Passion for Jesus
Marais and Linda Hendriksz, founders of Witbank House of Prayer Missions Base was “introduced” to Mike Bickle, founder of the International House of Prayer, Kansas City, in 1999 through his book Passion for Jesus. After they read this book, it changed there relationship with God and their understanding of God’s love for them completely. Later they realized that God used that book to lay a foundation of a First Love relationship with Him in their lives as preparation for the journey He had in mind for them, to start a House of Prayer ten years later.
In 2002 Marais and Linda heard about the International House of Prayer in Kansas City and God ignited a fire for day and night prayer in their hearts. They then lived in Kempton Park, while Marais studied theology at the University of Pretoria.
During this time they would drive pass the O.R Tambo Airport and prayed: “Thank you God that the day will come when someone will drop us off to go to Kansas City”.
Marais finished his studies at the end of 2005 and after nine months of prayer and waiting on God, Marais got a call to Witbank-South Dutch Reformed Church. When they arrived at the congregation, they discovered a prayer newsletter that was compiled by a little lady with this daily prayer: “Lord make our church a House of Prayer”. With the fire burning in their hearts for night and day prayer, they immediately knew God was at work with their move to Witbank.
In the middle of 2008 a lady visited them and gave them forty thousand rand and said God wants them to go to the USA. God led them to go at the end of 2008. One day in the Global Prayer Room in Kansas City, God spoke simultaneously with them, saying that they must start with a House of Prayer in their living room.
The Humble beginnings
Back in Witbank God led them to invite the youth to go on a forty day Daniel Fast, to pray for God’s direction. Eventually they started the House of Prayer in their living room with about 30 volunteers. They started with four hours per day, four days per week. During those first years there would be one or two people, sometimes more, in the prayer room starting to keep the fire burning on the altar.
2011 – The Watchmen Conferences and the next phase
In 2011 God led them to start with annual Prayer Conferences and they then started with a series of Watchmen Conferences over the course of five years. 2011 was also the year in which God send them back to Ihop Kansas City and said He is going to give them direction for the next phase of the House of Prayer. Again God provided supernaturally thought people who gave them one hundred thousand rand.
God then led them to start with a gap year at the beginning of 2012 which is called a Joshua Year. The Joshua year started out as a gap year, but evolved to become not just a gap year, but an internship year for those called to become full-time prayer missionaries at Witbank House of Prayer.
Since 2013 God started to call full-time Prayer Missionaries to join the ministry and the team grew to the current 8 full-time Prayer Missionaries.
The move from the Living Room to a Building
The vision of a building for a House of Prayer in our city Witbank for the nation, was born and nurtured in the living room prayer room in Marais and Linda’s home for seven years. During 2015 a man came to Marais and said that God laid it on his heart to give One Million Rand for the building of a House of Prayer. At the end of 2016 and beginning of 2017 God provided the building, willing people and money for Witbank House of Prayer Missions base, to move out of the Living Room and to become an independent ministry for the city and South Africa.
Currently they are open 38 hours per week and are trusting God to add more full-time prayer missionaries and volunteers to be able to extend the hours until they can be open night and day.
God release the resources for Godly dreams
Over years, we discovered that God release the necessary resources to fulfill Godly dreams that He placed in the hearts of people. There was no resources available when God placed the dream for a House of Prayer and night and day prayer in Marais and Linda’s hearts. But they discovered and encountered over time God’s supernatural provision in different ways to bring this dream into reality and discovered when something is God’s will, “God takes care of the bill”.
We had our first Arise conference in 2017 with Corey Russell and Allen Hood from the International House of Prayer, Kansas City.
The second Arise conference is this year 31 August to 2 September with Justin Rizzo, a worship leader from the International House of Prayer, Kansas City, as teacher. Right after the Conference we are having a 2-day Worship school, 3-4 September.
Our theme for the conference is The Open Door of Revelation Four.
We believe God is inviting believers to enter into the beauty realm where they discover how to pray for heaven to come to earth and to become extravagant worshippers.