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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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 sound of love announcing his forgiveness

Many of times we hear how much God loves us and wish nothing but the best for all his children; the ones that know his love and the ones that don’t know it as much. Looking back at my life, knowing all the wrong that I have done to others and myself, I’ve said and done things that I will always be ashamed of, the worst was not knowing if I am really forgiven. I’ve read the scripters and have said the words out loud, but still every detail of my past was not forgiven; well at least not all, according to me, looking for any sign that God loves me and that he will take care of me, regardless of my past. Seeing so many miracles happen to so many people around me but never to me, then having the devil having some fun in my head telling me lies to make me believe that he does not love me as much as the others. So having this scenario play out for years going round and round in my life…………………..

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Tata ma chance Tata ma millions

Tata ma chance Tata ma millions

A 24 year old girl has recently discovered after years of living in "poverty" that she won the lottery at the young age of 10.

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Marié Koegelenberg
Amen sister!
Saturday, 25 April 2015 23:11
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"Have you GOT IT?"

1”Sing a new song to the LORD!Let the whole earth sing to the LORD!2Sing to the LORD; praise His name.Each day proclaim the Good News that He saves.3Publish His glorious deeds among the nations. Tell everyone about the amazing things He does.”Ps 96: 1-3 (NLT)

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Maxine Botha
Beautifully expressed and written am really impacted by His love! so encouraged by you Tiaan…blessings
Tuesday, 29 April 2014 12:48
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Brokenness

Brokenness
"You opened up my ribs and played your melody, when my brokenness was all I saw in front of me..."   So, I broke my arm. In Colombia. Playing soccer. Can someone say Waka Waka? Since that first night in casualties I've been comforted by God's promise that it is part of His plan, that He wants to use my casualty for a greater Kingdom reality. Having never broken any bone in my body despite some perilous adventures and other silly games on roofs, you have to be convinced of God's hand when this happens on my journey of faith, in Colombia of all places. And so there I was, trusting God for healing my arm overnight (can you imagine the testimony and open doors?!) and then being disappointed. And so I had to ask myself, what is God doing?! The past few weeks I've been confronted with one great truth: Until you know how lost you are you do not know that you need a Saviour. (Thank you Wayne!). Having known Jesus for a long time and being raised by Christian parents with biblical principles, the story of my salvation was less about realising the darkness inside of me but more about seeking the light that is God. As Jansie put it: the miracle is that He saved me even when I thought I was ok! And so I've been asking myself, do I realise the depth of my sinful nature, how lost I was without Christ? Can I begin to fathom my brokenness, worthlessness without God? Hard questions, that I think should be asked by everyone. Since the beginning of training I've been broken and confronted by sin in many ways; mostly because I started to really read the Bible and because of the environment I found myself in. The reality is the more you get to know God and comprehend more of His Holiness, the more you are confronted by things in your life that falls short of His glory. I've been convicted about the things I've been exposing myself to, books and tv shows, my illegal music, sensitivity, pride and selfish ambition to name a few. My broken-arm journey has in a sense been a real personal one, dying to self and being stripped of pride. Learning what it means to be dependant, journeying on team: love and family. The broken arm became a symbol of my brokenness. And it hasn't always been easy, facing some harsh realities.  The harsh reality that as a Kingdom child I cannot be as independent as I have become accustomed to. The reality that I cannot be good enough out of myself. The reality that I am prideful. The reality that I am a sinner. The reality that I need God. Jesus asks us to be broken, to acknowledge the frailty of our humanity and the inability to please Him out of our flesh. But in the same breath He reminds us that He was broken on the cross so that we can be healed. When we come to Him in our brokenness we are comforted by the cross. ... But he was pierced for our rebellion, crushed for our sins. He was beaten so we could be whole. He was whipped so we could be healed. (Isaiah 53:5 NLT)  And so, back to my arm. Did I see the miracle that I was expecting? No. Did I see the arm used for a greater Kingdom reality? Definitely. There were some jokes going around about the screws in my arm and the parallel to Jesus. Thanks to the interesting Colombian orthopaedic methods I have two scars on my wrist. Two scars on my arm to remind me that Jesus was nailed to the cross. That my old man died with Him. That I am sinful and useless. But with that the promise: that acknowledging my depravity and incapability is exactly where He wants me to be! His power is made perfect in my weakness!  But he said to me,  "My grace is sufficient for you, for  my power is made perfect in weakness."  Therefore I will boast all the more gladly of my weaknesses, so that  the power of Christ may rest upon me. (2 Corinthians 12:9 ESV) And so, as I learn to use my weak arm again I am also learning what it means to rest in grace. To be whole (and holy) in Christ. To just be myself and let God do it.    Watch out world! *Shout out to all the Colombians and gringos that helped, supported, advised, assisted, accompanied and loved me during this time. I am so grateful that words cannot even explain it. 
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pink, my favourite colour?the story continues...

 

More recently i am convinced that the greatest battle you will ever fight is for your FIRST LOVE! The greatest call you will ever answer is the call to RETURN to your creator! The greatest purpose of your existence is for intimacy. You have been saved for GOD! "And this is eternal life, that they know You, the Only True God, and Jesus Christ whom You have sent." [john 17:3]. What an Awe inspiring God we serve, the King of the universe loves and pursues a creation that's predisposition is to betray and reject HIM! But before you begin to think that this is another one of those pieces that will make you feel guilty about being a human listen to this Story ...

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Charmaine Strauss
Love your testimony Maximushki, love you!!! Go lady go!
Wednesday, 17 April 2013 14:05
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Pokhara - The jewel in the Himalaya

Pokhara - The jewel in the Himalaya

While our first week in Nepal we focused on encouraging the churches, the second week we focused on adding to them.

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Today We Serve Nations!

Today We Serve Nations!

NEPAL, Katmandu, this is the ground on which we start our journey and what a journey it is going too be!  First there are some things you should know about Nepal. There is the occasional power cut, pigeons flood the rails of rooftops,smog covers the foothills and hides the mountains from sight, the pollution a causes some locals to wear masks and prayer points and stone idols are spread  amist the dirty, the strike is over and the streets come alive with cars , motorbikes, bicycles and people. Oh the people the wonderful, beautiful people of Nepal. I think I love you already.

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Charmaine Strauss
Wonderful Blog Robynne!!!
Friday, 15 March 2013 15:52
Thandie Dumisani
Great Blog Robynne! keep writing, i want to hear more! Miss you and Love you friend! Praying for so much more of His love for you... Read More
Wednesday, 20 March 2013 14:29
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Because WP won the Currie Cup…

Because WP won the Currie Cup…

Please spare me a brief moment to just testify how faithful and powerful our Provider is.

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