“This is the best day of my life,”
“This is the best day of my life,” said Onesimo. “Although my family was not here, I am filled with joy because I have given my life to Christ and I know He lives in me.”
Onesimo Mdleleni is one of the students from University of the Free State (UFS) who was recently baptized in response to “The Revelation of Jesus Christ” evangelistic series conducted by Simdumise Poswa on September 6–19, 2015.
“When I heard of the series, I knew I would experience revival,” continued Onesimo, “yet I decided that I would not be baptized, because I wanted to first get my mother’s consent. This I doubted she would give.”
Even so, something caused Onesimo to go against this decision she had made before the series even started.
“I saw Jesus in a whole new light,” explained Onesimo. “Before, Jesus was just this man who came and died for my sins. Now Jesus is my Savior, my Friend, and my everything.”
But what compelled Onesimo to go against the wishes of her family? What led her to decide for Jesus against all odds?
“I saw that Jesus died for me while I was yet a sinner,” she said, her face lighting up with holy joy. “He did not say, ‘I will wait until she chooses Me and changes, and then I will die.’ Instead, He died for me without conditions. Why then should I give conditions before following Him? Matthew 10 gave me comfort, and I know that Jesus is with me no matter what my family does.”
Onesimo is one of 14 young people who made a commitment to Jesus through baptism. Seven more decided to prepare for the next baptism. The evangelistic meetings were well attended with an average of more than 100 per night. More than 40 of these were visitors. The local pastor, Khaya Myeza, also strongly supported the Purelight students and Brother Poswa. Even though he pastors five churches, four companies, and three branches, and was doing a week of prayer on the first week, he came almost every night. Many lives were changed in a short space of time.
“Thank you, Pastor, for visiting us,” said Lerato. “Before attending the meetings, I made a decision that would have destroyed my life forever. On that first night God used you to talk to me, and I changed that decision.”
Lerato had been a Pentecostal. Through her sister inviting her to the meetings, she accepted present truth and took her stand for Christ.
“My heart is at peace now,” she rejoiced. “I had been told my twins would never go to heaven because I had them out of wedlock. Now I am happy because God will not punish them for my sins. Praise God for His forgiveness.”
We praise God for the lives that have been changed—from Avumile, who said she learned that Jesus is the only One who will never change towards her, to Tsepiso, who glimpsed Jesus in Revelation for the first time and wants to live for Him. The most sobering, though, is that of Tsoanelo, who died just over a month after the meetings. He had rededicated his life to the Lord, and afterward God allowed him to sleep in Jesus. Life is uncertain, so we praise the Lord for giving Tsoanelo the chance to prepare to meet Jesus.
“One thing I love about your school is that it is mission-focused,” said Pastor Myeza. “I will do my best to make sure that doors open for you in the Trans-Orange Conference.”
Indeed, Pastor Myeza has started doing that. He introduced Brother Poswa to the campus ministries director, Pastor Qwati, who attended one of the meetings. He also organized for Pastor Kunene, the secretary of the Southern African Union, to conduct the baptism. Mrs. Kunene, his wife, who is the women’s ministries director, was so impressed with the messages that she is planning to invite Purelight Missions to do training for the Union. God is enlarging our borders and we praise Him for that.
In August God helped us start PureHealth Lifestyle Education Center. Towards the end of that month we had a trial session where we had five guests with diabetes, high blood pressure, stroke, hemorrhoids, and drug addiction. The first session went well, and we received very positive feedback from our guests.
“I do not want to leave this place,” said Mrs. Khumalo,* who had suffered two strokes before coming to the center. “Now I am able to walk and use my hands. I will definitely talk to my son about coming back for your next session.”
Mrs. Khumalo could barely walk a few paces when she arrived at the center. Her hands were so stiff that she could not hold onto anything. We praise the Lord because by the end of the session she could walk a few feet with the student worker and her grip was much better. When asked about her experience at PureHealth, she said, “I praise God for this place. I will tell all my church members to come to PureHealth so that they can get their lives back like I have.” Praise the Lord!
We want to train more young people to do this work. Our students are preparing for their internship time when they will help in mission projects. They will help train churches in simple witnessing, medical missionary evangelism, and public evangelism. They will be spread out in four different locations during their break time to use the things they have learned to lead others to Christ. We are preparing to take in more students next year. In order to do this, we need to increase our capacity at the farm. Erecting buildings to house students and conduct classes is top priority for us. The basic buildings needed for this purpose will cost about $40,000.
We trust that God will provide for all our needs. Will you partner with Him as He seeks to move this work forward? How can you lend a hand in finishing this work?