China

China
A beginning and an end.The obvious is that this was our first country and that this was the beginning of our journey.From the onset of our journey God has come and shown me the joy in serving other's, specifically those that serve Him where others dare not stay.The end is less obvious and, more...An end to self deception, an end to self pity and most importantly an end to past fixation. I  had been clutching like a corner stone.Wearing a grudge like a crown, unable to forgive.But not anymore!I can gladly say that a paradoxical mind shift has come upon me. I have more patience, I can truly smile once more and I mostly think before I speak. Still under construction.Thanks be to God. I gave away the stone and there is only One who wears the crown.I would​ say that I woefully regret the time it has taken me to get to this point but then ofcourse I would not be at this point.God has shown me so much during such a short period of time and I am yet to grasp the magnitude of what's ​to come. My physical bag is getting heavier and heavier but I'm glad to say that my spiritual bag is getting lighter by the day.I let go.#
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Hello Goodbye

First of, hello from this, my new blog with which I'll be sharing some of my experiences of the journey that I'm partaking in this year. This first entry is a short synopsis of what has precluded this journey and also what has happened thus far.After having to say goodbye to a significant other in my life I also tried to say goodbye to the world... Fortunately God had other plans for me and decided I should stay a little while longer. This is when I had reached the lowest point of time in my life and I finally embraced Jesus Christ as my saviour. Some gentle nudging was required from a dear family member, to whom I am eternally gratefull. Thank you Sheilans. I now know that I'll never again be able to fall so low now that I have accepted Christ as my saviour. From saying hello to Jesus started a process of saying goodbye to my old ways, albeit gradually and not without some growth pains.Two months later my brother had come back from Thailand to support me and to generally keep an eye on me. He ,with some initial tripidation, persuaded me to join Global Challenge. For those of you whom don't know what Global Challeng is feel free to check out the rest of this site. In short it is basically a NGO that facilitates journeys for young people to do charity and missionary work throughout the nations. After five years of being a firemen it was time to say goodbye to the service. By the end of November I said "sayonara" to the fire brigade with the sole purpose of joining Global Challenge Expeditions. This is how I've now become a pensioner with no pension and for some reason I still haven't been able to make use of my pensioners discount.These last few weeks in Jeffreys Bay have been all about meeting new people and getting to know one another. We've been placed in situations that have brought the worst and also the best out of us. From survivor like sitiuations through to a Luke 10 journey: Traveling with no money or any type of provision and only trusting the Lord to provide. Throughout all of this we've had teachings from some amazing teachers, pastors and missionaries. We've learned to know ourselves and also eachother better.Already I am accutely aware of a major change in myself, my fellow travellers and teammates. This makes me look forward to what is yet to come!? It's very humbling and also makes me gratefull that the Lord has led me on and to this journey.A journey that I can never deserve nor would have chosen for myself.Only through God's Grace am I saved.Stay tuned for more, I leave Y'all with a verse that has meant a lot to me;The Message Bible Ps 18:16-19But me he caught-reached all the way from sky to sea; He pulled me out of that ocean of hate, that enemy chaos, the void in which I was drowning. They hit me when I was down, but God stuck by me. He stood me up on a wide open field; I stood there saved-surprised to be loved!#
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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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More than just a name...


            

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Lights will guide you home...


 

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Isreal: The Beautiful Land

One night in AmmanWe flew to freezing cold Jordan from hot South Africa and had to get to Isreal from there. It was getting late and we knew that the border was going to close soon. So we just planned to sleep in the airport and go to the border first thing the next morning.As we arranged transport for the next day with a man he invited us to go sleep in his summerhouse for the evening. He took us to the house, got some gas to heat the house with a heater and even gave us some tea and sugar. The one girl in my team mentioned that this taught her so much about the Father's heart because He provided a warm place to sleep without us even asking for it. (We were planning to sleep in the airport remember)

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Inlove with Israel

Where do I start? We just finished our first country: Israel- the Promised land! And I would like to share some of the amazing things we experienced. When we left SA the 11th of March we didn't fly direct to Israel but to Jordan from where we over landed to Israel! We landed around 16:00 the afternoon- and leaving for the border post was just not a option since we would be caught in the dark! It was SO cold in Jordan and they predicted snow that night, we were planning on having our first sleepover in the airport in Amman, and everyone was very excited!! We met a tour guide at the airport, a man and we asked him to take us to the border the next morning at 07:00, since he gave us the best deal and has a 7 seater bus- it was the perfect solution!After we arranged everything with him, about 10min afterwards he returned to us saying that he has a farm not far from the airport where we can sleep for the night then he will pick us up the next morning and take us to the border! Without even wondering we accepted his offer. On the way to the farm he bought us some tea and sugar!! This was such conformation that we are not alone on the journey- without us even asking, God sent this man to help us and give us shelter for the night! We had the most blessed time with him the next morning when he came to join us for tea on the farm! We laughed at all the stories he told us and just enjoyed talking to him! He helped us cross the border- we were prepared for the worst post ever... But this one- was easier than crossing the Namibia border!! For the first time I saw what it is traveling with the Creator of everything- in control of everything! What should have been the most difficult border post turned out to be so easy and fun! This amazed me!! Guys with big guns being so friendly and helpful- the only explanation is God going before us! We took a bus to Jerusalem and then to Bethlehem, where we stayed for the next 2 weeks at the Coptic Church serving at the monastery!! Wow... The sister who we were serving was the most soft hearted and sincere woman of God!! She blessed us with the best food and local dishes we could ever ask for! We received so much we couldn't keep up!! This was just God providing ABUNDANTLY!! I have never seen anything like it-and it wasn't about us receiving,  but to see the passion and zeal that the sister helped us with and her heart to love and bless unconditionally!! It challenged me and made me think about my own heart....We helped her in the garden... Where we pulled out all the weeds... And who would have guessed that pulling out weeds really builds your character and challenge me with the way I think about things in my life and all the weeds growing in my 'garden' and how God deals with that. We faced some great challenges with limited water, but we just enjoyed being family and facing it together!We as team spent a lot of time in the Word- doing Bible studies on the book of Hebrews! We had such amazing revelations!! It is really an amazing privileges for me to actually have SO much time to spend with God and to fellowship with my team!! I have time to think and pray and hear God's heart for my life!That is exactly what I asked for in the beginning of the year!

We went to Jerusalem as tourists for 3days! Visiting the new and the old city!! Every expectation I had was met by 1000 times!! I love to stare at the people and to see how they live their life’s and the beautiful culture they have!! We went to most of the tourist places with the significant history! Standing on the top of Mount of Olives and getting a broad view of the old city- made me smile and just worship God because He is good and He loves people and His biggest desire is relationship with us!! I realize how small and incapable we really are, but He still chose us to be His sons and daughters first!! That is all His grace!! We can do nothing to receive it- we just need to accept the gift that our Father gives us! And entering into His rest knowing that He has everything planned perfectly!!! WOW.... 

 We met some very cool new friends from the organization called Bridges for Peace (where I was planning to go and volunteer this year)- and we had the most blessed time staying with them for one night in Jerusalem having fellowship and encouraging each other!! Just seeing their love for the people of Israel and for the ministry really encouraged me to seek God's heart more!! The deep love for the people, the culture and the land of Israel is something I can not describe in words... But running around in the place where Jesus once walked was a great experience that touched my heart and changed my way of looking at the people probably forever!! We ended our journey in Israel by camping for 3days next to the Sea of Galilee. We had the most beautiful pictures painted in front of us overlooking over the sea with the sun rising at the back and boats playing music.. We shared some fun moments by walking 8km with our VERY heavy backpacks, laughed a lot and recharged before we started our travels to Jordan! To give a summary of Israel in one word "Unbelievable"!! The land that overflows with cultures... big fruits and vegs... The best pitta bread and sweet pastries and people with a need for the Living God and His Son Jesus!! I fell in love with the people and would love to return to Israel someday soon.. Please help us pray for them and ask God for protection!We are in Jordan now for more than a month where we are serving at a church -working and helping the Syrian refugees!! This is definitely the place where God is going to teach our team about compassion and unconditional love! We are exited about the next few weeks....Thank you for praying for me and following my journey!!
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A heart set on the things above

 

"You are just so ready for this..." This is the words that echoes in my heart and mind! The readiness in my heart and spirt to do what God called me to do is overwhelming!  Together with the readiness to GO and do it- comes a great sense of joy and faith! Faith in the plans that the Father has for our team but also for me personally! And JOY like I have never experienced before- to be part of such a huge movement and revival in the nations and an amazing family travelling together! But also just to enjoy life- completely taken out of my comfort zone- and letting God be my comfort- this is what brings true joy! Seeing the Father changing and transforming us to be more like Him! I love being taught by the Holy Spirit Himself... Seeing the impossible... And be stretched beyond my understanding....  Since I started the journey I am in awe about what I learned about myself, about people and most important about the heart of my ABBA Father! I never thought that walking in faith could be so practical... We had a Luke 10 faith journey for a weekend in Cape Town and God blew my mind!! The training we received was SO well planned- each day was a building block in the preparation and commissioning of us as students! Lead by the Spirit, and really preparing young leaders to go into the nations with a foundation that is firm in the Rock and not tossed around by the waves!! The more I think about the last 7weeks..   All that comes to mind is : WHAT A PRIVILEGE! To be part of God mighty army of young people with a burning fire inside of them to change the world.. To be an unshakeable kingdom in earthly vessels, directed by God Himself! To love.. Show compassion... And serve the people in the nations! Because He chose us and showed us how to love unconditionally first !!  The journey ahead is going to be wild... It's going to be great... It's going to be full of Him! I can't wait to make NEW FOOTPRINTS in the countries we set foot in! Our first country is Israel- The promised land, that overflows with milk and honey!  Come away with us... And follow our team as we are walking by Faith!!  BlessingsArné 
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Go Go Go.
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OUT WITH THE OLD AND IN WITH THE NEW

Training

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Christine, it was (and is) such a privilege to walk this road next to you and to see what God is doing in your life. Can't wait to... Read More
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Final feedback on building project

Final feedback on building project
                

Just more than a week ago our communications team was asked to post a blog on the building project that we helped out with. We had less than 8 days to complete certain tasks set out before us. This is therefore just the final feedback to show you a bit of what we accomplished.

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Challenge Accepted : Building project 2014 !

Challenge Accepted : Building project 2014 !

5 Tasks; 7 days; 56 hours; 18 students and no money…

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The Journey Begins

When one hears that someone is training for an adventure mission trip they usually have no idea what type of training it is. One person asked me if training included an obstacle course or something...you should have seen my face...I cannot imagine myself actually making it through an obstacle course. It would be a lot like ....like....like....well like something no one wants to see basically. I am not the most fit person in the world at all. So I quickly expelled that thought from my mind and decided that the best course of action was to expect the unexpected.

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