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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Celebrate Life


   

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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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I…give…up!

Probably the most spoken phrase of all time, every time we fail or see something is too difficult for us, or even if it requires too much time or sacrifice. This is probably one of the most difficult habits to break in life. Why? Probably because it roots to self. The one thing that keeps us away from most of things, self like most of us know only consists of 3 things; “me, myself and I”. Oh sorry, that’s all the same thing, just goes to show how bad self is, self-centred and selfish.

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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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Dusty blue sky

Ahh Middle East, what an awesome place! I'm so stoked that I had the privilege of serving the people of crossroads. I'm really liking the tea a lot it's like a mix between rooibos and normal tea, it's perfect!

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Luke10

So this is the account of our Luke10 faith journey. This story starts with two guys setting out on an adventure. Jesus sent out his disciples two by two into towns to prepare the way for the kingdom. We prayed and felt God said we should travel through Argentina to the city of Asuncion in Paraguay. I asked God to show me His love on this Luke 10...He did.

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Viva Cuba

Viva Cuba

Our time in Cuba was almost like a time warp going back to the early 1950’s, vintage cars, horse carriages, music on every comer, no internet and street vendors everywhere. What an experience and privilege to have had a month in Cuba. We faced the language barrier with body gestures and our Spanish booklets. Embraced every moment and laughed a lot with those first country giggles when you still in shock that you’ve left South Africa.

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Fred Euvrard
ice-cream
Tuesday, 08 April 2014 16:48
Maxine Botha
amazing lovely andri. so amazing to see what a free heart is able to give when we think that they have nothing…challenging hey? en... Read More
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Jaco Rostoll
Nes jy se M, the serving hearts of the locals stood out- selflessness in action.
Friday, 18 April 2014 20:42
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Colourful is a 4 letter word.

Colourful is a 4 letter word.
"All of us have the devine spark within us and we so desperately need the breath of God to bring us to life and light. Jesus wants to set the church on fire so the world can warm themselves around us and find light and safety. We are here on earth to be a home and a refuge for the lost and broken. But first we must learn the art of togetherness and celebration. To welcome people into the party of true freedom of finding Jesus we must first be students of that very way of life. We need to learn to celebrate. We need to choose His joy." "You are beautiful in all of Your ways.You are colorful in the way that You save me...In the way that You give me life." The Spirit of God has made me; the breath of the Almighty gives me life. (Job 33:4 NIV) "Take a moment to remember who God is and who I am.There You go lifting my load again. No longer am I held by the yoke of this world.Come upon you the yoke of Jesus.His yoke is easy and His burden is so light! Your love carries me out of valleys and the darkest places." - Will Reagan & United Pursuit According to a random website, with 26 letters in the English alphabet, there are 456,976 different 4 letter word combinations. 1 of my favourite 4 letter words is yoke. Jesus says in Matthew 11, “Come to me, all of you who are weary and carry heavy burdens, and I will give you rest. Take My yoke upon you. Let Me teach you, because I am humble and gentle at heart, and you will find rest for your souls. (Matthew 11:28, 29 NLT) Jesus is sooOo0 colourful. Over the last few weeks Jesus renewed, refreshed, revived and healed parts of my heart. Thank You Jesus that I am in a constant state of brokenness so that I will aaaAlways need You more.  I looooOve that Jesus displays His creativity in and through us. Duh! He created US :) We are chosen Sons and Daughters. God wrote our stories with His divine breath..   It's so beautiful when YOU allow Jesus to teach you and mold you. In Scripture one of the people visiting Job says: "I am the same as you in God’s sight; I too am a piece of clay," (Job 33:6 NIV) and in Isaiah we read: "Yet You, Lord, are our Father. We are the clay, You are the Potter; we are all the work of Your hand." (Isaiah 64:8 NIV) I see Jesus colouring my story for me this year. He is bringing in splendid and awe-struck colour where there has only been grey-ness for such a long time. He will do it ALL when we continue to say YES!  God's faithfullness, is always MORE,It is beyond our understanding. It is for us and it is colourful.   "You went out to rescue Your chosen people, to save Your anointed ones." (Habbakuk 3) God is telling the ultimate story, and we part of it. (i didn't forget about love, which is another 4 letter word.. Just in case you wondered) :)
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