PE church hosting Christian art exhibition

From August 13 to 23 2018, Harvest Christian Church in Port Elizabeth will be hosting a themed art exhibition by local Christian artists.

“The exhibition is open to all Christian artists who wish to glorify God and showcase their God-given talents”, said Ken Holloway who is the creative pastor at Harvest.

The exhibition will take place at The HubCafé at the church in Albert Road, Walmer

Local artists are encouraged to submit their pieces by Monday the 13th, selections will be done by Wednesday  August 15. There is no entry fee and all submissions will be curated by a panel and selected pieces will be exhibited and displayed at Harvest as well as online. Unselected pieces will only be displayed and categorised online. However, all submissions will be offered for sale.

The organisers of the exhibition have invited more than 100 local artists and the response has been excellent, but they cannot yet confirm the number of participants.

The theme for the debut exhibition is “Deeper”, and is left open for interpretation by the artist, said Holloway.

This biblically-inspired theme is found in the following scriptures: “Can you fathom the mysteries of God? Can you probe the limits of the Almighty? They are higher than the heavens above — what can you do? They are deeper than the depths below – what can you know? Their measure is longer than the earth and wider than the sea.” — Job 11:7-9 (NIV) and Ephesians 3:18 (NLT)  —“And may you have the power to understand, as all God’s people should, how wide, how long, how high, and how deep his love is.”

The church has released a statement on the selection criteria, one of which is that only original pieces — no copies — will be accepted

Some of the funds raised at the exhibition will be allocated to the Harvest Missions Poor Fund.

For more information, please contact Harvest Christian Church at +27 41 5813032 or or visit the church at 90 Albert Road, Walmer, Port Elizabeth.

Finding God at Fest again

Jesus College Choir, Cambridge

Verena Salzwedel is a retired teacher and has attended the National Arts Festival in Grahamstown for many years. She is always intrigued by the amazing range of God-given talents employed at the biggest arts festival in the southern hemisphere. And this year she found God intentionally on display in various genres. She reports on what she discovered — and what you can still get to experience.

Yes, it’s amazing time again – the biggest arts festival in the Southern Hemisphere – on show in Grahamstown from June 28 to July 8 2018.

To quote the chairman of the National Arts Festival board : …”we hope you have an inspiring time once more.”

Last year, we gave you a mid-fest report on what we found to be inspiring in the best spiritual sense of the word.

This year, to help you to plan to get there, we share some ideas of forthcoming shows gleaned from the programme (refer page nos.), which is available online at To book tickets, you can phone 086 000 2004 or book online.

Some suggestions :
Choral music lovers will appreciate the renowned choir of Jesus College , Cambridge in Choral Connections (p89). They will also sing in the Festival Eucharist at the cathedral, as part of Spiritfest.

Of course, there are many events pointing towards God at Spiritfest. Check out the details on p239-240 of the festival programme: worship, meditation, prayer, music. For example A Feather on the Breath of God (p100) is a special classical music concert celebrating compositions by women through the ages. In the midst of the potential for input overload during Fest, find 40 minutes of peace in the Be Still and Know programme of meditative music ( p240)

If you want to rejoice at the incredible musical talent the Creator has given to some and how they have developed it and share it, then see if you can still get tickets for Classic Blast with the KZN Youth Orchestra ( p227) , the Festival Gala Concert ( p90) and Souldiers of the Drum by the Kearnsey College Choir ( p233). If you want your faith refreshed, The Creed a capella group, is a must (p234)

Creative Workshops
If you would like to further some of your own creative talent ( yes, you do have some !), sign up for one or more of these workshops or lectures ( pp 125-131) e.g. Breaking through barriers ( a photography workshop)

‘The Little Prince’.

The Little Prince, ( p79) an African adaptation of the famous story is suitable for the family. Use the opportunity to have discussions about man’s search for meaning in life. A poignant production of Ernest Hemingway’s classic The Old Man and the Sea ( p180) should be worthwhile, as would Jam every other Day ( p173) a drama which aims to help one “discover the joy of a large family and an unconventional life.” A sobering look at the problem of migration is presented in When Swallows Cry ( p190)

For a bit of light relief there’s comedy . Much of it has age restrictions and cautionary symbols, but Abu Pays His Debts (p203) is advertised as suitable for all ages and encourages “respect for peoples’ feelings.” At R20, tickets are very affordable.

‘Possible Impossibilities’

What’s ongoing
Visual art exhibitions and installations run throughout the festival. 40 Stones in the Wall, ( p241) at festival for the 5th time and fresh from a debut exhibition as part of the prestigious First Thursdays in Cape Town, is a collective of drawings, paintings ,sculpture, photographs, fabric art and lithographic prints – a group exhibition by “a collective of young artists from across the country who explore the relationship between faith and artistic practice.”

Find it in the Cory Room, next to the Long Table in High Street. Another venue is at Fort Selwyn, just outside the monument and Franli Meintjies is also doing a solo exhibition titled Possible Impossibilities at Carinus Art Centre ( p246) If you are inspired to worship by being in nature, then Palettes in Nature ( p245) and Beauty in the Details (p241) should be worth a visit.

And then , of course, there’s dance, film, talks and all that jazz. You can go on your own treasure hunt, right to the outer edge of the fringe. This was just to whet your appetite. Enjoy!

Let’s Laugh at That — April 19 2018

Today — April 19 2018 — Israel celebrates the 70th anniversary of its rebirth as a modern nation in 1948. Gateway News cartoonist Barry de Jager captures something of the miraculous story of this unique nation that features so prominently in the narrative of the Bible, and which not only survives but thrives against huge odds.


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Giant lion of Judah on its way to Israel

The Lion of Judah bronze sculpture.

Originally published in Charisma News

Jeff Anderson, president of Leadership Inc, announced that a massive 509kg, 3.3m long lion sculpture has now been completed by Eagle Bronze in Lander, Wyoming, and is ready to ship to Israel. The No. 1 life-size (105%) bronze statue called the Lion of Judah will be shipped by air to Jerusalem as a gift of love from American Christians to the Jewish people, in honour of the 70th anniversary of the modern state of Israel, which is being celebrated this year. Anderson reports that sufficient funds have now been raised to make this historic gift possible, in collaboration with the sculptor.

Eagle Bronze, one of the largest art foundries in the world, also cast New York’s Bull of Wall Street bronze sculpture. Monte and Beverly Paddleford, Christian owners of the famous art foundry, expect Greiner’s Lion of Judah statue to become an instant tourist attraction like the iconic New York stock market bull.

Many Christians and Christian organisations across the US partnered with Leadership Inc and the Kerrville, Texas sculptor, Max Greiner Jr and his wife, Sherry, to donate this significant fine-art gift to Israel. The first Christian organisations to financially support this symbolic effort were Dodi Yavoh and The Coming King Foundation.

The monumental Lion of Judah sculpture will be installed in the ancient city of David: Jerusalem.

The precise location will be determined by the mayor, city architect and city art committee in Jerusalem. Artist/architect Max Greiner Jr has been in contact with these officials for the last four weeks. In addition, the president and prime minister of Israel have also been notified of the Christian gift, along with US White House officials.

The majestic lion statue will symbolise the friendship between the USA and Israel, much like the Statue of Liberty in the New York Harbour that was given to the US by France at the turn of the century. The male lion symbolises Israel, the Hebrew people, King David, Jerusalem and the coming Jewish Messiah. All “born-again” Christians believe the God-man, Jesus Christ, fulfilled all of the ancient Jewish prophecies recorded in the Torah and Tanakh, which Gentiles now call the Old Testament of the Bible.

The 66-year-old internationally collected American artist, Max Greiner Jr started work on the massive lion sculpture in 2006. The original sculpture was carved out of foam, after which clay was added. Then moulds were made. The “artist copy” (#ac) bronze casting was finally cast by Eagle Bronze in October of 2017.

Greiner has exhibited his #ac lion sculpture on his special art display trailer at numerous locations across the US. The giant lion statue was first featured at the Billy Graham evangelistic event in Waco, Texas, at Baylor Stadium to thousands of people. Next, the prophetic sculpture was exhibited at the global prophetic conference in Dallas, hosted by Mike and Cindy Jacobs. Then, the majestic bronze was displayed at the Heidi Baker conference in Kerrville, followed by the Council of Christian Colleges and Universities Convention in Dallas. The lion sculpture was most recently exhibited to thousands of media professionals at the National Religious Broadcasters Association Convention in Nashville, Tennessee.

Once the No. 1 bronze casting from Greiner’s signed and numbered life-size edition is installed in Israel, the Greiners will donate the life-size “ac” bronze casting to The Coming King Sculpture Prayer Garden on interstate highway 10 in Kerrville, Texas. The Coming King Foundation, a nonprofit 501(c)(3) art museum, is currently raising funds to build a massive 10 commandments base for Greiner’s #ac lion sculpture in the Texas hill country. The Greiners hope to find good homes for Max’s other copyrighted Lion of Judah life-size statues and his other smaller lion sculptures. This Kerrville spiritual art garden, located at the same latitude as Israel, is the only place on earth where all of Greiner’s monumental Christian sculptures can be viewed together.

Let’s Laugh at That — April 13 2018


Gateway News cartoonist Barry de Jager says this week’s cartoon took shape in his mind as he was reading an article about how Open Doors used to smuggle bibles into closed countries by road.

Happy Easter from Gateway News

CLICK ON IMAGE TO ENLARGE (Drawing by Gateway News cartoonist Barry de Jager).


Let’s Laugh at That — March 22 2018

Cartoon by Barry de Jager. CLICK ON IMAGE TO ENLARGE

It’s Time!

Gateway News will be joining many South Africans on a sportsfield at Mitchell’s Plain, Cape Town on Saturday to pray for our beautiful nation. Maybe see you there.

Here are links to our latest news on this event.
Episode 5 of The Road to It’s Time Cape Town
Cyclists and intercessors on prayer fire trail to It’s Time Cape Town
‘I am more excited about It’s Time Cape Town than I was about Bloemfontein,’ says Angus Buchan

Let’s Laugh at That — March 15 2018


Gateway News cartoonist Barry de Jager captures the excitement that has been building up around South Africa’s first Mighty Families gathering which is happening on Wilde Als farm near Bloemfontein this weekend. Read our latest report on Mighty Families here — and our interview with farm owner Ollie le Roux about the miracles before the event here.

Let’s Laugh at That — Gateway News Cartoon Corner: February 16 2018

The Cape Town drought has sparked a huge prayer response and the city celebrated two days of unseasonal rain in the past week. While the much-needed big rains have not yet come, the region is saturated with prayer for both spiritual and physical rain and the praying together is also promoting unity in the body of Christ. Gateway News cartoonist Barry de Jager takes a lighter look at it all.


Let’s Laugh at That — Gateway News Cartoon Corner: December 7 2017

Just when you think you have seen it all as far as politically correct lunacy goes, along comes the Red Cross in Belgium — Read more here. This report was our cartoonist Barry de Jager’s inspiration for today’s cartoon.