Posts in Category ‘Miscellaneous’

2014 – Asia and the Gospel

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.

2014 – Research funding in SA

Research in South Africa: I think that research funders are re-evaluating their funding models. There is a real understanding of how important it is for this nation, so funds will be reallocated to this area and in a sense this will be an area of prosperity. Basic research and even applied research will have far more money available.

2014 – SA Economic outlook

I sense that the economy, like last year, is going to stay on a very stable course; I don’t sense any fiddling with it. The general direction is going to be kept. I do feel there is a levelling off and equality between the different people groups within the nation and that will become more visible. I also feel that excesses will be addressed in all groups and all people. That means that some people will have to prepare themselves for the tightening of their belts, whilst the lower income groups and poor will receive marginally more. I feel some initiative is going to come into the unemployed sector that is going to help remedy the unemployment situation. The percentages will not be huge but at least it is being addressed. This situation has deteriorated but now there is going to be forward motion through practical intervention. It will speak to the heart of the nation and over time bring a quietness and stillness into the nation. Economically there
will be a lot of opportunity – the opportunities need to be broader based. I see a lot more cooperative movement. The economy is not going to funnel to the individual as easily as in the past, yet it will still flow into areas of joint cooperation in terms of finances and skills. Lone rangers will have an increasingly difficult time and will have to learn to share their wealth and expertise resulting in greater equality and much greater reward.