“For the message of the Cross is foolishness to those who are perishing, but to us who are being saved it is the power of God.” 1 Corinthians 1:18
Dear Friends and Family
Our wedding (16 December 2015) was truly blessed and was a very joyous celebration with friends and family. We are so grateful to everyone, especially our parents, who gave so much in money, time and effort, to making it the wedding of our dreams! We are enjoying married life although there are some huge adjustments and many lessons about accommodating one another to be learnt! We have now been married for just over four months! We enjoyed a wonderful honeymoon in Hermanus, which included a horse ride on the beach, the sighting of a whale 8 metres from us during a kayak on the bay, fishing at the harbour, swims in the lagoon and tidal pools, a hike in Koggelberg Nature Reserve and plenty of good food.
“Praise the Lord from the earth, you great sea creatures… let them praise the Name of the Lord for His Name alone is exalted. His Glory is above earth and Heaven.” Psalm 148:7-13
Reaching the Nations for Christ – Great Commission Camp and Course After our honeymoon, we hit the ground running with the Great Commission Camp and Course. Our Great Commission Course began with 76 people from all over the world (including from America, Germany, Botswana, Malawi and Zimbabwe) participating in an intensive 6-day Great Commission Camp held out at Back to Basics, near Grabouw. The camp stretched minds and muscles as participants learnt how to reach the nations for Christ. We also put feet to our Faith by sharing the Gospel one-on-one in the streets of Grabouw. We continued the three-week Great Commission Course, with 12 participants. Outreaches included a demonstration, prayer vigil outside and side-walk conversations with women and men going into Marie Stopes abortuary, open-air preaching and sharing the Gospel one-on-one at the Waterfront, ministering at a feeding programme for destitute children in Ocean View, ministry to the elderly and disabled in Kraaifontein, a Hospice outreach in Capri and sharing the Gospel with Muslims in Bo-Kaap.
March for Life On Monday, 1 February 2016, marchers mourned the over 1.3 million babies killed by abortion since it was legalised in South Africa exactly 19 years ago. A funeral procession to the gates of Parliament, led by a hearse, with marchers carrying little coffins, crosses, flowers, flags, banners and posters, was hosted by the Christian Action Network in memory of the thousands of babies, killed by abortion, who have never had a funeral. A six metre billboard trailer, with the words, “Abortion is Murder”, and “Speak up for those who cannot speak for themselves” (Proverbs 31:8) followed the marchers. Over 80 Christians, including pastors from different denominations, took part in the procession and gathered afterwards to pray outside the main gates of Parliament in Cape Town. Participants at the Prayer Rally prayed a Scriptural Imprecatory Prayer, calling onthe nation and government leaders to repent of the national sin of abortion and warning of God's Judgement if they do not Repent.
School and Youth Group Ministry We have now had opportunities to give the Fight the New Drug presentation at five high schools and at one youth group in Cape Town so far this year. In each presentation I explain how pornography addiction is similar to a drug addiction in its damaging effects on the addict’s brain. At all the schools, Abrie shared the Gospel as part of his testimony. At the second school this year, a group of boys stayed behind after the presentation to ask him questions. One boy said that during the presentation he deleted all the porn off his phone! This was another good opportunity for us to remind them that although deleting porn off your phone is a good start, we must repent of our sin and surrender to the Lord Jesus Christ, to experience lasting freedom.
At one boys’ high school, we were given two hour-long sessions with first the grade tens and elevens, and then the matrics. The Question and Answer times were intense and created a stir of lively conversation (almost disruptively) amongst the boys. We had several good opportunities to reiterate the Gospel and give an apologetic (defense) for the Christian Faith. At another boys’ high school, we had been invited to speak to the Christian Group, but when we got there we found out that the whole school was required to attend! We had the freedom to openly preach on the holiness of God and the importance of fleeing from sexual sin as part of the main presentation. There are several dedicated teachers at the school, to whom we could donate good book and audio-visual resources, and will also be donating resources for their school library.
At another high school, Abrie was not permitted to share his testimony. A female learner debated with us after the presentation, saying that she believes viewing pornography is healthy!ÂÂÂÂÂ I reminded her how about the degenerative nature of porn addiction (the addict begins to watch more violent and explicit forms in order to get the same high, which can lead him to abuse or rape women and children) and shared the Gospel with her. Afterwards, we went to different groups of teens having their break time, distributed Gospel tracts and shared the Gospel with them.
At each school we distribute our Fight the New Drug leaflets to each learner as they leave the hall.
UCT Outreaches During Orientation Weeks, the two weeks before the riots at the University of Cape Town erupted (Tuesday, 16 February), we conducted seven different outreaches on campus. We have been preaching the Gospel, engaging in on-on-one evangelism and distributing Gospel tracts and New Testaments. We also distributed New Testaments, the latest edition of Christian Action magazines (with the main article A Biblical Response to Protests) and Evangelism Training Boxsets to eight different Christian student societies on campus. Two days after the mayhem erupted, Abrie went to the Rondebosch Police Station to try and get an opportunity to preach the Gospel to the students arrested for the destruction of property during the riots. He was refused access to them, but he did seize the opportunity to preach the Gospel to the large group of students who had come to visit their friends in the holding cells! Suddenly, several news reporters, also gathered at the Police Station, were filming his Gospel sermon!
Our weekly outreaches at UCT have continued, with many good, seed-sowing conversations, especially with atheists and relativists. One male atheist student, studying science, changed his mind within the first two minutes of the conversation, admitting that God is necessary for life to come from non-life and for there to be universal morals. In a conversation with two fourth year law students, we reminded them that trying to establish law and order apart from the Biblical worldview is absurd, because if there is no absolute standard then evil leaders can impose whatever evil laws are convenient for them to control and oppress others! Whenever someone claims that a moral law is universal, then they are borrowing from a Christian worldview, because universal morals are only possible in a world that God created – the only Triune God who is Himself the unchanging, objective standard of morality. We have also strategically placed copies of our Christian Action magazine, dealing with a Biblical Response to Protests, and another past edition dealing with the Rhodes Must Fall riots, in an empty magazine stand at the entrance to the library and in the prayer chapel on campus.
The Sinner Abrie recently finished reading The Power and Message of the Gospel by Paul Washer which he found very helpful and inspiring as an Evangelist. We have included two long quotes below that we hope you will also find inspiring.
“The sinner is a mutinous traitor against God. He stands in opposition to the Kingdom of Heaven and calls for the advancement of his own kingdom. He is doing the work of his father, the devil, who would storm the throne of God and slaughter Him in His own temple. The sinner is a stubborn and insolent beast who not only refuses the will of his Maker but also seeks to impose his own will upon Him. ‘The heart is deceitful above all things, and desperately wicked; Who can know it?’ Jer 17:9. Sin is only a symptom of a much darker inward malady – a depraved heart that loves evil and is hostile toward the Sovereign dictates of a righteous God.” The Power and Message of the Gospel, Paul Washer
The Foolishness of the Gospel “The Gospel is an absolutely unbelievable message, a seemingly ludicrous Word to the wise of the world. As Christians we sometimes fail to realize how utterly astounding it is when anyone truly believes our message. In a sense, the Gospel is so far-fetched that its spread throughout the Roman Empire is proof of its Supernatural nature. What could ever bring a Gentile, completely unaware of Old Testament Scriptures and rooted in either Greek philosophy or pagan superstitions, to believe such a message about a Man named Jesus? - He was born under questionable circumstances to a poor family in one of the most despised regions of the Roman Empire, and yet the Gospel claims that He was the eternal Son of God, conceived by the Holy Spirit in the womb of a Jewish virgin. - He was a carpenter by trade and an itinerant religious teacher with no official training, and yet the Gospel claims that He surpassed the combined wisdom of every Greek philosopher and Roman sage of antiquity. - He was poor and had no place to lay His head, and yet the Gospel claims that for three years He fed thousands by a word, healed every manner of illness among men, and even raised the dead. - He was crucified outside of Jerusalem as a blasphemer and an enemy of the state, and yet the Gospel claims that His death was the pivotal event in all of human history and the only means of salvation from sin and reconciliation with God. - He was placed in a borrowed tomb, and yet the Gospel claims that on the third day He rose from the dead and presented Himself to many of His followers. Forty days later, He ascended into Heaven and sat down at the right hand of God. - Thus, the Gospel claims that a poor Jewish carpenter, who was rejected as a lunatic and a blasphemer by His own people and crucified by the state, is now the Saviour of the world, the King of Kings and the Lord of Lords. At His Name every knee, including Caesar’s, will bow. Who could have ever believed such a message except by the power of God? There is no other explanation. The Gospel would have never made its way out of Jerusalem, let alone beyond the Roman Empire and into every nation of the world, except that God had ordained to work through it. The message would have died at its birth had it depended upon the organizational abilities, eloquence, or apologetic powers of its preachers. All the missionary strategies in the world and all the clever marketing schemes borrowed from Wall Street could never have advanced this foolish stumbling block of a message.” The Power and Message of the Gospel, Paul Washer
God Will Save! When we consider the hatred of the sinner for God and the offensiveness of the Gospel to some, we may be tempted to be discouraged in our evangelistic efforts. God promises in His Word, however, that he has chosen to save many! In Revelation 7:9, we see a countless (from a human perspective) number of the saved before the Throne of God.
Those who misunderstand the doctrine of election (or the Sovereignty of God in salvation), believe that those who believe in these doctrines, are not involved in evangelism. This couldn’t be further from the truth. We all deserve God’s just punishment in hell for breaking His Law. God would have been just if He had only chosen to save one person or even none at all! Understanding the Sovereignty of God in salvation rather gives us confidence in God and a boldness to not compromise the Gospel. If we are faithful to preach the Biblical Gospel, without compromise, then God will save many of whom hear our message (although we do not often see immediate results).
“How then will they call on Him in whom they have not believed? And how are they to believe in Him of whom they have never heard? And how are they to hear without someone preaching?” Romans 10:14
The Apologetic Task “Do not answer a fool according to his folly, lest you also be like him. Answer a fool according to his folly, lest he be wise in his own eyes.” Proverbs 26:4-5
The Bible describes a fool as someone who is morally foolish – they know better. An atheist, according to the Bible (Psalm 14:1), is a fool because he has wilfully rejected God because God has made His existence “plain to [him]” and he is “without excuse”. Unbelievers are “suppressing the truth in their unrighteousness.” Romans 1:19. The word ‘apologetics’ means to give a reasoned defense. Our apologetic task as Christians is to “answer the fool according to his folly lest he be wise in his own eyes.” We must demonstrate to the unbeliever the absurdity of his worldview and how he is standing on God’s authority (the foundation of a Biblical Worldview) in order to try and prove his own worldview. “The Apostle Paul sets forth the attitude to which the defender of the Faith must be committed: ‘Let God be found true, but every man a liar’ [Romans 3:4]” (Greg L. Bahnsen). The Bible is true because without it you cannot prove anything at all. One cannot know what is irrational and illogical without an eternal, objective standard of what is rational and logical - the mind of God.
Only the God of the Bible has a mind and is rational and logical. In Islam, Allah is capricious – he changes his mind and does not embody the Ten Commandments in his character. In Hinduism, God is everything and therefore does not have a Mind, or a Law by which it/he judges. This is not about winning a debate, however. We must call them to submit their minds to the Bible and lovingly show them their sin and their need for the Saviour. We must plead with them to repent and believe the Gospel.
Excellent resources to learn how to use this method of apologetics is the film How to Answer the Fool, produced by American Vision and the book Pushing the Antithesis by Greg Bahnsen.
Holiday in Oudsthoorn, and Camping Near Robertson The week before Easter, we were blessed to spend a weekend with the Meyer family at their new farm near Oudsthoorn, which included a visit to the Cango Caves. The Caves are a spectacular display of God’s Creation and phenomena formed after the Great Flood, four thousand years ago (for our reasons for rejecting the “millions of years” mantra, go to www.answersingenesis.com). We went on the Adventure Tour, which included crawling through small tunnels, sliding on our stomachs through the Letter Box and climbing up through a cramped, tricky three metre tunnel called the Devil’s Chimney. Whilst camping at Night Sky campsite near Robertson, Abrie caught two big carp. This was after being told that there were no carp in the dam! The first weighed 9kg and the second 16kg! The third leg of our holiday was to attend the AEB Paaskonferensie (Easter Conference) at Amana Campsite in Hermanus. We were blessed by the preaching of Oom Pieter Scholtz, who is still going strong at ninety years old!
Much More The above are just some of the many outreaches and ministry opportunities that we have been involved in so far this year. Others included: the March for Life to Parliament, preaching at open-air outreach services in Athlone and Retreat, helping offload and sort through several container shipments of Bibles and books, conducted a Way of the Master Workshop at a local church, our weekly Salt and Light Radio programme and helping to edit our Christian Action magazine.
Upcoming Events We have more opportunities to conduct Way of the Master Evangelism Workshops at local churches. In late August, we are planning to drive up to Gauteng and then on to KwaZulu Natal, to promote Christian Liberty Books’ Homeschooling resources at the Homeschooling Expos in those provinces. God willing, we hope to arrange as many school meetings as possible around those meetings. If you have any school or churches who you know would be interested in us speaking there, please send us contact details and invitations.
Presentations at schools.
Many good conversations with atheists at UCT.
God’s abundant provision and protection.
Pray for school meetings in Gauteng and KZN during August/September.
Pray that we would proclaim the Gospel with love, clarity and boldness.
Pray that we could start a Bible Study for new believers at UCT.
Pray that God would send us 10 young men to mentor as Evangelists.
Thank you for all your prayers and generous support.
Soli Deo Gloria,
Abrie and Taryn Lourens Africa Christian Action & Frontline Fellowship PO Box 74 Newlands 7725 Cape Town South Africa Tel: 021-689 4481 E-mail:
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Dear Friends and Family
“The Sovereign Lord is my strength; He makes my feet like the feet of a deer, He enables me to tread on the heights.” Habakkuk 3:19
In Missions we must press on to higher ground! Much has happened since I last wrote to you in December, including the Great Commission Course, Porndemic Book Launch and a Mission to Mpumalanga.
The Great Commission is Our Supreme Ambition
On Friday the 3rd ofJanuary, we began our 3-week intensive Great Commission Course with a Great Commission Camp at Back to Basics Campsite in the forest, on the mountains, by a lake, near Grabouw. The 75 participants were challenged to personal repentance and restitution, to destroy idols in their lives and to respond to the call to be faithful labourers in the Large Harvest fields of the nations. Participants of the Great Commission Course came from as far afield as America, New Zealand, Nigeria, Kenya, Zambia, the Congo and from all over South Africa.
Outreaches included distributing thousands of Gospel tracts in outreaches at Dark City on the Cape Flats, Ocean View, and at the Waterfront and Cavendish Malls. Participants also held a Prayer Vigil and outreach to women facing a crisis pregnancy outside Marie Stopes Abortuary and ministered on our Salt and Light programme on Radio Tygerberg.
The Course included a hike up Lions Head, 3 night hikes in Newlands Forrest and an 8 hour hike up and over Table Mountain.
Porndemic Book Launch
Over 60 people attended the Porndemic Book Launch held on Thursday, 6 February at Pinelands Town Hall in Cape Town. Dr Peter Hammond – Director of the Christian Action Network set the stage with a presentation on the historic situation and success stories in this Winnable War. Then I gave a presentation on the South African porndemic and two new projects that Africa Christian Action is helping to initiate – educating schools and lobbing government and Internet Service Providers to block Internet porn country-wide. My presentation was followed by News Updates, Testimonies and Action Strategies from Clive Human – Director of Standing Together to Oppose Pornography (STOP) and Errol Naidoo – Director of the Family Policy Institute.The event was filmed by Watchman on the Walls and broadcast on TBN.
I was interviewed on CCfm, Cape Pulpit and on our Salt and Light radio programme on Radio Tygerberg on the book.
The Director of the Christian Action Network, Dr. Peter Hammond, a missionary intern, Ryno and I drove 5,000km to and around Mpumalanga and back. Michael and Renee Watson drove up from KwaZulu-Natal for our intensive Mission to Mpumalanga.
From the beginning, this Mission was complicated by unprecedentedly intense torrential rain, which swelled the rivers to bursting their banks and flooded large areas. Several of the key bridges we had to cross were rendered impassable by the swollen and fast-flowing rivers.
“When you pass through the waters I will be with you; and through the rivers, they shall not overflow you.” Isaiah 43:2
While Dr. Peter Hammond was presenting a week of lectures on Church History at Back to the Bible Training College, Michael, Renee, Ryno and I were daily walking out along the train track and the high railway bridge to cross the raging Crocodile River, which wraps around Back to the Bible Training College and had rendered the road bridge completely impassable. By walking across the railway bridge, we were able to make the 7 school meetings at 5 different schools in nearby Barberton, 30km from BBTC. I had an opportunity to present the Fight the New Drug (anti-pornography) presentation at a Christian School and at the local government high school in Barberton. We praise God that many government schools are still open to Gospel preaching. We also made the church services, Bible studies and youth outreaches in Barberton by travelling on foot and by taxis.
Thankfully, on the day we needed to leave Mpumalanga, the river overflowing the bridge had subsided enough for our vehicle and trailer to safely drive through.
“How beautiful on the mountains are the feet of those who bring Good News…”Isaiah 52:7
In the run up to the National Elections (7 May), in addition to many e-mailings and social media posts, we distributed 15,000 printed copies of our Voters' Guides in English, Afrikaans and Zulu. Many people viewed and downloaded Voters' Guides from the www.SAvotersguide.org website. The Voters Guide sparked much debate on social media about pro-life and pro-family issues and the Biblical role of civil government.
In April, I had the privilege of going on a hiking trip to the Drakensberg with 12 people from the Christian Hikers Network. We stayed in self-catering chalets in the central Drakensberg and drove to various nature reserves in the area to do day hikes. Some of the hikes included Tugela Gorge in Royal Natal Park, the Sphinx in Monks Cowl and swimming in a very “refreshing” river pool in the Cathedral Peak Reserve. I also got to go on a horse-riding trail and attend a Drakensberg Boys Choir concert at their school’s concert auditorium.
Babysitting I have enjoyed babysitting various different friends’ children 4 times so far this year.
This year the His People Baxter Evangelism Team has been involved in planning for a city-wide God’s Not Dead Mission in September. All 8 His People congregations will be preaching a six-week sermon series on Apologetics, receiving training at the God’s Not Dead Conference and will be using the God’s Not Dead movie for mobilizing their congregations to conduct outreaches in their areas. I have also done training at a cell group and will be running training for the Tokai Youth Group. I was again involved in O-week Mission, Exam Prayer Mission and Fearless Friday outreaches this year.
The above are just some of the many outreaches and ministry opportunities that I have been involved in this year. Others since December included: the National Day of Repentance March for Life, an Evangelism Expo, helping pack literature for Missions to Congo, Zambia and Zimbabwe, our weekly Salt and Light Radio programme and helping to edit our Christian Action magazine.
-Porndemic book launch and copies sold and donated.
-Gospel seeds sown through outreaches.
-Bibles received from shipments.
-Women’s Day Outreaches (9 August)
-Life Chain (5 October)
-World Changers Camp (30 October – 1 November)
-Opportunities to give presentations at schools and youth groups.
Thank you for all your prayers and support.
Yours in Christ,
Taryn Hodgson Africa Christian Action PO Box 23632 Claremont 7735Cape Town
South Africa Tel: 021-689 4481 E-mail:
“Wait for the Lord; be strong and take heart and wait for the Lord.” Psalm 27:14
Justitia et Veritas (Latin: justice and truth) was my high school’s motto. Carter High School in Pietermaritzburg was named after a judge. I think it was prophetic. My passion to fight for justice and truth continues to be stirred, as my eyes are opened to God’s Word and the plight of victims of abortion, pornography addiction and human trafficking worldwide. I praise God for His Grace in enabling me to serve these past 7 years as the International Co-ordinator of Africa Christian Action.
By God’s grace, a book I have been working on for the last 6 years, is almost complete. The pandemic of pornography unleashed upon South Africa has been so devastating, that I decided to coin a new word for the title – Porndemic. The subtitle is Finding Freedom from the Pornography Plague.
Over 11 years ago, my predecessor Christine Mc Cafferty started working on an update of Dr. Peter Hammond’s very successful booklet Finding Freedom from the Pornography Plague, first published in 1991, and expanded in 1994. She ended up responding to the other attack on the family by completing The Pink Agenda instead. When she moved overseas, she left the work on the anti-porn book unfinished. I decided to finish what she had started and have been working on the book in between various projects for the last six years.
As Christians, we need to confront controversial, unpopular and dark issues – issues that are not often talked about in the public square. The topic of pornography is certainly one of those issues, and is an issue that needs to be addressed sensitively and boldly.
Pornography was legalised in South Africa in 1996. The impact has been devastating. My book is about the harmful effects of pornography and details how South Africans can take action.
I have endeavored to make it as up-to-date as possible by drawing from peer-reviewed research from International ministries such as Morality in Media (pornharms.com), and some local experts and research where available.
Christine McCafferty (who is a professional editor) and several others have assisted me in proof reading the book. However, there are still be a few things that need to be tweaked.
I have sent the book to leaders of 7 ministries for feedback and endorsements. Please pray with me for the 4 endorsements I am still waiting for.
I aim to publish it in February next year.
Articles Published in JOY and JUIG Magazines
I had 2 articles published in JOY! Magazine this year. Christians Under Fire at Stellenbosch University detailed how Christians at Stellenbosch University have come under attack for their Faith in several incidences in the last two years, raising concerns about a growing anti-Christian prejudice on campus. This article was also translated for JUIG! magazine. It is very exciting to think that potentially 180 000 people (based on how many copies of JUIG and JOY are printed each month) could have read my article in English and Afrikaans.
I also adapted and shortened an American article called 10 Reasons Why I Want an Abortion, responding to the top 10 ten reasons women facing a crisis pregnancy choose to have an abortion.
Constitutional Court Case on Sexually Explicit Magazines
In November last year, the section of the Film and Publications Amendment Act regarding the classification of magazines was struck down in the High Court. It appears that the judge misdirected himself in many regards and did not understand the practical implications of his ruling. The judge fully sided with Print Media South Africa and the South African National Editors Forum in declaring that the pre-classification of magazines with sexually explicit content is “censorship”. The case was then referred to the Constitutional Court.
Friend of the Court
The Justice Alliance of South Africa (JASA) was admitted as a ‘friend of the court’ and presented crucial points at the Constitutional Court hearing. We thoroughly examined the High Court ruling and suggested points for JASA to include in their arguments. Some generous supporters donated money towards the flight costs for myself, and my advocate friend, to travel to Joburg to attend the hearing. Although the ruling was not in our favour, it was a fascinating experience to watch the court proceedings.
The Battle for the Mind
Before the ruling, if a magazine contained ‘sexual conduct’ as defined by the Act, it was required to be submitted to the Film and Publications Board for classification prior to publication. The Constitutional Court has now severed that portion of the Act. This means that a magazine could get away with publishing, without any classifications, extremely degrading and exploitative sexually explicit material, even condoning rape.
Fighting for the Family The Film and Publications Board is a statutory government body that is responsible for classifying films, computer games and publications. Every 2 years they review their Classification Guidelines and the public are asked to submit comments.
The FPB invited me to present points from my written submission at a Consultative Conference on the FPB’s Guidelines for Classification in Johannesburg. In the 10 minutes I was given, I spoke about the need for the FPB to raise the moral standards of the Classification Guidelines and not simply to reflect “levels of tolerance”. I also focussed on the need for the hyper-sexualisation and objectification of children and women to be considered as factors that should result in stricter classifications. Conference participants included the Deputy Minister of Home Affairs, Ms Fatima Chohan; the FPB’s CEO and classifiers; traditional leaders; representatives from SABC, DSTV and E-TV; pastors; grassroots organisations and many other groups.
Biblical Worldview Seminars and Summits
We started 2012 with a Worldview Weekend. Over 30 young people participated. I gave a presentation on Change the Campus – Change the World.
Our week-long Biblical Worldview Summit at the end of March in Vereeniging was preceded by Missions presentations at a Bible College in Kimberley, a meeting with farmers in Lichtenberg, and a Great Commission Seminar at Back to the Bible Training College near Barbeton. Participants of the Biblical Worldview Summit came from all areas of South Africa and some from Zambia. The venue for the BWS was a large Christian school which includes an Adventure Centre straddling the Klip River with tremendous obstacle courses, rock climbing and other great facilities.
The BWS participants had their minds and muscles stretched and enjoyed a most challenging week of PT, Bible Drill, team building exercises, lectures, adventure activities, sports, outreaches, discussion groups, debating skills games, films, worship and devotions. There was also a Bible Exam and Variety Concert.
Our special guest speaker was Creation Scientist, Dr. Philip Stott, whose presentations on The Roots of Science, What is Evolution?, The Flood, and Biblical Creation, were greatly appreciated by participants.
I presented The Christian Action Workshop and all the Frontline missionary field workers presented an interactive Evangelism WorkshopandCareer Guidance Panel Discussion.
Films shown included: The Final Frontier; Pop Culture Paganism, Joshua Harris’, Dating vs Courtship; Hell’s Best Kept Secret; Islam Rising and The Ultimate Gift.
We were also invited to conduct a Biblical Worldview Seminar in the small farming community town of Riversdale in August. Despite it being the coldest weekend of the year (when it was snowing in many parts of the country), we still had a good attendance and the participants were very appreciative.
Trafficking: a Nefarious Trade In the run up to Women’s Day, we screened a film about the global challenge of human trafficking to a packed-out boardroom here at Livingstone House. We had so many responses that we needed to screen it again the following week. I was blown away by this film last year when Exodus Cry came to Cape Town to screen it. I determined that we should screen and promote the film further. We imported 20 copies for our bookshop, which have already been sold out, and will be importing more.
Nefarious: Merchant of Souls is a hard-hitting documentary that exposes the disturbing trends in modern sex slavery. From the very first scene, Nefarious ushers you into the nightmare of sex slavery that hundreds of thousands experience daily. It exposes where slaves are sold (often in developed, affluent countries), where they work, and where they are confined. It includes first-hand interviews with real victims and traffickers, along with expert analysis from international humanitarian leaders.
Women’s Day Outreaches On National Women’s Day, Africa Christian Action set up displays in 4 shopping malls in Cape Town. 77 volunteers helped us distribute 9 500 Gospel tracts and leaflets and 2 230 balloons with Scripture and pro-family messages on them. By God’s grace, during the 12 hour Mission to the malls, we were able to counsel over 56 people and explain to them the way of Salvation. Each person who was counselled through Way of the Master and Evangelism Explosion received Way of the Master Todd Friel and Kirk Cameron’s DVD – The Biggest Question. This is the 17th year in a row that we have organised these outreaches.
Stop the Traffick!
Due to greater mall restrictions on religious organisations, we focussed on mobilising people to take action against the exploitation of women in human trafficking. Two new tracts were developed for our outreaches this year. STOP the Traffick exposes the global challenge of human trafficking and pinpoints what we can do to help set the captives free.
We also partnered with two anti-trafficking organisations – STOP Trafficking and Justice Acts. Several of their volunteers joined us for the outreaches and we used some of their posters and banners. Our pamphlet encouraged people to support STOP’s Safe House for rescued victims of trafficking, report brothels to the Vice Squad, and to “Traffick Proof” their school or community.
Fight the New Drug
Our second new tract: Fight the New Drug, exposes how pornography is like a drug in the way that it rewires your brain and is as addictive as hard drugs such as cocaine. The tract also points out how pornography fuels the demand for prostitution and therefore trafficking.This proved a “crafty” method of encouraging teenagers to read the tract as they thought they were receiving a pamphlet on drugs!
Fight the New Drug is a youth-run, youth-focussed organisation in the USA, that gives presentations at school assemblies across the USA on this topic. I have been practicing their fast-moving, creative powerpoint presentation with the view to possibly giving similar presentations at schools next year.
I helped to mentor numerous students in Biblical Evangelism during O-Week Mission and the two-week long Exam Prayer outreaches in June and October. During the Exam Prayer Missions we go door-to-door in the UCT Residences and pray for students for their exams. Many are also open to Gospel conversations afterwards. The students that I take with me always learn so much, especially how most people who claim to be Christians have very little understanding of the Biblical Gospel. I teach them how to articulate the Gospel clearly, and emphasise that if a person is truly saved, it will be evident in a changed life. For most of them, it is the first time they have ever shared their Faith one-on-one! After the outreach, they usually feel more confident and excited about Evangelism.
Answers to Prayer
By God’s grace, during the June mission, I led a young woman in a prayer of commitment. We can praise God that at least 10 students (that we know of) made commitments to Christ as a result of all the outreaches. Hundreds of others were invited to church and to join a cell group. These were answers to prayer.
Next year, I will be speaking at the His People Baxter Missions Camp just before the O-Week Mission and will be involved in other Evangelism training initiatives throughout the year.
We have had up to 40 students join us for our (His People Baxter’s) quarterly Fearless Friday outreaches on the streets of Rondebosch and in Groote Schuur Hospital. We praise God for many seeds sown on the streets!
I have donated New Testaments and copies of excellent Evangelistic booklets – TheSecond Greatest Lie and One Second After by Mark Cahill for distribution to unsaved students during these outreaches.
Last year I discipled Ncedi to take over the Groote Schuur Res cell group. She took a while to find her feet but seems to be doing well.
I enjoy taking Sunday evening walks on the beach! This year I have taken several of the students that I know well individually for informal discipleship walks on the beach.
Fun in the Sun
I am very grateful for the many DMCs (deep meaningful conversations) that I have enjoyed with my housemate Angela, especially on several outings and walks on the beach, or at Rhodes Memorial. In my weekly jog round the Rondebosch Common with my friend Hannah, we keep each other accountable on our goals, and also discuss (in between each huff and puff), God, life and everything else.
The above are just some of the many outreaches and ministry opportunities that I have been involved in this year. Others included: our National Day of Repentance March to Parliament on the 15th Anniversary of the legalization of abortion in South Africa, a book table at the Christians for Truth Conference, our Life Chain in October, meeting with the Deputy Minister of Home Affairs, a March Against Crime, an outreach to Gaga fans outside the Cape Town stadium, our weekly Salt and Light Radio programme and helping to edit our Christian Action magazine.
I will be placing snippets of this newsletter with relevant photos on my Facebook wall. View here.
-Porndemic book almost ready for publishing, 6 endorsements received so far.
-New relationships with organisations/ministries developed.
-Gospel seeds sown through outreaches.
-Further endorsements and publishing of the Porndemic book.
-Upcoming Great Commission Camp and Course.
-Relationships with local churches to be strengthened.
Thank you for all your prayers and support. I think of the many words of encouragement, practical help and kindness shown to me beyond the call of duty.
I’ll be spending Christmas with my parents and extended family in Joburg, then will be back in Cape Town before New Year’s Day to start preparing for the GCC, Sanctity Life Sunday and the National Day of Repentance.
I wish you all a joyful, Christ-centred Christmas with friends and family.
Wise men still seek Him.
Yours in Christ,
Taryn Hodgson Africa Christian Action PO Box 23632 Claremont 7735Cape Town
South Africa Tel: 021-689 4481 E-mail: