I don’t even know here to start. I joined Rivers church in January and later became an usher and then a partner. I love Rivers church and its leaders. Ever since I joined, everyone kept telling me to register for the Sisters of Africa conference. ‘Life changing’, ‘transformative’ are just some of the adjectives people used to describe it. To be honest, I was sold but my wallet wasn’t. I was making just enough to get by and paying R450 for a ticket just wasn’t in my budget. I promised myself that once I started making more money I would invest in a ticket.
This year I also started using my Podcast App on IOS. There a found a world full of inspirational teachings, sermons from all my favourite churches and just day to day chit chat. That’s also where I found Pastor Holly Wagner from Oasis Church. She was a force and her teachings literally inspired me to get up and keep going. I became Holly obsessed and vowed that one day I would travel to her church just to hear her live. After two weeks of losing myself in Holly, I went to church to serve like always and this time I happened to be present enough to notice that Holly Wagner was a speaker at Sisters of Africa (Look at God!). I wouldn’t have to travel to her, God was bringing her to right to my new home. So I didn’t wait until I started making more, I paid the R450 and by the grace of God made it through that month.
Side note: Looking back now, I’m so glad I sacrificed and invested in myself and my future by buying that ticket. The month after listening to God and buying this ticket, I was blessed with a new well paying job. So not only would I not have to travel to see Holly but I also got a new job. I really do believe God rewards people who trust him with their little.
The conference was so beautiful! I can honestly say I have been transformed and renewed. I thought I would share key points with you that moved me:
Wilma spoke about being AWAKE! We need to be awake to see what God has for us and for what he wants to do in us. Staying awake spiritually means reading our bibles, seeking God every day, serving in the house of God. There is so much happening in the world that we can afford to sleep on our dreams, ambitions or on our calling. We need to WAKE UP!
The Day Is Near
11 And do this, understanding the present time: The hour has already come for you to wake up from your slumber, because our salvation is nearer now than when we first believed. 12 The night is nearly over; the day is almost here. So let us put aside the deeds of darkness and put on the armor of light
Pastor Holly Wagner (someone pinch me!)
Ah! Dreams come true man. Pastor Holly spoke about time and timing. Life is happening and unfolding everyday. She spoke about chronological time and God’s divine time.
2 Corinthians 4:18
“So we fix our eyes not on what is seen, but on what is unseen, since what is seen is temporary, but what is unseen is eternal.”
- Chronological time: We cannot get trapped in the routine of everyday things that we forget God. God needs to be first before our routine. Losing God in the routine or adding God as a routine isn’t what we are called to do and when we do this, we become overwhelmed and frustrated.
- Godly timing: This means being awake every day for at any time God might use you or he might bring about an opportunity but you need to be awake to recognize these moments! The main thing that makes us second guess God’s timing is fear. We know God has spoken to us but what he has said to us is so big and crazy that we automatically retreat in fear so we miss the opportunity.
“We need to go from fear to courage. Don’t let the fear of the battle hold you back”
“Arise, shine, for your light has come,
and the glory of the Lord rises upon you”
Valorie was amazing and her background in positive psychology made her such a magnetic force. She spoke about Purpose. The one question she asked us: How is someone else’s life better because they crossed paths with us? That’s a good starting point to try figure out what are meant to do on this earth. What I took away from her sermon was that your purpose is so much bigger than you. Sometimes God gives you special assignments that aren’t even about you but are for other people. And God is a great God that will ask God things from you and as soon as you start working and living in purpose the enemy will start to sow seeds of fear, doubt and frustration. So when these arise, don’t retreat but fight back knowing that you’re only experiencing this because you’re walking in purpose.
28 And we know that in all things God works for the good of those who love him, who[a] have been called according to his purpose.
These are just a few of some of my favourite points from the conference. A whole lot more was said and that moved us but I think these resonated with me because I decided four months ago to go for my dreams. I never grew up in a family where you were encouraged to dream big or told that you could be become anything. I am teaching myself to dream big, plan and work hard but it hasn’t been easy. I have been hit by the greatest waves of fear and doubt that will just cripple me and leave me weak. It was so great to hear that fear and doubt are weapons the enemy uses to disarm those walking in their purpose. So because I’m experiencing these it means I’m on the right track! So I will continue to dream extraordinary dreams, pray bold and crazy prayers and believe wholeheartedly that through Christ, anything is possible!
Registrations for Sisters of Africa 2018 is now open and I really hope you see a few of you. Start saving for a ticket and see it as an investment in yourself and your future.
With love, Nollie!