Our teenage son, who had run away from home for three months, returned while the outreach team was with us, and our 16-year-old daughter committed her life to Jesus.
It’s a different world: 175 000 people in Stellenbosch compared to 23 455 000 in Sao Paulo. São Paulo is enormous! You get around by jumping on the metro or taking an Uber.
As I prayed and prophesied, helped tidy up and wash cups, as I went to a games evening with a complete bunch of strangers, I just kept thinking, “Wow! I would never have been able to do this before.”
A seemingly perfect day on a beach in Brazil interrupted by a really frightening turn in events. Was God there in it all? What was He showing me?
Wherever we went we had wonderful opportunities to encourage the people there with regards to worship, intimacy with the Lord and prayer.
I was set free from a spirit of fear that had tormented me for about a year and a half (during this time, I was not able to sleep and when I did, I had to have the lights on).
I had grown up hearing radical stories from outreaches and I had an expectation that I too would soon be telling stories of the powerful move of God.
I have been left shaken, tearful and speechless by what I have heard. Sometimes I am just deeply humbled to hear what some people have been through.
We played some music, got the food ready, and waited for the students. And they came. They came hungry, curious, grateful and ready to hang out. Inevitably, they wanted to know one thing: why?
When you have made a decision to die to yourself, living for Christ is the most amazing adventure.
I have suddenly been presented with something that feels kind of terrifying. Stepping through the unknown takes courage and courage isn’t always readily available.
The trip was amazing from start to finish. I had gone with a willing heart, asking God to use me and expecting to be pushed out of my comfort zone, and of course, He is faithful and didn’t disappoint!
I had my youngest little girl at the end of last year, 2017, and I always felt, with regards to going on an outreach, that it was something I would have to wait to do.
To have partners means a sharing of ideas and thoughts, feedback on ministry and how it is really going. It means encouraging each other in the face of difficulties, companionship and sharing of the highs and lows.
I discovered that true rest comes in abiding in the Father and obedience to his will and there is a great encouragement in seeing His Kingdom advance across the world.
Throughout the outreach we spent time sharing our testimonies and praying for each other, meeting in homes and forming amazing new relationships.
One lady who had cervical cancer went to the hospital after being prayed for and the doctors were astounded that the cancer had disappeared.
Going on outreaches means being R.F.A. (Ready For Anything) and full of faith for God to perform many signs and wonders.
What seemed like an eternity (and a bit like a little dress rehearsal), turned out to be God, setting me up for something far greater.
Both Jo and I both have large families (we each have four kiddies) and so it has always seemed obvious that it’s just not the ‘season’ in which we could do this.
Ever heard someone say about a person who has unmistakably clear character flaws and is stuck in negative patterns, be it in their thinking or actions – “A leopard can’t change its spots.”
It just shows that there is no such thing as ‘baby Christians’, life in Christ isn’t about how long you’ve been saved – but everything to do with how much you’ve given of your life to carry the cross and be Christ’s disciple!
There is so much more that God has done for me through my time in Brazil, it’s been wild (in the best way possible) and I know I am forever changed!
I was religious in my heart. There was not deep devotion to Jesus, only a surface “know the right answers and ways to act” attitude that I had.
Included in our TMT (Timothy Ministry Training) year, is a national outreach for three weeks focused on ministering into schools.
During our time with this church I had a turn to share the gospel. I felt the intense weight of the reality that this could possibly be the only time they hear the word of God.
On the last day in the village we had baptisms in a nearby quarry, sixteen people were baptized, one after the other. It was incredible to be able to witness!
We truly were blown away by the overwhelming love, joy and warmth of welcome into the lives, homes, fridges and hearts of our Four12 family in Richards Bay.
All it takes is one skim through the book of Acts to realise that urgently spreading the Gospel was ingrained into the way that the apostles lived, and this is the way that we are called to live too.
Therefore pray earnestly to the Lord of the harvest to send out labourers, we have unique opportunity to raise up leaders and impact the Church in Zambia
DO show an interest in your hosts and their children! “If you show love for my child, you are greatly blessing and loving me!”
Don’t let your fear being uncomfortable keep you from growing in character (for the Kingdom’s sake even more than your own). It’s just not worth it.
“Treasure hunting” is a popular phrase that Christians use to describe prophetic evangelism. What does the Bible say, is this helpful?
I have now seen how I have underestimated what God can do through me in what seems to be small and insignificant moments. The Gospel is exactly the same no matter where in the world you are.
God moved strongly and many lives were touched. Over 40 people responded to the gospel.
In March 2016 I attended the Four12 School of Prophecy and was given so many tools in the prophetic, not just to minister but to help and equip others to walk in their giftings too.
When I said yes to travelling for 26 hours to the largest nation in the world to see the Kingdom of God come on earth as it is in heaven, I never expected God to do such a miraculous work in my own heart too.
The people in this city work hard, and by “work hard” I mean, just like the city, the people themselves never seem to stand still. That is the biggest thing that amazes me the about “São Paulians”, their capacity for fully living life.
Although it seems such a simple concept, we can often get so caught up in meetings and church culture, that we don’t take the time to sit quietly at Jesus’s feet.
I knew that God had gone out of his way to make the trip possible. The question in my mind was one asking why God had gone to all this trouble to make sure that I was here.
If there was ever evidence needed that church is not a building made of bricks and cement but rather the ‘living stones’ consisting of people (1 Peter 2:5), this is it!
Not even a gruelling 26 hours of travel could steal their focus from the mission that they carried within their hearts…
Okay so they didn’t entertain an angel (Yes the girls would not believe me if I tried to convince them otherwise, hehe)…this time.
I came back from the Eastern Cape Four12 Regional Equipping Time earlier this year with my heart feeling so full and encouraged with what God is doing across the Four12 churches!
I was born on the ‘small and safe Isle of Man where there is nothing to do’ (or so many Manx kids believe), where we have headline news like ‘Several pints of milk have been stolen from a doorstep.’
I wanted to give you all a quick heads- up as to some of what I am trusting will take place during ‘our’ (Four12) times together. We are trusting for much in God as you step out and be a part of any of the amazing outreaches, conferences and equipping ‘events’ coming up in 2016.
After my battle with cancer last year, I realized how short and fragile life really is, we don’t know when we will be called home.
It’s time for the second Malawi trip this year, to be based at Alpha Omega Pentecostal Church in Llongwe which is led by Harvey Chabinga.
It was when I was attending the Four12 Conference this year with my Mum, Helen Champion that I heard of the mission trip to Brazil.
I am so excited to be going to Brazil, it will be a real challenge, but I can’t wait. I was reminded that Jesus works through us and that we are the hands and feet of Jesus.
In June/July of 2015, a group of 15 men from across the JoshGen went on a 17 day adventure and outreach through South Africa, Botswana, Zambia and Namibia.
When Rousseau, one of our elders, first approached us about going to Brazil, I was surprised. Us – Brazil? Did I hear him right?
A brief look into two outreaches in the first half of 2014. A team from Joshua Generation Church headed up to Four12 partners, Oxygen Life Church in Port Elizabeth, South Africa. In the same month a team made up of saints and leaders from CLC in Benoni, Joshua Generation Church in Cape Town and Heritage Christian Fellowship in San Clemente headed to Lusaka and Livingstone, Zambia to meet with Four12 partnering churches and leaders.
Watch the video after the jump.
As I am writing this we are on our way back to Cape Town after an incredible weekend with our beloved family at Oxygen Life. Some 40 of us made the trek to Port Elizabeth for a jam-packed weekend of fellowship, great food and times of equipping for the leaders and saints respectively.
After 20 odd hours in transit from South Africa, the team finally made it to Belo Horizonte.
In April 2013 a team from Joshua Generation Church, South Africa travelled to Four12 partner churches in Brazil. The vision of Four12 is to equip, unite and restore, in line with Ephesians 4 verse 12. Watch the feedback clip below to get a sense of what transpired during this outreach, how lives were impacted and changed.
In December 2012 a team from Joshua Generation Church, South Africa, ministered into Heritage Christian Fellowship Church in the United States of America, as part of the Four12 Movement. The vision of Four12 is to equip, unite and restore, in line with Ephesians 4 verse 12.