Finish Strong.

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I Left My Heart In Africa


I have learnt a lt this year. I learned that things don't always turn out the way you planned, or the way you think it should. And I've learned that there are things that go wrong that don't always get fixed or get put back together the way they were before. I've learned that you can get through bad times and keep looking for better ones. This year wasn't always pretty. It wasn't always comfortable. Some things and situations even break your heart. But that's okay. The journey changes you - it should change you. It leaves marks on your memory, on your consciousness and on your heart. You take something with you, and hopefully also leave some things behind. I will forever remain humble because I know I could have less. And I will always be grateful because I know I've had less.

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Visa oder kein Visa, das ist hier die Frage...

Was wuerdest du tun, wenn du dein Visa beantragen wuerdest und die Botschaft dir das Visa verweigern wuerde?

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Lyrics from my heart

God is so real. He is so present. He goes before me in every situation. He holds my heart in the palm of His mighty hand. What else can I do but worship the King of kings? Through Colombia, Peru and Chile I just realized again how much God loves me and how much He longs to be with me. I missed home more than ever in Colombia and Peru but after lots of prayer, God changed my heart. And I know now that God has something amazing instore for me in this last few days! 

I really felt it on my heart to share with you the words of a song that I wrote the other day. It pretty much describe where I'm at:

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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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For my power is greatest when you are weak

 Peru is divided in three different climates: Rainforest, dessert & Ocean and mountains - the Andes. We spent one month in Peru. As well as different the climates are so are the people and the ways people live. In no other country we had so many ministry opportunities. I remember one day in one of the villages in the Andes: 3 School visits, later children programm in a park and then in the evening evangelism in a public place. That's a good example of how packed the time in Peru was. Additional it was cold, we couldn't sleep much and some of us felt sick. Our bodies were weak. But God is saying:" My grace is all you need, for my Power is greatest when you are weak" (2.corinthians12; 9) :-) We had the perfet conditions to see that verse coming true! And it did. For example on that day mentioned above, we experienced God's power working through our weaknesses: Children in the school shared open to us about problems in their families in order to pray for, more then 8 of them gave their life to Jesus, one of them was so touched by the Holy Spirit that she couldn't stop crying, in the night God touched many more people's hearts and many got healed. Praise God! This was just one of the days where our bodies were very weak and God's power very big. At a other place on a other day I had fever and was not sure if I'm going to make it through the day, but in faith I went and God really gave me the strength which was necessary. A member of the local church showed us around in the city, called "cusco" until we reached small souvenir markets, where we could spend some time and buy souvenirs. As we were looking around I got to talk to a shop owner who wanted to sell her big wool sweatshirt to me. I explained to her that I would not be able to carry it, there isn't enough space in my bag. So I continued to talk about our journey and shared how God provided for us. She was Catholic and somehow she got touched by a story about God providing for us. Instead of trying to sell something to Thulani, Emanuel and me, she gave everyone of us a hat. God changed something in her heart. To say thank you, we prayed for her. The presence of the Holy Spirit was perceptible. Afterwards she shared with us how happy she is. I believe God did something great on her life. He gave her new faith and hope. Later in the evening we went to a pastor's family to encourage each other. We shared testimonies of God's goodness, worshipped together and finally prayed for each other. One of the women asked for prayer, we surrounded her and started to pray. God's power manifested, she started to cry and fall on her knees. God poured out his love on her. All this happened while the most us were tired , felt sick and just wanted to go home and sleep. But God is good and he uses us in our weakness to glorify his name and to show his unfailing love! One thing we definitely can learn out of that is not to get destructed, but to rejoice about our weaknesses, knowing that God's Power works best.Be blessed! 
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"The land of smiles"

Thailand!! Wow it's an incredible place! Filled with beauties that only seeing in person can be understood! It definitely lives up to its phrase "the land of smiles" everyone here is just amazing. This country is special for me! We started in Bangkok just relaxing at the hostel for a few days doing some important paperwork and then we get too that we are doing our Luke 10 in Chiangmai ! So now I'm really excited ! We get given our teams and then we get ready! We took a 10hour bus ride to Chiangmai to a church where we were going to leave our bags and then head off ! There we met some really awesome Germans that were helping at the church ! That next day we all left and started our journey together ! I was with Lucas, Dani and Reuben we felt like we needed to go north to the boarder of Laos so that's were we started heading and on the way we were blessed tremendously. We felt the Lord tell us that we shouldn't take shoes and one just one small bag with a tooth brush ! And this really got people's attention ! The first night we slept In a nature reserve with tents that were set up for us by the lovely workers there ! They were so excited to help us after we explained what we were doing and why we are doing this crazy thing ! They bought us, food made our beds, brought us clothes and shoes and even gave us money for more food ! The next day we got a bit closer to the boarder and that night we slept in a temple where we got help from some monks !! The whole time we were hitchhiking as a means of transport. We met some awesome people that we ministered to on the road as well as just a few 'back of the bukkie rides' In the rain or burning sunshine ! Some people blessed us with money and food so the whole time we weren't hungry at all ! Every meal was covered ! When we arrived at our destination, Chiangdou, we just walked for a bit until we found a church where we just felt 'maybe we should go in', so we did and the people were about to have a service, so we thought you know it's Sunday we are in a church so we might as well stay for the service ! People asked us to speak about what we were doing and we even got to pray for the church! It turned out, they had dinner there and this was the one Sunday in that month that they were making supper. So we got invited to stay and everyone was so excited about us doing this crazy stuff they took photos with us and then kept giving us food ! They also gave us a gift of money to pay for accommodation at a hostel. So we were blown away by how much they gave us !! Excited, we started looking for a hostel that we had heard about called Mercy hostel! While we were looking I saw this golden clock tower which I'd also heard about and apparently every hour it's does this light show thing ! So I convinced my team to stay and watch. We picked the most random spot right In front of it and waited! There was a lot of doubt that it was going to do something and a few jokes were thrown around that it wasn't ! But eventually it did and it was really one of my best moments ! It was just perfect. I really will never forget how good God was that day ! We found this mercy hostel eventually and as we walked in on the wall, written large, was a scripture from Luke 10 and we freaked out at how perfect this was !! So we booked in to this almost 10point hostel and it was fantastic ! We spent some team time and had a few chats with some of the people there ! And then had a good sleep! The next day we had breakfast and felt that we should stay till 11 which was when we had to check out ! So we messed around for a bit talked to the staff, finding out that this place is owned by a Christian and they are also Christian ! So we were really stoked at this point then we gave some of our money to some staff members as a blessing and then we actually found out that one of the ladies is actually the owner so we were like noo ways !! We did this awesome thing where we all stood In a circle and then all prayed at once !! We left there with another gift. When we opened the envelope, it was the exact amount that we paid for the hostel to stay one night!! So we got that for free !! God is good !! Then we decided to head back to Chiangmai ! So we started hitchhiking and we couldn't get a lift for a while ! Soon we felt that we should take a bus and eventually got back to Chiangmai ! While we were there we didn't have a place to stay so we just decided to walk and see where the Lord leads us and then we just went and sat in Macdonalds for a long while and ate some food there and chilled for the rest of the day just waiting for something to happen. When nothing happened we went to look for a place to sleep! We were almost gonna sleep in a construction site on some cardboard boxes, but we saw a hostel and thought to ask if we could sleep and they rejected us ! So we carried on walking then as a joke we thought it would be fun to actually follow the signs on the road ( a bunch of arrows ) and it lead us straight to a church where we stayed for two days, ministering and praying for them. We got such an amazing chance to share our stories and struggles with the people there, to not only encourage them but to show them that God is amazing !! We also got an insane chance to pray over the people one by one !! After the two days we felt that the Lord Was telling us to leave now and carry on, on our journey and so we started walking once more ! We took our time because we had no idea were to go and then we just went back Macdonalds to get our bearings! There we wrote all our options down on pieces of paper, put them In hat and randomly chose ! The paper we pulled had the option "wait" So we stayed and had time to talk and to get to know each other more ! It was really good! After waiting we walked once more and after a while had gone by, walking by faith was all we needed. We walked right Into another church/coffee shop were we stayed and spent the night. There we got to pray with the kids at the school they had for missionary kids and shared some testimonies and we got some inspirational talks from the lady running everything! Some amazing relationships were built on this journey, not only from the people we met, but also in my team ! Then we went back to the church and slept there that night ! Louw arrived the next day and called everyone together and then gave us a paper with a challenge that we had to hitchhike to Bangkok !! And now it was myself and Calvin together !!! Super excited, because the Lord has just done an amazing work and now I get to do it all over again!! We headed off and again it was such a blessing! The first night we got quite far being blessed with a little bit of money and we got help from the police. They actually created had a road block where they asked the people they stopped where they where going so that we could go with them ! So we got to a train station that evening and we slept/fought off the mosquitos for the whole night ! Then next day a guy buys us bus tickets to Bangkok !!! We were so stoked! Calvin and I took the 9hour trip to Bangkok and then arrived late that evening! We met up with my Luke 10 team. Had some coffee there and eventually slept in the bus station station for two nights ! While we were there Calvin and I watched Thai boxing which was awesome !! Then we eventually got back to where we were supposed to all meet up !! Now we are in Phuket helping at ACF and it was such a blessing to just help them with manual labour. I see in our hosts that they actually deeply care about the people who come to help ! And that really has had a big affect on me ! The Lord did some pretty big things in my life here in Thailand and I had to make some pretty big decisions that affected my life positively ! The Lord is doing some insane works in my life and I'm soo happy to be in his plan!
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Borderline

Macedonia was one of those countries that I had high expectations of. Mostly due to the fact that I heard so much about the place, the large amount of people that needed help in the camps and the Rama people that also needed help. After Africa left Macedonia, I read their blogs and that helped me to paint a picture of how it is there, and what I can expect. So after reading and hearing about the refugee camp, I was expecting a BIG challenge. Not that it would have demotivated me in some sort of manner but rather start a big change in my life. I’m not saying that it didn’t change me at all, it’s just that the change did not come as dramatic as I expected it to be.

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Learning to Love

Since being in Colombia I often asked myself how do I love other people? Out of a society where everybody looks for their own interests and tries to get the best out of everything I didn't know how to love others. I know God loves us so much that He gave His son for us and how Jesus loved other people way back in the past. But how does it look like today?So I went and sought God for it to show me how to do it and for opportunities to put the theoretical knowledge into actions.  God is faithful and in a prayer meeting of the church in Santa Marta the pastor talked about the most valuable gift we can give to other people - Jesus. Often poor people ask for money, we don't have money with us and we send them away, but at least what we can do is to pray for them and talk about Jesus. One day later God gave me the opportunity to do this and it was the first lesson I got on my journey to love others. Obviously I got reminded on the teachings from Norm Wakefield in Training, when he spoke about God's kind of love to give and to be used, not to get or to use others. To get a deeper understanding I read his book 'Equipped to Love' and learned how to build idolatry free relationships.My theoretical foundation was set, ready to show it in deeds. In a devotion we played a game with the children in where they needed to pick up peas by sucking them on the end of a straw, walking through a little obstacle parkour and putting them into a cup. Most of the time the peas fell down and they had to go on their knees to pick it up again to finish the task.  This is how I felt when we visited homeless people in a big old house provided by the government. We went there to proclaim God's kingdom and to hand out food, toilet paper and soap. Getting out of the car some little and dirty girls already waited for us and wanted to play with us. I grabbed some boxes to carry upstairs for an excuse to not play with them.  We walked into the house and we met in a stinky and unclean patio. Four to six people are living in a small dirty room without beds or toilets. Sickness, prostitution, noise, crying people and more horrible circumstances are part of their daily lives. I stood in the corner and was shocked, but remembered what journey God brought me on.  So what can we do here without love? Paul writes in 1.Corinthians 13:2 that we can move mountains, but without love we are nothing! Same as in the game I needed to bow down on my knees, pray for God's help and jump into this humbling process. Playing with the dirty children, hugging them, loving them and showing them that they are normal humans.  We often see being a Christian as a sacrifice. NO, it is the biggest treasure we can give to others and this evening gave me joy that I haven't had for a long time! It is also an amazing opportunity to love like Jesus, unconditional and without expecting something back.  God teaches me how to have an idolatry free relationship with others and I pray that he will take me deeper to live this completely out.  # 

Since being in Colombia I often asked myself how do I love other people? Out of a society where everybody looks for their own interests and tries to get the best out of everything I didn't know how to love others. I know God loves us so much that He gave His son for us and how Jesus loved other people way back in the past. But how does it look like today?

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Holy Ground


"What we do, does not define who we are. What defines us is how well we rise after falling."

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That White Suit

Davis, aka The Ambassador greeted us with his white smile and a dashing white suit on Sunday morning. He was ready for church. Marié and I ran some last errands, I all the while thinking how the heck is this guy going to keep his white suite white. Why would he even bother with one? It won't stay white, I could guarantee him that. Everything is dusty in Busia, Uganda. Even the tar road has a thick layer of dust making it unrecognizable – and we were far away from the tar road anyway.

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Karibo Kenya

Karibo Kenya! This Swahili word, 'Karibo' greeted us all along our journey along with warm smiles and hearty handshakes. 

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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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The Hidden World Guide to Central America

The Hidden World Guide to Central America:

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The good Shepard

Five days, five countries… We travelled from Guatemala to Costa Rica, passing through El Salvador, Honduras and Nicaragua. God really surprised me and it was such a joy to truly trust God and go wherever He had prepared for us. I had found myself laughing at the situations and places we were in because I really experienced the promises of God so practically. In Psalms 91 God says ‘If you say the Lord is my refuge and you make the Most High your dwelling, no harm will overtake you, no disaster will come near your tent for He will command His angels concerning you to guard you in all your ways.’

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A journey full of God's miracles

Ten days Luke 10 journey - What else as miracles can you expect? In our first Luke 10 journey in training I was sceptical how God will show up and what he has planned for us. Everything was new for me and I didn't know so much fun will expect me. After this privilege to experience this and hear all the stories from the other groups I was so excited for this faith trip and knew that He will provide and be with us all the time. Praying, listening to God's voice and stepping into his plan were a big part of these ten days. Jesus sents us out as lambs between wolves to share his word and be an example for others in the way how we live. That was exactly how we felt in our first three days when God opened the doors to sleep in a four star hotel and let us be part of a promotion weekend for a small town. Through conversations about our faith and experiences could we impact many workers and tourists. Out of the nice bed of the hotel we slept in our tents in a forest full of scary monkey sounds and adventure, but through biblestudy and prayers we got encouraged every day. The next day God provided in a special way. We got a five hour lift und in the destination town he asked us if we want to come to his brothers church. Without nowing we are Christians he brought us to him and a warm meal and a place to sleep waited for us. They welcomed us as they knew we are coming, but nobody told them. God gave them the previous day a bibleverse that a group will come, they should be prepared and welcome them as their own family. We thanked God and encouraged them through prayers. Every person we met didn't recommend us to walk through the border to guatemala and especially not in the night, but we felt to do this, so we crossed the border and searched for a place to pitch up our tents. While walking i prayed and didn't feel peace, but in this moment a car stopped and took us to the next city. He was a drug dealer, but God saved him long ago and he invited us for dinner and to sleep at his church. The next three days we stayed and spent a lot of time with him. I learned a lot from him and his experiences.  God has a big plan for you and he will show up in an amazing way if you step out in faith! All praise and glory to him for what he has done! 
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A present of God - Gracias Señor

How big is the probability to go to a country not knowing where to go, where to sleep, what to eat, what to do, but finding everything prepared?!

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Dear Ethiopia...


When I first laid my eyes on you and the rolling hills you sat upon. I thought what amazing luck I have that God had created such beautiful things and gave me the eyes to see them.  I am forever changed by your existence. You are a place filled with so many stories and I feel so privileged to share some of these stories with you. I can't think of anything that excites a greater sense of childlike wonder than to be in a country where you are ignorant of almost everything. Suddenly you are five years old again. You can't read anything, you have only the most rudimental sense of how things work. You can't even reliably cross a street without endangering your life. Your whole existence becomes a series of interesting guesses.  These interesting guesses were what brought our team to a lot of interesting places ranging from the far North to the ever ongoing South. You taught me the names of these cities, and I saw that each one of them tell a different story. You introduced me to people that showed me characteristics of Jesus in such a simple and beautiful way. I learnt about the importance of our dependance on God and also what it truly means when Paul writes in Philippians 4:11 "...in every situation I am to be content."  I learnt that everything in life needs some sort of foundation, I came to the conclusion that Jesus must be this foundation. Just like the wise  builder built his house on the rock. I learnt that rest is necessary especially when we do it in His presence. He gives answers when we listen. I learned that one smile can heal a heart that had walls so tall and painted blue, but now has a door to let people through.  Ethiopia you showed me how the Father gives so much more to those He loves. We ask for one ministry point He gives us all of Ethiopia. Kindness is your specialty and somehow you grasp the importance of giving, not only things but yourselves as well. I am truly humbled by it.  I will be forever grateful for these foundations you reminded me of. Thank you for showing me what love is by also showing me what it is not.  I will carry it in my heart.  I will carry you in my heart.  YoursTill we meet again  

 

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Friendship and revelations

Two different worlds in one month.Russia: cold and quite peopleCuba: hot and open people The first three days in Havana were really hard for me, because the hot weather and the long walks made me so exhausted. So from this point I started to hope that the next three weeks will go quickly. After a twelve hour truck drive and first meeting with the Gladios members I started to enjoy this time. We had the privilege to build new friendships with them and work in the organisation and their church. In our free time we discovered Santiago de Cuba, enjoyed old overloaded buses and we  ate a lot of icecream. It is so admirable to see how the christians in cuba live with so less and God showed me that he gives so much more than worldly things. Through biblestudy and devotions God gave me so many revelations and answers for all my prayers and worries, so I learned a lot in this time about Him and myself. I had on my heart to discover the book of James and through this God revealed a lot of truth and useful tips for me to use in my life. It is definitely worth to read James! I am so thankful that God is completely changing my life and giving me a real purpose! I Give all the praise and glory to Him!  "You say you have faith, for you believe that there is one God. Good for you! Even the demons believe this and they tremble in terror. How foolish! Can't you see that faith without good deeds is useless?" James 2:19-20 We are not doing good deeds, because we follow the law, we are doing it because Jesus Christ is living in us and He gives us joy in it! Amen brother! Thanks for reading and have a nice day!
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He greets me with grace.

The journey of grace started in Russia and by the end of Cuba while sitting in a coffee shop drinking coffee that tastes like sea water and being told to keep quiet by the waitress because we laughing too loud, God concluded the first part of an unending series of His grace.

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Team life in Macedonia

Macedonia was beautiful. We were received with open South African arms and felt so at home, but the atmosphere changed when we entered the colorless Tavanoche camp. By the time we reached Macedonia most of the refugees had traveled on and it was only those without money or with children that were left. It was hard to lift spirits without even being able to communicate. So we fully relied on God.

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Macedonia.

I'm still trying to figure out who this God of mine really is. Last night I found myself scolding God as if He were a little child.

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Guard your heart


 Why do we make life so complicated? Why do we so easily make mountains out of mere ant hills? It is not supposed to be this difficult and I dare say it is rather tiring to worry about everything all the time.  My stay in Egypt these past two weeks has been a time of growth and transformation. Firstly I would like to mention that all the pictures I have seen, all the history that I have read and heard throughout my years of study about this wonderful place, I could have never imagined it to be so glorious in person. It was like being in a dream.  The biggest lesson however, I learned was at a spiritual oasis called Anaphora. It certainly lived up to it's name. I do not know wether it was the stillness and tranquility,  the flowers, or the lack of connectivity to the outside world and everything in between which made it such a wonderful place but I have come to the conclusion that wherever there is peace there is freedom.  There is so much peace and tranquility there, you just want to remain there forever. It is a place to recharge and renew your mind end even your soul. It is where you feel God in the stillness. I know that He is good. The nuns, whom we call sisters, are beautiful and inspiring. They have so much patience and love, the fruits of the spirit are ever present in everything they do. The other volunteers especially from Sweden and France have stolen a piece of my heart which I will never want back. They have changed my life. Our stay at Anafora will always be longed for in the future to come. God had some things to reveal to me. He has been constantly and slowly moulding my mind and heart to become more like His and pursuing me with a love that conquers every fear. I am learning to love people I do not always like, I am learning to be content with what I have, to be quiet and still and to trust in His timing, for His favor will always come.  I received a revelation specifically about the heart and where it is pointing to. In Proverbs 4: 23 it says: "Keep thy heart with all diligence, for it determines the course of your life."  What is so significant about our entire time in Egypt is that this verse came alive to me through Egyptian mythology. In Egyptian mythology there is a god called Anubis. He guards the gate to the underworld. The Ancient Egyptians believed that when you died, you travelled to the Hall of the Dead. There Anubis weighed your heart against the feather of Ma'at. Ma'at, the goddess of justice sits on top of the scales to make sure that the weighing is carried out properly. If your heart was lighter than the feather, you lived for ever. If your heart was heavier than the feather then it was eaten by the demon Ammit, the Destroyer. The message is quite direct and clear. Our hearts determine the course of our life. If our hearts are set on the wrong course and it is filled with the wrong intentions, it is going to be complicated and difficult. But if it is set on God we can be more than conquerers in even the most trying times. "The boundaries in our lives are determined by what goes on in our hearts."- Brian Houston In other words we do not need to strive for others attention or validation to make us feel better about ourselves. This is not what our hearts should be set on. It should be set on Jesus. The only one who is worthy enough to give opinion and validation.  Our hearts determine the course of our life. If it is set on Jesus then it does not matter what our circumstances are or what others say, when we keep our eyes focussed on the one who is love and and the source of peace, we need never to look down but only up.  I have gained a peace in my heart which I never want to lose. Because I know my God is already in front of me preparing the way.  Anafora, I will always carry our time together in my heart. You have taught my heart to rest in His embrace and to be still and know. He is God and He will always be there to pick me up when I fall.    
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Hadhih Hadia - "This is a gift"


 

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Irreplaceable Israel

One month ago, we sat/lay on the floor of Ben Gurion Int. Airport not knowing what to expect from Israel and having no idea what lay ahead. Today we sit in the same airport, wearing the same clothes as when we arrived (washed, of course) but our hearts are completely changed.

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There is so much more

There is so much more

Imagine a hiking trip that follows the trail of all the places where Jesus performed his miracles and doing it with 10 other spirit filled people, well this is how the 4 day trip started... We received 25 fish right out of the Sea of Galilee from a local and while we waited for our self-proclaimed fishermen to clean and gut them, we tried to cook beans which ended up taking TWO days to soften. So with fish flopping in packets, beans soaking in a ziplock packet and a rubbish bag over my backbag because of the rain, we began our journey of receiving Gods provision. Within 25 minutes we were walking through a grapefruit farm. The joy that filled my heart! We began pushing grapefruit into our already overfilled bags. For the next few hours, happiness covered my heart and a sleeve of sticky grapefruit juice formed on my arms. We walked up and down and all around the Arbel mountains, I'm not someone who usually stops and notices natural scenery but it was impossible to miss Gods glory and beauty this time. The sun was setting and the choices of where to set up our tents were not very 'lively'; next to a dead cow or next to a cemetery... We carried on walking. Without surprise, God lead us to a little farm and we cooked our fish with a grid that the farmer gave us. The following morning we walked through banana vineyards. I have NEVER eaten so many bananas in my life! I felt so loved by God because he knows how much I would have liked this surprise. So we filled packets with them and we ate bananas three times a day for three days. Our God is a God of abundance. By the grace of God, I got to to learn this facet of my best friend and savior. Now that I have experienced that Jesus abundantly gives us in the physical, how much more will He give us of things that are eternal and of more value. A recurring phrase for me and my friend during this time was "I'll provide the coffee and you provide the biscuits." However, I heard God remixing these words in my heart and his version sounds much better. "I'll provide the coffee and the biscuits.. And joy, love, healing, strength, wisdom, protection, grace and peace. You just have to be present in my presence to receive all I have for you. Thank you Provider for your abundance. Thank you Yeshua for your love. Thank you Jesus for your fullness Heb 11:6 "Without faith it is impossible to please God, because anyone who comes to him must believe that he exists and that he rewards those who earnestly seek him."

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When things are good... so is God

When things are good... so is God

Ha! Got you to open my blog. While your here you might as well read a bit furher. The Hidden World team has been in Israel for 29 days. It's been fun, rough, tough and blessed. We are leaving tomorrow to the airport, sleeping there and leaving early Saturday morning to Russia. We went across the whole of Israel. We've been north, east, south and west. We were at the Sea of Galilee, Red Sea and Dead Sea a d Mediterranean Sea. We walked, took busses, taxis and hitchiked to places. We bought food, got food given to us and picked food up from trashcans. We had toilets or bushes, open showers, cold showers, buckets and no water. We slept in a house, room, tent, on a roof, outside and under a shade net. We pulled out weeds, did prayer chains, bible studies, got teachings, sang praise and worship songs, painted, went to a seminar, did prayer walks, witnessed and cleaned a house. One song we sang (very known) goes like this: Every blessing you pour out I'll turn back to praise. I sang it... and paused... what if He doesn't pour out a blessing? Do I stop praising? That's the thing. As a child of God we always get blessings. But a lot of times it looks different than what we expect it to be or look like. Another thing is that many times we can't see the purpose of it yet. God knows it all. He is Alpha and Omega,  the beginning and the ending (Rev 1:8). He already knows what will happen and what happened. He already knows what you're going through and will still need to endure. Don't stop praising and trusting, EVER!  I know it is very difficult to believe that God has our best interest at heart. Because we've never experienced this kind of love and we're used to looking out for ourselves. But it's not necessary to doubt in His plans for you. He knows what His plans are for you. It is plans of peace, not of evil (Jer 29:11). I want to correct my title... God is always good! When it feels like it's going bad and when you go through tribulations and troubles. God is good, always.

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Wrapping up Morocco

Wrapping up Morocco

Morocco welcomed us with a night at the airport where we had to sleep through the sound of hammers and chisels ceaselessly building away on a new part of the airport. 

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Will the Real Mustafa please stand up?

Will the Real Mustafa please stand up?

To get from Marrakech to Fes we had to take a long bus ride. The plan was to take the bus, arrive at the bus station in Fes, get connected to the Internet and let Mustafa from the hostel know we've arrived as arranged. 

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Willem Taute
We were scammed in exactly the same way in Dar es salaam. 2008.
Wednesday, 20 April 2016 20:31
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God's blessings in the promised land

Everything began at the aiport in Tel aviv on saturady - sabbath - with no public transportations... So we prayed in small groups and got this vers:'This is my command - be strong and courageous! Do not be afraid or discouraged. For the Lord your God is with you wherever you go.' Joshua 1:9.Perfect vers to hitchhike to the see of galilee! What a great experience! Six days full of hiking and God's blessings through free bananas, grapefruits, 25 fishes and bread made this definitely my highlight! This week showed us that God is really with us and that he wants to provide for us and it was the perfect time to read God's word and see where Jesus did all the miracles.After this trip we had the opportunity to serve at a coptic church in Bethlehem, pulling out weeds and building a small church in a cave. Fellowship with Northbound, the unending chocolate pile and the spontaneous visit of my brother were some of our blessings in this time. After crossing the border of Palestine to Israel we visited Jerusalem where we discovered all the famous places. The next blessings were the family hosting us in Tel aviv, all the teachings about Israel/Jews, outreches, shabbat celebration, worship and just to be part of their family.On the way to the Dead sea God told us to go to a village in the desert, but they couldn't host us, so we camped and worshipped God in the wilderness. 'O Israel, the one who formed you says,'Don't be afraid, for I have ransomed you. I have called you by name, you're mine. When you go through deep waters, I will be with you!''Isaiah 43:1-2God showed me every single day that he wants to walk a personal journey with everyone of us, and he will bless us in this time! 
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