Saturday, March 26, 2011

Mighty Men Western Cape 2011


Last weekend (18-20 March 2011) I attended a Mighty Men Conference on Elohim farm in the region of Paarl. I must be honest I was not too sure if I wanted to go on the weekend as I’m wary of para-church organizations. You know they can give you this big WOW factor and you then compare it to your home church and often you feel that you are being let down in your home church.

The theme of the weekend was Dying to Serve. It was well but humbly presented. Angus Buchan was the main speaker. Oom (Uncle) Angus’ messages were simple and direct and really struck home. He has a sincere passion to rear up and encourage Godly men. 

During Angus’ message on Saturday morning I was crying without first of all being aware of it. I had these tears streaming down my cheeks and I thought it was just sweat. Angus was talking about resting while you serve. It was just so appropriate for me.

The Saturday was blistering hot, 44 degrees Celsius. The ground on which we were camping was rock hard, man it was even hot in the shade, of which there was very little. The fellowship with my friends was amazing and such a blessing.  Once again they pulled me out of my shell and challenged me to do something which I probably would not have done without them. During the evening worship on Saturday, out in the open, we saw this incredible shooting star. It was almost as if God was saying, “I see you there worshiping me….”

There are so many stories to tell, from the open air showers, snoring, tents blowing down, serving each other, that I feel I could write a book. One thing I must mention is that I found a new appreciation in worshiping our Lord in Afrikaans. It was spine tingling to hear 15,000 men sing How Great Thou Art in Afrikaans and without backing music. 

There are some more pics on my Face Book album if you want to go check them out, here is the link; http://www.facebook.com/album.php?aid=2106286&id=1098988065&l=c9a9e73745

 

Saturday, March 12, 2011

Adam and Nicole

On Tuesday  8th March 2011 at 2.30pm in the Trinity Methodist Church in Durban, Adam Ross Olivier and Nicole Potgieter were married. 

Sounds pretty dry when you say it like that hey! You know God gives us incredible opportunities to be  His bringer of love, grace and mercy  to the world. This was one of the times that He has given me an opportunity to be a part of people’s lives. And many a times it has not been easy and often you just feel like giving up and quitting on people but His love sustains your love for your loved ones.

 While I was sitting in the church listening to them exchange their vows I just wept with joy and gratitude, thanking our Lord and Saviour, Jesus Christ for His love, grace and mercy. Wow what a moment His Holy Spirit just washed over me and I wept. Yep of course I tried my best not to cry (I mean I’m a man!) but then it all flooded through my soul, what a washing of love.

On the practical side Adam and Nicole flew us up to Durban (1,200km’s/791miles away) on the Monday evening and from there on in it was all systems go until we flew back to Cape Town on Wednesday afternoon. It was a hectic time of travelling up and down and meeting people. What a blessing to be involved in this occasion and me I’m the step-dad! It just makes it even more awesome. To think that God knew this all before we were even born and then gave us as gifts to each other.   


Below is one of the songs by Warren Barfield that Adam and Nicole played at their wedding.

Love is Not A Fight

Love is not a place
To come and go as we please
It's a house we enter in
Then commit to never leave

So lock the door behind you
Throw away the key
Work it out together
Let it bring us to our knees

Love is a shelter in a raging storm
Love is peace in the middle of a war
And if we try to leave, may God send angels to guard the door
No, Love is not a fight but it’s something worth fighting for

To some love is a word
That they can fall into.
But when they're falling out
Keeping that word is hard to do

Love is a shelter in a raging storm
Love is peace in the middle of a war
And if we try to leave, may God send angels to guard the door
No, Love is not a fight but it’s something worth fighting for

Love will come to save us
If we'll only call
He will ask nothing from us
But demand we give our all

Love is a shelter in a raging storm
Love is peace in the middle of a war
And if we try to leave, may God send angels to guard the door
No, Love is not a fight but it’s something worth fighting for.

Yes I Will Fight For You
Would You Fight For Me
It's Worth Fighting For.



Yes it is truly worth fighting for!!

 

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