To travel the world for close to a year, you need a few heroes in your life. It's the same with everything in life. Like a good sports team (or business, government or church) more than just the players on the field are important. The support team is crucial and it is often these people who really make the difference.
That is why I would like to dedicate this blog post to those heroes back home…those who really make the difference!
Those who know me will be familiar with my view of Jesus' relationships. He had the crowds, the 72, the 12, the 3 and the Father.
Thank you to the crowds:
Thank you to each and everyone who pray for us, who carry extra responsibility because we are away and who support in whichever way - including the teams within our family, our church, in transformation ("T"), in Turn the Tide("TTT"), in Rock Lodge & Rock Ministries("RL"), in Trip, in African Leadership Institute ("ALI"), at WHS, etc. - but who are not separately mentioned in this blog.
Thank you to the 72 and the 12:
Iain Erasmus for his leadership and spirit filled management of ALI
Herbert Burmeister for faithfully and successfully managing the RL
Piet du Plooy for his exceptional dedication towards Trip, myself and our family
Tinie Johr for her loyalty in managing TTT as an effective unit
Paul Smit in the professional manner he chairs ALI's board (and the responsibilities attached to it)
Andre & Hanria Fourie for lovingly looking after our family "business"
Luitha von Gericke for her unmatchable servanthood and love
Renata Solomons for professionally running the ALI office (and our personal affairs) in Whk
Gideon & Louise Potgieter for their unique demonstration of support and love
Bertus Gous for his commitment towards the training of principals and inspectors through ALI
Louis en Rinette van der Riet for making the difference where it is most needed
Albert Strydom for carrying us and our dreams very deep in his heart
Ilsje du Plooy for (amongst many other things) providing financial management info of all ministries so timely
Serge Solomons for his support to Iain and Herbert (but also as lecturer and board member)
Immanuel Dumeni for filling my shoes at board level and as lecturer
Dr Goody and Stephan Nell for carrying extra loads as lecturers
Esmarie Nel for her most effective administrative support to ALI at the RL
Petrus Anton for taking on more responsibilities on RL
Gerson, Katrina, Nerine, and Altino for their support to Anton/Herbert/Iain and loyalty towards me
Neeltjie van Vuuren for the difference she makes in STEP, marketing activities, youth ministry, RL
Melanie Julius for sorting out all the TTT coffee shop challenges
Nangula & Lazarus Uaandja for their friendship and valuable contributions (financially and at board level)
Schalk Walters, Theo Claassen, Stefan Hugo for their friendship & financial support
Fritz Weinrebe for website and software support
Pierre Joubert for IT and so many other practical acts of service that make a difference
Louis & Theresé Conradie for being the "extentions of our arms"
Roland & Denise Engel for building the church and serving there where God is working already
Stephan & Caryn Feldmann for their support to Roland
Chris & Elna de Jager for love and acts of servanthood
Ronel & Japie van Vuuren for their prayers and prophetic hands and voice
Nangula Kathindi, Patric Brits, Sackey Aipengi, Sakkie Kaulinge, Zack Pienaar, Lee Helling for their wisdom at board level
Renier, Liart, Gideon, Willem for their prayer support
Lynn Nederloff for all the travel arrangements and caring
Rodrick Engelbrecht for his exceptional support to Piet and Trip
Gert Burmeister for his true friendship and being a special partner in RL
Martin, Betsie and Herbie for being such unique partners for Chrisna
Martin de Man, Cathy Reyneke and Marina Diedericks for looking after Chrisna's patients (344 Ind Ave rooms)
Luitha's support team (Hetta, Urtha, Christine, Lina, Suzette)
Johan Swanepoel and Eric Knouwds for providing long-term "tentmaking income"
Basie Buitendag and Christo Davids for being so much more than financial advisors
Tony Edmunds (Pointbreak) and Ockert Zeelie (Bank Whk) for looking after our investments and banking activities
Faffa Knoetze, Dirkie van der Spuy, Cassie Carstens, Claude Moller, Johan Deysel for wisdom and adding value to my live
Piet Coetzee, Jaco Venter and Ernst Coetzee for looking after the development of my 36 sons (WHS u/15 rugby team)
Frans van Sittert, Wikkie Hough and Suzette van Vuuren at WHS for building the Nation and their support to Charlie
Thank you to the 3:
To those closest to us, the 3 (they were mentioned above and they will know who they are), a special word of appreciation, thanks and love: "Your reward is in heaven!"
For we, as the players on the world tour, the experience is beyond the expression of words. We honour our Heavenly Father, who through you all made it possible for us to experience such a blessing on this side of the grave.
Ps 16:5-7 (NIV)
5 Lord, you have assigned me my portion and my cup; you have made my lot secure. 6 The boundary lines have fallen for me in pleasant places; surely I have a delightful inheritance. 7 I will praise the Lord, who counsels me; even at night my heart instructs me.