My Dad is the best!
22 June 2020
A few weeks ago, I took my son to PE where he will be spreading his wings. Because of time constraints, I was back on the road, driving through the night, to get home. There were hardly any other vehicles on the road. I ended up with another bakkie traveling behind me for most of the way as we headed through the Transkei. We entered one of the small towns, and went in different directions as we drove through the town. Coming out the other side, I found the other bakkie now ahead of me. I decided to stay behind him. It was only a short distance out of town when he drove into a small herd of cattle, in the middle of the road. The vehicle in front, hit a cow. We were traveling at approximately 100km ph. The impact totally destroyed the front of the vehicle, killing the animal. The driver, however, escaped without even a hair out of place. He assured me that he was fine and insisted that I carry on with my journey. Other people arrived on the scene so I left. Thinking back, I realized that as I was traveling, I was thinking about my son, concerned about his safety and not paying attention to my own. And again, I can only say – thank you Father that you did not spare your own Son and that You always think of my safety. My Dad is the best.
We are favoured children of God
21 June 2020
This isn’t a quick read, but a personal experience of God’s faithfulness.
I would like to testify about my trip to New Zealand, the things leading up to the trip and afterwards.
In December 2019, Jandri and I decided that I should take Hugo to meet his grandparents and other family for the first time. We decided that I need to go alone, firstly because it’s so expensive and secondly, he had to stay and run his new business.
We contemplated whether it would be a good idea to travel while the Coronavirus was starting to spread. Luckily there weren’t any signs of it in South Africa yet and it seemed safe to go ahead with our plans. I prayed about the trip a lot and asked God to please give us a clear sign if we shouldn’t go. I did not want to put our 9-month-old baby in any danger, but I so desperately wanted to see my family and let them meet him.
I started planning in January and initially planned to leave middle February. I applied for Hugo’s passport and thankfully, it came within a few days. I then had to buy tickets, followed by Visa Applications (Air tickets with return dates are normally a big help to get visas approved without a problem). By the time I could buy the tickets, they were extremely expensive, so I decided on a later date, departing on 2 March and returning on 23 March 2020, from Durban to Johannesburg, then to Sydney, followed by Christchurch.
I felt so silly when my mom reminded me that my dad’s birthday was only two days after our return flights. Why did I not think of that? I immediately tried to change our flight, but was shocked to discover that it would cost R7000 to move our departure dates by a few days. I decided to stick to the original plans.
I kept on praying that God should please give us a sign if we shouldn’t go. I asked Him that if we were in any danger to not let our Visas be approved. I was ready to cancel our trip at any moment!
Within days of sending our passports to the Immigration Company, I received a notification that they received our passports and will be sending them for the necessary paperwork. This was strange to me because whenever I looked at our Application online, it hadn’t been approved yet. The following week our passports arrived at our gate; I couldn’t even wait to get into the house before opening the envelope… I knew that this would be a sign whether or not we should go.
The passports arrived, WITHOUT our Visas printed in them. I was gutted, but I knew something wasn’t right. I realised that they made a mistake with the process and sent our passports through the necessary steps before our visas were approved. So, I did not cancel our plans just yet.
One week before departure, I still wasn’t sure whether we would be going to New Zealand or not. I then got an email saying that their visa process had changed and that online visas will now be accepted. It was quite an overwhelming feeling when I got our online visas, but I whole-heartedly knew that we could go and travel with the utmost peace and knowledge that Jesus will keep us safe.
We spent the most wonderful 3 weeks with my family and we were extremely blessed to have that precious time together. Obviously, there were many tears when they got to meet Hugo for the first time.
The second part of my testimony happened while we were in New Zealand.
While Hugo and I were with my parents, the virus started spreading quickly all over the world, even South Africa had their first case. I kept on reminding myself that God wouldn’t bring us all this way just to let us get sick on our way back.
A few days before our flight back, we heard that New Zealand had now closed their borders. This was okay, because foreign nationals were still allowed to leave, to go to their own countries. Out of the blue my mom got a phone call from her friend, asking whether my flight was still on track. She had just heard that Australia have closed their borders, not only to enter the country but all transits as well. My flight was in three days’ time! How would we get home? Everyone kept on asking whether we would be able to fly back to South Africa, some people even recommended we stay in New Zealand. It seemed impossible to get home now.
I would be lying if I said that I wasn’t upset… When will I see my husband again? Will he miss Hugo’s first birthday, his first steps?
I phoned Jandri the morning we left for the Christchurch airport and said: “We will either get on that plane and come home or we will see you in a few months’ time”
If all this wasn’t enough, I had to deal with the fact that my flight from Johannesburg to Durban had been cancelled and they put me on an earlier flight, with only an hour to transit. From previous experience, I knew I would need at least two hours, but alone with a baby, maybe three! Jandri decided that it would be best if I cancel the last flight and he would drive to Johannesburg to fetch us.
I arrived a little late for my flight from Christchurch to Sydney. My family and I stood in an empty airport building, not really knowing what was waiting for us. There was only one flight out. Miraculously, Australia decided to extend the closure of their borders by 72 hours! My flight fell exactly in that time frame and with special clearance, we could finally board! Thank You, Jesus, I was so relieved!
I remember leaving South Africa, there were only a few people with masks on, but upon returning, I realised how serious things had gotten! Some passengers slept the whole way with a mask and gloves on. People were scared! I kept on praying and relying on God’s promise that He will get us home safe.
I sanitised frequently. I didn’t put my very busy, crawling and inquisitive 10-month old baby down once. I held on to him the entire flight. He was so well behaved the entire trip. He never cried, he slept a lot and he was such a pleasure. It made it a lot easier for me. I managed to get a seat with a bassinet on our way back and sat next to a lovely couple who had the same surname as my maiden name, small world! They had to cut their trip short and paid over R140 000 for their seats right next to mine!
This was when I realised that we were actually on a plane, being repatriated. The moment we landed in South Africa; I received a message from my mom that New Zealand will be going into lockdown. We left just in time.
God kept his promise, He kept us safe, He had His hand in the exact dates that I chose, He was there the whole way!
Now I come to the third and final part of my testimony.
When we were finally reunited with Jandri at OR Thambo, it was early evening so we stayed over in a hotel close to the airport in Johannesburg, planning to drive back to Empangeni early the next morning. So, we relaxed and had dinner in our room that night. I was so happy to be back in South Africa, and so grateful to be safe. Jandri told me that the President would be addressing the nation that evening and that we might be going into a nationwide lockdown. Yet again, God’s timing was perfect, because we got back just in time!
The next morning, I woke up with a fever… Jandri felt my head and said that I was piping hot. I immediately said to myself that it can’t be! For a moment, I thought I had the dreaded virus. And if I had it, my son would also have it! I started praying and reminded God of His promise that He will keep us safe (not that He needed reminding, it was more to remind myself). After a few minutes, Jandri took my temperature and guess what – it was perfectly normal! Unbelievable!
I did end up getting food poisoning from the meal at the hotel, which lasted a whole week. This didn’t change the fact that God is good, because Hugo was healthy and we were home safe! After two weeks of self-isolation at home, I can finally say this: God is good, always!
He is always looking after us, even if we start doubting.
If things don’t look humanly possible, that doesn’t mean that it isn’t possible for Him.
He looks after His children and opens doors wherever you need it, just believe this and have faith, because His children are incredibly favoured!
God on the mountain and God in the valley.
12 June 2020
Cindy and I have been looking for work since August last year. Praying and praying and praying. I must be honest, there have been times that I have been in tears while praying, Father what is it? I am your son. You said, ask and I will receive. Lord here I am, don’t you see me, don’t you hear me crying out? Father I have to live. I have medical aid, rates, water, lights and more to pay for. Lord Jesus speak to our Father. You need to intercede.
I sent out over 40 CV’s. Last night was no different. Cindy and I prayed for work again. This morning I got up, made coffee and breakfast for us and picked up my phone to check for messages. Richards Bay job site had a job posted for a workshop foreman. “Well,” I said, “let’s apply.” I sent my CV right there and then and said, “Father Your will be done.” An hour later Riaan. (My boss) called me to go for an interview.
At 14H00 I arrived for the interview. Riaan asked a couple of questions. I found out that he is also a servant and follower of our Lord Jesus. After the interview I asked out of interest if he had other people to interview. He said he had two more but he didn’t think he would see them. He was happy with me.
I asked him to please see the other two as I know what it feels like not even being called for an interview. I said, “Riaan, when you see them you can make up your mind.”
Well long story short, an hour later in Bluff meat supply parking lot I got the conformation that I have the position. Cindy, myself and our one friend, Ann were praising God and everybody thought we had lost our bearings.
If you pray and it takes long. Don’t despair. All good things come to those who wait. God has your back. He will give when the time is right.
We serve a God who takes delight in the details
8 June 2020
Our youngest son Shaun is a medical rep in Australia. He was back on the road for 3 days after lock-down when he developed a sore throat. His company told him he was not allowed to work and he needed to have a Covid test done. Obviously it was a concern for all of us so we started praying and trusting God. He had the test done and the results were that it was strep throat the Covid test was negative. Praise God for answered prayer.
Prior to this he had gone for a long cycle with his friends. When he got back to his vehicle at the end of the cycle he discovered he had lost his car keys. He managed to get home with the spare keys but when he tried to replace the keys (because it was a work vehicle) he found out it was going to cost $700 which is about R7 000. He started to pray.
He put a sign up to say that if the keys were found, to please hand them in.
We got a message this morning to say that the keys have been found!
We serve an awesome God who takes delight in the details of seemingly unimportant things and also the huge things in our lives. We testify to the goodness of God. Every day there is something good!
I am strong with Jesus by my side!
Marie De Matteis
1 June 2020
On Thursday I saw a water leak on our property near my house and phoned a plumber. When they arrived they started to dig. We could not find a main to close off. They worked until 4 with no success.
On Friday morning the one old man that was digging said something and I asked him if he was a Christian. He said, “Yes I am”. I was told he is a pastor. I immediately suggested that we pray, asking the Holy Spirit to show us where to dig.
We prayed, laying hands on the area and our direction for digging was changed.
A while later the pipe was found! “Hallelujah!” Now we could follow it to find the joint. That was found half an hour later and it was plugged. We prayed to thank the Lord.
I made inquiries to find out if it had affected any of the homes and all was fine.
The Holy Spirit was so faithful to show us where to dig. The old Pastor said his name is Joseph and he knows Charles very well.
I must say I felt so hopeless dealing with this problem. It felt too big, but I am strong with Jesus by my side. Amen! This is to encourage those who feel weak.
Jesus said: it will come to pass….
Johan and Aletta Coetsee
30 May 2020
I had a dream and in the dream I saw a picture of God’s hand and in the palm of Abba Father’s hand was one little puzzle piece. This one puzzle piece represented Johan. I felt Abba Father’s everlasting LOVE wash over Johan. (I AM loves you Johan with an everlasting love; therefore I AM will continue my faithfulness to you. Jeremiah 31:3) Abba Father moved His hand across an empty table. He moved His hand as if He wanted to feel where this piece would fit in. I felt the joy and love of Abba Father asking: “Who will give my beloved son, Johan, an opportunity – to recognise his talents and to offer him employment?”
We started to wait upon the Lord. During this waiting period we placed our hope in Jesus Christ. For the revelation (vision) awaits an appointed time; it speaks of the end and will not prove false. Though it lingers, wait for it; it will certainly come and will not delay. Habukkuk2:3
Take possession of it! You have seen well for I AM ALERT and ACTIVE, WATCHING over My WORD to perform it! But it is the Lord’s purpose for us that will STAND. And He will bring us OUT from this, that He might bring us into our final OUTCOME. Jeremiah 1:12
He gave us 3 months – of blessed assurance, together with many promises. A time to experience that He loved us first and that is why we can LOVE each other. A Love from God. A love that rejoices with the truth. Through it all (3 months incubation period) it was well. Our God is still in control.
Provision. The Lord kept reminding us of the following: ‘The jar of flour will not be used up and the jug of oil will not run dry until the day the Lord sends rain on the land.’ 1 King 17:14
A glimpse into His future plans for us – in March we heard about a possible opportunity, Namkwa Sandmine West Coast –Tronox. We had to google it and had so much fun just to see where it is and felt very excited about God’s plans for us. Then, all went quiet for a time, until the 15th of May. Johan was asked if he was still available to take up the position on offer. We were reminded of the following: “Then I heard the voice of the Lord saying, “Whom shall I send? And who will go for us?” And Johan said, “Here am I. Send me!”
(Available: from Elevation)
I hear You call,
I am available,
I say yes Lord,
I am available.
On the 22nd of May Johan was invited to attend a “zoom” interview. Thereafter he was offered the position. The morning of the 24th the following song appeared on my screen of my phone: Colton Dixon – “Miracles”
How do miracles just happen like that,
But I know that You Jesus Christ did all that
You’re the reason, there’s no doubt
On the 29th of May all the papers were signed and in order which allowed him to travel during this level 4-3 lock down period.
To walk in His promises, not to give up! Now faith is being sure what we hope for. This I know for certain God is on our side. He sees us. He knows us. We will sing for joy over our victory and in the Name of our God we will set up our banner. His banner over us is LOVE. Psalm 60:4 Song of Solomon 2:4
Keep your eyes on our good God!
Philip Van der Merwe
24 May 2020
Good morning family.
I want to give a testimony of the goodness of God. By doing this I hope to encourage others in his goodness and faithfulness.
In week 3 of level 5 of the national lock down I was asked to return to work. I am a contractor and only get paid for the days at work. We are 7 maintenance contractors and my team was the only team asked to come back to work.
Then I received 30 day notice to vacate our house. This notice was later extended by another month to the end of June. My family and I had our hearts set on a house down the road from where we now live as it was perfect for our family of 6 plus our dogs and “baby” our orphaned sheep. We were second on the list. We did not get the house. Yesterday we found an even bigger house with lots and lots of space for everyone. Even a little flat for my mom and sister who are dependent on me.
God listens. When we feel at our lowest and you think you are doomed. Keep your eyes on Jesus. Not on flesh but on Him. Make him your foundation, your sole centre in everything. Don’t, don’t, don’t beat yourself up because of your situation because I promise you it’s not His will for you to suffer. He loves us beyond our own understanding. Your situation is easier with the Lord in it, than you going through it on your own.
Love to you all.
God is always there for us!
Roy and Norma Rheeder
21 May 2020
At the time of the lockdown we had already spent a month purchasing and of course we had a month ahead of us that we had to pay for. Lockdown came and we were stuck without any income.
Theoretically we should have panicked but we put our faith in our good Lord and prayed that He would provide where the locusts had eaten. We went through the month and continued to believe that God would come through for us.
Eventually we were given the green light to open the shop which we did and lo and behold the people just poured into the shop. Right up until today we are enjoying very good support and we have come through this whole thing unscathed and we still have all our staff.
We give God all the glory. We must let our light shine and remember that God is always there for us when we put our faith in Him.
God’s amazing timing and provision
14 May 2020
Hi Family. Our Father God is truly amazing and caring for us. Yesterday, on my way to work I had a puncture that could not be repaired. During the lockdown period, I managed to purchase 5 good second hand tyres but there was nobody open to have them fitted. Yesterday I had those tyres fitted and I give God all the glory. The real blessing being that I bought 5 tyres worth +- R14 000, for only R2 000. Thank You Jesus!
God is good!
27 April 2020
I got this word this morning: Exodus 17:12
‘Moses’ arms soon became so tired he could no longer hold them up. So, Aaron and Hur found a stone for him to sit on. Then they stood on each side of Moses, holding up his hands.’
– This is a time when we need to help others and hold up their hands.
– It is not a time to be selfish and self-centered.
– If you see someone who you are able to help, extend a helping hand.
– When we help each other, it sets us up for victory and success.
PRAYER: Lord, may my life be used by You at this time. May I be someone who lifts the loads that others are carrying and may You send the right person to hold up my arms, I pray. Amen.
So off to town I went after work in the Bay. While there a young lady asked if I could help with food or some monies as she is broke and has a family to feed. I told her to meet me outside Spar and I would give her a donation.
When I had finished my shopping I went to an ATM to draw money for her. I then looked for her. Even went into the Spar to look for her. Nowhere to be found. On my way out to my car I said a little prayer that if it is God’s will I would see her. Climbed in my car and drove. The good Lord put her in my view passing taxi city. The only thing is, she was on the left side pavement. I was in the right lane. God provided once again and she crossed the road to my side. There were no cars behind me so I could stop in the middle of the road next to her and give her what I had drawn from the ATM. It was as so awesome to see her with a smile as I left her.
Only once I got home did I remember my devotion this morning, I then realized how God can work through you in wonderful ways. You just have to have faith in His workings and what can be achieved.