Beauty Restored... Worth of being a Woman

God has been putting something om my heart the last few weeks to share with you all. This journey started during Guatemala, but I´m still on it and will probably still be on it the rest of my life.. I grew up with a mindset of pride and thinking I never need men for anything, I can do everything on my own. So as soon as a guy will ask for help I would immediately say no thank you, I can do this on my own. I thought this was right and that all women feel this way. The in 2010 God started something in me, without me even knowing about it. We as girls had a series of teaching regarding how God created women, us being wives and our role as women and eventually as wives. This started to change my way of thinking that I don't need men to help me. Part of this was looking at the first women created in Genesis (Gen 2:20 "But for Adam there was not found a helper comparable to him.") Here I clearly recognized that I, as a woman, was created to be a helper. Reading this for the first time in my life I realized that the pride I had in my heart was not from God and He created me as a woman, a helper to man. We also looked at some other scriptures like Prov 31:10-31, Eph 5:22-32 and 1 Pet 3:1-7. "rather let it be the hidden person of the heart, with the incorruptible beauty of a gentle and quiet spirit, which is very precious in the sight of God. 1 Per 3:4" This is what God started in me 2 years ago and I only came to realise this during our time in Guatemala. It started when I was in prayer one morning and God said He want to renew and restore my beauty outwardly as well. Growing up with 3 boys was loads of fun, but in a way it did steal from me being a girl and now being a girl. I just never knew there is a balance in being a girl and playing with the boys. I always had a way of fitting in with boys and then ended up dressing like them and getting that type of mindset. Because I just felt at home with boys I never wanted to dress like a girl of be like a girl, just because I thought they would reject me. So this is the mindset I grew up with and in Guatemala God revealed this to me and said that He created me as a women, not only inside but outside as well... This is the journey I am on currently, renewing and restoring the beauty God created in me.Who would have thought that on a mission trip God will restore the beauty and the worth of a woman in me, I definitely didn't. But this is the process that Gd did start and I have been enjoying it so much, being a lady. To dress nicely the times I feel like it, to wear make-up when I feel like it and just embracing the "benefits" of being a women. And yes I am still scared sometimes that I might be rejected because of this, but God put me on this journey and He never said it will be easy. So every day I am becoming more confident to be a woman inside and out. The last thing... I know this not only my journey, this is every women's journey some time in her life, we just need to embrace it. Lets find our worth of being women in the Bible again and not on TV or in magazines!

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Are you content? (Cont.)

Since the robbery where some of my things were stolen, God continued to journey with me on the topic of being content. So i see this as the follow up of being content. 

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Are content? Is God really enough?

Waking up in the middle of the night after a bad dream, God lead me to pray. In my time praying I just experienced God wanting to do something different in the team, hitch-hiking. Here is what happend that had a BIG impact on me:As our time in Costa Rica came to an end, I felt God leading us as a team in n certain direction. I felt Him saying we should hitch-hike from Costa Rica to Guatemala and NOT to buy bus tickets (This was actually a blessing, because bus tickets would have been $130 per person). So the 10 of us divided into 3 teams, as God lead us, and I was in the team of 4. We were 3 girls and a guy.Our first 3 days was so blessed and we travelled fast with trucks picking us up and taking us long distances. Sunday morning we made it to the border of the Nicaragua and Honduras border were we wern't hopeful of getting a ride. Eventually 20 minutes later a truck stop next to us and said their going to Guatemala and we can get in. What a blessing, a ride all the way to Gutamela,only 120km away form our final destination. But God had something different plannes for the 4 of us...That same evening the truck broke down in El Salvador, only an hour form the Guatemala border. So we had to sleep next to the highway in the truck, which was very comfortable. The next morning as we woke up 3 guys came out of the bush, saw we had camera and robbed us. They had knives and a mechety and asked for all our valuables, they even checked through some of our bags and helped themselves to our valuables. They helped themselves to my day bag (which had my laptop, flight tickets, I-pod, Bibles, phone, bank card, drivers licnence ect.) and also the others cameras, I-pods, money ect. So there we were, next to the highway not knowing what just happend and the only question in my mind, "Are you content?"Earlier in our hitch-hike experience God asked me that question, because in every town we came I would see stuff that I wanted but couldn't buy. It was nice clothes, hammacks, shoes postcards, magnets, take-away food (Like McDonald, Burger King) and more. I only wanted more and more and more especially because we didn't have money. Honestly I knew I wasn't content with what I had, God didn't satisfy me or even the things I had didn't satisfy me, I just wanted more...So imagine after loosing a few things, when that question came up...Honestly at that point I could say I am content. God just came and filled me with who He is, His love, His joy, His grace, His complete character and I could say I am content. So my answer was: "Yes Lord, I'm content." With this 2 scriptures came alive for me, that Paul writes."Not that I was ever in need, for I have learned how to be content with whatever I have." Phil 4:11   and" So if we have enough food and clothing, let us be content." 1 Tim 6:8Now I can say, I am content and if God wants me to have all that again, He will be the One to give it to me (becasue I know I can't afford it, John 10:10). So if God ask you that question today, what will your answer be? And what will the thing be that determines your answer?

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Clean hands & Pure Hearts

I want to testify of God’s goodness during our time in the Amazon and how He planned a divine appointment for us here in Iquitos.

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Overwhelmed by God Promises and His Faithfulness

So I believe you have read our Hidden world blog on our first week of travels. This was definitely not how you would start a journey - hitch hiking to Paraguay because you do not have enough money. But God provide to each of us in the way we needed and there is definitely a plan with our first week being so challenging regarding finances. So we made it to Santiago, Chile, in one peace, very excited to do our first ministry. Immediately the church embraced us, loved us and blessed us. So for me only one word describes Chile - OVERWHELMED. It started by God fulfilling His promises He gave me before. Two years ago I traveled through Chile for the first time and fell in love with the people with the dream of one day going back.  A few weeks later God gave me a vision of Chile and how the fire (Gods word, truth and love) will start spreading through the whole of Chile with the starting point being Santiago. With this in my heart I just wanted to go back, but doubted that I will ever. Then God gave me a promise last year (June) about going back to the countries (Chile, New Zealand and Guatemala) I have been praying for, again not thinking it will happen so soon. So with these promises in my heart I was excited for Chile. As the church welcomed us at the airport God immediately started to overwhelm me with the fulfillment of His word and I burst out in tears when I saw the people again, especially the pastor and his family. The pastor immediately said that our time in Chile will be a time of rest and not a lot of ministry. So we only had 3 church meetings/gatherings a week that we had the opportunity to share how God provide the week before and to encourage the church. At every meeting we had, God will just overwhelm me with His presence, His word and His prophetic word for His people. We had a lot of prophetic word for the congregation and saw it come in to being while still being there. I also spent a lot of time with the pastor and his character overwhelmed me, his shepherd heart (caring an loving people) was great and he had that towards me and the team since day one without really knowing us. This part of his character is a gift from God and he is walking in that. In August we will be in Brazil and they will join us there again. So that made saying goodbye much easier!So we had a blessed time in Chile and could save a lot of money. This helped us in travelling to Peru, but we are still sort on money. We are a group of 10 people and only 2 people has enough money for Peru and the rest of the countries we will be visiting. We have been praying a lot for this matter and trust that God will still provide the rest of the money we need. God has just been saying, "Hold on to My promises." Please do pray with us for this!So I want to  leave you with this, "Hold on to the promises God has given to you, He is faithful to His word!!"

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Godseeking lifestyle becoming reality and practical.

Mendoza... 4000km to Lima Peru via Bolivia and only 5 days to do it in a limited budget.Yes we arrived in Mendoza, Argintina and got the task to meet them in Lima, Peru in 5 days time with limited money. Our fist day we just rested at a hostel and figured everything out and really seeked God in our journey and how He wants us to travel.  The whole lime team experienced to travel to peru through Bolivia, which makes the yourney 1000km more than through Chilli. We started looking at prices for busses and trains, but because of our little money that just didn´t fit in the budget, yet.  But we still decided to go through Bolivia and take that change.We started our journey by hitch hiking for the first 1000km. And how faithfull God was by providind so many lifts for us. And in that we experienced God´s sence of humour. Some lifts we would struggle to fit our bags and ourselves in and then the next lift would be a truck or we would have to split up into 2 truck that is driving together, so having a lot of fun with the variety of lifts we got and of course not paying for it helped a lot.Since we didn´t have a lot of money we slept in an mini market at a garage taht is open for 24 hours. Yes we did get a lot of stares and funny looks, but we still did it since it was warmer in there that outside ( It is currnetly winter in South America).Our third night we decided to take a bus all the way to the border of Boliva and Argentina. Keep in mind this is the 4 day and we only had 24 hours left to meet the team in Lima. Well our first lift in Bolivia was a taxi taht took us 266km in 7 hours. Bolivia is full of mountains so the road is not that easy to travel, then we realized that we are going to be late.But in that the teams spirit was so positive and we still saw God providing and having His hand over us. He really looked out fo us.So eventually after 73 hours of bus rides from Bolivia we arrived in Lima. But the team has already left for anothet town where we will be staying. So there we got a bus all the way to team. We had to wait 2 hours for the bus, so decided to shower at a hostel before we see the team... I mean that was the first shower in a week´s time.Luckily we were not late, we arrived in time for the course ( Touching hearts) that we are doing for the next 6 days.So even in us being late, we still experienced God and learned a lot. God protected us through everything, He provided for our needs and were just there every step of the way. He also worked in Lime as a team and I believe we are a team for the firts time and how we grew closer to each other and to Him.And even though I don´t know what the reason is for us to be late, I believe that there is fruit in our journey and we just won´t see it. And we won´t see what the people or place would be like if we weren´t there. So still just trusting God that it was the right thing we did and that he worked through us and that He will water any seeds that we sowed.

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The "journey" before the real journey starts...

Were to begin on the last 6 weeks in Jeffreys bay...A few words that I gan think of to describe the past weeks in Jeffreys would be growth, unity, love, grace, compasion, friendship, prayer and team building.I say growth because not only did I grow, but we grew as a team closer and in unity. Spiritualy it was a great journey were in the first few weeks God really came to shape us and to prepare us for the journey, taking out and away stuff in us that we don't need. And through that I grew as person so much, just learning about myself and God revealing how He sees me and that is perfect and elect!! With that I also grew in my relationship with God and really being more sensitive for His voice and being obedient to what He says.God also gave me a bigger love for people. We worked in the community and I just felt Gods love for His people. How He love everybody so much and how He see people different than we do. He just sees the best in us... I really felt a few times how His heart breaks for His people and how helpless He sometimes feel. I grew a compasion for people that I never knew I could have.It was awesome to see God's hand during our challeng (it's something lik amazing race) and how He open people's hearts and hands. Just thinking about all the people that picked us up when we hiked, and driving us around Jeffreys and PE. And what a blessing it was to do the race with the people I did it with and getting to know then in a whole different way and how each one of them surprised me - in a good way. After our race we were in the bush at a campsite for 2 weeks. Here we learned about a lifestyle of simplicity after we did surviviour for 3 days and getting to know eachother while being out of our comfort zone completely. (Less is more.)During our time in the bush we cooked food over the fire, took cold showers, never used our phones, used a longdrop and slept a few nights under the stars. And just being in nature and the stillness experiencing God in a different way. I would go back there any time. Being in nature and camping we also did some teambuilding activities and through that learning about the team and elements/factors that is important in our team for this year.The last week, we came back to Jeffrey's bay and I experienced the last week as the week were I grew the most. I felt God just saying now we are ready to go into the world and make a difference. Now we are ready for Him to start the good work in us. That makes me so excited and I can't wait to see how God work in us and through, we just need to be and He will do the rest.So this is my last night in South-Africa and we are flying out tomorrow afternoon to India. So India, ready or not, here we come to make a differnce!!! 

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My first GCEX 2010 blog

Hi everyone here from Jeffrey's bay. Currently we are busy with training, it's been only a week but we as a group already feels like family. This weekend we've done story telling, were every one in southbound shared their background with us, what God have been doing in their lives and how they got to Global Challenge. I was so surprised with the freedom God gave me through just sharing and every since I have an open relationship with God and with my team. It's also awesome how much healing you get from it and the growth with my relationship with God!! For the first time it feels like I'm honnest with myself and with God, even if He knows me. Futher more the training has been awesome andI'm learning a lot about God and about scripture. I'm learning to love the Word.I'm doing GCEX one year and are in Southbound. Our route focuses mostly on the southern part of the world and we will be visiting countries lik India, Malaysia, Thailand, New Zealand, Australia, Guatemala, Mexico and South America.This week we have also started serving people and the community and now it feels as if our journey started. We visited a school and just helped them out were we could. Just doing that, makes you excited about the year and going to do it in other countries as well.Well that's about it for my first blog. Be blessed

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Potugal

Portugal….. I remember it as a time of confusion for me. But it was also a time I enjoyed very much!
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Gautemala, how I got challenged!

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Gautemala....

When I think back I remember all the colours and the atmophere and how God is busy there, working through different people. We started of with two days of physical work. We helped a church to build a new church. We had to get big stones and rocks for the building of the church. The first day I think we were just to many for the work, so the second day we split up into two groups.

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