Thomas said to him, “Lord, we don’t know where you are going, so how can we know the way?” Jesus answered, “I am the way and the truth and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me. If you really know me, you will know my Father as well. From now on, you do know him and have seen him.”John 14:5-7
are you coming with us?
In 2011, I was living and working in Babylon, Namibia — an informal settlement outside the capital city, of Windhoek. We were on our way out to do ministry in a new area and were waiting to meet pastor Ephraim, our local contact, on the corner of the Shoprite centre. We didn’t know this at the time, but that corner was an informal taxi rank of sorts, and people came from all over to catch a minibus to take their commute to or from work in the city. We were driving a 12-seater Sprinter bus at the time and blended in with the many other taxis. While we were waiting, a group of three people came up to the window and asked for a ride, “Are you going to Eros?” they asked. And Jurgens, who was on my team, promptly replied, “No, we’re going to heaven! Are you coming with us?”
the Apostolic mission
In A.D. 47 Paul set off on his first official missionary journey, joined by Barnabas. I wonder how much of a sense he had of what would take place over the next 14 years. Did Paul know that he would heal a cripple beggar, fight the crowd from sacrificing to him as a god, and then be stoned nearly to death? All in one city? Was he aware that, in another city, he would raise the dead — just another day in the life of? Could he have predicted that entire major cities and even major sectors of their economies would be turned upside-down because of the moves of God that would take place?
The invitation to COME WITH US, not only pertains to the invitation of living in relationship with Christ Jesus, but it is a two-fold invitation for believers to JOIN in the WORK OF THE KINGDOM.
This invitation is probably the most exciting and most daunting part of being a believer in Christ, walking in a relationship with the Father, and joining in the fellowship of the Holy Spirit, yet, saying YES to this invitation is crucial to make heaven manifest on earth.
If I’m perceiving Paul’s story correctly, I bet I can relate to how he must have been feeling at the beginning of that first journey. Sure, Paul had ministered before, but this was the beginning of something new.
As I look around and see this new season, I am convinced of the greatness of the Gospel (Romans 1:16). I’ve seen the power of the Spirit at work (Acts 1:8), and even though I have NO IDEA how it’s all going to unfold, I’m expectant, and excited that the Holy Spirit will lead us (Romans 8:14) to accomplish His will in the Democratic Republic of Congo.
It’s both exciting, and a bit terrifying to be part of such a phenomenal expansion in the Kingdom!
In Overland Missions, we often refer to our missionaries as Apostolic Pioneers. What does it mean, though? For Christ, we take the Gospel of the Kingdom to remote and unreached people, equipping them with the foundational knowledge of their Identity in Christ in the new creation, discipling them, training local leaders, and empowering them by the Holy Spirit.
One of our main pioneering, or Evangelical, strategies is Expeditions. We believe in the unity of the body of Christ, so alongside local ministry partners, full-time missionaries, and international expedition members, we delve into rural communities with one-on-one Evangelism, sharing the Gospel, laying hands on the sick, casting out demons, and encouraging believers.
what to expect?
The Democratic Republic of Congo is a vast and war-torn country. Corruption has taken over as multiple armies from rebel groups, the government, and outside influences take charge in different areas. The people are lost in confusion as no system or peace exists. As ambassadors of the one true Kingdom, we can bring truth to the Congolese about the One that exists as the Prince of Peace. Will you take up the call to bring this message to people who know no real truth? Come with us!
the army wants you!
Our team’s global footprint covers over 150,000 square miles in 4 continents. We are ACTIVELY adding to our team, and there’s room for you! Whether you feel called to join our team on the ground full time, or come out with us on Expedition — WE’D LOVE TO HAVE YOU! If you’d like more information on how you can join our team, please don’t hesitate to reach out to me: email@example.com
In 2021, amid a worldwide pandemic, the opportunity opened up for me to spend three months boots-on-the-ground in DR Congo, and it has been an immersive learning experience! I’ve discovered so much about the Congolese culture, improved my French, and I’m learning more effective ways to do ministry among these wonderful people! In 2022, we planted a BRAND-NEW mission base deeper into the interior of DR Congo, launching a team in Kolwezi and the surrounding chiefdoms. As we grow and our team develops, we’re discovering more specific needed resources to advance the ministry.
An established support team is one of the most critical aspects of missions and foreign ministry. This not only means that our reach is so much wider and longer, but it also gives our team on the ground the peace of mind that other believers are joining us in the field and sharing in the fruits of the Harvest.
I am currently working hard to fill my team with financial partners, an essential requirement of the ministry that will enable me to return to the Democratic Republic of Congo FULL TIME. This support goal includes all ministry expenses, as well as personal expenses for travel, and logistical costs. If you feel called to sow financially towards our ministry here, I’d like to invite you to prayerfully consider becoming a monthly financial partner. The process for giving has just become so easy: Overland Missions has streamlined our website, so you can give directly to the ministry by clicking here!
keeping it real
One of the most (unexpected, yet entirely needed) blessings for me in this unconventional season of in-between, is the Community I’ve been surrounded with. My family has lived in this city a little shy of 19 years (I came and went, so I don’t particularly include myself in that number), and though we were part of many church groups, outreaches, ministries, initiatives etc, one of our greatest needs and desires was to be included in a faith community.
In Overland Missions we often say that living in a community is one of the ministry’s greatest challenges, but also it’s the greatest blessing, and until now I didn’t know how true it was!
Over the past several months, I’ve been so encouraged and blessed by two particular Bible studies that I’m a part of. I’ve been able to invest in relationships, friendships, and families by sowing into them spiritually, and financially, babysitting their kids, working as a volunteer in their businesses, teaching Bible study, and praying for one another.
If you are not actively involved in a faith community, I want to encourage you to surround yourself with like-minded people that lift you up in prayer, and encourage you to seek after the Kingdom!
as in the days of Joel
I recently visited the lovely folks of Samuel Broadbent Home and shared the Gospel. I told them about our adventures and life in DR Congo and encouraged people with testimonies from the mission field. After I preached the Gospel, I invited people to come forward if they wanted prayer. We saw blind eyes open, back, neck and knee pain were healed, deaf ears started hearing, and three folks were baptised in the Holy Spirit, speaking in tongues! Praise God for His faithfulness!
“‘This is what I will do in the last days —I will pour out my Spirit on everybody and cause your sons and daughters to prophesy, and your young men will see visions, and your old men will experience dreams from God. The Holy Spirit will come upon all my servants, men and women alike, and they will prophesy. I will reveal startling signs and wonders in the sky above and mighty miracles on the earth below. Blood and fire and pillars of clouds will appear. For the sun will be turned dark and the moon blood-red before that great and awesome appearance of the day of the Lord. But everyone who calls on the name of the Lord will be saved.’ ”Acts 2:17-21
you are a 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 for 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 to all of you who sow and continue sowing into my life, our team, and the lives of others who are growing in Christ, receiving Christ, and are sent out by Christ.
Because of your commitment, remote communities are reached with the Gospel of the Kingdom — thank you for being a part of that!
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!
specific prayer requests
• Please continue to pray for the harvest here in DRC! There are many who seek after Truth, even though generation after generation have hardened their hearts against exploitation. Already there’s the rumbling of revival in the Spirit.
• Pray for labourers — we are trusting God to add to our team! We are actively looking for people to join our team here in DRC with boots on the ground! Please stand with us in faith for a team who love God, and who love His people, who feel specifically called to live and work here with us.
• The Congolese people — among the Congolese there are many religious peoples, but it’s birthed out of years of tradition, lacking relationship and depth, and is often accompanied by the occult. Yet it proves a desperation for a Truth that is deeper than the surface. Please continue to pray for this wonderful nation, that their hearts will be yielded to the Holy Spirit, and that they will take hold of the Truth.
Blessings in Christ
P.S. please continue to let me know how I can pray for you!