HISTORY OF CHRIST LIFE CONFERENCES IN SOUTHERN AFRICA

 

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Compiled March 2009 by Owen Hughes

Contributions from Denise Hayes, Robbie Litzman & Ruth Nortje:

It was in the late 1980’s that Avis Haylock obtained the book “Jesus Lost in the Church,” written by Warren Litzman. Avis lent the book to Ruth and to others. From the book Ruth got the contact number of the Christ Life Fellowship, Dallas, Texas, and got in touch with the Litzmans. In so doing, Ruth realised she had previously met Warren at a Bible College in the USA where she had been a secretary in her earlier years. In response, Warren sent tapes and books at his own expense to Ruth, and since we were just a handful of folk we passed them from one to another. Warren and Robbie continued to send more tapes, books and videos. And so Ruth’s mailing list grew as the message spread.

Ruth frequently asked the Litzmans to consider a trip to Africa, but Warren said he had no leading to do so. Then in 1993 he contacted Ruth to say they were thinking of coming the following year. They came out in June 1994 and commenced with a meeting in Cape Town, then at Ruth’s home in Somerset West, followed by a 3 day meeting at Denise and Trevor Hayes’ home in Port Elizabeth. Then on to Virginia (Willie & Marie Pansegrouw), and then to a hotel at the Jan Smuts airport (now called Oliver Tambo airport). And finally to John & Cicely Lenton’s home in Harare, Zimbabwe.

In 1995 Warren & Robbie returned to Africa with Don Byrd , Frank and Gloria Stigall, Ruth Duhn and Mary Kady. This was the first Camp Meeting in Africa! It took place over an Easter weekend at the Resthaven resort, Harare, Zimbabwe.

October 1995 Warren & Robbie returned and did a 3 day Camp meeting at the Montague resort, Cape Town, and a 1 day Camp meeting at Bellville.

In 1996 they returned at Easter time for a meeting at Harare. In October they came to the Carmel facility in George.

In 1997 Warren & Robbie received a call from the Lentons to say they had forgotten to book the Resthaven resort, Harare, for the Easter camp meeting. With the Harare meeting cancelled we asked Warren and Robbie if they would still come to South Africa but divert their meeting from Harare to Port Elizabeth, since his airfare tickets had already been booked. Warren wondered if anyone would attend a meeting so close to the October Camp meeting. He asked me how many folk I thought would attend again within 6 months, I said I could guarantee ten folk!.…..He said quietly, “I will come back for 10!”Hence the 1997 Camp meeting was at Willows resort in Port Elizabeth. Roger Bodary accompanied Warren & Robbie for that meeting.

Who will forget one of the worst storms PE had experienced for years? High winds and rain hit us at night and damaged the roof at the Willows.

DATES OF CLF MEETINGS IN SOUTHERN AFRICA, VENUES & SUBJECTS:

  1. 1994 June: Warren & Robbie to Cape Town, Port Elizabeth, Virginia, JHB, Harare.

  2. 1995 Easter: Resthaven, Harare, Zimbabwe

  3. 1995 Oct.: Montague Resort, Cape Town ……………......................................... Motivational Gifts

  4. 1996 Easter: Harare, Zimbabwe ....................................................................Our Greatest Commission

  5. 1996 October: Carmel, George .......................................................................Renewing of the Mind

  6. 1997 April: Willows, PE – with Roger Bodary ………...........................................Paul & the Cross

  7. 1997 Oct./Nov.: Kempton Park – with Art Licurci, Jim Seward .........................Open Subject

  8. 1998 April: Resthaven, Harare, Zimbabwe ......................................................What a Christian is

  9. 1998 Nov.: Pine Lodge, PE……………………………...................................................Abounding Grace

  10. 1999 April: Kempton Park ...............................................................................The God of all Comfort

  11. 1999 Oct./Nov.: Pine Lodge, PE ......................................................................Heart of Colossians

  12. 2000 April: Kempton Park……………………………....................................................Jesus & Paul

  13. 2000 Oct.: Pine Lodge, PE ..............................................................................The Mystery of Godliness

  14. 2001 April: Bloemfontein Spa ..........................................................................The Old has Ended, the New has Come

  15. 2001 Oct.: Pine Lodge, PE……………………………....................................................Whole Bucket of Grace

  16. 2002 May: Bloemfontein Spa ...........................................................................Now that I Know Christ Lives in me

  17. 2002 Oct.: Pine Lodge, PE ...............................................................................Reviewing the In-Christ Revolution

  18. 2003 May: Bloemfontein Spa…………………………...................................................The Cross

  19. 2003 Oct.: Pine Lodge, PE ...............................................................................The Enemies of the Cross

  20. 2004 April/May: Bloemfontein Spa ...................................................................Our Journey Home

  21. 2004 Oct./Nov.: Pine Lodge, PE……………………….................................................Spirit of Wisdom & Revelation

  22. 2005 April/May: Bloemfontein Spa ...................................................................It’s Jesus – Just Jesus

  23. 2005 Oct./Nov.: Pine Lodge, PE .......................................................................Excellency of Knowledge

  24. 2006 April: Bloemfontein Spa…………………………..................................................The Plan of God

  25. 2006 Oct./Nov.: Pine Lodge, PE .......................................................................Liberating Secret of the Mystery

  26. 2007 April: Kempton Park ................................................................................How Then Should We Live?

  27. 2007 Oct./Nov.: Pine Lodge, PE……………………….................................................The Lord’s Prayer – John 17

  28. 2008 April: Kempton Park ................................................................................Moving On

  29. 2008 Oct./Nov.: Pine Lodge, PE .......................................................................Understanding Paul’s Mind in the Knowledge of the Mystery

  30. 2009 Oct.: Pine Lodge, PE……………………………....................................................Kenosis,…self-emptying

  31. 2010 Oct.: Pine Lodge, PE ..............................................................................It is finished

EXTRACT FROM GCL No. 91; DEFINING THE CHRIST LIFE by Warren Litzman.

“One little woman in South Africa, in a wheelchair, read in one of our magazines about the Christ-Life book, “Jesus Lost in the Church.” She applied for a copy, read it, and it turned her on. She passed it to a friend, it also turned her on, so, she in turn passed it on to another. One of these ladies was involved with a Bible study group and she wrote to me asking if I ever came to South Africa, would I please come to their Bible study group.

So, some 6 years ago Robbie and I went to South Africa and met with 4 or 5 little groups that met in homes and were struck by the intense desire to know more of the Christ-Life. When Robbie and I went back again, we met with a bigger crowd and so it grew there. There are probably as many Christ-Life followers in South Africa, Zimbabwe, Malawi and Botswana as there are anywhere else in the world.

God working through one little woman has spread this message to Africa.”

END EXTRACT.

Since April 2010 Mr. Litzman has made special DVD's for the Weekend in the Word.

  1. Muldersdrift  April 2010.................................................The Grace Series - Here you can see some videos
  2. Muldersdrift  May  2011................................................Coming