Gospel proclaimed in bold campaigns in SA cities

As part of its 60th anniversary citywide mission in Pietermaritzburg African Enterprise (AE) hosted ‘The Signs’ musical, after which about half the cast of young adults committed their lives to Christ. Standing in front of the cast are, from the left, Theuns Pauw, CEO of AE South Africa, Audrey Mbuyazi, the director of the production and AE board member, and Charlene Pauw (with microphone)

This week we report on some notable evangelism outreach campaigns taking place across South Africa — in Pietermaritzburg, Cape Town and Nelson Mandela Bay.

From Maritzburg, Theuns Pauw, CEO of African Enterprise updated Gateway News on the first six days of a 10-day citywide mission being held as part of the ministry’s celebration of 60 years of evangelism and mission in the cities of Africa.

A team being prepped before heading out to clean the street in the vicinity of the Pietermaritzburg city hall, while praying that the Lord would also clean the hearts of the people of the city.

Evangelists from Ghana, Kenya, Tanzania, Zambia and Botswana are serving with locals – as well as with teams from Johannesburg and Cape Town in a campaign which is touching thousands of people in many sectors of the city, he said

At the opening gala dinner at the city hall last Friday Dr Michael Cassidy, who founded AE in 1962 and led it for more than 50 years, shared a powerful message on holding true and pressing on with reaching the world with the unchanging Gospel of Jesus. He was speaking on the same stage where AE’s first mission was launched 60 years to the day previously.

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Dr Michael Cassidy speaking at the opening of the mission in the Maritzburg city hall

AE international team leader Dr Stephen Mgogo addressed business, local government and church leaders on the high calling of leadership and on Sunday team members preached in 20 churches.

AE hosted a pastors conference on Tuesday and Wednesday mornings with discussions centred around the biblical responsibility of every believer to evangelise outside the church — “The whole Church taking the whole Gospel to the whole World”. AE also hosted an evangelists conference on Tuesday and Wednesday afternoons around the central theme of developing the evangelist for the harvest.

AE International Team Leader, Stephen Mbogo, feeding in an impoverished community

The mission so far, has also included outreaches on the streets, to the homeless, to poor communities, to hospitals and clinics, schools and even to prison. With four days still to go, nearly 5 000 people have been reached with the Gospel message and 913 salvations have been recorded. These statistics exclude those reached through 20 church services and an estimated 71 000 people reached through radio preaching.

Men’s, women’s and youth events – and a family rally at the Maritzburg cricket oval on Friday this week  are some of the other events on the mission programme.

A street outreach team prayed for this crippled man. After hearing the Scripture of how Jesus healed the paralytic man who was brought to Him on a mat, this man was convinced that Jesus will help him and gave his life to Christ.

Theuns said he believes the citywide mission is just the beginning of what God is going to do in the season ahead. He said that after Covid many churches are still struggling to get people back to church. He believes the 60th anniversary mission is waking believers up and mobilising churches to reach out again.

AE’s Foxfire youth team ministering at Heritage Academy, a school in the western suburbs of Maritzburg, where 39 learners gave their lives to the Lord

Meanwhile from Cape Town, evangelist Kyle Driver of Revival Harvest International briefed us on the four-day “Be Free” tent crusade in Manenburg, a Cape Flats suburb known for gang violence.

More than 200 decisions for Christ were made during the campaign from Sunday to Wednesday, healing miracles were recorded, and each night gangsters left knives, cigarettes, drugs and tik pipes on the stage as a sign of their intent to start new, Jesus-centered lives.

The campaign brought the Manenburg Ministers Fraternal into a great time of unity in the presence of God, Kyle said.

Each night of the 4-day tent crusade in Manenburg, Cape Town, gangster left items on the stage representing the lifestyle of crime and addiction they aim to leave behind

He said the tent crusade was arranged in response to the Lord telling him to visit all the gang-infested areas in Cape Town. He said the next stop will be Hanover Park at the end of the month. Other areas on the tent crusade radar include Lavender Hill, Parkwood, Tafelsig and Q Town.

In the video clip below Kyle leads children who responded to an altar call on Wednesday evening in a prayer of salvation

In Nelson Mandela Bay, Pastor Jimmy Davis, the visionary of the upcoming Jesus 2022 Citywide Crusade says about 85 evangelists and pastors from about 60 local churches are busy preparing for the campaign from September 7 to 11. Evangelism training for crusade volunteers has started.

Jimmy said the campaign will include street outreaches, ministry to about 70 schools, hospital ministry and services and Jesus Film screenings at churches throughout the metro.

While plans to end the campaign with two mass events at the St George’s Park cricket stadium had to be dropped because of a budget hitch, he said that groups of churches were positive about working together to host combined events in different areas of the metro.

Some of the Jesus 2022 Citywide Crusade team members at a recent meeting in Nelson Mandela Bay

Working together as the Body of Christ they hope to harvest 10 000 souls for Jesus with a 100% local team of evangelists and co-workers reaching out across the metropole, he said.

Jimmy said the response in Nelson Mandela Bay and beyond has far exceeded his expectations. He has had inquiries from leaders in other parts of the country who want to launch similar campaigns, he said.

As a result we are starting an organisation called Jesus Citywide Crusade – and our aim is to have annual crusades in Nelson Mandela Bay and in other areas of the country, he said.

Pastor Jimmy Davis can be contacted at 084 464 0456.

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4 Comments

  1. God is on the move in our country!

  2. Eleanor Stoffberg

    The Mannenberg crusade was phenomenal, The spirit God was moving , shaken people yielding to the voice if the lord ,repenting ,got healed and saved , as God used the man of God ,pastor Kyle Driver leading them to the Lord, and praying for their healing and deliverance . To God be the Glory, For his Grace and Mercy shown to Mannenberg people.

  3. Hallelujah! Lives saved for Him.

  4. The Tent Crusade in Manenberg was was Priceless..Manenberg is sold out for Jesus…All Glory to God hallelujah amen.