"GRACEVINE" Newsletter - July 2002

Whom God sends, He employs - for He sends no one to be idle

Dear Co-Worker, Supporter, Prayer Partner and Friends,

It is with a heart full of rejoicing that we announce that our Anglo Africa web site is now active! We thank the Lord for the wonderful opportunity He has afforded us to get our web site (a desire of our Regional Office team for some time now) designed and operational! God allowed us to connect with tremendously skilled people who have the expertise for the task, and we have also appointed a most capable person who will keep our web site updated on a monthly basis.

Our prayer is that every person who "visits" with us electronically, will experience the anointing of the Holy Spirit and will "catch a glimpse" of our region's vision and goal to reach Africa with the Gospel. May they be led by the Holy Spirit to make a fruitful contribution to the work of God (we have shared various opportunities how to become involved) in our Region, where EHC serves with joy, and they too by taking hands with us can reap eternal dividends! A few of our 'categories' are still under construction, but we would like to invite and encourage you to "take a electronic trip" into our Anglo Africa world ........

We would welcome and also encourage you to correspond with us and share your comments about our web site - go to "contact us" where you can email us via the web! We look forward to hearing from you!

Philippians 4:4 "Rejoice in the Lord always, and again I say rejoice!"

I am busy working through Bill Hybel's book "Becoming a Contagious Christian" and am so challenged and touched by the last few pages under the heading "Jesus' Final Challenge", that I couldn't wait to share it with you. It so clearly fits into our EHC focus!

JESUS' FINAL CHALLENGE - Matthew 28:19-20

  1. Notice who Jesus was addressing. He was talking to his disciples, those who had given up everything to follow Him and to become more like Him. Putting it in the terms of our formula, they had let His influence rub off on them to the point that they'd developed highly potent personalities. They'd gotten first-hand instruction and modeling from Jesus for living lives marked by authenticity, compassion and sacrifice.

    Relate this to EHC Anglo Africa:
    The Lord has guided and blessed us with a most effective training kit for our pioneer missionaries in the vision (of taking the Gospel to each home), and in the use of our tools (Heart of Man charts, booklets, tracts, bracelets etc). These missionaries start "living the message" before they go! This is a 'hands-on' modeling process. We also train them in follow-up and church planting (Christ Groups).

  2. The second aspect of this challenge comes from the words "go and make disciples of all nations." It's clear that Jesus wasn't expecting that to happen through diplomacy or political effort. Rather, it would come about as a result of their actually going and getting in close proximity to the people who they hoped to influence. In so doing, they'd have the opportunity to start relationships and naturally influence the people they'd gotten to know.

    Relate this to EHC Anglo Africa: This is exactly what the EHC vision and "heart beat'" is - taking the Gospel where the people are. Where are they? In the homes!
    This is our core business and goal.

  3. Next, Jesus emphasized that as they made disciples they should teach them. While He was primarily referring to guiding new believers in spiritual growth and obedience to Christ, this guidance was certainly intended to be a continuation of the teaching that had been taking place all along. In other words, the teaching included clear communication of Christ's gospel message. The disciples would need to follow His example of initiating conversations on spiritual topics, spelling out the way to receive His salvation, and helping people overcome the barriers keeping them from belief.

    Relate this to EHC Anglo Africa: Our materials contain a 'clear' Gospel message! Our desire is that each person we come into contact with would have understood the Good News of Jesus Christ and make an informed decision to commit their lives to Him. For the literate people, we distribute the Gospel in 'written format' (tracts and booklets) and then for those we visit who are illiterate, we share the message in the form of 'a picture' tract (Heart of Man materials) and they 'view' the Gospel, so they too would have a clear understanding of the need to have a changed heart. Results of these 'Heart of Man' presentations are beyond expectation. This evangelistic 'tool' is as effective (and sometimes even more) than the Jesus Film.

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  5. Finally, Jesus promised He'd be with them - and us - "always, to the very end of the age." In addition to the guarantee of His presence and protection, this is an implicit assurance of what's explicitly stated elsewhere; that as we do our part in fulfilling this 'great commission," He will do His part in making those efforts fruitful. In short, Jesus assured us that as we put His plan into action, we'll have maximum impact on our world around us. We'll see person after person crossing the line of faith, becoming contagious Christians, and joining increasingly contagious churches.

    Relate this to EHC Anglo Africa: We (and our workers) do the planning, prepare ourselves well (undergo all the necessary training) and equip ourselves with all the 'tools' needed, and also involve other in partnerships. The workers do the "walking"/visitations and undertake to do what is required of them in terms of the EHC vision. Then we leave the results to the Holy Spirit. See our May 2002 Harvest Report. This is what the Lord can do, when we do our part!
"People buy into the leader before they buy into the vision"
(John Maxwell)

Number of people reached with the Gospel (homes visited) - 76,742
Number of pieces of literature distributed - 99,928
(this figure includes illiterate people who 'viewed' the "Heart of Man" presentation)
People who responded to the Gospel - 48,982
Christ Groups (Churches) formed - 250
Number of churches/groups involved - 1,042

In spite of the tremendous challenges faced by our leaders, workers and pioneer missionaries during May - food shortages, political issues, and water-borne diseases, God's favor was with our men/women! Thank you Lord for the thousands of 'divine appointments' with people who were hungry for the Good News! We pray for refreshed vision and encouragement upon our dedicated Anglo Africa team "The work began when first our prayers were uttered, and God will finish what He has begun!

The Reporting Prize for May 2002 has been awarded to Pastor Josiah Mohanoe (Focus Leader - Lesotho) Our prayer is that the Lord would continue to empower our dear brother as He works towards fulfilling His purposes in Josias' life and ministry with the mountain people of Lesotho.

Whatever you do, do it with all your might. Work at it, early and late, in season and out of season, not leaving a stone unturned, and never deferring for a single hour that which can be done just as well now. ( P.T. Barnum)

REGION/LEADER'S UPDATE: (Don't forget to share your news - amongst others, your events diary/family news) with the Regional Office so we can in turn, praise God with you in your joys and also lift your needs up to the Lord.

* Birthdays:
Pieter de Villiers (National Leader - Namibia) - 28 July. Pieter, on behalf of our Region, we wish you a most wonderful and joyous day on the 28th!

* Getting Married - 3 of our team!
Nicholas Mulea and Jennifer (East Africa - Zonal Leader) - on the 13 July (the same day last year his wife passed away). Fredrick Chewe (one of our focus leaders in Zambia) - on the 17 August (Fredrick's wife also passed away last year). Simon Msowoya and Betty (our Malawi leader) - will also be getting married during August. CONGRATULATIONS! May God bless your union together!

* Famine Crises in Southern Africa:
Please pray with us for food suppliers we are in contact with and transportation companies/people to assist us. We are at the moment communicating with various S.A. agencies in this regard.

* Vision Centre (Regional Training/Conference Facility and Camp Site):
This is a much needed facility, whereby our whole Region and ultimately 'Africa' will benefit! We are in the process of viewing good land. This is a God-project, and His vision for our Region, which He has entrusted into our hands. With His guidance and financial provision we will accomplish this! We ask that you please remember this aspect of our overall ministry in your prayers. You can read our heart-beat for the Vision Centre by going into our web site onto '40/40 Vision Centre' and also see the artist's impression of the facility.

* Musu Thomas (wife of Sydney Thomas, our National Leader - Liberia):
We continue to lift up our dear sister Musu Thomas before the throne of Grace and trust the Lord for her complete healing.

* Pete Simonis:
Pete Simonis will be traveling to the EHC office in Ethiopia later this month to conduct further training and mobilizing hundreds of workers. Please add this to your prayer list that God would grant him much wisdom and direction for this trip.

* Pastor Lazarus Selahle:
Pastor Lazarus was the co-chairman/co-ordinator of the GCOWE 97 Conference and has recently joined our Regional staff. He recently wrote a short endorsement on our ministry, which I quote: " When I heard about what EHC Anglo Africa has accomplished in the first three months of this year (2002), that they reached 1 million people with the Gospel of Jesus Christ within this short period of time, I was astonished and I realized the fulfillment of the scripture that says "I will give you the keys of the Kingdom" (Matt. 16:19). The strategy used by EHC is the best I have ever known as far as my experience in missions is concerned. Now I am more confident that we as the church of Jesus Christ, can speed up His return."

We praise and thank the Lord for Pastor Lazarus and wish him a 'fruitful' association with our team. We count it a privilege to have him join our ranks in the fulfillment of the Great Commission.

This is all for now - but I would like to leave this thought with you - Psalm 33:18-22:

"The eyes of the Lord are watching over those who fear Him, who rely upon His steady love. He will keep them from death, even in times of famine! We depend upon the Lord alone to save us. Only He can help us; He protects us like a shield. No wonder we are happy in the Lord! For we are trusting Him. We trust His holy name. Yes Lord, let your constant love surround us, for our hopes are in You alone.