Our Grahamstown Mission in South Africa last month was a HUGE success and we’re praising God for his goodness and for you, our partners in the Gospel, who made it possible!
This 8-day mission reached 27,124 with the Gospel and of those, 5,835 made confessions of faith or rededicated their hearts to Christ. Praise God!
Early on in the mission planning the AESA team discovered that the Christian community in Grahamstown was deeply divided and disjointed. There was very little cooperation or friendship amongst church leaders due in part to racism and differences of denomination.
One of the key focuses of the mission was to heal this broken community and unite the believers as brothers and sisters in Christ again. “We were so humbled to see how God used African Enterprise to unite the Body of Christ and the Christian Community, “said Siphiwe Sibiya of AESA. All along we were praying for souls to come to the Lord but I was desperately praying for God to heal this broken community. It was amazing to see what God did here. It was something only God could do.”
IT WAS AMAZING TO SEE WHAT GOD DID HERE. IT WAS SOMETHING ONLY GOD COULD DO.”
As the mission began, on April 28th, the team held a prayer walk in which all mission participants and local pastors walked for 7km, praying and singing all the way. The AE team rejoiced to see the mission volunteers and local pastors singing and praying together all from different denominations and backgrounds. “Our goal was to unite the Church Leaders first because when they show unity, the rest of the community will follow,” said Theuns Pauw, the AESA Team Leader.
Throughout the mission, every school, clinic, hospital, prison, military base and factory, as well as the two local universities, were reached with the Gospel. The team preached on Grahamstown Radio which reached 13,000 people and the team visited a local orphanage and donated a washing machine, clothes, and blankets to the children.
The mission received some much-needed help during the Sports outreach from two professional athletes, Jon Smut, a cricket player and Delron Buckley, a former footballer. They helped engage the youth and bring the message of the Gospel home to the youth.
“OUR GOAL WAS TO UNITE THE CHURCH LEADERS FIRST BECAUSE WHEN THEY SHOW UNITY, THE REST OF THE COMMUNITY WILL FOLLOW.”
As the mission concluded, the change in the city was evident. Local pastors are now working together to follow up with those who made commitments for Christ and they have even begun planning events together called ‘No Walls’ which are meant to unite the local body of Christ even more.
The fire that has been started in Grahamstown will be burning long after the AESA team has left and we’re blessed beyond measure in hearing all the wonderful things God has done. Thank you for being our partners in this great work. Without you, it would be impossible.
Please continue to support us as we share the life-saving message of the Gospel in the cities of Africa. Because of you, lives, communities and cities are being changed forever with the Gospel.