We trust that each of you is doing well. Thank you for your continued prayers and support. We recently heard about the passing of Mr. Stoffel Mcloud. He left deep footprints in the AEB and was a beloved and respected worker in the AEB. We will always remember him for his walk with the Lord, his unwavering faith in the Lord, but also his precious sense of humor. May the Lord comfort his family in time.
Ezra 7: 6-10 “he was a ready scribe in the law of Moses… For Ezra had prepared his heart to seek the law of the LORD, and to do it, and to teach in Israel statutes and judgments.”
1. Preparation of the heart – When a man directs his heart to seek the Word of the Lord, to do it and to teach it to others, then a great revival has already begun. Man must first be surrendered to the Lord before our lives can be of any use to Him. Proverbs 16: 1 “The preparations of the heart in man,”.
2. The hand of the Lord was on Ezra. v. 6 “and the king granted him all his request, according to the hand of the LORD his God upon him.” The all-conquering Hand is the companion of the prepared heart.
3. Provision – “all his desires willing” and v. 21 “that whatsoever Ezra the priest, the scribe of the law of the God of heaven, shall require of you, it be done speedily”. Ezra prepared his heart and the Lord provided for every need he had. “He never sends His servants a warfare on their own charges.”
4. Command of the Lord – Ezra 7:25 “And thou, Ezra, after the wisdom of thy God, that is in thine hand, set magistrates and judges, which may judge all the people that are beyond the river, all such as know the laws of thy God; and teach ye them that know them not.”
Mal. 2: 7 “For the priest’s lips should keep knowledge, and they should seek the law at his mouth: for he is the messenger of the LORD of hosts.” Rom. 10:17 – Faith does not come by words of wisdom from men, but by the Word of God.
5. Our life must be consistent with our testimony – Ezra 8:22 “For I was ashamed to require of the king..” v23 “So we fasted and besought our God for this”. When our heart is focused on the Lord, then He is our source to whom we go, the Rock in which we hide.
- 7 November – Kuils River service
- 12 – 21 November – Singing campaign in S-Gauteng with various openings at churches
- 14 November – Strand service
- 14-19 November Namibia Coast Youth Week openings
- 21 November – Diploma service Glenvar
- 23-25 November – Elnatan Youth Camp Namibia
- 27 November – Year end service at Hebron
- 1-2 December – Pilgrim meetings Samekoms
- 3-5 December – National Conference – Meeting, Middelburg, Mpumalanga
“Every great movement of God can be traced to a kneeling figure” – DL Moody
NEWS FROM THE FIELD
EASTERN CAPE: While working in a town, I see someone who has the Lord on my heart. When I talked to the man, he kept asking me how I knew these things about him. He was in tears and I could give him a tract. At a rehabilitation center I had the opportunity to work regularly with people in great need and we could also lead our people to the Lord.
WESTERN CAPE: The campaign on the West Coast was, as last year, very blessed. The regular opening every day at the Rehabilitation Center was undoubtedly the highlight for me again. The receptivity of the approximately 30 men, their search for God and appreciation for the Word is truly a belt under the heart. The fruit on the labor there, namely people with whom we could pray afterward for a variety of needs, was a very great encouragement. Clanwilliam Day Conference – There was a beautiful atmosphere in which the Word of God could easily come into our hearts.
NORTHERN CAPE: With the youth evening could experience how the Lord came to speak to young people’s hearts. A young boy came to ask for my number and later shared his need, distress and desperation and sought help. Please pray. together how to help this boy as well as for the powerful working of Jesus in his life! The Men’s Breakfast was also marked by the Lord’s presence. One man testified after the time, he received not just another message this morning, but a Word that struck and he needed to go do introspection.
NORTH WEST: At one Church the Lord came really close to us, the Lord’s presence was so palpable that the deacon spontaneously burst into tears with the closing prayer in the consistory where he again dedicated himself to the Lord. At another congregation, eight people responded to the service and one man was so moved that he could not even utter a word. ŉ Lady in the same service also met the Lord anew there.
ORANGE FREE STATE: At a farming community we were able to hold a farmers’ conference this year. At two farm schools we were able to start reaching out among the children and place books further. The housemates contacted me a while later and the lady testified that she had accepted the Lord as her Savior and Redeemer. April youth camp – With the witness opportunity, one after the other young people testified of what the Lord had done for them. Some of them testified of salvation, and two of calling for full-time service and also a few who testified of sanctification.
SOUTH GAUTENG: Despite personal challenges, we still held the Lord for a soul and on March 4, I had the privilege of leading an atheist man to the Lord. What a privilege to be able to pray for that soul with that broken man. All his life he had not known love, and with tears he confessed and said, “Now I know love!”
NORTH GAUTENG: Holiday Bible school – What a privilege it was not to climb under the congregation’s burden for child souls. Only about 10 of the 58 children were from the congregation and therefore it was a precious Evangelism outreach to 48 children from elsewhere in the town. We honor the Lord for His enabling, His Word, and their open hearts. 14 children definitely responded through the week and bowed their hearts before God.
NAMIBIA: Our farm visits to the south were an incredible blessing. Every farmer we stopped at was an elaborate encounter with the Lord.
ORANGE RIVER: We have an opportunity to hold services for homeless people on some Sundays. After one message, two people responded and testified that they trusted the Lord to save them. At a church before one service, the Lord placed another message on my heart for the occasion, and after the service, a lady stayed behind to make amends with the Lord.
CONVENTION SPEAKER – JENNY DANIEL: I look back over the last 6 months with wonder, as I consider the places God allowed me to visit in the USA, as well as the testimonies shared of God’s dealings in lives. It was a huge adjustment not having Keith with me at each place, but during it all the thrill of what God is continuing to do in hearts because of previous messages and those available online was a huge encouragement. E-mails continue to reach sharing testimonies. This week, I will be speaking at a church’s end of year function for ladies in Cape Town itself DV at which they expect 50 to attend. Please pray for God’s unction.
In His Name
Frans & Erica Gericke