Missions in the Mall - Women's Day Outreaches 2017

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20638026 1542769609100269 577134370366628065 n"Does not wisdom call out? Does not understanding raise her voice? On the heights along the way, where the paths meet, she takes her stand; beside the gates leading into the city, at the entrances, she cries aloud."Proverbs 1:20-21

66 Volunteers helped us distribute over 6 300 tracts, leaflets and Gospel booklets and over 2,500 balloons with Scripture messages on them, in three shopping malls on Wednesday, 9 August (National Women's Day) in South Africa.

We have been conducting these missions in the malls every Women’s Day since 1995.

Over the last seven years, we have been receiving increasing resistance. Most mall managements gave a firm, NO. Several stated that it was against their policy to have any religious charities, or displays, in their malls. By God's grace, and after much prayer and approaching of many shopping malls, we did receive invitations to 3 busy shopping centres in the Cape Peninsula. At two of the malls, we completely ran out of Stop the Traffick! Tracts.

20729494 1541577405886156 4115168997365363729 nOver the last seven years, we have been receiving increasing resistance. Most mall managements gave a firm, NO. Several stated that it was against their policy to have any religious charities, or displays, in their malls. By God's grace, and after much prayer and approaching of many shopping malls, we did receive invitations to 3 busy shopping centres in the Cape Peninsula. At two of the malls, we completely ran out of Stop the Traffick! Tracts.

Women and Girls are Not for Sale!
These days, requesting an opportunity to have a table and display in a Mall is almost like smuggling Bibles into a restricted-access country! One has to use some innovative and creative methods. Due to these greater mall restrictions, we focused on mobilising people to take action against the exploitation of women in human trafficking. This year we went under the name of Traffick Proof South Africa. We also produced a new banner which boldly proclaims: “Women and Girls are not for sale!”, “Stop the Traffick!” and “Traffick Proof your community”. This banner was used at a mall that only granted us this opportunity under this politically correct, positive-sounding cause.

20638860 1541577385886158 1470700557481674972 nBalloon Evangelism
The messages on the balloons included: "A woman who fears the Lord, she shall be praised." Proverbs 31:30; "End Modern Day Slavery - Stop Human Trafficking!”; "Speak up for those who cannot speak for themselves." Proverbs 31:8; "Women and children are precious!”; "If the Son sets you free you will be free indeed." John 8:36; "The Bible is the greatest Book ever written"; "Give us this day our daily bread…" Matthew 6:11; "Read the Bible Every Day."; "The family that prays together - stays together."; "Stop Human Trafficking! - Trafficking is Modern Day Slavery" and "You shall know the truth and the Truth shall set you free." John 8:32.

Child Evangelism
The children were plainly delighted to be given these colourful balloons. Soon the shopping centres were filled with children carrying our colourful balloons with Scriptural messages. It must be hard, even for an irate atheist adult, to take a balloon away from a child! Soon we were seeing even Muslim women, wearing the black hijab, coming to receive balloons for their children.

20799425 1542571152453448 4818319265336771372 nStrength in Unity
By God’s grace, through grassroots education, action and compassion, we can fight and push back the global scourge of human trafficking. We praise God that all the counter-trafficking and anti-porn organisations in South Africa have united together to form the Coalition to End Sexual Exploitation in South Africa (CESESA). In mid-August, Members of CESESA (including Africa Christian Action) will be gathering together for a two-day workshop to respond to attempts by pro-prostitution lobbyists to decriminalise prostitution in South Africa.

Trafficking – A Symptom of a Much Bigger Problem
“No sooner had Gideon died than the Israelites again prostituted themselves to the Baals. They set up Baal-Berith as their god and did not remember the Lord their God, who had rescued them from the hands of all their enemies on every side.” Judges 8:33-34. Throughout the Old Testament, we see prophets calling God’s people to repentance from their idolatry. Several times, their idolatry is likened to them “prostituting themselves to idols”. Clearly, rampant prostitution and trafficking is one of the many symptoms of a society that has turned its back on the true and living God and has given themselves over to idols. A society where trafficking is common, is a society in the last stages of decline. For a society to tolerate and even promote (the former head of police, recommended decriminalising prostitution ahead of the 2010 soccer world cup) the sexual exploitation of women, means that we have sunk deep into the mire of sin. This is a further warning to God’s people of imminent judgement and a call to repentance.

20728113 1542770832433480 5731718707470166247 nLeading People to Christ
By God's grace, we were able to counsel over 38 people through our Spiritual Well-Being Questionnaire, leading them through The Way of the Master and Evangelism Explosion questions to confront them with the Law of God and the reality of eternity. To each of these people we gave a free copy of the New Testament and/or The Biggest Question DVD. This one-hour DVD is one of the most effective Evangelistic DVDs available.

The Gospel is the Power of God for Salvation to All Who Believe
Please continue to pray that the Gospel seeds sown will produce an abundant harvest. We are well aware that some of the seed that we sow falls on hard ground, some on rocky ground, and some on thorny ground. However, praise God for the good soil that produces 30, 60 and 100 fold! "Preach the Word! Be ready in season and out of season. Convince, rebuke, exhort with all longsuffering and teaching." 2 Timothy 4:2

View photos from the outreaches on the Africa Christian Action Facebook page.

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