Moving Into Action (MIA2012) was a three-day gathering (25 - 27 June 2012) of students, organisations, Bible Schools, churches, and individuals focusing on cross-cultural inistry to celebrate what God is doing on African soil.
The missions empowerment conference took place at the freezing Fountains Valley Resort in Pretoria, and over 640 people went out from the MIA2012 conference on short-term outreaches to implement and transfer what they had learnt during elective training workshops, plenary sessions and evening celebrations.
Speakers during the conference plenary and devotion sessions included Peter Tarental, Reinold Titus, Patrick Kuwana, Adriaan Adams, Teodor van der Spuy, Willem Badenhorst and Ryno Meyer. Organisations involved with the elective training sessions included Crossover Transformation, Transforming Kids, Ubabalo Sports Ministries, Jericho Walls and others.
The evening sessions were also attended by members of the public and press. The teams served at Entities of Change in 14 Southern Africa nations.
The feedback from the teams testifies of healings, salvations, provision and personal transformation as the feedback from the team that went to Kisumu in Kenya demonstrated: “The people from this community are mostly Christian, and they know God, but the Holy Spirit soon showed us that they needed empowerment. They were all living under a constant burden of sin, with the belief that God wanted to punish them for everything they did. Hopefully the message went through that Jesus had already paid that price. God moved powerfully. We didn’t really keep count, but we estimate that we had seen close to 100 healings within the first 4 days. This ranged from stomach aches to malaria. But the best part of it all was that the locals quickly caught the fire, and on the last day of missions in the community numerous local interpreters and pastors started coming alive for Christ and did most of the mission work themselves. It was an amazing sight to see!”
The team that went to Sepupa and Motopi in Botswana were also radically impacted by the truth of the Gospel that they went to share: “MIA2012 - this was a time in my life when God tested my obedience and blessed me with a fresh revelation of His endless love and grace for me! Being a part of God’s body of believers, across ages, across races, beyond the afflictions of our time, opened up my heart to a new perspective of what we are sent to do on God’s earth! How, you may ask? Well, as we went, to serve the missionaries and people of Botswana , our Lord spoke to us in our hearts, and convicted us of His deep love for us, and for all people he created with love. There was a peace in our hearts, a song – we could sense the purpose with which we were sent – to strengthen the body of Christ for a time such as this! We prayed, and people were healed! We trusted God, and kept us safe! We were part of a process by which our Father is raising up His Church as a unit of love. We are now part of the movement of LOVE! Praise God our Father, who sent his Son Jesus, to die for our sins, to give us love and grace, and comfort us with His Spirit!”
Many more stories and testimonies have returned from the field, confirming once again that Jesus truly is with us when we choose to follow Him to the nations.