Who We Are
The in Harmonie Team is a team of Christ-followers who intentionally create opportunities for rest, restoration, and reconciliation for Christian servant-leaders and ministries throughout Africa. Our team’s prayer and desire is that every leader will experience and connect with God through our Encounters.
(Jesus said) Come to me, all you who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest. Take my yoke upon you and learn from me, for I am gentle and humble in heart, and you will find rest for your souls. For my yoke is easy and my burden is light.
- Matthew 11:28-30 NIV
Finally, brothers, rejoice. Aim for restoration, comfort one another, agree with one another, live in peace; and the God of love and peace will be with you.
- 2 Corinthians 13:11 ESV
Now all these things are from God, who reconciled us to Himself through Christ and gave us the ministry of reconciliation, namely, that God was in Christ reconciling the world to Himself, not counting their wrongdoings against them, and He has committed to us the word of reconciliation. Therefore, we are ambassadors for Christ, as though God were making an appeal through us; we beg you on behalf of Christ, be reconciled to God.
- 2 Corinthians 5:18-20 NASB
La Motte Wine Estate in Franschhoek purchases the adjacent farm, Harmonie.
Hanneli Rupert-Koegelenberg receives a dream from the Lord for a place of prayer. Harmonie farm becomes available and the vision for in Harmonie, a place of change, is born.
Prayer walks take place at Harmonie, and the land is dedicated to the Lord.
A prophetic prayer and worship gathering with churches from the surrounding communities is held at in Harmonie. Scriptures are planted in the soil, including the Scripture:
“Sow for yourselves righteousness; reap steadfast love; break up your fallow ground, for it is the time to seek the LORD, that he may come and rain righteousness upon you.”
– Hosea 10:12 ESV
Building starts. The vision for in Harmonie to be a place of rest, restoration and reconciliation is birthed.
The mosaic in our Agnus Dei Prayer Garden is completed. A prayer of dedication to the Lord over in Harmonie is prayed on the grounds. Hanneli Rupert’s final singing performance takes place in Coram Deo.
The official opening of in Harmonie, a place of change.
in Harmonie hosts our first Prayer Gathering, which would become an annual gathering of intercessors from all over South Africa.
The start of the global pandemic of Covid-19. in Harmonie, as with many other organisations, is also affected, especially by the lockdowns and restrictions of no events or gatherings allowed.
in Harmonie enters a new season of rest, restoration, and reconciliation.
in Harmonie continues in the new season, to listen, discern and experiment how they can better serve leaders in and around South Africa.
TESTIMONIALS OF IMPACT
THE APOSTLES' CREED
I believe in God, the Father almighty, Creator of heaven and earth.
I believe in Jesus Christ, His only Son, our Lord,
who was conceived by the Holy Spirit and born of the virgin Mary.
He suffered under Pontius Pilate, was crucified, died, and was buried;
He descended to hell.
The third day He rose again from the dead.
He ascended to heaven and is seated at the right hand of God the Father almighty.
From there He will come to judge the living and the dead.
I believe in the Holy Spirit,
the holy catholic* church,
the communion of saints,
the forgiveness of sins,
the resurrection of the body,
and the life everlasting.
*that is, the true Christian church of all times and all places
CONFESSION OF FAITH
Man's chief end is to glorify God, and to enjoy Him forever.
We are Christ and Bible-centred.
We pray with a listening spirit.
We serve with a humble attitude.
We welcome with generous hospitality.
We value diversity in people as a mosaic of God’s creation.
“We are living in a very volatile world where leadership is challenged on all levels. Most leaders are drained to the core, and they need rest, restoration, and reconciliation. These capacity-building encounters are received when you visit in Harmonie. The testimonies of those who have been to in Harmonie are overwhelming. All return home refreshed and empowered, ready to run the good race with invigorated passion. Being a board member offers me the opportunity to support the Executive Chair and staff in the amazing work that they are doing in God’s Kingdom. in Harmonie is truly a place of change!”
Hanneli Rupert- Koegelenberg
“As a musician, I understand the importance of creating melodies, for instruments and voices to combine, and to create beautiful harmonies. I believe that the Body of Christ is creating spiritual harmonies at in Harmonie. As we wait on the Lord, we hear His voice inviting us to rest in His presence, to be restored to one another, and to bring about reconciliation between races and cultures. In 2006, standing on La Motte Farm, God gave me a vision for a unique place of prayer, in Harmonie is the fulfilment of that vision. It is the prayer of my heart that the melodies we create will resound to every corner of the earth.”
“It is so easy to get caught up in all the challenges facing South Africa. in Harmonie is focused on facilitating understanding and tolerance. I am dedicated to the vision of finding harmony. I see my role in challenging the obvious and finding fresh perspectives. If we are going to make a real difference, we need the right people, and we need to stay in touch with what is happening at a grassroots level. I believe in the dream, but I also believe in being practical when it comes to implementation. Most of all, it is my pleasure and privilege to support Hanneli in her vision for in Harmonie.”
“I am a disciple-maker. I love to facilitate a culture where people connect with Jesus, so that they get to live out their best selves. Being a South African, I lament that history has dealt so many people a bad hand, forcing them to live far below their God-given potential. I believe, as Christians, it is important to sow seeds of reconciliation. Someday it will be a forest of good hope and social harmony.”
“Serving on the in Harmonie Board allows me to fulfil one of my greatest joys: waiting on the Lord for His guidance and discernment. The in Harmonie vision encourages us to pray, to love, and to be reconciled to God and each other. As a board member, I can watch the body of Christ grow in love and unity. Surrounded by the beauty of God’s creation, every encounter at in Harmonie is life-changing.”
“I am a traveller, philanthropist, conservationist who is also invested in creative businesses. What gets me out of bed in the morning is the passion to uplift and give hope to people. I see so much potential in our country to heal and grow in unity by taking the first brave steps in coming together in a safe space and having courageous conversations with each other. in Harmonie has a big role to play in creating unity between people.”
“It is such a joy to serve on the in Harmonie Board! I see my primary role as a board member as that of helping to ensure that God is glorified through in Harmonie and to support the Executive Chair and staff in fulfilling the mandate that the Lord has given in Harmonie. It is my privilege to assist the board and staff to determine strategically how we best make in Harmonie a place of change through rest, restoration, and reconciliation.”
Team Operations Leader
"I am part of the in Harmonie team as a Team Operations Leader. I oversee daily operations and ensure execution of programmes. I am passionate about facilitating spaces and creating opportunities for people to live out their God-given calling. I am involved at in Harmonie because I get to live out my calling of building bridges between people from different racial, cultural and socio-economic backgrounds."
Registrations & Hospitality Administrator
“Welcome to in Harmonie! It is such a privilege to serve as Registration and Hospitality Administrator. I enjoy interacting with people, making everyone feel welcome, loved and using the opportunity to build relationships with those who visit us in this safe and beautiful environment. Flowing from my passion for people, I live out my calling at in Harmonie with the hope that people will experience God’s rest, restoration and reconciliation.”
"I am part of the in Harmonie Team as Office Assistant, and provide support to the rest of the team with my attention to detail and strong administrative skills. Passionate about God’s will and power in our lives, I believe that I am called to serve people. My family is my everything and the reason why I love what I do. I am involved at in Harmonie because we provide a safe space for rest, restoration and reconciliation that is based in our daily lives."
“My role as junior chef at in Harmonie combines my passion for people and for creating delicious food that our visitors can enjoy. It is an absolute privilege to be part of this wonderful team and working in a relaxed atmosphere where Christ is placed at the centre of everything we do.”
“I really enjoy working at in Harmonie as a cleaner and housekeeper. Our team creates a loving, caring, welcoming and spiritual atmosphere not only for our visitors, but also for one another. What gives me the hope every day is God’s grace that gives me strength for whatever I may face.”
"I have the privilege of being the general caretaker and handyman at in Harmonie, responsible for keeping the premises in tip-top shape. It is such a blessing to be part of the team who live out our calling to create a space that is filled with love, peace and calm where people can connect with God and be changed from within. And who wouldn’t love working in nature with such breathtaking scenery every day!"
“I love people and their stories! The best stories are those that inspire hope, break down walls, reconcile us to God and unite us with one another. Being the communications manager at in Harmonie, I am truly humbled and blessed to do my part in sharing the Lord’s message of love, grace and salvation.”