This event is now history, but I can tell you that it was a momentous occasion with inspiration in the planning and the execution of every detail from beginning to end. The Life staff served with distinction, the choir also sang under great impetus and Joe Niemand was a total ambassador for the kingdom of God with his heart and voice being mightily used of God to stir the hearts of all the 600 plus people there. Any further donations can be earmarked through my web site donation facility, and the final rounded figures for this one event was R38000 (approximately $3200). Thanks to the Lord and for all the people responding. Just know that it is going to support the creation of another Care Center in the Conville area.
As the coming of the Lord draws nearer and the challenge of the end-time harvest for the kingdom of God becomes personified in us, we have realized the necessity for laboring in prayer even greater than ever. We have also seen an increase in the forces of darkness trying to bring destruction in myriads of ways, and it has given ample ammunition for us to realize that Satan realizes he only has a short time to go. Our response is critical at this time as we also realize that God wants us to stay busy until He comes back and part of that is taking care of the orphans of which several hundred are children we work with every day.
I have discovered that it is never wise to make decisions or even strongly believe something until what I call the 2 Corinthians 13:1 principle is activated, particularly when a person is making momentus decisions. A word came recently (which I believe is a true word), and I will work out that word when confirmation of that word is received as the Scripture clearly states, that "every word shall established by two or three". Basically, the message was that a deep well had been dug and that even though it was taking long for the bucket to reach the top, with patience, the full blessing would become manifested. This word has matured in significance over recent times as another prophetical word was spoken about ancient wells which were hidden that are now coming into use which once again speaks of resources that can be drawn from for much blessing. In these, the closing days of time as we know it, God is going to show His people where to find these multi-faceted resource wells even as it happened so often for the prophets of old in the book of Genesis, particularly in chapters 21 and 26, It is becoming increasingly apparent since my trip to the USA that part of these ancient wells are there, and I would not have been able to understand that until I went back.
There is also a move afoot in the near future for a travel budget to become reality which has become of paramount importance going forward. You can make that a matter of cohesive, comprehensive and concerted prayer on our behalf and I am reminded of the early apostles having perfect freedom to move into the whole known world proclaiming and demonstrating the good news of Jesus. This has become an encouragement for us to believe that we can also have this liberty in order to promote what God is doing for His kingdom work right here in our midst. I thank you in advance for standing in agreement with us over this request. Also received word recently that something is moving about this request, so please stay engaged with heaven over this pressing issue. One ministry in particular I have seen operating send their leader on frequent journeys and when he comes back their projects are taken care of. The reality of ministry today is that mobility is a treasure opening doors for the kingdom of God.
God is challenging His church as never before to become so in love with Him that we will most naturally hear His commands and specific instructions as to how we can conduct our lives in abandonment to His complete revelation for these glorious days. This is definitely not Satan's finest hour, but is most assuredly the time described in Scripture as the "Day of the Lord". Keep looking up beloved. Our full and complete redemption is indeed becoming more and more of a reality each and every day.
I came across the word piquant recently (might I say in our private bathroom on top of the toilet), as part of a description for a devotional book of all things. As I looked it up for a more technical definition, I suspected that I knew a bit about what it means which as it turns out I did have a good idea, and this bit of information came up on the screen: “pleasantly stimulating or exciting to the mind.” Now that can mean just about anything to many type of people including regenerate or unregenerate and can even apply to food descriptions as well.
For the sake of our interest, I prefer to go the regenerate route as I believe that the unregenerate route is quite obvious and needs no further exposure. This includes opening us to a very well-known passage of Scripture in the book of Philippians which goes into great detail about this phrase: “think on these things.” We must now go further into what is being addressed here by the Apostle Paul when in the 4th chapter he declares: “Fix your thoughts on what is true, and honorable, and right, and pure, and lovely, and admirable. Think about things that are excellent and worthy of praise.” NLB I think it is readily observed where we are going with this as God “pleasantly stimulates” and “strongly excites the mind” just as these great adjectives outline and over the next several days we will be dealing with each word on that list hopefully in such an artful way that you will be blessed into higher heights and deeper depths in the nature and ways of the Lord.
When we step into this arena of piquant, we are greeted at the door by a sign reading “fix your thoughts”. This does not means to do repairs but speaks of a steady consistent fixation of life which also accentuates a certain responsibility we have to infiltrate our thoughts each day with material and substantive offerings that build rather than destroy. When this becomes a reality in practical measures then all the repairs to damage we have subjected ourselves to have a tendency to be dealt with. Many problems erupt in our lives because we allow our thoughts to wander onto territory they do not belong. I have to constantly battle back my penchant for thinking the worse into virtually any scenario, but this battle gets played out each day with the expectation that what I am filling my thoughts with is going to prevail.
In that regards, there is always the awareness that different thought processes are going to be vying for my attention on a constant basis, and the necessity for spending time thinking God’s way becomes the most important part of my day. I need the desire for, discipline of and delight in His Word as David says, day and night. Psalm 1:2 When Patrick Lambie kicked a rugby ball over the goal post from 55 metres away a few short days ago to give the South African rugby team victory over their greatest rivals, namely the All-Blacks from New Zealand, I am sure, he was not afflicted with the kind of thinking that states this is impossible. We must also think about what it is going to take for us to become the kind of people God desires by developing steadfast patterns in God’s kind of thinking.
I want to express my extreme gratitude to the Lord for supplying a very thrifty and utilitarian vehicle for our purposes here. It is a seven-seater Nissan Grand Livina, and is just what the doctor ordered for our ever-increasing needs. I also want you to specifically pray going into this year of 2013, that we can have our long anticipated travel budget met of $20000. We believe that the time of harvest is now, and in order to bring in the harvest, resources are necessary to bring that into fruition. We have seen first hand what happens when ministries of a dynamic nature like ours have been released to travel, and they go from strength to strength wherever there is a high sense of accountability. Now IS the time for discovering, developing and delivering mighty children into this world and I am asking for you to give us these tools to bring that about. You can go to the "contact us" icon above to communicate to us your intentions, and I believe that God is stirring your hearts even as you read this appeal. You can also go to the "Donations" icon where a facility is waiting to receive whatever size gift you feel you can make. After doing that, just notify me and I will arrange a tax certificate for you if you live in the USA, Europe or South Africa. Thank you from the bottom of my heart.
I also spent some time with my lawyer a while back, who incidentally does all of our work pro bono (gratis), and he is now satisfied that we have met the requirements to become a Public Benefit Organization, which for all South Africans means that you can give to Eden Leadership Foundation with the knowledge that 14% of your donation is a tax write-off. There are other benefits as well, but I want to encourage you to become a partner in what God is doing here as you can see in reading further on in this page. It strikes me that the numbers we quote below can actually multiply magnanimously if we just had some more people come on board financially and for those people in the EU nations and the USA reading this, there is a financial vehicle in place there also to bless particularly the children of this region, and we are actually filling out forms at present to make it easier for people in the USA to receive more of a benefit for assisting us to bring in the harvest that is so ripe even as we speak.