Living legend lights centenary torch

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Deacon Memezi Mthembu (centre) after lighting the centenary candle. With him are Rev Sfiso Ndlovu, right and Deacon Joe Vezi.,

By Ndlelanhle Khuzwayo

One of the living legends of the Church of the Holy Ghost, Deacon Memezi Mthembu was honoured on Sunday when the centenary torch was brought to his home in Mofolo, Soweto.

Deacon Mthembu is 102 years old and an icon in the church, who has worked hard for the gospel and ensured that he passes on a golden inheritance to the next generation.

The Church of the Holy Ghost is celebrating 100 years of existence since the establishment on 17 June 1917 in Stanger, Kwazulu Natal. Mthembu, who joined the church in 1932 when he was 17 years old, thanked the church for honouring him and encouraged his family especially the youth to abide by the principles and values of the church.

The church has massively expanded, with branches in areas such as Mpumalanga, Eastern Cape, Gauteng, Limpopo, North West, Swaziland, Zimbabwe, Lesotho and Mozambique. It’s  stronghold is till in KwaZulu-Natal.

The centenary torch has been circulating around the country in areas where the church has a footprint and has been in Gauteng for two weeks. The Gauteng branch hosted a centenary torch lighting ceremony on April 8 and is scheduled to hold another on April 15  at Southdale Hall, Johannesburg.

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Deacon Mthembu’s great-grandchildren, Gugulethu Khuzwayo, left, and Siyamthanda Mthembu) during the centenary torch visit to his home.

Commenting on recent visits to church veterans,  spiritual leader of the church, Archbishop Phelelani Nzuzasaid: “To see their faces beam with satisfaction, to read the deep stories through their eyes, and to simply hear their cracking voices utter a soft ‘Amen’ – is the greatest honour of this year’s celebration.”

The torch Lighting Ceremony is part of a series of events planned by the church as a build-up towards a magnificent centenary celebration on June 17 at Durban International Convention Centre.

“The lighting of the torch symbolises the light brought to Africa by the gift of the Holy Spirit — the church has seen the hand of Grace, witnessed the mighty strength of Provision and drank the deep well of Calvary,” said the archbishop.

The torch will be heading to Limpopo on April 22.

For more information about the centenary torch lighting ceremony, please contact Ndlelanhle Khuzwayo 076 905 0840 or email info@churchoftheholyghost.co.za




Churches condemn actions of “Prophet of Doom”

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Prophet Lethebo Rabalago sprays a congregant with insecticide (PHOTO: Dispatch Live).

Originally published in For SA.

Following news reports of a pastor who sprays his congregants with insecticide, claiming that it will heal them of their sicknesses, a group of 99 major denominations and churches in South Africa have issued a Joint Statement repudiating the actions of this self-styled “Prophet of Doom”.

Freedom of Religion South Africa (FOR SA) delivered the Joint Statement to the CRL Rights Commission, which is calling for the broad-scale regulation of religion in SA, on Tuesday November 22 2016.

The statement reads:We, the undersigned churches and denominations, repudiate in the strongest possible terms both the claims and the unlawful actions of self-styled Prophet Lethebo Rabalago of the Mount Zion General Assembly in Limpopo.

“While we believe that the Bible teaches that the Lord Jesus Christ healed people of all manner of diseases and ailments during His earthly ministry, He always did so in a way that protected their dignity as human beings made in the image of God.

“On no occasion did He act in a way that caused physical harm to people or further endangered their health.  As such, these reported actions are completely contrary to both biblical teaching and practice.

“Furthermore, spraying a known toxic liquid over another person, and thereby causing them physical harm, is both unlawful and illegal.  We therefore call upon the Government to exercise its powers to ensure that this action is reported to the appropriate law enforcement authorities, to ensure that its perpetrator is prosecuted to the full extent of the law.

“We also call upon the victims of these (and similar) acts to withdraw their support from those whose practices and teachings are in no way a reflection of true biblical Christianity.

Signed by the Denominations and Churches listed below: 

  1. African Independent Churches’ Development Programmedu (AICDPedu), representing Counsel of African Instituted Churches (CAIC)
  2. Apostolic Faith Mission of SA (AFM)
  3. AFM, Calvinia
  4. The Alliance of Pentecostal and Charismatic Churches in South Africa, with its 1000 member Churches (APCCSA)
  5. Assemblies of God (AOG)
  6. Assemblies of God, Kwa Thema
  7. Baptist Union of Southern Africa
  8. Bloemfontein Ministers Fraternal BMF
  9. The Brook Tabernacle
  10. Builders in the Spirit Ministries
  11. Cape Synod, Uniting Reformed Church in Southern Africa (URCSA)
  12. Cedar Branch Church, Port Elizabeth
  13. Central Community Fellowship
  14. The Centre for Public Witness
  15. Christ Church Tygerberg
  16. Christian Family Church, Pretoria East
  17. Christian Life Ministries, Edgemead
  18. Christian Revival Church (CRC)
  19. Church of England in South Africa (REACH SA)
  20. The Church of Pentecost, SA
  21. Church of the Nations
  22. Church on the Way AOG, Summerstrand
  23. Common Ground Church
  24. Cornerstone Church, Johannesburg
  25. Cornerstone Community Church, Durban
  26. Damascus Road Ministries
  27. Doxa Deo
  28. The Dutch Reformed Church
  29. Dutch Reformed Church in the Eastern Cape
  30. El Bethel Ministry
  31. Evangelical Bible Church, Ennerdale
  32. Evangelical Bible Church, Florida
  33. Evangelical Bible Church of Southern Africa (Greenhaven) and Evangelical Bible College
  34. Evangelical Bible Church of Southern Africa (EBCOSA), Port Elizabeth
  35. Evangelical Bible College, Strandfontein
  36. Everynation Churches in SA
  37. Fellowship of Community Churches
  38. Forward in Faith Church in RSA
  39. Fountain Scroll Ministry
  40. Fountain Vineyard Christian Fellowship, Port Elizabeth
  41. Freedom of Religion South Africa (FOR SA)
  42. GFL Ministries, Roodepoort
  43. The Global Reconciliation Church, Bloemfontein
  44. God’s Tabernacle Christian Family Church
  45. Grace Evangelical Bible Church, Lotus River
  46. Glory Life Church
  47. Grahamstown Christian Centre
  48. Hatfield Christian Church North
  49. Haenertsburg Christian Church
  50. Harvest Celebrations Church, Bloemfontein
  51. Harvest Christian Church, Port Elizabeth
  52. Hebron Community Church, Port Elizabeth
  53. Heron Bridge Community Church
  54. Higher Life Centre
  55. International Ministers Fellowship (SA Chapter)
  56. Iron Sharpening Iron Ministry
  57. Jesus Calls Worship Centre, Randburg
  58. Joshua Generation Church
  59. Kairos cfci Kyalami
  60. Karoo Community Church, Graaff-Reinet
  61. KCF Church
  62. Kingdom Citizenship Agency
  63. Kingdom House of Dominion
  64. KZN Church Leaders Council
  65. Lighthouse Ministries
  66. Light the Fire Ministries
  67. Limpopo Pastors Forum
  68. Living Waters Church, Sabie
  69. Maranatha Community Church
  70. The Methodist Church of Southern Africa
  71. Midrand Eastrand Ministerial Forum
  72. Montrose Park Bible Church
  73. Nederduitsch Hervormde Kerk van Afrika (NHKA)
  74. New Covenant Church Midvaal
  75. Nico Claassen Global Outreach
  76. Northcliff Union Church
  77. Oasis in Christ Ministries
  78. Peniel Outreach International
  79. The Pentecostal Protestant Church
  80. Pillars of Fire Ministries
  81. Port Alfred Baptist Church
  82. Povertybreaker Prayer Academy
  83. The River Church, East London
  84. Restore-A-Nation
  85. The SA Council for the Protection and Promotion of Religious Rights and Freedoms (CRRF)
  86. Sedgefield Christian Church
  87. Sola 5
  88. St Francis Xavier Anglican Church, Kabega Park
  89. St Katharines Anglican Church
  90. Truevine Family of Churches
  91. Turn2God Ministries
  92. Uniting Presbyterian Church in Southern Africa, Central Cape Presbytery
  93. Valley of Miracles Ministry International
  94. Victory Ministries International
  95. Vineyard Churches SA
  96. Word Center Ministries
  97. Word Center Ministry, De Deur
  98. Word Centre Ministries, Ekurhuleni
  99. Zoe Bible Church”



Prophetess Courage preaches message of prayer and fasting

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Prophetess Courage Makhubele.

Prophetess Courage Makhubele from Giyani township in Limpopo province is not an average woman — she is called by God to foretell the future and deliver the oppressed through prayer and fasting.

She says she had many challenges while growing up at Makhuva village 50 kilometres away from Giyani township where as a young person she could predict future events and sometimes detect illness in people.

She qualified as a nursing sister but says she had to abandon her job as a nurse because of the burden the lord had placed over her.

“I wanted to work to support my children but I fell sick many times at work. I became better when I obeyed the voice of the lord to become a prophetess of God,” she says.

Prophetess Courage says that while she was a nurse she sometimes became sick and could not eat or drink for days. Once she was in a coma for several days. There was no cure for her illness until she obeyed God’s call on her life. She says she did not want to be like Jonah.

Impactful church
Today she leads the Divine Deliverance church, a church she established in the affluent section of Giyani township. The church makes an impact in the community through soul winning, counselling of young drug and alcohol addicts, family crisis counselling and through a poverty alleviation programme that collects food and clothing for poor people.

Courage also conducts marriage counselling, urging spouses to be faithfull to God and to each other, and to be transparent and open in their relationships.

“Marriage is founded on the Word of God and [married couples] become the backbone of society, she says.

Many young men and women attend midweek services conducted by Courage and her assistant pastor, Ruth, where they receive Godly counsel and prophetic words.

“God is doing wonders. Many people have been delivered of their ailments, marital problems, business problems, alcoholism, drugs, barrenness, and lack of peace in their families.”she says.

She has launched a miracle programme on Wednesdays where people pray to God without ceasing and are taught how to fast without relenting.

The prophetess says prayer is behind the successes they see, including souls being saved daily and the opening of a number of new branches of the church.

“You have to pray without ceasing in order to reap spiritually. This is a spiritual warfare. It is not by might but by the Spirit of God in us,” she says.

Prayer mountains
Her frail-looking body attests to what she does so often — fast and pray. She has been to prayer mountains many times and members of the church are accustomed to prayer and fasting  which equips them to go out and win lost souls through testifying and preaching the Word.

Courage’s busy ministry schedule keeps on expanding. She preaches in Gauteng and many parts of South Africa and she hopes to venture into the international arena to prophesy and promote intensive prayer and fasting. Her eldest son, Elijah, is also a prophet, songwriter and singer, and has released his first album ‘Aba gijime Volume 1”.

Courage claims that she once died and saw a vision of heaven.In the vision she says she was told to go and spread the Good News of Jesus Christ.

She says God says there is hope for everyone — for South Africa and the world if people would walk in His ways and be holy in their lives.




Limpopo taxi rank pastor wins souls on streets

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Pastor Mafemani Rivers Mahumani is well known as the taxi rank preacher in Giyani, Limpopo. (PHOTO: Gerrie Magwaza).

Jesus said to his disciples before He ascended to the Father “Go ye therefore, and teach all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Ghost” (Mathew 28:19).

Pastor Mafemani Rivers Mahumani in his late forties from Giyani township in Limpopo province has listened to the commission from the lord and has descended on street corners of the township to preach the gospel. He does so inside taxis and buses waiting to carry commuters to their destinations.

He does not need a large auditorium to preach; nor a loudspeaker, tent or any other equipment to get the message out. He says his voice is enough.

“I wake up everyday and after a serious encounter with the Lord go and deliver the message of hope to the hopeless, troubled and discouraged,” he says with a smile at passers-by who know him as the taxi rank pastor.

He is well-known at the taxi rank where commuters listen to the Word daily before leaving for their destinations. He prays with and counsels nearby street vendors, sometimes praying for favour upon their merchandise.

He preaches about holiness and encourages men and women to stay pure in their marriages in order to attract the favour of God.

‘’I do so because the devil is against marriages, so we must emphasise the need for holiness in times like this,” he says as he mops sweat from his brow with a handkerchief.

‘’I also pray for the sick, the drunkards and any troubled soul. But my focus is soul winning  because the bible says we must first seek the kingdom of God and the rest shall follow. I quote Jeremiah 15:19-21 which promises deliverance and protection to those who return to God.

Greater Giyani Mayor Pat Hlungwani says Pastor Mahumani’s street ministry is bringing light to families and to the wider community. People from all walks of life have experienced restoration after meeting the dynamic preacher.

The taxi rank preacher has his eye on launching his own ministry, the Bethesda ministry in Giyani and surrounding areas.

‘’Although I am still under Bishop Wiseman Maswanganyi,I feel in my spirit that I have to launch my own ministry to reach many more people”.

Practicing what he preaches about marriage he is married and he and his wife, Martha are blessed with two children.

“She [Martha] is supportive of my calling and quest of winning souls,” he says.




Retirement is for the wheels of my car, says 80-year-old church planter

Ivan and Margaret van Vuuren.

Ivan van Vuuren, 80, and his wife, Margaret, 72, are getting ready to establish a new church in Hoedspruit, Limpopo, alongside the Kruger National Park. 

In fact, God has given them a dream to plant several churches in order to reach the lost — and to establish a mission trip base for people of all ages from all over the world, says Ivan.

The couple have been serving as elders at Joshua Generation Church in Melkbosstrand, Cape Town for the past three years. But their adventurous journey together goes back 53 years when when they were married and lived in Bryanston, Johannesburg.

‘Choose between Jesus and me’
“We were married for about 4 years when my wife came to conversion and accepted Jesus as her Lord and Saviour after spending a weekend with her parents. When she returned home she was so excited and told me that she was in love with Jesus. I could not understand how she could love another man especially one she had never seen. So I told her she has to choose between this Jesus and myself.

“Well she chose Jesus and I promptly told her that our marriage was over and would contact the lawyers to get a divorce. While this was going on I left the county and ended up in Norway which was the furthest point away from her. But thank God Margaret and her mother went into agreement to pray for my return and salvation.

“After a few months I returned home and my first words to her were that we should try and work out our marriage again. I said it’s on condition that she stop talking to me about this religion business. She replied that it was not religion but a relationship that was needed. So we left it at that. Four years later the Lord by His Holy Spirit got hold of me and convicted me of all my sin and for rejecting His free gift to me. (To cut a long story short) I was drawn by the Holy Spirit to accept Jesus as my Lord and Savior. And together we started serving the Lord which led to studying His word and serving Him.”

Ivan says that after his conversion and baptism with the Holy Spirit, his life seemed to change.

“We had a business in Vereeniging manufacturing electrical components. This business started to thrive and I was approached by a certain party to make a few alterations in our books as he was able to place this business on the stock exchange and we could all make millions. But the Holy Spirit convicted me of this wrong doing and eventually after many discussions trying to persuade me to agree I requested our bookkeeper to transfer all my shares over to this person and I walked out of that business without any income.

Calling to reach the lost
“I then started another business which God blessed and He led me to be involved with the Full Gospel Businessmen Fellowship, who had a great influence in my Christian life. It was after this that I realised that God had called Margaret and I to start evangelising as He laid lost souls on our hearts.

“We then started providing finances and purchased bicycles for African Christian men to go out and minister in various areas.”

The fired-up couple then felt led to move to the Margate on the KwaZulu-Natal South Coast where they met up with other Christians and shared their desire to reach out to unsaved people. They were directed to a cane field where people gathered outside a store.

“Well the first Sunday the two of us arrived at the store and started preaching about the love of God. This continued for quite some time, but the response was poor. All we had attending our meetings were three to five children. I used to return home and weep my eyes out before the Lord asking if this all that is going to happen.”

But one day after he spoke about how Jesus had healed many people something happened. 

“A young Indian man approached me after this meeting and inquired about healing saying: ‘I hear you heal people’. I replied you heard wrong, I cannot heal anyone; only Jesus can do that. He asked me: ‘Where is He? I said He is present with us right now. This he could not understand. He explained to me that he had a child who was suffering and needed to be healed. I said bring the child and we will pray for a healing to take place.

“The following week this man arrived with his child and family and he brought the child who was covered in sores all over the body which looked like crocodile skin. The sores were filled with puss oozing out; it looked horrible. For a moment I paused and wondered, can God heal this child? Margaret and I prayed and prayed. I was almost to afraid to open my eyes. Eventually I did and as I looked upon this little body all the sores and all the puss were still the same; nothing had happened. For a moment I felt disappointed. Then the Spirit of the Lord spoke tHrough me and I said to the parents: ‘Now you have to put your faith in God. Go home and bathe the child in a basin of water and the sores and scabs will fall off.’ There was no way I could say that in my own strength. It was God all the way. Well the service ended and the parents went home.

Healing miracle
“The following week the family were back together with a crowd of other people. The parents were called up and I asked what had happened. They duly opened the child’s vest and as I looked I could see that God our Healer had done a miracle. The child was healed and not a mark was left behind. From this miracle the meetings grew. This whole Indian family surrendered their lives to Jesus. Many other miracles took place and from thereon a church was established and grew.

“This young Indian man was taught the word of God and eventually continued as the pastor of the church.”

Thereafter many more events took place along the South Coast leading to the planting of more churches, says Ivan.

He says that he and Margaret take great delight in returning to areas where they have established churches “to witness the growth in the saints that has taken place in our absence to the glory of God”,

I asked Ivan what keeps him and Margaret desiring to plant more churches at their age. Does he not believe in retirement?

“Retirement? NO! I believe in being re-fired; the only retiring will be on the wheels of my car,” he responds.

“I believe that as the word of God says: ‘To who much has been given much shall be required.’ I was doomed and heading for hell. But God in His mercy and grace transformed my life and gave me and my household a future. We either ‘evangelise or fossilise. I don’t want to end up as an old fossil!”

Ivan says God has given the couple the dream of planting “another couple of churches” starting with a charismatic church in Hoedspruit.

Gathering place
“My wife and I want to see a base established in the Hoedspruit area which has over 200 game lodges which many people from all over the world come to visit. One must ask oneself: ‘How many of these people know Jesus as their Saviour?’ By establishing a gathering place we believe that we together with others helping can reach the lost by having gatherings at these lodges where the Gospel can be preached.

“In addition to that my vision is to have this base where young and old from all over the world can gather for their mission trips to South Africa. This could be the launching pad for such outreaches.”

Speaking about the task ahead of them, Ivan says it is going to be a big step of faith. He says Joshua Generation Church has offered to support them for the next six months.

“This is an area that needs the Gospel among the various ethnic groups. In time we trust that others will catch the vision and slot in to reap the Harvest for Christ Jesus.”




Prayer conference addressed broken spiritual walls of SA

Gerda Lethgob.

Pastor Gerda Leithgöb

I have just returned from a prayer conference in the city of Polokwane, Limpopo Province, which was hosted by the South African Prayer Movement for Change (SAPMC). Conferences like these remind me of my obligation to pray for my country and indeed a lot of praying was done on the 27-29 November 2014. In between the praying there were also teaching sessions focusing on theme of the conference which was “Raising a Godly Priesthood.”

Pastor Wanka Mogale spoke on the subject of sexual immorality and placed special focus on how this issue is affecting ministers of the Gospel. He outlined practical steps that every minister should take in order to avoid falling into this sin. He was followed by Pastor Vincent Loate who spoke on ‘Greed.’ Greed is another issue which is sadly becoming synonymous with ministers. Pastor Linda Gobodo spoke on ‘Taking Dominion’ and reminded the delegates that God’s original plan in creating us was that we would rule the earth on his behalf.

Pastors Gerda Leithgöb and Victor Mokgotlhoa took turns dealing with the subject of Deception. It is no secret that the Church in South Africa does not sing from the same hymn sheet when it comes to matters of doctrine and spiritual practices. Many of us are aware of a church that makes its members eat grass and drink petrol while claiming that these instructions emanate from the Holy Spirit. There are also stories of ministers who sell oil and anointed water for healing and other miracles.

Moral authority
Clearly the Church cannot be the light in the country while it is engulfed in darkness and issues that bring questions to her moral authority. Pastor Mangaliso Matshobane ended the conference by looking at the book of Ezra. Ezra was an Old Testament priest who was called by God for the rebuilding of the temple. Most of us are aware that Nehemiah was called to rebuild the walls of Jerusalem. Well Ezra is Nehemiah’s counterpart whose focus was on the spiritual walls of the nation.

The delegates, drawn from various parts of South Africa, felt that the physical walls of the nation cannot be built while the spiritual walls lie in ruins. The delegates were drawn together by a shared burden to pray that God would establish righteousness and justice in our country. Psalms 89:14 says that righteousness and justice are the foundations of God’s throne. I imagine that many South Africans, wearied by lawlessness and injustice, can easily identify with this burden.

We are constantly bombarded with stories that show that lawlessness has become normalised in our country. With high levels of corruption, killings and sexual violence we are indeed embarrassed by the actions of our compatriots. Proverbs 13:14 says that “Righteousness exalts a nation, but sin is a disgrace to any people” (NIV). I believe that with initiatives like these the reproach that is over the nation will be removed.




Aviation ministry flight results in medical and miracle blessings

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Volunteer ophthalmologist Dr Taryn McAllister (left) operating on a patient at Donald Fraser Hospital, Limpopo during a recent medical mission outreach.

Exhausted nurses at a hospital in northern Limpopo were amazed when a ministry team unexpectedly walked into their crisis meeting and offered to pray for them — resulting in uplifted spirits and two instant healings.

The incident was part of a day of medical and miracle blessing at the Donald Fraser Hospital in Vhembe District as a team of three medical professionals and two pastors were flown to the site by Mission Aviation Fellowship (MAF).

“The 900km roundtrip from Lanseria Airport on November 15 payed off as Dr Taryn McAllister,  Dr Jenny Laithwaite, our new volunteer ophthalmologist, along with Sister Connie and the nursing staff at DFH were able to perform 15 cataract eye surgeries,” says Esther Tredoux, MAF marketing co-ordinator.

Pastor Grant Flaum from Central Parks City Church, Randburg and Ryan Christie, a member of his congregation also went along on the flight to minister to the patients at the hospital. 

File picture from a previous Mission Aviation cataract surgery mission at Donald Fraser Hospital, Limpopo. (PHOTO: Flyingforlife.co.za)

File picture from a previous Mission Aviation cataract surgery mission at Donald Fraser Hospital, Limpopo. (PHOTO: Flyingforlife.co.za)

On the day the nurses in the paediatric ward who were suffering from exhaustion were having a meeting about related internal issues. Meanwhile Pastor Grant, Ryan and  MAF project manager, Thendo Dama, made their way around the hospital looking for ministry opportunities. When they entered the paediatric ward they asked the nurses if they could pray for them.

“The nurses were shocked that without asking God, He had answered their prayers so quickly. The team prayed for the nurses and then consulted with each nurse individually to help bring clarification to the situation they were facing. Two nurses were suffering from physical ailments; one nurse had problems with her knee and another had problems with her hip. They were prayed for and were immediately healed,” says Tredoux.

She says that while in the paediatric ward the team noticed a 6-year-old boy in isolation who had the build of a 4-year-old. They were informed that the boy had respiratory disease and was kept apart from other patients to prevent further infection. The team prayed for the boy and he accepted Christ as his Saviour.

The team also prayed for many HIV patients who hadn’t come to terms with the fact that they were infected by the virus and who are now looking towards taking medication and living healthy lives as a result of hearing the Word of God. 




National prayer conference in Polokwane will focus on purity, deception

sapmcThe South African National Prayer Movement For Change National Conference will take place at God’s Tabernacle Christian Family Church in Polokwane, Limpopo from Thursday, November 27 to Saturday, November 29.

Continuing with last year’s conference theme of ‘raising a Godly priesthood through teaching and prayer’ the conference will “cry out to God not only for the nation to return to the Lord but the church to return to the Lord”, says Pastor Laurette Mkati, Secretary of SAPMC in an invitation to Christians from all over South Africa to participate in the conference.

The first conference topic of Holiness will focus on the issue of  sexual immorality and greed which were the sins of the sons of Eli which angered God and ultimately caused them to lose not only their priesthood but their lives because of their unwillingness to repent. The second topic will be Deception. Over and above the plenary sessions there will also be workshops on these topics. This year in addition to the prayer sessions within the conference, there will be 12 hours of ongoing prayer each day running on site during the conference.

Intercessors began 40 days of prayer preparation for the conference on October 19. Prayer points for the 40 days are posted periodically on the Facebook page SA Prayer Movement for Change

Registration for the conference is R250 which includes lunch and supper every day but not accommodation.  The registration form can be downloaded here. Laurett Mkati can be contacted at  084 753 1538  or intercessors.ec@sainet.co.za.




Waves of redemption in Maluleke

Many people encountered the saving, healing and delivering power of Jesus Christ during a recent week-long outreach in a village in northern Limpopo.

Many people encountered the saving, healing and delivering power of Jesus Christ during a recent week-long outreach in a village in northern Limpopo.

From October 6 to 12 2014, the team of In His Name Ministries held a Gospel Crusade in Makuleke, a village situated in northern Limpopo, South Africa. Men and women, young and old came out in force to encounter the God who saves – and encounter Him, they did! Night after night, hands were raised high to accept Jesus as Saviour. In addition thereto, miracles manifested in abundance.

Manganyi, 20, accepted Jesus as Lord on the very first evening. On the second night, her newfound Saviour touched her mightily, setting her free from a year-long chest ailment. “I could not breathe properly,” she explained, weeping for joy. “At night, I struggled to sleep. Now, I am completely healed! I want to change from my old style of living. I want to live for Jesus.”

Lettie, 67, leaped on stage, testifying of being delivered from the arthritis that had plagued her for the past three years. “I experienced the power of God,” she shared. “I can work again now, I feel so light and able.”

Evalyn, 53, has suffered a stroke over a year ago that badly affected the right side of her body. “From the moment I put foot on the crusade field, I felt things coming out of me,” she said. “Now, I am feeling very fine. I love God. I am so grateful.”

Phephu, 65, likewise rejoiced, delivered from four years of paining legs, stomach and waist. “I am a farmer, but all these pains made work impossible. I was sick and tired of going to doctors, this crusade was my last option. Now, I am healed – the pain is gone!”

Charlotte, 42, was delivered from a migraine that had persisted for six long months. “I struggled to sleep, I felt so weak. During prayer, a warmth spread all over my body. Tonight, I experienced that God heals without using something like ashes and water.”

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The scene on the third night of the Gospel crusade.

Nkuna, 62, accepted Jesus on the Friday evening as her Lord and Saviour. During our final service, she was set free from more than 20 years of debilitating pains in her stomach and back. “I was unable to work and battled to sleep,” she expounded. “The power of God felt like heat in my body. The pain is gone – I can do all the things I could not do before.”

Tsietsi, 35, was also wondrously healed. “I had a stroke on my right side eight months ago. I could not even bend my arm. During prayer, it felt like it was being stretched. Now, I feel so good, I can move it perfectly!” Also having accepted Christ as Lord just a few nights ago, this precious gentleman will never be the same.

In both the final Fire Conference service and Saturday evening crusade meeting, the baptism of the Holy Spirit was prayed for. The In His Name team bore witness as those gathered were overwhelmed by His presence and power, the Lord saturating His children for service and anointing them for action. An army of fire-filled believers will now go forth, redirecting their communities from darkness to light! The pastors are delighted. Equipped with decision cards, they are already hard at work following up the thousands of new converts. Yes indeed, Makuleke was shaken by the Gospel – as only the Gospel can!




Miracles manifest in Modjadjii

Total surrender...on day 2 of the recent Gospel crusade in Modjadji, Limpopo.

Total surrender…on day 2 of the recent Gospel crusade in Modjadji, Limpopo.

From August 11 to 17 In His Name Ministries held a Gospel Crusade in Modjadji, Limpopo, South Africa. For seven glorious days, heaven collided with earth, leaving the precious people of this region forever changed.

Night after night, Modjadji came out in force to encounter the Saviour of this world. Each evening, the altar was packed with men and women, desperate to receive the matchless gift of salvation. Souls poured into the Kingdom at a stunning rate, the pastors and In His Name team overwhelmed with joy.

In addition to this redemption floodtide, the deliverances were dramatic and healings numerous. Many of those who swept forward for prayer were mightily set free from demonic activity, the chains of darkness being snapped by the name that is above every other name – the name of Jesus! Towards the conclusion of each service, people queued to testify of what the Lord had done for them. Story after story was told of how years of torment dissolved in a single blessed moment. Old ladies and young men danced on stage, jubilantly set free of whatever ailed them.

Unice (31) had suffered from terrible abdominal pains for the past three years. “I could not even bend, the pain was so bad,” she explained. “During prayer, I felt a burning inside my stomach and then – I was free!” Also having accepted Jesus, this precious lady was ecstatic. “Jesus has brought joy into my life,” she exclaimed.

Eyesight restored
Sarah (83) had not been able to see properly for the past 15 years. “I felt the power of God moving in my eyes,” she explained. “Now, my sight is perfect!” France, an elderly gentleman, had been shuffling with a cane for the past few years. “My legs were so painful. I was not able to walk,” he testified. “I experienced the fire of God moving through my body. I am healed, my life has changed. Jesus has restored me completely!”

Elizabeth (62) was among those who received Jesus as Lord. Having struggled with terrible back and leg pains for the past twenty years, she could no longer walk without assistance. “I felt like something was being removed from my body. I am feeling so well. My life has completely changed, there is such peace in my heart.”

Gladys (35) likewise surrendered her heart to Jesus. “I have been suffering from a terrible pain in my left side for the past year,” she testified. “I started shaking – then, the pain disappeared! I thank God for what He has done for me. I will be His child forever!”

Maria (69) was also set free. “I struggled to walk for the past three years because of soreness in my legs and shoulders. Now, I can walk with ease!” Hallelujah!

Fire Conference
In addition to the evening crusade meetings, In His Name held a Fire Conference from Thursday to Saturday morning, the purpose thereof being to equip believers for evangelism. The tent in which it was held on the first day was packed so tightly with eager listeners, that it was moved to the local community hall the next day. Evangelists Tamryn Klintworth and Samuel Murrombe preached on the Holy Spirit and soul-winning, the atmosphere hot and heavy with expectation.

Men and women were overcome by the presence of God during the Saturday meetings.

Men and women were overcome by the presence of God during the Saturday Fire Conference meeting.

On Saturday, both in the final conference service and evening crusade meeting, the baptism of the Holy Spirit was prayed for. Men and women were utterly overcome by His presence and power, being dowsed from top to toe in a divine flame. Anointed for service, what wonders they will achieve for the Kingdom!

People flooded forward to share their baptism experience. “I prayed first in Sotho, then in Tshangani, then my words changed into something I did not understand – I started speaking in other tongues for the first time!” voiced a precious elderly lady. Rosinah (54) likewise testified. “I felt fire going through my body,” she exclaimed. “Suddenly, I started speaking in a heavenly language. Thank you God!”

The local pastors are ecstatic. They are eager to begin the hard work of following up every convert, allowing none to slip through the net. With a decision card having been completed for each one, they have all the information they need to pull these dear new believers into the local church. What a week, what a harvest – heaven is rejoicing!