Africa celebrates the best yet!
OUR 80TH ANNIVERSARY CELEBRATION
PRETORIA, SOUTH AFRICA APRIL 1 – 5, 2012
In April, the first of two regional World Outreach International (WOI) 80th anniversary celebrations was held near Pretoria, South Africa. The 118 participants and 30 visitors came from Europe, the Middle East and Africa, and together we shared a truly incredible time.
FANTASTIC” was a common word used by participants to sum up their experience of the 80th anniversary celebration in South Africa.
We enjoyed a wonderful sense of the Holy Spirit throughout our three days together. Many encouraging prophecies were shared, and some powerful and encouraging words were brought to WOI as an organisation. We also had a lot of fun together as people relaxed and connected in a very special way.
Here are a few testimonies:
“From the first meeting to the last, I just wept; not sorrowful, but joyful with the presence of the Lord ministering to me from day one.” Christine
“It was a wonderful time of fellowship, passionate worship, powerful prayer, prophecy and inspiring teaching. We also had a lot of laughter and good food. I was refreshed in body, soul and spirit. Thanks everyone.” Stephanie
“I was so blessed by the 80th celebration. When is the next one?” Victor
“We really enjoyed the celebration, especially the worship, the teaching sessions and the field reports. We were inspired and empowered anew. Thank you for all who organised things and for spoiling us.” Martin and Simone
“The best time ever!” Chris
“The celebration was a time of spiritual refreshing and hearing from the Lord. All the messages touched our hearts. It was the first time for my wife, Sawsan, to attend a WOI gathering and she was so blessed to be part of the organisation. It was great that all of us as one big international family came together to worship God and to enjoy great fellowship together.” Nathan and Sawsan
Delegates dressed in the national costume of their country of ministry.
“The conference was truly life changing. It was so great to feel spiritually recharged and recommissioned, ready to launch out into the deep. It was thrilling. We noticed breakthroughs in our Church and family as soon as we arrived back home. Praise God.” Keith
“The Celebration was amazing. We were inspired and ministered to deeply. The worship times were heaven touching earth. Also, reconnecting and making new friendships was wonderful. A huge thank you to WOI and all who gave to make it possible.” Chris & Nadine
“From all the great spiritual input we received, I came away feeling even more determined to serve the Lord in missions. I feel fired up anew and closer to God with a deeper love for my Saviour, Jesus.” Myriam
“Thank you for this wonderful celebration. Not only do we feel restored and refreshed, but so do our four children. Our family returned home with great memories.” The Yokoineles
Testimonies From Guests:
“As friends of several WOI missionaries we really appreciated the opportunity to attend the 80th anniversary celebration. We were impressed by three things in particular; (a) the strong emphasis on supporting the individual’s calling and ministry; (b) 80 year old WOI’s willingness to adapt and be flexible in a changing world; (c) an infectious sense of humour and joyfulness that prove that WOI is a family. We were personally deeply blessed by participating in this celebration.” Ernst
“This celebration shaped my way of thinking, my vision and ministry. I was looking for a lot of answers which I received by the end. Everything was well organised and a blessing to us.” Theuns
Mission partners honored for long term service. A combined total of 241 years! From Left: Joseph Mamabolo, Rod and Lynley Talbot, David and Doreen Khoza, Paul and Sue Fosse, Nathan and Sawsan Bassaly (not pictured)
“We came to the conference expecting to hear from the Lord – and we were not disappointed. From day one we only experienced love, acceptance and encouragement. We felt like every teaching session was talking to us and we were encouraged and strengthened. We have returned different people: more sure of ourselves, more sure of our calling and that we are in God’s will. We feel so light; the heaviness of the last couple of years has been taken away and we go back to Mozambique with new zeal and purpose.” Eugene & Tina
These testimonies reflect the importance and spiritual value of taking time out from busy schedules and coming together to worship and thank the Lord for His goodness and faithfulness. One cannot put a price on the benefits received when we gather in His presence, fellowship with like-minded people and sit at the feet of Jesus to receive His Word.
Thank you to all who helped make this 80th anniversary celebration possible.
John is the Present Emeritus of World Outreach. He lives with his wife, Mary, in New Zealand.