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a season for climbing trees

Luke 19 tells the story of Zacchaeus, a chief tax collector who was very rich. Jesus was passing through Jericho, and Zacchaeus strained over the crowds to see Him as he passed, but because he was little in stature, he was not able to push through the crowd. Zacchaeus ran ahead and climbed into a sycamore tree to see Him as he passed that way.

Reece is an Expedition Leader.
Right now, Overland Missionaries are gathered in Zambia for Revival Week — Reece is praying and interceding for the Democratic Republic of Congo. He and our International Operations Team will be leading a Zambian expedition out to DRC in the next couple of weeks! We’re so excited to take the kingdom by force! Please join us in praying for this expedition! #runwildlivefree

When Jesus passed the tree, He looked up and spoke to Zacchaeus, saying, “Zacchaeus, hurry and come down, for today I must remain at your house.” When the people saw Jesus speaking to the tax collector, they murmured and spoke among one another, saying, “He has gone to be the guest of a sinner.”

Zacchaeus stood and said to the Lord, “Look, Lord, I gave half my possessions to the poor. And if I have taken anything from anyone by false accusation, I will repay them four times as much.” Then Jesus said to him,” Today salvation has come to this house because he is also a son of Abraham. For the Son of man has come to seek and save that which was lost.”

for the Son of Man came to seek and save the lost

Zacchaeus was not the only one to benefit from Jesus’ visit to his house. Society had pushed him out, but Jesus proved that he shared in the inheritance of the sons of Abraham — the blessing of salvation! Zacchaeus climbed that tree to see Jesus, but Jesus knew him before he came to him — He came to seek and save the lost!

So, do we, like Zacchaeus have access to Abraham’s blessing? YES — through Jesus Christ! He is the promised seed of Abraham for the Jews, but also FOR THE NATIONS. The true sons of Abraham are those who believe. All who believe are also blessed in Him. Therefore, let us believe the right things about God so that we can live the right things about God — HIS PROMISES CHANGES OUR CIRCUMSTANCES, AND HIS WORD DICTATES OUR REALITY.

Perhaps this is the season for climbing trees? Let us do whatever it takes to see Him; to seek Him. To carry the mandate He has set before us — to seek and save the lost.

“The Son of Man came to seek and save the lost.”

In a recent conversation with a friend, we were discussing how we, as believers, often fail to love people well because we have made up our minds that some are more deserving of grace than others. Scripture reminds us that we are saved by grace through faith — there is nothing we can do in our own power that will make us any more, or any less, deserving of His love and redemption. It is BECAUSE of HIM that we are now completely different — made new! Let us strive to love people despite their journeys, but also BECAUSE of their journeys!

“Seven years ago today, I arrived in Congo for the first time. I had no idea how it would change the trajectory of my life. God truly planted something deep within my soul, and asked me to trust Him, even as nothing made sense; and the challenges appeared a bit overwhelming. It has been such a journey, and my faith has grown exponentially as I have seen God faithfully sustain me. He gives me such peace and joy when all the circumstances fiercely contradict that such things are possible. I have seen answers to prayer and breakthroughs that keep me believing in hope against hope that God’s promises are true, and that He is more than able! This crazy place feels like home now. I am so thankful for the dear friends and ministry partners that I’m blessed to do live with, and looking forward to all that God has in the years ahead!”

— Julie Engeman
Zambian Expedition to DR Congo

This August, we are hosting our FIRST EVER Expedition team in DRC! We are incredibly excited and expectant for the Kingdom to advance. Expeditions are the front-line evangelical movement in Overland Missions.

“All we see of someone at any moment is a snapshot of their life, there in riches or poverty, in joy or despair. Snapshots don’t show the millions of decisions that led to that moment. “ – R. Bach

The purpose of an Expedition is to bring the Gospel and build relationships with some of the most remote and neglected people on earth.

Expeditions focus primarily on evangelism and discipleship as you preach and build the local church over two weeks. Investing a small portion of your time is the greatest way to impact their lives and advance the Kingdom in these regions.

This week we are doing a reconnaissance trip to Mwandingusha (and the hydroelectric plant) in preparation for ministry and the Expedition team arriving the first week of August. Julie says, “We found such kindred spirits and incredible hospitality during this very dusty trip. It’s always a joy to meet with believers from very different cultures, languages and denominations, unifying with one purpose.”

Greetings from the Kaongas!

what’s next?

  • I am to return to DRC in late September/ early October for three months. While in DR Congo, Julie and I will be heading up ministry in Likasi and the surrounding chiefdoms, as the rest of our Overland Missionaries will be returning to their home countries for fur low. In order to make this sustainable, I need to raise $350 per month. If you would like to partner and make this possible, please reach out to me at
  • as of July, I am enrolled in a Bachelor’s of Theology! I’m very excited to pursue academics again after a 5-year break — and I’m expectant of the work of God and the applied knowledge in life and ministry.
  • Here in South Africa, Ministry is moving forward — I host multiple Bible Studies each week, and this is a great opportunity for the nations to come together. On Thursdays, we have a virtual Bible study with Believers joining from Ghana, Malawi, South Africa, the United Kingdom, and the United States — how lovely is it when the Nations come together to worship!
  • I am also teaching a weekly French class that helps me refresh my French vocabulary and grammar, and also serves as a great opportunity to expand cultural knowledge. French is the lingua franca in DR Congo, and we use it to communicate, preach, and teach on a daily basis.

you are part of this team

As always, a grand THANK YOU to each of you! I’m so blessed by your encouragement and prayer as our team continues to believe in a great move of God here in the Democratic Republic of Congo, Zambia, and my home country, South Africa!

Because of you, your support in every way, we can participate in the mission — to see the sick healed, the oppressed set free, the dead raised, the Good News proclaimed to those who are without hope.

Thank you for sowing into this team, and specifically into my life! Because of your commitment, remote communities are reached with the Gospel of the Kingdom — thank you for being a part of that!

Thank you to all of you who sow and continue sowing into my life and the lives of others who are growing in Christ, receiving Christ, and are sent out by Christ. I love each one of you and am so excited for what the Lord is doing and going to do through your lives as well. Giving it all might require finances, time, and sacrifice, but it’s worth it. He is worth it. The greatest gift was given when Jesus laid His own life down for us. Everything else falls short. He deserves eternal glory!

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