Monday, October 31, 2016

BSSM Monthly Newsletter: November 2016


Now it’s 2 months down, 7 months left to go!

My friends and I had this specific revelation this this week, and it was indeed a shock for all of us.

We thought the first month was hectic, but goodness! This month was even more intense!

 Here are just some of the stuff we tackled this month:

I DID ALL THIS IN JUST FOUR WEEKS?!
The 1st week of October we had a Prayer Walk, where we made small groups and walked through the streets of Redding and prayed for breakthroughs and revival to take place. My Revival Group also had their first City Service. Our task was to clean up Rivercrest Park (a children’s playground) by mowing the grass, picking up the leaves, cleaning out the trash, etc. It was an extremely hot day (over 30 degrees) but we got the job done!
The 2nd week our AMT/Track classes were launched. These are smaller classes that we attend on a Tuesday afternoon, and my class is called Cultivating the Presence (I’ll share more on that). Our Small Groups were also launched. These groups consists of a maximum of 5 people per group, and we meet together every week and share what’s going on in our spiritual lives. My group consists of Bethany (Canada), Doris & Carina (Germany), and Hannie (Netherlands).
The 3rd week was Evangelism Week. Chris Overstreet was our guest speaker for the week, and we did practical exercises on how to share the gospel. Evangelism is actually so easy, yet it’s the greatest miracle that can ever take place in every person’s lives.
The 4th week was the much anticipated School of the Prophets Week. Kris Vallotton was the speaker, and he shared powerful revelations on why we are the prophets of the future, and also why prophecy is so important to God. We as believers have been called to hear God’s voice and it’s our responsibility to call out the treasure in other people’s lives.
In-between all this I started with weekly Dance Classes. I also attended my first ever weekly Writer’s Group, and as always, I had to catch up on loads of homework (Kingdom Foundations, Evangelism Supernaturally, Experiencing Father’s Embrace, daily Bible Reading, Grasping God’s Word, etc).

HOLY SPIRIT MANIFESTATIONS
When I look back on the past eight weeks, my highlights so far has definitely been the manifestations that I’ve experienced personally. It’s been so unexpected, yet it is just like God to surprise me with these little nuggets of gifts. It is proof that God is still alive and working powerfully around us, as well as in our lives. We tend to underestimate Him. We think that the God of the Bible is a different God, but it’s still the same God and He wants to reveal Himself to us in tangible ways, ways that we can’t explain, yet we know that it was not our imagination. I’m very excited to share these experiences with you:

The Fragrance: The first time our Revival Group came together (September 19th), we had a worship session. While 65 of us were worshipping, I smelled this fruity, candy-like scent filling the room.
I opened my eyes and looked around, trying to find the source. Turns out, that source was the Holy Spirit itself!!
It was truly an incredible blessing to have experienced something like that for the first time ever... It went on for about 15 minutes, just this soft overflowing, like a breeze of a citrusy scent. It was also my housemate Lisa's first experience.
This experience manifested itself again during the second night of our Revival Group Retreat (September 26th) at the JH Ranch. The exact same smell filled the room, and this time it lingered for much longer, about 45-60 minutes!

Holy Glitter: We had a Prophetic Morning at Bethel Church (September 28th), where prophecies and confirmations were spoken over us (I’ll share all my prophetic words that I’ve gotten so far in next month’s newsletter). During worship I felt compelled to look at my hands, and there it was: glitter ALL OVER BOTH MY HANDS. I double checked: It wasn’t make up, lotion, the lighting or even sweat. I couldn’t get it off – it was underneath my skin and it was all over my hands! I was so shocked. I had never seen or heard of anything like this before. After the service I went for dinner, and it was still on my hands!

This manifestation has occurred numerous times since then. It is almost after every time when I’ve finished worshipping God. I took a video and you can view it on Facebook:  https://www.facebook.com/vicki.fourie.5/videos/10154201798184545/

Cultivating the Presence: This AMT Class that I have every Tuesday is hosted by Joaquin Evans and his team. Joaquin was the developer and director of Healing Rooms at Bethel Church for 6 years. This class focuses on ‘how to recognize and partner with the presence of God’. 

This class has been perfect for me because I have to admit that when I first came here, I was a bit wary of all the manifestations that were taking place around me: people laughing, people shaking, people walking around ‘drunk’, etc. It’s been all brand new to me, even though I grew up in the charismatic church…!

In this class I’m learning how to let go of my inhibitions and stepping into God’s presence with boldness. Where the Spirit of the Lord is there is freedom, and I’m starting to experience freedom more and more.
Hand Injection: During one specific class (October 18th) one of the team members came to pray for me. My hands were laid out open, and she simply touched my left hand with two of her fingers. As soon as she did that, my hand went completely numb. I couldn’t move it at all! Soon the sensation spread from my hand to my arm, and it was completely dead for about 20 minutes. After about 20 minutes my hand and arm felt hot, like a fire was spreading across it. Then it went away.

The Wave: One week ago (October 23rd) I had the privilege of attending a Bethel service at Twin View. Abi Stumvoll was the guest speaker, and her topic was ‘How to Work Through Emotions.’ She said that our emotions are not meant to be shut down, nor is it meant to control us. She showed an example in Psalms where David was in torment with God, but still he would always end up praising God. She shared: ‘I used to be so tormented. I could not laugh. Then I started having emotional encounters with God. Now I laugh all the time.’ She also said: ‘Taking your heart to God is the safest place you can put it. That’s why David was so crazy about it! Sometimes we can’t feel God with our hearts because we’ve shut it off a long time ago.’
Abi did a couple of practical exercises with us to help us let our emotions come out, and then we had the ever famous ‘fire tunnel’. This is where I experienced a major breakthrough. A fire tunnel is where the leaders – in this case, the 2nd and 3rd year BSSM Students – all stand in lines and form a tunnel for you to walk through. As you go through, they lay hands on you and impart the Holy Spirit’s presence on you.

When I went through the tunnel, my body started shaking lightly and my stomach was making contractions. When I got to the end of the tunnel, I suddenly felt this powerful wave hit me from the side and it threw me completely off balance! I was down on my knees at once, crawling to the side of the room. I also felt this pain pierce through my heart. After about 10 minutes I managed to get on my feet again, but the pain and the contractions continued for 20 minutes after. Most of my housemates also experienced manifestations in the fire tunnel that night, and we all walked out of the building laughing and shaking and walking out of balance. It looked like we had come from a party where we became drunk – drunk with the Holy Spirit, that is!

ON A LIGHTER NOTE:
I attended my first ever Canadian Thanksgiving on Sunday the 9th of October, and I had such fun! Of course, we had turkey for dinner! Fun fact: The Canadians celebrated Thanksgiving for 43 years before the Americans adopted it as their tradition as well.

I will also get to experience an American Thanksgiving on the 24th of November. A lovely couple and wonderful friends of mine, Gary & Louise, have invited me to go to Oregon and spend that weekend with their family. Looking forward to it!
I have to mention that here in the American culture, you have to do basically everything yourself: Fill up your car with petrol, wash the car windows, clean your house/room yourself, take off your shoes when you go into people’s houses (maids are super expensive here), as well as swipe in your groceries and put them in plastic bags at Walmart (this one is optional). Living here has made me realize how spoilt we are in South Africa…

Rest assured, I have not forgotten about my people, nor have I given up my own culture. The South African BSSM students had a real open air braai (barbeque) on Saturday evening (October 22nd). The food was divine. It felt like I was back home. I had lamb chops, salad and garlic bread. A true South African meal! After we finished eating, we prayed for our beloved country as well as did some prophetic exercises on each other. 

COMING UP: MISSIONS TRIP
Does anyone agree with me that this postcard looks A LOT like Cape Town, South Africa...? This is not CT but Santa Barbara in Southern California. This is where I'm going in 2017 for my Missions Trip! This trip will take place from the 30th of March 2017 till the 3rd of April 2017. The total costs for this trip is $550, and I have to make my first payment in December 2016. If you would like to donate towards this trip, it would be so wonderful and I would truly appreciate the blessing!

Thank you to everyone who responded on my previous newsletter. I loved the feedback and I appreciate the words of encouragements and prophecies.
A special thank you once again to those that are sponsoring me financially. I know that it is sacrifice on your side, especially now that the Rand/Dollar exchange has gone up even higher. I trully appreciate the blessing. May the Lord bless you abundantly.

Till next month,
Vicki Fourie
 

 

 

Sunday, October 2, 2016

BSSM Monthly Newsletter: October 2016


It’s hard to believe that it’s only been a little over 3 weeks since I arrived in the USA. Time really does fly by when you’re busy! So much has happened already, and I am so grateful that I get to be in this new season where I can just breathe in God’s presence and let Him overwhelm me with His goodness and love.

As promised, here is the first monthly update on what’s been happening in my life ever since I left South Africa:

LEAVING OR ARRIVING?

Saying goodbye to my parents was the hardest thing I ever had to do. They are truly the most wonderful parents and I’m so grateful that I get to call them my friends. At the airport my dad gave me a fantastic prophetic word of release: ‘You’ve often gone out of the harbour to do your thing. But you would always return to land, where it is safe and familiar. Now you are being released to go into the deep waters, where the ocean is wide and vast and the waves gigantic. I see you in this little boat, but for some reason the waves will not overwhelm you, nor will you be sunken. You’ve got this.’


I had a SOZO session with the lovely Bev just before I left, and I saw this picture in my head of God waiting for me at the departure gate. I knew that this was confirmation that I would not be alone at all; He would always be with me. After I went through customs, I felt this wave of peace hit me. I felt confident that I could take on this mission in an unfamiliar land with God right there by my side.
24 hours later, I finally arrived in Redding, California. Instead of sharing a room with someone, I get to have my own room. That is a double blessing (and double the closet space) indeed! Since I’m staying at the Simpson University, I also get 3 meals per day. It is a relief not to have to buy food and cook for myself every day….!  


There are 23 other BSSM Students living with me at Simpson University, and we have quickly become a close family. Some are from Australia, others from New Zealand, some even from Guatemala and Puerto Rico. And of course, there are also a couple of Americans WITH CARS which makes it so convenient for us foreigners! I haven’t had a problem with transportation so far. That is a huge relief.

STUDENT LIVING

The first day of class was extremely overwhelming, and I’m not exaggerating. Out of 10,000 applications, only 1,400 got accepted for the First Year. And yet this sum of people also felt like too much; there were literally people EVERYWHERE; strange faces from over 60 nations swarming the Civic Centre (where the 1st Years take their classes). Everything was new, unfamiliar and overwhelming. This prayer was prayed over us, and this is also my prayer for this year:
'This year is going to be a great year, no doubt about it. But that is not my prayer for you. My prayer for you is that this year will prepare you for the next 20-40 years of the greatest years of your life.'
BSSM Leader's Prayer / Tuesday 13 September 2016
After surviving the first day, we already had to jump into doing homework: daily Bible reading, required book readings (When Heaven Invades Earth, Defining Moments & 30 Days To Understanding Your Bible), and we will also have required City Service projects that will be launched this month. 
We’ve already had the honour of listening to Bill Johnson (senior pastor of Bethel Church), Kris Vallotton (senior associate leader of Bethel Church & co-founder of BSSM), and Leslie Crandall (associate overseer of BSSM). Their words are powerful, revealing and life-changing. Their hearts are all about accepting God’s love for us, bringing the kingdom to earth, encounters with God and just constantly being aware of the Holy Spirit’s work in our lives and around us. These are all crucial things every believer needs in their lives!
BETHEL CHURCH
The first Friday after I arrived in Redding, I took the opportunity to go to Bethel Church. It is situated on a hill, just a stone’s throw away from Simpson University. It is surprisingly not as big as I thought it would be. It is very intimate, warm and so much like Harvest Christian Fellowship! I was really surprised. It felt like I was right back at home. They have a coffee shop in the foyer with a bookshop just around the corner. When they did the tithes and offerings they did the Declarations, exactly the same words that my mom always uses… Even the people in the front rows were interacting with the speaker while he was speaking, making jokes and ‘talking back’, like my dad would say!
The most surprising thing of all? Some of their core values are the same as Harvest’s: Love, Honour, Family & Real... It just goes to show that God is truly alive and working in the churches. There is obviously something in these core values that is important to God at this time and moment that we are living in.
REVIVAL GROUP
Because we are such a large group of 1st Years, we’ve been divided into groups of 65 per team. We call it Revival Groups and each group have a Revival Group Pastor. Mine is Matt King from Australia. He’s got a real heart for people and this is his vision for us:
‘Our supreme desire and pursuit is Jesus Christ. He is the One we are fascinated with. We will relentlessly look to His presence…’
We also had our Revival Group Retreat at the majestic JH Ranch this past weekend, and he gave such an amazing word of encouragement to us:
‘You are all Abrahams in a strange land. You’ve had to leave everything behind: your family, your friends, and your home. Everything that’s familiar and comfortable to you, you left it all behind. All of you are out of your comfort zones. Abraham had no compass, no GPS, no tripadvisor.com. But he knew he had to go because God wanted him to go. Sometimes you don’t know where you’re going but you knew you couldn’t stay where you were. There is an inheritance waiting for you, just like there was for Abraham. God is so proud of you for sacrificing the familiar things to go into the great unknown. Your inheritance is waiting for you and you are going to get it.’
THANK YOU!
I would just like to express my heartfelt gratitude for your continuous words of encouragement, prayers and support. I have already been so blessed during this short time that I’ve been at BSSM, and I am expectant and excited for what God is going to do in me (and through me) this year. 
I would also like to especially give my sincere thank you to those who are supporting me financially. This would not have been possible at all without your contributions and sacrifices.
Till next month, when I send out the November 2017 newsletter.
Vicki Fourie



 

Wednesday, September 28, 2016

Vuil Wasgoed: SA Film Audition


Just thought I'd let you guys know:
Vuil Wasgoed - a comedic Afrikaans short film starring Bouwer Bosch and Bennie Fourie - received the Silverskermfees Best Short Film Award in 2014.
It will be made into a full length feature film in 2017.
They asked me to audition for the small roll of Lisa, a deaf girl that wants to receive cochlear implants.
Unfortunately, I won't be available for shooting dates as I am in the USA until May 2017.
Here's the promo for the short film:

Tuesday, September 13, 2016

Motivational Talks: A Video!

 
Finally a video that I can show you guys! This is what I talked about when I did my motivational talks....
This is also the very last talk I did in SA before I left for the USA.
My topic usually was 'Courage Isn't A Gift, It's A Decision'.
It's in Afrikaans and 45 minutes long. Anyone interested in putting on English subtitles? Would really love that! :-) Then our English friends can also understand it.
Enjoy!
 
PS: A HUGE THANKS to Laeveld Agrochem for recording this talk and sending me this video. I truly appreciate it!

Monday, September 12, 2016

5 Minute Met Jesus: Afrikaans Devotional


A couple of months ago I contributed 12 of my devotionals to this Afrikaans daily devotional book, titled '5 Minute Met Jesus' (5 Minutes With Jesus). It will be published by Carpe Diem Media and various well known Afrikaans writers have also contributed to this book.
 
This book will be available online and in stores in October 2016.

Monday, August 22, 2016

Bethel School of Supernatural Ministry: 1st Year 2016-2017



It's official! I've been accepted into the Bethel School of Supernatural Ministry (BSSM)! This Bible School is based in Redding, California, USA.

It’s always been a dream of mine to go to a full-time Bible School where I can sit face-to-face with the lecturers while at the same time engaging with fellow students. I believe that this is a fantastic opportunity to go and do just that. I trust that this will propel me into my destiny, and stir the gifts within me that God has planted (writing, motivational talks, creative arts, etc).

Classes starts in September 2016 and graduation will take place in May 2017.
Very excited!!

Krugersdorp: Ladies Function



The Krugersdorp Ladies Function took place on Saturday morning, 20 August 2016.
Thank you to my beautiful mom for coming with me.

The advertising poster that was designed for this Ladies Function in Krugersdorp.

Harvest Christian Fellowship: Talk


On Friday afternoon 19 August I had a lovely talk with the Royal Servants of Harvest Christian Fellowship in Mulbarton, JHB. We had great discussions, practical sessions and questions.

Wednesday, July 13, 2016

Business Talk: Laeveld Agrochem (PTA)


I've got another function booking (12 August 2016):
A business talk @ Laeveld Agrochem in Erasmusrand, Pretoria.
Looking forward to it :-)

If you'd like to book me as a motivational speaker for your school, church, function or business event, send an email to vickifourie@yahoo.com with all the details.


Wednesday, June 29, 2016

Potgietersrus: Teachers Union Function

Got another booking confirmation as guest speaker:
The Annual SA Teacher's Union, 14 June 2016 in Potgietersrus.
Really looking forward to it!

UPDATE:


My father & I attended the SAOU on Tuesday, the 14th of June, and it went excellent!