A Stellenbosch pastor who recently attended the Catch The Fire Conference in Toronto, Canada, to celebrate the 20th anniversary of the ‘Toronto Blessing’ outpouring of the Holy Spirit, says he came out of a 10 year spiritual drought there and received a mandate from God to “go and anoint My workers for the harvest”.
“Within the first week after returning home from Toronto the Holy Spirit started moving in our church and has not stopped moving,” says Iban Vermeulen, senior pastor of KCI Church, Stellenbosch in a testimony he sent to Gateway News.
He says that from September 1, to September 4, 2014, KCI will be hosting a Revival Conference and the International School of Leadership that will be presented by a Catch the Fire team from Canada.
Vermeulen says that God spoke to him in 2013 about attendiing the 20th Anniversary Catch the Fire Conference in Toronto in January, 2014. The conference speakers were John and Carol Arnott, Randy Clark, Bill and Beni Johnson, Heidi Baker, Che Ahn, Duncon Smith, Steve Long and Georgian Banov. They are all influential apostolic leaders who were touched, changed, restored, called, and commissioned during the outpouring in Toronto in 1994.
On his first night there he fell in the Spirit as Randy Clark prayed for him and God ministered powerfully, erasing bitterness and hurt and restoring life into his family relationships and ministry. He felt alive for the first time in 10 years.
On the second night he was hungry for a fresh touch from God and was directed by Him to go to the front when the worship started. To get a good spot in the front he had to wait there an hour before the worship started. When the worship began a child pushed in front of him and there was a lady in a wheelchair to his right. He felt a bit annoyed with the child for pushing in.
“But during worship they told us to turn and prophecy to someone. This child turns around and says: ‘Lord, take this man to the nations and use him to transform many nations with revival.’ The moment that child prophesied the Spirit of God came upon me. Then we were asked to pray for the fire of God upon someone next to us. So the lady in the wheelchair grabs my hand and when she grabbed it, the Fire of God fell on me like it has never fallen upon me.”
Vermeulen says the woman in the wheelchair prophesied that he would spread fire and take ground for God’s Kingdom.
“When I put my hands in the air I saw that my hands was touching heaven and oil was flowing down my hands up to my elbows and I stood there, as one ready to go having been equipped and commissioned. God told me: ‘Go and anoint my workers for the harvest. They will be used in this move of My Spirit.’ For the first time in my life it felt like God had given me a clear mandate to do for Him. Go and anoint the workers for the Harvest.”
He says: “During this amazing conference there were many more visions and encounters in the Holy Spirit. I was also told that: ‘A spring of living water is going to erupt in our church, KCI Stellenbosch. People will come and drink from this spring’.”
During the conference speakers spoke about a coming ‘second wave’ outpouring that will bring a double anointing and spiritual inheritance as there was a generation that carried and stewarded the first wave faithfully for 20 years. Heidi Baker and Randy Clark told the conference that the first wave was for the healing of the church, calling prodigal sons back home and restoring the Father’s heart of love in the church. The second wave will be a wave of glory and souls compelling the move of God out of the church into the streets.
Vermeulen says he is expectant to see the fruits of the second wave manifesting in South Africa.