AMT is the gateway to enter into a career in missions with Overland Missions. It is a course designed to equip people with the tools to take the Gospel anywhere in the world and make a sustainable impact. The class consists of 17 subjects that are a mixture of classroom learning and practical field exercises. For three months you will live fully immersed in a missions style environment with full-time missionaries. You will be part of a team of 20-30 people who are of like mind and faith and are all there to reach the world with the Gospel of Jesus Christ. You will experience a unique and challenging missionary training course that will prepare you to handle
any road…any load…any time.
Spend three-months submerged in a mission style environment. This course is split between nine weeks of classes and three weeks of expeditions. The curriculum is the following: Wilderness First Responder (WFR), 4X4 Driving and Recovery, Missionary Theology, Come Back Alive Survival Course, GPS Navigation, Bush Cooking, Ministry Ethics, Preaching, Sector Management Development, Cross Cultural Communication, The Gospel of Identity, Expedition and Mission Training, Vehicle Mechanics, Workshop, Leadership, and Final Presentation: Sector Research Project.
Mozambique 2020: March 10 – June 1
Zambia 2020: May 12 – August 10 | August 25 – November 23
Anyone who believes Jesus is Lord and has an interest in full-time missions.
Is there an age limit?
The minimum age requirement is 18 years old.
Are married couples or families welcomed?
Yes. We certainly encourage couples and small families to engage in AMT. There are many couples and families involved in AMT and within Overland Missions’ staff. Special couples/family rates are offered for AMT.
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!
I promise — I do more than run around and take unstable videos of things.
This is a summary of yesterday’s jaunt. The mud was kindly supplied by hurricane Kenneth.
For the past few days, we’ve had the loveliest showers and I’m so excited to see rivers and dams filling up.
South Africa has been suffering under extended drought for the past 4 years, and as a water scarce country surface water is not nearly enough to maintain the continually increasing demand for water for humans, animals and crops.
Large parts of Kwa-Zulu Natal have been flooded, and even now Hurricane Kenneth is ripping through northern Mozambique and the lower end of Tanzania.
Infrastructure is completely destroyed, taking with it the meager crops that was left over after hurricane Idai ripped through the country, less than a month ago.
So many precious people lost their lives, many lost loved ones, and many still lost their homes and livelihood.
I remain confident that, even in the destruction, there will be testimony of God’s faithfulness and His abundance.
My friends, these are the signs of the times! The harvest is ready, but the labourers are few!
Therefore, pray to the Lord of the Harvest to send out more labourers into the fields!
Go then and make disciples of all the nations,baptizing them into the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, Teaching them to observe everything that I have commanded you, and behold, I am with you all the days (perpetually, uniformly, and on every occasion), to the [very] close and consummation of the age. Amen (so let it be).
A year ago, I took this picture after a much needed rainstorm had passed. I walked through the garden, praying.
At the time, I had just resigned from my fulltime job, I had packed up my house and put everything in storage, and I was living in a friend’s guest room — waiting to hear from God about the next step I should take.
But surely God has heard. He has listened to my voice in prayer. Psalms 66:19
At the time, I had been walking around with a sense of dissatisfaction. Not because I was unhappy, per sé, but because there was an element of unfulfillment that had managed to weave itself into different areas of my life.
For many years, I had been praying, trusting, holding on to His promises, and even reminding Him about the pages and pages filled with prophetic words that I had written down through the years. From where I stood, I had done everything I could to be faithful, to be obedient, to fight the good fight, to run the race with endurance.
I was unsatisfied in my relationship with Him, feeling that church and worship had reached a plateau; that I wasn’t being released into the things I felt called to do. I was unsatisfied because, to a large extent, my friends and spiritual family did not understand why I was frustrated with the lack of momentum.
I felt like a racehorse, chewing at the bit as it was reigned in to keep the vegetable cart it was pulling from bucking and falling over. Why was I stuck in this in-between?
In January of 2018, God told me to enlarge my tents, and as I felt the buildup of this increase take place, my frustration with the external lack of growth increased.
I had a choice to make: do my own thing because I was convinced this is what I felt God had said, or honour my leaders in obedience, submitting to the authority which God had appointed.
In February of 2018, God told me to throw the net out to the other side, and within 24h I had resigned, gave notice for the apartment I was renting, and stepped into the Mission I had been praying about for more than 10 years.
In this in-between season, I had been praying about a bunch of things, asking Him to give me a clear answer about What Comes Next, now that I had taken the plunge into the Great Unknown.
Isn’t it true that we sometimes go through seasons where things seem to be dreary and stale, where nothing seems to move forward and where breakthrough seems like a desert mirage? Distant and unattainable.
There are some specific things that I’ve been praying about for some time, and the Lord’s response is simply this: SHAMMAH. THE LORD IS HERE. HE HEARS.
A good friend recently shared this nugget of wisdom with me:“If Sarah had a son at 30, it would’ve been normal. If she had a son at 50, people would’ve thought it’s great and look how well she takes care of herself! But she had a son at 99, and the only One to receive glory from that is God.”
There are SO MANY examples from Scripture where people sought the Lord, crying out to Him.
There are AS MANY examples from Scripture where God answers prayer.
He knows our every thought, our every desire, our every prayer — even those we don’t know ourselves, or those we dare not whisper aloud.
He knows the depths of Man’s heart. He loves us all the same. And He is GOOD.
He is FAITHFUL.
He is not slow in remembering His PROMISES.
When the time is right, He will make it happen.
A year ago, I was chomping at the bit. But now that I look back I’m astounded by His faithfulness! Every day I get to live my dream: to run wild, live free; to share the Good News of the Gospel with men from every tribe and tongue. Indeed, my tents have been enlarged!
You see, whatever we’re praying for, even things that we’ve placed on the back burner because they seem to go unnoticed before God, ALL OF THAT is working for His glory!
Never doubt God’s mighty power to work in you and accomplish all this. He will achieve infinitely more than your greatest request, your most unbelievable dream, and exceed your wildest imagination! He will outdo them all, for his miraculous power constantly energizes you. Ephesians 3:20
Whatever breakthrough you’re trusting Him for, know this — THE LORD HEARS.
Hold on to the Promise Keeper and not simply the promises.
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!
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.
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!
Thank you to each of you sending personal messages of encouragement and support. I truly appreciate every message!
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.
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.
In the Bible, there are multiple instances where 40 days refer to a period of significance.
During the great flood, rain fell for 40 days and 40 nights. [Genesis 4:7]
The spies Moses sent out to Canaan explored the country across the Jordan for 40 days. [Numbers 13:2,25]
The Hebrew people lived in the wilderness for 40 years before entering the Promised Land. [Numbers 32:13]
Goliath challenged the Hebrew army twice a day for 40 days before he was defeated by David. [1 Samuel 17:16]
Before starting His ministry, Jesus fasted for 40 days and 40 nights in the Judean desert. [Matthew 4:2; Mark 1:13; Luke 4:2]
A period of 40 days passed from Jesus’s resurrection to His ascension. [Acts 1:3]
A year ago today, I headed to Zambia for the first time! In 40 days‘ time, I’ll be back!
Earlier, I was telling my mum and some friends how this is probably the most daunting, but also the most exciting season of my life to date.
Ten years of prayers, dreams, and prophecies are being fulfilled in front of my eyes — what an incredible honour and privilege it is to be a partner and a servant; working alongside Holy Spirit in the harvest fields of the world!
any road. any load. any time.
He is faithful!
For everyone who calls upon the name of the Lord [invoking Him as Lord] will be saved. [Joel 2:32.] But how are people to call upon Him Whom they have not believed [in Whom they have no faith, on Whom they have no reliance]? And how are they to believe in Him [adhere to, trust in, and rely upon Him] of Whom they have never heard? And how are they to hear without a preacher? And how can men [be expected to] preach unless they are sent? As it is written, How beautiful are the feet of those who bring glad tidings! [How welcome is the coming of those who preach the good news of His good things!] [Isa. 52:7.]
May you have the courage to brave the Wilderness in order to gain the Promised Land.
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 boldlydraw 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.
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!
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.
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.
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.
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.
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!