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:


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.
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!
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.
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 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.’
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.
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 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!


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

Monday, May 16, 2016

Carpe Diem Media: Kinderdagboek

Carpe Diem Media - die uitgewer van my 2de boek 'God Lief My' - het 12 skrywers gekies vir hul nuutste projek wat hulle gaan aanpak.
Ek het die voorreg om een van die 12 skrywers te wees.
Hierdie boek behoort teen September 2016 op die rake te wees.
Sien uit daarna!