God gebruik enige persoon

Written by webmeester on . Posted in Wêreldbeker Sokker 2010

Nog ‘n storie van hoop kom van Vryheid.

Een van die gemeentes het tans nie ‘n predikant nie. Van die gemeentelede het besluit dat hulle sal moet uitreik.

Hulle gebruik die momentum van die wêreldbeker en TUG se hulpbronne om in die groter gemeenskap te werk. Sokker word gespeel en die living ball word gebruik om die evangelieboodskap te verduidelik. Saam hiermee, is daar ook ‘n week van gebed.

God gebruik enige persoon wat bereid is om uit te gaan, te bid en te getuig. Ons sien leiers, kleur, taal en denominasie. Hy sien ons harte.

 

Alles het met ‘n bal begin

Written by webmeester on . Posted in Wêreldbeker Sokker 2010

‘n Kerk in Vanderbijlpark (wat deel is van TUG) het ‘n 2 weke “Kidsgames” program wat wyd geadverteer is in die omgewing. Ongeveer 80 kinders woon hierdie program by.

Talle kinders het al hulle harte vir Jesus gegee en wonderlike verhoudings is met die vrywilligers gebou. Van die vrywilligers kom so ver as Texas en Brasilië. Hulle geesdrif en liefde vir kinders en God, is aansteeklik vir ons Suid-Afrikaners.

So werk ons saam met gelowiges uit ander lande om EEN boodskap te verkondig.

En dit het alles by ‘n bal begin!

 

Afrika het Vredemakers!

Written by Quintus Heine on . Posted in Wêreldbeker Sokker 2010

Daar was een insident wat my veral bygebly het. Reg voor ons het 3 persone gesit. ‘n ondersteuner van Engeland, ‘n Xhosa sprekende Kapenaar en ‘n Algerier. Met die verloop van die aand het die Engelsman en Algerier, wat  aanvanklik goed oor die weg gekom het, se gemoedere vir mekaar begin ontvlam! Wie was die vredemaker? – Die Xhosasprekende Suid Afrikaner!  Ja dit is nog altyd my ervaring van Suid-Afrikaners- ons is vredemakers! Dit is een rede waarom ons, met al ons verskille steeds kan saamleef. Daar is altyd genoeg vredemakers onder ons!   Mag die positiewe gesindheid en die welwillendheid  van Suid-Afrika se, mense, die Here se seen dra!

Bothaville bring hoop vir gebroke mense

Written by webmeester on . Posted in Wêreldbeker Sokker 2010

‘n Mens is dikwels so vasgevang in jou eie klein wêreld dat jy dink dit is hoe dit oral gaan. Totdat jy met die res van die wêreld begin kontak maak.

Ons was hierdie naweek in die Vrystaatse platteland op ‘n dorpie waar daar geestelike hopeloosheid in van die kerke is. Omdat ons die voorreg het om deel te wees van TUG (The Ultimate Goal) en weet hoe die momentum van die wêreldbeker kerke en gemeenskappe laat saamwerk, kon ons baie stories van hoop aan hulle oordra.

Een so ‘n storie, is in Bothaville waar al drie NG gemeentes, skole, 10 ander kerke, ‘n voedingskema en die polisie  o.a. saamwerk om uit te reik in die gemeenskap. Hulle het ‘n 2 weke program waar 1200 kinders elke dag geleer word van Jesus deur o.a. “Kidsgames” aan te bied. Hierdie kinders kry ook kos en Bybels word uitgedeel. Waar kerke so saamwerk, het hulle landswyd een doel voor oë: om die evangelieboodskap by stukkende, gebroke mense uit te bring.

Hierdie is die boodskap van hoop. Watter voorreg om te sien as daardie lig van hoop in ‘n mens se oë aangaan!

Die waardes van “Heading” en “Passing”

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Die leraar en jeugspanne het ook met die Ubabalo-projek uitgereik na die swart en bruin woonbuurte en anderskleurige lidmate van veral die NGKA is hierby betrek. Ubabalo is ‘n projek waar sokker vaardighede gebruik word om lewens- en geestelik waardes oor te dra. Vaardighede wat die meeste byval gevind het was “HEADING” ( om die bal met die kop in die doelhok in te stamp ) en “PASSING” ( om mekaar te gebruik en saam te werk om doelwitte te behaal ). Geestelike waardes is dan daaraan gekoppel:

  • “HEADING” = bal dophou + doelwitstelling = Oog op Jesus + Weet waarheen jy oppad is.
  • “PASSING” = mekaar help en gebruik = ons het mekaar ook Geestelik nodig = Naaste LIEFHê !!

Football and worship

Written by Frederick on . Posted in Wêreldbeker Sokker 2010

A woman wearing a Nigerian football jersey and a white and green bonnet sits behind a man dressed in Bafana Bafana jersey and next to a lady in a Cameroonian tracksuit. These are only a few of the colourful worshippers who gather in St Mark’s Presbyterian Church in Yeoville on a Sunday morning.

A member of the United Reformed Church in Sebokeng, South Africa hangs a South African flag in their home on June 6 in celebration of the Soccer World Cup. (Andrew Esiebo, TwentyTen)

The whispering stops when Reverend Solomon Surwumwe starts his sermon: “Yesterday, our youth from St Mark’s played St Jean’s youth. It was the final of the Mini World Cup. We won 4-2, and it was not only beating them, we taught them a football lesson”. Reverend Solomon’s address is stopped by applause and the cheers of church-goers. “Let’s magnify our little heroes in the name of our Lord,” adds Solomon, beaming from the pulpit.

“This is just a foretaste of the football talent Bafana Bafana is going to show to the whole world during this 2010 World Cup,” a congregant proclaims. Speaking to the Mini World Cup winners, Solomon continues, “Guys, congratulations! It is Sunday school time now, just cross the street and go to the outbuilding. A teacher is waiting for you. You need to be strong to conquer the devil every time”.

Kids dressed in the national colours of South Africa, Nigeria, Ghana, Cameroon, and some of the European football clubs, stand in a line like players on a pitch, and then walk out with piano-organ music and the soft voice of the choir in the background.

Cars parked along the fence of the red brick Church building flaunt flags of the six African representatives of the 2010 Soccer World Cup. Passers by carry mini banners and flags to display their loyalty to football teams; it is impossible to ignore the excitement brewing for the soccer tournament.

Sunday school is set up like a soccer field. There are two removable goal posts set up in the square, three balls lie on the ground and chairs surround the pitch in a room decorated with pictures of Jesus Christ and his apostles. Norman Mangena, the head of St Mark’s Sunday school explains why the church, that was once reluctant to accept football indoors, was ‘wooing’ football now.

“We are using the soccer platform to send our message to more people because the World Cup is going to be watched by millions of people. This is the opportunity for me to wear a South African National jersey with a message, ‘Jesus loves you’. If it comes out on TV, it will reach millions of people,” says Mangena.

Hombolani Charaa, an 18-year-old Sunday school teacher says, “Since Fifa announced the 2010 World Cup will be held in South Africa, everyone is focused on football. You have football everywhere and children are more and more attracted by football. If we use ordinary words our message won’t get across, but use a ball as a tool, then it works so far … but too much football is not good!” she exclaims as she ducks to avoid a ball kicked by Thulani Bryce, one of the young players.

“I am the captain of St Mark’s team, we won yesterday and I scored two goals,” Thulani boasts. “Are you here to recruit young soccer players? You can write my name, I want to be a player, Michael Essien is my idol.”

The love of football has permeated every organisation, institution and people group in South Africa and churches are no exception. Is it idol worship or a means of communicating the message of the gospel.

This articel was published in Mail and Gaurdian read the full artical here