The Culture Shock of getting used to the things I used to be used to...

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Yes, I know that we are in Barbados at the moment, but please understand that I'm posting my blog on Guyana only now... I'm one of those little-by-little, retro-spect prosessing people. And I found that the nicest pictures, while traveling in a buss, train, aeroplane, car or donkey cart are taken when you turn around to capture the beautiful scenes that you've already passed.  So here is a glimps or two of those turn-around memories that I've taken from Guyana...

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The story continues: a handful of ashes for a crown of beauty!

Yesterday I wrote the blog about the story of a 20~year old girl and how she gave her life to Christ...handing her ashes to Him and having the faith that He might change it into something worth living for...something beautiful. 

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Linel le Roux
Praise the Lord! Jansie, the first blog about the girl already had me in tears, this just leaves met speechless... God is so goo... Read More
Wednesday, 22 May 2013 17:20
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The story of a 20-year old girl: the UNSTOPPABLE God

The story of a 20-year old girl: the UNSTOPPABLE God
A few days ago our team went to the Simon Bolivar Park in Santa Marta, expectant to see God move through our dramas and Fred's testimony. Near to the end of the Broken drama a young girl walked past us and turned back to see what is going on. As she sat down our eyes met for a few seconds and God being so excited with her being there, as if saying "Yes, yes, she's here!!!" Man, God was going to do something big...After our program I immediately felt compelled to go to her and not long afterwards she started sharing her story with Kasia, Charne and me:Her parents separated when she was very young and they never had time to "waste" on her. She used to be in a serious relationship and after finding out that she's pregnant, her boyfriend payed for the abortion. At the last moment she decided she wants to have her child, not going through with the abortion. He didn't know that she was still pregnant till some time later when his friends saw her at a local clinic, going for her check~ups. He was upset, but she confessed the truth, and that same day she got run over by a car and she lost her baby! Her parents didn't believe her, and rejected her completely. They told her that she was a mistake, useless and without any purpose!  She started doing drugs...it didn't ease her pain. She tried to kill herself...it didn't work. So her tried over and over again. Only two weeks ago she found that her boyfriend cheated on her, after dating for over two years, leaving her with a broken heart, no security and no support: "What's wrong with me?". Her parents changed their numbers so that she has no way of contacting them. "Why did they allow me to be born if they don't want me now?" And she's only 20 years old...She walked passed the park, not really knowing why she stopped here, but when she sat down and our eyes met for that second, she experienced a peace like never before... As this girl cried and cried, I could literally see how walls were crumbling, falling to the ground! She cried over and over again "It's just too much, I cannot go on anymore. It's just too much!!"  She tried everything up to the point of giving up completely, nothing worked, helped, but on the 7th of May 2013 she decided to give Jesus a chance!!! As she cried out of her innermost being to her Savior, the sky  lighted up with lightning bolts and thunder roared around us! I've never experienced anything like this before... awestruck!  Santa Marta haven't had rain or thunder like this in six months...We could tell her the truth about herself and as the thunder continued, this 20 year old girl could say: "I am not rejected, because Jesus accepts me. I am not unworthy, because God sees me as worthy enough to give His life for me. I am not unloved, because God loves me! I was born with a purpose! I am alive for a purpose!" I am silenced before my King... the unstoppable God that saves people from out of the ashes! The enemy couldn't stop Jesus from being born, he couldn't keep Jesus from living a perfect, blameless life, he couldn't stop Jesus from dying on the cross but most of all, he couldn't keep Jesus from raising out of the grave!!!  And a few days ago I saw once again how God cannot be stopped when He longs to save His people!! 
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19:46,  24 April 2013 Today was our third day in Bogota, Colombia. As I'm sitting here, looking back at this day, Max is playing songs on her guitar...voicing all my heart is trying to say:.We went to a market in the center of the city, hopping on public busses and looking like real tourists, I enjoyed that a lot. Man, the market...even as I think back on that I can feel a little girl jumping up and down inside of me, soaking in all the colours. Oranges, purples, greens, blues, reds, pinks everywhere!  "I can show you the world, shining, shimmering, splendid, tell Me princess, when did you last let your heart decide... I can open your eyes, take you wonder by wonder...! A whole new world, a dazzling place I never knew... let Me share this whole new world with you..." I enjoyed it so much to look through all the little shops, seeking my Friend's advice on what bag to buy or what magnet will be the best deal, and getting His advice through the peace that only He can give, even in small things like that.Around 11oclock our team devided into smaller groups to go to different tourist sights...and in the chaos of  deciding where to go, I got left behind. Alone. Diary, I will not lie, I was freaked out as soon as I realised I'm alone, unable to speak the language or find my way back home. Should I stay there and wait, but when will the group realise I'm missing...2 minutes from now, or 5 hours? Should I go somewhere...but where, and what if they do turn back, how will they know I'm OK?  "Higher mountains that I face! Stronger than the power of the grave. Constant through the trails and the change, One Thing remains..." Within moments later, that Peace thet surpasses all understanding took over, and I decided to write small notes saying "I went to the Monseratte to find Jaco, dont worry". I left the notes at several places in the market, asking the people to give it to my amigo's if anyone comes back, looking for one, lost South African girl.And then I walked to the cable car station at the foot of the Monseratte: the only place that I knew some of our team would go to, and also the only place that I knew I would be able to find, having the cathedral on top of the mountain as my guide. So what do you do...well, you go and buy yourself a soft serve, sugar cone, ice cream, walk confidently, not looking like an 18yr old, lost tourist, breath deeply, laugh at the madness and reality of the situation and enjoy the view! As I walked through crowds and crowds of people, feeling like the only one that doesn't  really know where she is going, the song of Ronan Keething got so much more significance:  It's amazing how You can speak right to my heartWithout saying a word, You light up the darkTry as I may, I could never explainWhat I hear when You don't say a thing  The smile on Your face lets me know that You need meThere's the truth in Your eyes, saying You'll never leave meAnd the touch of Your hand says You'll catch me, whenever I fallYou say it best, when You say nothing at all All day long I hear people talking out loudBut when You hold me near You drown out the crowd Try as they may, they could never describeWhat's been said between Your heart and mine At the bottom of the famous Monseratte I desperately started asking around for my team mates, but no one saw any of the faces on the team picture...not one! Diary, that was my second moment of panic! I felt how hope drained out of the situation and then I turned around...! I nearly cried when I saw Chanan and Jaco only meters away, not even knowing that I was lost! Our God is so good...I joined them in a trip in the cable car up to the cathedral on top of the mountain, not really wanting to stay behind at the bottom. As I stood on top of the mountain, overlooking the capital city of Colombia my heart sang:  Standing on this mountaintopLooking just how far we've comeKnowing that for every stepYou were with us

Kneeling on this battle groundSeeing just how much You've doneKnowing every victoryWas Your power in us

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Chanan Booysen
Wow, wow, wow ♡ I can't explain how grateful we are to have you back!
Friday, 03 May 2013 22:12
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Distand Worlds Team: Deported from Colombia!!!

Monday, as we were eating our delicious hamburger~supper, Tom and Eunice (two of the missionaries at the base in Fusa) came running in, panic~stricken faces! "There was a news flash just now!!! All tourists must immediately leave Colombia! The bus is coming to pick you up in 45 minutes!!!!" Wow!! For a moment we just sat there, staring at each other, not knowing what's going on...and then we jumped up! Within 10 minutes our backpacks were packed, chaos everywhere!

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Corneli Brink
Absolutely Brilliant!!!
Saturday, 06 April 2013 12:26
Thandie Dumisani
hahaha great joke! love it!
Sunday, 07 April 2013 12:26
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D.W hits the ground running!!

D.W hits the ground running!!

As Tarzan swings through the rain forest, he lets go of his swinging vine. He is being launched through the air, pushed forward by the momentum he gained in the swing, until he hits the ground...

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Danie en Gerda Marais
Hi Jansie. Dis heerlik om van julle te hoor. Ons dink baie aan julle en bid dat julle aanhoudend die guns van die Here sal ervaar ... Read More
Friday, 05 April 2013 17:11
Thandie Dumisani
Great blog Jansie! Miss you!
Sunday, 07 April 2013 12:28
Maxine Botha
that's my team
Monday, 15 April 2013 18:54
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The pro's of not understanding their language....

The pro's of not understanding their language....



I have no idea what on earth I expected, but I never even considered that language would be such a big gap to bridge when it comes to ministering in South America! Well, being a Vrystaatse farm girl, that considers English as a forreign language, you can just imagine what went through my mind as we stepped off the airplane in São Paulo, Brazil... Never mind English, everything was in Portugese!!! And I mean EVERYTHING and everyone! The stop signs, ATM's, soda names, stop signs, custom ladies, exit signs, DVD's, television programs....oooh and I can go on...!

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Charmaine Strauss
Jansie, I am proud of you. The way you embrased the language barrier and looking at the bright side of it all.. Lots of blessings... Read More
Friday, 15 March 2013 15:47
Thandie Dumisani
Hey Jansie! Haha now you know how us internationals felt here huh? Wow God really has used you already! Be blessed sister friend! ... Read More
Wednesday, 20 March 2013 14:15
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"Will you allow Me?"

"Will you allow Me?"

During the last few weeks of our training in Jefferys Bay the Lord kept repeating one spesific phrase into my heart: "Jans, will you allow Me..."

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Who said that God cannot move mightily in today’s High Schools???

Last week we had our small groups in Global Leadership Academy, like we had every Tuesday and Thursday the last month or so...but this was no ordinary Tuesday...

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God, loving through us...!

I had no idea where to start writing...there is so much that happened in this first month of training...God's story, our challenges, celebrations, Veritas Bible course or even just our own life stories...but the golden thread through it all was without a doubt God's Spirit at work... 

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