Behold the Lamb of God

Victory. Triumph. Conquer.

These are some of the words that come to mind when Passover (Easter) comes around every year.

This celebration should and must remind the world of the greatest war ever to be fought. The war that Jesus won. The Victorious King. The Triumphant Son of God. The Conquering Christ! 

The Cross. The Grave and The Resurrection.

These were essentially the battle plan. The strategy of heaven defeating death, shame and disgrace.

Romans 6:5

For if we have been united with him in a death like his, we shall certainly be united with him in a resurrection like his.

Romans 6:11-13

So you also must consider yourselves dead to sin and alive to God in Christ Jesus.
Let not sin therefore reign in your mortal body, to make you obey its passions. Do not present your members to sin as instruments for unrighteousness, but present yourselves to God as those who have been brought from death to life, and your members to God as instruments for righteousness.

The measure in which we aspire to present ourselves to God as instruments of righteousness, will testify to our conviction of Passover. 

God’s grace is sufficient to empower us to become these instruments of glory that God can enjoy and use according to His desire and purpose. Our part is but to choose what we’ll become.

Who will you become?


Our family is on a journey of becoming. And what a great adventure it is walking in rhythm to the heart pounding, gut wrenching, supernatural and love-compelling mission of God.

Day in and day out we seemingly disappear as the greatness of His riches are displayed whilst sending us out to the nations!

We wouldn’t want it any other way.

He prepares. He equips. He provides and He sends. He assists. He empowers. He encourages. He disciplines. He fathers. HE REMAINS.

We trust that the power of His resurrection will be evident in and through our testimony to the glory of His name among all the nations!

Enjoy Passover and be encouraged that the same power that conquered the grave lives in every heart that acknowledges and receives Jesus as Lord and Saviour.

Joe and his family on a mission

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got purpose?

So I thought it would be brave to write about something as illusive as purpose.

My observation is that most people, if not everyone, wants to know why they exist. Why do we go to work? Why do we want to be accomplished? Aren’t these questions directly connected to the foundational one, “Why am I here?”

Something I’ve come to realize is that the best way to answer  the above question, is to change the question. “Why am I here?” should rather be “Who put me here?” That’s what being on earth is all about. Figuring out who is responsible for you being here. In my case it is the triune God of the Bible. So I look to Him to answer me, instruct me and lead me in my reason for being on earth.

It might not seem very revelatory to most, but it is SO satisfying when we understand that most answers we desire lies outside of ourselves.

Pressure gone!

My family and I are happy to rest in the sovereignty of Jesus as He answers, instructs and leads us into the new chapter awaiting us in the nations. He does this through family, friends, leaders and of course His word and Spirit. He continually clarifies our purposes as a family.

Wow! He is able. He lacks nothing. Especially in regard to the wisdom and power that He guides us with.

Seek the Lord and you will find Him!

Since our return to the Boland the Lord has provided over and above our expectation. In such a way that we have reached the 75℅ mark. He is faithful and SO generous! For more detail on what we are still trsuting for before our departure,please visit our Hebrews 11:1 page.

As always. Thank you to everyone that forms part of our BandofBeukes and supports us so faithfully and generously.

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Joe and his family on a Mission

 

 

 

 

 

 

Flight Number ET846

So today is the 1st of February and my family and I are still in South Africa.

Yip, we didn’t board our Ethiopian Airlines flight last night, but wait! Let me take you a week and half back to a phone call that adjusted our next couple of weeks.

The phone rang and I saw one of our leaders’ name displayed on my phone. It is always great speaking with him and I do have a lot of respect for his leadership. He asked how we were doing and I replied. In the end we were speaking about the right timing in which things should happen.

For us that meant extending our stay here in South Africa with a couple of weeks until mid April. The main reason being that our necessary funds are not yet on target, and so we’ve been encouraged to make sure we reach that goal before we depart. Currently that is our main focus apart from serving locally where we can.

We rest in God’s timing concerning our departure to Kenya. We know that He has brought certain leadership into our lives to instruct, guide and impart to us in every season that which He desires.

We are SUPER exited to get everything in order so that we can run into everything that God has prepared for us in Nairobi. We also acknowledge that this is a marathon and not a sprint.

“Building slow is building fast.” – Steve Murrell

Until we leave we will be staying in Wellington. We have been really privileged that God has blessed us with two vehicles (we’ve already sold ours ;->) to use during our extended time here in the Boland valley. Thank you SO much for everyone that has made their homes and cars available to us!

Please trust with us as we keep placing our faith in God’s character and nature to supply all that we need to accomplish mighty endeavours in the nations. For more information on what we are still trusting for please visit our Hebrews 11:1 page.

Regards

Joe and his family on a Mission

 

 

 

Going Going Gone!

Good morning family and friends

We trust that you had a wonderful festive season, filled with love, kindness and the presence of Jesus Christ.

When you think about it, everything revolves around this name. Jesus Christ. What is our response to the name of Jesus Christ? To us it means that everything and everyone finds its purpose in Him. That is why we as a family are on our way to Kenya.

In approximately 18 days we will be boarding on our Ethiopian Airways flight en route to Nairobi. The vision?

To make disciples, raise leaders and plant churches.

Churches that can do the same until East Africa, then the rest of Africa and the nations will know and please God. We see a sending hub that is established to equip and empower many local East Africans to go into the harvest.

The challenge?

Support.

Yup, you’ve guested it. We have been busy raising funds to be able to make a living in Nairobi. Seeing that it is about twice as expensive to live there as opposed to South Africa, we have been trusting the Lord to add to our existing finances.

Currently we have reached 50% of that goal. Yet, through a lot of prayer and Godly counsel, we are still determined to set off on the next phase of our Beukes journey. We are therefore still in need of more wonderful men and woman, like yourselves, who are passionate about the Gospel and its Gift to the nations.

In light of our challenge we would like to launch our BandofBeukes page. This is a page designed to encourage you to give other people an opportunity to become part of our vision. Please visit our BandofBeukes page and refer friends, family and even colleagues that might want to partner with us. Or otherwise, we would greatly appreciate it if you could contact us concerning someone you might feel can potentially become part of the vision in this regard.

Click here to visit BandofBeukes

Thank you for being invested in this apostolic vision to reach the nations. Your passion and steadfast support in every regard enables us to respond to the call to go and be a light of salvation to the ends of the earth.

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Grace for 2017 and much regards

Joe and his family on a Mission

 

 

 

 

Breathe

 

Hello there Band of Beukes

(and anyone else that might read this in the future)

Yup, we’re taking a breath.

Let me clarify the kind of breath I am talking about. You know the kind of breath a swimmer takes while he/she is gliding through the water in an attempt to set up the new world record?

Well that’s not the kind of breath I am talking about. The one I am referring to is the one that precedes a deep sigh of satisfaction. Maybe you have one when you arrived back home after a productive day at work. Or after you just put the kids to bed and know you have what is left of the night, for yourself (that’s us).

Our local congregation has a policy to bless its staff with a sabbatical for every seven years spent in ministry. Mine has arrived and I am breathing in the fresh air of resting, waiting and preparation. Our family is on extended leave until mid-January isn’t that tremendous!

Let me elaborate on the ‘resting, waiting and preparation’ part.

Resting

This is the most important part. These three months are meant to taper down on ministry activities to the extent that the only ministry that is really left, happens between yourself and God.

Waiting

While we are resting, we are waiting.  Actively waiting.  Not lethargic or impassively. Waiting, seeking and readying ourselves to receive a renewed vision and action plan for the next seven years. This is the most satisfying part. It’s all about lingering with anticipation in God’s presence and becoming attentive to what He is dreaming of and desiring you to accomplish and become.

What an exciting time to be in!!!

Preparation

Picture a gun, or a coffee machine for that matter. Both needs some preparation for it to produce the BANG, the moment of GLORY when you sip and taste that it is good, pleasing and perfect. That’s probably the most strategic part of our furlough.  God is equipping us and stretching back the elastic so that when the launch codes have been set to fire, we’ll be off flying, propelled, going further than ever before.


Have you been inspired to rest, wait and let God prepare you for the next season of your life?

I trust that you’ll be blessed with enough time and the ability to prioritise well, to regularly give yourself to the things mentioned above.

Blessings and Regards

Joe & his family on a mission

Families Matter

Hello there everyone

Family is SUPER important.

We are often defined, received, celebrated or even rejected by those who form part of this inner circle of people.

Whether it be natural or spiritual family, its hard to imagine life without their input, good or bad, happy or sad.

Very recently we (South Africa) were privileged to host our Every Nation International World Conference. It is held every three years and this year was Cape Town’s turn to set the stage for global fellowship, worship and equipping.

What a BLAST!!! It was really thrilling and extremely encouraging to experience our spiritual family in a world-wide context. I had the privilege of personally hosting one of our international leaders and what a blessing that was. We met some great leaders from across the world and learned even more from them. Here are two links to all the sermons of the main sessions.

EN2016 sermons recap and Opening Night

I realised that the best way to meet new people and get to know them is through serving them.

On a more regional level. During our stay in Bloemfontein, we were fortunate enough to also meet so many new people who we now call spiritual family. Our time there from June to September would probably be best described as a family reunion, even though we didn’t know much about each other beforehand.

Have you ever visited far off relatives and realised that you actually have SO much in common? Well, I had such an experience with our local congregation in the City of Roses.

Check out Every Nation Bloemfontein for more information concerning this lovely congregation.

As for my household, well, we’ve also discovered new avenues of family life. It has been one great journey of discovery, living in 7 different houses in the last couple of months. A friend of mine recently gave me some great insight concerning our current household rhythm.

“Maybe you should be aware and sensitive to all the diverse input that comes from every different family that has opened up their home to you.”

-JP

This gave Marli and I such wonderful perspective and we could recall all the wonderful times of impartation and input we received up until that point. It also made us realise that we should be on the look out to acknowledge when those moments re-occur. Every house that has been offered to us for accommodation was the home of a spectacular family. WOW! What an amazing privilege to have had so many great and meaningful conversations, meals and coffees.

We are all impacted greatly by those we appreciate, accommodate and acknowledge as the core group of people we do life with. Family.

It has been quite a while since my last pensive proposition. I trust that this one has found you well.

Thank you again to everyone that has been partnering with us in every way. Especially those of you who have opened your homes to us during the last couple of months.

Joe and his family, on a mission.

A day on Mercury

Hello There Family and Friends

Our time here in Bloemfontein could, to some extent, be likened to one day on Mercury. Nope, not because Mercury is the smallest of all the planets or that Mercury is named after the Roman deity, the messenger to the gods.

Rather that one day on Mercury is equal to approximately 59 days on earth. Which got me thinking what we could accomplish on Mercury, because in Bloem it has truly been 59 days of effective ministry, joyful serving, interesting family dynamics and memorable times with newly made friends.  

We have been thoroughly enriched by the people’s kindness in hosting us and their passion to make Jesus known in Bloemfontein and even the nations they reach out to on a yearly basis.

If we could have 59 days on Mercury like we’ve had in Bloem, I’m sure Mercury would be made inhabitable in no time….

We look forward to continue partnering with and serving the city of Bloemfontein in the next couple of weeks, until our return to Paarl.

We appreciate every prayer and every financial seed that has been sown into our ministry in order for us to be effective ministers of God’s love.

Kind Regards and Many Blessings

Joe (…and his family) on a Mission!!!

Our family's thoughts and experiences en route to adventure, discovery and the honour of God.