Jesus.net in Poland

In Jesus, Through Jesus, For Jesus

At the end of September, I had the privilege of attending a Jesus.net conference in Poland with my team leader, Johan Myburgh. We had 4 days in Poland – 3 days attending the conference and 1 day to connect with the Jesus.net team. At the conference I discovered I had the wrong expectation of what I was going to learn there. I shared with you that I was planning to learn about evangelism and discipleship through the platform of Jesus.net. What I did learn was about discipleship, focusing on volunteers. The focus of the conference was to encourage, connect and empower their current and new volunteers. The theme was “In Jesus, Through Jesus and for Jesus”.  I spent the 3 days asking questions to learn how and why their ministry tool is working so well in Poland.

What I learned was that they have been using the Jesus.net platform in Poland for the past 9 years. They have over 150 active volunteers. This conference happens yearly. Their volunteers go through a 6-month training online to become an e-coach. An e-coach is a person that helps people through the variety of course material, in other words discipling. There is a lot more that I could say, but these points helped with the basic perspective.

Experiencing worship in Polish

The day after the conference was the most valuable for me. We visited DEOrecordings – a company that has adopted Jesus.net as one of their strategies. We spent 3 hours with Norbert – a CCC staff member in Poland who focuses on Jesus.net, and Philip, a DEOrecordings staff member who is a software developer for Jesus.net. They showed us the platform from an e-coach and administrator’s perspective and what we can do through this platform. The best way for me to explain how I felt was blown away. Below is a video of me visiting DEOrecordings and sharing my excitement with you.

What are my next steps?

  • I am going to start with the Polish e-coach training, and it should take me 4 to 6 months to complete.
  • I am going to work through our course material on our own site called KnowingGod.co.za so I know what we share, so I can coach others.
  • The Netherlands team also has e-coach training, which can be completed in 1 month. I will also do this training.

I will keep you informed as to when we will officially launch our Jesus.net platform so you can check it out.

Thank you for sending me and thank you for your prayers. May you have a blessed day.

Nicholas.

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During my time in Gauteng, we came face to face with a hard decision. Maybe not so hard, but perfect in God’s timing.  Our national team leaders expressed their concerned with our level of support in the Cape, both financially and in physical help with the children. They gave us a few options to help solve this problem, and after prayer and discussion the option we landed on was to move back to Gauteng. The move will happen at the end of November. How will this move help us? Here are a few things we considered:

  • We will be closer to family, both Keldermans and Pillays.
  • We will still be full-time missionaries working for Campus Crusade for Christ:
    • I will be working with the rest of the Digital Strategy team, instead of working solo and reporting weekly via Skype.
    • Pravani will still be with the campus ministry but will now join the team on the University of Pretoria
  • Pravani will have other missionary moms around for support.
  • More than half of our Ministry Partners are based in Gauteng.

What is our plan for the next 2 months left in Cape Town?

We want to see all our Capetonian friends, Ministry Partners, and potential Ministry Partners. We need to pack up our lives and send our belongings on to Pretoria.

If you are on the above-mentioned list, and would like to get in touch with us, please feel free to Whatsapp, email or call us.

Have a great day.

Nicholas

My 2 Weeks in Gauteng

For the past 2 weeks, I have been visiting potential Ministry Partners in Gauteng. The plan was that I would be in Gauteng for a week and in that time, get my visa for Poland. But I made mistakes and my appointment was only scheduled a week later. So, I had to extend my stay and leave Pravani alone with our boys for 2 weeks instead of 1 week.

During my time in Gauteng, I am grateful for the interesting appointments that I have had:

  • Engaging with people that knew us from before our move to Cape Town and sharing our current reality with them
  • Meeting new people and casting vision for our ministry
  • Having a prime-time spot on a Christian radio station (Radio Pulpit) to share about my ministry and faith journey

I can say that I have grown because of the reaction and encouragement from each appointment.

I want to say thank you to each and every one of you who made time to see me in these 2 weeks. Whether you became a Ministry Partner or not, thank you for your time and encouragement (even if it was over the phone). God has used you in my life.

What I am taking away from these 2 weeks is that God is faithful. Even when my plans fail and I am annoyed, He still shows up in unexpected ways and reveals that He is still in control.

Please pray for the following:

  1. Pravani and I will still be busy with Ministry Partner Development till the end of the year. Pray that we reach our target soon.
  2. I am almost at my goal for my trip to Poland. If you want to contribute or find out more follow the link and pray that I will have a fruitful, productive and safe journey.

If you want to know how we are doing or have a word of encouragement, please send an email or like our Facebook page and leave a comment, or text us. We like hearing back from you.

One last thing, thank you for all the support from our family and Gauteng community. It made the 2 weeks here worth it.

With love and excitement.

Nicholas.

The Ubuntu Experience

Do you remember being young and excited for Jesus? If you’re like me, watching young people live out their faith passionately is like a shot of espresso to my heart. David, Dale, Anne-lee and Petunia are four students who took a step of faith in trusting God to get them to our national CCCSA student conference – Ubuntu 2017.

How much faith does it take to attend a conference? With just two months to raise R2000 each, it took training (how to write a fundraising letter, how to budget etc.), encouragement, coffee, lots of prayer and approximately four pizzas. I’m grateful that I got to be a part of their journey by doing some of the background work and having everyone meet at my home during our times together. With the help of family, friends, their churches and even campus professors these students raised their full support.

At the conference God met with each of them in a very special way. It was hosted in Winkelspruit, Kwazulu/Natal from 30June-4July. Over 100 students gathered from across South Africa as well as Namibia and Swaziland to be trained in evangelism, worship God together and share their faith on a local beach.

Some very special things resulted from this conference. A few days after they returned from the conference, we all met together to celebrate what God did – balloons, music, photo-sharing, even a Skype call from our team leader in America(picture included below). Anne-lee surprised us all by presenting a Powerpoint that she put together with photos and lessons learned. David shared with us his vision for ministry, Petunia and Anne-lee even agreed to go witnessing on campus together!

The most special part of this experience with these students was the ability to be a coach, cheerleader and big sister behind the scenes. God encouraged my heart as I watched them trust Him. He fanned into flames the spark He ignited 15 years ago when it was me attending a student conference that changed my life.

What about you? Can God use you to do something for a young person today? It doesn’t take much at all – a Whatsapp, a phone call, a meal at your home, these small things nurture the heart of a young person and turn small acorns into giant oak trees!

Pravani

Soularium, Students and Something New

Good day ministry partner,

For the last 2 weeks of July we had a team in from the USA with our Athletes in Action (AIA) strategy. They spent last week on Stellenbosch University reaching out to the students. On Wednesday the Western Cape team joined them.

The key tool they used to reach the students was Soularium. The tool consists of over 40 images and 5 questions. Soularium helps to gauge where the people are at emotionally and spiritually so that we can share the gospel simply and clearly.

A colleague and I had the opportunity to talk with 3 young men. One out of the three could articulate what he believes. The other 2 clearly stated that they don’t think about their faith too much. We took them through the 4 Spiritual Laws booklet, giving them an opportunity to ask questions and get clarity on the message that we are sharing.

The student that could share what he believes, gave his heart to Christ a year ago. In our conversation he made one or two statements that I didn’t agree with, but I didn’t have clear scriptural knowledge to correct him. I shared that I didn’t agree and will need to research the topic. It’s hard to say I don’t know, but my experience thus far is that people respect my honesty and it doesn’t make me look like a know-it-all.

It was good witnessing on Stellenbosch again. Please pray for my colleague, Renier, who will be focusing his efforts on reaching this campus. We are grateful for the AIA team that helped to build momentum by finding key students and building relationships.

Thank you for reading our updates and following us on Facebook. Pravani and I just started a Facebook page, @YourKeldermanMissionaries to share quick thoughts and updates through pictures and videos. Please Like our page

Have a blessed day.

Nicholas