Going home

24 August 2019 There is a time to come and a time to go and as always when I drive past the villages the thought comes, “Will God give me the chance to return again?” God willing, we will return to the western areas of Zambia again during October. During …

Village life

21 August 2019 Village life is not easy. Early morning the young girls walk to the borehole about a kilometre from here and return carrying 20liter cans of water on their heads. Cooking takes place at an outside fire, so wood must be fetched, and water boiled for bathing. Amid …

A week of encouragement

20 August 2019 A weekend of celebrations was followed by a week of lectures on various subjects, including how to start your own business and sport psychology . Every morning from 5-6 am the sound of praying rose up from the roofless lecture area. Sports competitions were held, even tug …

If the Lord builds the house

12 August 2019 Vehicle trouble seems to be part and parcel of missionary life. When finally, we left Livingstone, it was too late to enter the Kafue National Park so we camped at the gate. Groups of smiling and singing ladies surrounded the vehicles when we arrived at the training …

Livingstone

9 August 2019 With strong hands one of the village boys hooked the exhaust rubbers back to the bodywork of Griet’s Rav4. After unpacking the sewing equipment, we enjoyed a short visit with Dorothy. The nsjima was wonderful with sugar and milk and Dorothy had especially slaughtered a chicken and …

On a mission again

7 August 2019 We missed the stolen cruiser as we tried to fit things into Griet’s Rav4. The roof carrier helped. Griet set the cruise control to 100km/hr to save fuel and off we went on our 4000km trip. After a wonderful sleepover at our family in Francistown we enjoyed …

Appeal for emergency help

Dear all , This is the first time that I felt compelled to forward a request for funds. This is an extremely poor area and pastor Mark Zimbiri and his wife Jean are personal friends of us . He was the main organizer of our outreaches to south Malawi and …

Turning back

7 October 2018 Turning back seems to unlock the gates of longing. It is as if your focus shifts from the here where we are to the there where your loved ones are. From Lusaka the road through the mountains is a spectacular scenery of autumn colours in spring. It …

God’s timing

6 October 2018 Years ago I traveled with Griet, Daniël, Florence and Dewald in a pick up for six thousand kilometers. We visited the source of the Zambezi before going to the Fischer’s mission to pray for a friend with cancer. This was where a seed was planted in Florence’s …

October nights

3 October 2018 October is the warmest month in Zambia. Most trees are still without leaves and the grass has been burnt, leaving black hills. In the small room where I sleep tonight it is stifling under the mosquito net , but I feel safe and welcome. We had managed …

Unexpected happenings

3 October 2018 We plan, but it is God who decides what will happen. When I told pastor Lydia that I had prayed until we left for a fourth person on this trip, someone to help with the driving and we ended up still being three. Her simple reply was …

Magwero

02 October 2018 My first thought when I heard that Kobus had arranged for us to show the Jesus Film at Magwero was “but how will it work?” Magwero is a boarding school for children who are either deaf or blind .It is also a refuge for albino children who …

Disappearing fountains

29 September 2018 Twenty years ago, rev. Chipeta was desperate. Two of his daughters had died within a year, leaving him to care for ten grandchildren. God spoke to him to start an orphanage but being penniless it seemed impossible. His friend rev. Kobus Minnaar believed in his vision and …

African Prayers

22 September 2018 Late afternoon after two days of intense sessions of teachings the pastors returned to their different areas. Only those who had cycled from Mozambique stayed behind to leave early tomorrow. Sitting under the huge mango trees they ate their supper of nsjima (thick maize porridge) A strong …

Answered prayers

21 September 2018 We left Pretoria with very little funds available for bibles. What joy when I hopefully checked the bank account at Louise Trichard. I ran outside to share the news with reverend Kobus that sufficient funds had been donated so that at least each pastor can receive a …

On route to Malawi again

16 September 2018 We are off again. Just after church we packed the last few things and left , unfortunately in the heat of the day. Tramp’s “open window” air conditioning doesn’t help because the wind that blows in is hot . Luckily someone lent us a deepfreeze for refreshing …

Pastors without Bibles

6 September 2018 God willing in ten days’ time we return to Migowi in South-east Malawi. Last year pastors walked or cycled for one or two days to attend the conferences which we held in four different areas, two were held across the border in North-eastern Mozambique. There were between …

Kaleb

5 August 2018 Life has a way of racing ahead and before you know it you have lived for many years. Kaleb said: “Look at me! I am 85 years old and I am just as strong today as I was when Moses sent me out. I am still strong …

Finding the turn off to Dzaleka

Finding the turn off to Dzaleka 3 Nov 2017 Pastor Mark and Jean treated us to a wonderful breakfast before we set off to Dzaleka. I then misjudged the time that it would take to reach our destination. We dropped pastor Gilbert off in Blantyre and Willem bought some goodies …

A bible for Domingo

A Bible for Domingo 6 Nov 2017 After this incident Willem checked the odometer reading and stated that it was exactly 110 kilometres west of Chipata where Domingo and friends had been waiting next to the road under a tree… We had met up with Kobus in Chipata to give …

Turning back

Turning back 2 November 2017 The roads were dry for our return drive to the Mozambique/Malawi border, but it still took long. At the Mozambique side an unfriendly officer examined our vehicle intensely for a long time. When we finally were allowed to cross over the no man’s land into …

The last conference in Mozambique

The last conference in Mozambique 1 November 2017 Our last conference for pastors in Mozambique was at a bigger village . The place where we were to pitch our tents was between a house and a fairly busy dirt road. Immediately upon our arrival many onlookers gathered. Pastor Mark and …

May God heal the land

30 October 2017 May God heal the land Monday morning came with gift of a spectacular view. Lush green vegetation and beautiful hills with huge boulders etched against the blue sky. One boulder resembled a man bowed in prayer. With typical village hospitality water was heated for us over an …

A treacherous journey

29 October 2017 A treacherous journey The dirt road towards the first conference in Mozambique is best attempted out of the rainy season. In the drizzling rain we reached a steep mountainside . On both sides of the built up road sheer drops reached down to a ravine. Martin drove …