sovereign GOD will draw them to Himself. Gary took them into the court room, so-to-speak, placing them before a judge where they are unable to pay a multi-million Rand fine and so they are to spend a life-time in prison, when “some-one” you do not know comes in and pays the fine on your behalf out of love and “you” are free to leave the court room. This was a scenario of what our Lord Jesus Christ did for the sinner upon the cross of Calvary when He paid the fine – the wrath of GOD – that rests upon us that if we believe upon Him we can have our sins forgiven and walk free as a new creation. It was only after sharing this with them that it was revealed that some of their dads are Policemen. Praise be to GOD for this encounter.

We do ask for prayers for every person who was confronted with the Law of God and His Grace that can save and the many pieces of Gospel literature that was distributed.

The day’s route was: Lindup – York – Windsor – Buckingham – Windsor – Alexandra – Lindup – Buckingham.

Mission Act 1:8 RouteJono and Gary crossing the Foxhillspruit bridge on Lindup RoadGary tracted a young man on York RoadJono post-boxing on York RoadGary approached Thando and Muzu on York RoadAfter being witnessed to Thando and Gary - Muzu (obscured)Marius and Jono tracting a complex on York RoadGary witnessing to Bradley, Sash (obscured by Gary), Jermaine and Tyrique with Jono on Windsor RoadA memorial plaque on Lindup RoadGary and Jono placing Gospel tracts at Buckingham PlaceAnd some more tracts at Buckingham PlaceMission Act 1.8 Statistics 38Daniel by candlelightThe camera flash made it lighterCee-Jay kept his Oupa company Later the evening whilst reading up on and comparing Scriptures from the Book of Daniel we had load-shedding – but we were still able to read aloud by candlelight 🙂

A good lesson while taking photos in darkness is that when light enters darkness must flee! Jesus is the true Light! (see John 1:9)

12  Then spake Jesus again unto them, saying, I am the light of the world: he that followeth me shall not walk in darkness, but shall have the light of life. ~ John 8:12

Soli Deo Gloria!

Mission Act 1:8 ~ Day 37

SCOTTSVILLE

Out in the wilderness Today was a public holiday – Worker’s Day, May 1, 2015, and it is Day 37 of our street evangelism, taking the Gospel of our Lord Jesus Christ to the masses ~ to every tribe, tongue and nationality!

Today Marius, Jono and Gary would be making Gospel tract distribution in the Scottsville area. In 2hrs 50mins we tracted 317 houses and distributed +700 pieces of Gospel literature, including 33 individuals who came across our paths.

Gary and Marius had two very receptive conversations. The first was with three Zimbabweans, named Tiko, and spouses Onward and Tsitsi on Maud Road. A question of Hell was raised as they said no-one has been there and come back to confirm it – so how does it exist? We addressed this matter and Marius shared the account that our Lord Jesus spoke of being Lazarus and the Rich Man (Luke 16:19-31). Gary then dealt with false teachings and also addressed Onwards’ Roman Catholic faith when he raised the point of denominations. We all were in agreement that denominations divide – cause schisms. Throughout all three Zimbabweans listened intently and they were truly appreciative for our time to share Truth with them, even thanking us. They were extremely friendly neighbours and it can only be wretched, evil and wicked devil-possessed people that could harm, maim or butcher-to-death a fellow man because of his nationality! When Gary said Onwards’ accent sounded foreign, Onward was a bit apprehensive, but we assured them that they are safe with us as we as Christians are totally against the Xenophobic attacks on foreign nationals.

L to R - Themba, Gary and Sphumandla The second conversation was with three young varsity students – Sandile had to “run”, but a lengthy discussion with Sphumandla and Themba ensued with Gary – while Marius and Jono continued tracting down Christie Road – as we addressed the ancestral traditions, the holiness of God, the abomination of mixing the profane with the Holy, and Deuteronomy 18:10-12, which reads as follows:

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.
12  For all that do these things are an abomination unto the LORD: and because of these abominations the LORD thy God doth drive them out from before thee. ~ Deuteronomy 18:10-12

They also were examined by the Law through the “Good Person Test” and then Grace was shown through the sacrificial atonement of Jesus Christ on the cross for their sins as the full Gospel was shared with them. They were very open and accepting of the Truth of God’s Word and were asking searching questions looking for answers. Please uphold these young men in your prayers for their salvation from God.

Many other brief conversations were had with other individuals on the streets of Scottsville. Please pray for every person’s salvation through what they heard today and the written Word of God made available to them. We are so thankful to our Father in Heaven for answering our prayers of individuals being brought across our paths to give witness and the testimony of our Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ.

Brother Marius drove his vehicle to the various points along the way and also tracted the areas ahead of Jono and Gary who walked the distance carrying the “Are You Ready” cross. On completion of our time out on the streets we returned to Gary’s home for prayer, lunch and fellowship rejoicing in the Goodness of God!

Our Scottsville route today was: Alexandra – Jesmond – Maud – Lamond – Maud – Isabel – Maud – Vere – Maud – Lindup – Poland – Christie.

Scottsville area Jono - and we are off ...Gary speaking to some runners on Jesmond RoadTracting on Lamond and a short restDiscussions with Zimbabweans Tiko, Tsitsi and Onward on cnr Maud and Vere Roads Conversation with Sphumandla and Themba on Christie RoadO Lord, I am so thankful for meeting these young menMission Act 1.8 Statistics 37 Soli Deo Gloria!

Mission Act 1:8 ~ Day 36

In March and April of 2013, a mission was undertaken to go from “door-to-door” in the suburbs of the capital city of KwaZulu-Natal, being the greater Pietermaritzburg-Msunduzi “City of Choice” metropolitan.

During that time over a period of 87Hrs 15mins on 35 selected days 8,200 houses (including units in complexes) received Gospel material in the post boxes or in individuals’ hands totalling approximately 10,254 pieces of literature. At the same time there were many conversations that were had, encouraging Christian believers in their faith and reaching out to the lost unbelievers. We were also able to perform open-air preaching at various locations on our routes through the various suburbs which also included preaching outside schools, some being predominately of the Hindu faith in the Indian communities of Northdale and Raisethorpe. The various suburbs that we visited and tracted were:

  • Northern Suburbs
    • Raisethorpe
    • Northdale
    • Bakerville Heights
    • Bombay Heights
    • Dunveria
    • Orient Heights
    • Allandale
  • Southern Suburbs
    • Bellevue
    • The Meadows
    • Hayfields
    • Scottsville
    • Pelham

PELHAM / SCOTTSVILLE

Today, we commenced where we left off in 2013 and started as Day 36 ~ Thursday April 30, 2015. We are praying to our Father in Heaven for the Holy Spirit to direct our steps to go to the multitudes who have yet to receive Gospel literature in their homes.

Previous Acts 1:8 Mission reports can be found at this website by conducting a “Mission Act 1:8” search. Please keep this evangelistic work covered in prayer as we go in the might and power of our Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ reaching out to lost souls.

Today briefly spoke to two Maritzburg College Christian boys on their way to gym, two African men from Oribi Village who said they need to change their lives from drinking and smoking and the one said he will attend the “Over-comers” Church in Oribi Village as he needs to be born-again. Gary had an extensive witnessing encounter with a young UKZN varsity student named Nhlanhla Hlengwa who was presented with the “Good-person Test” and who failed the same. He said he needs to get his life on track and will read the literature he had received and would like to attend our fellowship at Living Hope this coming Sunday. Please pray for these souls and others who received Gospel material for the Holy Spirit to convict them of sin, of righteousness and of judgment, as we read:

8  And when he is come, he will reprove the world of sin, and of righteousness, and of judgment: 
9  Of sin, because they believe not on me; 
10  Of righteousness, because I go to my Father, and ye see me no more; 
11  Of judgment, because the prince of this world is judged. ~ John 16:8-11

While walking in Jesmond Road a pastor Mzolo pulled up with his Merc and wanted the “Are You Ready” cross for his church. He wants Gary to make him one for payment. We will see where this leads!

Later, just prior to finishing this cross walking tract distribution session, we were shown hospitality by Theu and Cathy Lessing, family in Christ from Living Hope, as we were refreshed with cold water and some fellowship in their home.

Today’s circuit was:

Laird – Clark – Richie (to Haldane) – Richie (to Christie) – Raymond – Clark – Laird – Kinnoul – Jesmond (to Christie) – Jesmond (to the stream) – Kinnoul – Pelham – Kinnoul cul-de-sac and Kinnoul back to Laird where the vehicle was parked.

Routes in Pelham / Scottsville

Railwayline spanning BisleyJono "posting" Gospel Tracts Mission Act 1.8 Statistics 36 Soli Deo Gloria!

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