December 2014 Youth
Conference (40 years of Youth Conferences at Kwasizabantu)
Theme: "Look to the reward", "Bheka
Umvuzo", Heb 11:26
12 and 13 December) (Photos from Sunday, 14 December)
(photos from Monday, 15 December) (photos
from Tuesday, 16 December) (photos from 17 December)
Thursday, 18 December: Rev Stephen Lungu
(originally from Zimbabwe, and now part of Africa Enterprise) took the morning service. He
shared his testimony in a moving way, based on the text from Mark 10:46-52, about blind
Bartimaeus. Just as Bartimaeus was a reject so too Rev Stephen was an outcast from his
family and society. In a tent service one night Christ found him in a dramatic way. He
invited the children to also surrender their lives to Jesus.
The afternoon was dedicated to those young people who wanted to testify of what the Lord
had done in their lives this past week. There were some very moving testimonies.
The final service, at 7pm, was taken by Rev Stegen on the theme verses in Hebrews 11. He
looked at Moses' life before and during his upbringing and what an momentous decision it
was for him to identify with God and His people rather that the temporary pleasures of
Egypt. All these pleasures were at Moses' disposal since he was a royal prince in Pharaoh's
household. We too must make a deliberate and permanent choice because it will affect our
eternity. We must look to the eternal reward.
Although the services are now officially over it will still take 2 or 3 days to transport
all the children back to their homes. Some of them are from hundreds of kilometres away.
Daily services will continue for them until they go home.
The Lord has worked mightily. Thank the Lord with us and keep on praying for these
young people. Many are from broken homes where alcohol and drugs are available and
ancestral worship is practised.
Wednesday, 17 December: The whole day is
dedicated to sports. Children have formed teams (up to 40 soccer teams) and will compete
in netball, volleyball and soccer. 7pm is the only service. Prizes are handed out after
the competitions. (photos to come)
The evening service was taken by Rev Erlo Stegen. The theme was
"As seeing Him who is unseen", taken from the Hebrews 11 theme verses. He looked
at the history of Moses.
Some children will be leaving tomorrow. Those that came last
Thursday will be returned tomorrow so that our transport can continue taking those who
have been here one week.
Tuesday, 16 December: The morning service was
taken by Gideon Jakobs of Kwasizabantu Free State. His sermon was based on Is 53:7: He was oppressed, and he was afflicted, yet he opened not his mouth; like a lamb
that is led to the slaughter, and like a sheep that before its shearers is silent, so he
opened not his mouth." Jesus Christ was shorn of His
glory in coming to earth. He allowed Himself to be silent before the shearers in death. We
too need to take His road (and that of Moses) in choosing to be silent before the shearer.
Mr Jacobs showed slides of sheep being shorn and used various illustrations about the
danger of not allowing yourself to be shorn. (He used to be a sheep farmer before he
became a pastor so he could speak from personal experience.)
After the message the Gideons distributed 5,000 Bibles among the children. The majority of
the Bibles were in Zulu and a few hundred were in English and Afrikaans.
The afternoon service was in 2 places, for girls and boys from 12 years and up to discuss
young peoples issues. Rev Stegen spoke to the boys who ga
Monday, 15 December: Rev Joseph Chauke preached
from 10 different verses about the heart. The main verse was Prov 23:26: "my son,
give me your heart". He appealed to the youth to give their hearts to the Lord Jesus
The 3pm service was held by CYPSA who shared about various issues affecting young people
including the possible legalisation of dagga (marijuana).
The 7pm service was held by Rev Stegen. He started by telling the young people about the
recent story of 4 Iraqi children who were beheaded
by ISIS for refusing to become Muslims. He then preached from the theme verse who
chose "the reproach of Christ rather than the fleeting pleasures of Egypt".
Moses may not have known much about Christ and the power of His blood. Rev 12:11 speaks
about satan the accuser who was overcome by the Blood of the Lamb.
Sunday, 14 December: A few more thousand have
arrived and most children are now here. Only a few late-comers are expected by tomorrow
Rev Stegen Preached at the 11am service (photos to come) on the Power of the Blood ([more].) Using various verses from
the Bible he showed how the Divine Blood of Jesus has power to heal and cure from sin.
Just as the white blood corpuscles are like the soldiers in our blood stream rusching to
defend and heal, so too if we have become Christians the Blood of our Lord rushes to deal
with every sin.
In the afternoon service there was the continuation of the 40 years celebration with some
of those who were at the first services in 1974 testifying of what the Lord taught them
and what He performed in their lives.
The evening service was taken by Doctors for Life to speak about (with visual aids)
present day issues that affect young people.
Saturday, 13 December: Over a thousand more
children arrived during the night and many more are still expected. Alpheus Mdlalose
preached in the morning service from the theme verse in Heb 11:26. He delved into Moses'
life and showed how, despite all the temporary pleasures around him, he made a deliberate
choice for the Lord, for "He considered the reproach of Christ
greater wealth than the treasures of Egypt, for he was looking to the reward". He invited the children to make that same choice. In the afternoon 3pm
service drug addicts testified powerfully about Christ's liberation in their lives.
In the evening, Mr Heino Stegen shared from the theme and he used the example of Joseph
from the Old Testament. Through Joseph even his family were rescued and so too the
families of children here at this conference can be blessed through them to turning to the
Lord. He also showed how God didn't make hell for humans but for satan and his angels. Mr
Stegen asked: is Jesus your Lord. Only by clinging to Him can we be saved. Jesus said that
He has come to set the captives free. He pointed out that it does not help to keep making
decisions and resolutions. "Come to God's shop", he declared, referring to
Isaiah 55:1,2. He gives you the gift of freedom and new life.
Tomorrow morning's Sunday service is broadcast live. Click
Audio Sunday Service at 11am
Friday, 12 December:Today and tomorrow (and even
Sunday) are arrival days from all corners of KwaZulu-Natal and other parts of South
Africa. By this morning, about 900 had already arrived. In July we had 7,000 children,
teens and young adults for the week of services. On the weekend, adults were invited and
the crowds swelled to about 10,000. It was a special celebration of 40 years of Youth
Conferences. This December we don't expect so many and, though there will be mention
of the 40 years, there are not so many celebrations.
The first service today was held by Rev J. Newlands. This afternoon will be testimonies of
those who have experienced the Lord's grace since the previous Youth Conference. This
evening, when quite a few more should have arrived, Michael Ngubane took the 7pm service
and preached from Rev 2:10b: "Be faithful unto death and I will give you the crown of
Please pray for the precious souls that will be spending a week
listening to God's Word. Our own strength is incapable of converting a single child.
Food for the week: To give a little insight into the quantity of food we
have for the week, the following details are a rough estimate of how much we have received
via donations or have been bought:
Mielie-meal (ground corn), 2000kg
Samp (dried corn kernals), 1000kg
Beef, 7 cattle were slaughtered
(This list excludes the fresh vegetables, salads, amasi [cultured milk] and other types of
food which we will be using).