Abundant Life Crusades
Tony and Marge Abram have been sharing God's Good News for over 61 years!

2003 SOUTH AFRICA CRUSADE  & MISSION REPORT, con't

There are no people in the world who can sing like the Africans or draw the ?Preach? out of a preacher like they can.

I remember back in 1967 when Marge and I stopped in Tulsa Oklahoma, having just returned from 7 months of ministry in Africa, to visit our dear friends, Brother and Sister T. L. Osborn.

The first thing I remembered Brother Osborn saying as he embraced me was:

?Tony you will never be the same!?

I questioned him what he meant by that. He said, ?You been to Africa. Once you preach to them, you will never the same.?  He was right.  Preaching over the years in over 100 countries, we have never met people who can and will draw the ministry out of you like the Africans.  It is such a joy to preach to them!

May I insert here that working with Harley Fiddler, veteran missionary evangelist and teacher, is always a special blessing to us.

He is honest, sincere and dedicated.  We do not get that many opportunities to work with him, but when we do, it is always wonderful ministry.

His ministry is called ?Focus Ministries?.

You can read about him on our team page and soon his resume will be up there also.

brother and sister Bronkhorst came to see us
Brother and Sister Bronkhorst

God also brought our way, dear friends Brother and Sister Bronkhorst, to visit us in Sandton City where we stayed during the Soshanguve crusade.

He is 87 and she is 83 and are still happy serving God as missionaries, being married for 67 years.

They are still going strong for the Lord and are truly an example to both Marge and myself.

They drove more than 400 miles to see us. Pray for them; God is not done with them yet.

Brother Stanley and Moses from Johannesburg
East Indian, White, Black - we are all workers for the Lord!

While we were enjoying the blessings of the Lord in the Soshanguve Outreach, two East Indian leaders, Brother Stanley from Durban and Brother Moses came from Johannesburg.

They want us to come to their people, chiefly East Indians, for outreach ministry.

They are going to get a large tent and want us to hold a Soulwinning, Healing, Deliverance Outreach next year. We said we would do so with the leading of the Lord.

God did so many wonderful things that we cannot write of them all. (John 21:25 KJV) And there are also many other things which Jesus did, the which, if they should be written every one, I suppose that even the world itself could not contain the books that should be written. Amen.


Pastor Jack is very happy!

However, in next months ?Good News,? we will try to continue to share with you a little of what Jesus did in the Africa report with the Namibia Outreach. (click here for the report)

Continue to pray for us. (1 Th 5:25 KJV) Brethren, pray for us.

 (1 Th 5:23 KJV) And the very God of peace sanctify you wholly; and I pray God your whole spirit and soul and body be preserved blameless unto the coming of our Lord Jesus Christ.

Please continue to remember us as we endeavor to run the race God has for us. Marge and I continue to pray and believe God that our latter years will be more fruitful for the Lord than our former.

We do appreciate your part in this ministry helping, us reach out to people in many nations. Continue to pray for us.

God bless you!
Tony and Marge.

Information on South Africa:

The San (Bushmen) are among the oldest indigenous peoples of South Africa.  In 1488, a Portuguese navigator became the first European to round the Cape of Good Hope. 

Although European vessels frequently passed by South Africa on their way to E Africa and India, and sometimes stopped for provisions or rest, no permanent European settlement was made until 1652, when Jan van Riebeeck and about 90 other persons set up a provisioning station for the Dutch East India Company at Table Bay on the Cape of Good Hope.

By 1662, about 250 Europeans were living near the Cape and gradually they moved inland. In 1689 about 200 Huguenot refugees, (escaping religious persecution) from Europe arrived. By 1707 there were about 1,780 freeholders of European descent in South Africa, and they owned about 1,100 s1aves.

During the French Revolutionary and Napoleonic wars, the British replaced the Dutch at the Cape from 1795 to 1803 and again from 1806 to 1814. In 1833 slavery was abolished in the British Empire, an act that angered South African slaves owners.

To escape the restrictions of British rule as well as to obtain new land, about 12,000 Boers left the Cape between 1835 and 1843 in what is known as the Great Trek. Some remained in the higbveld of the interior, forming isolated communities and small states. A large group traveled eastward into what became Natal. The first indentured laborers from India arrived in Natal to work on the sugar plantations, and by 1900 they outnumbered the whites there. Diamonds were discovered in 1867 and in 1870 at what be-came Kimberley; in 1886 gold was discovered.

These discoveries (especially that of gold) spurred great economic development in S Africa during 1870-1900; foreign trade increased dramatically, rail expanded from 70 mi (110 km) in 1870 to 3,600 mi (5,790 km) in 1895, and the number of whites rose from about 300,000 in 1870 to about 1 million in 1900. In 1961, South Africa left the Commonwealth of Nations and became a republic. In 1984, a new constitution was made. The new Parliament included the House of Representatives, comprised of Coloreds; the House of Delegates, comprised of Indians; and the House of Assembly, comprised of whites.

This system left the whites with more seats in the Parliament than the Indians and Coloreds combined. Blacks violently protested being shut out of the system. In 1989, President Botha fell ill and was succeeded, first as party leader, then as president, by F. W. de Klerk. De Klerk's government began relaxing apartheid restrictions and in 1990, Nelson Mandela was freed after 27 years of imprisonment and became the lead of the recently legalized ANC. Despite obstacles and delays, an interim constitution was completed in 1993, ending nearly three centuries of white rule in South Africa and marking the end of white-minority rule on the African continent.

In April 1994, the first multiracial election was held. The ANC won an overwhelming victory. and Nelson Mandela became president. In 1994 and 1995 the last vestiges of apartheid were dismantled and a new national constitution was approved and adopted in May 1996. The population of South Africa is 75% black (African) and 13% white (European), with about 9% people of mixed white, Malay, and black descent (formerly called "Colored"). and 3% of Asian (mostly Indian) background. South Africa has 11 official languages, nine of which are indigenous: Zulu, Xhosa, Tswana Sotho, Swazi, Venda, Ndebele, Pedi, and Tsonga. Many blacks also speak Afrikaans (the first language of about 60% of the whites and the majority of those of mixed race) or English (the first language of most of the rest of the nonblacks. 68% of the population is Christian, major groups include the Dutch Reformed, Anglican, Methodist, Roman Catholic, and Zionist churches.

Over 28% of the population follows traditional African religions, and there are small minorities of Muslims, Hindus and Jews. Republic of South Africa, republic (1995 est. POP 45,095,000), and the land size 471,442 sq mil (1,221,037 sq km), S Africa. It borders on the Atlantic Ocean in the west, on Narnibia in the northwest, on Botswana and Zimbabwe in the north, on Mozambique and Swaziland in the northeast, and on the Indian Ocean in the east and 5outh. The largest city is Johannesburg.

Cape Town is the legislative capital, Pretoria the administrative capital, and Bloeinfontein the judicial capital. Until about 1870 the economy of the region was almost entirely based on agriculture. With the discovery of diamonds and gold in the late 19th century mining became the foundation for rapid economic development. Whites largely control the economy, but nonwhites make up more than 75% of the workforce. South Africa is a world leader in the production of gold, diamonds, alumi nosilicates, chromium, manganese. vanadium. and platinum. Other leading minerals extracted are copper ore, coal, asbestos, iron ore, silver, and titanium. Uranium is also whole life mined.

THE RICHES ARE THE PEOPLE OF AFRICA!

 


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