Please submit your testimony from attending one of our outreaches. As people read testimonies their faith is built and they are encouraged to believe God to use them in outreaches, whether organised or individually.
Thank you for encouraging others with your testimony.
My first reaction to going with to minister in the hospital was, “Can I do this? What do I do? What do I say? What if I don’t like what I see? What if they don’t like me!?” I had also heard such horrific stories about Leratong Hospital that I was expecting the worst. After praying together we entered into the corridors of the hospital. I was amazed, it was nothing like I had expected, it was clean, and had order about it. We followed Jan into the wards and I stood back and watched how Jan and Claudine released God’s love and care upon the patients, and brought them the good news of Jesus Christ. What a Blessing!! Then it was my turn. As I spoke and prayed with people it brought great joy to know that I may have given them hope and comfort. It was a privilege to be used by God in this ministry and I look forward to the next opportunity!
PS. Remember, fear will always stop us from doing the right thing, and it can inactivate our faith for the salvation of others. Even if you feel uncomfortable, intimidated or a little scared “Fear not, do not be afraid, be comforted that Jesus is with you ALWAYS!”
Fiona Poisson – Hospital Outreach
Luke 15:7 “I say to you that likewise there will be more joy in heaven over one sinner who repents than over ninety-nine just persons who need no repentance.”
This is what happens every Saturday morning in the Meadowlands and Roodepoort police holding cells! Angels rejoice in heaven over the sinners who repent and give their hearts and lives to the Lord Jesus. And what a privilege it is to have an opportunity to be part of something as holy and absolutely beautiful as this. The conditions are bad and the people there have been through the mill. At Meadowlands you walk through this long dark corridor that must strike fear into any prisoner. It almost struck fear into me.
The friendly policeman who opened the door for us was glad to see us. The Lord was there that day, even before we got there, to bring favour in the hearts of the police. I thought I would be afraid of the criminals when we went into the cells, but all I felt was sorrow. They are usually sluggish and not in the mood to come out into the courtyard. . But this only makes the miracle even bigger, for when Jan starts talking they listen. Even the stubborn ones sitting at the back of the cell, refusing to come closer hear the words. After the Gospel has been given and a few soccer analogies have made the story easier to understand, Jan asks them if they want to give their hearts and lives to Jesus. The response is always very positive! Even the ones, who sat or stood there with poker faces all the time, are eager to change their lives. God is amazing! And once they have given their hearts to the Lord and got filled with the Holy Spirit, they start speaking in tongues. Tears rolling down a few cheeks, smiles appear, faces change completely. It is heavenly to see the transformation! I thank the Lord that I can witness this!
Su-Mari Coetzer – Prison Outreach
I would like to thank Spirit Life Ministries for the opportunity to take part in Prison Ministry. I have read in the Bible that it is our responsibility to do so. Matthew 25:36 – “I was in prison and you came to visit me” and Mark 16:15 “go into all the world and preach the Good News to all creation”. It was such a blessing to explain the message of salvation to 10 ladies in the Roodepoort holding cells and to see their happiness upon learning about God’s love for all mankind. I also experienced the Holy Spirit at work in the Meddowlands holding cell when 10 men accepted Jesus as their Saviour. I now know the meaning of Matthew 16:19 “I will give you the keys of the Kingdom of Heaven, whatever you bind on earth will be bound in heaven and whatever you loose on earth will be loosed in heaven.”
Raylene Kleynhans – Prison Outreach
When we sacrifice our comfort, time & perceptions of other people and step out to share the Love of Christ, He comes and shines the Light in the patch of darkness where those people find themselves. Whether it is illness, un-forgiveness, broken-ness, pain, discomfort or stresses of this world.
When the Hospital outreach presented itself, my first reaction was “Oh no! Just not Hospitals and sick people in degenerated circumstances… like my dad had to endure… I wouldn’t know what to say, what to do… I’ve never lead a stranger to Christ..” but my heart had already convicted me that I should go…
I took up the challenge, since this is what the Lord is busy teaching within me; That I can face fears and conquer any hill, because He is my strength and stronghold, and I am able and have strength for all things in Christ who empowers me!! Do not let the obstacles of this world become excuses for you to NOT do what God has commanded us to do! … I believed and was convinced, that since I am not an Evangelist on any level and in any way, I have no need, in fact, no place in praying for the unsaved!!… but I re-discovered with shock that my heart was set on something not scriptural!!
The truth of the matter is; If you want to grow in your faith, relationship with the Lord and in character, then don’t resist when the Lord presents you with challenges, ..big or small.
The Hospital Ministry stretches me every time. But I’m starting to see and realize that every minute spent with a stranger to share the Gospel (in any way the Lord directs – as there is no recipe) , is a minute for them to find Truth, Life, real Love. And for me; Faith, strength, gratitude and perseverance to run this race!
What is your challenge today?
Louise Vereb – Hospital Outreach
I am so pleased and blessed to have attended the prison services today. Feeling the love of Jesus flow through my veins
was an experience never to be forgotten. Such compassion that I felt for these people like I never experienced before.
Leaving there almost felt like my first feelings of being renewed myself, as if I was the one been reborn into the Kingdom
of God again. All I can say is WOW!
Derrick Kluyts – Prison Outreach