1 Corinthians 16 v22
2022 will be the Diamond Jubilee of the evangelistic ministry of African Enterprise on the African continent. We shall neither merely celebrate the memory of beginnings nor the passage of time. Our celebration is God’s achievements through His servants ever since 1962.
Celebration is written in God’s plan for us. God commanded various celebrations to mark His work for them and to rededicate to God’s mission. Each milestone helped Israel to look ahead with renewed faith in God. The Feasts were His story.
AE began with a godly vision in the heart of our brother, Michael Cassidy, during a period of isolation for South Africa. It grew to envelope another international (African) evangelist, Bishop Festo Kivengere, a child of the East African Revival, and already fired up for the Gospel of Christ.
The vision may have appeared unpromising initially, but by God’s hand it has resulted in an ever-expanding national reach in Africa. AE has had a footprint in the four corners on this beloved continent, with ten offices so far and growing.
Yet AE was not founded to open offices but for outreach to build the church of Christ indelibly in Africa. AE’s vision is the more strategic when we consider the phenomenal growth of the church on the continent; it is positioned for mission until the return of our Christ.
We bow in thanksgiving to God for the six decades. We thank God for our generals both deceased and living that have carried the inextinguishable torch of the Gospel, each coming before Jesus with a harvest of disciples. We look with hope to the victorious and glorious return of our Savior to reclaim all His creation. Amen, our LORD come, Maranatha!
Lamentations 3:22 to 24 states, “The Lord’s loving kindness indeed never cease, for His compassions never fail. They are new every morning; Great is Thy faithfulness. The Lord is my portion, says my soul, therefore I have hope in Him”. Again in 2 Timothy 2:13, we read that “If we are faithless, He remains faithful; for He cannot deny Himself.”
In the 60years of our being as an evangelistic ministry, only God knows how many times we have been faithless in various aspects of our being and in ministering to evangelize the continent of Africa in partnership with the Church. But all that notwithstanding, the Lord has remained faithful to us in all our endeavors. We therefore, have every cause to adhere to what the Psalmist says in Psalm 50:14a, thus, “Offer to God a sacrifice of thanksgiving” for the he says in verse 23 that, “He who offers a sacrifice of thanksgiving honors Me; and to him who orders his way aright I shall show the salvation of God.”
Yes, thanksgiving is an act of sacrifice and so we are encouraged in Hebrews 13:15, thus, “Through Him (Jesus) then, let us continually offer up a sacrifice of praise to God, that is, the fruit of lips that give thanks to His name.”
Over the period of 60years, we have seen millions come into the salvation knowledge of the Lord and saved, not only on the continent of Africa, but throughout the world where the Lord opened doors for us. We have observed God’s faithful servants serve diligently in the preaching of the gospel and passed on the button to following generations. We have been witnesses of many generous donors who have donated to enable the work progress from various support offices. We have also observed with delight many lives transformed through our social work done in the spirit of our mission’s statement that says “Evangelizing the Cities of Africa through word and deed in partnership with the Church.”
For these causes and many other reasons, it is incumbent on us to sing with the Psalmist from Psalm 136 thus, “Give thanks to the Lord, for He is good; for His lovingkindness is everlasting. Give thanks to the God of gods, for His lovingkindness is everlasting. Give thanks to the Lord of lords, for His lovingkindness is everlasting” (VV1-3).
Finally, let us endeavor to enter His gates, as admonished by the Psalmist in Psalm 100 verse 4, with Thanksgiving, and His courts with praise, giving thanks to Him and blessing His name in anticipation of another 60 years of glorious ministry, if our Lord Jesus should tarry.