Physical And Spiritual Combat In Africa

“Put on the whole armor of God, that you may be able to stand against the schemes of the devil.” Ephesians 6:11

Please find a link to my lecture at The Future of Christendom Conference hosted by The Mid Atlantic Reformation Society in PA.

My ministry co-worker Ron Kronz, praying with me in the photograph, gives vital testimony after the lecture. Don’t miss it!

Charl van Wyk

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US Speaking Engagements – The Future Of Christendom Conference

Worldwide, it’s not uncommon to hear filthy language spewed from the tongues of those with utmost contempt toward the Biblical worldview, especially when that worldview is espoused by Christians.

In Africa, my native continent, the hatred towards Christians is expressed not only by the tongue, but also often the gun—in individual violence and outright warfare. Spiritual warfare—including demonic attacks—are frequent.

As a witness—and survivor—of attacks in both the natural and supernatural, I can attest to the impact of both. As I prepare to visit the United States for speaking engagements, I’m sure my testimony will challenge many—particularly those comforted by the “scientific consensus” that such incidents exist only in the imaginations of primitive peoples.

Physical attacks

On July 25, 1993, terrorists stormed the sanctuary where I was worshiping during a Sunday evening service. They opened fire with automatic rifles and lobbed hand grenades—which they had affixed with nails—into the crowd of 1,000.

As detailed in my book, Shooting Back, I was armed with a snub-nosed .38 special revolver. By God’s grace, I managed to return fire, hitting one attacker and making them flee.

My pastor friends in the Democratic Republic of Congo recount rebel soldiers entering a church. The rebels blamed the church members for turning the tide of the war against them through prayer. Church members were warned that, if they continued to pray, the rebels would return to bury their pastor alive.

The Congolese Christians quickly determined that a church that isn’t praying, isn’t the Church.

The rebels kept their word. The pastor was buried alive, leaving behind his wife and three young children.

Already disarmed by the government’s gun-free zones, the pastor and congregation had no firearms with which to defend themselves.

Spiritual attacks

Fortunately, during spiritual attacks, Christians have weapons more powerful than firearms with which to respond.

After a Sunday morning worship service at the Come and See Church in Lubumbashi, Congo, my colleague, Ron, and I were asked to pray for the church secretary who had been sick for months. We laid hands on our ill Christian sister and started to pray. Suddenly, her back arched and formed a hunchback. She screeched and fell to the floor with the force of a drop from a dizzying height, her head barely missing a coffee table.

Ron and I scampered over the fallen chair to keep our hands on her as we prayed in the Name Above All Names, Jesus Christ. We asked for the Lord to sovereignly intervene and cast out all demonic forces.

It ended just as quickly as it started. The woman lay dead still on the floor. Our pastor friends watched wide-eyed. She then calmly stood up, with a peaceful look on her face, thanked us in French, and left as if nothing had happened.

Months later we learned our new friend was healthy and strong with no signs of illness.

“Therefore submit to God. Resist the devil and he will flee from you.” James 4:7

U.S. speaking engagements

A firearm can defend you in a physical attack. The victorious Name of Jesus can protect you in both the physical and spiritual realms. Christians everywhere need to know how to use both effectively.

“…be strong in the Lord and in the power of His might. Put on the whole armor of God, that you may be able to stand against the wiles of the devil.” Ephesians 6:10-11

Spiritual attacks, the right weapons of defense and the future of Christendom are the topics I’ll address on my summer visit to the United States. Speaking dates include:

10 a.m. June 25: Reedy River Presbyterian Church in America, 46 Main Street, Conestee, S.C.

10:30 a.m. July 2: Christ the King Church, 1380 N College Rd, Wilmington, N.C.

3:30 p.m. July 8:  Mid-Atlantic Reformation Society’s “The Future of Christendom” conference (July 7-9) at Crowne Plaza Hotel, Reading, PA. Visit  for the full schedule.

Charl van Wyk

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They bore each other’s burdens

“I can do all things through Him who strengthens me.” Philippians 4:13

Three Peaks Challenge

The Soldiers for Christ asked if I would support them hiking up and down Cape Town’s three peaks. I chuckled and half-heartedly agreed—especially since I was to be their driver!

They wanted to ascend Devil’s Peak, Table Mountain and Lion’s Head—starting from and returning each time to the vehicle parked on the road that runs alongside the mountains.

I couldn’t believe it when they brought their own funds—$3.75 each—agreeing to buy food. (Although we emphasize generosity and personal responsibility, such values are rarely practiced in much of Africa.) Next, these young men organized borrowing a vehicle—courtesy of a kind Christian farmer— that could seat all 12 of them.

I immediately became the energy-food buyer, driver and braai (barbeque) host to the 12.

We started out at 6 a.m. and drove very slowly, due to extremely thick fog (which thankfully lifted later).

Their anticipation was palpable. Their noisy excitement practically unbearable. So much so, in fact, that I pitied any nature lovers hoping to enjoy the tranquility of the mountains that still morning.

Ten of the 12 young men completed their Three Peaks Challenge by 2 p.m. and two of them completed two peaks.

Their exhaustion was evident. The braai at my home—where we enjoyed boerewors (sausage) rolls—was not nearly as chaotic as usual.

Here is how one of the boys thanked me:

“Uncle I want say thank you for being with us in long process of climbing mountains. It was so NYC 2me bcz It was the first time of climb mountain. And I thank God for give us a parent like you, who treat us as their biological children. Uncle I don’t now what I can cei 2 u, thank you uncle. I hope God can bless you n give mor power 2be with us. We love u as u love us thank you ancle”

Despite growing up in fatherless homes—with no running water or electricity in their metal shacks and deeply rooted backgrounds of brutal violence, gangsterism and ancestral worship—they helped each other along the climb. They bore each other’s burdens and pains to complete their goal. I was so proud of them!

These young men were not just climbing mountains—they were growing in their walk with Christ.

Previously, helping each other through pain and suffering was a foreign concept for these boys. I’ve seen how they used to laugh and mock those who got injured or suffered some calamity. Their former belief of African Traditional Religion taught that pain and suffering came about due to curses from the ancestral spirit world and that large fees and heinous sacrifices had to be paid for a greater spirit to annul those curses.

Of course, the real curse is the original curse of sin and death. Praise God, the greatest of all—Jesus Christ—paid the price to redeem those who confess and believe in Him!

Fellow Christian—these young men now count themselves among the saved. Jesus Christ now reigns in their lives. They are overcomers and it shows in their actions—they are now men of the Christian faith!

And now they live in victory over all curses and even death.

“For everyone who has been born of God overcomes the world. And this is the victory that has overcome the world—our faith.” 1 John 5:4

US Ministry visit

Jason and I are looking forward to our ministry visit and fellowship with partners and friends in the United States. Our public meetings, to which all are welcome, are as follows:

Sunday 25 June
Reedy River Presbyterian Church in America, 46 Main Street, Conestee, S.C., 10 a.m. Sunday School and 11 a.m. Worship Service

Sunday 2 July
Christ the King Church, 1380 N College Rd, Wilmington, N.C., 10:30 a.m. Worship Service

Friday 7 – Sunday 9 July
Future of Christendom Conference –
Crowne Plaza Hotel, 1741 Papermill Rd, Reading, Pennsylvania

Looking forward to seeing you soon.

Charl van Wyk

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Commands, not suggestions

“Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation. The old has passed away; behold, the new has come.” 2 Corinthians 5:17

Commands, not suggestions

We are commanded in Scripture to be the “salt and light” (Matt 5:13-16). We are told that “faith without works is dead” (James 2:14-26).

We are called to “preach the Gospel” (Mark 16:15) and “disciple the nations” (Matt 28:16-20).

We are not to “close our hearts to a brother in need.” (John 3:17-18)

And the prickly command—that makes us quite uncomfortable— is that we be “exposing the fruitless deeds of darkness” (Eph. 5:11). This might attract negative attention to ourselves, possibly invite slander and likely bring inconvenience—or even persecution—to our comfortable lives.

The bottom-line is that these are commands, not suggestions.

Putting them into action

Missionary work is not a life of ease. There aren’t too many Marriott Hotels (or hotels of any kind) in the jungle. The food can be ghastly and brutal on our Western stomachs. There is also an acutely bitter history—a legacy of long-fostered resentments handed down among the generations—that we often encounter as visitors in this environment.

A common one: “Missionaries arrived in Africa with Bibles for us; but when we looked again, we had the Bibles and they had stolen our land!!”

It is impossible to present you with the full magnitude of lies, deceit and culturally deviant and grossly sinful behaviour missionaries’ face in Africa.

I’ve mentioned this before. The lack of empathy, terrible cruelty, compulsive jealousy, deep hatred, inability to organize anything but destruction, pathetic—sometimes non-existent—work ethic, rampant dishonesty, exploitative opportunism, complete unreliability and a superstitious religion that often surpasses the insane, is all quite unbearable for many.

Friends have asked me how they can encourage new missionaries who want to leave the mission field after just two months. They are aghast at the chaos, theft and hatred they must endure and that occurs between fellow Africans to each other.

The Gospel of Jesus Christ changes all this! The Gospel, when applied to every area of life, makes for empathy, consideration, love, restoration, great work ethics, honesty, reliability and sobriety; not only for one person, it effects, families, businesses, churches and civil government.

So to those who have been pouring out heart, guts, love and funds into this sorry mess called missions – we cannot thank you enough for operating from the very Spirit we are sharing with those in darkness—the Holy Spirit found only through redemption in Christ Jesus!

The projects we are involved with bring the Gospel to the people of Africa and create amazing discipleship opportunities.

This is what we do:

Chicken farming – we’ve successfully launched three such projects in Zimbabwe.

Maize milling – we’ve launched one such project in Zimbabwe and support another in Zambia

Discipleship camps for young men – in South Africa and Zimbabwe

Early childhood development centers – Lord willing, our Stone Hill project building will soon be ready in South Africa; and we have a wooden and plastic walled (yes, you did not mis-read) structure for our pre-schoolers in Lubumbashi, Congo

Rural church building – with Pastor William in Zambia

Bibles and bikes – these bicycles serve as much more than a means of exercise; they enhance the Christian workers’ ministry. Africa needs 100 million Bibles at present!

Stone Hill ministry in South Africa – Our ministry now includes Sunday evening Gospel services, Bible studies, Soldiers for Christ, Dream Girls, a soup kitchen, food-and-clothing distribution, shack maintenance and building, sport ministry, youth camps, outreaches such as Life Chain and Women’s Day in shopping malls; and last December, a Gospel crusade.

Thank you for praying for us and also for funding these amazing projects, which not only bring physical life to our people, but also spiritual life – life in abundance.

“The thief comes only to steal and kill and destroy. I came that they may have life and have it abundantly.” John 10:10

Charl van Wyk

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Christianity Unites Ethnic Groups In South Africa

South African society is complicated and yes, there are many crises in South Africa.

Our Gospel preaching has been superficial and easy believism, with an emphasis on financial benefit for converts, has permeated the church.

At present I believe the Lord is working in a mighty way as Christians, faced with possible economic and political disaster on a large scale, are rethinking the application of God’s Word, and the Lordship of Jesus Christ, to all areas of life.

Below is an article by in which I was interviewed concerning some of our challenges.

There’s a crisis in South Africa.

White South Africans, especially the Afrikaners, face perhaps the greatest threat to their existence in centuries on the continent after South African president Jacob Zuma recently came out in support of confiscating white-owned property without compensation.

There are well-founded fears of “genocide” against white South Africans amid reports of surging crime, especially against farmers. And white South Africans face even more race-based laws and regulations than existed under apartheid, driving minority white South Africans out of the economy and forcing many into squalid squatter camps.

Christian missionary Charl van Wyk saw the hate directed against the Christian Afrikaners with his own eyes in 1993 when terrorists burst into St. James Church and killed 11 people. Van Wyk opened fire with his own sidearm, startling the terrorists who expected nothing but unarmed victims, and causing them to flee.

He recounted his experiences in “Shooting Back: The Right and Duty of Self-Defense.”

Now, he is calling for a spiritual awakening among his people, the Afrikaners.

“It was not language or country of origin which primarily dominated Afrikaner identity – for there were Dutch, German and French speakers,” van Wyk said of the Afrikaners. “Nor was it his geographical position, as they were living across the Cape, Orange Free State, the Transvaal Republic and the Republic of Natalia. The Christian faith is what distinguished the Boer. The further the Afrikaner has moved away from his love and relationship with his God of the Bible and focused on land, language and skin color, the more his Christian identity has been eroded. The most important historical attribute of the Boer (Afrikaner) was the fact that he was Christian!”

One of the most important milestones in the history of the Afrikaner people was the Battle of Blood River, a struggle between a few hundred “Voortrekkers,” or pioneers, and between 15,000 to 21,000 Zulus in 1838. Before the battle, the Afrikaners took a vow to God to build a church if He would give them victory. The Voortrekkers won the day and the “Day of the Vow” became a central element of Afrikaner nationalism.

Van Wyk believes it is Christianity that defines his people and holds out the prospect of uniting the varying ethnic groups in South Africa.

“The fight in South Africa is mostly now a war of worldviews,” he said. “Christian Boers and their Christian tribal brothers and sisters have more in common, and are doing much to put an end to the racial hatred and animosity used by politicians to further their race-based political agenda.”

Terrorists burst into a house of worship. The lives of your family and friends are at stake. What will you do? How will you react? Will you have the courage to shoot back? A survivor of one of the worst terrorist attacks in history shares his incredible story in “Shooting Back,” now available in the WND Superstore.

However, he acknowledges South Africa is moving in the wrong direction, with increasingly socialist policies and a government that seems unable or unwilling to confront violent crime.

“Economically, South Africa can end up like Zimbabwe as long as its leaders pursue their communist economic philosophy, which is crippling us,” he told WND. “Bloomberg’s Misery Index, which combines countries’ 2017 inflation and unemployment outlooks, has South Africa at No. 2.

“There is hope politically as we’ve seen in the last elections when voters ousted the communist-inspired ruling party from several metropolitan cities. Yet, on the other end of the scale recent statistics show that one farm attack happens every day in South Africa. Farmers say they’re under siege, yet the government ignores their plight. Crime is out of control and a threat to South Africans of all ethnic groups.”

The security crisis is exacerbated by the strict gun control imposed on the country by the African National Congress’ government and the breakup of the collective self-defense organizations, the commandos, which once guarded farmers.

“Many South Africans are still armed, although the government has worked hard, and is relentless, in trying to disarm law-abiding citizens,” said van Wyk. “It is difficult for a wicked government to wipe out tens of thousands of citizens opposing them, when those citizens are armed and prepared to defend themselves.”

Van Wyk points to the nightmare scenario in Zimbabwe, where whites were ethnically cleansed and famine gripped the entire country, as the possible consequence of a successful disarmament policy by the South African government. However, he does not believe the South African government is capable of such an action.

“Zimbabweans were disarmed by the Mugabe regime,” van Wyk observed. “A Zimbabwe-like operation like the Gukurahundi killings carried out by Mugabe’s Fifth Brigade between 1983 and 1987 and which killed tens of thousands of people, is unlikely with an armed populace in South Africa.”

Still, the high crime and racial hatred directed against the Afrikaners raise the question of whether they still have a place in the country they largely created. Some have suggested a separate homeland for the Afrikaners. An all-Afrikaner town known as Orania, which has just over 1,000 people, exists in the Northern Cape. And Josh Gelernter at National Review suggested white South Africans could set up a “Singapore-style city-state” to ensure their physical safety.

Van Wyk is skeptical of such plans on practical grounds.

“Europe’s post-colonial borders left many Africans gathered into countries that don’t represent their cultural heritage, and this still troubles us today,” he said. “It is a challenge if our Afrikaners, Asians, Coloureds, Zulus, Xhosas, Basothos, Bapedis, Vendas, Tswanas, Tsongas, Swazis and Ndebeles all desire their own homelands. If it is functionally possible for each ethnic group to acquire their own homeland, the actual practice of division would be difficult. This is not just a South African challenge – the continent of Africa’s ethnic groups are many, and they don’t tend to fall along the cleanest possible geographic lines.”

However, van Wyk believes the Afrikaners do have a right to preserve their own identity and culture, especially as times grow worse for this Christian people.

“There is nothing wrong with South Africans loving their nation, their ethnic group,” he told WND. “There is nothing wrong with defending their particular culture, identifying those who are trying to destroy it, and building their ethnic identity.”


Please join us as we pray and work to: “make disciples … teaching them to obey everything I have commanded you” (Matthew 28:19-20).

This article was first published on 03/19/2017 by wnd at:

Charl van Wyk

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100% returns on your Kingdom investment

“See that you do not despise one of these little ones. For I tell you that in heaven their angels always see the face of my Father who is in heaven.” Matthew 18:10


God is good! (But as a faithful follower of the Lord, you knew that already, didn’t you?)

One of our faithful ministry partners has offered us a massive Kingdom blessing.  Every U.S. dollar we raise for our Early Childhood Development Centre in Stone Hill, he will match!!

This opportunity stands for the next six weeks – until end of March 2017.

Through your partnership we stand to double our funds designated for this worthy ministry – 100% immediate returns. Isn’t that amazing?


The Lord has multiplied our work in the most amazing ways. We’ve just run a boy’s Discipleship Camp. Our guest speakers were two former gangsters both saved by the Grace of God while incarcerated.

The Lord used them in a mighty way with the young campers. Seeing young men, from an informal settlement, bend their knees to King Jesus, is a miracle to behold.

Here is a quick reminder of how we’d like to expand our Christian influence in the settlement:

We’d like to build a Gospel-centred Early Childhood Development Center (ECDC). This will entail having two shipping containers welded together to create a safe classroom for pre-schoolers.

At present, while mothers work, toddlers are housed all day in a nearby shack with a small outside play area. Mothers work as domestics or as laborers on farms to put food on the table after their partners have left them.


As clean as the two adults try and keep this shack with 34 toddlers, the fact remains that it is an insecure, unsafe and an unhealthy environment.

We’d love for you to partner with us to further increase our Gospel influence in Stone Hill by converting two more shipping containers into a large classroom for an ECDC. This would legally allow a secure, safe and healthy environment for 40 toddlers.

Our present containers have worked very well.

Our prayer is to raise $19,000 to purchase the containers as well as cutting and welding them together, fitting them with fire-safety insulation, creating an emergency/fire escape, fire extinguishers and adding windows for natural lighting and ventilation. Sanitary facilities must be provided as well.

From a regulatory standpoint, we must also demonstrate that condensation will not form on the inside of the containers.

An additional $3,000 goal will help us kit out the facility with desks, chairs and a kitchenette (which can run off our generator), Christian educational materials, fencing for protection, small veggie garden for healthy foods, climbing frames, etc.

Our total goal: $22,000.00

We are humbled and blessed by the past support from our ministry partners. We thank the LORD for His blessing us through YOU!

Please consider supporting this work through ITMI (480) 968 4100, to reach vulnerable children with the Gospel. Please remember to designate your financial support “ECDC.”

Charl van Wyk

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The ‘Great Trek’

Our friend Kim, Founder of, asked if we could do a short history video for their students on the ‘Great Trek’.

This is what we produced!

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