A Glimpse at Bethesda House’s Training Seminars

Since February, many Saturday mornings at Bethesda House have begun with varied emotions ranging from tired bodies – with the needed cup ‘o’ joe in hand – to excitement and a bit of apprehension thrown in for new participants and facilitators alike. But God led these people here to our new seminars. Maybe it was by their own desires or by a recommendation from friend, organization, or church. At least I, as one of the facilitators, was expectant for what God would do. Actually, it was more than that; God was building in me so much joy for what He wanted to share with them!

Let me rewind a bit. Bethesda House ran longer seminars for missionaries from 2011 to 2014 (Leading by the Spirit Course, called LBSC), but God led us to break up the LBSC into smaller portions to be accessible for the greater, local Body of Christ. This also serves to train Bethesda’s incoming staff more often throughout the year and is offered to local missionaries and ministry workers.

During each seminar, people learn and grow in a teaching setting (with handy workbooks designed for each course to take notes in and for further studying), and then they apply what they learn practically in the workshop portion of the seminar. Faith grows and is imparted in the participants. Seminar content is new for some, but sometimes it is a refresher or just encouraging for someone who has been ministering and journeying for a while. At other times, participants have shared that the seminars are affirming what God has been teaching and leading them through in their personal journey with God.

Seminar participants have included a variety of people from our own staff to those formerly homeless, both new and long-time missionaries (from Youth With A Mission/YWAM), believers from local churches, non-profit workers, those who work with women’s dignity, and Bible and missionary students to name a few.

I so love seeing how people are strengthened and encouraged as they spend time getting knowing their Father God better and what He desires to do in them and through them so that they, in turn, can be Lights shining in their churches and communities! One such person is David, who was recently homeless. We met him through our open community evenings called Awake, and he recommitted his life to Jesus. After attending one seminar, David shared that he loved it and would come to anything we do. The content was way better than what he received in Bible school. It was Spirit-filled and not just knowledge; he was soaking it in.

Listen to David’s testimony to hear more:

As Bethesda House steps into the call that God has given, one of our main mission's being to equip believers, I believe that the Lord is so excited for people to encounter God and to be empowered in their life journeys.

So far, we have run ten seminars, including three different Prophecy Seminars (What is Prophecy, Prophecy and the Church, and Prophecy and Evangelism, which includes an evangelistic outreach), Dream Interpretation Seminar, and Spirit-Led Living Seminar. We hope to offer these again and to expand with new seminars in the future, but because Bethesda House recently had to move and has yet to relocate, they are on hold. If you are interested in our future seminars, please contact us here http://www.bethesdahouse.org/contact-us/, and check out our Facebook page for updates: https://www.facebook.com/bethesdahouse.muiz/. If you are a church leader and interested, please contact us about hosting a seminar at your church.

Bergville Outreach

Four staff from our Bethesda team embarked on the 15-hour car ride, which 

took us to the small farming community of Bergville. It’s situated in the 

Drakensberg Mountain range in the KwaZulu-Natal province of South Africa. 

We had the opportunity to partner with a ministry there called Open 

Heaven. The leaders of this ministry were an amazing couple who wanted 

nothing more than to serve our team in any way they could. They even 

opened their beautiful farmhouse for us to stay with them while we were 

working with them. This may not seem to be that big of a deal, but I left out 

the part where the couple was expecting a baby, and she was due within 

weeks!  Talk about a servant heart! It was a lovely exchange that I 

witnessed. The more we tried to serve and bless them, the more they 

wanted to serve and bless us. It made for a wonderful ten days.     

In the days spent in prayer prior to leaving on the outreach, we felt 

the Lord say we would be seeing many healings. The Lord definitely came 

through on that! One day we did street evangelism and healing ministry, 

looking for anyone needing the healing touch of God. To my surprise, it 

seemed like almost everyone in this community needed healing in one way 

or another. We saw everything from sight restored to leg pain and constant 

headaches relieved. We went out with the mentality that we were not called 

to pray for the sick, but we were called to heal the sick, and that is exactly 

what happened! There was not a single person that morning who was not 

healed when we prayed for God to come and touch them. We saw about 20 

healings that day! 

We also had the opportunity to talk in two schools and give 

testimonies about the ways we saw Jesus moving in our lives. It was 

amazing to see the openness of the schools and the receptiveness of the 

children we spoke to.  

Our team was able to bless and encourage a fellow YWAM base in the 

Drakensberg Mountains. Never in my life have I seen a couple who whole 

heartily trust in the faithfulness of their Father. It was incredible to hear 

their story as they’ve been walking in missions for over 20 years. It was 

such a blessing to go and stand in prayer with them.  

My favorite testimony, however, took place at a hospital we had an 

opportunity to minister in! 

During the hospital outreach, I found myself in the women’s ward with 

a few other people. The pastor with our group shared about the healing 

power of Jesus and what he has done for us. After the word, we went around 

from woman to woman and prayed for healing and relief of pain. One 

woman stood out to me though. She looked no more than 25 years old, and 

she lay on the bed in such pain. Her one leg stuck out of the blanket and 

appeared to be very swollen. We asked her what was wrong, and she told us 

that her leg was in a lot of pain. We asked if we could pray for healing, and 

she was very much willing to receive. I went to lay my hand on her leg, and 

before I even touched her, she was cringing out of the thought of the pain 

that was about to come. I then realized that she couldn’t even touch her leg 

without incredible pain. I hovered my hand just above her leg, and I could 

feel heat radiating from it. We prayed for healing and then asked her how it 

felt. As she started to touch her leg, she told us it was better, but there was 

still pain behind her knee. As we began to pray again, I felt something in her 

leg shift, and I spoke out loud, “It’s gone!”  I looked at the women, and we 

could just see the joy that came back into her eyes. She just looked down at 

her leg and kept touching it over and over again. We could see the shock on 

her face that the pain was gone. As we moved on to pray for the other 

women, I kept looking back at her. She was all smiles as she looked around 

the room. The excitement and joy in this woman’s eyes gave more 

testimony to the healing power of Jesus than our words could ever do!

By Cassie Gilpin

Karoo Outreach

A Story from the Karoo by Gaylin Downie

Alfred is 73 years old. He has been married to his wife Sarah Magdalena for 49 years! They have both lived in Klaarstroom, a tiny little karoo community their whole lives, and in their current home since 1972! Alfred invited us to pray for Sarah who was suffering all night with a lung condition and diabetes. We sat with them in their little home and Sarah's pain subsided as we prayed for her. Then we sat and listened to their beautiful story for over an hour! We also met their nephew who was visiting at the time. He had seen us the day before and was hiding from us because he could see God was with us and he was afraid. His legs were paralysed and he had not walked properly in 11 years. Our friends prayed for him and shared the simple heart melting love of God with him. Immediately warmth filled his legs and all the numbness dissappeared! He moved his legs up and down, laughing and saying "I couldn't do this, I couldn't do this!

What a precious joyful moment in time.

About 2 weeks ago, some of the Bethesda team had the opportunity to go on a five-day outreach to an area in the Karoo called Prince Albert. We were working in a small community just outside of the town called Klaarstroom. There were five of us, and we stayed on a friend's beautiful farm. It was an amazing time, and I don't think any of us wanted to get in the car our last morning to come back to Muizenberg. We did many different things from painting the community entry gate and playing with kids to washing the feet of intercessors and going on house visits to pray with people in their homes. We also had a youth day at the farm for teenagers from the area and led morning devotionals for the workers on the farm. 

Many miracles happened. One man rededicated his life to God while stopping to talk to us as we painted the wall. Jason and Ruan prayed for a man who was basically paralized for 11 years and could only move around a little with a cane. He got feeling again in his legs and was overjoyed with what God did. One man's eyes got healed after he welded without goggles, and another ladies back was healed. These are only a few stories; there were many more and we spent so much time rejoicing in what God had done!


We hope you enjoyed the pictures of this beautiful place and it's beautiful people.