By Olea Nel — novelist who writes on the life and works of Andrew Murray
The opening of the Andrew Murray Spirituality Centre in Wellington took place in late February and was accompanied by a two-day conference with the theme: Rooted in Christ.
The vision for this Centre is to develop and promote a missions-based spirituality based upon the life and work of Andrew Murray (1828-1917).
The occasion was one of celebration which also drew the attention of those present to the rich spiritual inheritance that had been bequeathed to the Dutch Reformed Church through Andrew Murray, and how God had been able to use his books to draw others from different nationalities to Himself.
One such person was the Japanese theological student Yoshikazu Nonoyama, whose spiritual life had been deepened by reading some of Andrew Murray’s works that had been translated into Japanese.
In an article he wrote for the occasion, he says that it was while reading Andrew Murray’s book Absolute Surrender that he decided to hand over his life to God. He is now a student at the Reformed Theological Institute in Kobe, Japan.
He leaves us with this quote from Absolute Surrender: “God does not ask you to give the perfect surrender in your own strength, or by the power of your will; God is willing to work it in you.”