THE VISION IS BORN
Soon after finishing and leaving the Eagles one night I got the feeling that my stay in George was going to be over. I did not know exactly what God’s plan for me was going to be, but I was sure that I was called to serve God in some type of ministry role.
Two months after my Repentance I got a call from England that a club was interested in offering me a contract to play for them. I disobeyed God and pursued my ‘comfort zone’, rugby.
My reasoning was that since there were many rugby players who dreamed of having the opportunity to play in Europe, I thought that this was God’s way of rewarding me and also me starting up a ministry in England.
I could not fly there immediately as I needed to apply for visas for me and my wife. At that point, I was giving my testimonies in the churches about the encounter I had with Jesus, and that we were now headed for England. Within a week my wife received her visa and I was invited for an interview with the British embassy in South Africa.
I began to question God as to why this process was becoming difficult for me. During the interview, I made a dreadful mistake and lied to the official. I didn’t think it was a ‘big lie’ because I only said to the officer that I had visited Australia on holiday when I actually had gone there to play rugby.
That was not how they saw it and my visa to England was denied. I wanted the visa so much that I compromised my stand with God.
As a young Christian at the time I learnt a valuable lesson about being honest at all times. It’s one thing to know what is the right thing, but is another to do the right thing. The night after I had the interview I knew that by me lying I had missed a good opportunity. However in faith I had to put my mistake pas me and move ahead.
God doesn’t condemn us and neither should we if we have repented.
I had to trust God as He always has something better in the future for us.
As a new Christian you are faced with many challenges as the devil is after you. At that stage I went through difficult times in my life but I maintained my focus on Jesus at all times.
Sadly people that are in the world cannot even see the destruction their sinful lifestyle will bring them. Two month after my encounter with Jesus another defining moment occurred where He clearly gave me direction for the rest of my life. This was one of my greatest moments in my life. I received a vision from God that was for me a hundred times more important than rugby ever was in my life. The vision God gave me was to promote the Gospel on sport balls, displaying it with different relevant colours. At the time I as listening to some worship music and reading the Bible when God got my attention, and gave me this amazing vision.
This was the Scripture form the Bible that confirmed God’s plan for my life that I was reading when I received the vision.
For you created my inmost being; you knit me together in my mother’s womb. I praise you because I am fearfully and wonderfully made; your works are wonderful, I know that full well. My frame was not hidden from you when I was made in the secret place, when I was woven together in the depths of the earth. Your eyes saw my unformed body; all the days ordained for me were written in your book before one of them came to be. How precious to me are your thoughts, God! How vast is the sum of them! Were I to count them, they would outnumber the grains of sand – when I awake, I am still with you. Psalm 139:13-18
I started ‘Sportballs for Christ’ through a financial blessing from a local businessman.
Through these sponsored funds I purchased one hundred and fifty soccer and one hundred and fifty rugby balls which we gave away at various outreaches. Through this the ministry was birthed. It was very early days but I was glad to have started.
God had opened up the whole world to me to use sport balls to reach out to countries that played rugby, soccer and netball. I thanked God for this vision however it does not belong to me but to our Heavenly Father,
Just as our living ball, Earth, is for everyone to enjoy.
At the time, I prayed to Jesus to send me like minded people who had a similar passion and love for God as I did.
Around November 2002, I was invited for an interview at Radio Pulpit. Listening to the interview was Franna Cillie, who currently plays a huge role in Living Ball.
Now promoting the Gospel through sports balls is my life vision and passion. I believe that it is important that we should ask God for what His calling is for our life and what does He want from us.
In 2005 it was decided through wise counsel and advice to change the name from ‘Sportballs for Christ’ to Living Ball. My heart was now more focussed in the ministry which was my passion and no longer playing rugby.