J’ai récemment visité une nouvelle église. Nous avons roulé sur l’autoroute tout le long, et il a fallu encore près de 1,5 heure pour y arriver. J’y suis allée exprès un peu plus tôt, parce que j’avais l’intention de rencontrer de nouvelles personnes, et de me mélanger un peu avant le service religieux. Le foyer… Continue reading une église vivante
I recently visited a new church. We drove on the highway all the way, and it still took nearly 1.5 hours to get there. I purposefully went a little earlier, because I intended on meeting new people, and mix around a little before the church service started. The foyer was set up with a photo… Continue reading a church that’s alive
On Christmas Eve, we'd gather in the living room with its flower wallpaper, and a paper chain garland that the grandchildren were tasked to colour and hang up, and in the corner: a cardboard star, covered in tinfoil kept a watchful eye over the Nativity Scene that was re-enacted below. We'd light our candles and sing Silent Night. I'd look up at that cardboard star, thinking of the wise men who travelled so far out of their way, across foreign nations to honour a King they did not yet know, and be filled with wonder: BEHOLD HIM, our Hope Eternal
'invitation à VENIR AVEC NOUS, ne concerne pas seulement l'invitation à vivre en relation avec le Christ Jésus, mais c'est une double invitation pour les croyants à SE JOINDRE à I'CUVRE DU ROYAUME. Cette invitation est probablement la partie la plus excitante et la plus intimidate d'être un croyant en Christ, de marcher dans une relation avec le Père et de se joindre à la communion du Saint-Esprit, mais dire OUI à cette invitation est crucial pour que le
Sometimes we’re in physical circumstances that aren’t ideal, even when they’re by no means uncomfortable, and if you’re like me (a very opinionated 8w7), it’ll take some effort to bin the attitude and honour those who lead you because that’s part of team, and it’s part of ministry, and frankly — it’s part of life.
It’s so strange to me how believers don’t want to do something because it “feels” fake or not authentic, especially in the realms of praise. To me it’s a simple matter of obedience. My obedience is never led by feelings. Obedience can never be fake or inauthentic. If He says “Shout for joy”, I’mma shout… Continue reading goodbye, dignity!
At the beginning of July, a friend of mine asked, "Where do you feel closest to God?", and I replied: "When I'm running around in the mountains, it feels like a cathedral." Today was decidedly challenging in many ways, but if I've learnt anything from David, it's that worship shifts our attention from the problem… Continue reading cathedrals
Posturing ourselves before God as an act of worship allows us to see Him as He truly is.
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.
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!
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 where much of the world came to a standstill, the Gospel of the Kingdom continued to move forward!
"And I find that the strength of Christ’s explosive power infuses me to conquer every difficulty." — Philippians 4:10-14
« Et je trouve que la force de la puissance explosive du Christ me pousse à vaincre toutes les difficultés. » — Philippiens 4:10-14
In the Biblical context, the number 30 is representative of dedication to a specific task or calling. 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. 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.
There are so many things I could say to describe this past week of fellowship at Overland Missions' R14 base, but I'll stick to this: He keeps His covenant to a thousand generations - Deuteronomy 7:9 Life is better in team, and my team is pretty fantastic But because the Lord loves you and because… Continue reading we are trees
Most people understand 'missions' as the intentional evangelical efforts of an individual, organisation, or church who is purposed to spread the Gospel. Yet, there are many misconceptions, or myths surrounding missions. Here is (one) perspective on things we often miss. Interestingly, the word "missionary" is never found in the Bible. In Scripture, the disciples were… Continue reading myths about missions
It's been a while since I last did a video update, so I thought I'd catch you up with some news of the last month or two and share some insight on the transition of seasons!
“If crossing the wilderness has taught me anything, it is to be uncompromisingly obedient to God, and to fully trust in, and rely on Him to show you the path to take.”
This morning, as I was having tea with dear high school friends of mine we were talking about missions, nations, farming, business, and life, and got asked: “How do you overcome the challenges of living in a country where you are, for all intents and purposes, an outsider -- coming from a different cultural background,… Continue reading Vision vs Mission
This is a temporary season of change. Though it may feel it is lasting a long time, remember we are being molded, sharpened, and etched into a new creation. A plant only flourishes after it is first rooted in the ground. So it is that we are seeds of light rooted in the foundation of Jesus Christ. So, do not be discouraged when we grow during sufferings because God is at work for our good and His glory.
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… Continue reading circles in a forest
Ons was op Ekspedisie in Simwatachela Chiefdom in Zambië. Ekspedisies is Evangelie-uitreike van twee weke lank, waar ons met die DAF-vragmotor in die bos kamp met basiese toerusting. Ons het ongeveer 7 ure lank gery om in Mafuta village uit te kom waar ons net buite die dorpie gekamp het. Ons was hier om met die… Continue reading vyf brode en twee visse
We were out on Expedition in Simwatachela Chiefdom in Zambia. A bare-bones two-week ministry trip in which we drove 7 hours with the DAF truck and set up camp in the bush just outside Mafuta village. We were here to work with the local churches, visit from home-to-home, and share the Gospel. Expetitions are bare-bones… Continue reading a simple offering
Being faithful to show up, to build character, spending time in the Word, and drawing on His presence — these are the things that build strength and stamina to do whatever it takes to be Ambassadors of the Kingdom of Heaven. #runwildlivefree
2020 has been weird, but let’s not let the past hold us back from what the future may hold.
“In the Kingdom, function does not determine purpose. Understanding purpose will determine how we function. This is the Gospel of Identity.”
Hartspad is an Afrikaans word meaning “path of the heart”. When I started using #runwildlivefree in 2018, it was because of a life-altering adventure I said yes to — stepping out in faith, and acting in obedience to the call of God on my life. May your heart be lead on paths of righteousness. May you be filled and refreshed by Holy Spirit. May you be guided by Him in all things. And may you have the courage to step into the Great Unknown, to pioneer the things that He has called you to!
The plans and purposes of the Lord are never stopped or hinderd, or even delayed by anything in this world. We all anticipate the day where 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.
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.
Today many buildings where the Church gather are empty — and so we also celebrate the empty tomb! He is risen! 🙌🏻🙌🏻🙌🏻
Often times, this means walking over rough terrain where there are few to no roads. It means covering long treks with 4x4 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.
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… Continue reading the only Friday that is called Good
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!
Friends! Family! Kingdom partners! I'd like to share this update on the worldwide COVID-19 situation from Overland Missions' CEO -- Philip Smethurst. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LXdyh8KVeKI As missionaries who work in the foreign field among vulnerable people groups, who are remotely situated and not regularly exposed to the outside world, our international teams consider the risk this superbug… Continue reading COVID-19 Overland Missions team update
Friends! Family! Kingdom partners! Here’s an update on the past few weeks’ events in February, spilling into March! https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vrlqmwU5VbY Marching on I saw this post online earlier, and OH! What a privilege it is to be a labourer in this harvest! Thank you for labouring with me in the Nations so that every man from… Continue reading Marching on
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.
Friends! Family! Kingdom partners! 🇨🇩 I thought I’d give you a quick non-comprehensive overview of life and prayer requests: - I’m currently in the United States 🇺🇸, FL, where I attended Overland Missions’ ONE TRIBE conference. It was a wonderful time of drawing together with missionaries from all over the world to hear from different speakers (most… Continue reading a non-comprehensive mid-January update
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.
Jour 1: Le Saint-Esprit est là, tout près de vous Jésus a dit : "Et moi, je prierai le Père, et il vous donnera un autre consolateur, afin qu'il demeure éternellement avec vous, l'Esprit de vérité, que le monde ne peut recevoir, parce qu'il ne le voit point et ne le connaît point ; mais vous,… Continue reading 7 jours pour se laisser guider par le Saint-Esprit
This is Annie. She's practically part of the furniture here on Rapid 14, the logistical base for Overland Missions in Zambia. Not only is she an absolutely PHENOMENAL cook, and super patient in teaching the AMT students how the kitchen is run, she is a powerhouse of faith, and a great source of wisdom.
This is Jackson. Not only is he a close friend, but he's an all-round amazing person. He's on his way to Sioma to minister full-time in Western Zambia.
Looking back often provides us with the perspective we need to recognize God's steadfast faithfulness in every season. God does not change. His Word is ALWAYS true. His is not slow in remembering His promises. When we step out in faith and walk in obedience, He is sure to fulfil His Word since He has already equipped us with everything we need to live a life of holiness and godliness through the Holy Spirit.
“I know how to be abased and live humbly in straitened circumstances, and I know also how to enjoy plenty and live in abundance. I have learned in any and all circumstances the secret of facing every situation, whether well-fed or going hungry, having a sufficiency and enough to spare or going without and being in want. I have strength for all things in Christ Who empowers me [I am ready for anything and equal to anything through Him Who infuses inner strength into me; I am self-sufficient in Christ's sufficiency].” Philippians 4:12-13 AMPC https://www.bible.com/8/php.4.12-13.ampc
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,… Continue reading Lord, remember me
A while ago, I read a quote by Charles Spurgeon that was something along the lines of, “If ever you come across a piece of Scripture you can’t face, read it until you can.”
This simple statement changed the way I read Scripture.
You see, there are many passages I avoid — no, not drawn-out lineages, rules for the building of the temple, or ‘scary’ things I don’t understand — but passages that CONVICT me.
It’s often easier to avoid the things from Scripture that convict us, rather than to work through them, asking Holy Spirit for fresh revelation, and fresh grace so that we might continually grow in relationship with Him.
You don’t have to be a Scholar to read and understand Scripture. If teenage fishermen were entrusted with this Message, and we have the Holy Spirit, it shouldn’t be hard to read, understand, and apply the FULL teaching we have through Scripture.
Nowadays, we have various options available to us — beautiful hardcopy, leather bound editions in many languages, or digital easily-accessed apps which give us the Bible on multiple devices. But this is not how Scripture started out.
Most of the New Testament was written as letters to new believers to the many new churches that were found across the world. The Old Testament is made up of chronicles, stories, laws, prophesies, et cetera!
There is so much more to the Word than black and white (and red!) letters which provides us with a manual to living a God-filled life.
The Word is living and powerful and active!
When you’re offended by something, view this as the perfect opportunity for God to renew your thinking, for Holy Spirit to establish a new heart within you, for you to grow into the likeness of Christ. Don’t change Scripture to fit your convictions. But align your convictions to the Truth of the Word so that you might discover and grow in the fullness of all that God is, and who He is in you and through you!
There are a lot of people these days who are “cherry picking” scriptures which support their lifestyle choices, while they often ignore the context, as a whole, from which those scriptures are drawn.
This first verse here in Romans 8 is one of those scriptures. For, these people assume they are “in Christ Jesus” merely because they made a profession of faith in Christ, or merely because they made some acknowledgment as to who he is as the Lord, the Christ, the Son of God. Or, perhaps it was because they repeated some words after someone in a prayer where they were then congratulated that they are now in God’s family.
But, is that all there is to it to be “in Christ”? Or, is there more to it?
“There is therefore now no condemnation for those who are in Christ Jesus. For the law of the Spirit of life…
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In the busy season, Rapid14 is home to over 100 missionaries, AMT students, and expedition members. The Main Centre on Rapid 14 is an all-in-one dining hall, church, living room, recreational centre, and sometimes, classroom.It overlooks the gorgeous cliffs of Rapid 14, the fourteenth rapid from the Victoria Falls, and many missionaries working in the… Continue reading this beautiful [home]
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?
the tyger || burning bright || #runwildlivefree On 29 September, two weeks after my dad passed away, I was visiting my friend Carené -- I was making my way though town, coming back from KZN where I went to see my dad's lawyer earlier that morning. It wasn't an unusual day, and I wasn't very… Continue reading the tiger
Twenty six days ago my father passed away. These words still seem unreal to me, even as I write them here. In a month's time I'll be celebrating my first birthday without him, and that is even more unreal. "Your word is a lamp to guide my feet, and a light for my path." Psalm… Continue reading the valley