Wednesday, 30 July 2014

Amazing Testimony

Recently one of our members underwent a major heart operation which was a great success.

Sadly there were financial complications which left the family with a bill of R26,413.50 which is a huge amount of debt.

There was simply no way our pastor could afford to pay this debt and none of our leaders were able to either so it really was a case of seeking God and trusting him.

As a church we've been praying specifically for this debt to be written off, though humanly speaking we couldn't see how this would happen.

However, our God is a great big God and his faithfulness knows no bounds!

Last week the family received this letter telling them in Afrikaans that the outstanding balance has been written off.

God is awesome!

Wednesday, 23 July 2014

Oom Paul

Dean used this video at Uncle Paul's celebration funeral on Saturday to talk about the man and the confidence he had in life.

Uncle Paul was a man who knew the truth of Psalm 3:3, the Lord was his shield and held his head up high. He wasn't an arrogant man, rather, he was a man of simple faith who simply loved Jesus.

Dean also spoke about Uncle Paul from Psalm 23, particularly verse 4: "Even though I walk through the darkest valley, I will fear no evil, for you are with me; your rod and your staff, they comfort me." Uncle Paul knew what this meant and his faith was his staff.  As Christians we're often accused of using our religion as a crutch, but Psalm 23 speaks of our faith in a far more majestic way. A crutch robs a man of his dignity. A staff gives a man power and strength to overcome obstacles in life. This is why mountain climbers and serious walkers carry them. Our faith in Jesus is not a crutch but a staff that brings strength, power and purpose!

Tuesday, 22 July 2014

Uncle Paul - Slideshow

It was with sadness and joy that we celebrated the life of Uncle Paul on Saturday.

We're sad that we'll never again get to sit at his feet and learn from his wisdom, but we're rejoicing in the fact that he was a man who knew Jesus and ran a good race for the gospel. 

Uncle Paul finshed strongly and will remain a great role model for many of us.

This video was shown at his thanksgiving funeral on Saturday 19th July 2014.

Friday, 18 July 2014

Important Notice

Please note that Uncle Paul's funeral will begin at 8.30am at Macassar High School Hall and not at the family home.

We will be moving to the graveside at 10am sharp and Tree of Life will provide some transport.

Tuesday, 15 July 2014

There's A Party In Heaven

On Sunday we had an amazing time praying and sharing testimony and a very special time of praying for the sick. During this we prayed for Uncle Paul, an amazing man of God who we love dearly. We had heard he was in hospital and wasn't doing too well, so it was with a mixture of sadness and joy that we received the news that he had passed away late on Sunday morning.

It's sad to know that we'll never again in this lifetime get to sit at his feet and receive his wisdom, but it's pure joy to know that he's with our Father in glory!

I'm convinced that Uncle Paul is in a far better place and I know that he was welcomed home with Jesus' words from Matthew 25:23 "Well done, good and faithful servant!" And I just know that on the day of the wedding banquet he will be at the top table.

Uncle Paul's funeral will be held this Saturday (19th July) beginning at the family home at 8am and moving to Macassar High at 9am.

All are welcome!      Almal welkom!

Wednesday, 25 June 2014

Macassar Is Burning

Please pray for Macassar as the community enters a third day of unrest as the people protest over the relocation of squatters into the community and a lack of service delivery by the govt.

Macassar is normally a very peaceful community and quite tolerant of various beliefs and cultures.

 The community needs Jesus more than ever and our prayer is that Tree of Life will be there as a beacon of light in the darkness.

Sunday, 8 June 2014


It was a privilege to stand with Marilyn & Quinie today as they brought Brian & Hope to be dedicated to the Lord this morning. Dean spoke from 1 Samuel 1 and the story of Hannah and how she dedicated Samuel to the service of the Lord.

Just as Hannah left Samuel to be in the presence of the Lord forever so we too can remain in God's presence forever. All we need to do is confess our sins (1 John 1:9), believe in our hearts and declare with our mouths that Jesus is Lord (Romans 10:9) and we will be saved. It's really that simple.