Prayer and Praise Update December 2014
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Merry Christmas to All Our Subscribers and Supporters
THANK YOU very much for all your prayers, encouragement and support. Your practical participation, generous support and fervent prayers are essential for Christian Action.
We wish you all a Christ-centred, joyful Christmas and a God-honouring New Year.
By God’s Grace we have had a very busy, but productive year. We praise God for His provision and protection. Highlights from our Annual Report will be sent out early next year.
Evangelism Resources for the Christmas Holiday Season
The What if Jesus Had Never Been Born? Film, by Dr James Kennedy, is available from Christian Liberty Books for only R60 (excluding postage).
Our Literature4Africa Ministry has large quantities of Gospel and Bible Study literature available, including children’s Sunday School material. Those who are in Cape Town are welcome to collect literature at no cost. The stores are open on Tuesdays, Thursday and Fridays. Due to high postage costs, regretfully no literature will be posted, but we will gladly load up those who can collect.
View pictures of literature available on the Literature4Africa Facebook page.
Judge Dismisses Top TV Porn Channel Appeal Case
Thank you for praying! Yesterday (10 December 2014), Judge Lee Bozalek dismissed TopTV/Star Sat's appeal with costs at the Western Cape High Court. Thank You to JASA, Doctors for Life and Cause for Justice for fighting this important case!
On Monday, 3/11/2014, in the Western Cape High Court, Mr Justice Bozalek, struck down the licence granted by ICASA in April 2013 to On Digital Media (formerly Top TV) which had permitted them to broadcast 3 pornographic TV channels. The Justice Alliance of South Africa (JASA) and its two co-applicants, Cause for Justice and Doctors for Life (DFL), were awarded their costs against both ICASA and ODM. The effect of the judgment is that broadcasting of the porn channels must cease immediately. TopTV/StarSat then appealed against the judgement.
Traffick Proofing Vulnerable Communities
Brooklyn is an area notorious for prostitution and trafficking. Prostitutes line Koeberg Road at night. There are many immigrants living in the area. In 2012, the Vice Squad rescued two women kept in a Wendy House for sexual exploitation. They were lured to Cape Town under a false employment offer.
Taryn was recently invited to give the Traffick Proof presentation at an event organised by the Brooklyn-Ysterplaat Ratepayers Association and Neighbourhood Watch. We hope other communities will replicate this great idea for a community rally. The organisers of the Rally then arranged for Taryn to give the Traffick Proof presentation at Ysterplaat Primary School. The Traffick Proof PowerPoint is downloadable from slideshare.
Continue to Pray For and Speak Up for Religious Freedom
In October, news broke in national media that an atheist organisation has instituted legal proceedings in the Johannesburg High Court against six public schools (two in the Cape, and four in Gauteng), all of whom hold to a Christian ethos and Christian values. The organisation is effectively asking the Court to order that Christianity be removed and banned from the schools.The case, which is a watershed case for religious freedom in South Africa, will probability end up in the Constitutional Court.
Organisasie vir Godsdienste-Onderrig en Demokrasie (OGOD) is an atheist organisation working to eradicate Christianity from schools. In this particular case the schools that OGOD has targeted, are Laerskool Randhart (Alberton), Laerskool Baanbreker (Boksburg), Laerskool Garsfontein (Pretoria), Hoërskool Linden (Johannesburg), Hoërskool Oudtshoorn and Langenhoven Gimnasium (both in Oudtshoorn).
Watershed Religious Freedom Case to be Heard in 2015
Given the volume and complexity of the issues involved in the case, the schools have asked for an extension of the period within which they have to deliver their Answering Affidavits in response to OGOD’s allegations against them. After delivery of the schools’ Answering Affidavits, OGOD will have an opportunity to deliver its own Affidavit in reply to the schools’ Affidavits. The parties then have to deliver their written Heads of Argument, setting out the legal arguments that they intend to make before the Court. Only thereafter, will the case be ripe for hearing. In the circumstances, the case will only be heard in the Johannesburg High Court sometime in 2015. (We will publish details of the court date as soon as this is known). Please pray for the lawyers representing the schools. The Christian organisation, Freedom of Religion SA (FOR SA) will be assisting the schools with the case.
EXCITING EVANGELISM ADVENTURE CAMP!
GREAT COMMISSION CAMP 2 - 6 January 2015, Cape Town
Experience the Joy of Leading Others to Christ
Does the thought of sharing the Gospel, especially with sceptics, terrify you? Then this camp is for you! Sharing your Faith doesn’t need to be a terrifying experience – it can be God-glorifying and fun!
We teach simple, but effective, Evangelism methods, developed by Evangelism Explosion and Way of the Master that use the 10 Commandments to bring conviction of sin and to show people their need for Repentance and Faith in Christ. The camp will also cover numerous effective field-tested Answers for Skeptics. Day visitors are welcome.
The Great Commission Course starts on Friday 2 January 2015 with the Great Commission Camp (2 - 6 January 2015). It will then be followed up by an intensive three-week training course with daily outreaches and practicals, hands-on ministry in townships, prisons, taxi ranks and railway stations.
Venue: Back 2 Basics, just outside Grabouw, one hour’s drive from Cape Town.
Cost: R1350 per person (includes food, accommodation, manual, power packed data disc and adventure activities).
Day visitors are welcome at the Great Commission Camp.
“For unto us a Child is born, unto us a Son is given; and the Government will be upon His shoulder. And His Name shall be called, Wonderful, Counsellor, Mighty God, Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace. Of the increase of His Government and peace there will be no end.” Isaiah 9:2-7
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