January 5, 2021
South African Online Camp Meeting
The Apostolic Faith camp meeting in South Africa was held online via Zoom from September 20-27, 2020. It was a time of consecration and spiritual refreshing for all who attended. The camp meeting normally would have been held at the national campground in Bapsfontein, South Africa, but in spite of the COVID-19 restrictions which made that impossible, the blessings of God flowed during the online event. It brought to mind the verses in John 4:23-24, “But the hour cometh, and now is, when the true worshippers shall worship the Father in spirit and in truth: for the Father seeketh such to worship him. God is a Spirit: and they that worship him must worship him in spirit and in truth.” Distance was no barrier to hearing the Voice of God. The online services were a unique opportunity to gather people from across the country. Sermons were preached by ministers from the Western Cape, Eastern Cape, Gauteng, and Northwest provinces.
For the opening service, Sello Grey Thibela preached on “God: A Present Help in Times of Need.” He took his text from Psalm 139:1-6, bringing out that just as God delivered the Israelites out of many difficulties, He will still deliver His children in times of trouble.
On Saturday evening, an online concert was held (pictured above). It was attended by 252 Zoom users and an estimated 668 people who watched the online venue. It was a joyous time with a playback of selections from previous concerts, an online choir, pre-recorded solos, family ensembles, and instrumental renditions.
An estimated 7,091 people were in attendance at the meetings. Darrel Lee, Superintendent General, also joined in and preached a sermon on the experience of salvation, taking his text from Acts 16:25-31.
In the closing sermon, Confidence Nemaungani, District Superintendent of South Africa, preached a message on “What God Requires from Us.” Taking his text from Ephesians 5:17, he reminded the listeners that while attending church is good, it is more important to do what the Spirit of God says in His Word and fulfill His will in their lives.
Those who attended the online camp meeting were blessed by the services, and the prayer is that they will be inspired to live in obedience to God’s Word and maintain a clear conscience before Him at all times.