“As you go, proclaim this message: ‘The kingdom of heaven has come near.’ Heal the sick, raise the dead, cleanse those who have leprosy, drive out demons. Freely you have received; freely give.”
– Matthew‬ ‭10:7-8

let’s go!

I want to give you a quick update on what’s going on in ministry and life at the moment. 2022 has started with a BANG! An explosive start in a very good and positive way!

I don’t know if you’re anything like me when it comes to the shift between seasons, but change always fills me with a sense of expectation! What is God doing next? How can I be a part of it? If I run, I want my strides to match up with the pace of the Holy Spirit. This is my prayer and expectation for this year: that we keep in step with the Spirit, following His unction, resonating the frequencies of heaven, and manifesting the Kingdom.

I am doing something brand new, something unheard of.
    Even now, it sprouts and grows and matures. Don’t you perceive it?
 I will make a way in the wilderness and open up flowing streams in the desert. 20 Wild beasts, jackals, and owls will glorify me. For I supply streams of water in the desert and rivers in the wilderness to satisfy the thirst of my people, my chosen ones, 21 so that you, whom I have shaped and formed for myself, will proclaim my praise.

Isaiah 43:19-21

I haven’t sent out a ‘formal’ update since December last year, but I have updated partners via news bursts. If you have missed out on these and would like to receive them, you can sign up RIGHT HERE!

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One Tribe Conference

From the 2nd to the 10th of January, we had a very successful Overland Missions Conference held in Orlando. About 450 God-hungry and mission-minded people attended this life-changing conference. Over 250 were from the OM Team, and those soon to be joining the OM Team. Others who attended were Pastors, parents, friends of Overlanders, and people who support the mission endeavours.

join our team

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 our team, please don’t hesitate to reach out to me at cornelia@overlandmissions.com

WE HAVE SPACE FOR YOU ON OUR GLOBAL, GROWING, PIONEERING, NATION-SHAKING TEAM!
eight borders

Twenty years ago, Overland Missions intentionally launched into Zambia for its strategic location, as it shares a border with eight other nations. The plan has always been to raise disciples and send them into the surrounding nations. Zambia is a country full of adventure, especially when it comes to finding isolated people groups and sharing the message of the new creation. Today, Zambia is the most radical example of what it looks like for a nation to be in the midst of revival and a viral movement of God. The Gospel has touched everyone, from the president and his cabinet members to over 200 traditional chiefs. This movement represents millions of people who had limited access to the Gospel, that are now saturated in the presence of God.

ministry to chiefs

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 trainings in each province of Zambia. This has become a large success, allowing the chaplains to receive support, further training, and be spiritually equipped by the team and fellow chaplains. Five discipleship trainings 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.

In 2022, the chaplaincy program will be going to expand internationally into Zimbabwe and the Democratic Republic of the Congo. Both countries have similar tribal leadership structures, allowing the program to be easily transferred to these nations. The Emperor of the Lunda and Luvale tribes in the DRC has already selected a chaplain along with two other chiefs. The Kingdom of God is being established in the chiefdoms and the tribal leaders are submitting to the authority of the King of kings.

keeping it real

You might remember that I’m currently pursuing my Bachelors in Theology through the Global Theological University. I’m six months into a three-year degree, and though it’s had some challenges, I’m so excited that I am already able to put my studies to practice in the foreign mission field. I ordered some of my study supplies and second hand books from Amazon, but due to Covid, their worldwide shipping had some significant delays. Through the kindness of MANY of my colleagues, I shipped my textbooks to Georgia (USA), then to Zambia (where it was stuck for 3 months) and finally, picked it up at OR Tambo International Airport as some other colleagues were on their way back to the States.

Pursuing a degree certainly looks different now than it did in 2010 when I was fresh out of high school, and it has been an incredible adventure! If you would specifically like to contribute to my studies, you can use the FNB banking details with “GTU” in your donation reference along with your name.

home, sweet home

Our team finished up the move to our new place in Kolwezi just days before I flew back to South Africa to spend Christmas with family and prepare some logistical things for the year ahead! Less than 2% of the roads in Congo are paved (tar roads), and this move to Kolwezi literally places us at the end of the road in Southern DRC. Many unreached and neglected villages lie beyond this city, and this is the area into which our team is now pioneering ministry. Our team has been given several Divine connections to new chiefs, villages, and clinics that we are excited to follow up with once I return to Congo and the roads begin to dry out as rainy season winds down.

There are several things to be thankful for with the new location: More space! Our new rental property has three houses, allowing the growing Kaonga family a space of their own (they welcomed their son, Sepiso in December), a house where Julie (and eventually myself) will live (with separate bathrooms, yay!) The third house on the property will be our guest house for Expeditions (we are hosting TWO Expeditions to DRC this year), ministry partners, and visitors. Another BIG WIN for this property is that the drinking water is safe — straight out of the tap! Fresh (and safe) water is a major issue in DRC, and previously we had to filter every drop of water used for cooking or drinking. Our house currently has a mattress on the floor, and four plastic chairs — finding basic kitchen appliances and household items is a challenge, as it’s hard to come by and disproportionately expensive. We are excited to make this new property a dynamic base from which we launch the ministry deeper into the interior of the Democratic Republic of Congo!

family life

Our family has great reason to celebrate — my sister and brother in law announced that I’ll soon be an aunt of TWO munchkins!

This is my nephew, Marnus — being his only aunt is my favourite thing.

Being away from my family with long-term missions often makes it feel as if I’m missing out on the small things of every day family life. It’s WORTH IT though, because I get to sow and invest in other families and introduce them to the love of Christ. It’s no small task, but the Lord is so FAITHFUL in making all things bear fruit when we step out in faith.

I pray that today you’ll be reminded that you’re part of a family that prays for you, that celebrates with you, you that mourns with you, that holds your arms up, and that encourages you to be rooted in the Word.

“Our Middle East team has a deeper connection because of our revelation of family. While we were sitting in a meeting, Arabs and westerners, speaking about what it means to be a team, we realized differences in the way we viewed family. Arabs think family is faithfulness and never leaving on another, while westerners are more quick to leave for new family and places. Some of us began to cry as we realized that each one had been faithfully called by God to the mission field, and through that He had establish a real, tangible family, even though many had left their families to do the work of ministry. God has made everything worth it and multiplied my family, and I know this family I am reaping overseas is only the beginning,” — missionary in the Middle East.

what’s next?

  • 2 to 5 January – Overland Missions Annual Conference in Florida, USA
  • 11 to 27 January – KwaZulu Natal
  • 3 to 12 February – Vaal Triangle
  • 21 to 28 February – Overland Missions African Staff Conference in Mozambique
  • 4 to 5 March – Victory Weekend at Every Nation Faith City
  • 11 to 18 March – USA Mission Team in North West, South Africa
  • 24 to 25 March – Francis Chan at my home church
  • 28 March to 10 April – reconnaissance trip to Coffee Bay with the aim to plant an Overland Missions base in South Africa
  • 14 April – preliminary date to launch into the Democratic Republic of Congo

giving opportunities

In 2021, in the midst of Covid, an opportunity opened up 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 are starting a BRAND-NEW mission base deeper into the interior in 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.

Here are some things that would give us more freedom and greatly improve our trips in the bush for ministry:

Vehicle upgrades: I am currently fundraising to purchase a Toyota Landcruiser in order to take on the rough roads in the backcountry, expanding ministry in these unreached areas.

I am looking to purchase a Toyota Landcruiser to use in DR Congo for ministry to remote areas. If you would like to contribute to this purchase, you can use 3282V in the reference when making your donation HERE

Here are a few other, more personal needs that I’m working towards:

Monthly support: in order to maintain a “fully funded” status and be effectively funded for full time missions, I have an outstanding $2000 in monthly support to raise in order to meet ministry needs. This support goal includes all ministry expenses, as well as personal expenses for travel, and logistical costs. I would greatly appreciate it if you would consider joining me in a monthly financial partnership.

Battery system and solar panels: The current reality in DRC is that there is ZERO electricity 6 out of 7 days per week — unscheduled and unannounced. Setting up a portable solar panel system will allow me to keep essentials like my phone and GPS running, while also providing much-needed light for cooking and teaching. The rainy season often means that it is overcast and pouring with rain for several days at a time, and a battery system will allow me to have a backup option.

Support team growth

Right now, my partnership team doesn’t fully cover my entire budget, so I am praying and believing God for more supporters to partner with! If you are not part of my monthly partnership team and would like to be, it would be a blessing to share in this ministry together!

If you have any desire to sow into any of these needs, I could move forward with them a lot faster! I have a ministry fund specifically for expenses like these. The details for giving are listed below.

  • Go to Overlandmissions.com/donate
  • Insert the amount and frequency (monthly or once-off specific) you want to donate. You can donate in USD, ZAR, or the currency of your choice.
  • Designate in the memo box: 3282 or my full name (Cornelia van Biljon) as reference.

OVERLAND MISSIONS YEAR-END REPORT 2021

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 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!

If you would like to give to our Kingdom work, please click here. You can use 3282 as my staff code in the reference.

Thank you for your continued prayers, and love, and for sowing so generously into my life! May the Lamb receive the honour and praise that is due to His Name! 🙌🏼

Love in Christ
cornelia

Good morning from Tabernacle Chretien de Kolwezi!
I’m here with my friend and teammate, Carol. (You’ll remember seeing him in some updates from our Expedition to Mwadingusha, and he was a guest on my podcast.) This is the largest church I’ve visited in DRC (because we usually go to the villages, and this is my first Sunday in the city). They offer interpreting services in French, English, Chinese, Lingala, Swahili, and Congolese Sign Language.
This Mama Justine Kabamba.
She is Pastor Pierre Kabamba’s wife, and the pair are a great blessing to our team here in DR Congo.

At the beginning of November, at one of our weekly team meetings, I was teaching on prayer, and specifically spoke about praying Scripture.

These team meetings are important moments of fellowship for our team of Congolese missionaries.

What we expect of them is counter cultural. Taking on rough roads. Women preaching. Young men teaching. Yet — every week, our team pile themselves onto dirt bikes and take on rough roads to remote villages. Every week they show up, ready to encourage Believers with the Word of God.

Getting refreshed in the Spirit and spending time in the Word is uncompromisable necessities in sustainable ministry.

I was teaching our team the principles of “popcorn prayer” and it soon became a favourite:
• popcorn prayers are not requests.
• popcorn prayers are not thanksgiving.
• popcorn prayers are short, powerful declarations.
• popcorn prayers are spontaneous affirmations of the Nature and Character of God.
• popcorn prayers are declarations of warfare, affirming and declaring the Word.

Some of the examples I spoke of regarding the nature of popcorn prayer included,
“You are the King of kings,”
“You are the Healer,”
“You are the Source and my Provision,”
“You are the Spirit of Prophecy,”
“You are the Worthy Lamb,”

Yesterday, Mamma Justine (also known as Mamma Pastor) came to tell me, “I have a testimony to share! When we were at the church in Kapalowe last week, you were teaching about popcorn prayers again. I wasn’t feeling very well, and I had a stomach pain. But when we started declaring the nature and character of God, I said, ‘He is my healer! He is Yahweh RAPHA!’ and while I was praying these declarations, I felt the Holy Spirit touch me and all the pain left my body! God truly is a powerful God. His Word never changes. With His Word, we can fight the enemy and overcome him because of the victory of Jesus!”

Isn’t it wonderful to know that God truly is who He says he is?
We can stand on the promises of His Word.
We can stand on the truth of His Names.
He doesn’t change.
He is not swayed by circumstance.
His Kingdom is not just a matter of eloquent speech, but a demonstration of His power.
His Kingdom does not only grab us from the clutches of the enemy, but restores us to a place of Righteousness and right standing, as sons and heirs carrying authority to break down spiritual strongholds and to make known the nature majesty of His Name.
Back from the Bush!
After a week of camping

Here’s some feedback from 5 days of ministry in Mwadingusha, and the surrounding villages:

498 people heard the Gospel.
46 souls got saved.
98 people were healed.
1 person was set free from demons.

In the end it’s not about the statistics.

It’s about seeing hearts and lives transformed by the love of Christ and the power of the Holy Spirit.

The adventure wears off, and trust me — eating bucari (maize porridge) and fish 3x day, all week grows thin real fast, but it’s SO WORTH IT because He is worthy!

Thank you for your continued prayers, and love, and for sowing so generously into my life!

May the Lamb receive the honour and praise that is due to His Name! .

ready! set! go!

en Lui, nous avons l’espérance de la gloire

Chers amis ! Famille ! Royaume Partenaires!

2021 a commencé en beauté ! Je suis tellement submergé par votre générosité et votre amour ! Je suis extrêmement fier de faire partie de cette merveilleuse équipe — Overland Missions — pendant cette saison et cette année ! En une année où une grande partie du monde s’est arrêtée, l’Évangile du Royaume a continué à avancer !

Ces derniers mois ont été remplis de tant de choses ! J’ai été tellement excité de partager cette mise à jour avec vous, et de plus en plus de choses ont continué à être ajoutées, alors le voici : la bobine de faits saillants !

« Peu importe les nombreuses promesses que Dieu a faites, elles sont « oui » dans le Christ, et c’est pourquoi, bien que Lui l’Amen soit parlé par nous à la gloire de Dieu »

— 2 Corinthiens 1:20 [TPT]

N’est-ce pas là un merveilleux rappel que celui qui a promis est fidèle ? Son cœur a toujours été d’avoir une relation avec nous — sa création. Alors que nous allons vers les nations pour partager ce message — qu’Il s’est approché, que Dieu s’est fait homme pour payer le prix ultime de la liberté en notre nom, pour nous réconcilier avec le Père — nous pouvons tenir la promesse que Sa Parole ne reviendra pas nulle, pas dans notre propre vie, ni dans la vie de ceux que nous sommes incroyablement privilégiés de servir. En Jésus, chaque Écriture est accomplie, et en Lui, nous avons l’espérance de la gloire !

à la Zambezi avec Caitlyn et Jackson

J’ai rencontré notre équipe de la RD Congo! Lisez la biographie complète ici!

Conférence africaine du personnel

En janvier, après avoir été cloué au sol pendant une année complète, en raison des restrictions liées à la COVID-19, j’ai pu me rendre à Rapid 14, le siège social de Overland Missions en Zambie, pour me joindre à des missionnaires de partout en Afrique pour notre conférence annuelle du personnel. Il s’agit d’un moment fort annuel, alors que les missionnaires et les membres de l’équipe des bases environnantes se rassemblent pour un temps de communion, d’encouragement et pour se préparer à retourner sur le terrain en feu !

Voyager à l’étranger pendant une pandémie internationale est certainement une affaire colorée ! Après avoir obtenu un résultat négatif au test de la COVID-19, j’étais prêt à réserver mon billet d’avion pour Lusaka, où je rencontrerais mes coéquipiers de la RDC. Sherrill, Saviour et Julie ont fait leur chemin vers la Zambie par bus. Nous avions arrangé de se retrouver dans la capitale, puis prendre une navette pour Livingstone.

Comme la plupart de mes plans de voyage dépendaient d’un résultat de test négatif, les choses sont tombées en place tout à coup quand j’ai su avec certitude que j’étais libre de voyager! Juste au moment où le cyclone tropical Eloise est arrivé en Afrique du Sud, mon ami Ruan a accepté de me déposer à l’aéroport. Il nous restait encore 180 km à parcourir pour arriver en ville à l’arrière de sa moto jaune avec un pack complet, et il commençait à pleuvoir !

Pendant les restrictions de confinement de niveau 4 en Afrique du Sud, nous avions un couvre-feu imposé par le gouvernement qui signifiait que personne n’était autorisé à sortir de son lieu de résidence personnel entre 21 h 00 et 05 h 00. Il a fallu de la planification créative pour voyager entre les provinces et les villes, mais pour faire court, je me suis rendu à l’aéroport (et à mon vol) à temps !

Le Dr Leon van Rooyen dit : « Heureux les flexibles, car ils resteront dans le ministère. »

La conférence fut un moment merveilleux de communion, de communauté et de remplissage avec l’Esprit Saint. Je suis reconnaissant de faire partie d’une équipe de foi dynamique qui est bibliquement centrée sur tout ce qu’ils font, et d’appartenir à une tribu si incroyable.

any road. any load. any time.

langue et la traduction

J’ai récemment eu le privilège de traduire la proposition officielle de formation de l’aumônerie de l’anglais vers le français pour la présenter à l’empereur Mwaant Yaav, souverain de l’empire de Lunda en République démocratique du Congo.

Jessy et moi suivons activement une formation linguistique en français afin de maîtriser la conversation une fois que nous aurons atteint la base en RDC.

Deux des outils les plus importants dans le ministère autochtone sont : 1) le leadership local et 2) la compétence linguistique.

La formation de l’aumônerie est une initiative de formation intensive et intégrée qui a débuté en Zambie et s’est étendue depuis à d’autres pays africains. L’objectif est de fournir à chaque chef, en tant que représentant des dirigeants traditionnels des nations, un conseiller spirituel. Nous appelons ces conseillers spirituels aumôniers. Dans les Écritures, nous trouvons de nombreux exemples d’hommes et de femmes qui ont agi comme conseillers auprès des dirigeants — Daniel à Nebuchadnezzar, David à Saul, Joseph à Potiphar. Et, bien sûr, alimenté par le Saint-Esprit.

Ce document, c’est-à-dire la proposition d’élargir la formation de l’aumônerie en RD Congo, est l’une des nombreuses portes qui ont ouvert la porte au ministère pour aller de l’avant, et au Royaume pour avancer en atteignant les cœurs et les esprits des dirigeants traditionnels et gouvernementaux. Dieu fait un chemin pour que l’Évangile brise les contraintes politiques et rompe les chaînes de l’esclavage historique.

témoignages de RD Congo

Notre équipe continue à animer le cours de théologie biblique en français avec notre équipe congolaise 2 jours par semaine. Les membres de l’équipe travaillent chaque semaine dans plusieurs villages éloignés, parcourant des motos dans la boue et la pluie pour partager l’Évangile, et font le suivi des études bibliques fondamentales. L’équipe de Overland travaillant à Zanzibar, qui sont des locuteurs swahilis, a pu animer une excellente formation vidéo sur les clés des relations et de l’évangélisation avec les musulmans, basée sur leurs ans d’expérience et la marche de l’Esprit dans l’amour. Nous sommes reconnaissants de la sagesse qu’ils ont partagée avec notre équipe !

notre équipe Congolaise

Un chef appelé Christelle (un de nos membres de l’équipe congolaise) quand sa femme était très malade. Sa femme était inconsciente et ils craignaient qu’elle soit sur le point de mourir. Christelle a prié au téléphone pour la femme du chef et elle s’est réveillée ! Elle a pu bientôt manger et boire à nouveau ! Le chef était incroyablement reconnaissant pour la foi et les prières de notre équipe.

Nous avons vu Dieu répondre à nos prières en posant les mains sur les malades, et Dieu a apporté la guérison miraculeuse à de mauvais genoux et le dos, ainsi les yeux presque aveugles d’une vieille femme ont été restaurés! Un homme était un alcoolique (avec tout le brokenness associé à ceci) quand il est venu à une réunion. Après avoir entendu parler de l’amour de Dieu pour lui au cours de nos études bibliques, il dit : « Ma vie a changé ce jour-là, et je n’ai plus bu. »

vous faites partie de cette équipe

Comme toujours, un grand MERCI à chacun d’entre vous ! Je suis tellement béni par vos encouragements et vos prières alors que notre équipe continue de croire en un grand mouvement de Dieu ici en République démocratique du Congo, en Zambie et dans mon pays d’origine, l’Afrique du Sud !

Grâce à votre soutien, nous pouvons participer à la mission — voir les malades guéris, les opprimés libérés, les morts ressuscités, la Bonne Nouvelle annoncée à ceux qui sont sans espérance.

Merci de semer dans cette équipe, et en particulier dans ma vie ! Grâce à votre engagement, des communautés éloignées sont atteintes par l’Évangile du Royaume — merci d’en faire partie !

pour faire un don à notre ministère, allez à http://www.overlandmissions.com/ donnez et utilisez le code personnel 3282 comme référence dans votre paiement. merci beaucoup!

mahala

“As you go, proclaim this message: ‘The kingdom of heaven has come near.’ Heal the sick, raise the dead, cleanse those who have leprosy, drive out demons. Freely you have received; freely give.”

Matthew‬ ‭10:7-8‬ ‭

It’s hard to believe that I’ve spent a full month in DRC! Thank you to EACH OF YOU for being part of my life, and part of this ministry! You are an extension of my hands and feet!

We spent a wonderful week in Mwadingusha on Expedition and God moved mightily in this community! We’re very eager to establish long-term discipleship in this area soon!

every knee shall bow

While on Expedition, we met several Chiefs in this new area. Chiefs are tribal community leaders, ordained by the government, and we are dependent on their favour to continue ministry in any given area.

Over the course of the week, I met 3 other regional chiefs — each inviting us to freely preach the Gospel in their village.

Chief Lukoshi invited our entire team into his house

This is such a phenomenal breach of protocol, inviting strangers into your home! He wanted us to pray a blessing over him and his house and his chieftaincy. As we were about to pray, he said, “Wait! Stop!” knelt down, and bowed his head! I’m covered in Goosebumps even as I’m writing this! Our team prayed over him, and as we got ready to leave, the Holy Spirit gave me a word of encouragement to speak to him.

I said, “Chief Lukoshi, I have a message from God to speak to you,” and I asked our team member, Carol, if he would interpret from English to Swahili so that Chief Lukoshi would not miss anything I try to explain in basic French. Carol (bless his heart) responded, “Yes, of course — when you speak the things of God it’s important to use clear words.”

It’s not about me, or even about the chief, but I cannot emphasise how great an honour it is to be standing in this position — speaking into the lives of tribal and governmental leaders. Culturally it is unheard of that you would break protocol, allow strangers into your home, and let a woman address you in such a manner. This is my stance — honour all men (big and small), but if God has given me a message to bring, I will not be quiet about it.

there is a village full of people who have not yet heard the Gospel on the other side of this river — so, of course we waded through to get to them!

rivers and roads

On our second-to-last day in Mwadingusha area, we ventured out to a different village, and we soon came to the end of the road. Literally. There might have been a bridge there once upon a time, but what remained was a few loose planks halfway down the river. What was there to do but roll up our trousers, take off our shoes and wade through — we had people to get to!

Fulgence, Mike and I were in a team, and we went from home to home to share the Gospel, lay hands on the sick, cast out demons, and encourage the Believers.

I want to highlight these testimonies:

  • Mike shared the Gospel with Lydia who said that she used to go to church, but didn’t anymore. She prayed with him to submit to the Lordship of Jesus Christ, and after we prayed, she said she had another prayer request: she is five months pregnant, and she hasn’t felt the baby move. So I laid my hand over her belly, and we declared life over Lydia and her child. I’m not 100% sure what the result of our prayer was, but as we prayed, I felt her belly move under my hand! I have full confidence that the Giver of Life has touched Lydia and her child!
  • One of the old ladies we prayed for said she couldn’t move her arm. She could barely lift a knife to descale fish. So, we laid hands on her and prayed. As we prayed, the Holy Spirit said, “cast out the spirit that causes this infirmity,” and I simply said, “you’re not welcome here. Get out in Jesus’s Name.” We finished praying and asked the grandmother if there was any pain in her shoulder. She shot out her arm, nearly punching Fulgence, and ran around the village declaring to everyone, “The Lord has healed me! The Lord has healed me! The Lord has healed me!”
  • One of the grandfathers at this same house was complaining of back pain and feelings of paralysis in his legs. From a medical perspective it’s easy to argue that there are pinched nerves that cause pain. And it’s probably true. All I know is that pain and disease aren’t in line in with Scripture that declares BY HIS STRIPES WE ARE HEALED. So, Mike, Fulgence and I laid our hands on him, prayed, and commanded his body to come in line with Scripture. We saw the grandfather’s leg grow to be the same length and he said afterward that most of the pain was gone! Praise Jesus who is faithful to His Word!
  • After a full day of ministry, we returned to the banana tree where we left the motorbikes. We were waiting for the other teams to come back so that we could leave together. The chief was sitting under a tree, a little further away, and I asked Mike, “please ask the chief if we can pray for him,” Mike spoke to the Chief in Swahili, and before I could ask whether we could approach him, the chief grabbed his chair and dragged it over. He said we could lay hands on him (another breach of protocol!) and eagerly received the Gospel!
It took some convincing to get the girls to come into the water — even after I volunteered to show them how baptism works 😂

every tribe and tongue

We have great relationships with three of the four Great Chiefs in this province, including Emperor Mwant Yava (who I spoke about in my previous newsletter), and several of the smaller regional chiefs. In future, we hope to supply each of these chiefs with a Chaplain as Counselor.

You can pray for these Great Chiefs as they govern several other chiefs under them:

  • Emperor Mwant Yava
  • Chief Mukumbi
  • Chief Pembamoto

Unfortunately, the October Chaplaincy Training in Zambia had to be postponed on account of delays in paperwork, but this presents opportunity for future ministry! In 2022 we will host Chaplaincy Training here in DR Congo, and hope to invite many more chiefs to join the program by then!

going to places where there are no roads

We just came back from a week in the Bush in the Mwadingusha area where our team was on Expedition! Expeditions are the pioneering Evangelical move into a new area to reach remote people with the Gospel.

498 people heard the Gospel.
46 souls got saved.
98 people were healed.
2 people were set free from demons.

In the end it’s not about the statistics. It’s about seeing hearts and lives transformed by the love of Christ and the power of the Holy Spirit.

The adventure wears off, and trust me — eating bucari (maize porridge) and fish 3x day, all week grows thin real fast — but it’s SO WORTH IT, because He is worthy!

Click here to see Part One of the Mwadingusha Expedition

Doing whatever it takes to reach remote people with the Gospel, requires giving everything we have for the sake of the Kingdom. It costs everything. And the reward is everything. Wading through rivers to continue on foot to a village where there are no roads, sleeping in tents, eating food that is foreign to your culture — all of these things bring adventure and reward.

None of the adventure can even begin to measure up to the Eternal Reward of lives that are transformed when people hear and respond to the Good News of Gospel for the first time, when those who were oppressed by the demonic experience freedom in Christ, when young people and old people alike are transformed by the power of the Holy Spirit.

THIS IS THAT which the prophet Joel spoke of — God has poured out His Spirit on all men, the blind see, the deaf hear, the mute sing, captives are set free, and the Gospel is declared to every tribe and every tongue and Nation.

podcast testimonies

I had the opportunity to interview Overland Missions team member, Carol, and in this podcast episode he shares testimonies, talks about life and ministry in the Democratic Republic of Congo, and Farming God’s Way as a tool to share the Gospel. Coming at you from Likasi, DRC with the sounds of our neighbourhood in the background!

you can listen to Cornelia In Africa on any podcast platform, or follow the link here
Testimony from our Expedition in Mwadingusha!

mahala in Mukumbi

Every week, we come back to this chiefdom to host Bible Studies and to encourage the believers here. (Last year, before the Chief gave us permission to use the private road, getting here required multiple taxis, travel by motorbike, and the whole journey took <4 hours one-way.)

every week, after Bible study, we go around in the community and the local hospital to lay hands on the sick, and to pray for people

One time, as Julie and I and our team showed up to teach Bible study, there were a large group of people gathered at the secretary’s office — Chief Mukumbi was addressing people. As soon as we pulled up, the secretary approached us, explaining that there was trouble at one of the other villages but we didn’t have to leave.

He said, “We know you. We know your reputation. You’re here to help people and to teach the Bible and to pray for people. You will be safe. You’re not here to cause trouble.”

Every time we come back here, we’re joyfully welcomed, and as soon as the teaching is concluded, our group of friends tell us about the sick people in the hospital and the village that need prayer. We encourage them to go out and lay hands on the sick, and to pray for the people in their community. Now they’re the ones responding to prayer requests.

Yesterday was another busy day for Chief Mukumbi! He buried his younger brother and welcomed a new granddaughter (we met her at the hospital) on the same day. So often the areas and people that are hardest to reach are the ones that God uses most profoundly to bring transformation in the Kingdom.

in every season

Rainy Season has arrived in DR Congo, and our teams are out in the fields, empowering unreached people with the Gospel, and teaching Farming God’s Way!

Some moments from the Farming God’s Way conference we hosted during this last Expedition. The picture in the bottom-right corner is a group of farmers on their knees, dedicating their land to God. I love the picture of this lady’s hands — how many years of faithful labour do they represent in providing for her family? How wonderful to be reminded that the Lord of the Harvest is faithful to provide for the sparrows and even more so for those He loves so dearly!

Here are some of our team members doing Farming God’s Way: https://youtu.be/xL-MQzzjyUs

video updates and testimonies

Guess what? IT’S TESTIMONY TIME! In this video Julie shares some recent testimonies from Mukumbi, Expeditions, and plans for the next season!

boots on the ground

We are actively looking for people to join our team here in DRC with boots on the ground. If you want to join our team, reach out to me — cornelia@overlandmissions.com

If you missed out on the DRC team introduction, you can find it here (on any Podcast platform)
investing in team

Three of our Congolese team members are getting married in the next couple of months, and we were honoured to join them at their engagement party. We meet with our full team once a week for fellowship and worship, and these are valuable cross-cultural discipleship opportunities. Here are some pictures from the past month!

one tribe

OVERLAND MISSIONS ONE TRIBE 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!

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!

If you would like to give to our Kingdom work, please click here. You can use 3282 as my staff code in the reference.

Thank you for your continued prayers, and love, and for sowing so generously into my life! May the Lamb receive the honour and praise that is due to His Name! 🙌🏼

Love in Christ
cornelia

“And He said to them, Go into all the world and preach and publish openly the good news (the Gospel) to every creature [of the whole human race]. He who believes [who adheres to and trusts in and relies on the Gospel and Him Whom it sets forth] and is baptized will be saved [from the penalty of eternal death]; but he who does not believe [who does not adhere to and trust in and rely on the Gospel and Him Whom it sets forth] will be condemned. And these attesting signs will accompany those who believe: in My name they will drive out demons; they will speak in new languages; They will pick up serpents; and [even] if they drink anything deadly, it will not hurt them; they will lay their hands on the sick, and they will get well.”

Mark‬ ‭16:15-18‬ ‭‬‬
Mike Bickle

look to the Lamb

“Keep me as the apple of your eye; hide me in the shadow of your wings.”

Psalms‬ ‭17:8‬ ‭NIV‬‬

in the morning when I rise, give me Jesus

TODAY IS A GREAT DAY! Instead of shout-preaching from the church 3 blocks away, or the call to prayer from the mosque behind our house, or the clamour of traffic, I woke up in a different city, at 04:30 (my usual wake-time) with the chirping of birds and a cool breeze coming through the window.

This may not seem like much to you, reading this, but here’s the confession:
I’ve had to work on my attitude. And my posture.

Yesterday, we caught the 06:00 bus from Likasi to Lubumbashi. This is the sunrise view from our front gate.

This week we’re in the city. “Ministry” looks different this week, and I’ll be honest — at first I didn’t have a good attitude about it.

Sometimes we’re in physical circumstances that aren’t ideal, even when they’re by no means uncomfortable, and if you’re like me (a very opinionated 8w7), it’ll take some effort to bin the attitude and honour those who lead you because that’s part of team, and it’s part of ministry, and frankly — it’s part of life.

This past Sunday we listened to a podcast sermon by Eric Gilmour — oh, boy! What a conviction!

recalibrate

Ministry and life begins with LOOKING AT THE LAMB.

The more you look to Him, the more you become like Him.

If you’re unhappy with your life, your relationships, or your physical circumstances, it’s probably because, at some point, Jesus was replaced (or added to), and our problems become amplified by losing sight of Him!

He is the Name above all names.
He is the Name above all things.
He is the Name above all Nations.
He is the Name above all sickness and disease.
He is the Name above all sin.
He is the Name above all ministries and peoples and opinions.

“After this I looked, and behold, right in front of me I saw a vast multitude of people — an enormous multitude so huge that no one could count — made up of victorious ones from every nation, tribe, people group, and language. They were all in glistening white robes, standing before the throne and before the Lamb with palm branches in their hands.”

Revelation‬ ‭7:9‬ ‭TPT‬‬

If you show up and there’s no one to minister to, MINISTER TO HIM! Is that not what we’re called to do as Priests?! There is no higher ministry than going low before God. He is the uncontested Pinnacle.

So, here’s how to check whether you’re aligned with Him:
1) no one and nothing captivates your heart like He does
2) time with Him is more important than anything else
3) His Word means more to you than anyone else’s words
4) His desires mean more to you than your desires

Eric Gilmour

So, this week, I’m not out in the Bush for ministry. I’m in the city. And “ministry” is different from what I expected it to be. I’m on the other side of a bumpy, lengthy bus ride (motion sickness to boot) for the fourth time in two weeks. But we’re staying in a very comfortable guest house in the city, surrounded by trees and chirping birds and I’m working on my attitude — and more importantly, my posture before Him.

If Faith is LOOKING TO JESUS, we cannot afford to be swayed by the bumps in the road of life.
The Holy Spirit enables us to see Jesus.
Jesus reveals the Father.

This life is only lived if we fix our gaze on Him.

#runwildlivefree

digging a well

Happiness depends on circumstance, but joy is a constant state of wellbeing drawn from His presence.

“You make known to me the path of life; in your presence there is fullness of joy; at your right hand are pleasures forevermore.”

Psalm 16:11

I want to encourage you — don’t allow the enemy to steal your joy!

Happiness depends on circumstance, but joy is a constant state of wellbeing drawn from His presence.

The enemy will always try to disturb your peace ’cause it leads to a loss of joy that shifts your focus from the Kingdom to everything that does not seem to go well. Dig a well and drink deep from the joy of His presence!

Chers amis, famille, partenaires du royaume de Dieu,

In writing this update, I feel a little like Paul addressing the Corinthians.


I’ve been praying for each of you (I’m keeping a journal with your prayer requests) and I’m trusting that the truth of the Word may be manifest in you, and through you.

In Him you are enriched with readiness to speak of this Hope — the Hope that we have in Him, and through Him; to give a clear witness for Christ the Messiah, which is confirmed in you by the power of the Holy Spirit.

Thank you for your continued prayers, and partnership in the Kingdom!

Our team so currently on Expedition in the Mwadingusha area.

Expeditions are grassroots Evangelical pursuits in which we declare the Kingdom, lay hands on the sick for healing and deliverance, and encourage believers to continue in faith.

Overland Missions is an interdenominational organisation, and our focus is the establishing of Biblical foundations, equipping leadership, and empowering communities with practical means, rooted in Scripture. We do whatever it takes to go to unreached people groups in remote locations, in order to share the Gospel. Any road. Any load. Any time.

Today our teams ventured out Lukoshi, a new area of ministry on the other side of the lake, to share the Gospel with this community.

We had a really good day of ministry 🙌🏼

I preached the Gospel to about 200 people who were gathered at Chief Mwadingusha’s palace, and after the message, we split into teams and did home visits. Our team already carries reports of people turning, or returning to God, locals heats and lives are touched by the Holy Spirit, and many hear the Gospel for the first time.

In the end, it’s not about the statistics or the adventure!
We run, and push forward with this message of Good News because He is worthy — for the glory of His Name and the sake of His kingdom!

I hope to share more testimonies with you soon!

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.

Overland Missions tram member, Mike, interprets a message of encouragement from 1 John 1 from French to Kisanga at Chief Mwadingusha’s palace.

SPECIFIC PRAYER REQUESTS:
• a missionary friend who’s been labouring for the Kingdom in Ukraine passed away last night. Please keep the Potgieter family in your prayers as they continue trusting God for great breakthrough in this nation!

• 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 harvest — 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
🇨🇩🤍🙌🏼
cornelia

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

Mwadingusha

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: go.overlandmissions.com/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
🇨🇩🙌🏼🤍✨

Cornelia
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: http://www.corneliainafrica.com
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!

If you would like to give to our Kingdom work, please click here. You can use 3282 as my staff code in the reference.

would like to invite you to partner with this ministry!

You can CLICK HERE to give every month, or once-off, using 3282 as my staff code in the reference.

“The angel told him, “Get dressed. Put on your sandals, bring your cloak, and follow me.”

‭‭— Acts‬ ‭12:8‬ ‭TPT‬‬

Friends! Family! Kingdom Partners!

I am on my way to DR Congo

After (nearly) two years of ministry (and waiting and praying and preparing in the throws of Lockdown) in my home country, I AM ON MY WAY to DR Congo!

I have eagerly been waiting for the opportunity to return as a sector missionary to DR Congo with Overland Missions, and it is finally here! I am leaving in SEVEN DAYS!

We often find ourselves in in-between seasons, and for me, the in-between was from October 2019, shortly after my return from Zambia when my father passed away, through Lockdown, until now. One of the toughest lessons I’ve had to learn is to actively wait while I’m in the in-between.

As Westerners, we’re conditioned to be time-conscious — not to waste time, but to save it and steward it.
What I’ve learnt is that ACTIVE waiting is very different from PASSIVE waiting.
The in-between is a time for growth.
A time for stewardship, for cultivating, for digging deeper wells.

— active waiting in the in-between

I have spent this in-between season doing just that — and now it’s time to put on sandals, grab my cloak (or at least 1 bag as per airline allowance) and GO!

As you may know, at the end of 2019, I received a new assignment to work with Overland Missions’ team in the Democratic Republic of Congo to pioneer the Gospel to unreached people in remote locations.

During the worldwide lockdown of 2020, our faithful team of Congolaise missionaries and ministry partners worked with zeal to expand the Kingdom and to share the Good News of the Gospel with their fellow Congolaise people. I have shared many of their testimonies— and the victories in which you share — over the past months. It’s a celebration of God at work in the Nations!

“The angel told him, “Get dressed. Put on your sandals, bring your cloak, and follow me.”” — Acts‬ ‭12:8‬ ‭TPT‬‬

it’s moving day

IT’S MOVING DAY! our team in DRC is expanding and growing, and we’re pioneering a new ministry area in Haut Katanga! 🇨🇩 Thank you for being a part of the team, for working and sowing into the Kingdom! We look forward to the many ministry opportunities this new base will hold! (If you missed the news — Sherrill and Saviour are expecting their baby in December 2021!)

ninety days

Over the next three months, I’ll be joining our Overland Missions team in our NEW HOME — Kolwezi, where we’ve got a full ministry schedule!

  • Teaching Bible studies in the villages
  • Hosting Leadership Meetings in Mpande, Kapalowe, Kolwezi, and Likasi
  • Doing First Aid training and Trauma Prayer Counselling with Julie in the clinics
  • A SECOND Expedition to follow-up on the first Expedition that our Zambian team hosted in August
  • Hosting Farming God’s Way Conferences
  • Preaching (this also counts toward the Bachelor of Theology that I am currently pursuing while working full-time)
  • Doing various recon missions around Kolwezi
  • And — one of the ministry highlights I am personally looking forward to meeting Emperor Mwant Yavwa on my birthday!

4 vehicles 6 motorbikes 32 people

At the end of July and into the beginning of August, the Expedition Division partnered with the DR Congo team to run our first ever DR Congo expedition.

It was an expedition that pioneered great things for the future!
Follow this link to check out awesome testimonies from the expedition!

Two of our expedition leaders took on the challenge of this trip into this unfamiliar and difficult nation. A huge part of the expedition was that instead of bringing westerners with them, they brought a group of our full-time time, Zambian staff! For many of our Zambian missionaries, it was their first time doing international ministry.


What an amazing expedition filled with powerful testimonies, cross-cultural leadership, miracles, and expansion!

you are a part of this team

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

I would like to invite you to partner with this ministry!

You can CLICK HERE to give every month, or a once-off gift, using 3282 as my staff code in the reference.

If you would like to give to our Kingdom work, please click here. You can use 3282 as my staff code in the reference.

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.

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!

meet the DR Congo team

If you missed out on the DRC team introduction, you can find it here (on any Podcast platform), or where my newsletters are published: http://www.corneliainafrica.com

testimonies from our international Overland Missions team

an update from our Congolese teammate, Fidele: Moi et mon équipe du Congo, de la Zambie, de Finlande, d’Amérique, Afrique du Sud nous accomplissons les messages que Jésus Christ nous as laisser d’aller partout dans le monde et donner l’evagile. Merci a Dieu pour cette grâce qu’il m’accorder. >> myself and my team from Congo, Zambia, Finland, America, South Africa are fulfilling the messages that Jesus Christ has left us to go all over the world and give the Gospel. Thank God for this grace.
Today I’m remembering that time I walked 25km across Lusaka (yes, I had blisters. I walked because my wallet got stolen, but somehow I still had my passport) to the US Embassy to get my visa application submitted. 😂 Two years later, here I am — sitting in a small room in the back of a pharmacy, getting vaccinated for yellow fever, typhoid, hepatitis, tetanus, etc so that I can get to DRC soon! *Let me tell you — travelling for the sake of the Gospel is not always glamorous, * but every long hike, and every 26-hour bus ride, and every flight, and every change-of-plans-on-the-go is WORTH IT over and over again, because HE IS WORTHY! Whatever it takes.
From the Middle East: “Being a missionary in the Middle East is hard, especially when you were born there. But, I’m always being reminded of how Jesus walked and started revival here… how He was Middle Eastern! Walking this journey and doing life for Jesus has made me realize how amazing God’s love for us is. I’m with people that I’m supposed to hate, but still share the Gospel because I love them and care so much about them! It makes me think how Jesus looked at people. He had no reason to love them, but loved because He is Love itself. Being here is hard unless you know how to love and be love as He is Love,” — a missionary from, and to, the Middle East.
testimony from Zambia: “Two of our local Zambian missionaries led the charge to repair this well that had been broken for years! With the hard work of villagers, we were able to do a complete restoration of this broken water source. As we pulled up one broken, dirty, rusty piece of metal after another and replaced each part with a new and spotless pipe, I was reminded of the words in Hebrews 10 that our hearts have been sprinkled clean and our bodies washed with pure water. And this washing goes deep – it’s a cleansing that recreates our very spirits and gives us an entirely new self. But it doesn’t just stop there. Like the new well, we’ve been made new in order to pour out. The water that washed us clean now springs forth from our spirits to bring life to the world around us,” Lynsey H, missionary in Zambia.
from Angola: “Our first time back out ministering in Angola, I was so nervous. I had six months of Portuguese classes, and a year to forget them, but I so wanted to clearly communicate the precious Word of God. It was hard for me to learn a language when I couldn’t see the people face-to-face who I was learning it for. But arriving in the first village last week, I was reminded of what I saw the first time we were in Angola. People are hungry for Truth, God is faithful, and every second is worth it. Every inconvenience; every embarrassment of getting the language wrong; every week, day, and month of waiting on some government is worth it to communicate the love of God face-to-face with someone who doesn’t know it,” — Lauren B, missionary in Angola.
From Tanzania: When was the moment we have decided that faith is about “Jesus make my life easy”? Jesus said, “unless you lose your life, you will never find it.” When was the moment we have forgotten that we owe Him everything and not the other way around? Especially now in the light of what is happening in Afghanistan and other places in the world (that may not be displayed on the news) where our brothers and sisters are being killed for trusting in Jesus, we should understand, it is either “I” or Jesus. And when we choose Jesus it may get difficult, we may sacrifice what is of value to us, or face persecution. But life was never meant to be found in anything rather than Jesus. I am at a place right now where family is everything to people and when they choose Jesus, they may lose their family. They don’t choose Jesus because He makes their life easy. They choose Him because He is LIFE.
encouragement from Jake, Overland Missions’ Director of International Operations: God takes small things and makes them great in His hands. David was the youngest and smallest of all the brothers, yet God chose him to be King of Israel. David wasn’t chosen because of his earthly qualifications, he was chosen because God knew what was in his heart.
From Chipepo chiefdom, Zambia: Chipepo is one of our many outlying bases in Zambia. The team has many powerful, Zambian ministers! Three are Cresia, Lydia, and Judith. Chelsea has a Bible study with them regularly and desires their confidence in ministry grow to the point where they fully understand how much power their message carries. Chelsea B shares, “My hope and prayer for them is that they all will be able to read the Bible on their own one day very soon, and preach with confidence, sharing their life stories as testimonies of God’s faithfulness and love!”
From Brazil: “So often children’s ministries are watered-down or glorified playtimes. In the same way, sometimes children are seen as extra work or even burdens on the mission field, when, in fact, the same Holy Spirit that lives in me lives in them! The same power that raised Jesus from the dead lives in them, and the greatest gift I can give my children is the opportunity to be obedient to the Holy Spirit, and minister the Gospel,” — Chelsea P, missionary in Brazil.
“After a day of house-to-house ministry, I went to fill up the team’s water cans. Arriving at the borehole, I met Franco. We immediately struck up conversation and Holy Spirit led me to ask if he knew Jesus. Franco said he knew Jesus from going to church growing up but didn’t know God desires an ongoing relationship with him. After many questions and praying together, Franco received Jesus and made him Lord and Savior of his life,” — Parker S AMT graduate, 2021

je m’en vais!

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 cornelia@overlandmissions.com
  • 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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yes and amen

Dearest Friends! Family! Kingdom Partners!

2021 has started off with a bang! I am so overwhelmed by your generosity and love! I am extremely proud to be part of this wonderful team — Overland Missions — during this season, and during this year! In a year when much of the world came to a standstill, the Gospel of the Kingdom continued to move forward!

These past couple of months have been packed with so many things! I’ve been so excited to share this update with you, and more and more things kept being added, so here it is — the highlight reel!

“For no matter how many promises God has made, they are ‘Yes’ in Christ. And so though him the ‘Amen” is spoken by us to the glory of God”

— 2 Corinthians 1:20 [TPT]

Isn’t this scripture a wonderful reminder that He who has promised is faithful? His heart has always been to have relationship with us — His creation. As we go to the nations to share this message — that He has come near, that God became man to pay the ultimate price for freedom on our behalf, to reconcile us to the Father — we can hold on to the promise that His Word will not return void; not in our own lives, nor in the lives of those we are so incredibly privileged to serve. In Jesus every Scripture is fulfilled, and in Him, we have the hope of glory!

African Staff Conference

In January, after being grounded for a full year, due to Covid-19 restrictions, I was able to travel to Rapid 14, Overland Missions’ headquarters in Zambia, to join missionaries from all over Africa for our annual staff conference. This is a yearly highlight as missionaries and team members from outlying bases come together for a time of fellowship, encouragement, and getting equipped to return to the field on fire!

Travelling internationally during an international pandemic is certainly a colourful affair! After getting a negative Covid-19 test result, I was ready to book my plane ticket to Lusaka where I would meet up with my teammates from DRC. Sherrill, Savour and Julie made their way down to Zambia via bus. We had arranged to meet up in the capital, and then catch a shuttle to Livingstone. Life is always better in team!

180 km to go in cyclone rain? We do whatever it takes. Thank you for dropping me off at the airport, Ruan!

Since most of my travel plans were dependent on a negative test result, things fell in place quite suddenly when I knew for sure that I was free to travel! Just as Tropical Cyclone Eloise rolled into South Africa, my friend Ruan agreed to drop me off at the airport. We had another 180 km to go in order to make it to the city on the back of his yellow motorbike with a full pack, and it had just started to rain!

During Level 4 Lockdown Restrictions in South Africa, we had government enforced curfew which meant that no one was allowed out of their personal place of residence between 21h00 and 05h00. This took some creative planning to travel between provinces and cities, but long story short — I made it to the airport (and my flight) on time!

Dr Leon van Rooyen famously says, “Blessed are the flexible, for they shall remain in ministry.”

The conference was a wonderful time of fellowship, community, and infilling with the Holy Spirit. I am thankful to be part of a dynamic faith-filled team that is Biblically centred in everything they do, and such an incredible tribe to belong to.

language and translation

I recently had the privilege of translating the official Chaplaincy Training proposal document from English to French to present to Emperor Mwaant Yaav, ruler of the Lunda Empire in the Democratic Republic of Congo.

Jessy and I are actively pursuing language training in French in order to be conversationally proficient once we touch base in DRC.

Two of the most important tools in indigenous ministry are, 1) local leadership and 2) language proficiency.

The Chaplaincy Training is an intensive, integrated training initiative that started in Zambia and has since expanded to other African nations. The goal is to provide every Chief as representative of the traditional leadership in the nations with a spiritual Counsellor. We call these spiritual counsellors Chaplains. In Scripture, we find many examples of men and women who acted as advisors to leaders — Daniel to Nebuchadnezzar, David to Saul, Joseph to Potiphar. And, of course, fuelled by the Holy Spirit.

This document, that is the proposal for expanded Chaplaincy Training in DR Congo, is one of many doors that opened for ministry to move forward, and the Kingdom to advance by reaching the hearts and minds of traditional, and governmental leadership. God is making a way for the Gospel to break through political constraints, and break the chains of historical slavery.

In February, I had an opportunity to share about Overland Missions and the advancement of the Kingdom in DRC, Zambia and beyond on a local radio station here in South Africa.

testimonies from DR Congo

Farming God’s Way, Mpande. Three days of Scripture and agriculture, knit together to sow hope for change.

Our team continues to facilitate the Biblical theology course in French with our Congolese team 2 days a week. The team ministers in several remote villages on a weekly basis, riding motorcycles through the mud and rain to share the Gospel, and follow up with foundational Bible studies. The Overland team working in Zanzibar, who are Swahili speakers, were able to facilitate a great video training on Keys to Relationships and Evangelism with Muslims — based on their years of experience and walking by the Spirit in love. We are thankful for the wisdom they shared with our team!

We invested in helmets (and carried them in backpacks and duffle bags across the border) because we ride motorcycles for 90% of our ministry. Is it the safest way to travel? Nope, but right now it’s the only mode of transportation we have to carry the gospel to remote villages.

Taking calculated risks means we do our best to keep our team going for as long and as far as possible — because we carry the love and power of Christ in us. And there are too many people who still have never heard this Good News! After the conference our team tried to return to Congo. Julie received a message that the rebels were fighting with soldiers in a city we needed to pass through to get home. So she spent 17 extra hours on a bus and returned to our R14 base in Zambia until there was peace again.

God never promised us a life free from difficulty, but he has promised to never leave us or forsake us. We’re thankful to be back with our team, and tomorrow we head back out to the villages — because once you have received the revelation of God’s redeeming love, it’s impossible to keep it to yourself.

A chief called Christelle (one of our Congolaise team members) when his wife was very sick. His wife was unconscious and they feared she was near death. Christelle prayed for the chief’s wife over the phone and she woke up! She was soon able to eat and drink again! The chief was incredibly thankful for the faith and prayers of our team.

“Working in a nation that isn’t the country of your passport makes you realize all the injustice taking place in the world. People make you pay more than a normal price just because you are a foreigner or damage your motorbike and demand you pay them. Even in a neighbouring African country I’m a foreigner.

But the beauty is, there’s no challenge, trial or difficulty that can stop our sharing the Gospel. God loves his people so much, regardless of where they are from or which culture they were brought up in.

One soul is worth all we have to reach and tell them about the deep love of God and the reconciliation available to them right now,” — Saviour, missionary in DR Congo.

We have seen God answer our prayers as we laid hands on the sick, and God brought miraculous healing to bad knees and backs, as well an old woman’s nearly blind eyes were restored! One man was an alcoholic (with all the brokenness associated with this) when he came to a meeting. After hearing of God’s love for him during our Bible studies, he says, “my life was changed on that day, and I have not drunk again.

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 for 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 are able to 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!

Much love, Cornelia

Please let me know how I can be praying for you! We are better together!

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