FROM THE TEAM LEADER
Dear AE friends and supporters,
We pray that you are experiencing ever more peace and liberty as Covid-restrictions continue to relax, and that the Lord restores all that has been lost or damaged during lockdown.
One area, however, that many have reported being strengthened in during lockdown, is their personal walk with Jesus. As this aspect of our lives affects and influences every other aspect, it translates to believers generally experiencing a measure of peace, and significantly lower levels of anxiety, than non-believers during this pandemic. We are grateful to God for the new perspective that He gives us when we become His children. ”This means that anyone who belongs to Christ has become a new person. The old life is gone; a new life has begun!” 2 Cor 5:17 (NLT)
Last month we hosted well-known American bible teacher, Chip Ingram, in a live webinar, encouraging our church leaders in this very difficult season, on the ART of survival…read more about that in our Training News below.
Sometimes we need to bunker-down and let the bullets fly overhead for a time, but ultimately the Lord has called us to pro-actively “engage” in the battles of life and faith in every season, and appropriate the victory that Christ has won on our behalf!
”The sting of death is sin, and the strength of sin is the law. But thanks be to God, who gives us the victory through our Lord Jesus Christ.” 1 Cor 15:56-57 (NKJV)
If we have victory over the “final” enemy, then certainly victory is available to us in every situation.
Please continue to support us through your prayers and giving. We remain humbled and grateful for your “sending” us out to the mission field.
The Lord bless you and protect you!
CEO | AE South Africa
Under attack from an unseen enemy, our world has been plunged into turmoil and our carefree lifestyle swiftly abandoned. Social distancing and personal protection has become the order of the day.
Whilst our physical way of life has witnessed dramatic change, sadly the same cannot be said of our spirituality; all the while the eternal battle against a greater unseen enemy rages on, and gains momentum with every heart, word and deed that is at odds with the will of God.
Whatever the state of our world, whatever our challenges, we remain Christ’s ambassadors, to whom He has given the Great Commission. It is incumbent upon us therefor to re-engineer the way we must now evangelize under this new order of life. To this end, and in keeping with its commitment to Stratified Evangelism, AE has introduced the Home Based Evangelism (HBE) model, designed to encourage and train all believers to witness and disciple those living in their homes and neighbourhoods – personal evangelism on a massive scale!
The model is both relational (developing and strengthening relationships with those who do not know Christ) and adaptable (implementable across social strata viz. market-places, communities, households) – two key elements for effective evangelism.
AESA hosted its first “Zoom Webinar” on Wednesday, 19th August 2020 to address participants on “How you can use HBE to strengthen your church”; Church leaders were the target audience but the invitation was open to all.
The five-member panel comprised AESA Team Leader, Theuns Pauw, who facilitated; AESA Team members Zwelihle Sokhela, Gary Almeida and Gavin John, who presented on ‘What is HBE?’; ‘Why is HBE important?’ and ‘The HBE Process’ and AE Kenya Team Leader, Benson Omondi, who presented on ‘The HBE Message’.
The Webinar, which was keenly supported and appreciated, ended with a ‘Q & A’ session.
For further information and assistance with implementation of HBE please feel free to contact us (Gary Almeida – email@example.com); we are eager and available to help you take this process forward!
Join AE this Sunday 06 September, LIVE at 5pm (CAT) on facebook, for the Love Hilton good news broadcast for the whole family! All are welcome to tune in…
Communications | AE South Africa
I greet you in Jesus’ name. It is always a privilege to serve God and meet with his people. The Gospel is good news and about a hopeful future. Now that the Foxfires are back in the field, we are seeing how much people have lost hope and their identity. So many are lost and feel empty.
We recently visited a small village in KZN, in the Greater Edendale area, where we did an open air outreach. The Foxfires did their dance and drama, and people started to notice and came out to see what was happening. When the word of God was shared, people were given a chance to accept Christ into their lives.
A number of adults and kids raised their hands to receive Jesus! One of the community members paid careful attention to what the Foxfire dramatization was all about and found that he was able to see himself in it. That is when he realized he needed to give his life to God. He mentioned that he normally prays before he sleeps, but has never given his life to the Lord. He knew in that moment, that it was time. We prayed with him to receive Christ, and he also requested prayer for deliverance from substance abuse so that he can be totally set free from his addiction. Many people will hide their struggles especially to strangers, but he did not hold back, he was genuine in his request.
We also distributed face masks made by AE’s Ngezandla Zethu sewing project, as many people came without masks.
We are continuing with open air outreaches, as we are ministering to many people that are not able to attend church due to the restrictions of 50 people per service. Please trust God with us, for more lives to be saved!
The harvest truly is plentiful and the workers are few. We are praying to the Lord of the harvest to send more workers (Matt 9:37-38)…Applications for Foxfires 2021 is open! If you are between 18-25 years old, then please apply for our year-of-your-life program which has lots of new additions…don’t miss out!
Foxfire Manager | AE South Africa
Art of Survival – Southern African Webinar with Chip Ingram
During this difficult time in our global history, African Enterprise partnered with Focus on the Family Africa, WalkThru the Bible and the Evangelical Association of Malawi on the 26th August in presenting a live stream webinar with Chip Ingram, the founder and CEO of Living on the Edge, an international Bible teaching ministry based in the United States of America. During the hour-long webinar, Chip engaged Christian leaders across various sectors of society with the ART of Surviving through the ancient, yet timely words recorded in the first chapter of James.
A total of 168 attendees were equipped strengthen and encouraged to survive by having the correct Attitude to endurance (v1-4), accessing the Resource of Godly Wisdom (v.5-8) and finally embrace God’s prescription for perseverance in our Theology about facing and overcoming difficult situations (v9-12).
A participant in the webinar, Mike Feldtman from St. Johns church in Bothasig, Cape Town said the following in terms of the value of the webinar; “Thanks for the very encouraging webinar with Chip Ingram. I was very uplifted with the message he brought across to us. As a Christian I realise that we are not exempt from the pain and suffering of this world. I read chapter 1 of James immediately after the webinar and verse 2 really struck a chord in my heart.”
Four more monthly webinars will be held with Chip teaching on Experiencing God’s Presence through the Psalms during the remainder of the year; September 15 (Psalm 23), October 13 (Psalm 77), November 15 (Psalm 46) and December 15 (Psalm 90). See further updates in terms of times and registration on our Facebook page at https://www.facebook.com/aesouthafrica
Training Officer | AE South Africa
THANKS AND APPRECIATION
How, then, can they call on the one they have not believed in? And how can they believe in the one of whom they have not heard? And how can they hear without someone preaching to them? Romans 10:14
The spreading of the Gospel is as crucial now as it ever was and in order to continue to carry out our mandate to those most in need of Good News we are totally reliant on our supporters, donors, sponsors and partners.
We therefore wish to convey our sincere gratitude to all of you for your generous giving to ensure that AE is able to continue its ministry and outreach programmes. Every contribution, whether in cash or kind, is significant and greatly appreciated.
Special thanks to Bidvest McCarthy Toyota – Pietermaritzburg for supporting us by servicing and repairing our vehicles free of any labour charge.
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