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Lourens Kotze

Jun 9, 2022

Wow where do I even begin.

I wasn’t a Christian growing up and the concept was completely foreign. At the age of 9 someone gave me Hillsong Album with Darlene on the cover and Hillsong united. I didn’t understand it at the time but after listening to it, I felt different. I couldn’t put my head to it but I knew I wanted what they were singing about. Shortly after that I got saved but I was looking to be in Hillsong ever sense then.

Fast track South Africa 🇿🇦 I received communication from Maggy Adair in Hillsong Sydney (spiritual mom) that they were opening Hillsong in Cape Town in the CTICC. At age 20-21 I went down to Cape Town. It was just before my 21st bday! I remember that day so clear. It was pouring rain and there were 3 services was scheduled. The day we launched we had more than 5 services I think 3000 salvations 🔥🔥🔥 and there was queues on queues. I was finally home in 🇿🇦🇿🇦. I joined a volunteer team. My work transferred me back to Gauteng but I decided I still wanted to volunteer so I flew to Cape Town once a month.

Hillsong Pretoria opened and I felt God release me to join worship. It brought so much joy to my heart to be able to do what I feel called to do.

This house has made me a better man. I always thought this church’s worship was incredible however serving in Hillsong I started to see how the word of God got preached and brought so much depth to my life. Wanting more and seeking God more. This house has corrected me. I can be a rebel haha 😂 however This house believed in me and when I did something stupid they gave me the space and believed in me. I’ve been given space to lead while being heartbroken, I lost my dad a while back. I was completely broken and knew if I didn’t lead with strength, hope, love that I wouldn’t have been able to do it. The song highlands means so much “I will praise you on the mountain, I will praise you when the mountains in my way.” This house supported me through grieving my father.

This house continues to love me, correct me, believe in me and challenge me to be better! I am nothing without Jesus and God used Hillsong Church Cape Town & Hillsong Wonderboom and now Hillsong Durban.

I am incredibly grateful and I will be remiss if i can not give honour to the most incredible pastors that had huge impact in my life Armando and Gillian Stander.

I love this house and so grateful for it. Thanks so much, Ps Phill and Lucinda words cannot convey my love and respect for you!