Une nouvelle année, pleine de potentiel, nous attend !
Another year, full of potential, stands before us!
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
“We make a mistake when we regard children after the flesh and not after the Spirit. Children have just as much spiritual capacity as adults.”
'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
In 2011, I was living and working in Babylon, Namibia -- an informal settlement outside the capital city, of Windhoek. We were on our way out to do ministry in a new area and were waiting to meet pastor Ephraim, our local contact, on the corner of the Shoprite centre. We didn't know this at the time, but that corner was an informal taxi rank of sorts, and people came from all over to catch a minibus to take their commute to or from work in the city. We were driving a 12-seater Sprinter bus at the time and blended in with the many other taxis. While we were waiting, a group of three people came up to the window and asked for a ride, "Are you going to Eros?" they asked. And Jurgens, who was on my team, promptly replied, "No, we're going to heaven! Are you coming with us?" The invitation to COME WITH US, not only pertains to the invitation of living in relationship with Christ Jesus, but it is a two-fold invitation for believers to JOIN in the WORK OF THE KINGDOM. This invitation is probably the most exciting and most daunting part of being a believer in Christ, walking in a relationship with the Father, and joining in the fellowship of the Holy Spirit, yet, it is crucial to make heaven manifest on earth.
“As you go, proclaim this message: ‘The kingdom of heaven has come near.’ Heal the sick, raise the dead, cleanse those who have leprosy, drive out demons. Freely you have received; freely give.”- Matthew 10:7-8 let's go! I want to give you a quick update on what’s going on in ministry and life at the… Continue reading ready! set! go!
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… Continue reading en Lui, nous avons l’espérance de la gloire
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.” This is the Message of Hope we carry to places where there are no roads — to bring GOOD NEWS to outlying communities. What a privilege it is to see lives transformed by the power of the Holy Spirit! #runwildlivefree
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.
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… Continue reading Mwadingusha
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. #runwildlivefree
After (nearly) two years of ministry (and waiting and praying and preparing in the throws of Lockdown) in my home country, I AM ON MY WAY to DR Congo!
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.
“Let be and be still, and know (recognize and understand) that I am God. I will be exalted among the nations! I will be exalted in the earth!” — Psalm 46:10 AMPC
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
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.
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.
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.”
I read “Circles in a Forest” as a 8yo, and somewhere in high school I discovered that this literary masterpiece was originally authored in Afrikaans by Dalene Matthee. Years later, as a student of Literature and Language Practice I delved deeper into native writing, colonial writing and the ephemeral insights we share from reading-to-reading. https://youtu.be/iZ2_6RR-8J8… Continue reading kringe in ‘n bos
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
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?
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.”
Many have asked, and now it's finally available! This uniquely branded wear is now available for purchase on Bonfire. I'm selling these beautiful (assorted) t-shirts and hoodies to fundraise for my launch-fund in order to join the Overland Missions team in the Democratic Republic of Congo! Unisex Pullover Hoodie - front; assorted coloursUnisex Pullover Hoodie… Continue reading bonfire
PROCLAMER LE PARDON « Jésus dit: « Père, pardonne-leur, ils ne savent pas ce qu’ils font. » Les soldats tirent au sort pour savoir qui aura ses vêtements. Puis ils les partagent entre eux. »Bonne Nouvelle selon Luc 23:34 Trahi par des amis, accusé bien qu’innocent, torturé jusqu’à être cloué sur la croix –… Continue reading La Vie en Mission
COVID-19 put the world into unknown territory. As something new happened in the world, something new was happening in Mozambique. Four students traveled to Mozambique, unaware that a historic world lockdown would soon occur. Planes, busses, and 4x4s carried them over sea and dusty, sandy roads to reach our base in Inhambane, Mozambique. These students arrived just weeks before worldwide lockdowns forced border closures and flight cancelations. They were there to experience a move of God and connect with Him in a new way as participants in the first ever Advanced Mission Training outside of Zambia. Little did they know how different it would be! Read what happened next!
“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
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.
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
This past week, around 80 missionaries (kiddos included), with a mish-mash of 12 vehicles, representing 7 nations where the Good News of the Gospel is proclaimef, came together for Overland Missions’ annual African Staff conference. here, 7 nations in which the Good News of the Gospel is proclaimed, is represented by 80 missionaries (including kids)… Continue reading from the mouthes of babes
[a mid-February update] Friends! Family! Kingdom Partners! What an incredible honour it is to work in the kingdom alongside World Changers like you! I’ve been back in South Africa for just over a week and a half now (after coming back from the One Tribe Conference in the States), and it has been such a… Continue reading run to catch that Lyft!
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.