Seeing The Shanty Towns of South Africa For The First Time

Poor American = Rich African

The experience of seeing the shanty towns in South Africa for the first time. The Spirit of the Lord is upon me, because he hath anointed me to preach the gospel to the poor; he hath sent me to heal the brokenhearted, to preach deliverance to the captives, and recovering of sight to the blind, to set at liberty them that are bruised, To preach the acceptable year of the Lord.” (Luke 4:18-19) “Stop the car” I yelled out to pastor Malvory as we drove down a steep hill in East London, South Africa. He pulled over to the side of the road wondering what was wrong. It’s been said that a picture speaks a thousand words and did this one ever! I didn’t want to miss this one. Quickly, I grabbed my camera and jumped out of the car to click one of the most profound pictures I had even taken in my life. There, sitting on the top of a hill, was a beautiful church shining in all her glory. Surrounding the perimeter of the church grounds was a huge block wall that must have been at least 10 feet tall. On the other side of the wall was some of the worst abject poverty that I had ever seen. Jesus said that a city set on a hill cannot be hid; likewise, it was obvious that this church was not hid from this community. The ultimate question I had…was the community hid from this church? A fence or a wall conveys the message “say out!” It says, “We’re here and you’re there. You stay on your side and we’ll stay on our side.” As I pondered the immense perplexity of the scene, I couldn’t help but wonder what was that church doing to reach the multitudes on the other side of this wall? Were they proactive and reaching out to a lost and hurting world on the other side of the wall or were they an island unto themselves? Were they impacting these needy people or were they now an isolated, insulated, inoculated institution completely oblivious from the obvious plight of the hurting outside and below them. I still wonder to this day. The reaction cannot be described adequately with words when a person sees the poverty of Africa for the first time. As a westerner, one realizes very quickly that the poorest of poor in America is wealthy in comparison to the majority of Africans. I remember driving down a road in Malawi with pastor Malvory years ago. I had an empty 2 liter bottle as trash so I asked pastor Malvory what I should do with it; he simply replied, “Throw it out the window my brother, they can use it!” Although I was puzzled, I threw the bottle out the window. The bottle had hardly hit the pavement before someone rushed over and grabbed it. I was amazed to say the least. What we count as trash in the western world, they count as treasure and utilize almost everything. We complain about having to get up from the table to get a glass of water; yet many Africans don’t complain about walking miles to get contaminated water. It’s been said that the greatest crime in the Sahara Desert is to know where the water is and not to tell. I believe that the greatest crime in modern Christendom is to know where the “Living Water” is and not to tell. May we cross the street to the other side and rescue the perishing; care for the dying!

Evangelistic Outreach: Project South Africa/Zimbabwe 2013

Project South Africa 2013

Project Zimbabwe 2013

Home country to our Brother-In-Christ, Malvory Peffer, South Africa is the largest and most developed country on the continent of Africa. Zimbabwe is to the north of South Africa’s so it is South Africa’s neighbor. The Project that ETI will undertake in South Africa will be combined with a ‘side trip’ into Zimbabwe to train believers there. While South Africa is a predominately Christian country there are some rather disturbing trends found regarding the religious practices of South Africans as reported by the 2011 census. Two of the most alarming statistics are those of Christians and others labeled as followers of “African traditional belief(1)”. In 2001 Christianity was represented 35,750,641 South Africans or 79.77% of the adherents. In 2007 this number dropped to 29,684,861 which is 73.52% of the adherents. A little math tells us that Christianity dropped by 6.52% of the adherents. As if that news wasn’t bad enough let’s look at the statistics for African traditional belief for the same period of time. Get this, the African traditional belief adherents jumped from just 125,898 in 2001 to 6,056,487 in 2007! In just 6 years this following has increased from 0.28% in to 15% in 2077, an increase of 14.72! According to WikiPedia “African Traditional Belief” can be best described as: “Many Africans and descendants adhere to their traditions as a philosophical school-of-thought, with traditions of folk religion or syncretism practiced alongside other adherent’s tradition. The essence of this school of thought is based mainly on oral transmission; that which is written in people’s hearts, minds, oral history, customs, temples and religious functions. While generalizations are difficult due to the diversity of cultures they do share some common belief systems. The role of humanity is generally seen as a harmonizing relationship between nature and the super-natural forces. The facts from the preceding didn’t bring up the change is Islam in South Africa as it went from 654,064 in 2001 to 985,460 in 2007. Another alarming fact is that, according to a 2012 poll, the number of South Africans who claimed to be “religious” went from 83% of the South African population in 2005 to 64%. As with America, some South Africans are turning their backs on God in droves. So now you see why God is calling ETI to go into South Africa to teach pastors and their flocks how to share the Gospel of Jesus Christ with those who have turned away from God. Our “side trip” into Zimbabwe is being made because of its close proximity to South Africa to the south. Evangelistic outreach is needed even though the country has an estimated 60 and 70 percent of the population belonging to mainstream Christian denominations. The reason evangelism is needed is due to the increases in in people who believe in indigenous religions along with their Christian beliefs which is nothing more than watered down Christianity. With training from ETI, pastors and laypeople alike can go door-to-door, neighborhood-to-neighborhood, city-to-city to teach family, friends, and strangers about the Lord. But the only way this training can take place if we are able to make the journey to Zimbabwe in the first place. Good people are dying and going to hell because no one has shared the Gospel with them. As you could well imagine, it takes money and other resources to put these training sessions on. While some ministries shy away from discussing financial matters regarding their trip, we here at ETI are glad to make a general outline of expected expenses for prospective donors to read. These figures presented below are estimated based on research as well as our experience in conducting similar trips into the areas where the Project Countries are located. Once you have read these figures we would like to us to ask you to pray for God’s guidance about your own participation in our trip the Southern Sudan. Perhaps you or the company you work for may be interested in sponsoring our trip to Southern Sudan. Or perhaps God’s leading you to sponsor a certain portion of our trip such as the Bibles and supplies or even the vehicle rental.

Project South Africa – Zimbabwe 2013 Financial Needs

Approximate funds needed are in parentheses. (All in USD)

Project South Africa – Zimbabwe 2013 Financial Needs

Approximate funds needed are in parentheses. (All in USD)

  • South Africa/Zimbabwe: Pastors Food and Lodging. ($2,500)
  • South Africa/Zimbabwe: Bibles, Workbooks, Supplies. ($750)
  • South Africa/Zimbabwe: Airline Transportation. ($3,300)
  • South Africa/Zimbabwe: Hotel Expenditures. ($500)
  • South Africa/Zimbabwe: Land Transportation. ($700)
  • Sponsor complete South Africa/Zimbabwe trip. ($7,750)

Relevant Facts About South Africa

South Africa is Africa’s most developed country and also the largest in population with nearly 47,000,000 inhabitants. The country has a rather complex arrangement for its capital in that Pretoria is the administrative branch, Bloemfontein is the judicial branch, and Cape Town I the legislative center of the country. You will find a very diverse system of languages comprised of Afrikaans, English, Ndebele, Pedi, Sotho, Swazi, Tsonga, Tswana, Venda, Xhosa, and Zulu. Religious beliefs in South Africa centers around Christian, local indigenous beliefs, Muslim, and even some Hindu. Although South Africa is the most developed of the African countries the life expectancy is but 53 years but the literacy rate is well over 86%. South Africa enjoys a rather robust economic climate. In the industry sector you will find mines for platinum, gold, and chromium. There are automobile assembly lines as well as metalworking and machinery businesses in the country. South Africa raises and exports wheat, sugarcane, fruits and beef. When it comes to exporting there is gold, diamonds, platinum, various other metals and minerals as well. Last but not least they export machinery and equipment for everything from road construction to machines used to in machine shops.

Relevant Facts About Zimbabwe

Named after a large trading hub in its past, Zimbabwe is a fairly large country with over 13,000,000 inhabitants putting it on par with the state of Pennsylvania population-wise. The capital city of Harare is a large city with nearly 1,500,000 people living in it. Surprisingly enough, the language is made up of English, Shona, and Sindebele. Religion is mostly Syncretic which is actually part Christian, part indigenous beliefs, Christian, and indigenous beliefs. Even with a literacy rate of 91% the life expectancy of Zimbabweans is only 41 years! Most of Zimbabwe’s income is derived from its farming, mining (especially chromite of which Zimbabwe holds 10% of the world’s supply), and manufacturing of course.

Evangelism Training – Africa

“Christ For All Nations” is a powerful slogan used by several ministries that work exclusively on the African continent. While that is a great slogan we here at Evangelism Training International would rephrase that slogan as “Christ In Africa” for that is where the heart of E.T.I. lies. Elsewhere on this web site you will see it written that we have a heart for Africa but go where the Holy Spirit leads our feet. Africa has such a need for a regional evangelism seminar where we train pastors to train their ministries and congregations in sharing the Gospel of Jesus Christ with those who live in and around their areas. An evangelism training conference will literally flood an area with people who have learned how to properly and effectively share the Love of God with their fellow countrymen. Church leaders, ministry staff, and even lay from South Africa to the northernmost shore of the continent of Africa are contacting us and asking us to hold an evangelism summit in their area so that others can come to know Jesus Christ as their Savior. If we train a pastor and that pastor trains just two more people then you will have three people sharing the Gospel. Referring to the chart below you will see that if each person just witnesses to or trains two others then you will have 31 people doing it in no time at all. Multiply this by many pastors who attend continental evangelism sessions and you will soon see how successful this African evangelistic campaign can become. Please pray with us and ask God what country on the continent of Africa he would have us go to. Next, please pray and ask Him how He can use you in these African mission projects. Please don’t hesitate to contact any of us here at E.T.I. about setting up a training session to train your lay people and ministry personnel on sharing the Gospel of Jesus Christ with a dying world. We, all Christians, were charged with the responsibility of sharing God’s perfect message of Love with others and our ministry is ready and able to teach you how to effectively share the Gospel. Won’t you please pray and ask God how He can use you in our ministry? List of the sovereign states and dependent territories in Africa. Algeria (People’s Democratic Republic of Algeria), Angola (Republic of Angola), Benin (Republic of Benin), Botswana (Republic of Botswana), Burkina Faso, Burundi (Republic of Burundi), Cameroon (Republic of Cameroon), Cape Verde (Republic of Cape Verde), Central African Republic (Central African Republic), Chad (Republic of Chad), Comoros (Union of the Comoros), Democratic Republic of the Congo (Democratic Republic of the Congo), Republic of the Congo (Republic of the Congo), Côte d’Ivoire (Republic of Côte d’Ivoire), Djibouti (Republic of Djibouti), Egypt (Arab Republic of Egypt), Equatorial Guinea (Republic of Equatorial Guinea), Eritrea (State of Eritrea), Ethiopia (Federal Democratic Republic of Ethiopia), Gabon (Gabonese Republic), Gambia (Republic of The Gambia), Ghana (Republic of Ghana), Guinea (Republic of Guinea), Guinea-Bissau (Republic of Guinea-Bissau), Kenya (Republic of Kenya), Lesotho (Kingdom of Lesotho), Liberia (Republic of Liberia), Libya (Republic of Libya), Madagascar (Republic of Madagascar), Malawi (Republic of Malawi), Mali (Republic of Mali), Mauritania (Islamic Republic of Mauritania), Mauritius (Republic of Mauritius), Morocco (Kingdom of Morocco), Mozambique (Republic of Mozambique), Namibia (Republic of Namibia), Niger (Republic of Niger), Nigeria (Federal Republic of Nigeria), Rwanda (Republic of Rwanda), São Tomé and Príncipe (Democratic Republic of São Tomé and Príncipe), Senegal (Republic of Senegal), Seychelles (Republic of Seychelles), Sierra Leone (Republic of Sierra Leone), Somalia (Somali Republic), South Africa] (Republic of South Africa), South Sudan (Republic of South Sudan), Sudan (Republic of the Sudan), Swaziland (Kingdom of Swaziland), Tanzania (United Republic of Tanzania), Togo (Togolese Republic), Tunisia (Tunisian Republic), Uganda (Republic of Uganda), Zambia (Republic of Zambia), Zimbabwe (Republic of Zimbabwe)

Pastor Malvory Peffer

Pastor Malvory Peffer Bio Malvory-Dave-01       Since 2007, Pastor Malvory Peffer has been Evangelism Training International’s liaison to Africa. He became born again in 1965 at the age of 20. Seven years later, GOD called him to preach, so he attended two different theological institutes. With over 35 years of ministry experience, he has pastored 6 different churches and started the ministry “God’s Love in Africa”. Over five years ago, God supernaturally brought him to E.T.I. and he has been the Director for the continent of Africa. Known as a “pastor to pastors” throughout Africa, he is a profound man of prayer and his extensive experience in evangelism and pastoral duties has made him a tremendous asset to E.T.I. In the past five years with E.T.I., he has trained pastors and believers how to effectively share their faith not only in South Africa, but in other countries such as Mozambique, Ethiopia, Malawi, Nigeria, Lesotho, Sierra Leone, etc. The greatest joy of his life is to see people get trained and excited about sharing Jesus with others.   Meet Pastor Malvory Peffer, a born and bred South African, who constantly praises God for teaming his ministry with Evangelism Training International, and believes, “One of the greatest things that has happened in my life is meeting Pastor David Hook and being led by God to join with ETI.” This pastor has a heart sold out to God and aching to reach his fellow South Africans. God is doing wonderful miracles in South Africa, and opening unexpected doors of opportunity. “Through my position, there are other black states that are eagerly waiting for us to come and evangelize at their schools.” stated Pastor Malvory Peffer. The field is ripe for the harvest. Evangelism Training International is bringing its training techniques and ministering contacts into the South African arena. Men and women come from miles away, usually by bus or bicycle, to be trained so they will be better prepared as they share the Gospel of Jesus Christ.  They are eager to learn and to help their hurting nation. “You will see as a result of ETI… more people being trained and brought into the kingdom of God.” Pastor Peffer also shared his deepest concern, “My personal passion is for the continuance of this program allowing anyone to be trained who wants to be a soul-winner.” He never wants money, or the lack thereof, to be a hindrance to any person God calls into evangelism. “Your support allows others to be trained, and not to be unable to afford such crucial training.” His vision is God opening doors and supplying Africa’s need for men and women to change their world. “Together we will team and make an impact upon the continent of Africa…Right now we are a little bit restricted because of time and resources, but we trust God” explains Pastor Peffer. “Africa is bordering on a tremendous spiritual revival, and will need men and women who are skillfully trained on how to reach men and women for Christ.” But Pastor Peffer does not believe that evangelism is to be found only in the individual, but the church as a whole. He shares, “I believe ETI has come in a crucial time when we need to train men and women to facilitate an opportunity for our local churches to meet the challenges they meet every day.” And Pastor Peffer believes the main challenge all of South Africa is dealing with (church, state, and families) is the devastating effect of HIV and AIDS. Pastor Peffer wants to offer hope – not hope for a cure, but hope for an eternal destiny.  “When we are partnered with ETI, we can have the experience of leading people infected with the HIV pandemic to Christ.” He wants to offer them peace, assurance, and love. “In the Cape Town area, out of 6 million people, 1 in 4 is infected with HIV – and we can foresee a tremendous problem in the next 3 to 5 years, there will be a lot of deaths and we do not want them to die lost, but to receive Jesus Christ as their personal Savior. Our focus has always been, and continues to be, to share with these HIV homes in a meaningful way how they can know Christ, so when they die, they can have a hope to go to heaven one day.” Pastor Peffer also wanted to include a word of thanks to all those making this ministry possible. “I am personally grateful to all the donors who are helping and ETI. I pray you will be able to influence other people also to get onboard with this great mission we have, to reach this great continent with the message of Jesus Christ.” To reach the continent, to reach the continents – to reach the world for Jesus Christ, these are the reasons why Evangelism Training International exists. May God bless our work and be glorified in meeting the needs of others. Amen, and amen. Please click the following link to watch Pastor Malvory Peffer share about Evangelism Training International and South Africa