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is anything too hard for God?

Since you have been raised to new life with Christ, set your sights on the realities of heaven, where Christ sits in the place of honor at God’s right hand. Think about the things of heaven, not the things of earth.

— Colossians 3:1-2

have you ever had the opportunity to meet an Emperor?

Neither have I — until this morning.

There is a lot of pomp and circumstance and tons of protocol! But underneath it is a humble man, a lover of Christ, who, despite his 76 years on this planet, loves his tribe — the Lunda.

The Lunda Empire spans over the whole of the Democratic Republic of Congo, and the northern parts of Angola and Zambia. Emperor Mwant Yav is widely held in respect and is the ruler supreme on tribal level.

Julie and I on the bus to Lubumbashi to meet with the Emperor

I want to ask for your particular prayers in praying for the Emperor.
• He recently had a hip replacement and is in the process of recovering.
• please pray for his rulership, and guidance for his people in the things of God.

You might remember this from last year, but I translated a document from English to French in which we proposed the Tribal Chaplaincy Training to the Emperor.

The Tribal Chaplaincy Training provides traditional chiefs with a trained chaplain (of their denomination or choice) with training that will enable them to act as spiritual advisors to tribal leadership. There’s a lot of examples of this from Scripture.

Today’s visit with Emperor Mwant Yav was to ask if he would nominate a chaplain for training which is taking place in Solwezi, Zambia, in October.

There are two other chiefs who are also sending a chaplain for training, and we are covering the transportation, training, housing etc costs, and we’re also sending one of our ministry partners with them to act as interpreter from English to French. The pastors from Zambia are, for the most part, able to speak English.

Jacob Schwertfeger, who is Overland Missions’ Director of International Operations, and who is close friends with the Emperor, is currently visiting Chief Ishima in Zambezi, Zambia. Emperor Mwant Yav is a man of God, and so is Chief Ishima (and several other Zambian chiefs) with whom we work. While we were at the Emperor’s palace, we did a video call with Jake so that Chief Ishima could greet the Emperor.

Missions does not mean “Westernize” — a great testimony from Jacob Schwertfeger

The Tribal Chaplaincy is a very strategic discipleship effort on which we are seeing PHENOMENAL results of traditional and governmental leaders who are turning to the Kingdom, and in particular, turning away from witchcraft and ancestral worship.

There is also a great ministry among the Queens in Zambia (the chiefs’ wives) who are culturally in the background, but who are now pursuing the work of God and they are requesting that our team travels out to meet them so that they can host Bible studies!

We hope to expand the Tribal Chaplaincy further here in DRC, and we will be meeting with several Congolese Chiefs in the next month or two as we expand the recon area around our new base in Kolwezi.

CLICK HERE for a video update from Julie

last week I had the opportunity to preach at a leadership meeting in Mpande — with me is Fulgence, one of our Congolese team members, who interpreted the message about the importance of prayer in your walk with Christ from French to Swahili

is anything too hard for God?

Today we took the bikes out to Quatre Maison — one of the outlying villages where we host Bible Studies — to teach from the word. Our ministry partner Fidèle preached a fiery sermon in Swahili which Bénédicte interpreted to French.

Julie and I also shared some encouragement and after the message, SEVERAL PEOPLE were baptised in the Holy Spirit! 🙌🏼

I prayed for a lady who had pain in her side, and I was busy asking her whether she had any pain (Bénédicte and Vanessa were interpreting to Swahili) here eyes popped open in surprise, and she jumped up, declaring that all the pain had left!

If you’re interested in staying up-to-date with testimonies from Overland Missions’ global team, be sure to follow them on Facebook and Instagram!

Praise God for His faithfulness! For the seed that is sown! For the harvest that is reaped! And for the many lives that are transformed by the power of the Holy Spirit!

It’s not all glamorous — we had two flat tires on the way there. The roads are rough! 🤣 but the people at the end of the road are worth it!

8 That’s why I keep telling you not to be intimidated. If you identify unashamedly with Me before others, I, the Son of Man, will affirm you before God and all the heavenly messengers. 9 But if you deny Me before others, you will be denied before God and all the heavenly messengers. 10 People can speak a word against Me, the Son of Man, and the sin is forgivable. But they can go too far, slandering the testimony of the Holy Spirit by rejecting His message about Me, and they won’t be forgiven for that. 11 So you can anticipate that you will be put on trial before the synagogues and religious officials. Don’t worry how you’ll respond, and don’t worry what you should say. 12 The Holy Spirit will give you the words to say at the moment when you need them.

Luke 12:8-12; the VOICE
When the Kingdom of God moves forward, it’s often accompanied by resistance in the natural. We are moving forward with a mandate to declare Good News to the poor, and to set captives free.

Expeditions to DR Congo 2022

Have you ever wanted to go on a short term missions trip? Here’s your chance! Overland Missions is launching 34 expedition teams next year. Come with us and join a move of God that’s changing nations!

we’d love for you to join our team here in DR Congo! please consider sowing financially into this Expedition, or better yet — come out, and join us!
Link to apply:

Follow this link to check out awesome testimonies from the previous expedition!

Revival Week

In September, we had our second annual Revival Week on Rapid 14, our logistical base in Zambia. This is a great opportunity for teams from outlying bases in countries all across the world to come to gery for encouragement, fellowship, and empowerment. We have international speakers and friends of Overland Missions who specifically come to speak into the global team.

If you’d like a glimpse into the inner workings of Revival week, be sure to head over to Overland Missions’ Facebook page where you’ll find all the live streamed videos.

If you missed out on Revival Week, catch this great message by Pastor Joe!

Farming God’s Way

One of the ways in which we empower rural communities is through teaching Bible study, in addition to Gospel-centred Evangelism and practical agricultural education through Farming God’s Way.

THE FIRST RAIN IS HERE! we’re out in the fields today, teaching Farming God’s Way, and trusting God foe a great spiritual harvest!

As the rainy season starts here in DRC, our team works hard to reach outlying villages with the Gospel, as these already challenging roads will soon be inaccessible due to flooding. The roads aren’t guaranteed to be easy, but hearts and lives are transformed by the love of Jesus and the power of the Holy Spirit, and that is ALWAYS worthwhile!

Fulgence teaches Scriptural principles in Farming God’s Way

ONE TRIBE Missions Conference

Join us January 2-5, 2022 at Calvary Orlando (or online) for an epic time of worship by our own Overland Missions Music & guest worship by UPPERROOM, as well as international speakers and missionaries!

pitch your tent

Friends! Family! Kingdom Partners! what a joy it is to work alongside you in carrying the Good News of the Kingdom to the Nations!

Our days here in DRC are busy and filled with many breakthroughs and testimonies! God is faithful to complete the work He is started in every heart by the Holy Spirit! We’re trusting God for an expansion in our team — to have more boots on the ground. We continue to see breakthrough in this beautiful country that many have labelled “a lost cause”, as the love of God breaks through the strongholds of darkness that has run seemingly unchecked for years.

Next week we are on Expedition to Mwadingusha. Expeditions are the groundwork Evangelistic push for long-term discipleship and empowerment in a new area. Please pray with us as we’re pioneering this area for the Kingdom. Our Expedition is from 11 to 16 October.

I want to encourage you with this passage from the Message:
“I’ve pitched my tent in the land of hope.” — Acts 2:26

pitch your tent in the land of Hope

Position yourself before Him in such a way that you are able to continually keep your eyes on Him — the Author of Hope. He is able to provide EVERY NEED above and beyond anything we can think or imagine, so today, if you’re in need of Hope, camp out in the Word, and take in these Eternal Promises.

Greetings from DRC, love in Christ

this is the street on which we live in Likasi, shortly after the first rain of the season
If you missed out on the DRC team introduction, you can find it here (on any Podcast platform), or where my newsletters are published:
from North Africa

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

Through your faithful partnership in finances, prayer, and support this ministry can grow, bear fruit, and share in the joy of the harvest! 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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