Olea Nel Christian Author


    Exploring the life and works of Andrew Murray

  • Olea Nel

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    This site aims to showcase the life and works of Andrew Murray (1828-1917), the famous South African preacher and author of over 200 devotional works. It will also feature my books on his life and spiritual walk.

    Become acquainted with Andrew Murray's life and works through my two freebies below:

    My new novel

    Just launched on Amazon

    Andrew Murray Destined to Wait
    Andrew Murray Destined to Wait

    Hankering to go, but needing to stay

    A true story about facing the challenges of Christian leadership in a volatile environment of political intrigue and church secession


    Twenty-eight year old Andrew Murray has just married Emma Rutherfoord, the girl of his dreams, and is looking forward to resuming his ministry in Bloemfontein with her at his side. But he is barely back in town, when trouble strikes.

    The small, land-locked Orange Free State throws up a series of nail biting situations in which Andrew is called upon to play a central role. They include:

    • The attempted take-over of the Orange Free State by Marthinus Pretorius, President of the Transvaal
    • The devastation of Beersheba Mission during the Basuto War
    • The secession of Psalm-singing (Dopper) members within his own congregation
    • Antagonism towards his bilingual education program at Grey College
    • The need to acquire Dutch teachers for his farm school project

    Then there is the ‘small’ matter of Andrew only knowing his wife Emma for about seven face-to-face weeks before he married her. So on the home front, Andrew finds himself having to navigate marriage with a wonderfully talented wife, but one who knows her own mind.


    Added to this is his growing desire to start over again in a new congregation. But although he hankers to go, there are responsibilities forcing him to stay—that is, until God has finished with his training.


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