Blessed be Your name

Blessed be Your name
Part 1: IsraelGod has done amazing things in Israel. We arrived on 15 September and will stay until 8 October. I had this desire to arrive in Israel, feeling like a little girl who knows that her father has a lot in mind for her. He wants to spoil her and love her with all He has. As we arrived we did not know what or budget are or even where we are going not even to speak about what we are going to do during our stay. We knew that Israel is a really expensive country therefore we thought we are going to have to eat dry pita bread every meal every day. God had other plans!God blessed us with accommodation at a South-African couple, John and Amanda. They are missionaries here in Jerusalem and have been living in Israel for about 25 years. We had a bit of our country in Israel. They blessed us with delicious meals: pita with fillings, cereals, pasta, even “pap en wors”, etc. Not one meal we did not have food to eat.My father came to visit us for a few days. The time was blessed as he could bring the spiritual stories and aspects into our traveling and places we saw. John gave us a bus that we could drive around with. Luckily Miga drove in America last year so he could easily drive us everywhere. Friday, 19 September, we had our very first official road trip. Off to the Dead Sea. Swimming, camping and having a wonderful time I knew that I really want to do this again. I realised how much I am going to miss this team of mine and how much they really mean to me. We climbed Mount Masada, overcoming our mountain and winning our own battles. Saturday, 21 September we got lost. The whole team was sleeping while Miga and my father tried to figure out where to go and where we can sleep that night. We stopped and asked soldiers in a United Nations truck if they know camping places nearby. Turns out, we were only 9 km from the Lebanon border. If we continued on that road, we would have ended in Lebanon. The UN soldiers gave us place to stay that night. We camped on the grass at the guesthouse where the soldiers stayed. Exciting! We camped 25 km from the border of Syria. We could hear the bombs exploding.Sergeant Dot is part of the United Nations operating in Syria, we sat with him and his team on a table, hearing stories and how the UN works and a lot of interesting army stuff. They also told us about the 45 Fijians that was taken captive by Isis rebels in Syria a couple weeks ago and we listened in amazement to the incredible testimony of how they were released, unharmed, again after 15 days. The next morning something unexpected happened: Coetzee met these Fijian soldiers. He told them about our team and they came to visit us! God used the soldiers to bless us with breakfast that morning. They told us their testimony of how they were captured at gun point, stripped of all their belongings and taken captive without knowing what would happen to them. God did amazing things in the hearts of the Isis people. They even cried when they handed the hostages to the Isleali army. Struck in amazement we were invited to join the Fijians for church. I walked into that room feeling the Holy Spirit present. My father was asked to share a message. So he did. God moved in that room. Father heart of God. At the end these men started singing. “God is my saviour”, “God is my everything”, emotions filled my heart as I realised that these men are living and dying for God.To be continued
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Adventure in Istanbul

Adventure in Istanbul
Once again I realised that God blessed us with accommodation near the tourist attraction sites. Every country. This time we stayed about 300m from the Hagia Sofia. This is really close to The Blue Mosque.During our time here we were completely tourists. Could not go into all the tourist places, but we could go to them and take a photo just to say that we were there. That is my goal if it is not possible to enter. We had amazing times in the Word of God and enjoyed ourselves in presenting scriptures to each other in creative ways. I learned in 2 John and 3 John that truth can only be discovered not taught. One have to walk in truth and experience it, none can explain truth to you.I once again learned that I like doing adventurous stuff, not the “throw yourself off the bridge”- type, though. Coetzee, Miga and I went to the Blue Mosque one day. We stood in the line, got our funny clothes and went into this place of prayer. What a beautiful sight! The inside of this mosque is magnificent. We looked ridiculous and felt funny in the garments we had to where, but that totally made our experience even more worth it. Coetzee was tired so he returned to our hostel. Miga and I continued on our search for Turkish Delight. Did not find any, but we found an old wall (part of the old castle) with holes in it. Immediately both of us wanted to enter this wall. In my life I cannot remember when last I was so scared of the dark. The wall is like a tunnel, sort of underground, but dark. Miga pulled out his flashlight and walk into the darkness. God used that fear and darkness to remind me of a message He taught me a few times earlier. I should not look around into the darkness, it will frighten me and take my eyes off of God (the light). Instead I should focus on the light in front of me and within me to guide me and take away the darkness. “Darkness cannot be measured, but light can” as Rick Warren wrote in The Purpose Driven Life.For the first time in my life I walked on train tracks. As we got out of the tunnel at the other side, we walked unto train tracks. We tried to get to the Hagia Sofia again, but instead we walked the wrong direction. So two officers noticed us and laughed as Miga tried to explain where we are going. Luckily they guided us to the right direction. We ended up in the gardens of the Palace. BEAUTIFUL!End of Turkey and a new adventure awaits.
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Northbound Israel

Isreal though the eyes of one of our team memebers.

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Turkey run and Turkey fun

Turkey run and Turkey fun














21 August – 15 September 2014 Turkey was absolutely a country that I will never forget. We had the privilege to do a pilgrimage of Paul’s journey through Turkey. I can testify about how God protected us and blessed us during this time. To start with we went to Cappadocia. Now if you want to experience a beautiful dawn you should go there. We sat on the rocky mountain while watching the sun rise. As the sun rose about 150 hot air balloons rose into the air. What a sight to see.. I just kept on thinking that my Father and God painted this picture. Amazing! I enjoyed our climb in the tunnels and the underground churches in the fairy chimneys. I actually do not know if we were allowed, but oh well, Arno and I had to face a few fears and God pulled us through.  The next destination, Pamukkale! We had to do a "Turkey run" (hitch hike) from Ayas to Pamukkale. Is it ten kilometres, maybe fifty? Nope. 700km, literally! A group of 11 people is too much to travel together in this way so we divided into smaller groups. It was I, Quinton and Jade. Our group’s name was “WJQ Seeking Adventure”. We laughed every time that we tried to say our name.  Amped and excited, we went out into the streets on Friday morning. God quickly provided our first lift to Silifke. If you want to hitch hike in a city you firstly have to stand at a spot where people can pick you up and it would help if you are on the road that is going to the town where you want to be. A city is difficult to get out of so try to stay on the highway as far as possible. So hour and a half later we got a lift to Anamur. It’s a funny name, right? I can just say that it brought joy saying it. From there we got a lift in a (my very first) truck going to Antalya which was our final destination for the day. Slowly we drove while the driver blessed us with pistachio nuts, Redbull, water, tea, a meal and Pepsi. We tried to communicate but he could not really understand us. We slept next to the truck in our tents at the store rooms where the trucks download their load. It was Saturday. It was a tough day in Antalya, hey? At about 11am we realised we do not want to stay in the same truck than the driver. Let’s just say he had another idea in his head. In the middle of this city we tried to get to Pamukkale. Nope, this was not fun. I can testify that God broke me that day. For five hours we tried to get a lift. As soon as we gave up and decided to have fun and make this experience worth it, we got a lift. A long story short: As we danced and made funny videos and enjoyed our time in the hot sun trying to hitch hike God brought our next lift who took us all the way to Pamukkale, a 300km drive. God blessed our team that night with a camping site that had a huge swimming pool with three kinds of super tubes.A day spend at Tarsus.Sleep next to a truck during hitch hike to Pammukale.Pammukale. We stayed a few days there near Hierapolis where Paul spoke to the people in Corinthians. We even swam in the heritage site’s pools. We almost had to pay a lot of money, but we have our Father’s favour. It was kind of fun to do something illegal J. In our defense I just want to say that we did not know we were allowed to climb there.Ons manne in Efese. After Pamukkale we had to hitch hike to Kusadasi. Was I excited? Sort off… I had the thought that God will bless us. And He did. We reached our destination first out of the whole team. From there we had the opportunity to visit Ephesus. I enjoy seeing the places that was so important that Paul wrote to them. Kusadasi  To be continued...
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Northbound in Pamukkale...

Northbound in Pamukkale...

STATUS- Strengthened , Tested, Amusing, Trustworthy, Unique and Social- these are some of the words we feel describes Northbound 2014... Since our last check in, we have throughly enjoyed our time in Pamukkale and have recently, as in yesterday arrived here in Kusadasi, where we will be spending the next six days.

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Northbound in Cappadocia

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NORTHBOUND ARRIVING IN TURKEY

After an amazing time in Bosnia and Herzegovina, Northbound recently arrive in Istanbul, Turkey. Our team is filled with excitement as we are heading into a new season of our journey. In Turkey we will not be having hosts and set ministy points like we normally do, but will be following in Pauls footsteps, going to places like: Cappadocia, Ephesus and Troy.

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Almost as is we are leaving home.. again...

Almost as is we are leaving home.. again...

Almost like home. We are leaving. Again.

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Bosnia and Herzegovina*

Bosnia and Herzegovina*

What a beautiful country! I released this when we drove from the airport in Sarajevo to our accommodation in Mostar.

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Let it Rain: Laos

Let it Rain: Laos

Laos: Let it rain!

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