Newsflash: Friday, 16 July 2021

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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: [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

Newsflash: Friday, 4 June 2021

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

AFM JUNE 4 ENG NEWSFLASH

RESOURCES

1. GBM Online Registration Form
https://afm.easychurch.co.za/?page_id=413 

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

3. The Possible Adoption of a Single Marriage Statute: AFM Response 
https://afm-ags.org/friday-7-may-2021-funeral-guidelines-updated-afm-response-to-salrc/

4. Funeral Guidelines (Updated March 2021 – Attendance 100)
https://afm-ags.org/friday-7-may-2021-funeral-guidelines-updated-afm-response-to-salrc/

AFM Colleagues,

I wish to bring to your attention that Child Protection Week is celebrated in South Africa from Sunday, 31 May 2021 to Sunday, 6 June 2021. Today I bring you two messages in this regard – one from our National Children’s Ministry (NCM) and the other from our Welfare Department.

1. CHILD PROTECTION WEEK: MESSAGE FROM THE NCM OF THE AFM OF SA

 

Child Protection Week is commemorated annually to raise awareness about the protection of children and their rights. This is a chance to bring issues of child abuse and neglect into the spotlight. It is an opportunity to see the church and its local community working together to reflect on the different roles that can be played to protect our children in our respective areas and country as a whole.

As the Children’s Ministry of the AFM of SA, we can take the lead in our respective Assemblies and Regions to champion the rights of our children in totality – including their spirituality. I therefore request every Educator and Children’s Ministry Worker to be active there wherever you are and cooperate with other structures that are also commemorating this event.

GET HELP:

– Toll-free number for GENDER-BASED VIOLENCE 0800 428 428

– Childline South Africa: 0800 055 555

God Bless!

Past. Sam Tshabalala

(Director: NCM of the AFM of SA)

2. CHILD PROTECTION WEEK: MESSAGE FROM AFM WELFARE

The Bible is very clear about the fact that children are part of God’s creation, that children are gifts from God to families, that children need nurturing and guidance and that children need discipline. The Bible also says that orphans, displaced- and refugee children and those living in poverty need special care. Children need protection and are blessed by God.

Within the context of the church’s missional strategy (the One AFM Game Plan), children ought to be one of the focus areas within every AFM Assembly’s Community Involvement driver.

National Child Protection Week is commemorated in the country annually to raise awareness on (i) the protection of children as articulated in the Children’s Act (Act No. 38 of 2005) and (ii) the rights of children as articulated in the Constitution of the Republic of South Africa. AFM Welfare calls on all AFM Assemblies to support Child Protection Week by ensuring that the most vulnerable in our society do not suffer abuse. It is in our hands to stop the cycle of neglect, abuse, violence and exploitation of children.

 

I encourage AFM Pastors to equip themselves to make a difference in their communities on the social issue of child protection. Practical guidelines for Pastors are included in a comprehensive online article that focuses on:

  • What the Bible says about children.
  • Types of child abuse.
  • Practical steps a Pastor or Assembly Leader can follow to report abuse or suspected abuse.
  • Important contact numbers.

To view and download this comprehensive article, visit the link below:

https://afm-ags.org/community-involvement-understanding-child-abuse-pastoral-letter-3rd-quarter/

Ashley Theron
(Acting CEO of AFM Welfare)

Blessings!
MG Mahlobo

Nuusflits: Vrydag, 4 Junie 2021

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

AFM 4 JUNE AFR NUUSFLITS

HULPBRONNE:

1. GBM Aanlyn Registrasievorm
https://afm.easychurch.co.za/?page_id=413

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

3. Moontlike Aanvaarding van ‘n Enkele Huwelikswet: AGS Terugvoer
https://afm-ags.org/friday-7-may-2021-funeral-guidelines-updated-afm-response-to-salrc/

4. Begrafnis Riglyne (Opgedateer: Maart 2021 – Bywoning 100)
https://afm-ags.org/friday-7-may-2021-funeral-guidelines-updated-afm-response-to-salrc/

AGS Kollega,

Ek wil graag jou aandag vestig op Kinderbeskermingsweek wat in Suid-Afrika gevier word vanaf Sondag, 31 Mei 2021 tot Sondag, 6 Junie 2021. Vandag deel ek twee boodskappe in hierdie verband – een van ons Nasionale Kinderbediening en ‘n ander van ons Welsynsdepartement (AGS Welsyn).

1. KINDERBESKERMINGSWEEK: ‘N BOODSKAP VAN DIE NASIONALE KINDERBEDIENING VAN DIE AGS VAN SA

Kinderbeskermingsweek word jaarliks ​​herdenk om bewusmaking te skep oor die beskerming van kinders en hul regte. Hierdie week is ‘n geleentheid om kwessies oor kindermishandeling en verwaarlosing in die kollig te bring. Dit is ‘n geleentheid om te sien hoe die kerk en sy plaaslike gemeenskap saamwerk en saam nadink oor die verskillende rolle wat daar gespeel moet word om te verseker dat ons kinders die nodige beskerming ontvang – nie net in ons onderskeie gemeenskappe nie, maar ook in die land as geheel.

As die Kinderbediening van die AGS van SA, kan ons die leiding neem in ons onderskeie Gemeentes en Streke om onsself te beywer vir al die regte van ons kinders – insluitend hulle geestelike lewe. Ek versoek dus elke Opvoeder en Kinderbedieningswerker om daar waar jy jouself bevind, aktief te wees en saam met ander strukture te werk wat ook fokus op Kinderbeskermingsweek.

KRY HULP:

– Tolvrye nommer vir GENDER-BASED VIOLENCE 0800 428 428

– Childline South Africa: 0800 055 555

Seën!

Past. Sam Tshabalala

(Direkteur: Kinderbediening van die AGS van SA)

2. KINDERBESKERMINGSWEEK: BOODSKAP VAN DIE AGS WELSYN 

Die Bybel is baie duidelik oor die feit dat kinders deel is van God se skepping, dat kinders geskenke van God aan gesinne is, dat hulle versorging en leiding nodig het en dat kinders dissipline nodig het. Die Bybel sê ook dat weeskinders, verplaasde- en vlugtelingkinders en kinders wat in armoede leef, spesiale sorg nodig het. Kinders het beskerming nodig en word deur God geseën.

Kinders behoort binne die konteks van ons kerk se missionale strategie (die One AFM Game Plan) een van die fokus areas te wees as dit kom by die Gemeenskapsbetrokkenheid drywer.

Nasionale Kinderbeskermingsweek word jaarliks ​​in ons land herdenk om bewustheid te kweek oor (i) die beskerming van kinders soos uiteengesit in die Kinderwet (Wet No. 38 van 2005) en (ii) die regte van kinders soos uiteengesit in die Grondwet van die Republiek van Suid-Afrika. AGS Welsyn doen ‘n beroep op alle AGS Gemeentes om Kinderbeskermingsweek te ondersteun deur te verseker dat die kwesbaarste in ons samelewing nie mishandel word nie. Dit is in ons hande om die kringloop van verwaarlosing, mishandeling, geweld en uitbuiting van kinders te stop.

Ek moedig AGS Pastore aan om hulself te bemagtig en toe te rus om ‘n verskil te kan maak in die area van kinderbeskerming binne plaaslike gemeenskappe. Praktiese riglyne vir Pastore is beskikbaar in ‘n omvattende aanlyn artikel wat meer uitbrei oor:

  • Wat die Bybel sê oor kinders.
  • Tipes kindermishandeling.
  • Praktiese stappe wat ‘n Pastoor of Gemeente Leier kan volg om mishandeling of vermeende mishandeling aan te meld.
  • Belangrike kontaknommers.

Besoek die onderstaande skakel om hierdie omvattende artikel af te laai:

https://afm-ags.org/community-involvement-understanding-child-abuse-pastoral-letter-3rd-quarter/

Ashley Theron
(Waarnemende Hoof van AGS Welsyn)

Seën!
MG Mahlobo

Newsflash: Friday, 21 May 2021

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

AFM 21 MAY ENG NEWSFLASH

RESOURCES

1. GBM Online Registration Form
https://afm.easychurch.co.za/?page_id=413 

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

3. The Possible Adoption of a Single Marriage Statute: AFM Response 
https://afm-ags.org/friday-7-may-2021-funeral-guidelines-updated-afm-response-to-salrc/

4. Funeral Guidelines (Updated March 2021 – Attendance 100)
https://afm-ags.org/friday-7-may-2021-funeral-guidelines-updated-afm-response-to-salrc/

AFM Colleague,

1. WEEKS OF PENTECOST AND PENTECOST SUNDAY

I would like to apologize for an incorrect entry of the 2021 Week of Pentecost and Pentecost Sunday in our Annual Calendar. We are in the Weeks of Pentecost since 14 May 2021. Pentecost Sunday is on 23 May 2021. Kindly find the most updated AFM National Calendar from the link below:

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

During the Weeks of Pentecost, we reflect on the 120 who waited for the outpouring of the Holy Spirit in the upper room as recorded in Acts 1:4-5. On this coming Pentecost Sunday, we will be joining the global Christian community in celebrating the momentous events in Acts 2. We will do so amid the pandemic that has engulfed the whole world. A short sermon by Past. Barend Petersen (General Treasurer of the AFM of SA) will be posted on the AFM’s social media platforms on Pentecost Sunday – Facebook & Instagram.

Let us use this Pentecost Sunday as an opportunity to PRAY for:

  • God’s intervention in mitigating the disastrous impact of Covid-19.
  • The reality of the Holy Baptism in the lives of our members.
  • The development of the Fruit of the Spirit in the character of our members.
  • Revival
2. THE AFM’S BIRTHDAY AND AFRICA DAY

On 25 May 2021, the AFM will be celebrating its 113th year of existence. This celebration coincides with Africa Day. Let us celebrate God’s Grace which has accompanied the AFM for 113 years. Let us also reflect on God’s Redemptive Gift (the DNA of the AFM) and its impact on the world. A short Birthday message by Dr Japie & Mrs Susan La Poorta will be shared on the AFM’s social media – Facebook & Instagram.

Let us also use this moment to pray for our Continent – Africa. According to a 2018 study by the Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary, Africa has the largest population of Christians (631 million). This numerical Christian growth has not had a transformative impact on the continent. Conflicts, hunger, diseases, and poverty continue to plague our continent. Let us use this coming Africa Day to pray for Africa and its people to overcome all challenges.

3. CALL FOR VIGILANCE
South Africa is on the brink of a third wave of coronavirus infections. I am calling on all AFM pastors and leaders to be part of the campaign of driving down the infection rate by urging all to comply with the Covid-19 safety and hygienic regulations. I also call upon pastors to be channels of comfort and hope to all those who have lost loved ones due to the pandemic and those who are recovering from infections.

4. BAPTISM IN THE HOLY SPIRIT: SHORT QUESTIONNAIRE

The AFM DEL (Doctrine, Ethics and Liturgy) Committee hereby request AFM Pastors to answer a short (3 questions) survey regarding the importance of the baptism in the Holy Spirit for Pentecostal believers in the AFM of SA:

https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/8TCZNZN

Background Information:

The AFM is known as a Pentecostal church and part of the worldwide Pentecostal Movement. Worldwide Pentecostals are revisiting what it means to be Pentecostal. This is related to how they view themselves as a church that was born in the power of the Holy Spirit.

Part of that experience is the belief in the Baptism of the Holy Spirit. The AFM’s Confession of Faith (https://afm-ags.org/about-us/confessions-of-faith/) includes that we believe in the Baptism in the Holy Spirit with the initial evidence of speaking in tongues.

Blessings!

MG Mahlobo

Nuusflits: Vrydag, 21 Mei 2021

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

AFM 21 MEI AFR NUUSFLITS

HULPBRONNE:

1. GBM Aanlyn Registrasievorm
https://afm.easychurch.co.za/?page_id=413

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

3. Moontlike Aanvaarding van ‘n Enkele Huwelikswet: AGS Terugvoer
https://afm-ags.org/friday-7-may-2021-funeral-guidelines-updated-afm-response-to-salrc/

4. Begrafnis Riglyne (Opgedateer: Maart 2021 – Bywoning 100)
https://afm-ags.org/friday-7-may-2021-funeral-guidelines-updated-afm-response-to-salrc/

AGS Kollega,

1. PINKSTER WEEK & PINKSTER SONDAG

Ek wil verskoning vra vir ‘n foutiewe inskrywing op die AGS se Jaarkalender. Ons is sedert 14 Mei 2021 in Pinkster Week en Pinkster Sondag is op 23 Mei 2021. Laai gerus die korrekte AGS Jaarkalender af vanaf die onderstaande skakel:

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

Gedurende Pinkster besin ons oor die 120 wat gewag het op die uitstorting van die Heilige Gees in die bo-vertrek, soos opgeteken in Handelinge 1: 4-5. Op Pinkster Sondag sal ons saam met die wêreldwye Christelike gemeenskap die belangrike gebeurtenisse in Handelinge 2 vier. Ons sal dit doen te midde van ‘n pandemie wat die hele wêreld verswelg het. Neem asseblief kennis dat ‘n kort boodskap deur Past. Barend Petersen (Algemene Tesourier van die AGS van SA) geplaas sal word op die AGS se sosiale media platforms (insluitend Facebook & Instagram).

Laat ons hierdie Pinkster Sondag gebruik as ‘n geleentheid om te BID vir:

  • God se ingryping om die rampspoedige impak van Covid-19 te verlig.
  • Die werklikheid van die Heilige Doop in die lewens van ons lidmate.
  • Die ontwikkeling van die vrug van die Gees in die karakter van ons lidmate.
  • Herlewing

 

2. DIE AGS SE VERJAARSDAG & AFRIKA-DAG

Op 25 Mei 2021 sal die AGS sy 113de bestaansjaar vier. Hierdie feesviering val saam met Afrika-dag. Laat ons God se genade vier wat die AGS al 113 jaar vergesel. Laat ons ook nadink oor God se Geskenk van Verlossing (die DNA van die AGS) en die impak daarvan op die wêreld. Neem asseblief kennis dat ‘n kort verjaarsdagboodskap deur Dr. Japie en Mev. Susan La Poorta op die AGS se sosiale media gedeel sal word (insluitend Facebook & Instagram).

Laat ons ook hierdie oomblik gebruik om vir ons kontinent, Afrika te bid. Volgens ‘n 2018-studie van die Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary het Afrika die grootste bevolking van Christene (631 miljoen). Hierdie numeriese Christelike groei het nie ‘n transformerende impak op die vasteland gehad nie. Konflik, hongersnood, siektes en armoede is nog steeds kenmerke van ons kontinent. Laat ons die komende Afrika-dag gebruik om vir ons kontinent, sy mense en uitdagings te bid.

 

3. ‘N OPROEP TOT WAAKSAAMHEID

Suid-Afrika is op die rand van ‘n derde golf koronavirus-infeksies. Ek doen ‘n dringende beroep op alle AGS pastore en leiers om deel te neem aan die veldtog om die infeksiesyfer te verlaag deur lidmate en gemeenskappe aan te moedig om aan die Covid-19 veiligheids- en higiëniese maatreëls te voldoen. Ek doen ‘n beroep op ons pastore om aan te hou om kanale van hoop en vertroosting te wees vir almal wat geliefdes verloor het weens die pandemie en vir diegene wat herstel van infeksies.

4. DIE DOOP IN DIE HEILIGE GEES: KORT VRAELYS

Die AGS DEL (Doktrine, Etiek & Liturgie) Komitee versoek AGS Pastore om ‘n kort (3 vrae) vraelys te beantwoord oor die belangrikheid van die doop in die Heilige Gees vir Pinkster-gelowiges in die AGS:

https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/8TCZNZN

Agtergrond inligting:

Die AGS staan bekend as ‘n Pinksterkerk en is deel van die wêreldwye Pinksterbeweging. Wêreldwyd is die Pinksterbeweging besig om weer te kyk na wat dit beteken om Pinkster te wees. Dit hou verband met hoe hulle hulself beskou as ‘n kerk wat gebore is uit die krag van die Heilige Gees. Deel van die ervaring is geloof met die Doop in die Heilige Gees. Die AGS se geloofsbelydenis (https://afm-ags.org/about-us/confessions-of-faith/) sluit in dat ons glo in die doop in die Heilige Gees met die aanvanklike bewys dat daar in tale gepraat word.

Seën!

MG Mahlobo

Newsflash: Friday, 7 May 2021

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

AFM 7 MAY ENG NEWSFLASH

RESOURCES

1. GBM Online Registration Form
https://afm.easychurch.co.za/?page_id=413 

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

3. The Possible Adoption of a Single Marriage Statute: AFM Response 
https://afm-ags.org/category/media/

4. Funeral Guidelines (Updated March 2021 – Attendance 100)
https://afm-ags.org/category/media/

AFM Colleague,

1. I KNOW THAT MY REDEEMER LIVES

Our State President declared a National State of Disaster on 5 March 2020. There have been many significant consequential announcements restricting movement, business activity and gatherings. It is estimated that the unemployment rate stands at 42.6% which translates to more than 11 million unemployed people (according to the expanded definition). Many businesses have closed.

How are you doing during this coronavirus pandemic? Are you well?

The impact on the church has been immense, especially on our pastors. Many of our colleagues succumbed to this pandemic. The pandemic has also had a negative financial, psychological, and emotional impact on many pastors.

In Job 19:25 we read:

“For I know that my Redeemer lives, and at the last He will stand upon the earth” (ESV).

We all know the story of Job. After he had lost his children, servants and wealth he became sick with what some Biblical scholars call ‘elephantiasis’ (the enlargement and hardening of limbs or body parts due to tissue swelling – due to obstruction of lymphatic vessels). His sickness led him to sit on an ash heap. It was during this time that his friends began to accuse him of some hidden sin that had brought him to this point. In response, Job said: “For I know that my Redeemer lives, and at the last He will stand upon the earth”.

If a person were poor and his/her property, or home, had to be sold, a Redeemer would be a person who would buy these items with a view to restoring them back to the original owner. A Redeemer would also be a person who would restore the rights of another person with a view to achieving justice for that person. We do not know for how long this pandemic will be with us. Job did not know the duration of his sufferings, but he gathered strength to declare that his Redeemer lives. It is this conviction that enabled him to be steadfast in his faith.

Amid the storm, our Redeemer, Jesus Christ is with us. He promised to be with us till the end of the age. It is to Him that we sing:

I hear the Savior say,

“Thy strength indeed is small,

Child of weakness, watch and pray,

Find in Me thine all in all.”

Jesus paid it all,

All to Him I owe;

Sin had left a crimson stain,

He washed it white as snow.”

I urge you to be strong in the Lord. I urge you to soldier on. Continue to serve Him. Continue to offer pastoral care. Our Redeemer lives. Be assured of my prayer for you.

2. PROPOSED SINGLE MARRIAGE STATUTE: AFM RESPONSE 

Regarding the issue above and as presented in the Newsflash of Friday, 23 April (https://afm-ags.org/newsflash-friday-23-april-2021/), kindly take note of the AFM’s response to the South African Law Reform Commission on 4 May 2021:

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

Blessings

MG Mahlobo

Nuusflits: Vrydag, 7 Mei 2021

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

AFM 7 MEI AFR NUUSFLITS

HULPBRONNE:

1. GBM Aanlyn Registrasievorm
https://afm.easychurch.co.za/?page_id=413

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

3. Moontlike Aanvaarding van ‘n Enkele Huwelikswet: AGS Terugvoer
https://afm-ags.org/category/media/ 

4. Begrafnis Riglyne (Opgedateer: Maart 2021 – Bywoning 100)
https://afm-ags.org/category/media/ 

AGS Kollega,

1. EK WEET DAT MY VERLOSSER LEEF

Ons Staatspresident het op 5 Maart 2020 ‘n Nasionale Ramptoestand verklaar. Daarna was daar vele invloedryke aankondigings wat onderskeidelik die beweging van mense, sakebedrywighede en byeenkomste beperk het. Die huidige werkloosheidsyfer staan op 42,6%, wat basies beteken dat meer as 11 miljoen mense sonder ‘n werk is (volgens die uitgebreide definisie). Baie besighede het hulle deur gesluit.

Hoe gaan dit met jóú tydens die koronavirus-pandemie?

Die impak op die kerk was groot, veral op ons pastore. Baie van ons kollegas het hulle lewens verloor. Die pandemie het ook ‘n negatiewe finansiële, sielkundige en emosionele impak op baie pastore gehad.

In Job 19:25 (AFR53) staan daar:

“MAAR ek, ek weet: My Verlosser leef; en Hy sal as laaste oor die stof opstaan.”

Ons ken almal die verhaal van Job. Nadat hy sy kinders, diensknegte en rykdom verloor het, het hy siek geword met wat sommige Bybelwetenskaplikes “olifantiasis” noem (die vergroting en verharding van ledemate of liggaamsdele as gevolg van swelling van die weefsel – as gevolg van obstruksie van limfvate). Sy siekte het daartoe gelei dat hy op ‘n ashoop gaan sit het. In hierdie tyd het sy vriende hom begin beskuldig van die een of ander verborge sonde wat hom tot op hierdie punt gebring het. Hierop het Job gesê: “MAAR ek, ek weet: My Verlosser leef; en Hy sal as laaste oor die stof opstaan.”

As ‘n persoon arm was en sy/haar eiendom of huis verkoop moes word, sou ‘n Verlosser ‘n persoon wees wat hierdie items sou koop met die doel om dit aan die oorspronklike eienaar terug te gee. ‘n Verlosser sou ook ‘n persoon wees wat die regte van ‘n ander persoon sou herstel met die oog op geregtigheid vir daardie persoon. Ons weet nie hoe lank hierdie pandemie by ons sal wees nie. Job het nie geweet hoe lank hy moes ly nie, maar hy het al sy krag bymekaar gemaak om te verklaar dat sy Verlosser leef! Dit is hierdie oortuiging wat hom in staat gestel het om standvastig te wees in sy geloof.

Te midde van die storm, is ons Verlosser, Jesus Christus met ons. Hy het belowe om by ons te wees tot aan die einde. Dit is vir Hom wat ons sing:

I hear the Savior say,

“Thy strength indeed is small,

Child of weakness, watch and pray,

Find in Me thine all in all.”

 

Jesus paid it all,

All to Him I owe;

Sin had left a crimson stain,

He washed it white as snow.”

Wees sterk in die Here. Hou aan om Hom te dien. Hou aan om pastorale sorg aan te bied. Ons Verlosser leef. Wees verseker dat ek vir jou bid.

2. MOONTLIKE AANVAARDING VAN ‘N ENKELE HUWELIKSWET: AGS TERUGVOER 

Rakende die bogenoemde kwessie en soos bespreek in die Nuusflits van Vrydag, 23 April (https://afm-ags.org/nuusflits-vrydag-23-april-2021/), neem asseblief kennis van die AGS se reaksie aan die South African Law Reform Commission soos op 4 Mei 2021:

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

Seën!

MG Mahlobo