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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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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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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Exploring Panama

Exploring Panama
 For 12 days we stayed in a church in Gamboa, across the panama canal. One of our verses for the year is Isaiah 55:5 'Surely you will summon nations you know not, and nations you do not know will come running to you.' Everyday, huge ships travel through the Panama canal from the other side of the world and we got to watch them sail past. They didn't exactly come running but instead these nations came slowly sailing past us. It was Gods word spoken in the beginning and we got to see it being fulfilled and that's exactly what I experienced in Panama. The promises of God spoken before coming through.  In the beginning of the year I wrote down 3 values, not really thinking much of them and forgetting about them as well but God thinks much of them and thank you Jesus that you never forget. 1. Intercessory prayer- For three nights, we went to a prayer house with the locals and prayed for Panama and the situations there. We also did a 24H prayer chain praying for the amazing people we met. I learnt that God already has a will He wants to accomplish for individuals and the world and he places these ideas and desires in our hearts to pray them out, to release what Jesus has already done. We have the glorious privledge to be used by God to speak to will of the father on earth.2. Adventure- We swam in the canal...there's crocodiles. We fed monkeys bananas. We saw a Jaguar. We visited a traditional Indian village in the forest. We spoke on the radio and the parents came to visit us.3. Humility- Some evenings we watched movies in the Church (with popcorn) in compelled by love (You have to watch it.) They describe a certain city as an adulterous women, wearing tattered clothes, and wandering in the streets and God calls her His beautiful bride. That's amazing!! God calls us His! "It's only when we begin to see who Jesus really is, that we begin to see who we really are."-Lisa Bevere
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Vulnerable in Colombia

 Im busy reading this book on vulnerability and shame. Apparently shame does not like it when we talk about it and this is where vulnerability comes in. Its to open up a part of yourself that may be assaulted or hurt by others. So its about the courage to open up. To step into the arena and fight the fight with others who are courages enough. And people who are not in the arena don't have a say or should not influence the way you think about yourself. Your worthiness is in your courage to step out in faith and open up to people so they can see into your core. I am challenged by this... Being a leader has always been about not showing weakness, always having the answers, always knowing what comes next, and always being prepared for every situation. Basically a superhuman...and this is not me. And its liberating to realize this. What I've come to see is that being a leader is being able to make intuitive decisions under pressure and guiding people's ideas towards a solution when needed. Its a process of recognition. A leader needs to recognize ideas and concepts that comes from the team and connect all this info to lead the team towards a greater good. This can be in any situation. Ministry. Danger. Social. Interpersonal. Team life. Conflict. Innovation. New frontiers. Uncertainty. Design. Hosting. Youth meetings. Business. Expansion...Its sort of like a waiting game. Constantly scanning the environment for opportunities to capture and help unfold. Its like a fisherman waiting with a net to scoop the next big catch. Bolivia has been a place of redemption on so many frontiers. So much happened in this country of mountains and rain. We were visited by a few parents who traveled with is from Bogotá to San Gill to Cartagena. After this we embarked on a Backpacker Challenge where we received minimal money and had to go explore our surroundings for a week and meet up in Santa Marta for our next ministry point. Me and Curtis went to Tayrona National Park which is a gem on the coast of Colombia. We met people from South Africa, Australia, Germany, Ireland, Canada, and the USA. Must say, meeting the guys from SA was welcoming. We shared how much we miss friends and family, and I really just enjoyed talking to someone from home. There are numerous campsites scattered through the park and you need to hike to them as their are no roads. We slept in hammocks next to the beach and in tents in the forest. It was a time of reflection on what God has done up until now on the journey. In Santa Marta we were with John and his family and then we went to New Tribe Missions in  Fusagasuga. So here I sit writing this after yet another leg of our journey is coming to an end. I spoke to my mother while here in Colombia and being homesick. I sometimes wonder how Paul did it. Or even Moses. Forty years is a long time to lead people in a desert. I truly have respect for them. It is with gratitude that i write this because I have deeper insights into how much patience and perseverance they had. It is only when your focus is on the final outcome that you find strength to carry on in any situation. It's the same with being vulnerable. In the beginning its awkward and uncertain if you will be rejected or accepted. You can never predict people's response. And that is why the response should not matter. The worthiness, your worthiness, is in the courage to take the first step in opening up...not in people's response. And this is faith. To know that in the end everyone will be better of when we take the first step towards vulnerability. This is the hope in the final outcome...that we are worthy to be loved and appreciated with all our flaws, shortcomings, nuances, passions, values, talents, likes, dislikes, and facial twitches. We are his people and He is our God. He loves us unconditionally and we must love ourselves and others with the same tenacity. This is the hope in the final outcome.
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Mountain-top God

Mountain-top God

Anyone that knows me will know that I absolutely love being outside and that being in or around mountains is without a doubt where I am in my happy place. So imagine my excitement and anticipation for our visit to the small town of Incahuasi high in the Andes mountains of Peru with Oom Hendrik. This stop on the journey was one of the main reasons why I decided to do my particular journey to South America in the first place and my expectation was well-met - the first day I wanted to jump out of my skin with excitement. Sleeping in the attic-room of a house with narrow stairs (just like childhood-Heidi), boiling water in an old kettle on a gas stove (just like Bainskloof), having quiet time overlooking the mountains with cold air rushing through my lungs, experiencing the thinness of the air due to our high altitude, seeing the women in their traditional attire with bright colours and big hats, driving a few hours to a remote village to hand out little Bibles - I could well imagine heaven looking something like this.

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Screaming at God in Peru

Screaming at God in Peru
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Today we visited a remote village in the middle of the Andes mountains - people who never have or very seldom see any other people than those in their village and has never heard the gospel. What a privilege.

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This was what it was like to be Jesus

This was what it was like to be Jesus

Turning water into wine. Telling fishermen to be his followers. Followed around by spiritually-hungry people, searching for truth. Feeding five thousand people with a little boy's lunch. Setting people free from law and leading them into grace. Yes, that's my Jesus. This same Jesus allowed Distant Worlds to get a taste of what that felt like during our week in the Andes mountains.

It was a dream come true. Rattling, shaking and bumping up zigzag mountain passes to the village of Incahuasi. This was where we would sleep for five nights. We drove for four hours on 100km on a single-lane, dusty, serpentine path. In the Andes Mountains. I almost couldn't believe it.

The mountains were colossal, stretching 3130m into the heavens. My eyes were as wide as saucers as we drove past mountain villages, with hand-sown rice fields and horse-drawn carts. The women wore the most beautiful, colourful, handmade clothes. Not much has changed in these villages from 100 years ago.

We shared bibles with many far-away schools in isolated towns. The average amount of students were 40 in the whole school. It was interesting to note that most of these people had never even left their mountain town. They didn't know about things such as beaches, skyscrapers of drive-thru McDonalds. They knew more about mountain trails than LonelyPlanet and their diet consisted of things they had planted and cultivated themselves. A whole new world. "Lord, what do I say to these children? We come from two different worlds. We don't even speak the same language - they speak Quechua and I only speak primitive Spanish. Holy Spirit, speak through me please..."

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