"And He said unto them, Go ye into all the world, and preach the gospel to every creature."
This was our theme verse for our "To Every Creature" soulwinning program.
In April, we had a special banquet to kick-off our new program.
After all, soulwinning is something to celebrate!
(to see how to make some of the banquet decor click here.)
Pastor Jeff, Robbin, Peter, & I practicing out theme song for the banquet.
The church came together to partake of a delicious meal,...
... and then we were fed spirtually.
Pastor Jeff shared soul winning quotes to stir our hearts for the lost
and then he gave us a challenge from the Word of God.
As the quotes flashed across the screen, my eyes began to well up with tears.
It again brought back that "missionary's" burden for lost souls.
"To Every Creature" had three parts :
Every Sunday night we would come together for evening service
and "instruction" on how to win souls to Christ.
As a missionary, I have been through tons of these
class type sessions on soulwinning.
I am so thankful for my church and how they invested in teaching me.
Now it was exciting to be teaching others on the opposite side of the world.
What a blessing to see new believers begin to grasp Bible truth
and to hear newly memorized soul winning verses pass their lips!
Every Saturday around 10am,
the church would be busy with the "preparation" part.
We made so many memories together by putting together packets
to hand out door-to-door in Hillcrest.
Then came the "presentation" part.
Our first goal was to reach people in our "Jerusalem"/Hillcrest.
|Witnessing to a gardener|
We went house to house taking the gospel to "every creature".
While some went door-to-door,
...others stayed behind preparing more packets to be sent out.
Each packet included:
a New Testament,
tracts in Zulu, English, & Afrikans,
a map and letter from our church.
South Africa is diffarent from America,
we cannot go up to each house and knock on the door.
No, each house has a fenced yard with a huge gate surrounding it.
We were however, able to hand deliver each gospel packet
into the mail box at every home.
Can't do this in America, but praise God, we can do it here!
|The children helped.|
|Us ladies worked.|
|Pastor Jeff delivering packets|
It was exciting to go to church every week to see the number on the wall to know how many homes we were able to get the gospel into.
As we reached our "Jerusalem",
another church from an hour away came to help us reach their "Samaria".
We would highlight the map every time we finished a new road,
making sure we covered all of Hillcrest.
The number started at 1,319 in July,
grew to 1,718,
then grew more to 2,480 in August,
and finished at over 4,200 homes by September.
We are still praying that the Lord would bring people to the saving knowledge of Christ and that they would be added to the church.
Acts 2:47 "Praising God, and having favour with all the people.
And the Lord added to the church daily such as should be saved."