Newsflash: Friday, 14 July 2023

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RESOURCES

Pastoral Letter: 2nd Quarter 2023 New!
https://afm-ags.org/pastoral-letter-2nd-quarter-2023/

2023 NOB Empowerments: Video Presentations Now Available!
https://youtube.com/playlist?list=PLMguBPJZpLHbz8L2qUnk-3LmgsrI9BKFc

Dear Colleague,

1. 2023 CONFERENCES UP TO DATE: REFLECTIONS

So far this year, three national conferences where held:

The National Men’s Fellowship Conference

The National Men’s Fellowship (NMF) conference (held from 19-21 May) at the Abbortsford Christian Centre, East London covered the theme: “Men After God’s Own Heart.” With this theme, the NMF leadership called men to integrity and ethical conduct in áll their endeavours, be it in the family, church, workplace or business life. The desire of the NMF is to see a different type of man emerge from South Africa, rooted in the culture of God’s Kingdom and different from the culture of corruption, GBV and crime that seems to be invading our communities.

The sub-themes included: (i) Men and obedient submission to God; and (ii) About my father’s business – fatherhood and mentoring. These sessions, presented by Zane Mias, highlighted the role of men in shaping the lives of their children.  Other themes also included rekindling the fire of evangelism and the fire of the Holy Spirit among men. There is a revival amongst the men of the AFM which is evident from the hunger for taking hands to make a difference in their communities. The growing numbers in local and regional gatherings are testimony to this hunger for God, as well as a desire to make a difference.

The NMF is committed to going beyond conferences (which is a mobilizing point) and being rooted in community involvement and discipleship of men, to become relevant agents of God’s message in society.

The National Youth Conference

The National Youth Conference (held from 23-25 June) in Polokwane at the Ngoako Ramatlhodi Sports Complex, gathered under the theme: “Re-Activate” – founded on Paul’s encouragement to Timothy, to “Fan into flames the gift of God” in him.

The conference included sessions with presentations and panel discussions on: Trauma, mental health, seizing opportunities, singlehood and marriage. Sermon themes included: “What we Have”; “Re-Activation” and “Fearless.” Conference speakers reflected the diversity of the AFM and included Past. Mandla Sithole, Past. Venita Naude, Past. Zama Mopai, Mr Zuko Zotho, Ms Chloe Rezant, and Ms Lefa Mojela – a Social Worker. On Saturday evening, there was an outpouring of the Holy Spirit and a prophetic word encouraging the youth that the Lord is (also) pouring out the Pentecostal anointing over this generation.

In alignment with social impact and community involvement, one of the National Youth’s focus areas, the leadership of the youth visited an AFM Welfare Baby Centre in Polokwane, Ngwana House and donated milk and diapers. The donations constituted a portion of the conference registration fee.

The National Sisters Fellowship Conference

The National Sisters Fellowship (NSF) annual conference (held from 7-9 July) was hosted at the Moses Mabhida Stadium in Durban. The theme was: “Preach the Word in Season and Out of Season” (2 Tim 4:2).” Topics covered the girl child (the young), as well as “Going with our old” (the seniors); “Signs and wonders – when God moves”; “The fire on the altar must be kept burning and never be allowed to go out”; “A walk with God” and “But by My Spirit, says the Lord”.

The vibrant energy of the NSF and the colourful attire of the women attending, were punctuated by times of united praise and worship to God. The NSF endeavoured to unite all AFM sisters after a break of 3 years, encouraging awareness of the importance of walking with God and empowering all women – from the girl child to the elderly. Keeping the fire of God burning and seeking God’s presence were central to the conference. Making a Christ-centred difference by raising funds and giving back to communities, were also encouraged.

Conclusion

Looking at the overall context and effect of the conferences mentioned above, I am excited by the fact that all of them were well organized, well attended and that the speakers were on point. Most of all, I am encouraged by the fact that we are moving beyond merely gathering for a conference. The conferences are beginning to address relevant issues in our communities, our personal lives and our spiritual growth. It is addressing more effectively, the way we as individuals and a collective think, behave and act – in being the difference we are praying for in our country and the world.

We should continue to work strategically on reflecting our unity and diversity more and be open-minded and willing to accommodate each other, as we move towards fulfilling our Missional calling as the AFM.

2. AFM OF SA NATIONAL CONFERENCE: REGISTRATIONS OPEN
Register NOW: http://www.afm-conference.co.za/

Kindly take note of the latest Circular from the desk of Past. Selby Khumalo, regarding the Registration Process for the National Conference:
https://afm-ags.org/category/media/

7-9 September 2023 @Lighthouse Christian Centre
275 Voortrekker Road, Parow, Cape Town

We are excited to announce the details for the upcoming AFM of SA National Conference. Do not miss this opportunity! Be part of a powerful time of ministry, prayer, worship and fellowship. We are looking forward to welcoming the AFM Family to the Western Cape for this dynamic gathering.

Get ALL information on how to successfully register from:
https://afm-ags.org/ablaze-national-conference-2023/

Online and Offline registration options are available! Early registration is encouraged to avoid any inconveniences associated with late registration.

Online Registrations:
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Offline Registrations:
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 ABLAZE OFFLINE REGISTRATION FORM 2023 (Editable)

We are looking forward to seeing you in Cape Town!

Friendly Regards
Henri Weideman

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