Newsflash: Friday, 10 September 2021

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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

Newsflash: Friday, 16 July 2021

Download the Newsflash in PDF format (e-mail & printer-friendly):

AFM of SA JULY 16 ENG NEWSFLASH

RESOURCES

1. AFM of SA Statement: Covid-19 & The Violence in the Country (12 July 2021)

https://afm-ags.org/official-statement-covid-19-the-current-violence-in-the-country/

2. AFM of SA Circular (9 July 2021)

https://afm-ags.org/afm-of-sa-circular-9-july-2021/

3. Pastoral Letter: 2nd Quarter 

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

4. 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 

5. PEPUDA Amendment Bill: AFM Submission

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

AFM COLLEAGUE, 

1. AMENDED REGULATION ON MEETINGS AS PER THE GOVERNMENT GAZETTE (VOLUME 673)

Please take note of the following information received regarding the amended regulation on meetings as per the Government Gazette (Volume 673) published on Wednesday, 14 July:

https://afm-ags.org/amended-regulation-on-meetings-as-per-the-government-gazette-volume-673/

For enquiries please contact Dr H.J. Weideman (General Secretary):

[email protected]

2. AFM OF SA OFFICIAL STATEMENT: COVID-19 & THE VIOLENCE IN THE COUNTRY 

The National Office Bearers of the Apostolic of Faith Mission in South Africa call upon our pastors and members, in these difficult days to keep the faith and pray to God to redeem us from this devastating pandemic. Psalm 46:1-2: “God is our refuge and strength, always ready to help in times of trouble. So, we will not fear when earthquakes come and the mountains crumble into the sea” (NLT).

We are mindful of the words of Paul in Ephesians 6:12 “For we wrestle not against flesh and blood, but against principalities, against powers, against the rulers of the darkness of this world, against spiritual wickedness in high places.”

Download the full Statement below in PDF format:

https://afm-ags.org/official-statement-covid-19-the-current-violence-in-the-country/

3. A WORD OF ENCOURAGEMENT: VIDEO MESSAGE

Today I want to encourage you as my colleague in the ministry. I want to remind us of the following scripture: “Have I not commanded you? Be strong and courageous. Do not be frightened, and do not be dismayed, for the Lord your God is with you wherever you go.” Joshua 1:9 (ESV).

4. RECOVERING FROM COVID-19: A COMPLETE GUIDE

We are living in challenging times. However, we are comforted by the fact that God promises us that He will never leave nor forsake us. He is with us always. We continue to pray for everybody’s health and safety.

AFM Welfare received a manual on the management of Covid-19. To make sure that we do not spread false information, I confirmed with a trusted medical professional and a representative from the Department of Health, that this information is accurate and correct. This is excellent information – please read it and forward it to your network. You or someone in your network will probably find this information useful:

https://afm-ags.org/recovering-from-covid-19-a-complete-guide-verified-accurate/

Ashley Theron

(Acting CEO – AFM Welfare)

5. PASTORAL LETTER 3RD QUARTER: YOUR INPUT

We strive to create relevant and timely communication with our pastors. Today I want to ask for your input on specific topics you would like to see addressed/included in our next Pastoral Letter, which will be published in September. Let me know by sending an e-mail with your input to our AFM Communication representative before/on 30 July 2021: [email protected].

Blessings!

MG Mahlobo

Nuusflits: Vrydag, 16 Julie 2021

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

AGS van SA 16 JULIE 2021 AFR NUUSFLITS

HULPBRONNE:

1. AGS van SA Verklaring: Covid-19 & Geweld in die Land (12 Julie 2021)

https://afm-ags.org/official-statement-covid-19-the-current-violence-in-the-country/

2. AGS van SA Omsendbrief (9 Julie 2021)

https://afm-ags.org/afm-of-sa-circular-9-july-2021/

3. Pastorale Brief: 2de Kwartaal 

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

4. 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 

5. PEPUDA Wysigingswetsontwerp: AGS Terugvoer

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

AGS KOLLEGA,

1. GEWYSIGDE REGULASIE OOR BYEENKOMSTE SOOS BEVAT IN DIE STAATSKOERANT (VOLUME 673)

Neem kennis van die volgende inligting rakende die gewysigde regulasie oor byeenkomste volgens die Staatskoerant (Volume 673) wat op Woensdag, 14 Julie 2021 gepubliseer is:

https://afm-ags.org/amended-regulation-on-meetings-as-per-the-government-gazette-volume-673/

Vir navrae kontak asseblief Dr. H.J. Weideman (Algemene Sekretaris):

[email protected].

2. AGS VAN SA VERKLARING: COVID-19 & GEWELD IN DIE LAND

Die Nasionale Ampsdraers van die Apostoliese Geloofsending van Suid-Afrika doen ‘n beroep op alle pastore en lidmate om tydens hierdie moeilike tye vas te hou aan geloof en tot God te bid om ons te verlos van hierdie verwoestende pandemie. Psalm 46:2-3 sê: “God is vir ons ‘n toevlug en ‘n beskerming; Hy was nog altyd bereid om te help in nood. Daarom is ons nie bang nie, al gee die aarde pad, al skuif die berge tot in die dieptes van die see…” (AFR83).

Ons dink aan die woorde van Paulus in Efesiërs 6:12 “Ons stryd is nie teen vlees en bloed nie, maar teen elke mag en gesag, teen elke gees wat heers oor hierdie sondige wêreld, teen elke bose gees in die lug” (AFR83).

Laai die volledige verklaring hieronder in PDF-formaat af:

https://afm-ags.org/official-statement-covid-19-the-current-violence-in-the-country/

3. ‘N WOORD VAN BEMOEDIGING: ‘N VIDEO BOODSKAP

Vandag wil ek jou aanmoedig as my kollega in die bediening. Ek wil ons herinner aan die volgende: “Ek self gee jou die opdrag. Wees sterk, wees vasberade. Moenie skrik nie, moenie bang wees nie, want Ek, die Here jou God, is by jou oral waar jy gaan” Josua 1:9 (AFR83).

4. HERSTEL VAN COVID-19: ‘N VOLLEDIGE RIGLYN 

Ons leef in moeilike tye. Ons word egter getroos deur die feit dat God ons belowe dat Hy ons nooit sal verlaat nie. Hy is altyd by ons. Ons bid vir almal se gesondheid en veiligheid.

AGS Welsyn het ‘n handleiding ontvang wat inligting bevat oor die Covid-19 herstelproses. Om seker te maak dat ons nie vals inligting versprei nie, het ek met ‘n betroubare mediese werker en ‘n verteenwoordiger van die Departement van Gesondheid bevestig dat hierdie inligting akkuraat en korrek is. Dit is ‘n uitstekende riglyn – lees dit gerus en versprei dit na jou netwerk. Jy of iemand in jou netwerk sal waarskynlik hierdie inligting kan gebruik:

https://afm-ags.org/recovering-from-covid-19-a-complete-guide-verified-accurate/

Ashley Theron

(Waarnemende Uitvoerende Hoof – AGS Welsyn)

5. PASTORALE BRIEF 3DE KWARTAAL: JOU INSETTE

Ons streef daarna om relevante en tydige pastorale kommunikasie te skep. Vandag wil ek jou insette vra oor spesifieke onderwerpe wat jy graag in ons volgende Pastorale Brief sal wil sien. Hierdie weergawe sal gedurende September-maand gepubliseer word. Stuur gerus jou voorstelle of insette na ons AGS Kommunikasie verteenwoordiger voor/op 30 Julie 2021: chan[email protected].

Seën!

MG Mahlobo

Newsflash: Friday, 2 July 2021

AFM JULY 2 ENG NEWSFLASH

RESOURCES

1. Pastoral Letter: 2nd Quarter 
https://afm-ags.org/pastoral-letter-2nd-quarter-2021/

2. Alert Level 4: Updated Protocol (Past. M.G. Mahlobo)
https://www.facebook.com/AFMOFSA/

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/ 

AFM Colleagues,

1. YOU ARE IN OUR PRAYERS

The placement of our country on Covid Alert Level 4, with its prohibition of gatherings has disrupted some of our planned activities. These include the National Leadership Forum which was scheduled for 19-22 July 2021. We are making attempts to convene it in August if the situation allows.

We continue to receive information on our pastors, pastors’ spouses and members who have succumbed to the Coronavirus pandemic. Many of our families are going through times of unprecedented bereavement. We need each other, now, even more than before. Let us continue to be channels of comfort and hope. It is my prayer that God will give you strength and the necessary anointing for God’s ministry in these difficult times. Remember, you are always in our prayers.

2. LEGISLATION

In past Newsflashes, I made you aware of the legislation regarding two matters. These are: (1) the Marriage Amendment Bill and (2) the Promotion of Equality and Prevention of Unfair Discrimination Act (PEPUDA). I also mentioned that the AFM of SA made its submission in both instances. The Evangelical Alliance of South Africa (https://teasa.org/) and the South African Council of Churches (https://sacc.org.za/) have also made submissions.

The Protection of Personal Information Act (POPIA) is in force since yesterday, 1 July 2021. Churches are also required to comply with POPIA (https://popia.co.za/). Compliance is required on all 3 levels of our structures, namely National (inclusive of National Departments), Regional and on Local Assembly Level. For now, I would like to call upon all AFM pastors and structures to ensure that all information of individuals in your possession has been acquired with the knowledge and permission of those people. You are also expected to use such information only for the purpose for which it was given. It should not be passed on to other people without the knowledge and permission of the person concerned. I am certain that most of you, if not all, would agree that your personal information should be protected at all times. Let us be good stewards of the information entrusted to us.

The General Secretary, Dr Henri Weideman is acting on this matter to ensure that the church complies. You will be contacted in due course. Herewith I include more information from Dr Henri Weideman:

“Dear Colleagues. Please take note that we secured a plan for compliance with the act on the Protection Of Personal Information (POPI) for the AFM of SA as a whole. The act takes effect from 1 July 2021, although registration of organisations has now been postponed to February 2022.

We will disseminate church specific AFM of SA copyrighted documents needed for compliance to all National Departments, Regions and Assemblies within the next two weeks. 

We are aware that some Assemblies have been quoted exuberant amounts for assistance to comply. The Documents and Policies, for which the national church will carry the cost, will include a short video and explanatory material and will include all that is needed for compliance with the Act

Regional & Network Committees must please ensure that the information in this message, as well as the documents that we will be distributed, will reach and be completed by all assemblies in their Region/Network. Please assist your colleagues were possible, as non-compliance will have legal consequences.

Stay blessed and stay safe.”

Blessings!

MG Mahlobo

Nuusflits: Vrydag, 2 Julie 2021

AFM 2 JULIE AFR NUUSFLITS

HULPBRONNE:

1. Pastorale Brief: 2de Kwartaal 
https://afm-ags.org/pastorale-brief-2de-kwartaal-2021/

2. Inperkingsvlak 4: Opgedateerde Protokol (Past. M.G. Mahlobo)
https://www.facebook.com/AFMOFSA/

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/ 

1. JY IS IN ONS GEBEDE

Die oorskakeling na Vlak 4 en die gepaardgaande inperkingsregulasies wat ‘n verbod op byeenkomste insluit, het weereens ‘n ontwrigtende impak op ons beplande aktiwiteite. Dit sluit in die Nasionale Leierskapforum Vergadering wat geskeduleer was vir 19-22 Julie 2021. Ons probeer om hierdie vergadering nou te herskeduleer vir Augustus-maand, indien dit moontlik gaan wees.

Ons ontvang gereeld boodskappe waar ons in kennis gestel word van pastore, pastore se eggenote en lidmate wat oorlede is as gevolg van die pandemie. Baie van ons gesinne gaan deur tye van ongekende rou. Ons het mekaar nou nodig , selfs méér as voorheen. Laat ons aanhou om kanale van vertroosting en hoop te wees. Dit is my gebed dat God jou krag en die nodige salwing sal gee vir die bediening in hierdie moeilike tyd. Onthou, jy is altyd in ons gebede.

2.  WETGEWING 

In vorige Nuusflitse het ek jou bewus gemaak van die wetgewing rakende twee aangeleenthede: (1) die Wysigingswetsontwerp op die Huwelik en (2) die Wet op die Bevordering van Gelykheid en Voorkoming van Onbillike Diskriminasie (PEPUDA). Ek het ook genoem dat die AGS van SA in albei gevalle terugvoer ingedien het. Die Evangeliese Alliansie van Suid-Afrika (https://teasa.org/) en die Suid-Afrikaanse Raad van Kerke (https://sacc.org.za/) het ook hulle terugvoer ingedien.

Die Wet op die Beskerming van Persoonlike Inligting (POPIA) is sedert gister, 1 Julie 2021 in werking. Kerke moet ook aan POPIA (https://popia.co.za/) voldoen. Nakoming van hierdie wet word vereis op al drie vlakke van ons strukture, naamlik Nasionaal (insluitend ons Nasionale Departemente), Streeks– en op Gemeente vlak. Voorlopig wil ek ‘n beroep doen op alle AGS pastore en Gemeentes om te verseker dat alle inligting van individue in jou besit, verkry is met die kennis en toestemming van hierdie persone. Daar word ook van jou verwag om hierdie inligting slegs te gebruik vir die doel waarvoor dit gegee is. Dit mag nie aan ander oorgedra word sonder die medewete en toestemming van die betrokke persoon nie. Ek is seker dat die meeste van ons, indien nie almal nie, saam stem dat jou persoonlike inligting te alle tye beskerm moet word. Laat ons goeie bestuurders wees van die inligting wat aan ons toevertrou word.

Die Algemene Sekretaris, Dr Henri Weideman, is betrokke om te verseker dat die kerk aan die vereistes van POPIA gaan voldoen. Jy sal mettertyd gekontak word. Ek sluit meer inligting hieroor in soos ontvang van Dr Henri Weideman:

“Geagte kollegas. Let daarop dat ons ‘n plan vir die nakoming van die Wet op die Beskerming van Persoonlike Inligting (POPI) vir die AGS van SA as geheel, verseker het. Die wet tree in werking vanaf 1 Julie 2021, hoewel die registrasie van organisasies nou tot Februarie 2022 uitgestel is.

Ons sal binne die volgende twee weke kerk-spesifieke (AGS van SA) kopieregbeskermde dokumente versprei aan al ons Nasionale Departemente, Streke en Gemeentes om sodoende te verseker dat die AGS aan die vereistes van die wet voldoen. 

Ons dra kennis dat sommige van ons Gemeentes onrealistiese kwotasies ontvang het vir hulp om aan die vereistes van POPIA te voldoen. Let asseblief daarop dat die dokumente en beleid, waarvoor die nasionale kerk die koste sal dra, ‘n kort video, verduidelikende materiaal en alles sal bevat wat nodig is om aan die wet te voldoen.

Streek- en netwerkkomitees moet asseblief seker maak dat die inligting in hierdie boodskap, sowel as die dokumente wat ons gaan versprei, eerstens alle gemeentes bereik en tweedens deur alle gemeentes voltooi word. Help jou kollegas waar moontlik, want die nie-nakoming van die vereistes kan  regsgevolge hê.

Bly geseënd en bly veilig. ”

Seën!

MG Mahlobo