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SULLIVANS FOR THE SAVIOUR       103 Leisuredene Village

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Andy     +27 82 9685830                                                                                   HIBBERDENE 4220

Heather +27 65 935 1605                                                                                 KWAZULU NATAL           

 

SEPTEMBER  2021                                                                                                  

Dear Friends,

This newsletter is being sent from Union Bible Institute (UBI) in Hilton outside Pietermaritzburg.  Andy is teaching on the Gospel of John.  We are staying in a flat on the UBI campus(photo) and are looking forward spending these next eight weeks visiting friends and family in the area while we are here. UBI is one of the Bible Colleges where we send our Zionist church leaders, there are two of our students at the College this year.  Andy was invited to teach a few years ago but covid delayed it so finally we are able to assist them as a number of lecturers who normally help them out are not available.

If you want us to visit please contact us on one of the numbers listed above.  We also plan to go home to Hibberdene on some weekends.

Praise God. The week before we went to UBI Andy attended a Mukhanyo “tutors conference” aptly named “Distance Forum” outside Pretoria.  This is when tutors from all over South Africa AND other countries meet and discuss matters relating to teaching the Mukhanyo courses.  He was privileged to present a paper “Reducing Student Apathy and Increasing Motivation”.  Heather stayed with Casi while Andy was away and was able to get her first covid “jab”.  Andy spent one night with Kirsten and the family before going to his meetings.

We will miss teaching at South Coast Bible School this term but we rejoice that our diploma students were able to write one of their exams even though they weren’t able to get together for teaching during July. Pray for them as they are so close to the end with only a few courses left.

Please pray for our ZEFA Executive meetings that will be held at Sunbury from 8th to 10th October.  We were supposed to hold our annual ZEFA Conference over that weekend but with covid restriction we cannot, even though we have moved to level 2.  The campsite can only accommodate  50% of capacity and we normally get around 200 plus.  Also there is no way of restricting attendance by registering first as some of the church people just arrive.

FAMILY NEWS : Quintin celebrated his birthday this past month and the family were able to come down to stay at #104 for a few days over the long weekend.  Kirsten is slowly recovering from an operation she had a few weeks ago. Casi is still busy as usual in her doctor’s practice.

The words of Psalm 46 are very appropriate at times like these when things change so quickly and sometimes drastically. Verses 1 and 2 read “God is our refuge and strength, a very present help in trouble.  Therefore we will NOT FEAR though the earth gives way …..”  Sometimes it is as if everything around us is collapsing and falling apart.  We are tempted to be afraid and anxious for family, friends and for our future. BUT verses 7 and 11 read “The LORD of hosts is with us. the God of Jacob is our fortress”.  We can rest assured that the Sovereign God of the ages is never taken by surprise or caught unawares by what is happening.  Therefore in the words of verse 10 “be still and know that HE IS GOD”

Thank you for your faithful prayers and loving support.

Andy & Heather Sullivan

 

As ZEMA missionaries we rely on the love and generosity of friends and family to enable us to minister among the amaZioni.              For financial support, please clearly reference “your Name/Sullivan”.                  

USA supporters send their gifts to ZEMA, PO Box 913, Monument, Colorado, CO 80132

UK supporters send gifts to SIM-UK FREEPOST CN1923, STOWMARKET, IP14 5Z Use Ref:290265

S A Supporters : Use ZEMA Standard Bank Account 081 047 401   Branch 050 419    

Overseas Supporters use the Standard Bank Account with the SWIFT CODE: SBZAZAJJ

 

 

 

What to do about all attacks on the true faith in Africa? Various speakers at the Consultation agreed that firstly the Bible must be known and understood. In addition, one has to be conscious of the results of these influences in Africa such as self-serving leaders, corruption, poor economies, oppression, etc. It must be realized that only the Bible speaks authoritatively in a relevant way in any given situation.

To be able to refute the Prosperity Gospel, there must be a total commitment to the Word of God, the true preaching of the Word (sola Scriptura), and a realisation of God’s sovereignty and the willingness of God’s children to suffer.

Defending the True Faith

God’s Word does not change but its application does, according to Dr Siegfried Ngubane of the Serving in Mission organisation (SIM), also a keynote speaker at the Consultation. The present trend is for theology to move away from the truth; religious experiences replace Scripture away from Christ and his Word. But Africa’s theology should be based on the knowledge of God’s revelation and inspiration. Doctrine should be taught from God’s Word about our God who directs us to know Him, love Him, do His will, and live for His glory.

The question one must always ask oneself is what the Bible says in a specific situation. The questions we ask are rooted in our experiences, cultural beliefs and worldviews, but one should be very careful regarding so-called contextualisation; we must not adjust sound Biblical doctrine to suit people’s preferences. True faith is based on true knowledge, regardless of the time and part of the world.

Mentoring Spiritual Warriors

How many Christians see themselves as contenders and fruitful spiritual warriors? Through an approach of gentleness, humility and respect, we must be prepared to defend the Christian faith to anyone who asks you for the reason for the hope we have in us through a well thought through explanation and rebuttal. Remember, hearts and minds have to be won, not an argument. We are in the world to be contenders, the salt and light of the world.

In the light thereof, it is the job of Christian pastors and teachers to train students how to discern between right and wrong. This discernment requires skill, according to Rev. Atwebembeire. Much damage is done by so-called prophets who give wrong advice and draw people away from institutional churches. The key is a pastor’s preaching: to teach, motivate and grow his congregation to be informed and equipped. Discernment is a necessary fruit of discipleship.

 

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