The Praying Woman and Her Family

Scripture has a number of women whose faith brought tangible results. One of the biblical star women is the Canaanite woman mentioned in Matthew 15:21-28. She was restless and desperate to get her demon possessed daughter healed by Jesus. Just like the Canaanite woman, we need to be persistent in prayer for God’s intervention in the difficult situations of our families.

Though she was not an Israelite, the Canaanite woman understood that divine help for her demon possessed daughter could only come from Jesus Christ. When she cried to Jesus at first, he did not answer. As if that was not enough, the apostles suggested that Jesus sends her away for she had been crying after them. To make matters worse, Jesus says that he was only sent to the lost sheep of Israel and since she was Canaanite, she was disqualified from the benefits thereof.

Adding insult to injury, Jesus said that bread is for the children of Israel. Her answer to Jesus is a display of big faith – “ Yes, it is Lord. Even the dogs eat the crumbs that fall from their master’s table”. At that point, Jesus acknowledged her great faith and her daughter was healed instantly. She had all reasons to give up but she didn’t. Her persistence yielded good fruit.

The Threatened Miracle

The Threatened Miracle of South Africa’s Democracy is a highly educational and inspirational historical documentary based on the book A Witness For Ever written by Michael Cassidy in 1995. Michael Cassidy was privy to many behind the scenes events as they were unfolding. The documentary includes statements and viewpoints of many of the main role players such as Nelson Mandela, Chris Hani, Constand Viljoen, Desmond Tutu, FW de Klerk, Prince Mangosuthu Buthelezi, Frank Mdlalose and Danie Schutte  – the then minister of Home Affairs and in charge of the 1994 election.  Michael Cassidy was also involved in many behind the scenes initiatives to support and promote the peaceful transition in 1994 and these come out in the production. Also included are the thoughts of younger generation leaders who bring insight into our context today. Michael Cassidy’s habit of journaling daily and staying abreast of international and local events makes this documentary rich in previously uncelebrated historical content which forms part of our collective heritage. And, yes, he did in a unique way watch the miracle of our democracy unfold. Frans Cronje and his team have brilliantly captured the heart and nuances of our convulsive but extraordinary history. The documentary is intended to remind South Africans of the complexity, pain and beauty of what happened in our land in the run up to that miraculous election. It also strongly cautions us not to throw our miracle away and it inspires us to dream together of a great and peaceful future as everyone “does their bit”. It is the story about how ordinary people can change history forever. The Threatened Miracle of South Africa’s Democracy offers a refreshing, balanced, comprehensive and hope-filled perspective on South Africa’s current context.

Proclaim African Evangelists Congress 2021

Proclaim African Evangelists Congress 2020 changed the African outlook of evangelism. The 3-day Congress brought together 3,318 participants from 49 African countries and 10 diaspora countries. And this gave birth to an idea that will transform evangelism in Africa.

By targeting specific groups under the theme: Let Africa hear and proclaim the gospel, the congress seeks to impart knowledge, educate evangelists and build a strong foundation upon which evangelism will thrive in Africa with a view of reaching all Africans with the gospel.

This year’s edition will begin with Proclaim Young Evangelists Congress that will run from 10th to 12th September 2021 at 4pm GMT; targeting over 2,000 evangelists between the ages of 15-35 from all over Africa.

By bringing together the future generation of evangelists together to learn at the feet of those curving the path ahead of them, the Congress ensures that a proper appreciation of evangelism is instilled to go with the passion and fire that burns within each and every attendee of the Congress. The panelists have been specifically targeted for their influence in their areas of dominion.

This will be followed by the Regional Proclaim Evangelists Congress taking place in November 2021. Developed with the knowledge that evangelism styles across Africa are different, this will give the various regions of Africa i.e. North Africa, West Africa, East Africa, Central Africa and Southern Africa an opportunity to meet within their various regions and learn from each other as well as connect and network.

Proclaim Continental Congress 2021 shall be culmination of the country, regions’ and young evangelists’ congresses within the year. The virtual congress shall run from 7th- 9th December 2021 while the in person shall run from 6th- 11th December 2021 in Nairobi, Kenya.

Emerging evangelism topical issues from regional and country congress shall be handled. Seasoned and experienced evangelists shall handle such as this issues giving relevant case studies and success stories to learn from. Regions shall also present their Regional and Country Evangelism Plans to the wider Africa creating a platform to learn from each other. Proclaim 2021 shall also seek to study what other continents are doing to reach their own.

Youth Ablaze for Christ in South Africa, Malawi and Kenya

COVID-19 restrictions imposed by the Department of Education in South Africa posed a major challenge for the SA Foxfires Team to visit schools after commissioning. After several unsuccessful attempts to arrange visits, God opened up doors for ministry in schools after presenting the matter to Him in prayer. The Foxfires team made the very first school visit to Engobhiyeni Primary School in Wartburg which was characterized by a two-day program which included an assembly, a number of life skills classes and distribution of Share the Warmth Drive hampers.

Shortly thereafter, the team got ministry opportunities in Sweetwaters, which included visits to a primary school, a secondary school and a Children’s Home – Tetelegu Primary School where the team ministered in the assembly through a skit, Shayabuntu Secondary School where many teenagers gave their lives to the Lord and ministry to Tabitha and iCare Street Children’s Homes in South Coast of KZN, South Africa which was coupled with distribution of groceries and school shoes.

After intense months of training and capacity building, the Foxfires Team in Malawi engaged in an outreach mission in partnership with Design Outreach at Dowa in Lilongwe City. 132 people were reached and 81 of them committed to follow Christ.

Later, the team conducted a school outreach at Mvama Private School in Lilongwe where they ministered to 105 secondary school students and 74 got born again.

18 Foxfires have been a force to reckon in Kenya as they engaged in outreach activities within Kenya’s Nairobi City and other areas. Early July, the youngsters were part of the missioners in Mombasa during the Mombasa West Mission that saw 10,986 people commit their lives to Christ.

The team engaged in ministry to International Christian Church Oloolua, Ngong where they preached the gospel in the church’s neighborhood reaching 117, 31 of whom committed to follow Christ. Later in the same month, they attended a service at International Christian Church in Kerarapon and at Deliverance Church Milimani, Nairobi where the Foxfires engaged 121 teenagers in relevant matters that concern sexual purity, behavior, academic excellence and Christlikeness.

They later did a mission in Mashuuru, Kajiado County in conjunction with PCEA St. Andrews Church Nairobi in which they ministered in 23 PCEA Churches reaching 321 individuals, 5 of whom received salvation.

In the last week of July, the team had an engaging and life changing training on sexual purity which culminated with the signing of a commitment certificate to stay sexually pure. The Kenyan cohort graduates this September from the programme.

“I have greatly grown in God’s word and ministry for the months I have been in the Foxfires Programme. This I believe is an impact I will always cherish. I have gained a hope for tomorrow. I have gained the confidence to spread the word. This, with the help of God, I will continue to do for God’s Glory.” – Winnie Achieng’, Kenya Foxfire

“My life has been impacted spiritually, socially, mentally as well as physically. I am glad to go through such a holistic transformation. I have come to learn a lot of things, some of which I have already started applying in my family, church, and I have been able to share some with my friends.” – Memory Suwadi, Malawi Foxfire

I Now Know God’s Love!

Rukundo Steven, 17, grew up in despair because he did not know his biological father. He kept wondering why his mother could not reveal who was his dad was, only to later realize that his mum used to engage in sexual immorality and she was not sure who Steven’s dad was.

“My mother married another man while she was pregnant with me and when she delivered, her husband asked her who was the father of the baby and my mum said he was the one but he could not take it,” recounts Steven.

Steve grew up in that rejection. At some point there was hope when there were plans for a DNA test but a dispute arose in regards to payment of the test and his hopes were cut short.

On the last day of a weeklong mission in Kayonza, Rwanda, Steven met two AEE missioners along the street in Kayonza doing evangelism, and they asked him if they could speak with him for a few minutes, and he could not refrain. They shared with him about God’s love, as the hope of all men.

“I came to know how sinful I am and about God’s judgement upon me, and it was very touching and I felt the need for repentance of my sins. I wanted to release my burden to Jesus Christ, and I immediately decided to believe in Jesus Christ. I now know God’s love through Jesus Christ who carried my sins on the cross and my burdens included,” Steven testifies.

Steven resides in Mukarange, Kayonza District and he committed to join Pentecostal Church (ADEPR) as a means to seek spiritual growth.

AEE Rwanda in partnership with churches in Kayonza District in Rwanda conducted a weeklong mission between 15th and 21st August in strict adherence to Covid 19 protocols. Over 8.000 people were reached and 1,468 committed to the faith and accepted Jesus Christ as Lord. Keep the new converts in prayer and pray also for AE Rwanda and the churches in Kayonza as they implement the discipleship strategies.