Apostolic Faith Mission in Botswana

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HISTORY OF AFM

  • The Apostolic Faith Mission (AFM) was started in 1908 by John G. Lake and Thomas Hezmalhalch and 25th May is considered to be the day of its inception.
  • The AFM is the first and largest Pentecostal church in South Africa with 1.4 million members and currently established in 29 countries of the world. “Pentecostal” means that it is a church who believes that the Spirit of God is given to believers to live dynamic and overcoming lives.
  • History shows that indigenous lay converts from Southern African countries who came to work in the mines and cities of South Africa, received the Gospel, returned to their home countries and planted AFM churches.

The Establishment of AFM in Botswana

 

  • The Apostolic Faith Mission in Botswana started in the late 1930’s when all roads from the neighboring countries led to South Africa in search of employment in mines, farms, kitchens and other economic avenues. The likes of Samson Makwati aka Rasuutana, Ramasilabele Pheto, Mokgele Dipate from Molepolole, Argent Curtin from Kanye are some of the people who ventured into South Africa and came back home having been touched by the Pentecostal life changing experience that was taking place there through the Apostolic Faith Mission.
  • Amid hard conditions prevalent in those days these men forged ahead in establishing the Apostolic Faith Mission in their villages. Argent Curtin was at the forefront of the establishment of the Kanye Apostolic Faith Mission and its subsidiaries whilst Makwati is credited with the establishment of the Church in Molepolole. Daniel Dube from the Rhodesian territory in the north is cited to have transformed an independent indigenous church into an AFM church! These men worked under the auspice of the then Overseer of the then Western Transvaal District of the Apostolic Faith Mission of South Africa Pastor Robert A Moffat assisted by Pastor Simon Modisane.
  • Pastor William Simon Scheffers who became the renowned leader of the AFM in Botswana is credited with regrouping and reviving the church which had up to the 1970’s succumbed to being a negligible group of people into vibrant church that is regarded today as a lifeline of what Christianity is in the Country.
  • Pastor William Simon Scheffers in 1975 hosted a crusade by Christ for All Nations of Reinhard Bonnke which saw Botswana turning to the Lord. From this Crusade Pastor William Scheffers mentored by Pastor Edgar Gschwend led the AFM Botswana to what it is now.

AFM INTERNATIONAL (AFMI)

  • From South Africa, the AFM grew into many countries on the African continent within the first 50 years. Today it has grown to Asia, Australia, Europe, North America and South America.
  • These international churches of the AFM are linked up through the AFM International to which member countries affiliate.
  • AFM International equips the leaders of the member-churches to establish spirit filled Pentecostal churches. The organisation promotes fellowship, networking and partnerships between member-churches enabling them to reach out to the unreached.
  • The Lord Jesus Christ said: “The harvest is plentiful, but the labourers are few, therefore ask the Lord of the harvest to send out labourers into His harvest (Matthew 9:37-38)”.
Vision
  • To exceptionally fulfil our God given missional mandate
Mission
  • We exist to impact earthly and yet heavenly bound destinies