“Christ was humble. He obeyed God and even died on a cross.
Then God gave Christ the highest place and honoured his name above all others.
So at the name of Jesus everyone will bow down, those in heaven, on earth, and under the earth.
And to the glory of God the Father everyone will openly agree, “Jesus Christ is Lord!””
Joburg for Jesus (J4J) evangelism is initiative straight from the Lord Jesus’ heart, revealing the way that His eye roams to and fro Johannesburg, especially the Braamfontein area, looking to draw man back to Himself in a very real and true way. This evangelism spanned through two glorious weeks from the 23rd of September 2013 until the 6th of October 2013, being primarily active in two areas-the University of Johannesburg and in the University of the Witwatersrand. A number of activities took place, which also encouraged the Jesus to All Languages family to work together. The main picture and goal in mind was an abundant of the salvation of souls in Johannesburg-to let this city know that her God still awaits her return unto Himself again. This evangelism, salvation and soul-winning is a work done by and through the Lord Jesus Christ Himself-He remains the centre of it all, thus the main theme was “JESUS IS”! As He called Himself I AM THAT I AM, He still remains today!
Wits University: Sunnyside Residence, Jubilee Residence and JCE Residences (Evangelism)
1 October 2013
There is something about the Work of the Lord; one does not need figure anything out, in actual sense, one does not do anything. It is God doing it through them. All that is needed is availability on our side, and God does the rest. There were some resistances opposing this work evangelism in Sunnyside and Jubilee, but JCE was not that difficult. Because it was God it through us, we didn’t have to be discouraged even when we faced minor challenges before the God who had sent us, is the same God who will come through for us. There was some stubbornness in the atmosphere, but as we know, the weapons of our warfare are not carnal, when something comes up; we know our place of Power.
Sister Sello Molele led us and helped those who were scared because proper protocol was not followed to understand the Spiritual work done in evangelism and the oppositions thereof. The problem in Sunnyside was that males were not allowed to be inside, but we found that out after they were already signed in and doing the work of evangelism.
Challenges were there in Jubilee as well, protocol again. But, because it is not us doing it but God doing it through us, we were able to go in and share light with those in the dark, encourage those who were down, and meet those who are already in the Lord.
JCE was not a problem because our Brothers remained outside and did the work outside while the Sisters went into the residences.
God is good. His work is not a burden, but a privilege. It does not have to be misery, but Joy, because Jesus Christ bore the pain of the Cross for our Joy.
We really witnessed the power of God. People opened up, some were excited about our visits, while others were not so happy. But in the end, what had to be done was done, and all Glory is to God.
Wits University: Sunnyside Residence Service
2 October 2013
It is not enough to merely invite people to where the feast is happening, but the feast must be taken to them directly. That, we believe, is the heart of the Father. To take the initiative to approach, present and give. The Wednesday evening service was conducted in a common room at Sunnyside and was opened to everyone who was drawn in-even the brothers saw it fit to attend the service. The service consisted of defining what a woman of influence according to the standards and mind of the Lord and this was a prelude to what the remainder of the evangelism week would mean for the ladies.
Pastor Ebenezer of JTL shared the word, announcing this to be an era of grace, “Grace is when God comes to you. The question is what are you doing with that grace? Grace is one of the most dangerous things in the kingdom of God. People can do their business and find that when they pray or sing or preach, they feel the presence and nearness of God. Do not be mistaken0it does not mean that God condones what is wrong, but He is coming to you so that you can change and be better. Wisdom is seeing the effects of your decisions from the beginning (Matthew 25-the parable of the ten virgins)…learn to stretch and come out of yourself. Instead of focussing on what is only enough for now- learn to pray and work like there is a tomorrow. Preparation will always look at the future!”
There are people from Sunnyside who appreciated our visit and we thank God that He is in the work and we are not doing it in vain
JCE: Evangelism Thursday
3 October 2013
Evangelism for females at Wits could not be done without setting foot on JCE territory with the Good News from a Saviour who loves them unconditionally. The 3rd of October was the appointed day for salvation to come to JCE, the Education Campus.
The Open Air
Pastor Ebenezer preaches Jesus to the ladies at JCE next to the Dining Room
The Open Air attendees join in prayer for salvation, exams and JCE
JCE ladies listening attentively to the message preached by Pastor Ebenezer
Worship, workers and the Word! The stage was set up just for the Lord to be introduced through an open air service wherein Pastor Ebenezer Kiluba was ministering to all with life in itself that JESUS IS! The open air service ran from 17:30 up until 18:30 in the open area next to the JCE Dining Room, situated close to the ladies’ dorms. The heart of the open air is that the Jesus who is preached will reach even those who were unable to physically be present at the site by hearing this Word from as far as their rooms. That is all that is needed for people to start seeking after this Lord-they need only hear of him. That is what it takes for the name of the Lord to be called. Crowds gathered in increasing numbers, listening and participating in prayer for themselves and JCE as a whole.
“So then, “Whoever calls on the name of the Lord will be saved.”
But how can people call on him if they have not believed in him? How can they believe in him if they have not heard his message? How can they hear if no one tells the Good News?
How can people tell the Good News if no one sends them? As Scripture says, “How beautiful are the feet of the messengers who announce the Good News.””
The JCE Revival service
The believers then gathered in B12 at JCE for a Women of Influence Revival service, continuing in the fire and fervour from the Open Air evangelism, at 19:00-21:00. This service was dedicated to encouraging, edifying and restoring the women in the Body of Christ by looking at what her identity really is. The ladies from JTL showcased their gifts by way of leading intercessory prayer, rendering items by way of songs, giving words of encouragement and preaching of the Word, along with the message shared by Pastor Ebenezer on a woman’s identity. A woman cannot be efficient anywhere-be it in the church, at school or in society at large lest she knows who her Father has made her to be. The sum of the attendees featured the JTL ladies from JCE and Main Campus and some new faces from the University of Johannesburg and JCE campus as well.
Wits: Women of Influence Conference
6 October 2013
Do we understand what Women of Influence is about? Do we get the message that is being communicated to us?
It is not about hearing the Word and sitting on it. It is about hearing and doing. Of what benefit is it to hear about Ruth and Deborah, but still come back and accept labels that the world tags on us? There is influence in us, there is an element of uniqueness in us and that is what makes us special. We had heard on Thursday about identity. Our identity is derived from Christ. It only takes knowing who you are.
Guest Speaker: Pastor Mantsha Pheeha
There is a dream given to each one of us by the Lord. The road we are to travel to get where we should get is not revealed to us, but we have to get the destination. Regardless of the challenges, we must be bold in our faith in the Lord.
A wonderful presentation was done by JTL women-depicting the different roles that a woman occupies according to Proverbs 31. The JTL ladies decided to showcase their musical abilities through choral singing.
Pastor Mantsha Pheeha ministering on “the life of Joseph” at Jesus To All Languages, Wits Campus
Worship at JTL as led by Voices of Heaven choir
Sister Tracy ministers in song, along with the Voices of Heaven choir
Testimonials of J4J
What do you think about J4J?
Joburg for Jesus is something that everyone can see for example being at the Matrix. Its structure is a way of publicizing what Christ is all about, because when we set up, it is music and it is loud. Obviously people will notice what we are doing. People ask if they do not know what is going on.
“Joburg for Jesus has brought so many people to God, there were many souls that were won. I saw new faces, which means that the work of God has been done and the grace of the Lord was here. I am glad that we could bring changes.”
“I believe we won souls for God and we have been taught the meaning of being man and women of influence and I have learnt a lot. I am willing to implement this in my life and be a woman of influence-be that woman who will impact the society. I would love if we have J4J every year-more and more.”
“I like how it is done. It is done out there in the open. Sometimes people do not come to church because they feel that they do not belong so when we go to people, it says that they matter and that they can come to worship with us.”
“ I think it was one of those exciting moments when you go out to speak to people and at first you are a bit scared and wonder what you will say to that person but then when you start speaking, you go with the flow and see people paying attention to what you have to say. It was wonderful to have the Lord express Himself through His people like that.”
What was the peak for you? What was THE moment for you?
I loved the revival service at JCE-the preaching on identity. That made me realise that all of have identities even though sometimes we feel like some people are born in church. I learned that we all have a place in God; there is a certain place where each is supposed to be. We are all included in IDENTITY. Nobody is left behind. It makes me ask serious questions, like “where am I going?”
“All of them have their different message that taught me something. So I enjoyed everything- I learnt a lot. All of them were really amazing”
“I enjoyed the evangelism we had at JCE because I realised how close to God I get when I evangelise. I feel the presence of God so much and I feel that what I am doing for the Lord is meaningful.”
“I loved seeing the joy that the Gospel gave to people, more than anything. People being receptive to the Gospel and I would like to see more people coming to Jesus.”
There is no greater joy than to see that Christ is lifted up and that His own is not only recognising Him, but is drawing near to Him. We praise God for J4J! Amen and Amen.