‘MIGHTY MEN’ KONFERENSIE (MMC) 2008


HALLELUJAH! Die MMC 2008 was hierdie naweek gewees. Dit was selfs meer asemrowend gewees as wat ek kon dink…

Vir meer inligting oor ander optredes, die bestelling van boeke en DVD’s gaan na MMC 2007 / 2008.

Die Tema was: Dying to Live

Ek is met Christus gekruisig, en ek leef nie meer nie, maar Christus leef in my. En wat ek nou in die vlees lewe, leef ek deur die geloof in die Seun van God wat my liefgehad het en Homself vir my oorgegee het.
(Gal.2:20).

Voorwaar, voorwaar Ek sê vir julle, as die koringkorrel nie in die grond val en sterf nie, bly dit alleen; maar as dit sterf, dra dit veel vrug.
(Joh.12:24).

Ons het Donderdag nag die bus gekry en in die eerste paar minute van Vrydag oggend vertrek na Greytown…

Sewe uur Vrydag oggend kom ons Shalom plaas ingery. Daar is reeds hier en daar ‘n tent of karavaan. Ons het die bus uitgepak, kamp op geslaan, ‘n vinnige ontbyt aanmekaar gesit en ‘n bietjie ontspan…

Later het ons gaan uitvind wat ons “duties” as kosspan was, en Helder Oranje beffies gekry om aan te trek, vinnig is ons opgedeel in groepe met seksie leiers en al… so het ons naweek begin!

Wat vir my die hardste getref het hierdie naweek is die begrip van "commitment". Angus het baie gepraat daar oor. Ek was in die kosspan gewees en ons het nogals hard gewerk en daar het ek ook weer die belangrikheid van samewerking en verantwoordelikheid besef. Dit is slegs deur "commitment" wat ons volkome samewerking bereik en word afsonderlike verantwoordelikheid ‘n kragtig "tool" wat inspireerend en opbouend is.

Daaglikse stiltetyd is die sleutel tot die "commitment" wat ons met ons Here en God moet hê, maar tog is dit iets wat ons maklik afskeep. Gou-gou ‘n versie en ‘n gebedjie is nie stiltetyd nie. Ek het besef dat ek net soms werklik stiltetyd het en ander dae word dit sommer net afgejaag. Ek het besluit om ‘n "commitment" te maak tot daaglikse stiltetyd – waar niks sommer net afgejaag word nie.

Ek sal later meer met jul deel wat my ondervinding was, maar nooi die van jul wat daar was om ‘n bietjie te deel oor elk van jul ondervindings en belewenisse.

13 thoughts on “‘MIGHTY MEN’ KONFERENSIE (MMC) 2008”

  1. Wat wonderlik was/is van die MMC 2008 is dat daar ‘n blywende vrug is…ek’s seker dat die grootste meerderheid vd manne steeds stilte tyd in die oggende hou, steeds by hul commitments bly…DIS die krag vd Here wat lewens verander…lekker om te sien Jesus lewe en dat ons land op SY agenda is…groot profesie het uitgegaan tydens ‘n oplewing huidiglik in Florida- dat herlewing hierdie land gaan ruk…ons beleef dit en mag dit groter uitkring om Afrika te bless…ons mandaat vd begin af…O ja en kyk hoe hierdie huidige beweging ook die nasies vd wereld gaan bless…Jes 60 se mos so!!! HALLELUJAH! Hy regeer!

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  2. Ek het heel per ongeluk al die pad van die Weskus MMC 2008 bygewoon aangesien ek ‘n kursus in Newcastle gehad het die Maandag – ek weet egter nou dit was nie per ongeluk nie.
    Voorheen het ek myself ‘n Christen genoem omdat dit vir my logies was om in iets te glo waar dit nie alles verby is wanneer jy doodgaan nie. Ek het in ‘n Christen huis groot geword en het op vele geleenthede myself gedeeltelik oopgemaak vir die Heilige gees, maar wou altyd self in beheer bly – ek was ‘n Christen wanneer dit my pas. Die naweek van MMC 2008 het dit verander – tussen 50 000 mans wat die Here loof was die eie ek ewe skielik so klein dat ek uiteindelik myself ten volle oopgemaak het vir die Heilige gees (Geilige gees soos Angus sal se). Hoe weet ek dit? Wel na die naweek het ek ‘n rustigheid wat ek nog nooit gehad het nie – ek het geen behoefde vir dit wat ek weet nie deel van die Lig is nie. Ek sien uit na my stilte tyd in die oggend – dit was vooreen iets wat ek gevoel het ek moet doen. Ek het behoefde om Jesus te loof in alles wat ek doen en dit te deel met ander. Ek weet egter nog nie altyd hoe nie, maar beplan om die pad te stap deur Hom wat my krag gee.
    Ek wil dankie se aan elke man wat daar was – jul het elkeen ‘n bydra gelewer tot die herlewing wat ek ervaar het en wat ek in soveel ander gesien het. Ek wil net weer herhaal wat oom Angus gese het – Ons moet bid vir hom en sy gesin en ons moet elkeen verandwoordelikheid neem vir die herlewing wat ons nou saam begin het in Suid Afrika. Ek hoop net oom Angus besef daar gaan volgende jaar ‘n Miljoen Greytown toe wil kom.

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  3. It was a great weekend at the Mighty men of God conference – I could have done with a few more ‘home comforts’, but then again, I am a city boy! Seriously though, being on crutches is not very comfortable in the middle of the mealies, and it got a little less comfortable when it started raining last night. But, heck, that’s all part of the experience!

    The conference was great. I didn’t learn anything new, and I guess that the intent of the conference was not to teach new things, but rather to remind us to do things that we should be doing anyway!

    I was, however, inspired by the straightforward manner in which Angus Buchan challenged the men who were present to ‘get their lives sorted out’. Most of his talks centered around issues of relationship with one’s loved ones, the courage to serve God with passion, and finding a purpose for one’s life that is about more than just working and selfishly enjoying one’s self.

    I enjoyed being with the group I went with – there were 7 of us. We spent time chatting, we braai’d (that’s a cookout for those outside of South Africa), we camped on a farm, didn’t get to shower (there was not enough water for that), and spent a lot of time sharing thoughts and ideas about our dreams, aspirations, our love for our families, our hopes for our lives, our desire for our relationship with God etc. We spent a lot of time just praying with one another and for one another and our wives and children. It has been quite a few years since I have had the joy of just being an ordinary Christian guy among other ordinary Christian guys (not a theologian, or a minister, or a Dean, but just another Christian guy). And I loved it! A number of significant shifts and breakthroughs came from among the group of men that I had the chance to talk to.

    I saw many friends there too (quite a few from Bryanston, many, many, many Methodists members and Methodist ministers that I have met, served, and come to know over the years. I even met a few friends that I studied with at University from the Presbyterian, Anglican and independent Churches). Then there were the many new friends I made! I spent a lot of time chatting with a pastor from Margate who is doing remarkable work to bring together the Churches in his area to address the social needs of the community. Through him I met a young doctor, humble, gifted, and kind, who serves his Church and his community with the love of Christ. He inspired me with his faith.

    So, it was a good time. On our way out of PMB we had a chance to meet with Dr Michael Cassidy to talk about the NIRSA meetings this coming week. Michael and I haven’t always held the same views on certain theological issues. But he has always kindly sent me copies of his books, complimented me on sermons he has heard me preach, and offered me encouragement, advice, and support. I look forward to getting to know him better.

    Of course, being a bit of a gadget guy, I CERTAINLY enjoyed the flight to and from the conference in the company jet!

    There were a few ‘hairy’ theological moments. And I am thankful to my good friend who sent me one or two things via email to read and pray about. On the whole however even those who are less liberal than I seemed to sense when things came across too strongly or were overstated. I had many opportunities to engage with the 50 or so guys we camped with in our small area, and amazingly our theology was fairly similar in most respects. We talked about deep and significant things. Of course the one thing we all shared was a love for Jesus.

    Well, I am pleased to be home, to have had a long hot bath and a hot cup of coffee. Tomorrow I go to work for a few meetings, and then on Tuesday I go to Johannesburg for the NIRSA (National Initiative to Reform South Africa) conference. I’ll post some pictures and reflections from there. So please stay tuned!

    Thanks for all the great comments! I am feeling more Wesleyn, and more Christian, than I have in a long while.

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