Advancing the cause of Christ at all cost
Determined to see his country experience God’s transforming power, Wayne Thring uses every available platform to advance the cause of Christ. He is bold, mixing politics and faith on almost a daily basis. As a pastor and politician, he has a unique opportunity to impact not only his community but also his country.
His Kingdom on earth
“I am passionate about seeing Biblical principles influence every sector of society in South Africa, as well as the entire continent. In short, I want to see His ‘Kingdom come on earth as it is in Heaven,’” Wayne says.
Currently vice moderator of South African Evangelistic Mission, pastor of Joy Chapel Ministries, deputy president of the African Christian Democratic Party, and a South African parliament representative, Wayne is devoted to his country. A well-equipped communicator and leader, Wayne thought he possessed all the tools he needed, but Haggai International changed his perspective.
“In 2009, I attended Haggai International in Singapore. I came back a changed individual in terms of my outlook toward sharing the Gospel and missions. I have, obviously, been to many workshops because of my work in politics and the church. But this was training I had never received before. There were moments where I was moved to tears.”
Wayne says he felt, “a quickening in my spirit to redeem the time with respect to evangelizing the lost. Haggai International helped jerk me out of the rut and mediocrity that we in the church sometimes accept in the area of sharing the Good News.”
The power of reputation
Renewed, Wayne returned to his country and started an outreach team in his church, reaching new areas and strengthening work in others. He began teaching leadership principles to numerous groups and has trained more than 365 people, both in the church and the marketplace.
“Incidentally, when I returned from Haggai International, I was elected as the deputy president of the African Christian Democratic Party. I would like to believe that some of the training I received at Haggai International contributed to the leadership qualities they saw within me when they elected me as deputy president.”
Goals and success
The goals Wayne set as a result of his training already have reaped many rewards. He regularly provides leadership training within his church and takes it outside the four walls as well.
“I am chairman of our region’s Ministers Fraternal and have had Haggai International’s regional representative come and introduce our local ministers to Haggai International,” he says.
“Training is one of my passions. It is so important to be able to communicate this message of the Gospel of Jesus Christ to others. You train one, but the multiplier effect is unknown. In a group of 100, it may just be one person who finally catches it, but that one person may reach millions in Africa for Christ.”
While Haggai International has greatly impacted Wayne’s career, it has also changed his family. He says, “We began setting goals: What are we trusting God for, what do we want to achieve, and what are we able to do in our personal lives?
“My son, Timothy, is our youth leader. After Haggai International, I was able to share with him how we could reach and touch the next generation,” he says. “Only eternity will reveal the true impact Haggai International training has on the lives of those who attend. For me, it strengthened my resolve to further the cause of the Gospel of Jesus Christ and to continuously be aware that Jesus’ last command ought to be my first priority.”
Pastor and Deputy President of the African Christian Democratic Party
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