Newsflash: Friday, 18 August 2023

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Pastoral Letter: 2nd Quarter 2023
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. BUILDING STRONG FAMILIES IN DIFFICULT TIMES

We are experiencing an ever-increasing rise in the cost of living. The cost of fuel and transport, food and clothes are higher every month. Add to this the impact of higher interest rates for interest-carrying debt, as well as the very real possibility of a recession – and we see a picture of rising pressure on all households.

The weakening of the Rand against major currencies has a negative impact on the cost of all imported goods and a knock-on effect on the price of almost everything. Difficult economic times can put pressure on the well-being of individuals and their households. Breadwinners (especially in single-parent households) are under stress, putting marriage relationships and the general atmosphere at home under increasing duress. This can create a very negative and insecure environment for young children to grow up in.

What can be done?

Pray: As believers, we do not have to become anxious to the point of hopelessness. In Philippians 4 : 6-7 Paul encourages us: “Do not be anxious about anything, but in every situation, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God. And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.”

Budget: It is always important, but more so in times of economic difficulty, that we should `be aware of how we spend our money. As a rule, expenditure should never be more than income. This simply means that we cannot give out more money than we get in. We must prioritize our spending. Absolute essentials like food, electricity and transport must be paid first. Then other expenses like new clothes and leisure can be considered. It is the differentiation between needs and wants.

Minimize debt: Except for acquiring a place to stay and maybe a motorcar, all other interest-bearing debt should be avoided as far as possible. Buying clothes, food and other household items on credit, means that over time you pay double or triple for that item because of the interest charged.

Stretch your Rands: I remember how during difficult times; my mother would find creative ways of preparing tasty food with little money. Trips were carefully planned to avoid unnecessary fuel expenses. Many food items and clothing were only bought when there were “specials.” Some of my (very nice) clothes were not new, but “inherited” from friends and family whose children outgrew them.

Communicate: Parents need to communicate to the members of their household that we are in difficult times. It is important that this be done in a sensitive and wise way. Do not create anxiety and insecurity in your children’s minds but make them aware of the fact that we cannot just spend money unwisely.

We do not have to live in fear and hopelessness during difficult times. We must do what we can with what we have and trust God to keep us and guide us through. What does the Bible have to say about economic difficulties? We found a useful link that we would like to share with you in this regard:

https://www.ramseysolutions.com/personal-growth/faith-during-financial-crisis

2. AFM OF SA NATIONAL CONFERENCE: HAVE YOU REGISTERED YET?

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.

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We are looking forward to seeing you in Cape Town!

Friendly Regards
Henri Weideman

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