July 2021

Dear Kingfisher family

It seems as if there is a scourge afflicting the body of Christ internationally. As if there is an unseen power forcing polarization within and among churches, denominations, ministry organizations and individuals.  This plays out in the theatre of international and local politics, culture, and opinion. There is no room for balanced and considered opinion. We are for or against.

We see this in debates about political leadership and politics in the United States, whether we are living on that continent or not. The body tears itself apart in Biblical interpretation and theology about evolution, marriage, gender issues, COVID19 policy, personal liberty, the right to bear arms or not, racial divisions and many other issues – some so volatile that I even hold back on mentioning them in this letter amongst the Kingfisher family.

Followers of Jesus within one body became enemies. Disciples walking in His footsteps look at each other with distrust and anger.

I think you know what I mean.

Most of these issues were not so urgent or poisonous ever during the past two thousand years of the church’s existence. But now something imposes conflicting worldviews on us that breaks us apart, destroying our witness, weakening our faith, and making us the laughingstock of the world.

This polarization does not occur only in a specific culture or country – it infests the body of Christ everywhere.

 We find it difficult to imagine those on the other side of the divide to be real Christians, they must be uninformed, lacking in insight and without the presence of the Holy Spirit as guide.

We as Kingfisher family with people from different church backgrounds on three continents and within diverse cultures see this growing divide very clearly.

It does not only damage the witness of the church in an antagonistic world. It prevents us from understanding disciple-making in its deepest core.

We have been trapped to live our spiritual lives according to opposing worldviews different from that of Jesus.

When Jesus called his disciples to follow Him, the very first item on His agenda was to teach His worldview (Matthew 5:3-10) and explain in detail what it meant in terms of real life (Matthew 5-7). His motto and creed was love to God the Father and love to every person we meet. But how do you do it in real life? By thinking and acting from a worldview rooted in Love itself.

So, we do have a worldview that will help us as His disciples to make decisions about practical life like choosing a political representative, including, or excluding certain people from fellowship or deciding about civil duty, taxes or the solution to poverty and broken families.

“Blessed are the poor in spirit, for theirs is the kingdom of heaven.

Blessed are those who mourn, for they will be comforted.

Blessed are the meek, for they will inherit the earth.

Blessed are those who hunger and thirst for righteousness, for they will be filled.

Blessed are the merciful, for they will be shown mercy.

Blessed are the pure in heart, for they will see God.

Blessed are the peacemakers, for they will be called sons of God.

Blessed are those who are persecuted because of righteousness, for theirs is the kingdom of heaven.”

NIV Mat 5:3-10 

Jesus’ worldview is the opposite of that which polarizes out of zeal but missed love by a mile. It is the opposite of those that stand on their rights but miss Jesus demonstrating to us what it meant to be poor in spirit.

We who follow Jesus as His disciples step by step know that getting to the point that we look at life through these glasses can be difficult. But what is even more difficult is to put it in practice and live this Kingdom lifestyle in everything we do.

To live like that means we must take up our cross and follow.

Living according to these principles in ordinary life is to make love visible. And that more than anything we can say will convince the world that Jesus is Lord of all.

Your brother

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Kingfisher Webinar

Topic: Making disciples the Jesus way

When: Saturday 3 October

Time: 3:30pm South Africa, 7:pm India

Duration: 30 minutes

Hosts: Piet and Dekseltjie, with Raju Gungantiwar

The link will be provided one hour before the webinar starts.

Post your questions beforehand on our Facebook page at https://www.facebook.com/groups/kingfisherkingdom/

The link for the webinar will be provided one hour before the webinar starts.

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Click and download supportive material in pdf format. You may print and make copies use as you wish.

  • Reading Matthew with others in pdf format. A guide for disciple group leaders covering selected passages following Jesus through the gospel of Matthew.
  • Following in the footsteps of Jesus in pdf format. Discussion topics for disciple groups covering selected passages following Jesus through the gospel of Matthew.

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Making disciples in western Ukraine

Joseph Todikash is a pastor in a settlement in the Carpathian Mountains of western Ukraine. His ministry is mainly amongst Hutsu and Roma people and is strongly focused on building strong discipling relationships. Let us learn from his experience as well and pray for his ministry.

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Examples of ministry during COVID19

Past. Raju Gungantiwar uses the BIble and mobile phone technology to continue ministry in disciple groups during COVID19 restrictions.

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Leadership structure

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Building on sand, building on rock!

Dear Kingfisher family,

Kingfisher redirects the body of Christ towards a disciple-making lifestyle in all spheres of life. These words come from our vision statement or dream that you can find on our web site.

We use various tools to mobilise the body of Christ towards a disciple-making lifestyle – first of all, a workshop to introduce the Gospel of Mathew in following Jesus as disciples in order eventually to become disciples. The workshop “Making disciples like Jesus” had been presented in Africa, South East Asia and Eastern Europe.

The feedback up to now was overwhelmingly positive:KingfisherWorkshop

  • The workshop uses the Scripture itself as the source and empowers believers to follow Jesus reading their Bibles within context.
  • The support material is designed to help small groups of disciples to discover what it means to follow Jesus.
  • The desired outcome is that a disciple of Jesus who followed Jesus through the gospel of Mathew will be able to disciple another in exactly the same way when he reaches Mathew 28 with the instruction to make disciples exactly in the way Jesus did.

Those who actually began to read the gospel of Mathew together, following Jesus step by step and inviting others to join along the way, were actually discipled by our Lord himself. Those who were in love with the fresh approach and practical implementation but did not implement what they read, were disappointed.

The workshop itself is just an introduction. The real spiritual journey is not attending a workshop but following Jesus step by step. Jesus said:  “Therefore everyone who hears these words of mine and puts them into practice is like a wise man who built his house on the rock.  But everyone who hears these words of mine and does not put them into practice is like a foolish man who built his house on sand.” Mathew 7:24 &26.

When introducing the workshop our biggest fear is that these words will not be put into practice and our greatest joy is to see a house built on rock!



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Bridging the gap between Sunday service and real life

Dear Kingfisher family,

After Sunday morning service Roger Perkins from Higher Ground Foundation posted on FaceBook a few paragraphs that express my experience as well as that of many others.

19 May 2019

 It occurred to me during our excellent church service this morning that the purpose of our services is to provide Inspiration and an Invitation to go deeper in the journey towards character growth and stewardship. Continue reading

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Spiritual disciplines

We have no control over growing into the character of Jesus ourselves – just as we cannot pick ourselves up by our own shoestrings. But we have 100% control over spending time with Jesus through the spiritual disciplines. It is during these times that Jesus transforms us into His image. JT

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The purpose of Disciple making

The purpose of Disciple making is not only to get unbelievers to cross a certain line and repent. It is to guide people to repeat the life of Jesus. To think like Jesus thought, to repeat the life of Jesus. It is not simply to get the person to stop some negative behaviour. It is to have the mind of Christ. (1 Cor 2:16). JT

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