Pastor Amanda le Roux is the Founder of Ariella Ministries, an evangelistic and prayer ministry under the covering of the local Pastors’ Fraternal in Standerton as well as Jaymet Ministries in Ermelo.
More about the name Ariella: Ariella comes from the root word Ariel, a Hebrew word meaning Lion of God. The name would, in this sense be descriptive of Jerusalem, which had always been a sort of champion of Jesus - a Warrior fighting His battles with a lion's courage and fierceness. Ariella is a female version meaning the Lioness of God.
We understand that Jesus commissioned us in John 20:21 with these words: “Jesus repeated His greeting, “Peace to you!” And He told them, “Just as the Father has sent me, I’m now sending you.” Jesus not only came to save us and restore our original identity, but He also restored the unique mandate He gave to Adam (Genesis 1:26 and Psalm 8:6-8), making us a new man with a brand new nature in Christ after salvation, and re-positioning us in Christ Jesus in Heavenly Places. (2 Corinthians 5:17; Ephesians 4:25; Romans 6:6; Colossians 3:10; Ephesians 2:6)
Therefore the key scripture for Ariella Ministries: “From the moment John stepped onto the scene until now, the realm of heaven’s kingdom is bursting forth, and passionate people have taken hold of its power.” Matthew 11:12 TPT
Jesus is still our Intercessor, and He is the Lion of Judah, a Warrior fighting His battles with a lion's courage and fierceness. He commissioned us to do the same!
The vision of Ariella Ministries is training the warrior bride of Christ, to arise in her true identity, growing in godly authority and dominion in Christ. The mission is to bring healing and restoration to the church, to women of all ages, to marriages, families, and communities through prophetic teaching and preaching, activating the Bride to new levels of prayer and intercession. Ariella focuses on establishing the kingdom of heaven in families that will lead to healthy communities. This ministry strongly believes that we should be actively involved in the ministry of reconciliation as a church, (2 Corinthians 5:11-21); therefore, Ariella Ministries facilitate reconciliation processes. Ariella Ministries cooperates with the local church leaders in remote areas using evangelistic crusades to reach out to the lost.
More about the founder: 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 real source of strength, healing, and restoration. Being set free from the levels of rejection and inferiority she experienced as a child, she grew spiritually into a passionate woman of God who understands her worth and identity. She, therefore, avails her life to equip the House of God to be 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 rise as the powerful Warrior Bride that Jesus 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 has been part of the Standerton4Jesus Fraternal for several years where she acted as coordinator of prayer and equipping activities.
On 24 August 2014, Amanda, supported by Barend, her husband, has been set apart, assigned and commissioned by The Standerton4Jesus Fraternal as a Pioneer for the task of prayer ministry, evangelism, equipping and mobilising of prayers or intercessors nationally and internationally.
Since 1998 she has served as convener, facilitator and vision bearer of the prayer network in Standerton. She is known for her passion for prayer and her outcry for revival for both her community and South Africa as a whole.
Amanda herself is an experienced minister of the Gospel she is currently the leader of the Mpumalanga Prayer Network that is widely involved in strategic prayer for South Africa. She is part of the Intercessors For South Africa (IFSA) Leadership, leading prayer actions countrywide focusing on SA turning back to God.
In this way, the Church becomes "the house of prayer" following the heartbeat of God.
She was the full-time representative, and coordinator of Voice in the City South Africa (VitCSA) from June 2016 to December 2018 tasked to register the ministry and establish their office in SA. As agreed with the VitC International leadership, she also continued to run her ministry separately from Voice in the City.
One of Amanda’s roles in the ministry of Voice in the City (SA) was to help organise local events for speaking engagements for Suzette and Gayle, coordinating conferences and evangelistic outreaches. She was privileged to minister in Indonesia and Papua Indonesia under Suzette’s leadership.
Amanda actively trains, equips and empowers intercessors throughout South Africa as well as abroad.
She was part of a team of counsellors who successfully served traumatised people in South Africa, Germany, as well as Switzerland.
Amanda was involved in planting and establishing several churches in and around her town. She was instrumental in planting the Shofar Family Church in Standerton. She is a bridge-builder between people groups and lives to see true spiritual unity in the Church.
Foundations and Associated Ministries:
She is Founder and President of Hearts4Standerton (www.hearts4standerton.org) focusing on care and restoration of children – whether orphans, neglected or in need. Amanda has become known for her heart of compassion and prayer.
She serves on the Advisory Board of Global Forum for Women Entrepreneurs SA (GFWE.SA), an NGO and international organisation founded by Dr Pearl Kupe. GFWESA is a Kingdom and a global network of marketplace women who share a passion for Christ and understand the biblical mandate given to them for the marketplace.
Amanda is Vice-President for the newly founded iTHEMBA-hopesa, an NPO organisation focusing on raising a network of kingdom leaders in all walks of life to mentor and equip the public to bring restoration, breaking cycles of devastation through mentorship programmes.
Amanda is working closely with Pastor Chanthal Whites, visionary and presenter of Step Up, a continental TV program and ministry that empowers especially single women of all ages to arise in their God-given identity as women, pursuing purity and holiness as they wait on God to find their husbands.
She is a content holder both at Disa Radio 95.9FM, a Christian radio station, as well as Elan Global Radio, a secular radio station.
Amanda is writing for a Christian Magazine, Lady Rose - Gift from God. Linda Chuter is the founder and visionary of the magazine and the beauty product range. In her own words: “My heart’s desire is that this gift in the form of this magazine will touch, change and bring healing to many women and girls out there.”
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 she 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 the Holy Spirit with what I today call ‘love in action’. This love would grow to abounding love, a kind of love that will outwit emotional 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 learned that you would find Him in the very same fire that satan 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."