Written by: Christ for all Nations
Article source: JOY! Magazine
It’s been nearly two years since we saw the start of our first CfaN Evangelism Bootcamp in Florida, USA. Since then, we’ve graduated over 300 evangelists and seen them get stuck into the work of spreading the Gospel far and wide. It’s an ongoing success story with a vast Kingdom impact. Right now, there are CfaN-trained evangelists conducting Gospel campaigns and outreaches, not only with CfaN, but also on their own, in multiple countries around the world. This God-given “multiplication and collaboration” strategy works!
And now it’s time for another expansion of this vision, right on the soil of the continent God has placed at the centre of our vision – Africa.
An Evangelism Training Centre in South Africa
We’re going to train evangelists in South Africa! Isn’t that exciting? Starting this year August, CfaN South Africa will be taking in two batches of 30 – 50 students a year for an 8-week intensive School of Evangelism course. Like our main international Bootcamp in the USA, this course will combine nuts-and-bolts practical training with in-depth spiritual teaching and guidance.
It will be high-quality, hands-on training with the aim of equipping people who feel a strong call to be evangelists. Students will be thoroughly trained in many modes of evangelism, including:
• One-on-one evangelism, using the super-effective “Jesus at the Door” materials created by Scott McNamara, the Evangelism Director at Nations Church.
• Campaign evangelism – preaching and ministering at larger events.
• Marketplace outreaches – taking the Good News to the people wherever they are, be it malls, markets, jails, hospitals, or out on the streets.
• Kids’ campaigns and school ministry
Training in these varied methods gives students the opportunity to dig into their calling, and to see where they feel they fit best. This course will also serve as a great way to identify those whose calling is for mass campaign evangelism, who will be invited to come to Evangelism Bootcamp in the USA for further training and help with growing their ministries.
Christ for all Nations began in South Africa over 40 years ago. Now it’s time for the next exciting step for this region.
We’ve been preparing – and we’re nearly ready
During the pandemic, our South African office in Cape Town relocated to what was then just the empty shell of a warehouse. They’ve been very busy during the worldwide “downtime” to turn that shell into a facility that will work beautifully as a training centre when it’s finished. They’ve done a fantastic job so far. Rooms have been constructed, walls have gone up, and the administrative offices have been fully functioning for some time. We’re heading into the final phase, but there’s still a lot to be done.
Finishing the building
To be allowed to host students properly, we must meet all the local building health and safety regulations. That means installing a health-code compliant ventilation system, for instance. And construction must be finished for the mezzanine floor that will become the lecture hall. We also need to add wheelchair access and expand the bathrooms, all required by law. In addition to these building basics, there are several other pressing needs.
Audio-visual and sound equipment
We want our African school of Evangelism students to benefit by learning from the same great speakers and teachers who have impacted our Bootcamp students. To do that, we need to set up excellent audio-visual and live-feed systems with large screens, as well as quality sound for the lecture room itself. We’ll also be recording much of the teaching to make the best use of sessions in the future, so cameras, lights, and microphones are needed.
Pray for our team, pray for the evangelists, and pray that many will be saved.
Practical outreach training
As always with CfaN training, it’s not just about listening and learning. It’s all about practicing and doing! And that means getting out of the classroom and into the streets to preach. To do that (and this is just the start), we’ll be equipping the School of Evangelism with:
• 2 Gospel Trucks, customised with sound systems (these will be small trucks for now, not the big rigs used in East and West Africa)
• 5 – 10 small, highly mobile sound systems to use in schools, hospitals, etc.
With every CfaN outreach, big or small, the focus is always on making sure new converts are brought into fellowship with local churches immediately. We’ve been preparing for that by translating the follow up booklets – “Now That You Are Saved” for adults and “What’s Next?” for kids – into several local languages, with more to follow. In faith, we will print thousands of these for evangelists to use during campaigns and outreaches.
What can YOU do?
There are many ways you can be a part of this exciting venture. Please pray! Pray for our team, pray for the evangelists who will be attending. And pray that many will be saved through the outreaches. You can also help us carry the financial cost to finish the training centre – and you can help sponsor promising evangelists to attend the course. And if you’re called to evangelism, then apply for the first School of Evangelism in August!
To find out more, or to apply for the South Africa School of Evangelism, please email email@example.com
Date published: 17/03/2022
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