What we heard in 2012, concerns the change of leadership and the handing over of the baton in the churches. It will go very smoothly and happen for the good. Those people who are handing over the baton are actually doing it gladly and effectively. There are just a few hiccups in those to whom they are handing the baton. It is as if they are handing the baton to their favourite people, instead of hearing God and handing the baton to the one the Lord chooses. The person the Lord chooses does not always suit the current leader’s personality type; sometimes it is a sandpaper relationship. They should listen to hear the Lord before they hand over the baton. There should be a fine tuning of their spiritual ear and not allowing their own opinions to come into it.
In South Africa, I especially feel there are some very old leaders who are still the head of the church. There are younger people who are doing much/most of the work and they have not handed the baton over to them. So, there is a need for a spiritual push, to get that change-over of the baton through. The young leaders are becoming discouraged. The baton change is between the older and the younger leaders and many ministers are not able to come to grips with this change.
The resistance of the older leader in handing over the baton is because they can see the ineptitude and inadequacies in the next generation and they are holding onto the baton as a protection. It is not protecting the work, it is stalling the work. They have to hand over and let the next generation make their own mistakes. They may not be the same mistakes; they are going to be different mistakes. I just keep zooming into South Africa; I feel it is a word for South Africa.
Those ministers, who are retiring from their calling, will live twin track lives. They will support and sponsor themselves financially and continue to be active in the ministry. It is a new thing for South Africa. People have a desire to be in the ministry and want the church to support them. There will be this other group of people supporting themselves, having their own income and ability to support themselves. The church will lay hands on them and send them but they will finance themselves. So there will not be any financial drain on the church. There has been a blockage in stopping independent people from going into their ministries. The finance has not been available for it. If people are prepared to sponsor themselves, there are going to be many more people in the mission field.
I do not yet see South Africans going into Africa to the level that God desires. We seem to be bored with Africa and the South African missionaries want to go to other far off nations, they do not want to go into Africa. God is going to push them into going. I see God urging the people to go to the other African states. What we think will be found there will surprise us. We will be well received and we will have a ministry and a place to do the ministry. There have to be new choices, that the South African ministers and missionaries make, to take Africa for Christ and they should use their expertise for it.
In South Africa, I just see gold within the people of the gospel. People have gold in their spirits. They have a good word, they have a good ministry but they do not want to go. They think going into Africa will demean what they have. This is not so and there are people who will receive what they have to give.
There is a method change that is very closely linked to church planting. There will be a metamorphosis in the way church and church planting is done. It is not going to be in the usual way, like getting a building and starting a church. There is a new method of church planting. The old method of cell growth which then evolves into a church, is going to change. I see groups of people who are called; they then go and live in the community. They get to know the community, before they try and draw them into Christ. This is important because usually the communities’ view the new church opening with suspicion. They first need to know the people coming into their community, before they accept them and the gospel they bring. Those who are sent, first have to know the community before they can plant a church.
We have grown weary of reclaiming our city and we need to start doing that again. Every city, every village must be claimed for Christ; we are waiting for God to claim the city and we have stopped doing it. I don’t know when last I personally walked around the Union Buildings or walked around the suburbs and claimed them for the gospel. We all need to go right back to basics to claim our cities. Even as we drive past places, we need to claim the place in the city for God. It is not just going to happen because we want it, we have to put effort into it and as prophets and prophetic people, God is looking to us first. We each need to begin where we are, Middelburg, Midland, Louis Trichardt and Val de Grace and Muckleneuk and Garsfontein, Moreleta and Faerie Glen; we need to start where we live, as a prophetic action. Each of us needs to plant a scripture in our own city. God will give us a scripture, and we need to plant that scripture in the ground in our suburb as a remembrance. The Holy Spirit will prompt us to pray. It is as if we have to relearn that. We have fallen away from the old ways.
There is a big motor company in South Africa that is donating combis to churches in the rural areas. This is going to double. These combis will become multipurpose vehicles, for school transport and for the church. The church is going to take control of the management of these vehicles. They are going to transport school children and church people. This sponsorship is not going to be the mainline, well known Motor companies, like Mercedes and BMW but lesser known Motor companies like TATA and Daewoo. Presently they are plunging much finance into advertising. They are meeting together and discussing where they are going to reach the people with their product. It will no longer be costly billboard advertising but an actual Combi or vehicle with their logo on it. As they do their routes and pick up the School children and use them for church, their advertising will become effective and twofold. This will be advertising their product as well as helping the communities.
Strategically, for Asia, the emphasis should be on spreading the Gospel. The church needs to pray for missionaries to go to Asia as it is a difficult arena. People need to ready themselves to go there just as the body of Christ needs to continue sending people into those areas. The poor will be an area of impact. This sounds foolish because our logic may say that reaching the influential people will facilitate reaching the poor versus going directly to the poor. The Lord wants to reach the poor and He will give us, as South Africans and many other pioneering nations the heart for the East. Take the simplicity of the Gospel into China. The African missionary work model of forty years ago needs to be applied here.
I see is a heart pumping in a relatively wide area of the South Americas and it is a heart that is ready to explode. They have been so contained within themselves that they have been too scared to explode. I see the Lord wants this heart, this life and this enjoyment of life to explode too many nations over the earth. The Lord is going to help this process; the heart is going to pump even faster and more viciously than ever before to take this gospel to many more places than they could ever have imagined. The people in those nations do not have an idea of what effect they can have on a worldwide basis, let alone in their own community. The Lord is restructuring, resurfacing and allowing them to grow. I see huge mistakes being made by those nations in terms of the church but the Lord is gracious towards them because they are doing it with the right attitude. He will keep bringing them back to his heart. He will keep bringing them back to the beating of their heart and the beating of His heart and we need to be patient with the people as they grow. I see the churches in those areas are lagging behind (in years) with what has happened in the North Americas or even in South Africa. God wants patient people to go there to keep on coaching them, pushing them ahead, equipping them and training them because a time will come when they tip over the edge and they will run like kids and frolic around the world in this enjoyable lively way of ministering.
Integration is coming between the church, business and investment, but this does not mean the church is a business. Due to the relational component that integrates these groups they are moving much, much closer together, to such a degree that you almost can’t see a difference between them. What it is really depicting is the body functioning together in unity and it’s got nothing whatsoever to do with running the church as a business. It’s got to do with the effect of the church in the business and investment realm. This has been happening in the last 8-10 years. The philosophy and related fears behind keeping church and state separate is failing. These realms are interwoven as is unity in the body of Christ. Fear based ideologies should not stop these sectors moving closer together especially in terms of spreading the gospel to the utter-most parts of the earth. This could be part of the engine and thrust to get to the utter-most parts of the earth.
I sense we have to be very careful travelling to the Middle East. You must know that you have been sent there. When booking cheaper flights that hub there, prayerfully consider whether there is not an alternative option. Due to fundamentalists and extremists, random incidents could occur, although it should not explode into a war. The Jihad extremists are going to take on civilian targets.
I see that there is going to be investment into churches from the business sector and that God is going to allow it so that the leaders can focus on what they have to do, and take their focus off the need to get money into the church. I also see leadership changes that are going to be Holy Spirit-driven and God is going to provide through other means, which will produce less pressure. I see leaders taking their hands off some of the “control mechanisms” they had before. It is almost as if think they are driving a car, but it is something much bigger. There are many steering wheels involved and it is a team effort. I see church leaders taking their hands off the steering wheels and the Holy Spirit taking over, saying: “We are going in this direction.”
The South African church is on a good course and is moving ahead. I see the heart for missions in South Africa, which has always been good, growing to an even greater extent. This support is within the South African church at large, whether they are formal or informal groups. Churches will grow in swells and leaps and bounds. They endeavour to stay true to what the Lord has put in their heart and what their mission is. There must, however, be a warning about letting narrow mindedness creep back in again and especially as evident in intellectualism. We have been through that phase and don’t need to go back to it. The Lord wants South Africa to carry on with the opening up to new things (relationship, doctrines, experiences, revelation). At times the church feels that they have to open up to such a degree that they are in danger of being violated. I sense that this is not violation; it is good growth and is really good for the maturing of the church. This is also really good for the world church as they need an example to look to so that they too can grow.
The delivery model for missions ischanging. It is not that certain things are being taken away, but rather, the Lord is adding to an initial model. The model is going to be redefined and emerge as a business and investment model, whereby missions will be combined with business and investment. This mechanism will also give entrance to the gospel in such nations as those of the Middle East and other regions that are antagonistic to the gospel. The purpose is the economic upliftment of the people and their training. Where we previously had mission stations that were purely focused on going into the bush and trying to preach the gospel, they are now, through business and investment, bringing employment, entrepreneurship, business and investment opportunities to the local people. Through this the gospel, whether it is in hidden form or being allowed to be preached openly, will be funded in those nations. This will happen because of mind-set changes in the foreign sending nations. The traditional countries that have been sending missionaries for many decades are going to re-evaluate, mainly due to their own problems at home. Their own churches are struggling for survival in the present model. A whole generation is going to emerge that will be affected on a greater level through the combination of the “business and church” model.
I sense such a spirit of peace over the SADC nations and Kenya, even though they have a lot of internal turmoil. The Lord is saying that this is because of the mandate of those nations to be a safe haven. There is specific productive purpose for agriculture- feeding other nations and helping other nations to stabilise. Out of this peace will come a lot of life, which is almost indescribable. This life will be a major thrust that will affect many, many parts of the world. There is a lot of connection between South America and this region of Africa. The Lord is connecting specific people under the radar that will influence both sides making them extremely effective and productive areas, due to the spirit of His peace hovering over these areas.