Hi guys. Hope you are doing very well. Hope everyone is following Jesus and their calling in their lives. I believe this to be the most fruitful way of living and we have seen God moving in mighty ways when we follow Him. It takes faith to get out of the survival struggle, but it is possible. I returned from Finland last week. Here is some of our newest updates.
Visiting our first grandchild in Finland
Diina was born in February, and she is a most beautiful baby. She has a very good temperament and her Finnish great - grandmother said: “You can see she is a special child”. It was amazing to stay with Job and Iida and to hold and play with Diina. It is special to know that we would walk with her for a good time in her life.
We were surprised when Job said we will be present for the baptism of Diina and they also invited the other side of the family. It is very special to have Finnish family! We were the center of attention at the first service (Diina was) as she was baptized in front to the whole congregation.
We soon also realized that Job is very actively
helping with the mission’s week at the university and leader in the work of God
at the university. We saw that he was on his church board and he was preaching
the next Sunday! It is an international church of 120 with 50 different
nations. He preached very well and is a great gift as a scientist who is also a
believer, and he comes up with many answers. As the European community is a
community based on science, we can really see God’s hand in his life and that
he can live fruitfully while in Europe.
Visiting Ywam centres while in FinlandWe decided to connect with Ywam in the area and we were asked to speak an evening in front of the base with all the staff. We met Tom and Emma. They are the base leaders from Australia. We also saw what they are doing in Helsinki and we offered our services in whatever way we can help. We had a very blessed time and connected well. Our online schools can also be a good asset for them to connect with where they are currently. We had a lovely time with some Ywamers and we have become good friends.
We have also visited Cari Tassia that heads the
international refugee circle. As I am working with the Africa refugee circle we
are co-workers as I received training from their circle to see how Ywam works
on the circle level. We currently have 4 base leaders on the Africa refugee
circle and we are growing into connecting the various refugee works all over
Africa. We have a start and we need your prayers for this circle.
Finishing with three internet schools for the semester
We are busy with the practice phases of the TPM school, the prophetic school and the marriage school is also close to the end. All of our schools were very blessed and we continue to make contacts in different countries. We see that as we travel we meet some of the people that have done the schools and then some in person events can take place. The short schools have tremendous potential in networking with churches as it is not a threat to churches. Churches in general have a great need for good discipleship material that can help them in their context. Short schools seem to serve that need the best as it is a short school for Ywamers but an acceleration for the church.
Please note that the TPM international website has a new textbook – we will use the updated textbook in the future – see transformationprayer.org
Crisis of training for the kingdom of God
It was a little bit sad to see the moral degeneration of the state church in |Finland and in Europe in general there is a great need for good healthy biblical and spiritual training for upcoming leaders. Ywam has become an important player in global training for true Christian leaders. Whether it is short schools or longer schools it remains important for Ywam to function in the training and discipleship level.
Nita and Nicolas’s wedding
Nicolas has become a regular visitor to Potch. He has been helping in the orphanage and has now connected to AGES (a business in Potchefstroom). They had a beautiful wedding as the bride was from Finland and the groom from France. They seem to really have a mission call on their lives and we are walking with them as friends. We are very blessed to get to know Nita as well as she is very devoted to God and are the one God has called next to Nicolas’s side.
FOR more photos of our Finland trip – see our facebook page WikusChristien Vorster
1) Growth for Ywam Finland
2) TPM network to start and expand in Finland
3) Job and Iida’s ministry in Finland
4) Finishing the TPM school and Prophetic school.
5) Pray for our YWAM friends at the Refugee Camp in Malawi who need financial support
6) For us to stay focused on Jesus in the next season
7) to hear from God about invitations to other countries
Facebook pages: Ywam Potchefstroom, WikusChristien Vorster, Operation Refugee-YWAM Potch, Transformation Prayer – TPMSA