Church Planters 2015: The Final Week

Alan Preller
April 21, 2015

Lectures all day, role plays, laughter, tears, friendships, massive amounts of input, heart adjustments, assignments, community meetings, Sunday meetings, report backs, worship, worship leaders report back meetings, different beds each week, new relationships, friendly banter, serious grappling with scripture, different food, really good coffee, old friends, youth meetings, elders meeting, prayer, stomach upsets, information overload, hunger for more… All of this and much more, for a whole month! This is, admittedly, a very brief attempt to describe a bit of what the Four12 church planters’ course has been like. Theresa and I have had the privilege of attending this course during April, together with Steve and Else Fouche and Lesedi Kristle Williams from Oxygen Life.

Yes, we have sorely missed everyone back home – not least of all our precious daughters. But we have had the huge benefit of sitting under the training and teaching of the likes of Andrew Selley, Mike Davies, Grant Banwell, Ivan van Vuuren, Julie de Lisle, Melanie du Toit and Nadene Badenhorst (a powerful prophetic combination!), Mike D’Offray, Ryan Kingsley, Lance McIntosh (a legend in youth ministry who is in his 50s), Russell Fraser, Adam Hellyer, Dawie Brand, and more to come in the last week of the course. This last week will also feature the one and only Will Marais. What gifted men and women these are! The Four12 field is a fruitful one, for sure! Thank the Lord that we are part of this field as a church right now!

I need to also mention that are people from all over the place on this course – Zimbabwe, Rustenburg, Benoni, Swellendam, Brazil, India, Wellington, Mossel Bay, Isle of Man, Australia, all over Cape Town, Pretoria and, of course, from the beautiful city of Port Elizabeth. Connecting with different people over lunch and coffee has been amazing, as well as at social times together, including an epic game of touch rugby on the grass at Eden on the Bay! We also caught up with our ”own” well-loved Cliff and Keigwyn Hiscock and their girls, who are now in Josh Gen. Today we bumped into David and Annelise and Reynardt and Lisa, ex-Oxygen Lifers who are now part of the Josh Gen Durbanville congregation.

To say we have been hugely impacted is an understatement, I guess. Time alone will tell just how much this course has meant to Theresa and myself. For now, we say, “Roll on!” to this final week, and then, wait for it… HOME!!! We can’t wait to be with our Oxygen family! We miss you all so much and can’t wait to see your beautiful faces!

Love you guys loads.

Al and Theresa