Our vision is to establish over 20 thriving churches in the 12 countries of Southern Africa by 2020 so that we can fulfill our lifetime dream of establishing a Bible Talk within walking distance of every African.

Dillon and Fran started leading the International church of Christ in Windhoek about one and a half years ago. They have done a fantastic job getting the church to grow again. They have three kids and he has a very busy job. This year, already, the church has grown from 28 disciples to now 41. They have converted three professors and a doctor in mathematics at the University of Namibia.

 

The Johannesburg church held 'bring Your Neighbour days' across the five regions entitled "The bread of Life". All the members were encouraged to bring freshly baked bread products and set them on tables surrounding the hall. Bread Makers were set up at the entrance to the auditorium so that the smell of freshly baking bread greeted each person as the entered the hall.

The sermon focused on Jesus as the "Bread of Life" and as much as the staple product of bread is necessary for our bodies, so to having a relationship with Jesus Christ was essential for our souls.

Durban, South Africa boasts the highest Indian population in a city outside of India.

The church in Durban is a small group of 70 disciples-and only 4 are in Indian. The Leaders in Durban are determined to win Indians (Moslems, Hindus and Christians) for Jesus. Such was the excitement and all the Glory to God when Prenny & Alison Naidu were baptised on the 9 Oct 2011 after studying the bible for 3 months. Prenny comes from a Hindu Religious background but found the bible so intriguing and inspiring he could not ignore its message.

Being around and involved with the energy and innocence of youth is very inspiring and even more so when you connect with the energy of young aspiring disciples. 

A plan put in place by Dave and Beth Pocta 18 months is in full swing and is bearing fruit.

Wanting Would you like to try something new and exciting for  your Family groups?  There is a brand new "Video Bible Discussion" DVD from M&N Studios and IPI Books that feature three very cool video Bible Talks.  

To preview one, click here... http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=E-OcYVcmswk

Go to the ICOC Hotnews website for more information and orders

DBA

The Joburg church hosted the first "Disciple bible Academy" in  Johannesburg, South Africa.

Disicples from all over South Africa and Southern Africa were part of  the 90 students who participated in the 2-day session. 

Both Dave Pocta and Michael Burns taught for 16 hours while the students did numerous practical assignments and reading. 

It changed the way we all look at the bible and will surely lead to a deeper reading and insight into the word of God.  The focus of the first class was learning to understand the proper meaning of bible texts in their original setting (exegesis) and then learning how to correctly apply the passages in our current situations and lives (Hermeneutics). 

Nancy

When God does a miracle, all who hear about it are inspired and their faith is strengthened.

Visit Nancy's Story on the ICOC Hotnews website to read about how Nancy, after enduring 20 years of persecution from her family saw her father converted and baptised right before he died and how this story inspired a change of heart in two sisters who helped convert their dying cousin.    

The singles ministry is booming and so many things are happening all over the world.  Find out about conferences, retreats and so much more.  Visit the dedicated Singles website to find out where the next singles celebration will be.

God has been blessing the Jo'burg church in amazing ways. Not only has it celebrated "25 years of changing lives" but the teen ministry has grown from 4 to 22 baptised teens in the last 15 months. The campus ministry has mushroomed from 20 to 60 baptised students in the last 18 months. Overall 92 souls have been saved in just the first half of the year.

Please continue praying that God shines his light on all the disciples here and that the gospel will be boldly proclaimed throughout this great city! Click below to see the video chronicling the last 25 years:

 

The Jo'burg church of Christ just celebrated it's 25th anniversary. Over 2000 people gathered at the church building for a time of celebration, thanksgiving, prayer, worship, video's, the appointment of our newest evangelist and of course food for everyone!

The Jo'burg church was begun by a multi-racial and courageous group of disciples who traveled from Boston, USA to the then apartheid governed country of South Africa to begin a church of true disciples who do not see colour, but see ALL people simply as children of God. From the very begnning the church was a light to the world. Blacks and whites worshipping together, eating together and bound together by the blood of Christ. Visitors would come to church for the first time and be blown away by what they saw, "this is the hope for this country" many would remark!

Dear Brothers and Sisters,

 The situation in Abidjan is rapidly becoming a humanitarian disaster as the country is on the brink of collapse. Sporadic skirmishes throughout the city are making more and more people flee the city while there are new dead bodies on the streets every morning.  

With no formal trading taking place it is getting harder and harder to meet basic needs.  There have also been reports of a cholera outbreak.  The UN have attempted to meet needs while maintaining peace. Donations received so far are but a drop in the ocean of what is required to meet all the growing needs.

This is it - a teen focussed event will be happening on the 12th of March 2011.  Enquiries can be directed to Karen at karen@joburgcoc.co.za.

Book early to avoid disappointment.

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