Amanda gave her heart to Jesus as a small girl, and she grew from a shy, intimidated little girl to a warrior daughter of God as she pursued His presence and opened her heart for His love. His unconditional love and presence became her very source of strength, healing, and restoration. Being set free from the levels of rejection and inferiority that became a healthy lifestyle for her because of the childhood experiences she grew spiritually into a passionate woman of God who understands her worth and identity.
She, therefore, avails her life to equip and see the House of God being set free from a false identity that most of the times lead to a passive unfruitful Christian lifestyle. She lives to see the House of God arise as the powerful Warrior Bride He called her to be. Amanda moved to Standerton with her husband Barend and two sons Francois and SP in 1996. God imparted the sound of His heart for Standerton in her heart, and she became sold out to see the glory of God restored in her ‘city.’
Amanda wrote the following about herself:
I choose to focus on the positive outcome of what satan meant for evil in my life, to dream with God and to ignore the negative voices around me. I am a living testimony of God’s love and grace, and I live to give Him glory for saving my life over and over!
I can still remember the first time I evangelised a person. It was a Sunday afternoon; we just had lunch at a family friend’s home. I entered the kitchen and saw a beautiful Xhosa woman sitting on a chair next to a warm coal stove waiting to serve the family. Although I was just a little girl of about eight years old, I can still remember the compassion I felt for her in my heart. I walked up to her, looked her straight in the eyes and said “The Lord wants you to know that this will end one day and He wants you to know that He loves you very much. To show you how much He loves you, I need to kiss you.” I jumped onto her lap and kissed her all over her face! O how I wish I could see her face today the love deeply touched her and just kept me on her lap for a while smiling at me.
It was only in my mature walk with God many years later that I realised that was the defining moment where the Holy Spirit started to awaken a sincere love for souls and nations in my heart. As a little girl, I responded to the prompting of Holy Spirit with what I call today ‘love in action’ that would grow to abounding love, a kind of love that will outwit any pain, fear or disappointment. That was a life-changing moment that led to my deep desire to work for God and to win souls for Jesus. It was only much later in my life that I discovered Paul’s words in Ephesians 3:6 “The secret is that by means of the gospel the Gentiles (nations) have a part with the Jews in God's blessings; they are members of the same body and share in the promise that God made through Christ Jesus.”
My life was never easy, but I thank God for every challenge that I faced because I have learned that you will find Him amid the very same fire that Satan has fuelled seven times to destroy you. All it will take is a willingness to humble yourself and trust the Holy Spirit to guide you through the fire. Daniel 12:10 says "Many will be purified, made spotless, and refined, but the wicked will continue to act wickedly. None of the wicked will understand, but the wise will understand."