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. ⁣♥️

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

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.

by their fruit

summer || pantone

By their fruit you will recognize them. Do people pick grapes from thornbushes, or figs from thistles? Likewise, every good tree bears good fruit, but a bad tree bears bad fruit. A good tree cannot bear bad fruit, and a bad tree cannot bear good fruit. Every tree that does not bear good fruit is cut down and thrown into the fire. Thus, by their fruit you will recognize them.

Matthew 7:16‭-‬20 NIV