Update from Daniel and Amber Pierce: South Africa Trip Report!
Thursday, August 27, 2015
Dear Friends of Israel:
Thank you so much for praying for Daniel and Amber’s trip to South Africa. As you can read and see below, this was an incredible trip! They had joined me in March when I ministered in Johannesburg, and wanted to return to continue praying into the destiny of that nation. This is a time for the glory of God to sweep through that nation!
Special Worship Gathering to Pave the Way for the Hebraic Year 5776
On Thursday, September 10, I am planning to join Daniel and Amber in Jerusalem for a Worship and Prayer Gathering they are hosting at the Pavilion (97 Jaffa Road) at 7 PM. Prior to the start of the Hebraic Year 5776, we wanted to intercede and prophesy into the new year, and establish an atmosphere of worship for many of the other gatherings that will begin the following week. One of those meetings is the All Nations Convocation, led by Tom Hess, that I also look forward to participating in. Let’s declare that the heavens will open and the glory of God will arise and shine in a new way in that land.
Chuck D. Pierce
On August 23rd, our family returned from an incredible two-and-a-half week trip to South Africa. This journey has been quite an experience for Lily and Elijah, as it was their first experience traveling outside of Europe and the United States. Shortly after boarding our flight to Ethiopia, the flight attendant made an announcement that we would be landing in Cairo, Egypt for a short lay over before continuing on to Addis Ababa. We stayed the night in Ethiopia, before boarding our flight to Johannesburg for the final leg of the journey. Once in Johannesburg, we met up with a good friend of the family who is from Cape Town and would be traveling with us for the rest of our stay in South Africa.
After spending the night in Johannesburg, we traveled six hours by road to the small town of Phalaborwa, located on the border of Kruger National Park. As we approached the highway to Phalaborwa, our driver informed us that the main entrance to the city was closed, due to rioting. After several phone calls, we found an alternate route into the city that involved gravel roads and nasty potholes. Finally, we arrived at our safari lodge only to find that baboons had broken in and destroyed everything, leaving a trail of shattered glass and half eaten food in their wake. We quickly made the decision to look for other accommodations and found a nice villa, bordering a nearby golf resort. Sometimes we have to let the Lord redirect our plans and persevere until He shows us the place He has set aside for us.
From that point on, we had a wonderful stay in Phalaborwa, and the house we were in provided a perfect place for the kids to enjoy playing in the yard while maintaining a safe distance from some of the larger animals. The baboons and monkeys visited us on several occasions, but fortunately there were no further
breakins. I did look out the window one morning and catch the monkeys drinking my coffee!Our kids thoroughly enjoyed seeing all the animals at Kruger Park and spending time at one of the local restaurants that had an outdoor playground. Our friend’s uncle, who lives in Phalaborwa, arranged for me to go antelope hunting with one of the local guides during our stay. This was a dream come true, and I was blessed to take a waterbuck and impala before the hunt ended.
On August 12th we left Phalaborwa and returned to Johannesburg. On the 13th, we met with Apostle Pearl Kupe and several local pastors to hear what the Lord is doing in South Africa and how we can stay connected in intercession. For two years now, God has been speaking to us personally about South Africa and we have watched as many doors have opened over the nation. One of the things God spoke to me as we were preparing for this trip was that South Africa is one of three nations that is at a crossroads in its history, along with Israel and the United Sates.
When Dad visited Johannesburg in April, he spoke a prophetic word that “This is a season of recalibration in South Africa.” While at the meeting, our host shared a lot about the upcoming elections and the need for righteous leadership on a national level. Dad also prophesied that “The fire of glory will sweep the land in South Africa, and the nation will hold glory in Africa; over the next three years this nation will see a new glory”. Many of the leaders who were present expressed that they are already seeing some of these prophetic words come to pass, as unity in the local body is beginning to increase and God is moving in the land. Another key topic was the need for a shift in the financial sector, to bring South Africa’s vast mineral resources into a place of righteous stewardship that will serve the Kingdom of God.
South Africa’s wealth is in the mining industry, which is increasingly being sold to foreign investors. We had the opportunity to learn a little about the mining industry. during our stay in Phalaborwa, as one of the largest copper mines in South Africa is located there. As I watch how the Lord works, I don’t think it is a coincidence that He takes us to places where He can show us how to intercede for the nations.
God had me speak Psalms 67:1-7 over South Africa, as this passage shows why God chooses to bless a nation:May God be gracious to us and bless us and make his face shine upon us,That your ways may be known on earth, your salvation among all nations.May the peoples praise you, O God; may all the peoples praise you.May the nations be glad and sing for joy, for you rule the peoples justlyAnd guide the nations of the earth. May the peoples praise you, O God; may all the peoples praise you. Then the land will yield its harvest , and God, our God, will bless us. God will bless us and all the ends of the earth will fear him. (Psalms 67:1-7)
May His ways be known on Earth and His salvation among all nations! May all the peoples praise Him so the land might yield its harvest!
After the meeting, Apostle Pearl took us to the Stock Exchange building in Sandton (Johannesburg) to pray and make decrees over the realignment of government structures and the transfer of wealth in South Africa. I believe this was a powerful time of intercession and look forward to seeing everything God has in store for the future.
On August 14th, Apostle Pearl took us on a tour of Southwest Township where we had an opportunity to visit Nelson Mandela’s house and learn a little about how recent history has changed the course of the nation.
On August 15th, we left for Cape Town to visit our friend’s family and spend some time exploring the Cape. Cape Town lies at the furthest southern point of Africa and is home to some incredible scenery. We visited a local church with our friend’s family and were very blessed to join in worship with them. We thoroughly enjoyed our time in this part of the country and the whole family had a blast visiting local attractions and eating fresh seafood. South Africa has blessed us in many ways and we will be looking forward to the next opportunity to visit.
Back home in Israel, our kids are starting school and we are busy planning our next worship meeting on Thursday, September 10. Please pray that the Lord would order our steps and pour out His Spirit over Israel and Jerusalem!
Daniel, Amber, Lily and Elijah Pierce