A public repent...

Posted by Mark Labuschagne on Friday, July 5, 2013
It is so easy to get caught up in the things of this world and miss the things of God in the process. Twenty years ago, the Lord sent Andi and I to Cape Town and told us that he was going to teach us to live by faith. We really never knew what this meant and to be quite honest, we are only now at a place of starting to understand what He meant when He spoke those words to us for the first time.

For the first few months after arriving in our city, we realized that without His help and direction, we would never make the journey we embarked on. Oh those were the days my friends, as painful as they were at times, we somehow wished that we never got caught up in the system of man that we did.

As our ministry grew, we soon took our eyes off of God's plan, and not intentionally, even while standing behind the pulpit, we placed our eyes on man. We almost became spiritual beggars. In fact, I saw this was what other ministers were doing and sincerely thought that as God had brought us out of the struggles we had gone through, this must have been the way were now to live. The sadness I feel in my spirit, cannot be placed on paper, for I felt that I had turned my back on the lessons God wanted to teach me and the path I took had now delayed the value that would have been added to my life if I stayed true to the word God had spoken many years before.

Nevertheless, God has been and remains so faithful. throughout and during these years, He has patiently dealt with us, never once changing His plan in us and proved Himself over and over again and this despite our obvious failure. I have however learnt that no time has been lost and that as we grasp the meaning of the words He spoke, we are overwhelmed by His saving grace and the compassion He continues to show towards us. 

As I read the book "George Muller, Man of Faith and Miracles", God, by His blessed Holy Spirit began to speak to me once again about the fact that He wanted to teach us to live in the same way. To be totally and utterly dependent on Him. I am ashamed that I learnt to look to man to meet our needs instead of keeping my eyes fixed on Jesus. But thanks be to God, I have found joy in the fact that our God is a forgiving Father, gentle and patient, constantly guiding me into the perfection that I have found in Christ.

Andi and I have learnt to receive gifts precious people give into our lives and the ministry, and this only because of our Fathers faithfulness, both to the giver and the receiver, but we no longer rely on people and are NOT a burden to anyone either, but we have come to depend on His heart and patronage.  

I took it upon myself to publicly repent for asking people to support our ministry, as part of our genuine heart of worship and obedience to the Lord we serve. We have made some enemies along the way, people who we have asked to help us (even if the motive was pure) financially, for which I am sorry, but, and I say this not in our defence, we really thought that by the examples we had, by asking people to support us, this was infact the right way it had to be done. Now, as we have learnt by the grace of God, to look to Him only, we remain still in His presence and minister to Him only as our heavenly Father continues to teach us to live by faith.

Thank you for being our friends and for your understanding and forgiveness, for standing with us in prayer, believing in the ministry the Lord has entrusted to us and as we look to the future, we would encourage you to WATCH THIS SPACE

Our love for our Father

Mark Labuschagne We are a vessel set apart, cleansed, emptied, consecrated; just standing, waiting every moment for God, in Christ, by the Holy Spirit, to work out in us as much of the holiness and the life of His Son as pleases Him We worship Him only!

Ministry Bio

Mark Labuschagne At the age of 12, God called Mark to ministry and for the last 44-years his desire to stay true to this calling remains his passion. It was in the desert place, the road less traveled that God gave Mark a prophetic voice and sent him to the nations. In his 30 years of ministry, Mark has traveled to 60 countries and has seen the hand of God move in amazing ways in the hearts and lives of those he was sent to. He has a special love for the USA, a nation that he has visited and traveled extensively for over some 20 years. He currently lives between South Africa and Botswana and is an accomplished pianist, a sort after speaker, a respected preacher and seasoned prophet who desires to see the Kingdom of God established in the hearts of people across the earth. Married to Andi, they have two children, Carey 30, now married to Matthew and Ryan 28, engaged to Chantal, with Arabella their first grand baby and a cat named Tiga...