I grew up in a Christian home.
My parents were strong believers and in their own way they tried their best to walk the 'narrow road'. If it was not for my father's faith I would not have been here today. My mother became sick with German measles while expecting me and the doctors suggested an abortion because the foetus (me) could be damaged. My father did not want to accept that and said; No! He will live and his name will be Daniel!
This is where my life (walk) in Christ actually started, although I only found out about it years later. The enemy (the devil) tried to take my life on numerous occasions for example; one day on our farm nearly caused a 3000 litre tank filled with gasoline to fell on top of me. While doing my national service for my country on our border with Zimbabwe I was seconds from being shot by my own officer while on guard duty. The next night I nearly fell off a cliff of about 200 m; years later driving home after work somebody threw a wooden door of a bridge and missed me by a split second.
The next part of my ministry started while I was attending high school and about 15 years old. It was a Boarding School in Brits, a town about 50 kilometres north of Pretoria. At that stage we stayed on a farm in the Bronkhorstspruit district more or less 50 km east of Pretoria. The reason for me being in the boarding school was, this was an agricultural high school, and I had hoped that one day I will become a farmer. I love animals and have 'green hands'. If I plant something it grows. That's the reason for me going to this specific school; to learn more about farming, animals etc.
One day some students from a university came to our school and spoke to us about having a personal relationship with the Lord and accept Him as Lord and Saviour. At that stage I am sure I was the same as any other teenage boy, only pray if you need Him. Anyway that day I realize that I wanted Him in my life and prayed and received Him. Unfortunately it did not last long, because there was no follow up on us. Babies were born and left to die. One thing good that did come out of it and planted a seed in my life was my relationship with the elderly. Someone had asked us to go and visit the elderly at the old-age home in town. We did and I enjoyed it. Their appreciation for someone to visit them was unreal. I could listen to their same stories over and over again. Now years later I am still full time involved with 'yesterday's youth'.
After school I joined the army as all young South African boys had to. Was send to our border and was in that environment for 18 months. When the two years of compulsory service was over, 18 months not in my own country I was bitter and hard. There is still today (2012) some of the men of my generation with emotional damage from that experience. It was no joke! Praise God I was delivered from that in 2006.
Finished with the army I started working and about two years later got married. At this stage of my life I was very far from the Lord. If you survived the border you feel invincible. Yes I did go to church occasionally and most of the times for funerals, weddings etc. once or twice gave my heart to the Lord but the 'seed' fell on bad soil, but praise God, He never gave up on me. I got divorced, my fault, being this hard and unrelenting person; especially when and if I was sick or my wife or children. They would all stay far away from me. I did not want anybody near me. I had no compassion for any one not even for myself.
On Sunday 8th of December 1996 we visited a new church in Alberton and this time I really committed myself to the Lord. I was born-again. Hallelujah. The seed fell on good ground. The next Sunday the 15th of December 1996 God healed my back. I had a serious back problem from childhood. Couple of weeks later I made an appointment with my pastor and for the first time in my life I found someone I could talk to. (I believe God send me to this English church, my second wife was English speaking because He knew this is/was the man that could help me.) I spoke to him that day about things that nobody knew about. Praise God he helped me and I got rid of a lot of bitterness and hatred. My life then started changing fast. Even as a shocked to my own family.
My children one day asked me 'who are you. Where's my Dad?' in a jokingly matter. That's the way my life changed. In the meantime I felt something growing inside me. I described it at that time it felt like a kettle of water boiling with a lid on ready to explode at any moment. Therefore I went to my pastor again. I remember the day so clearly. As I sat down in his office he asked me 'Danie what can I do for you? Before I could even explain to him about this funny feeling inside me, the words just burst out of me 'I wanna pray for the sick! Immediately I started crying. I was emotional; me praying for the sick? No way! I hated it when people are sick. He smiled stood up and hold me. The first time I allowed any man to comfort me. Later on I calmed down and he spoke to me and prayed with me. Suggested I read and study my Bible especially where miracles took place and also to get books from Benny Hinn, Catherine Culliman etc. As I left his office, after our meeting, at the door he called me back and said 'sick people are in hospitals!' and laughed. Remembering that last time I told him I hate hospitals.
From that day on my life changed 180 degrees. Every day and night, especially before I go to sleep I would pray 'Lord please anoint my hands for healing to glorify Your Name'. I became so bold, would pray for anyone and everything. In the bank, shopping centres, groceries stores. It does not matter. I was looking for someone to pray for. Miracles started to happen, people with cancer got healed, and deaf ears opened, one day a lady screamed 'I felt my migraine fell of' and a lot more. Praise Rapha, our Healer.
Where previously I would not visit my wife in hospital after a mayor operation - I would send my Mom and oldest brother to visit her. Now I spend hours and hours with people I don't even know. Holding their hands while they are dying, leading them to the Lord on their death beds etc. the Danie Joubert I knew did not exist anymore. From once in a blue moon to church I was now not going not once but twice every Sunday, joined a home cell and later had my own. Did home visitations and above all got very, very much involved with the elderly. My first love!
In 1999 while staying in Alberton I received a phone call from a sister from the local hospital. She asked me to visit an elderly lady who had a heart by-pass and asked me to come and pray for her. I have given a card of mine with my name and cell phone on to all the local clinics and hospitals. I never wanted to represent any specific denomination, stating that I represent the Lord Jesus and not a church. There were 34 churches in the greater Alberton area. Why would she phone me? That night I spoke to this dear old lady. Her name was Lettie. She was physically well but in her spirit confused. Doubt has crept in to her mind and by the Grace of God I could help her to get peace. She knew the Lord but the enemy is a deceiver and she had doubts. Praise God that night she was set free from any fears. It was a Friday night. The next week the Monday or Tuesday I received another call from the same sister informing me that this old lady was busy dying and was asking for me. At that stage I was working for a company in Johannesburg and could not leave my work to go and sat with her. She died alone that day!
That afternoon in my lunchtime I went for a walk to pray. The people in the streets must have thought I was drunk or something. I remember with tears running down my cheeks as I called out to God to help me. 'Please make a way for me to be there for the Lettie's of this world. Lord I don't want to be another Benny Hinn or Ray McCauley or Jimmy Swaggart. I don't want to save Africa for You. I just want to be there for the little old ladies or gentlemen of this world; in their hour of need that I could be with them. Lord, I don't blame my manager at all. He was not paying me to sit at other people's sickbed. He had the right to my full attention at work. Please Lord my God; make a way for me to be financially free so that I can do this job (calling) I loved so dearly.
Years went passed and later on I moved to Pretoria alone. While working as a manager at a TV repairs shop I was invited to join a special Outreach to a big jail in Louis Trichardt. This was 23-09-2005. What a wonderful and blessed experience. 350 inmates gave their hearts to the Lord. That night I met Pastor Joseph Mutambedzo from Venda (we stayed at his house the weekend) who had 7 churches in the area. That same night we went to 1 of his churches called Begwa. Pastor (Evangelist) Tom Furst of America went with us. Pastor Joseph introduced me to the congregation and asked me to bring a couple of words. I did and then asked if there were any prayer requests. There were a lot and for the first time in my life I saw not just miraculous, instantaneous healing but He gave me prophetic words for some. That Sunday Pastor Joseph asked me to bring the Word at Begwa again and later on asked me to become the spiritual father of Begwa which I accepted gracefully. The Sunday before we went home we were sitting in a restaurant eating and all of a sudden Pastor Tom asked me 'why don't you start a healing school'? He has seen the anointing on me and the gift of healing working.
Seven months later (01/04/2006) the owner of the repair shop informed me that he can't afford me anymore and ended my employment. I went home that day and prayed for help and guidance. One of my sister Marianne's friends was working for the local municipality and she told me there were a couple of positions available. I applied for about 5 of them. I prayed and asked God to give me favour with the municipality. I know that in the New South Africa a white male of my age will find it difficult to get employment especially in the local government. But God is in control. I want a good job and salary and benefits so that I can start a new life, but inside me a small voice started speaking to me. I have now no responsibilities, Kids all grown up etc. Now is the time for my dream/request since Tannie Lettie to become true. Now I am praying 200% Lord help me now, this is the time for me to be full time for You.
This is a big decision now 'work or ministry'. Get a work, with security etc. or step out in faith depending on Him to provide for me. Because of this my nerves started packing up. I could not make a decision and stand by it. It was killing me. One moment full time this way and the next full time the other way. then one day God gave me Isaiah 30;21 ' if you turn to the left or the right your ears will hear a voice behind you saying; 'This is the way walk in it' It was God's way of telling me to make a decision
But still I couldn't. My nerves by now were shuttered. I could not sleep or eat. I knew whatever I decide will change my life forever. How do you make a decision like that? I prayed and begged God to help me. Then one morning after I got up after another restless night of rolling around and not really sleeping, while putting on my socks this came into my spirit 'not everybody is called to follow Me'
I thanked Him and asked if I could put out a fleece as Gideon did. My Mother was staying in the same complex as I did. She always wanted me to go and study first to become a pastor. Although at this stage I was invited to preach at some churches she was not happy. Stating I needed an official document accepted by all denominations. I said Lord whatever my Mother says this morning I will do. I went to her flat. Explain to her the latest; she knew my situation and uncertainties up to that point. I Said Ma, if I go out today full time I will depend on others by the Grace of God to survive or I must go and work and see what I will do when another Lettie comes on my way. She said 'my son I know, we know where your heart is' and at my place there will always be a plate of food for you. That was it. I got down on my knees and prayed. Thanking Him that from now on I am in His Hands.
I started going to hospitals, old-age homes visiting people at their work places, speaking to owners of businesses etc and He provided. Some months were tough, very tough and I felt like quitting on numerous occasions but praise God I hold on and survived
In early January 2007 I had a dream. In my dream a man phoned me and asked me to come down to his office. I have been promoted to an officer and I must come and sign for my badges or insignia. In my dream I went down to his office and as I walked in I notice 3 gentlemen sitting on the left-hand side. He, the man that phoned me was standing at a desk waiting for me. He greeted me and said before I sign I must repeat these words 3 times ''Amos, Dumos, Dedimus'. I said I don't know the words but he said no problem he will help me and form the words with his mouth. So I said Amos, Dumos, Dedimus, - Amos Dumos Dedimus - Amos Dumos Dedimus. He then gave me a pen to sign and handed over the insignia officer's lapels and a set of car keys. Praise God I was promoted and a car refers to your ministry. I woke up immediately and thought to myself I must not forget the words. I wrote the words on my cell phone and saved it in the outbox. The next morning I phoned my sister Marianne. She is a very educated person and told her about my dream and the words. She asked me to sms the words to her. Later on she phoned me back. Amos means Burden bearer or the responsibility and Dumos and Dedimus - power (Holy Spirit power) or Gods presence. Within 3 weeks of my dream I was ordained as a minister by Pastor Thys van Rensburg of FCCA (Fellowship of Christian Churches in Africa)
The day I met Pastor Thys van Rensburg (31/01/2007) he said God said I must do exactly what I was doing right now. I was at a place where He wanted me to be. At that stage I was still doing hospital visitations, praying for the sick and working with the elderly. That weekend while visiting my one brother we went with him to his church and the message was that morning 'stay on course of your calling; my confirmation. 'Let everything be confirmed by two or three witnesses.'
Being in a place where God wants you to be is wonderful. Now I visit people in hospitals and pray for them. If in ICU, I will visit daily till they are out or home, sometimes serving them with Holy Communion in the hospital. I try to visit those in hospital more than once. When you support them through a difficult time in hospital it helps a lot. Making them feel special, worth something.
At the one old-age home we have introduce a monthly birthday party, then everyone whose birthday it was in the month get something small but everyone gets cake and sweets etc. making jokes and ask easy questions to win prices etc. just to break the daily routine of sitting in their rooms. You start to build a relationship with them and they learn to trust you and will share with you if anything is wrong etc. and yes they die, but knowing them you know where they are and can comfort the families. There is church at this home every Wednesday, a month is split up for the different denominations and I get every second Wednesday of the month for my own little congregation. On special Christian weekends like Easter it is my privilege to bring the word for those who are not able to go their churches and for the last 7 years on Christmas we make it special with little gifts and I will bring the message and spend the day with them.
In February I was asked to take over the Hospital Care Ministry of FCCA nationwide. What a privilege and new challenge in my ministry.
Praise God, I am still going strong in His Grace. If you feel at all to help me in my ministry I would really appreciate it. Like my sister Marianne always says 'the gospel is for free, but petrol cost money.' I cannot do this work without the help of other. We are one body. I am the mouth, you the wallet. All the healing, all the salvation are my treasures in heaven and of those that sponsor me. Without sponsored ship I cannot do the work. Like Paul said it is not for him but for you, because if you give for the work of God He will provide for all your needs according to His Glory and Riches in Christ Jesus - Phil 4:19.
PS: I pray that my testimony will help you in finding your own goal and vision in life and that you will persevere as I did in His Strength
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