We’re praying for our university student brothers and sisters in South Africa at this time as they’ve been taking a stand for an important cause that will shape our country’s history. Its not just about fees. They’ve been protesting the injustice that flows from poor governance: money managed wastefully, or worse, resources filtered away to enrich a few through corruption; but there’s no money to invest into crucial education for the leaders of the future. There’s frustration with the powerful putting themselves first rather than serving those who entrusted them with power. There’s a cry for good leadership; for God’s type of leaders.
There are times when Christians are called to take a stand – to follow the conviction of conscience and to push against injustice – even if its uncomfortable and the cost is sacrifice. Great men and women of God in times past took a stand against evil, connecting with God at the same time, and so brought the touch of Heaven into their communities. Continue reading When you stand for a cause, stand with the strength of Christ at your side, confident in His righteousness
I’m en route to South Africa from Houston via my favourite layover city, Istanbul Turkey.
Once walking through Taksim Square in Istanbul, famous for a movement similar to the Arab Spring a few years ago, I felt the Holy Spirit whisper to me, “this is going to be the epicentre of a revival that reaches the entire Muslim world” and a year earlier, while worshiping Jesus in a mosque prayer area in Istanbul, I felt the Lord whisper, “I gave oil to these nations out of my love for them though it hasn’t benefited many but only few. The time is coming when I will pour out my Spirit in equal measure to the amount of physical oil I have given these nations.” These are very precious promises which I hold onto in faith and share with others who long for the Father’s love to draw millions of Muslims into the embrace of a true experience with God that isn’t based on human effort. Continue reading A Bridge Between Africa and North America
Jesus was not pronouncing a gloomy verdict when He asked, ‘when the Son of Man returns, will He find faith on the earth?’ He was posing a challenge, daring us to a faith that sees that ‘the earth shall be filled with the knowledge of the glory of the Lord as the waters cover the sea‘ (Hab 2:14).
On my way back to the US after a great trip to South Africa, I’m reflecting on the state and the prospects of our ‘rainbow nation’. Many challenges exist including the latest ‘xenophobic crisis’, but seeing the great work that the Lord is doing, particularly among university students, gives me great hope that our best days are ahead, that the goodness of Christ’s Kingdom is expanding and that God has an intention for South Africa to shine His light brightly to the continent and to the world. Continue reading Hamba kahle South Africa, the Lord your God is with you
In the late 1920s, a group of young South African students went to study at the universities of Berlin, Liepzig and Hamburg in Germany, among these one Hendrik Fresch Verwoerd. There they were inspired by the concept of “national socialism” more commonly termed “Nazi-ism” and this gentlemen went on to become known as the notorious “principal architect of Apartheid” in South Africa, drawing heavily on the ideas of his university years, and assisted by some of his old “college pals”. Continue reading Change the campus, change the world
“The kingdom of heaven is like treasure hidden in a field. When a man found it, he hid it again, and then in his joy went and sold all he had and bought that field.” Matt 13:44
I arrived in Johannesburg, South Africa this morning for one of my twice-yearly 10 day trips here and I am feeling a pregnant sense of excitement in the (spiritual) air. The Lord’s heart is very full of purpose and goodwill for this “capital city of Africa”, and the key is the gold that He sees in hearts of men and women. Continue reading Johannesburg is eGoli, the city of gold in hearts