Christian Action Annual Report 2012

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Worldview Weekend

Over 30 young people participated in a three day Worldview Weekend held in Cape Town. Participants wrote they had benefited from the Worldview Weekend in the following ways:

“I’ve learnt a lot, especially from the Answering Skeptics sessions, I should be a better debater now. I’m more ready to give an answer”; “Being equipped for this new year through inspiration, the right role models, prayer and study”; “In so many ways, mentally it strengthened my mind, confidence boosting”; “In my spirit and emotions and how to serve the Lord in many ways”; “I have benefited by means of hearing how things were done in history”.

Most Helpful

The top four most useful, or helpful, lectures, or presentations were listed as A Real Man and a Real Woman, The Message in the Music, The Message in the Movies, and the Career Guidance Panel Discussion. The top four most useful, or helpful, films, workshops, practicals, or events were: Discussion Groups, Dating vs Courtship Film, Amazing Grace Film and The Final Frontier Film.

Commitments

14 Participants committed to study the Word of God more regularly, 14 to read more good Christian books, 12 to fully surrender to the Lordship of Christ, 12 to spend more time in prayer for our country, 12 to disciple at least one person per year, 10 to offer time to a Christian Action organization, 10 to start a transformation team in their school, college or community, 7 to help distribute Christian Action literature and recruit subscribers for Christian Action, 6 to join and get involved in the local church, 5 to support financially a ministry involved in working for Reformation and 5 committed to joining The Reformation Society.

Action Against Top TV Porn Channels

Christian Action heard, with great concern, of Top TV's plans to broadcast three pornographic channels in South Africa.

Taryn compiled an official Submission to ICASA detailing why ICASA should not grant Top TV a license to broadcast these immoral channels and mobilized “actionites” to register their concerns with ICASA, Top TV and the Minister of Communication.

On Monday, 16 January a Christian Action Network representative presented our submission at public hearings at the ICASA offices in Johannesburg. As the Top TV representatives did not arrive, she was given over an hour to present both the legal arguments and much research on the harm of pornography. The ICASA officials were apparently grateful and open to hearing the arguments presented.

By God’s Grace, ICASA refused TOP TV a licence to broadcast these immoral channels. Interestingly, ICASA quoted from the CAN Submission in their “Reasons for Refusing TOP TV’s Licence” document.

Mavericks Defeated in Court

In answer to prayer, on 3 February High Court Judge Siraj Desai, dismissed, with costs, an urgent application by Mavericks to stop the Department of Home Affairs terminating its corporate permits.

Demonstration and Prayer Vigil

In December last year, several anti-trafficking organisations, including Christian Action and concerned Christians demonstrated and prayed outside the Mavericks strip-joint in Cape Town.

Human Trafficking

Like most other so-called strip clubs, it is suspected that Mavericks traffics foreign women into South Africa, mostly from Eastern Europe, for the purposes of sexual exploitation, under the guise of “exotic dancers”. This means Mavericks may no longer apply for corporate work permits or “employ” foreign women.

Significantly, the Western Cape High Court ordered the Human Rights Commission (HRC) to probe the women’s inhumane employment conditions. In the final section of the judgment, Judge Desai said there was some concern about the living conditions and arrangement of these so-called “exotic dancers”, which could constitute human trafficking.

Disappointingly, the HRC produced an extremely ineffectual report, failing to interview Home Affairs officials who knew of the corruption involved and any of the trafficked victims. In late December, Judge Desai ordered a hearing on the HRC’s Report, which included an opportunity for the Home Affairs officials to present further evidence, and to testify why the HRC’s Report was woefully inadequate. The HRC has now been ordered to produce a new report. The truth about Mavericks’ involvement in trafficking is now finally being exposed in the secular media!

National Day of Repentance on 15 th Anniversary of Legalisation of Abortion

In Cape Town on Wednesday, 1 February 2012, a funeral procession was hosted by the Christian Action Network in memory of the thousands of babies, killed by abortion, who have never had a funeral.

Funeral Procession to Parliament

Marchers carried little coffins, flowers, crosses, placards, banners and Christian flags. They were preceded by a hearse. A six metre billboard trailer, with the words, “Abortion Kills Babies”, “Speak up for those who cannot speak for themselves” (Proverbs 31:8) and “Choose Life so that you and children may live…” (Deut 30:19) followed the marchers.

Parliamentary Prayer Vigil

Over 100 Christians, including numerous pastors from different denominations, took part in the procession and gathered afterwards to pray outside the main gates of Parliament in Cape Town.

In Memorium

Steve Swart, ACDP Member of Parliament, told the participants, “We look forward to the day when there will be legislation upholding the Right to Life of the pre-born and a memorial stone inside Parliament in memory of all the babies who have lost their lives to abortion.”

National Repentance

Participants at the Prayer Rally prayed a Scriptural Imprecatory Prayer, calling on the nation and government leaders to repent of the national sin of abortion and warning of God's Judgement if they do not repent. Pro-life demonstrations and prayer rallies also took place in Vosloorus, East London, Durban, Bloemfontein, Polokwane and Pretoria.

Obituary notices were placed in the Cape Times and Argus newspapers in memory of all babies killed by abortion since 1997. The Cape Times and Argus finally agreed to accept our obituary notices under the Personal Column, but still would not accept them under the Deaths Column.

Sanctity Life Sunday

Throughout the country church congregations and concerned individuals observed 29 January as Sanctity Life Sunday. They reflected on the sad reality of abortion and proclaimed the sanctity of life.

South Africa Mission

After a long day’s drive up from Cape Town, our Mission began with lectures on The Battle for our Families and our Future at a Bible College in Kimberley. This was followed by further lectures on Missions at another Bible College the next morning. The enthusiasm of these students and their faculty was overwhelming. After two hours of lectures, we spent the next three hours in questions and answers and enthusiastic discussions over a wide range of Missions and related subjects.

Ministering to Farmers

Then off to conduct a special seminar amongst a farming community in the Western Transvaal. On Sunday we enjoyed worship with our friends at the KwaSizabantu Mission in Pelindaba, presented Mission report backs on South Sudan and a message on True Repentance and False Guilt.

Great Commission Seminar

We received a warm welcome at Back to the Bible Training College where Dr Peter Hammond had been invited to conduct a week of Great Commission Seminar lectures to the 114 students. These are pastors and missionaries in training from 14 countries throughout Africa.

Stretching Minds and Muscles

The team also conducted Physical Training which challenged the students to maintain physical fitness. Large quantities of Discipleship books and Christian History materials were distributed to faculty and students, including our new books: Answering Skeptics and Victorious Christians - Who Changed the World. Boxes of Bibles and Evangelistic booklets were entrusted to the students as they prepared for their holiday outreaches.

Biblical Worldview Summit

After the sweltering heat of the lowveld, we drove up to the highveld to conduct the Biblical Worldview Summit in Vereeniging, Gauteng. Participants came from all areas of South Africa and some from Zambia. The venue for the BWS was a large Christian school which includes an Adventure Centre straddling the Klip River and including tremendous obstacle courses, rock climbing and other great facilities.

Ministering to Body, Mind and Spirit

The BWS participants had their minds and muscles stretched and enjoyed a most challenging week of PT, Bible Drill, team building exercises, lectures, adventure activities, sports, outreaches, discussion groups, debating skills games, films, worship and devotions. There was also a Bible Exam and Variety Concert.

Creation Science

Our special guest speaker was Creation Scientist, Dr. Philip Stott, whose presentations on The Roots of Science, What is Evolution?, The Flood, Where in the Universe Are We? and Biblical Creation, were greatly appreciated by participants.

Putting Feet to Your Faith

Taryn Hodgson presented The Christian Action Workshop and all the Frontline missionary field workers presented an interactive Evangelism WorkshopandCareer Guidance Panel Discussion.

Transformational Films

Films shown included: The Final Frontier; Pop Culture Paganism, Joshua Harris’, Dating vs Courtship; Hell’s Best Kept Secret; Islam Rising and The Ultimate Gift.

Resources for Reformation

All the BWS participants who passed the Bible Exam received a complimentary copy of Dr. David Noebel’s, The Battle For Truth and our new Answering Skeptics book. Participants also received a very valuable BWS Data Disc which included over 80 audio MP3s, 34 BWS PowerPoint presentations, the entire BWS Manual, as well as many supplementary notes and forms. All representing many thousands of hours of work and years of research, empowering participants to present Biblical Worldview Seminars at their local school, church, youth group, and mid-week fellowship.

Effective Evangelism

Numerous BWS participants reported back with joy on their first experience of doing Evangelism in the streets, at a railway station and in a nearby shopping mall. Several had the privilege of leading people to the Lord in prayer.

Lives Impacted

Participants of the BWS at Vereeniging wrote these responses: "It was highly informative. I learned a lot and the activities and lectures were amazing. I loved it and I think it was exceptional!"; "The presentations were very well done - very professional!"; "Refreshingly different. The BWS has made a definite impact on my life. It has pulled me back to the Word"; "I learned a lot of material not taught in our churches"; "I am more on fire for God"; "The outreach was my first time witnessing"; "Everything was exceptional!"; "Life changing!"; "Physically and spiritually I am better equipped to be salt and light in this world"; "A wonderful opportunity, intense!"; "A great camp".

Fighting for the Family

The Film and Publications Board is a statutory government body that is responsible for classifying films, computer games and publications. Every 2 years they review their Classification Guidelines and the public are asked to submit comments. The FPB invited Taryn to present points from her written submission at a Consultative Conference on the FPB’s Guidelines for Classification in Johannesburg. In the 10 minutes she was given, she spoke about the need for the FPB to raise the moral standards of the Classification Guidelines and not simply to reflect “levels of tolerance”. She also focussed on the need for the hyper-sexualisation and objectification of children and women to be considered as factors that should result in stricter classifications. Conference participants included the Deputy Minister of Home Affairs, Ms Fatima Chohan; the FPB’s CEO and classifiers; traditional leaders; representatives from SABC, DSTV and E-TV; pastors; grassroots organisations and many other groups.

Warning Government Officials on the Disastrous Consequences of Legalising Prostitution

Taryn met with a legal officer and a researcher from the Commission on Gender Equality in Cape Town – a Constitutional Chapter 9 organisation that is meant to advise government on “gender” issues. Some of their commissioners had held a consultative discussion with SWEAT and released a press statement, supporting the legalisation of prostitution. We have given them several research papers on previous occasions, but felt that we needed to meet with them again on this crucial topic. Taryn gave them research papers that show how intrinsically exploitative and harmful prostitution is and how often it is linked with drug addiction and organised crime. The CGE representatives seemed open to listening to what she had to say and invited us and anyone else interested, to participate in Discussion Forums that they will be hosting around the country in 2013, on Law Reform and Prostitution.

Speaking Up for Women at Risk

Along with other anti-prostitution activists, Taryn sent emails of concern to numerous ANC leaders, particularly leaders in Women’s League, and the Deputy Minister of Police, warning about the dangers of legal prostitution, citing international research and inviting them to meet with us to discuss our concerns. Not surprisingly, no meetings were granted, but they cannot now claim that they did not know! This was particularly important ahead of the ANC’s Mangaung Leadership Conference in December, where many pivotal policy decisions are made.

A Call for Discernment Seminar

Popular American prosperity preachers such as Benny Hinn, Kenneth Copeland, TD Jakes, and Joel Osteen have effectively attempted to redefine Biblical Christianity by teaching dangerous doctrines that distort the Gospel and have enriched themselves at the expense of the poor, the desperate, the sick, and the widows.

Justin Peters’ Call for Discernment Seminar includes dozens of video clips from today's prominent prosperity preachers. The Word of God is then expounded to counter-act their claims and teachings. 

In June we promoted Justin Peters’ South Africa tour and hosted him here in Cape Town. The Seminars were well attended country-wide and Christian Liberty Books is promoting and selling the DVD boxset on this eye-opening Discernment Seminar.

Christian Action Network Discipleship Seminar in Lusaka, Zambia

Frontline Fellowship Missionaries and field workers conducted a Discipleship Seminar in Lusaka, Zambia for Christian Action Network members. Topics included: Repentance and Salvation, Can Suffering Be Part of God’s Will?, The Beatitudes, and “I Am Not Ashamed of the Gospel”.

Missions in the Mall

On National Women’s Day, Africa Christian Action set up displays in 4 shopping malls in Cape Town. 77 volunteers helped us distribute 9 500 Gospel tracts and leaflets and 2230 balloons with Scripture and pro-family messages on them. By God’s grace, during the 12 hour Mission to the malls, we were able to counsel over 56 people and explain to them the way of Salvation. Each person who was counselled through Way of the Master and Evangelism Explosion received Way of the Master Todd Friel and Kirk Cameron’s DVD – The Biggest Question . This is the 17 th year in a row that we have organised these Mall outreaches.

STOP the Traffick!

Due to greater mall restrictions on religious organisations, we focussed on mobilising people to take action against the exploitation of women in human trafficking. Two new tracts were developed for our outreaches this year. STOP the Traffick exposes the global challenge of human trafficking and pinpoints what we can do to help set the captives free.

Muslim Evangelism

Thousands of Muslims gladly received our pamphlet on “modern-day slavery” but soon they would have noticed that the pamphlet contained a Gospel presentation! We pray that many seeds will be sown through this message of “Jesus Came to Set the Captives Free!”

Partnerships

We also partnered with two anti-trafficking organisations – STOP Trafficking and Justice Acts. Several of their volunteers joined us for the outreaches and we used some of their posters and banners. Our pamphlet encouraged people to support STOP’s Safe House for rescued victims of trafficking, report brothels to the Vice Squad, and to “Traffick Proof” their school or community. We also dealt with these issues on two of our Salt and Light radio programmes on Radio Tygerberg in the run up to Women’s Day.

Fight the New Drug

Our second new tract exposes how pornography is like a drug in the way that it rewires your brain and is as addictive as hard drugs such as cocaine. The tract also points out how pornography fuels the demand for prostitution and therefore trafficking.

Whom the Son Sets Free is Free Indeed!

We also made three new balloon designs this year with an anti-trafficking focus. Children were plainly delighted with the colourful balloons and soon the malls were filled with hundreds of balloons proclaiming: “Stop Human Trafficking” and the Scriptures: “Whom the Son sets free is free indeed” John 8:36 and “You will know the Truth and the Truth will set you free” John 8:33.

Choose Life

A donation from Heritage House, the largest pro-life resources store in America, enabled us to also distribute 500 balloons with pro-life messages proclaiming: “Take my hand not my life”, “Love them both – Choose Life”, “Celebrate Life”, and “A person is a person no matter how small”.

Flowers

A farmer’s wife donated 40 posies of flowers for us to distribute to elderly widowed or lonely women as an encouragement on Women’s Day.

Kenilworth Charity Awareness Day

On Saturday, 25 August, we held another Mission to the Mall in a mostly Muslim area. 15 Volunteers helped us distribute up to 2,000 leaflets. 31 people were counselled using Way of the Master and Evangelism Explosion. We had the joy of leading several people to the Lord.

Nefarious Documentary Film Screening

For two weeks in a row at the Reformation Society, our boardroom was tightly packed for screenings of the powerful anti-trafficking documentary, by Exodus Cry: Nefarious: Merchant of Souls.

Cape Town Hearings on Religious Public Holidays

The Commission for the Promotion and Protection of the Rights of Cultural, Religious and Linguistic Communities conducted hearings in all provinces into whether Christian public holidays in South Africa “unfairly discriminate against holidays of other religions.”

Holy Days

At the hearings in Cape Town, representatives from Christian, Muslim, Khoisan and Business groups present agreed that Good Friday and Christmas should not be removed as public holidays. The Christian group also felt very strongly about bringing back Ascension Day. Christians for Truth reported the same from the Durban hearings.

The CRL tasked participants from each religion to get into groups and come up with a consensus regarding religious holidays.

There were no Jewish, Hindu or Traditional African Religion representatives present at the Cape Town hearings.

Abraham Warren from Christians for Truth reminded the floor that “the religion of secular humanism is unfairly favoured by government with at least 9 public holidays being clearly humanist.”

Parliamentary Review

Now that all the provincial hearings have been held, the CRL is compiling all the responses and will present them to Parliament. From there, Parliament will possibly review and change the Public Holidays Act (1994).

Preserving a Christian Calendar

Despite these assurances, we believe that Christians should remain on the alert, as there are secular humanists in South Africa with a clear agenda to obliterate our Christian Heritage and advance their culture of secularisation.

Mission to KwaZulu

In September, Dr Peter Hammond completed Missions to KwaZulu and Mpumalanga. This involved speaking at two conferences, preaching at two churches, ministry at two Mission bases, at two schools and at two colleges and a radio station. All in all it involved 52 speaking engagements including two assemblies, two sermons, five conference presentations, 20 lectures and 23 radio programmes. Taryn also recorded 4 radio programmes on Khwezi and helped run the booktable at the Christians for Truth Conference.

KwaSizabantu Mission

It is always a tremendous joy to visit KwaSizabantu Mission. This is, without doubt, the most blessed and productive Mission station in the whole continent of Africa. It is always a hive of activity, and most importantly, a place where God's blessings flow. Peter spoke at the Cedar College of Education, Domino Servite School and recorded programmes for Radio Khwezi. He then gave a presentation on The Christian and Secular Humanist Worldviews in Conflict at the Christians for Truth Conference. The theme of the Conference was: Sound the Gospel Trumpet. There was much interest in our book table and we distributed thousands of Christian Action magazines and leaflets to conference participants.

Mission to Mpumalanga

After Kwasizabantu Mission, Peter gave a week of Missions presentations at Africa School of Missions, then spoke at a Fishers of Men Youth Conference in Kriel. This Missions Conference is one of a series of programmes that Kriel Baptist Church have organised in order to disciple the mostly Zulu young men in their community. After ice-breakers, games, a missions quiz and enthusiastic worship, Peter presented An Adventure of Discipleship. In the morning he presented The Challenge of Missions. This was followed by a sports time, including soccer, netball, cricket and volleyball.

Fishers of Men

He then presented an Evangelism Workshop, which was followed by practical outreaches into the community. Many of the young people came back with enthusiastic testimonies of challenging situations, tough questions people would ask on the streets and at the shops, and of people who were brought under conviction of sin and surrendered their lives to Christ.

National Alliance for Life

Taryn joined pro-life ministries and pastors from around the country for the National Alliance for Life Conference in Durban (6 October). Over 70 Crisis Pregnancy Centres and Mothers Homes under the umbrella body of Africa Cares for Life, provide pregnant mothers with loving alternatives and practical support. Hundreds of babies’ lives have been saved through these centres. Doctors for Life cares for over 300 hundred orphans. Two abortion clinics in Pietermaritzburg have been shut down through prayer and action in the last 15 years.

Networking relationships were strengthened and strategies discussed to advance the pro-life cause and movement in South Africa.

Nationwide Life Chains

Up to a million Christians in approximately 1 800 locations worldwide took part in the various Life Chains this 7 October, International Life ChainSunday. A National March for Life, organised by the National Alliance for Life, took place in Umhlanga, Durban, with about 500 marching in the pouring rain. About 120 Christians formed a Life Chain to proclaim the sanctity of life in Cape Town. Life Chains also took place in Johannesburg, East London, and Bloemfontein.

Standing for Life

The Life Chain is an international prayer rally and peaceful placard protest against the abortion holocaust.  This was the 20th Life Chain held in Cape Town. Gifts, such as baby items, in support of Kwasizabantu Mission were collected at the Cape Town Life Chain. Over 2 000 Gospel tracts and pro-life leaflets were distributed to pedestrians and motorists at traffic lights.

Pro-life Panel Debate on Radio

Taryn was interviewed on Kate Turkington’s programme: “Believe it or Not” on Radio 702/Cape Talk on pro-life issues alongside a woman from Doctors for Life, who shared about God’s grace in delivering her from the depression and pain she experienced after having an abortion.

Reformation Day Celebrations

We celebrated Reformation Day (31 October) with a guided tour of the Huguenot Monument and Museum, led by Dr Peter Hammond and with a special Worship Service held at the Monument. The Reformation 500 FIRE movement was launched at this Reformation Day Service with the publishing of 95 Theses for Reformation Today.

March Against Crime

Responding to the gruesome murders of the 5-month-old Wiehan Botes and his child minder, Magrietha de Goede (66) in Delmas (May 2012), Afrikaans singers, Bobby and Karlien van Jaarsveld joined forces with AfriForum and 30 other celebrities mobilised hundreds in a march to the Union Buildings in Pretoria on 19 June to demand action against violent crime in South Africa. A similar march was held in Cape Town on Wednesday, 21 November in which a Memorandum was handed to the Speaker of Parliament at the gates of Parliament. The Christian Action Network helped motivate and mobilise actionites to participate and distributed Gospel and anti-crime literature to pedestrians and march participants.

Gaga Concert Outreach

As thousands of Gaga fans descended on Cape Town Stadium on Monday, 3 December, an Outreach Team of 35 people from Christian Action Network, Concerned Young People and Christians for Truth were there to meet them with a friendly smile and a question: “Did you get one of these?”

Are You Missing Out?

This question proved effective as many thought they were missing out on something important. And they are! They are missing out on the Good News of our Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ, trying to fill themselves with entertainment that only leaves them feeling empty and dissatisfied, when Christ offers them Living Water.

Tailor-Made Tract

Fans were offered a tract entitled “Going Gaga? Here’s What to Expect…” which used some of Gaga’s lyrics to springboard into a Gospel message. We distributed 6 000 of these and hundreds of other tracts.

Varied Responses

Some were hostile, swore at the team members, and tore up the tracts, but others could be seen sitting on the grass in groups, reading and discussing the contents. Some were even grateful and thanked us. The Outreach Team also conducted 26 Music and Your Spiritual Beliefs Surveys with concert-goers. The Surveys, based on Evangelism Explosion and Way of the Master questions, drew the participants into a Gospel discussion, using the Law of God as the schoolmaster that leads us to Christ. Many evangelistic discussions ensued.

Compassion for the Crowds

We were reminded of how Jesus had compassion on the crowds because they were “harassed and helpless, like sheep without a shepherd” (Matthew 9:36).

Inconsistent

We were particularly concerned that numerous people that we spoke to claimed to be Christians. Some were totally ignorant of how blasphemous and immoral Gaga’s shows are.

Resources to Empower Your Evangelism

It is with great excitement that we are now able to stock and sell the very popular and effective Way of The Master and Living Waters Evangelism resources right here in South Africa. These are resources that will inspire and equip Christians in fulfilling the Great Commission.

Please visit the www.livingwatersafrica.co.za website to see available resources. The resources are available from the Christian Liberty Books bookshop in Cape Town.

Articles Published in JOY! and JUIG! Magazines

Taryn had 2 articles published in JOY! Magazine this year. Christians Under Fire at Stellenbosch University detailed how Christians at Stellenbosch University have come under attack for their Faith in several incidences in the last two years, raising concerns about a growing anti-Christian prejudice on campus. This article was also translated for JUIG! magazine.

Taryn also adapted and shortened an American article called 10 Reasons Why I Want an Abortion , responding to the top 10 ten reasons women facing a crisis pregnancy choose to have an abortion. 2 Christian Action News Items were published in JOY! magazine this year.

As the Contributing Editor of JOY! magazine, Peter Hammond has up to 3 articles printed in each edition of JOY! and in JOY!’s sister Afrikaans publication – JUIG!.

17 Years of Salt and Light on Radio Tygerberg

Our Radio Tygerberg Salt and Light programmes, every Tuesday night (9:30pm on 104fm or listen online at: www.104fm.org.za), have now been running for over 17 years. We have dealt with contemporary issues that affect Christians in daily life. Numerous guests have included Frontline Fellowship missionaries, The Deputy CEO of Afriforum – Ernest Roets, Evangelist Justin Peters, and Evangelist Paul Young.

In addition to pro-family, pro-life, Missions and Evangelism, other issues dealt with during the year included:

  • Trafficking: A Nefarious Trade
  • Protecting Women from Exploitation and Abuse
  • Crime and Self-Defence
  • The Message in the Music
  • Responding to farm murders
  • A Biblical response to the ‘prosperity gospel’.
  • Freedom from drug addiction testimonies.
  • Praying for the Persecuted Church in Egypt, Sudan, Northern Nigeria and Somalia.
  • Serving the Persecuted in Nigeria and Zimbabwe.
  • Why We Should Celebrate the Reformation
  • Evangelism and Missions
  • Learn to Discern: Minds, Morals and Movies
  • Controversies Over Christmas
  • Without a Vision a People Perish

These and other Salt and Light programmes are available on MP3 Audio from Christian Liberty Books.

Christian Action

The Christian Action magazine published four editions this year. 710 people receive each Christian Action magazine by mail and thousands more at conferences, seminars and services.

Christian Action E-Updates have been sent to subscribers at a rate of 3 per week. There are 1730 subscribers to this E-mail list. Approximately 200 different Christian Action news items, or articles, have been sent out this year. 9 press releases were sent out to almost all the commercial and community radio and TV stations, newspapers and magazines in South Africa and even to some abroad.

Leaflets

8 New leaflets were printed this year: 10 Reasons Why I Want an Abortion, Will Animals Be in Heaven?, Fight the New Drug, Stop the Traffick, Going Gaga?, Die Mees Invloed Rykende Man Wat Ooit Geleef Het, Die Mees Invloed Rykende Boek in die Wereld, Chikristu Ndi Chislamu (Christianity vs Islam in Chichewa).

4 old leaflets were revised, revamped and printed: The World’s Greatest Revolutionary?, Liberation Theology, The Christian and War, Die Christen en Oorlog.

A total of 175 000 leaflets were printed: 157 000 on our Rizograph machine in-house and 18 000 glossy leaflets at a local printer.

59 different leaflet titles are available. These include:

Is the Doctrine of the Trinity Taught in the Bible?, First Things First, The Greatest, The Greatest Book in the World, The Greatest Man Who Ever Lived, The Christian Liberation of Women, That’s Entertainment!, Secrets of Success and Failure, He is Risen! Evidences for the Resurrection, “It’s My Body”, “Dis My Liggaam”, “Nguzimba Wam”, Milestones of Early Life, Mypale van Vroee Lewe, Abortion: The Facts, Aborsie: Die Feite, Finding Freedom from Pornography, Shattered Hopes, Broken Dreams, Communist Liberation: Myth or Reality?, The Heart of Communism, Glamorising a Mass Murderer, Halloween and the Bible, What is Government?, Should Christians Be Involved in Politics?, Facts of the Faith, Women Need Protection and Respect, Vroues Verdien Beskerming en Respek, Transformations in the Bible, A Message to Roman Catholics, The Chocolate Soldier, Bisexuals, Lesbians, Gays and the Bible, Samson and Delilah, Body Piercing: A Return to Paganism, Reclaiming Surrendered Ground, Where Will You Spend Eternity?, Waar Sal Jy die Ewigheid Deurbring?, Supernatural Power for World Missions, SA Voters Guide and The Bible and Animals.

Literature Distribution

ACA continues to receive frequent requests from ‘actionites’, teachers, Evangelists and pastors who either come by our offices to collect, or phone us requesting, Gospel tracts, especially pro-life literature. Volunteers are kept busy reprinting thousands of these tracts on our Rizograph machine.

Christian Action Network

7 new Affiliate Members were added to the Christian Action Network this year. The Network now includes 100 members from 15 different African nations (South Africa, Democratic Republic of the Congo, Rwanda, Burundi, Cameroon, Ghana, Liberia, Nigeria, Zimbabwe, Zambia, Ethiopia, Malawi, Tanzania, Kenya, and Uganda) and also one Africa-related ministry based in the UK. The members of the Network represent well over 4 000 congregations, or ministries, and 2 000 000 Christians.

Student Meetings

Taryn was invited to give a “Reclaiming Campuses for Christ” presentation to a Cape Penninsula University of Technology Student Fellowship. She also gave a presentation on the Understanding the New Age Worldview, and the Islamic Worldview at a His People Worldviews Seminar.

Media Interviews

ACA committee members had several Letters to the Editor published. They were quoted in newspapers numerous times. The online Christian Newspaper – Gateway News: published at least 15 of our press releases and articles. In total, Christian Action Network Committee members were interviewed over 65 times on various radio stations and by newspaper journalists.

Watchmen on the Walls

Peter has been interviewed four times on Family Policy Institute’s new TV programme Watchmen on the Walls, which seeks to deal with social, political and moral issues. He dealt with aspects of Church History including “What Every Christian Needs to Know About the Crusades,” “What Every Christian Needs to Know About the Spanish Inquisition,” Biblical solutions to crime and Biblical Principles for Education.

Social Media

Activity on our social media increased immensely this year. 380 people like the Africa Christian Action page on Facebook and ACA has 58 followers on Twitter. Our social media is being utilised to promote events and outreaches, share photos and report backs, and new resources. Over 53 of our Reformation Society PowerPoints on Slideshare are viewable online.

E-books

5 of Dr Peter Hammond’s books are now available as E-Books: Practical Discipleship, Answering Skeptics, Power of Prayer Handbook, Biblical Principles for Africa, Reforming Our Families and Victorious Christians. Two booklets by other authors that we have also published, are available as free e-books on the Christian Action website: Christian Terror and A Biblical Manifesto for Christians.

New Reformation Website

Please visit the new www.Reform500.org website, which is being set up to help co-ordinate the Reformation 500 FIRE movement.

Schools Presentations

Fight the New Drug is a youth-run, youth-focussed organisation in the USA, that gives presentations at school assemblies across the USA on the harmful effects of pornography. Taryn has been practicing their fast-moving, creative PowerPoint presentation with the view to possibly giving similar presentations at schools in 2013.

Upcoming Events

Africa Christian Action will be promoting resources to mobilise congregations to observe Sanctity Life Sunday (27 January 2013). We would also like to include more congregations, pastors and ministries in the National Day of Repentance (1 February 2013) march and prayer vigil in Cape Town. We will encourage congregations and ministries in other parts of South Africa to hold similar demonstrations and prayer vigils. Other upcoming events will include the Great Commission Camp and Course (4 -23 January), Livingstone 200 events, Women’s Days Outreaches (9 August), Life Chains (6 October) and the Reformation Celebration (31 October).

Thank you for your prayers and support. May His Name be glorified through this work to inspire, inform and involve Christians in pro-life, pro-family and pro-moral rebuilding of the walls.

“Commit your way to the LORD; trust in Him and He will do this: He will make your righteousness shine like the dawn, the justice of your cause like the noonday sun… For evil men will be cut off, but those who hope in the LORD will inherit the land.” Psalm 37: 5-6, 9

“Proclaim His salvation day after day. Declare His glory among the nations, His marvellous deeds among the peoples. For great is the Lord and most worthy of praise. He is to be feared above all.” 1 Chronicles 16: 23-25

In His Service

Dr Peter Hammond Taryn Hodgson
Director International Co-ordinator

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