Over time, Jesus Alive discovered that most of Africa’s unreached were not in the often over-evangelised cities, but in rural villages where few evangelists visit. In these villages, little support ever reaches the local churches. It was also evident that the effect an Outreach could have on a small, rural community is proportionally much greater than on a city of millions. Plans were made to change the ministry strategy from mass, city-wide Outreaches to rural village evangelism.
In 1979, Peter Pretorius, a successful South African tobacco farmer, and his wife Ann came to the Lord after witnessing Peter’s father’s dramatic healing. They began to share the Gospel immediately, wherever they could. By 1983, the ministry was founded and registered in South Africa and began Gospel Outreaches in rural town halls. In 1986, the Ministry was officially registered in the USA.
By 1987, Jesus Alive purchased a 5 000-seater tent and moved from place to place holding Gospel Outreaches throughout South Africa. By early 2017, the ministry grew to lead more than 11 million souls to the Lord in 21 African nations through mass, city-wide Outreaches. Churches were strengthened, lives changed and countless individuals were healed and delivered through the power of God.
In 2006, the transition from city Outreaches to rural Outreaches was made. Three evangelists, all trained by Jesus Alive were each supplied with an Outreach vehicle, equipment and a team of trainees. Under the oversight of Jesus Alive, these teams were sent into their own native countries of Kenya and Tanzania initially and then the DRC, to evangelise the rural villages.
By 2012, the Jesus Alive rural evangelism model had matured into an efficient, strong and powerful evangelistic force. In that year, 288 575 souls were led to Christ through village Outreach meetings and school evangelism in 40 villages.
The great need in rural Africa constantly challenges Jesus Alive to expand operations, and in 2010, partnering with Rhema Umtata Christian Church (RUCC) Ministries, operations were launched into the villages of South Africa. In each village reached, Jesus Alive prepares and trains church leaders, holds a week of powerful, daily village and school Outreach meetings.
Taking the Gospel to Africa has not been without its difficulties and hardships, but we ‘count it all joy’ as there is no greater gift than to see a life transformed through the love of God and the power of the Gospel.
In 1995, Jesus Alive launched the Church Development Programme, now known as the Christian Discipleship Programme (CDP) to help establish new believers in God’s Word. A total of 50 hours of powerful, life-transforming teaching by Peter Pretorius were recorded onto 17 DVDs, and translated and dubbed into more than 50 African languages. CDP became part of the Jesus Alive outreach strategy in which regional CDP centres were set up between participating churches. Church leaders were given 17 discs, a TV monitor, DVD player and generator. The weekly sessions have given new believers, pastors and churches the spiritual resources they need to continue in a life of victory and transformation through God’s Word.
WHY RURAL AFRICA?
Not everyone is equipped to reach the remote villages of Africa. We can.
Jesus Alive Gospel Outreach has taken the Gospel to the poor in Africa faithfully for the past 30 years. The Jesus Alive team travel from village to village, and are relentless in their mission to take the Gospel to the often forgotten people in the DRC, Kenya and Tanzania.