big big things, and little big things

Arise, raise up the youth and support him with your hand, for I intend to make him a great nation.

Genesis 21:18

the big big things

This past month has been instrumental in Overland Missions’ global ministry to Tribal and Governmental leadership. Keep a lookout for the video (below) that Phil took when he and Jake met with paramount leaders in DR Congo this past week.

“We make a mistake when we regard children after the flesh and not after the Spirit. Children have just as much spiritual capacity as adults. We simply need to take the time to teach them well, give them the meat of God’s Word, and equip them for ministry, facilitating times that they can press in to have their own encounters with the presence of God. It gives me great joy to watch the kids we have been discipling for 3 or more years hunger for more of the Lord and see them have their own deep encounters with Him. They have become true worshipers, in spirit and in truth!” Liezl P, Kids Ministry Coordinator.
Interested in knowing more about our children’s ministry? Fill out this form and talk to our Kids4Christ leaders! https://www.overlandmissions.com/kids4christ

the little big things

As I’m typing this update, we have a team of Congolese missionaries and ministry partners who are being trained to do KIDS MINISTRY! This is an area I’m especially excited to be involved in in the near future.

“We make a mistake when we regard children after the flesh and not after the Spirit. Children have just as much spiritual capacity as adults.”

– Liezl Pienaar

then and now

Jacob Schwertfeger, Overland Missions’ Director of International Operations, first visit to DR Congo 11 years ago, is one of the greatest testimonies in our organization. After meeting up with a taxi driver, Jake built a relationship on the ground, was welcomed by the Makenge family from Mpande during his visit, and 6 years later, Sherrill and Julie launched our Overland Missions team to DR Congo.

This past week, Overland Missions CEO Philip Smethurst, and Jake, were in the DRC capital, Kinshasa, where they met with the King of Congo the Queen of Ghoma, the President of Kinshasa and had a meeting with all the chiefs of Congo. Our team in DRC has a long-standing relationship with Emperor Mwant Y’amva, penultimate Chief of the Lunda Empire. Overland Missions works with tribal and governmental leadership to bring the Gospel of the Kingdom to unreached people groups in remote communities.

This past week, Overland Missions CEO Philip Smethurst, and Jake, were in the DRC capital, Kinshasa, where they met with several tribal and governmental leaders.
ministry to chiefs

During our July Revival Week meetings, Overland Missions’ CEO, Philip Smethurst, and our wonderful team of missionaries from across the globe hosted 44 Zambian chiefs and one King (the South African Ndebele King) at our Rapid 14 base in Zambia. Overland Missions believes in investing in local and tribal leadership. There is already a great shaking among the nations as tribal and governmental leaders are starting to recognise Jesus as the ONE TRUE KING, inviting Him to the throne of their lives, and in their nations.

There are 274 chiefs in Zambia that rule over millions of people in their respective chiefdoms. Traditionally, these chiefs turn to witchcraft and animism due to a lack of access to the Gospel. The goal of our ministry to chiefs is to instil a chaplaincy program by training individuals, chosen by the chief, to be his direct spiritual advisor. This is not just a program, but it is a move of God that enforces the Kingdom of God among the kingdoms of men. It is the job of the chaplains to disciple their chiefs, establish unity among the churches and people, and steer the chiefdom in the direction the Lord desires. In 2021, the chaplaincy team trained 62 more chaplains in Zambia, creating a total of 211 acting chaplains. In addition, the chaplaincy team has started follow-up discipleship training in each province of Zambia. This has become a large success, allowing the chaplains to receive support, and further training, and be spiritually equipped by the team and fellow chaplains. Five discipleship training were completed this year in five different provinces. One chaplain, Victor, was trained in 2020 and has since formed a close relationship with the chief he serves. Victor was recently appointed as the head of the chief’s Ministry of Lands and now has authority over the delegation of property for the entire chiefdom. This chief has also given him the power to handle all religious and spiritual matters within his chiefdom. Victor is eradicating ungodly practices, establishing interdenominational pastoral fellowship groups, and acting as a mediator for the chief.

During our July Revival Week meetings Overland Missions’ CEO, Philip Smethurst, and our wonderful team of missionaries from across the globe hosted 44 Zambian chiefs, and one King (the South African Ndebele King) at our Rapid 14 base in Zambia. Overland Missions believes in investing in local and tribal leadership. There is already a great shaking among the nations as tribal and governmental leaders are starting to recognise Jesus as the ONE TRUE KING, inviting Him to the throne of their lives, and in their nations.
have you ever met an EMPEROR? Julie and I, back in 2021, on our way to Lubumbashi via an 8 hour bus ride, to meet with the Lunda Emperor.

do not hinder them

In our nation, rebel groups still grab children from their homes, kidnapping them to be trained as child soldiers. The enemy knows that children have Great Capacity. Meanwhile, the church sits. Without understanding how CRITICAL it is to reach the young! Children can truly know God, they can minister through the power of the same Holy Spirit — preaching the Kingdom, healing the sick, raising the dead, casting out demons in the authority of Jesus!

This week, our Congolese missionaries and ministry partners are being trained by Overland Missions’ second-generation Zambian Kids On Fire facilitators. That’s right! There’s a second generation of Zambian ministers, that has been raised up, equipped and empowered, going out to the Nations as fully fledged ministers of the Gospel.

MORE THAN 50% OF DR CONGO’S POPULATION ARE KIDS. This is why we want to focus on this vastly unreached people group in ministry.

We love the children of Africa, and we believe in investing in children! Won’t you join us in reaching out to them? To sow directly into ministry, click HERE.

13 Then people brought little children to Jesus for him to place his hands on them and pray for them. But the disciples rebuked them. 14 Jesus said, “Let the little children come to me, and do not hinder them, for the kingdom of heaven belongs to such as these.” 15 When he had placed his hands on them, he went on from there.

Matthew 19:13-15

ministry to kids

Working on the stories for Chosen Generation -Eng was one of the most fun and ministry-driven assignments I’ve had the privilege to sow into. Care not part of ministry, they ARE ministry. May we look at these “stories” not as children’s stories that are accompanied by a picture to colour, and a snack, but as that which it is — the WORD that is Living in us and through 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 YOUIf you’d like more information on how you can join our team, please don’t hesitate to reach out to me: cornelia@overlandmissions.com

We would like to make you aware that we have new links up for becoming a MONTHLY or ONE TIME donor to partner with our ministry.

I pray that your seed will be multiplied and increased to your account! Thank you for your contribution to the work of Overland Missions!

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We thank God for you and your support!
Remember when I told you that Overland Missions is kicking off Chaplaincy Training in DRC?

THIS is what we’re looking forward to!

There is a mighty move of God under the traditional and tribal leadership in Africa. It’s not merely about training. It’s an Apostolic equipping and commissioning of indigenous ministers of the Gospel to reach Africa with the Good News of the Kingdom.

This week, 45 chaplains graduated in Zambia, and are now on their way back to serve chiefs in outlying areas as counsellors and ministers. This year, Chaplains will also be trained in Malawi and Zimbabwe.

This is what you’re sowing towards — the Kingdom made manifest in the Nations. 

revival week on Rapid 14

It’s one of the busiest times of the year on our logistical base in Zambia, because this week our staff on Rapid 14 will host over 200 missionaries and ministry partners from all over the world, as we come together for REVIVAL WEEK! The great news is: YOU CAN TUNE IN TOO!

All the evening sessions will be LIVE streamed on the public Overland Missions Facebook page (link below) around 19h00-ish, Zambian time (GMT 2).

Come join us for a GREAT time of fellowship, in-filling and REVIVAL as we celebrate the King of Kings!

https://www.facebook.com/overlandmissions/

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 has 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 loves God, and who loves 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 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

cornelia

P.S. Please continue to let me know how I can pray for you!

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“Long-term ministry success simply comes down to this: 1. Dare to believe. 2. Refuse to quit.”

– Steve Murrell

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