Newsflash: Friday, 31 May

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31 MAY ENG 2019

Dear AFM Colleague,


May has been a significant month for the AFM of SA. The AFM was birthed on 25 May 1908. It turned 111 years old on 25 May 2019. The 2019 Ascension Day was yesterday, 30 May 2019. Today (31 May 2019) the Pentecostal Week begins. It will continue until the Pentecost Sunday on 9 June 2019.

Pentecostal Week is a ten-day period which begins on the day following the Ascension Day and concludes on the tenth day which is traditionally known as Pentecost Sunday. Pentecostal Week is the Christian commemoration of the ten days leading to the Outpouring of the Holy Spirit. In Acts 1:4-5 (NIV) we read: On one occasion, while he was eating with them, he gave them this command: “Do not leave Jerusalem, but wait for the gift my Father promised, which you have heard me speak about. For John baptized with (or in) water, but in a few days,  you will be baptized with (or in) the Holy Spirit.”

He said the above words after he had been with them for forty (40) days post his resurrection. My appeal to all pastors and AFM congregations is that we should make use of the Pentecostal week as a time of reflection on the significance of the outpouring of the Holy Spirit. Where possible let us have services that will focus on Baptism in the Holy Spirit (Acts 2), the Gifts of the Holy Spirit (1 Corinthians 12:4-11) and the Fruit of the Spirit (Galatians 5:22-23).

The Pentecostal Sunday is the celebration of the Outpouring of the Holy Spirit on the day of Pentecost (Acts 2:1). If you read the Old Testament, you will discover that Pentecost was one of the Jewish feast days. The Jews did not call it Pentecost (which is the Greek word for fifty). The Jews called it the Feast of Harvest or the Feast of Weeks. We read about it in five places in the first five books of the Bible. These are Exodus 23, Exodus 24, Leviticus 16, Numbers 28, and Deuteronomy 16. It was the celebration of the beginning of the early weeks of harvest.

Many Christian churches observe Pentecost Sunday not to celebrate a wheat harvest, but to remember the outpouring of the Holy Spirit in Acts 2. Let us make use of 9 June 2019 as a time of celebrating the outpouring of the Holy Spirit.


Remember that the AFM National Conference will be in Cape Town at the Lighthouse Ministries, 275 Voortrekker Road, Parow. The theme is “Rooted in Christ”. It will start with the evening service on Sunday, 15 September and conclude with the evening service on Wednesday, 18 September 2019.

Apart from the inspirational evening services, there will also be PCD (Pastoral Continuous Development) sessions that will focus on those issues that are necessary for a pastor’s spiritual growth. It will cover “Prayer” presented by Suzette Hattingh, “Succession” by Dr. Anthony Jacobs and “Church Planting” by Danie Vermeulen. It will also include a session focused on the needs of Pastor’s wives.

You can find more information about the conference at:

Online registrations are also now accepted:

We are looking forward to see you at the conference!
M.G. Mahlobo

Newsflash: Friday, 31 May

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31 MEI AFR 2019

Liewe AGS Kollega,


Mei-maand is ‘n uiterse betekenisvolle maand vir die AGS van Suid-Afrika. Die AGS is gebore op 25 Mei 1908. Vanjaar op 25 Mei het die AGS 111 jaar gevier. Gister was Hemelvaartdag en vandag op 31 Mei 2019 is dit die begin van die Pinksterweek. Die Pinksterweek eindig weer op Pinkster Sondag, 9 Junie 2019.

Pinksterweek is ‘n tien-dag periode wat begin op die dag direk na Hemelvaartdag en eindig weer op die tiende dag wat tradisioneel bekend staan as Pinkster Sondag. Pinksterweek is die Christelike herdenking van die tien dae wat lei tot die uitstorting van die Heilige Gees. In Handelinge 1:4-5 (AFR83) lees ons: 4Terwyl Hy ‘n keer saam met hulle aan tafel was, het Hy hulle beveel: “Moenie van Jerusalem af weggaan nie, maar bly wag op die gawe wat die Vader belowe het, soos julle van My gehoor het. 5Johannes het wel met water gedoop, maar julle sal binne ‘n paar dae met die Heilige Gees gedoop word.”

Jesus het die bogenoemde woorde gesê nadat hy vir 40 dae na sy opstanding saam met hulle was. My beroep op alle pastore en AGS gemeentes is dat ons van die Pinksterweek gebruik moet maak as ‘n tyd van besinning oor die betekenis van die uitstorting van die Heilige Gees. Waar moontlik, laat ons dienste hê wat fokus op die doop in die Heilige Gees (Handelinge 2), die Gawes van die Heilige Gees (1 Korintiërs 12: 4-11) en die Vrug van die Gees (Galasiërs 5: 22-23).

Die Pinkster Sondag is die viering van die uitstorting van die Heilige Gees op Pinksterdag (Handelinge 2: 1). As jy die Ou Testament lees, sal jy ontdek dat Pinkster een van die Joodse feesdae was. Die Jode het dit nie Pinkster genoem nie (dit is die Griekse woord vir vyftig). Die Jode het dit die “Feast of Harvest” of die “Feast of Weeks” genoem. Ons lees dit op vyf plekke in die eerste vyf boeke van die Bybel. Dit is Eksodus 23, Eksodus 24, Levitikus 16, Numeri 28, en Deuteronomium 16. Dit was die viering van die begin van die vroeë weke van die “harvest” of oes.

Baie Christelike kerke vier Pinkster Sondag, nie om ‘n koringoes te vier nie, maar om die uitstorting van die Heilige Gees in Handelinge 2 te onthou. Laat ons van Sondag, 9 Junie 2019 gebruik maak as ‘n tyd om die uitstorting van die Heilige Gees te vier.


Onthou dat die AGS Nasionale Konferensie in Kaapstad sal plaasvind by The Lighthouse Ministries,  Voortrekkerweg 275, Parow. Die tema is “Rooted in Christ”. Dit begin met ‘n aanddiens op Sondag, 15 September en eindig weer met ‘n aanddiens op Woensdag, 18 September 2019.

Afgesien van die inspirerende aanddienste, sal daar ook PCD (Pastorale Deurlopende Ontwikkeling) sessies wees wat fokus op die kwessies wat nodig is vir die geestelike groei van ‘n pastoor. Dit sal die volgende onderwerpe insluit: “Gebed” aangebied deur Suzette Hattingh, “Opvolging” deur Dr. Anthony Jacobs en “Kerkplaning” deur Danie Vermeulen. Dit sal ook ‘n sessie insluit wat gefokus is op die behoeftes van pastoor vrouens.

Vir meer inligting besoek gerus die volgende skakels:

Aanlyn registrasies word ook nou aanvaar:

Ons sien uit daarna om jou by die konferensie te ontvang.
M.G. Mahlobo


Dates: Sunday, 15 Sept – Wednesday, 18 Sept 2019
Venue: Lighthouse Ministries, 275 Voortrekker Road, Parow, Cape Town


Registration Fee: R350 (Closing date for Registrations 31 August)
Late Registration Fee: R400

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In my 19 February 2019 Newsflash I informed you about the 2019 AFM National Conference which will be convened in Cape Town on 15 to 18 September 2019.

The conference theme is being “Rooted in Christ”. The main text is Colossians 2:6-7. The theme is aimed at the empowerment of our members and pastors on how to deepen our relationship with Christ in such a way that we remain strong in the face of many challenges that come our way. Plant roots have four primary functions. These are (i) absorption of water and minerals, (ii) anchoring or fixing the plant body firmly to the ground, (iii) transportation of water and minerals to the stem of the pant and (iv) holding the soil together.

In Psalm 1:3, the Psalmist likens a blessed person to a fruitful tree planted by the stream of water. It is expected that Children of God should be firmly anchored in Christ, that they should continually feed from God’s word, share Christ with others and keep their faith intact.

We will also have PCD sessions that will be focused on those issues that are necessary for our spiritual growth. Pastors and members are welcome. The PCD sessions will cover “Prayer” presented by Suzette Hattingh, “Succession” by Dr. Anthony Jacobs. “Church Planting” by Danie Vermeulen and “Physical Health” by Dr. Mike Smit. We will also include a session focused on the needs of Pastor’s wives.

I am urging you to do everything in your power to attend this important event.

Past. MG Mahlobo

(President of the AFM of SA)

Newsflash: Friday, 17 May

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 17 MAY ENG 2019


In my 19 February 2019 Newsflash I informed you about the 2019 AFM National Conference which will be convened in Cape Town on 15 to 18 September 2019.

The conference theme is being “Rooted in Christ”. The main text is Colossians 2:6-7. The theme is aimed at the empowerment of our members and pastors on how to deepen our relationship with Christ in such a way that we remain strong in the face of many challenges that come our way. Plant roots have four primary functions. These are (i) absorption of water and minerals, (ii) anchoring or fixing the plant body firmly to the ground, (iii) transportation of water and minerals to the stem of the pant and (iv) holding the soil together.

In Psalm 1:3, the Psalmist likens a blessed person to a fruitful tree planted by the stream of water. It is expected that Children of God should be firmly anchored in Christ, that they should continually feed from God’s word, share Christ with others and keep their faith intact.

We will also have PCD sessions that will be focused on those issues that are necessary for our spiritual growth. The PCD sessions will cover “Prayer” presented by Suzette Hattingh, “Succession” by Dr. Anthony Jacobs and “Church Planting” by Danie Vermeulen. I will also include a session focused on the needs of Pastor’s wives.

I am urging you to do everything in your power to attend this important event.

For all related information, please visit the AFM website:

Past. MG Mahlobo

Nuusflits: Vrydag, 17 Mei

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 17 MAY AFR 2019


In my Nuusflits van 19 Februarie het ek jou ingelig oor die 2019 AGS Nasionale Konferensie wat sal plaasvind in Kaapstad vanaf 15 tot 18 September 2019.

Die konferensie se tema is “Rooted in Christ”. Die kernskrif is Kolossense 2:6-7. Die doel van die tema is om ons lidmate en pastore te bemagtig oor hoe om ‘n dieper verhouding met Christus te vestig in so ‘n mate dat ons sterk bly in vele moeilike omstandighede. Plantwortels het vier primêre funksies. Dit is (i) om water en minerale te absorbeer, (ii) om die plant te anker in die grond, (iii) om water en minerale te vervoer na die stam van die plant en (iv) om die grond bymekaar te hou.

In Psalm 1:3 vergelyk die Psalmis ‘n geseënde persoon met ‘n vrugbare boom wat geplant is by ‘n waterstroom. Daar word verwag dat kinders van God stewig geanker moet wees in Christus, dat hulle voortdurend moet voed op God se Woord, dat hulle Christus met ander deel en hulle geloof behou.

Ons sal ook PCD sessies hê wat sal fokus op daardie kwessies wat benodig word vir geestelike groei. Die sessies wat aangebied sal word sluit in “Prayer” deur Suzette Hattingh, “Succession” deur Dr. Anthony Jacobs and “Church Planting” deur Danie Vermeulen. Daar sal ook ‘n sessie wees wat gaan fokus op die behoeftes van pastoor vrouens.

Ek moedig jou aan om alles in jou mag te doen om hierdie belangrike geleentheid by te woon.

Vir alle verwante informasie, besoek gerus die AGS se webblad:

Past. MG Mahlobo

Newsflash: Friday, 3 May

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 3 MAY ENG 2019


Dear AFM Colleague,

Emergency Relief Plan
Recent floods in Durban and Port St John’s were disastrous. Many people lost their homes, furniture, food, clothes and other valuable goods. Many lives were lost. Roads and bridges were destroyed. I requested our Regional Leaders in the affected areas to do everything within their power to assist (refer to the AFM Facebook message issued on 25 April 2019 –

I would like to thank our Regional Committees in all affected areas who reached out to the flood victims. They have demonstrated that the AFM takes its social responsibility (community involvement) and caring aspects seriously. I would like to urge our pastors to implement the AFM’s emergency plan which was approved of by the NLF in 2015. In terms of this plan each AFM family should be asked to bring non-perishable food, water and other necessities such as clothes and candles to the local congregation on a specific Sunday. These items should then be placed in a storage designed for emergencies. Each assembly should have an emergency committee appointed for the management and distribution of these materials in emergency times. Or to needy assembly/community members if no emergencies occurred in that year.

The lesson from the recent floods is that real disaster has a potential of leaving even prosperous communities vulnerable and in crisis. The church must reposition itself in society not only as a pastoral and prophetic agent but also priestly as a social agent for the benefit of the community.

Prayer for Elections on 8 May 2019
In five days time, South Africa will be voting. Unlike the previous elections, I sense a high level of uncertainty and some despondency from those eligible to cast votes. Failure of the government to deliver on promises made, lack of service delivery in many of our communities, corruption and impunity are some of the things causing people to lose hope that politicians will deliver on their manifestos promises.

Some voters have decided not to vote while others want to vent their dissatisfaction through spoiling voting ballot papers. There are other voices that are talking about alternative ways of forcing elected officials to do what any government is expected to do for its citizens, e.g. public protests. They reckon that public pressure through mass demonstrations deliver results quicker than a voting ballot paper.

As a leader of this church I would like to call on our members to seriously consider voting because one of the ways in which a citizen can influence governmental decision-making is through voting. It is within the power of the voters to hold those in public office accountable to the citizens of the country. Citizens can always demand accountability through civil actions such as demonstrations, if government fails to deliver on its mandate and promises. But there are many who say: “I don’t know who to vote for.” Indeed, this is a dilemma for many South Africans. Well I am not persuaded that there is a political party at this point in time which has a ‘silver bullet’ to all the country’s problems. Anybody who promises a quick fix to the country’s problems is preposterous.

Our guidance should be Biblical principles, equality, justice, ubuntu and social cohesion. I know that many of you have been praying for the coming elections. I am asking that we take time this coming Sunday, 5 May 2019 to pray for God’s intervention in the coming elections on 8 May 2019.

M.G. Mahlobo

Nuusflits: Vrydag, 3 Mei

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 3 MEI AFR 2019


Liewe AGS Kollega,

‘n Noodplan
Onlangse vloede in Durban en Port St John’s was rampspoedig. Baie mense het hul huise, meubels, kos, klere en ander waardevolle goedere verloor. Baie lewens is ook verloor. Paaie en brûe is vernietig. Ek het ons Streeksleiers in die geaffekteerde gebiede versoek om alles in hul vermoë te doen om te help (verwys na die AGS Facebook-boodskap wat op 25 April 2019 uitgereik is –

Ek wil graag ons Streekskomitees bedank in al die geaffekteerde gebiede wat uitgereik het na die slagoffers. Hulle het deur hierdie aksie gedemonstreer dat die AGS sy sosiale verantwoordelikheid (gemeenskapsbetrokkenheid) ernstig opneem. Ek wil graag ons pastore versoek om die AGS se noodplan wat in 2015 deur die NLF (Nasionale Leierskaps Forum) goedgekeur is, te implementeer. Ingevolge hierdie plan moet elke AGS-familie gevra word om nie-bederfbare kos, water en ander noodsaaklikhede, soos klere en kerse te bring na die plaaslike gemeente op ‘n spesifieke Sondag. Hierdie items moet dan in ‘n stoor wat vir noodgevalle bedoel is, geplaas word. Elke AGS gemeente behoort ‘n noodkomitee te hê vir die bestuur en verspreiding van hierdie materiaal in noodtoestande. In die geval waar daar nie ‘n noodtoestand was gedurende die jaar nie, kan hierdie items gegee word aan behoeftige lidmate of lede van die plaaslike gemeenskap.

Die les uit die onlangse vloede is dat ‘n werklike ramp die potensiaal het om selfs voorspoedige gemeenskappe kwesbaar en in ‘n krisis te laat. Die kerk moet haarself her-positioneer in die samelewing, nie net as ‘n pastorale en profetiese agent nie, maar ook priesterlik as ‘n maatskaplike agent wat tot voordeel van die gemeenskap strek.

Gebed vir die Verkiesing op 8 Mei 2019
Oor vyf dae sal Suid-Afrika stem. In teenstelling met die vorige verkiesings, voel ek ‘n hoë vlak van onsekerheid en wanhoop onder diegene wat moet stem. Die regering se versuim om te lewer op beloftes, die gebrek aan dienslewering in baie van ons gemeenskappe, korrupsie en vrystelling van straf, is van die dinge wat veroorsaak dat mense hoop verloor dat die politici op hul manifesbeloftes sal lewer.

Sommige kiesers het besluit om nie te stem nie, terwyl ander hul ontevredenheid wil uitdruk deur bedorwe stembriewe. Daar is ander stemme wat praat oor alternatiewe maniere om regeringsamptenare te dwing om te doen wat enige regering verwag om vir sy burgers te doen, bv. openbare protes. Hulle reken dat openbare druk deur massademonstrasies vinniger resultate lewer as ‘n stembrief.

As leier van hierdie kerk wil ek ons ​​lidmate ernstig aanmoedig om wel te stem omdat dit een van die maniere is waarop ‘n landsburger regeringsbesluite kan beïnvloed. Dit is binne die mag van die kiesers om diegene in regeringsposisies aanspreeklik te hou teenoor die burgers van die land. Burgers kan altyd aanspreeklikheid eis deur middel van siviele aksies soos demonstrasies indien die regering nie sy mandaat en beloftes nakom nie. Daar is baie wat sê: “Ek weet nie vir wie om te stem nie.” Inderdaad, dit is ‘n dilemma vir baie Suid-Afrikaners. Wel, ek is nie oortuig dat daar op hierdie tydstip ‘n politieke party is wat ‘n kits oplossing het vir al die land se probleme nie. Enigeen wat ‘n vinnige oplossing vir die land se probleme belowe, is belaglik.

Ons moet onself laat lei deur Bybelse beginsels, gelykheid, geregtigheid, ubuntu en sosiale samehorigheid. Ek weet dat baie van julle vir die komende verkiesings gebid het. Ek vra dat ons die komende Sondag, 5 Mei 2019 tyd sal neem om te bid vir God se ingryping in die komende verkiesings op 8 Mei 2019.

M.G. Mahlobo

Message of HOPE: Friday, 18 April

 18 APR ENG 2019


This weekend we will be holding services to commemorate the sacrificial death of our Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ. On Sunday we will be celebrating His resurrection from the grave.

The death and the resurrection of Jesus are the pillars of our Gospel message. The Apostle Paul captures the essence of the Gospel message well in 1 Corinthians 15:3-4 when he says: For what I received I passed on to you as of first importance: that Christ died for our sins according to the Scriptures,  that he was buried, that he was raised on the third day according to the Scriptures” (NIV).

The significance of our Lord’s death is that it made the forgiveness of sin possible. It is the forgiveness of sin that lead to our adoption into God’s family.

The resurrection of Jesus from the grave gives us hope of the life herein after.

I urge you to reflect on the message of forgiveness, reconciliation and hope during this coming Good Friday and Resurrection Sunday. May God grant you to forgive those that have hurt you. May God heal our relationships through reconciliation. May He give us hope that will transcend all uncertainties that make you pessimistic about the future.

Past. M.G. Mahlobo

Boodskap van HOOP: Vrydag, 18 April

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 18 APR AFR 2019


Hierdie naweek hou ons dienste om die offerdood van ons Here en Verlosser Jesus Christus te herdenk. Op Sondag vier ons Sy opstanding uit die graf.

Die dood en opstanding van Jesus is die pilare van ons Evangelieboodskap. Die apostel Paulus vat die kern van die evangelieboodskap perfek saam in 1 Korintiërs 15: 3-4 wanneer hy sê: “Die belangrikste wat ek aan julle oorgelewer het en wat ek ook ontvang het, is dit: Christus het vir ons sondes gesterf, volgens die Skrifte; Hy is begrawe en op die derde dag opgewek, volgens die Skrifte.”Die betekenis van ons Here se dood is dat dit die vergewing van sonde moontlik gemaak het. Dit is die vergewing van sonde wat lei tot ons aanneming in God se familie.

Die opstanding van Jesus uit die graf gee ons hoop op die lewe hierna.

Ek moedig jou aan om na te dink oor die boodskap van vergifnis, versoening en hoop tydens hierdie komende Goeie Vrydag en opstanding Sondag. Mag God jou help ​​om diegene wat jou seergemaak het, te vergewe. Mag God ons verhoudings deur versoening genees. Mag Hy ons hoop gee dat ons alle onsekerhede sal oorskry wat ons pessimisties maak oor die toekoms.

Past. M.G. Mahlobo

Special Newsflash: Friday, 5 April

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 5 APR ENG 2019



Dear Colleague,

The National Office Bearers (NOB) of the AFM of SA wishes to bring the matters mentioned above to the attention of our members, pastors and ecumenical partners.

1.  Broadening Of The AFM’s Ecumenical Involvement

One of the drivers of the AFM’s strategic plan, the One AFM Game Plan (, is Ecumenical Relations. The AFM acknowledges the body of Christ as churches and organisations who believe in the Trinity as well as believe that the Scriptures are inspired by the Holy Spirit, and co-operate with them where possible.

The AFM of SA is aligned in ecumenical relations with the following organisations: The Pentecostal World Fellowship (PWF), The Evangelical Alliance of South Africa (TEASA), Empower 21 and the South African Council of Churches (SACC).

It was felt that for the AFM to broaden its global impact, it should explore application for membership of the World Council of Churches (WCC). The Deputy President of the church, Dr. J.J. La Poorta was requested to prepare a document in this regard, which was considered by the NOB, as well as the November 2018 National Leadership Forum (NLF). The meeting resolved that the document be made available to all NLF members for their consideration and input. During the March 2019 NLF meeting the document was considered and accepted.

The following main sections of the document guided the NLF in its decision to apply for membership of the WCC (World Council of Churches) namely, the theological and Biblical rationale of ecumenism, unity and fellowship as expressed in the work of the WCC today.

2.  Appeal For Emergency Relief In The Wake Of Cyclone Idai

The president of the AFM of SA, Past. George Mahlobo has already called for emergency relief to assist our members and other individuals in distress in especially Mozambique, Malawi and Zimbabwe. In Mozambique alone more than 900 000 children are affected, with some being separated from their families. Our sister church in Zimbabwe, the AFM in Zimbabwe is coordinating emergency relief for the affected areas in Zimbabwe. To provide assistance in Zimbabwe, please contact the AFM leadership in Zimbabwe.
In the light of the Cholera outbreak in and around Beira, we are focusing on Mozambique and Malawi.

Donations in the form of cash, non-perishable foodstuff, maize, clothing, blankets and anything that will help families to set up their homes are welcome. The National Leadership Forum (NLF), as well as some of the AFM’s Regional structures has already donated a sizeable amount of R240,000.00 in this regard, but more is needed.



Materials and food supplies can be delivered at:

Donations can be deposited into the following account:
ABSA, Africa Missions, Account Number 60174970
Branch: Pretoria North (Use universal branch code)
*Please specify who made the deposit.
*Please use the following codes:
Roofing Material for Mozambique and Malawi – Moz/Mal  A
For food, transportations etc. for Mozambique and Malawi – Moz/Mal B

For any additional information contact:
Project Manager (Mozambique/Malawi Relief Work): Drienie Jacobs 079 622 4053
Admin: Gary Gilmore 071 986 2270
Office: 012 642 2965 / 012 542 2998


Where nine (9) AFM church buildings were damaged and approximately 600 AFM members are affected, should be sent through the AFM Mpumalanga Highveld Region which is coordinating emergency relief there.

Financial donations should be made into the following Bank Account:
AFM Mpumalanga Highveld Region, Absa Bank, Account No. 4054151766
Branch: Middelburg, Reference: Malawi Project

For additional information:
Past Victor Sibiya (Regional Leader): 082 744 4505

Let us continue to pray for all those affected by this natural disaster – for all those who have lost loved ones and their homes. Our hearts go out to every individual in this difficult time.

NOB Members