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.

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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!


by the word of their testimony

And they overcame him by the blood of the Lamb, and by the word of their testimony; and they loved not their lives unto the death.” Revelation 12:11 (KJV)

Testimony is a pretty powerful thing. The Hebrew word is Touwdah. It means attestation, confirmation, prophetic injunction attestation, to solemnly affirm, to confirm belief.

Over the past two days I watched two films that really touched my heart. Both films are based on true stories. I’ll try not to ruin it for you, so take the time off and watch them for yourself.

The first movie (Finding a Family) is about a kid (Alex) who works his butt of to get into Harvard. Alex’s mother was in a serious car accident, and, as a result of a series of unfortunate circumstances, Alex eventually ends up in foster care, moving from one home to the next.

The second movie (Clancy) is about a kid who runs away from home and ends up living on the street with a War Veteran. The beginning of the movie might seem real dumb (I was tempted to fall asleep), but I urge you to watch up to the end. I guarantee reward.

It was this movie — Clancy– that had (and still has) me in tears.

Clancy is a girl of about 8 years old, and she was introduced to Jesus by her grandmother. While living on the street with Nick (the veteran), she continues praying for her mum (who is in rehab) and tells Nick about Jesus — despite the fact that he is irritated by her and does not want anything to do with God or church, other than using their facilities. One night, as they celebrate their joint first birthday party, Clancy gives Nick a Book containing everything he ever needs to know — and then she shares the Gospel with him.

You know, I was just ripped apart by her sincere love for Nick and the honest manner in which she testified. There’s this one part where Clancy explains why bad stuff happens. She figures most people see death as the worst possible thing that could happen to you, but that once you know Who you’re with when you die, it’s really not such a big deal after all.

By the end of the movie, Nick speaks to one of his friends — a county police officer– who asks him what made him pull his life together. You know what Nick’s response was? He said “someone convinced me that God doesn’t hate me.”

The Message translation of 1 John 5:11 says, “This is the testimony in essence: God gave us eternal life; the life is in his Son.”

You’ve probably heard of John 3:16. It says that God loved the world (insert your name, ’cause it’s really about you) so much that He sent His only Son, Jesus Christ, to bail you out. He literally sacrificed His Best of Everything, to win you back. He gave his Son as ransom for your life. If that is not the personification of love — then what is?

John 15:13 says the best way to prove your love is to die for a friend.

I’m completely dumbstruck by the fact that even though we were sinners, literally bums living off of the gutter, dirty, unworthy, despicable, unholy, (multiplied every other adjective you can think of), not deserving of honour or sacrifice — Father’s love is still so unconditional that He chose to pay the price in any case.

You know, I think we try to complicate testimony by translating it to sermon.

Romans 13 verse 10 says “You can’t go wrong when you love others. When you add up everything in the law code, the sum total is love.”

Testimony is in essence, sharing love. It’s sharing Love. Giving account of God’s work in your life is an opportunity for the other party to connect with, and experience, God for themselves. To encounter Love.

If you go by the standard set up in Revelation 12 verse 11, the two most powerful weapons we have is Jesus’s sacrifice — the Personification of LOVE — and the testimony thereof.

This morning I had coffee with Lynzi, and I shared about the fact that if I had to devote my life to ONE singular significant cause that would be everything and the only thing that I ever did — it would be to have people encounter God. That certainly is the singular thing that changed my life, let alone my approach to God and a relationship with Him.

Johnathan Helser’s song, I’ve seen I Am, just about sums it all up.

I grew up in a traditional church where people really had a sincere love for God, but what I never quite got was what God was all about. Looking back now, I cannot understand how I was able to live, for so long, with a “ritual” christianity that taught me about the fear of God and laid good spiritual foundations in my life, but never introduced me to the Person behind the church. I don’t know whether this makes any sense to you at all, but maybe you’ve had a similar experience. You know — it’s really not about going to church. Afterall, the Church is a body, not a building. You can go to church (the building) as often and as much as you like, and attend home cell and have Bible study groups, but unless you get to know God, and meet Him Face-to-face, you’ll never get to understand the full FULLNESS of being in relationship with LOVE.

My greatest wish is that YOU might get to know Him intimately. That you might see Him Face-to-face. That you might discover the great and glorious mysteries that surround Him. And ultimately, that you might learn your destiny and purpose and identity because you know Him.

Getting back to the testimony thing, in my first ever blog post, I shared how starting this blog was really just an act of obedience, and it still is. I’m not some super christian who has sky-high super-amazing-faith all year round. But what I do know, is that I have a testimony, and that’s why I share it.

Testimony has this amazing ability to multitask.

It glorifies God, it reminds you about the amazing stuff He did and does and most assuredly will do, and it stirs up faith.

John 5 verse 9 says, “If we take human testimony at face value, how much more should we be reassured when God gives testimony as he does here, testifying concerning his Son.”

I challenge you to share testimony.
You know — it’s really not a sermon. Clancy changed Nick’s life by drawing up the Bible in six pages full of childlike doodles. Maybe you’re called to be the next Bill Johnson or Benny Hinn, I don’t know. But maybe the fact that you tell your roommate about the money God supernaturally provided, or about the lady that got healed in the check-out queue, or the dream you had the night before, can change their life.
Maybe you have to draw the Bible on the back of a cereal box, or maybe your words are the only Bible some people may ever “read”. The fact remains that TESTIMONY is how we overcome.
1 Peter 5 verse 9 says (Message translation) we’re called to speak out on God’s behalf, and to tell others of the night-and-day difference that He made for us.
So, here’s what I challenge you to do: open our mouth.

Get on Twitter. Or Facebook. Or write a blog. Share your testimony.

You probably won’t have to make a film out of your life, or write a song, but if that’s what is needed — then do it!
You know, in my experience, the Gospel is just so much more real when it’s an account and not a story or a sermon.

Thanks for joining me!

“If you want to go fast, go alone. If you want to go far, go together.”

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Sunsets in the Kavango are always spectacular, especially when viewed from the top of the water tower in the village. – Mahahe, Namibia

Mid-2018, I felt the call to pack up life as I knew it, and I set off on the adventure now known as run wild live free.

This adventure set off by travelling to Israel, Jordan and Egypt, experiencing the sights and sounds and smells and people of the Promised Land.

Shortly after, my backpack and I made our way to Namibia, where I spent a month in Mahahe, a small village outside of Rundu, on the Kavango River. A 2km walk brings you to the river, where Angola is a stone’s throw away.

My time in Mahahe taught me a lot about rural living, the value of friendships, and challenged me to find new ways in which to reach and impact culture. One of the things I realized, was that there isn’t a one-size-fits-all approach to problem-solving in areas where English was not widely spoken, where Malaria is part of every day life, where famine and poverty are not foreign concepts, and where family is an essential part of community living.

Next, I traveled through Botswana and Zimbabwe to make my second visit to Zambia. Crossing over the Victoria Falls border post is always a treat, and it’s spectacular, even when it’s not the rainy season.

In Zambia, I spent some time visiting friends in Livingstone and connected with Overland Missions. In May this year, I’ll return to Rapid 14, and it’ll be my home until September, when the next part of this amazing journey will kick off.

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Life is always better when done together.

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.

For more information about Language Practice services, you can contact Language Matters.

Thank you for joining me on this adventure!

I look forward to sharing more soon!

May you be greatly and abundantly blessed!