The Smell of People

My Dear Friend,

Greetings in Jesus name. I am at your door with anticipation. I carry on me the burden He has for people and want to share His love with you. To love; we need time as love is something that needs to be demonstrated. This “quick fix day” we live in has no time for real passionate love to one another the way Jesus told us to demonstrate it. Let us love one another and make time for one another.


Something private – There has been many times that I’ve arrived in South Africa and I greet the black Africans with these words: “Viva South Africa”. Then they will all answer me back by saying, “Viva”. Numerous times I told Naomi, “it is so good to smell Africa”. It just does something to me. During my recent trip, I ministered to several thousands of people. When I made the altar call, thousands flocked to the altar. One Sunday morning was special. I am not sure why that specific morning, but as I stood in His presence looking at thousands of hungry people, I smelled something again. This was not the smell of human bodies. It was a smell in my spirit.

Suddenly, I felt the cry of God’s heart for people on me and in me. I almost felt He called me again to the masses in need. I saw in a glimpse eternity and realized I am standing in front of so many whom I can position for eternity by the Grace of God. I felt like a Lion hungry to enter Africa and usher them in by the masses. It is almost like I had God’s nostrils on me to smell the need of humanity the way He does. I am not sure if I even make sense to you, my dear partner, but I came back to the US so burdened for people. God loves people, and that is why He sent His Son Jesus to die for humanity. This is the Gospel story. He loves us, and He makes time for us. Let us love the way He does and make time for one another the way He does.


When you read Luke chapter 15, you will see what I what I referred to in my opening paragraphs. The prodigal son left his father’s house, took his inheritance and lost it all. The son came back to the father’s house, and I want to highlight verse 20 today.

“And he arose and came to his father. But when he was still a great way off, his father saw him and had compassion, and ran and fell on his neck and kissed him.”

The son returned but not even being home the father saw him. God’s eyes are constantly watching out for us. Constantly, there is this desire from His side to embrace humanity in her desperateness. It is this hunger for humanity that we need to have to really understand who God is. He loves people in a way we can never understand. Sometimes we are blessed to get a glimpse into what He must have felt like, and I believe I had such a moment recently in Africa. It’s these kinds of experiences that inspire us to do the extraordinary to bring people to the Lord.


Unless we have a passion for people, we have no ministry. Ministry can never be effective unless it is birthed in the fire of passion. Being busy and doing nice things is not bad at all but could be separated from what our real calling is. Thank you my dear friend and partner that you stand with us in this 24/7 pursuit after the Heart of God. Touching, encouraging, strengthening, building, helping, and supporting are just a few aspects of being Jesus to others. It drains us from all our strength and it burdens us beyond explanation but at the end of the day it calculates to a sum total in heaven that will only be revealed in eternity. You are a crucial part of this great journey of passion for people.

“When the father saw him…” These are the words that caught my eye. When God laid His eyes on his offspring something happened. Let us lay our eyes on the winning line and let us never lose sight of that. When the father saw him, he had compassion. Seeing the need should never make you and I stand cold and irresponsible. Seeing the need is what should burden us. When the father saw him, he was filled with compassion and then things started to happen.


Sometimes I will add a simple picture in my newsletter for the purpose of seeing. Just a simple picture can leave a burden on you. Let us be like the father of the prodigal son, and let us get ready to blow kisses where love is needed. Let us carry with us a robe to restore honor, rings, and sandals as well as a fatted calf to celebrate the homecoming of precious people into the Kingdom of our Lord. This is the crux of the Gospel. Seeing, embracing, and restoring.

When I saw the masses on my recent tour to South Africa coming to the Lord, it captivated my heart. I smelled people in a way I can never explain. I felt His Fathers heart in my heart. David smelled like sheep because David worked with sheep all the time. Sheep speak of people and that is the heart of the Father. See my special CD of the month on this very truth. The Father of the prodigal saw him and then he ran towards him and the rest is known. Healing, restoration, and celebration followed. Let us always carry His smell upon us. People will see it and feel safe in your environment.


Never allow your sense of self to become associated with your sense of job. If your job vanishes, yourself doesn’t.

What advantage does man have in all his work which he does under the sun? A generation goes and a generation comes, but the earth remains forever. Ecclesiastes 1:3, 4 NASB

Show me a man who will not do little things and I’ll show you a man who cannot be trusted to do big things.

You have been faithful and trustworthy over a little; I will put you in charge of much. Matthew 25:21 AMP

Shallow men believe in luck… strong men believe in cause and effect.

Be no deceived; God is not mocked: for whatsoever a man soweth, that shall he also reap. Gal: 6:7


September 16 – 20, 2012

Oasis Church

Pastor Barney Huie

Garland, TX

(972) 203-3522

September 23 – 25, 2012

First Assembly of God of Greater New Kensington

Pastor Dan Carver

Arnold, PA

(724) 337-3889

September 30 – October 2, 2012

Christ Alive Church

Pastor Mark Ivy

Newton, NC

(828) 465-5483

October 7 – October 10, 2012

The Potters House

Pastor Tim Oldfield

Columbus, Ohio

(614) 279-2311

October 21 – October 23, 2012

Rock of Grace Family Ministries

Pastor Mark Biel

Kinsman, OH

(330) 924-4431


God had such a need for a king to lead His people. Saul missed the Lord and only had his own interests at heart. He found David. David had the smell of sheep upon him and that attracts God. The sheep speaks of people and people are what God is after. Several boys from the house of Jesse could have become king but God chose David. David was the eighth boy and eight speaks of the anointing. Let us become that person He so desires. Why living a life that does not please God. “The smell of sheep” is an odor that should be upon us all the time. David killed a bear and a lion in order to protect the sheep. Let us be people that will care the way He cares. This truth will open your eyes for what counts for God. If we care for His agenda He will usher us in for favor at the right time. Your appointed time is at hand. Get ready!

The Lord is so faithful as always. Amazing things are happening. Make sure you join us in the meetings. It is simply amazing how He never sleeps or slumbers. He touches, heals, and delivers meeting after meeting. His power is like an ocean and wave after wave of His goodness overwhelms His people. People keeps coming and He keeps on blessing them. I look so much forward to see you in one of the upcoming meetings.

Friends forever by His Grace,

Andre and Naomi van Zyl



Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in: Logo

You are commenting using your account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )

Connecting to %s