Would you give it all up

Posted by Mark Labuschagne on Friday, April 11, 2014
Last year, the Lord told Andi and I to move out of our rented home because He was doing a new thing in us and that the time had come for us to move into the next phase of our ministry. We have been in Cape Town for the last twenty years and never thought that the Lord would once again ask us to move out of our comfort zone. In fact, twenty years ago when the Lord told us He was going to teach us to "Live by faith", we really never knew what to expect, however, all these years later, we are only beginning to learn day by day that our heavenly Father is all that He said He is...

For the last nine months, Andi and I have been traveling, we have been to Botswana, the USA for four months and back to South Africa and now into Botswana over this time. In July of 2013, when the Lord spoke to us about moving out of our home, He told us that He was sending us to a new land and we believe with all our hearts that Botswana is the very place He was talking about.

Our little Suzuki Swift Sport, a little impractical

On Sunday, we packed our little car and set off for Gaborone, the capital city of Botswana, without any pre-arranged accommodation planned, we only had His word in our heart and for both Andi and I, this was good enough. We got to stop off and catch up with some family time in Johannesburg with Carey and Ryan before Andi and I continued on our journey. Wednesday night we stopped of with Deon and Belinda Van Zyl and got meet Ps Johlan Roussouw. As we sat around the dinner table, after he had heard that we were going to Botswana, he asked if we had accommodation and we laughed as we answers in a very clear "No" at the same time. He continued to tell us that he had just met someone and would get in contact with them to see if they would be able to take us in. The way in which he meet up with the folks we are currently staying with, just had to be God. 

Dr Naude's husband was in South Africa and Ps Johlan gave his family some accommodation while they were there. In the meantime, God was at work and in our wildest dreams, we would never have been able to work things out the way in which He has put it all together. When Andi and I arrived, Julian Scales, an acquaintance was in Zimbabwe at the time, however, when I told him we were in Gaborone, he immediately asked if we had somewhere to stay and then offered his home to us. What an amazing story. Here we are in Botswana for an hour and God arranges a place for us to stay the night. Andi and I thanked the Lord for the roof over our heads and blessed that home when we left this morning.

This is the house with the cottage we are currently in

A little later in the day, God opens the door for us to stay at the Naude home about 15 kms outside of Gaborone and they said we can stay here until the 21st. God is so amazing, we have never seen or met these wonderful people before, yet, they opened their home to us. I was immediately reminded of Matthew 10:9-13 “Do not get any gold or silver or copper to take with you in your belts— 10 no bag for the journey or extra shirt or sandals or a staff, for the worker is worth his keep. 11 Whatever town or village you enter, search there for some worthy person and stay at their house until you leave. 12 As you enter the home, give it your greeting. 13 If the home is deserving, let your peace rest on it; if it is not, let your peace return to you". Have we seen this over and over again over the last twenty years, but for some reason or another, the last nine months has just made this passage a whole lot more real.

My friends, we gratefully thank the Lord for His kindness and for the way in which He continues to work in our hearts, my motive for sharing this with you, is simply to encourage you to follow the leading of the Holy Spirit and that you will do what He requires of you and this without any hesitation whatsoever. This is what Andi and I continue to do for all we desire is that He would be glorified in and through us.Please pray for guidance and trust with us that some of the things that we continue to pray for, will come to pass. We need a Ford 3.2cDI White Double Cab truck and trailer and we are praying for our en route accommodation ( A bus which we will use for our mobile home). See our outreach page for more details on this incredible vision.

Ford 3.2 cdi Double Cab with Canopy we are praying for

Remember, Andi and I do not ask anyone for financial support and only rely on the kindness of our heavenly Father, we do however covet your prayers asking you to stand in agreement with us this day as we believe the Lord for the nations. 

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...