South African Pastors

A couple of amazing South African pastors were here to hang out for a few days recently.  These guys are humble yet walk in the power of the Spirit in an amazing way.  I know they are launching new churches all over the southern African basin, but I could not get them to tell me just how many new start ups they are involved with.  Even as I asked them the “how many” question I felt like such an American.  With “that look” that non-Americans give leaders from the U.S. (we are so into counting things – it really is goofy and not an issue for the most part) I realized I had asked the wrong question.  I do know that beyond South Africa proper, they are planting far beyond 100 new launches simultaneously.  Any way one looks at it, that is exciting stuff.

4 Comments

  1. Rusty on August 10, 2007 at 8:48 am

    I love the African people, doesn’t matter what Country they come from. I found this very funny because this Sunday will be our 100th Sunday together as a new Church. I was going to celebrate that fact. Its a big deal to this very white, very western, very American male. I’m doing by best to change…

  2. Carl on August 15, 2007 at 5:03 am

    I find in “counting” I lose something – the ability to see clearly what God is doing. My eyes get fixed on my abilities and somehow I get to a place where I rely more on self than on God. 2 Samuel 24 tells about David taking a census or counting of the people and God was not pleased. I do not have a great knowledge of scripture but it seems apparent to me that God is saying, “Trust me, look to me and I will take care of these things that trouble you. Not a sparrow falls without me knowing it. I know the number of hairs on you head and you are precious to me!”

    (Matthew 7:9-11) “Or what man is there of you, who, if his son shall ask him for a loaf, will give him a stone; or if he shall ask for a fish, will give him a serpent? If ye then, being evil, know how to give good gifts unto your children, how much more shall your Father who is in heaven give good things to them that ask him?”

  3. Carl on August 15, 2007 at 5:25 am

    Even so I find myself “counting” too often. When I read your post Steve it made me realize what God has been trying to tell me lately. It was only after reading your experience that I had a clearer picture of my own. Thanks for being open.

  4. Dee-Dee on February 8, 2008 at 3:48 pm

    I will be visiting (first time) South Africa for a month this July – August. Does anyone have any church recommendations or experience with christian organizations in this region? Thanks

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