Mission trip to Dar es Salaam, Tanzania, 14 – 20 September 2011

On returning from this mission trip, I am once again struck by our very privileged lifestyle in South Africa. It is such an eye-opening and spiritual growth experience to visit Africa, see how other nations live and to minister to them as they minister to you. I always return richer than when I left and bonding in the Spirit with other believers is so richly rewarding. We have financial wealth while they have relational wealth and it is so refreshing to experience how they share their love and respect so freely. I am always honoured and humbled by their love and openness to share the little they have.

As a testimony I would like to quote what Grace and the Assistant Pastor said while talking to Job with some of the other women when I was somewhere else:

As they discussed the happenings of the day they kept on saying, “This mzungu (white person) of ours…” Job says they have adopted me into their hearts and are very protective of me. Such acceptance is very touching and humbling. I respect and honour their dedication to the Lord and the extent to which they exhibit the fruit of the Spirit as a natural lifestyle which is inspirational and challenging at the same time!

“Many preachers have come here from all over the world and America and while it was blessed, nobody has left us with such a great Gift as this – a foundation of the Spirit on which we can build once they have gone home. The Holy Spirit unlocked what was in our hearts as you taught and showed us how to open up to the Spirit and to receive His Power! We are very thankful that God has sent you to us and we ask that you come back to teach us more!”

Holy Spirit started gently nudging me a few months ago about a calling to Africa. I had so little time it made no sense, but I said: “Lord, if it is Your will, I am willing” and left it there. In July I started getting sermons and wondered why, since I have not preached for about three years (except at our cell group, which is different). Then Daniel Lindeque came back from DRC and informed the Saturday prayer group that there was a request from Pastor Nestor in DRC for a few people to minister at a pastor’s conference in Tanzania.

At that moment I felt the Spirit prompt me and I volunteered. The communication with Tanzania and DRC was sporadic and arrangements were difficult and took a long time. At the Apostolic Prophetic Conference in August,  Holy Spirit confirmed my decision to resign from my job so I could spend more time in ministry and the arrangements came together quite suddenly. I gave notice and was scheduled to leave the day after my notice period for Tanzania. I asked Job Ngema if he could accompany me and he jumped at the chance. We needed to sponsor Nestor’s travel and cover our own costs of R7 000 each.

I received two prophetic words about the trip to be bold and that Father God would provide – I took this to be spiritually and physically – so I stepped out in faith and made the bookings which had to be paid within three days. Pastor Nestor was bringing a group of 25 Pastors from DRC to Pretoria for a conference the week before we left and so was to travel with us to Tanzania.  Holy Spirit prompted me not to pay for the tickets so they lapsed, and the next day I booked again. But, as I was booking, I sensed Holy Spirit saying I must book Pastor Nestor’s ticket separately two days later, which I did, and so I booked and paid only for my and Job’s flights. Two days later, I booked Nestor’s flight and on the third day, when I needed to pay for it, I got a message that the SA Consulate in DRC had run out of VISA stickers and the whole group of 25 pastors could not come to Pretoria. Since the tickets are non-refundable, I was very thankful that I had not paid for his flight! I then booked his flight from DRC to Tanzania and paid for it in faith, trusting the sponsorship would come in. I had sent a message to a few people informing them of the trip and some sponsorship came in. On the day before we left, the final amount covering Nestor’s increased costs came in quite miraculously. At the same time, Job was facing a similar dilemma with finances and the day before we left, an unexpected windfall came in for him also! Our “Just-In-Time” God is truly our only Source and Provider and, although He uses every opportunity to stretch our faith, He is always so faithful and true. Holy Spirit showed me very clearly that He would be in charge and that I was to minister only a short teaching on how to receive and impart the flow of the Spirit and then to pray for impartation and that He would do the work!

I was so busy ministering the week before we left, I had no time to prepare. On the morning we left, I made time to put the Scriptures in order and Holy Spirit spoke through the few scriptures He had given me and a basic message started to gel in my spirit. I also started to receive promptings of a prophetic word developing, so I decided to prepare some more on the flight. (I minister best by flowing in the spirit, but don’t ever want to be an impediment to the Spirit because I did not prepare adequately.) I will easily discard my prepared message, since it usually only forms the foundation of the message as I flow in the spirit as Holy Spirit leads.

We arrived in Dar es Salaam and were met by two of Pastor Nzowa’s children, Isaac and Grace. Pastor Nzowa arrived a bit later and we travelled together in a minibus taxi to Bagala, a poorer suburb on the outskirts of Dar es Salaam which is noisy and busy. Thousands of people and minibus taxis, as well as Tuc-Tucs and buses, make travel slow and tedious while hundreds of tiny shops and roadside stalls add a splash of colour to the dusty, drab, poverty-stricken surroundings.

Pastor Nzowa offered us his bedroom, but since there were already about 25 people sleeping in his house, we realised that he and his wife would have no place to sleep. He took us to a nearby local self-catering boarding house, Mkulululu Lodge, which had tiny but clean rooms with an aircon, ceiling fan, real toilet and shower. The shower had one tap and in faith it had a red dot on it, but only cold water ever came out… It was refreshing since it is so hot in Tanzania. This was unmitigated luxury in the midst of the very basic local lifestyle of mostly poor people and R100 per night for the two of us sharing was very reasonable. Most toilets are the flat Arab style with a hosepipe in lieu of toilet paper so it is wisest to limit your input of food so the throughput is limited to times when a real toilet is available! Since we are not used to it, squatting has its challenges and some fast learning is well advised if the need arises to use the local style…

We had meals at Pastor Nzowa’s house with the other pastors (which meant quite a lot of walking up and down the one-kilometre distance between them) and while meals are simple, Mama Nzowa is an excellent cook. Meals are mostly rice with a very tasty stew and gravy (meat the size of our normal 300g steak is usually shared among six people) and local vegetables.

Job and I shared the room, so we were in very close fellowship which was wonderful. I learnt so much about his humility and dedication to God with a beautifully simple and constant prayerful lifestyle. Holy Spirit really ordained his participation and he fulfilled such a pivotal role in all we did and in ministering to the people. I am so thankful for his friendship and love. Job is extremely sensitive in the spirit and very effective in deliverance, especially with witchcraft and ancestor worship bondages.

Job shared the first message about:

  • A good relationship with the Lord is not dependent on qualifications or wealth but on hunger and thirst for less of us and more of God.
  • The difference between the spirit and the soul and how the body is simply the carrier of the soul and spirit to move them from place to place.
  • That man easily interferes with God’s work.
  • That to hear Him one has to keep silent…
  • To rise in spirituality one has to go down… on one’s knees.
  • God’s Glory will not to be shared.
  • Serving in Humility, Love, Submission, Obedience and Willingness.

The next morning Pastor Nzowa handed the church over to us as he needed to go to Dar es Salaam. Pastors Senga and Tambo had arrived that morning from DRC and Pastor Senga ministered the same word as that which Holy Spirit had laid on Job’s heart. What a confirmation!

That afternoon I built on the foundation laid by Job and Pastor Senga and shared from my heart on grace before inviting people to come forward for prayer. As they rushed forward and we all started ministering to them, Holy Spirit moved powerfully and it looked quite chaotic. Deliverance, healing, releasing of power from on High, anointing and releasing callings and ministries as well as the most tender, very deep emotional and spiritual healing were released by Holy Spirit. Having experienced the move of Holy Spirit on people and the diverse reactions of the human body to His power, I believe I now have a better picture of what it must have actually been like when Peter preached his first sermon and Holy Spirit moved on 3000 people powerfully enough for them to be saved, while everyone thought the Apostles were drunk! One thing is sure: the Holy Spirit doesn’t work within our paradigms or expectations!

In Tanzania it is illegal for anybody to hold an open air meeting on public ground – it must be within church grounds or in the church building. The church building in Bagala, where we were, is almost complete and Pastor Nzowa has spent himself emotionally, physically and financially to build and establish the church. Eighty percent of the congregation are unemployed! They meet EVERY morning from 4am to 8am to pray, after which they go to wash themselves and have breakfast. (Breakfast consists of tea with bread – one half has a smear of margarine if you are lucky!) They often meet again in the afternoon. The church is the centre of their social and spiritual lives. They don’t have electricity, so if they meet at night they must borrow or rent a generator for light.

The hunger and thirst of the people in Tanzania for more knowledge and experiences of Father, Jesus and Holy Spirit is humbling, whilst encouraging for us to open our hearts and spirits to press in deeper. Pastor Nzowa’s married daughter Grace has the most beautiful, gentle spirit of grace and love that I have ever seen. She literally shines with the light of Jesus streaming from her! Her mother has the same quality of gentleness and love emanating from her. Pastor Lydia from Iringa is another fountain of hope with the love of Jesus gushing out of her! (Iringa is about a day’s bus journey from Bagala.)

On Friday we were taken to visit the official Pentecostal Churches of Tanzania Pastor’s Conference which was held at the same time and it was sad to see that the pastors had not worked together and so neither conference was as well attended as expected and I presume a lot of pastors stayed away since they did not want to choose sides. My heart was crying out and drawn so strongly to the people at Pastor Nzowa’s church who expected and needed ministry and I grieved that they were being abandoned because of poor planning and lack of unity.

Pastor Nzowa told me he had arranged for me to give a 10 minute introduction and after a painfully long diatribe from a professor from Zimbabwe who was peddling his University degree programme, Pastor Mwasota rearranged the conference schedule and invited me to share a full sermon of an hour. Afterwards he said that Holy Spirit had led him to do this and that he was happy to follow the leading of the Spirit, especially when the fruit confirms it.

I shared a word that Holy Spirit gave me while I was trying not to listen to the diatribe, hoping it would finish quickly, which I share here as well, preceded by this prophecy:

I heard the Lord saying “I have heard the heart-cry of My ministers, those who minister My Word, who have seen the pain of the lost, who cry out for the salvation of My people, who have suffered loss because of My calling, because they have been feeding My lambs, they have been feeding My sheep. And, as you have called unto Me, I have seen your tears and heard your pleas and I will answer you and show you great and mighty things. As your eyes have seen the harvest, white on the fields, so will your eyes see the gathering in of the harvest! ARISE! ARISE, O My Faithful ones and receive My power to bring in the harvest!”

James 1:12: Blessed is the man who remains steadfast under trial, for when he has stood the test he will receive the crown of life, which God has promised to those who love him.

Jer. 2:12-13: Be appalled, O heavens, at this; be shocked, be utterly desolate, declares the LORD,for my people have committed two evils: they have forsaken me, the fountain of living waters, and hewed out cisterns for themselves, broken cisterns that can hold no water.

So, two evils become 1 sin. There is only one sin on earth – ‘they have forsaken me, the fountain of living waters’.

Everything that comes from that is the WORKS of sin – ‘and hewed out cisterns for themselves, broken cisterns that can hold no water’.

Lucifer did it, Adam did it and man has done it from Adam to now – forsaking Jesus, the Fountain of living waters, and then doing their own thing, seeking their own solution…

As an example, all addictions are an attempt to escape pain, to get comfort, forsaking the Comforter…

We know the parable of the sower and the seed… I pick up just after this parable…

Matt. 13:44-47:  “The kingdom of heaven is like treasure hidden in a field, which a man found and covered up. Then in his joy he goes and sells all that he has and buys that field.”

45“Again, the kingdom of heaven is like a merchant in search of fine pearls, 46who, on finding one pearl of great value, went and sold all that he had and bought it.”
47 “Again, the kingdom of heaven is like a net that was thrown into the sea and gathered fish of every kind.”

Matt. 13:37: He answered and said unto them, “He that soweth the good seed is the Son of man…”

Jesus is the Son of man who sowed the seed, so He is the One who found the treasure – YOU!

He sold ALL He had…even His life! to get YOU!

The pearl He found…is YOU!

The Spirit moved me to prophesy over Pastor and Mrs Mwasota, as well as another lady Pastor whom I don’t know. The word for them and her was very powerful and encouraging.

Rev. 22:1-2: Then the angel showed me the river of the water of life, bright as crystal, flowing from the throne of God and of the Lamb 2 through the middle of the street of the city; also, on either side of the river, the tree of life with its twelve kinds of fruit, yielding its fruit each month. The leaves of the tree were for the healing of the nations.

I was surprised to see that this had taken only 10 minutes and, while I was wondering what to do next, the Spirit moved me to prophesy:

“God is releasing the River of Life and it is flowing into you and out of you because the Word says that out of your belly will flow rivers of living water. Receive into your spirit the flow of the River of Life. There are so many who have been hurt in the church, but God says that they have withstood you because they have withstood Me; they hate you because they hate me. You have borne the burden of their hatred, but I am coming with healing in My wings and, as you forgive them, I will release My power over you and in you to flow in My Spirit and to see My power move as I touch my people. Heal Your people, Lord! Raise up the army to come out to touch Your people. Give them the compassion of Christ, put on them the burden of Jesus Christ, that they will cry out for your people and bring the ministry of healing and deliverance to your people. I command healing of broken hearts and command depression to break! Lord, let Your light shine and flow in them with healing in Your wings.”

A lady came forward, screaming and wailing with her hands raised to the Lord, and not knowing what else to do, I started praying… and Holy Spirit gave me the prayer:

“Lord, thank you for the burden you have released on your servant, the burden that comes from your heart. Let her give birth to the salvation of Your people, to the heart for Your people, because she is pregnant with this burden for Your people. Let it be a prophetic action of revival in this country, of revival in East Africa that will go out from this place, from Tanzania.”

Pastor Mwasota came to me and said that the Presence of Holy Spirit was so strong he wanted to ask the Pastors first, and then the people, to come for impartation. When he invited them, the people rushed forward and we all started ministering. As Holy Spirit moved, it seemed quite chaotic with God touching so many in special ways. This filled the next half hour.

After lunch Pastor Mwasota asked if we would share at his Bible School, since he wanted his students to also receive impartation. I asked Pastor Tambo to share and, after he shared on humility, I suggested that Pastor Senga pray for the students. He has the most humble spirit I have ever seen and he could impart this spirit of humility to them – on condition that I be first in the prayer line. (For the first time in my life I have an idea of what Moses must have been like – Moses was the meekest man on earth!) Pastor Senga is such a gracious man! He first honoured the Gift of the Spirit in me and then prayed for us all. Again the Spirit moved mightily!

Pastor Senga has five churches, is a very sprightly 75 years young and travelled for three days on the bus from DRC for the conference. He has 17 children from one wife, 48 Grandchildren and 34 great grandchildren – little wonder he is so humble! Pastor Tambo has far fewer children so has more time for his congregants and so manages to shepherd 20 churches.

On Sunday the Spirit led us to bring some apostolic correction and realignment of focus for the Pastor and establish a renewed vision for his life and church. Pastor Senga, Tambo and Job’s authority was decisive and the prophetic word from the young John Paul was very directional. The Pastor accepted the ministry very graciously and was the first to come forward for ministry prayer when the invitation for impartation came.

We then went on to participate in the inauguration of the church which had previously been a place of witchcraft. This explained the lack of anointing in the church as well as the spiritual and physical attacks on the church, the leaders and the members. It was as if witchcraft had punched holes in their faith and the anointing was being drained away. By changing tradition and requesting that the women (Grace and Mama Nzowa) enter the church first to release and establish their spirit of grace, gentleness and love as the basis of the church, we saw the anointing in the church increase and the Healing River of Life start flowing more strongly.

A local evangelist preached a strong correctional message for pastors and leaders, using the example of Daniel, Shadrach, Meshach and Abednego. I have never seen such fire and anointing in a sermon. People started walking to the pulpit and putting money in the hand of the evangelist during the sermon. This is an African custom when the sermon is spot-on, very anointed and appreciated! A standing ovation was given to the evangelist who is sure to go far in the Kingdom – watch out for her! Yes, I said ‘her’ – a 10-year-old girl with the fire of God in her heart was the one who was chosen to bring correction and encouragement to pastors and leaders.

After that, what can one do? It is difficult to top such anointing, so we invited people to come for impartation and the only One who could top her anointing, worked powerfully. Thank you, Holy Spirit! We started the victory march at 10:00 and left the church at 17:30 – seven and a half hours without a break and nobody complained… In fact, we went to Pastor Nzowa’s house and after dinner talked and taught for another 5 hours until 22:30! As Surprise Sithole says, “If you have a watch you have no time, but if you don’t have a watch you have lots of time!” So, if you come on a ministry trip to Africa, it is advisable to leave your watch at home so you can have lots of time!

We spent the next day visiting relatives of Job and while doing personal ministry, two ladies received Jesus. One was a very dear, 82-year-old lady from Parow in the Cape, who had moved to Tanzania 30 years ago. She introduced us to a very Spirit-filled, born-again Lutheran pastor who invited us to minister in his church. On the flight back Job was still busy and led the lady sitting next to him on the aeroplane to Jesus, then handed her over to me for impartation and emotional healing ministry. We make a good team with Holy Spirit’s direction! Job finds them and introduces them to Jesus and His salvation, then brings them to me to introduce them to Father’s love and healing and Holy Spirit’s comfort and power.

We have been invited by a number of churches in Dar es Salaam to come back to teach more on receiving impartation and flowing in the Spirit. We would like to take a ministry team of about five people to minister in Dar es Salaam, Iringa and Mbeya. Provisional dates are 15 to 23 December.

Pastor Nestor, who arranged this trip, has invited us for a Campaign in November to Lubambashe, DRC (Congo/Zaire). He will be working with Pastors Senga and Tambo as well as other churches to get as many people as possible together to pray for the elections on 28 November, and to receive impartation from Holy Spirit. Provisional dates are 11 to 21 November and we need a team of about 10 people to minister. The last ministry trip Pastor Nestor arranged, which he says was a small one, was 4 000 people!

Ministry in Africa is quite expensive because the local churches there cannot usually afford to fund travel costs. We also prefer to contribute to our food and transport costs so as not to burden them. We stay with families whenever possible to reduce costs. The cost of each trip is approximately R7 500 per person and we would like to assist people who are called to go with but do not have all the funding themselves. (We have 2 missionaries who don’t have an income who can contribute meaningfully to the ministry but who will need sponsorship.)

If you are led by the Spirit to, any contributions are welcome.

If you are led to join us, please contact me as soon as possible as I will be doing some Ministry preparation and we must sort out Passports, Visas and Flight bookings as early as possible.

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