My recent ministry trip to South Africa was probably the most powerful in more than fifty years of ministry!
During the month I was there (four days short of a full month), I
ministered in four key conferences touching almost 1000 ministers from
throughout South Africa as well as several other countries in Africa.
a. March 22-25, I was one of six apostolic leaders from throughout
South Africa and the United States that taught in the Apostolic School
of Ministry hosted by the Judah Alliance Network headed by Apostle
Thamo Naidoo in Pietermaritzburg, the Capital of Kwa-Zulu Natal
Province. Approximately 200 ministers attended the school.
As my contribution, I taught on “The Non-Negotiables of Apostolic
Christianity,” dealing with The Gospel of Peter and Paul, Kingdom
Initiation (the New Testament response to the Gospel), and The
Communion of the Apostles (the Basis of the Church’s Unity).
It is worth noting that Pietermaritzburg is the historic city where
Mahatmas Gandhi was pulled off a train and thrown into jail by the
British around the beginning of the 20th Century. It was while he was
in jail in Pietermaritzburg that Gandhi developed the concept of
non-violent resistance to injustice and oppression.
b. April 4-8, I ministered (along with the other leaders from the
Pietermaritzburg School of Ministry) in the Apostolic Summit hosted by
Apostle Ben Kleynhans (one of the key apostolic leaders of the Judah
Alliance) in the city of Pretoria, the Capital of South Africa. This
very strategic conference was held in the Sheraton, a five star hotel
across the street and facing the nations capital building.
Kelly Varner from the USA also joined us as part of the ministry team.
Approximately 500 leaders attended the conference.
Once again I ministered with great freedom and anointing on the
Non-Negotiables of Apostolic Christianity (the essentials of an
apostolic reformation of the Lord’s Church).
c. April 12-13, I ministered for Prophet Kobus van Rensburg in
Stilfontein, a gold mining town a few hours drive North of Pretoria.
Brother van Rensburg operates a major conference and revival center
that he calls the Spirit and the Word Conference Center. Church
leaders, saints of God, the sick, the cripple, and even the dying come
from as far away as Pretoria to attend powerful worship, anointed
prophetic preaching and powerful miracle services held every weekend,
Friday, Saturday and Sunday nights.
Since January of this year they have seen more than a thousand miracles
take place. The walls of the 3,000-seat auditorium are literally
covered with crutches, wheel chairs and braces hung there as trophies
of the miracles done in the powerful Name of the Lord Jesus.
In addition to the conference center, Brother van Rensburg operates
a Bible School. Twice a year he and his wife Annalise host a major
ministers conference in Stilfontein and 1400 to 1500 ministers come
from all over Africa for training.
The van Rensburg’s also own and operate the only privately owned TV
Station in South Africa with more than 350 million viewers throughout
Africa, Europe and the Middle East.
From our first meeting upon my arrival, I had a powerful witness in
my spirit with his spirit. As we ate lunch together the first day, he
and his wife shared that after their initial conversion, their only
Bible School had been listening to hundreds of Ern Baxter and Bob
Mumford tapes. When they learned that Ern Baxter had been my spiritual
father and mentor for more than 20 years, immediately, they wanted
interview me for TV.
I preached on Wednesday and Thursday nights under a powerful apostolic anointing.
The van Rensburgs have asked me to purchase a video camera and to begin
to film my teaching material for the Apostles Theological Seminary and
the Institute of Apostolic Studies for rebroadcast on their TV Station.
I am persuaded that this is a divine connection, strategic to what
the Lord Jesus wants to do not only in South Africa, but also in the
whole Continent of Africa, Europe and the Middle East.
April 14-15, I ministered in the Easter Conference hosted by Apostle
Maxwell Ramashia in Medunsa, the black township in the Pretoria area,
the Soweto of Pretoria). Apostle Ramashia is the apostolic head of one
of the leading apostolic networks in South Africa (over 300 churches).
Before his call to the ministry Maxwell Ramashia was an attorney and
worked with Nelson Mandela in the struggle against apartheid and
racism. He is one of the truly great leaders in South Africa,
especially among black ministers and black churches.
Please note the names of the conference hosts mentioned thus far:
Thamo Naidoo (East Indian), Ben Kleynhans (Afrikaner), Korbus van
Rensburg (Afrikaner), Maxwell Ramashia (one of the leading black
ministers in South Africa) and Frans DuPlessis (a descendent of French
Huguenots and the catalyst who brought me into contact with these other
leaders). These are some of the principle leaders being raised up by
the hand of the Lord in the apostolic movement in South Africa.
The people of South Africa have suffered many cruel injustices and
great oppression because of racism and apartheid! Yet because of the
mercy and grace of God, men who once were mortal enemies and members of
opposing racial, social and political camps, have now been reconciled
and become brothers and friends. Joined in the covenant of peace, they
are working together in this powerful move of God not only to restore
the foundations, but also to radically reform the Church in South
Africa, so that the Lord’s Church might be One and as One Church might
impact and transform their nation.
In Ramashia’s Easter Conference I preached conference type messages
(rather than teaching aimed at ministers) to envision, encourage and
challenge the saints of God. I preached on The Heritage of the Servants
of the Lord, The Principle of Promise and fulfillment, and Getting Out
of the Boat of Ordinariness).
On Easter Sunday, April 16, I left Pretoria at 8:00 AM and flew to
King Williamstown on the coast and preached for Apostle Mangaliso, one
of Apostle Ramashia’s sons in the Gospel and concluded his Easter
Conference with morning and evening services.
In addition to the conferences, on the Lord’s Day, I preached in six
different local congregations and in some of the key cities in South
Africa: Durban, Pretoria, Stilfontein, and King Williamstown.
As I mentioned in the beginning, I have never experienced such a
powerful release of grace for ministry during my more than fifty years.
In both the School and the Summit the Holy Spirit directed me to humble
myself and take the lowly role of a servant even though I was the
senior man on the scene and was being publicly received as an apostolic
Sensing that what God is doing in South Africa is strategic to a
reformation of the Lord’s Church worldwide and burdened by the solemn
responsibility of speaking into this movement, I spent many nights
broken before the Lord as I wept and prayed for God’s direction. On
numerous occasions both during the Apostolic School of Ministry and in
the Apostolic Summit the Lord awakened me in the early morning hours
(2:30 AM) to speak to me about what He is doing in South Africa and the
dangers facing the move of God; the Lord instructed me in what I was to
do and say, and how to do and say it. The result of each of these
visitations was a manifestation of God’s Spirit, a demonstration of His
love, and a new breakthrough of spiritual understanding, brotherly love
and relationship for all those present that day. It was testified in
both the Apostolic School of Ministry and in the Apostolic Summit that
by the grace of God I had become a demonstration of the message and not
just a messenger (certainly a unique and a very humbling experience for
me). As a result where ever I went the hearts of God’s leaders were
opened to me and I was received not only as an apostolic father, but
also as a father of fathers.
I also had the great joy and privilege of sharing the platform with
seasoned and mature apostolic and prophetic leaders. And in spite of
the fact that there were seven apostolic and prophetic ministers from
different backgrounds and traditions the Holy Spirit clearly
orchestrated the flow of teaching and personal ministry so that we all
spoke with one Spirit, one Mind and one Voice. It reminded all of us of
Luke’s words in Acts 2:14, ‘But Peter, taking his stand with the
eleven, raised his voice and declared to them” The result was a
breaking down of barriers, a coming together of leaders, and a release
of unity and ministry; such as I have not seen in my entire lifetime!
Truly, the Lord is connecting continents!
In addition to the strategic spiritual connections with the leaders
of the Judah Alliance, Thamo Naidoo, Frans DuPlessis, Ben Kleynhans,
Maxwell Ramashia, Eddie O’Neill and men of God from other apostolic and
prophetic streams like Kobas van Rensburg, I had the joy of renewing
fellowship and sharing the platform with Dr. Kelly Varner from the USA.
Brother Varner is a renowned Bible teacher and author who has been
going to South Africa and sowing Kingdom Seed for many years. The Lord
has used him in a very powerful way to begin to awaken South Africa to
His Kingdom purposes.
I also met for the first time (although I had heard his name before
and we have mutual friends) and shared the ministry platform with Dr.
Sam Soleyn of the USA. Dr. Soleyn is a seasoned apostolic leader with a
profound revelation of the Kingdom of God and many years of experience
in ministry. Brother Sam has a Doctorate in Jurisprudence that gives
him unique insights and an ability to address many strategic needs in
the body of Christ.
It was a great joy to labor with these Kingdom giants!
It was also a source of spiritual strength and great encouragement
to have with me at various phases of the South Africa mission a number
of my own spiritual sons and partners in the Gospel: Apostles Glenn
Marais (who resides in Durban and helped to host me), Rod Seago and
Jose Bosque (both from Jacksonville, Florida), and Bishop Michael Babin
(from Oceanside, California). These men are apostles in their own right
and powerful servants of the Lord Jesus Christ who not only stood with
me and labored with me in the conferences, but also ministered in the
churches. Thank you brothers for your sacrifices and your brotherly
love. You also are giants in Christ’s Kingdom and your labor is not in
vain in the Lord!
I also want to thank all who have supported the South Africa Mission with your prayers and your mission’s gifts.
In I Samuel 30:24, David declares, “For as his share is who goes down
to the battle, so shall his share be who stays by the baggage; they
shall share alike.”
Surely, the Lord Himself, David’s greater Son, will indeed reward
you for your prayers and your giving, not only in this age, but also in
the age to come!
Finally, the Continent of Africa is in turmoil. The needs are great
and the battle for this huge continent is raging! To a great extent
Western governments have written off Africa. But our Heavenly Father
and the Lord Jesus have not! Today, more than ever before, the Lord is
moving by His Spirit and in His mighty providence to establish the
saving rule of His Kingdom on that massive continent. What God is doing
in Africa today is also strategic for the reformation and salvation of
Europe. It is also strategic for reaching the Middle East with the
Gospel of the Kingdom of God and liberating the Middle East from the
tyranny of Islam!
Just as Africa is strategic to what the Lord wants to do in Europe and
the Middle East, so South Africa is strategic to all that He wants to
do throughout Africa. The Lord has spoken by His Spirit to many
apostles and prophets today that what He is doing in South Africa is
crucial to all He wants to do in Africa, Europe and the Middle East.
Please continue to pray with us for the leaders and the saints of the Lord’s Church in South Africa!
Tue, May 23, 2006
by George Kouri