Last week we reported on how Vlooi Terblanche, 59, was born again and set free at last year’s Karoo Mighty Men Conference — and how he decided to celebrate this year by walking from his hometown, Plettenburg Bay to the KMMC 2014 in Middelburg.
I phoned Vlooi this evening (Thursday, April 10), eight days and 159km into his 500km journey. He said he had just arrived in Willowmore where he has been blessed with the use of a huge house all to himself. He was feeling relaxed and happy that God is in control of all aspects of his trek to the KMMC which starts on Friday, April 25.
There have been many divine appointments along the way over the mountainous Prince Alfred’s Pass that links the coast and Klein Karoo and through the town of Uniondale, he said. About 32 motorists have stopped on the highway, questioning him, asking him to pray for them and drawing encouragement from his testimony of God’s great work in his life. He has met many other people on the road and some have committed to attend the KMMC 2014 after listening to him. He has also had opportunities to share his testimony to groups of people including inmates in a jail. He has experienced wonderful Christian hospitality all along the way with people providing him with overnight stops.
He says his body is bearing up well although he only started training a month before the start of the walk. After a past knee operation a doctor said he would never be able to walk much on that knee but he is feeling stronger and fitter as the days go by. He carries a load of about 12kg with him as well as his wooden cross with its message on the love of Jesus and the dates of the KMMC. Whenever he feels weak he calls out loudly on the name of the Lord and he is immediately strengthened.
Vlooi says his heart is full with wonder over the reality of God’s great power and His great love. “I sometimes feel sad about people who don’t realise how awesome God is and that the love and the care that He has for me is available for everybody. I really desire for everybody to have that joy in their lives.”
Anybody who would like more daily news of Vlooi’s journey can join him on his Facebook page where he shares his experiences.