every tribe and tongue

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

How did this great multitude get there?

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

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

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

1 Corinthians 3:6-7

John 4:37-38

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

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

Muacahona tribe, Angola

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

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

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

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

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

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

Revelation 7:9

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

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

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

David Livingstone
Pioneer, adventurer, discoverer, and missionary.

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

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

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

thank you for keeping my arms up!

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

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

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

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

What a legacy!

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

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

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

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

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

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

I am incredibly honoured by each of you!

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

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

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online church: God rescues the Israelites

“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 has a plan for Joseph

“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 sends Miriam to help Moses


“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 promises a son to Sarah


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


Genesis 21:6

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

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

Abram came running in to the tent.

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

The men sat down to eat and rest.

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

                “She is in the tent,” replied Abram.

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

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

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

The visitor entered into the tent.

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

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

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

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

Discover: God brings us joy.

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

online church: God promises a son to Abram

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


Genesis 15:1

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

                “Abram! Abram!”

Abram knew it was God speaking to Him.

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


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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

online church: God tells Noah to build a big boat


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


Genesis 9:13, 15

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Noah and his sons remained obedient to God.

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

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

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

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

online church: God created us for relationship

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


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

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

                “Who are you?” she asked.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

online church: in the beginning

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

Genesis 1:1

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

it is finished

Seven months ago, I took this picture in Nazareth. “Nothing good comes from Nazareth,” the words rang through my head, as I considered the notion of Good Friday.

As an oldest child, I’ve often considered the significance of Passover — not because I fear death, but because I realize how desperately I fall short in my own efforts.

Jesus, the perfect sacrifice, the Passover Lamb was beaten for our transgressions, He brought healing by His stripes, and He settled the debt of our sins by His death.

He died so that we could live. In Him there is Life, and Life in abundance!

He not only died, He rose again: defeating Death and the enemy’s claim to this kingdom He restored Identity and Authority, and He rules with the Father — glorified.

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.

Today, we can live in that freedom, when we believe in our hearts, and confess with our mouths, that Jesus is Lord — the Son of God — and we shall inherit the Kingdom of Heaven, as co-heirs with Christ.

tetelestai: the debt has been paid in full; it is finished

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for all men

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

The Gospel is the Good News of Salvation for all men of all tribes and all Nations for all times.

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 were looking for a bucket to carry water in, when we came across a small settlement between some mango trees. It was the chief’s house.

Though none of us spoke any Bemba, and they spoke little English, we prayed for the chief who had backache, and his son, whom we suspected had Malaria.

When we went back the next day, the boy, who was unable to lift up his head the day before, came running down the road to meet us, excitedly telling us that his father’s back was healed.

He is the God of supernatural. When we trust Him, and obey Him to go where He sends us, lives are changed and hearts are restored.

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pray for the harvest

In Matthew 24, Jesus tells us which signs to look for in the last days — the last days before He returns.

Rather than joining the conspiracy on When the End of the Age will take place, I labour to share the Good News of Salvation with as many people as possible. With 28 days to go before leaving for Zambia, I’m spending some extra time in preparation for the work to which He has called me.

As ministry partner in the Kingdom, you’re making it possible for others to go to the most remote places on earth, to reach those who have never had the opportunity to hear the Truth about Him!

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!

what a wonderful privilege it is to be a labourer in His Kingdom!

Won’t you join me in praying for the harvest today?

  • that Believers all over the world will wake up to the call for labourers
  • that Believers will be witnesses and Kingdom Ambassadors in every area of everyday life
  • that those who suffer persecution will stand strong and hold on to God
  • that Believers will no longer be trapped in lukewarm religion, but that they will be drawn in to relationship with the Father

💕🌻 Until the whole world hears!

If you have any prayer requests, feel free to send them through — I am always happy to stand in faith with you!

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Thank you to each of you sending personal messages of encouragement and support. I truly appreciate every message!

a heart of compassion

One of the ways we express love is by showing compassion.There are multiple verses from Scripture that attribute compassion to God’s character. As much as He is Love, and Good, and King, and Just, and Kind, and Fair, He is compassionate — slow to become angry, and abundant in mercy.

Compassion is deeper than sympathy in that it urges us to take action.

Compassion

Merriam-Webster’s definition of Compassion.

Here are the Scriptures we’ll be looking at in this Devotional:

Compassion will propel you beyond your natural resources to access heaven’s resources; prompting you to look beyond your own needs, desires, and pain, as it urges you to respond to the move and unction of Holy Spirit.

Compassion has power because it’s God’s own power that is at work in us, and through us. 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.

We must ask God to revive a heart of COMPASSION within us — to feel what He feels, to see through His eyes, and to respond with His heart, and His love.

This is the heart of missions.

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go fish

A year ago today, I packed my household contents on a friend’s truck and a trailer, and moved for the 6th (what would later be the 8th) time in 3 years, leaving behind my desk job and a life of predictability and security, to set off on the greatest adventure yet!

I remember being completely fascinated by the pictures from my Children’s Bible when my mum used to read to me as a kid.

Jesus multiplying fish and bread.
Jesus healing the sick.
Jesus teaching His disciples.

I’m reminded of the time the disciples were fishing all night, without catching a single thing. Jesus tells them to throw the net out to the other side of the boat. They’re like, “Whaaaaat? We just spent the entire night doing just that!” But, when they act in obedience, they haul in the motherload.

I think one of he biggest lessons of Life with Jesus is to be obedient. David also said (more than once!), OBEDIENCE IS MORE IMPORTANT THAN SACRIFICE.

This time last year was probably one of the most uncertain times I’ve ever gone through — I had no plan, and no backup-plan, but I was determined to walk in obedience.

Those last few weeks contained sooooo many challenges, and I felt a bit like those disciples who are tired and worn out after a night at sea.

In obedience, I threw the net out to the other side even if it didn’t make any sense in the here and now.

My friend Hugo reminded me, “if you walk in obedience miracles will follow.”

Tonight I’m looking back at this sunset drive-by shot from a year ago, and I’m thankful for friends who go the (extra) distance. For parents and a sibling who support me. For far-away friends that uplift and affirm, and point towards the Truth. And above all, looking to Jesus — to keep from sinking.

A year later, I not only get to do my Dream Job while working in the Kingdom as a fisher of men, I’ve travelled all over, met wonderful people. made meaningful connections, and delved deeper into my relationship with God.

I recently spoke to my friend David about ministry, and especially Healing, and I’ve become increasingly aware that your revelation and your ministry has to come from a place of intimacy with God.

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].

Hebrews 4:16

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.

Even now, I’m standing in front of challenges, but I am confident in His faithful love that upholds and sustains me, even when the waves crash over this little boat.

I pray you’ll be brave enough to step out onto the waves — keep your eyes on Him!

When you step out in faith, and walk in obedience, God provides — He is faithful!

#runwildlivefree

loadshedding

In South Africa, there exists a strange phenomenon called “loadshedding“. What it means means is that the power (electricity) is cut for a few hours (sometimes for an undermined length of time) in order to “save” electricity.
I find the reasoning behind this absurd, but that’s a story for another day.

This morning as we experienced Stage 4 loadshedding, it rendered it impossible for me to continue working (since my computer does not run on rainbows and good thoughts), I decided to go for a run in the veld.

The song“run wild” by For King And Country has been my anthem for a long time, as I’m sure you’re aware, and this morning as I was running through thigh high grass, dodging thorn bushes and cow dung, I thought about the notion of loadshedding and self-care.

We often promote self-care as a me-time ritual– taking a long bath, reading a book, getting enough sleep, going for a haircut (and those things are good and right) but the most important part of self-care is to run to Jesus, and to lay your burdens down before Him.

Cast your burden on the Lord [releasing the weight of it] and He will sustain you; He will never allow the [consistently] righteous to be moved (made to slip, fall, or fail). [I Pet. 5:7.] Psalm 55:22

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.

#runwildlivefree
#everytribeandtongue
#runforyourlives
#platteland
#freestate
#mountains

https://bible.com/bible/8/psa.55.22.AMPC

Lord of the Dance

On 11 February 2018, I spoke to God about my life and job, and the fact that I was stressed and deeply unhappy. I felt that I wasn’t living up to my calling.

The Word He gave me is from John 21:4-7, in which Jesus told the disciples to cast the net out towards the other side of the boat.

I had no idea what this Word meant, but I felt peace to give 24h notice, and resign. I had no plan beyond this.

The next couple of months were a bit in-between, but it lead up to packing up my house and my bags in June (also in obedience) and setting off on the Wilderness x Promised Land Adventure, not yet knowing that I would travel to 6 different countries in 4 months, without a solid income, without a plan or even a backup-plan. I had nothing to go on but a Word from God.

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.

Later that day, we took a boat ride on the Sea of Galilee. I started weeping the minute we cast off. To the left lay Capernaum, and Gaza lay before us. I was thinking how Jesus calmed the sea with a single word, and Holy Spirit reminded me of the Word He gave me in February that year. I was SO overwhelmed by His faithfulness!

OBEDIENCE IS BETTER THAN SACRIFICE.
1 Samuel 15:22

At some point, music started playing. I got up in the front of the boat and started dancing. It was not about performance, but about obedience.

Obedience enables us to #runwildlivefree

It so often happens that we’re held back by the known, and the visible, and even our comfort zone. But, when we trust Him for the harvest, beautiful things happen, and it sets our Spirit free.

May you have courage to step out, and to step in rhythm with the Lord of the Dance!

run boy, run

You know that scene in The Secret Life of Walter Mitty where he skateboards down a winding road into the heart of a soon-to-be volcano struck town? Yeah, that’s what my life has been like for the past month or so.

We are often so focused on all the might-haves or the could-haves, that we forget about the many haves and dids!

2018 has been riddled with challenges — especially family wise, but now, looking back at it, I realize that all through the crappy parts, God was faithful, and I was surrounded by family and loved ones that kept my arms up while I had to fight.

So often when we encounter difficulties it’s easiest to admit defeat and run away. Well, that’s the thought process I go through, anyway.

There’s only one problem though: I am not afraid, and I do not run. Scared? Yes. But afraid? No.

You see, there’s a difference. 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.

So, looking back on the past year, I know that I’ve had to deal with many losses, and had to make a lot of hard, potentially life-altering, decisions. So yes, things have changed and I’m moving on, not because I’m afraid to face the challenges, but because I’m intentionally moving toward the hopes and dreams in my future.

And, yes — maybe that means skateboarding down a long winding road into the heart of the volcano, but if that’s where my destiny’s at — that’s where I’ll be headed.

May 2019 be the year in which you stop running FROM things, and start running TOWARD things.

Blessings and love to you and yours!

run boy, run!

T-minus 71 days to AMT

Hi everyone!🙋🏻💕

Here is the latest news!

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I also just wanted to share an update on the fundraising process. 😊

Over the last couple of days, various payments have been made, and I cannot thank you enough!

It is not only your financial contribution, but your prayers and support, that are making a GIGANTIC impact on the kingdom.

THANK YOU to each and every one joining me in partnership in serving the Kingdom!

Final payment for AMT is due on March 7th, and departure for Zambia is in 71 days!

If you would like to make a donation directly to Overland Missions to support me, you can follow this link:

https://www.overlandmissions.com/donate/

There is a PayPal link for South African contributions (they do the Rand x Dollar conversion for you) to make it a little simpler.

Add my name, CORNELIA VAN BILJON to the memo line as reference.

Thank you for your encouraging messages and support, and every dollar that has been contributed so far! Your partnership is incredibly valuable!

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I am beyond excited for all that lies ahead, and God is already moving in great ways!

If you have any prayer requests or would like to contact me, do not hesitate to reach out!

You can reach me on the website,
via email,
or WhatsApp.

I look forward to sharing more with you soon!

#everytribeandtongue
#runwildlivefree

the Good Shepherd

I recently sat down to review some of the work I’ve been doing over the past few months, and, as most of you will probably know, I’m finishing up a couple work-things as part of the final preparation before leaving for Zambia.

Anyway, as this review came up, I was reminded of my last “working day” of 2018.
I was still in Mahahe, Namibia, and I had 8 hours to go before getting on the bus to Zambia (via Zimbabwe and Botswana — yes, things don’t always go as planned but that’s part of the adventure).

I was writing about John the Baptist, as part of the series of stories I’m doing for Online Church, and consulted my friend Hugo about the Theology of baptism.

Obviously, this is an important subject to write about. I wanted to be extra careful to write the Truth, and to not sound preachy while doing it.

These children’s stories are available free of charge online — that’s a rather large audience, and, of course, I don’t know these kids’ knowledge or background regarding baptism. And, aside from the children, there will be parents watching and hearing and processing this too. How do I write the Truth without involving Theology?

Rather than advising me about what to write, Hugo suggested that we should pray about it. Which we did. And then I wrote what Holy Spirit lead me to say.

This extract from Psalm 23 is part of those writings.

As I look back on the adventures of the last few months, and the craziness of the last few weeks, I’m drawn closer to times of prayer — leaning in to the voice of the Good Shepherd.

Psalm 23 is probably one of the most well-known Scriptures, right along with John 3:16&17, and 1 Corinthians 13, though I doubt we take the time to dissect this passage, and to pray over it.

The past few weeks and months have presented various challenges and difficulties, but as Hugo reminded me, when we face a problem — physical or spiritual — the best thing we can often do about it, is to pray.

David, when he wrote this song, was a young shepherd boy who lived in the field with his flock. There was nothing famous or important about him, but he knew how to hold on to and grasp revelations of Truth.

Just as David was taking care of his sheep, he knew God was also taking care of him.

As a kid who grew up in the lush green that the Northern Drakensberg had to offer, I’ve always imagined Psalm 23 to resemble the rolling foothills of Kwa-Zulu Natal.

However, upon visiting Israel in October 2018, I came to know the bitter truth — the green pastures David spoke of look nothing like the paradise of my childhood.

The reality of the Psalm 23 in which David’s praise-song was set, was rugged and harsh desert landscape, just outside of Palestine.

But, the more I looked around, I noticed that it was in fact not just rocks and desert, and a hot wind that scorched your skin. There is some grass! And the modern-day shepherds, just like the shepherds of old, I’m sure, knew where to find the good stuff.

They weren’t following the flock from rock to rock, but they were walking in the front, with the sheep following them, leading them from one patch of shade to the next, providing shelter and food as they went along.

The Shepherd does not only ward off danger, herding the flock together, He walks in front of the sheep and He shows them the paths of Life. He provides for the body, and for the soul.

The Good Shepherd lays down his life for his sheep.

You see, so often, we have things backwards.

When we’re confronted with difficulty, we should draw near, and not shrink back, from Him who restores our souls and gives us rest.

Is there any better approach to solving a problem than asking the Shepherd who knows all things how to approach it?

In Him we always have more than enough.

This gives me the courage to press forward, even if the future seems unstable and uncharted.

I’ve been living out of a suitcase for 126 days, and each in-between-suitcase-day has been absolutely worth it. I’m looking forward to the suitcase living and planned (and unplanned) adventures that lie ahead!

I don’t know exactly how things will turn out, but I trust the Good Shepherd, and that’s more than enough! All in pursuit of the Kingdom!

#runwildlivefree

Cornelia’ version of Psalm 23

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 watches over us. He takes care of us, and gives us everything we need. In His presence we are safe and fully loved.

“Surely goodness and love will follow me all the days of my life, and I will dwell in the house of the Lord forever.” Psalm 23:6

vision

Vision.

It’s a one syllable word. And a perfectly simple one at that. Right?

If you look up “vision”, the OED will tell you that it means a) the ability to see, b) the ability to think about or plan the future with imagination or wisdom, c) a mental image of what the future could be like, and Vision also happens to be a Marvel superhero. (There are other definitions too, but this is not a vocabulary lesson.)

In other words, to have vision implies looking at something with faith and hope. Now, why does that sound so familiar? Oh yes, of course: Jeremiah 29:11.

This morning I spent nearly three hours raking the leaves in my garden into heaps and pulling the weeds out of the lawn as I went along. Winter is hard work. Anyway, I had my iPod playing while I eagerly started out my task. Soon enough a hymn came across the playlist: Be Thou My Vision. I’m sure you’ve heard it before. It has a really catchy Irish tune. If you, for the moment, forgot how it goes, check out this cover by Noteworthy.

So, anyway, the song stuck with me, and I went looking for the scriptures that inspired this hymn.

It’s from Ephesians 1: 17-23 and Colossians 3 : 11

Something I’ve been thinking about a lot this week is that scripture in Matthew 14 where Peter sees Jesus walking on the water and Jesus tells him (Peter) to get out of the boat and come to him. Peter starts out great, but soon enough he starts sinking. Because he took his eyes off Jesus.

I think it’s easy to loose sight of God. Not because we’re distracted necessarily, though that can sometimes be the issue, but often simply because we have our own agenda.

When Peter got out of the boat his goal was to reach Jesus. That was what he was focused on and what he was going for. Now, I’m pretty sure there might have been waves spraying into Peter’s eyes and he might have been afraid, but the minute he stepped out of the boat, he walked in faith. Yes, he started sinking and he cried out to God to save him. Jesus said, “you of little faith, why did you doubt?”

When I think about “little faith” I’m reminded about Matthew 13, just one chapter earlier, where Jesus says in v31:

“The kingdom of heaven is like a mustard seed, which a man took and planted in his field. 32 Though it is the smallest of all seeds, yet when it grows, it is the largest of garden plants and becomes a tree, so that the birds come and perch in its branches.”

Faith in obedience has the power to move mountains. If we act on a word of God we shall be like the believers described in Matthew 10. It’s not just about the supernatural, but it also is. If we call ourselves Christians we simply cannot live ordinary lives.

be thou my vision

And this hymn reminds me of that — to live with heavenly perspective. He is my battle shield. His Word is my sword. He is my strong tower. He is my delight.

I pray that you might see Him and have the courage to step out of the boat. Yes, it’s scary and sometimes the waves are pretty big and the wind blows strong and throws you off balance.

But keep your eyes on Him.

Act in obedience and walk by faith, not be sight.

Stepping out in faith is not knowing that Peter walked on water. Faith is getting out of your own boat, whether you’re wearing a life jacket or not, and whether you’re knee deep in the water and surrounded by a storm or not, to still trust that God has plan for your life; knowing Holy Spirit will guide you; knowing Jesus will reach out to catch you; knowing Father will embrace you; and doing the impossible because God is a God of wonders.

there is no fear in love

As humans, we tend to measure our potential response to threat or danger according to extremities. We spiral into Worst Case Scenarios, plotting outcomes for events that may never happen.

1 John 4:18 says that perfect love banishes the existence of fear. In other words, when we know and understand the love of God the Father, the Personification of Love who gave his Son to us as a gift of love, we come to experience the safety and protection that exists within love.

We are set free from the strain of fear, knowing that He who loves perfectly has already overcome the world.

There is no fear in love [dread does not exist], but full-grown (complete, perfect) love turns fear out of doors and expels every trace of terror! For fear brings with it the thought of punishment, and [so] he who is afraid has not reached the full maturity of love [is not yet grown into love’s complete perfection]. We love Him, because He first loved us.

1 John 4:18‭-‬19

Rapid 14

During the summer holiday of 2018, I visited Liezl and Arthur at their home in Livingstone, Zambia. I met this lovely family in 2016, when they were visiting my home church in South Africa.

I remember being excited by the way they spoke about Kingdom and ministry and travel, and we kept in touch.

It was during this visit to Zambia, my second trip to Zambia with in a year, that God started speaking to me about strategic relationships.

Liezl and I, overlooking Rapid 14 on the Zambezi river.

I’ve been involved in short-term missions since 2010, and for two years, I headed Every Nation Faith City‘s local outreach programs. Mid-2018, I felt the release to quit my day-job, so to speak, and set off in obedience to the call God placed on my life.

In May 2019, I’ll be part of a team of missionaries from all over the world, who’ll attend the Advanced Missions Training on Overland Mission’s Logistical base in Livingstone, Zambia.

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I feel that AMT (Advanced Missions Training) is an important steppingstone for the next season, and especially toward my heart for the Gospel in Africa.


Romans 10:14-15  (AMP)
14 But how will people call on Him in whom they have not believed? And how will they believe in Him of whom they have not heard? And how will they hear without a preacher (messenger)?  15 And how will they preach unless they are commissioned  and sent [for that purpose]? Just as it is written  and forever remains written, “How beautiful are the feet of those who bring good news of good things!”

You can contribute by partnering with me in prayer, or contributing financially. The total cost for AMT is $6000 (six thousand USD), which includes all expenses such as travel and accommodation for the time I’ll be training in Zambia.

Would you please prayerfully consider making a contribution as partner in the Kingdom?


To join me in Kingdom partnership, you can donate to Overland Missions, and reference my name, or contact me directly, and I’ll provide any information needed.

However God leads you to respond, please know that I have deep appreciation for your partnership and support!


I look forward to sharing more exciting news with you soon!

May you be greatly and abundantly blessed!