The Power of The Holy Spirit, An unstoppable force, Power
Founders & The Late Senior Pastors
Senior Pastors met each other in March 1969 and started dating September that year, got engaged 30th September 1970 and became husband and wife on 1 May 1971. During 1973 both of them were called into full time ministry. They received hands-on training for 14 years, serving faithfully as true disciples under their Pastor During their training they were taught what it was like to crucify their flesh, die for self, for their own desires, and give their whole lives to God and to the ministry.
Their pastor died on 26 December 1987. They stayed on for another 3 years and there after they started Dunamis International Family Church in January 1991 with 34 people, of which 26 were scholars. Pastor Hendrik received a prophetic word in the early 90’s, ‘Hendrik, Youth of the Nations’. They believe that young people must get out of the mold and the pattern in which they grew up in and get into the pattern and plan that God has for their lives according to Jeremiah 29:11. God has given to them a vision that will come into fulfilment through the heartbeat of cell life.
The church has received a primary assignment to constantly win and disciple people for Jesus Christ. At a very young age Pastor Phillicia was already involved in singing, dancing, drama and public speaking. Under the submission of her husband, she has raised up a powerful, anointed music team with a music pastor and 80 members involved in the Praise and Worship team.
Ministry and Results
Raising up Leaders
Working in the community of Germiston as Senior Pastors since 1991 has been a challenge for the following reasons:
The general breakdown of strong Family Life in the basic household.
Poverty amongst the people of the City.
The very strong traditional roots preventing new Enterprises from arising
Dr’s. Bester started in November 1991 with 34 people, of whom 27 were younger than 25. Ever since that day the church membership consists of 80% people younger than 30 years. The church has grown to just over 1000 people (the biggest church in the history of Germiston).
Surrounding Dr’s Bester are committed loyal men and women, who have been with them for the past 21 years, believing in their vision and doing everything possible to establish God’s Kingdom.
Weekly Feeding Scheme.
NAPWA (National Association for People living with HIV and AIDS).
Staff debriefing at Netcare
Present activities in the Community
The Shoebox project
“The Shoebox project” provides gifts and fulfils the needs of orphan children living with HIV and Aids.
The Love of Christ ministries
“The Love of Christ ministries” (TLC), amongst others, receives food and necessary products which supply to the needs of numerous children.
Child and Family Welfare
Greater Germiston Society for Child and Family Welfare
It has to be said that most of the above mentioned services involves people who are not members of our church. This church exists for the general upliftment of the people of the City; IT HAS BEEN SAID OF THEM THESE ARE TRUE NATION BUILDERS. The greatest achievement and success of Dr’s. Bester is that their whole family, by the grace of God, faithfully serves with him in the Local Church. This is truly a sign of a couple with great integrity and vision. Their influence has resulted in many people’s lives being touched and their general standard of living has increased tremendously.
Vision & Mission
To be able to connect to God’s heart and thereby equip and train people continuously to move forward, take dominion and thus take over cities and nations for God. People are important to God and therefore DIFC will help them to become successful, prosperous and influential in all areas of life to benefit the Kingdom of God.
Our mission is to build a Church with a strong spirited atmosphere of worship, faith and purity, where every member is released into ministry, discipled in the Great Commandment (Matthew 22:37-39) to obey the Great Commission (Matthew 28:19).
The History of DIFC
HOW WE STARTED
The late Senior Pastor H.L. Bester modelled discipleship. The Strategic year – August 1994 – 88 members. We received training for one year every Monday evening. Senior Pastor shared his heart / vision without realizing that he introduced the cell life to us. He role modelled relationships. We learned that it is impossible to trust God if you cannot trust a man. Relationships and unity became stronger.
One night the Holy Spirit intervened in the group. God raised up a spiritual father. He must reproduce spiritual sons, not hirelings. 90% of the people that made that commitment are still part of the team today
THE “SET MAN” (SENIOR PASTOR) BUILDS A TEAM
Our Church was on the edge to transition from “BUILDING A CHURCH to BUILDING THE KINGDOM”.
We were primarily an Afrikaans community who did not accommodate all people. Our Senior Pastor knew that he needed a committed team that would submit to him and the God given vision, so he proceeded in doing the following.
He chose men and woman
He chose 12 men and 2 women. 80% of them were young and therefore not well equipped or capable. The basic qualities that they had were being faithful, submissive, available and teachable (FAST). That was the basic criteria by which they were chosen. Over the years the potential team has matured and multiplied but our Senior Pastor never stopped investing in his team. This has now snowballed where the team invests in others as well.
The vision was shared
Without vision people perish. We’ve been taught important principles. One can never be entrusted with a God given vision until you follow the vision of a spiritual leader.
God gives vision to a man
The church must be led by one man not a board or a committee. You cannot submit to the vision without submitting to the man. When God gives vision to a man, He places His spirit upon that man to fulfil the vision.
Our values were challenged and changed
The team learned that God has entrusted their lives into the hands of the Senior Pastor to disciple them. Their values were and still are changed by him. They were taught many principles such as:
God loves people
Discovering their own and other people’s true potential.
God is more interested in ones character than in one’s gift.
God rewards faithfulness, not performance.
Live to make someone else successful
Loyalty to the Senior man and ultimately to God. Live to see God’s vision fulfilled
Do the work of an evangelist – reaching our city, nation, and world.
Senior Pastor practiced what he preached
He never expected them to believe in or to care for someone unless he has proven to them that he cares for them and he believes in them. That gave the team tremendous security, strength and an example in doing it.
Loyalty of the team members
The loyalty of the team towards the vision and the Senior man, will secure the future of the church and the fulfilment of the vision. A loyal team is a transparent team. Where a team is loyal and stand in unity with the leader, God will command His blessing.
We were primarily an Afrikaans speaking community. The vision is for the city, not only a chosen few. In order for us to fulfil this vision. Senior Pastor made the commitment to God to transition the church to English, which took place over 8 months. Word got round that there is a church who accommodates everyone, and all types of people started coming.Today we are a multinational, cultural and generational church. A wonderful synergy exists between young, old, coloured, black, white, Indian, Chinese, Portuguese, Italian, Greek, Zambian, Congolese and Zimbabwean, just to mention a few.
God has truly accomplished something great in our Local church regarding the above statement. The poor became rich; the rich became dependant on God. The unschooled is schooled. The sick is healed. The youth changes the world, while the adults give them the guidance.
We are planting cells everywhere and amongst everyone – children (7-12 with adult leaders), youth (13-19 with adult leaders), young adults, adults, senior citizens, couples and singles; In prisons and hospitals; In Germiston, Alberton and surroundings, Heidelberg, Secunda and Pretoria. We have ongoing community projects. We have given financial support to churches in Germiston, Zimbabwe and Malawi and support a big Missions network in the rest of Africa. We are connected to churches in Singapore, Ivory Coast and the USA to whose success we are totally committed.