Recently, Mark Meeske headed off to Indonesia and was part of the Equip time there. Here are some details of this trip from Steve Potter (Australia) who we partner with.
The team consisted of the Indonesian translocal team headed up by Darwin and Silvi Lontoh, bolstered by Ian McKellar (Church of Joy, Singapore), Mark and Steve Potter (Coastlands, Australia).
The churches in this area of the world are in an amazing space and poised, ready for increase both in the churches and in other regions. On a recent trip to West Timor, Darwin and Siswo went to the church in Soe, where the 1965 national revival started with Mel Tari. After a chance meeting with the pastor, Darwin ended up preaching to over 500 young people at a city wide youth gathering when all he wanted to do was get a photo! Many repented of passivity and were set alight for the gospel!
Many of the evening sessions at the Equip were packed. One night was overflowing, as a public holiday afforded many the opportunity to get there and people had to be seated on the stage. Over 450 leaders registered and attended at some time through the week. There was a notable deposit left from Mike Hanchett from a month earlier with a steady flow of testimonies and prophetic offerings through the week as a result.
Mark’s preach was about selfless apostolic living. Many responded to salvation and the baptism of the Holy Spirit.
There was many notable healings through the week and one lady with advanced cancer received much prayer over the week and testified to noticeable change in pain levels and sleep.
As usual the worship was extraordinary with such rich tangle moments in His presence.
Keir and Callie Tayler are currently in Poland for an apostolic trip. Here’s an update on how things are going. (Read previous updates here.)
Acts 10: 33
“So I sent for you at once and you have been kind enough to come. Now therefore we are all here in the presence of God to hear all that you have been commanded by The Lord.”
This scripture was given to us as we entered the village of Wolka Taneswka and the church was overflowing with folk from three churches who had come to hear and be healed. What an absolute privilege. They left equipped and edified as the Word went out and the sick were prayed for.
We moved on the next day to a city about an hour’s drive away. Here we were privileged to pray for a man who was in a hospice dying after a heart attack. He was desperately ill but accepted Jesus into his life and we saw peace come back into his eyes. We are trusting that he will recover.
We then went to a new church plant which was held in a basement in the city. Five pastors from different churches were present. The place was packed. After the Word was ministered many, many people came for prayer. First was a lady who had a foot in a plaster cast and was on crutches as it was apparently deformed. She could not stand on it as it was very painful. God healed her foot and she left carrying her crutches. She was also healed of ringing in her ears. Her countenance changed radically. Many, many people came up for various oppressive illnesses and God was faithful to His Word and each one of them left rejoicing. The light in people’s eyes as they were set free was amazing!
The pastor from the village church was with us and he hugged Keir and said he had learned so much about New Testament church and was going to implement what he had learned into his church. When we see The Holy Spirit work in people’s lives and set captives free like He did last night we are so humbled and know that this is the church that Jesus died for and He wants her free to be without spot or blemish. What a joy!
We then travelled about an hour and a half to the city of Tarnov where the pastor of Jehovah Nissi (the church we are about to preach in) called people on his cellphone to come to the meeting as he was so excited by what he had seen and heard. So tonight we are expectant for God to move amongst His people whom He loves so much.
Ps 105: 1
“Oh give thanks to The Lord; call upon His name; make known His deeds amongst the peoples……tell of all His wondrous works!”
Our love to you all!
Keir and Callie
Thinking about – or know someone who’s thinking about – doing Cornerstone’s Life Team next year? Mpho led the Life Team in 2012 and, in the process, found himself changed as well. Here’s his story.
I had the incredible privilege of leading the team of 2012. To be honest, I had so many expectations, some of which were superficial, but I decided I was gonna walk into this having told God what it was I was looking for. God is so faithful to honour our dreams and desires and it was only months into the next year that I saw God’s faithfulness in my expectations.
God chipped off quite a few things that had crept into my character that he wasn’t pleased about and as much as it hurt when it was happening, the fruit of it that I’m living in now is incredible.
God taught me how to operate in team. It took a long time and I was sure at one point that I was never going to get this right. Today I’m part of an awesome team of youth leaders and I’m able to be as effective as I believe God’s called me to for now because of the road I had walked on with Life Team.
It was only after he had dealt with stuff that was on His heart that God began to attend to the desires of my heart, and like I’ve said already, the fruit of this has been incredible.
So if you’re keen to join Life Team, perhaps let me encourage you this way:
1. Allow yourself to be mentored (there is huge anointing and power in accountability).
2. Don’t distance yourself from God just because you spend all your time surrounded by other Christians.
3. Open your heart to connecting, ministering and being ministered to by the team.
4. Figure out what areas of ministry/spiritual gifts you’re passionate about and called to and then actively pursue these.
5. Don’t throw in the towel when the going gets tough. As much as it hurts, its all part of God’s plan!
Here’s a short update from Callie Tayler, currently in Poland on an apostolic trip with her husband, Keir:
We’ve been in four towns already where several churches gather to hear the Word. We’ve been so very blessed to see the changes since we were here two years ago and how they have grown and implemented New Testament church principals.
The first town was Swidnik and they were all so excited to have us back and to tell Keir what has happened to them and how they are praying every day for revival in Poland. It was a great time of heart connections and I was amazed at how much they love and respect Keir.
The next day we travelled an hour and a half to Radzin where the church was full and expectant. Many miracles have happened in this small church in its nine years and again God has proved himself faithful. A man who was crippled first gave his heart to Jesus and left his crutch behind as he was totally healed. A woman with terrible calcification in her neck and shoulders was laughing for joy as she could swing her arms and move her neck. Another lady was healed of breathing problems. And there was another testimony where a chronic disease was healed where a lady was going for an MRI scan free from excruciating pain and so it went on. How exciting it is to see our Lord through His Spirit operate in people’s lives and set them free from these bondages.
We then went to the town of Parcewz. A vibrant expectant gathering of three churches awaited us. God’s presence was evident and they were so happy we had come back to minister as the prophetic Word given them two years ago was evident in the church. Again God confirmed his Word with salvations and people being baptised in the Holy Spirit and healed in many different things – legs, backs, feet etc. It was a glorious time.
From there we have moved to Hrubieszow for two nights. We are expectant for the Holy Spirit to move here as many people are oppressed and downcast. It is a lot of moving and ministering and sleeping in some very strange places but worth every minute when I see how much they love the presence of God. They are fervent in praying and excited in God!!!
Our dearest love to you all,
Another update, sent Friday 8 November
Jesus went about to all the towns and villages teaching and proclaiming the gospel and healing Matt 5 23. As Jesus did so we follow His example.
Poland has been just like that. Sometimes there are a few churches gathered together to hear the Word of life and other times we are sent to the villages and smaller churches that have never had someone from Africa come and share the love of Jesus with them .
At all times we count it such a privilege and the Holy Spirit comes and changes lives sets the captives free and heals those who are oppressed.
Our last visit was to the city of Hrubieszow to a fairly small church. After ministering the Word at two sessions God confirmed His Word with healings. A woman with a goiter in her throat could swallow and talk again and a woman with scholiosis could lift her arms and jumped up and down as the pain instantly departed from her back and legs. She came up and took my face and said “I will never forget you”.
I felt so humbled as she was an extremely poor lady living in a shelter for women. All the time as we travel into towns cities and villages we are reminded that Jesus sees every person as precious in His sight and we are to see them with His eyes.
A couple of ladies had healings in their eyes and one man had terrible pain in all his joints and stomach and the pain left.
Sometimes it is hard as we sleep in tiny beds with very thin mattresses and we move around to different churches constantly with ministry every day but it is all about advancing His Kingdom one place at a time so we count it a joy.
We are in a city now called Radom and ministering twice into a church of about 100 people. Last night a pregnant lady came to the front to repent and give her heart back to Jesus. She wept and wept and people lined up for healing.
We go to a village church tonight in Stratowice, and then back to Radom for Sunday meetings. Our internet exposure is very erratic and where we are based now we cannot get so I do this letter so when we do connect again it can go to you all.
Our love in His service, Keir and Callie
Update from Mark Meeske, currently doing apostolic work in Indonesia:
He shared last night and God came in power. There were healings and the Spirit refreshed and empowered many. They are trusting for more of that and they’re all very excited.
He says there are 300 folk there and they are hungry for more of God and being encouraged in a big way. Worship is awesome.
Keep praying for Mark and feel free to encourage him via SMS. If you have any prophetic words for them, SMS him as well.
Thinking about – or know someone who’s thinking about – doing Cornerstone’s Life Team next year? Shannon Strydom was part of the Life Team in 2004. She was 22 at the time and had just completed her studies and year of community service as an occupational therapist. Here’s what Life Team was like for her.
I found Life Team to be an incredible experience involving lots of hard work, many challenges, tons of fun, awesome team mates – some of whom remain my closest friends – and times in God’s presence that were so life-changing that I remember them with clarity, even nearly 10 years later.
I’d like to highlight one aspect that was definitive for our year: the trips that we went on as a team. We went on more than 11 ministry trips and each provided unique opportunities to learn, grow and give. These trips included outreaches to Mpumalanga, Viljoenskroon in the Free State, Mafikeng and Mooi River; accompanying Marcus as he ministered in Port Elizabeth; braaing more than 2000 chicken wings for the celebration of a church transition in Venda; hanging out with another team in Cape Town; ministering to the church in East London; team building in Ramsgate; assisting at the Junior Youth Camp; serving at the Bloem LTT (now Equip) and the Lesotho LTT; and serving for a month in Malawi. Throughout the year, an understanding and appreciation of the apostolic heart of the Gospel was birthed in my heart.
Looking back over nine and a half years, it’s easier to pick out the milestones that shape your life, and I can say that 2004 was definitely one of those.
How you choose to respond to the opportunities and lessons that the experience of Life Team brings is up to you.
by Justine Engelbrecht
Many women’s lives were touched at this year’s Kaleidoscope through Jean Guthrie’s ministry and the wonderful women of Cornerstone’s eldership. Through amazing faith and their blessings, hearts were restored and lives changed. Here are some of the bible verses and messages that were imparted over these three amazing days.
Here are some of my highlights – scriptures and points – from the event.
When you are born again you have a new image. We have Jesus’ image. We can only radiate with Jesus’ Spirit in us. We must yield to His Spirit so that we can radiate for Him. Our “aim” must be to look like Him.
What has happened to the image of God in us?
Adam & Eve were clothed in God’s glory but when they sinned that glory was removed from them and they were naked. When we sin we become separated from God, but through Jesus we can go to Him & receive forgiveness. The only way is to be born again.
For those whom he foreknew he also predestined to be conformed to the image of his Son, in order that he might be the firstborn among many brothers.
This is so very important and it is something we should remind ourselves of everyday – To never stop praying for family and other people, as all you can take to heaven are people.
God has a rightful claim on every person. We need to bear His image. He wants us to be filled with and led by His Spirit. We need to be wrapped in His glory.
2 Peter 1:4
Yield to the Spirit. Satan is trying to rub off God’s image from people and replace it with his image. But we must resist it and pray for those that are in that place.
How does Satan rub off God’s image? Through things such as:
Addictions – alcohol and nicotine
Low self image
Low self esteem
But Jesus is the Prince of Peace & our Saviour. He sets us free & we don’t need to rely on anything or anyone but Him. In Him we have JOY! Nothing can compete with the Holy Spirit. Without the Holy Spirit everything is human effort.
No Holy Spirit equals no result – but when He comes in there are results. Jesus didn’t leave us alone; He gave us the Holy Spirit.
The Holy Spirit is a person. There is no power that can stand against the power of the Holy Spirit. Some of these scriptures came up during our time together:
Acts 1:8 (God wants to use us!)
Acts 2:1-4 (God wants to baptise us with the Holy Spirit and fire so that we will never be the same. Ignite the fire.)
1 Corinthians 14:1-2, 14-15
Jude 20 (Stay in the Spirit! The Spirit needs to dominate the flesh.)
John 16:5-15 (Every one of us can have the Holy Spirit)
Without the anointing nothing happens. Outside of Jesus there is no anointing.
The anointing destroys the yoke. The anointing is the presence and the power of the Holy Spirit. It is not hype. It’s not fleshly preaching, praying, singing, dancing, entertainment and shouting; it is the presence of God
Anointing comes from being with Jesus. So we must pray!
The anointing is the touch of God on my life. One touch and you will never be the same. It’s like electricity. Therefore yield to the spirit of God.
The anointing can be seen in certain things:
- Your countenance changes
- Holy weeping
- Spontaneous speaking in tongues
- Getting intoxicated with the Holy Spirit
- Sinners repent
- Spontaneous praise & worship
- Shaking & falling
Acts 5:12-15 (The anointing can be transferred.)
1 John 2:27
There is a personal believers anointing. There is corporate anointing. The anointing comes from the Throne Room of Heaven. You do not want someone else’s anointing, you must get the original anointing from the original Anointer which is God Himself.
Yield to the Holy Spirit.
Original gospel mandate, impossible without the power of God.
‘The Presence of God is so precious to me, that I yielded and yielded and yielded and was changed!’
The Presence of God
We must be filled with the Holy Spirit, without Him we can do nothing. Like a glove needs a hand to do what needs to be done, so we need the Holy Spirit. We are the glove and He is the hand.
When we are filled with the Holy Spirit we will never be the same again, in the same way Saul became Paul on the Damascus road. We all need a Damascus road experience.
Yield to the Holy Spirit, do not grieve Him.
2 Corinthians 3:6
“Spirit makes alive”
If you have a head, Jesus has a flame for you. Your flame has a name!
2 Corinthians 5:17-21
- God has given us the ministry of reconciliation.
- We are a His ambassadors.
- We are to be flames of fire.
- There is no such thing as a silent gospel.
- God is working with us, and within us.
- We have to be on fire for Jesus Christ otherwise we cannot set others on fire.
- Stir the gift, be set on fire.
- Yield to God’s Spirit & His Power.
Psalm 42, 63
- God’s power can’t come out of you unless it’s in you.
- God has plans for us & it is in the presence of the Holy Spirit.
- ‘Wind is messenger, fire and flame ambassadors’
- Yield to the Spirit, Yield to the Fire, Now is the time, now is the Hour!
- To be filled with zeal, you must be filled with fuel.
Please be encouraged to look up the verses and to receive the incredible blessings that Jesus has in store for you. Yield to His Spirit, receive His grace and power!
Thinking about – or know someone who’s thinking about – doing Cornerstone’s Life Team next year? Tebz Ntuli was part of the Life Team in 2009. Here’s what it was like for him.
I just about grew up in the Church and Life Team seemed like one of those things you did if you didn’t really know what to do the next year after grade 12, or because that’s what most people did after school. Needless to say that view completely changed and I can confidently say my life and future also changed.
Some of the stuff I absolutely loved was just how much God used me as young guy to do the most craziest things like praying for the sick. And they actually got healed! People’s legs got sorted, blind people started seeing, bone diseases literally disappeared just by us praying! And simple things like coughs and stuff was also gone instantly!
God has called all His people to operate, not just the older folks, and that is what we got to do, from going on trips around South Africa and internationally, getting opportunities to preach and serve other churches.
Most people would probably see Life Team as a year event and life goes on after that, but I must say I learned so many practical things that I use in my everyday life, like the heart of serving, dealing with people that sometimes you would rather not deal with, working in a team and serving under a leader.
I’ve seen so many guys do Life Team over the years after I did and there is always a difference in every single person from the beginning of the year to the end. Guys become in love with God, become involved in the church life, their attitudes towards life are completely different because of what God’s done in them.
I don’t know if “recommend” would be the word I would use for guys to do Life Team because it would come across as a 50/50 attitude towards it. I would totally do it all again because of how much my life has been impacted by giving a year of my life to God through Life Team!
The ladies had a fantastic time at Kaleidoscope 2013 this last weekend, with a focus on the Holy Spirit. God visited and ministered in a powerful way. Here are some testimonies from the weekend:
There are very few words to describe the incredible power of the Holy Spirit, thank you Jean [Guthrie] for taking the time to be with us and for changing hearts and realising dreams. I went up on Friday morning to receive the gift of tongues, and while I have felt the presence of the Holy Spirit on occasion before, nothing could have prepared me for the amazing grace and peacefulness of His presence in my life since then. There is no question to His brilliance and few words to describe, the incredible power that fulfilled me, all I know is that I want more and more and more of Him.
Thank you Col, Ryan, Glenn, Kim and everyone at Cornerstone for the opportunity to take the pics, for sharing my poem, and allowing me to be a part of this amazing, incredible and beneficial women’s conference. Next year cannot come around soon enough. Love Justine x
Ps. Thanks a mil Fern for your help on Saturday. x
[Thanks Justine for all the hard work!]
Thank you to all you wonderful ladies,who organized this amazing time,we’ll never be the same again!
Thank you!!! Simple words, but so heartfelt. Thank you to all who planned, served, prepared the refreshments, transformed the church, caught and caught and caught, who prayed, who led worship, passed tissues, packed welcome packs, set up and cleaned up – the list is way more. I am so grateful to worship a God who is amazing and belong to church with a leadership who welcome the holy spirit.
Nicolette Bosman Verspui
Absolutely wonderful conference! Thanks to all involved – Adele, all the elders wives, worship team (Wow!), Lynor Van Rooyen and everyone involved in the excellent organisation and co-ordination!
What an amazing time in the presence of an AMAZING GOD! Thank you for all the prayers that have gone into this event xxx
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