Newsletter

June 2017

Friends,

Sergey was in the informal Bible school in Kiev where I taught from 2000 to 2004. He took two things to heart:

  •  the experience of being part of a disciple group of about twelve meeting twice a week and sometimes on the weekend as well. We ate together, had fun together and explored how to be a disciple of Jesus together.
  •  a deep understanding of the dynamics of cross-cultural disciple-making

After 2004 Sergey left for Crimea I mentored him for a while, but eventually we completely lost contact. Later Crimea was occupied by Russia and even though we were back in Ukraine again I could not make contact with Sergey again. Some mutual friends related possible unsettling rumours but nobody could give me real information. Was Sergey still alive, was his family OK, did he still love the Lord? Nobody new.

Earlier this week Sergey contacted me through Facebook. He had been searching for me for a long time and eventually thought of trying Facebook. When we spoke using Messenger it was like in a dream come true. Sergey is working as a photographer, taxi driver and security guard in Crimea to provide for his family. They are all well! And most encouraging of all – Sergey has a disciple group of Tatar people regarded as one of the least evangelised people groups. They meet and eat together, they share their lives and they explore what it may mean to follow Jesus.

So we rejoice in the Lord’s faithfulness in providing for Sergey and his family, for keeping the flame of disciple-making burning through all these years and for using him productively in establishing the Kingdom. Now Sergey is using material on Kingfisher’s website and Facebook group, excited about new input in his life and ministry.

I learned so much from this – about God’s faithfulness, about the power of making disciples like Jesus did it and about the obedience of Sergey and his family against all odds.

Pray for Sergey and for all who are making disciples like Jesus.

Piet Steyn

 

 

 


29 May 2017

Dear Family

The essence of the process of Disciple making was that Jesus physically lived with His disciples. The disciples were changed through the physical presence of the rabbi. This transformation took place in everyday, ordinary situations – by simply looking at the rabbi how he does things and then repeat his actions, thoughts and lifestyle.

Modern discipleship is to live from a new reality – trusting that – exactly as it was in the New Testament – JESUS IS HERE.

Imagine walking outside in the cold. Very soon you would be cold as well. We become like our surrounding, like the atmosphere around us. In life – by living consciously in Jesus’s presence – we become like Him.

To be Jesus’s disciple meant to be with Him. It is to be His student in Kingdom living. Today it is the same, except now it is the resurrected Lord who walks and stays between us. As apprentices of Jesus we are not learning how to do some special religious activity, but how to live every moment of our lives from the reality of Jesus’s presence.

Just like two marriage partners change – get to know one another – know how the other will react in a given situation – become like one another – think like the other one – repeat the other’s mannerisms – because they physically live with one another – in the same way the image of Christ appears in us by living with Him. The essence of discipleship is not to repeat religious rituals, obey laws – but to live personal with Jesus – watches how He does things – learn from Him – and then repeat His life!

“Your practice of discipleship, walking with Jesus. That is to be your constant pre-occupation, and what come of it will witness to and powerfully influence others around you. This is the sure path to changing things, in the church or in the world”. (Dallas Willard)

The traditional view we have about our relationship with God can be summarised in this sketch:

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According to this “Goodview” we sometimes jump towards God – when we go to church, pray, attend cell groups. And we trust that sometimes God “jumps” to me – when He sees me, hears me, blesses me.

The real “Goodview”, however, – after Pentecost day looks like this:

Sketch 2

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I don’t need to go to God, to visit God, to approach God, to do some religious rituals to experience His presence, to make it happen. Very often around me I hear that Christians say about their worship experience in church: “The presence of the Lord was so thick”. Sketch 2 says that His presence is just as “thick” in all everyday ordinary situations!

Discussion point for your leaders: What practical difference will it make to your life if you could really live from the reality portrayed in sketch 2 – in your everyday situations?

Blessings

JOHANN THERON


25 April 2017

Dear family

We all grow through life into a deeper understanding of our identity. The Holy Spirit is always transforming us more into the likeness of Christ. The continuing discovery of the richness of this identity is liberating and empowering and inspires an identity driven lifestyle. This is also true about Kingfisher. I want to remind you of who we are.

In the last few years we grew in the understanding of our identity which drives us into action.

Kingfisher is a family with an apostolic/prophetic function in the body of Christ who are being used by the Holy Spirit as a catalyst to strengthen His Kingdom movement.

Kingfisher is a family

We live in many nations with the same vision, values and calling – people with the same missional DNA (Kingdom, Disciple making and Transformation). Everyone lives in a unique context with a unique sphere of influence, transferring the DNA and values in a disciple-making way. Members of the family infiltrate all spheres of society and life all around the world, mobilising people through proclaiming, teaching and modelling to be sent disciple makers who make the Kingdom of God visible and tangible. The family members are independent but still interdependent by speaking into each other’s lives, being accountable and so influencing each other.

We are being used as a catalyst

What a catalyst does is it maintains its own integrity as it interacts with the other properties increasing their rate of effectiveness without losing its own potency. In other words a catalyst accelerates a natural occurrence without being consumed by that process. Kingfisher use simple, but powerful workshops and training events, we coach and mentor leaders within long-term relationships, to increase rate of effectiveness and impact in the Kingdom.

We have an apostolic/prophetic function in the body

The vital importance and irreplaceability of our function in the body is best understood as being custodian of the genetic codes of God’s people, the gospel, the genetic code of the church.

We have the task of reawakening or remembering the body of Christ who we really are. We are optimizers; helping mainly established communities and followers of Jesus in every sphere of society to become more focused on purpose and geared toward their missional calling. We are helpful in remissionalizing established organizations and operationalizing movements.

What a privilege! In more simple terms:

Kingfisher redirects the body of Christ towards a disciple making lifestyle in all spheres of life.

We believe that Jesus started a movement here on earth to make His will and Kingdom visible and tangible. His life are being continued through people, led by the Holy Spirit, who:

  • Pray and seek for the realization of the Kingdom of God
  • Transform all spheres of society
  • Address the total need of the world
  • Disciple the nations

Christians should be redirected in this truth and lifestyle, because most of the time, our understanding of church suppress this lifestyle.

Our task is to equip, mentor and coach Christians to live as God-sent disciple makers in all spheres of society and to make a real impact regarding the need of people and communities. It is our passion that God’s Kingdom will break through in the transformation of ordinary life, day by day.

We believe that as people start to think like Jesus and do like Jesus, they will start a journey that will make a real and tangible impact in their communities and beyond.

Our function as Kingfisher is to empower, to unlock, to inspire and to create a space where you can discover your identity and calling. The Word of God is central. Together we listen and learn from God and then obey. We give ourselves to Jesus by following in His footsteps and in the process become like Him and walk like Him.

We are identity driven. We know there is a task which are not done yet. We know we have a responsibility to continue with passion. We know that Jesus is our Shepherd leading the way and that we are empowered by the Holy Spirit.

But we cannot do it alone. We need you to journey with us. Please continue to pray for us. Please pray and listen about your contribution and involvement on this journey. Thank you to everyone in whatever capacity you are part of the Kingfisher calling. We appreciate and value you all.

Thank you and blessings

Dirk


March 2017

Dear Kingfisher family,

I am re-reading the Acts of the Apostles; this time not from the viewpoint of a pastor needing to understand how the early church pastored, planned and organized itself, but from the viewpoint of a disciple-making disciple of Jesus following him after his ascension. While I am still half way through the book, there are some discoveries I made that I think is essential if we want to understand why and how a small group of disciples grew into a world changing movement.

First of all – the active presence of the Holy Spirit is obvious chapter after chapter. It is the Spirit who makes the risen Lord real to the disciples; it is the Spirit who empowers them, leads them, guides them, puts the words in their mouths and shows them time and time again the next step as they are following Jesus who goes out ahead of them. This is supposed to be obvious, but cannot be understated. Without the active presence of thy Holy Spirit it is impossible to follow an invisible and intangible Jesus. The Spirit makes Jesus real and possible to follow. The people of the Way, as they called themselves, did not have a worldwide plan or strategy – they followed Jesus because the same Spirit that was in Jesus was in them.

Secondly – the disciples formed a tightly knitted community, an alternative family with a new identity. They ate together, lived together, prayed together and often even lived a communal life, sharing resources equally as needed. They were community! Why? – because the one Holy Spirit inhabited the community as a whole.

Thirdly – they were radically inclusive even when it went against their cultural or religious sensibilities. That did not come easily. There had been debates after debates and often the Holy Spirit had to figuratively and literally take an apostle by the scruff of the neck and the seat of the pants to get them to understand that all kinds of “unclean” and unacceptable people were to be included in this radically strange and new family following Jesus.
The pattern emerges that it was more of a disciple making community following Jesus and making disciples than individual followers making disciples. Later Paul would use the picture of one body with different members and a temple with different stones to explain this strange phenomenon. And in a way it makes perfect sense – it is actually the Spirit of the Living Lord inhabiting His new temple and ministering through his own body on earth.
This is a bit too much for my individualistic westernised mindset. I would like to follow my vision, make my own plans and follow strategies that makes sense to me.

But, if we want to follow Jesus, being part of his movement, being a member of His body – then there is no other way, even if it offends my cultural and religious sensibilities.

So let us take the next step in the footsteps of our Lord with courage even if it will cost a price.

Your brother,

Piet


February 2017

We all know Matt 4: 19 very well.  Often we focus on being “Fishers of Men” as the basis of disciple making.  Rightly so – this is the Great Commission. Jesus’s first call to His Disciple makers however, was not “go and fish”.  His first invitation was “Come – Follow Me”. In this one word lays a whole theology of unconditional belovedness. A sacrament of Jesus’s attitude towards the fishers.

Disciple making so easily becomes a strategy, a program, an activity – something we do towards specific people at specific times.  We do it sometimes and sometimes we don’t.

However, Jesus’s first call was not for us to do something – but that we follow Him.

“This is where Christianity stands alone.  When Jesus came on the scene in human history and began calling followers to Him, He did not say, “Follow certain rules. Observe specific regulations. Perform ritual duties. Pursue a particular path.” Instead, He said, “Follow me”.  With these two simple words, Jesus made clear that His primary purpose was not to instruct His disciples in a prescribed religion;  His primary purpose was to invite His disciples into a personal relationship.

Jesus did not say “Follow this teaching” or “Follow this idea” or “Follow this commandment” or “Follow this ritual life.” He said, “Follow me”.

But we have missed this.  Slowly and subtly, we have let Christianity devolve into just another set of rules, regulations, practices, and principles to observe.  The problem is that any one of us can do all of these things completely apart from Jesus!

There’s an old story about a notorious bandit in the Far East who had been badly injured and taken to a Christian mission hospital.  After weeks of excellent care, the bandit recovered from his injuries.  He was so grateful for the treatment he received that he resolved he would never again rob a Christian.  The word got around, and everyone he tried to rob would immediately say, “I’m a Christian.” And so the robber was faced with a problem:  How can you tell whether a person who claims to be Christian really is?  He returned to the hospital and asked the missionaries, who explained:  “Well, every Christian should know the Lord’s Prayer and the Ten Commandments.”  From that time on, the robber would ask potential victims to recite the Lord’s Prayer and the Ten Commandments.  If they couldn’t do it, he would rob them.

It is possible to know the facts, know the rules, the law –all the theology – but not to know Jesus!

The surprising revelation is that if we live with Jesus so intimately ourselves – He does the Disciple making Himself – through us.  It happens automatically – a lifestyle – instead of a program. Can it be that the world is not discipled because so many of His followers follow rituals and not Him?  Then the darkness is not in the world, but in the church.

Blessings

Johann Theron


26 January 2017

Dear family

I have the privilege to move around and listen to the different expressions of the body of Christ. I became aware of a few things which interests me and should be taken in account for future. May I dare share a few?

The most profound things that are happening in the church at the moment in this era that will shake it in its foundations are the following:

  • Believers discovered that they can experience God outside the events of the institutional church and that they do not need leaders to create an experience for them.
  • Because of growing maturity in believers, they become more value driven and not programme or leader driven.
  • Believers discover that they are personally responsible for their maturity and that the growth path of the church will not bring them there. The only growth path that can bring them to maturity is the school of life, led by the Holy Spirit.
  • Believers discover that they do not need leaders on the outside to lead them to maturity, because the Leader inside them is the only Person that can lead them where they need to be.
  • Through reading the Word believers discover that there is no spiritual authority outside of relationship. There is no positional authority in the Word that is binding upon people. The five fold ministry have authority in people’s lives and not over people’s lives!
  • The office of the priesthood of the believer is the most important office in the congregation. Leaders are there to serve and facilitate them. The believers are not there to serve the leaders in their visions.
  • As believers we do not have a mission, we are the mission! Being congregation is being on mission every moment of the day and the believer can no longer wait for the leaders to organize a mission for them every now and then.
  • Believers want to live and organize their own mission as led by the Holy Spirit.
  • Believers have lost their confidence that the millions they invest through tithing in the church system is good stewardship, and perhaps not even the truth according to the Word. Mature believers want to see progress, and spending 80-90% of your monthly budget on maintenance is not good stewardship. They feel they are being deceived by big vision talks to give their money, which then disappear into events, buildings and salaries!

In principle we can summarise by saying that believers realise they need to take full responsibility for their life, and therefore they are busy taking back the MANDATE of everything concerning their lives. We are in the era of the people movement, where power and responsibility are moving back to the people on ground level.

These things are here to stay and become ever bigger factors in congregation life. God is busy restoring congregation life and nobody will stop Him. God’s heart is for disciples to make disciples as the effective medium to reach the world and if one do not change as He leads, you will stay behind. It is an extremely late time in the world agenda and the success of your church is not on God’s agenda; the world is! God does not ask us to transform, He is simply walking on. He is driven by the love in His heart for the people in the world and He is not interested in building any of our church institutions. Not everything we had was wrong; it is just not effective enough in our present era to overcome the challenges before us. We are driven by the passion and love of Jesus in us that is the solution to the world’s problems and needs.

It is the time of the restoration of discipleship.

May Kingfisher be a faithful instrument in God’s hands, molding His bride to more effectively build His Kingdom, disciple the nations and transform lives and communities for His glory.

May you and your family, as part of God’s plan, have a blessed 2017 .

Your brother

dirk


12 December 2016

About two months ago I had the privilege to visit a small faith community in a rural village not so very far from the war zone in eastern Ukraine. There were less than thirty people in attendance on the Sunday and as far as I could understand that included the whole church except for one lady who was ill.

I was impressed. Not by their worship, the finer points about heir theology  or the beauty of their utilitarian meeting place. It may have been possible for a nitpicker to find fault with all of these. I was impressed by how the Lord uses this small community in serving the needs of brothers and sisters in the war zone. Every two weeks the pastor would take a big van filled with groceries, medicine and fresh bread and deliver it to isolated groups of people that could not afford to flee the war as many other did. Practical help and spiritual encouragement! Who knows what is needed most? On the pictures I saw old and young in tears – God has provided!

That already is a good testimony, but what impressed me most was that everyone in the church was involved in some way. Some of the goods came from far away and was channelled through this small group. Other stuff had to be bought locally with money collected amongst themselves as well as donations from elsewhere. Everybody helped with sorting and packing and planning. It reminded me about the parable of the mustard seed and the leaven in the dough.The smallest, most insignificant group of people having a big effect in the Kingdom.

That impressed me: Nobody too insignificant to be involved and no faith community too small to have a major impact.

The body of Christ in action!

Piet Steyn


29 November 2016

One of the inmates of a Cape Town prison, Pieter, has enjoyed the hospitality of this institution since 2003. Summoned for 18 years – for armed robbery. Earlier in 2003 Pieter was part of a gang hijacking big lorries transporting cigarettes for the British American Tobacco company. Pieter says he was the guy dressed as a traffic cop – stopping the lorries. Pieter tells his story with tears in his eyes – he lost his father when he was very young – bad relationships with his ageing mother – virtually no contact with his only sister. Wrong choices and wrong friends. December 2003 – he entered prison – a bleak 18 years ahead.

And then the miracle happened. One of the wardens in Victor Verster Prison, outside Paarl – a committed Christian, Hennie – noticed Pieter’s potential. Slowly a relationship developed.

Hennie saw Pieter for who he could become and not for why he was in prison. He convinced Pieter to realise his potential and start studying.

Within the next 10 years Pieter

  • Repented
  • Did numerous Bible school / Pastors courses
  • Obtained 2 financial degrees from University of South Africa (cum laude)
  • Started evangelising his colleaques around him
  • Lectured the inmates in mathematics – and received a certificate in 2014 from the Western Cape Government for the teacher with the best maths results in grade 12 in the province (his students were a captive audience J)
  • Took part in a group that made crafts and beadwork – the profits from this project was used for community development outside of the prison.

The kingpin God used in this transformational story is Hennie – when I asked Hennie why he did this – he replied : “Johann – I regard my everyday job as an opportunity to develop prisoners’ potential. I never asked them why they are in prison – because I am afraid that this information may influence my judgment of them”. One of the first things Hennie did was to introduce Pieter to a local businesswoman who offered to pay for all his studies. Three years later it was discovered that this same woman has many shares in the  company whose lorries Pieter robbed back in 2003. Now this same company was paying for his studies!

Pieter will be released on parole early in 2017 – starting his internship  with an auditing company. A changed man.

A DISCIPLED  man.

It is because of such “Pieter-stories” that the Kingfisher-family believes in DISCIPLEMAKING as being the engine of transformation. Kingfisher dreams about assisting many more “Hennies”.

Johann Theron


27 October 2016

Dear family

In September 2011 Mike Breen wrote the article below.  It witnessed in my heart when I read it again today.

We are thankful  about so many church leaders all over the world growing in the understanding that the church is God’s  mission to the world.  Many grew in believing that the body of Christ (everyone in personal relationship with Jesus) is to continue the life and calling of Jesus Christ – to reach and save the lost.  The Missional movement is growing,  but here is the problem –  we developed  missional  language  and understanding  but struggle  in the practice  and living of this truth.

At Kingfisher we realised  this a few years ago and was directed  by the Holy Spirit to sharpen our focus on the engin which  will really sustain and energise the missional movement  – disciple making.  This is why we intensely focus on the ‘how to’ of disciple making.

Please pray for us  in our calling to redirect the body of Christ towards a disciple making lifestyle in all spheres of live. Please pray for more and more open doors to sow the seed God entrusted to us.

Here is the article I mentioned.  Please read it carefully. I shortened it  a bit.

(Mike Breen has been an innovator in leading missional churches for more than 25 years, and leads a movement that is helping hundreds of established churches and church planters move into this discipling and missional way of being the church)

“It’s time we start being brutally honest about the missional movement that has emerged in the last 10-15 years: Chances are better than not it’s going to fail.

That may seem cynical, but I’m being realistic. There is a reason so many movements in the Western church have failed in the past century: They are a car without an engine. A missional church or a missional community or a missional small group is the new car that everyone is talking about right now, but no matter how beautiful or shiny the vehicle, without an engine, it won’t go anywhere (unless you push it, which quickly becomes exhausting).

So what is the engine of the church? Discipleship. I’ve said it many times: If you make disciples, you will always get the church. But if you try to build the church, you will rarely get disciples.

If you’re good at making disciples, you’ll get more leaders than you know what to do with. If you make disciples in the way Jesus did, you’ll see people come to faith who didn’t know Him. If you disciple people well, you will always get the missional thing as a by-product. Always.

God did not design us to do Kingdom mission outside of the scope of intentional, biblical discipleship and if we don’t see that, we’re fooling ourselves. Mission is under the umbrella of discipleship as it is one of the many things that Jesus taught his disciples to do. But it wasn’t done in a vacuum outside of knowing God and being shaped by that relationship, where a constant refinement of their character was happening alongside of their continued skill development (which included mission).

This is the crux of it: The reason the missional movement may fail is because most people/communities in the Western church don’t have an intentional process for making disciples. Without a functioning plan for making disciples, any missional thing you launch will be unsustainable, like pushing a car without an engine up a hill.

Think about it this way: Sending people out to do mission is to send them out to a war zone. Discipleship is not only the boot camp to train them for the front lines, but the hospital when they get wounded and the off-duty time they need to rest and recuperate. When we don’t disciple people the way Jesus and the New Testament talked about, we are sending them out without armour, weapons or training. This is mass carnage waiting to happen. How can we be surprised that people burn out, quit and never want to return to the missional life (or the church)? How can we not expect people will feel used and abused?

There’s a story from World War II where The Red (Russian) Army sent wave after wave of untrained, practically weaponless soldiers into the thick of the German front. They were slaughtered in droves. Why did they do this? Because they knew that eventually the German soldiers would run out of ammunition, creating an opportunity for the Red Army to send in their best soldiers to finish them off. The first wave of untrained soldiers were the best way of exhausting ammunition, leaving their enemy vulnerable. While this isn’t a perfect analogy, I sense this is a bit like the missional movement right now. We are sending bright-eyed civilians into the battle where the fighting is fiercest without the equipping they need, not just to survive, but to fight well and advance the Kingdom of their dad, the King.

The missional movement will fail if we have a discussion about mission devoid of discipleship. Unless we start having more discussion about discipleship and how we make missionaries out of disciples, this movement will stall and fade. Any discussion about mission must begin with discipleship. If your church community is not yet competent at making disciples who can make disciples, please don’t send your members out on mission until you have a growing sense of confidence in your ability to train, equip and disciple them.”

Greetings and love in Christ

Your brother

dirk


6 September 2016

In August 2016, the 25 year old Luvo Manyonga from Mbkweni township – between Paarl and Wellington – jumped into the history books by winning a silver medal at the Rio Olympics – 1 cm short of the gold medal – with  a jump of 8.37 m.

A hero – a young man whose potential is busy realising – impacting society.  Just last week Luvo was transported around the shacks and small houses of Mbkweni in an open roof vehicle. While hundreds of kids swamped him – they did not only wanted to touch him physically – in their hearts a dream was born – a dream of what can be, in spite of circumstances. Luvo was the dreamgiver.

But it was touch and go or this fairy tale ended differently.

“In Mbkweni, it does not matter who you are. The drugs, the guns and the violence do not discriminate. It will chew you up and spit you out and never shed a tear for what could have been.”

A mere 4 years ago Luvo was on a collision course with hell and death – totally addicted to meth/tik.

In Luvo’s case the grace arrived in 2009 in the body of Mario Smith – for the first time. Smith believed in what he saw what can be – what the future can look like – and because of this vision of the future he offered himself to Luvo, encouraging him, training him, spending countless hours to develop this amazing potential. Smith sacrificed himself – even to the point of supporting Manyonga’s family at his own expense. It was not easy at all – Luvo fell for the temptation of drugs again – at one stage in 2012 he was banned from athletics for 18 months.

Mario Smith did not let go – he simply refused to let what was possible  be murdered by the reality. He kept believing in Luvo, kept reminding him what can be – never lost hope – never decided “this is enough” – “it will never work”.

In 2014 the drugs caused a rift in the relationship between Luvo and Smith – they did not talk to one another anymore. Smith, however, refused to let the dream go – tragically he died in a car accident on his way to Manyonga’s house – to try and patch things up.

Two others took over – John McGrath and former Olympian, Ryk Neethling – they continued Smith’s work and took Luvo to the High Performance Centre in Pretoria where his skills were further attended to.

2016 is the first year Luvo started jumping again – after a near four year absence.

Today Manyonga is a role model for the whole of South Africa.

A great story – not only Luvo’s story – but just as much Mario Smith’s story who gave himself, sacrificed, refusing to let go in spite of setbacks, who trusted the future more than the present.

Mario Smith – a disciplemaker!

Don’t stop dreaming

JOHANN THERON


July 2016

Dear family

The story has been passed down for generations within the Jewish faith of the renowned and revered. Rabbi  Akiva was born in the first century A.D. just a few years after Jesus lived out his life among the people of Israel.

The story has been told that late one afternoon, as the sun was beginning to set in the west, Rabbi Akiva was walking along the northern shore of the Sea of Galilee on his way home to Capernaum. Rabbi Akiva was doing what most God-fearing, God-honoring Jews would be doing with their spare time, he was meditating and reciting the Hebrew Scriptures. We are told he was meditating upon the portion of Scripture  where the Lord says through the prophet, Isaiah,

“But you are my witnesses, O Israel!”

“You are my servant.

You have been chosen to know me, believe in me,

and understand that I alone am God.

There is no other God—

there never has been, and there never will be.

I, yes I, am the Lord,

and there is no other Savior.”

Isaiah 43:10-11

Rabbi Akiva was so focused upon the text that he didn’t realize that instead of taking a left turn toward the city gates of Capernaum, he had taken a right turn and as the sun sank behind the mountains, he found that the path he had followed had taken him to the large gate of a Roman fortress. As Rabbi Akiva stood in front of the gate realizing what had happened, he heard a loud voice coming down from above the gate. It was the voice of a Roman Century Guard standing on the top of the wall. The guard had shouted down to this stranger:

“WHO ARE YOU? WHAT ARE YOU DOING HERE?”

Rabbi Akiva was startled and could only respond to these frightening words with, “WHAT?”

Again the guard called out,

“WHO ARE YOU? WHAT ARE YOU DOING HERE?”

Rabbi Akiva had a few moments to gather his thoughts and he shouted back up into the dark at the Roman Guard:

“HOW MUCH DO YOU GET PAID TO ASK ME THESE QUESTIONS?”

The guard was now confused as to why this stranger would ask such a question in response, so after a few moments of silence he said, “TWO DRACHMA PER WEEK!” (Now a drachma was worth about a day’s wage.)

Then Rabbi Akiva, with intense conviction shouted back to this Roman Century:

“I’LL PAY YOU DOUBLE IF YOU STAND OUTSIDE OF MY HOUSE AND ASK ME THOSE TWO QUESTIONS EVERY MORNING!”

You would have noticed that in the few newsletters I have written I do focus on who we are and what we are doing here. Not because there is any uncertainty, but in trying to convey our specific function in given national and international relationships within the body of Christ. Please bear with me.

Sometimes people are asking me if Kingfisher is still on track living out its vision. Are we still dreaming of a mobilizing movement which catalyzes the body of Christ to pray more for the Kingdom of God to be established, address the holistic needs of the community, disciple the nations and to transform all spheres of society? The question can be put in another way: Is Kingfisher still equipping, coaching and mentoring leaders of faith communities to mobilize their own contexts to become Kingdom minded, develop a disciple making lifestyle and transform their communities?

The answer to all these questions: YES, we are still passionate about the vision and on course, but sometimes our strategies need to change a bit to realize the vision.  God is always transforming us more and more to be like Him. He is doing it with you and me as followers, but He is doing it with us as a movement as well.

About 3 years ago God spoke to our hearts about the foundation of our movement, which is disciple making. The foundation of any movement are the most important and we cannot just presuppose it. If the foundation is not correctly laid there won’t be a movement. God specifically guided us in sharpening our focus and to strengthen our foundation.

To put this in words:

“Kingfisher redirects the body of Christ towards disciple making.

We believe that Jesus started a movement here on earth to make His will and Kingdom visible and tangible. His life are being continued through people. led by the Holy Spirit, who:

  • Pray and seek for the realization of the Kingdom of God
  • Transform all spheres of society
  • Address the total need of the world
  • Disciple the nations

Christians should be redirected in this truth and lifestyle, because most of the time, our understanding of church suppress this lifestyle.

Our task is to equip, mentor and coach Christians to live as God-sent disciple makers in all spheres of society and to make a real impact regarding the need of people and communities. It is our passion that God’s Kingdom will break through in the transformation of ordinary life, day by day.

We believe that as people start to think like Jesus and do like Jesus, they will start a journey that will make a real and tangible impact in their communities and beyond.

Our function is to empower, to unlock, to inspire and to create a space where you can discover your identity and calling. The Word of God is central. Together we listen and learn from God and then obey. We give ourselves to Jesus by following in His footsteps and in the process become like Him and walk like Him.”

A co-thinker emphasizes this. ( http://www.vergenetwork.org/2013/05/14/what-are-the-essentials-to-a-missional-movement-alan-hirsch/ )

“Alan Hirsch discusses the essentials to a missional movement.

He says, “I’ve spent pretty much most of my adult life being reasonably obsessed with trying to unlock the codes of what makes for highly transformative missional movements. I mean I’m talking about those type of movements in history that really get it done. I mean those ones with explosive growth and high transformation where whole societies are impacted.

I’m pretty much obsessed with that and tried to understand what makes them tick. What factors have to come together? How can we learn from them? What does it say about the church that Jesus has designed us to be? All those things kind of come into play. With some reflective authority, I don’t claim too much, but I’d say I’ve done a little bit of learning in this, I’d say this categorically that one of the clearly, most demonstratively true aspects, the keys about these movements, one of them is that they are obsessed—yes, that’s the word I’d use—obsessed with discipleship and disciple making. In other words if you took discipleship out of the equation of these movements they wouldn’t have been.

Discipleship is critical. Discipleship is the means by which it all happens. Unless we get discipleship right, whatever we intend to achieve through the rest of what we achieve in missional movement is never going to happen. If we fail in discipleship, it fails.”

Please remember to visit us on our website where you can interact with us. Look out for the journey through Matthew and a deeper look at disciple-making. You can even find us on Facebook.

www.kfmc.co.za

https://www.facebook.com/groups/98215735497/

Thank you so much for your prayers, involvement and love in our call to redirect the body of Christ towards disciple making.

Your brother

Dirk


24 May 2016

Pastor Nasko and his small church of 35 believers in Provadia, Bulgaria, glorify God by implementing disciple making principles. For the past two years they rediscovered the value of Jesus’ strategy.

The Spirit laid two young gypsies on his heart. In Bulgaria the gypsies still stay in informal communities outside the towns and villages. The default of the Bulgarian population is to disconnect themselves from them – “they will only steal from you”. Nasko, however, decides to reconnect with these “untouchables”. He spends the bulk of his ministry time with them. He takes them to all ministry opportunities possible; teach them at all possible occasions. He opens up the privacy of his two bedroom apartment to them; take them on fishing expeditions. Personally, I very seldom saw Nasko without Galien and Lupcho 1-2 steps behind him.

In April this year I visited Provadia again. Surprised to see that Nasko’s church has grown with 10 new members – 30 percent! A youth group of 8 new believers formed the worship team – all of them disciples of Galien and Lupcho! Nasko’s spiritual grandchildren.

In the same church they have a cell group of elderly women – they started reaching out to their neighbours – several other unbeliever babushkas (grandmothers) now join this small group on a weekly basis – they don’t feel free to join the church due to many wrong perceptions about the church and also because of what churches did to people in the past. This however, presents no problem for Nasko. He has grown into a Kingdom pastor – not thinking about an attractional church in the first instance. Being part of the cell group makes them church as well – Nasko can easily accommodate different models within his own sphere of influence.

Nasko’s wife, Mariana, discovered that her workplace is her ministry – the place where she is sent to by God – her calling by God – her disciple making space. She accepted her class as her spiritual responsibility – showing and teaching them evangelical values, purposefully building relationships with them inside and outside the school – simply loving them. Mariana is one of 4 such teachers in Provadia that lectures the same grade. In the Bulgarian system parents can choose the teacher of their children. She says that wherever she meets parents in the streets, they all approach her and ask if their children can please be in her class – there is something different about her and her class.

Disciple making is the engine of transformation.

Johann Theron


21 April 2016

Dear friends and colleagues

Everyone, part of the Kingfisher family, lives in an unique context. Father God placed us at a specific place with a specific purpose and everyone has a specific sphere of influence. Our Father is very strategic! Every context has its unique challenges and potential. This is why we always encourage our mobilisers to contextualise what our Father has entrusted to us at Kingfisher. We do not dictate on how our colleagues should mobilise; gifts are unique, context is unique, sphere of influence is unique – but we share DNA, values and principles and keep each other accountable regarding our identity and task.

The heart of this movement remains that we are sent by Father God across borders to establish a DNA by mobilising people to live with a Kingdom Vision, Kingdom Values and a Kingdom Lifestyle. We equip leaders, coach and mentor them to mobilise others to live as sent disciple-makers and so realising the Kingdom. This process looks different in every region and country. The approach, strategy and outcome are different – and that is OK – as long as you are faithfully spreading the DNA.

In South Africa we have a diverse approach. We partner with different Kingdom focused movements and organisations, using their platforms to spread the DNA. We present a disciple making workshop which help followers of Jesus regarding the practice (how to) of disciple making. We have a fresh initiative called ‘Helplift’ which help the process to redirect the body of Christ towards a lifestyle of disciple making in all spheres of life. We are excited about this concept and the positive effect and reaction in mainline churches.

Helplift?

There are TWO REALITIES:

The first reality is POVERTY that is represented by numerous needs (material, motivational, moral, spiritual and relational), and the second reality is THE ABUNDANCE OF RESOURCES, flowing from believers living their life calling by committing their skills, talents, expertise, services, products and finances to Kingdom service.

Helplift Network is a Biblical concept, that BRIDGES the GAP between these two realities.  This concept provides a safe and workable platform, for each local faith community to put this into practice.

Helplift Network is a disciple making concept that enables believers to reach out, serve others and build relationships.  It is a catalyst that creates a “caring and sharing” culture.

Based on this concept, Helplift Network provides a practical tool for churches to unlock their kingdom resources and to empower their members to serve others with their gifts.

The Helplift concept implemented, creates as space where a faith community move towards being a high impact church where disciple making is a lifestyle for every member.

Outcomes:

  • Unlocks kingdom resources to address needs in the community.
  • Encourages disciple making as an everyday practice.
  • Empowers and enables believers to serve God by serving others in every sphere of life.
  • Cultivates a sharing, caring  & giving culture.
  • Is Inter-denominational and brings cooperation and unity amongst Churches and Welfare organisations.
  • Synchronise believers with people in need.
  • Creates many opportunities to testify of God’s goodness.

Can you sense the potential?

To read more about this concept and how it works, please go to www.helplift.co.za.

Mar 4:26-29  Jesus went on to say, “The Kingdom of God is like this. A man scatters seed in his field.  (27)  He sleeps at night, is up and about during the day, and all the while the seeds are sprouting and growing. Yet he does not know how it happens.  (28)  The soil itself makes the plants grow and bear fruit; first the tender stalk appears, then the head, and finally the head full of grain.  (29)  When the grain is ripe, the man starts cutting it with his sickle, because harvest time has come.

Please pray for discernment regarding the most effective approach to spread the DNA in each country Kingfisher is working. Please pray and consider your involvement in this ministry.

Please remember to visit us on our website where you can interact with us. Look out for the journey through Matthew and a deeper look at disciple-making. You can even find us on Facebook.

www.kfmc.co.za

https://www.facebook.com/groups/98215735497/

Thank you so much for your prayers, involvement and love in our call to redirect the body of Christ towards disciple making.

Your brother

Dirk

 

 


March 2016

‘n Student snap die Droom

Anja is 24 jaar oud – n student aan ‘n Russiese universiteit. Die enigste christen in haar gesin – pa, ma en jonger broer baie vriendelike selfs hulpvaardige mense – maar geswore ateiste. Op geen manier teen God nie – reken net God bestaan nie.  Tog positief oor die kerk  – want tydens Kersfees en Paasfees mis hul vir geen geld om kerk toe te gaan nie. Met ‘n mandjie kos – ‘n ham, ‘n brood, botter in die vorm van ‘n lammetjie uitgekerf en natuurlik die bottel vodka. Die priester moet immers die Paasmaal seën – soos wat hy al Anja se pa se motor moes seën met heilige water (dan sal die motor nie in n ongeluk betrokke wees nie. Vir Anja se ma moes die priester al bid – teen n ordentlike fooitjie – om werk te kry – sy is onderwyseres. Vir Anja se oorlede oupa en ouma moet priester bid – dat hul siele uit die vagevuur na die hemel oorgeplaas kan word. Oupa is 3 jaar gelede oorlede – vir hom vra die priester net R350 om voor te bid – o wee – ouma is reeds 10 jaar oorlede – haar gebed is minstens R800 werd. Anja se gesin – kerklik betrokke ateiste!

Op 16 wil Anja se ma haar straf vir ongehoorsaamheid – die wreedste waaraan sy kan dink is om haar na n kerkjeugkamp te stuur. Wat haar ma bedoel het die wreedste moes wees raak vir Anja die wonderlikste – sy ontdek die Here se liefde vir haar. Nou was Anja n groter probleem vir haar ma : elke Sondag wil sy kerk toe gaan – haar ma dring daarop aan om saam te gaan – wil immers weet waarmee haar dogter nou besig is. “Onskadelik” reken haar ma – hoogstens n tydelike illussie… Anja groei en groei en groei. Sy begin verstaan die wese van n missionêre mentaliteit om dissispels te maak. In 2012 begin sy, ‘n vriend en die se vrou n nuwe kerk. Vandag het hierdie kerk 90 lidmate. Meestal studente – Anja se ouderdom. Op 23 is sy die “mother superior” van die gemeente – immers die instrument dat baie van hulle na die Here gelei is.

Tans lei Anja n selgemeente van 14 studente – 12 van hulle is ateïste – soos sy self was. Hul vind egter Anja se vriendelikheid en talle uitnodigings na haar 3 slaapkamer woonstel (want “mens moet n groot genoeg plek hê om ongelowiges te kan uitnooi”) onweerstaanbaar. Net onlangs nog het Anja n Halloween party gehou. En daarvan hou die studente – dis effe vreemd. Hul praat oor hekse – en terloops noem Anja dat daar in die Bybel ook van n heks gepraat word – Saul se heks van Endor. Wie was Saul – wil hul weet. Wat is die Bybel? En die tafel is gedek vir die evangelie. Anja begin sulke groepe en gee dit dan vir iemand anders om  verder te mentor. Sy is net die oesmasjien.

Haar hele kop is gefokus op ongelowiges, op die buite die koninkryk, op disispelmaking. Dit vorm haar hele DNA. Dalk wil sy in 2017 China toe gaan sê sy : “daar kan mens gaan engels gee – en dissipels maak…..”

Kingfisher Mobilisering Sentrum is n hitte geleide projektiel – wat die warmte van Anjas in  die wêreld soek.

KMS

  • Se permanente arbeidsmag het die afgelope paar jaar baie min geword. Die invloed brei egter steeds uit. Ons hoor die mooiste Anjastories uit Uganda, Kongo, Oekraiene, Belarus, Bulgarye, Estonia, Indië, Thailand, ens.
  • Vestig strategiese vennootskappe met ander rolspelers met n dissipelmakende hart.
  • Betree die elektroniese wêreld met “e- learning” en ons facebookinstrument “Volg”.  Hier is die skakel (facebook.com/groups/601658143309587/)
  • Vertrou die Here vir meer medewerkers – voltyds sowel as deeltyds. Bel vir Dirk Coetzee as daar iets in jou hart roer.
  • Soek saam met ander na die mees geskikte vorm van wynsak vir die nuwe wyn.
  • Benodig jou vennootskap in terme van voorbidding en finansiële ondersteuning – net soos in die verlede.

Mag jy ‘n geseënde Paastyd beleef

JOHANN THERON


18 February 2016

Dear friends and colleagues

Kingfisher discovered through the years that the engine of the mobilising movement is none but disciple-making. We are called to awaken the strategy Jesus has given His church. The church has to rediscover disciple-making, because the body of Christ all over the world, expressed in all its different forms, has unlearn and forgotten it. The Kingdom of God takes shape, transformation in lives and communities becomes a reality, if disciple-making is rediscovered and becomes the lifestyle of every follower of Christ.

We also discovered that our strategy of proclaiming, teaching and modelling this message are bearing little fruit if we do not conduct this in a disciple-making way. Therefore it is not conducive for reaching our purpose to only have training events with good training material. Our endeavour should be disciple-making relationships and to journey with the right people for the effective transferring of our values and DNA.

We can teach good and many things to people, but if our lives and teaching do not bring forth disciple-makers who on their part again make disciples which create a multiplying disciple-making movement, we miss our purpose. This is why Kingfisher spent much time during the past years on discovering a deeper understanding of disciple-making and the best strategy to help the church. We worked on a few documents, namely a study guide on practical disciple-making and a bible study on the book Matthew, which will help to discover disciple-making first hand from the Bible (downloads on our website: www.kfmc.co.za). We also developed a disciple-making workshop which can kick-start groups or faith communities towards a disciple-making lifestyle. If you are interested in the workshop or the material, please be welcome to contact us.

Fearless and with strong conviction, we should also create spaces where disciples can be made. We should propagate the need, importance and principles of disciple-making groups in traditional as well as emerging churches. Disciple making is going to be just a dream if we do not create and realise the effective spaces for it, like Jesus demonstrated.

A while ago, Johan Theron and I visited Floyd McClung to talk about disciple-making. Disciple-making is his live. He lives it and then writes books from experience. He’s a veteran, a father figure. Not long in our discussions he told a story which touched deep in my heart.

Forty years ago Floyd discipled Bob in Afghanistan. Later, Bob became a pastor in Canada. There he met George, a drug addict in a mentally-ill institution. Bob discipled George. Later George got involved in a ministry in Afghanistan. One of his first disciples there was Nathan (not real name).

Recently Floyd again visited Afghanistan. He met Nathan. Nathan thanked Floyd for discipling Bob many years ago. He said: “Floyd, you do not know me, but I am your spiritual grandchild.” He invited Floyd to meet one of his disciples, Ahmed. On his turn Ahmed took Floyd to some of the 25 small disciple-making groups he started. Some of these groups already produced fourth generation disciples – some of them today missionaries in Middle Eastern countries.

Floyd told Johann and I with tears in his eyes: “ … if I only lived for this, my life was worth it”. 40 years – 8 generations of disciples.

This is the multiplication effect of true disciple-making. This is Jesus’ strategy. This is Kingfisher’s game plan.

Please remember to visit us on our website where you can interact with us. Look out for the journey through Matthew and a deeper look at disciple-making. You can even find us on Facebook.

www.kfmc.co.za

https://www.facebook.com/groups/98215735497/

Thank you so much for your prayers, involvement and love in our call to redirect the body of Christ towards disciple-making.

Your brother

Dirk


25 January 2016

Dear family

It is January 2016 and hereby I pray that you would experience a year full of the grace of our Lord Jesus Christ, the love of God the Father and the fellowship of the Holy Spirit.

When you are following Jesus, one thing sure and constant is that you are continuously being transformed into the image of Jesus Christ. This is true for human beings in relationship with Father God, but it is also true for an organisation who wants to follow Jesus in His footsteps. You do not stay the same – you change and renew and in the process you understand more and more who you are and what your purpose is – why Father God put you here in this place and time.

This is our experience at Kingfisher. Through the years we witnessed how Jesus directed and changed us to be more effective in His Kingdom. This is an exciting process but a difficult one as well, because not everyone easily adapts or let Jesus do with us what He wants. Many times we try to follow our own wisdom and ways and as a result can miss our purpose.

In this newsletter I want to remind you of a very important realization on our journey, which are emphasized by T Austin-Sparks.

‘The Divine thought is surely not to have companies of Christians constituted by a New Testament technique, or system of doctrine and practice, any more than it is to have congregations, preaching-places, or just meetings. Primarily it is to have spiritual families; and a Divinely governed and ordered family will express its life according to what is true doctrine and right practice. Thus, when it is time for His people to take spiritual responsibility, if the Holy Spirit had things on His right basis, He would distribute them so that new spiritual families are brought into being. This is organic growth as differing from organised expansion which is so unsatisfactory in its resultant spiritual measure. How much safer and purer is this Divine method. For one thing, it starts from the inside and not from without. Its bond is mutual love, not doctrine. It grows by spiritual birth or organic oneness, not by adherence or “joining”. Its success is not determined by its size or numbers, but by its spiritual life and inward measure of Christ.’ (Bold sentences are my emphases)

Yes, Kingfisher is a family.

When a man and a woman marry, a family is created and when they do have children the family grows. Naturally the children grow and become more independent, they go to school and maybe study further and later choose a partner and go forth on their own. They get their own occupation and become total independent. Most times they leave their parents’ house and settle in their own neighbourhood or town or even country. Then they start their own family and have their own friends. Sometimes they do visit their parents but don’t see them so often anymore – because they are no longer dependent on their parents. Yet, in the family, there is a common denominator – the genes (DNA), the name and the values are being shared. These values and family habits are even being transferred to friends and colleagues – people influence each other with their lives. Sometimes the parents will come and visit their children, because they belong to each other and have a special family bond and love for each other. The parents also like to visit to help and support, to share their experience and wisdom with their children, but specifically also to check if the children still bears the family name and values.

 Kingfisher is a family. We are a moving, organic family. We started as an organisation. It is almost like a marriage between a man and woman who started a new life together. Father God put people together with a certain identity, task, potential and responsibility. People were added through the years (children were born); a DNA, values and a name were created and developed further – a culture originated. But like many families, they do not stay together. Children marry and go on their own way. In the same way Kingfisher is today a movement of people in many nations with the same vision, values and calling – people with the same culture and DNA (Kingdom, Disciple making and Transformation). Everyone lives in a unique context with a unique sphere of influence, transferring the DNA and values in a disciple-making way. The family members are independent, but still interdependent by speaking into each other lives, being accountable and so influencing each other.

I believe this is the natural and organic story of Kingfisher. Kingfisher as mobilising movement is like leaven. This has always been God’s perfect plan for us.Members of the family infiltrate all spheres of society and life all around the world, mobilising people through proclaiming, teaching and modelling to be sent disciple makers whom make the Kingdom of God visible and tangible.

In the newsletters to come you will be introduced to different contexts, people, churches and organizations, where God changed strategies, lives and communities. We are going to share some of the stories God is writing and are expectant for the chapters to come.

Please visit our website at www.kfmc.co.za where we have a new approach. We invite you to journey with us through Matthew to follow Jesus in His footsteps.

Till next time

And remember: 1 John 2:6  He who says he abides in Him ought himself also to walk even as He walked.

Your brother

Dirk


November 2015

Dear friends,

Many times I personally question our effectiveness in the Kingdom of God, just

Dirk Coetzee

to be surprised, time and time again, how the seed we have sown, produced a harvest. This is my experience when I visit colleagues and hear their testimonies. Children of God are growing in the understanding of the Kingdom of God; they are not in competition any more, but take hands to build God’s Kingdom and not their own kingdoms. Children of God come to understand and practice more to be a follower of Jesus Christ and not just being a member of a church; they become more like Jesus while obediently doing what Jesus did. This excites me.

Who we are?

We are a mobilising movement. Kingfisher is today a movement of people in many nations with the same vision, values and calling – people with the same culture and DNA (Kingdom, Disciple making and Transformation). Everyone lives in a unique context with a unique sphere of influence, transferring the DNA and values in a disciple making way. Kingfisher is a family. Members of the family infiltrate all spheres of society and life all around the world, mobilising people through proclaiming, teaching and modelling to be sent disciple makers who make the Kingdom of God visible and tangible. We have an Apostolic/Prophetic function. We are sent and called to serve the wider body of Christ

Why are we doing what we do?

We believe that every child of God should be a disciple maker, according to the Great Commission. The church has to rediscover disciple making, because the body of Christ all over the world, expressed in all its different forms, has unlearn and forgotten it. The Kingdom of God takes shape and transformation in lives and communities becomes a reality, if disciple making is rediscovered and becomes the lifestyle of every follower of Christ.

How do we do it?

We are called to awaken the strategy Jesus has given for His church. We mobilise the body of Christ to be disciple makers in all spheres of life and so transforming lives and communities by addressing the need of man and the world holistically. Kingfisher is a Kingdom catalyst.

What do we do?

We present disciple making workshops, train, coach  and mentor church leaders and mobilisers and facilitate ground level Kingdom initiatives.  All mentioned above kept us busy this past year and with a thankful heart we want to celebrate God’s faithfulness.

Good reports landed on my desk about our work in the former Russian republics. We are excited about medical outreaches as a basis to build disciple making relationships in North-Western Africa. We are thankful for the hundreds of pastors already trained in Uganda and now are being followed up with intensifying focus on the practise of disciple making. We are surprised by the transferring of our Kingdom DNA in established mission organisations in many countries (even South-Africa), prayer movements in Western Africa and church planting in Zambia. We are looking forward on how God is going to build His Kingdom in South-Africa via the Helplift Network- and Call 42- initiatives, developed from the Kingfisher DNA. We play our part in changing the understanding of what church is all about in local faith communities as well as the formal church in many countries of the world. We celebrate the fact that we can be part of God’s worldwide restoration process.

We want to pick up the sharing of news on our website. This important part of ministry falls short so many times. Please visit our website on www.kfmc.co.za where you would find news, discussion, free downloads and links to partners.  On the website you would also find the following noteworthy news:

“Kingfisher recently received a new leadership team. Dirk Coetzee had been the Operational Manager and will be responsible for the duties of Executive Director as well as Operational Manager. Johann Theron had been the founding Executive Director of Kingfisher and had been responsible for the work in Eastern Europe for the last number of years. Dirk and Johann will jointly be responsible to make the vision of Kingfisher a practical reality. We look forward to the example they will set in joint leadership, submitting to one another as servants of Christ.”

Where do we work?

Eastern Europe (Ukraine, Bulgaria, Poland, Latvia, Belarus, Germany), West Africa (Senegal, Gambia, Mali, Niger, Guinea) and East Africa (Uganda, Kenia), India, Southern Africa (Zambia, Zimbabwe, Namibia, South-Africa).

A story or two

There are many stories like the following. An example from Johann Theron:

Imagine one of the last remaining Communist dictatorships in the world, Belarus. A tiny church that consists of less than 1% of the population begins to understand the importance of working outside the walls of the building. They apply for permission to stage a family event on the central square in the city. Surprised that they receive permission – they do a fun-day for families. In all creative ways they entertain families – even talk about God – and celebrate the first ever church organised public event in Minsk.

Anja is a 25 year old student – working for Kingfisher in Ukraine. God is using her in a very special way to be a harvester in His Kingdom. Currently she has a weekly cell group that consists of 15 people – 12 of them unbelievers! Her own church has grown from 3 people in 2010 to 70 in 2015. They understand the necessity of focussing on unbelievers.

God is writing History in Eastern Europe – and use many vessels. Many different kinds of input are used to penetrate darkness with light – so that we can celebrate stories like these. Kingfisher is only one of the instruments in His hand.

It’s time

We are living in turbulent times all over the globe. People live in fear and feel insecure. Every country has its challenges which leave people, many times, with no hope and no peace. There is still an opportunity for the body of Christ to step up to this challenge. Christ is the hope and peace for the nations. Kingfisher has always been and still is going to be a catalyst for the renewing of minds and a serving/disciple making lifestyle, for Christ Jesus to reign in people’s hearts and communities. Therefore we echo the following prayer along with Brian Doerksen:

It’s time for the reign of God; It’s time for Your light to shine
It’s time for the kingdom of our God to be revealed
It’s time for authority; It’s time for Your majesty
It’s time for the kingdom of our God to be revealed

In these days of wars and famines; In these days when hearts grow cold
In these days of growing darkness; There’s a story to be told
So we gather in the Spirit; We lift up a prayer of faith
We proclaim the mighty word of God; The power in Your name

For the captives of rebellion; Addicted and deceived
For those who wander far from home; It’s time to intercede

So we gather in the Spirit; We lift up a prayer of faith
We proclaim the mighty word of God; The power in Your name

It’s time for the reign of God; It’s time for Your light to shine
It’s time for the kingdom of our God to be revealed
It’s time for authority; It’s time for Your majesty
It’s time for the kingdom of our God to be revealed

This is happening as you pray/read this. This is happening because you and I are praying for the Lord of the harvest to send out workers; this is happening because you and I answer to the call to follow Jesus which also means to deny yourself and take up the cross; this is happening because you and I go and make disciples ….

Thank you in whichever way you are going along.

Joh 15:5  I am the Vine, you are the branches. He who abides in Me, and I in him, the same brings forth much fruit; for without Me you can do nothing.

May the goodness and mercy of God be with you.

Your brother

Dirk