Pastoral Letter: 3rd Quarter 2021

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AFM Pastoral Letter: 3rd Quarter 2021

TABLE OF CONTENTS

– INTRODUCTION
– DIVINE HEALING & THE INCEPTION OF THE AFM
– BIBLICAL PERSPECTIVE ON SICKNESS & HEALING
– AFM WELFARE WEEKEND: 26-28 NOVEMBER 2021
– CONCLUSION

AFM Colleagues,

Due to the restrictions on gatherings, the National Office Bearers could not visit all the regions during this year’s NOB Empowerment Visits. We hoped that restrictions would have been relaxed earlier, allowing us to visit those regions that are still outstanding. Unfortunately, this could not happen and for this reason, I am including links to all the NOB Empowerment presentations and videos in this letter.

The theme for this year is “Step up to the Future.” The presentations include: (i) Our Missional Church Strategy (One AFM Game Plan), (ii) Church Discipline, (iii) Good Governance (iv) Technology and the Church and (v) Major Risks Facing the AFM. Kindly use the links below to enjoy access to the mentioned content:

Download Presentations:

https://afm-ags.org/category/media/

Watch Videos:

https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLMguBPJZpLHYtSymo7ubUs2oXGS28rDn3

I trust that these presentations will bless and empower you! In this edition of the Pastoral Letter, I include a special focus on the subject of healing as well as the upcoming AFM Welfare Weekend.

 

DIVINE HEALING & THE INCEPTION OF THE AFM

Dr Isak Burger (Former President of the AFM of SA) – [email protected]

Divine healing was one of the distinctive characteristics of the early AFM. Just to get an idea of the many healings, these figures give some indication: During the year 1911, there were 2,023 cases of confirmed, supernatural healings in the AFM. The official church magazine (The Comforter and Messenger of Hope) published right from its inception, in every edition, several testimonies by people who were healed. In some editions, lists of people healed were mentioned. This is perhaps the most outstanding feature when paging through those early Comforters.

The early leaders – Thomas Hezmalhalch, John G. Lake and P.L. le Roux – have set the example. It is important to take special note of the healing ministry of John G. Lake. His philosophy about healing was simply that the praying for a sick person must continue until he/she was healed. Near the end of his life, he wrote to P. L. le Roux where he ascribed the high percentage of healings to this sustained praying: “The astounding percentage of those who were healed was, I believe, due to the system we adopted. We insisted that the individual should present himself for prayer and laying on of hands every day until we were satisfied that they were fully healed.”

His philosophy about healing was simply that the praying for a sick person must continue until he/she was healed.”

Lake was opposed to the modus operandi of some evangelists who only prayed once for the sick person, took no further responsibility for him/her and then told the public that the person was healed. This sort of practice, he said, is harmful:

“We well knew that the great majority of those ministered to once were not fully healed. Some of them were half healed; some of them were quarter healed; some of them received a very slight touch of healing; some were touched of God sufficiently to take away their pain and give them freedom and action temporarily. In many of these cases evangelists had these people testify before great audiences that they were fully healed, only to discover in a few days or weeks that they were not really healed, and many in disappointment went home to die.

Because of the commercialized state of evangelistic work, evangelists felt that they could not afford to take time to pray for the same individual more than once; and in a short time they began to teach that accursed teaching that has devastated the ministry of healing that it was only proper to pray for the sick once, that they should not be ministered unto the second time. This was Dollar Christianity. Wherever it was practised and by whom, it is still Dollar Christianity. If we pray for a sinner repeatedly until he is saved and he knows it, and for the baptism of the Holy Ghost, why not for healing?”

“If we pray for a sinner repeatedly until he is saved and he knows it, and for the baptism of the Holy Ghost, why not for healing?”

Divine healing has always attracted people and this was probably the decisive factor that persuaded people to set aside their objections and prejudices and through which the Lord drew the people to Himself. More people in those early days came to the AFM through the healing ministry than in any other way. It is remarkable how many of the first generation members of the AFM were influenced to join the church after seeing or personally experiencing a healing miracle.

Relating the history of a well-known pastor in the early days of the AFM, a Mrs Z. Rennie wrote: “The late Pastor Charles Heatley came into the church a hopeless cripple, on crutches, and went home saved, and literally leaping for joy, healed by the power of God. He often testified that when he got home, his wife had a big fright when she heard a man running up the stairs – she had been listening for the sound of crutches – but to her joy, it was her husband, healed.”

One could rightly ask today: “What happened to this distinctive characteristic of the early AFM? After all, it is one of the foundational pillars of our church.” More information on this subject is available in the book “The Fire Falls in Africa” and can be obtained from the AFM Head-Office:

Send an e-mail to: [email protected] 

R100 per book (excluding the courier fee)

BIBLICAL PERSPECTIVE ON SICKNESS & HEALING

Past. M.G. Mahlobo (President of the AFM of SA) – [email protected] 

In this article, I would like to look at why we get sick. I would also like to touch on whether God can be the source of our sickness. I would then conclude with what the Bible says about healing, how can I get well and help others get well too. The issue of sickness is broad and complex. In dealing with this question, I want to propose three factors. These are human-, spiritual-, and environmental factors.

Human Factors

In certain instances, we become sick because of human factors. These include:

  • Neglect of our bodies. When we neglect our bodies, we expose ourselves to all kinds of ailments.
  • Harmful substances. We run a risk of being ill when we indulge in harmful substances, such as drug abuse, alcohol abuse, and tobacco.
  • Non-compliance with hygiene and safety measures against diseases exposes us to all kinds of infections.

Spiritual Factors

  • God factor. In the Old Testament God inflicted boils on Egyptians (Exodus 9: 8-12). God used ailments to punish Israel when they were disobedient. In 2 Samuel 24:15-17, God sent pestilence that killed 70,000 children of Israel because of the sin of King David. The Psalmist, in Psalm 119:67,71 makes a connection between afflictions and disobedience to God’s statutes (Ref. Exodus 15:26).
  • Demons. In the New Testament, we read about people who were sick because of demonic powers (Mark 5:1-20).

Environmental Pollution Factors

  • Sometimes sickness is caused by conditions of squalor. In Deuteronomy 23:12-14 we see the importance of hygiene and sanitation.
  • In January 2020 the World Health Organisation (WHO) Director-General Dr Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus cited the absence of water, toilets, soap, and water management in health care facilities among the most urgent global challenges of this decade (WHO and UNICEF. Joint Monitoring Programme (JMP 2017). 

Is sickness something given to me by God? The response is ‘yes’ and ‘no’. I have already alluded to God using sickness as punishment or corrective measure in one of the previous paragraphs. This is specifically in relation to the Old Testament and not necessarily in the New Testament. One of the consequences of sin in Genesis 3 is death. Sickness is part of the death process. Sin has rendered our bodies vulnerable (1 Corinthians 5:1-2; 15:42-44). Each one of us has a body that is in the process of perishing. In the New Testament, God is healing the multitudes instead of cursing them.

“In John 10:10 Jesus declares that He came to give life in all its fullness.”

How can I get well? There are many views and opinions about healing. Christians need to go to the Bible for direction and guidance:

  • Have faith in God. In three Bible passages, Jesus healed people and told them “Your faith has made you well” Mark 5:34, Luke 17:19 & Mark 10:52.
  • Confession. In James 5:16 we are instructed to confess our sins to each other as a preparation for our healing. This, however, does not mean that every sick person is ill because of a secret sin that he/she has committed. This was a mistake that Job’s friends made regarding Job’s sickness.
  • Accept sufficiency of God’s Grace. In 2 Corinthians 12:8-9, Paul relates his prayer to God for healing from his physical ailments. He prayed three times and in all instances, the response from God was: “My grace is sufficient for you, for my power is made perfect in weakness.” Paul accepted God’s grace above his ailment.
  • Consult accredited physicians. Christians should not shy away from undergoing medical processes to establish their condition of wellness. The Bible refers to medical treatment used, such as bandages (Isaiah 1:6), balm (Jeremiah 8:22), leaves (Ezekiel 47:12) and oil and wine (Luke 10:34). References of Doctors are made in the Bible. These include Matthew 9:12; Luke 4:23 and Colossians 4:14.

How can I help others to get well? We can help others get well when we pray for their healing (Mark 16:16-18 & James 5:14-15). We must encourage them not to lose hope. Healing comes from God. Our God, as Jehovah Rapha, can heal us from all diseases (Psalm 103:3). God may not heal us. God said ‘no’ to Moses when he prayed for Miriam (Numbers 12:13-15), and Paul (2 Corinthians 12:8-9). Church leaders have an important part to play. In James 5:14-16 elders or leaders of the church should be informed when members are sick. They are expected to visit and pray for the sick.

AFM WELFARE WEEKEND: 26-28 NOVEMBER 2021

Ashley Theron – Acting CEO of AFM Welfare – [email protected] 

In the past 18 months, people all over the world were affected by a situation that we have never experienced before. The devastating impact of the COVID-19 pandemic has led to the loss of lives of family members, colleagues, friends and even Pastors. This is compounded by the loss of jobs and business shutdowns impacting negatively on the income of families – remaining a great concern. The lost time for the education sector might never be recovered. Churches have been greatly impacted by the lockdown regulations limiting the number of people that may attend gatherings. It seems that so much has been lost and that no person, organisation or church is left untouched by this crisis.

When things are tough and difficult in my own household, does God still expect me to reach out to others in need?”

When things are tough and difficult in my own household, does God still expect me to reach out to others in need? When I am suffering, do I still have a responsibility to serve as the hands and feet of Christ? The image of the three crosses on Calvary immediately comes to mind and specifically Luke 23:32-43. It is one of the most precious moments in the Bible. While Jesus Himself were experiencing agony and excruciating pain on the cross, He still showed compassion to listen to the plea of the thief crucified next to Him. Jesus repressed His own pain in that moment to tend to the needs of another.

The implication for believers is clear. Jesus has set this touching example for us to follow. It is an example that stands in stark contrast with the ways of the world where people in difficult situations might feel that self-preservation is a higher priority than giving, sharing and reaching out to others.   Even when things are difficult and tough in our own households, I believe that through God’s grace we should continue to generously give and reach out to others in need. This is also the proposed theme for the 2021 AFM Welfare Weekend (26-28 November 2021).

The AFM Welfare Weekend is an opportunity for the church to intentionally reflect on one of the drivers of the One AFM Game Plan – Community Involvement. By making it a focused weekend, it does not mean that we should not be involved in our communities throughout the year. It only means that we are taking time to re-evaluate the church’s role in making a difference in the lives of vulnerable persons. It is also a chance for the AFM to have a specific weekend, once a year where all Assemblies are invited to unite as one around the same focus, message and activities. (Download more information about the Community Involvement driver from: https://afm-ags.org/community-involvement/.)

One of the most vulnerable groups in our local communities is older persons. Older persons are somebody’s parents, our parents, our grandparents, they are in our churches – they took care of us when we were growing up, it is our turn to care for them in a dignified manner and to protect them. The care and protection of older persons will be our focus for this year’s AFM Welfare Weekend.

The care and protection of older persons will be our focus for this year’s AFM Welfare Weekend.”

The rest of this article will focus on a guideline with practical ideas and suggestions to assist AFM Assembles to make the most of the AFM Welfare Weekend. Each AFM Assembly should decide how their AFM Welfare Weekend will be structured.

Guidelines for a successful AFM Welfare Weekend

Effective Preparation 

  • To make a success of AFM Welfare Weekend involve, prepare and mobilise the Governing Body, all Departments and all assembly members.
  • Prepare spiritually by intentionally reflecting with your leadership and assembly members on one of the drivers of the One AFM Game Plan – Community Involvement.
  • If you don’t have a Welfare Committee, you will need to identify, elect/appoint and prepare a team that will be responsible to organise and manage the programme for Welfare Weekend.

Get to know the Community Surrounding the Church 

  • To help care for, serve and protect vulnerable persons (including Older Persons) in your community, you need to know who they are and where they live. Take a good look at your town, suburb or community and create a Profile that includes:
  • A database of information on all vulnerable persons, including older persons in your Assembly, and others living in communities surrounding your church including their names, phone numbers, physical address and next of kin.
  • A list of organisations or structures involved in service provision and protection of older persons. This includes Government Departments, SAPS, NPOs and other organisations, health facilities and institutions that are offering services to older persons. (Get to know these organisations and individuals so that your Assembly can conduct a needs analysis and become aware of opportunities for involvement.)
  • For purposes of the 2021 AFM Welfare Weekend the information and services for Older Persons should be prioritised.

Deciding on your AFM Welfare Weekend Programme

You can choose between a two or a three-day programme. The example below is for a three-day programme:

  • Friday Evening. Invite families (include grandparents if they are part of the same household) to a short practical “Focus on the Family” session. Should you be interested, I will gladly share two of my tool kits on (i) How to Develop Family Values and (ii) How to combine Family Meetings with Evening Devotions. You or one of the leaders can facilitate a discussion and break into groups of families to apply the teaching.
  • Saturday morning. Consider a Community Outreach action.

Example 1: Breakfast and entertainment session for Older Persons

Identify and invite all active Older Persons (60 and above – if there are too many 65 and older) to enjoy breakfast and thereafter participate in a concert with them as the performers. Close the session with a short talk on e.g., self-care or a sermon.

Example 2: Reaching out to and spoiling Older Persons

Identify vulnerable or frail older persons in your assembly and community and arrange a team of youth members and/or children’s ministry staff to clean their houses, do chores and run errands, do their hair and nails, do a health check etc.

  • Saturday afternoon. Consider an Empowerment Session where you inform and train your church members and members of your community. I will make a training video available soon to educate the mentioned members on reaching out, caring for and protecting older persons in the community, including a special focus on the different types of elder abuse.
  • Sunday morning – A Welfare Service. 

Sunday Sermon:

Community Involvement is key to the fulfilment of the AFM’s missional calling. Empower your members to better understand this driver and calling. Give the consistent message that (1) when things are tough and difficult in my own household, God still expects me to reach out to others and (2) the abuse of older persons is wrong and contrary to Christian teachings. We will also make sermon points for your consideration available soon.

Sunday Donations-in-kind:

Consider a specific activity where your members are mobilised a few weeks before the AFM Welfare Weekend to bring donations that could include gifts, clothes, linen, towels, toiletries and/or non-perishable food for identified older persons. The parcels of food and toiletries should be prepared before the time and handed out during the morning service to active older persons. Where older persons are no longer able to attend the services, it should be taken to them.

Sunday Offering:

Consider taking up a special offering for the AFM Welfare Department. The special offering can be deposited in the AFM Welfare’s account:

Bank Name: ABSA

Account Name: The Executive Welfare Council of the AFM of SA

Branch Code: 632005

Account Number: 01 05529 076 4

Type: Check

Reference: The name of your AFM Assembly

To further assist you in preparing for AFM Welfare Weekend, you might also find the following resources useful:

https://afm-ags.org/pastoral-letter-2nd-quarter-2021/ 

https://afm-ags.org/protecting-older-persons-against-abuse-an-involved-church-community/ 

CONCLUSION

I understand that Covid-19 does have a great influence on the way church actions and projects are planned. There is no doubt that it has become more difficult to reach out and work with the community due to Covid-19 restrictions. I want to encourage you to stand strong and to consider innovative ways to continue carrying out the Great Commission – even when times are difficult and tough. Even when it is painful and hurting. I am praying for each AFM Pastor, and I know that through the grace of God we will be strengthened and receive wisdom.

Blessings!

M.G. Mahlobo

Pastorale Brief: 3de Kwartaal 2021

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Pastorale Brief: 3de Kwartaal 2021

INHOUD:
– GROETE
– GODDELIKE GENESING EN DIE ONTSTAAN VAN DIE AGS
– BYBELSE PERSPEKTIEF OP SIEKTE EN GENESING
– AGS WELSYNSNAWEEK: 26-28 NOVEMBER 2021
– SLOT

AGS Kollega,

Weens die beperkings op byeenkomste kon die Nasionale Ampsdraers nie gedurende hierdie jaar se NOB-bemagtigingsbesoeke al die streke besoek nie. Ons het gehoop dat die beperkings vroeër verslap sou word sodat ons die streke wat nog uitstaande is kan besoek. Ongelukkig kon dit nie plaasvind nie en daarom verskaf ek vandag die aanlyn skakels waar hierdie aanbiedings en video-materiaal afgelaai kan word.

Die tema vir hierdie jaar is “Step up to the Future”. Die aanbiedings sluit in: (i) Ons Missionale Kerkstrategie (One AFM Game Plan), (ii) Dissipline in die Kerk, (iii) Goeie Bestuur, (iv) Tegnologie en die Kerk en (v) Belangrike Risiko’s wat die AGS in die gesig staar. Gebruik asseblief die onderstaande skakels om toegang tot hierdie inhoud te geniet:

Aanbiedings:

https://afm-ags.org/category/media/ 

Videos: https://www.youtube.com/playlistlist=PLMguBPJZpLHYtSymo7ubUs2oXGS28rDn3

Ek vertrou dat hierdie aanbiedings jou sal seën en bemagtig! In hierdie uitgawe van die Pastorale Brief sluit ek ‘n spesiale fokus in op die onderwerpe van genesing sowel as die komende AGS Welsynsnaweek.

 

GODDELIKE GENESING EN DIE ONTSTAAN VAN DIE AGS

Dr Isak Burger (Vorige President van die AGS van SA) – [email protected] 

Goddelike genesing was een van die kenmerkende eienskappe van die vroeë AGS. Net om ‘n idee te kry van die vele genesings gee die volgende syfers ‘n aanduiding: Gedurende die jaar 1911 was daar 2,023 gevalle van bevestigde, bonatuurlike genesings in die AGS. Die amptelike kerktydskrif (“The Comforter and Messenger of Hope”) het van die begin af, in elke uitgawe, ‘n aantal getuienisse ingesluit van mense wat genees is. In sommige uitgawes was daar selfs ‘n lys van mense wat genees is. Dit is miskien die mees uitstaande kenmerk as jy deur die vroeë “Comforter” blaai.

“Sy filosofie oor genesing was eenvoudig dat gebed vir ‘n siek persoon moet aanhou totdat hy/sy genees is.”

Die vroeë leiers – Thomas Hezmalhalch, John G. Lake en P.L. le Roux – het die voorbeeld gestel. Dit is belangrik om veral kennis te neem van die genesingsbediening van John G. Lake. Sy filosofie oor genesing was eenvoudig dat gebed vir ‘n siek persoon moet aanhou totdat hy/sy genees is. Teen die einde van sy lewe rig hy ‘n skrywe hy aan P. L. le Roux. Hy skryf die hoë persentasie genesings toe aan hierdie volgehoue ​​gebed: “Die ongelooflike hoë persentasie van mense wat genees is, is volgens my ‘n gevolg van die sisteem wat ons aangeneem het. Ons het daarop aangedring dat die individu hom elke dag beskikbaar moet stel vir gebed en handeoplegging totdat ons tevrede is dat hulle ten volle genees is. ”

Lake was gekant teen die modus operandi van sommige evangeliste wat net een keer vir ‘n siek persoon gebid het, geen verdere verantwoordelikheid vir hom/haar geneem het nie en toe aan die publiek gesê het dat die persoon genees is. Hierdie manier van dinge doen, het hy gesê, is skadelik:

“Ons het goed geweet dat die oorgrote meerderheid van diegene wat voorheen bedien is, nie volkome genees is nie. Sommige van hulle was half genees; sommige van hulle ‘n kwart; sommige van hulle het ‘n effense tikkie genesing gekry; sommige is genoegsaam deur God aangeraak om hulle pyn weg te neem en hulle tydelike vryheid van beweging te gee. In baie van hierdie gevalle het evangeliste hierdie mense voor groot gehore laat getuig dat hulle volkome genees is, net om binne ‘n paar dae of weke te ontdek dat hulle nie regtig genees is nie, en dat baie teleurgesteld huis toe gegaan het om te sterf.

Vanweë die gekommersialiseerde toestand van evangelisasiewerk, het evangeliste gevoel dat hulle dit nie kon bekostig om meer as een keer vir dieselfde individu te bid nie; en in ‘n kort tydjie het hulle daardie vervloekte lering wat die genesingsbediening verwoes het, begin leer dat dit net gepas was om vir die siekes eenmaal te bid, dat hulle nie vir die tweede keer bedien moes word nie. Dit was “dollar Christianity”. Waar ookal dit beoefen is en deur wie, dit is steeds “dollar Christianity”. As ons herhaaldelik vir ‘n sondaar bid totdat hy gered is en hy dit weet, en vir die doop van die Heilige Gees, waarom nie vir genesing nie?”

“As ons herhaaldelik vir ‘n sondaar bid totdat hy gered is en hy dit weet, en vir die doop van die Heilige Gees, waarom nie vir genesing nie?

Goddelike genesing het altyd mense aangetrek en dit was waarskynlik die deurslaggewende faktor wat mense oorreed het om hul besware en vooroordele opsy te sit en waardeur die Here die mense na Homself getrek het. In die vroeë dae het meer mense na die AGS gekom deur genesingsbedienings as op enige ander manier.

Dit is opmerklik hoeveel van die eerste generasie lidmate van die AGS beïnvloed is om by die kerk aan te sluit nadat hulle ‘n genesingswonder gesien of persoonlik beleef het. Mevrou Z. Rennie het van die geskiedenis van ‘n bekende predikant in die vroeë dae van die AGS geskryf: “Wyle pastoor Charles Heatley het as ‘n hopelose kreupel die kerk binnegekom en het gered huis toe gegaan en letterlik gespring van vreugde, genees deur die krag van God. Hy het gereeld getuig dat sy vrou, toe hy by die huis kom, baie bang was toe sy ‘n man by die trap hoor op hardloop – sy het geluister vir die klank van sy krukke – maar tot haar vreugde was dit haar man wat genees was.”

‘n Mens sou met reg vandag kon vra: “Wat het gebeur met hierdie kenmerkende eienskap van die vroeë AGS? Dit is immers een van die fondamente van ons kerk.” Meer inligting hieroor is beskikbaar in die boek “The Fire falls in Africa”. Dit kan verkry word vanaf die AGS se hoofkantoor:

Stuur ‘n e-pos aan: [email protected] 

Koste beloop R100 per boek (koerierfooi uitgesluit)

 

BYBELSE PERSPEKTIEF OP SIEKTE EN GENESING

Past. M.G. Mahlobo (President van die AGS van SA) – [email protected] 

In hierdie artikel wil ek graag kyk waarom ons siek word. Ek wil ook aanraak of God die bron van ons siekte kan wees. Ek wil dan afsluit met wat die Bybel sê oor genesing, hoe kan ek gesond word en ander help om ook gesond te word. Die kwessie van siekte is breed en kompleks. In die hantering van hierdie vraag wil ek drie faktore oorweeg. Dit is menslike-, geestelike- en omgewingsfaktore.

Menslike faktore

In sommige gevalle word ons siek as gevolg van menslike faktore. Dit sluit in:

  • Verwaarlosing van ons liggame. Wanneer ons ons liggame verwaarloos, stel ons onsself bloot aan allerhande kwale.
  • Skadelike stowwe. Ons loop ook ‘n risiko om siek te word wanneer ons toegee aan skadelike stowwe soos dwelmmisbruik, alkoholmisbruik en tabak.
  • Nalatigheid om higiëne- en veiligheidsmaatreëls teen siektes te volg, stel ons bloot aan allerhande infeksies.

Geestelike faktore 

  • God faktor. In die Ou Testament het God swere op Egiptenare laat verskyn (Eksodus 9:8-12). God het kwale gebruik om Israel te straf toe hulle ongehoorsaam was. In 2 Samuel 24:15-17 het God ‘n plaag gestuur wat 70,000 kinders van Israel doodgemaak het weens die sonde van koning Dawid. Die skrywer van Psalm 119:67,71 maak ‘n konneksie tussen verdrukkinge en ongehoorsaamheid aan God (Eksodus 15:26).
  • Demone. In die Nuwe Testament lees ons van mense wat siek was as gevolg van demoniese magte (Markus 5:1-20).

Omgewingsbesoedeling faktore

  • Soms word siekte veroorsaak deur haglike toestande. In Deuteronomium 23:12-14 sien ons die belangrikheid van higiëne en sanitasie.
  • In Januarie 2020 het die Wêreldgesondheidsorganisasie (WGO) se Direkteur-Generaal, Dr Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, die afwesigheid van water, toilette, seep en waterbestuur in gesondheidsorgfasiliteite onder die dringendste wêreldwye uitdagings van hierdie dekade aangehaal (WGO en UNICEF: Gesamentlike Moniteringsprogram – JMP 2017).

Is siekte iets wat God aan my gegee het? Die antwoord is ‘ja’ en ‘nee’. Ek het reeds verwys dat God siekte as ‘n straf of regstellende maatreël in een van die vorige paragrawe gebruik. Dit hou spesifiek betrekking tot die Ou Testament en nie noodwendig die Nuwe Testament nie. Een van die gevolge van sonde in Genesis 3 is die dood. Siekte is deel van die doodsproses. Sonde het ons liggame kwesbaar gemaak (1 Korintiërs 5:1-2; 15:42-44). Elkeen van ons het ‘n liggaam wat in die proses is om te vergaan. In die Nuwe Testament genees God die menigtes in plaas daarvan om hulle te vervloek. In Johannes 10:10 verklaar Jesus dat Hy gekom het om lewe te gee in oorvloed.

In Johannes 10:10 verklaar Jesus dat Hy gekom het om lewe te gee in oorvloed.”

Hoe kan ek gesond word? Daar is baie sienings en menings oor genesing. Dit is belangrik vir Christene om na die Bybel te gaan vir leiding:

  • Geloof in God. In drie Skrifgedeeltes het Jesus mense genees en vir hulle gesê: “Julle geloof het julle gesond gemaak” (Markus 5:34, Lukas 17:19).
  • Bekentenis. In Jakobus 5:16 word ons beveel om ons sondes aan mekaar te bely as ‘n voorbereiding vir ons genesing. Dit beteken egter nie dat elke siek persoon siek is as gevolg van geheime sonde wat hy/sy gepleeg het nie. Dit was ‘n fout wat Job se vriende aangaande Job se siekte gemaak het.
  • Aanvaar genoegsaamheid van God se genade. In 2 Korintiërs 12:8-9 vertel Paulus van sy gebed tot God vir genesing van sy fisiese kwale. Hy het drie keer gebid en in alle gevalle was die reaksie van God: “My genade is vir jou genoeg, want my krag is volmaak in swakheid.” Paulus het God se genade bo sy kwaal aanvaar.
  • Raadpleeg geakkrediteerde dokters. Christene moet nie wegskram daarvan om mediese prosesse te ondergaan om hul welstand te bepaal nie. Die Bybel verwys na mediese behandeling wat gebruik word, soos verbande (Jesaja 1:6), balsem (Jeremia 8:22), blare (Esegiël 47:12) en olie en wyn (Lukas 10:34). Verwysings van dokters word in die Bybel gemaak. Dit sluit in Matteus 9:12; Lukas 4:23 en Kolossense 4:14.

Hoe kan ek ander help om gesond te word? Ons kan ander help om gesond te word deur te bid vir hulle genesing (Markus 16:16-18 en Jakobus 5:14-15). Ons moet hulle aanmoedig om nie hoop te verloor nie. Genesing kom van God. Ons God, as Jehovah Rapha, kan ons van alle siektes genees (Psalm 103:3). God mag ons dalk nie genees nie. God het vir Moses nee gesê toe hy vir Mirjam gebid het (Númeri 12:13-15) en Paulus (2 Korintiërs 12:8-9). Kerkleiers het ‘n belangrike rol om te speel. In Jakobus 5:14-16 moet ouderlinge of leiers van die kerk ingelig word wanneer lidmate siek is. Daar word van hulle verwag om die siekes te besoek.

 

AGS WELSYNSNAWEEK: 26-28 NOVEMBER 2021

Ashley Theron – Waarnemende Uitvoerende Hoof van die AGS Welsyn- [email protected]

In die afgelope 18 maande was elke persoon geraak deur ‘n situasie wat ons nog nooit ervaar het nie. Die verwoestende impak van Covid-19 word onthul deur die verlies aan kosbare lewens van familie, kollegas, vriende en selfs Pastore. Werkloosheid, besighede wat hul deure sluit en ‘n verlies aan inkomste vir gesinne bly ‘n groot bron van kommer. Die verlore tyd vir opvoeding sal moontlik nooit ingehaal word nie. Kerke is veral erg geraak deur die inperkingsregulasies wat die aantal mense wat byeenkomste mag bywoon beïnvloed. Dit lyk asof soveel verlore gegaan het en dat geen persoon, organisasie of kerk deur hierdie krisis onaangeraak gelaat is nie.

As dit in my eie huishouding druk en moeilik gaan, verwag God dan nog steeds dat ek na ander in nood moet uitreik?”

As dit in my eie huishouding druk en moeilik gaan, verwag God dan nog steeds dat ek na ander in nood moet uitreik? Het ek dan nog steeds die verantwoordelikheid om as die hande en voete van Christus te dien as ek self ly? Die beeld van die drie kruise op Golgota kom onmiddellik in gedagte en spesifiek Lukas 23:32-43. Dit is een van die kosbaarste oomblikke in die Bybel. Terwyl Jesus self ontsettende pyn en lyding aan die kruis ondervind het, het Hy steeds medelye getoon om te luister na die pleidooi van die dief wat langs Hom gekruisig is. Jesus onderdruk sy eie pyn op daardie oomblik om in die behoeftes van ‘n ander te voorsien.

Die implikasie vir gelowiges is duidelik. Jesus het hierdie aangrypende voorbeeld vir ons gestel om te volg. Dit is ‘n voorbeeld wat in skrille kontras staan ​​met die maniere van die wêreld waar mense in moeilike situasies eerder voel dat selfbehoud ‘n hoër prioriteit is as om te gee, te deel en uit te reik na ander. Selfs as dit swaar en moeilik gaan in ons eie huishoudings, glo ek dat ons deur God se genade moet voortgaan om mildelik te saai en uit te reik na ander in nood. Dit is ons ​​tema vir die AGS Welsynsnaweek 2021 (26-28 November).

Die AGS Welsynsnaweek is ‘n geleentheid vir die kerk om doelbewus na te dink oor een van die spesifieke drywers van die “One AFM Game Plan” – Gemeenskapsbetrokkenheid. Deur dit ‘n gefokusde naweek te maak beteken nie dat ons nalaat om regdeur die jaar by ons gemeenskappe betrokke te wees nie. Dit beteken slegs dat ons ‘n naweek neem om alleenlik te fokus op die kerk se betrokkenheid by plaaslike gemeenskappe. Dit is ook ‘n geleentheid vir die AGS om ‘n naweek te hê waar alle Gemeentes saam as ‘n eenheid op dieselfde boodskap en aktiwiteit fokus. (Besoek gerus https://afm-ags.org/community-involvement/ vir meer inligting oor die Gemeenskapsbetrokkenheid drywer.)

Een van die kwesbaarste groepe in ons plaaslike gemeenskappe is ouer persone. Ouer persone is iemand se ouers, ons ouers, ons grootouers, hulle is in ons kerke – hulle het vir ons gesorg toe ons groot geword het en nou is dit ons beurt om hulle op ‘n waardige manier te versorg en te beskerm. Die sorg en beskerming van ouer persone sal ons fokus vir hierdie jaar se AGS Welsynsnaweek wees.

Die res van hierdie artikel fokus op praktiese idees en voorstelle vir AGS Gemeentes om die meeste van die AGS Welsynsnaweek te maak. Elke AGS Gemeente moet besluit hoe hul AGS Welsynsnaweek gestruktureer sal word.

Riglyne vir ‘n suksesvolle AFM Welsynsnaweek

Doeltreffende voorbereiding

  • Om ‘n sukses te maak van die AGS Welsynsnaweek is dit belangrik om van die begin af jou lede van die Beheerliggaam, bedieninge en lidmate effektief te betrek, voor te berei en te mobiliseer.
  • Berei geestelik voor deur doelbewus saam met jou leierskap en lidmate na te dink oor een van die drywers van die One AFM Game PlanGemeenskapsbetrokkenheid.
  • As jy nie ‘n Welsynskomitee het nie moet jy ‘n span identifiseer of kies/aanstel en voorberei wat verantwoordelikheid neem vir die organisering en bestuur van die Welsynsnaweek program.

Ken jou Gemeenskap

  • Om kwesbare persone (insluitend ouer persone) in jou gemeenskap te help versorg, te dien en te beskerm moet jy weet wie hulle is en waar hulle woon. Bestudeer jou stad, voorstad of gemeenskap en skep ‘n Profiel wat die volgende insluit:
  • ‘n Databasis met inligting oor alle kwesbare persone, insluitend die ouer persone in jou Gemeente en ander ouer persone wat in gemeenskappe rondom jou kerk woon. Inligting soos name, telefoonnommers, fisiese adresse en naasbestaandes is belangrik.
  • ‘n Lys van organisasies of strukture wat betrokke is by dienslewering en beskerming van ouer persone. Dit sluit in regeringsdepartemente, die SAPS, nie-winsgewende organisasies en gesondheidsfasiliteite en instellings wat dienste aan ouer persone bied. (Leer hierdie organisasies en individue ken sodat jou Gemeente ‘n behoefte-ontleding kan uitvoer en bewus kan word van geleenthede vir betrokkenheid.)
  • Vir die doeleindes van die 2021 AGS Welsynsnaweek moet inligting en dienste vir ouer persone geprioritiseer word.

Besluit oor jou AGS Welsynsnaweek Program

Jy kan kies tussen ‘n program van twee of drie dae. Die onderstaande voorbeeld is vir ‘n program wat oor 3 dae aangebied word:

  • Vrydagaand. Nooi gesinne (sluit ouer mense in as hulle deel uitmaak van dieselfde huishouding) na ‘n kort praktiese sessie genaamd “Fokus op die Gesin”. As jy belangstel, deel ek graag twee van my hulpbronne, naamlik (i) Hoe om Gesinswaardes te Ontwikkel en (ii) Hoe om Gesinsbyeenkomste met Bybelstudie te kombineer. Jy of een van die leiers kan hierdie aanbieding fasiliteer en selfs gesinne in kleiner groepe toelaat om die beginsels toe te pas.
  • Saterdagoggend. Oorweeg ‘n uitreikprojek.

Voorbeeld 1: Ontbyt en vermaak vir ouer persone

Identifiseer en nooi alle aktiewe ouer persone (60 jaar en ouer – as daar te veel is 65 en ouer) om ontbyt te geniet en daarna saam met hulle as kunstenaars deel te neem aan ‘n konsert. Sluit die sessie af met ‘n kort toespraak oor bv. selfversorging of ‘n preek.

Voorbeeld 2: Reik uit na en bederf ouer persone

Identifiseer kwesbare ouer persone in jou gemeente en gemeenskap en reël ‘n span jeuglede en/of kinderbedieningspersoneel om hul huise skoon te maak, verskeie take te doen, hul hare en naels te doen, ‘n gesondheidsondersoek te doen, ens.

  • Saterdagmiddag. Oorweeg ‘n bemagtigingsessie waar jy jou lidmate en lede van jou gemeenskap inlig en oplei. Ek sal binnekort ‘n opleidingsvideo beskikbaar stel waar ek meer inligting deel oor die uitreik na, versorging en beskerming van ouer persone in die gemeenskap – insluitend ‘n spesiale fokus op die verskillende soorte mishandeling van bejaardes.

 

  • Sondagoggend – ‘n Welsynsdiens.

Sondag Preek:

Gemeenskapsbetrokkenheid is die sleutel tot die vervulling van die AGS se missionale roeping. Bemagtig jou lidmate om hierdie drywer en roeping beter te verstaan. Gee die konsekwente boodskap dat (i) wanneer dinge in my eie huis moeilik is, God steeds van my verwag om na ander uit te reik en (ii) die misbruik van ouer persone verkeerd is en in stryd is met Christelike leerstellings. Ek sal ook binnekort preekpunte vir jou oorweging beskikbaar stel.

Sondag Donasies:

Oorweeg ‘n spesifieke aktiwiteit waar jy jou lidmate ‘n paar weke voor die AGS Welsynsnaweek mobiliseer om donasies te bring wat moontlik geskenke, klere, linne, handdoeke, toiletware en/of nie-bederfbare voedsel vir geïdentifiseerde ouer persone kan insluit. Die pakkies kos en toiletware moet voor die tyd voorberei word en tydens die oggenddiens aan aktiewe ouer persone uitgedeel word. As ouer persone nie meer die dienste kan bywoon nie, moet dit na hulle geneem word.

Sondag Offerhande:

Oorweeg om ‘n spesiale offerhande vir die AGS Welsynsdepartement op te neem. Die spesiale offerhande kan in die AGS Welsyn se rekening gedeponeer word:

Bank Naam: ABSA

Rekeningnaam: The Executive Welfare Council of the AFM of SA

Takkode: 632005

Rekeningnommer: 01 05529 076 4

Tipe: Tjek

Verwysing: Die naam van jou AGS Gemeente

Om jou verder by te staan met die voorbereiding vir die 2021 AGS Welsynsnaweek, is die volgende bronne ook nuttig:

https://afm-ags.org/pastoral-letter-2nd-quarter-2021/ 

https://afm-ags.org/protecting-older-persons-against-abuse-an-involved-church-community/ 

SLOT

Ek verstaan ​​dat die huidige Covid-19-situasie ‘n groot invloed het op die manier waarop Gemeentes aksies en projekte beplan. Daar is geen twyfel dat dit moeiliker geword het om uit te reik en met die gemeenskap saam te werk weens Covid-19-beperkings. Ek wil jou egter aanmoedig om sterk te staan en om innoverende maniere te oorweeg om voort te gaan met die uitvoering van die Groot Opdrag – selfs as die tye taai en moeilik is, selfs as dit pynlik en seer is. Ek bid vir elke AGS Pastoor en ek weet dat ons deur die genade van God versterk sal word en wysheid sal ontvang.

Seën!
Past. M.G. Mahlobo

Newsflash: Friday, 10 September 2021

Download the PDF-version (e-mail & printer-friendly):

AFM Newsflash, 10 September 2021

RESOURCES

1. Bible Sunday: 12 September 2021

https://youtu.be/E7E5Rn57YvQ

2. Pastoral Letter: 2nd Quarter 

https://afm-ags.org/pastoral-letter-2nd-quarter-2021
(Pastoral Letter of the 3rd Quarter Available Soon!)

3. The Possible Adoption of a Single Marriage Statute: AFM Submission

https://afm-ags.org/wp-content/uploads/2021/05/Letter-to-the-SLRC-4-May-2021.pdf 

4. PEPUDA Amendment Bill: AFM Submission

https://afm-ags.org/pepuda-amendment-bill-afm-response-june-2021/ 

Dear Colleague,

1. BIBLE SUNDAY IN THE AFM: 12 SEPTEMBER 2021 

This coming Sunday we will be celebrating Bible Sunday in our local AFM Assemblies. I requested Past. George Thompson – one of our AFM representatives at the Bible Society, to share a short message with us regarding the work of the Bible Society of South Africa:

I am asking that you will pray for the achievement of this noble vision. I am also requesting that, where possible, let us continue to give financial support to the Bible Society. Financial contributions can be made into the Bible Society’s account:

Name: Bible Society SA

Bank: Absa

Account No.: 260 220 748

Ref. AFM/AGS and Name of Assembly

2. PCD (Pastor’s Continuous Development)

In the light of the Covid-19 pandemic, a decision was made to reduce the required PCD credits to 25 instead of 50 for 2021 year. Please send Book Reviews as soon as they are done and no later than 20 November 2021. Book Reviews should not be kept until the end of the year and unfortunately, no reviews should be submitted during the month of December.

For regular PCD-updates follow:

https://www.facebook.com/pcd.afm

https://www.pcdafm.co.za/

Blessings!

MG Mahlobo

Nuusflits: Vrydag, 10 September 2021

Laai die PDF-weergawe hier af (om maklik per e-pos aan te stuur of uit te druk):

AGS Nuusflits, 10 September 2021 PDF-Weergawe

HULPBRONNE:

1. Bybel Sondag: 12 September 2021

https://youtu.be/E7E5Rn57YvQ

2. Pastorale Brief: 2de Kwartaal 

https://afm-ags.org/pastorale-brief-2de-kwartaal-2021/
(Pastorale Brief vir die 3de Kwartaal binnekort beskikbaar)

3. Moontlike Aanvaarding van ‘n Enkele Huwelikswet: AGS Terugvoer

https://afm-ags.org/wp-content/uploads/2021/05/Letter-to-the-SLRC-4-May-2021.pdf 

4. PEPUDA Wysigingswetsontwerp: AGS Terugvoer

https://afm-ags.org/pepuda-amendment-bill-afm-response-june-2021/ 

AGS Kollega,

1. BYBEL SONDAG IN DIE AGS: 12 SEPTEMBER 2021

Eerskomende Sondag vier ons Bybel Sondag in ons plaaslike AGS Gemeentes. Ek het Past. George Thompson, een van ons AGS-verteenwoordigers by die Bybelgenootskap, versoek om ‘n kort video boodskap met ons te deel rakende die werk van die Bybelgenootskap van Suid -Afrika:

Ek vra dat jy saam met my sal bid vir die 2020/2021 visie. Ek wil ook vra, waar moontlik, om aan te hou om finansiële ondersteuning te verleen vir die werk van die Bybelgenootskap. Finansiële bydraes kan direk in die rekening van die Bybelgenootskap gemaak word:

Naam: Bible Society SA

Bank: Absa

Rekeningnommer: 260 220 748

Verw. AFM/AGS en Naam van Gemeente

2. PCD (Pastor’s Continuous Development): KENNISGEWING

In die lig van die Covid-19-pandemie is ‘n besluit geneem om die vereiste PCD-krediete vir die 2021 jaar na 25 te verminder in plaas van 50. Pastore word aangemoedig om boekresensies aan te stuur so gou as wat hulle klaar is, maar nie later as 20 November 2021 nie. Boekresensies wat gedurende Desember ingedien word, sal ongelukkig nie aanvaar word nie. Moet asseblief nie wag tot die einde van die jaar om jou boekresensie in te dien nie.

Vir gereelde PCD-opdaterings volg:

https://www.facebook.com/pcd.afm

https://www.pcdafm.co.za/

Seën!

MG Mahlobo

Newsflash: Friday, 13 August 2021

Download the PDF version here (e-mail & printer-friendly):

AFM AUGUST 13 ENG NEWSFLASH

RESOURCES

1. Women’s Month Message: Jacobeth Mahlobo

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mSUNlpFarfg&t=5s

2. Pastoral Letter: 2nd Quarter 

https://afm-ags.org/pastoral-letter-2nd-quarter-2021/

3. The Possible Adoption of a Single Marriage Statute: AFM Submission

https://afm-ags.org/wp-content/uploads/2021/05/Letter-to-the-SLRC-4-May-2021.pdf 

4. PEPUDA Amendment Bill: AFM Submission

https://afm-ags.org/pepuda-amendment-bill-afm-response-june-2021/ 

1. THE BIBLE SOCIETY OF SOUTH AFRICA 

The Bible Society of SA will be celebrating 201 years of Bible work in South Africa on the 22nd of August 2021. The AFM pastors who are seconded to the Bible Society of SA are Pastors George Thompson, Bennie Francke, Nimrod Kekana and Theuns Louw. The Bible Society’s vision for 2020/2021 is to distribute 2 million Bibles free of charge.

They have made huge strides in achieving this target despite various National Disaster restrictions. They have distributed, 799 216 complete Bibles, 5 Braille, 557 Audio Bibles and 84 498 sets of literacy Books for Grade 7 learners. Many of these recipients were AFM Assemblies/Members. This was made possible by contributions from the National Leadership Forum (NLF) and some of our local Assemblies.

I am asking that you will pray for the achievement of this noble vision. I am also requesting that, where possible, let us continue to give financial support to the Bible Society. Financial contributions can be made into the Bible Society’s account:

Name: Bible Society SA

Bank: Absa

Account No.: 260 220 748

Ref. AFM/AGS and Name of Assembly

2. THE myAFM APP: COMING SOON!

As a church, we have access to technology that enables us to reach more lives and promote daily missional living. The myAFM APP is a platform for everything that is AFM in one place. The APP will allow its subscribers to stream sermons, access different Bible translations, read weekly devotions, receive information about AFM events and other live notifications or messages. Subscribers will be spiritually nurtured and empowered to be agents of change within their local communities.

We have already received many messages of interest as well as questions regarding the APP. We want to use the opportunity to provide some more information:

  • The myAFM APP is a mobile application that puts information directly in the hands of the user. Although it is a platform that centralises existing AFM content, it will also contain content that will not be available elsewhere except on the APP.
  • The myAFM APP will launch by using existing AFM content. However, the vision is to grow and develop the APP from hereon to include more unique content. The App will develop from what we currently have to include a number of practical and exciting value-adding applications.
  • Technically, there isn’t something like a “free” mobile application. There is always a cost involved that is carried by someone. In most cases, the cost is covered through advertisements. The disadvantage of this model is that interested advertisers do not always share the values of the church. To mitigate this risk, we have decided on a model where the AFM will carry the cost. The implication hereof is that every voluntary subscriber contributes R12 per month from their airtime account. As a church we are open about our decision and model – in many instances, subscribers to APPS think it is “free” without knowing that airtime is being deducted regularly.
  • The R12 per month will be used to cover costs related to: (i) Service providers such as MTN/ Vodacom, Apple and Android, (ii) The service provider for “hosting” the content contained in the APP, (iii) The technical development of the APP including maintenance and new features (especially because it is the church’s own APP and not owned by another organisation), (iv) A communication professional for creating and managing a content strategy for the APP and (v) A percentage of the potential income will be used by the church to subsidise deserving projects and programmes.

For additional questions, please do not hesitate to send us an e-mail enquiry:

[email protected] (General Secretary of the AFM of SA)

[email protected] (AFM Communication)

3. MIL (MINISTRY INTEGRATED LEARNING): UPDATE

This is a reminder of the re-scheduled dates for MIL Workshops in Pretoria, Amanzimtoti and Bellville. New dates had to be identified to adapt to lockdown restrictions on gatherings. Kindly diarise the new dates as follow:

3rd Workshop 2021

Pretoria: 30 August – 1 September

Amanzimtoti: 13 September – 15 September

Bellville: 20 September – 22 September

4th Workshop 2021

Pretoria: 1 November – 3 November

Amanzimtoti: 8 November – 10 November

Bellville: 15 November – 17 November

Also, note that MIL Application Forms for 2022 are now available from the MIL website. The closing date for applications has been extended to 15 September 2021:

www.milafm.co.za

For further support please do not hesitate to contact our National MIL Coordinator:

Dr. Christo van den Berg

[email protected]

Blessings!

MG Mahlobo

Nuusflits: Vrydag, 13 Augustus 2021

Laai die PDF-weergawe hier af (om maklik per e-pos te stuur of uit te druk):

AFM 13 Augustus AFR NUUSFLITS

HULPBRONNE:

1. Vrouemaand Boodskap: Jacobeth Mahlobo

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mSUNlpFarfg&t=6s

2. Pastorale Brief: 2de Kwartaal 

https://afm-ags.org/pastorale-brief-2de-kwartaal-2021/

3. Moontlike Aanvaarding van ‘n Enkele Huwelikswet: AGS Terugvoer

https://afm-ags.org/wp-content/uploads/2021/05/Letter-to-the-SLRC-4-May-2021.pdf 

4. PEPUDA Wysigingswetsontwerp: AGS Terugvoer

https://afm-ags.org/pepuda-amendment-bill-afm-response-june-2021/ 

AGS Kollega,

1. DIE BYBELGENOOTSKAP VAN SUID-AFRIKA

Op 22 Augustus 2021 vier Die Bybelgenootskap van Suid-Afrika 201 jaar van suksesvolle bybelverspreiding in ons land. Die volgende AGS Pastore is gesekondeer en verteenwoordig die AGS van SA by die Bybelgenootskap: Past. George Thompson, Past. Bennie Francke, Past. Nimrod Kekana en Past. Theuns Louw. Die Bybelgenootskap se visie vir 2020/2021 is om 2 miljoen Bybels gratis te versprei.

Groot vordering is gemaak na hierdie doelwit ondanks verskeie nasionale rampbeperkings. Die Bybelgenootskap het die volgende doelwitte bereik: 799 216 volledige Bybels, 5 braille Bybels, 557 audio Bybels en 84 498 stelle geletterdheidsboeke spesifiek vir Graad 7 leerlinge. ‘n Groot getal AGS Gemeentes and Lidmate het van hierdie Bybels ontvang. Dit is moontlik gemaak deur bydraes van onder andere die Nasionale Leierskaps Forum (NLF) en van ons plaaslike AGS Gemeentes.

Ek vra dat jy saam met my sal bid vir die 2020/2021 visie. Ek wil ook vra, waar moontlik, om aan te hou om finansiële ondersteuning te verleen vir die werk van die Bybelgenootskap. Finansiële bydraes kan direk in die rekening van die Bybelgenootskap gemaak word:

Naam: Bible Society SA

Bank: Absa

Rekeningnommer: 260 220 748

Verw. AFM/AGS en Naam van Gemeente

2. DIE myAFM TOEP: BINNEKORT BESKIKBAAR!

As kerk het ons toegang tot tegnologie wat ons in staat stel om meer lewens te bereik en gelowiges te bemagtig vir ‘n daaglikse missionale lewenstyl. Die myAFM toep is ‘n platform vir alles wat AGS is, op een plek. Die toep sal intekenare toelaat om preke te kyk, toegang te verkry tot verskillende Bybelvertalings, ‘n weeklikse dagstukkie te lees, inligting te ontvang oor AGS-gebeure en ander regstreekse kennisgewings of boodskappe. Intekenare sal geestelik gevoed en bemagtig word om agente van verandering binne hul plaaslike gemeenskappe te wees.

Ons het positiewe terugvoer ontvang, sowel as vrae rakende die toep. Ons wil die geleentheid hier gebruik om meer inligting te verskaf:

  • Die myAFM toep is ‘n mobiele toepassing wat inligting direk in die hande van die verbruiker plaas. Alhoewel dit ‘n platform is wat bestaande AGS-inhoud sentraliseer, sal dit ook inhoud bevat wat uniek is tot die myAFM toep.
  • Die myAFM toep word bekendgestel deur gebruik te maak van bestaande AGS-inhoud. Die visie is egter om die toep van hieraf te laat groei en te ontwikkel om meer unieke inhoud in die toekoms te bevat. Die toep sal ontwikkel uit wat ons tans het, en bevat ‘n aantal praktiese en waardevolle toepassings.
  • Tegnies is daar nie iets soos ‘n “gratis” mobiele toep nie. Daar is altyd ‘n koste verbonde wat deur iemand gedek moet word. In meeste gevalle word die koste gedek deur advertensie inkomste. Die nadeel van hierdie model is dat belangstellende adverteerders nie altyd die waardes van die kerk deel nie. Om hierdie risiko te vermy, het ons besluit op ‘n model waar die AGS van SA die koste sal dra. Die implikasie hiervan is dat elke vrywillige intekenaar R12 per maand uit hul lugtyd bydra. As kerk is ons oop oor ons besluit en model – in baie gevalle dink intekenare van ‘n toep dat dit “gratis” is sonder om te weet dat lugtyd wel gereeld afgetrek word.
  • Die R12 per maand sal gebruik word om koste te dek wat verband hou met: (i) Diensteverskaffers soos MTN/Vodacom, Apple en Android, (ii) Diensteverskaffers vir die “hosting” van die toep inhoud, (iii) Die tegniese ontwikkeling van die toep, insluitend instandhouding en nuwe funksies (veral omdat dit die kerk se eie toep is en nie deur ‘n ander groot maatskappy besit word nie), (iv) ‘n Professionele kommunikasie-persoon vir die opstel en bestuur van ‘n inhoudstrategie vir die toep en (v) ‘n Persentasie van die potensiële inkomste sal deur die kerk gebruik word om verdienstelike projekte en programme te subsidieer.

Vir verdere vrae, moet asseblief nie huiwer om ‘n e-pos navraag aan ons te stuur nie:

[email protected] (Hoofsekretaris van die AGS van SA)

[email protected] (AGS Kommunikasie)

 

 

3. MIL (MINISTRY INTEGRATED LEARNING): KENNISGEWING

Ek herinner jou graag aan die her-geskeduleerde datums vir die MIL Werkswinkels in Pretoria, Amanzimtoti en Bellville. Nuwe datums moes geïdentifiseer word om aan te pas by beperkings op byeenkomste. Skryf gerus die nuwe datums as volg neer:

3de Werkswinkel 2021

Pretoria: 30 Augustus – 1 September

Amanzimtoti: 13 September – 15 September

Bellville: 20 September – 22 September

4de Werkswinkel 2021

Pretoria: 1 November – 3 November

Amanzimtoti: 8 November – 10 November

Bellville: 15 November – 17 November

Let ook daarop dat MIL-aansoekvorms vir 2022 nou beskikbaar is vanaf die MIL-webwerf. Die sluitingsdatum vir aansoeke is verleng tot en met 15 September 2021:

www.milafm.co.za

Vir verdere ondersteuning, moet asseblief nie huiwer om die Nasionale MIL Koördineerder te kontak nie:

Dr Christo van den Berg

[email protected]

Seën!

MG Mahlobo

Newsflash: Friday, 30 July 2021

Download the PDF version here (e-mail & printer-friendly):

AFM JULY 30 ENG NEWSFLASH

RESOURCES

1. AFM Response to the President’s Address to the Nation

https://afm-ags.org/afm-response-to-the-presidents-address-to-the-nation-26-07-2021/

2. Pastoral Letter: 2nd Quarter 

https://afm-ags.org/pastoral-letter-2nd-quarter-2021/

3. The Possible Adoption of a Single Marriage Statute: AFM Submission

https://afm-ags.org/wp-content/uploads/2021/05/Letter-to-the-SLRC-4-May-2021.pdf 

4. PEPUDA Amendment Bill: AFM Submission

https://afm-ags.org/pepuda-amendment-bill-afm-response-june-2021/ 

Dear Colleague,

Allow me to greet you with the words from 3 John 2: “I pray that you may enjoy good health and that all may go well with you, even as your soul is getting along well” (NIV).

1. LET US KEEP HOPE & BE RESILIENT

We are still in the Covid-19 season. None of us knows how long this pandemic will last. I continue to be saddened by the loss of lives which is now beyond 70 000 deaths nationwide. It is even more painful to see the huge number of our Pastors and Pastors’ Spouses that have passed away because of covid-related causes. I am convinced that the Church of Jesus Christ will weather the Covid-19 storm and come out stronger than before. In Matthew 16:18 Jesus said to Peter: “And I tell you that you are Peter, and on this rock, I will build my church, and the gates of Hades will not overcome it” (NIV).

Many Pastors are struggling to navigate some of the obstacles of technology-based ministry. Some of these challenges have to do with a lack of electricity, internet connectivity while other challenges are caused by a lack of practical know-how. I am also aware that many of our Pastors are going through financial challenges. We must never allow these challenges to demotivate us. We must explore all possibilities to remain on top of them. These challenges oblige us to rethink and prioritise our ministry. We need to have resourceful persons around us to assist.

2. GENERAL BUSINESS MEETING (GBM)

As you may be aware the National Office Bearers were tasked by the March 2021 National Leadership Forum (NLF) to explore the possibility of convening the General Business Meeting in various venues simultaneously. This was linked to churches being allowed to have in-person church gatherings of 200 and more. Progress was made in this regard, unfortunately during the peak of the third wave church gatherings were not permitted. Currently, in-person church gatherings are limited to 50 which is not helpful.

Kindly note that the August 2021 NLF will deliberate on this matter with a view to charting the way forward.

3. myAFM APP: COMING SOON!

We are excited to announce that the AFM of SA will soon have a mobile application of its own! In the Pastoral Letter of the 1st Quarter, we focused on technology and the Great Commission (https://afm-ags.org/pastoral-letter-1st-quarter-2021/). As a church, we have access to technology that enables us to reach more lives and promote daily missional living. The myAFM APP is a platform for everything that is AFM in one place. The APP will allow its subscribers to stream sermons, access different Bible translations, read weekly devotions, receive information about AFM events and other live notifications or messages. Subscribers will be spiritually nurtured and empowered to be agents of change within their local communities.

The myAFM APP will also have a special section for AFM Pastors. Pastors will be able to log in and enjoy easy access to Newsflashes, Pastoral Letters, Official Statements, Circulars and Live Notifications. Pastors will be required to pre-register to gain access to this private section on the APP. Instructions for pre-registration will follow soon!

Blessings!

MG Mahlobo

Nuusflits: Vrydag, 30 Julie 2021

Laai die Nuusflits hier af in PDF-formaat (om maklik per e-pos te stuur of uit te druk):

AFM 30 JULIE AFR NUUSFLITS

HULPBRONNE:

1. AGS van SA Reaksie op die President te Toespraak (26.07.2021)

https://afm-ags.org/afm-response-to-the-presidents-address-to-the-nation-26-07-2021/

2. Pastorale Brief: 2de Kwartaal 

https://afm-ags.org/pastorale-brief-2de-kwartaal-2021/

3. Moontlike Aanvaarding van ‘n Enkele Huwelikswet: AGS Terugvoer

https://afm-ags.org/wp-content/uploads/2021/05/Letter-to-the-SLRC-4-May-2021.pdf 

4. PEPUDA Wysigingswetsontwerp: AGS Terugvoer

https://afm-ags.org/pepuda-amendment-bill-afm-response-june-2021/ 

AGS Kollega,

Laat my toe om jou te groet met die woorde uit 3 Johannes 2: “Geliefde vriend, ek hou aan bid dat dit in alle opsigte met jou goed mag gaan en dat jy nét so gesond sal wees soos dit geestelik goed met jou gaan” (NLV).

1. WEES HOOPVOL & STERK 

Ons bevind onsself nog steeds in die Covid-19 seisoen. Nie een van ons weet hoe lank hierdie pandemie sal duur nie. Ek is steeds hartseer oor die verlies van lewens wat nou bereken word op meer as 70 000 sterftes landswyd. Verder is dit vir my baie moeilik en seer om te aanskou hoeveel van ons eie Pastore en hul eggenote oorlede is as gevolg van Covid-19 verwante oorsake. Ek is egter oortuig dat die Kerk van Jesus Christus die Covid-19-storm sal deurstaan ​​en sterker sal uitkom as voorheen. In Matteus 16:18 het Jesus vir Petrus gesê: “Ek verklaar nou vir jou: Jy is Petrus. Op hierdie rots sal Ek my kerk oprig, en al die magte van die doderyk sal dit nie oorwin nie.” (NLV)

As dit kom by bediening is tegnologie tans ‘n struikelblok vir baie van ons Pastore. Sommige van hierdie uitdagings het te make met ‘n gebrek aan elektrisiteit, internetverbinding, terwyl ander uitdagings veroorsaak word deur ‘n gebrek aan praktiese kennis en ervaring. Ek is ook daarvan bewus dat baie van ons Pastore finansiële uitdagings ervaar. Ons moet nooit toelaat dat hierdie uitdagings ons onder kry nie. Ons moet alle moontlikhede ondersoek om ons uitdagings te bestuur. Hierdie uitdagings verplig ons om ons bediening te heroorweeg en te prioritiseer. Ons moet onsself met vindingryke persone omring wat ons kan help.

2. ALGEMENE BESIGHEIDSVERGADERING (GBM)

Soos jy dalk alreeds weet, is die Nasionale Ampsdraers deur die Nasionale Leierskapforum (NLF) van Maart 2021 opdrag gegee om die moontlikheid te ondersoek om die Algemene Besigheidsvergadering (GBM) gelyktydig op verskillende plekke te fasiliteer. Dit was gekoppel aan die inperkingsreël wat in-persoon kerklike byeenkomste van 200 mense toegelaat het. In hierdie verband was daar vordering gemaak, maar ongelukkig was kerk byeenkomste tydens die piek van die derde golf nie toegelaat nie. Tans is kerklike byeenkomste beperk tot 50 mense, wat ook nie ‘n gunstige situasie is nie.

Let daarop dat die NLF van Augustus 2021 oor hierdie saak sal beraadslaag om te besluit wat die strategie vorentoe moet wees.

3. myAFM APP: BINNEKORT HIER!

Ons is opgewonde om aan te kondig dat die AGS van SA binnekort ‘n toep of APP sal hê! In die Pastorale Brief van die eerste kwartaal het ons gefokus op tegnologie en die Groot Opdrag (https://afm-ags.org/pastorale-brief-1ste-kwartaal-2021/). As kerk het ons toegang tot tegnologie wat ons in staat stel om meer lewens te bereik en gelowiges te bemagtig vir ‘n daaglikse missionale lewenstyl. Die myAFM toep is ‘n platform vir alles wat AGS is, op een plek. Die toep sal intekenare toelaat om preke te kyk, toegang te verkry tot verskillende Bybelvertalings, ‘n weeklikse dagstukkie te lees, inligting te ontvang oor AGS-gebeure en ander regstreekse kennisgewings of boodskappe. Intekenare sal geestelik gevoed en bemagtig word om agente van verandering binne hul plaaslike gemeenskappe te wees.

Die myAFM toep of APP het ook ‘n spesiale afdeling vir AGS Pastore. Pastore kan inteken en maklik toegang geniet tot gereelde Nuusflitse, Pastorale Briewe, Amptelike Verklarings, Omsendbriewe en Regstreekse Kennisgewings. Pastore sal vooraf registreer om toegang tot hierdie privaat-afdeling van die toep te verkry. Instruksies vir registrasie volg binnekort!

Seën!

MG Mahlobo