Getuienisnaweek 12-14 Julie 2024. Kontak besonderhede van sprekers en uitstallers

Sprekers
Eugene PienaarGideonsIs 100 miljoen genoeginfo.pienaar@gmail.com
Ds Hendrik SaaymanNGK Houtbaain Geesdriftige Gemeente – Hand 19hendriksaayman54@gmail.com
Marina LouwFrontiers SATot aan die uithoeke vd wereldmlouw777@gmail.com
Dr Jurie VermeulenFEBA RadioBybelse Beginsels vir effektiewe sendingjvermeulen@febaradio.co.za
Dr Johan LouwMegaVoice IntDissipelmaking in ‘n wêreld wat nie lees niejlouw@megavoice.africa
Fred BerringtonYwamStories vanuit die sendingveldfberrington@gmail.com
Suria ScholtzEthnos Movement International“-30, ‘n Strategie vir sending”suria.scholtz@ethnosmi.org
Ds Hendrik SaaymanNGK HoutbaaiTema: Wie weet wat, Skrif: Lukas 1:1-4
Ds Charné ViljoenNGK G/BrakrivierNagmaalcharne.mathewson@gmail.com
Gemeentes
Unis OosthuizenNGK HartenbosUitstallingunis@suremasters.co.za
Uitstallers
Dawid & HeimahSendelinge – NepalUitstallingdawidheimah@gmail.com
Blackie SwartArbeidsbediening MosselbaaiSaam met Pierre Lambrechts en Johan Pretoriusgerhard@thegreenoffice.com
Unis OosthuizenNGK HartenbosUitstallingunis@suremasters.co.za
Alfie ViljoenFoodsocksUitstallingalfie@echo.org.za
Paul SmutsGideonsUitstallingpauljsmuts@icloud.com
Dr Jurie VermeulenFEBA RadioUitstallingjvermeulen@febaradio.co.za
Dr Johan LouwMegaVoice IntUitstallingjlouw@megavoice.africa
Marina LouwFrontiers SAUitstallingmlouw777@gmail.com
Mark Ftnes-ClintonOperasie MobilisasieUitstallingMark.fynes-clinton@om.org
Bets NelSearle MemorialUitstallingbetsnel@outlook.com
Jannes BuysGBR NetwerkforumUitstallingjannes@wonderfulsa.co.za
Sonja PelserSkarrelhuisieUitstalling
Suria ScholtzEthnos Movement InternationalUitstallingsuria.scholtz@ethnosmi.org
Isabella BuysLittle Seeds/SmartStartUitstallingisabella@littleseeds.org.za
Aletia NortjeNGK Groot-BrakrivierUitstallingaletia.nortje@gmail.com

Afkondigings 21-28 Julie 2024

Afkondigings

Sondag 21 Julie 2024 :
• Baie welkom by die erediens.
• Prediker – Ds Charné Viljoen.
• Ons skriflesing kom vanoggend uit Mark 6:30-34, 53-56.
Die tema van die prediking is: Splachnitzomai.
• Kategese.
• Sinodale offer vir Studentebearbeiding by die deure.
• Tee word bedien in die kerksaal na afloop van die erediens. Almal is welkom.
• Groenkloof prediker – Ds Danie Goosen.

Woensdag 24 Julie 2024 :
• Kooroefening by die orrel om 17:00. Marida – 082 471 0751.
Alle belangstellendes is welkom.

Sondag 28 Julie 2024 :

• Prediker – Ds Danie Goosen.
• Kategese.
• Doop.
• Sinodale offer vir Gemeentebediening by die deure.
• Tee word bedien in die kerksaal na afloop van die erediens. Almal is welkom.

Nuwe lidmate en lidmaatbesoeke :

Ons nooi nuwe lidmate om asb na die erediens tot voor die kansel te kom waar ons u graag wil ontmoet. In die voorportaal is ook vorms beskikbaar wat u kan voltooi en by die kerkkantoor inhandig of u kan dit in die posbus by die kerkkantoor ingooi.

Omgeebediening :
• Indien u bewus is van iemand met nood, siekte of wat eensaam is en hulp benodig kontak u kerkraadslid of die kerkkantoor.
• Ons wil gemeentelede kans gee om prakties betrokke te raak! By die deure is houers om enige nie-bederfbare kosprodukte in te plaas soos suiker, pasta, rys, konfyte, blikkieskos, seep, tandepasta, koffie, tee, ens. Enige bydraes help om nood te verlig.
• Enige persoon wat graag by die Omgeebediening betrokke wil raak skakel asseblief vir Corrie Pieters – 082 327 9527.

Ondersteuningsgroep :
Ons groep wil graag mense ondersteun met:
• Vervoer na doktersafsprake of vir inkopies.
• Emosionele ondersteuning weens verlies van een of ander aard.
Soms het ’n mens net iemand nodig om te luister of by jou te sit.
Skakel ons gerus: Riana Briers – 081 039 8853 / Riëtte Jansen van Rensburg – 082 928 9625.

Getuienisbediening :
• Wolwedans boodskap, sop en brood:

Ons nooi die gemeente om deel te neem aan ons projek – om 2 liter sop, ‘n brood en ‘n bemoedigende boodskap te voorsien aan 100 gesinne elke 2de week. Die datums vir die derde kwartaal is 24 Julie, 7 & 21 Augustus en 4 & 18 September. By voorbaat baie dankie vir julle getroue ondersteuning.

• Behoeftes vir Getuienisprojekte:

Daar is ‘n deurlopende behoefte aan wol, materiaal, gare, borduurgare, linne, eetgerei en gebreekte keramiek/porselein (vir mosaïk projekte). Baie dankie vir alles wat deurlopend voorsien word.

Getuienisbediening DANKIES :

Baie dankie vir die skenking van ’n splinternuwe baba stootwaentjie!
U goedhartigheid word opreg waardeer!

Dankies

Bloedskenking :
Die bloedskenking op 18 Julie 2024 het 63 volpinte bloed opgelewer.

Baie dankie vir die 71 mense (waarvan 5 nuwe skenkers was) wat opgedaag
het om te skenk, u skenkings kan lewens red. Ons sal u in kennis stel
wanneer die volgende geleentheid plaasvind.

Getuienisnaweek :
Graag wil ons elkeen wat betrokke was by die Getuienisnaweek uit ons harte uit bedank! Die naweek was ’n reuse sukses en ons kon dit nie sonder
elkeen betrokke se harde werk en insette doen nie.

Die webwerf (nggrootbrak.co.za)
21 Julie 2024

1. Erediensbediening:
Skakel na die YouTube Erediens van 21 Julie 2024.
2. Getuienisbediening:
‘n Gees-gevulde naweek: Oorsig van die Getuienisnaweek 2024.
3. Bybelstudiereeks:
Die Weeklikse: “Stof tot nadenke: Keuses…”

  1. Die Afkondigings word weekliks op die webwerf geplaas.

Ons dank u vir u volgehoue bydrae en ondersteuning van die werk van die Here.

Leraars: Danie Goosen – 079 525 3624
Charné Viljoen – 083 294 6640

Langstraat 10, Groot-Brakrivier, 6525  044 620 2205
e-pos: kerkkantoor@nggrootbrak.co.za / kassiere@nggrootbrak.co.za
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‘n Gees-gevulde Getuienisnaweek

Die NG Kerk Groot-Brakrivier se Getuienisbediening, het die naweek van 12-14 Julie 2024, ‘n Getuienisnaweek gereël met die Tema: Jesus vir Almal. Die geleentheid het jou laat besef dat jy die voorreg gehad het om ‘n kykie te kry in die wyse wat God besig is, op soveel aanvullende maniere. Jy kan nie onaangeraak bly nie. Die feit dat jy daar was, is God se manier om met jou te werk; om jou voor te berei, waarvoor Hy jou nodig het. Dit is nie altyd vir ons so maklik om dit raak te sien nie, maar God doen dinge in die stiltes van jou nabetragting, of tydens geleenthede soos dié naweek. Die Heillige Gees dryf jou, om ook betrokke te raak, daar waar daar ‘n behoefte is vir jou kundigheid, en vir elkeen se spesiale unieke inslag. Van die sprekers en uitstallers tot die Groot-Brakrivier se “Brass band” het die naweek suksesvol gemaak deurdat hulle passievol as gelowiges, as geroepenes in elke faset waar hulle betrokke is, ‘n verskil maak, omdat hulle geroepe is en geluister het na die Stem van die Heilige Gees.

Vrydagaand se getuienisse is ingelei deur die fasiliteerder , Dr Frans Hancke, ‘n baie bekende in die Sending kringe, en die verwelkoming en opening is deur Ds Charné Viljoen behartig. Die eerste spreker was Eugene Pienaar van die Gideons, met die tema “Is 100 miljoen genoeg?’. Dié organisasie het sy oorsprong gehad het in 1989 in ‘n hotelkamer, waar twee Amerikaanse sakemanne, John Nicholson en Samuel Hill, mekaar ontmoet het, toe hulle noodgedwonge ‘n kamer in ‘n hotel moes deel. Beide was gelowiges, en die Heilige Gees het hulle gedring om die verkondiging van die Evangelie onder sakemanne te begin. Dit het uiteindelik gelei tot die stigting van die Gideons en die bybelverspreiding soos ons dit vandag ken. Hulle het na God se stem geluister, en daar is sekerlik min van ons wat nie al met die Bybels van die Gideons bekend is, of in aanraking gekom en ‘n pad gestap het nie. Daar in die alleenheid van hotelkamers en gastehuise is daar menigmaal die Gideonbybels beskikbaar, om die aand mee te verwyl. Die werk onder die jeug en gevangenis is toegelig met getuienisse van mense wat nog nooit die woord van God gehoor of verstaan het nie, en deur die Gideonbybels aangeraak en verander is, om te besef dat Christus se voorbeeld die enigste Lig is.

Ds. Hendrik Saayman, tans van NG kerk Houtbaai, het Vrydagaand se getuienis afgesluit met die tema “’n Geedriftige Gemeente”, toegelig uit Handelinge 19 en die voorbeeld van Paulus. Die oortuigings werk is nie iets wat noodwendig oornag gebeur nie, maar verg toewyding en uithouvermoê, om uiteindelik by die einddoel uit te kom. Sy getuienis uit ervarings van die werking en leiding van die Heilige Gees in sy eerste gemeente het gedien as voorbeeld. Die behoefte vir fondse vir ‘n jong gemeente seun, wat geroepe gevoel het om as sendeling uit te gaan om die woord te verkondig, het ‘n impak gemaak. Die behoefte was in terme van vandag, ‘n skamele R15 000, om die nodige opleiding te kry. In die Gemeente, wat nie finansieël sterk was nie, het die Kerkraad tog gevoel om te kyk of hulle die seun nie kan ondersteun nie. Die gemeente is bymekaar geroep en gevra om ‘n verbintenis te maak, soos wat dit vir elkeen moontlik was. Dit is by wyse van anonieme briefies gedoen. Die uitkoms was ‘n verstommende R 26 000. Dit was daarom vir die gemeente moontlik om twee jongmanne te stuur vir die opleiding. Die stem van die Heilige Gees is deur ‘n hele gemeente aangeraak, wat geluister het! Sy passie is om plaaslike gemeenskappe bewus te maak van hulle roeping om God te dien in hulle eie plaaslike gemeenskappe. Ds Saayman het ook die voorreg gehad om jare later ‘n gelowige man, wat tot bekering gekom het deur ‘n groep waar die seun as sendeling betrokke was, in ‘n midde-ooste land, te ontmoet.

Saterdagoggend is die verrigtinge begin deur die vrolike, en passievolle musiek van Groot-Brakriver se jongmense se ‘Brass Band’ onder leiding van Pietman Davids. Pietman was geroep om die kinders van Groot-Brakrivier van die strate af te kry. Die orkes was net halfsterkte, want hulle is aktief betrokke in die gemeenskap, en het ook ander verpligtinge gehad. Die entoesiasme van die kinders en die impak op die jong kinders se lewens, waarvan ons die getuienis van twee jong dogters gehoor het, was sigbaar en verblydend. Pietman se luister na die roeping wat oor sy pad geplaas is, het ‘n wonderlike impak op die kinders van Groot-Brakrivier. Mens word gelaat met die vraag: “Kan ons afsydig staan deur die nood en behoefte wat in ons direkte omgewing is?”

Marina Louw, die voltydse mobiliseerder van SA Frontiers, se tema was “Tot aan die uithoeke van die wêreld”. Sy is gedring om mense te kry om in die 10/40 Moslem en duister wêreld van lande van Noord Afrika, dwarsoor die middeooste tot by China, mense te kry wat die Lig van Christus in ‘n baie donker, en vyandiggesinde wêreld, in te neem. ‘n Treffende video van duisende mense wat nog nie die lig ervaar het of die bevrydende Evangelie van Jesus Christus gehoor het nie, het die enorme verlies aan siele duidelik uitgebeeld in daardie wêreld dele. Die behoefte is groot om in hierdie te kort aan beskikbare en oortuigde ligdraers, ‘n verskil te maak. ‘n Wêreld wat baie aggresief vyandig is teenoor die mense wat die Lig en bevryding wil bring.

Dr Jurie Vermeulen, uitvoerende beampte van FEBA, het ‘n passie vir opleiding, sending en die uitdra van die Evangelie, die enigste Waarheid. Sy tema vir die oggend was “Bybelse beginsels vir effektiewe Sending”. Die skep van radio stasies wêreldwyd, met reik wydte in areas wat voorheen baie donker en onbereikbaar was. Die Stasies word beman met mense wat etniese verbintenisse het met die reik-lande en word voltyds gevul met die uitdra van die Evangelie. Tweehonderd en sestig stasies het ‘n reikwydte van vyftig lande, met die gebruik van 152 tale en met 150 miljoen luisteraar terugvoere per jaar. FEBA se fokus is in die lande waar die grootste nood is. Sy oordra van FEBA se werksaamhede is toegelig uit die Woord van God. Bybelse voorbeelde is hulle dryfkrag, wat hulle leiding deur die Heilige Gees beklemtoon. Die effektiwiteit van die aksie wys hoe mense, deur die aanraking van die Heilige Gees, entoesiasties en met oorgawe werk vir die verspreiding van die Evangelie van Jesus Christus.

Dr Johan Louw, met die tema “Dissipelmaking in ‘n wêreld wat nie lees nie”, is van Opvoedkundige agtergrond en betrokke by MegaVoice. MegaVoice fokus op die besef dat mense wat nie lees nie, nie die Woord van die Evangelie van Jesus Christus kan hoor nie. Sy demonstrasie van die feit dat effektief net omtrent 15% mense aktiewe lesers is, laat ons met ‘n steierende 75-80% mense wat nie die verlossende Woord van God op enige ander manier as mondeliks of deur audio-visuele maniere kan hoor nie. Die tegnologiese ontwikkelinge van vandag, is fenominaal. Die gebruik van eenvoudige en alledaagse toerusting, soos die flits, wat deur sonpaneeltjies aangedryf word. Dit word in nutuur rampgebiede versprei. Die eenvoudige hulpmiddel het ‘n ingeboude radio waardeur die Woord van God verder versprei kan word. Dit is prakties, funksioneel en versprei die Lig in meer as een wyse. Dit open ook deure in wêrelddele wat voorheen onbegaanbaar was vir draers van die Lig van God.

Fred Berrington van YWAM (Youth with a Mission), se tema “Stories vanuit die Sendingveld”, het gefokus rondom Luk. 10: 2 (“Hy het vir hulle gesê: Die oes is groot, maar die arbeiders min.”) Hy en sy vrou Paula is betrokke by die opleiding van jongmense wat die Evangelie uitdra na veral die Afrika vasteland. Hy het menige verhale wêreldwyd, waar die werk van God deur die Heilige Gees. Sy entoesiastiese wyse om bv. voorbeelde waar Regerings dit moeilik maak vir mense uit die westerse wêreld om sendingwerk te doen, soos in Brazilië, kom plaaslike mense tot bekering en begin self onder hulle eie mense groepe sendingwerk te doen. Menige wonderlike weergawes van waar mense tot bekering kom, en self begin om die Evangelie aan hulle eie mense te bring. Hy beklemtoon die krag van gebed, waar enigiemand vir spesifieke mense kan bid, waar God die gebede beantwoord en mense uitstuur na spesifieke plekke. Hy sluit af met die baie waar stelling: “Al wat ons hemel toe kan vat is siele, ons het een lewe om te lewe, ons kan dit nie op onsself mors nie!”

Suria en Coen Scholtz, van Ethnos Movement International, se tema “-30, ‘n strategie vir Sending”, is gefokus op die bou van vriendskappe met mense in die alledaagse omgaan in mens se lewe. Hulle fokus is op Afrika en die uniekheid van elke mens. Sy gebruik onder andere die verhaal van Jesus se gesprek en effek met die Samiritaanse vrou by die water put (Joh. 4) en die besetene van Gerasa (Markus 5) om te demonstreer hoe Jesus enkel, onwaarskynlike mense gebruik om die Evangelie verder te verkondig. Mense wat nog nie vir Jesus Christus ken nie, maar wat oor mens se pad kom. Daardeur kan elke mens, daar waar jy beweeg en werk, ‘n verandering in die gemeenskap te weeg bring. Ons moet net so leef sodat mense kan sien en beleef dat jy ‘n kind van God is, deur die liefde van die Ware God wat jy uitdra, sodat hulle lewens vir altyd sal vernader. Ons kan grense oorsteek hier, waar ons woon.

Die Naweek is afgesluit deur die Sondag Erediens en Nagmaal. Die Erediens, met die tema: “Wie weet wat?” wat deur Ds Hendrik Saayman behartig is. Die preek was baie treffend. Die demonstrasie van die dogtertjie wat haar broertjie beveel om die kanale te verander op die TV, en haar antwoord op sy vraag van “Hoekom?”; van die handjie, waarvan die vingertjies elkeen nie veel skade kan aanrig nie, maar wanneer daardie vingertjies saam werk in die vorm van ‘n vuisie, raak dit ‘n ‘weapon of mass destruction’ wat ‘n baie groot impak kan hê, was visueel en het die krag van samewerking duidelik oorgebring, veral tussen al die verskillende Sendingaksies. So ook die droom van die man wat saam met sy gesin stap deur ‘n geslote tonnel, wat deur die ‘hel’ gaan, oppad na die hemel. Hulle word kort-kort onderbreek deur die harde geklop van bekendes aan die buitkant, wat dringend en beskuldigend vra, “Jy het geweet, hoekom het jy my nie vertel nie” het die boodskap baie duidelik oorgedra dat ons moet oorloop met die passie om ander te vertel, hier en nou, waar ons elke dag ‘n verskil kan maak. God self sal die oortuigings werk doen, maar ons het elkeen die verantwoordelikheid om te vertel. “Hoe kan enigiemand weet, as iemand nie vertel het nie?”. Die Nagmaal is bedien deur Ds. Charné Viljoen, ‘n predikant van NG Kerk Groot-Brakrivier, as afsluiting van ‘n wonderlike Gees-gevulde naweek.

Sendingaksie uitstallings was deurgaans deur die naweek beman in die Kerksaal, vir enige navrae, of vir mense wat meer inligting wou kry, of aktief wou betrokke raak. Die Uitstallings het ingesluit: Grootbrak Netwerk Forum, Frontiers SA, Radio FEBA, Operasie Mobilisasie, MegaVoice International, Wonderful SA Foundation, Helpende Hand, Arbeidsbediening Mosselbaai, Gideons, Food Socks, Skarrelhuis, Ethnos Movement International, Searle Memorial Church (Outreach Inspiration), NGK Hartenbos en NGK Groot-Brakrivier Sendeling Aktiwiteite. Die instansies dek ‘n verskeidenheid van aksies lokaal en internasionaal, en het ‘n wonderlike oorsig gegee van die werk van mense wat geroepe gevoel het om ‘n verskil te maak.

Wanneer mens sien waar daar oral, wêreldwyd, aktief deur soveel verskillende instansies gewerk word om die Evangelie by al die mense uit te kry, kan mens agteroor sit en begin dink dat mens nie nodig is nie. Maar dit is duidelik uit die oorsigte van al die sprekers dat ons geroep kan word om uit te gaan, weg van ons bekende; maar God bring ook die buitewêreld hier na waar ons woon. Vir die van ons wat nie geroepe word om uit te gaan na ander lande toe nie, moet ons die Evangelie hier waar ons woon uitdra. Dit moet ‘n lewensstyl word, omdat ons onvoorwaardelik glo en entoesiasties is vir die wonderlike vrede en vreugde wat ons ervaar omdat Jesus Christus ons lewens radikaal oorgeneem het, en ons nie anders kan as om oor te loop van die die liefde, vreugde en vrede wat God in ons lewens bewerkstellig het. Ons moet die onbereiktes vertel, van hierdie skat wat ons ontvang het. Dis ‘n skat wat uitgedeel moet word!

Die Gasvryheidsbediening van die Gemeente het die hele naweek heerlike verversings keurig opgedien.

Afkondigings 14 – 21 Julie 2024 NG Kerk Groot-Brakrivier

Afkondigings - NGK Groot-Brakrivier

Sondag 14 Julie 2024 :
• Getuienisnaweek Afsluiting & Nagmaal.
• Baie welkom by die erediens en ’n spesiale verwelkoming aan
ds Hendrik Saayman wat vanoggend se erediens lei.
• Nagmaal – Ds Charné Viljoen.
GEEN Kategese.
• Spesiale offer vir Sendelinge wat deur die gemeente ondersteun word by die deure.
• Tee word bedien in die kerksaal na afloop van die erediens. Almal is welkom.

Woensdag 17 Julie 2024 :
• Kooroefening by die orrel om 17:00. Marida – 082 471 0751.
Alle belangstellendes is welkom.

Donderdag 18 Julie 2024 :

Bloedskenk-geleentheid :
DRINGENDE VERSOEK – voorrade BAIE laag!
Bloedskenk-geleentheid op Donderdag 18 Julie vanaf 15:00 tot 19:00
in die kerksaal. Christo Smith – 083 447 9891.

Sondag 21 Julie 2024 :

• Prediker – Ds Charné Viljoen. • Groenkloof prediker – Ds Danie Goosen. • Kategese. • Sinodale offer vir Studentebearbeiding by die deure. • Tee word bedien in die kerksaal na afloop van die erediens. Almal is welkom.

Bybelblokraaie :

Bybelblokraai 7 & 8 is beskikbaar in die voorportaal asook by die traliehek van die kerkkantoor.

SNAPSCAN
Daar is nou SnapScan QR kodes beskikbaar op die kerkbanke vir u om maklik en vinnig dankoffer betalings na die kerk te maak indien u daarvan sou wou gebruik maak.

Nuwe lidmate en lidmaatbesoeke :

Ons nooi nuwe lidmate om asb na die erediens tot voor die kansel te kom waar ons u graag wil ontmoet. In die voorportaal is ook vorms beskikbaar wat u kan voltooi en by die kerkkantoor inhandig of u kan dit in die posbus by die kerkkantoor ingooi.
Ds Danie Goosen besoek nuwe intrekkers. Indien u nog nie ’n besoek ontvang het nie kontak of kom loer gerus in by die kerkkantoor om ’n afspraak te maak.
Bestaande lidmate wat ’n besoek verlang kan ook gerus die kerkkantoor kontak of kom inloer om ’n afspraak te maak – Maandae, Woensdae en Vrydae tussen 08:00 en 13:00.

Ondersteuningsgroep :
Ons groep wil graag mense ondersteun met:
• Vervoer na doktersafsprake of vir inkopies.
• Emosionele ondersteuning weens verlies van een of ander aard.
Soms het ’n mens net iemand nodig om te luister of by jou te sit.
Skakel ons gerus: Riana Briers – 081 039 8853 / Riëtte Jansen van Rensburg – 082 928 9625.

Getuienisbediening :
• Wolwedans boodskap, sop en brood:

Ons nooi die gemeente om deel te neem aan ons projek – om 2 liter sop, ‘n brood en ‘n bemoedigende boodskap te voorsien aan 100 gesinne elke 2de week. Die datums vir die derde kwartaal is 24 Julie, 7 & 21 Augustus en 4 & 18 September. By voorbaat baie dankie vir julle getroue ondersteuning.

Behoeftes vir Getuienisprojekte:

Daar is ‘n deurlopende behoefte aan wol, materiaal, gare, borduurgare, linne, eetgerei en gebreekte keramiek/porselein (vir mosaïk projekte). Baie dankie vir alles wat deurlopend voorsien word.

Getuienisbediening DANKIES :
Baie dankie vir die skenking van ’n splinternuwe baba stootwaentjie!
U goedhartigheid word opreg waardeer!

Omgeebediening :
• Indien u bewus is van iemand met nood, siekte of wat eensaam is en hulp benodig kontak u kerkraadslid of die kerkkantoor.
• Ons wil gemeentelede kans gee om prakties betrokke te raak! By die deure is houers om enige nie-bederfbare kosprodukte in te plaas soos suiker, pasta, rys, konfyte, blikkieskos, seep, tandepasta, koffie, tee, ens. Enige bydraes help om nood te verlig.
• Enige persoon wat graag by die Omgeebediening betrokke wil raak skakel asseblief vir Corrie Pieters – 082 327 9527.

Sop & sjerrie  en kuieraand
(Ten bate van Hartenbos Versorgingsoord)
Dinsdag, 23 Julie 17h30 by Hartenbos Versorgingsoord
Kaartjies @ R60  beskikbaar by Johan Botha: 082 573 5537 of Hartenbos Versorgingsoord se kantoor.

Die webwerf (nggrootbrak.co.za)
14 Julie 2024

1. Erediensbediening:
Skakel na die YouTube Erediens van 14 Julie 2024.
2. Getuienisbediening:
a) Die weeklikse nuusbrief van Madagaskar is beskikbaar.
b) Videos van al die sprekers en predikers van die Getuienisnaweek sal deur
die week deur middel van skakels op die webwerf gelaai word.
3. Bybelstudiereeks:
Die Weeklikse: “Stof tot nadenke: Luister, dink daaroor, doen en praat…”
4. Gemeentenuus:
Bybel Blokkiesraaisels sal voortaan beskikbaar wees in die voorportaal asook
by die traliehek van die kerkkantoor.

  1. Die Afkondigings word weekliks op die webwerf geplaas.

Ons dank u vir u volgehoue bydrae en ondersteuning van die werk van die Here.

Leraars: Danie Goosen – 079 525 3624
Charné Viljoen – 083 294 6640

Langstraat 10, Groot-Brakrivier, 6525  044 620 2205
e-pos: kerkkantoor@nggrootbrak.co.za / kassiere@nggrootbrak.co.za
Webwerf adres: https://www.nggrootbrak.co.za

Bankbesonderhede: FNB tjekrekening
Rek Nr. 530 831 865 11
Takkode 210314

Dankbaarheid vir bydrae

Die getuienisbediening wil graag ‘n woord van dank gee aan die gemeentelid wat in die hart gedring was om die splinternuwe baba-stootwaentjie te skenk, waar die behoefte groot was.

Dit is met dankbaarheid ontvang.

Program vir Getuienisnaweek 12 -14 Julie 2024

Program

Programleier: Dr Frans Hancke
Vrydag 12 Julie 2024

17h00 – 18h00: Besigtiging van uitstallings in kerksaal
18h00 – 18h10: Verwelkoming deur Ds Charné Viljoen in kerkgebou
18h15 – 18h40: Eugene Pienaar van die Gideons in kerkgebou
18h45 – 19h30: Ds Hendrik Saayman van NGK Houtbaai in kerkgebou
19h30: Kuier rondom sop en broodjies in kerksaal
Saterdag 13 Julie 2024
09h00 – 09h30: Besigtiging en toeligting van uitstallings in kerksaal
09h30 – 10h00: Opening en Pietman Davids in kerkgebou
10h00 – 10h40: Marina Louw van Frontiers SA in kerkgebou
10h45 – 11h15: Dr Jurie Vermeulen van Radio FEBA in kerkgebou
11h20 – 11h50: Dr Johan Louw van MegaVoice International in kerkgebou
11h50 – 12h10: Pouse : Besoek 1 uitstallingstasie van jou eie keuse
12h15 – 12h45: Fred en Paula Berrington van YWAM in kerkgebou
12h50 – 13h30: Suria Scholtz van Ethnos International in kerkgebou
13h30: Verversings en besig ging/gesprekvoering met gassprekers en uitstallers
Sondag 14 Julie
10h00 – 10h40: Afsluiting van Getuienisnaweek deur Ds Hendrik Saayman in kerkgebou
10h40 – 11h00: Nagmaal deur Ds Charné Viljoen in kerkgebou
11h00: Tee/koffie en verversings in kerksaal
Sondag na die kuiergeleentheid kan die uitstallings, wat Vrydag opgestel was, verwyder word
Enige donasies is welkom en kan by NGK Groot-Brakrivier inbetaal word.
(FNB rekening nr 53083186511, tak: 210314).Verwysing: Getuienisnaweek.

Die Sprekers.

Eugene Pienaar – GideonsTema: “Bybelse beginsels vir effektiewe sending.”
Eugene is getroud, het 3 volwasse kinders en was vir 26 jaar deel van hul familie boerdery besigheid. In 1992 by Gideons aangesluit en in verskeie portfolios en ampte gedien. Hy was ook bevoorreg om vanaf 2017 tot 2022 as Streeks Veld Offisier te dien vir die Gideons Internasionaal in Belize, Bahamas, Cayman Eilande, Jamaica, Mauritius, Reunion, Rodriques Eiland, Angola en Senekal.
Tema: “Is 100 miljoen genoeg?”

Ds Hendrik Saayman – NGK Houtbaai
Ds Hendrik is getroud, het 3 volwasse kinders en is voltydse leraar sedert 1984 en tans by NGK Houtbaai. Is ook sedert 2011 by Die_PLAN, ‘n organisasie wat geloofsgemeenskappe bewus maak van hulle Goddelike roeping om die Koninkryk van God te dien in hulle plaaslike gemeenskappe en die wêreld.
Tema Vrydagaand: “’n Geesdriftige Gemeente” Hand. 19
Sondag preek: “Wie weet wat?” Skrif: Luk. 1:1-4

Dr Jurie Vermeulen Radio FEBA
Dr Jurie is getroud, het 2 volwasse seuns en het sy PhD in Christelike Leierskap aan die Universiteit van Pretoria behaal. Hy het ‘n passie vir opleiding, begeleiding, sending en uitdra van die Evangelie. Hy is tans die Hoof Uitvoerende Beampte van Radio FEBA.
Dr Johan is getroud, het 3 volwasse kinders en was 26 jaar in die onderwys waar hy gedien het as onderwyser, Departementshoof, Dosent, Opvoedkundige Sielkundige, Inspekteur van Onderwys en Skoolhoof. Hy leef tans sy roeping en passie uit naamlik: Die skepping van fisiese, psigiese en geestelike welvaart aan mense wat Hoop nodig het.
Tema: “Dissipelmaking in ‘n wêreld wat nie lees nie.”

Dr Johan Louw MegaVoice International Africa
Dr Johan is getroud, het 3 volwasse kinders en was 26 jaar in die onderwys waar hy gedien het as onderwyser, Departementshoof, Dosent, Opvoedkundige Sielkundige, Inspekteur van Onderwys en Skoolhoof. Hy leef tans sy
Tema: “Dissipelmaking in ‘n wêreld wat nie lees nie.”


Fred en Paula Berrington – YWAM
Fred en Paula is getroud met twee volwasse seuns en sedert die seuns uit die huis is, doen hulle baie uitreike en opleiding nasionaal en internasionaal. Fred is tans Internasionale leier van Frontier Missions by YWAM nadat hy die laaste 4 jaar in hulle leierskapspan gedien het. Hy het ‘n passie vir sending en dissipelskap opleiding.
Tema: “Stories vanuit die sendingveld.”

Marina Louw – Frontiers SA
Marina het twee volwasse kinders, een kleindogter en het 7 jaar saam met haar oorlede man, as diplomate in Suid-Amerika diens gedoen. Sy het 26 jaar lank onderwys gegee, en het ‘n groot liefde vir die skepping, natuur en verskillende kulture. Sy is reeds dekades by sending betrokke en is sedert 2017 die voltydse mobiliseerder by Frontiers SA, Jesus vir Moslems.Coen en Suria Scholtz lei die sendingorganisasie, Ethnos Movement International vanaf George in die Suid-Kaap en is al vir amper dertig jaar voltyds betrokke by sending. Hulle het vir baie jare in Zambië gewoon en gewerk en het 11 kinders waarvan 2 biologies is. Suria se bediening sluit in radiogleuwe, motiveringspraatjies, vrouekonferensies en skryfwerk.
Tema: “Tot aan die uithoeke van die wêreld.”

Suria Scholtz Ethnos Movement International
Coen en Suria Scholtz lei die sendingorganisasie, Ethnos Movement International vanaf George in die Suid-Kaap en is al vir amper dertig jaar voltyds betrokke by sending. Hulle het vir baie jare in Zambi ë gewoon en gewerk en het 11 kinders waarvan 2 biologies is. Suria se bediening sluit in radiogleuwe, motiveringspraatjies, vrouekonferensies en skryfwerk.
Tema: “-30, ‘n Strategie vir Sending.

Uitstallers:

Sendingnuus: Madagaskar – The week 30 June 2024

I finally received that small document which states that I have deposited my file for the renewing of my visa.  I was relieved until I noticed that all the information concerning my passport and previous visa, was completely wrong.  I want to say done on purpose, but let’s be positive.  I have to go back and apply for a new one. 

Dries is almost done with the work on the centre box of the boat.  It is slow work, but has already made a big difference.

Larisdiana and Sitraka welcomed their second child, another girl, named Mariska.  They are really good parents and such an example of what a godly family should look like. 

All our grade 5 students passed the national exam. One of the Ampamata students did not make it.   There were five of them this year and we are very proud of them for this big accomplishment. 

Have a blessed week.

Afkondigings 7 – 14 Julie 2024 – NG Kerk Groot-Brakrivier

Afkondigings

Sondag 7 Julie 2024 :
• Baie welkom by die erediens. Prediker – Ds Danie Goosen.
• Ons skriflesing kom vanoggend uit Markus 6:1-13.
Die tema van die prediking is: Onder die knie kry?
• GEEN Kategese.
• Spesiale offer vir Gemeente Instandhoudingsfonds by die deure.
• Tee word bedien in die kerksaal na afloop van die erediens. Almal is welkom.
• Groenkloof erediens prediker: Ds Charné Viljoen.

Lees meer “Afkondigings 7 – 14 Julie 2024 – NG Kerk Groot-Brakrivier”

Sendingnuus uit Madagaskar: Die Week 23 Junie 2024

….or rather The Weeks!  The last few weeks have been busy and that explains the fact that I have not posted any news.  Not for a lack of news though.  The schools closed on Friday and we had our concert in the afternoon. I’ll do a special post about that.

So what have we been doing you might ask.  Dries had a couple of demanding weeks.  He got a lot done on the boat. Amidst that, the Land Rover decided to give trouble and that meant that he spent a week to get the starter fixed, together with some other problems waiting to happen.  

What I thought was going to be a routine visa renewal, turned out to be anything but. Foreigners are obliged to use an agent for this process and Mr Einstein impressed me with his professional attitude.  I am sure that he also thought that this was going to be simple, but never underestimate the government offices in Madagascar.  They are masters at the art of digging and finding something they could use against you.  My previous visa had been obtained in the ‘good old days’ when corruption was not so rampant yet.  It was also at the time when the biometric system was introduced with the result that I had paid for my residency card, but never actually got it.  So to cut a long story short, even though I was able to produce proof of payment, this was of course seen as an opportunity and I have now been told that I would have to pay a fine of which the amount seems to change by the week.  We are now at R15 000.  On Friday, Einstein accompanied me to the ‘prefecture’ where photo’s and fingerprints are taken for the new residency card.  Imagine my despair when I was told that it would be better to start a new application with a transformable visa, which means leaving the country, basically what Dries had to do.  I decided to say nothing and to Einstein’s credit, he handled it very well by phoning the ministry in Antananarivo directly.  We were told that that would not be necessary.  We ask for prayer please.  Apart from the financial implication, it is just all so wicked. 

Bruno, the owner of the boat yard where Gabriel is parked, asked me if I could give English classes to a young girl who just finished her studies and who he was supporting to do an internship in France.  This position also requires English and we have until October to get her ready.  That means three to four hour sessions twice a week which requires a lot of preparation.  I always enjoy teaching and Martine is also asking questions about our faith, so I find that very encouraging.  Please pray that the Holy Spirit will show her the way to Jesus. 

We have two months before school starts in September.  The main focus will be Gabriel, but we need to build a classroom at JoshGen school.  Euphrasie will have to take care of the organisation of the building as Dries will not be able to be there full time. 

Alice is home for the holidays. She has one more year of school.  Dries and Alice are biltong lovers and that was the first thing they had done after she arrived. 

Have a blessed week.

Sendingnuus: Oekraïne Junie 2024

Oekraïne

(Nuusbrief ge-anomiseer ter beskerming van ons dienswerkers)

Liewe vriende en familie

Partykeer op ‘n dag soos vandag het ek die Here so nodig. Dan kyk ek op na die berge en ek weet waar my hulp vandaan gaan kom. Hy kom en Hy tel elke stukkende potskerf op en maak my heel. Hy gee vir my in hierdie vreeslike stilte die mooiste sonsondergang. Jesus. 

Verlede Maandag het ons die derde Gebedsontbyt geleentheid gehad. Al die pastore en kerkleiers van ons streek is na die spesiale geleentheid genooi. Die Adjunk raad leiers van die streek asook die burgemeesters van twee dorpe was teenwoordig. Die Amerikaanse ambassadeur van NAVU Kurt Volker was ook daar asook die spesiale teenwoordiger van die Amerikaanse staatsdepartement vir Oekraine was teenwoordig.  Dit was vir my so groot voorreg toe hulle my gevra het om die dag af te sluit en in Afrikaans te bid vir Oekraine en vir vrede in Oekraine.

Bid  asseblief saam vir vrede in Oekraine en vir die Here se beskerming. Die nuwe koring oes is gereed en die hawe gaan weer bedrywig raak, wat die suide weer ‘n teiken maak. Dankie dat julle intree vir my en die mense van die suide. Die Here is so getrou. 

Ons bussie en my kar gee weer probleme. Die bussie moet die week ingaan om reg gemaak te word, voor die jeugkamp begin.

Ek het nie ‘n sent om daarvoor te betaal nie en ek weet nie hoe ons dit gaan doen nie. Ek is baie dankbaar vir die bussie, maar hy is al so oud. Ons het hom tweedehands gekoop meer as 20 jaar gelede. Elke jaar moet ons so baie op hom spandeer om te laat regmaak aangesien hierdie paaie so sleg is. Bid asseblief saam met my vir ‘n voertuig vir die kerk. Al die kos vir die bejaardes in die gemeente word met hom rondgery asook en alle bedienings. 

Die manne ouer as 25 gaan omtrent nie uit hul huise nie, want mans word van die straat af geneem om oorlog toe gestuur te word. Niemand wil vrywillig gaan nie. Hulle noem die oorlog die vleismeule en alle planne wat ons probeer maak het deur die kerk het in duie gestort. Die weermag lag dit af. Indien die mans in Oekraine nie hulself gaan aangee om vrywillig in die oorlog te veg nie, moet hulle ‘n boete van 19 000 grivno betaal en die volgende maand 80 000 en indien hulle dit nie betaal nie, kan hul motors of huise afgeneem word en verkoop word om hul skuld te vereffen. Ons bid dat hierdie oorlog tot ‘n einde sal kon. Ons hoor van gevalle wat ‘n pa van die oorlogsfront bel en vra dat iemand sal gaan kyk wat by sy huis aangaan. Sy vrou het begin drink, omdat sy nie die spanning kan hanteer dat haar man se lewe elke dag in gevaar is nie en dat hulle klein kindertjies het. 

Drank is ‘n groot probleem in Oekraine. Natasia het ook weer vir maande aan mekaar begin drink.  Haar seun, Artiom van 18  het vir hulp kom vra. Natasia het opgehou eet en net gedrink en begin halusineer. Ek is na haar huis toe met ‘n verpleegster en ‘n sak met medikasie en ‘n drup. In die donker kamertjie, sonder elektrisieteit, het die verpleegster probeer om ‘n naald vir die drup in haar arm te druk onder my selfoon se liggie. Natasia was kwaad en het met die verpleegster baklei, tog was sy dankbaar dat ek daar is en begin huil en gesê hoeveel keer hy haar gehelp het, nou is dit ek wat haar kom help. Ek is net so dankbaar om hier te wees, juis in ‘n tyd soos nou. 

Ek, Madeleine en Juliette het saam met die veterane organisasie die maand soveel mense by hulle huise besoek. Daar is net soveel mense wat alleen is, wat honger is vir gesels en versorging. Ons het onder andere ‘n ouma van in die 90 gaan besoek wat alleen bly, sy kan skaars loop. Ons het vir haar ‘n groot sak kos geneem asook ‘n audio Bybel wat met sonkrag werk. Al vyf haar kleinseuns veg in die oorlog. Sy huil wanneer sy praat. My hart breek elke dag vir die mense van Oekraïne. Julle verstaan net nie hoe erg dit gaan nie. Elke dag gaan daar mense dood en die wêreld het vergeet. Dit kom nie eers meer in die nuus nie. Elke dag is daar woonstelblokke wat uitmekaar geskiet word. Vandag is daar net in Kharkiv 8 mense dood en so baie beseer. 

Hoe lank kan dit so aangaan? Bid asseblief vir hierdie bejaardes in ons dorp vir bekering. Ons het lekker gekuier by die Kaptein. Hy is 84 en was skeepskaptein baie jare gelede. Hy woon alleen op die vyfde vloer van ‘n woonstel en kom oor die weg met ‘n rolstoel as hy die dag wil uitgaan. Ons het ook vir hom ‘n audio Bybel gegee en hy is baie opgewonde en sien reeds uit na ons volgende besoek. Hy het geen Bybelkennis nie en ons neem baba stappies met hom. Moesia het gister weer die evangelie met hom gedeel en ons bid vir hom. Op ons lysie is 60 bejaardes en sover het ons by 26 uitgekom. Amal in hul 80’s. Party kan nie beweeg na beroertes nie en is so dankbaar en meeste van hierdie mense huil sommer net en sê: Dankie dat julle nie van my vergeet nie. 

Ons het die maand op internationale Kinderbeskermings Dag ook die sentrum vir kinders met spesiale behoeftes besoek met Mickey mouse en roomys! Ons het vir hulle ‘n spesiale program aangebied en dit is so wonderlik hoe ons jong mense verhouding bou met hulle “Night To Shine” vriende. Ons prys die Here vir elke oop deur.

De oesveld is so gereed en die arbeiders min. 

Bid asseblief vir die kleuterskool. Ons het meer kindertjies ingekry en moet dringend nog ‘n onderwyseres aanstel. Daar was Vrydag ‘n baie oulike onderwyseres vir ‘n onderhoud, maar sy sien nie kans om vir so klein salaris te werk nie. Die minimum salaris in Oekraine is 8000 grivna en ons kan nie meer as 7000 aanbied nie. Ek weet nie wat om te doen nie. Bid asseblief vir uitkoms vir die kleuterskool, vir ‘n borg vir elke kindjie. Ek weet nie wat om te doen nie. 

Bid asseblief vir die jeugkamp wat 1 Julie begin. 

88 jongmense en meeste van hulle ken nie die Here nie. Ons leiers is so min en ons spanne gaan groot wees omdat die mans bo 25 nie uit die suide kan gaan nie. Bid asseblief vir hierdie jong leiers. Ek voel soos Gideon wat met so min mense so groot geveg moet gaan veg, maar ek weet wie veg vir ons. Die Here is altyd getrou en ons kan dit net in Sy krag doen. 

Bid asseblief vir voldoende finansies vir die kamp. Die onkostes is baie meer as wat ons in die begin uitgewerk het, aangesien die kamp die jaar ‘n dag langer gaan wees. Ons is 110 mense wat gaan. As ek daaraan dink, raak en benoud, maar die Here sal voorsien. Ons loop weer op water en in geloof. Ons moet ook ‘n projektor kry vir die kamp aankoop. Daar is soveel goed, te veel vir my. Maar ek gee dit alles net in die Here se hande en ek vra julle om asseblief saam met my te bid.

Bid asseblief vir die twee voertuie se herstel. Laas jaar was elke voertuig meer as R40 000

Bid asseblief vir ‘n nuwe bussie.

Bid asseblief vir voldoende finansies vir die Jeugkamp. 

Bid asseblief vir Natasia en Artiom haar seun.

Bid vir die oorlog om te stop. Bid vir die vroue en kindertjies in die oorlog.

Bid asseblief vir my, vir krag, wysheid en ook vir finansies.

Bid ook asseblief vir die Kleuterskool vir finansies.

Ek kyk na die Here en sal nie oorweldig word nie. Hy is my hulp en Hy is my man en ek vertrou net op Hom. 

Baie liefde en seen uit die Suide van Ukraine

Dienswerker in Oekraïne

Gebedsgids Julie 2024

Gebed

GEBEDSGIDS – JULIE 2024

Voor hulle nog roep, sal Ek antwoord, terwyl hulle nog praat, sal Ek hulle gebed verhoor (Jes 65:24).

Maandag 1 Julie – Volhard in gebed

Ons prys die Here vir soveel lewens en gesindhede van mense wat Hy elke dag verander as gevolg van volgehoue gebed. Dank Hom vir getroue bidders en hou aan om die Here te vertrou vir wysheid en insig om mense se geestelike behoeftes met liefde en begrip aan te spreek.

Dinsdag 2 Julie – Gevangenes

Bid vandag vir gevangenes in eensame opsluiting. Vra dat hulle die Here Jesus persoonlik sal ontmoet (Hand. 9:17), oortuig sal word van sonde en hul lewens aan Hom sal oorgee.

Woensdag 3 Julie – Uitvoering van die Groot Opdrag

Kom ons dank ons Hemelse Vader vandag vir instansies soos Radio-Kansel, Feba Radio, die Televisie, die Internet en ander moderne tegnologie wat meehelp om die Evangelie tot aan die uithoeke van die wêreld te verkondig – bid vir betrokke personeel en dat God se Koninkryk uitgebrei sal word deur suiwer Woordverkondiging.

Donderdag 4 Julie – Kinders in Sirië

Die krisis in Sirië raak reeds 5,5 miljoen kinders. Nagenoeg 1 000 kinders steek daagliks die grens na Libanon oor as vlugtelinge. Bid asseblief vir kinders wat sonder ouers en familie vlug. Pleit asseblief vir die vrede van God in die harte van hierdie kinders (Psalm 44:23).

Vrydag 5 Julie – Indië

Bid vir kerke (huisgemeentes) wat deur Hindu ekstremiste gesluit is. Bid dat die gemeentelede weer bymekaar sal kom om te aanbid of dat elkeen van hulle ‘n tuiste by ‘n nuwe geloofsgroep sal vind.

Saterdag 6 Julie – Bybelgenootskap van SA

Here baie dankie dat ons u Woord in ons eie taal het, daarmee kon grootword en vry is om dit met ander te deel. Seën die Bybelgenootskappe wêreldwyd. Gee wysheid aan hulle wat besig is met vertalings.”

Sondag 7 Julie – Woordverkondiging

Dankie Vader dat ons U Woord kan lees en bestudeer. Ons bid vandag vir die verkondiging en verspreiding van die Evangelie wêreldwyd. Maak ons gehoorsame hoorders en daders van die Woord.”

Maandag 8 Julie – Persoonlike Toewyding

Bid vir ‘n begeerte om heiligheid en gehoorsaamheid na te streef eerder as om tevrede te wees met ‘n skyn van geestelikheid. Bid vir reinheid en getrouheid in ons huweliksverhoudings. Bid dat ons as gelowiges waarlik Godvrugtig sal lewe.

Dinsdag 9 Julie – Every Home For Christ, Suid-Afrika (EHCSA)

Hierdie internasionale organisasie strewe om hul naam gestand te doen en werk saam met plaaslike gemeentes. Bid asseblief vir die uitreikspan se beskerming en veiligheid wanneer hulle die huise in die verskillende townships, voorstede en informele nedersettings besoek. Bid datgesinne gered sal word en dat elke Huis Christus as hoof sal hê.

Woensdag 10 Julie – Verslaafdes

Vader, dankie dat ons vir elke verslaafde kan bid. Hulle soek sekuriteit in afhanklikheidsmiddels en ander maniere van verslaafdheid. Open asseblief hulle oë om U raak te sien en te weet net in U is daar vrede, liefde en antwoorde op alle probleme.

Donderdag 11 Julie – Grootbrak se Leraars

Ons bid vir ons leraars en hul gesinne, mag hulle elke dag Jesus se liefde uitleef. Dankie dat U hulle hier geplaas het en hulle in U geanker is, dat hulle hul afhanklikheid van U besef. Seën hulle met U liefde en troue sorg. Laat hulle tot seën en inspirasie vir elke lidmaat wees.

Vrydag 12 Julie – Getuienis Naweek

Die Groot Opdrag wat Jesus vir sy Kerk in Hand 1:8 gee is dat ons sal getuig. Om ons opnuut weer in te lig en te inspireer het ons Getuieniskommissie hiérdie naweek gereël. Kom ons bid dat lidmate en besoekers erns sal maak om die uitstallings en byeenkomsteby te woon en dat die Here die naweek besonderlik sal seën. Bid ook vir die sprekers, dat hulle God se wil vir elkeen van ons bekend sal maak.

Saterdag 13 Julie – Getuienis Naweek

Loof en dank die Here dat ons in ‘n land woon waar ons die vryheid het om te getuig; van God se liefde en sy verlossingsplan in Jesus Christus; getuig wat Hy vir jou beteken en dat daar ‘n Ewigheid is om na uit te sien. Bid vir, en ondersteun ons gemeente se aksies om ons Here te gehoorsaam.

Sondag 14 Julie – Getuienis Naweek

Dank die Vader dat ons weer hierdie naweek opnuut bewus kon word van ons Here se opdrag om getuies te wees in ‘n stukkende wêreld. Kom ons bid dat ons met ons lewens getuies sal wees, dat ons woorde, dade en gesindheid, toonbeelde van God se liefde sal wees.

Maandag 15 Julie – Gebed vir Lewende lidmate

Here oortuig my van sonde, bekeer my van alle vorms van hoogmoed en selfsug. Gee dat ek U sal ken as die Amen, die Getroue en die Waaragtige Getuie, die begin van die skepping van God. Verlos my van geestelike louheid en en maak my ontvanklik vir Christus se teregwysings” (Op. 3).

Dinsdag 16 Julie – Reddingsfokus – Mishandelde vroue

Dra vandag alle vroue wat in hulle huise mishandel word en te bang is om hulp te vra, op aan God. Vra dat die Here Jesus vir hulle ‘n uitweg uit hul situasie sal wys, hoe om te bid en Hom te leer ken as hul persoonlike Redder. Niks is vir ons God en Vader onmoontlik nie.

Woensdag 17 Julie – Landbou

Ons bid vir ons boere wat worstel met droogtes en arbeidskwessies. Dat daar genoeg kos geproduseer sal word en niemand honger sal ly nie. Seën elke werker met ywer en entoesiasme om te werk asof vir die Here. Vra vir gesonde verhoudings en wedersydse respek. Ons bid dat Jesus se liefde op elke plaas geleef sal word en U Vrede oor elkeen die wag sal hou. Bid vir die bewaring van plaasbewoners.

Donderdag 18 Julie – Blinde oë word oopgemaak in Indië

In die Noorde van Indië is ‘n mediese bediening besig om uit te reik na die armste onder die armes. Loof die Here vir duisende mense wat jaarliks gehelp word. Bid vir die pasiënte wat die Evangelie hoor en ‘n Bybel ontvang; ± 50% van hierdie pasiënte het tot geloof in Jesus gekom.

Vrydag 19 Julie – Irak

Christene word vervolg en gemartel omdat hulle aan Jesus behoort. Laat ons wat in ‘n land woon waar ons godsdiensvryheid het, met volharding bid vir ons broers en susters. Christene in Irak word deur ekstremiste, wat aan die IS behoort, gedwing om uit sekere gebiede te vlug. Ons bid dat hulle aan Jesus sal vashou en Sy wil sal soek vir hul lewens.

Saterdag 20 Julie – Liefdeloosheid

Woede en bitterheid vertroebel verhoudings met mense en bo-al met God. Bid vir Christene wat hiermee worstel, dat hulle Jesus se liefde sal ervaar wat hulle in staat sal stel om te vergewe. Jesus het gesê “Ek gee julle ‘n nuwe gebod: julle moet mekar liefhê (Joh. 15:12).

Sondag 21 Julie – Studente Bearbeiding

Studente by al ons kolleges en universiteite word, benewens hul studies, met baie eksterne invloede en ander kwessies gekonfronteer. Dit is goed dat ons die bearbeiding finansieël ondersteun, maar ons gebede is nodig om hulle getrou en op die Christelike weg, koers te hou.

Maandag 22 Julie – Gesinslewe

Kom ons bid vir alle gesinne in ons geloofsgemeenskap. Mag daar gesonde verhoudings wees, ware liefde, wedersydse respek en eerbied vir mekaar. Bid dat gesinne saam die Here sal dien en so getuies vir Jesus Christus sal wees. Jos. 24:21 “Ons sal net die HERE ons God dien en net na sy stem luister.”

Dinsdag 23 Julie – Kerk van Christus wees

Bid vir ‘n nuwe insig in lidmate se verhouding met God en ons lewe voor sy aangesig – dat ons as lidmate van Grootbrak, Geesvervuld en geloofwaardig sal wees. In waarheid binne die wil van die Here en deur die krag van die Heilige Gees sal leef. Ander moet ons as Christus-volgelinge erken.

Woensdag 24 Julie – Evangelie aan Vreemdelinge

Dra vandag elke vreemde winkeleienaar of smous in jou omgewing aan die Here op. Vra vir die Here hoe jy hulle kan leer ken en hulle vertroue kan wen en om uiteindelik ook die evangelie aan hulle te kan bedien. Bid dat hulle oop sal wees vir die evangelie (Joh. 3:16).

Donderdag 25 Julie – Gebed vir Gevangenis-bedieninge

Bid vir alle projekte wat gerig is op die rehabilitasie en redding van gevangenes. Pleit dat die Evangelie van Jesus Christus altyd deel van sulke programme sal wees. Bid dat gevangenes hulle waarlik met die nuwe mens in Christus sal bekleë (Ef. 4:24).

Vrydag 26 Julie – Jemen – Arabië

Gelowiges in Jemen is veheug oor 50% meer dopelinge in 2023 as in 2022 en versoek dat ons sal volhard in voorbidding vir die Jemeense Kerk. Die leier vra dat ons sal bid dat hulle getrou sal wees terwyl hulle die Evangelie van Jesus Christus verkondig. Jemen is nr. 5 op die Wêreldwaarnemings-lys vir 2024 en die vlak van vervolging is uitermatig hoog.

Saterdag 27 Julie – Sewentig maal Sewe

Kom ons bely ons traagheid om mekaar te vergewe. Bid vir gewilligheid om te vergewe, dat die Here ons sal leer hoe om te vergewe soos Hy ons vergewe het, nie boek te hou nie (70 x 7).

Sondag 28 Julie – Getuienisbediening

Here hoe bevoorreg is ons nie, om vanmore en elke Sondag ongehinderd saam met mede-gelowiges in U teenwoordigheid te aanbid. Ons bid vir die verkondiging van U Woord oor die wêreld heen. Here help ons om die erediens op straat en oral waar ons mag wees te gaan voortsit.

Maandag 29 Julie – Getuienisvergadering

Vra die Here se seën op hierdie vergadering vanmiddag om 15:30. Bid vir die leiding van die Heilige Gees, sodat besluite, verdere projekte en aksies daartoe sal lei dat Grootbrak-gemeente waarlik ons leuse, “Jesus vir almal”, sal weerspieël. Dit is ons roeping as getuies vir Christus.

Dinsdag 30 Julie – Huwelike

Ons bid vir elke huwelik, dat Christus Jesus die fondament van elke huwelik sal wees. Bid vir liefde, respek en vertroue. Dat mans hulle vrouens sal koester, versorg en bederf. Mag elke vrou die kroon op haar man se kop hou. Onthou : Wat God dan saamgevoeg het mag geen mens skei nie (Mark 10:9).

Woensdag 31 Julie – Oorloë en Rampe

Bid vir ware vrede en herstel waar daar oorlog gevoer word of natuur-rampe dood en verlies veroorsaak. Vra vir beskerming van gelowiges en dat hulle deur hul liefde en omgee versoening en genesing sal bring. Mag leiers verstandig wees en na God draai vir oplossings.

Om in enige aspek van die Christelike lewe te groei neem tyd,

en die sleutel is om elke dag aan Jesus se Voete te sit.

-Cynthia Heald.

Afkondigings 30 Junie – 7 Julie 2024 NG Kerk Groot-Brakrivier

Afkondigings

Sondag 30 Junie 2024 :
• Baie welkom by die erediens.
• Ons skriflesing kom vanoggend uit
Markus 5:21-43.
Die tema van die prediking is: Vertel jou storie!
• GEEN Kategese.
• Spesiale offer vir Jan Kriel-Instituut (Kuilsrivier) by die deure.
• Tee word bedien in die kerksaal na afloop van die erediens. Almal is welkom.

Woensdag 3 Julie 2024 :
• Klub 50: Bingo om 10:00 in kerksaal. Anina Geldenhuys – 083 276 1909.
• Daar sal GEEN Kooroefening wees gedurende die skoolvakansie nie. Oefening hervat weer op 10 Julie 2024 om 17:00. Marida – 082 471 0751.

Sondag 7 Julie 2024 :

• Prediker – Ds Danie Goosen. • Groenkloof diens prediker – Ds Charné Viljoen. • GEEN Kategese. • Spesiale offer vir Gemeente Instandhoudingsfonds by die deure. • Tee word bedien in die kerksaal na afloop van die erediens. Almal is welkom.

Gebedsgidse :

Gebedsgidse vir Julie 2024 is beskikbaar in die voorportaal.
Die gebedsgidse, dankofferkoeverte, Kerkbode en Gemeentebriewe is ook by die traliehek van die kerkkantoor beskikbaar.

Ons benodig nog persone wat kan help met die opstel van maandelikse gebedsgidse. Elke persoon kry 3 beurte per jaar (elke 4de maand) om ’n gebedsgids op te stel, dit kan oor enige onderwerpe handel. Indien u wil betrokke raak skakel Mona de Wet – 084 628 2866.

Sterftes 2024:

22 Junie – Wynand Roeloffze: Wyk 13D
Ons innige meegevoel aan sy familie & vriende.

Nuwe lidmate en lidmaatbesoeke :

Ons nooi nuwe lidmate om asb na die erediens tot voor die kansel te kom waar ons u graag wil ontmoet. In die voorportaal is ook vorms beskikbaar wat u kan voltooi en by die kerkkantoor inhandig of u kan dit in die posbus by die kerkkantoor ingooi.

Getuienisbediening :


Wolwedans boodskap, sop en brood:
Ons nooi die gemeente om deel te neem aan ons projek – om 2 liter sop, ‘n brood en ‘n bemoedigende boodskap te voorsien aan 100 gesinne elke 2de week. Die datums vir die derde kwartaal is 10 & 24 Julie, 7 & 21 Augustus en 4 & 18 September. By voorbaat baie dankie vir julle getroue ondersteuning.

Behoeftes vir Getuienisprojekte:
• Daar is ‘n deurlopende behoefte aan wol, materiaal, gare, borduurgare, linne, eetgerei en gebreekte keramiek/porselein (vir mosaïk projekte). Baie dankie vir alles wat deurlopend voorsien word.

Ondersteuningsgroep :
Ons groep wil graag mense ondersteun met:
• Vervoer na doktersafsprake of vir inkopies.
• Emosionele ondersteuning weens verlies van een of ander aard.
Soms het ’n mens net iemand nodig om te luister of by jou te sit.
Skakel ons gerus: Riana Briers – 081 039 8853 / Riëtte Jansen van Rensburg – 082 928 9625.

Omgeebediening :
• Ons het ’n geweldige tekort aan inkopiesakke om die kruideniersware in te verpak.
• Ons wil gemeentelede kans gee om prakties betrokke te raak! By die deure is houers om enige nie-bederfbare kosprodukte in te plaas soos suiker, pasta, rys, konfyte, blikkieskos, seep, tandepasta, koffie, tee, ens. Enige bydraes help om nood te verlig.
• Enige persoon wat graag by die Omgeebediening betrokke wil raak skakel asseblief vir Corrie Pieters – 082 327 9527.

FEBA RADIO SA: Ons bid vir FEBA Taiwan

Die meeste Taiwanese beoefen Chinese volksgodsdienste – ’n kombinasie van Boeddhisme, Taoïsme en Confucianisme. Hulle bring offerandes aan ’n menigte gode by duisende tempels en heiligdomme reg oor die land, in ’n soeke na welvaart en beskerming. FEBA Taiwan vervaardig tans programme vir China, sowel as twee programme wat op FM-stasies in twee Taiwanese stede uitgesaai word. Hulle werk hard om hul bediening te bevorder en die Goeie Nuus te deel.

Ons gebed vir die week:Bid dat meer mense op FEBA Taiwan se programme sal inskakel en die ware Bron van beskerming en redding sal vind

Die webwerf (nggrootbrak.co.za) 30 Junie 2024
1. Erediensbediening:
Skakel na die YouTube Erediens van 30 Junie 2024.
2. Getuienisbediening:
Gebedsversoek van die Oekraïne, die oorlog-geteisterde wêrelddeel
het intense voorbidding nodig.
3. Bybelstudiereeks:
Die Weeklikse: “Stof tot nadenke: Daardie ander wang…”
4. Gemeentenuus:
a) Bybel Blokkiesraaisels 5 en 6 se antwoorde is beskikbaar.
b) Daar is ‘n verskeidenheid Woordsoek-blokraaie vir verskillende ouderdomme wat
nou beskikbaar is op die webwerf.

  1. Die Afkondigings word weekliks op die webwerf geplaas.

Ons dank u vir u volgehoue bydrae en ondersteuning van die werk van die Here.

Leraars: Danie Goosen – 079 525 3624
Charné Viljoen – 083 294 6640

Lanstraat 10, Groot-Brakrivier, 6525  044 620 2205
e-pos: kerkkantoor@nggrootbrak.co.za / kassiere@nggrootbrak.co.za
Webwerf adres: https://www.nggrootbrak.co.za

Bankbesonderhede: FNB tjekrekening
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Sendingnuus – Madagaskar: Paradise lost

Madagaskar Lynette 5-2-2023

Research was done by three International Mission Board (IMB) journalists and the following article was published. We were also interviewed for this exposé at the time. What prompted us to share this once more what we are experiencing with Mboty and Florette right at this moment. One of the reasons for the high incidence of sexual abuse in the family circle, is the attitude to prostitution and for that fact, child trafficking. It is not a moral issue and money trumps every objection that might remain. Dries felt strongly that people need to be made aware of this situation once again. What we have experienced in twenty-six of ministry is that the Gospel preached in the school milieu and the nurturing of children in all aspects of their lives, is how teenage pregnancy, prostitution and child abuse can be prevented and overcome. People will know how to pray once they know the reality of what happens in Madagascar and for that matter in most other countries in the world.

Paradise Lost: A beautiful island with dirty secrets
ANTANANARIVO, Madagascar – Something’s gone wrong in paradise – terribly wrong.
Considered a gem of the Indian Ocean, the island has it all – turquoise-colored waters, white sand beaches, crimson sunsets, listing palm trees and exotic sail boats. Tropical fruits are in abundance, and markets overflow with the island’s aromatic spices: vanilla, clove, cinnamon, anise, black pepper and more.
Besides its romantic beaches and world-class tourist resorts, the island boasts of pristine rainforests, national parks that feature the unique baobab tree, the world’s only natural habitat of the lemur, hardwoods made into treasured artifacts, varied marine life and coral reefs, and a cuisine built on French and Malagasy traditions with a seafood lover’s mix thrown in.
Ninety percent of Madagascar’s plant and animal life is indigenous only to the island.
Beneath the surface of it all, however, an evil lurks, permeating the very heart of society.

On a small island off the coast of northern Madagascar, a boat pulls ashore. Those aboard seek to purchase local children, especially girls, who will later be trafficked. Down in the southern part of the country, women are put on the auction block and sold to the highest bidder. All night orgies ensue. Elsewhere dozens of young women nightly parade themselves in front of foreign men who gather with the intention of hiring girls for the night. Deals are negotiated and struck, and couples go off into the dark.
All across the island, young children wield sledge hammers, crushing stone sold for construction purposes. In a major tourist district of Madagascar, households designate which baby girls will grow up to be “their” prostitutes, earning money for the families. Nearby, two foreigners are lynched, suspected of harvesting organs from a young child.
Some acts are openly visible, while others are quietly whispered. Some can be proved, and others can be only suspected and speculated.

According to locals, it all started when the French colonized Madagascar in the late 1800s. Following the arrival of the colonists, prostitution evolved, and over the years this illicit sex trade grew into something much more sinister than mere street corner prostitution. Today sex tourism, human trafficking, exploited labor and, some claim, even organ harvesting abound.
What’s going on is shocking and appalling, many say, but little embarrassment or shame seems to settle on those who live here. For them, this is life; it’s how they live and survive.
On an interior wall of an abandoned and dilapidated hotel in northern Madagascar, a graffiti artist depicts the hopes and aspirations of a young woman. She sits dreaming of things beyond her grasp at the moment – money, travel, fashion. The artwork drastically contrasts its surroundings, the here and now.

In the airport of the nation’s capital, a poster pleads with new arrivals, “Stop Sex Tourism.” Such messages are also needed on the island’s beaches, in its hotels and bars, on its streets at night, and in its city parks – in the places people are commonly exploited.
Those who minister and serve among Christians across the island see what’s going on, but little is being done to reach out to those caught up in a dark world where humans are commodities – bought, sold and used, often for ridiculously low prices.
Local Christians agree on one thing, though: discipleship is the solution. They agree on something else as well. They want help – help in reaching out to those being exploited, help in training others to reach out, help in evangelism, help in discipleship, and help in educating and mentoring.
Three International Mission Board (IMB) journalists went to Madagascar to hear from those who are being exploited and those who could do something about it. They talked with pastors, prostitutes and missionaries from various organizations.

The Ugly, Evil . . . Raw Truth!

Charles Braddix is a writer for IMB based in London (International Mission Board)
Three International Mission Board (IMB) journalists went to Madagascar to hear from those who are being exploited and those who could do something about it. They talked with pastors, prostitutes and missionaries from various organizations.
Darkness falls on the beauty of Madagascar as sex tourism is on the rise.

Easy street:
In Madagascar, dusk transforms parks and town squares into marketplaces where women are sold to the highest bidder and then ushered into the darkness.

ANTSIRANANA, Madagascar — The women are young and local. The men are old and foreign. Each day at dusk, dozens of them come together at the city’s Joffre Square to choose partners and negotiate terms and prices. They then saunter off to nearby bars and hotels.

Elsewhere in the city, one-to-one transactions take place along the city’s major boulevards, in front of its central hotels and inside its seedy bars and discotheques. Seeking a quick liaison, scantily clad solicitant’s ranging from teenaged girls to middle-aged women openly approach foreign men.

Prostitution in this northern city, formerly known as Diego Suarez, is open, rampant and apparently shameless. It’s all part of the country’s illicit but booming sex trade.

“Prostitution is a large part of the culture here,” said Michael Allen, who, along with his wife, Michelle, served in Antsiranana with IMB. The Allen’s recently returned to the United States where Michael now serves as a pastor.

“It seems that even though many women aren’t professional prostitutes, most would be willing to do anything to get money and help from a visiting foreigner,” Michael said.

The shame that goes along with prostitution in most cultures is not present in northern Madagascar, he said. Once, while sharing the gospel with an elderly woman and trying to help her understand that she was a sinner, Michael asked the woman if she had ever told a lie. She responded by telling about a time many years ago that she lied to a man when she served as a sex worker.

“She didn’t seem to have any shame associated with the fact that she had worked as a prostitute,” he said.

“Many of the people here in the north rejoice when they have a baby girl, because they know that a girl has the potential to bring a lot more money into the home through sex tourism,” Michael said.

Michelle added, “When I first heard that they rejoice, I thought, ‘Oh good, they love women!’ But then when I heard why they rejoice, that broke my heart.”

Pastor Michel Elysé of Biblical Baptist Church in Antsiranana said families prefer to have more daughters than sons, because ultimately their goal is either to send their daughters into prostitution or to marry them off to a foreigner. “They want quick money,” he said. “It’s just a job to improve their standard of living.”

Joffre Square has always been a favourite meeting place for those living in Antsiranana. It overlooks the bay and is next to a park filled with shade trees and exotic flowers. In recent times, however, the square has become more and more known as a marketplace for prostitution.

According to locals, elderly men — mostly tourists from France or Italy — frequent the square looking to easily pick up a prostitute. It’s not unusual, as well, for sailors from ships docking at the city’s port to show up seeking a partner for the night.

Georgette is a student who frequently comes here hoping to find a tourist to pair up with. She’s in it for the money, she said. Georgette doesn’t work under a pimp, but previously she did. “They can beat you and take most of your money,” she said. It has happened to her. Now she’s on her own and comes to the square only when she needs money.

Michelle went to Madagascar with the desire to minister to those like Georgette and others at Joffre Square. “I was burdened for these ladies that are caught up in this stronghold,” she said. What she discovered, however, was that she couldn’t always tell who was a prostitute and who was not.

Through witnessing and Bible studies, Michelle decided to reach out to women in general. In doing so, she was able to touch the lives of prostitutes with the Good News of a God who created them to be much more than who they were in prostitution.

While a few like Michelle make the effort to reach into the world of northern Madagascar’s illicit sex industry, the church in general is doing nothing, according to Elysé.

They need help, he said.

“We need to know how to go out and share, how to teach our people to share.” Elysé asks for volunteers to come to train them, and for prayer — that the Holy Spirit will give them courage and boldness to go out and minister to those who desperately need to hear the Good News.

Children for sale: Trafficking in Madagascar

MITSIO, Madagascar — In the Mitsio Archipelago, off the northern coast of Madagascar, the purchase price of a child is about $180. At least that’s what child traffickers offered local residents not too long ago. That is a fortune here, an amount almost unimaginable.

The archipelago hosts only a few thousand inhabitants, all living on one island – La Grande Mitsio. There is no electricity, no running water, no radio or cell phone coverage, and all housing consists of palm-thatched huts.

With its white sandy beaches, pristine waters, listing palm trees and beautiful sunsets, Mitsio is truly a tropical paradise.

One day a large catamaran anchored offshore while missionary Lori Willard watched. She lives on the island with her husband, son and missionary colleagues. They serve with Youth With A Mission (YWAM).

Lori saw a “white man” and several Malagasy men ride a small motorized craft to shore. “They then proceeded down the beach to the next village,” she said.

The catamaran remained anchored there overnight.

The next day Lori learned from neighbours that the men had gone to the school to shop for children there. “They were offering 600,000 ariary ($180) a child if anyone was willing to sell their children, especially girls,” she said.

‘Toliara never sleeps’ – The heartbreaking truth behind this city’s slogan

The men said they had permission from the Madagascan government to buy children. They showed village elders a document that supposedly authorized them to do so. On board the catamaran were two children, bought from Nosy Be, the men said. Nosy Be, meaning Big Island, is 40 miles away and well known for its sex tourism, as well as human trafficking.

“The local people assumed that the children would be killed and their organs sold,” Lori said, “so nobody here even entertained the thought of selling their children.”

Her husband, Adam, however, quickly added that if the locals thought the men were sex traffickers and not after the children’s organs, the story might have been different.

“If these people who visited our island were indeed purchasing children for sex trafficking — as I find likely, considering they were more interested in the girls — and if the locals realized it was for sex and not organ harvesting, I believe that, unfortunately, the local people would have been more receptive to the idea,” he said.

“Thankfully, fears of organ harvesting prevented the locals from considering the proposition at all,” Adam concluded.

Recently, stories of children being kidnapped or killed and their organs harvested have been circulating across northern Madagascar, including the smaller islands. On Nosy Be two foreigners were gruesomely attacked and killed by an angry mob after it was suspected they killed a child and took his organs.

Locals here know, however, how lucrative the sex trade can be with visiting tourists. According to Adam, those who prostitute themselves “are proud of the job and the good money.” Thus, like elsewhere across Madagascar, there is no shame or stigma attached to it. A child being used in the sex industry isn’t viewed as a bad thing.

Parents were relieved the traffickers offered to purchase their children rather than outright kidnap them. As a precaution, however, school was cancelled and children were carefully watched until the catamaran was gone.

“It really was a source of great fear in our local villages,” Adam said.

The traffickers had been to the island the year before, and locals suspect they will be back again. Next time, the Willard’s are prepared to alert authorities on the mainland with the hopes the traffickers can be apprehended.

The Willard’s lead a joint YWAM and Africa Inland Mission community development and church-planting team on the island. Their team is the first to take an incarnational gospel witness to the Antakarana people here. They are open to short-term teams and individuals assisting with outreach on the island.

A jungle in paradise

NOSY BE, Madagascar — Beware. It’s a jungle out there. Just a step away from this postcard-perfect paradise lurks the ugly world of human exploitation at its worst.

Tourism is big business here. This island off the northern coast of Madagascar hosts some of the world’s top-rated beach resorts, and visitors by the horde come daily to enjoy its beaches, water sports and marine life.

However, prostitution is so common it’s considered normal. Children are at risk of slave labour, sexual exploitation, kidnapping and even organ harvesting. Human trafficking seems matter-of-fact.

It’s all here, according to Jocelyn Menabe, a Baptist lay leader in northern Madagascar. He told of straight, gay and child prostitution. He told stories of young boys being kidnapped, their mutilated bodies later discovered with sex and internal organs missing. He knows of children sold to “tourists” and later trafficked, and of women sent to Europe for prostitution and slave labour.

“Everything you read is true,” Menabe said, referring to news accounts of the alarming situation here.

“I [heard about] some people that lost two guys, two children, maybe two weeks ago, and they are still not found,” he said. “Lots of women disappear … and their children, to be employed in Europe, but they don’t say what kind of job. They train the women like a machine of sex.”

Evidence of sex tourism in Nosy Be is everywhere. After checking in at hotels, guests often find young ladies at the doors of the guests’ rooms offering their services. Prostitutes by the hundreds walk the streets and beaches of coastal towns, openly soliciting tourists. Massage services abound.

One prostitute was overheard saying to a foreign man on the beach, “I need you. I love you. I be your wife for the night.” Others, under the pretense of selling fresh fruit, asked, “Bananas? Pineapple? Massage?”

Gilbertine is a prostitute here. She is 23 years old and has been prostituting herself since age 17. She makes the equivalent of $15 for a night with a client. The night could be for sex only, or it could include dinner and drinking followed by sex. “It depends on what the man needs,” she said.

She once got approximately $300 for being with a man for three months. She also got to travel with him, and she received “good souvenirs.” On the other hand, she once stayed with a man for a week and all she got was a beating.

Most of those who come to Nosy Be for sex tourism are French or Italian men aged between 65 and 70 years, Gilbertine said.

While Gilbertine enjoys going out, drinking, dancing and making money from sex, she admits it’s a “shameful job.”

She said, “We know that it’s forbidden by the Bible, but we don’t have a choice, so [we] just make our eyes blind … because it’s the only way that we can get money.”

The church is aware of the problem and sees it as a vicious social cycle that is hard to break.

“Nosy Be is known for sex tourism,” said Hery Malal, pastor of Biblical Baptist Church, located in the island’s largest town, Hell-Ville. “Why is that? Because of the lack of jobs. People don’t have jobs.” He said people believe there is easy money to be made through the sex industry.

He also said parents get extra income by forcing their young children into slave labour situations — crushing rocks from sunup to sunset. The crushed stone is used for construction purposes. The children are often physically and sexually abused, and girls are likely to go on to prostitution.

Malal said the church has yet to do anything about the human exploitation problem that is prevalent on the island. “Maybe they think about it,” he said, “but in truth they don’t [do] anything against [it].”

“I do not know of any ministry in Nosy Be to reach out to victims or participants,” said Rosina Ferdinand, a missionary serving on the island with Africa Inland Mission. Her greatest concern is for the children, who are at high risk. “They are exposed to drugs, alcohol and sex tourism at a very young age,” she said, adding that children are also trafficked. “A lot of children end up missing and are never found.”

“Only the Gospel can bring light to this dark life,” said Ferdinand.

An independent South African missionary couple on Nosy Be runs a Christian school that has 165 students. It’s the only Christian school there. While serving on Nosy Be,

The de Jagers use the school to reach into the community. “We have 160-something kids in our school, and we have them for five days a week, and we reach out to the parents in this way,” Lynette said.

At the school the de Jagers see a lot of physically and sexually abused children. Lynette said her and her husband’s desire is “to put God’s Word” into the hearts of both the children and their parents, hopefully making a difference in the lives of these families.

“Most homes have a girl set aside for prostitution,” Dries added. “For them it’s not a moral issue.”

“It’s just so sad,” he said, “and I think sometimes for us spiritually it’s also devastating. You sit here and think, “how much can you really take”, but then tomorrow you carry on, and you just go on and on and on.” It’s never about ambition but all about God’s mission.

In addition to the school, the de Jager’s run children’s camps, a scouting program (Royal Rangers) and a church-planting ministry using a large catamaran to get to hard-to-reach places along the coast.

It is said . . . “according to locals, it all started when the French colonized Madagascar in the late 1800’s”. Dries says; Man does not own up to the wrong done, someone else needs to be blamed. Dries was born in Northern Rhodesia (present day Zambia) and has worked with many different cultures. He also says that in his lifetime he has never come across a more materialistic nation. No conversation will end without talking extensively about money. He makes a joke by saying that they will sell their grandmother just to get money. It very well may be a curse on the nation as a whole, if one could put it that way.

They plead for short – and long-term volunteers to help with all their ministries. Email: driesdej@gmail.com

Malal also has a heart for the children, saying it is his number one concern. “Pray for them,” he said. He is head of the local forum of pastors, with a vision and goal to change the way things are regarding human exploitation in general and children at risk specifically. “We need to change Nosy Be and Madagascar,” he said.

TOLIARA, Madagascar  — “Toliara never sleeps,” the town boasts in one of its slogans used to attract tourists. For those aware of the town’s illicit sex trade, however, the slogan has a double meaning.

What goes on here is certainly not secret, but it is not openly discussed either. To do so could be dangerous. “You and your family could be harmed if word gets out you are working with journalists,” said one Christian worker to a missionary friend. “This is a very touchy subject on the island.”

The worker, American Linda Patrick, went to Toliara to fight human trafficking. She has since left Madagascar under a death threat. According to Patrick, a contract was put out on her after she rescued 12 Malagasy women trafficked for the Middle East and routed through the airport.

She said the last woman who was at the airport trying to prevent girls from being trafficked to Saudi Arabia and Kuwait was killed.

Toliara is a hot, dusty town on the southwest coast of Madagascar. Offshore lies the Toliara Barrier Reef, the third largest coral reef system in the world. Because of the underwater diversity, the town is a hub for national and international marine biologists, students and volunteers.

It appears, however, the town is a hub for something else as well.

Patrick tells of an event held annually at the town’s park located near the beach. All day long girls are sold there. “As soon as it gets dark,” she said, there is “a huge orgy where the girls or women will have up to 40 men in that night.”

She reports that Toliara’s sex trade is not just an annual event, though; it goes on day after day all year long.

“The biggest offenders are the Malagasy people themselves,” Patrick said, including many Christians. “[A Malagasy man] will have his girlfriend or wife sell herself to these old men from other countries coming in as tourists. She will take him for as much as she can.”

Patrick said the Malagasy will also sell their children or other family members, “just to eat.” She continued, “One of my girls was taken by her aunt and sold to a quarry after I left. This little girl was made to break rock into gravel, and we’re pretty sure was used by the men as well.”

According to Patrick, there is one sector of the established Church in Toliara that seems to condone what’s going on. She said a local bishop told her pastor he didn’t want Patrick to return to Madagascar. “He is the one who had the government official close me down,” she said.

Patrick told of another bishop on the island who stepped down because trafficking was rampant in his church and the congregation wouldn’t listen to his pleas to do something to stop it.

In spite of all the difficulties, God is being glorified as He speaks to the hearts of thousands of women in Toliara who are involved in human trafficking and child exploitation. Patrick said as the women hear the anti-trafficking message from the Christian perspective, God is challenging them to change their ways.

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Sendingnuus – Madagaskar: Vonjy maika!

Save urgently!  The English translation for ‘vonjy maika’, is emergency.  We had an emergency when we visited Lovako School in Ampamata at the end of April.  You might wonder why I haven’t mentioned any of it, but besides being caught up in the aftermath, I prayed that God would provide the deliverance and that I could share it as a testimony to God’s grace.

Not long before we were due to head back home from Ampamata, I noticed that Euphrasie and the teachers were talking intensely amongst themselves and when I approached Euphrasie to ask what was up, I saw in her face that it was definitely no small matter.  Two of the girls, Mboty and Florette lived with Mboty’s grandparents in the village.  Mboty is nine and Florette twelve years old.  Florette has been sexually abused by the grandfather for months and had been threatened with death were she  to tell anybody.  When she discovered that he started to molest Mboty too, she told a neigbour who immediately told the teachers.  The fact that this had all came to light before we left Ampamata, was ordained by God. 

I told them that the girls needed to be taken out of that house immediately.  Thesi and I agreed that this needed to happen before we returned to Nosy be.  I had a meeting with the teachers that afternoon as well as another family member of Florette.  Florette is an orphan and we have always felt responsible for her.  I was therefore angry when Ledesy her teacher, did not want to be involved as he had heard that the accused man was violent.  I suppose telling him to man up and to be brave was a bit harsh, but Euphrasie reminded them that all of the children in the village were at risk and that a predator like that will not change.  We all agreed that the grandmother was just as culpable since Florette has told her many times about what was going on but was beaten for being candid about it.  By now, you can understand that I was filled with anger and disgust, but immensely sad for these girls.  I was adament that the abuser needed to be arrested and the rule of law needed to be followed.  This is kind of problematic if you sit in a village in the middle of nowhere.   The teachers suggested that the whole village met at school the next morning where the next step would be decided.  Florette and Mboty were taken in by Bruni, one of the teachers, for the night.

The following morning, there were loads of people at school.  And they were angry!  Interestingly, the young men were the most outspoken and told the older men that it was unacceptable what had taken place and that it  needed to be dealt with.  Now, village justice has its place, but usually the outcome is swift and bloody.  As foreigners, Thesi and I could not be involved.  I told her that it might be better to keep a low profile.  She assured me that she was ‘all in’ and wanted to support in any way she could.  The village decided that the men would go ahead and detain the grandfather and the women would then follow and collect the girls’ belongings.  Some of the men would then take him to the authorities by boat and file the complaint.  They listened to the girls’ testimonies and were convinced that they were telling the truth.  By then the fear and stress were beginning to show on the faces of the girls and Mboty promptly developed a fever. 

Thesi, Euphrasie and I followed the women who were by then speaking animatedly amongst themselves about what they would do to the man if they laid their hands on him. I prayed that by the time we arrived at the house, that the man would have been taken away.  Thankfully, this was the case and by the time we got back to school, the abuser was surrounded by men and of course still claiming to be innocent.  He demanded the girls to come and tell him to his face what they told others.  I quickly told everyone that this was not going to be the case and that I will not allow those girls to ever stand before that man again. 

We returned to Nosy Be and were kept up to speed about what was happening concerning the case. At the time, the grandmother was not home and she fled when she heard what had happened.  The grandfather was taken to the chief of that area who had to prepare the proper paper work to file the complaint at the police in Ambanja, the closest town.  Most of the villagers added their signatures to the letter. Somewhere in all the activity, the grandfather managed to escape. I still have my opinion about how that could have happened, but corruption shows itself everywhere.  I urged the village to continue with the process, in effect bypassing the area chief.  This they did and the police in Ambanja assured them that the man will be found.  He cannot hide forever. 

Florette and Mboty had to be medically examined. They were both repeatedly raped by this man. Physically, Florette suffered irreparable damage.   Euphrasie and I cried when we learned how much they had endured.  I don’t want to go into the details as I believe that God will heal them in body, mind and spirit. The culture of the people on the island once again showed its evil side.  Parents simply leave their children with grandparents to carry on with their lives, more often than not shunning their responsibility as parents.

It is the time of the year for the national Grade 5 exam.  The five students from Ampamata joined our school on Nosy Be for two months to help them with revision and to prepare for the exam at the end of June.  They wrote the mock exam last week and Florette did very well.  I felt in my heart that we had to bring Mboty as well.  I was convinced that she needed a new start. Her mother agreed and the two of them live close to the school now. Mboty is in Francise’s class which is the best solution as Francise is the most suitable person to help her to deal with the hurt and to show her that God heals and restores.

Jeremiah 32 v 27 says: “Behold I AM the Lord, the God of all flesh.  Is there anything too hard for Me?

Despite the fact that God was reminding Jeremiah of the sins of Israel and how they were carried away as punishment, he was also reminded of the future restoration.  One day God will restore Israel to their land and provide the blessing of salvation.   

I can say with confidence that I believe that for our Father nothing is too hard.  Please pray with us for Mboty and Florette for healing and restoration.