Welcome! We’re delighted to have you here with us at the 2023 Flourish Women’s Conference! We’ve planned, prepared and prayed for you, but more than that, we’re just so excited at the thought that God has something unique and incredible that He’s going to do in each of our hearts.
So, take the next 24 hours to relax, have fun and be inspired. Visit our Flourish Market, grab a cappuccino and a friend and enjoy a picnic lunch out in the sunshine… but whatever you do, don’t go home too early!
Meet our Guest Speakers
Born in the USA and raised in South Africa, Yolande holds a master’s degree in psychology with a focus on Pastoral Counselling.
In 1994, she married the love of her life, Pierre, and together they have two children – Pieter and Lize.
From the early days of their marriage, the Korkies were involved in cross-cultural work; and in 2009, as a family, they responded to a calling and moved to Yemen to live out their faith.
Their lives took a drastic turn when, after five years in Yemen, Yolande and her husband were kidnapped by Al Qaeda and held hostage in the Arabian Peninsula. Yolande endured eight months of captivity and was eventually released. She tirelessly fought for Pierre’s release, but tragically, he was killed by his captors the night before his scheduled release. In 2019, Yolande joined INcontext International and founded the NGO, Crisis Response Network, where she serves as the director. Through CRN, Yolande mobilizes networks and grassroots partners to provide support and compassion to those experiencing crises.
Gillian is a wife and mom to three beautiful children. She describes herself as an ordinary, everyday girl. But put a Bible in her hand and give her a community to serve and God moves in extraordinary ways.
She and her husband Armando have been an integral part of planting Hillsong churches, across South Africa. Under the leadership of Phil and Lucinda Dooley, Gill and Armando helped to pioneer, plant and lead the Wonderboom Hillsong Church, in Pretoria for 9 years. In 2021 they were commissioned to plant a Hillsong church in Durban and have a deep affection for the people of this city.
Gillian has a gift of beautifully understanding and articulating the word of God in practical ways and pointing people to become authentic followers of Jesus.
She and Armando also own a small coffee shop in Kloof called Velvet Coffee Co. which is quickly becoming a hub for exceptional coffee and a space for creatives in the area to showcase their work, connect and be inspired.
Lusanda is a visual and film artist, speaker, student and founder of Nolwazi café.
She has been involved in creative ministry and pastoral care for 14 years, with the main areas of focus being the intersection of identity development, social identities, mental health and discipleship within the African context.
Her passion for people and the African context inspires her love for inner healing and justice work as an expression of the radical love of God.
Mahlatse has held various roles, including serving as a pastor and elder at a local church in Durban. He led the RZIM Africa team and was part of the organization’s global speaking team. He was also the founding CEO of The Kolisi Foundation, where he demonstrated a commitment to sustainable partnerships and aligning projects with the Foundation’s vision.
Mahlatse is an accomplished and charismatic leader, passionate about engaging people from diverse backgrounds and helping them create a compelling vision, think deeply, and acting compassionately. Outside of his professional life, Mahlatse is a devoted family man, happily married to his wife Lusanda, and their three daughters.
Visit our Flourish Market where there is a wonderful selection of items on sale – including fresh flowers!
ENJOY A CUPA AND A COLOUR
We’ve created a collection of colouring pages which you’ll find located in our coffee shops. Grab a cup of tea or coffee at tea time and feel free to colour away!
CREATING SHADE FOR OTHERS
Don’t forget to bring along a gently worn hat or cap to donate to our special project this year. You’ll find the drop off point at the big “hello” wall located in the foyer.
Remember to take a #SELFIE … and tag us in #flourishselfie
Are meals provided?
Our festive food court will open from 17h00 on day 1 with a variety of food and refreshments on sale. On day 2, enjoy a snack and a light lunch on us!
Do you cater to different dietary requirements?
We will have a sandwich or salad option available for lunch, but unfortunately, we aren’t able to accommodate all dietary needs. We want to make sure you still have a great experience, so if you have specific needs, we suggest you bring your own lunch with you.
Are the conference sessions recorded?
Recordings of the sessions will be available to download on our website in the weeks following the conference. We’ll email a link to everyone who is registered to attend.
Do you have first aid facilities?
Yes! Should you need medical assistance, please ask one of our volunteers to direct you to the medic on duty, or consult the map for the location of the First Aid Station.
Where is lost property?
Misplaced an item? Please ask one of our volunteers to direct you to the TLC area. If your item hasn’t been handed in, please leave your name and contact details with one of the volunteers on duty in the TLC area and we’ll contact you as soon as your lost item is handed in.
Any unclaimed lost property will be donated to Nation Changers after 31 August 2023.
18:30 – 20:30 | Session #1
09:00 – 10:30 | Session #2
10:30 – 11:15 | Tea/Coffee Break
11:15 – 12:45 | Session #3
12:45 – 13:45 | Lunch
13:45 – 15:30 | Session #4
Check in: 17:00 – 18:45
Check out: 20:15 – 20:45
Check in: 08:00 – 09:45
Check out: 12:30 – 14:00
Check in: 12:30 – 14:00
Check out: 15:15 – 15:45
BOYS AND GIRLS 0-3 YEARS
Facilities for moms with babies and toddlers aged 0-36 months are available at the back of the main auditorium.
Children in the 0-36 months rooms must always be accompanied by an adult. Moms take full responsibility for the safety and behaviour of their children when using the facilities.
BOYS AND GIRLS 3-12 YEARS
Please relax and enjoy the conference while we have fun with your kids! Your children are welcome to spend the whole day with us, but if you are desperate to see your little one, pop in at lunch time.
Snacks will be provided. In the evening we’ll be serving popcorn and hot chocolate. During the day we’ll have biscuits and juice for tea, and for lunch we’ll be serving a sandwich, fruit, and a fruit juice.
Water will always be available. Should your children suffer from any allergies or have a food sensitivity, please notify us at the check-in desk.
Check-in is at the KIDS REGISTRATION DESK located in the foyer of the CityHill Kids wing. All children need to check-in before being dropped off in their venues. Please note that our kids’ venues will be locked during the sessions. Please see check-in and check-out times on the previous page.
In the case of an emergency, the phone number of the staff member on duty will be posted outside the Flourish Kids venues so that you are able to gain access.