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Month: Apr 2020

The Crucifixion of Jesus

Dear Praying Friends,
We greet you in the wonderful Name of our Saviour. In this exceptional time in history, when the whole world has been forced to a standstill and all the normal activities have grinded to a halt, we are cautioned to lift our eyes on high and not allow fear to cripple our faith.. May we see and experience all that the Lord Jesus Christ longs to do for us, in this time. Let this point in history become an opportunity to seek His face as never before, may we gain insight and the wisdom that can only come from above. This time should be to us a God-given opportunity to sit at His feet! We deeply appreciate each fervent prayer for the workers of the A.E.B. and thank those who sacrificially support us. We trust that the portion written by F B Meyer, shared below that speaks of the Crucifixion will be a blessing to you.

Joh 19:17 “And he bearing his cross went forth into a place called the place of a skull, which is called in the Hebrew Golgotha: 
Joh 19:18  Where they crucified him, …”

Just outside the city gates, beside the main road, was a little conical eminence, which from its resemblance to a skull was called in Aramaic, Golgotha, and in Latin, Calvary. As we speak of the brow of a hill, they called the bald eminence a skull. The three languages in which the inscription was written stand for religion, government, and science. Note that every one of us is unconsciously writing his verdict about Jesus Christ; and when once it is written, there is no altering it. We may be forgiven, but the past cannot be obliterated.
The clothes of the crucified were the perquisite of the soldiers. But Christ’s were so poor that they were not worth keeping entire, except the inner tunic, the gift of someone’s-it may well have been His mother’s-love. What a contrast! Above, the consummate evidence of love working out the plan of eternity; below, the appeal of ignorance and brutality to chance.
Love made Mary brave to encounter the tragedy of that scene. The sword, as Simeon had foretold, was piercing her soul, Luke 2:35. Jesus knew how lonely she would be. He had neither silver nor gold, but could at least secure her a home and tender care. As the cross was elevated but slightly from the ground, His words could easily reach the little group. He chose the title, Woman, rather than “Mother,” lest identification with Himself should bring her insult.
It is to this paragraph that the soul turns when oppressed with the consciousness of guilt. The light-hearted world, which has never known the terror of a sinful conscience, turns from it as from a tragedy of woe and blood, but the repentant sinner presses from this vintage the wine of life. We stand beside thy Cross, O Son of God, and worship in adoring love, as we behold thy tenderness to thy mother, thy devotion to Holy Scripture, and the majesty of thy last cry of victory. It is finished-the Saviour’s work of redemption and the ground of our salvation. What is there left for us, but to hide in the cleft of His pierced side, and to seek the cleansing of the water and the blood?

NEWS FROM THE DISTRICTS

Special News: It is with great excitement that we announce the birth of twins in the AEB to Daniel and Maria Marais of Upington, who work in the Orange River District. We pray that God may bless the lives of these two boys in a singular way.

General: All activities were forced to a halt in this time including the Easter Conventions across South Africa, but this has paved the way for innovation and initiative and several messages will be available on the internet including ‘live stream’ messages. Details can be found on the media page.

Northern Gauteng: Taylor and Annelize have developed four precious youth and children’s Bible Studies that are available in JPEG form. Before lock-down started, Taylor had an opening to speak at Spur. After his message, the waiters handed him a voucher for R200 to thank him for his word especially as they are seldom able to attend church themselves! We praise God for His faithfulness, and that His Word ‘will not return unto Him void’.

FREE STATE: Albert Potgieter writes about the salvation of a precious soul during a recent outreach!
I remember the principal of the school sharing their concern last year for a particular child because of her involvement in wrong. At the invitation this time, she stood in front of me! I asked her why she had remained behind and what was happening in her life. She replied that she had come to the point where she could not go further with the lifestyle she was leading, the sin she was involved in and that she was determined to seek God and beg Him to help her. I was amazed at the power of God to reach her heart. I then had the privilege of praying with her and witnessed her deep repentance, confession of sin sand seeking of God.

NORTHWEST: Mrs Alta Swanepoel writes: Through the mercy of God we are strengthened day by day and experience how God carries us forward. Joggie again had the prvilege of speaking at a congregation where God worked in hearts and five people stayed behind seeking God to save them. Praise God for His redeeming power. We have shifted the women’s camp to the 22-24 of May DV.

WESTERN CAPE: During our last street outreach in Stellenbosch, I realized afresh that this generation of young people are unreached and have scarcely any knowledge of the gospel of the Lord Jesus Christ. Never before has there been so much spiritual activity on Sundays in large congregations, industry, schools, homes and other gatherings in our land and yet there is an level of spiritual darkness never seen before in our history. The reason for this is the absence of the gospel of the Lord Jesus Christ in our generation (young and old). They need a personal revelation of the Lord Jesus Christ as Crucified Saviour!

NATAL: Roy Daniel wrote: A 22-year-old white man who was a manager at a store cried after I gave a short Bible study on how to know you are saved. He said “One week back I did not believe in God. I am an atheist who has never been in church or read a Bible. One week back I almost lost my job and I prayed to God and said, ” God if you exist show me”. I then got a text message within the next 5 minutes that was sent to me by mistake from USA Pennsylvania saying I am praying for you. I took this to be God as I had never had anyone sent me a text on prayer before. I asked the person in USA what to do and he texted I should read John and attend a church. I asked around about churches and was afraid to come on a Sunday as there are so many people. My friend in a Baptist church said I could come to the smaller Bible study for starters. So, I am here, and I know God exists. I only can remember a few verses from John, but I want this salvation you are talking of, I just don’t know what it is can. It was so wonderful to help him further, pray for him and give him a sermon on salvation to listen to. He is now attending that church and excitedly in contact about the sermons we gave him. One week back he hated God and would never have set foot in a church.

NORTHERN CAPE: Ian Waterson writes: We had a truly blessed time in Orania. The Lord is busy opening doors and hearts. We had a good time of visitation. We are sad to hear that Aunt Eve de Meyer passed away, but rejoice that she is ‘with the Lord’. There was a service of thanksgiving commemorating her life and thanking God that she was such a blessing and that her life carried with it a fragrance of the Lord Jesus Christ. We are deeply thankful for the graciousness of the people towards us and know it was God’s working in their hearts.

AEB CONVENTION SPEAKER: Keith was recently privileged to preach at three very fruitful outreaches which were arranged by the Heart Cry for Revival in SA which were held in Pretoria, Kempton Park and Roodepoort. These were followed by a Revival Convention in Pennington, Natal, in which a good amount of souls responded for salvation. He has since been recording messages for the Christian Radio Broadcasts here in Natal and will be preaching live on the internet over this Easter weekend in a live broadcast being arranged by America.

In Christ’s Love and Service
Frans and Erica Gericke

Victory through prayer

Dear Prayer Friends

We honour the Lord for the wonderful times of blessing lately at conferences and outreaches in various places in the country. Thank you for your prayers and support that keep the hands of every worker up but also enable you to continue in the calling God has called them to.

“The Lord is good to those who hope in Him, to the soul who seeks Him. It is good to wait in silence for the Lord’s help.” (Lament 3: 25,26)

It was the hour when defeat inevitably shone that Joshua stood before God alone in prayer, and the answer was a glorious victory over the five kings. It was the hours when Elijah practiced communion with God that brought fire from heaven that convinced Ahab that the Lord was God. It was the hours that Jonah spent in the deep sea in the belly of the big fish that prepared him to preach repentance to the people of Nineveh. It was the hours that Daniel spent in the upstairs room alone with God that made him a prince among people and also saved him in the lion’s den. It was the hours that the disciples were waiting for in the Lord’s upper room that enabled them to preach in the Kingdom at Pentecost three thousand souls. It was the hours spent by the apostle Paul alone in prayer that enabled him to shake Felix and make King Agrippa cry out: “You are almost moving me to become a Christian!” It was the hours Gladstone spent alone in prayer with God that made him the wise and secure leader of England. It was the hours spent by Spurgeon alone in prayer that made him the greatest preacher since the days of Paul. – Chas E Cowman

“The true victory in all service is secretly achieved in advance through prayer. Service is the collection of results.”

News from the field

Free State:
Youth Camp:
The Lord sent 20 children, many of whom come from children’s homes and are absolutely broken and broken. Our hearts were so sore to hear what happened to many of the children. One boy was very searching and responded with just about every service. One of the workers could pray with him and we believe with all our heart that the Lord came to do something for that young man. Another girl opened up to us as workers and we could clearly see that the girl’s sin was bothering her. Sunday afternoon with lunch was a very difficult time. Many of the children’s home children were in tears, they did not want to go back to children’s homes. One young man asked if he could stay with Mispa and take us back to his childhood home in his place.

Western Cape:
Easter Conference: A highlight was undoubtedly Saturday morning’s service when many people responded to the invitation to be filled with the Holy Spirit. After that, we could pray together in the Prayer Rooms and trust the Lord in faith.

Rhode helped provide some of the children’s services and had the privilege of praying Saturday night with a little girl who gave her life to the Lord.

Namibia:
Easter Conference: I believe everyone’s highlight of the weekend was Saturday afternoon. In the Namibian heat, the Lord came to visit us so tangibly with His presence. Many people came forward with a desire to live the standard of holiness again. We praise the Lord for a young man for whom we have prayed a lot, for the Lord to do a great job in his life this weekend. As we worked and thought about everything we had to do at the Easter Conference, I realized Saturday morning that I was so busy with my own things and thoughts that I would not allow the Lord to speak to me. That night the Holy Spirit descends and speaks so clearly to me. I could humble myself before God and trust in the Lord again to fill me with His Spirit. Just that one moment made the whole conference worthwhile.

Eastern Cape:
It was a very blessed conference. Each message shone in our hearts like a bright light, but it was Saturday night’s message that brought a whole group of people forward. Many were in tears as they poured their hearts out to the Lord.

We had a Junior Youth Camp March 29-31. We really had a wonderful weekend with them. Uncle Theunis brought the word so beautifully to their level there is not one who can say they did not understand it clearly. It wasn’t long before we realized that many of them came from very difficult domestic circumstances. We still regularly pray for all the children that the Lord will be the post-preacher of His Word in their hearts.

Northern Cape:
We had a blessed week of outreach at a high school. We had a total of 39 classes. There were troubled classes, but when it came to the cross of Jesus, one could hear a pin fall. Many children have admitted that they are lost and that it bothers them. We pray that the Holy Spirit will do the work of conviction in their hearts. We ended with a youth evening where there were 50 young people. We honor the Lord for the opportunity to share the good news of the Gospel to a lost world.

Orange River:
We visited several towns in the district, and were able to find opportunities at different businesses which is really wonderful. After one of the occasions, the driver walked to our car together to come and ask us for the scripture reference from which Daniel preached so that he could read it again later. There are a number of farms lined up along the river and the uncle we stayed with we referred to a few that we can see in the future in connection with services for their farm workers. We also contacted the elementary school and high school and they were positive about the possibility of Hall openings in the future. We are very grateful for the large open door. We also had a few events in Upington (including service for street children) which also went very well.

Convention Speaker:
The tour in Southern Gauteng ending with a special convention on soul winning were a great privilege to be part of and we believe that much fruit resulted for God’s kingdom.
The Northwest Easter Convention at Betesda was attended by a lovely group of young Christians mainly and it was a joy to sense their excitement in and out of the services.

Northwest:
Vaal Triangle Campaign:
This was an outreach to which I can testify that the Lord worked. The one morning when I brought a message to a school for Gr. 4 class, I made an invitation afterwards, and two children came out and said they would like to give their hearts to the Lord. So I talked to them and prayed with them in the end. My highlight of the outreach was last Sunday’s service. After the message, the Lord came to encourage me through a young man I spoke to and he testified that the Lord used me to lead him to the Lord. “
Another worker testified:
One of the places that was particularly blessed for me was at a primary school where 20 children responded and prayed for salvation together. One of those girls spoke to me personally in earnest and completely trusted the Lord to forgive her. At one of the old age homes, an old lady trusted the Lord for complete security. In all, I can only glorify the Lord’s Name. “
I prayed with an uncle and aunt who trusted the Lord to save their souls. The aunt with tears in her eyes and the uncle with a serious gleam in his eye. We were also at a school where we could pray with nine children.
Women’s Camp:
The messages about the butterfly explained to us the whole process from rebirth to sanctification. Some of the women testified that they would never look at a butterfly again. Some of the women testified about the great work the Lord did in their hearts over the weekend.

North Gauteng:
Pretoria Campaign:
During the outreach, we reached out a lot among people who live in so much grief. The question often came to me; “Who can save them from this grief?” The wonderful answer then was, the Lord can. However, the last night of the outreach was the highlight for me. There I had the privilege of praying together for a man for salvation. He was so ripe for the gospel. I thank the Lord for the privilege of being able to used as a mouthpiece, as well as it being Him who saves souls!
Another worker testified:
Something that was a new and good experience for me in the outreach is the very street work. I’ve never really done street work the way we did on the outreach. I experienced it in a positive way because we were able to reach so many people, seeing how the people invited to attend the services were encouraging.
A student testifies:
During the week, I grew a lot in my spiritual life and again saw how almighty God is. The first day we went from house to house. At one house, another student and I led two women to the Lord and prayed with them for salvation. What an encouragement. The sadness of the week was an aunt who could not forgive her children, and therefore could not reach the Lord. Also an uncle who can be seen searching, but there is something holding him back.

For your prayers:

11-15 Mei – Danville outreach (North-Gauteng)
13-17 Mei – Ventersdorp (Northwest)
15 Mei – CSV opening Kimberley
18 Mei – Garden Tea Pretoria tuine
17-19 Mei – Convention Pennington (Natal)
19 Mei – Eldoraigne Retirement home (N-Gauteng)
20 Mei – Hopetown Youth evening
20-26 Mei – Potchefstroom
15-17 Mei – Cradock (Eastern Cape)
18-20 Mei – Tarkasstad (Eastern Cape)
21 Mei – Steynsburg (Eastern Cape)
23-26 Mei – Burgersdorp (Eastern Cape)
27-30 Mei – Aliwal Noord (Eastern Cape)
25 Mei – 14 Junie – Glenvar student Namibiä outreach

1 Junie – Hopetown men’s breakfast
3-5 Junie – Kakamas (Orange River)
6 Junie – Pofadder (Orange River)
8-15 June – Rhinelander Annual Young Woman’s Convention – Mrs Jenny Daniel
7-9 Junie – Springbok (Orange River)
10-12 Junie – Kenhardt (Orange River)
3-7 Junie – Orania
9-12 Junie – Pentecostal meetings Potchefstroom
2-7 Julie & 15-21 Julie – Farm visitation Northwest
5-9 Julie – Campaign in Song Western Cape
8-9 Julie – Council meetings at Glenvar
10-14 Julie – Prayer Convention at Glenvar

17-21 Junie – Holiday Bible schools:
• Kimberley
• Velddrif
• Pretoria Tuine

24-28 Junie – Holiday Bible schools:
• Orania
• Potchefstroom

In His love
Frans & Erica Gericke

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