Video Resource Material from CRF Media
04 Aug 2011
The videos on the
DVD provide a variety of information concerning the people, their
environment, and their culture as well as how you can become involved in
reaching the peoples of
Southeastern Africa for Christ. A brief summary
of each of the chapters is provided below.
The Southeastern Africa Cluster is
passionately working with God in planting churches and encouraging the
start of church planting movements to bring real freedom to Southeastern
A Deaf People Group
Supplement with subtitles is also available which includes special
chapter on the deaf ministry. Chapters marked with
are included in this special edition.
Africa: A People Still Waiting
Filmed Ocotober 2003 and April 2005
A People Still Waiting -- Waiting for a taxi, waiting for a
job, waiting for the monthly pension check, waiting for a better
life, waiting for the ancestors to answer, waiting to die of AIDS.
South Africa won its freedom from Colonial Britain in 1960
and from the repressive Apartheid government in 1994. Now
they are enslaved to fear, poverty, corruption, and false
religions - so they are “A People Still Waiting” for their
Most claim to be Christians but only a tiny portion have
the real freedom that comes from knowing Jesus. The peoples
of Lesotho and Swaziland are even more enslaved than those in
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In a Cloud of Uncertainty
DPG The southwestern side
of Johannesburg is generally known as Soweto, short for
Southwest Townships. This is a huge district of heavy industry,
small shops and people that stretches as far as the eye can see.
It sprawls over an area of 50
square miles and encompasses a population of 4 million souls.
Yet, the high-rise buildings of Johannesburg are only a few miles
away. They seem to be of another country, of another continent.
Johannesburg, South Africa
5:45 A family lives at this
address. We know because the yard is clean. In Johannesburg,
there are millions of homes similar to this but often in more
crowded places; places without water, sewage and refuse removal;
places rife with drugs and crime; places where the police fear to
Building a Church That Never Sleeps
6:36 My vision is to
start a church, which would never sleep. What do I mean is
because the internationals - most of them are people who do not
have a permanent accommodation so, therefore, they need to be
somewhere they can just seek God - the face of God. The
international community living in Tshwane, the capital of South
Africa, has many challenges and opportunities. Over 100 embassies
and high commissions have been established representing countries
from all the continents.
and Joseph: Lights in a Dark Land
9:28 Daniel and Joseph are
shining lights in a land of darkness - a land in which few know
Jesus Christ as a friend and as their savior. In this land, there
are many who profess to be Christians. They call themselves
Apostolic or Zionist. Badges and emblems worn as protection
against evil spirits can identify some. Their lifestyle and their
spiritual allegiances are rooted in cultural traditions and
This chapter is
included only in the DPG supplement.
The People with Invisible Barriers
DPG Walls that protect the lives and
property of residents in Southern Africa are common. These
barriers, … easily seen but difficult to cross, … are accepted as
a way of life. But, there is a different kind of barrier that is
only apparent to some. It is the barrier that surrounds the Deaf
person. It is a barrier that is ever-present but serves no
tangible purpose. Rather than a wall of brick and mortar, it is a
barrier of communication.
The barrier frequently confines the Deaf to a lifetime of
isolation, … to a feeling that life has little meaning. Society
and family members often see deafness as a curse or punishment by
the spirits or the gods. Few, if any, of the family and friends
learn to communicate through sign language. Deaf people grow up
with little intimate communication and often feel at a loss when
interacting with others
Place of Hope
12:13 About 80% of the Zulu claim
to be Christians. They have adapted their pagan worship system to
include some Christian beliefs. It is imperative to reach the
Zulu with the true Word of God to correct all the false teaching
that abounds. With the end of Apartheid in 1994, the Zulu have
begun to experience many new freedoms. They have a new hope.
Pray that their eyes might now be opened to seek and find the
freedom that they can find in Christ; their only true hope.
Dreaming for the New Life
Children in a settlement near the city of
Margate play out their dreams with their makeshift toys. They too
make dreams in the sand. But, for them, the paths to their future
are littered with poverty, ancestor worship, racial, and cultural
barriers, and the HIV/AIDS pandemic. For Zulu children, home may
only have one parent and sometimes none. For many children, both
of their parents have already died of AIDS. The children depend
upon their granny, other family members, or an orphanage for a
place to call home.
Word is Truth
DPG Religious beliefs and
illusions are often mixed with some truth. These worshippers
claim to be Christians. Many wear crosses on their uniforms.
These Zionists have mixed some Christian beliefs with their
African traditional religion. They continue their belief in the
spirit world, worshipping their ancestors and trusting in the
sangomas, the traditional healers. The
people in Durban and Pietermaritzburg need to know that THY WORD
Finding a Believer in Mpumalanga Province
10:04 Believers in Jesus
Christ should be everywhere in the Mpumalanga Province of South
Africa. A recent government survey revealed that - of its 3.1
million people - over 2.2 million believe they are
Christians. There are many different and complex beliefs and
rituals among the Zionists. They have a very limited knowledge of
the scripture and are, in reality, followers of their leader.
Telling these people about Jesus - when they truly believe they
are already Christians - is met with skepticism.
DPG This is the introduction chapter for a
separate DVD of the Basotho in Lesotho. The Basotho of
Southern Africa - “Ke Bona Leseli”, “I have seen the light!”
was published in 2004 by CRF Media.
The Basotho of southern Africa number 5.5
million - 3 million living in the Free State Province of South
Africa and another 2.5 million in the mountain Kingdom of
Lesotho. Today, the Basotho are divided into three distinct
groups. The Basotho of the Free State Province of South Africa,
the Basotho of the Lesotho lowlands, and the Basotho of the Maluti
Mountains. But, although geography and slight differences in
their Sesotho language may separate them, they all find themselves
linked together through a common heritage and culture.
Freedom for Bethlehem
8:29 The Basotho of the Free State. The Basotho maintain a deep
animistic tradition, which ties them to the land and to the past.
Their traditional healers, sangomas, serve as a medium between the
people, the spirit world, and the ancestors. The sangomas can be identified by their wrist or ankle
bracelets, necklaces and often, as part of their uniform, a
cross. Fear is the common denominator and force behind their
belief system. The cumulative knowledge of the environment and
the spirits make the sangoma a formidable force.
Walking the Roads of the Past
Leaving South Africa and driving through a hand-operated gate is
like traveling back in time. The small sign at the border
crossing confirms what one can feel - this is Swaziland! Today,
with one million people, it remains one of the few absolute
monarchies in the world. It is a land of beauty, a land of
traditions, a land of wealth, a land of poverty. But, it is also
a land where 40% of its people are infected with HIV/AIDS.
One-third of the population, 300,000 people, will probably die of
this disease within the next ten years.
Came to My Hut
“I was lost. Beating the drums. I didn’t know who God was.
GOD CAME TO MY HUT!. His Word was preached and I accept
Him as my personal savior.” Mr. Ephriam Mkhaliphi and some of
his extended family live in a group of huts called a homestead.
Today, there is a church at Ntuthwakazi homestead and Mr. Ephriam
Mkhaliphi is the pastor. The drums do not beat in this
homestead. God is in these huts.
Peace Ladies - Leading the Way
3:48 The ladies from Peace Baptist
Church continue to reach out in taking the leadership in learning
about God’s Word through regular Bible studies. The preschool
they have started meets in the same sheet-iron building that is
used for their Bible studies and Peace
Baptist Church. Pray that their dedication to God will
Opening the Gates
Nkosingiphile helps us in understanding the culture and the people
living in the rural areas of Swaziland. Opening the gates was
very important to us as we tried to better understand the Swazi
people. By the time we arrived it was dark and the Thunzini
Baptist Church worship service had begun. Our friend is the
pastor here and taught from God’s Word. Some followed along in
their Bibles illuminated only by a candle. As the worship
continued, all the gates were now open. We were with our brothers
and sisters in Christ.
More Than a Soapstone
3:09 Robert has been carving
soapstone for many years. Just behind the craft market where his
workshop is located is a small preschool - an ideal place for a
neighborhood Bible study. Steve, with Maria his translator, began
chronological Bible storying; starting from Genesis and eventually
going through the whole Bible, week-by-week. Will you pray for
Robert as he seeks God’s will to be more than a soapstone carver?
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The on-site video
material was photographed in October 2003 and in April 2005. The
information for the scripts has been obtained from on-site
missionaries, personal interviews, and observations as well as
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