Heaven on Earth
Making Disciples of All Nations
The Gospel of Jesus Christ 1 Cor 15:1-4
Love God Matt 22:37-38
Love Others Matt 22:39-40
Making Disciples Matt 28:18-20
Baptism Matt 28:19
Word of God Acts 2:42
Fellowship Acts 2:42
Communion Luke 22:13-21
Prayer Acts 2:42
Giving Acts 2:42-47
To create reconciliation and unity between old and young, male and female, rich and poor, as well as different races and communities with Christ at the center of it all.
To make disciples of all nations.
To serve the poor.
Casper Steenkamp was born and raised in South Africa. He grew up playing tennis and went to the USA for the first time in 2003 to play tennis for Texas Tech University. After one semester, Casper transferred to Abilene Christian University (ACU) in order to play tennis for their program.
He graduated from ACU in May of 2007 with a Bachelor of Business Administration in Management. After graduation, Casper continued working as a tennis pro at the Abilene Country Club, teaching tennis lessons to players of all ages. In 2008, Casper married his beautiful wife Ashley Steenkamp. He now lives in Stellenbosch, South Africa doing full time ministry with his wife and three kids, Zoe, Caleb and Joshua.
Ashley Steenkamp was born in Pennsylvania, and then adopted into a family living in Virginia. After living there through kindergarten, her family moved to Alabama, which she now considers her home state. She decided to attend Abilene Christian University to play volleyball after a medical mission trip to Guatemala, where she met several ACU alumni and faculty.
Ashley began her studies as a pre-med Chemistry major, but felt the call into education after a mission trip to Uganda through the World Wide Witness program at ACU. She taught high school chemistry and math for 4 and a half years before moving to South Africa with her family to work in full time ministry.
Luvuyo (Joy) Nyamanda was born in the Eastern Cape in a small town called Fort Beaufort. In 2009 he went to study in Worcester in a school called YWAM (youth with mission) studying discipleship based on performing arts. Through this school he was able to go on outreach to Brazil for two months serving the people and communities through drama, music, dance, and sharing the Gospel. He has been coaching and leading youth ever since.
Luvuyo is passionate about sport, children,youth and reconciling everyone back to Christ. He is happily married to his wife, Anele and a wonderful father to his baby girl Amyoli Eva.
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His dream is to live to the full, have no regrets, and pass on what he has learned.
His dream is for the world to see the truth of the gospel and the freedom the Lord offers to all those who call him Lord. That sin would be seen as God views it, and that Christian communities would grow to live in an Acts 2 world. I dream that Christians would be confident and bold in their beliefs, and the magnitude of truth and power behind God's promises and commands that would transform faith into action. That Christianity would be driven to glorify God and enjoy Him fully rather than the happiness of mankind.
George dreams to see a generation of young leaders changing South Africa through servant leadership. He wants a culture of discipleship amongst the young people, where they are actively making disciples. He hopes to see young leaders being changed to be world-view changers and a critical mass of students and scholars loving people the way Jesus intended and changing the world around them because of it.
Craig's dream is to create a legacy of believers in his family tree who stand on Joshua 24:15, “As for me and my house we will serve the LORD”. He would love to be around long enough to see this in his children’s homes and possibly his grandchildren’s homes as well.
His passions in life are learning, teaching and people, in particular families. He is amazed by people who live their values under extraordinary circumstances and he loves learning from them. His final passion is photography, in which he loves sharing his view of life and how he sees people.
His passions involve medicine, learning, and competing in sports. He loves pushing people beyond their self-imposed limitations and ultimately turning difficult and trying settings into a gauntlet of growth.
Discipleship. Life coaching. Leadership development. Training. Challenging the mind-sets of people. Helping people discover and live out their purpose. To build community. To challenge and change cultures.
He is passionate about missions, especially in Africa where people are so receptive. He loves telling people about the gospel, and seeing how God uses an imperfect person like himself to share the good news and have people accept Jesus as their savior and get baptized.
He believes that discipleship is the only answer to a totally broken world. The principles of community, transparency and accountability are the most needed and yet most resisted principles of our time, and these can only be restored through Christ centered discipleship.
He believes we were created for discipleship in the beginning by God. He believes we were created to walk alongside each other, to challenge each other, an
George believes in discipleship because Jesus believes in it. It was His final message, so He has to believe in it. Discipleship is the primary calling of each follower of Jesus. George has seen discipleship change his life and every person he has seen who has committed to it and followed through with it has had a huge transformation in their lives.
Craig believes in discipleship because Jesus modeled it, making it one of his first acts of his ministry. He picked twelve men and discipled them until he was crucified. After Jesus arose, he spoke to the disciples and told them, “All authority in heaven and on earth has been given to me. Therefore go and make disciple of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit”(Matt 28:18-19). God did not intend for us to make this journey alone. We need support and there are others who need our support.
Casper was born in Cape Town, South Africa, raised in Velddrif and attended high school in Stellenbosch. He started playing tennis at the age of 8 and moved to the United States to continue his career as a university student-athlete in 2003 at age 19. In 2007, he received his Bachelor's of Administration in Business Management from Abilene Christian University. He went on to coach tennis in Texas for 7 years, using sport as a tool to mentor and train emerging leaders. He holds a Master’s of Education in Sport Management from Hardin Simmons University and continues to equip the next generation to use sport as a catalyst for holistic community transformation.
In 2008, Casper attended a sport leadership training in the middle east. During his time there in the desert, he was faced with a question that would change his life forever - "If God had to look at the world through your eyes what would he be crying about? " This question allowed him to connect with God's pain on a different level than ever before. It allowed him to get a glimpse to see what God sees, to feel what God feels, to cry about what God cries about.
The pain that was placed on Casper's heart was the lack of discipleship in the world. He realized that God could have chosen any strategy He wanted to change the things that were wrong in the world and to bring heaven on earth. But God chose one - discipleship. “Then Jesus came to them and said, “All authority in heaven and on earth has been given to me. Therefore go and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, and teaching them to obey everything I have commanded you. And surely I am with you always, to the very end of the age.” Matthew 18:18-20
Since then, Casper has been on a journey to ask God and others what it means for us today when Jesus said, "Go and make disciples of all nations." This is where the journey of Kingdom DNA started. After the training, Casper returned to Abilene, Texas and married his beautiful wife Ashley Steenkamp. He continued coaching tennis while him and his wife were active leaders in the campus, youth and refugee ministries at Southern Hills Church. Casper and Ashley also led mission teams to South Africa every summer from 2010-2013. During this time, the passion for discipleship grew and it became clearer how God wanted them to live it out. In March 2014 Casper and Ashley decided to move to South Africa with their family as full-time missionaries with Southern Hills Church as their supporting congregation. Please Click here to read more about Southern Hills. Before they moved they were trained by Halbert Institute (HIM) for Missions at Abilene Christian University from 2011-2013.
The team decided to established a non-profit organization called Kingdom DNA at the end of 2014 where all the ministry initiatives would function from. Though the organization was only officially formed in 2014, the heart of it started back in the desert in 2008 - "Go and make disciples of all nations." As a team, we dream of the day in South Africa when the unsaved become saved; the un-discipled become discipled; the fatherless will have fathers; the hopeless receive hope; the impure become pure; the unholy become holy; and for Christ to bring His kingdom in South Africa as it is in heaven.