41 YEARS AGO – CONVERSION to CHRIST and CALL to MISSIONS.
3 April 1977, I was converted to Christ. It happened at the Ster Kinekor cinema in Pinelands...
3 April 1977, I was converted to Christ. It happened at the Ster Kinekor cinema in Pinelands. My family had moved from Rhodesia to Cape Town. We were living in Pinelands, just a few kilometres from where I had been born. It was Sunday evening, 3rd April 1977, when I walked over to the local cinema, little realising, how dramatically that would change my life forever.
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As we are reminded again of the sufferings of Christ on the Cross, we need to consider the question: Who is responsible for the sufferings of Christ? As we read the Gospel narratives, or as we see the crucifixion of our Saviour depicted by The Passion of the Christ film, we have to ask the question: Who killed Jesus?
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"Expect great things from God! Attempt great things for God!" – William Carey, 1792
Do you want to change your world?
If so, then join us for the inspiring and life-changing Great Commission Course (5-24 January 2018). The first part of the GCC will be held on the slopes of a mountain, near the ocean. The Biblical Worldview Summit (5-10 January 2018), will provide an ideal introduction to the Great Commission Course with the theme of Applying the Lordship of Christ to all Areas of Life. Participants of the GCC have come from as far afield as Australia and America, Britain and Botswana, Canada and Congo, Ghana and Germany, Sudan and South Africa, Zambia and Zimbabwe, Namibia and New Zealand, Malawi and Mozambique.
What Have You Learned?
After my first Mission to Mozambique, April 1982, my pastor, Rev. Doc Watson, challenged me: “Many Missionaries tell of what they have done. I would like to know what you have learned.”
Ask Many Questions
That challenge has continued to inspire me to look deeper, to discover what is God saying, in and through the many obstacles, frustrations, conflicts and through every country I have had the privilege of ministering in. It has also led me to ask many questions. I have filled up many notebooks interviewing Missionaries, pastors, refugees, chaplains, Evangelists, teachers, survivors of atrocities, prisoners, soldiers, policemen, even several heads of state.
"I charge you therefore before God and the Lord Jesus Christ, who will judge the living and the dead at His appearing and His Kingdom: Preach the Word! Be ready in season and out of season. Convince, rebuke, exhort, with all longsuffering and teaching." 2 Timothy 4:1-2
Duties and Responsibilities
Chaplains’ have many serious and solemn duties and responsibilities. Chaplains are responsible for the Spiritual well-being of all in their unit. In the army, the chaplain is the pastor of the soldiers, non-commissioned officers and the officers, of all ranks. In the police, a chaplain cares for all the officers and constables. A prison chaplain cares not only for the prisoners, but also for the wardens. Hospital chaplains are responsible for the spiritual care for the patients and also of the medical staff. In addition, chaplains are frequently called upon to care for the families and relatives of those they are primarily responsible for.