Lazarus, also known as the "Church under the Tree " originates from Luke 16:19-31 and is an expression of Acts 1:8. Prayer advances God's Kingdom while the Holy Spirit energizes and equips Gods' children to carry out the Great Commission. Acts teaches us that the church was adaptable enough for brand new circumstances. We are fishers of men and the food and clothes are the bait. The Holy Spirit send us to gullies, alleys, streets and door steps to carry God's message and testify about Jesus Christ. Lazarus further aims to see the homeless and destitute, churchless and church loose people free from spiritual, emotional, social and financial deprivation and involving the community to provide in their basic needs.
A handful of Christians started sharing the love of Jesus with the homeless and destitute on the streets, bush and more specifically Brackenfell station on Pentecost Saturday 2010. This mission was confirmed by Judy Van Bergen on whose heart the vision of a soup kitchen was imparted a year before. Only soup was served for the first time at Brackenfell station on 13 July 2010 where Lazarus (Dawid De Jager, 2 Feb 1980 - 31 Dec 2014) insisted that we bring the Word of God first, then prayer and only thereafter must food be served. He requested, amongst others, that a service and soup kitchen be held on Sundays at 12:00 am at Brackenfell station.
The soup kitchen has grown into a small congregation for many street dwellers, job seekers, needy and homeless in our community and is well known to locals as the "Church under the tree ". Attendance ranges from 30 to 150 people where we praise and worship our God with guitar, tambourine, clapping hands and song. Thereafter, anyone is welcome to share His Word and testimony and pray for each other. We quickly realized that we have a lot to learn about our own prejudices and that we are really blessed in our Lazarus relationships. More and more volunteers have become involved on a once off and/or continuous basis by making soup, bringing clothes or even passing sandwiches across the fence.
The "Church under the Tree " has given birth to a weekly discipleship group on Monday's at 18:00 pm for deeper study in God's Word and fellowship. We praise God for the Soar Congregation who has offered their premises behind Mac Donald's, Brackenfell, for this purpose. The JiA discipleship group has continued for the last two and a half years and is open to anyone. Attendance ranges from 3 to 12 from time to time.
Fruits from Lazarus and the discipleship group include our very own JiA DRC missionaries, Joseph and Sylvie, returning to their land of birth, the Democratic Republic of Congo. Gerome Witbooi is a living testimony of how Jesus Christ delivers through a dream, from street living and the Gang Number's hierarchy and often fatal exit rules. Julius Elembi testifies of being freed from decades of alcohol abuse after his attendance through Lazarus of the Mighty Men Conference at Elohim Paarl saying: "I am the product of the soup kitchen". Wallacedene Kidz ministry was also born where kidz are served on Sundays with the Word and a meal. We praise God for all our answered prayers and give all glory to Him.
We are always in need of volunteers. Contact us to find out more or offer your services and special gifts as part of the body of Christ. Sow a seed on a once off basis or by debit order of R50 per month for a 10 litre pot of soup (40 meals) or make the soup yourself and deliver.
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Lazarus Ministries, First National Bank, Willowbridge Branch Code: 250 655, Cheque Account: 6267 1782 756