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Breakfast in a hammock

Breakfast in a hammock









  We started Peru off in Iquitos. This is a town in the middle of the Amazon! How did we get there? Well there are no roads to Iquitos only rivers to Iquitos. So your options are boat or plane. We opted to go for a 3 day upriver boat trip from Leticia Colombia.                    This boat trip was so special! We slept in hammocks had no team activities, the boat cooked for us and sailed us up stream for 3 glorious days. We had our meals served to us in our hammocks! We were told before hand that the food portions are little and taste terrible, well the source of that information clearly had not been living on a 1$ per day food budget. We were pleasantly surprised by chicken everyday.. meat people… meat… what were they complaining about? We hadn’t seen meat since the parents visit in Panama!! The source of this information also told us about how he just washed his spoon in the water provided by the boat and was horribly sick for 3 days. He said don’t shower, take enough water and truth be told, I was even afraid to look at the water at first. The first dayI did not dare to take a shower but then I realised, after a huge plate of chicken and rice that I couldn’t finish, that this guy was probably exaggerating about the water too. At this point I wasn’t too worried and jumped into the shower with all my clothes to cool off what a great decision which was repeated at least once a day after that!        I was actually sick on the boat with the unfriendly Chikungunya fever but made a full recovery in only 3 days! Thank you Jesus!! We watched how people from tiny villages along the river came alongside and on the boat to sell snacks etc. I think the most impressive was how people put tons and tons of fish on the boat. They made cooler boxes out of old fridges and then packed in their catch! It was a process to smash the ice and then transfer the fish, sometimes one by one. At other stops the men put 3 or 4 huge bunches of Plantains (similar to Bananas) on their shoulders and load them up. When we adventured down the the loading deck to try our hand at fishing we found a huge variety of different goods, bananas, chickens (possibly the dinners we have been having?), a pig, oranges and tons of fish! We really did not want to get off the boat but in hindsight because we had no idea what was waiting for us! A town with hardly any cars but thousands of motorbikes, motor taxis and buses without windows. A church who has a heart for unity in the body of Christ, who sends missionaries into the amazon villages, a church full of youth beaming with energy and dance, this church soon became our family! Someone from the church owns a hotel and blessed us with accommodation for the week! The pastor was so excited about us and what we are doing which was an encouragement that came at just the right time. I clearly remember being in a motor taxi on the first day we were there, dodging potholes, looking out over the amazon and feeling what a privilege! I think only in my wildest dreams I dreamt that I would do this and here I am for the second time! In all of this I can’t help but feel loved by God! I am only here by His grace, love and kindness.                     What I thought would be just a short week waiting for our flight for Lima became one of the highlights of the trip! The Church was so open, gave us opportunities to share about our journey and the awesome God we serve! It is amazing to see how Holy Spirit spoke through each person and how impacted the people were by our time there! Four of the church members are taking English classes now, keen to do Global Challenge and in the mean time encouraged to go all out with God. We saw Johannes get baptized by his best friend/ almost brother/ next door neighbour/ DAVID who first motivated him to seek Jesus in a deeper way. His brother, Andy was visiting us at that time and it could not have been more special, it was on Spring day in the Amazon river with half of the youth from the church with us, the pastor and his wife. A day to remember! We ate braaied crocodile and braaied caterpillar to top it all off! Thank you Lord for showing us more of your heart and nature to us, for working through us and being with us every step of the way.  
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Pana-MANIA

Pana-MANIA

Panama is definately one of my top countries that I wanted to re-visit after last years journey through Latin America.  I didn't think I would be able to come back so quickly but wow what a privilege. I can think of many reasons to rush back to Panama; the beautiful rainforrest of Gamboa, staying right on the Panama Canal, sloths, tucans, anteaters and iguanas roaming the streets but the real reason I wanted to go back was for the people of Gamboa Union Church especially Pastor Bill.  God did so much in my heart in Panama last year and so my expectation was high! Some people say it is bad to have expectations but I think even our highest expectaions of God are too small and limited! He is so much bigger than we can imagine!   Yes you guessed it, my expectations were exceeded! The leaves were greener, the mangoes sweeter and the people more loving and welcoming than I remember. We did radio programs, visited the local prison, 'daily Luke 10's' trusting God for the right moment to speak to the right person, had good team discussions with our guest of honour and Panama celebrity Elsabe, we heard and were inspired by the testimonies of God's majesty, power and goodness in the lives of others. We had awesome times of devotions, worship, prayer, prayer and more prayer.    Pastor Bill and Anne spent so much time with us, listening, pouring out love and encouraging us. On the last day with them I was so humbled and amazed at how they could recieve encouragement from us. How they are so greatful for every single thing that God brings along their path, if it is a security guard accepting a piece of pizza along with a tract or the miraculous healing of a team member they are equally encouraged and amazed by God. I learned this life of thanksgiving is practiced everyday and keeps your fire fueled with passion for the Lord and what He is doing.            Then the best treat of all, my mom coming to visit all the way from South Africa!!! Last year while in Panama I clearly remember praying intensely for my mom, and our relationship. God is a God of details and He brought my mom all the way to Panama to show me His faithfulness and goodness. To bring my mom and I closer, to implant more of Himself in her and simply bless us both! What an awesome awesome God we serve!   Panama marks the halfway point of our journey for 2016! I am truely amazed by God and what He has done. I have this strange and wonderful feeling that the best is yet to come! God is going to take us deeper, hopefully way over our heads, root us in Him and reveal himself in ways that makes me think... WOW! I am not sure if I even knew Him before. Yay Jesus!! Let's go or rather .... VAMOS! 
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You lead me where where my trust is without borders

You lead me where where my trust is without borders

You lead me to where my trust is with out borders, literally God lead me for the past 42 days over 7 countries with hardly any money or contacts. God prepared the way so long ago and with an ear to hear His voice. We saw His plans come to life by steping in obedience. God was the plan and there was no plan B.

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God is the gardener

God is the gardener

If practise makes perfect then it is safe to say I am an ever improving gardener!  We have spent a lot of time in gardens, pulling out weeds, clearing rubble and planting new plants.

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Israel and Palestine

Israel and Palestine



 My Journey through Israel and Palestine opened my eyes to many new things. We saw places I have read about all mt life in the bible, I met people from all walks of life. Tasted food and flavour combinations I had never imagined before. I saw old testiment stories pointing toJesus. I gained insight in Judaism and Islam. Most profoundly I experienced God calling me DEEPER, Not only to learn more or new things but to come DEEPER. I have always heard this from other people and many people prayed it over me, but there is nothing like experiencing it... exciting and a bit scary all at once.

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Turkish Delights

Turkish Delights

3 Continents in 3 days, Africa, Europe and Asia. This is how our 2016 journey began... and if it starts like this, then what else can you hope for but an adventure of a lifetime! 

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Become the prayer

Become the prayer

6 Weeks ago I arrived at training as a volunteer. Ready to serve the students with everything I have.  Little did I know I would be climbing on a plane in a few weeks leading the Hidden world 2016 team for 11 months through more than 16 countries in the middle east, central and south america on the transforming adventure of a life time.

 

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Marié Koegelenberg
What an inspiration. Love you Valerie Joy Hopf!
Sunday, 28 February 2016 22:27
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Chile-A Dream come true!

Chile-A Dream come true!

Chile - Dreams come true

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A Brew from Peru!

A Brew from Peru!

To Give you a small taste of Peru I would like to make you a a special brew.

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Presence is best present

Presence is best present

Peace, Joy, Love, Freedom, Hope.

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