The Northern Cape Mighty Men Conference (NCMMC) that takes place September 22 to 24 has been blessed with a venue that is not only idyllic, on the banks of the Riet River, but which has been made available free of charge.
Adriaan and Lien Naude, the owners of Seduan Farm, are keen to share their piece of paradise with NCMMC visitors.
“Last year, we were out walking and appreciating how the Lord had blessed us with our home and farm.
“As a family, we felt that it would be wonderful to extend the blessing for others to enjoy too, especially because the farm is easily accessible to visitors.
“We left it at that and didn’t think much more about the possibility, apart from mentioning it to a Pastor Herman Steyn of the AFM Church, House of Restoration, in Kimberley, who, a few months later, referred to it in a discussion with Riaan Janse van Vuuren, the chairperson of the NCMMC organising committee.
“They came to look at the venue, one thing led to another and the next thing we were hosting the NCMMC, which has created quite a bit of excitement in the nearby towns of Ritchie and Modderrivier as well as the surrounding irrigation-farming community, including both farmers and farm workers.
“There has also been a lot of involvement in the preparation of the venue by the local community, from the farmers’ association to the local co-operative and businesses.
“I have had offers of assistance from many different people, so the event has already brought people together across racial lines and class differences.
“I haven’t come across any negative attitudes,” says Adriaan.
NCMMC 2017, which is free of charge, has a high profile line-up of speakers with Pastor Louis Els, opening the conference on Friday, Pastor Afrika Mhlophe speaking on Saturday and Angus Buchan presenting the family service on Sunday. Dewald Gous will lead the praise and worship team.
Riaan confirms the growing excitement saying there are already a number of congregations that have let the organising committee know they will be attending Uncle Angus’ Sunday morning service at NCMMC as a body instead of holding a service at their Church.
The venue is only 40 kilometres from Kimberley, 25 kilometres from Jacobsdal and 60 kilometres from Koffiefontein, which makes it convenient for a broad range of people.
“The venue is also only 1,2-kilometres off the N12 road to Cape Town, so it is easy to access.”
An innovation of NCMMC is the Mighty Kids, which will be ministered to by Peet Boshof who has a heart for children with a ministry that caters for orphans in the Kimberley-Jacobsdal area.
Peet says he noticed that young children require a separate service because of their need for a gospel message at their level. He has a band that presents children’s music as well as a puppet show.
Peet says many of the issues that children face relate to their identity and divorced parents, especially children from orphanages.
“My passion is to minister to children, because their faith is so pure, they believe and love without question or condition.
“We adults can learn so much from children’s simple acceptance and unashamed expression of their love for Jesus, that is why I love ministering to children, because I learn so much from their faith,” says Peet.
Although it is a free event 400 people have already registered to camp for NCMMC.
“As it is close to Kimberley, Ritchie, Modderrivier and Jacobsdal, we expect a high percentage of day visitors, however, there are camping facilities for those that want to sleep at the venue.”
Riaan advises that no alcohol will be allowed. Campers and those sleeping in caravans should bring their own water, cold-drinks, coffee and food, although there will be vendors selling food and drinks.
While there will be a specified area for open braai fires, only gas fires are permitted in the camping area.
Showers are also available at set times during the day.
Everyone attending should bring their own camping chairs for seating, a flashlight for seeing at night and a Bible for enlightening the eyes of their hearts.
For more information go to the NCMMC website at www.ncmmc.co.za or telephone 073 447 8183.