Change a Nation

Update posted by Johan Lourens On Sep 17, 2019

Vision

Cape to Cairo.

To reach and equip leaders in Africa with proper discipleship training so that they can full-fill the great commission.

Explanation about the vision.

December 2011 God give Johan a vision where he where dreaming that he is standing on Blouberg Beach in Cape Town with Table Mountain in then back. On the side of the mountain was a very thick cloud with the words written on it is gold: :Cape to Cairo". Johan ask God what it means and God said: "Your Southern border will be Cape Town and the Northern border Cairo and everything in between your mission field"

After prayer and seeking God face both me and my wife come to the conclusion that we must move to Cape Town to make a statement and claim the vision. Johan also have meetings with Hannes v/d Westhuizen of Change a Nation who's headquarters are in Cape Town and they both share the vision. They both pray and feel that Johan will be have the Africa department where he will be involved in training. Everything then just fall in place and we move in April 2012 to Cape Town where we have settle in Somerset West on the property of the AFM church.

In October 2012 Johan and a friend visit Malawi for a wedding and introduce a Faith- net program to the leaders. They then identified the need of proper training for the church leaders. In January 2013 Johan travel to Botswana and he identified the same need there. In April the same year he travel with a team of 2 other to Malawi to present the first discipleship training which where a huge success. In July a follow-up was done and in September the third discipleship training programme, and it is still growing as the word is spread with other leaders in Kenya, Burundi and Uganda already invited them.

Really God is at work and Cape to Cairo has started! In the meantime God is bringing more and more people together with Johan and Johan Bloem who has the same discipleship vision. In June, while busy with devotions, the Lord told me we must go to White River to help another mission organisation. When I phoned, asking if they have any needs, they answered with some hesitation, that they have prayed for help as they struggle to manage with all the maintenance, administration and ministry. I then told them that God is sending us to go and help, immediately the person said it was an answer to prayer. After discussing it as a family and praying we got the date to depart, the 7th of August 2013. We just serve them.

On returning from Malawi we strongly felt that God wants us to stay for another month and help at the ministry centre and also attend a course on Discipleship which is presented by the Kingstone Project. It is God that arrange this for proper training.

Mission

To sent teams into Africa to present discipleship training seminar's.

  • To Network with other churches and organisation's and share knowledge and resources.
  • To full fill the great commission

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Leadership

Johan Lourens is the full-time co-ordinator for the discipleship program under the governance of Change a Nation. His wife, Esther, and other volunteers ably assist Johan as he personally arranges, supervises and accounts for the training programmes. Johan also interacts with the leaders of various church missions.


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Update posted by Johan Lourens On Sep 17, 2019

From the Mission Office.

Dear Partner

The Lord has put a Word on our hearts for you, and we want you to know that it’s truly a joy to write and share it with you. It’s our prayer – in fact, it’s our expectation – that you will be encouraged, comforted, and have your faith stirred up strong inside of you as you open your heart to what He says.

Before we give you that word, we want to thank you from the bottom of our hearts for your faithful partnership to this ministry. Your prayers and financial support have been of significant value to us. We have often shared the financial demands we must meet, and strategic wisdom we need every month to keep this vision of reaching the nations of AFRICA strong and active. Each time you honour your commitment to contribute towards it, and follow what the Holy Spirit has laid on your heart to do, you really do help to carry the anointed truth of God’s Word and His tangible Presence into churches across Africa. Thank you, thank you – thank you for your faithful generosity!

Having said that, let’s get into the Word the Lord has for all of us. Proverbs 16:3 says, “Roll your works upon the Lord [commit and trust them wholly to Him; He will cause your thoughts to become agreeable to His will, and] so shall your plans be established and succeed.”

This is a wonderful promise from the Lord. No matter what you may be facing today, this week, or even this month, we want to remind you that you are not alone – and that the Lord Himself wants to be the One to lift you up, empower you, and carry you through every step of the way.

Sometimes the task ahead of us appears so overwhelming and complicated that we simply can’t see the wood for the trees. What we really need is a different perspective, one where we can see things clearly from God’s point of view. In Proverbs 16:3, it says the Lord will cause our thoughts to line up with His will, when we commit and trust our works to Him. Did you notice the Word says that He will cause our thoughts to be the same as His own?

Can you imagine the advantage we will have in any situation when we have God’s thoughts governing every decision we make? The Bible says our responsibility is to commit our ways and works to Him. This means we are to submit our motives and agendas to Him before we act. When we do, His Holy Spirit has the freedom to influence our thoughts to take on His agenda, giving us a clear direction to follow.

Along with this direction comes His supernatural insight and wisdom to carry the vision through. Since it’s birthed and empowered by His Spirit, our work will be established and succeed into something that is marked with eternal significance. This is really remarkable!

How do we do this? Well, to commit and trust our works to the Lord, prayer is required. In Ephesians 6:18 it says, “Pray at all times (on every occasion, in every season) in the Spirit, with all [manner of] prayer and entreaty...”

Now, wrapped up in this word prayer, we find the purposeful attitude of thanksgiving. Even before we receive His practical wisdom, and clear direction, or even see His hand move on our behalf; we are to thank Him in advance for it. That means we are to joyfully, expect that this is exactly what He will do when we come to Him in prayer.

So, before you even attempt to take on any task that lies ahead of you, go to the Lord in prayer. Approach Him joyfully, fully expecting an exchange. Draw near to Him, in an intimate face-to-face encounter, completely surrendering yourself to Him. Thank Him for pouring His wisdom into you, and revealing His perspective to your heart and mind. As you open your heart to Him, you will receive the inner strength and power you need to tackle any problem.

Don’t try navigating through any task alone, commit it to the Lord in prayer, and in the exchange, He will give you all you need to have it established and successful.

LATEST NEWS

• We are involved in 39 of the 54 countries in Africa via Whatsapp groups where we daily communicate the Good News of the TRUTH to more than 3000 church leaders.

• Malawi-17 outreach are planned from the 27th September till 7th October. Please pray for provision of 1000 BIBLES.

Currently teams are active in Mozambique, Kenya, Malawi and Tanzania

We We love you dearly,

Johan & Esther Lourens.


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Update posted by Johan Lourens On Sep 17, 2019

WHERE ARE THE MISSIONARIES TODAY?

"And Paul dwelt two whole years in his own hired house, and received all that came in unto him."Acts 28:30.(KJV)

I remember how in our younger days we were told of missionaries who brought the gospel to our nation. How some stayed for years, how some even died of sicknesses and diseases, how some even learnt our local dialects and translated the Bible to our local languages for us. Such stories inspired our young minds back then and even now.

We saw crusades of various evangelists in most villages and other less fancied places, we saw people healed and heard various healing testimonies. Dawn broadcasting was the order of the day. Today things seem to have taken a different turn altogether. Evangelists and missionaries have become very rare. This is because to some, the preaching of the gospel has become a means to fill the stomach.

Jesus commanded us to go to all the corners of the world to proclaim the gospel. What we observe lately is people flooding the streets preaching the gospel but with the ultimate aim of making profit out of the preaching. They operate under names like prophets and apostles but the heart is not so much for souls as for the money. Time to return to the mission field with the sole purpose of winning souls.

CONFESSION: I receive all boldness and utterance to get back to my original assignment of preaching the gospel to the whole world.

Additional Studies:

Matthew 9: 35

Matthew 28:19

Mark 16:15

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Update posted by Johan Lourens On Sep 17, 2019

Isa 61:1-4.

The Spirit of the Lord GOD is upon me, because the LORD has anointed me to bring good news to the poor; he has sent me to bind up the brokenhearted, to proclaim liberty to the captives, and the opening of the prison to those who are bound; to proclaim the year of the LORD's favor, and the day of vengeance of our God; to comfort all who mourn; to grant to those who mourn in Zion— to give them a beautiful headdress instead of ashes, the oil of gladness instead of mourning, the garment of praise instead of a faint spirit; that they may be called oaks of righteousness, the planting of the LORD, that he may be glorified. They shall build up the ancient ruins; they shall raise up the former devastations; they shall repair the ruined cities, the devastations of many generations.

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