Raw, Real and Unafraid.
MINISTRY, MARRIAGE, FAMILY, BUSINESS AND... LIFE!
Written by: Colette Toach
Only those who have been there understand the complications of standing side by side, doing the work of the ministry with your spouse. You are husband and wife. Co-founder. Apostles of the work. Leaders of the team and best friends.
Heaven on earth or a recipe for disaster? Dare we say a little bit of both? Since 1999 we have been in the work of the ministry together. Having 4 natural children and umpteen spiritual ones, things can get... complicated. We soon learned the importance of "swapping hats" understanding our individual mandates as apostles and ... what our temperaments were. So we bring to you, not a perfect picture, but a reality steeped in a life of hard knocks. Do we have all the answers? Hardly! However what we can do is assist you on the journey God has you on right now.
If you have read my books, then you know who I am and my ministry journey. If not, let me see if I can sum it up for you. Firstly, I do not take myself very seriously am not easily offended (unless you come for one of my kids) and Jesus Christ is the center of my being.
Keeping me stable is my incredible husband Craig Toach. We have been to hell and back more than once in our marriage and we are not afraid to be real concerning the struggles of being apostles, parents and still trying to have a passionate marriage. I do not sugarcoat my convictions and am the first to admit that my greatest struggle along this journey has been between being the mother I need to be, the wife I want to be and the apostle I am called to be.
I like to post pictures that are not too serious, because I can be way too intense sometimes and the Lord knows I need Craig to keep me loose and grounded. My favorite time of day is to dance and cook in the kitchen with my natural and spiritual daughters.
I have three natural daughters and a son. My eldest daughters both married in 2017, giving Craig and I two incredible sons to add to our hearts.
Deborah-Anne Velthuysen is now married to Michael Velthuysen and together they lead our Prophetic Training School. Jessica Toach, now married to Austin Toach share the load of the Fivefold Ministry Campus. Together they function as pastors at Global Ministry Resources in California.
Our youngest daughter, Rebekah Toach, recently announced her engagement to Dalton Beckering, a mighty prophetic warrior. With a business call and the voice of an angel, you will see her up front during seminars praising prophetically. Our soon to be son-in-law Dalton is the newly appointed bookshop manager of Apostolic Movement International.
Our youngest, Michael - has his mother’s impatience and his father’s personality. He has a passion for the Word and takes me to school with his childlike simplicity.
The greatest honor I have is to have my children serve with us in the work. We are watching their journey and look forward to where the Lord will lead them next and what foundations they will lay on their own!
Spiritual Family Life
Although I am a ministry trainer and an author, I am a wife first and mother second. This includes the spiritual children that the Lord has brought Craig and I. When I received my personal encounter with the Lord Jesus and He called me to be an apostle, He said to me, “Colette, I have called you to love my people.” I said, “Lord you have the wrong address!”
My heart had a nice protection of stone on it at the time, stemming from my upbringing. From that moment though, the Lord began melting that heart and put His children into it. Make no mistake - spiritual parenting is not a career choice - its a mandate and call. There is no way that I can boast that I love like I do just because “I am a good person.” No, the Lord put each and every one of these spiritual kids into my heart.
Its a supernatural connection that makes me wake up in the night wondering how they are doing and praying in the middle of the day because I just feel like something is wrong. They are my joy and indeed have been the very hand of God to shape me who I am today. Our first spiritual children are Thomas and Rahel Faes. Followed by Ronald and Denise Jordan. Following suit is Nathan and Chaifa Berry, Philip and Anja Sager, Ueli and Esther Schaer, Anne Chen, Kelly and Sarah Dusek, Christof and Anja Schmidt and Dalton Beckering. I do not have space to list all our spiritual children that are connected to us and involved in their own ministries. (You know who you are!).
Although Craig and I have parented and trained each one of these, what we received in return is beyond words. We have a spiritual connection and relationship whereby we continue to drive the apostolic vision forward. We are often spread all over the world, but our heart stay connected!
Our journey began when we boarded a plane in 1998 with, our then, two small daughters. Waving goodbye to our country, South Africa, we began our 24-hour journey. Six suitcases, two kids and with a fire for God, we entered into full-time ministry in Global Ministry Resources based in Mexico under the leadership of my father, alongside my sister and brother-in-law. A time of training and foundation laying started the moment our feet hit Mexican soil.
It did not take long for all of us to see that the Lord had a much larger vision than we first realized. The Lord began giving a revelation of the Fivefold Ministry and before long our training mechanism began taking shape. My father with the anointing to teach and Craig and I with the anointing to implement and train, we had our first ministry experiences centered around teamwork.
It was May of 1999 and the ministry hit an immovable roadblock. As a team, we went walking the beach in Rosarito, Mexico to seek the Lord. We were talking about the future of the ministry and the vision came to me, “What if we started an online prophetic school?” Now today there are prophetic schools everywhere, but back then we had hard ground to break.
Moving forward to 2000… I was the kind of person who enjoyed to break ground, surrounded by hard work, drama and impossible tasks. At that time, my father taught the materials and I wrote the lessons for our schools. He taught - I trained. It was my “happy place” that laid the foundation of the trainer of trainers I would later become.
It was as we were breaking ground and mentoring those God brought to us that I started putting resources together. At that point the Lord started using me a lot in the ministry of dream interpretation. My father challenged me to stop being “all prophet” and to teach on the subject of dreams and visions. And so my first book The Way of Dreams and Visions was born in 2000. From there the prophetic heart in me exploded with a personal journey for all prophets in Practical Prophetic Ministry.
Something started turning that took us on the course we find ourselves on today. Everything I knew began to change.
Our little school of 50 students was born and God brought in trainee prophets from all over the world. we were so terribly proud of each one! (We are even prouder to say that we are still in touch with some of them after all these years!) We knew them by name and invested every moment we had into their call. We held our first prophetic conference in Mexico later that year and from there the doors opened to the United States and Switzerland. We did not know it back then, but the personality of our apostolic call was beginning to take shape.
There were many other detours along the way, one which sent us to Switzerland for a number of years, where we found some of the mighty warriors that are still with us today. Another was the unexpected separation from my father, leaving Craig and I to pick up the pieces that were left and to start establishing the ministry as Apostolic Movement International.
Up until that point, we had been known as Global Ministry Resources, but as the vision grew and we evolved, my father and us started leaning towards a name that we had found ourselves using a lot… Apostolic Movement. We had registered the domain years before, but it had never taken off. As we changed and started a greater emphasis on fivefold ministry training, it now became our focus. Before the split, we had started already going through a name change. Changing “Global Ministry Resources” into “Apostolic Movement International.” At this point it was just a name - the ministry was not officially registered.
So in August 2009, at the dedication of our son, my father handed the entire ministry over to Craig and I and our separation was official. Now the work really began and where Craig had been kept in the background before, now began to step forward and take his place. Craig’s first order of business was to officially register Apostolic Movement International and work at pulling the ministry out of the financial rock bottom we received it in.
Our Journey to Spiritual Parenting
In between all this, the Lord added yet two more children to us, making us the proud parents of four children.
No matter where Craig and I went though, the Lord gathered many mighty warriors to us. Our journey towards spiritual parenting was not one we had planned. We saw others go through that process and we were not keen to jump into that fray. The Lord won out though and before long He was literally placing them on our doorstep.
Now keep in mind that Craig and I are not “half measure” people. When we took on a spiritual child, this involved bringing them into our homes. Feeding them, clothing them and taking care of all their needs. We did so at our own expense using any finances we got through the sale of my books and courses.
Together we have raised up and imparted to some of the most incredible spiritual warriors! As the Lord continues to add new ones to us, the ones that came at the beginning have moved on to take up positions in their own ministry or start new divisions of our ministry.
Apostolic Movement international
When the Lord started opening the doors for us, we asked ourselves, “Could we, just small timers from South Africa truly be called to change the world?”
Well the Lord calls the weak and foolish and we surely qualified. We did the only thing we knew... we just walked in obedience. When God said left, we turned. When He said stop, we put on the brakes. We look up today and see the map we have forged through the years and stand in awe of what God has done. Mexico is still very much our home, but from there we co-founded (with Apostles Nathan and Chaifa Berry) a long-standing ministry center in Descanso, California that is a bustle of activity.
May 1998 Craig and Colette Toach landed in Mexico and went into full time ministry.
February 1999 we started our first prophetic school.
2002 Craig and Colette Toach (along with 3 daughters) move to Switzerland to start a training school with contacts in Berne and Zurich. They bring all the work they do under the banner of Global Ministry Resources.
2003-2007 Craig and Colette Toach start breaking ground in Barbados, various regions of Switzerland and the States. Also a time of detours! Get caught up in establishing home churches in Switzerland and training up pastoral leaders (Great training ground, but a detour from our original mandate)
2008 Ministry leaders in Switzerland break from Global Ministry Resources. The split motivates and confirms our name change to Apostolic Movement International.
August 2009 Global Ministry Resources was handed over to Craig and Colette Toach. The same year sees Craig and Colette starting the first ministry center in the United States! Valley Center, California - run by Ronald and Denise Jordan and later joined by Chaifa Berry (Then, Yer Chaifa Thao)
2010 is the official registration date of Apostolic Movement International by Craig and Colette Toach
2011 The ministry center is moved from Valley Center to Descanso California.
In 2013 A.M.I founded our first ministry center in South Africa. Initially established with Apostles Ronald and Denise Jordan who still play a vital role in its wellbeing, it is now under the pastoral care of Pastors Kelcey and Sarah Dusek
2014 Apostles Nathan and Chaifa Berry take over as the Apostles of the ministry center in Descanso, California
2015 Because the original name Global Ministry Resources was not correctly registered, Apostles Nathan and Chaifa could register it officially in California as a non-profit organization. This is the name, the ministry center now operates under in Descanso California.
In 2015 the Lord opened the doors for us once again in Switzerland, Berne and we are very proud to work with the pastors of that work Ueli and Esther Schaer who reach into the community and invest countless hours in one on one ministry in mentorship and pastoring God’s leaders.
2016 Global Ministry Resources was officially founded and registered in South Africa by Craig and Colette Toach
2017 Michael and Deborah Velthuysen were married and appointed principals of the Prophetic School. Austin and Jessica Toach were married and took their place as resident pastors of the ministry center in Descanso.
2018 October AMI South Africa is expanded and we add a new classroom to accommodate the growth!
2019 May, Our International prophetic school gets a revamp! Now offering Live Prophetic School Class connects, students from all over the globe meet weekly in virtual classrooms for live lecturing and one on one interaction with their trainers.
At present the Lord has us traveling internationally parenting, training and mentoring leaders from all walks of life. Today we stand in the fullness of everything God taught us since 1998. We present a host of resources for churches and individuals to use towards their calling. Workshops, seminars, fivefold ministry online schools and live training are a daily occurrence.
Our greatest accomplishment though is not the host of schools, teachings and books we have published - but the lives we have invested into.
Our origin story is not one that ends, because the greatest inheritance Craig and I have are our spiritual children and disciples. Only they know the hours we have personally invested into their lives. Only they know the true work we have done.
Many judge you by the size of your lists and success of your conferences. I hold up the lives of our children and disciples as our fruit.
They are the ones that will take this message to the next generation and our greatest prayer is that they will do so by surpassing us in both anointing and deed.
Colette Toach grew up in the work of the ministry and preached her first message at the age of 13.
In 1998 Craig and Colette left South Africa to Mexico to start the work of the ministry. They embarked on their 26 hour flight with their first two oldest daughters (their ages were one and two at the time).
Craig is a rugby fan and was an avid boy scout. He is loved by all his spiritual and natural kids for his practical “hands on” involvement in their lives.
Colette Toach's first book to be written and released was the Way of Dreams and Visions in 2000.
Craig and Colette always took their children with, when traveling for ministry. They were included in the process each step of the way.
In 2013 A.M.I founded their first ministry center in South Africa.
In 2015 the Lord opened the doors for A.M.I to begin a second ministry center in Switzerland.
Craig and Colette were instrumental in introducing Thomas and Rahel Faes to one another.
Nathan and Chaifa Berry met through Apostolic Movement International