Robbie Morgan and a group of men from the Karoo town of Tarkastad are planning a series of road trips around South Africa to share on a spiritual discipline they call “solo time’ which leads to a lifestyle of intimacy with God.
Sharing the group’s vision, Robbie told me that he had previously farmed in Adelaide, like his father, grandfather and great grandfather — until he had a stroke in November 2005 at the age of 57.
Lying in an ambulance headed for hospital in Port Elizabeth, with his left side paralysed and in a state of deep fear, he felt his life was about to end when his blood pressure dropped dramatically.
And remembering a promise from God that he had held onto since hearing Reinhard Bonnke sharing a message on John 10:10 at a conference in Harare in 1986, he peevishly asked God “if this is the abundant life” He had promised him.
Then he sensed Jesus coming into the ambulance like the first warmth from the sun on a cold morning in the veld. In the days of convalescence ahead the Lord spoke to him about moving beyond the awesome encounter with Him in the ambulance to a life of engagement with Him that would lead to an amazing relationship with Him.
“And so the seed was planted,” he said.
Five years later Robbie and his wife, Marian moved to Tarkastad, leaving their son to run the family farm. Marian, got a job at a Christian school and he got involved in the local church and eventually began a kind of mentoring relationship with five teenage boys.
At a Christian conference in Johannesburg, he experienced a fiery touch from Holy Spirit and when he returned to Tarkastad he gave the five boys a challenge which involved spending an hour a day
alone with the Lord, which they did for 16 months.
He said he saw the boys’ lives change dramatically. Although he had previously led a church and fellowship groups he had never been a “solo time person”. But he began to spend regular solo time with God himself, starting with worship and moving into the Word, prayer and breaking bread.
“It is about intimacy. But most of all it’s about Genesis 15:1. “I am your shield, I am your very great reward.”
It’s the reward of meeting and spending time with God. And it has revolutionised my life,” he said.
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