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AFM stands for "Apostolic Faith Mission" (in Afrikaans: "AGS - Apostoliese Geloofsending"). The AFM exists since 1908 and is the first and largest Pentecostal church in the country - with 1.4 million members in SA 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. It also implies that believers can demonstrate the character, love and power of their Lord, Jesus Christ, in their daily lives.
The AFM can be distinguished by two inseparable characteristics: The baptism in the Holy Spirit and the Great Commission. We received the Holy Spirit and His power to be missional. (Acts1:8) That's why we refer to our assemblies as apostolic communities and our members as apostolic agents. Towards the year 2020, we endeavor to inspire and mobilise our whole church to take the whole gospel to the whole world.
The desire of the AFM is to saturate our societies with the presence of God and the principles of His Kingdom. Our uniqueness also lies in our diversity and accommodative ability. Not only are we a microcosm of our diverse society, somewhere in our 1800-plus local churches you'll find a spiritual home where you'll feel part of the family.

Important Milestones

In a country humiliated and impoverished by the Anglo-South African War of 1899-1902, a spiritual awakening became evident in 1908. As no existing church welcomed the revival in their ranks, God used John G. Lake and Thomas Hezmalhalch to start a new movement, the AFM in May 1908. Because of the openness to the work of the Holy Spirit and a strong missionary focus, the movement grew with leaps and bounds. Following the trend of the day, the AFM after a few years became racially separated – a condition that was many years later graciously turned around in 1996. Today a vast number of independent ministries and churches trace their roots to the AFM. The AFM today is one of the five largest churches in South Africa. More in-depth AFM History can be explored at: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Apostolic_Faith_Mission_of_South_Africa.

AFM Archive

Recently a large house at the AFM’s Auckland Park Theological College has been converted to exhibit the AFM’s rich collection of history. Contained within the exhibit are items such as John G Lake’s Bible and personal diary as well as the first minute-book of the Executive Council of 1908. There is information so unique that researchers from different overseas countries have already spent extensive times of research in the AFM archive. If you have a desire to visit the AFM Archive you can contact us at: http://www.afmetd.co.za/contactus.asp

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Isaiah 56:7 - Even those I will bring to My holy mountain And make them joyful in My house of prayer Their burnt offerings and their sacrifices will be acceptable on My altar; For My house will be called a house of prayer for all the peoples."

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