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We have been broken down in Heidelberg for 7 weeks already. In the area there is 5 towns we were going to visit with most of them on gravel road . We decided not to do so with motorhome as we were told the road are not suitable for this kinda vehicle. i asked a number of people and nobody was interested to take us with the cross or lend us a bakkie to visit these towns.
a brother in Caledon said i can use his bakkie a few weeks ago and then changed his mind when i wanted to come and fetch it. Another person in Witsand last week said that i can use his car then we would pull the trailer with cross mounted on it. We were to get the car this Monday past to use for a week but he also changed his mind.
I cried out to God saying Lord you have send us and i will walk to Vermaaklikheid on the dirt road 37km from where we are if i have to Lord
The next day we got a message from people we met in Jongensfontein which we didnt ask if we could use there bakkie letting us know that we can use it for a few days but they need it back by Wednesday latest giving us 5 days to visit the towns. This brother and sister delivered there 2015 Toyota bakkie in perfect condition to us and filled the tank for us.
WOW praise God He is awesome. We left Saturday morning visiting Malgas then Ifanta and next day went to Vermaaklikheid. To our amazement the road although gravel is in very good condition and a normal car could go to all these places. A lot of people tried to discourage us from going there saying the road is very bad to Vermaaklikheid which it was not.
From Vermaaklikheid we visited the brother and sister in Jongensfontein that lend us the bakkie. We had a blessed evening there and again they filled the tank for us. From there we proceeded to Plettenberg Bay and slept at family of Winnie on a farm. The next day we visited Wittedrift and then proceeded to George where we slept at the PW Botha hostel.
The next day we left for Herold to walk with the cross there and then headed back to Heidelberg to be back that afternoon to give back the bakkie to the owner.
The amazing thing is that we traveled +- 800km stayed over 4 places and in total it cost us only +- R300. Part of cost we had to pay was the crossing at the pond twice R160 and some food and the rest of all our needs was met.
Wow God touched so many lives in the towns we visited with the cross. Where ever we went it is as if people were there just at the right time and place as we walked with the cross.
We serve a Faithful God. Thank you Jesus
Now Christmas is done and dusted for the year. Even for many Christians this day is remembered only once a year. Yet a very important part of the birth of our Lord Jesus Christ is well overlooked is the gifts He received.
Do you know how important these gifts were and what it stands for and is still applicable today? In short: GOLD stand for Kingship and Royalty, FRANKINCENSE stand for Priesthood and Intercession, MYRRH for death.
These gifts referred to Jesus then as the KING of kings a ROYAL PRIESTHOOD that DIED and ROSE and again opening a door now for our SALVATION and JESUS INTERCEDING for us now. Let us remember the birth and purpose of our Lord Jesus EVERYDAY of the year in this manner. Have a blessed day ~Johan Marais
Residents’ interest would have been piqued by a man shouldering a large wooden cross around Hout Bay last week, an undertaking he says is “God’s will”.
For the past two years, Johan and Winnie Marais have been traversing the Western Cape and other parts of the country in their camper van, spreading awareness about the Gospel.
On reaching a destination, Johan will walk with the cross, weighing more than 30kg, to remind people that Jesus died for their sins.
The Sentinel caught up with the couple on the beach on Friday September 1, shortly before Johan was scheduled to begin his afternoon “pilgrimage”.
Born in Cape Town but growing up in KwaZulu-Natal, Johan has always been religious, serving as an evangelist while also working as a web developer. (correction: Johan have not always been religious but became born again in Christ 1st May 26 years ago)
“A few years ago, I asked God, ‘What more can I do for you?’ The Holy Spirit came to me, and told me that I should make a cross and walk to all the towns of the Western Cape, reminding people what Jesus did for them,” he said.
While Winnie was initially sceptical of what it was God wanted the couple to do, a stroll on Bloubergstrand convinced her that her husband’s calling had to be answered. She came across a stone on which a perfectly formed cross motif had formed and she took this as a sign.
Since then, the couple have travelled to many parts of the Western Cape, including Fish Hoek, Cape Winelands, Klein Karoo, the Atlantic Seaboard and Cape Town CBD, spreading their message.
They have also visited Pretoria and KwaZulu-Natal.
The couple can spend anywhere between a few hours and a month in a specific location, “depending on what God required of them”, Johan said.
On some occasions, Winnie will walk alongside her husband as he carries the cross, which is fitted with a small wheel at its base.
At other times, she will stay in the camper van praying for the town in which they find themselves.
“People are generally receptive of us, but some people do call me crazy and show me signs as I walk. I don’t let that bother me. I do have books and tapes I offer them, and it’s fine if they don’t accept. The Gospel can’t be forced on you,” Johan said.
He conceded it was “a challenge to live like this”, but they managed. “We do have a small group of people who support us with donations, and people do give us some money. But if we are in a place and we don’t have money for petrol, then we believe God is keeping us in that place for a reason.”
Recently, the couple acquired a tent and public address system, enabling them to preach to people more effectively.
“We still have 40 towns in the Western Cape we must visit, and we are looking forward to that. We would also like to visit Llandudno. We have been following what is happening in Hout Bay, and the other day I went to pray near the traffic circle outside the township (Imizamo Yethu). We pray for unity among all the communities of Hout Bay.”
(Article written by reporter from Sentinal Newspaper Houtbay)