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