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.