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Looking back at 2012

Many often ask who I am and what I am doing. So here a recap of 2012 and what I spent my time on doing:

I am 31 years of age, teacher at a local private school and dedicated member and servant in Shofar Christian Church Swakopmund.

At the school I have a grade 5 as register teacher and teach Natural Science as main subject in it. Other than that I teach Physical Education in grades 3-7 and Religion and Moral education in grades 5-7.

Other than that, I lead a small group with teenage girls who I disciple and have the privilege of leading and accompanying into a vivid relationship with Jesus Christ. Also I am part of the intercessory group in my church and lead the Outreach and Missions Ministry.

Here a summary of what went on throughout this year in the outreach and missions ministry.

I pray you enjoy it and am looking forward to another year of serving our Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ!

Outreach and Missions presentation for blog

Abundant blessings!

Jessica

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Christmas season – outreach idea

Here we go… I hope you enjoyed my last two posts on this topic. Here is a second idea on how to reach people with God’s love this Christmas season.

Go to: http://www.fathersloveletter.com/ and copy the text in the most common languages of the area you live in.

Print it on beautiful paper, roll the message up and bind a lovely ribbon around it. (You do want to take at least 20 of them… they will be gone quicker than you know.)

rolled up letter

(Sometimes attaching a sweet helps when distributing them.)

Then go out into the streetssmile!… and hand them out as season greetings to people you pass by. And experience the blessing of receiving a smile and knowing you just handed them the key that might lead to life!

Blessings!

A Christmas idea – how to give

Perhaps after reading my previous blog, you were wondering how you could reach out to others?

Well here is idea number one: if you can, bake some Christmas cookies, decorate them beautifully and put a few of them in small little cellophane bags with a beautiful ribbon.

wrapped cookies1

Then go to Luke 2:1 In those days a decree went out from Caesar Augustus that all the world should be registered. 2 This was the first registration when Quirinius was governor of Syria. 3 And all went to be registered, each to his own town. 4 And Joseph also went up from Galilee, from the town of Nazareth, to Judea, to the city of David, which is called Bethlehem, because he was of the house and lineage of David, 5 to be registered with Mary, his betrothed,who was with child. 6 And while they were there, the time came for her to give birth. 7 And she gave birth to her firstborn son and wrapped him in swaddling cloths and laid him in a manger, because there was no place for them in the inn.8 And in the same region there were shepherds out in the field, keeping watch over their flock by night. 9 And an angel of the Lord appeared to them, and the glory of the Lord shone around them, and they were filled with great fear. 10 And the angel said to them, “Fear not, for behold, I bring you good news of great joy that will be for all the people. 11 For unto you is born this day in the city of David a Savior, who is Christ the Lord. 12 And this will be a sign for you: you will find a baby wrapped in swaddling cloths and lying in a manger.”13 And suddenly there was with the angel a multitude of the heavenly host praising God and saying, 14 “Glory to God in the highest, and on earth peace among those with whom he is pleased!”3

Copy this text (handwritten if you can) or a part of it. If you feel like doing something special copy it on a piece of paper you later can fold into a star, otherwise just roll it. Attach a beautiful ribbon and bind it to the cookies.

Then go into town… choose people, smile and wish them a blessed Christmas, whilst giving them a small Christmas gift. And allow God to surprise you.

Blessings!

5 Steps to knowing God personally (leading a conversation during evangelism)

The following can be used as a guideline in evangelism… it can also serve to give a quick overview on the matter as such. However it is not a recipe or an absolute. Not every person is the same… not every person gets saved the same way…or acknowledges God in the same fashion.

Even so, I decided to post this as many do not seem to know and ask about how to get it down to a simple guideline. So like it if you do… discard it if you don’t. The more you learn about people, the easier and more comfortable you will feel around them. The more you know and learn about God, the more comfortable you are around Him and the more authentic you are in sharing about Him.

So here it comes, this is how a conversation guideline could look like (please remember that the below points are just your central theme points… it is NOT your complete or actual conversation!):

1. Gods plan for everyone

Did you know that God loves you and has a wonderful plan for your life?

2. The crucial question

If you would die, this very moment. Are you sure that you would spend eternity WITH God?

–          Yes. That’s great, so what gives you this assurance?

–          No. Then continue with 3.

If their answer is still another…continue as if they answered “no”

3. The problem

The Bible shows us that God is perfect and holy. We are separated from Him by our sin and iniquities.

Romans 3:10+23 As it is written, There is none righteous, no, not one:  For all have sinned, and come short of the glory of God;

4. Gods love

God loves you unconditionally. That is why He has gives his most precious for you: His son Jesus Christ, that has paid for all your sin.

John 3:16  For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life.

5. The most important decision

You can get to know God personally. Discover His plan for your life and have assurance of eternal life.

John 1:12 But as many as received him, to them gave he power to become the sons of God, even to them that believe on his name:

Now invite the person you spoke with to receive Jesus Christ through a short prayer. There is no fixed form for this prayer. They can pray it on their own… you can lead them in prayer…either form works fine.

As from my side I would like to ask you to:

–          PLEASE do not pressure them into it! It is the Holy Spirit that needs to do the convincing – not you! Even so DO ask them and offer to!

–          PLEASE do not sell them short of the whole truth! Life will NOT be without any struggles just because they become Christian!

–          PLEASE invite them or offer further contact to other Christians… a church (and it does not have to be your church – it can be any good bible believing church)… teach them how to read the Bible and how to pray… and most of all:

–          PLEASE remember… if you get the chance… the journey only starts at this point. The bible asks us to make DISCIPLES, not converts!

May God bless you!

G.O.D. in Swakopmund, Namibia

On June, 2nd 2012, with a backpack full of Bibles and other evangelistic material we went to the wood crafters market where we had been reaching out before (see other reports on this blog).

There we met with Carol-Ann, who had even more Bibles for us and Leon and Dorette. We gathered and singularly invited everyone, then got together and started with singing “Jabulani Africa”.

Many new faces were among those we had met before and the message was simple: God has a plan for everyone. The vital question of where we spend eternity. The problem. God’s love. The most important decision.
Romans 3:10 + 23; John 3:16; John1:12.

They listened, the Holy Spirit translated and they followed every part of the message as God gave it to everyone individually.

It is God’s love that compels us… and the fear of the Lord that keeps us from sin. The BIBLE gives us the direction, it is the message of God and it is the LIVING Word!

We spent a good 30-40 minutes with them when I we prayed for salvation. I then asked those who had just gotten saved to be brave and rise with me. One of our aim was to give them/ equip them with the first Bibles.

We congratulated them on their decision, welcomed them, hugged them…as new members to the Kingdom of God…and brethren. With every step there was joy unspeakable… some young men had joined us though they were just passing by gotten saved and now they are brethren. GOD had a plan for them…for today!

We received their contact details to help slot them into a local church and stay connected. Then we distributed the rest of the Bibles to those that were saved already and had joined us today. 14 got saved that one day…every single one precious to God and to us.

It marvels me to see how God chooses to work… when we decide to avail us to Him. And even though sometimes we are reluctant to go… as our flesh doesn’t “feel like it” it happens to become the time of a lifetime! Carol-Ann who joined us for the first time said afterwards she hadn’t had a better afternoon in 20 years! She and her husband run a Christian radio station and have agreed to donate Bibles on a regular basis now. I just LOVE how God works!

Praise God!!!! Hallelujah!

Letter summarizing the results of the G.O.D.

Millions of Christians proclaim the Gospel around the world!

Mon, 2012-06-18 23:04  |  Sheik

• 6 Million Christians proclaim the Gospel around the world!
• Over 25 Million people reached!
• 3 Million decisions for Christ!

Miracles:
• Woman awakes from coma!
• Blind woman from Switzerland can see again!

The first Global Outreach Day (G.O.D.) is over, and we are thrilled about all the things God did on this day. This year the following leaders actively took part in the Global Outreach Day along with their networks:

A.E. Adeboye (30,000 RCCG churches in 161 countries), Ché Ahn (10,000 HRC-churches), Wayne Alcorn (ACC Australia), AlphaMark Anderson (Call2all), Richard Ciaramitaro (Canada), Loren Cunnigham (YWAM), Global Day of Prayer (Prayer Network of 350 million Christians), Global Media OutreachSuzette Hattingh (Indonesia), Mathew Kuruvilla (Heavenly Feast, India), Samuel Rodriguez (40,000 Hispanic churches in the USA), Russian Union of ChristiansRussian Church of Evangelical Faith ChristiansRoyal RangersRobert Stearns (Network of 300,000 churches in 178 countries), Márcio Valadão (Brazil), Bill Wilson (Metro Ministrie USA ), and many more.

The official start of the Global Outreach Day was during the Holy Ghost Service in Lagos, Nigeria, on the night of June 1st. The G.O.D. was the talk of the town, having been made known through newspaper articles, banners and internet presence. I could feel the excitement and the great expectation in the one-mile-long building where we met and where I shared about the launch of the first ever worldwide evangelistic day. The meeting was aired on television in Africa. While it was already June 2nd in Samoa and the first outreach activities were beginning to take place, over a half a million Christians in Africa were praying together for the G.O.D. Then a wave of evangelism spread around the world. Shortly after midnight in Nigeria about 1,000 people followed an invitation to give their lives to the Lord.

During the days following the G.O.D., we heard testimonies from all over the world. Here just a few of them:

• Pakistan: Tens of thousands of Christians met boldly in public places, schools and universities and even at police stations and preached the Gospel to Muslims.

• Brazil: More than one million Christians were active in over 300 cities. One local church in particular passed out over 400,000 tracts, mobilizing 50,000 Christians.

• Mongolia: In the capital, Ulan Bator, over 2,500 Christians evangelized, including the Minister of Defence as well as a nationally renowned former criminal. Christians prayed for a woman who had been in a coma for four months. The doctors had given up all hope and were more than surprised when she awoke from the coma the following day. She has in the meantime returned to her home.

• Switzerland: A young woman prayed for a person who was almost totally blind, and that person could see again thereafter.

Our partner Global Media Outreach reported the following website traffic statistics during the days preceding and including the Global Outreach Day:

18,277,415 Visitors 
2,697,817 Indicated Decisions 
307,467 Initial Emails 
1,083,043 Discipleship Visits 

I wish to thank all of you who took part in this event for your cooperation. Only together will we be able to take in this worldwide harvest. Several leaders, including A.E. Adeboye, Loren Cunningham and the leaders of the Global Day of Prayer have told us that they believed this G.O.D. was only the beginning and that this event will grow in importance over the coming years. Please be a part of this movement and get your network involved. Each year, on the Saturday following Pentecost Sunday, the Global Outreach Day will take place, and we will be mobilizing Christians around the world to help us spread the Gospel everywhere.

Next year’s date: May 25, 2013 – Global Outreach Day

Yours in Christ 
Werner Nachtigal

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.

Outreach to the DRC, Swakopmund, Namibia

It started off with holy discontent and the need to BE the change. As part of Shofar Christian Church, we as a small group felt the need to reach out. To live adventurous faith by adding hope to the lives of others.

So on 15th April 2012, after having collected second hand clothes and food supplies from church members, we packed them in cars and headed off to foreign territory – the DRC (the poorest part of Swakopmund, Namibia).

Driving as a group of white and brown people, we were somewhat still alien to the surrounding area. Upon arrival we were welcomed by Elizabeth and many children and their parents. So we spent time with the kids… playing and laughing…whilst poverty and need seemed looming imminently.

After clothes and supplies had been sorted, we started distributing. It seemed the number of people present doubled within the second of us starting the distributions. And heavyhearted we had to acknowledge that what seemed like a lot still back at our church would never even suffice to give everyone at least a piece of clothing.

It was an afternoon of laughter, loving, singing and dancing… and observing with God’s heart the need of people He early loves.

Please pray…

…for the children and their families at Ubuntu Day Care that their need will be met

…for Elizabeth…that GOD may bless her abundantly for what she accomplished there

…for us…to go again soon…and to BE the change

and for yourself…to become part of the change right there…where you live…and where need is imminent. May God give you a holy discontent too.

Christianity Live

Here the first of many newsletters from missionaries and Christians around the world.

I hope you will find joy in this enhancement of the Kingdom of God and that these newsletters and reports from the mission fields around the globe will inspire you to grow toward your full potential in God!

Praise be to GOD.

To read the newsletter, please click: Cup of Hope

God Bless!