Written by: Sophia Roman
Article source: JOY! Magazine

“We will not hide these truths from our children, we will tell the next generation about the glorious deeds of the Lord so that the next generation might know them even the children not yet born.” – Psalm 78:4,6

Maud Coetzee, born Scoble, hails from Kimberley and is the youngest of 16 children. Her birth was a miracle as her mom conceived beyond child-bearing age.

After Maud received Christ Jesus into her life as a teenager, she met the love of her life – the late evangelist Andre Coetzee. She remembers how, after they got married, their first child Ladonna was born, followed by Nicky. It was at this point when Evangelist Andre felt the call to evangelism. They started having Tent Campaigns all over Cape Town.

A formidable force in ministry
Being a young wife and mother in ministry was an awesome responsibility. The early years were tough in full time ministry, with no financial income, totally dependent on God as their source. The babies came so soon after each other. Maud would often sit and think about her childhood dream of becoming a nurse. She did several courses in the nursing field to realise that dream, but God changed her plans. Nine children were born from their union. Little Evangeline died as an infant and she is fondly remembered.

Maud‘s faith in the Lord grew because of the evidence of God’s provision.

Heartbeat of a mother
Maud describes herself as a heart-to-heart mother and friend. She influences people, and especially her children, on a one-on-one basis. Her and Andre’s family life, as a unit, was always intact. Two sons and seven daughters are their gifts from God.

Maud’s heartbeat was for her children to walk in their footsteps to follow Jesus and to love spreading the Gospel. Ministering to the poor, Maud knew that evangelism and discipline would need to start at home. She had her firm hand over their children.

I have seen the Lord
Maud describes how ‘she saw’ the Lord several times in her life. There was one morning when they had no money, she kept praying, looking at the baskets full of laundry, when someone miraculously sent her some Sunlight soap. “I saw the Lord,” she explains. Her faith in the Lord grew because of the evidence of God’s provision. When life got tough she started to worship and praise, praying while going about life’s busyness that God would provide.
One day Nicky came home from school very hungry. There was nothing to eat. He wanted to know why? All she could tell him was that the Lord would provide. He reluctantly looked at her and wanted to know where God was. Not long after, a car stopped by and a stranger blessed her with money. She called Nicky to go buy bread. He wanted to know what had happened. “The Lord provided, I’ve seen the Lord”.

Live by example
The Coetzee family lived in a wooden/iron construction house. In the winters their toes would feel like they were frozen. It was here where Maud started having church with her children. She personally evangelised each one of their children and discipled them. She taught them to fast and pray. Their entire life they trusted God to supply every need. Today, each of their children have studied tertiary education and are active in ministry. Maud fondly shares how her daughters are prayer warriors too. Maud is a widow now and continues to influence women in her community. She is a great support to her family.

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Date published: 18/04/2022
Sophia Roman is a pioneer, visionary and life transformation coach. Sophia and her husband Theo pastor the West Reach AOG Church in Mitchells Plain.

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