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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Practice the Pause


"Be Still." Two words. Constant and always present. Having morning coffee, I hear it: "Be Still." Swimming in the clear blue ocean. Walking on snow white sand. Watching a Fiery red sunset. "Be Still." Fellowshipping with people who have become family. Listening to music, old and new. Feeling the presence of God.

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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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Shika Yesu - "Hold on to Jesus"


  We leave something of ourselves behind when we leave a place. We stay there even though we go away, and there are things in us that we can find again only by going back there. Kenya is such a place. It is truly like Narnia.  There is something beautiful  about Kenya that is thousands of years old. Too old to be truly captured by poems and songs. Loved by everyone, loved so very deeply. Kenya is everything real in a world of make believe.  But even though I left some part of me behind, I also found a part of myself whom I thought was missing. I found her at a lookout point overlooking the breathtakingly  beautiful plains of Massaailand. And I couldn't help thinking and knowing that I serve a God who makes the most beautiful things. We serve a God who loves us so much that He would come down to feel what we feel, to experience what we experience and even gave up His life to leave a part of Himself behind to always stay and be with us. This love, I have found, is not passive, it is never disengaged, it is always present and it hangs on every word we say. His love keeps promises, it keeps its word, it honors what is sacred and its vows are good. This love is not broken, it is not insecure, it is never selfish and is always pure. He is a good good father and He truly does not give His heart in pieces. He gives it unconditionally without is having to do anything to gain it. He loves us not only because but He also loves us despite. That is a love that conquers. He shows us this love not only in big things but in the small events of everyday life. He shows it in 14 hour roller coaster bus rides, cramped taxi game drives, swimming in breathtaking rivers, 24 hour campfires, hippo pool hikes, walking with the Massaai, worship sessions, packages from home, starry starry nights, footscrubbing sessions, nutella chapatis, heart key charms, rural house visits, tea cans, very fast bike rides, wind in your hair, Mika, laughter and so much more. So much love I do not have enough pockets to out it in. Kenya, you will forever be one of my most favorite places on earth. Home away from home. You showed me true humility and servanthood. Nothing I have I can call mine because it belongs to the one who knows the number of hairs on my head. Kenya showed me what family in Christ means and showed me firsthand what James meant when he encourages us to rejoice in suffering and to worship in trials. Tough times really do show us that we should always hold on to Jesus. God is good all the time. Keep holding on to Jesus even if the world around you shakes. Kenya You have taught me gratefulness, and if we are true in the small things, God will be true in the big things.  Life is more enjoyable and even more beautiful when we hold on to Jesus. He knows what is good. If this is what it means to sit at the feet of Jesus then I will stay here forever. Jesus is everything. His love is everything.  May God bless your nation and His people for you have blessed me with a gift that I can never lose. Staring at the beauty of our King. May peace and grace be yours forever.  Asante sana Kenya!  x x x
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The Superhero Comparison

The Superhero Comparison

This whole Global Challenge has been tough. I've really been struggling to fit into my team and to find my purpose. I spoke to my leader and she said a few things that was needed, but I want to tell you about two things. Fitst she said that you're value is not in your purpose, it is in who you are. Second thing is that we are not human doings, we are human beings. I am not going to elaborate on that, but think about it.

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Love without motive

Good day!

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What do you mean it's not about me?

Wait! What? This is not about me? 

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The Zeal of The Lord is upon Zanzibar

The Zeal of The Lord is upon Zanzibar

With a heart wild with expectancy, and eyes filled with wonder, I arrived at OR Tambo on the 4th of March. What to expect? I didn't know. All I knew is that I am about to embark on the journey of a lifetime, to live a life like no other. And all this, with Jesus as my compass and anchor. We boarded flight 202 headed to Dar es Salaam, and you could smell the excitement in the air. Our flight only jetted off at 23:20, and I soon found out that a dinner tray can also be used as a pillow. The first akward sleeping position of many to come! When we landed in Dar, and got our bags, we discovered that Génekes bag went missing. We had to say goodbye to our friends, Hidden World and Work Your Way, and leave the airport without Ginxs bag, and headed off to Zanzibar.  After almost 3 hours of bag searching, taxi scouting, money drawing, and being bombarded by people who want to assist you with everything you don't want/need and also can't afford. In a city full of chaos, we met Mr Basheer, our first man of peace. He invited all ten of us in to his matchbox sized ferry ticket office, and helped us. When we were thirsty, he gave us water. He's whole being was woven together by kindness and humbleness. He gave us discount on our ferry tickets AND changed it to VIP tickets. When we boarded the ferry, he gave us orange soda and muffins. And he did all this, not because he felt sorry for us, but because of WHO HE IS. Peace that surpasses all understanding. I never quite got that, until it happened to me. But you never really understand something until you see it in your team mate, who's bag, with her whole journeys things inside was stolen. It's all about trusting and knowing that He is control. We arrived in Stone town, Zanzibar,  after approximately 14 hours of traveling. Hot, sweaty, overwhelmed by the humidity, hungry and tired, but definately not dismayed.  Our host waited for us at the harbors gate, and soon enough we were on our way to the place we would call home for the next 10 days. Our American/Canadian turned Zanzibari hosts welcomed us with open arms, and after we settled in, we had dinner with them, which consisted of Zanzibar pizza, salad and watermelon.

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The Glorious Riches of His Love


I love Ephesians 3:17-18:

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Beauty for ashes♡

Beauty for ashes♡

So, I woke up in my own bed this morning after 7 weeks of sleeping in unfamiliar places with people I hardly know. Now I can say that I have 35 new homes built in my heart. On Thursday night we were commisioned, and man, what a long journey to FREEDOM!!!!!!!!!! 

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The best is yet to come♡

Wow! How do you even start to put the past two weeks in to words? 

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Nepal_Deeper


From that very first moment we set foot on the small airport in Katmandu I knew that Nepal is going to be a wonderful journey and that the Lord has BIG things planned for us !       

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Found my peace in the eyes of my Creator

Found my peace in the eyes of my Creator
Facing the last day of an unforgettable journey in Guatemala... A book can be written about God-appointments, memories, divine relationships and everlasting friendships inspired by the centre of God's heart.. Four years ago, I heard the testimony of a man in Guatemala who not only sold his soul to Satan, but who hated God in such an extent that His salvation prayer ended up to be a proclamation of cursing God, laughing at Him and trying to destroy the very person that God breathed his father breath into. He got showered with God's love and delivered by His mercy.  It was told of this crazy, bold pastor in Panajachel, full of scary tattoos of old and  super natural strength who specializes in demon deliverance and who never sleeps because of a waste of years dying himself to the Kingdom of darkness.   Who would have known that God would lead me to the living testimony that created a desire in me to explore the super natural and to be a part of this radical plan that God has to bring heaven down to Earth and to draw people closer to Himself. Not only meeting and hearing his testimony personally but being mentored by him for a month, building friendships, becoming family and seeing an out flow of a fresh revelation of grace through his life. Meeting Pastor Ben, even from day 1 I realized that He is just an ordinary man giving His life to the extra ordinary will of God.  So after a month in Guatemala of having my foundations shook,  physically building into God's kingdom, having prophecies fulfilled, doing crazy triking down a 7/8km mountain pass to share with people, dancing, doing dramas,  receiving teachings and simply living with people who loves God, I now see that living in God's perfect will is simply an intimate relationship with the King. Being embraced by His arms of rest and being day by day directed into eternal glory.  So in the midst of it all, I found my peace in the eyes of my Creator. Not by any teaching, nor word spoken by man, but by a penetration and manifestation of who God is inside of me. By explaining to me in words undefined by human and by showing me with sights unseen... I now recognize the power that lives inside of me. The very same power that rose the Lover of my soul from the dead. The power that gave me life beyond this living.  My calling is to be who God wants to live out in me. To simply love and walk God's heart out on Earth. To face people by looking into the windows of the soul of the One who designed them. And see the them way He does. There is no other way to love than to first accept and experience the very same Love that loved you first..
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Sow a Shoe

Sow a Shoe

In the beginning of the year I had a stirring in my heart to wash the feet of the orphans in Uganda and give them new shoes...

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A glimpse into your eyes

Today I am halfway through the journey of a lifetime, an adventure with You, Lord, Creator, Lover, Father, Friend. I remember how You captivated my heart by calling me to an adventure. You invited me "come with Me" and promised that it will be wild, great and full of You. Thinking back on the past four months it was already all of that and more... Reality struck me for a moment, as I perceived the beauty around me, the palm trees, the Caribbean ocean, the small islands so close that I can see the white beaches and hear the drumbeat of the reggae music.  With a big fat question mark on my face at the realization of where I'm at, I stand awestruck by the  mysterious way that You pursued me out of the hands of the enemy. And at Your perfect master plan to make me fall completely in love with You. Lord, I don't want to forget, please don't let me forget how Your loving arms wrapped around this broken girl for the first time. God remind me of every whisper and make me aware of that feeling over and over again. You are faithful, God and You are real.You called me into a plan, perfectly laid out in the palm of Your hands. And what motivates me to follow You wherever You lead are the puzzle pieces that You release bit by bit into my life. Those are the only parts I can hold on to, Lord, because whatever I lay my feet upon will crumble beneath me, but You are the cornerstone which my feet  are steadfast on. I will pursue You my King, I will dig deeper. What You reveal to me will be my only fortes and shelter. I'm nothing God.. But to You I am someone. Your the only one who could take this hater and turn her into a lover, who could recreate this destroyer into a reconciler. Once I was a manipulator, now I am an encourager. You took my heart of stone and gave me a heart of flesh... Once I was a slave, but now I'm a Son. I once was a PROSTITUTE but now I am a BRIDE. Yes, You manifested the most beautiful love story in me, Lord. I found my refuge in everything but You, giving my heart away several times, even though its purpose was to ever be in your perfect hands. You were always waiting for me, always turning back to me, always LOVING me. You are the greatest Love story ever written, Jesus Christ. You will forever be on my lips...
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Restoring joy...

Restoring joy...

wow so much...not enough time or words... i'm going to theme this one : Restoring the joy of my salvation! and i'm going to start off with an apt piece of literature written by a man who seemed to have a true revelation of the Grace of God: DAVID.

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Thailand in 10 pictures!


 

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