Today, 6 September 2002, exactly 20-years ago, I was bankrupt before God. I had nowhere to turn except to Him. On my knees I pleaded for outcome and wisdom on how to get out of this darkness and financial mess I was in. One year after 9/11 our Rand currency devalued sharply, every shipment costing more and more, our overdrafts were maxed out and turnovers were down. A perfect storm that caused the mess we were in
I asked God to show me how to go bankrupt without hurting anyone. And he answered…
“Wait for the Lord; be strong and take heart and wait for the Lord.”
I then read that I should Wait! Wait! And that my waiting should be on the Lord and that he is worth waiting for and never disappoints the waiting soul. And while waiting I should keep up my spirits and expect a great deliverance, and be ready to praise God for it. (Cheque Book of the Bank of Faith – C.H. Spurgeon – 6 Sept devotional.)
It was 20 very tough years. Crisis after crisis in the financial world; major political upheavals; rampant crime and corruption; a devaluing currency and to crown it all, then the Covid pandemic struck with vengeance with many friends, family and staff lost to the virus. Riots followed, floods followed and families and relationships were torn apart and many businesses closed down. It was not easy.
And yet, as I look back over the past 20 years God indeed did not disappoint me.
“You, Lord, kept my lamp burning; my God turned my darkness into light.”
On our knees our family grew stronger. As we asked for help, the Holy Spirit encouraged us and reminded us that He will never leave us, nor forsake us and all that we needed to do, was to be strong and very courageous (Joshua 1:5-10). That we had to keep our lives free from the love of money, be content with what we have (Hebrews 13:5+6) and step out of our comfort zones and make a difference by enlarge our tents by going against the tide and not succumb to fear, fully trusting on His promises – golden nuggets of truth that stand forever – with no expiry date. Trusting God to lead and guide us every step of the way while praising His holy name.
“Enlarge the place of your tent, stretch your tent curtains wide, do not hold back; lengthen your cords, strengthen your takes… Do not be afraid; you will not be put to shame.”
Was the past 20-years easy?
Was it worth trusting in God and His Word?
Did I see miracles?
Many! Eduplex is witness to the fact that God still does miracles today.
Was it fun?
Yes, but maybe I should have taken myself a bit less serious.
What would I have liked to change?
I should have prayed more, trusted more and worried less.
What was my biggest satisfaction?
Having my family help me change the lives of many deaf children in Eduplex; giving tens of thousands of people good hearing throughout Africa; training professionals from more than 45 countries in God’s vision for the deaf; and being able to encourage people, through my books and talks, that God is worth trusting in your life and business.
What was my biggest test?
To wait for God in the desert.
Os Hillman says – “Do not try and shortcut the desert time of God. It only leads to cul-de-sacs, which force you to revisit the lessons you are meant to learn. Embrace them, so that He can use your life for something extraordinary.”