South Africa (MNN) — This time in August, many people are preparing to go back to school, but John Pudaite from Bibles For The World is planning something a little more unusual; an evangelism festival in South Africa.
Bibles For The World is teaming up with the Luis Palau Association and Africa Enterprise for the upcoming November festival. Each organization has a different part to play in the success of this festival.
This isn’t the first time Bibles For The World has worked with the Luis Palau Association. Their partnership kicked off in 2014 with a festival in Burkina Faso. Since then, they’ve provided Scripture for several of their “various outreaches and festivals that they’ve been having, not only for large public events but coming alongside them as they work in the communities where they’re doing these festivals,” Pudaite says. “[That] includes outreaches to businesses and governments, civic leaders, women’s leaders of the community, as well as prison outreaches, schools, orphanages, things like that, and medical camps and clinics.”
For this event, they’re also partnering with Africa Enterprise, who already has established outreach efforts in Cape Town, South Africa. The Luis Palau Association is sending Andrew Palau, Luis Palau’s son, to speak at the events. Bibles For The World, meanwhile, wants to provide copies of the Gospel of John for every event intender.
That’s a tall order given Pudaite’s estimate that 30-50,000 people will attend each of the three Cape Town Events. Bibles For The World is aiming to provide between 100-150,000 copies of the Gospel of John, not to mention “New Testaments for the new believers and decision-makers at all of these events.”
It’s not just about providing Scripture; Bibles For The World wants to make sure festival-goers can read the Gospel message in their own languages. “We’ll be providing scriptures in Xhosa, as well as Afrikaans and also in English,” Pudaite says.
The project is not going to be easy. “Especially due to the extent and scope of this event that we’re partnering with these two great organizations on, we really need prayer support, and we really could use some financial support for this,” Pudaite says.
“This is going to be pretty spread out with a lot of logistics involved, in addition to the Scriptures being provided in three different languages, and so this is one we really are asking for God’s people to come alongside and provide his word to the people of Cape Town, South Africa in this month of November.”
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