7 jours pour se laisser guider par le Saint-Esprit

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, vous le connaissez, car il demeure avec vous, et il sera en vous.”Jean 14.16-17

Jésus a envoyé le Saint-Esprit pour qu’il soit éternellement avec nous. Il demeure avec vous et il est en vous. 

« et moi, je prierai le Père. Et il vous donnera quelqu’un d’autre pour vous aider, quelqu’un qui sera avec vous pour toujours: c’est l’Esprit de vérité. En effet, le monde ne peut pas le recevoir, parce qu’il ne le voit pas et ne le connaît pas. Vous, vous connaissez l’Esprit de vérité, parce qu’il reste avec vous, il habite en vous. »

— Bonne Nouvelle selon Jean‬ ‭14:16-17‬
PDV2017‬‬

L’Esprit Saint désire être…

  • Votre confident. Il est Dieu le Saint-Esprit. Vous pouvez lui parler, lui faire connaître vos craintes, vos questions ou vos sujets de reconnaissance. Il vous connaît parfaitement et il vous aime. 
  • Votre consolateur. Il peut vous consoler et ranimer votre âme. Sa présence est comme un baume bienfaisant sur une plaie. 
  • Votre conseiller. Il veut vous diriger et vous donner la sagesse. Écoutez-le car il désire vous parler personnellement.

Le Saint-Esprit est là, tout près de vous et en vous. Soyez ouvert(e) à Sa personne. Expérimentez Sa présence miraculeuse en ce jour.

Jour 2: Écoutez la voix du Saint-Esprit

À plusieurs reprises dans la Bible, on peut voir Dieu s’adresser à son peuple, notamment par la voix de ses prophètes.

Ésaïe a annoncé la venue de Jésus et a prophétisé sur l’œuvre salvatrice que notre Dieu accomplirait des centaines d’années plus tard. Le prophète nous livre une information capitale sur Jésus : “L’Esprit du Seigneur est sans cesse avec lui, l’Esprit qui donne sagesse et discernement, aptitude à décider et vaillance…” (Lire Ésaïe 11.2.)

Autrement dit, Jésus serait toujours inspiré par le Saint-Esprit, et toujours sensible à sa voix. D’ailleurs, ce que nous lisons dans les Évangiles nous le confirme : chaque action de Jésus et chaque décision qu’il a prise sur Terre étaient parfaites et divinement inspirées.

Le Saint-Esprit habite en vous (lire 1 Corinthiens 3.16), le saviez-vous…? Il est votre ami, votre fidèle conseiller. Et il vous parle, croyez-le…! Laissez-moi vous donner ce petit conseil, si vous “entendez une voix dans votre tête”, si une pensée traverse votre esprit, comme une flèche acérée. Cette voix…

  • Vous encourage-t-elle…?
  • Vous apporte-t-elle la paix…?
  • Vous inspire-t-elle la solution à vos problèmes…?

Alors, c’est certainement le Saint-Esprit qui vous parle…!

« L’esprit du Seigneur reposera sur lui. Il lui donnera la sagesse et le pouvoir de bien juger. Il l’aidera à prendre des décisions et le rendra courageux. Il lui fera connaître le Seigneur et lui apprendra à le respecter. »
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Ésaïe‬ ‭11:2‬ ‭PDV2017‬‬

Au contraire, si “cette voix” vous accable, vous fait douter, vous attriste, soyez certain(e) que c’est l’ennemi de votre âme qui vous parle… sans oublier vos propres pensées, bien sûr, parfois négatives.

Et si vous décidiez d’être plus sensible, réceptif(ve) et attentif(ve) à la voix du Saint-Esprit…? Il ne demande qu’à communiquer avec vous pour vous conduire vers la victoire, vous éviter des embûches et vous apprendre tout sur le cœur du Père…

Recevez de lui “sagesse et discernement, aptitude à décider et vaillance”, alors que nous prions ensemble : “Saint-Esprit, j’ouvre mon cœur et je fais silence… afin de recevoir les directives du Père… Je veux t’écouter et me laisser guider par toi, dans tous les domaines de ma vie. Au nom de Jésus, amen.”

Toute la journée, et tous les jours, restez attentif(ve), car le Saint-Esprit désire communiquer avec vous…!

« Vous êtes le temple de Dieu, et l’Esprit de Dieu habite en vous. Vous ne savez donc pas cela? »

Première lettre aux Corinthiens‬ ‭3:16‬ ‭PDV2017‬‬

Jour 3: Invitez le Saint-Esprit dès le matin

Un matin, durant mon temps de prière et de méditation, alors que j’étais au calme, une colombe est venue se poser près de moi. Cette douce “apparition” m’a fait réfléchir une fois encore sur l’importance de la méditation. Pourquoi…? Parce que c’est là où TOUT peut arriver. Où Dieu vient nous rencontrer pour nous parler.

Parfois, nous n’y prêtons pas attention, ce que souligne Job ici : “Dieu parle cependant, tantôt d’une manière, tantôt d’une autre, et l’on n’y fait pas attention.” (Lire Job 33.14.) Et ce matin-là, il a utilisé un moyen stupéfiant et inattendu : cette colombe.

« Pourtant Dieu parle de différentes manières, mais personne n’y fait attention. »
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Job‬ ‭33:14‬ ‭PDV2017‬‬

Dans la Parole de Dieu, la colombe est un symbole fort qui représente le Saint-Esprit. Lors du baptême de Jésus, l’Esprit de Dieu se manifeste sous la forme d’une colombe. Le Saint-Esprit est la personne de la Trinité qui est constamment avec vous, à vos côtés. C’est Dieu qui vous accompagne, qui vous parle, qui vous réconforte.

Quand le Saint-Esprit descend sur vous, vous pouvez alors entendre ce qu’il a à vous dire, pour garder précieusement ses paroles et les noter dans votre journal intime.

En ce jour, je vous encourage à :

  • Inviter le Saint-Esprit à se révéler à vous
  • Laisser la colombe de l’Esprit se poser sur votre vie,
  • Lui remettre ce qui vous semble lourd, 
  • Vous laisser envahir par sa paix surnaturelle.

Je vous invite à prier maintenant : “Seigneur Jésus, que ton Esprit Saint me guide chaque jour dans tes voies et me transforme à ton image jusqu’à ton retour. Je te remercie d’avoir fait de moi ton enfant bien-aimé. Dans le nom de Jésus, amen.”

Que l’Esprit de Dieu vous accompagne tout au long de votre vie…!

Jour 4: L’Esprit Saint désire vous métamorphoser !

Saviez-vous que le Saint-Esprit désire vous transformer ? La Bible dit :

“Ne vous conformez pas au monde actuel, mais soyez transformés par le renouvellement de l’intelligence afin de discerner quelle est la volonté de Dieu, ce qui est bon, agréable et parfait.” (Romains 12.2)

Le mot grec “transformé” est (en grec) “metamorphoo” qui a donné en Français “métamorphose”. L’Esprit Saint peut et veut vous métamorphoser c’est à dire vous transformer puissamment.

« Ne suivez pas les coutumes du monde où nous vivons, mais laissez Dieu vous transformer en vous donnant une intelligence nouvelle. Ainsi, vous pourrez savoir ce qu’il veut: ce qui est bon, ce qui lui plaît, ce qui est parfait. »

Lettre aux Romains‬ ‭12:2‬ ‭PDV2017‬‬

Alors que vous méditez la Parole de Dieu, par exemple au travers de “Un Miracle Chaque Jour”, que vous priez, que vous chantez des louanges, l’Esprit de Dieu se met à l’œuvre dans votre vie.

Si vous laissez le Saint-Esprit renouveler votre intelligence, vous allez voir et vivre des choses extraordinaires.

Comme le dit le Pasteur Paul Goulet : “Le Saint-Esprit impacte votre intelligence, votre intelligence impacte vos émotions, vos émotions impactent vos choix, vos choix impactent vos actions et vos actions impactent votre destinée.” Tout commence avec l’Esprit de Dieu. Même dans la Bible, regardez dans Genèse 1.

Demandez au Saint-Esprit de toucher votre intelligence aujourd’hui. Demandez lui de vous parler en ce jour. Il va tout transformer, tout métamorphoser.

Jour 5: Voici le miracle de l’Esprit Saint

“Vous recevrez une puissance, le Saint-Esprit survenant sur vous…” (Actes 1:8) La Pentecôte est une fête qui célèbre la venue du Saint-Esprit sur les apôtres de Jésus-Christ et les personnes qui étaient présentes avec eux. La Pentecôte est arrivée cinquante jours après la Pâques (d’où le nom penta – 50). Le récit est rapporté par le livre des Actes des Apôtres. Cette fête tire son origine de la fête juive de Chavouot, la fête des moissons ou fête de la récolte.

« Mais vous allez recevoir une force, celle de l’Esprit Saint qui descendra sur vous. Alors vous serez mes témoins à Jérusalem, dans toute la Judée et la Samarie, et jusqu’au bout du monde. »
‭‭— Actes des Apôtres‬ ‭1:8‬ ‭PDV2017‬‬

Le jour de la Pentecôte a vraiment donné naissance à la première “mega church” de l’histoire de l’église. Ce jour là, 3000 personnes environ ont reçu Jésus comme sauveur et se sont fait baptiser. C’est un de mes passages préférés de l’écriture : 3000 en 1 jour. Ça c’est un beau miracle !

Le Saint-Esprit peut faire ce que nous ne pouvons absolument pas faire. Il peut souffler, enflammer, multiplier, distribuer des dons extraordinaires. Le jour de la Pentecôte, le miraculeux de Dieu s’est manifesté. Les disciples ont commencé à parler dans des langues inconnues pour eux, mais connues pour tous ceux qui visitaient Jérusalem pour Chavouot. Quel miracle !

Voici ma prière pour vous : Qu’aujourd’hui le Saint-Esprit souffle sur votre vie et qu’un miracle se produise pour vous et par vous!

Jour 6: Et si vous vous laissiez conduire par l’Esprit Saint ?

De toutes les voix que vous pourriez entendre, celle du Saint-Esprit est sans nul doute la plus douce et la plus forte, la plus céleste et la plus profonde.

Lorsque l’Esprit de Dieu vous parle, cela transcende tout ce que vous êtes, tout ce que vous avez connu.

La voix du Seigneur est la plus aimante et ses voies sont les plus sages.

Se mettre à l’écoute de Jésus c’est choisir la meilleure des voies, prendre les meilleures décisions.

« De plus, l’Esprit Saint aussi vient nous aider, nous qui sommes faibles. Nous ne savons pas prier comme il faut. Alors l’Esprit Saint lui-même prie pour nous, avec des gémissements que la bouche ne peut pas redire. »
‭‭— Lettre aux Romains‬ ‭8:26‬ ‭PDV2017‬‬

Le Saint-Esprit vous parle, il vous parle même tous les jours :

  • Par des rêves
  • Par vos lectures quotidiennes
  • Par des prédications
  • Par un(e) ami(e)

Lorsque vous écoutez le Saint-Esprit, c’est alors que vous vivez le miracle, que vos limites humaines volent en éclats parce que vous recevez la sagesse du Dieu Très Haut, son conseil et ses directives.

Ma prière et mon invitation sont que vous puissiez écouter et obéir à la douce voix de Celui qui vous aime, de Celui qui vous a vu(e) naître et désire votre bonheur et votre épanouissement plus que tout.

Jour 7: Viens Saint-Esprit, viens !

« Fais venir ton Royaume. Fais que ta volonté se réalise sur la terre comme dans le ciel. »

‭‭— Bonne Nouvelle selon Matthieu‬ ‭6:10‬ ‭PDV2017‬‬

“Que ta volonté soit faite sur la terre comme au ciel.” C’est ce que Jésus nous enseigne dans Matthieu 6.10. Savez-vous que c’est l’Esprit Saint qui amène le ciel sur la terre ? Il est la plus belle expression du ciel, puisqu’il est Dieu lui-même. Il est aussi au cœur d’une promesse de Jésus qui dit : “Vous recevrez une puissance, le Saint-Esprit survenant sur vous.” (Lire Actes 1.8.)

C’est le désir de Dieu de vous remplir de son Esprit. Nous pouvons lire ceci dans Jean 20.22 : “Après ces paroles, il souffla sur eux et leur dit : Recevez l’Esprit Saint.”

Vous vous demandez peut-être comment l’Esprit Saint se manifeste lorsqu’il vient sur les enfants de Dieu…? Il le fait de différentes manières. 

D’ailleurs, les apôtres racontent ici sa descente extraordinaire le jour de la Pentecôte :

“Tout à coup il vint du ciel un bruit comme celui d’un vent violent, qui remplit toute la maison où ils étaient assis. Des langues qui semblaient de feu leur apparurent, séparées les unes des autres, et elles se posèrent sur chacun d’eux. Ils furent tous remplis du Saint-Esprit et se mirent à parler en d’autres langues, comme l’Esprit leur donnait de s’exprimer.” (Lire Actes 2.2-4.)

« Mais vous allez recevoir une force, celle de l’Esprit Saint qui descendra sur vous. Alors vous serez mes témoins à Jérusalem, dans toute la Judée et la Samarie, et jusqu’au bout du monde. »
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Actes des Apôtres‬ ‭1:8‬ ‭PDV2017‬‬

Voulez-vous expérimenter maintenant le souffle de l’Esprit Saint sur votre vie ? Je souhaite qu’il vous touche intensément.

Après ces paroles, il souffle sur eux et il leur dit: « Recevez l’Esprit Saint. »

Bonne Nouvelle selon Jean‬ ‭20:22‬ ‭PDV2017‬‬

Invitez-le très simplement :

  • Remerciez-le d’avoir fait de vous son temple.
  • Demandez-lui de descendre sur vous, avec vos propres mots.
  • Demandez-lui de vous remplir de sa présence, de vous renouveler, de vous rafraîchir.
  • Puis, concentrez-vous sur la présence de l’Esprit de Dieu.

Que votre esprit reste connecté avec l’Esprit du Dieu vivant…!

« Tout à coup un bruit vient du ciel. C’est comme le souffle d’un violent coup de vent. Le bruit remplit toute la maison où ils sont assis. »

‭— Actes des Apôtres‬ ‭2:2‬ ‭PDV2017‬‬

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.

a Father’s love

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. Please DM me, should you want to find out how you can support him in ministry!

let’s go fly a kite

Hello dear friends and family!

It’s been a while since I wrote some personal news and updates to you, so I’m taking this opportunity, as we close off November and enter into the last few weeks of 2019, to share some recent news and developments.

Thank you!

On top of Zeits MOCAA in Cape Town, with Table Mountain in the background.

First off, I’d like to yell a massive THANK YOU to each of you for your continued support and prayers that carries me by the grace of Christ! I am truly thankful for each of you, and the amazing team I am surrounded with! Thank you for joining me on this uncharted adventure as I go to the Nations to declare the GOOD NEWS of the Gospel. Your support on every level enables me to run wild so that others might live free. THANK YOU! #runwildlivefree

Testimony from Kalene Hill, Northwest Zambia

I want to kick off this post with a testimony my teammate, David (Kalene Hill base, Northwest Zambia) shared with me last night:

“This morning, a man came up to the front door and asked us to pray for him because he wanted deliverance. It was the first time that someone from the bush came to us, since we drive out to the bush every day to minister to people in various areas of our sector. We laid hands on him, and he was set free! We prayed for him, gave him some food and a pair of shoes, and we hope to see him again later this week.” — David

I found this testimony very encouraging because we often try to make ministry more complicated than it is. When Jesus commissioned His followers to go to the nations, He simply commanded them to fulfil the ministry of reconciliation — the proclamation (preaching) that the Kingdom is at hand, that God has come near (Immanuel) to man. This is what ‘ministry’ is — to know WHO He is, and who He as made YOU to be, as His kingdom ambassador. Ministry does not require special training or skills or an extroverted personality or three years of Bible school. It requires an obedient worshipper. That’s it. May you be encouraged to step out in faith, and in ministry, at every opportunity as the Holy Spirit empowers you to fulfil the calling of God on your life.

As many of you know, I spent my birthday (6 November) in the Western Cape visiting a friend, and took this opportunity to spend quality time with God, breathe in different air, and refresh after the crasiness that followed my dad’s passing in September.

Live from Stellenbosch Botanical Gardens.

On that note, I want to dive into a bit of a personal testimony.

Let’s go fly a kite!

I grew up in a church home (a.k.a a home in which we went to church and Sunday School, and we did all the right things, and even meant them with a good deal of sincerity and reverence), but it wasn’t until later, when I hit my teenage years, that I discovered that a relationship with God was a real and tangible possibility.

Years ago dad and I bought this kite. I rediscovered it when I packed up his house. I flew it in remembrance and in celebration as the sun set on the first day of my 29th year. God is faithful!

I had always deeply loved God — I remember walking around in the mountains at the back of our house on the farm singing made-up songs to Him as a young child — but I would compare this love to the kind of affection a dog gives its owner. Sincere in as many ways as possible, but you kind of just expect a pat on the head, “good girl,” and then go about business as usual.

Though this church home was perfect form the outside, it was wrecked on the inside, and it caused me to doubt the validity of this so-called ‘Christian’ lifestyle we were signed up to live. When I looked at church folks, I often noticed double standards, and I simply couldn’t reconcile what I read bout God in the Bible to the way these ‘believers’ lived. And if I couldn’t trust them to teach me about God, perhaps I couldn’t trust God?

My parents’ divorce fuelled my distrust in God. I still loved Him — no doubt about it, but I didn’t feel like I could trust Him. How could I trust a God whom I couldn’t see when I couldn’t trust a father whom I could see?

Here Sanet and I are about to fly the kite for the first time in several years.

I was about 14 years old when I told my mum very candidly that I saw no value in going to church because Sunday after Sunday was filled with sugar-coated preaching, hypocritical believers, and shallow commitment.

I have to add though that this is something you’ll find wherever you look — not only in church!

Nonetheless, as I told my mum, I loved God and I still wanted to serve Him, but I wasn’t going to church because it didn’t help me. My mum, in her astonishing wisdom said, “Sissy, you’re welcome to seek after God and go wherever you hear Him speak to you.”

In my desperation to find a true and trustworthy God, I went to every church and youth meeting I could find — every denomination was tested until finally, I decided to draw a line in the sand.

The Zeits MOCAA currently hosts an extensive exhibition on the studio works of William Kentridge, famous South African contemporary artist. The multilevelled audiovisual exhibition delivers extensive thought-provoking commentary on Colonialism. As I took it all in I couldn’t help but think of, and pray for DRC — oh, country! My Country! Healing is in His hands!

Now, I need to jump back to a couple years earlier, I was 8 years old at the time, to a conference I attended with my mum entitled, ‘The Gifts of the Holy Spirit.’ Now, I have to preface this by saying that, as an 8-year old who went to Sunday School in a traditional church, all I knew about the Holy Spirit was that it was part of the Trinity, and that it appeared in the form of a dove when Jesus was baptized in the Jordan River. I didn’t understand this baptism either, because the Dutch Reformed church does not believe in the baptism of believers (regardless of age or size) through emersion, but in child ‘baptism’, which is essentially just a couple drops of water on the forehead.

At this conference, one of the ministers asked who would like to receive the Baptism of the Holy Spirit, and I of course had no idea what this foreign concept meant. I later told one of the men who was laying hands on people that I saw a picture of a tree standing on a hill with multi-coloured ribbons tied to its branches that floated in the breeze. He told me that this was called ‘a vision’ and that it was one of the ways in which God spoke to people.

What? God could SPEAK to PEOPLE? Ordinary people? Even children? And not just the minister? I was blown away!

So, fast-forward to 8 years later as a nearly-16-year-old me was drawing the line in the sand. I had done everything I knew to do to be a good person. But it just wasn’t good enough. I was rebellious since I distrusted authority, and I gave everyone a hard time — if you could not justify WHY you believed something, and simply told me “Because,” I had no time to waste on you. (Don’t worry — I soon repented and God taught me a couple things about humility since!)

I was in my room one evening when I yelled at God (well, the ceiling really, because I wasn’t convinced that God was listening, ) — “God! If you’re real, SHOW UP!”

In that very instant, Holy Spirit showed me that exact picture I saw 8 years ago — the tree on the hill with multi-coloured ribbons that floated in the breeze. I KNEW that this wasn’t something that I had made up or imagined, thought about, or even remembered, and I was convinced that God was real, that Holy Spirit did indeed speak to me, and that a relationship with Him was not only a possibility, but a real and true reality.

It was then that I started walking in relationship with God, and kicked off a journey of healing, forgiveness and growth — one that I’m still on!

This journey ultimately brought me to one of the biggest challenges of my new-found faith: forgiving my dad and building relationship with him. To be honest, it was an up-hill battle for the most part. I won’t go into all the details, but I can honestly say that God worked miracles in my heart and life, and that of my dad, and the last six years or so we had a truly wonderful relationship.

When my father passed away on September 14th, 2019, I could truly say that I held no regrets, and even in this earthly loss, I saw God’s faithfulness be made manifest.

Soon after this ceiling-yelling-salvation I went on holiday with my dad. We bought a kite together, and we flew it at the beach. I didn’t go on holiday with him a lot, and so, the kite found its way to storage, and it wasn’t until I packed up his house after his passing that I came across it again. So, this past birthday, the first birthday on which (both) parents didn’t phone me at the crack of dawn to sing happy birthday (it’s a family tradition and it often involves a cat-choir), I took my our kite down to the beach and flew it for the first time in many years.

The wind wasn’t perfect, since it was gusty and I struggled to get the kite high enough to catch the strong breeze, but as the sun set on the first day of my 29th year, I celebrated life and the fullness of seasons — more than ever, I am convinced of the goodness and faithfulness of God!

We look forward by looking back

The one thing these past few months have taught me, in coming back from AMT in Zambia, and preparing to head to DRC fulltime (EEEEK! Can’t wait to share more about this in the near future!), is that we see the future by looking at the past.

Yes, I know that sounds like some (weird) quote by Rafiki (the blue-faced baboon from The Lion King), but it’s very scriptural when you consider that the entire Old Testament was a prophesy of the New Testament, and that the New Testament is therefore a fulfilment of the Old Testament.

On my birthday we had a delicious lunch as the Oasis Bistro at Mount Nelson Hotel, overlooking the green terrace, and the city far below. We opted for dessert elsewhere and had some delicious ice cream from Unframed in Kloof street, Cape Town — voted the best parlour in South Africa. We got slightly rained on, but it wasn’t a downer at all!

What I mean by this, is that 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. He 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.

This is my prayer for you too, as we close off November and enter the last few weeks of 2019 — that you may look back and recognize God’s hand in your life — how He guides and sustains you, how He provides, how He heals, how He teaches, how He gives favour and grace, and above all, how He loves.

One Tribe Missions Conference

I am also very excited to announce that I’ll be leaving for the United States at the end of December. I would appreciate your prayers for this month-long trip!

While in the States, I’ll attend the Overland Missions One Tribe Missions Conference in Florida. You can tune in by live-streaming the event (the link is available on Overland Missions’ Facebook page or http://www.overlandmissions.com), and join more than 200 missionaries from all over the world in the Overland Missions family as they share testimonies, and cast vision for 2020!

During this time I’ll also attend a seminar or partnership development which will help me to launch into the Democratic Republic of Congo with Overland Missions, starting 2020! I am BEYOND excited to share more about this soon — so, stay tuned!

Goodbye for now

In other personal news, my little sister is getting married on 14 December. Please join us in praying for them as we welcome Armand to the tribe.

And on that note, goodbye for now!

Grace and peace be to you by the abundance of the Holy Spirit that works in you and through you to make the Word manifest in the nations!

Blessings, Cornelia

I can do all things

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 ‭

This morning, 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

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

God-breathed

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.

16 All Scripture is God-breathed and is useful for teaching, rebuking, correcting and training in righteousness, 17 so that the servant of God[a] may be thoroughly equipped for every good work.

2 Timothy 3:16-17 

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.

16 All Scripture is God-breathed and is useful for teaching, rebuking, correcting and training in righteousness, 17 so that the servant of God[a] may be thoroughly equipped for every good work.

2 Timothy 3:16-17 

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.

12 For the word of God is alive and active. Sharper than any double-edged sword, it penetrates even to dividing soul and spirit, joints and marrow; it judges the thoughts and attitudes of the heart.

Hebrews 4:12

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!

Run With It

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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this beautiful [home]

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 continent of Africa, and other parts of the world where Overland Missions are based, call this HOME.

Jessi Schwertfeger, co-Director of International Operations, recently shared this amazing story regarding ‘home’ on Overland Missions’ first-ever official podcast: click HERE to give it a listen!

This is home

Nomads, Missionaries, World Changers, Expats — terms we use to describe some aspect of what it means to live in a culture, a country or a nation that is not native to you. Kids grow up in multi-lingual and multi-cultural environments, and we often have to learn new languages.

We adapt to the ‘difference’ between this new ‘home’ and wherever we grew up. It might be something as insignificant as not having network coverage when you’re out in the bush, or it might be something ‘big’ like living within a 7-hour drive from your nearest grocery store.

So, what makes Home, ‘home’? I believe the answer is TEAM, and by team I mean family. In Overland Missions we are surrounded by a network of amazing people who provide spiritual, physical, emotional and real-time support. No matter where you are in the world, you’ll never be ‘alone’.

When I was very young, my understanding of ‘a missionary’ was based on the cork board with the world map at the back of the church. In some obscure little corner, there would be a picture of an unknown farce, ID-photo sized, and a red ribbon connecting the picture to some remote area on the world map. And then, once a year, there would be a special offering to help out the poor missionary who’s probably living under a bush, starving, in some Unknown Country.

This is not what HOME is to missionaries, though.

For Overland Missions’s family, ‘home’ begins on Rapid 14.

Home means team, and team means family

Rapid 14 is the headquarters for Overland Missions in Africa and all the work that happens on this beautiful continent.

It is here where Expedition trucks are built, torn apart, and re-built. It is the admin office that’s in constant communication with America to make sure there are enough funds ready to get the work done. It’s the dining room that feeds thousands every year. It’s the 5-star view that attracts government officials and local friends daily. And yet, it is so much more!

Prayer Point offers a quiet look-out over the rapids. Far below, one often see rafters passing through the rapids. And, if you’re fortunate enough, Marty (our first zebra!) will join you for some quiet time.

It’s the place that’s quiet enough to hear God speaking nations into your heart, yet loud enough to often hear singing from across the property. It’s a place where mothers homeschool their children; where couples fall in love and start their life together; and where friendship looks more like family.

It’s where words like “can’t” and “won’t” are replaced with “let’s make a plan.” Rapid 14 has seen birthday parties stop to pray for a friend in need and prayer meetings break out into dance parties. There are barefoot children growing up together, countless meals eaten together, and tears and laughter exchanged-together. It’s a place that takes seriously the words “go into all the world, preach the gospel and make disciples” and makes dreams a reality.

Rapid 14 is the home that welcomes and refreshes weary travellers and sends them out again ready to win the nations for Christ.

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

the tiger

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 emotional. I think, even now, I’m still numb to the reality of my dad’s physical absence. anyway, I’ll tell you about this another time.

As usual, Carené set up some series, and we got ready to art because, as she famously says, “kuns maak alles beter.”

I don’t know why, because this definitely isn’t my usual style, but I felt that I had to draw this tiger, with me curled up against it’s belly, in the middle of the jungle.

The Tiger

Now, despite famously being a cat-person, I see myself more as a wolf (and it has nothing to do with weird spiritual stuff), and I’m not convinced that this is a self-portrait, but, here we are — the tyger, an ode to William Blake’s beautiful poetry, a journey of healing, and a refuge in this jungle of in-between chaos.

One day, we’ll see the Lion lying with the Lamb.

But for now, here I am, resting in the shadow of the tiger.

The Tyger

William Blake

Tyger Tyger, burning bright,

the forests of the night; 

What immortal hand or eye, 

Could frame thy fearful symmetry?

In what distant deeps or skies. 

Burnt the fire of thine eyes? 

On what wings dare he aspire? 

What the hand, dare seize the fire?

And what shoulder, & what art, 

Could twist the sinews of thy heart? 

And when thy heart began to beat, 

What dread hand? & what dread feet?

What the hammer? what the chain, 

In what furnace was thy brain? 

What the anvil? what dread grasp, 

Dare its deadly terrors clasp!

When the stars threw down their spears 

And water’d heaven with their tears: 

Did he smile his work to see? 

Did he who made the Lamb make thee?

Tyger Tyger burning bright, 

In the forests of the night: 

What immortal hand or eye, 

Dare frame thy fearful symmetry?

the valley

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 199:105

One of the most referenced scriptures surely has to be Psalm 23, and it’s especially quoted in times of hardship. Today I find myself asking what this Valley of the Shadow of Death is supposed to look like? I’m no theologian, but I do believe that Holy Spirit speaks to us through the Word, and breaks open the scriptures so that we might know Him. And therefore, even though I’m sure there’s so much more to Psalm 23 than what I can endeavour to break down in a single post, here are some of my thoughts on the matter:

“Even though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death, I will fear no evil, for you are with me; your rod and your staff, they comfort me.” —Psalm 23:4 #quotes #encouragingquotes #biblequotes #strongquotes #YourTango | Follow us: www.pinterest.com/yourtango

The Lord is my best friend and my shepherd. I always have more than enough. The Lord gives me a place to rest — I am safe in His love. The Lord makes me whole, and gives me new life. He shows me the paths of life, and leads me to walk in His ways. By walking where He guides me, I bring honour to His name.
Lord, when your path takes me through valleys of darkness, I will not let fear be my master because You take care of me. You remain close to me, and lead me all the way! In your presence, I am strong, and my heart is filled with peace. Your love comforts me, and takes away my fear. I will never be lonely because you are always near! You anoint me with your Holy Spirit, and you fill me until my heart feels like it will burst! I am not afraid of the future because Your goodness and love is always with me — all the days of my life.
And afterward, when all my days have been lived, I will enjoy your presence — forever with You!

  • God does not change.

Our circumstances might change — for better or for worse — but that does not alter who God is. His Word remains true — He cannot lie! One of the scriptures that I’ve prayed most over my life has to be Romans 12:2 — that Holy Spirit would renew my thinking to line up with the Truth of His Word. There is only one truth I care about, and that’s the Kingdom’s perspective. This does not mean that we live in denial of reality. It means we are anchored in Him, and when the storms of life tug us into deep waters, we are sustained by His presence and His word keeps us steady. He is the same — yesterday, today and forever!

  • He is faithful

Time and again I find myself flipping to Genesis 22 in my Bible to read how God called Abraham to sacrifice his only son, Isaac. It seems ridiculous that an Almighty God should go back on His promise and take back Isaac whom he had promised to Abraham as his legacy — to be the father of nations. And yet, that’s exactly what happened. This is one of the most important events in Christian history, in my opinion, because it prophesies the death of Jesus — God’s plan to reconcile Man to Himself with a worthy Sacrifice that would settle the claim of death and sin for all eternity. This is of course an important lesson in obedience as well. Faith does not require understanding. It requires obedience. If God does not change, and His word is reliable Truth, then faith requires obedience (action) as a response to this Word. The one thing that stands out to me in Abraham’s life is that obedience is always better than sacrifice because He who has promised is faithful. We so often hold on to the promises, that we loose our grasp on the Promise Maker. He is faithful to provide above and beyond anything we could hope for, pray for, or imagine. He provides the Sacrifice. The journey through impossible times, this valley, might be tough, and you might be questioning God, or your own sanity as you undertake this step of faith. John 10:10 assures that it is the enemy who is the destroyer and that God brings Life and Life in abundance — this is the assurance we have; He is faithful to restore! He is faithful!

  • perfect Love casts out fear

Psalm 23:4 notes that even though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death, I will fear no evil. Fear paralyses us into passivity. Faith empowers us to be obedient. One of the most transformative revelations to come into my life, was the understanding that God lives inside me — Holy Spirit empowers me to act and live outside my natural gifting and limitations, and to live according to a supernatural truth. This isn’t some pie-in-the-sky philosophy, but a DNA re-structure of our spiritual blueprint, the Divine Design which God laid down when He created man in His likeness. The God who speaks Life into existence, who is the personification of Love, lives inside us — He expels darkness, and He defeated death. So, when we find ourselves in circumstances that tell us death and destruction are upon us, we don’t have to fear or believe the lies of the enemy, because He is the hope that anchors our soul.

On 18 September, four days after my father passed on, I had the privilege of sharing this scripture as part of the message I preached at my father’s memorial service.

10 The thief comes only to steal and kill and destroy; I have come that they may have life, and have it to the full.

John 10:10

Isn’t this wonderful?

No matter what we lose on this side of Eternity, it can never take away, steal, kill, destroy or diminish that which holds eternal truth in Him: life, and life in abundance.

Of course, the death of a loved one is never easy, especially not the chaos that follows the absence, but our hope is secure in Him, the author and perfecter of faith, the One who gives life, the One who restores the years the locusts stole, the One who holds the keys to the Kingdom, the One who defeated death, the One who sits on the throne, the Lamb who was worthy to be slain.

This is the fulness of the promise we have in Christ: a life of fulness, not only here and now, but forever in His presence.

HALLELUJAH!

#untilthewholeworldhears
#everytribeandtongue
#runwildlivefree

So today, as I look back on September, and the many ways in which every September from here on after will be different, I know that the valley isn’t the final destination. There is more to come! He is faithful! Death is not the end — in Him we have fulness in the here and now, but also forever in His presence!

Even in the valley You are faithful!

until the pavement turns into untouched places

on écrit sur les murs pour la monde || run until the pavement turns into untouched places

Today’s Parkrun was more of a park-stroll than a run, but it was done in the exhilarating company of laughing kids in prams, dogses with waggy tails, my best friend’s sister and her husband, and lovely mild Spring weather.

Last night for the first time in a while, I decided to listen to French news radio.
Obviously my ear is out of practice and I struggle to keep up with the Québécoises, but if Justin Tudeau wants to pour honey down my ears — in French no less — it’s a price I’ll pay.

The thing is — sometime we get caught up in life, running from end to end to get stuff done. And we tend to miss out on the simple pleasures — like children laughing and wet dog noses; taking a stroll in stead of a sprint.

I’ve been putting in some effort to reclaim me-things.

And no, it’s not out of selfishness.
We need to do me-things to recharge, to have an introspection pit stop, to breathe.

And yes — for me, that means listening to French radio, and reading a book in stead of a zillion academic articles, and having a nap in stead of doing the dishes.

And, when you take time to slow down, it might mean writing on the walls to leave a legacy for those yet to come.

come alive

A year ago, I climbed Masada, walked through Jericho, and ate icecream in the blistering humidity that Israel calls autumn.

More than anything else, I became vividly aware that Scripture is alive — in and around me, as it is reflected off this harsh landscapes with its hidden treasures of milk and honey.

God’s Word is alive and working and is sharper than a double-edged sword. It cuts all the way into us, where the soul and the spirit are joined, to the center of our joints and bones. And it judges the thoughts and feelings in our hearts.

Hebrews 4:12
Qumran, Dead Sea

I’m growing increasingly appreciative of the Jewish people, their stubbornness, their devotion, and the richness of their journey as a people and a nation.

When Saul persecuted David, he and his mighty men sought refuge at the desert oasis of Ein Gedi.

everywhere I go, I’m wrapped in Scripture, and more than ever, I am convinced that the Word is God, that the Word is living and active, that the Word is made manifest in us and through us, and that it is impossible to live life without Him.

to me, it’s not so much about following in Jesus’s footprints, as it is the realisation that Holy Spirit inside us is the Hope of Glory.

Jericho, Palestine
Jericho, Palestine

So faith comes by hearing [what is told], and what is heard comes by the preaching [of the message that came from the lips] of Christ (the Messiah Himself).

Romans 10:17
Masada, Israel

#runwildlivefree

Masada is a fortress in the middle of the Judean desert.
if you’re anything like me, you don’t put “refuge” and “desert” in the same sentence.
there are obvious strategic and tactical benefits to hiding out in a place of isolation, but if the aim is survival, odds are, if your enemy won’t survive, neither will you.
at least, this was my train of thought as the desert sun beat down relentlessly, sealing in the heat reflecting off of the Dead Sea.
Masada is from the Hebrew, מצדה‬ metsada, which means “fortress”.
among the ruins are remnants of Herod’s palace, and the place is famously known for it’s ability to provide strategic defence.
the cliffs to the East are 400m high, and toward the West, 90m.
if you’re the adventurous kind, you can climb the zig-zagging snake path leading to the top.
or, take the cable car, and escape the heat (sort of). the top of Masada is a mesa-like plateau which provided ample space for the building of palaces, storage rooms, barracks, and most importantly — cisterns to catch up and contain flash floods.
aside from all the drama between the Romans and the Jews, Masada is also known as the last stand where Sicari rebels committed suicide (which is forbidden in Judaism), rather than facing captivity and slavery.
the desolation of this desert fortress, and the determination of the people who found refuge in it, opened up a new understanding of the Israeli people and the harsh spiritual and physical climate in which they need to survive.

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

healing for the nations

tree of life || Jordan || run wild live free

Jordan is home to some of the most beautiful hand-cut limestone mosaic.
the intricate details of each artwork (whether decorative or functional) reflects the heart of the people and their beautiful land.

I’ve had many conversations with many different people about which Scripture version/translation is most accurate, and therefore most reliable, and preferable.

I’m not a theologian, but I am a language practitioner, and therefore I tend to view Scripture translations as exactly that — the recording of words and phrases for a specific culture or people group.
any translator will tell you that there are things that are un-translatable.
therefore, the aim in translation is to transfer meaning and content, and not just “say in one language what has already been said in another language.” (different argument in its own right, but I won’t saddle that horse now.) again, as a language practitioner I read many translations, both for the pleasure of language, but also for a wider understanding of the text and it’s context.

I’ve been reading the Messianic Tree of Life version for some time now, and I keep discovering new beauty in it.

I find that Scripture translations are often like beautiful mosaics — carefully put together in order to convey it’s truest message.

I say, read the translation/version that speaks to you (language wise, and revelation wise) with the enlightenment of Holy Spirit, and allow Him to reveal the depths of it’s truths to you.

On either side of the river was a tree of life, bearing twelve kinds of fruit, yielding its fruit each month; and the leaves of the tree were for the healing of the nations. No longer will there be any curse. The throne of God and of the Lamb shall be in the city, and His servants shall serve Him. They shall see His face, and His name shall be on their foreheads. Night shall be no more, and people will have no need for lamplight or sunlight—for Adonai Elohim will shine on them. And they shall reign forever and ever!

Revelation 232:1‭-‬5

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behold

mount nebo || jordan || run wild live free

this, friends, is what Moses saw when God showed him the Promised Land.

Mount Nebo, Jordan

extremely hazy, I know, but to the left you’ll notice the Dead Sea, toward the middle lies the Jordan, and directly opposite, the land overflowing with milk and honey.

my first impression was probably the same as yours — how is this paradise?
however, I discovered that there are many treasures to be found in the Promised Land.

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.

Abraham, Moses, Joshua — they’re some of my favourites from the Old Testament.

how often does it happen that we hold on to the promises, and not the Promise Keeper?
whatever wilderness you’re in, and whatever challenges lie ahead, I hope you have the courage to step out in obedience to whatever He calls you to.
may you see beyond the haze and the desolation of the wilderness, and may you see the promise hidden in the unknown.

just keep your eyes open, my love.

AND MOSES went up from the plains of Moab to Mount Nebo, to the top of Pisgah, that is opposite Jericho. And the Lord showed him all the land–from Gilead to Dan, And all Naphtali, and the land of Ephraim and Manasseh, and all the land of Judah to the western [Mediterranean] sea, And the South (the Negeb) and the plain, that is, the Valley of Jericho, the City of Palm Trees, as far as Zoar. And the Lord said to him, This is the land which I swore to Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob, saying, I will give it to your descendants. I have let you see it with your eyes, but you shall not go over there.

Deuteronomy 34:1‭-‬4

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the crossing

I make it a firm policy not to live in the past.

However, I love looking back because over and over and over again, I see GOD IS FAITHFUL written in giant capitals all over this journey.

This past year has been squished in and running over with adventure– it has been a year of Unknowns, of growth, of pruning, of sowing, of reaping, of joy, of loss.

But, above all, it had been a year of expansion.

In more ways than I can explain, this has been a year of Revelation, in that things that I have been praying for and prophecied into for many years, are being made manifest around me.

My heart bursts with thankfulness that I get to do this — to run to the Nations with this Good News.

There is nothing that I will ever have to lay down, that’ll be worth more than this — because He is worthy.

He never slumbers.
He never sleeps.
He never misses an appointment.
He is always on time.
He watches over you.
He knows your heart, your desires, your needs.
He loves you without prejudice, without clauses or small print.
He loves you regardless and in spite of.
His love covers everything.
He knows when you’re standing up or laying down.
All your days were known to Him before the foundation of the earth was laid.
He loves you.
Endlessly.
You are worth it.
That’s grace.
Jesus

Fourteen days ago, my dad passed away unexpectedly, and while I’m still dealing with the reality of his absence, I’m overjoyed to know that death is not the end for those who believe in Him.

One of the young guys I was discipling a while back once remarked that John 10:10 was one of the Scriptures that I refer to most, and I had to laugh, saying, “Yes! That’s what the Gospel is about!”

Heaven is not about escaping Hell and damnation.
Eternal Life is about Man’s original design — to live in fellowship with God. To enjoy His presence forever.
And that starts here — on earth, in fellowship with Holy Spirit.

A year ago, I was standing in the Israeli desert, inside a replica of the tabernacle, facing the ark of the covenant which was a place the High Priest could only enter once a year on behalf of the people.

As a 16 year old, one of the promises God had given me came from Joshua 1:3-7. In this moment, as I was standing in the representation of the Holy of Holies, I was over ome by truth that we don’t need a house to worship Him in, because we are the temple of the Holy Spirit– the DNA and Breath of God (Ruach) lives inside of us when we are born again into Eternal Life!

Isn’t it amazing that we have a better deal? The claim of death in which sin separated God and Man has been dealt with, the debt has been settled in full, the veil was torn! This is the Gospel: we have free access to the throne of Grace through Christ Jesus, who intercedes as High Priest on our behalf.

You see, when God first told me, “You have to cross the wilderness in order to get to the Promised Land,” I never expected this Word to be so layered. I knew this would be the ignition point, but more than anything I’ve come to realise that it has been a deeply personal journey. We’re not meant to camp out in the wilderness, but to take hold of the fullness of all that God has promised. But, even more than that, we’re meant to hold on to the Promise Maker.

We’re not meant to camp out in the wilderness, but to take hold of the fullness of all that God has promised. But, even more than that, we’re meant to hold on to the Promise Maker.

I have no doubt that this journey, this adventure, this calling, this YES to a life of obedience, will have many more obstacles and opportunities for growth. And while it may take a while for me to settle into the rhythm of things, I know for a fact that He is faithful. And that He is not slow in remembering His promises.

I am incredibly honoured that I get to run to the Nations carrying this message.

And I pray that you may have the courage to face the giants, to take hold of the fortressed cities, to cross the Jordan, so that you might fulfil the calling on your life, so that you might possess the land, so that you might see His promises fulfilled, and so that you might live in eternal fellowship with Him.

Dare to #runwildlivefree so that #everytribeandtongue may hear this message be preached, run #untilthewholeworldhears

Every place upon which the sole of your foot shall tread, that have I given to you, as I promised Moses. From the wilderness and this Lebanon to the great river Euphrates–all the land of the Hittites [Canaan]–and to the Great [Mediterranean] Sea on the west shall be your territory. No man shall be able to stand before you all the days of your life. As I was with Moses, so I will be with you; I will not fail you or forsake you. Be strong (confident) and of good courage, for you shall cause this people to inherit the land which I swore to their fathers to give them. Only you be strong and very courageous, that you may do according to all the law which Moses My servant commanded you. Turn not from it to the right hand or to the left, that you may prosper wherever you go.
Joshua 1:3‭-‬7

a church in the bush

A village church ⛪ | by Caitlyn R, Zambian missionary

Zambia is known as a Christian nation, but the reality is that there is no true knowledge of the Gospel, and that the “church” is divided.

When I first found out that Joel was going to Zambia, I started reading up on it and found it is declared a Christian nation. I innocently asked why he was not going as a missionary where there are lost people? Then I took a trip to Zambia 🙂

What I found was that there are mud village churches everywhere, and many people – even in the bush – identify as Christians, but are so far from Jesus (Zambia didn’t feel very far from America then ♥️)⁣.

And I was very surprised by what I found in the pastors. Many aren’t even saved and don’t know who Jesus is. Many think salvation is earned by becoming a member of a denomination and by works, they know nothing of grace through faith. Many have never read the Bible, or even held one, so what do you teach then? Well, tradition. We have walked into village churches just as the pastors were inviting the “angry spirits of the dead” into the building.

When one pastor told me he did weekly evangelism, I asked what he preached when he evangelized. He told me, “I go to every house and tell them if they don’t leave their denomination and come to my church they will go to hell.”

There was nothing about Jesus, only legalism and competition.

And while some preach religion and legalism, others preach witchcraft and encourage charms rather than speaking the truth that will set people free, because they are not free themselves. We have sadly found that many choose to be pastors to gain a title, position, or money.

Some pastors are drunk on Saturday and behind their pulpit on Sunday. Some teach that only the leadership of the church can know the Word of God and forbid the congregation to read the Bible for themselves. And some encourage childhood marriages so the congregation doesn’t lose money for their daughters bride price if they have sex before marriage.⁣

So tomorrow we are spending several days camping in the bush to hold a pastors conference – inviting all local Lozi pastors, their wives, elders and deacons to come and be ministered to. Believing for them to encounter Jesus in a life-changing, real way. And praying that they will be set free so that they can set others free. ⁣♥️

Christina

Today I bought a pair of pants and a jumper from a beautiful woman manning (yes man-nig) her stall at Aardklop.
her name is Christina.

I suppose, like many others, she depends on the sales of her wares for a living, and festivals and markets like these provide a platform for her to do so.

Our conversation was casual.

“Sjo, it’s cold today!”
“Yes! But yesterday was colder! See? I even brought my blanket!”
“Yes. It is much colder here than in Zambia,”
“Ah! You’re from Zambia?”
“Yes. I work there.”
“I’m from Zimbabwe.”
“I don’t know many Zimbabweans. Are you Shona?”
“Yes, I am.”
“I’m trying to learn Tonga, and I think I only know one Shona word, because I get them mixed up.”

And then, we really got into it.

This beautiful woman told me that she did not mourn Mugabe, because he ruined her country.

“I’m here, trying to make a living, so I can send money to my family, but I should be there — in my home country– making a difference.”

My heart breaks for her.
My heart breaks for my beautiful country, and so many other African nations, that are torn apart by xenophobia, war, racism — a list a mile long!

My heart breaks for the nations, because despite the many challenges we might face there is only one Answer, and His Name is the Name above every other name.

His Kingdom is not one that brings division or the sword or famine.
His Kingdom is not just an ideal or an idea — there’s no political agenda.
There’s no pretence to this King who became a Man, a carpenter who bore a cross, so that His people might be reconciled to Him.

This is the Good News!

This is the Good News for Christina — the Good News for all men from every tribe, from every nation, for all tongues and for all time!

This is the Kingdom that will not pass away!

Nations of Africa — I cry out for you! This is the inheritance I contend for! You will not be lost without hearing this News! You are not forgotten!

#runwildlivefree
#everytribeandtongue
#untilthewholeworldhears

Violence shall no more be heard in your land, nor devastation or destruction within your borders, but you shall call your walls Salvation and your gates Praise. The sun shall no more be your light by day, nor for brightness shall the moon give light to you, but the Lord shall be to you an everlasting light, and your God your glory and your beauty. [Jer. 9:23, 24; Rev. 21:23.] Your sun shall no more go down, nor shall your moon withdraw itself, for the Lord shall be your everlasting light, and the days of your mourning shall be ended. Your people also shall all be [uncompromisingly and consistently] righteous; they shall possess the land forever, the branch of My planting, the work of My hands, that I may be glorified. The least one shall become a thousand [a clan], and the small one a strong nation. I, the Lord, will hasten it in its [appointed] time.
Isaiah 60:18‭-‬22 AMPC

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

purposefully press forward

[For my determined purpose is] that I may know Him [that I may progressively become more deeply and intimately acquainted with Him, perceiving and recognizing and understanding the wonders of His Person more strongly and more clearly], and that I may in that same way come to know the power outflowing from His resurrection [which it exerts over believers], and that I may so share His sufferings as to be continually transformed [in spirit into His likeness even] to His death, [in the hope] That if possible I may attain to the [spiritual and moral] resurrection [that lifts me] out from among the dead [even while in the body]. Not that I have now attained [this ideal], or have already been made perfect, but I press on to lay hold of (grasp) and make my own, that for which Christ Jesus (the Messiah) has laid hold of me and made me His own. I do not consider, brethren, that I have captured and made it my own [yet]; but one thing I do [it is my one aspiration]: forgetting what lies behind and straining forward to what lies ahead, I press on toward the goal to win the [supreme and heavenly] prize to which God in Christ Jesus is calling us upward. So let those [of us] who are spiritually mature and full-grown have this mind and hold these convictions; and if in any respect you have a different attitude of mind, God will make that clear to you also. Only let us hold true to what we have already attained and walk and order our lives by that.

– Philippians 3:10‭-‬16

https://bible.com/bible/8/php.3.10-16.AMPC

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je cours

Sekute Expedition

We have just returned to base on Rapid 14 after a week of ministry in Masukatwane, Sekute, in the Southern province of Zambia.

Every day, our team of 20 people divided into groups and went from home to home to minister the Gospel.

We saw MANY people come to Christ for the first time, and as many healed from sickness and diseases, and delivered from the bondage of witchcraft and other demons.

On Sunday, the first full day of our expedition, my team and I walked 10km (so, 20km in total) from our camping spot to church, which was supposed to be just beyond the next tree. It wasn’t as far as we had expected to walk, and though it was extremely hot, the walk was certainly worth the effort!

Joey, Fred, Pastor Felix, myself, Jackson, Dominic and Samuel made our way to the Pentecostal church in Mutatosi Village. When we arrived, there was no one there. One of the children quickly ran to fetch the pastor where he was labouring in his fields. It immediately reminded me of the passage from Matthew 9, and the first part of Matthew 10 that says:

“Jesus went through all the towns and villages, teaching in their synagogues, preaching the good news of the kingdom and healing every disease and sickness, when he saw the crowds, he had compassion on them, because they were harassed and helpless, like sheep without a shepherd. Then he said to his disciples, “The harvest is plentiful but the workers are few. Ask the Lord of the harvest, therefore, to send out workers into his harvest field.”

Matthew 9: 35-38

In the first part of Matthew 10, we see that, as Jesus labouring to bring in the harvest, He gave us authority to do the same:

“He called his twelve disciples to him and gave them authority to drive out evil spirits and to heal every disease and sickness.” – Matthew 10:1

Later in this passage, we find Jesus’ specific instructions in sharing this message, carrying His authority:

“As you go, preach this message: ‘The kingdom of God is 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

I think, for many, as for myself, a large portion of our first expedition was a school in identity. Despite the fact that I have been on and lead multiple short-term missions over the past 10 years, there is always a moment, or even multiple moments, where the revelation of our identity, our redemption, our acceptance in Him and by Him, our calling, and our purpose is challenged. We may feel overwhelmed, insecure, over-confident, or simply we may never have been in a position outside of our known reality or comfort zone where we were presented with situations or circumstances, we come across in doing home to home ministry. I have come to realise that one of the most important ingredients in discipleship training and ministry is character development – the willingness to grow, to be teachable, to accept instruction, to be available for instruction, shaping and moulding, in that the end-goal is to model the character of Christ. Therefore, as ministers, we do not only carry his authority and His commission, but we are to become like Him, embodying Him to better serve those to whom we are sent.

On this particular Sunday, as I meditated on the Harvest and the Lord of the Harvest, I was again reminded of the simplicity of the Gospel, and how this simple message has the power to shake Nations, and to restore His people to Him.

It wasn’t long before we were seated on rugged benches in the shade of a tree. Members from the community started to gather, and soon we were a church of more than 20 people.

We shared the Good News of the Kingdom, and 12 people responded to the call of Salvation. More than 14 adults were baptized in the Holy Spirit, as were multiple kids.

It reminded me of the church in Acts where God poured out His Spirit, and believers were added to their number on a daily basis.

As people with a western worldview, we often make the Gospel complicated. We have courses and programs for different things; ministering to various needs. While there is nothing wrong with sculpting ministries to serve different needs, as lead and empowered by the Spirit, I am convinced that the Gospel is the WHOLE SOLUTION to ALL of Man’s brokenness. Therefore, in its most basic form, the Gospel is everything we need to be reconciled to God – to know God and to enjoy Him forever.

August update

Friends, as this period of Advanced Missions Training draws to a close, I’m excited to share some Big News with you soon!

Hallo from Rapid 14!

I wanted to share this testimony from our final Expedition in Somwatochela with you. May you be encouraged and blessed by God’s faithfulness!

I was running the kitchen for our final expedition in Somwatochela, and though we had allowed for generous portion sizes, our team was filled with college-aged men who ate their weight’s worth. I was halfway into dinner prep when our team leader came up to me and asked, “Can we feed eight more people?” “Yes,” I said, “If we start praying now.”

I was reminded of that young boy who brought his five loaves and two fish to Jesus, a meagre offering, but it fed more than five thousand. When we bring all we have to Him, He will achieve infinitely more than our greatest requests, our most unbelievable dreams, and wildest imagination (Ephesians 3:20). And so, we fed eight guests and multiple children on a 25-person budget.

In His fullness, He provides!

#runwildlivefree

the stand

the last stand || Meigiddo || Israel

A year ago, I was exploring the Promised Land and surrounding nations.
I suppose many people undertake this journey as a pilgrimage, to walk in the footsteps of the Messiah.


For me, though, it was a very spiritual experience, not because I walked where He walked, but because I was actively aware of Holy Spirit’s presence wherever I went — whether it was the Mount of Olives, or Bethlehem in the heart of Palestine, or standing on Armageddon, where the last battle is said to will take place.

The one thing I’m certain of is that, regardless where we leave our foot prints, if we keep in step with Holy Spirit (Galatians 5:25), He will direct our ways.

And so, having done all (Ephesians 6: 12-18), will stand.

#runwildlivefree


If you commit yourself to live the life of Christ, then that is how you run a straight race. • Hebrews 11:5

#everytribeandtongue
#untilthewholeworldhears

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.

#runwildlivefree

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

seed for sowing

“I was once young, and now I am old, but not once have I been witness to God’s failure to supply my need when I had first given for the furtherance of His work. He has never failed in His promise, so I cannot fail in my service to Him.”

William Carey
1761-1834; British missionary to India
“Now may He who supplies seed to the sower, and bread for food, supply and multiply the seed you have sown and increase the fruits of your righteousness.” – 2 Corinthians 9:10

Everything God gives us has two purposes:

  1. seed to sow
  2. food to eat

God provides us with seed. We are to plant this seed where God directs us. It is foolishness to expect a harvest where no seed has been sown. You only receive when you give.

In the right environment, a small seed has the potential to become a powerful tree. We see this in Isaiah 55:10-11 explains this, illustrating that when God’s Word enters our hearts, the seed of faith brings us to Salvation; and now that we are saved, we are to share the Good News of Salvation with others so that they too might know their Saviour.

We are not called to be consumers, but farmers.

Every truth and endowment that God has given you is for your benefit, but it is also destined to bless others.

As Believers, we often think that giving is limited to tithing — if that, and rarely do we give as if we serve a God whom we cannot out-give. He is able to supply abundantly according to our every need, yet we often live as if we’re not convinced that He will.

Be willing to share what God has given you — finances, skill, time, resources, relationships.

“I kept back nothing that was helpful, but proclaimed it to you.”

Acts 20:20

Freely you have received, now freely give — this is the heart of Missions.

GIVE: your prayers, your material resources, the Message of the Good News, your giftings and anointing.

“Heal the sick, cleanse the leper, raise the dead, cast out demons. Freely you have received, freely give.”

Matthew 10:8-9
14 Later as they were eating, Jesus appeared to the Eleven and rebuked them for their unbelief and hardness of heart, because they did not believe those who had seen Him after He had risen. 15 And He said to them, “Go into all the world and preach the gospel to every creature. 16 Whoever believes and is baptized will be saved, but whoever does not believe will be condemned
Mark 16:14-16

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step by step

I can hardly believe this was a year ago! This popped up on Facebook memories, and when I look at it now, I’m amazed at how things have fallen into place.

Before leaving for AMT in May 2019, I told one of my close friends how I felt that I was living in the prophetic – – things that I had been praying for for more than ten years was literally becoming manifest around me!

If only I could count the amount of times I experienced déjà vu, only to recognise it as something from a dream or a vison I had years before!

It’s not just about living the dream, about adventure or travel or new people groups – – it’s about sharing the Good News of the Gospel with all men from all tribes and all tongues; a Message for all men, for all time!

Philip Smethurst, founder and CEO of Overland Missions once told me, “Run towards people, and you’ll never grow tired!”

So, here I am – – about to start Chapter 4 of this amazing adventure that kicked off a year ago!

run wild || live free || for King and country

in 34 days, I’ll be kicking off one of life’s greatest adventures yet.

I’m filled with excitement and the anticipation of everything God has in store, but I’m also soberly considering the challenges of change that lie ahead.

I’ve moved 8 times in 3 years, and I bet there’s more of that to come.
It’s sad to leave family and friends behind (even if it’s not forever).

the wilderness x the promised land.

And having shod your feet in preparation [to face the enemy with the firm-footed stability, the promptness, and the readiness produced by the good news] of the Gospel of peace. [Isa. 52:7.]

Ephesians 6:15 AMPC

wherever it is, and whatever lies before me, it’s for the King, and his country.

be multiplied

“Therefore do not be anxious, saying, ‘What shall we eat?’ or ‘What shall we drink?’ or ‘What shall we wear?’ For the Gentiles seek after all these things, and your heavenly Father knows that you need them all. But seek first the kingdom of God and his righteousness, and all these things will be added to you,” Matthew 6:31-33.

When Overland pioneers into an area, our greatest focus is sharing the Gospel. But the Gospel brings with it promises of physical provision that are extended to all who believe. Much of this more “practical” Biblical wisdom is done by Overland’s Sustain department. “Sustain is founded on the truth we find in 2 Peter 1:3 which says, ‘His divine power has granted to us all things that pertain to life and godliness,” says Lauren B., a member of the Sustain team.

Adding grass, leaves, and small twigs to flower beds (here we were planting spinach) counters evaporation and protects young plants.
Sioma, Western Zambia

“We know that through Jesus, God has provided all we need to be reconciled back to the Father. But in observing the world…we often don’t see the abundant life, provided for in every way, which is promised to us! We want to see people come into the understanding that God has made a way for every need we have to be met. Every single one—whether spiritual, emotional, or physical, no exceptions. Our goal in the Sustain department is to see people walking in the fullness of God’s promises in a way that means their lives, their families, and their ministries are provided for.”

Missionaries like Lauren teach sustainability in finances, relationships, spiritual life, and, as well as, sustainable agriculture through Farming God’s Way. “We teach Farming God’s Way because in the places we work, many people are farmers. We don’t teach agriculture because we have some deep-rooted opinion about how people should farm, or because we’re pushing some agenda, or even because we hope they’ll listen to us if they’re better fed. We teach agriculture because God cares about every part of the lives of His people, and His people are farmers. He gave us farming as a gift (Genesis 2:15), to bless us and provide for us, and we know His promises hold true throughout all generations. It’s our joy to proclaim His goodness to His people, to see them reconciled to Him, and to see them step into the abundant life He always intended them to live.”

God’s provision extends to our physical bodies as well—after all, he calls himself “the LORD your Healer” (Exodus 15:26). Through our Life Project, Overland helps to promote the value of life and protect those who can’t protect themselves. Our God is a healer, and he uses us to accomplish that will on the earth. Manon K. of the Life Project puts it this way, “Within the Life Project, we are focused on how we can improve the health situation for the people around us. We help and teach in order to create a good and sustainable health care system.” The Life Project has trained hundreds of workers through their program Helping Babies Breath, which has greatly reduced the mortality rate amongst babies.

In Overland, we seek to minister to each person as a whole. While the spiritual side of ministry is incredibly important, God still cares about the physical needs of His children. He is present with us in the midst of our every-day needs, and through Sustain and the Life Project, we work to be present as well. We have found a way to effectively meet the needs of people and introduce tools for sustainable growth — not only in spirit and soul, but for the body as well.

Here in Sioma, a new community garden is being established where community members will be able to harvest vegetables for relish.
Zambia, Western province.

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. 

the simple Gospel

not abandoned

I’m praying for the Nations of Africa today.
Northern Africa and the Middle East has been at the center of persecution for many years, and yet, many new believers turn to Christ as Lord and Saviour.

one of the largest threats to the Western Church is lukewarm faith. 
persecution is one of the best things that can happen to a family of believers.

the harvest is plenty, but the labourers are few.

perhaps this is the time for which you’ve been called.

#runwildlivefree

For you have been granted [the privilege] for Christ’s sake not only to believe in (adhere to, rely on, and trust in) Him, but also to suffer in His behalf.

Philippians 1:29

the purpose of wealth

“The world asks, ‘what does a man own?’ Christ asks, ‘how does he do it?'”

Andrew Murray
1828 – 1917
South African pastor and author
“You shall surely give to him, and your heart should not be grieved when you give to him.” – Deuteronomy 15: 9 – 10

When Moses led the Hebrews out of Egypt, they left with all the wealth of Egypt and disappeared into the desert with it. Why did God place a great wealth into the hands of a people who would have nowhere to spend it?

Moses knew the answer to this question, but his brother Aaron did not.

The purpose of the wealth was to build God a tabernacle so that He could dwell among His people in the wilderness. When Moses went up the mountain for 40 days, the people grew restless, and urged Aaron to provide leadership. Because he lacked vision and understanding of wealth, Aaron instructed them to bring their gold, and they made a golden calf to worship.

If we don’t understand the purpose of wealth, Christian leaders today also run the risk of building idols. So, what is the purpose of wealth? We are blessed to be a blessing, not to squander it on ourselves.

We can build larger churches, but without fervor for the lost, they simply become temples to Man’s glory, rather than places to disciple the incoming harvest of souls.

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

vision for the harvest

“We must be global Christians with a global vision, because our God is a global God.”

– John Scott, 1921
British Pastor and Evangelical leader
“And a vision appeared to Paul in the night. A man of Macedonia stood and pleaded with him, saying, ‘come to Macedonia hand help us.'”Acts 16:9

Recognizing God’s appeal in this vision, Paul’s ministry took a drastic turn and he went to Macedonia.

Vision turns us toward the purposes of God, and for some, this heavenly touch will activate us into reaching the nations.

Vision is defined as the ability to see into the realm of the Spirir and thus be awakened as to what God has implanted in you for your life and ministry.

Without vision it is unlikely that we, as creatures of habit, will change course.

When we hear God’s appeal for labourers to go into His vineyards, our lives are changed to live sacrificially so that His vision can be fulfilled.

Paul was thrown in jail because he cast a demon out of a young woman, but he found great solace in the knowledge that he had been faithful to that which God called Him to.

All Christians agree that the Great Commission should be a priority, but few regard this as a personal mandate. Although you may give mental assent to the Great Commission, you will never accept it as a personal responsibility without vision.

Vision without corresponding action will cause frustration, and destiny will be denied. One man said that he would rather die doing the will of God, than live outside of His plan. When someone asked Hellen Keller what was worse than being blind, she said, “to have sight but no vision.”

Do you have a dream?

Do you have sight but no vision?

There is a Macedonian call coming to the hearts of those that are hungry for God.

It is the cry of the neglected, the abused, the sick, and the broken.

Nations are calling. Will you hear and respond?

Christian Compassion

Three years ago, my friend Sanet told me, “Aligning yourself with Holy Spirit is more important than aligning yourself with offense,” and it still resonates within me — when we choose to align with Holy Spirit, and allow Him to renew our thoughts and hearts, offense becomes a matter of little importance as we learn to forgive and set free.

In Matthew 14, we read of John the Baptist’s execution.

The disciples brought this news to Jesus, and He withdrew in a boat to a solitary place. Crowds of people followed Him, and when He saw them, He went ashore, had compassion for them, and cured their sick.

Later in the chapter we also read about the miracle where Jesus used a couple loaves and two fish to feed the multitudes.

His cousin had just been murdered, and normally it wouldn’t be too much to ask for a quiet moment alone, but rather than being offended, Jesus was compassionate.

Compassion will propel you beyond your natural resources and your comfort zone; it prompts us to look beyond our own needs and pain, and urges us to respond to the move of Holy Spirit.

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!

#runwildlivefree

#everytribeandtongue

#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

online church: God rescues the Israelites

“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

online church: God has a plan for Joseph


“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

online church: God sends Miriam to help Moses

I promise — I do more than run around and take unstable videos of things.

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This is a summary of yesterday’s jaunt.
The mud was kindly supplied by hurricane Kenneth.

For the past few days, we’ve had the loveliest showers and I’m so excited to see rivers and dams filling up.

South Africa has been suffering under extended drought for the past 4 years, and as a water scarce country surface water is not nearly enough to maintain the continually increasing demand for water for humans, animals and crops.

Large parts of Kwa-Zulu Natal have been flooded, and even now Hurricane Kenneth is ripping through northern Mozambique and the lower end of Tanzania.

Infrastructure is completely destroyed, taking with it the meager crops that was left over after hurricane Idai ripped through the country, less than a month ago.

So many precious people lost their lives, many lost loved ones, and many still lost their homes and livelihood.

I remain confident that, even in the destruction, there will be testimony of God’s faithfulness and His abundance.

My friends, these are the signs of the times!
The harvest is ready, but the labourers are few!

Therefore, pray to the Lord of the Harvest to send out more labourers into the fields!

Go then and make disciples of all the nations, baptizing them into the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, Teaching them to observe everything that I have commanded you, and behold, I am with you all the days (perpetually, uniformly, and on every occasion), to the [very] close and consummation of the age. Amen (so let it be).

Matthew 28:19‭-‬20

#runwildlivefree
#everytribeandtongue
#untilthewholeworldhears

kenneth