Pierre Oosthuizen – January JOY! Article
– by Pierre Oosthuizen
“I press towards the goal for the prize of the upward call of God in Christ Jesus.” – Philippians 3:14
I became an evangelist quite unexpectedly. I was standing in Mamma Rosa’s dusty yard in Tickeyline near Tzaneen in Limpopo, South Africa. Before me were 20 hungry souls including babies (I counted them twice), their dark faces hardly visible in the poor light. It was a Friday evening in April 2015. I read from Acts 3 and opened my mouth to preach when the power of God hit me. I began to preach like never before in my life! The Holy Spirit had transformed me in a moment of time.
I was shocked! The young Pastor accompanying me exclaimed, “Man of God, you’re so powerful, why haven’t we heard of you in Kgapane?” The next night, as I waited for my interpreter to finish reading, I began to vibrate! I could hardly wait to preach! I was hooked. The pastor and teacher who had been cocooned for more than 20 years had finally emerged as an evangelist! It was time to spread my wings and to fly, I had found my purpose and my destiny. I’m a preacher. My purpose is to win multitudes for Christ through preaching salvation, healing, and deliverance, ‘that I may lay hold of that for which Christ Jesus has also laid hold of me.’ – Philippians 3:12. What is your purpose? Why did He save you? What will He bring forth from your heart?
JOY! Magazine (January 2018)