The Safest Spot in the World

Let me explain the picture above. I know it seems rather odd with little visual appeal- yet for me- it is a place of profound significance. Patty and I are back in the States for a few months to experience what it feels like to be first time grandparents. It is over the moon awesome, […]

40 Days to Change the World?

If a worldwide poll was conducted today with the question, “Do you think our world needs change?” I’m confident a resounding majority would wholeheartedly reply, “Yes!” Then if the next question was, “What needs to change and how?” I would predict millions of varied responses and solutions to the world’s problems. There is no doubt […]

“I Spoke to Him this morning, He lives”

Written by Mike Verkaik Since, then, you have been raised with Christ, set your hearts on things above, where Christ is, seated at the right hand of God. – Colossians 3:1 As I read through the Colossians 3 and 4, that verse resinated with as I reflected on conversations and interactions at the motel. It […]

15,555 Steps with Jesus

We do a lot of walking in South Africa. Most everything we need is within walking distance from Oceans Retreat Center. So at the end of the day Patty and I have a friendly competition and check our walking app to see who got the most steps in. The other day I was reading the […]

Seeking more of His presence

Written by Mike Verkaik “Are we going to go to this again next week? When we get back, we need to begin a praise and prayer time like this at our church!” Those were the words of the students after attending an hour of praise and prayer time at a local church in Fish Hoek. […]

“Graves into Gardens”

On Resurrection Sunday singing the song “Graves into Gardens” reminded me about the power of the Gospel to transform the most broken places, such as a grave, into a place of beauty, a garden. Resurrection Day is the believers victory day!  All our sin, pain, and brokenness was buried with Christ in His death and […]