Monthly Archives: May 2012

Outreach to the wood crafters of Swakopmund

It all started when I had too much time at hand and decided to find out what people really needed. I walked down toward the Mole (that is the beach near the city centre of Swakopmund) and just before arriving there, I stopped at the wood crafters market. The men that work there make wooden souvenirs for tourists to buy and try to make a living of that. Most of them come from Kavango (an area in the north of Namibia), Zambia or Zimbabwe and Congo.

Of course when I arrived I was treated like any customer…asked to come and look at their pieces of art and acknowledge their work. So I did… but not without letting them know that I wasn’t here to buy anything but to talk to them about Jesus.

We talked and shared… about our lives with Jesus. And they voiced their need for Bibles… their need for someone to teach them how to reach out to their (mostly atheist) European customers. I promised to be back.

Next time I went… I brought some Bibles I could get. They wanted me to write a dedication into each one of them. I exchanged cell numbers with Alex (a local there) to keep track of who needs a Bible still and who is to get the next one.

So I went again… and again… sometimes with Bibles (sadly not every time, as I do not have some available every time I go) sometimes just to sit and chat.

One day… Walter (an artist there) invited me…to come on Sunday afternoon and teach them. Spontaneously I said yes. That Sunday after Church I invited JP and Dorette & Leon to come along. All of them were all fired up to the task and we went at 15h to reach out at the wood crafters market.

Inviting people individually we gathered them… and preached on the “Prodigal Son”  – of the 30-40 men and women that came to hear, 8 or more got saved that day!

The Sunday after we went again… teaching on “Why God allows suffering” as that was a topic that came up. We also started bringing our guitars and introduced the song of “Jabulani Africa”. John entered discipleship with Dorette and Leon that day… wanting to be discipled as he is on the verge of being married.

 

The next Sunday we went… we talked about following Jesus. Jesus being LORD and living a sanctified life!  We also talked about baptism. Dominique as well as John decided they wanted to be baptised. We could not agree more. Both do not have a church yet and have a strong faith. So we agreed to go the next Sunday at 12h to baptise them in the sea.

Today is the Sunday of Pentecost and the Sunday of John and Dominique’s baptism. Two men have decided to publicly proclaim their belonging to Christ! Dying to their old self and rising from the seawater clothed in Christ being a new person!

 gathering at the beach   off we go into the water   we baptize in the name of God the Father, the Son and the Holy Spirit.

   instantaneously glorifying God after rising from the water.

We will continue to go… we intend to start discipling a group there and to help them to learn how to disciple others themselves (for we do not want this reaching out and fellowshipping to be nonexistent once we do not come). We intend to provide more Bibles… and to teach them how to reach out to their customers as they desire to.

Please pray that we will get more Bibles and to gain wisdom to teach to open hearts and open ears and eyes. That more lives will eternally be changed!

Making a living as a wood crafter is anything but an easy task. Many use witchcraft to gain customers and often therefore the Christians amongst them have a hard time to get round financially. Many have problems with alcoholism and need deliverance that only God can give.

Please intercede for these precious men (and women) of God!

May God bless you! And remember… one person CAN make a difference – by BEing the change!

Outreach to Khorixas, Namibia

Khorixas is a small town (around 6000 inhabitants if statistics are still up to date) in Namibia… you would probably call it a poor town. What others might think is the poor area of town is just a regular site you meet when entering here.

When my pastor, Jaco van Rooyen, from Shofar Christian Church, asked me if I wanted to go on this Outreach (30 April to 1 May 2012) I felt very privileged.

So we went… on a gravel road from Swakopmund (a town at the coast) to Khorixas. A 260km drive taking you from the cool coast, to the arid and very hot inland…over poor gravel roads … a good 3-4 hour drive. We saw the landscape change from coastal desert to dry, bush land (with occasional Mopane tree occurances). We stayed overnight at a campsite near Twyfelfontein and only went into town the next morning.

In Khorixas we met with Gisela, a Damara lady that lives there and is part of Shofar Christian Church in Swakopmund, when she finds a chance to visit. At her house were gathered a group of adults and children, waiting for us to hold a service.

Here we are entering Gisela’s place.

  We worshiped and sang not only to wait on God and tune our hearts to hear from God… but also to attract more people. Because worship (music in general you can say) attracts people of all nations easily.

Then I preached on the ‘prodigal son’, relating the story to the poverty and apparent situations of the people of that area. Gisela translated what I said to Damara (the local language there – with many click-sounds) and by that made every word understandable. I was very thankful for that…for I am not fluent enough to teach or preach in Afrikaans (another language that most understand).

Children listening to the sermon.

Afterwards we sang some more… anointed the children and speaking live and hope over them and into their lives.

We prayed for the sick and the broken hearted.

Then we left again… with a promise to return another day.

On our way further, we visited an orphanage in Khorixas we hadn’t made contact to prior to the time.

Greeting the Leader of the Orphanage and we exchanged contact details.

On our way out of Khorixas back to our camp site we get stopped by a young boy. Whilst most others came to get sweets, this perhaps 10 year old child came because “I hear you offer prayer? You need to pray for me so that God will heal my eyesight and that I can see properly again.”

I have not seen such faith for a long time!

    Pastor Jaco praying for the boy.

We then returned to our camp site. In awe of what God had done… in awe of how WE had been blessed by reaching out… and with a new perspective that would change our lives.

For sure we will return to Khorixas… for the fields are white with harvest.

Let us unite in prayer… to reach the lost… for those we reached to bear fruit… for the Gospel to reach even more with the live and truth that is found in Jesus. For lives to be changed… and for grace…to BE the change.

Comparison Christianity and Islam Part 2

The idea behind this post is to educate. Further comparisons will follow in similar fashion.

(Information will partially be taken from: thereligionofpeace.com . That is not to say that I agree with all of their content, but I judge the content in this case as unbiased and a good representation of it.)

Differences Between Muhammad and Jesus

Muhammad…

Jesus…

Said Allah hates those who don’t accept Islam.
(Qur’an 30:4, 3:32, 22:38)

Said God loves everyone.
(John 3:16)

“I have been commanded to fight
against people till they testify that there
is no god but Allah, and that Muhammad
is the messenger of Allah”

(Muslim 1:33)

“He who lives by the sword
will die by the sword.”

(Matthew 26:52)

Stoned women for adultery.
(Muslim 4206)

“Let he who is without sin cast the first stone.”
(John 8:7)

Permitted stealing from unbelievers.
(Bukhari 44:668, Ibn Ishaq 764)

“Thou shalt not steal.”
(Matthew 19:18)

Permitted lying.
(Sahih Muslim 6303, Bukhari 49:857)

“Thou shalt not bear false witness.”
(Matthew 19:18)

Owned and traded slaves.
(Sahih Muslim 3901)

Neither owned nor traded slaves.

Beheaded 800 Jewish men and boys.
(Sahih Muslim 4390)

Beheaded no one.

Murdered those who insulted him.
(Bukhari 56:369, 4:241)

Preached forgiveness.
(Matthew 18:21-22, 5:38)

“If then anyone transgresses
the prohibition against you,
Transgress ye likewise against him”
(Qur’an 2:194)

“If someone strikes you on the right
cheek, turn to him the other also.”
(Matthew 5:39)

Jihad in the way of Allah elevates one’s position in Paradise by a hundred fold.
(Muslim 4645)

“Blessed are the peacemakers, for
they will be called Sons of God”
(Matthew 5:9)

Married 13 wives and kept sex slaves.
(Bukhari 5:268, Qur’an 33:50)

Was celibate.

Slept with a 9-year-old child.
(Sahih Muslim 3309, Bukhari 58:236)

Did not have sex with children.

Ordered the murder of women.
(Ibn Ishaq 819, 995)

Never harmed a woman.

“O you who believe!  Fight those of the
unbelievers who are near to you
and let them find in you hardness.”

(Qur’an 9:123)

“Blessed are the meek, for
they shall inherit the earth.”

(Matthew 5:5)

Ordered 65 military campaigns
and raids in his last 10 years.
(Ibn Ishaq )

Ordered no military campaigns, nor
offered any approval of war or violence.

Killed captives taken in battle.
(Ibn Ishaq 451)

Never took captives.
Never killed anyone.

Encouraged his men to rape enslaved women.
(Abu Dawood 2150, Qur’an 4:24)

Never encouraged rape.
Never enslaved women.

Demanded captured slaves and
a fifth of all other loot taken in war.
(Qur’an 8:41)

“The Son of Man came not
to be served, but to serve.

(Matthew 20:28)

Was never tortured, but tortured others.
(Muslim 4131, Ibn Ishaq 436, 595, 734, 764)

Suffered torture, but never tortured anyone.

“And fight them until there is no more persecution and religion is only for Allah”
(Qur’an 8:39)

“Love your enemies and pray
for those who persecute you

(Matthew 5:44)

Blessed the brutal murder of a half-blind man
(al-Tabari 1440)

Healed a blind man
(Mark 8:28)

Ordered a slave to build the very pulpit
from which he preached Islam.
(Bukhari 47:743)

Washed his disciples feet.
(John 13:5)

What are the Greatest Commandments?
“Belief in Allah and Jihad in His cause”
(Muslim 1:149)

What are the Greatest Commandments?
“Love God and love thy neighbor as thyself.”
(Matthew 22:34-40)

Demanded the protection of armed bodyguards, even in a house of worship
(Qur’an 4:102)

Chastised anyone attempting
to defend him with force.
(John 18:10-12)

Died fat and wealthy from what was
taken from others in war or
demanded from others in tribute.

Demanded nothing for himself.
Died without possessions.

Advocated crucifying others.
(Qur’an 5:33, Muslim 16:4131)

Was crucified himself.

According to his followers:
Had others give their lives for him.
(Sahih Muslim 4413)

According to his followers:
Gave his life for others.
(John 18:11 and elsewhere)