Full Time Missionaries
For most of my life I grew up in a very conservative environment however I had my first real encounter with Jesus at the age of seventeen on the 10th of October 2000. This kickstarted a journey of healing and discovering God in a real and tangible way causing me to seek identity in Him as a daughter of the most high God.
While I was reading through the book of Acts, I was confronted with the raw power of God that was displayed by the apostles of that time and with my limited knowledge I realised if God’s word is true when He said; “Jesus Christ is the same yesterday and today and forever” (Hebrews 13:8), then that same Holy Spirit power is available to us today. This caused me to cry out to God to be part of the Acts generation and to see His power being manifested.
For months God spoke to me about gathering my friends to feed the homeless in Pretoria Central Business District, however I was fearful because of the stigma of crime and violence in the area.
When I eventually obeyed, we had a bag full of sandwiches and a ”getaway car” for the first outreach. Needless to say, we just gave out the sandwiches and sped off in the “getaway car” that day. However from that moment we started growing in revelation, loving people and actually engaging in conversation and prayer.
When I look back over the years I am astounded that God chose to trust me to love the most broken and forgotten people in society and also allowing me to grow in loving Him. I am truly overwhelmed by the quality of people that God allowed to walk alongside me and I am impressed by their love and pursuit of Him. Their humble walk with God makes me want to draw closer to Him. With people like this we don’t need a big ministry because the authority they carry makes a bigger impact in the areas that we minister in.
I always believed that I was called for business and ministry, however as my relationship grew with God, I can now see how He prepared me through the business world to rely on Him as my sole Provider and helping me to enter the position of full time missionary.
It has always been the greatest privilege to say “yes” to what God asks of me and to keep on responding in obedience. Sometimes it comes at a great personal cost to lay down your life and follow Him, but knowing Him is my portion and great reward.
When I was still very young, I was fortunate to be introduced to the understanding that we were created for a purpose, and my mother had a key role in leading me to accept Jesus when I was 5 years old. As a 12 year old boy, Lizette van Dyk taught us in children’s church at Lewende Woord Brummeria about what ministry is and helped us hear from Holy Spirit ourselves and what God’s heart is for us. I saw two pictures where I was preaching to people outside in the villages, not to people in ‘high positions” or in churches.
God’s purpose burnt in my heart. Many people wanted to become police men, firefighters, doctors and nurses, but I wanted to do the work of God, and it was not something many people understood. It’s been 19 years since I was introduced to my calling, and in the time that passed, I had to walk on roads that was everything but the work of God that I had expected. God’s call comes with a price, and I had to realise in the past few years that the price is a life laid down for Jesus.
We as a family know that we are set aside, and our lives look different. Everything we do, we do according to what we see in God’s Word and we live by the leading of Holy Spirit. We raise our kids knowing that we are only stewards of their lives on earth, because they belong to God.
Since the start of lockdown towards the end of March, God shifted something in our lives. Overnight our business stopped and we were faced with questions, but it didn’t take us long to realise that, God was busy with something amidst of it all. We immediately got our minds aligned with Christ. We tried to make plans to earn income, but nothing worked out. We wanted to sell vouchers which would definitely have worked, but we just felt God wanted us to trust Him. He changed everything back to trusting Him, and He never let us down one bit. In amazing ways He just provided in all our needs! Suddenly God started doing what I had hoped and prayed for, for a very long time. Ministry activities started picking up, and after some weeks, on the day of Pentecost Xenia asked about my role in Kingdom Culture. We prayed about it, left it aside for almost 2 weeks, and then God showed me His heart. I believe we should not move without knowing what the heart of God is.
Some more of our background: My wife Ulandi and I got married on 15 November 2014. Our first Lanje was born on 22 December 2017 and our second Lente 4 March 2020. We had to grow as a family coming from different backgrounds, creating a new culture in our home and truly becoming one in our walk. As a family, we believe in unity and I always asked God that my family would never feel neglected, abandoned or rejected because of ministry, and it is only now that I believe that we are ready to walk into what God has for us, together!
Why Kingdom Culture?
Xenia and Dian are very dear friends of ours for almost 10 years, and with all the ministries that I have walked with before, it is their way of reaching the lost and most rejected from society that resonates with our hearts the most. Everything we have gone through has prepared us for this time. The unity we experience with Kingdom Culture is awesome, because we get to live out our passions that burn in our hearts through this ministry. Everything we do comes naturally, nothing is forced. A very important aspect of our decision was also the way my family felt safe with the leadership and volunteers of Kingdom Culture, where they can stand up in God’s call without fear. Ulandi is very sensitive in the spirit and I trust her discernment, the way she opens her heart amongst the Kingdom Culture family, is both beautiful and empowering.
We would like to thank Kingdom Culture leadership, sponsors & volunteers for receiving us in such grace and love, and for accepting us into this beautiful family. We feel very welcome; are excited to see what God is going to do and are looking forward to walk this road with you . We pray for you with you. May His grace be with you forever.
Love from us,
Pieter, Ulandi, Lanje & Lente Smit.
Louis & Ilze Gagiano
Are the overseers of Kingdom Culture’s cell groups. This is where our volunteers can find an oasis of God’s love and also grow in being Kingdom minded. Louis and Ilze work in a corporate setting and have three beautiful children. Their love for God and people are contagious as they really love and care for people on purpose and with a deep compassion. They are also known for carrying joy wherever they go.
Gertbrecht leads one of our cell groups and is very involved in our ministry. She is a mom and her lovely little girl is full of life and witty ideas. Gertbrecht is also a qualified High School teacher with an infectious sense of humour. She has an incredible singing gift and through her intercession and discernment she helps guide many people towards the heart of Jesus. She has a deep & sincere passion for less privileged communities that we see in action with every outreach. Seeing how she connects with strangers is really special. Gertbrecht rotates between groups of people and raises up more fire starters for the Kingdom of God.
Handles most of Kingdom Culture’s book keeping & administration. She also runs most of the special projects/outreaches that usually take place on Saturdays.
Vanessa joined the ministry in 2015 and we’ve been privileged to witness her grow tremendously. She is passionate, sensitive and has the ability to network and bring groups of people together, that wouldn’t normally connect. We see deep friendships develop because of these connections that eventually lead to lives being transformed. Vanessa’s hunger for God’s presence will confront you in times when you’re not that focused and it ignites your own hunger for God to a deeper level.
If you ever want to meet dynamite in a body, you need to meet Antoinette. We met her about a year and half after she fell in love with Jesus. It has been a great honour to see how she grabs hold of Jesus and discovers Him for herself. She loves a challenge and there is never any challenge too big for Antoinette. She lives with true integrity that stands out like a bright light to the world around her She has grown to a place where she has now taken over the two foundational ministries of Kingdom Culture, which are “Feet on the Street” and the Worship Centre. Witnessing her love on homeless people is truly special. One feels like you’re “coming home”, when you sit with her between our homeless friends, because of the warmth and tenderness she treats them with.
Dian & Yvette Jordaan
Dian has been part of Kingdom Culture since 2008. He is one of the directors of Kingdom Culture and has a deep passion for God and homeless-addicts. Dian has helped pioneer and shape the culture we create & live by. Dian has since married his beautiful wife Yvette and they are parents to two fun-loving children. Dian has his own video production company and Yvette is a qualified social worker. They are currently taking a small sabbatical.