God called me into ministry one sunny Saturday morning in 1970, in Potchefstroom, South Africa. I was 17, sitting on my bed, reading my Bible, and God spoke to me through Matthew 9:35-37: “Jesus went through all the towns and villages, teaching in their synagogues, preaching the good news of the kingdom and healing every disease and sickness. When he saw the crowds, he had compassion on them, because they were harassed and helpless, like sheep without a shepherd. Then he said to his disciples, ‘The harvest is plentiful but the workers are few. Ask the Lord of the harvest, therefore, to send out workers into his harvest field’.”
It was my grade 12 year, and time to decide what to do with the rest of my life. Should I become a Geologist or Game Ranger? Obviously, God interfered with my plans that morning, but his Spirit gave me peace that surpassed all understanding. I grew up in a Christian home full of love and compassion, and always knew that God loved me and was involved in my life. On that special Saturday sunny morning, though, the future-focus of my life-journey became clear. God called me to become a worker in his harvest field! He has sent me literally to minister in many towns and villages all over South Africa, Namibia, Zimbabwe, Marion Island, and even here in Australia, over the next 40 years. He sent me to work with the harassed and helpless, and I experienced his compassionate love all along.
“For this reason I kneel before the Father… I pray that out of his glorious riches he may strengthen you with power through his Spirit in your inner being, so that Christ may dwell in your hearts through faith. And I pray that you, being rooted and established in love, may have power, together with all the saints, to grasp how wide and long and high and deep is the love of Christ, and to know this love that surpasses knowledge – that you may be filled to the measure of all the fullness of God. Now to him who is able to do immeasurably more than all we ask or imagine, according to his power that is at work within us, to him be glory in the church and in Christ Jesus throughout all generations, for ever and ever! Amen” (Ephesians 3:14-21).