Dancing to the tune of the Lord

2019-07-16 06:00
The jubilant group following June Fortuin’s instruction as they are warming up. PHOTO: siphesihle notwabaza

The jubilant group following June Fortuin’s instruction as they are warming up. PHOTO: siphesihle notwabaza

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A Colorado couple applies working together as one in marriage in a unique way when it comes to preaching the word of God and using it to transform people’s lives.

Founding members of Expression of Worship (EOW), Michael and June Fortuin have been training residents in spiritual dance for free over the last couple of years.

The pair established EOW as a non-governmental organisation (NGO) in 2007 to keep children and teenagers off the streets and equip them with the word of God ministry. They also have a dance school where they work with people from different congregations.

June said the school is a result of her passion for dancing. She has been doing spiritual dance for more than nine years. She said for her it is another way of worshipping God and she is more than thrilled to get other people involved.

“It was the one place in the church I found I was able to express myself without saying a word – a place where I would be free to express my love and thankfulness towards God for His grace towards me,” she explained.

The school welcomes women from all walks of life.

Michael said they do not only teach people how to dance but also sprinkle a bit of theology. He said they use dance as an alternative instrument to communicate with the creator. “I sometimes used to pray while my wife was dancing and God would reveal Himself,” he shared.

Michael, an evangelist, said the spiritual dance classes are there to instil a sense of service to the attendees. That is for them to start developing a sense of wanting to serve in their areas or redevelop themselves.

“Some of the seniors that are in our group decided to go back to school to finish their matric,” he said.

He said their focus is on worship more than professional dance and their classes are run on Saturdays from 09:00 to 12:00. Because they have been struggling with the venue, details change from time to time. He said this was their other way to plough back to the community where people are going through a lot.

“This is all about one’s personal relationship with God. People can do more as there are kids on the streets who need to be taken off,” he said.

In order to encourage and nourish development of the dancers, they have an appreciation perk. They revealed there were a couple of students who ministered in dance and were able to pull down the presence of God three times.

Explaining this, June said: “It is when your ministry is in line with exactly what God wants to be done. And also you meet the conditions or requirements for the spiritual realm, the spirit of God is able to penetrate through the darkness and manifest or show up in mighty power in our services and gatherings.” They shared that those students received outstanding ministry achievement certificates.

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