In November last year Christians gathered in the Toyota Vrystaat Rugby stadium to pray for rain for their drought-stricken province and other parched regions of the country. At 3pm last Sunday Christians again gathered in the stadium — to thank the Lord for abundant rains that have fallen in parts of SA. Ansa Labushagne reports on the Day of Thanksgiving.
PRAISE GOD!!! ALL THE GLORY, POWER AND MAJESTY BELONGS TO THE KING OF KINGS AND THE LORD OF LORDS!!!
Dr Arno van Niekerk opened with the Scripture, Luke 17:11-19. It is about the 10 men who were healed of leprosy and how one of them turned back to say thank you to Jesus. The emphasis should not be on the number of people at the stadium, but on the fact that we were there to honour our Heavenly Father for the rain, said Van Niekerk.
Between prayers of thanksgiving led by Gina Taute and others, we worshipped God with hearts overflowing with thanksgiving and adoration for our God who heard our cry. Dr Alphons de Wit thanked the Lord on behalf of the farmers — for the breakthroughs received as a result of the abundant rain.
The gathering also stood before God with prayers for drought-stricken areas of South-Africa that are still suffering deeply.
We also stood before the Lord asking for spiritual rain over the whole nation
Van Niekerk said he had received Ezekiel 37:1-14 (‘Dry bones come alive’) as a Word for the year 2020. We stood on this Word for South-Africa in spirit, soul and body.
The fact that nothing is impossible for God was emphasised and we asked God for an absolute spiritual breakthrough in South-Africa in various areas. Karabo Molefe, a humble servant of the Lord, from Botswana, led us in prayer for spiritual breakthrough in South-Africa. Prayers were released to the north, east, south and west of South Africa.
During the thanksgiving day Hanja Ziehl released Isaiah 44:3-6 as a prophetic word:
For I will pour water on the thirsty land,
and streams on the dry ground;
I will pour out my Spirit on your offspring,
and my blessing on your descendants.
They will spring up like grass in a meadow,
like poplar trees by flowing streams.
Some will say, ‘I belong to the Lord’;
others will call themselves by the name of Jacob;
still others will write on their hand, ‘The Lord’s,’
and will take the name Israel. “This is what the Lord says—
Israel’s King and Redeemer, the Lord Almighty:
I am the first and I am the last;
apart from me there is no God.
Martin Taljaard emphasised that we should be a praying nation. He called people up to commit to a praying position for South-Africa.
Brother Paul Mbongelo from the Congo, confirmed the Lord’s good heart and led the gathering in a song of praising the Lord as the “Good, Good God!!!”
At the end of the service a young boy thanks God and declared that He loves us all!!!
All I can say is: “We Raise a Hallelujah to our God (Father, Jesus and Holy Spirit).
He is Worthy of all our Praises.
Blessings out of a Green Bloemfontein and Free State.”