News from a Far Country: Cape Town, South Africa (Rodney Brown)
Thankfully there is much liberty in South Africa to spread the Word of the Lord. We have been privileged to go into various housing areas in the northern suburbs of Cape Town to preach in the open air. It is always encouraging to see people listening. If two or more brothers preach, as one is preaching the others visit the homes with gospel literature and speak to the people. Sometimes we have good conversations and also at times this can lead to “cottage meetings.”
A regular children’s outreach is carried on in the classroom of a local primary school where we have an hour on Friday afternoons during school term time. We usually have between sixty and ninety children attending. It is a poor area with the usual problems connected with drugs and alcohol. We have been doing this outreach for over eleven years but do not know as yet of any of these children being saved. However, we continue sowing the good seed knowing that God gives the increase. During school holidays we have been doing Holiday Bible Clubs at the invitation of local assemblies. These have been good opportunities to have many children listening to the gospel and we are glad to report that children have been saved.
I have been preaching the gospel on a Christian radio station over the last few years. The messages are pre-recorded and broadcast every week. This radio station can be heard throughout the Western Cape province and also on the internet.
There is also an opportunity to preach at a local engineering factory during lunch break. It is mostly men who attend this meeting and good attention is given.
There are many assemblies in the greater Cape Town area where there have been multiple invitations to help. One, in particular, Belhar is an assembly that I have worked with quite a lot. There have been various opportunities at Belhar for open-air preaching, tract distribution, visitation and preaching in the hall.
Home Bible studies are a very good way to get to know people better and to help them in their understanding of the Scriptures. Last year a young woman was saved during a Bible study. She is now in fellowship and going on well for the Lord. A young man was saved at Belhar in March this year. The following month he was baptized and received into fellowship. I have started a Bible study with him. He does not know much about the Bible yet but is very keen to learn. Another young man that I started a Bible study with after he was saved has made much progress. He reads a lot and often asks questions about what he has read. He has also been helping me in open-air preaching and tract distribution. Before being saved he was heavily into drugs but the Lord has done great things for him. It has been so encouraging having him standing with me in the open air in his own area being seen by those who knew him when he was in his sins. What a change they can see in his life!