February 9, 2011 Special Event
Managers of Prima Bande
February 18 & 19, 2011 Seminar
March 1, 2011 Vision Casting
March 4, 2011 Special Event
World Prayer day for men
March 8, 2011 Seminar
March 11 - 12, 2011 Seminar
March 15 & 16, 2011 Seminar
March 24 & 25, 2011 Seminar
March 25 - 27, 2011 Seminar
Halftime South Africa Insider Newsletter
- February 2011
PARADISE REGAINED - WILLIE NEL'S STORY
Two dams on his farm Moolmanshoek epitomise Willie Nel’s life. At 51 he felt empty. He questioned everything he had built up till then. The land on his farm had become overexploited because of incorrect farming practices.
He shared his emptiness and despair with Cassie Carstens who was visiting the community church. To his surprise and almost disgust, Cassie’s reaction was a deep belly-laugh. “You are smack in the middle of a big fat halftime!” was his comment. Then came the journey of discovery.
Looking at the dams on his farm, Willie came to the following conclusion: The first dam represented what life often becomes. In times of difficulty it lies empty and dry, smarting for rain. Just 600 m away lies a dam fed by its own source giving a steady stream of cool clear water irrespective of the season. The water was always sparkling due to the reeds sifting out any impurities.
To Willie the second dam was how his life should be or could be if he turned his focus to what God wanted him to do. His spiritual experience became realised in his everyday life.
“While I was suffering under the dark clouds of disenchantment with farming conditions, the way things were happening in the country and disappointment in previously held belief systems, a tiny sunbeam began to appear”.
As the rays of the sun engulfed his thinking, he became convinced that the changes he had to effect, would reach out to the whole of Africa. The skills he had acquired and were to acquire, would be ploughed back into his new venture and so started a deep and absolute commitment to development in Africa.
He realised that as his farm was situated on marginal land, it should never have been cultivated. Eden had been destroyed, but his calling was now to heal and restore the land. Paradise must be regained.
To this end, Willie did everything to find out how this could be attained. He went to America to ascertain how the turnabout could take place.
In the process of reclaiming more than 1000 ha, he came to a further conclusion that in farming and business there is a bottom line, which is inevitably profit. In this new project, there had to be a triple bottom line, not only profit, but people and nature as well. All three had to benefit to make this effort worthwhile.
So the reed dam in Willie’s soul continued to sprout new and workable ideas, like the farm being turned into a game park. Farmers and visitors from all over the world, particularly from Africa, come to Moolmanshoek to learn and be inspired from Willie's vision and everyone shares in this humble man’s awe-inspiring drive. The source of his vision is his great faith and gratitude to God who opened his eyes through the meeting with Cassie at Halftime. The restlessness that he suffered before this awakened him to the fact that he had reached halftime in his own life and made him take stock of his life. It took grave discontent to open his mind to the vast potential around him.
Now Moolmanshoek is not only visited by farmers and people eager to see what can be done in reclaiming land, but also tourists from all over the world come to experience the restored Eden. “What particularly triggered me,” says Willie, “ is that I have a son to whom I have to pass the stick in the relay of life but I couldn’t do it as things were. The race we are running, is being run on a new course and old rules and principles do not apply. I had to become a trail-blazer to set an example and show the new way”.
INVITATION TO CROWN MINISTRIES CONFERENCE
Crown ministries (Dr Mario Denton) in association with Haltime South Africa (Tommy O'Kennedy) will be hosting the "Africa Rise - back to basics conference" on the 13th & 14th of May 2011. Read more
The following chart illustrates some of the differences that often exist between the first half of our lives and halftime ("Halftime Leaders Guide - Bob Buford")
Questions and Issues
Obtaining an education.
What should I do with what I've learned? Have I done enough - in my family, my community, company, profession or church?
Getting married or building relationships with friends.
Am I able to devote time to the people who are most important to me? To help them become all they can be? To reach out to others?
Building a career and striving to move upward, trying to provide for the family. Having good intentions.
Are these long hours really worth the price? And now that I'm here, is this where I want to be? I want more than success; I want significance. I'm successful, fortunate, and yet frustratingly unfulfilled.
Acquiring material things to help make life's journey more comfortable.
May have lived more than half my life. What am I going to leave behind of lasting value? Do I really need more stuff?
Juggling many priorities - how to be with friends and family yet expend oneself in the adventure of developing a career.
What's really important? Maybe it's time to take a breather and re-evaluate things. How would I like my life to be different - if I'm really honest?