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!

Soul-Winners Handbook

 

For Your Training Use (English, Español, Areyòl Ayisyen, Hindi)

The document available on this page is truly a time tested document as it has been revised several times over the years since it was first written. This book is really all you should need to use in regards to handouts for your evangelism training sessions. It is clear, concise and life changing. We are in the process of translating the workbook into various popular languages, if you would like to offer your translation or proofreading services in translating these over then please contact us about this. We are unable to offer compensation for these services but do challenge you to pray and see if God would allow you to extend this workbook to your countrymen. In order to view or print this document you will need some sort of PDF reader. There are many different ones available for different computer operating systems, iPads, and even cell phones. You can look here: http://www.adobe.com for a free PDF reader for whatever device it is that you will be downloading this document with.  

The ETI soul-winners handbook.

Evangelistic Outreach: Project Namibia 2013

Project Namibia 2013

It has been reported that over 90% of the citizens of Namibia are professing Christians and yet crime within the church is rampant. News reports indicate the pastors as well as other senior church officials have been found mismanaging church funds running into millions of dollars (Namibian dollars, not US). Other pastors have been caught up in crimes such as rape, counterfeiting US money (in the millions of dollars US) and for running scams of one sort or another. All of these crimes have caused a serious degradation both morally and spiritually. In short, Namibia needs Jesus. Only Jesus can convict these ungodly pastors and church leaders of their many sins. Only Jesus can bring Light into the darkness which these fallen Christians have allowed into their country. This is where ETI enters the picture when it comes to introducing people to the Gospel. We can train Namibians to share the Gospel of Jesus Christ with anyone and everyone they desire to share it with. Our biblical approach to training foreign nationals in evangelism is a tried and tested method. Our training teaches people how to train others in evangelizing their friends, families, neighbors, or even their co-workers. The drawback is that we must be able to go to Namibia in order to conduct these training seminars. 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 Namibia 2013 Financial Needs

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

Project Namibia 2013 Financial Needs

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

  • Project Namibia: Pastors Food and Lodging. ($3,500)
  • Project Namibia: Bibles, Workbooks, Supplies. ($700)
  • Project Namibia: Airline Transportation. ($3,200)
  • Project Namibia: Hotel Expenditures. ($500)
  • Project Namibia: Land Transportation. ($700)
  • Sponsor complete Namibia trip*. ($8,600)
  • *We will be doing two trainings: one on the west and one on the east side of Namibia.
  • These trips also include other misc. expenses not limited to:
  • Different pastoral training materials.
  • Evangecubes, wordless books, etc.
  • Printed handouts

Relevant Facts About Namibia

Namibia is quite large in land mass but it is rather sparsely populated located on the southwest coast of the African continent. The low population, in the area of the low 2,000,000 mark (about the size of New Mexico), is attributed to Namibia’s harsh geography. There is the coastal Namib Desert, as well as the central semiarid mountains, and the famous Kalahari Desert east of the mountains which make life so difficult. In regards to other capital cities of the other countries in Africa, Namibia’s capital city of Windhoek with a population of less than 250,000 is quite small. The spoken languages of Namibia are English, Afrikaans, German, and indigenous languages of course. The two main religious preferences are Christian and indigenous beliefs. With a higher than normal literacy rate of 84% combined with a GDP per Capita of $6,900 (USD) there is a disappointing statistics that reports the life expectancy is only the age of 49.

Evangelistic Outreach: Project Malawi 2013

Project Malawi 2013

Malawi is one of many tourist spots in Africa that tourists flock to on a regular basis. With terms like the warm heart of Africa, or another well-known description is Africa for beginners. There’s a beautiful lake there, appropriately named Lake Malawi that has been nicknamed the lake of stars. It is reported that Christianity plays a role in the lives of those who live in Malawi, but it is a tainted relationship for many. It is recorded in 2 Corinthians 11:3-4 “But I fear, lest somehow, as the serpent deceived Eve by his craftiness, so your minds may be corrupted from the simplicity that is in Christ. For if he who comes preaches another Jesus whom we have not preached, or if you receive a different spirit which you have not received, or a different gospel which you have not accepted– you may well put up with it.” As prominent as Christianity is to them as they also make it a habit of practicing certain African rituals along with “Christianity”. Malawian men profess to be Christians and yet they practice polygamy extensively and in religious activities known as Gule Wamkulu. Gule Wamkulu is a secret cult as well as a ritual dance where men dress up in masked outfits made of straw and wood. The make themselves out to be various African wild animals, dead spirits, and even people representing slave traders of old. The majority of these characters are clearly meant to represent evil beings. Along with this watered-down Christianity you can find Islamic cultists due to the numbers of Muslim citizens living in Malawi. Unlike the usual disputes that occur between Christians and Islamists there are rarely, if ever, any sort of confrontations that occur between them. The reason for this is because Malawians place an emphasis on deity worship and is unconcerned about what the form of the devotion is that they practice. It’s safe to say that you can see where the Gospel is sorely needed in Malawi to combat the encroachment of godless religious practices from condemning people to an eternity in hell. And it needs to be said that where Christianity already exists there needs to be more training that is biblically based. The course materials used by ETI is all Bible-based from the start to the finish and we don’t allow anyone on our mission trips to use anything but our biblical materials in our training sessions. There are a great many challenges to proving these evangelistic training sessions in Malawi, but there are also great rewards. 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 Malawi 2013 Financial Needs

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

Project Malawi 2013 Financial Needs

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

  • Project Malawi: Pastors Food and Lodging. ($2,500)
  • Project Malawi: Bibles, Workbooks, Supplies. ($500)
  • Project Malawi: Airline Transportation. ($3,300)
  • Project Malawi: Hotel Expenditures. ($500)
  • Project Malawi: Land Transportation. ($700)
  • Sponsor Malawi trip. ($7,000)

Relevant Facts About Malawi

With a population of over 12,000,000 Malawi is about the size of the state of Illinois population-wise so it is a good sized country. Its capital city is Lilongwe with somewhere around 600,000 residents. Language is English along with Chichewa and the major religions are Protestant, Roman Catholic, and Muslim. The life expectancy is quite low at 39 is understandable when you consider the GDP per Capita is but $600 (USD). The literacy rate of Malawi is mid-range at 63%. Also a notorious exported of cannabis known as Malawi Gold, in Chichewa, it is called “chamba”. Chamba, known as one of the most potent psychoactive pure African sativas, is known as the best chamba one can find in the entire world. Chamba is so popular that the tourism and economic profit is such that the drug is considered to be one of the “Big C’s” as a Malawian export. These are: Chambo, known worldwide as Tilapia fish. Chombe which is tea and of course we have Chamba known by the more popular moniker of “Malawi Gold”.

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.

Evangelistic Outreach: Project Liberia 2013

Project Liberia 2013

If you’ve ever noticed the flag of Liberia you would see the striking similarity to that of the American flag with the exception being the Liberian flag has but one star in the blue area. The reason for this can be traced back to the early colonialization of the region by blacks from America around 1820. A large percentage of these blacks from America were slaves who had been freed from slavery. Other early residents were people who had been captives on slave ships and had been released from captivity into Liberia instead of being sent back to their home countries. The residents of Liberia eke out a living in several industries such as rubber and palm oil processing, timber, and of course diamonds. Those employed in the agricultural field will be found growing and harvesting rubber, coffee beans, rice (one of the main staples of their diet), cacao, sheep, and timber. Even with exports of cacao, iron, timber, and diamonds 85% of Liberians live under the International Poverty Line. In regards to religion, Liberia is reported to be made up of 40% Christian believers with the remaining comprised of cult followers of one form or another along with atheists. The ethnic groups spread throughout the regions of Liberia actively participate in religious practices of the Poro (men only) and Sande (women only) secret societies. Both of these societies are responsible for initiating their followers into social manhood or womanhood. The leaders of these secret societies are responsible for the political, social, and even sexual conduct of their members. Leaders of the societies will don masks in public to impersonate supernatural beings. These facts alone should tell you of the need for the Gospel of Jesus Christ to be spread across this 40% Christian nation. As with Americans, claiming to be a Christian does not really make you a Christian. Reverend Opoku-Asamoa Kwaku of Inter-African Christian Missions had notified Malvory Peffer that he has over two hundred pastors and laypeople who desire to be trained in evangelism. Beloved, this is an opportunity to increase the Kingdom that ETI was established for. Imagine the impact on the Kingdom as we go to Liberia, train these men and women and they begin to witness and minister to their families, friends, and neighbors. You know, our chart below shows how just ONE person can reach 32 others now imagine that times 200. You’re right, that comes to 6400 people for the Kingdom of God from this one training session we are striving to conduct in 2013. 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 Liberia 2013 Financial Needs

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

Project Liberia 2013 Financial Needs

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

  • Project Liberia: Pastors Food and Lodging. ($2,500)
  • Project Liberia: Bibles, Workbooks, Supplies. ($750)
  • Project Liberia: Airline Transportation. ($3,000)
  • Project Liberia: Hotel Expenditures. ($500)
  • Project Liberia: Land Transportation. ($700)
  • Sponsor complete Liberia trip. ($7,450)
 

Relevant Facts About Liberia:

A little over 3,000,000 people live there, roughly the population of the state of Connecticut. Monrovia is the capital city of Liberia with over a half-million residents living there. Language-wise Liberia is an English speaking country but there are also 20 other ethnic languages. In regards to the Liberian religious make-up there are those who practice indigenous beliefs, Christian believers, and Muslims. Life in Liberia is harsh, life expectancy is only 49 years and only 58% of the nation is considered to be literate.

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)