Vlooi’s ‘Celebration pilgrimage’ to the KMMC: Week 1

 The 500km route that Vlooi Terblanche (inset) is walking from Plettenburg Bay to the KMMC 2014 at Middelburg. He is carrying a cross on the journey. The cross on the map is at Willowmore, his current location.

The 500km route that Vlooi Terblanche (inset) is walking from Plettenburg Bay to the KMMC 2014 at Middelburg. He is carrying a cross on the journey. The cross on the map is at Willowmore, his current location.

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.

Vlooi and roadside acquaintance Whayne chatting about the things of God under a clear Karoo sky.
Vlooi and a roadside acquaintance Whayne chatting about the things of God under a clear Karoo sky.

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.

6 Comments

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  2. Blessings Vlooi. Thank you for encouragement through your quest.

  3. Hi Stuart.It is possible through all the prairs and love from you guys. His will is done!!!Love you n the name of Jesus!

  4. Maybe I should spell “Prairs” prayers!!

  5. Pave (or should I say walk) the way for others to follow my friend. Persevere till the end! In my thoughts and prayers.

  6. Vasbyt Vlooi! Hoop om jou by die eindpunt te sien volgende week.
    God se seën jou toegewens.