Friends! Family! Kingdom Partners! This update has been a long time coming, and I’m writing it from the stoep of Overland Missions’ logistical base in Zambia, Rapid 14, overlooking the Zambezi gorge.
In the Biblical context, the number 30 is representative of dedication to a specific task or calling. The Great Commission is not only a calling that applies to a “chosen few” to serve as foreign missionaries, but to every believer — whether in vocation or in lifestyle. Moving forward, 30 is not just a number, it’s not only a transition of seasons, or a journey that progresses through the wilderness to the promised land, but it is an undertaking to pioneer the Kingdom to those who have never heard the Good News of Jesus Christ. Fulfilling the call of God on our lives may look different from person-to-person, and there’s certainly no guideline or manual on how to do that, other than walking in obedience to Holy Spirit. Continue reading numbers
“And I find that the strength of Christ’s explosive power infuses me to conquer every difficulty.”
— Philippians 4:10-14 Continue reading during this season of difficulty
It’s been a while since I last did a video update, so I thought I’d catch you up with some news of the last month or two and share some insight on the transition of seasons! Continue reading thirty is not just a number
J’ai lu « Circles in a Forest » à l’âge de huit ans, et quelque part au secondaire, j’ai découvert que ce chef-d’œuvre littéraire avait été écrit en Afrikaans par Dalene Matthee. Des années plus tard, en tant qu’étudiant en littérature et en pratique du langage, j’ai approfondi l’écriture autochtone, l’écriture coloniale et les idées éphémères que nous partageons de la lecture à la lecture. Les histoires … Continue reading circles in a forest
As believers, and non-believers or sceptics, one of the issues we most often grapple with is simply this: Who am I? What is my purpose? Why am I here? Continue reading He is who He says He is
“In the Kingdom, function does not determine purpose. Understanding purpose will determine how we function. This is the Gospel of Identity.” Continue reading Life, not death!
Friends! Family! Kingdom Partners!
Here is a recent field report from Overland Missions HQ.Continue reading “Overland Missions field report: June”
“Moreover [let us also be full of joy now!] let us exult and triumph in our troubles and rejoice in our sufferings, knowing that pressure and affliction and hardship produce patient and unswerving endurance. And endurance (fortitude) develops maturity of character (approved faith and tried integrity). And character [of this sort] produces [the habit of] joyful and confident hope of eternal salvation. Such hope never disappoints or deludes or shames us, for God’s love has been poured out in our hearts through the Holy Spirit Who has been given to us.” — Romans 5: 3-5 Continue reading producing hope
The plans and purposes of the Lord are never stopped or hinderd, or even delayed by anything in this world. We all anticipate the day where we will be together in DRC, advancing the Kingdom and sharing the Word of God. For now, we remain faithful in doing what we can do to prepare for post-pandemic ministry. Continue reading locked down but not locked in
From generation to generation there has always been a remnant that has remained loyal and passionate to continue to grow the Church and pursue the lost. These determined followers loved not their lives unto death and sacrificially went to the regions beyond. This fire of God for the nations must once again be kindled in our hearts. Continue reading preparing for post-pandemic ministry
Today many buildings where the Church gather are empty — and so we also celebrate the empty tomb! He is risen! 🙌🏻🙌🏻🙌🏻 Continue reading the tomb is empty
Often times, this means walking over rough terrain where there are few to no roads.
It means covering long treks with 4×4 vehicles to camp in the bush.
It means learning a foreign language so that you can communicate the Gospel accurately and effectively.
It means sitting down for hours with one person to answer their questions and navigate cultural barriers. Continue reading whatever it takes — quarantine circles
Friends! Family! Kingdom Partners! The Hebraic Passover was celebrated on Wednesday evening and today is Good Friday! Whichever day you choose to celebrate, may you be reminded of the Lamb that was slain, who conquered death, who rose again, and who sits at the right hand of the Father! It is finished! The chief end of man is to glorify God, and to enjoy Him … Continue reading the only Friday that is called Good
Be faithful in the assignment before you, and obedient to the call of God in your life, and then these in-between moments become ministry in itself! Continue reading good news in-between the Good News
We feel so humbled that God would allow us to continue that work, which was founded by great men and women of God, who gave their lives and were buried there. The team experienced wins all over the world. Continue reading 2018/19 end of year report
One of the notions I’ve recently been stewing over is the idea that we best honour God by agreeing with Him about the Truth. If He says it, it’s true. Continue reading give me this island
On our first Expedition to Sekute, Vanessa met up with some locals at one of the churches they were ministering at. This is her testimony of Divine Appointments, and how chance-exchanges lead to powerful transformation. Continue reading Divine Appointments
This is Annie. She’s practically part of the furniture here on Rapid 14, the logistical base for Overland Missions in Zambia. Not only is she an absolutely PHENOMENAL cook, and super patient in teaching the AMT students how the kitchen is run, she is a powerhouse of faith, and a great source of wisdom. Continue reading Annie
The Gospel is moving in the Muslim world! Continue reading Zanzibar
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 … Continue reading Lord, remember me
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 … Continue reading what is a [missionary]?
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?
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. Continue reading Lucien
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? … Continue reading judge not
spiritually and practically equipping missionaries 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 … Continue reading advanced mission training
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 … Continue reading rejoice in the wilderness
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, … Continue reading the simple Gospel
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 … Continue reading every tribe and tongue
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 … Continue reading thank you for keeping my arms up!
“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. … Continue reading 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 … Continue reading 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 … Continue reading online church: God sends Miriam to help Moses
“God has brought me laughter, and everyone who hears about this will laugh with me.” Genesis 21:6 Genesis 18:1-15; Genesis 21:1-6 One day Sarah was sitting in the shade of the tent, fanning herself to cool off. The sun was blazing, and it was too hot to work outside. The camels were sleeping in the shade, and the sheep were gathered around the cool water … Continue reading online church: God promises a son to Sarah
“Do not be afraid, Abram. I am your shield, your very great reward.” Genesis 15:1 Abram stood on the hill overlooking the valley. In the distance, he could see the lights of the city. The night was quiet and a cool breeze blew across the hilltop. Abram looked up at the stars above him. They were spread out like bright jewels on a dark velvet … Continue reading online church: God promises a son to Abram
“I have put my rainbow in the clouds… The waters will never become a flood to destroy all life again.” Genesis 9:13, 15 One afternoon, Noah was sitting in the shade watching his sons play with a ball. Shem passed the ball to Ham while Japheth tried to stop him from scoring a goal. Noah laughed aloud when Shem gave Ham a high five after … Continue reading online church: God tells Noah to build a big boat
“You must not eat the fruit of the tree in the middle of the garden.” Genesis 3:3 On a sunny afternoon, Eve was sitting on a rock, when she saw a creature she had never seen before. “Who are you?” she asked. “I am the sssssserpent,” said the creature, flicking its long tongue. “Do you sssssssmell the delicioussssss fruit on that Tree?” The … Continue reading online church: God created us for relationship
“In the beginning God created the heavens and the earth.” Genesis 1:1 Everything began when God said, “Let there be light!” Then God separated the light from the darkness. All in one day! God called the darkness night, and the light day. This was the very first day. The next day God made water. It bubbled and whooshed, and it covered the earth with oceans … Continue reading online church: in the beginning
Sin came into the world in the garden of Eden, when Adam failed to see that he was already like God, created in His image. The price for Salvation was claimed in the garden of Gethsemane, where Jesus willingly offered himself as Sacrifice in our stead so that Identity could be restored, reconciling us as Sons to the Father. Continue reading it is finished
I refuse to be ashamed of sharing the wonderful message of God’s liberating power unleashed in us through Christ! For I am thrilled to preach that everyone who believes is saved—the Jew first, and then people everywhere! Romans 1:16 I took this picture on April 4th 2018 in Mpatamatu, central Zambia. We were on our way back to town after ministering in the villages. We … Continue reading for all men
In Luke 10:2, Jesus tells us that the harvest is ready, but that there are not enough labourers to bring in this mighty harvest. He also says we should pray to the Lord of the harvest to send out more labourers into the fields! Continue reading pray for the harvest
compassion calls you out of the boat, beyond your self-imposed limitations, beyond your comfort zone, into the uncharted waters where the glory of God dwells. Continue reading a heart of compassion
Isn’t it wonderful that He keeps drawing us closer, inviting us to live face-to-face with Him, to breathe His life through the Spirit and to share in worship through fellowship?
Let us then fearlessly and confidently and boldly draw near to the throne of grace (the throne of God’s unmerited favor to us sinners), that we may receive mercy [for our failures] and find grace to help in good time for every need [appropriate help and well-timed help, coming just when we need it].
When we have nothing else to fall back on, except God, it often forces us to dig deeper into Him; to hold on to the Promise Maker, and not only His promises. Continue reading go fish
So, this is what loadshedding is really about — to do the things we’re made to do, to run the race with determination, to live free from the burden of sin, to step out in faith, to take on the Great Unknown. Continue reading loadshedding
On October 1st, I had a dream in which I was dancing. There was no music, but I danced the message of the Gospel. I had no idea that people were gathering, watching. I simply danced because I had to. Continue reading Lord of the Dance
Fear paralyzes you, keeps you from thinking clearly, from reacting rationally. It intimidates you into believing that you are incapable, not strong enough, worthless, and entirely without hope.
Scripture tells us in 1 John 4: 18 that “perfect love casts out fear”, and this of course refers to God’s love — the only perfect love in existence.
Continue reading run boy, run