Inspirational Friends constantly motivated Michael Cassidy through their lives and ministries to do better, and to press onward in his calling. These contemporaries spurred him on at various points along the way when life and ministry became tough, discouraging or difficult. May you too be inspired!

Anne Coomes

Recommended Reading: Out of the Black Shadows: The amazing transformation of Stephen Lungu African Harvest: The captivating story of Michael Cassidy and African Enterprise

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Frank Chikane

Michael Cassidy first met Frank Chikane when, as a young pastor, he was a rising star in the Apostolic Faith Mission. He had a strong heart for evangelism but also a piercing understanding of the importance of relating the Gospel relevantly to the sociopolitical...

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Jim Houston

Dr Jim Houston, one of the founders of Regent College in Vancouver, Canada, was a great encourager and inspirer to Michael Cassidy and the African Enterprise team in the arenas of spirituality, apologetics, organisational health and organisational change and...

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Becky Pippert

Michael Cassidy always found Becky Pippert to be one of the most consistently enthusiastic and effective trainers in different sorts of evangelistic ministry. Michael also considers her one of the most energetic labourers in this field anywhere in the world. Although...

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Philip Yancey

Philip Yancey describes himself as an “author, thinker, climber”! He has won 13 Gold Medallion Awards from Christian publishers and booksellers for his many books and currently has more than 15 million books in print, published in 35 languages worldwide. Yancey worked...

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Dallas Willard

Dallas Willard came into the lives of Michael Cassidy and the rest of the African Enterprise team when he was a Professor of Philosophy at the University of Southern California. Beyond that, he was not only a profound and highly effective Christian Apologist but he...

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Eugene Peterson

Long before Michael Cassidy met Eugene Peterson in a Presbyterian Leadership Conference in Northern Ireland where they shared the ministry together, he had loved him at a distance and been blessed and inspired by his assorted writings, not least The Message, Eugene’s...

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David Hewetson

Revd. Canon David Hewetson, one of the founding members of the African Enterprise Australia Board back in the early 1980’s has been a solid theological mentor and intellectual encourager to Michael for several decades. Very regularly he would make a point of sending...

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James Catford

James Catford represents to Michael everything involved in getting the Bible out around the world and into the hands of ordinary people. Likewise his passion for evangelism and his commitment to standing by African Enterprise and its programmes have often been a great...

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Blair Carlson

Michael met Blair Carlson when he was working for the Billy Graham Association in the Set-up Department. When Blair was working on the set-up of the third Lausanne Congress on World Evangelisation held in Cape Town, October 2010, Michael was deeply encouraged and...

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Archibald Hart

Archibald Hart was the city engineer of Pietermaritzburg when the first African Enterprise team came to town for the Mission to ‘Maritzburg in 1962. A highly energetic, competent and well regarded layman, he was a natural to become Chairman of the interdenominational...

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Warwick Olson

Warwick Olson, Founder and Director for many years, of the Pilgrim communications company, was the Founder of the African Enterprise Board and Ministries in Australia and its office Director, and also initiated African Enterprise United Kingdom in the early eighties....

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David Watson

David Watson was a contemporary of Michael Cassidy’s at Cambridge University and emerged to become one of England’s most inspiring evangelists, rectors and teachers on renewal. David, Michael and Michael Green enjoyed periodic times of meeting to reflect on how the...

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Daphne Tshabalala

Daphne Tshabalala was principal of the Nichols Primary School in Edendale, Pietermaritzburg. One day during the children’s break she tossed away a crust of bread to a dog lying outside her office and was horrified to see a ravenous little boy rushing to retrieve it....

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Judy Mbugua

Judy Mbugua, a major leader in African women’s ministries across the African continent, was always a powerful reminder for Michael of the significant ministries and roles that women play in the Lord’s work. Judy was for many years the leading light and inspirational...

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Philip Green

Philip Green is an extraordinary businessman who represents a most unusual combination of huge expertise in big business and high finance along with a passionate commitment to see the Gospel preached everywhere, integrated with compassionate Christian action for the...

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Esme Bowers

Esme Bowers has been a great and inspirational evangelical leader in the Church of South Africa generally and in matters relating to women specifically. She has been a considerable force in PACWA (Pan African Christian Women’s Association). She also participated...

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Doug Birdsall

Doug Birdsall has been Honorary Co-Chairman with Michael Cassidy of the Lausanne Movement. In 2004 he was named Executive Chairman of the Lausanne Committee for World Evangelization. In 2007 he stepped down from presidency of Asian Access to focus entirely on the...

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John Gatu

"Evangelism is the overflow of joy in fellowship..." - John Gatu John Gatu, a great Kenyan Church leader, ecumenical mission thinker and exponent of the East African Revival, stood deeply by the African Enterprise ministry from the time of its first Pan African...

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Gordon MacDonald

There are few authors anywhere whose writings have blessed and challenged Michael Cassidy as much as those of Gordon MacDonald. Although Gordon and Gail MacDonald had a week with Michael in an African Enterprise discipling conference, in reality they never had much...

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Graham Power

One of the senior business people of South Africa, Graham Power runs a vast building construction enterprise that is almost an empire. His journey to faith in Christ began when he attended a Civil Engineers breakfast in mid 1998 addressed by Michael Cassidy during Top...

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Phillip Le Feuvre

Phillip Le Feuvre and Michael Cassidy were contemporaries at Oxford and Cambridge respectively. From that time to this they have been great and close friends, a friendship that came to include their wives, Charmian and Carol. Michael was always challenged, inspired...

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Mvume Dandala

Over a number of decades Mvumi Dandala has been one of those Christian leaders who has most loyally supported and encouraged Michael Cassidy and the African Enterprise South Africa ministry. Michael has loved the way his ecumenical spirit combined with an evangelical...

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Bruce Bare

When Charles Fuller, Founder of Fuller Theological Seminary, called Michael Cassidy in 1960 to his office to tell him he wanted to help get the fledgling African Enterprise vision underway, he named three people he was putting forward to be the first three Board...

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Helpful Daily Prayers

“Below are a few of the prayers I have found especially helpful to use in my daily prayer time. I hope that they will be a blessing to you.” – Michael Cassidy   Collect for Purity                                                                                “Almighty...

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