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

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
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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!
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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!

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This is something I’ve been meditating on: what does it mean to be postured before Him?

If we truly believe that His Word tells us what to do, and how and when to walk in His ways, we have to obey EVERYTHING He says, and not only the parts we like or agree with, or the parts we feel like doing.
Walking in a relationship with Him requires radical obedience.
I’m constantly challenged to pursue that more — to not have delayed obedience in my walk with Him.

One of the Hebrew words for “to WORSHIP” is SHACHAH. It literally (physically) means “to bow down before” and comprises three Hebrew letters: SHIN (a picture of a tooth), CHET (picture of a wall or barrier), and HEH (picture of a man pointing something out).

So, put together, the letters spell out something like “to cut off the barrier of seeing”.

In other words, according to the Hebraic understanding of SHACHAH, the action of bowing down (a physical and spiritual posture) is integral to understanding and perceiving the other person correctly.

Posturing ourselves before God as an act of worship allows us to see Him as He truly is

“I urge you, brothers and sisters, in view of God’s mercy, to offer your bodies as a living sacrifice, holy and pleasing to God— this is your true and proper worship. Do not conform to the pattern of this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind. Then you will be able to test and approve what God’s will is—his good, pleasing and perfect will.”

— Romans 12: 1&2

Therefore, posturing ourselves before God as an act of worship allows us to see Him as He truly is by correcting our perspective, focussing our attention, and renewal of our mind (spirit and soul/heart).

Seeing Him as He truly is, allows us to walk in reverent fear of His holiness, keeping His commandments (and commands — because this includes the New Testament and not only Exodus), and keeping Him as the focus and object of our worship, and our obedience.

“All has been heard; the end of the matter is: Fear God [revere and worship Him, knowing that He is] and keep His commandments, for this is the whole of man [the full, original purpose of his creation, the object of god’s providence, the root of character, the foundation of all happiness, the adjustment to all inharmonious circumstances and conditions under the sun] and the whole [duty] for every man.”

— ‭‭Ecclesiastes‬ ‭12:13‬ ‭AMPC

posture

a well in the wasteland

There are times in life where we’re “stuck” in the in-between.

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.

In the desert, there is no commodity more valuable than water.

When you don’t know what’s next, or even if you know, and you’re waiting for the release, don’t pop up an umbrella and camp out under the palm trees of the oasis. Now is the time to break through the hard ground, to dig deep, to be filled with Living Water that flows out of your belly.

He promises that this will bring healing to the Nations.

“The Lord your God is with you, the Mighty Warrior who saves. He will take great delight in you; in his love he will no longer rebuke you, but will rejoice over you with singing.”
— Zephaniah 3:17
NIVUK

He promises that this will bring healing to the Nations.

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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during this season of difficulty

When Paul wrote this passage he was in chains, having suffered multiple beatings, stonings, starvation, and FELT persecution.

His suffering went far beyond people saying mean things on social media or spreading rumors.

It wasn’t a motivational quote he uttered as he posted a selfie at the top of a mountain.

“I know what it means to lack, and I know what it means to experience overwhelming abundance. For I’m trained in the secret of overcoming all things, whether in fullness or in hunger. And I find that the strength of Christ’s explosive power infuses me to conquer every difficulty. My heart overflows with joy when I think of how you showed your love to me by your financial support of my ministry. For even though you have so little, you still continue to help me at every opportunity. I’m not telling you this because I’m in need, for I have learned to be satisfied in any circumstance.You’ve so graciously provided for my essential needs during this season of difficulty.”‭‭

— Philippians‬ ‭4:10-14‬

May this be your anthem in times of trial but also in times of victory — that God strengthens and supplies you in every circumstance!

#runwildlivefree

numbers

fair warning: before reading through this post, you might want to find a warm beverage and somewhere comfortable to sit down in.

As someone with a background in languages, communication, and language practice, the concept of numbers, and more specifically the mathematical side of things, are of little interest to me. However, I find it fascinating that letters, or linguistic concepts are often represented by numerical values.

When I studied sociolinguistics back in the day, as part of my (second) undergrad degree in Language and Literature, I was intrigued to find that an alternative name for language, is code — a neutral term which denotes language, or a variety of language, and within the discipline of code switching specifically refers to the hybridization of language by mixing the elements of two languages into the same sentence or clause.

Simply put, this simply means that two independent forms of code may be used together to form a single (or plural) form of communication to a (potentially) mixed audience.

Ask any South African if they do this, and the answer will, ten to one, be YES. With 11 official languages, most South Africans are bilingual, at the very least, and with such a diverse cultural and linguistic makeup, one often finds yourself engulfed in a conversation that may, for instance, switch around between Afrikaans, English, Zulu, or any other combination of local languages. This phenomenon (code switching) is of course not singularly applicable to the South African context.

the Hebrew alphabet

In Hebrew, for instance, each alphabet letter has a numerical value. Which brings me to the book of NUMBERS.

thirty is not just a number

In one of my earlier posts, I shared how thirty is not just a number, and that’s why I’m providing this rather extensive background regarding sociolinguistics and numbers.

The Book of Numbers is the fourth book of the Old Testament, and the fourth of five books in the Torah. The Hebrew name for Numbers is BEMIDBAR (Bəmiḏbar), and means “In the Wilderness” or “In the Desert”, and contains the stories of the Hebrews passage from Egypt to the Promised Land.

thirty is not just a number

  • In the Biblical context, the number 30 is representative of dedication to a specific task or calling
  • Aronic priests were dedicated to serving in the temple at 30 years of age — Numbers 4:3
  • John the Baptist (of priestly descent through Zechariah) began his ministry at age 30
  • Jesus began to publicly preach the Gospel of the Kingdom at age 30 — Luke 3:23
  • the Dead Sea Scrolls were discovered in caves near Qumran, and of all the scrolls discovered since 1947, 30 copies of the Psalms have been identified
  • God promised Abraham that He would not destroy Sodom and Gomorrah if at least 30 righteous men could be found
  • King David was 30 years old when he began to reign over Israel — 2 Samuel 5:4
  • in 30AD the New Testament church was born. It started in Jerusalem on the day of Pentecost when God’s Spirit initially came on 120 individuals, and after Peter preached, an additional 3000 people came to believe the Gospel of the Kingdom — Acts 2

numbers

The Hebrew word for “Numbers” is BEMIDBAR, and translates to “In the Wilderness”

The book of numbers marks the Israelites’ journey through the wilderness to the Promised Land, and can be (roughly) divided into three main parts and two road trip parts.

  1. Sinai → Numbers 1-20
    • Reed Sea → travel: Numbers 20-12
  2. Paran → Numbers 13-19
    • travel: Numbers 20-21
  3. Moab → Numbers 22-36

Sinai

  • Built the Tabernacle
  • Moses received the Ten Commandments
  • formed a covenant with God after coming out of Egypt

Paran

  • Sent 12 spies to Canaan
  • of the 12 spies, only TWO came back with a positive report → even after EVERYTHING that God has promised to them, the challenges that lay ahead seemed overwhelming and because of their fear, an ENTIRE GENERATION missed out on their inheritance

Moab

God uses Balaam to bless His people
  • King Balak reigns over Moab, and freaks out at the amount of foreigners travelling through his land, so he hires a sorcerer named Balaam to curse the Israelites.
  • Balaam tries to curse the Israelites on three different occasions, but ends up blessing them instead.
  • Balaam prophesies that “Out of Israel will rise a victorious King,”
  • This prophesy from Balaam points directly to the birth of Jesus in the New Testament → all New Testament promises are fulfilled in Jesus, and is also connected to God’s promise to Abraham to bless all nations through him and his family

not a job description

I was 16 years old when I first knew that I wanted to (officially or unofficially) spend my life telling others about Jesus. Of course, I had to finish High School, and after that, I spent 7 years studying, and then worked in the corporate world all while being involved in some form of ministry and outreach.

And finally, after praying about an opportunity to do full-time ministry for more than 10 years, I met Overland Missions, and immediately knew that this was where God wanted to me to be next! I have been involved (officially and unofficially, full-time and part-time) in missions and ministry since 2006, and for the first time since I felt God call me toward sharing the Kingdom in the nations, did I feel as if someone was using the same language as me when talking about ministry, and missions in particular.

You cannot be a missionary without being a visionary — truly, it is so much more than a job description. Fulfilling the call of God on our lives may look different from person-to-person, and there’s certainly no guideline or manual on how to do that, other than walking in obedience to Holy Spirit.

“This is what the Sovereign Lord says to these bones: I will make breath enter you, and you will come to life. I will attach tendons to you and make flesh come upon you and cover you with skin, I will put breath in you, and you will come to life. Then you will know that I am the Lord. ” — Ezekiel 37:5

In the Biblical context, the number 30 is representative of dedication to a specific task or calling. I recently celebrated my 30th birthday, and with consideration of Numbers, and the significance it holds from a scriptural perspective, in conjunction with the call of God on my life, and the incredible job I get to do on the daily (it’s not only a job, but a fulfilment of years’ worth of praying and dreaming), I am in awe of the extraordinary manner in which the seasons of my life have come together through God’s divine working.

I may not know the exact details of what the next 30 years may hold, but I know that the Kingdom will always be a part of it. For now, at least, I am looking forward to joining our Overland Missions team in the Democratic Republic of Congo where our full-time missionaries and ministry partners pioneer the Gospel to remote and forgotten people.

The Great Commission is not only a calling that applies to a “chosen few” to serve as foreign missionaries, but to every believer — whether in vocation or in lifestyle. Moving forward, 30 is not just a number, it’s not only a transition of seasons, or a journey that progresses through the wilderness to the promised land, but it is an undertaking to pioneer the Kingdom to those who have never heard the Good News of Jesus Christ.

take the Kingdom by force

And from the days of John the Baptist until the present time, the kingdom of heaven has endured violent assault, and violent men seize it by force [as a precious prize — a share in the heavenly kingdom is sought with most ardent zeal and intense exertion].

Matthew 11:12 [AMP]

This year, despite having to leave DRC for many months, and travel restrictions in the wake of COVID-19, our team along with our fiery ministry partners in Haut Katanga province, have moved mountains to share the Good News of Jesus Christ, to train and equip new believers with the Word, and have set their communities ablaze with the power of the Gospel and the working of the Holy Spirit.

Of course, ministry is not only about the numbers — how many souls were saved, healed, delivered, how many baptisms, of the amount of kilometres you travelled to reach the people you are ministering to. But without you, and your partnership, these numbers would look very different. Whatever season you’re in, or whatever ‘number you’re on’ — we’d love to include you in the work and ministry we do here in the Democratic republic of Congo and beyond!

Our team in the Democratic Republic of Congo are bringing the GOOD NEWS OF THE KINGDOM to these beautiful people!
Our ministry partners have set their communities on fire with the Gospel, and we’re expanding ministry into the rural areas!
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We are continuing to grow our team, and there is room for you! To find out how you can become part of Overland Missions’ international team, CLICK HERE to sign up for Advanced Missions Training.

Your partnership and generosity is so very needed, and greatly appreciated! By generously giving your finances, prayer, time, and resources we are able to be the boots on the ground, and you are an extension of our ministry — every testimony we celebrate is an inheritance you share in!

If you would like to know more about how you can join our team, or have specific questions — I am available on social media as Cornelia Grace, and you are more than welcome to reach out to me at cornelia@overlandmissions.com or LinkedIn — I would be delighted to get connected with you!

Catch up on some highlights of these past couple of weeks of ministry and events in DR CONGO and beyond — with a special feature from my teammate Jessy!
I also have some wonderful testimonies to share from some of our Congolese disciples, and I’m working on translating them from French to English!
Your generous prayers, finances, time, and support is an extension of all that Overland Missions’ DR CONGO team does in the Kingdom.
Every victory and testimony is a victory and testimony that YOU get to share in!
We love you, and appreciate you!
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I thank my God every time I think of you!

“I thank my God every time I think of you! I always pray with joy, whenever I pray for you all, because of your partnership in the gospel from the first day until now. Of this I’m convinced: the one who began a good work in you will thoroughly complete it by the day of King Jesus.”

Philippians 1:3-5

Friends! Family! Kingdom Partners! This update has been a long time coming, and I’m writing it from the stoep of Overland Missions’ logistical base in Zambia, Rapid 14, overlooking the Zambezi gorge.

Rain has just started to sift down, and in the distance I can hear the rumble of the Zambezi as it pushes over the rugged boulders that lay in the gorge. The previous time I was here, in August 2019, the Victoria Falls were nearly completely dried up, with mere trickles making their way over the magnificent cliff face. It was a wonder and beauty to behold in its own right, but I am thankful that once again the surrounding landscape is filled with buzzing bees, and chirping birds, and the rumble of the cloud that thunders.

not a bad view for writing a newsletter

It has been a while since I last sent out a full update, but I wanted this newsletter to focus specifically on thanksgiving.

Sarah Wilson

This morning when we had our team devotion, Lilly shared how gratitude changes the way we lean into the Father.

Gratitude and thanksgiving can become such forced things when we say, “Thank you, Lord, for A, B and C,” and they’re often hard words to say out loud — to God and to other people. But when, in the moment, we simply appreciate the simple things, that is, in my view, a response of gratitude and thanksgiving. Gratitude might be reflected in big things like healing, financial breakthrough, or a restored relationship. But it can also be small things, like a finch’s nest dangling on a branch after a heavy storm, a warm cup of coffee, or the steady confidence of a friend.

This past year has held many challenges — each unique in their own way — but one of the things I have TRULY come to appreciate and be thankful for, is for a tribe, and a team of family, friends, and Kingdom Partners who are able to keep my arms up in the midst of a battle.

I often find it hard to be emotionally vulnerable or transparent, especially within a faith context, because I have somehow convinced myself that I have to maintain an impenetrable facade of faith in the face of opposition as an answer to the challenges of life. It might be from trauma and wounds in my past, and I am working through those things now that I am able to recognise and name them, but I think it’s important to remember that though we are human, and we DO experience emotion (and that it’s totally valid to feel all the things), it’s important to align our experience of things with the Truth of the Word. In the moment it might be hard, to recognise and call out the lies, especially when we’re facing anxiety, uncertainty, or confusion, but it’s in those moments where things seem most overwhelming to recognise that the Truth of the Word is able to cover those things — however real they might be — and that His grace is sufficient in all things.

As I was reading through Philippians 1:3-5 I was filled with gratitude as I realised that Paul’s words to the Philippian believers were echoing in my heart as well.

a 2min video update of the last couple of days’ travelling from South Africa > Lusaka, Zambia > Rapid 14

I am immensely blessed that you (yes, you reading this update) are an extension of EVERY victory in the Kingdom. Your generous financial partnership, prayers, support, and involvement is a mobilisation of the Gospel to the nations, to unreached people groups where the Good News set slaves free, bringing hope in stead of despair, bringing life where there was death, and peace where there was hurt.

Yes, of course it’s not always easy going. It takes a LOT of hard work, many hours on the road, and personal effort. But the destination isn’t a place, it’s the people, and that’s why we go.

give this great song a listen — “I thank God”

I am often asked why I don’t simply stay in South Africa (my home country) to preach the Gospel there, because it would be easier and there (in South Africa) are also people who do not yet believe. And yes — that’s true. It would be easier.

I didn’t sign up because I thought it would be easy. I signed up because HE IS WORTHY.

As believers in a Western context we often forget that many years ago (however many that may be) a foreign missionary had come to our nation, our people, and learnt our languages to tell us about the Good News. It might seem far away from where we’re standing now, but someone still had to do it, and has done it. And because tht someone has gone, we’ve had the opportunity to hear the Gospel.

I was 16 years old when I first knew FOR SURE that I wanted to spend my life telling others about God. Not because I don’t agree with different world views or cultural practices, or spiritual convictions — but because I know that the God I serve is Living and Powerful, that He is able to break the chains of bondage, that He is able to heal and restore, to give Life, and Life in abundance — and being a missionary to a foreign nation, I have a front-row seat to bear witness to exactly that happen in individual lives. It’s not glamorous. Some days are really hard. But other days are great. And it’s still 100% worth it, even if only ONE person came to know Him.

All this to say that I am truly thankful for your partnership in the Gospel — because ministry is not one directional.

Through your prayers, support, and financial partnership, I am able to live out the call of God on my life. In the same way, I pray for each of you — and I hope that I am able to do more too — that the good work that God has started within you will bear much fruit. I pray for each of your personal lives, for your relationships, work environment, personal growth, financial growth (even in the midst of a global pandemic), your walk of faith, and healing and wellbeing. Not because it is expected, but as a symbiotic relationship within the Body of Christ, we are called to support one another however we can — sharing in joy and in misery, and contending for the Truth of the Word to be made manifest in our lives.

And on that note, I want to share some of the global Overland Missions’ team victories. In a year where the world seemed to come to a standstill, the Gospel still moved forward.

  • Overland Missions mobilised 350 full-time staff across 14 nations
  • 148.809 square miles (385.4135 km²) were covered with the Gospel — that’s roughly the size of Japan
  • On the continent of Africa, 200 missionaries across 7 nations, strived to do whatever it takes so that no person is left without the life-giving Gospel of Jesus Christ (Mozambique, Angola, North Afica, DR Congo, Zanzibar, Zambia)
  • Ministry expanded into the United States, the Middle East, Southeast Asia, and Brazil

You can read the full report, with specific details on the DR Congo team on p7, in the 2020 End of Year Report.

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 and every 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!

I want to encourage you all to live in the here and now. It’s important to have vision for the future, but let’s remember to practice gratitude. The Kingdom of God is eternal and we all have a part that we can play. That moment of when we stand before God’s throne, we will hear “Well done good and faithful servant. Enter into the Joy of your Lord.”Matthew 25:23

That’s the update for now, from the stoep of Rapid 14’s Main Center, and as I wait out the next 4 days of quarentine before our conference kicks off, I wish you grace and peace that surpasses human understanding.

Until the whole world hears!

#runwildlivefree

Follow @c_rnelia on Instagram and/or Facebook for daily stories from this side of the globe.

Friends! Family! Kingdom Partners! It’s been a while since I last posted a video update, so here’s a couple titbits of the last few months, and some insight into the transition of seasons!

Some interesting facts about the DRC (Democratic Republic of Congo) that I forgot to mention in the video:

The Democratic Republic of Congo is located in the heart of Africa, and most importantly, in the heart of God!
  • French pronunciation: République démocratique du Congo, under colonial Belgian rule it was called Zaire.
  • DR Congo is the largest country in sub-Saharan Africa, the second largest country in Africa (second to Algeria), and the 11th largest country in the world!
  • DR Congo is home to more than 200 ethnic groups, and the estimated population is around 48 million peoplethat’s 48 million reasons to share the Gospel of the Kingdom!
  • Official language: French (a dialect called Belgique)
  • Approximately 242 languages are spoken, but only 4 are officially recognized: Lingala, Kikongo, Swahili and Tshiluba
  • DR Congo is one of the most mineral rich countries in Africa (which gave rise to the scramble for Africa under colonialism, and continues to be a major area of exploitation from the West) with cobalt, copper and diamonds being amongst the major commodities.
  • DR Congo is the country in Africa with the least amount of developed (tar) roads, making it one of the toughest countries to navigate through the wilderness.

thirty is not just a number

“See I have given you this land. Go and take possession of the land that the Lord swore he would give to your fathers — to Abraham, Isaac and Jacob — and to their descendants after them.” — Deuteronomy 1:8

Last year, after returning from Zambia, spending a few short days with my family, leading my dad’s funeral, helping to plan my sister’s wedding, getting a visa to the United States, and a whirlwind of other life events that were thrown into the mix, I went to visit my good friend Sanet where the picture on the left was taken. You can read all about those adventures here.

Now I’m a year older (and hopefully wiser) and as determined to share the Good News of the Kingdom with all men from every nation and every tribe and every tongue — for it is the Good News unto Salvation, and its power is eternal.


November 2019 vs November 2020 — same shirt, same hat, same me — same goal: running as hard as I can after the Kingdom

T H A N K Y O U !

to each ministry partner who shares in these faith-adventures with me — your generosity in prayers, finances, time, and resources, are an extension of the Kingdom to DRC and beyond!

to give towards ministry in DRC, use Cornelia 3282 in the memo/description
Catch this episode of Gospel & Grit where Austin speaks about being young and zealous

thirty is not just a number

circles in a forest

J’ai lu « Circles in a Forest » à l’âge de huit ans, et quelque part au secondaire, j’ai découvert que ce chef-d’œuvre littéraire avait été écrit en Afrikaans par Dalene Matthee.

Des années plus tard, en tant qu’étudiant en littérature et en pratique du langage, j’ai approfondi l’écriture autochtone, l’écriture coloniale et les idées éphémères que nous partageons de la lecture à la lecture.

Les histoires à plusieurs niveaux sont mes préférées, et alors que nous parcourions les sentiers de VTT à Hartspad Adventure Trails (nous avions l’intention de parcourir la route rouge et avons fini par faire plusieurs boucles de la route bleue à la place) et nous nous sommes un peu perdus, J’ai pensé à la façon dont chaque saison de la vie ajoute aux superpositions des itinéraires que nous voyageons émotionnellement, physiquement, spirituellement.

Nous saluons les étrangers en passant, et ils deviennent amis.
Nous devenons plus forts, et parfois nous nous arrêtons pour nous reposer et nous regrouper.


Nous nourrissons nos âmes, nos corps, nos esprits.
Et si nous parcourons ces routes assez souvent, un sentiment de familiarité persiste parmi la cime des arbres et le rythme de nos pieds comme ils frappent le sol, un ami tendre la main pour nous aider à surmonter les obstacles, et surtout, un profond… Même parmi les morts, il y a la vie.

Pour certains, il s’agit simplement de cercles dans une forêt.
Pour moi, c’est le rythme d’une saison.

Si nous vivons selon l’Esprit Saint, marchons aussi selon l’Esprit. [Si par le Saint-Esprit nous avons notre vie en Dieu, avançons dans la ligne, notre conduite est contrôlée par l’Esprit.]

— Galates 5:25
Gospel & Grit

He is who He says He is

I am who He says I am

Hardus shares his testimony about a revelation he had: God is who He says He is!

As a young believer, I attended the local Every Nation church (an international church family that I still consider to be ‘home’), and I remember Pastor Celeste beginning every sermon she shared with a faith confession:

“This is my Bible. I am what it says I am. I can do what it says I can do. I believe it is the Truth. I believe in the power of the spoken Word of God. I will consult it in tribulation. I will speak it in season and out of season. I will use it as reference. I will not be silent. I read it with a wiling heart. I am guided by the Spirit. I will do mighty deeds in the Name of Jesus. The enemy shall flee before me and the Sword in my hand. I will use it to guide and disciple. And I will follow His guidance, step by step.”

Pastor Celeste Nel, Every Nation Faith City

You see, this was not simply a rhyme or empty prayer to declare, but a reminder, a deep-rooted conviction that God is who He says He is, and that I therefore am who He says I am.

As believers, and non-believers or sceptics, one of the issues we most often grapple with is simply this: Who am I? What is my purpose? Why am I here?

I think it was Oswald Chambers who famously said, “We exist to know God and enjoy Him forever,” and though this definitely lays the foundation for doctrinal discussion, I think Who Is God and therefore, Who Am I, are questions that can be answered in this: by knowing who He truly is, we discover who we truly are.

“In the Kingdom, function does not determine purpose. Understanding your purpose will determine how you function.”

C.G.

It’s been 16 years since I embarked on this faith journey: having a relationship with God, and not simply living under the yoke of religion, and though there is still SO MUCH MORE to discover and learn, one of the things that has been integral to my relationship with God is learning and understanding His character, the I AM of which Scripture speaks.

One of the most transformational books I ever read (aside from the Bible) was Such a Great Salvation, alternatively known as The Gospel Of Identity by Mike Petzer.

Understanding who God is, and understanding why he created Man in His image and likeness, unlocks our Identity, purpose, authority here on earth, and adds a deeper level of intimacy of our relationship with Him.

Ever since Lockdown was enforced on 26 March this year, our weekly student Bible study has moved online. We are currently working our way through The Gospel Of Identity. These are some of the wonderful students who tune in for virtual Bible study on Monday evenings.

Hardus, one of the students who attend our virtual Bible study shared this testimony with our group last week, and I asked whether he would be willing to share it with the world.

As you watch this video, may you be encouraged that He is the God who is who He says He is, who can do what He says He can do — who created you in His image and likeness!

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Life, not death!

2020 has been weird, but let’s not let that keep us from living LIFE.

“I shall not die but live, and shall declare the works and recount the illustrious acts of the Lord.”

— ‭‭Psalm‬ ‭118:17‬ ‭

About a week ago my sister, who is 8 months pregnant, was in a car accident.
In this video I share their testimony, and some encouragement about the rhythm of life, our purpose in the Kingdom, and the fellowship of believers.

“In the Kingdom, function does not determine purpose. Understanding purpose will determine how we function. This is the Gospel of Identity.”

— Cornelia Grace.

Our testimony will ALWAYS be LIFE and not death — let this be our declaration: God is the Author of Life!

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producing hope

Dear team — friends, family, kingdom partners, co-labourers, mountain movers!

I truly appreciate each of you!
I know that, for many, these are strange times and I want to encourage you that there is grace for that — grace for figuring out a rhythm to life.

Here is an incredibly encouraging message from our Director of International Operations, Jessi Schwertfeger:

https://open.spotify.com/episode/0EKabZe9chF3B4NUtqcdgI?si=O9g_g398R3eNIY_RUnoA2g

Or find it here:

https://podcasts.apple.com/za/podcast/gospel-grit/id1484215436?i=1000473699330

“Moreover [let us also be full of joy now!] let us exult and triumph in our troubles and rejoice in our sufferings, knowing that pressure and affliction and hardship produce patient and unswerving endurance.

And endurance (fortitude) develops maturity of character (approved faith and tried integrity). And character [of this sort] produces [the habit of] joyful and confident hope of eternal salvation.

Such hope never disappoints or deludes or shames us, for God’s love has been poured out in our hearts through the Holy Spirit Who has been given to us.”

‭‭— Romans‬ ‭5:3-5‬ ‭AMPC‬‬

As always, I invite you to let me know how I can pray for you!

Love in Christ,
Cornelia
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#runwildlivefree

locked down but not locked in

Bonjour ! J’espère que vous-avez très bien ?

I am still here, writing from my home town in South Africa, and here not much has changed since our nation-wide lockdown has been instituted. Yes, some provinces have started phasing out the lockdown restrictions, but in many ways, we are still where we were before.

Since the outbreak of the pandemic I have been applying my time toward language learning (yes, I studied French at university, but I am a little rusty, and I am slowly but surely building up my religious vocabulary), spending time in the Word, and reaching out to partners, family and friends via video calls.

I am so thankful for technology that helps us to stay connected internationally, but I am excitedly looking forward to a day when we can once again connect face-to-face!

This morning, I rediscovered a post from May 2019 — a testimony from our first expedition in Sekute, Zambia.

Despite the limiting physical circumstances, MPD preparations are well under way, and language learning and life is going well. While being in lockdown, I have kept in touch with my team (spread out across Zambia and USA, since they had to evacuate DRC before the borders closed down), who are also in various phases of quarantine. While Jessy and I are fundraising through MPD, and learning French, Julie, Darrin and Sherrill are on Rapid 14.

Julie has been able to serve in the local clinic as a Midwife. She has shared some incredibly encouraging stories, and I encourage you to follow these testimonies on social media — whether on their personal profiles, or through Overland Missions.

We all anticipate the day when we will be together in DRC, advancing the Kingdom and sharing the Word of God. For now, we remain faithful in doing what we can do to prepare for post-pandemic ministry, and await communication from Overland Missions’ leadership as well as that of the various countries in which we are currently waiting out the quarantine restrictions.

In recent video meetings, our founder and president, Phillip Smethurst (CEO), predicted that many African nations (South Africa included) may take longer to recover from the effects of the COVID-19 pandemic because of the lack of medical resources and facilities that will be able to manage the influx of patients.

I spoke to some friends at Kalene Hill Hospital in Northwest Zambia (right on the border between DRC, Angola, and Zambia), and they have reported that they are only now receiving many patients who are showing symptoms of COVID-19. These areas are so remote that they are only now catching up with the global exposure to the virus. Unfortunately, people living in these remote and rural areas often don’t have access to health care (health care is in limited supply in most African countries), and generally don’t have good immune systems due to harsh physical conditions and malnutrition. However, our team gladly serves these communities, not only with humanitarian care, but with the Good News of Jesus Christ.

As far as DRC is concerned, a report was sent to our team which projected that cases for COVID-19 will peak in September. It is expected that South Africa’s borders will also remain closed until then, though limited travel in-country will be allowed. However, the guestimation that the borders might not be open to foreigners or international travel, means that things are still uncertain. We pray that things will stabilize and return to normal as soon as possible.

Even during this time, we’ve heard testimonies from our team on the ground who have shared that even though they are under lockdown, ministry continues through their disciples in the villages.

The plans and purposes of the Lord are never stopped or hindered, or even delayed by anything in this world.

I have been considering that Paul (who is, in my opinion, one of the greatest missionaries) wrote two thirds of the New Testament from prison. Our ability to go out and see other people face-to-face might be limited by lockdown, but the Good News is never locked in.

My co-workers in an Unnamed North African Country, have shared how in the midst of Ramadan, they have been able to share plates of food and snacks with their neighbours (they leave it on neighbours’ doorsteps and communicate from further down the hall). Now that they have been living in-country form some time, doing language training and discipleship, they are able to add encouraging notes to these food packages, sharing Scripture and greetings in the name of Jesus Christ, and it has opened further doors to ministry in this closed country.

We all pray and are expectant to see increase and abundance when we are able to return to the ministries we’ve been assigned to, because we know that God is continually revealing more of Himself. He still heals. He still restores. He still pours out His Spirit. There’s no bad report that can undo what God is doing in the nations. He’s always doing something new, and brining dead things to life.

As always, I invite you to share any prayer requests — you can reach me via email, social media, or WhatsApp.

Love in Christ, Cornelia

#runwildlivefree

Not only so, but we also glory in our sufferings, because we know that suffering produces perseverance; perseverance, character; and character, hope. And hope does not put us to shame, because God’s love has been poured out into our hearts through the Holy Spirit, who has been given to us.

Romans 5 : 3-5

preparing for post-pandemic ministry

Friends! Family! Kingdom Partners!

This morning I’d like to share an excerpt from Capturing the heart of God for the Nations with you!

It is still true today that the harvest is plentiful, but the laborers are few (Matthew 9:37-38). Today, as we ride out the effects and affects of Covid-19, I ask you to orient yourself to the harvest that lies beyond.

While our ability to go out, and preach that the Kingdom is at hand may be limited right now, we can prepare for the harvest that is yet in the field, praying and asking God to send laborers into His harvest.

Moreover, won’t you be as bold to ask if He wants to send you as one of those laborers?

Love in Christ,
Cornelia
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OUR MISSIONS RESPONSIBILITY

And this continued for two years, so that all who dwelt in Asia heard the word of the Lord Jesus, both Jews and Greeks.

Acts 19:10

The torch for world missions began with the primitive Church. In obedience to the supreme commission entrusted to them, these early apostles were dispersed throughout the nations, eventually dying as martyrs because their message of Christ would be unacceptable to the religionists and the lost of their day. One of the major figures in launching world missions was the Apostle Paul, whose missionary journeys took him from Antioch into all of Asia and then to Rome toward the end of his life. Through the obedience and passion of these firebrands, the gospel fires blazed in many nations.

From generation to generation there has always been a remnant that has remained loyal and passionate to continue to grow the Church and pursue the lost. These determined followers loved not their lives unto death and sacrificially went to the regions beyond. This fire of God for the nations must once again be kindled in our hearts.

In his book, The Passion for Souls, Oswald Smith wrote about Dr. Alexander Duff:

“Dr. Alexander Duff, that great veteran missionary to India, returned to Scotland to die, and as he stood before the General Assembly of the Presbyterian Church, he made his appeal, but there was no response. In the midst of his appeal he fainted and was carried off the platform. The doctor bent over him and examined his heart. Presently he opened his eyes. “Where am I?” he cried. “Where am I?” “Lie still,” said the doctor. “Your heart is very weak.” “But,” exclaimed the old warrior, “I must finish my appeal. Take me back. Take me back. I haven’t finished my appeal yet.” “Lie still,” said the doctor again, “You are too weak to go back.”

But the aged missionary struggled to his feet, his determination overcoming his weakness; and with the doctor on one side and the moderator on the other side, the old white-haired warrior was led again to the platform, and as he mounted the pulpit the Apostle Paul, whose missionary journeys took him from Antioch into all of Asia and then to Rome toward the end of his life. Through the obedience and passion of these firebrands, the gospel fires blazed in many nations.

“When Queen Victoria calls for volunteers for India,” he exclaimed, “hundreds of young men respond; but when King Jesus calls, no one goes.” Then he paused. Again he spoke. “Is it true,” he asked, “that Scotland has no more sons to give for India?” Again he paused. “Very well,” he concluded, “if Scotland has no more young men to send to India, then, old and decrepit though I am, I will go back, and even though I cannot preach, I can lie down on the shores of the Ganges and die, in order to let the peoples of India know that there is at least one man in Scotland who cares enough for their souls to give his life for them.” In a moment young men, all over the assembly, sprang to their feet, crying out, “I’ll go! I’ll go! I’ll go!”

For years handfuls of people have gone, prayed, and given to the harvest, but most today remain disconnected from this call. Many Christians will give more money to buy a cup of coffee at Starbucks than they give to missions. Some will spend thousands of dollars to keep their pets healthy and strong while giving next to nothing for the sake of world missions. Their out-of-balance lives and their misplaced priorities need to be addressed.

Without a vision the people perish… Without a vision the people will not carry the gospel torch.

In developing nations, missionary zeal burns white-hot, with believers carrying the gospel torch despite their meager resources. There are nations being visited by the same Holy Spirit that blasted into the upper room and transformed a handful of trembling disciples into world-changing, dynamic soul-winners. Asia is experiencing tremendous church growth, with thousands coming to Christ each day. In Africa, believers boldly carry the gospel torch on trains and buses, and in the markets you will always find at least one zealous Christian busy about the Father’s business.

Anyone who has ever taken a short-term missions trip to a Third World nation has been impacted by the success of the gospel, as thousands are seen responding to the message of life. This gospel must be preached to all nations before the return of the Lord Jesus. We need to see the lost reached in the nations but also those all around us.

Every Christian should carry the gospel torch in this nation and to the ends of the earth through intercession, generous missionary offerings, and short-term missions trips. Some believers may even end up being called into a long-term missionary lifestyle.

“Any church that is not seriously involved in helping fulfill the Great Commission has forfeited its biblical right to exist.”

Oswald J. Smith, 1889-1986, Canadian missionary statesman and pastor

— Dr Leon Van Rooyen; Capturing the heart of God for the Nations

So, while we are all facing physical restictions in some form, we look toward the future with expectation; eagerly waiting for the go-ahead so that we can run to those who have not heard, who have not seen, so that every tribe and every tongue may come to know Him!

I know that for many of you, this season of quarantine or lockdown has taken a heavy toll on your emotional wellbeing, but I want to encourage you with this text that I recently sent to a friend: nothing you lay down in pursuit of the kingdom will ever make you less than what He created you to be. Sacrifice isn’t meant to be easy. But it’s not without reward.

Therefore, whatever sacrifice you make, or whatever challenge you face, may you endure it for the joy set before you, so that He might be made known, so that His Name may be glorified, and that all might taste and see that He is good!

the tomb is empty

Friends! Family! Kingdom Partners!

Today many buildings where the Church gather are empty — and so we also celebrate the empty tomb! He is risen!
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“And he said to them, Do not be amazed and terrified; you are looking for Jesus of Nazareth, Who was crucified. He has risen; He is not here. See the place where they laid Him. [Ps. 16:10.]”
‭‭Mark‬ ‭16:6‬ ‭AMPC‬‬

Mag die krag van Heilige Gees wat Jesus uit die dood opgewek het, vandag en elke dag in jou en deur jou werk om te getuig dat Hy leef!

May the resurrection power of Holy Spirit that raised Jesus from the dead, work in you and through you, today and every day, to testify that He is alive!

Que le pouvoir de résurrection du Saint Esprit qui a élevé Jésus des morts, travaille en vous et par vous, aujourd’hui et tous les jours, pour témoigner qu’il est vivant !

🙌🏻

Mag die liefde van Vader, wat Sy Seun gegee het om namens ons met die aanklag en prys van sonde af te reken, saam getuig: tetelestai — dit is volbring!

May the Father’s love, who gave His Son to settle the accusation and price of the debt of sin against us, testify: tetelestai — it is finished!

Que l’amour du Père, qui a donné à Son fils pour régler l’accusation et le prix de la dette du péché contre nous, témoigne: Teteelastai, c’est fini!

🙌🏻

Mag die Woord, wat die dood oorwin het, lewendig en kragtig in jou werk; jou daaraan herinner dat jy vir Hom, en deur Hom geskep is, dat Hy jou afvaardig om saam met Hom te regeer, en dat Hy weer terug sal kom.

May the Word, that defeated death, work in you with power and might, reminding you that you are created by Him and for Him, that He has ordained you to rule with Him, and that He will return.

Que la Parole, qui a vaincu la mort, travaille en toi avec le pouvoir et la puissance, te rappelant que tu es créé par Lui et pour Lui, qu’Il t’a ordonné de diriger avec Lui et qu’Il reviendra.

“Mais il leur dit: « N’ayez pas peur! Vous cherchez Jésus de Nazareth, celui qu’on a cloué sur une croix. Il s’est réveillé de la mort, il n’est pas ici. Voici l’endroit où on l’avait mis.”

Bonne Nouvelle selon Marc‬ ‭16:6‬ ‭PDV2017‬‬

May you be greatly and abundantly blessed!
🙌🏻🤍🇨🇩

#runwildlivefree

whatever it takes — quarantine circles

I really dislike running in circles.


I am not fond of inefficiency, but if a job takes time getting done in order to do it well, that’s just fine — because to carry the message of Christ is to do whatever it takes.

Worldwide, people are experiencing some form of quarantine. Here in South Africa, where I am currently doing MPD, our lockdown period has been extended to the end of April. While that presents some challenges with travel plans and timelines (no less than to anyone else), I aim to use this time to train my spirit and body to be a well-equipped carrier of the message of Christ.

Overland Missions’ vision is to reach remote and unreached people groups from all nations with the Gospel of Christ.

Often times, this means walking over rough terrain where there are few to no roads.
It means covering long treks with 4×4 vehicles to camp in the bush.
It means learning a foreign language so that you can communicate the Gospel accurately and effectively.
It means sitting down for hours with one person to answer their questions and navigate cultural barriers.

No sacrifice you ever make in pursuit of the Kingdom will ever make you poor.

While this life is filled with adventure and travel, new experiences and breathtaking. scenery, our hearts are always after the ONE.

So, while I am not allowed outside, I run in circles — if that’s what it takes — to train my body to be strong and fit so that I might be a good steward of the gift of the Spirit.
I study French so that I am better able to communicate to the people of the Democratic Republic of Congo — though French is not at all representative of the colourful scope of languages and peoples we are privileged to serve!
I study the Word, so that this great Message of the Gospel of Identity, might be engrained in every aspect of my being — so that, whatever it takes, the Kingdom might be expanded and His Name be made known to every tribe, and every tongue!

This is the job: to run wild, so that all might live free.

“I am the Door; anyone who enters in through Me will be saved (will live). He will come in and he will go out [freely], and will find pasture. The thief comes only in order to steal and kill and destroy. I came that they may have and enjoy life, and have it in abundance (to the full, till it overflows). I am the Good Shepherd. The Good Shepherd risks and lays down His [own] life for the sheep. [Ps. 23.]”

John‬ ‭10:9-11‬ ‭AMPC‬‬

#runwildlivefree

the only Friday that is called Good

Friends! Family! Kingdom Partners!

The Hebraic Passover was celebrated on Wednesday evening and today is Good Friday! Whichever day you choose to celebrate, may you be reminded of the Lamb that was slain, who conquered death, who rose again, and who sits at the right hand of the Father! It is finished!

The chief end of man is to glorify God, and to enjoy Him forever.

May this be what you call to remembrance: you were made for Him, and by Him, in His likeness. He paid the price for death so that you might have life and have it in abundance!

There will be no mourning, there will be no crying

He wipes every tear and stops us all from dying

From every tribe and every nation and every climate

A beautiful tapestry with God as the designer

Until I see His face, amazing grace is my reminder

This is the power of the cross though we’re lost he can find us.

He’s the good shepherd, the Priest, the Cornerstone

The greatest servant and the king sitting on the throne.

Lecrae

#runwildlivefree

Blessings to you and your family ! 🤍🇨🇩


https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=sHCyHqBkIqI

Friends! Family! Kingdom Partners!

This morning I took a few minutes to catch up with global Overland Missions staff, and read through a couple newsletters.

As more and more countries are implementing quarantine measures in response to COVID-19, I want to encourage you that being at home does not mean you are ineffective in ministry.

Personally, this quarantine has been a bit of an emotional rollercoaster — I had specific plans and dates in place which would structure ministry and life. Like many others, such as yourselves, multiple plans have been restructured or temporarily placed on hold.

However, I diligently work towards improving my French vocabulary (a slow but steady progress) so that I might be more effective in reaching the people of the Democratic Republic of Congo. And spending time in the Word to be better equipped in life and ministry. 🇨🇩

Here is a fun little video about what language learning looks like for our global team, and what this looks like across nations.

Language learning is an essential part of reaching remote people groups — it is not only about words, but cultures and mindsets. What a wonderful part of ministry this is!

As some encouragement, I wanted to share some newsletters with you from fellow Overland missionaries — ministry often does not look like you expect it to.

Be faithful in the assignment before you, and obedient to the call of God in your life, and then these in-between moments become ministry in itself!

The Harts
https://mailchi.mp/41b4e1e0a658/our-harts-in-zambia-march-2020

The Lopezes
https://mailchi.mp/64f1d0f811e4/latest-among-crazy-virus-news-martin-and-richelle

The Krenzes
https://reachingtheneglected.wordpress.com/2020/04/04/were-in-this-together/

The Myszkas
https://us2.campaign-archive.com/?u=2c2a48bf5802791583470aa79&id=0f10009e9b

The Kiloughs
http://www.thisglobaljourney.com

The Pienaars
https://mailchi.mp/28ca926a3edb/shelter-in-place

The Phelps’
https://mailchi.mp/045c13344a03/omstandigheden

The Larsons
https://mailchi.mp/38f48cbd72a2/march-update?e=ed3a959f0c

good news in-between the Good News

For Christ, we communicate
the Gospel emphasizing the new
creation to forgotten people groups
in order to transform the most
remote places on earth, by making
disciples and developing leaders.
Team in Timor-Leste

from the CEO

2018 will be most remembered for three things: we graduated the largest AMT classes so far; our full-time team nearing 200; and the Kalene Hill mission in Central Africa coming under our administration. These were just a few highlights for our team in 2018.

Since it began in 2007, we have never graduated as many students from Advanced Mission Training (AMT) in a single year as we did in 2018. Fifty-one students attended our two AMT courses this year, and thirty one joined our full-time staff. With this increase in staff from the trainings, our team is nearing 200 and is positioned to grow more in future years with the addition of a third AMT class running in 2019 at our Mozambique base.

Another highlight of 2018 was our new administration of Kalene Hill. Receiving Kalene Mission into our administration was a big deal for me personally. Kalene was founded by Pentecostal missionaries out of the Welsh Revival in the early 1900s, becoming a hub for many great endeavors into Central Africa over the last century. Britain valued the land so much that they included it in the British colonial territories, calling it the “Finger of God.” As we agreed to take Kalene, I felt it was like a changing of the guard in Britain.

We feel so humbled that God would allow us to continue that work, which was founded by great men and women of God, who gave their lives and were buried there. The team experienced wins all over the world.

We expanded in Brazil with the purchase of two house boats on the Amazon River. We accomplished a successful reconnaissance of Malawi, with a strategy approved for full-time staff to launch. Our Congo team was awarded five-year visas in Katanga province, DR Congo. Land has been given and paperwork approved for new bases in Zambezi and Mwunilunga in Northwest Zambia, and building has begun. We finished the repairs of the base in Mozambique, and we are also excited to have missionaries living in an undisclosed country in South East Asia.

At the end of 2018, Overland has an established presence in Zambia, Angola, DR Congo, Tanzania, Mozambique, Morocco, the Middle East, Cambodia, South East Asia, Brazil, the UK, Holland, and the United States. In addition, our short-term teams are visiting several other nations.

Next year, we will be registering our organization in Malawi and pioneering into Mauritius, Madagascar, and Panama. As we near 200 staff, continue to grow our AMT program, and see the Lord’s blessing, our influence and the power of the Gospel will continue to spread to the most unreached people in the world.

Philip and Sharon Smethurst; CEO and Founders

sector management: DR Congo

The Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) is one of those African nations that stirs the imagination. The DRC lies at the heart of the continent, encompassing an area approximately 1/3 the size of the continental United States.

The Congo is a land full of biodiversity and natural beauty. The second largest rain forest in the world dominates the landscape, covering over 50% of the country. With a population of 84 million people and 56% of them living in rural areas, it is easy to see the need for the Gospel in the remote areas of this nation. Overland Missions has been working for almost a decade, attempting to establish a base in DR Congo.

Last year, that dream became a reality when our team established a base in the southeastern city of Likasi. That first year taught our team the importance of building local relationships and our glaring need for language training. The DRC is a country with approximately 242 tribal languages. As a team, we decided that the first part of 2018 must be spent in language school. This training has given us a solid foundation of French. In September of 2018, we returned to Congo.

During the limited time we have been in the DRC, we have focused on relationships. Due to the long history of political and social unrest in the country, many people are suspicious of outsiders. This suspicion raises many barriers that have to be navigated and overcome by building sincere, trusting relationships. Our team has focused on nurturing the relationships that we began last year. These include government, church, tribal, and civil leaders. Ministry here is about laying a strong foundation for the future. The people are receptive to teaching, and we believe the truth which we are ministering will result in future open doors for God’s glory.

click HERE to see the End Of Year Report

sector management: Mozambique

Our Mozambique team established a legal ministry presence within Inhambane province, allowing us to officially minister the Gospel to Mozambicans. After great government resistance, the aftermath of a cyclone and ministry setbacks in 2017, the first months of our year were set on rebuilding. We rebuilt our base, re-established our ministry paperwork, and welcomed our first 3-week expedition.

Perseverance has been our closest friend and the faithfulness of God our anchor. He has established our feet throughout the year, and the fruit of our labor has been proven sweet. While we have yet to establish our sector presence, we have established strong relationships with a local pastor and church body, and have jumped quickly into routine ministry alongside them. These relationships have opened several doors, many of which we explored on our first expedition.

Most locations have few or no churches established, and are heavily oppressed by witchcraft. In just a few weeks, the Gospel was shared in areas like Linga Linga where people now live free from bad dreams and night terrors. After we left, many in the village came together to start their own church. Why? “We no longer suffer at night with bad dreams. Since you prayed for us, we can sleep. The message you brought had to be true! What else can we do now but start a church in the name of your God?” We look forward to returning to Linga Linga and raising local leaders through discipleship.“Perseverance has been our closest friend & the faithfulness of God our anchor.

2018/19 end of year report

give me this island

I’m currently working my way through The God Ask, by Steve Shadrach.

We best honour God by agreeing with Him about the Truth. If He says it, it’s true.

In one of the illustrations on asking in faith, the author shares a story about Emperor Napoleon who after a long and particularly brutal battle, conquered a highly prized Mediterranean island.

Afterward, while he and his generals were sitting, drinking, savoring the victory, a young officer approached Napoleon. When the revered general asked the man what he wanted, he replied, “Sir, give me this island.”

The soldier’s answer to Napoleon’s question prompts the other generals to break out in laughter, mocking him for this ridiculous request. That is until Napoleon asks for pen and paper.

To their amazement, Napoleon wrote out a deed to the island, signed it, and handed it to the lowly, bold, soldier. “How could you do that?” one of the generals asked — knowing how costly the hard-won island had been obtained. “What made this man worthy to receive a great island after we fought so hard to win it?”

Napoleon replied, “I gave him this island because he honoured me by the magnitude of his request.”

One of the notions I’ve recently been stewing over is the idea that we best honour God by agreeing with Him about the Truth. If He says it, it’s true.

May we run the race in such a manner that we honour Him with the magnitude of our requests — our prayers and our lives that reflect Him as He truly is.

#runwildlivefree

“What is the cause of your conflicts and quarrels with each other? Doesn’t the battle begin inside of you as you fight to have your own way and fulfill your own desires? You jealously want what others have so you begin to see yourself as better than others. You scheme with envy and harm others to selfishly obtain what you crave—that’s why you quarrel and fight. And all the time you don’t obtain what you want because you won’t ask God for it! And if you ask, you won’t receive it for you’re asking with corrupt motives, seeking only to fulfill your own selfish desires.”
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— James (Jacob)‬ ‭4:1-3‬ ‭TPT‬‬

Annie

This is Annie.

She’s practically part of the furniture here on Rapid 14. Not only is she a PHENOMENAL cook, but she is also a super patient teacher — training the AMT students how the kitchen is run, and an absolute powerhouse.

This is her wonderful testimony.

Lord, remember me

A couple years ago, I was waiting at the doctor’s office when 3 men in hand- and foot cuffs were ushered into the waiting room.

I assumed they had to be suspected of, or convicted of violent crime because they were under the surveillance of six prison guards. Two guards were assigned to each man, and they arrived separately.

As I sat there, thinking about the thieves that hung next to Jesus on the cross, I was reminded of the one thief’s cry for Salvation, his sincere repentance, and Jesus’s promise of redemption.

“One of the criminals who was suspended kept up a railing at Him, saying, Are You not the Christ (the Messiah)? Rescue Yourself and us [from death]! But the other one reproved him, saying, Do you not even fear God, seeing you yourself are under the same sentence of condemnation and suffering the same penalty? And we indeed suffer it justly, receiving the due reward of our actions; but this Man has done nothing out of the way [nothing strange or eccentric or perverse or unreasonable]. Then he said to Jesus, Lord, remember me when You come in Your kingly glory! And He answered him, Truly I tell you, today you shall be with Me in Paradise.”

Luke‬ ‭23:39-43‬ ‭AMPC‬‬

It’s so easy for us to judge those around us. These men did not look any different from the other people in the room. If weren’t for the fact that their clinking chains echoed through the hallways, they would probably not even have caught my attention.

As I mulled over the two thieve’s diverging reactions to Jesus and the fact that He was willingly crucified, I was overcome, anew, with a realization of the immensity of God’s Grace — the ministry of reconciliation!

“But all things are from God, Who through Jesus Christ reconciled us to Himself [received us into favor, brought us into harmony with Himself] and gave to us the ministry of reconciliation [that by word and deed we might aim to bring others into harmony with Him].”

2 Corinthians‬ ‭5:18‬ ‭AMPC‬‬

People are not in need of powerful sermons or public protests. They don’t need “turn or burn” appeals.

That’s not the heart of the Gospel — which is the ministry of reconciliation, the declaration that the Kingdom of God has come near.

The world’s need is simply this — unconditional love.

Surely it’s not easy — especially when we feel like some are not deserving of love.

But, if one sinner repents because He recognized God for Whom He is, and received forgiveness, are we not to share this GOOD NEWS with every man?

The Gospel is the Good News of reconciliation for all men from every tribe and every tongue and every nation for all time.

CG

The love with which you love shapes your legacy. So, share the Good News. Make disciples. Impact generations.

2 Corinthians 5:18

what is a [missionary]?

What’s a missionary?

If your answer is something along the lines of “Jehovah’s Witnesses” or “Mormons”, and you’re not aware of the evangelical commission of the Apostles, found in Acts, then this is a good kick-off to transform your thinking.

Listen to this amazing vision by founder and CEO of Overland Missions, Philip Smethurst.

Apostles are pioneers, breaking the hard ground of unbelief.

Apostles aren’t humanitarian activists. They are ministers of the Gospel, they are paramedics, they are builders, they are innovators, they are entrepreneurs — the Gospel is a wholistic answer to every humanitarian issue in the history of mankind.

It’s a fundamental human right for men from every tribe and every tongue, from all nations, for all times to have access to the Gospel.

And THIS is the mandate of the Apostle.

#runwildlivefeee

sit down, [son]

One of the most central issues within the [modern] church, that seems to pop up every now and then is the question:

Should women be allowed to preach?

Essentially, this question does not relate to the official platform of ‘preacher’ as it relates to pastor or whatever official title you’d like to slap on to the formal structure of [church] ministry. Rather, the question is this — are women supposed to publicly speak out about the Gospel?

One would think that, within the modern era, this question is finite, and also redundant. Yet, it’s something that constantly pops up in church discussions, social media, and feminist campaigns. Personally, I’m not an advocate for feminism. I’m an advocate for the Gospel, and that intrinsically implies equality. Perhaps we’ll have a discussion about this another time?

Part of the recent uproar was caused by criticism toward Christian Author, Beth Moore, and others who were told to ‘go home’.

Nijay Gupta recently wrote this brilliant commentary as Paul, in an open letter to the church:

An Open Letter from the Apostle Paul to John MacArthur Regarding Beth Moore

I think it’s important, when interpreting Scripture, to consider the context in which, and for which it was written. It is impossible to fully understand Scripture, especially in the New Testament where letters were written to specific churches [new Believers that were birthed out of the Apostolic mandate that followed the outpouring of the Holy Spirit in Acts 2] without also considering these words from Hebrews 4:12:

“For the word of God is quick, and powerful, and sharper than any two-edged sword, piercing even to the dividing asunder of soul and spirit, and of the joints and marrow, and is a discerner of the thoughts and intents of the heart.”

Hebrews 4:12, KJV:

I am, by no means, a Theologist or a Bible Guru, but from what I read, and see, and understand, the Word — all of it — is relevant and active to the here and now.

When reading Scripture that is culturally-specific, I think it’s important to consider that culture is such a diverse notion. It’s not something that is easily defined, and it’s even harder to transfer. But, when interpreting Scripture, we should be wary to not fall back under legalism. Christ said that He didn’t come to abolish the Law [the Levitical Law of Moses, as found in the Torah], but to fulfil it. Therefore, under the New Covenant, we are governed by the Spirit, and not the Law.

Does this mean that Scripture is no longer relevant? Absolutely not! It does mean, however, that we should interpret Scripture and its cultural notions through the Holy Spirit. There is an argument to be made, of course, that this is very subjective, and again — let’s be careful not to enforce the opinion of man on Scripture and call it Gospel — but, Holy Spirit is the Spirit of Truth, and therefore is an agent on behalf of Man to intercede before the Father, and to reveal the will of God to the hearts and minds of Man.

Feminism aside, if you look at Scripture, you’ll find that, aside from the 12 disciples, there was a crowd of people who followed Jesus as he ministered. The vast majority were women.

Should women be allowed to preach? Absolutely.

Because the Great Commission, and the whole Scripture, is for Believers.

It’s not Elitist. It’s not meant for Scholars. It’s not culture-specific or culture-exclusive. It’s not language-specific. It’s not age-specific. it’s not race-specific. It’s not gender-specific.

Are you called to preach?

If you consider yourself to be a Believer — yes.

A minister of the Gospel is not a preacher, a bishop, a pastor a prophet — titles and job descriptions that [the church] has slapped on to formal structures to try and make sense of [the church]. Being a minister of the Gospel means to be like John 3:8 says, to be led by the Spirit, to be obedient to the whole Scripture, to preach the Good News of the Gospel, to be a witness to the Nations.

And if you happen to be a woman, does this disqualify you? No. I say — rise up and preach!

AN OPEN LETTER FROM THE APOSTLE PAUL TO JOHN MACARTHUR (RE: BETH MOORE)

John, I appreciate the love you have for the Lord and the passion you have for the church. I know that you think that the world would be a better place if women did as they were told and “stayed home.” But I need to tell you that you are damaging my ministry with these notions. The great gospel mission cannot impact the world in the ways God has planned if you hold back the kingdom’s servants. “The fields are ripe and the work is great,” Jesus used to say. Women have played such a crucial role in my apostolic mission, I could not operate without their wisdom, partnership and leadership.

They can’t go home, there is simply too much at stake.

Euodia and Syntyche (Phillipians 4:2-3) can’t go home. Sometimes these women don’t get along, but they have been leaders in evangelism and outreach and have worked alongside me to fight for the faith. They have to journey beyond their doorsteps to do this work.

Junia can’t go home, John. Sorry, she is in prison (again) because of her work for the gospel out there in the world (Romans 16:7). In fact, the other apostles have some pretty amazing things to say about her ministry.

Phoebe can’t go home, John. She went to Rome—actually, I sent her there (Rom 16:1-2). I sent her with my letter to the Romans and also to provide ministry support there. 

It might provide a little comfort to you that I sent Nympha to her home in Lycus Valley (Colossians 4:15); not to do domestic duties (she has servants for that), but to be the house church leader and patroness. 

John, we must part with any sentimental or nostalgic notions of womanhood where women sweep and cook while the men do the “real work” of ministry. I wish you could meet with the women who contend alongside me as co-workers of the gospel mission: they are gifted, wise, and brave (when was the last time you were in prison?). 

John, I know you care about the gospel, and we can’t do the work with one hand tied behind our backs. The gospel of Jesus Christ is just too important. Let the Phoebes, Junias, Euodias, Syntyches, and Nymphas do their work—and you do yours too.

Grace to you, John, and let others also know you are a grace-filled believer as well (remember: grace is generosity mixed with love out of the compassion of Christ) 

Paul, slave of Jesus Christ

Lucien

This morning Facebook reminded me of this seemingly simple event that took place two years ago — my conversation with Lucien.

As a teenager and student, I faithfully kept journals, but nowadays (especially trying to minimize weight while travelling often), I keep my thoughts and memoirs digitally. So, when I read over this ‘inscription’, I could not help but be amazed at the way God strategically line things up to work together for good.

Two years ago I was having a conversation on mangled French in a parking lot, and now I’m preparing to move to the Democratic Republic of Congo, and make it my home. Set your mind on the things of the Kingdom, look for Him, and all these things will be added — He is not slow in remembering His promises.

“So above all, constantly chase after the realm of God’s kingdom and the righteousness that proceeds from him. Then all these less important things will be given to you abundantly. Refuse to worry about tomorrow, but deal with each challenge that comes your way, one day at a time. Tomorrow will take care of itself.”
Matthew 6:33‭-‬34 TPT

I quickly popped into Checkers because I needed milk, cat litter, and strawberries (I blame my friend Sanet for the craving). Most of the car guards at Checkers are Congolese and though I often greet them, it’s usually no more than a polite hi and bye.

Today however, I spoke to Lucien.
We had a quick chat about the heat, where he grew up near Kinshasa, how long he has been in South Africa for, and he complimented me on my native-sounding French accent.

I laugh at this now, because I realise that — without speaking it aloud — God has heard my prayer. I’ve been looking for ways to practice speaking French on a regular basis, and in one morning I hung out with Mariëtte and Arno (see previous post) who are emigrating to Canada soon, and Lucien — with plenty French-speaking opportunity.

While I was drinking my Crazy Chai Latté I noticed the inscription on Esthé’s glasses: LOOK FOR HIM.

Seek and you shall find. God is not far away, apathetic or angry. He is near us — in our hearts and minds, through the Holy Spirit, and He knows exactly what we need. Our simplest prayers are pleasing to Him.

Recherchez d’abord le royaume et la justice de Dieu, et tout cela vous sera donné en plus.

Matthieu 6:33 S21

judge not

We’ve assimilated into a culture that declares, “don’t judge” — perhaps in reference to MATTHEW 7:2.

However, practicing DISCERNMENT is a Biblical mandate.

When we look at outward appearances or practice judgement over other people’s lifestyles or choices, we’re not discerning, or even judging, we are condemning.

Wouldn’t it be better for everyone if we looked at other people the way God looks at them?

I’m not saying we should be apathetic toward injustice, or tolerant of discriminatory behaviour, but I urge you to consider this:

Even those who act dishonourably, are deserving of honour.

So, do not look at outward appearances, but consider, as God does, the conditions of the heart.

Practice compassion and not comparison.
Love without small print.
Honour without prejudice.

1 Samuel 17:7

But the Lord said to Samuel, Look not on his appearance or at the height of his stature, for I have rejected him. For the Lord sees not as man sees; for man looks on the outward appearance, but the Lord looks on the heart.
1 Samuel 16:7 AMPC

https://bible.com/bible/8/1sa.16.7.AMPC

For just as you judge and criticize and condemn others, you will be judged and criticized and condemned, and in accordance with the measure you [use to] deal out to others, it will be dealt out again to you.
Matthew 7:2 AMPC

https://bible.com/bible/8/mat.7.2.AMPC

BUT [as for] you, teach what is fitting and becoming to sound (wholesome) doctrine [the character and right living that identify true Christians].
Titus 2:1 AMPC

https://bible.com/bible/8/tit.2.1.AMPC

advanced mission training

spiritually and practically equipping missionaries
Advanced Mission Training

3-MONTH TRAINING

AMT is the gateway to enter into a career in missions with Overland Missions. It is a course designed to equip people with the tools to take the Gospel anywhere in the world and make a sustainable impact. The class consists of 17 subjects that are a mixture of classroom learning and practical field exercises. For three months you will live fully immersed in a missions style environment with full-time missionaries. You will be part of a team of 20-30 people who are of like mind and faith and are all there to reach the world with the Gospel of Jesus Christ. You will experience a unique and challenging missionary training course that will prepare you to handle

any road…any load…any time.  

Course overview

Spend three-months submerged in a mission style environment. This course is split between nine weeks of classes and three weeks of expeditions. The curriculum is the following: Wilderness First Responder (WFR), 4X4 Driving and Recovery, Missionary Theology, Come Back Alive Survival Course, GPS Navigation, Bush Cooking, Ministry Ethics, Preaching, Sector Management Development, Cross Cultural Communication, The Gospel of Identity, Expedition and Mission Training, Vehicle Mechanics, Workshop, Leadership, and Final Presentation: Sector Research Project. 

Course Dates

Mozambique 2020: March 10 – June 1

Zambia 2020: May 12 – August 10    |     August 25 – November 23

https://www.overlandmissions.com/apply

FAQ

Who can apply for AMT?

Anyone who believes Jesus is Lord and has an interest in full-time missions. 

Is there an age limit?

The minimum age requirement is 18 years old.  

Are married couples or families welcomed?

Yes. We certainly encourage couples and small families to engage in AMT. There are many couples and families involved in AMT and within Overland Missions’ staff. Special couples/family rates are offered for AMT.

More questions? Contact us

rejoice in the wilderness

rejoice || wilderness

a well in the wasteland.

There are times in life where we’re “stuck” in the in-between.

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.

In the desert, there is no commodity more valuable than water.

When you don’t know what’s next, or even if you know, and you’re waiting for the release, don’t pop up an umbrella and camp out under the palm trees of the oasis.

Now is the time to break through the hard ground, to dig deep, to be filled with Living Water that flows out of your belly.

His promise is that this will bring healing to the Nations.

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The Lord your God is with you, the Mighty Warrior who saves. He will take great delight in you; in his love he will no longer rebuke you, but will rejoice over you with singing.

Zephaniah 3:17 NIVUK

I never thought that when I started ministering to a tribe with no knowledge of Jesus Christ or Christian theology, my own understanding of the gospel would be so deepened. There’s no need in ministry here to dig and strive for a new concept to teach every few days, as even the most basic concepts are brand new. Even recently, when I made the statement, “Jesus is the son of God,” the response of my disciple who was translating was, “That’s too complicated—they don’t know what God is.”

And so, for the past two years, I’ve been teaching the most simple, most profound thing I could; God, who created everything, loves you and became human to be near to you. He died in your place so he could give you his life and fill you with his very own spirit.

The more I’ve taught this, the more I don’t want to teach anything else. Even my personal growth with the Lord has become less about what new things I’m learning, and more about how much I actually believe in the redemptive work of Jesus’ life and death.

In Luke chapter 4, Jesus reads the scroll from the prophet Isaiah (specifically what we now call chapter 61) about the spirit of the Lord being on him to preach good news to the poor, liberty for captives, sight to the blind, and so on. Then he sits down and gives what may be the simplest sermon ever spoken: “Today this scripture has been fulfilled in your hearing.”

These nine words, simple as they are, have a profound effect on everything we know. This statement breathes life to the beautiful, hopeful words of Isaiah 61. Good news has come for the poor. Sight is available to the blind. Freedom is available to the oppressed. Joy and beauty are available to those whose lives are in ashes. Redemption isn’t something we hope for, but instead something we trust in. When we simply teach the story of God’s redemption, we’re not avoiding or ignoring the hardships of life; we’re actually unleashing the potential for true, genuine transformation, which can only come through the power of Christ. 

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every tribe and tongue

“After these things, I looked, and behold, a great multitude which no one could number, of all nations, tribes, peoples, and tongues, standing before the throne and before the Lamb, clothed with white robes, with palm branches in their hands.” – Revelation 7:9

How did this great multitude get there?

Someone went, someone was sent, someone was finances, and someone had been praying.

They got there because Jesus died for their sins, and charged His faithful followers to go to the ends of the earth.

Someone plowed. Someone seeded the fertile soil. Someone tended the field. Someone will bring in the harvest.

1 Corinthians 3:6-7

John 4:37-38

Each member of the Body of Christ has a part to play in God’s World Harvest Team.

Some are called to go to the nations and some have a part to play back home — one is not more important than the other. Collectively, we have the power to change the eternal destiny of entire nations.

Muacahona tribe, Angola

Every believer is called to the harvest. The task of world missions is the responsibility of every Christian; there is no one exempt — it is the responsibility of every pastor, the nursery worker, the sound engineer, the worship leader, the child, the mother, and the father.

If we rise up and take responsibility to do something, we would reach our generation.

Take charge of your heart and life, and begin to say, “Here I am Lord, use me.”

Wold Missions cannot be treated as a side-issue because it ultimately involves the destiny of nations, tribes, people and tongues.

There are more than 200 tribes in the Democratic Republic of Congo, most of whom are unreached by the Gospel.

Saints gather at the throne of God. Their praise is not directed at missionaries, financial givers, or anyone who played a part in them getting to heaven.

Revelation 7:9

Regardless of our level of commitment or sacrifice, we are merely doing what is expected of us as co-labourers together with Christ.

All the increase and glory comes from God, and therefore must be returned to Him.

“I will go anywhere, provided it be forward.”

David Livingstone
Pioneer, adventurer, discoverer, and missionary.

All vision is born in our hearts, not by the size of the task or need, but by the love of Him who saved us.

“We are debtors to every man to give him the gospel in the same measure in which we have received it.”

P.F. Bresee
1838-1915
founder of the Church of the Nazarene

thank you for keeping my arms up!

With only four more days to go (the countdown is set to midnight!) before I leave for Zambia, I am INCREDIBLY excited for all that lies ahead!

You may not know me long enough to know the journey that God put me on to get me here: to this day, in this place, but it’s been a journey of more than 10 years!

This morning I was reading through Philippians, and it struck me anew how Paul interceded for the new Believers, how he eagerly hoped to be able to join them in person.

These sentiments are found throughout all of his letters. He takes special care to mention those who labour with him – Timothy, Aquila, Priscilla, and many others – honouring them for the work they do in the Kingdom. And he always points the church to Christ.

What a legacy!

One of the children’s stories that I finished up yesterday was about the Damascus road encounter (Acts 9).

I am constantly amazed that God specifically chose Saul to work among the gentiles, because his reputation was so well-known, and that made his testimony all the more believable.

In the end, God doesn’t care how amazing we think we are, or how skilled or able. He is simply looking for someone who is willing to take up his cross, to lay down his life — simply so that others might receive Life.

Like a drink offering, being poured out on the altar, nothing is worth more than honouring Him.

The first words God spoke after he called Paul was, “I will show him how much he must suffer for my name.” (Acts 9:15-16)

This morning, as I’m quite literally closing the books, I’d like to thank the hundreds of people who have journeyed with me over the years, sowing into the Kingdom, speaking God into my life, partnering in prayer, giving financially, interceding, weeding, watering, and harvesting.

I am incredibly honoured by each of you!

I cannot begin to call you all by name, but know that, I am deeply humbled by each of you keeping my arms up!

May you receive the crown of honour for your faithful work!

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#untilthewholeworldhears

“Moses stretched out his hand over the sea, and the Israelites went through on dry ground with a wall of water on their right and on their left.”


Exodus 14:27, 29



Exodus 12:1-42; Exodus 14:5-31

Moses did as God commanded him, and went to speak to Pharaoh, saying, “Let God’s people go!”

Moses and his brother Aaron  went to Pharaoh and did everything God commanded. Aaron  threw his staff on the ground, and it turned into a snake. Pharaoh laughed, “My sorcerers can easily repeat this little trick!” The Egyptian magicians also threw their staffs on the ground, and they turned into snakes as well. But the snake from Aaron ‘s staff was bigger, and it swallowed the magicians’ snakes.

Pharaoh was a cruel and strict king, and he did not want to let the Israelites go because they were hard workers and they were his slaves. God hardened Pharaoh’s heart, and he refused to set the Israelites free.

Moses trusted God for a plan, and God sent plagues to Egypt. First, the Nile turned into blood. All the fish died and the river smelled so bad that the Egyptians could not drink the water. Then God sent a plague of frogs. There were so many that they covered the land. Then there was a plague of gnats — they were so many that they looked like dust from the desert. Next, God sent a plague of flies. The fifth plague God sent on the Egyptians was death to livestock. All the Egyptian horses, donkeys, camels, goats, sheep, and cattle died.

Pharaoh would still not listen! He would not let God’s people go!

God sent Moses to lead His people into the new country that He had promised to them.

Then God sent a plague of boils that caused the Egyptians to become very sick. He also sent hail, and the hail destroyed all the planted crops. Then, a plague of locusts came, and they ate all the crops the hail had not destroyed. The Egyptians had no food reserves left!

Then the lord said to Moses, “Stretch out your hand toward the sky, and darkness will spread over Egypt. It will be as thick as a blanket.” Moses did as God commanded, and it became very dark for three days.

“Pharaoh, let God’s people go!” said Moses, but Pharaoh still refused.

Then God said to Moses, “Gather the Hebrews, and tell them to slaughter a lamb. Put the blood of the lamb on your doors and windows, and eat together. Tonight I will send an Angel through Egypt, and he will kill all the firstborn children. When the Angel sees the blood on the doors and windows, it will pass over, and will not come into your houses.”

That night, the Angel went through Egypt and killed all the firstborn children to every family — even Pharaoh’s son. At last, Pharaoh gave up and said to Moses, “Take your people, and leave.”

The Hebrews rejoiced! God had freed them from Egypt! When they came to the sea, there was no way to get to the other side, so God split the water in two, and they could safely pass on dry land.

Discover: God wants what is best for us.

Memorize: “Moses stretched out his hand over the sea, and the Israelites went through on dry ground with a wall of water on their right and on their left.” Exodus 14:27, 29

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“You will be in charge of my palace, and my people will submit to your orders. Only with respect to the throne will I be greater than you.”


Genesis 41:40

Genesis 37 – 50

The bottom of the pit was dark and cold. Joseph looked up, and saw some movement at the top. There were many voices talking together in a language that he did not understand. A rope came falling down the side of the pit.

“At last!” thought Joseph, “My brothers decided that they were wrong to throw me in this hole, and they have decided to save me.”

When Joseph reached the top, strong hands grabbed him and tied a rope around his wrists.

Judah folded his hands across his chest. “You thought you were so important telling us about the dreams you had where we would bow down to you. And our father even thought you were special and made you colourful clothes.”

“Here comes the dreamer!” said Simeon and bowed down to mock Joseph.

The people speaking a strange language loaded Joseph on a wagon. His brothers had sold him as a slave. He looked back at them as they were laughing and cheering, and sadness filled his heart. He knew that God was faithful. Joseph trusted God.

Many years later, Joseph was working as a servant in Potiphar’s house. Potiphar was the captain over Pharaoh’s guards. The Lord was with Joseph, and he did very well in the house of his Egyptian master. Potiphar’s wife grew jealous of Joseph, and she thought of a plan to have him thrown in jail. But, while he was in jail, God’s favor was on Joseph. Joseph made friends while he was in jail, and he helped them to understand the dreams God had sent them. They promised to tell Pharaoh about Joseph and his ability to understand dreams when they were released.

One day Pharaoh sent one of his soldiers to fetch Joseph from jail.

Pharaoh said to Joseph, “I had a dream; and no one can understand it. But I have heard it said that you can understand dreams,”

“I cannot interpret dreams,” said Joseph to Pharaoh, “but God will give you the answer you desire.”

Pharaoh explained his dream to Joseph. He was standing on the bank of the Nile while seven fat cows were grazing nearby. Then, seven skinny cows came, and they swallowed the seven fat cows. Pharaoh also dreamt about seven healthy heads of grain that grew from a single stalk. Then seven more heads of grain sprouted, but these were thin and they were blown away by the wind.

Then Joseph said to Pharaoh, “Both dreams Pharaoh had have the same meaning. There will be seven years of abundance, followed by seven years of drought and famine. Pharaoh will be wise to save grain during the years of abundance so that Egypt and the nations around here will not starve during the famine.”

Pharaoh said to Joseph, “Since God has made all this known to you, there is no one as wise as you. You will be in charge of my palace and all my people will submit to your orders.”

God had remained faithful and kept his favor on Joseph’s life. That which others intended for harm, God used for good.

Discover: God makes everything work together for the good of those who love Him.

Memorize: “And we know that in all things God works for the good of those who love him, who have been called according to His purpose.” Romans 8:28

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“She named him Moses, saying, “I drew him out of the water.”


Exodus 2:10

Pharaoh was a cruel and strict king. He wanted the Israelites to work as slaves and build big palaces and temples for him. One day, Pharaoh realised that the Israelites were becoming more than the Egyptians.

“The Israelites are slaves,” Pharaoh said to himself. “If they become too many, they will start a rebellion and overthrow my ruler ship. I will find a way to get rid of them.”

Pharaoh called his advisors together, and they wrote a law that said every Hebrew boy younger than two years old had to be fed to the crocodiles in the Nile.

There was a young Hebrew woman who had just had a baby boy. She did not want the soldiers to kill her son, so she made a basket from reeds, and covered it with sticky tar to make it waterproof. She told her daughter Miriam to take the basket down to the Nile, and hide it between the reeds.

Moses was hid in a basket that drifted on the Nile river. This was part of God’s special plan to save His people.

Miriam carried her baby brother down to the Nile, and placed his basket on the water. She hid close by where she could watch the basket.

Suddenly, a big Egyptian boat passed by and it caused big waves. The baby and his basket drifted further away from the shore. Miriam could not catch it in time! The basket was already floating downstream.

“Oh, Lord! Please protect my brother,” Miriam prayed.

The basket tossed and turned in the waves, and crocodiles swam around it — snapping their jaws.

Then, the basket drifted into a quiet part of the river, right in front of Pharaoh’s palace! The Egyptian princess saw the basket, and told one of her servants to fetch it for her.

When she opened the basket, she saw the baby. He was crying, and she felt sorry for him.

Miriam came closer and said, “Princess, I know a Hebrew woman who would be able to care for this baby.”

“Go and fetch her,” said the princess. “I will call this baby Moses, because I drew him out of the water.”

Discover: God takes care of us through others

Memorize: “She named him Moses, saying, “I drew him out of the water.” ” Exodus 2:10

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“God has brought me laughter, and everyone who hears about this will laugh with me.”


Genesis 21:6

Genesis 18:1-15; Genesis 21:1-6

One day Sarah was sitting in the shade of the tent, fanning herself to cool off. The sun was blazing, and it was too hot to work outside. The camels were sleeping in the shade, and the sheep were gathered around the cool water of the well.

Abram came running in to the tent.

                “Sarah! Visitors are coming! Call the servants! Fetch water so that our visitors can wash, and prepare some bread for them to eat. I will slaughter a calf, and we will give them a place to rest from the heat.”

The men sat down to eat and rest.

                “Where is your wife, Sarah?” the visitors asked Abram.

                “She is in the tent,” replied Abram.

                “In exactly one year your wife Sarah will have a son,” said the visitor.

Sarah couldn’t help but laugh! Was this a joke? She was already 90 years old. That’s too late to start a family.

                “I am old, but Abram is even older than I am,” Sarah said to herself. “We won’t be able to raise a child at this age.”

The visitor entered into the tent.

                “Why do you laugh, Sarah? Is anything too hard for the Lord? In exactly one year I will visit you again, and then you will have a son.”

The Lord was gracious to Sarah, and He fulfilled His promise. In their old age, Sarah and Abraham got a son and they named him Isaac.

                “God has brought me laughter and He has restored my joy!” Sarah said. “Everyone who hears about the birth of my son will celebrate with me!”

Abraham and Sarah lifted their son toward God, and thanked Him for his faithfulness.

Discover: God brings us joy.

Memorize: “God has brought me laughter, and everyone who hears about this will laugh with me.” Genesis 21:6

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“Do not be afraid, Abram. I am your shield, your very great reward.”


Genesis 15:1

Abram stood on the hill overlooking the valley. In the distance, he could see the lights of the city. The night was quiet and a cool breeze blew across the hilltop. Abram looked up at the stars above him. They were spread out like bright jewels on a dark velvet cloth, shining brightly. In the distance, he could hear his sleep bleat as they shuffled around, looking for a place to sleep. Abram looked up at the moon and tried to see if he could recognize any constellations. He even saw a shooting star!

                “Abram! Abram!”

Abram knew it was God speaking to Him.

                “Yes, Lord. Here I am.” Abram answered.


On that day the Lord made a covenant with Abram.” Genesis 15:18

“Look up at the heavens and count the stars. Tell me how many there are.” Said God.

Abram shook his head and replied, “Lord, you know that I am old and that I cannot see that far! Besides, there are too many stars to count!”

                “You shall be the Father of Nations, Abram. You will have as many children as there are stars.”

                “How is this possible, Lord?” asked Abram. “I am an old man, and I don’t have any children. Isn’t it too late for me to have a son? I am nearly one hundred years old!”

                “Abram,” said God, “I have many great plans for you and your family, and their families to come. I promise to watch over you and your descendants,” said God.

Abram closed his eyes and imagined what it would be like to hold his own son for the first time. Ten toes and ten fingers, and the brightest brown eyes! He would call his son Isaac. Abram was not sure how everything would work out, but he knew that God would keep his promise. Abram trusted in God.

God explained that He would change Abram’s name to Abraham, which means Father of Nations. God promised that Abraham’s family would become kings, and that they would be His special, chosen people. God’s promise, which is also called a covenant, was the beginning of an adventure for Abram and his family.

This promise, or covenant, was part of a long, long friendship God keeps with his special, chosen people. God promised to protect them and lead them, and show them the way through every adventure.

Discover: When Isaac was born as the first of many sons, Abraham was 100 years old, and Sarah was 90!

Memorize: “On that day the Lord made a covenant with Abram.” Genesis 15:18

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“I have put my rainbow in the clouds… The waters will never become a flood to destroy all life again.”


Genesis 9:13, 15

One afternoon, Noah was sitting in the shade watching his sons play with a ball. Shem passed the ball to Ham while Japheth tried to stop him from scoring a goal. Noah laughed aloud when Shem gave Ham a high five after scoring.

God said to Noah, “The people on earth have grown corrupt and violent. This is not why I created Man. I am going to make a new start to the earth and its people.”

All of a sudden, Noah heard God speak to him.

God placed His rainbow in the clouds to remind us of His promises.

Noah was a righteous man. He always lived close to God. God chose Noah and his family to be part of the new start He was planning.

                “What do you want me to do, God?” said Noah, and he kneeled down to pray.

God told Noah to build a big boat and call it the Ark. God gave Noah specific instructions about the size and shape the Ark should take.

Noah finished praying, and got up from where he was kneeling. He called his sons together and explained God’s plan to them.

                “Shem, Ham, Japheth, God wants us to build the Ark. It is going to be a safe place where we can hide when the flood comes.”

                “Father, what is a flood?” asked Japheth.

                “God said it is going to rain a lot. The many waters will cause a flood”, answered Noah.

Noah and his sons started building the Ark. They worked hard every day to complete the building project in time. Every day people from the villages around them came to look at the Ark. They laughed at Noah and his sons and pointed at the Ark saying, “That will never float! Where will you find water?”

Noah and his sons remained obedient to God.

When the Ark was finished, Noah and his family went inside, along with different kinds of animals. This was part of God’s plan to start new life on earth once the water of the flood had drained away.

It started to rain, but Noah and his family were not afraid. God had a plan. They would trust in Him.

Discover: It rained for forty days and forty nights, and the water covered the tallest mountaintops. Everything on earth died. Only Noah and his family were left. God remembered his promise to Noah and He made a new start with Noah, his family, and the animals on the Ark.

Memorize: “I have put my rainbow in the clouds… The waters will never become a flood to destroy all life again.” Genesis 9:13, 15

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“You must not eat the fruit of the tree in the middle of the garden.”


Genesis 3:3
God created us to live in close relationship with Him.

On a sunny afternoon, Eve was sitting on a rock, when she saw a creature she had never seen before.

                “Who are you?” she asked.

                “I am the sssssserpent,” said the creature, flicking its long tongue. “Do you sssssssmell the delicioussssss fruit on that Tree?”

The Tree was at the centre of God’s beautiful garden. Bright fruit hung from the Tree’s branches.

                “God told us not to eat the fruit from The Tree,” said Eve. “Any other tree is fine, but not this one.”

The serpent slithered up the tree and coiled itself around a big branch.

                “Are you ssssssure God ssssaid you sssshouldn’t eat thissss fruit? He is jussssst afraid you will become like Him if you eat it. Then your eyesssss will be opened, and you will underssssstand many thingsssssss.”

Eve’s stomach growled. She was hungry. Maybe she could try just one bite?

She reached up toward The Tree and picked a bright fruit from the branches. Then she took a big bite.

As the juice from the fruit dribbled down her chin, Adam peeked out from behind The Tree.

                “Adam, you have to try this! The fruit is sweet and delicious!” said Eve.

Adam knew that God told them to eat fruit from The Tree, but he took a bite anyway.

Adam looked at Eve. Eve looked at the serpent. The serpent slithered off into the bush. Something had changed. Something was not right. Adam and Eve heard God walking in the Garden, but instead of running to him like they always do, they felt ashamed and decided to hide.

Adam and Eve had sinned. They were disobedient to God. Sin had separated Adam and Eve from God’s presence.

Adam and Eve could no longer live in the Garden. They knew God still loved them, but they knew life would be very different from now on.

Discover: After Adam and Eve left the Garden, God placed an angel with a flaming sword at the entrance to the Garden so that nobody could get back inside.

Memorize: “You must not eat the fruit of the tree in the middle of the garden.” Genesis 3:3

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“In the beginning God created the heavens and the earth.”

Genesis 1:1

Everything began when God said, “Let there be light!”

God appointed Adam and Eve to rule over everything He created.

Then God separated the light from the darkness. All in one day! God called the darkness night, and the light day. This was the very first day.

The next day God made water. It bubbled and whooshed, and it covered the earth with oceans and rivers and lakes. And up, up high, God placed the sky. All in one day! This was the second day.

God pushed the whooshing water to one side to make land. He made trees with roots that dug deep into the soft ground. He made sprouts that burst into budding plants, bearing fruit and beautiful flowers. All in one day! This was the third day.

Then God made the sun and the moon, and he put them in the sky. He made the sun to shine during the day, and the moon to shine at night. God also made stars and planets, and He scattered them across the sky. God wanted the planets and the stars to show different seasons. He saw that everything was good. All in one day! This was the fourth day.

In the sea, God placed different fish and all kinds of creatures. In the sky, He put birds – some of them large and soaring, and some of them small and chirping. God made the fish and the birds all in one day! This was the fifth day.

Then God made wild animals of every kind – tall, short, furry, smooth, round, skinny, some crawled and some jumped, and some walked! He made every animal according to his or her kind, and He saw that it was good.

Now it was time to create the Masterpiece! God said, “let us make Man in our image and likeness so that He can rule with us”.

God made Adam, the very first man. Then He made Eve, the very first woman. He created Adam and Eve to have relationship with Him, and He saw that he made them very good! God blessed them and said, “Be fruitful and increase in number. Help me to rule over Creation by looking after the fish in the sea and the birds in the sky, and all the animals on the ground.” He made wild animals and people – all in one day! This was the sixth day.

By then God had finished the work he had been doing, so he rested. For an entire day. He blessed the seventh day and set it apart as a day of rest.

God created everything, and now the world and everything that lives in it was ready for the adventure to begin!

Discover: God created Adam from the dust of the ground. Then God formed Eve from Adam’s rib.

Memorize: “In the beginning God created the heavens and the earth.” Genesis 1:1

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