2 weeks ago I had the privilege of teaching at the Principles of Redeeming Culture school based at the YWAM base in Muizenberg. This school consisted of two programs “South Roots” based in Worcester (RSA) and “Island Breeze” based in Kansas City USA. The purpose of the school is to see culture, tribes nations and people groups through the God lense. See it for what it actually is, a gift from God.
Each nation carries a sound and an authority which is shifts the atmosphere when we worship. This really highlighted when these cultures get to do it together. One such moment occurred when we prayed for our nation in light of the “no confidence vote” for our president. The strengths and nuances of each culture came to the fore as we prayed and worshiped, creating this beautiful soundscape to God.
The South African’s stood in the middle, whilst the islanders and other African nation representatives stood around us. Almost like a wall of protection and agreement as we cried out to God for our nation. The islanders began to chant and sing in their languages, singing songs of worship to God. It was intense and beautiful at the same time. The best way I could describe it would be like this immense waves of vibration kept hitting us. It awoke something inside of us. A warrior spirit rose up and we cried out to God. Something shifted in us. We felt free, but also we experienced the power of agreement when nations stand together worshipping God. I believe for a moment we experienced what is written in
Rev 7:9-10 “After this I looked, and there before me was a great multitude that no one could count, from every nation, tribe, people and language, standing before the throne and before the Lamb. They were wearing white robes and were holding palm branches in their hand And they cried out in a loud voice: “Salvation belongs to our God, who sits on the throne, and to the Lamb.”
What an experience, what a privilege.
My second such experience was being honoured with gifts, necklaces and dances from the class. This was a highly emotional experience as it was my first time seeing a haka done live in front of me. They felt they wanted to honour me with a haka signifying carrying the call of God on my life, speaking His truth and uniting the nations.
I’m not going to lie, it was also frightening. It’s intense and emotional. I don’t know how the Springboks (SA Rugby team) handle when the All Blacks do it on game day.
It was so powerful. It awakened in me warrior, a grit, determination and a love to take on the call that God has on my life.
So having experienced this in the week I’m even more convinced than what was before. I’m a nation builder, I love the nations. I love seeing the nations glorify our God in heaven in their own unique way. God has called all nations, tribes and people group to worship him in Spirit and in truth. From the hoola to the reel dans, from haka to the Zulu dance, every tribe and nation will worship him.
If you want to see the “Haka” go check out my instagram account: Greenappleman05 “The Honour (song and Haka full version)”
OR my Facebook account: Jason Skippers