Meet Tim Spykstra
Some years ago I was sitting on the California shoreline praying and sensed that inner voice of the Spirit say “one day you will be a part of a movement called ‘Oceans.’” . . .
My mind was flooded with the words of Scripture,
“For the earth will be filled with the Knowledge of the glory of the LORD as the waters cover the sea,” – (Isaiah 11:9, Habakkuk 2:14).
That encounter on the Pacific Coast never left my heart and I often pondered it’s meaning and how I was to respond. As time moved forward a deep seeded passion continued to grow within that the world was in need of a fresh awakening to the Father’s overwhelming love. Years of ministry, as well as personal experience, taught me that Jesus came to this earth to show the world what the Father looks like. Through the power of the Holy Spirit we are able to cry out “Abba Father,” (Romans 8:15), knowing God, our loving Daddy, can provide a freedom and joy that can change us. I will never forget the time spent praying in the Rocky Mountains and clearly heard my Father’s voice say,
“Now is the time to devote yourself fully to making my love known to the world.” And during those days I sensed Abba say “trust me as a faithful Father, leave what you know and step out into the unknown as Peter stepped out of the boat onto the sea.”
As I wrestled with these words the song “Oceans” kept welling up within me. The song begins with these words “You call me out upon the waters, the great unknown where feet may fail and there I find You in the mystery in oceans deep my faith will stand.” As I listened to this song over and over again I knew now was the time to step out in faith and trust my Father and begin the journey of Oceans Ministries. This was in 2014, after 23 years of pastoral ministry in the local church, and I can testify my Abba Father continues to be faithful. Here I am in South Africa where two Oceans meet and mountains are ever present! My prayer is that Oceans Ministries continues to make The love of the Father known around the world.
“Spirit lead me where my trust is without borders, let me walk upon the water wherever you would call me, take me deeper than my feet could ever wander and my faith will be made stronger in the presence of my Savior… I will call upon your name, keep my eyes above the waves, my soul will rest in your embrace, I am yours and you are mine,” — (“Oceans, where feet may fail,” Hillsong United)
Meet Mike Verkaik
I enjoy being responsible for planning and preparing Oceans Ministries trips to South Africa. I have learned along the way to wait with anticipation of how God will impact each trip in unimaginable ways. Every time I have the privilege of leading a team I find myself surprised by God and the way He expands His kingdom through the hearts of His followers.
In response to Christ’s call to care for the poor and broken, Oceans Ministries partners with Oceanview Care center and Love In Action. Our Kingdom Encounter Trips seek to serve, to listen to the Father’s voice, to learn about other cultures and to explore the beautiful country of South Africa.
It is the focal points for our trips and it leaves me excited and hopeful for what God will do next.
If you would like to know more about our trips, please download our PDF information sheet. Or, fill out the form at right and I’ll get back to you. We would love for you to join us!
– Mike Verkaik
Want to Join Us?
If you feel the pull of the heart-strings of our Father, please let me know. We would love for you to join us.