Go preach to every creature . . .

1  Cry aloud, spare not, lift up thy voice like a trumpet, and shew my people their transgression, and the house of Jacob their sins. ~ Isaiah 58:1

Yes indeed! Go, stand and speak (see Acts 5:20). We are commanded to “GO” and proclaim by way of preaching the Gospel of our Lord Jesus Christ to the nations. We are commanded by GOD to make disciples of all nations and this can only come about by teaching, for it is written,

18  And Jesus came and spake unto them, saying, All power is given unto me in heaven and in earth.
19  Go ye therefore, and teach all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Ghost: 
20  Teaching them to observe all things whatsoever I have commanded you: and, lo, I am with you alway, even unto the end of the world.
Amen. ~ Matthew 28:18-20

We are instructed in the Gospel according to Mark, for it is written,

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

Whilst it might seem nigh impossible to reach every creature, one should endeavour to attempt to reach as many as you can from every tribe, tongue and nationality using every opportunity that presents itself by GOD’s leading! For GOD’s ways are not our ways, for it is written,

9  For as the heavens are higher than the earth, so are my ways higher than your ways, and my thoughts than your thoughts. 
10  For as the rain cometh down, and the snow from heaven, and returneth not thither, but watereth the earth, and maketh it bring forth and bud, that it may give seed to the sower, and bread to the eater: 
11  So shall my word be that goeth forth out of my mouth: it shall not return unto me void, but it shall accomplish that which I please, and it shall prosper in the thing whereto I sent it. ~ Isaiah 55:9-11

For we preach Jesus Christ and Him crucified, for as it is written,

21  For after that in the wisdom of God the world by wisdom knew not God, it pleased God by the foolishness of preaching to save them that believe.
22  For the Jews require a sign, and the Greeks seek after wisdom:
23  But we preach Christ crucified, unto the Jews a stumblingblock, and unto the Greeks foolishness;
24  But unto them which are called, both Jews and Greeks, Christ the power of God, and the wisdom of God. ~ 1 Corinthians 1:21-24

Here are some picture stories of our evangelism adventures for the Glory of GOD Alone . . .

Saturday January 8, 2016

Jono, Philip and his son Obadiah distributed Christian Gospel literature and DVDs, whilst Gary preached with a loudhailer in Raisethorpe on the main road Chota Motala. The predominant people groups reached were Indian / Asian, of the Hindu, Islamic and other religious faiths. Was heckled by a Hindu woman who said we cannot judge other peoples’ faiths and also chirped by a coloured “professing christian” woman who took offence at us saying drunkards will not enter the kingdom of GOD (see 1 Corinthians 6:9,10).

Gary proclaiming the Gospel of Jesus ChristRaisethorpe OutreachRaisethorpe OutreachRaisethorpe OutreachRaisethorpe OutreachRaisethorpe Outreach

Wednesday March 2, 2016

Outside Bessie Head Library Jono, Aziz and Gary joined up to spend time sowing Gospel literature into the hands of people congregating outside the Bessie Head Library and passing by the Magistrate’s Courts across Church Street in Pietermaritzburg. Had a solid 1-on-2 Gospel conversation with two African youth, before breaking out into an open-air proclamation of our Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ to a gathered group atop the stairs. Much literature was distributed.

Wednesday March 9 and Thursday March 10, 2016

Attended at Townhill Psychiatric Hospital and was lead of the LORD to speak with and present the Gospel to an Islamic woman named Nasreen who was divorced by her Islamic husband. She was there to pick up medication from the outpatients’ department for her eldest daughter that suffers with Autism. On the Thursday Aziz and Gary visited the Northdale Hospital’s outpatients and much Gospel tract distribution was done to patients and medical staff alike. An open-air preaching session went forth unhindered as GOD provided an open door to make known the Gospel of His Son our great physician Jesus Christ, our Lord and Saviour Who heals a disease all of humanity suffers from – SIN! Whilst physical healing was being sought there, the greatest miracle would be spiritual healing of one’s soul by GOD Almighty through His Son Jesus Christ to all who believe upon His name. 

Friday March 11, 2016

Jono distributed many tracts and Gary distributed some tracts whilst preaching open-air atop “The Box” outside the Harry Gwala Stadium’s South Gate before the Maritzburg United vs. Golden Arrows ABSA Premiership League soccer match. It became a cold and a very wet evening for which we thank GOD our Father for we are in a drought at present!

Soccer fan outreachSoccer fan outreachSoccer fan outreachSoccer fan outreachSoccer fan outreachSoccer fan outreach

Saturday March 12, 2016

Attended outside the Mall @Scottsville where a school fundraiser for four primary schools were taking place. Jono and Gary sowed the seed of the Gospel and whilst Gary preached there appeared to be some “mocking” comments made from what we perceived to be some Varsity students. This Mall is near the UKZN Campus with students passing by regularly. The passerby was told they must repent and turn back to GOD and have their faith toward our Lord Jesus Christ (see Acts 20:21).

Jono making tract distributionJono making tract distributionScottsville fundraiser in the Mall @ScottsvilleScottsville fundraiser in the Mall @ScottsvilleJono making tract distributionJono AndersonGary preaching atop "The Box"Gary preaching atop "The Box"Gary preaching atop "The Box"Gary preaching atop "The Box"Gary preaching atop "The Box" 

Friday March 18, 2016

It was break-up day for the Easter holidays outside Scottsville Primary School. Whilst waiting for our grandson, Gary and his wife Tammy distributed Gospel tracts, including one titled: “The Reason You Must Be Born Again.” He also proclaimed the Gospel to the pupils, and passing parents, that Easter is not about bunnies and chocolate eggs, but the crucifixion, death, burial and resurrection of the Saviour of the world, our Lord Jesus Christ! Children and parents took many Gospel tracts. Praise be to YHVH!

Scottsville PS outreachScottsville PS outreachScottsville PS outreachScottsville PS outreach: Gary preaching to the pupilsScottsville PS outreachScottsville PS outreachScottsville PS outreach: girls reading the tractsScottsville PS outreach: Girls reading the tractsScottsville PS outreach: Gary preaching to the pupilsScottsville PS outreach: Gary preaching to the pupilsScottsville PS outreachScottsville PS outreachScottsville PS outreach: Gary preaching to the pupilsScottsville PS outreach: Look what I have receivedScottsville PS outreach: Look what I have receivedScottsville PS outreach: Look what I have received

8  But what saith it? The word is nigh thee, even in thy mouth, and in thy heart: that is, the word of faith, which we preach; 
9  That if thou shalt confess with thy mouth the Lord Jesus, and shalt believe in thine heart that God hath raised him from the dead, thou shalt be saved. 
10  For with the heart man believeth unto righteousness; and with the mouth confession is made unto salvation. 
11  For the scripture saith, Whosoever believeth on him shall not be ashamed.
12  For there is no difference between the Jew and the Greek: for the same Lord over all is rich unto all that call upon him.
13  For whosoever shall call upon the name of the Lord shall be saved.
14  How then shall they call on him in whom they have not believed? and how shall they believe in him of whom they have not heard? and how shall they hear without a preacher?
15  And how shall they preach, except they be sent? as it is written, How beautiful are the feet of them that preach the gospel of peace, and bring glad tidings of good things!
16  But they have not all obeyed the gospel. For Esaias saith, Lord, who hath believed our report?
17  So then faith cometh by hearing, and hearing by the word of God. ~ Romans 10:8-17

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 42

SCOTTSVILLE

Tuesday May 12, 2015, we had planned to do an extended area of Scottsville along Oribi Road, then King Edward Avenue, then . . .  only for our LORD God to have the final say in ordering our steps. Marius and Gary had set out this morning and soon realised that GOD answers prayers, but HE accomplishes ALL according to HIS good will and pleasure as HE deems fit. We are reminded:

9  A man’s heart deviseth his way: but the LORD directeth his steps. ~ Proverb 16:9

We had parked opposite the Scottsville Clinic in a vacant parking lot and whilst walking along Oribi Road – our intention was to turn about at the traffic light at the intersection of Jesmond Road and retrace our steps in the direction we had come on the opposite of the road. We neared the intended ‘round-about turn’ when we saw some workers alongside the road. There was a truck parked on the grass area next to the road when Marius motioned to Gary to go and tract the driver sitting in the lorry. On approaching him, Gary saw he was reading the Qu’ran in Arabic. This African man, we quickly learned from our introduction, was a Malawian Muslim named Osten. He asked what we where doing and so the conversation commenced.

Malawian Osten, a Muslim, reading the text as Gary reads the same aloud All praise be to the One and Only True and Living God Jesus Christ. As is customary with Muslims when trying to have a dialogue they like to “but-in” and change the way the conversation is going to suite themselves, and this was no different with Osten. It is a spiritual war that takes place against the Truth! So Gary firmly stated that he knew Osten’s intentions and that this is nothing new from the conversations we have had in the past with Muslims. So Gary firmly stated that Osten needs to listen and listen well and we were going to show him what the Qu’ran that he was reading teaches and says about Allah. The Holy Spirit was moving this conversation and Gary found himself taking out his Blackberry and under his “MemoPad” he opened the same to some notes he had copied some time ago, titled: “Allah – The Greatest Deceiver of them All” and started reading the notes. Osten tried to “but-in”, but Gary firmly asked him to listen what the Qu’ran says about his Allah. The Arabic words were pronounced for Osten to hear, like Makr which is “Deceiver”, so he was getting it firsthand in the language he was reading when our LORD YHVH had Gary approach Osten. This is what was read to him:

Sam Shamoun

The Quran describes Allah as the best deceiver there is, a liar who is not above using the same evil and wicked schemes of his opponents.

For example, the Quran calls Allah a makr, in fact the best makr there is:

But they (the Jews) were deceptive, and Allah was deceptive, for Allah is the best of deceivers (Wamakaroo wamakara Allahu waAllahu khayru al-makireena)! S. 3:54; cf. 8:30

Other texts that identify Allah as a makr include:

Are they then secure from Allah’s deception (makra Allahi)? None deemeth himself secure from Allah’s deception (makra Allahi) save folk that perish. S. 7:99

So they schemed a scheme: and We schemed a scheme (Wamakaroo makran wamakarna makran), while they perceived not. S. 27:50

The word for deception/deceiver/scheme is makr. The lexical sources define the term as:

Miim-Kaf-Ra = To practice deceit or guile or circumvention, practice evasion or elusion, to plot, to exercise art or craft or cunning, act with policy, practice stratagem.

makara vb. (1)

perf. act. 3:54, 3:54, 7:123, 13:42, 14:46, 16:26, 16:45, 27:50, 40:45, 71:22 impf. act. 6:123, 6:123, 6:124, 8:30, 8:30, 8:30, 10:21, 12:102, 16:127, 27:70, 35:10 n.vb. 7:99, 7:99, 7:123, 10:21, 10:21, 12:31, 13:33, 13:42, 14:46, 14:46, 14:46, 27:50, 27:50, 27:51, 34:33, 35:10, 35:43, 35:43, 71:22 pcple. act. 3:54, 8:30

LL, V7, p: 256 (Source)

And:

He practised DECEIT, GUILE, or CIRCUMVENTION, desiring to do another a foul, an abominable, or an evil action, clandestinely or without his knowing whence it proceeded. (Lane’s Arabic-English Lexicon; source)

Lest Muslims accuse these lexicons of bias or distortion notice what Muslim scholar Dr. Mahmoud M. Ayoub says when he asks,

"how the word makr (scheming or plotting), which implies deceitfulness or dishonesty, could be attributed to God." (The Quran and Its Interpreters – The House of Imran [State University of New York Press [SUNY], Albany 1992], Volume II, p. 165; italic emphasis ours)

After listing several Muslim sources he quotes a renowned Muslim expositor named ar-Razi who wrote that,

"scheming (makr) is actually an act of deception aiming at causing evil. It is not possible to attribute deception to God. Thus the word is one of the muttashabihat [multivalent words of the Quran]." (Ibid., p. 166; italic emphasis ours)

Unfortunately for ar-Razi, the Quran attributes deception to Allah since it identifies him as the best makr there is.

Ayoub also sources one Muslim who actually boasted of Allah being the best conniver/deceiver/schemer etc.,

"Qurtubi observes that some scholars have considered the words ‘best of schemers’ to be one of God’s beautiful names. Thus one would pray, ‘O Best of Schemers, scheme for me!’ Qurtubi also reports that the Prophet used to pray, ‘O God, scheme for me, and do not scheme against me!’ (Qurtubi, IV, pp. 98-99; cf. Zamakhshari, I, p. 366)." (Ibid., p. 166)

And here, also, is how one of the earliest sources on the life of Muhammad interpreted Q. 8:30:

Then he reminds the apostle of His favour towards him when the people plotted against him ‘to kill him, or to wound him, or to drive him out; and they plotted and God plotted, and is the best of plotters.’ i.e. I DECEIVED them with My firm GUILE so that I delivered you from them. (The Life of Muhammad: A Translation of Ibn Ishaq’s Sirat Rasul Allah, with introduction and notes by Alfred Guillaume [Oxford University Press, Karachi, Tenth impression 1995], p. 323; capital emphasis ours)

Thus, the Quran unashamedly calls Muhammad’s god the best liar and deceiver of them all! It even dares to say that ALL deception belongs completely to Allah:

And verily, those before them did deceive/scheme (makara), but all deception/scheming is Allah’s (falillahi al-makru). He knows what every person earns, and the disbelievers will know who gets the good end. S. 13:42

[The document continues, but this is where Gary ended his reading . . . ]

Whilst this was taking place, a Sotho worker drew-near and had asked for a booklet in his mother tongue, but we had no Sesotho tracts on us today. From the manner of this worker speaking to his “supervisor” in the name of Molimo (God in Sesotho) it was as if he was berating the Muslim man as the tone of their conversation was getting heated and louder. Then Osten came back to the conversation with Gary. We then concluded the conversation  with Gary exalting our Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ, by saying in part [for the list has been expanded upon for this report]:

– Jesus Christ healed the blind (Matthew 11:5; 12:22; 15:30; 21:14; Luke 7:22). Mohammed made men blind;

– Jesus Christ healed the deaf (Matthew 11:5; Mark 7:32,37; 9:25; Luke 7:22). Mohammed made men deaf;

– Jesus Christ healed the lame (Matthew 11:5; 15:30,31; 21:14; Luke 7:22). Mohammed made men lame;

– Jesus Christ raised dead men to life (Matthew 11:5; Luke 7:22), like calling out to Lazarus who was four days dead, “Lazarus come forth!” (John 11:43). Mohammed killed living men and made them dead. This practice is still continued to this day by Mohammedeans who follow his jihad teachings;

– Jesus Christ walked on water (Matthew 14:26,27). Mohammed could not;

– Jesus Christ performed many miracles (John 11:47; 12:37; 21:25). Mohammed performed none;

– Jesus Christ NEVER sinned or performed fornication. Mohammed did and he had a harem of women and even had sex with a nine year old – do you have children? Would you let a grown man have sex with your nine year old daughter? And Mohammed encouraged paedophilia!!

– Jesus Christ is sinless perfection (2 Corinthians 5:21). Mohammed was sinful and reprobate.

– Jesus Christ is the Son of God and God manifest in human form (John 1:1,14, 49; 6:69; 8:58; 10:36; 20:28,29; Philippians 2:10,11; 1 Timothy 3:16; Hebrews 1:8,9; 1 John 5:7). Mohammed was a false prophet.

– Jesus Christ died and took up His life again and lives for ever (Matthew 28:6,7; Mark 16:6; Luke 24:6; John 10:17; 19:30; 21:14). Mohammed died and has rotted in the grave and hell.

– Jesus Christ will return in great glory (Matthew 24:30; Mark 13:26; Luke 21:27; Act 1:11). Mohammed will not.

– Jesus Christ will sit on His Throne and judge every nation, tribe and tongue (Philippians 2:10,11; Revelation 20:12). Mohammed will kneel before Jesus Christ and acknowledge Him as King of kings and Lord of lords and YHVH GOD above all gods.

Malawian Osten poses with his Christian literature and KJB New Testament Near closure of our conversation Osten then started asking us in broken English whether we have only one Bible. We were understanding him to be making reference to many translations so we told him that Islam also has the Qu’ran, the Hadith, and many other “scholarly” writings. He tried to explain this away, but referred again whether we only had “one” Bible! We then said yes, we agree that the King James Bible is the Word of God, and then we realised he was trying to ascertain whether we had “other” Bibles on us. At first Gary said “no”, but then was reminded by the Spirit of God of a teaching KJB New Testament in his rug-sack. On taking it out, Gary queried: “Do you promise if I give this to you you will read it?” He agreed and was happy to receive it, opening up at the Book of Matthew he said: “Yes this is what I want!” He was so happy to pose for a photo that he happily “embraced” the cross. He thanked us, and even Osten’s Sotho colleague who was now sitting in the passenger seat in the truck’s cab was all smiles! Please pray for Osten that God will speak to him through His Word – The Holy Bible!. We know:

17  So then faith cometh by hearing, and hearing by the word of God. ~ Romans 10:17

Please pray for Osten’s salvation and that he will grow in the knowledge of our Lord Jesus Christ.

Michael and Gary speaking over the wall Returning back down Oribi Road, whilst placing Gospel tracts in the post boxes on the opposite side of the road, we beckoned an old Zulu man named Michael Radebe who was cleaning the garden to come receive some Good News literature. We gave him an isiZulu tract when he asked us where the envelope is for money. We told him that we are giving the material away for free – for mahala! Michael insisted on asking for the envelope, then he said we must wait and he went indoors. He returned later and gave us a “widow’s mite” – a R2 coin. We sincerely said to him that he needs the money more than we do and we are not doing this for money. He then said it is for God’s work – shumela – and not wanting to cause offense for him being a cheerful giver we humbly received his blessing! Let me tell you – Michael certainly gave more out of his poverty for the work of our LORD than many rich Christians give out of their wealth in the Church for the true work of evangelising the lost!!! [Not the prosperity gospel!!!]

Our next stop after tracting Oribi Road was the Scottsville Clinic. After consulting with security and asking who the head of the clinic was, Gary was shown to Matron Cheryl Sayago. We spoke about the reason why we were there and wanted to know if we could preach the Gospel of our Lord Jesus Christ to the patients in the general waiting room. GOD opened a door and permission was granted. Gary also found out that Cheryl was a Roman Catholic that also attends at the NCF (New Covenant Fellowship) church. She says she holds to her roots and attends other churches. It was made known to her of certain heresies that the RCC teach, and whilst she was listening and saying she still holds to her RCC upbringing one of her colleagues, an African Nursing Sister named Asanda Mfubu was in agreement with what was being said and was showing a boldness to disagree with her “superior’s” view points. This could well be one of the reasons GOD brought us into the clinic. However, the preaching of the Gospel went forth in the Scottsville Clinic’s waiting-room. The three part videos  (in total +30 minutes) can be viewed hereunder.

Christian Brethren, please do keep every soul in your prayers. Saved, unsaved and them thinking they are saved!

The day’s route was: Oribi Road from Scottsville Clinic to Jesmond Road and back to Scottsville Clinic.

Mission Act 1:8 RouteMarius tractingMarius tractingGary preaching at the Scottsville ClinicGary preaching at the Scottsville ClinicMission Act 1.8 Statistics 42 Part 1: 

Part 2:

Part 3:

We are truly thankful for God’s Divine leading:

14  How then shall they call on him in whom they have not believed? and how shall they believe in him of whom they have not heard? and how shall they hear without a preacher?
15  And how shall they preach, except they be sent? as it is written, How beautiful are the feet of them that preach the gospel of peace, and bring glad tidings of good things! ~ Romans 10:14,15

Soli 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!

%d bloggers like this: