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South Africa Work Report

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South Africa Work Report


South Africa Ministry Committee


There are about 700 TJC members, who reside in different provinces of South Africa, two churches – Johannesburg Church and Cape Town Church – and place of worship in Port Elizabeth and in Welkom. Other areas would hold family service only during the time when assigned worker is visiting. Although having hundreds of members in South Africa, they are scattered too far and wide, so not many can join Sabbath services. Approximately 50 to 60 members can join church service in Johannesburg Church and about 40 to 50 members in Cape Town Church. Each of the two places of worship has about 10-20 members joining church service.

Johannesburg Church regularly holds spiritual convocation, and did two times in 2017, summer (January) and winter (July). In January, Pr. Derren Liang, assigned by IA, and one of South Africa Ministry Committee members conducted the spiritual convocation. About 170-180 people attended this event; two were baptized, and 155 received the cup. In July, Pr. Steve Hwang, assigned by IA, and one of South Africa Ministry Committee members conducted the spiritual convocation.

January 12-14, 2018, Johannesburg Church held a spiritual convocation, assisted by IA preacher Steve Hwang and the old and new members of South Africa Ministry Committee. 150 to 180 people joined this event, eight were baptized, and 180 received the cup.

Cape Town Church held a spiritual convocation in January 2017, assisted by Pr. Derren Liang and one of the South Africa Ministry Committee members. About 60-70 people joined this event, five were baptized, and 59 received the cup. Thank God! There was a white native receiving baptism. He was acquainted with one of our believers. Our believer took him to the church for a period of time. When our workers visited here, they preached to him about the truth of salvation. He accepted the truth with the fullness of joy. He was baptized in faith under the name of the Lord. After being baptized, he is very zealous in helping the church work and assisting believers in some difficult problems.

January 19-21, 2018, Cape Town Church also held a spiritual convocation, assisted by Pr. Steve Hwang and the old and new South Africa Ministry Committee members. About 50-90 people attended this event; nine were baptized and 87 received the cup.

Besides assisting the spiritual convocation and cultivating the leaders and the sermon speakers, IA workers also carried out the Church Board Seminar and some trainings in Johannesburg Church and Cape Town Church. The plan of workers’ visitation in 2017 was as follows:

● January 4-March 8 (Min Hsiung Chang):
Pastoral ministry / Johannesburg Spiritual Convocation / Pastoral Visit PE / Cape Town Spiritual Convocation

● January 9-23 (Derren Liang):
Johannesburg Spiritual Convocation / Training Cape Town Spiritual Convocation

● December 28-February 27 (Luke Chan):
Pastoral ministry/ Training/ Johannesburg Spiritual Convocation Cape Town Spiritual Convocation

● March 22-June 4 (Luke Chan):
Pastoral ministry / Training

● June 21-September 6 (Min Hsiung Chang):
Pastoral ministry / Johannesburg Spiritual Convocation / Lesotho Outreach

● July 1-17 (Steve Hwang):
Pastoral ministry / Training / Johannesburg Spiritual Convocation

● July 11-August 14 (Luke Chan):
Pastoral ministry / Training / Johannesburg Spiritual Convocation

● September 4-December 4 (Luke Chan):
Pastoral ministry / Training

Our churches in South Africa employed a local brother as a full-time voluntary worker since 2006. He has been trained in China for two years, and it will be his last semester this year. We hope that after the training he can carry on the pastoral works in South Africa, so the church can continually and steadily grow for a long term.

In order to ensure that our churches in South African has new blood to inherit the holy works, IA restructured the South African Ministry Committee in 2018 so that the old team and the new team members can cooperate to promote the works of South Africa.

In recent years, the security situation in South Africa has been deteriorating. Robbery and murder have been happening weekly. It is hard to keep safe there. The economy has dropped, which influences greatly the members who run businesses. Coupled with the difficulty in renewing their work permits and processing their visa applications, some of the believers closed their shops, some returned to China, and some migrated to other countries. So the membership dropped from 800 last year to about 700 this year. Please pray for the churches and the brethren in South Africa, so that our members can settle their lives in this unsafe environment and the churches can be kept by God. May all the glories be our God in heaven. Amen!


1. A white man also received baptism during the Spiritual Convocation in Cape Town.



2. Winter Spiritual Convocation of Johannesburg Church on July 16, 2017




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