In three weeks my 10 year old son, Calvin, and I drove over 4500km and conducted 70 meetings. This included conducting two Biblical Worldview Seminars, two Muslim Evangelism Workshops, ministering at three mission stations, six churches, six schools, on two radio stations, at a teacher training college, a university and at a Christian motorcycle club.
There were over 140 registrations for the Biblical Worldview Seminar at Pellindaba. Participants travelled from all over the Transvaal, from the Orange Free State and even from Botswana.
Dr. Peter Hammond, was invited by Campus Crusade for Christ to debate an Atheist lecturer at the University of Cape Town on the subject of:
Is Blasphemy Free Speech?
Atheist Abandons Argument
Just the day before the scheduled debate the Atheist Society members and Philosophy lecturer, Jacques Rousseau, cancelled their involvement and withdrew from the debate. Reasons given by Atheist Society members for their withdrawal include: lack of clarity over the debate topic, their opponent and debate chairperson. The organiser also changed the venue from Jameson Hall to a different venue nearby.
To reach the remote Bible College I had to drive through a spectacular electric thunderstorm and cross a swollen river in flood. The low level bridge could not even be seen. I have experience in crossing flooded rivers, particularly in Sudan, but that was in four wheel drive high clearance vehicles. On this occasion I was in a normal car and could not even see the bridge. The single lane bridge evidently did not even have side railings. It was truly a faith mission.
When I arrived in time for the scheduled Biblical Worldview Seminar the students and staff of the Back to the Bible Training College were surprised to see me as they did not expect me to be able to make it across the swollen river.
Whenever possible I try to include one of my children in mission trips. When invitations came through for ministry in Mpumalanga and KwaZulu I wanted to include our youngest son, 11 year old Calvin. However funds did not allow this. When my father-in-law, Rev. Bill Bathman, heard about the complication, he immediately sponsored Calvin's air tickets so that he could take part in this mission. This was Calvin's eleventh mission trip with me and, as before, he proved an invaluable member of the team assisting in Way of the Master and Evangelism Explosion training and Scripture memorisation presentations.
All practical steps to reclaiming South Africa for Christ must start with ourselves. We must ask ourselves: How well do I know the Bible? Am I right with God? Do I know what God wants? What exactly is the will of God? How do I apply His will to various situations?
I once heard the story of a woman who was converted late in life. Her minister gave her a Bible, and every so often he would ask, ‘how far have you read.’ She was a very slow reader, and he was disappointed. One day he asked her again, and she said: “How can I read on when I have not yet put into practice that which I have already read?”
How much of what we read do we put into practice? For instance, we read: “Resist the devil, and he will flee from you.” (James 4:7) But when it comes to action, we don’t resist. We rather get out of the devil’s way.
Report Back on NIRSA
From 22-23 April 2008 hundreds of South Africa church leaders gathered at the Birchwood Conference Centre in Boksburg. The National Initiative for the Reformation of South Africa (NIRSA) had been convened by Michael Cassidy, the Founder of African Enterprise and Rev. Moss Ntlha, the General Secretary of the Evangelical Alliance of SA.
An Urgent Call for Prayer and Action
The invitation letter of 5 April 2008 requested “that you attend an urgently convened consultation relating to the very serious situation prevailing in our country at this time. Our intention is to come before the Lord to seek His face in this regard at this critical moment in our history. We believe that it is a matter of urgency that we do so…the moral and ethical decline in the country…the nation has shifted toward a crisis of serious proportions. This crisis has dimensions which are spiritual, moral, political and social. In fact, so serious are these realities, that many in the country have reached a precarious tipping point into despair and hopelessness in recent months. And those who do not feel these emotions have come at least to a place of very profound concern and anxiety…In the light of the seriousness of our situation we feel justified in making this urgent call…Will you therefore pray about this with all urgency and seriousness…”
“If My people who are called by My Name will humble themselves, and pray, and seek My face, and turn from their wicked ways, then I will hear from heaven, and will forgive their sin and heal their land.” 2 Chronicles 7:14
Is there such a thing as national guilt? Should we take part in a National Day of Repentance?
Africa Christian Action has been organising National Days of Repentance in South Africa for the last 11 years. Every 1 February ACA marks the anniversary of the legalisation of abortion in South Africa by hiring a hearse and marching in mourning clothes, carrying little coffins, crosses, flowers and simple placards stating: Abortion Kills Babies. A huge Pro-Life trailer brings up the rear of the funeral procession marking the milestones of life in the womb and declaring how many babies have been killed so far through abortion in South Africa. The Scriptures are also boldly quoted on the trailer:
“Speak up for those who cannot speak for themselves.” Proverbs 31:8 and
“Now CHOOSE LIFE so that you and your children may live.” Deuteronomy 30:19
When the procession reaches Parliament a Prayer Vigil is held where Scriptures are read, Hymns are sung and Psalms and Prayers of Repentance are prayed for the national sin of abortion.
During the Reclaiming Africa for Christ Biblical Worldview Summit, the Deputy Director of Frontline Fellowship, Charl van Wyk, and Creation Science lecturer Philip Stott, were held up in an attempted hijacking at Khayelitsha while en-route to record a radio programme.
While two thugs pointed their automatic pistols at Uncle Philip threatening and manhandling him, Charl drew his pistol and opened fire, sending the assailants scurrying for cover.
Charl then came under fire from a third assailant who was concealed by the side of the road. By God’s grace, our speakers and vehicle escaped the attempted hijacking and ambush unharmed. Our people have laid charges of attempted murder, hijacking and robbery with the local police. We praise the Lord for His protection, that no lives were lost.
“Those from among you shall build the old waste places; you shall raise up the foundations of many generations; and you shall be called the Repairer of the Breach, the Restorer of Streets to dwell in.” Isaiah 59:12
That we live in a broken world should be obvious to anyone. That our fallen world needs changing is beyond question. When our newspapers and films glamourise immorality, undermine traditional family values and encourage selfishness, greed and lust; when criminals escape justice by legal technicalities; when half the world suffers under totalitarian dictatorships and persecution; when pornography, perversion, abortions, terrorism and the occult are increasing – then we must know that this is a broken world that needs to be changed.
When Taryn went to Parliament, on 13 November, to present the Christian Action Network submission concerning the controversial “Choice on Termination of Pregnancy Amendment Bill”, she was berated by the Chairman of the Health Portfolio Committee for “an unauthorized display”! What the Chairman of the Health Portfolio Committee, James Ngculu was objecting to, was a small model of a pre-born baby at twenty weeks after conception. Taryn had placed this small model on her desk and lifted it up and referred to it when mentioning the world’s most premature living baby, Amillia Sonya Taylor, who was born after less than 22 weeks in the womb. At birth, the baby was only slighter longer than a ballpoint pen. Taryn pointed out that the model in her hand was the almost the same size and age as this example of viability outside the womb - even for such a prematurely born baby.