- 05 Aug
Warm love and greetings to you in Christ Jesus our Lord. I trust you are well?
Our Thanks & Giving Dinner went amazingly well and was a resounding success. Thank you to Jeanie, Steph, Vaughan, Allan and the team who worked together to make it an evening to remember. If you were there, I am sure you would agree. If you were not, make sure you book your space early and are at our event in 2020.
I also want to first give thanks and all glory to our Lord Jesus for His provision in this event and in the tithes and offerings. For the first time in over four years we are meeting budget and with the event Willow is finally not in the red budget wise. I also want to thank each person who has taken Malachi 3 and 2 Cor 9 seriously.
10 Bring the whole tithe into the storehouse, that there may be food in my house. Test me in this,” says the Lord Almighty, “and see if I will not throw open the floodgates of heaven and pour out so much blessing that there will not be room enough to store it - 6 Remember this: Whoever sows sparingly will also reap sparingly, and whoever sows generously will also reap generously. 7 Each of you should give what you have decided in your heart to give, not reluctantly or under compulsion, for God loves a cheerful giver. 8 And God is able to bless you abundantly, so that in all things at all times, having all that you need, you will abound in every good work. (NIV)
May our Father in Heaven bless your faithfulness! A word given to me by a senior leader in the Vineyard in some of our deepest resource struggles was, “If you seed it, you will see it” And friends we are seeing it! Our Father is faithful!
After the dinner I met with two friends who are business men and have faithfully supported our ministry for many years. They asked me a question pertaining to Willow having our own building. My response was that, yes, I believe one day we would have our own building to meet in. A place to call our own home as a church. I told them that I have had a picture in my mind for a few years now of what the facility and auditorium would look like. Their response amazed me and overwhelmed me in the goodness of our Father. They said they have seen us at La Salle College, the Dutch Reform Church in Discovery and now at Oakfield. They believe that our Father wants us to have our own home as a church and they would like us to start a building fund. They would make monthly contributions toward the building fund to make it a reality.
In my time with the Lord yesterday, I was led to go back in my journal. I had forgotten what I had written, and the Lord reminded me of His promises. In June this year while in Newcastle for the release of Well Vineyard, the Lord resurrected the vision for our building. I never mentioned the vision to anyone, I just journaled it and held it close to my heart. On our way home in the car we saw three Lamborghini’s in a row, the third being bright green. I mentioned how much wealth was tied up in the three cars. Estelle, a lady from Bethel Church who came along as part of the team was praying in the back seat. After a while she said she felt it was a picture of a voucher from God for a building. I said I’d take it, but I asked but how Father, it seems impossible... And now here we are, as Luke 1:37 says, “For nothing is impossible with God”
I wanted to share this vision with you for your consideration and to draw you into an awareness and conversation. Truly exciting times!
AUGUST UPCOMING EVENTS
17 August 11.30am - Marriage Seminar in The Shack– “Who’s Who?” Rolls in marriage. If you want the best out of your marriage, you are welcome to attend.
17 August 2:00pm – Soaring Eagles. All ladies are invited to join us at the church office when we will be building our friendships and having a time of fellowship together. Jo Robolakis will be our guest speaker.
24 August 9:00am - Orientation Course at The Shack @ Oakfield for folk interested in finding our more about Willow Hill and becoming members.
31 August 7:00am Men’s Ministry at Andre Kriel’s home. (083 310 6926)
In closing we are often asked to consider a question - “What is your preferred outcome for your life?” My question for you to prayerfully consider is slightly different in language but significantly different in outcome, “What is our Fathers preferred outcome for your life?”
Loving the journey