Newsflash: We Celebrate 28 Years of Unity

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AFM of SA Calendar 2024:
https://afm-ags.org/afm-calendar-2024/

NOB Empowerment Visits (Invitation):
https://afm-ags.org/category/events/

AFM Pastoral Letter 1st Quarter (New!):
https://afm-ags.org/pastoral-letter-1st-quarter-2024/

Dear Colleague,

1. AFM UNITY: CELEBRATING 28 YEARS

As we gratefully celebrate 28 years of structural unity on Friday, 5 April 2024, we are reminded of a few important principles:

Unity amongst His followers was an important prayer of Jesus. He said: “My prayer is not for them (the disciples) alone. I also pray for those who will believe in Me through their message; that áll of them may be one, Father just as you are in me and I am in you. May they also be one in us, so that the world may believe that you have sent me” John 17: 20-21 (NIV). John describes a visible unity, for it is only a visible unity that the world can see, and which can lead people to believe in Jesus. This unity should be expressed in everything we do and say.

We must also remember that we are called to unity. In Ephesians 4:1-6 Paul says: “…I urge you to live a life worthy of the calling you have received. Be completely humble and gentle; be patient, bearing with one another in love. Make every effort to keep the unity of the Spirit through the bond of peace. There is one body and one Spirit, just as you were called to one hope when you were called; one Lord, one faith, one baptism; one God and Father of all, who is over all and through all and in all.” Like the Ephesian Christians, we have been called to unity and must live up to that calling. Paul urged everyone to do everything in their power to maintain unity in the bond of peace. In verse 3 Paul refers to “the unity of the Spirit,” suggesting that the unity that exists between us is a unity created by God, through His Holy Spirit.

As the AFM we have travelled somewhat on this journey. Let us continue to take hands, to grow in our relationships with one another, and to journey together. Let us commit to value and deepen the unity that we have, as we also celebrate our God-given diversity. During our 20th Unity Anniversary, a special video was compiled sharing the history leading up to the unification of the AFM in 1996. I encourage you to watch and share it (if you have not yet done so):

2. NOB EMPOWERMENT VISITS

Fan into Flame the Gift of God!

We are looking forward to visiting and spending time in ministry and impartation with Regional Pastors, Assembly Leaders, Governing Body Members, Departments and Members during the Regional Empowerment Visits. The Theme for 2024 is: Fan into Flame the Gift of God!

The NOB felt led to continue the focus on who we are and how we must live as Holy Spirit-filled people and church in 2024. This time around with the focus on the gifts of the Holy Spirit. Based on 2 Timothy 1: 6: “Fan into flame the gift of God, which is in you. (NIV)” and “Stir up the gift of God which is in you. (NKJV)” We will share on the spiritual gifts, sound teaching, our testimony and unity.

Kindly take note that the dates and venues of the 2024 NOB Empowerment Visits have been confirmed:

The Programme for Friday and Saturday is also available:

NOB Programme 2024

We are looking forward to seeing you there!

3. INVITATION: IGNITE THE FIRE (DURBAN)

We hereby invite all our Assemblies, Members and Pastors in the Durban area and surroundings to the “Ignite the Fire” event coming up on Saturday, 15 June at the Moses Mabhida Stadium. Pastor Ronnie Naidoo is actively involved in the organisation of this event. We encourage our AFM Family to participate!

Friendly Regards!
Henri Weideman

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