Newsflash: Friday, 18 September 2020

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AFM Newsflash 18 SEPT 2020 ENG

RESOURCES:

2. The 2020 NOB Empowerment Visits Material
https://afm-ags.org/category/events/

3. Give us your feedback on AFM Communication
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1. MOVEMENT TO LOCKDOWN LEVEL 1: GATHERINGSOn Wednesday, 17 September the President of South Africa, Mr. Cyril Ramaphosa announced that the country will move to Lockdown Alert Level 1 and will take effect from midnight on Sunday 20 September 2020. The move recognises that levels of infection are relatively low and that there is sufficient capacity in our health system to manage the current need.

The move to Lockdown Alert Level 1 means a further easing of restrictions on gatherings:

  • Religious gatherings are permitted as long as the number of people does not exceed 50% of the normal capacity of the venue – up to a maximum of 250 people for indoor gatherings and 500 people for outdoor gatherings. Health protocols, such as washing hands or sanitising hands, social distancing and mask-wearing, will need to be strictly observed.
  • The maximum number of people who may attend a funeral is increased from 50 to 100 due to the higher risk of viral transmission at funerals.

 

The AFM welcomes the ease of these restrictions and will issue amended guidelines to all church structures as soon as the regulations are formally promulgated.

2. NATIONAL CHILDREN’S MINISTRY (NCM)2020 has been a very difficult and challenging year due to the Covid-19 pandemic which caused a serious interruption to the activities of the Children’s Ministry in our denomination at large – leading to an “online” way of doing things. Regions, Assemblies and Members have lost loved ones due to the pandemic. We wish to extend our heartfelt condolences to the loved ones of the departed and pray for God’s strength and comfort.

We would like to remind the Regions and Assemblies that as per the AFM Calendar for 2020, this coming Sunday, the 20th of September, is our Children’s Ministry Day. Every year on this day we give the children the opportunity to conduct the Sunday service to showcase their talent and experience they gained from Children’s Ministry. Secondly, on the day we request and encourage that every member of the Assembly contribute a sum of not less than R10.00 per member – which after the collection is deposited into the National Children’s Ministry bank account:

Account Name: The AFM of SA National Children Ministry

Bank: ABSA

Account #:4057290440

Reference: The name of the Assembly should be stated as a reference when the deposit is made.

The support of every member of our church is forever valued and appreciated in the best interest of our children in the beloved AFM of SA.

Many thanks!
Past. Sam Tshabalala
(Director of the AFM National Children’s Ministry)

3. MARRIAGE OFFICERS: DELAY IN APPLICATIONS

The AFM National Office is receiving many enquiries regarding the progress of applications for Marriage Officers. The Department of Home Affairs issued an e-mail apology for the delays in the application process. The situation is being monitored and followed up on a weekly basis.

“Due to the fact that we are still in lockdown and have a shortage of staff, and only specified services are rendered at the local Home Affairs Offices, we are unable to process the applications at the moment as the Reverends will not be able to write the prescribed tests at the local Offices.” – Department of Home Affairs

AFM Pastors are advised to still direct enquiries to AFM staff member, Jolandé Prinsloo, and not to the Department of Home Affairs:

Ms. Jolandé Prinsloo

[email protected]

(012) 644 0490

Blessings!

MG Mahlobo

 

Nuusflits: Vrydag, 18 September 2020

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AGS Nuusflits 18 Sept 2020 AFR

BRONNE:

1. Die 2021 AGS Kalender
https://afm-ags.org/wp-content/uploads/2020/08/AFM-Calender-2021-2.pdf-FINAL-28.08.2020.pdf

2. Die 2020 NOB Bemagtingsbesoeke Materiaal
https://afm-ags.org/category/events/

3. Gee ons jou terugvoer oor die AGS se Kommunikasie
https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/7THPWNS

4. Pastorale Nuusbrief: 3de Kwartaal
https://afm-ags.org/pastorale-brief-3de-kwartaal-2020/

AGS Mede-Kollega,

1. DIE SKUIF NA INPERKINGSVLAK 1: BYEENKOMSTE 

Die President van Suid-Afrika, Mnr. Cyril Ramaphosa, het op Woensdag 17 September aangekondig dat die land na Inperkingsvlak 1 sal skuif en dat hierdie skuif vanaf middernag op Sondag, 20 September in werking sal tree. Met hierdie skuif word bevestig dat die vlakke van infeksie relatief laag is en dat daar voldoende kapasiteit in ons gesondheidstelsel is om die huidige behoefte te hanteer.

Die skuif na Inperkingsvlak 1 beteken ‘n verdere verslapping van beperkings op byeenkomste:

  • Godsdienstige byeenkomste word toegelaat solank die aantal mense nie meer as 50% van die normale kapasiteit van die lokaal oorskry nie – tot ‘n maksimum van 250 mense vir binnenshuise byeenkomste en 500 mense vir buite byeenkomste. Covid-19 protokolle, soos om hande te was of te ontsmet, sosiale afstand te hou en die dra van maskers moet nog steeds streng nagekom word.
  • Die maksimum aantal mense wat ‘n begrafnis mag bywoon, word verhoog van 50 tot 100 as gevolg van die hoër risiko vir virale oordrag by begrafnisse.

Die AGS verwelkom die aangepaste beperkings en sal gewysigde riglyne aan alle kerkstrukture uitreik sodra die regulasies formeel aangekondig word.

2. AGS NASIONALE KINDERBEDIENDING 

2020 was ‘n baie moeilike en uitdagende jaar as gevolg van die Covid-19 pandemie wat ernstige onderbrekings in die aktiwiteite van die Kinderbediening in ons denominasie in die algemeen veroorsaak het – wat op die ou einde gelei het tot ‘n “aanlyn” manier van dinge doen. Streke, Gemeentes en Lidmate het geliefdes verloor weens die pandemie. Ons wil ons innige meegevoel betuig en bid vir God se krag en vertroosting.

Ons wil graag ons Streke en Gemeentes daaraan herinner dat komende Sondag, 20 September ons Kinderbedieningsdag is volgens die 2020 AGS-kalender. Elke jaar op hierdie dag gee ons die kinders die geleentheid om die Sondagdiens aan te bied om sodoende hul talent en ervaring wat hulle by die Kinderbediening opgedoen het, ten toon te stel. Tweedens, op die dag word lidmate in ons Gemeentes versoek en aangemoedig om ‘n bedrag van ten minste R10 per lidmaat by te dra wat dan direk in die Nasionale Kinderbediening se bankrekening betaal word:

Rekeningnaam: The AFM of SA National Children Ministry

Bank: ABSA

Rekening Nr.: 4057290440

Verwysing: Die naam van die Gemeente moet as verwysing vermeld word wanneer die deposito gemaak word.

Die ondersteuning van elke lidmaat van ons kerk word opreg waardeer in die beste belang van ons kinders in die geliefde AGS van SA.

Seën!
Past. Sam Tshabalala
(Direkteur van die Nasionale Kinderbediening)

3. HUWELIKSBEVESTIGERS: AANSOEKE

Die AGS Nasionale Kantoor ontvang tans baie navrae oor die vordering van aansoeke vir huweliksbeamptes. Die Departement van Binnelandse Sake het per e-pos verskoning gevra vir die vertragings in die aansoekproses. Die situasie word weekliks gemonitor en opgevolg.

“Due to the fact that we are still in lockdown and have a shortage of staff, and only specified services are rendered at the local Home Affairs Offices, we are unable to process the applications at the moment as the Reverends will not be able to write the prescribed tests at the local Offices.” – Department of Home Affairs

Pastore moet asseblief navrae rig aan AGS-personeellid, Jolandé Prinsloo, en nie aan die Departement van Binnelandse Sake nie:

Me Jolandé Prinsloo

[email protected]

(012) 644 0490

Seëninge!
MG Mahlobo

Newsflash: Friday, 4 SEPT 2020

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Newsflash 4 SEPT ENG

Fellow-Colleague,

1. AFM WELFARE: R1 PER MONTH PER WILLING AFM MEMBER

I would like to remind you of the AFM Welfare’s humble request for a R1 per month gift from willing AFM members. In the last Circular, a letter from the Welfare was included where a toolkit was promised: https://afm-ags.org/newsflash-friday-21-august-2020-resources/.

This toolkit is now available for download and include multiple communication tools to engage AFM members on the request. The toolkit includes: (i) a PDF-document with all the information, (ii) a promotional flyer, (iii) a Power Point Presentation, (iv) a Facebook Banner and (v) an E-mail Signature Banner. I encourage you to make use of these tools to raise awareness of the Welfare’s request: https://afm-ags.org/category/media/

2. ANTI-CORRUPTION CAMPAIGN: CHURCHES

The National Leaders of the South African Council of Churches (SACC) launched the Church Anti-Corruption Campaign on 30 August 2020. This launch was preceded by the SACC media statement issued on 7 August 2020: https://afm-ags.org/category/media/.

The statement called on us to make a pledge on building an ethical state, transparency and accountability. September-month was declared by the churches as “free-of-corruption-month”. As part of activities aimed at shining light on corruption there will be a silent protest by church leaders on 15 September 2020. It is planned to take place provincially and in our national capitals. The AFM has already appointed AFM leaders who will participate.

My request is, that where possible, we should make an AFM Anti-Corruption poster visible in our church buildings and on our social media on 15 September 2020. The poster can be downloaded from

https://afm-ags.org/category/media/. The AFM of SA is calling on Government to bring a STOP to corruption in our country. Please make sure that you watch my video message in this regard:

3. ATTACKS ON AND MURDERS OF WOMEN AND FARMERS

I invite fellow pastors and leaders of the AFM to condemn the spike in attacks and murders of women and farmers in our country. I call upon our Government and Law Enforcement Agencies to prioritise these crimes and take swift action to bring perpetrators to justice. Our condolences are extended to all families who have become bereaved because of these heinous crimes.

Blessings!

MG Mahlobo

Nuusflits: Vrydag, 4 September 2020

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Nuusflits 4 SEPT AFR

Mede-Kollega,

1. AGS WELSYN: R1 DONASIE VAN GEWILLIGE AGS-LIDMATE

Ek wil jou graag herinner aan die AGS Welsyn se nederige versoek vir ‘n R1 per maand donasie van gewillige AGS-lidmate. In die laaste Omsendbrief was ‘n skrywe van die Welsyn ingesluit wat hierdie versoek omskryf het en ook verwys het na ‘n “toolkit” vir Pastore: https://afm-ags.org/newsflash-friday-21-august-2020-resources/.

Hierdie hulpbronne (of “toolkit”) is nou beskikbaar en bevat verskeie kommunikasie elemente om AGS-lidmate bewus te maak van die versoek. Die hulpbronne bevat: (i) ‘n PDF-dokument met volledige inligting, (ii) ‘n promosieblaadjie, (iii) ‘n PowerPoint-aanbieding, (iv) ‘n Facebook bannier en (v) ‘n e-pos bannier. Ek moedig jou aan om van hierdie hulpbronne gebruik te maak in jou kommunikasie met ons lidmate: https://afm-ags.org/category/media/.

2. ANTI-KORRUPSIE VELDTOG: KERKE 

Die Nasionale leiers van die Suid-Afrikaanse Raad van Kerke (SARK) het die Kerk-teen-korrupsieveldtog op 30 Augustus 2020 geloods. Hierdie bekendstelling is voorafgegaan deur die SARK-mediaverklaring wat op 7 Augustus 2020 uitgereik was: https://afm-ags.org/category/media/.

Die verklaring het ‘n beroep op ons gedoen om ‘n staat van deursigtigheid en aanspreeklikheid daar te stel. September-maand is deur die kerke verklaar as “vry-van-korrupsie-maand”. As deel van aktiwiteite wat daarop gemik is om korrupsie te beinding, sal daar op 15 September 2020 ‘n stille protes deur kerkleiers wees. Dit word beplan vir, en gaan plaasvind, provinsiaal en in ons nasionale hoofstede. Die AGS het reeds AGS-leiers aangestel wat gaan deelneem aan die protes.

My versoek is dat ons, waar moontlik, op 15 September 2020 die AGS anti-korrupsie plakaat in ons kerkgeboue en op ons sosiale media moet sigbaar maak. Die plakkaat kan afgelaai word vanaf https://afm-ags.org/category/media/. Die AGS van SA doen ‘n beroep op die regering om korrupsie in ons land te stop. Maak asseblief seker dat jy my videoboodskap kyk oor die saak.

3. PLAASMOORDE EN MISDAAD TEEN VROUENS

Ek nooi mede-pastore en leiers van die AGS uit om die toename in aanvalle en moorde op vroue en boere in ons land te veroordeel. Ek doen ‘n beroep op ons regering en wetstoepassingsagentskappe om hierdie misdade te prioritiseer en vinnig op te tree om oortreders voor die gereg te bring. Ons harte en gebede word toegewy aan alle gesinne wat deurr hierdie misdade geraak is.

Seen!

MG Mahlobo

Newsflash: Friday, 28 August 2020

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28 AUGUST ENG 2020

Fellow Colleague,

I trust that you are staying strong in the Lord! (Ephesians 6:10 NIV) Since the lockdown started in March, effective communication with our Pastors was set at the highest level of priority. We would like to ask your feedback on how we are doing with communication during the Covid-19 crisis. May I request your feedback by asking you to complete a 4-minute questionnaire?

Your feedback is important to us:

https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/7THPWNS

1. OUTSTANDING DATES ON THE AFM 2020 CALENDAR 

Our church’s annual schedule post March 2020 was disrupted by the national lockdown which restricted our movements and gatherings. While we were able to continue with some on virtual platforms, we had to forego others which could not be done virtually. Some of those we had to cancel include:

The 2020 NOB Empowerment Visits to Regional Clusters

We were not able to visit the Regions in the North West and Gauteng clusters as scheduled for 17–18 April 2020. The Eastern Cape and Northern Cape clusters that was scheduled for 8-9 May 2020 also had to be dropped due to the lockdown. The NOB took a decision that materials that were presented at clusters before the lockdown be made available to assemblies through their Regional Committees. The Office of the General Secretary has already sent these materials to the respective Regional Committees. These materials are also now available for download from the AFM Website:

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

I am aware that the 2020 elections of the Church’s National Departments’ were also disrupted by the pandemic. Department Leaders will communicate with you once they have taken decisions regarding adjustments to their 2020 activities.

2021 Annual Calendar

The recent virtual NLF in July, approved the Church’s Annual Calendar for 2021. Please be advised that some of these activities may be affected by the lockdown rules to mitigate the spread of the infection. The calendar is available for download from our website:

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

2. MIL WORKSHOPS

Because of the easing of the national  lockdown to alert Level 2, the MIL workshops scheduled for September (Bellville: 14-16 September; Pretoria: 21-23 September; Amanzimtoti: 28-30 September) will definitely continue. However, to comply with existing regulations of only 50 persons per gathering, we will not be able to accommodate the mentors of MIL candidates, as well as pastors attending for PCD purposes. Thus only current registered MIL participants will be able to attend (this includes candidates part of the Resolution 818). For any inquiries, please contact the National MIL Coordinator, Dr. Christo van den Berg at 082 086 6269.

3. FUNERALS: GUIDELINES

Funerals continue to be a place where most infections are spread. The AFM compiled a document with clear guidelines that can be downloaded from the link below. My request is that we ensure that every AFM Pastor takes note of this document. Let us continue to be channels of hope:

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

Further the Department of Health also released information regarding the handling of deceased individuals by undertakers and mortuaries:

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

Blessings!

M.G. Mahlobo

Nuusflits: Vrydag, 28 Augustus 2020

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28 AUGUST AFR 2020

Mede-Kollega,

Ek vertrou jy vind jou krag in die sterkte van die Here! (Efesiërs 6:10 NLV) Sedert die inperking in Maart vanjaar begin het, was effektiewe kommunikasie met ons pastore een van ons hoogste prioriteite. Ons wil graag jou terugvoer hê oor hoe effektief ons kommunikasie was tydens die Covid-19-krisis. Mag ek vra vir jou terugvoer deur ‘n 4-minute aanlyn vraelys te voltooi?

Jou terugvoer is belangrik vir ons:

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1. UITSTAANDE DATUMS OP DIE AFM 2020-KALENDER

Ons kerk se jaarlikse skedule na Maart 2020 is ontwrig deur die nasionale inperking wat ons bewegings en byeenkomste beperk het. Terwyl ons met sommige byeenkomste op virtuele platforms kon voortgaan, moes ons ander kanselleer waar dit nie prakties moontlik was nie. Van die wat ons moes kanselleer, sluit in:

Die 2020 NOB-Bemagtigingsbesoeke aan Streke

Ons kon nie die streke in Noordwes en Gauteng besoek soos geskeduleer vir 17-18 April 2020 nie. Die Oos-Kaapse en Noord-Kaapse besoeke wat vir 8-9 Mei 2020 geskeduleer was, moes ook gekanselleer word weens die inperkingsregulasies. Die NOB het besluit dat die materiaal wat voor die inperking by ons besoeke aangebied is, nou beskikbaar sal wees aan streke deur hul streekskomitees. Die Algemene Sekretaris het hierdie materiaal reeds aan die onderskeie streekskomitees gestuur. Hierdie materiaal is ook nou beskikbaar vanaf die AGS-webwerf:

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

Nasionale Departemente

Ek is bewus daarvan dat die 2020 verkiesings van die Nasionale Departemente van die kerk ook deur die pandemie ontwrig is. Departement Leiers sal met jou kommunikeer sodra daar besluite geneem is oor aanpassings aan hul 2020 aktiwiteite.

2021 Kalender

Die onlangse virtuele NLF (Nasionale Leierskap Forum) in Julie, het die kerk se kalender vir 2021 goedgekeur. Let daarop dat sommige van hierdie aktiwiteite beïnvloed mag word deur die inperkingsregulasies wat in plek gestel is om die verspreiding van die infeksie te verlig. Die kalender kan vanaf ons webwerf afgelaai word:

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

2. MIL WERKSWINKEL

As gevolg van die verslapping van die nasionale inperking tot Vlak 2, sal die MIL-werkswinkels wat in September beplan word (Bellville: 14-16 September, Pretoria: 21-23 September, Amanzimtoti: 28-30 September) beslis voortgaan. Om aan die huidige regulasies van slegs 50 persone per byeenkoms te voldoen, sal ons egter nie die mentors van MIL-kandidate, asook pastore wat vir PCD-doeleindes wil bywoon, kan akkommodeer nie. Slegs huidige MIL-deelnemers sal dit kan bywoon (dit sluit kandidate in wat deel vorm van die Resolusie 818). Vir enige navrae, kontak gerus die nasionale MIL-koördineerder, Dr. Christo van den Berg by 082 086 6269.

3. BEGRAFNISSE: RIGLYNE

Begrafnisse is steeds ‘n plek waar die virus versprei word. Die AGS het ‘n dokument saamgestel met duidelike riglyne wat van die onderstaande skakel afgelaai kan word. My versoek is dat ons toesien dat elke AGS pastoor kennis neem van hierdie dokument. Laat ons steeds kanale van hoop te wees:

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

Verder het die Departement van Gesondheid ook inligting vrygestel oor die hantering van oorledenes deur begrafnisondernemers en lykshuise:

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

Seën!

M.G. Mahlobo

Newsflash: Friday, 21 August 2020

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21 AUGUST ENG 2020

Dear AFM Colleague,

1. A WORD OF ENCOURAGEMENT

We are all aware that the President of the country declared a move from Alert Level 3 to Alert Level 2 of lockdown. Earlier this week I published a statement from my side on our Facebook page:

https://www.facebook.com/AFMOFSA/

It is encouraging to see that many South Africans are recovering from the virus. Our hearts still go out to all the families who have lost loved ones. I want to encourage you with a scripture from Ephesians 6:10 (NIV): “Finally, be strong in the Lord and in his mighty power.” It is comforting to know that our God gives us strength and that He is powerful. God will take us through this storm. On this subject I include a video devotion that you can watch here:

2. CIRCULAR

Earlier this week an important Circular was sent to all AFM Assemblies concerning:

  • The nominees for the National Office Bearers elections.
  • An approved proposed amendment to Regulation 7.4.4.
  • The minimum credits for PCD for 2020.
  • The importance of complying with Covid-19 protocol (especially at funerals).
  • A letter from the AFM Welfare for your kind consideration.

All the above documentation is available for download from the following link on our website:

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

3. SUPPORTING OUR HEALTH WORKERS

The Covid-19 environment is a very present threat, yet it offers unique mission opportunities to serve the hurting and grieving. Health workers are traumatized, anxious and depressed. They are often separated from their normal communities of faith due to restrictions on the number of people who can gather to worship.

We have received a request from The Evangelical Alliance of South Africa to support health workers in our communities. To read more about specific actions that can be taken, download this letter from the following link:

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

4. COVID-19 AND THE IMPACT ON THE DEAF COMMUNITY

The Deaf are in desperate need of assistance in all spheres of life. The average request rate for assistance to the Deaf over the last few years were 3 requests daily. It has now increased to an average of 16 per day. In the following blog-article, Past. Dirk Venter tells us more about how Covid-19 is affecting the Deaf community:

https://afm-ags.org/the-impact-of-covid-19-on-the-deaf-community/

Deaf Friendly is a specialised AFM Ministry and widely known to assist the Deaf. Please inform Deaf Friendly of any Deaf in distress so that we can follow up with as much assistance as we possibly can:

[email protected]

Blessings!

MG Mahlobo

Nuusflits: Vrydag, 21 Augustus 2020

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21 AUGUSTUS AFR 2020

Liewe AGS Kollega,

1. ‘N BOODSKAP VAN BEMOEDEGING 

Ons is almal bewus daarvan dat President Cyril Ramaphosa die land vanaf inperkings Vlak 3 na inperkings Vlak 2 verskuif het. Ek het vroeër die week ‘n verklaring op ons Facebook-blad gepubliseer oor hoe die huidige inperking die kerk affekteer:

https://www.facebook.com/AFMOFSA/

Dit is bemoedigend om te sien dat baie Suid-Afrikaners besig is om te herstel van die Korona-virus. Ons harte gaan nog steeds uit na al die families wat geliefdes verloor het as gevolg van die pandemie. Ek wil jou graag vandag aanmoedig met ‘n skrifgedeelte uit Efesiërs 6:10: “Soek julle krag in die Here en in sy groot mag.” Dit is vertroostend om te weet dat ons God so kragtig is en vir ons al ons krag gee. God sal ons deur hierdie storm dra. Oor hierdie onderwerp sluit ek ‘n video boodskap in:

2. OMSENDBRIEF

Vroeër hierdie week is ‘n belangrike omsendbrief aan alle AGS Gemeentes gestuur rakende:

  • Die genomineerdes vir die Nasionale Ampsdraers verkiesing.
  • ‘n Goedgekeurde voorgestelde verwysiging van Regulasie 7.4.4.
  • Die minimum krediete vir PCD vir 2020.
  • Die belangrikheid daarvan om aan die Covid-19-protokol te voldoen (veral by begrafnisse).
  • ‘n Brief van AGS Welsyn vir jou vriendelike oorweging.

Al die bogenoemde dokumente is beskikbaar vanaf ons webblad by die volgende skakel:

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

3. ONDERSTEUNING VAN ONS GESONDHEIDSWERKERS

Die Korona-virus is nog steeds n baie groot bedreiging en tog bied dit vir ons ‘n unieke geleentheid om te bedien en ‘n verskil te kan maak. Ons gesondheidswerkers is huidiglik getraumatiseerd, angstig en depressief. In baie gevalle word hulle geskei van hulle gewone geloofsgemeenskappe as gevolg van die beperkings wat geplaas is op die aantal mense wat mag saam kom om die Here te dien.

Ons het ‘n versoek van The Evangelical Alliance of South Africa ontvang om gesondheidswerkers in ons gemeenskappe te ondersteun. Lees meer oor die spesifieke aksies wat ons kan neem om ons gesondheidswerkers te ondersteun in die onderstaande versoek:

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

4. COVID-19 SE IMPAK OP DIE DOWE GEMEENSKAP

Die Dowes kort dringend hulp, nou meer as ooit tevore. Die gemiddelde versoekpersentasie vir hulp aan dowe persone het die afgelope paar jaar van drie versoeke per dag toegeneem na ‘n gemiddeld van 16 versoeke per dag. In die volgende artikel deel Pastoor Dirk Venter meer oor hoe die pandemie die dowe gemeenskap affekteer:

https://afm-ags.org/the-impact-of-covid-19-on-the-deaf-community/

Deaf Friendly is n gespesialiseerde AGS Bediening en is landswyd bekend vir die werk wat hulle doen om die dowes te help. As jy weet van enige dowe persone wat in nood is, kontak Deaf Friendly en stel hulle in kennis sodat hulle so gou as moontlik kan opvolg en hulp verleen:

[email protected]

Seën!

MG Mahlobo

Newsflash: Friday, 7 August 2020

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7 AUGUST ENG 2020

Fellow Colleagues,

I would like to thank all of you who were part of the AFM National Day of Prayer last Sunday. I have received messages of appreciation from several Pastors and our members. We are not out of the woods yet. We must therefore continue to stand in the gap through prayer for our people.

1. WOMEN’S DAY AND WOMEN’S MONTH

On 8 March, this year we celebrated International Women’s Day. This coming Sunday, 9 August 2020 we will be celebrating National Women’s Day in South Africa. We will also be celebrating women’s month during the whole month of August. I would like to take this opportunity to wish all AFM women a happy Women’s Day and a happy Women’s Month.

2. FUNERALS

Funerals continue to be potential coronavirus infection spots. This is mainly due to the disregard of the Covid-19 protocols such as social distancing, wearing of masks and sanitizing or washing of hands with soap in running water. Unfortunately, this is also experienced at the funerals of high-profile individuals. As AFM leadership, we have taken a position that the AFM leaders and members should avoid being transmitters of the virus, and rather be transmitters of hope. In this regard I would like to make a plea to all Pastors to do whatever is possible to ensure that infection is mitigated at our funerals. I have taken liberty to include a guideline document from www.churchinaction.org.za for your reference:

3. CHAPLAINCY COMMITTEE

At the recent National Leadership Forum, the new AFM Chaplaincy Committee was appointed. They are Dr. Henri Weideman (Chairperson), Past. Florence Sibanyoni (Secretary), Past. John T. Lempe (South African Police Services AFM Liaison Officer), Past. Vincent Grobler (Department of Correctional Services AFM Liaison Officer) and Past. John N. Jaftha (South African National Defense Force AFM Liaison Officer). I am asking you to keep them in your prayers.

My prayer is that God would sustain you, give you strength and guide you as you continue with your ministry under difficult and painful circumstances during the Covid-19 period.

Blessings!

MG Mahlobo

Nuusflits: Vrydag, 7 Augustus 2020

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7 AUGUSTUS AFR 2020

AGS Kollega,

Ek wil almal bedank wat deel was van die AGS Nasionale Dag van Gebed en Vas verlede Sondag. Ek het boodskappe van waardering ontvang van vele Pastore asook lidmate. Ons is wel nog nie uit die gevaarsone nie. Ons moet dus aanhou om vir ons mense in te tree deur middel van gebed.

1. VROUEDAG EN VROUEMAAND

Op 8 Maart het ons Internasionale Vrouedag gevier. Hierdie komende Sondag, 9 Augustus 2020 vier ons Nasionale Vrouedag in Suid-Afrika. Ons vier ook die hele Augustus as vrouemaand. Ek wil van hierdie geleentheid gebruik maak om alle AGS-vroue ‘n gelukkige vrouedag en ‘n gelukkige vrouemaand toe te wens!

2. BEGRAFNISSE 

Begrafnisse is nog steeds ‘n gevaarsone as dit kom by die verspreiding van die Koronavirus. Dit is hoofsaaklik as gevolg van ‘n gebrek aan die toepassing van die Koronavoris-protokol soos sosiale afstand, die dra van maskers en die ontsmetting en was van hande met seep en lopende water. Ongelukkig is hierdie die geval by die begrafnisse van hoëproefiel individue. As AGS-leierskap het ons die standpunt ingeneem dat leiers en lidmate ten alle koste die oordrag van die virus moet vermy en eerder kanale van hoop moet bly. In hierdie verband wil ek ‘n beroep op alle Pastore maak om alles te doen om te verseker dat besmetting by ons begrafnisse verhoed word. Ek het die vrymoedigheid geneem om ‘n riglyndokument vanaf www.churchinaction.org.za vir jou as verwysing in te sluit:

3. KAPELAANSDIENSKOMITEE

Op die onlangse Nasionale Leierskapsforum is die nuwe AGS-kapelaansdienskomitee aangestel. Hulle is Dr. Henri Weideman (Voorsitter), Past. Florence Sibanyoni (Sekretaris), Past. John T. Lempe (Suid-Afrikaanse Polisiediens AGS-skakelbeampte), Past. Vincent Grobler (Departement van Korrektiewe Dienste AGS-skakelbeampte) en Past. John N. Jaftha (Suid-Afrikaanse Nasionale Weermag AGS-skakelbeampte). Ek vra om hulle in jou gebede te hou.

My gebed is dat God jou sal onderhou, jou krag sal gee en jou sal lei terwyl jy voortgaan met jou bediening onder moeilike en pynlike omstandighede tydens die Koronavirus tydperk.

Seën!

MG Mahlobo