The Africa Congress of Empowered 21 (a global congress on the Holy Spirit Empowerment in the 21st Century) took place at Johannesburg, South Africa from the 16th – 19th May, 2018. Among the seasoned spirit-filled speakers were the E21 Africa Co-chairs namely Apostle Prof. Opoku Onyinah and Rev. Dr Frank Chikane; Rev Michel Quedraogo (Francophone Africa Co-chair) as well as the global Co-chairs, Dr Billy Wilson and Dr George O. Wood.
One significant feature of this Africa Congress was the forum for the next Generation (NGYN). On the last day of the Congress, the younger generation had the platform to share and to be imparted by the older generations. Key speakers during this session included Apostle David Nyansah Hayfron and Pastor Thandanani Savhasa.
Ministering on the Theme for the Congress: ‘Living to Impact Generations through the Holy Spirit’, Apostle David Hayfron likened the incompatibility of two generations to two immiscible liquids (water and oil) and emphasized the need for the ministry of surfactants (surface active agents) from the older generations to enhance the smooth blend of the two generations in the church. He added that the younger and older generations have collective responsibilities to impact each other.
Apostle highlighted four ways Jesus employed to walk along with people as a model for the older generation to apply to impact the younger generation as follows: Jesus Deepened Relationship with people He met; Jesus was particularizing with individuals and their respective background; Jesus was Hospitable and cared for their needs; and Jesus was Patient with readiness to accommodate with the inefficiencies of people. He further encouraged Fathers to help nurture the huge Mission Field of young people to a Mission Force and re-echoed the call to the young, from all kinds of background and places, to offer themselves voluntarily in the ‘Days of His Power’. Apostle Hayfron further challenged the younger generation to harken to the clarion call to be listed as End Time Militia (Army) to take over the ‘market place’ with Kingdom ethics.
On her part, Pastor Thandanani Savhasa sharing under the Theme: “Have You Noticed” reminded the younger generation to get to the assignment by eschewing unbelief and stubbornness of heart (Mark 16:14-20). Describing the Community of Athens in Acts 17:16-32, she espoused the need for young people to pay attention to the needs directly around them as avenues for the truth inside them to be known. She concluded with the call to go out to Find a Need and the Purpose, just as the disciples went and preached everywhere (Mark 16:20).
One generation cannot meet this clarion goal alone. It therefore, behooves on the older and younger generation to respond positively for God’s end-time agenda to be fulfilled.
By: Eld. Dr. Omari Siaw & Eld. Makafui Nyamadi