But the greatest of these

But the greatest of these
At this stage of the journey I could write a blog about almost anything. Endurance would be a good subject... With only 22 days to go I have to bite my lip more every day. Even long suffering or forbearance would fit. And when I see the word ''fit'' I am reminded about some of my clothes that does not fit as nicely as they did when I started the journey. My physical, mental and emotional fitness at this stage is also not something to write home about. Despite my frustrations and irritations God opened my eyes to see His love in everyday situations. Not the feeling love. The doing love. Sometimes love feels. And we all like to feel that love. But most of the time love does. Love is when you spend a night in the desert in Peru and the people of the nearby neighbourhood bring you their personal matresses and blankets to sleep on. Love is when someone volunteers to take half a piece of bread when the food team accidentally only bought 12 pieces instead of 14. Love is when someone invites a group of 14 people for lunch when they know that by doing this they themselves won't have much to eat for the next few days. Love is taking 14 people into your home and volunteering to do the entire group's washing. Love is sacrificing your free time and taking someone else's food team day because they are sick in bed. Love is swopping your backpack with your friend's heavier backpack because you could see she is really struggling. Love is someone buying plane tickets for your parents so that they can fly halfway around the world to visit you in Colombia. Love is visiting a complete stranger in the hospital 2 days consecutively because they do not have any family in the country. Love is sacrificing your entire week's schedule because 14 people suddenly showed up on your doorstep with nowhere else to go. Love is welcoming someone who has just been through a divorce into your house and giving them a place to stay in order for that person to recover. Love is benefiting others at the expense of yourself. At the expense of YOURSELF.When love is a theory, it's safe, it's free of risk. But love in the brain changes nothing. Love is Jesus. The One who touched lepers and dead bodies and who wasn't afraid to get His holy hands dirty with the problems of this broken world. Love is Jesus calling me His friend when I deserve it the least. The kind of love that God created and demonstrated is a costly one because it involves sacrifice and presence. It's a love that operates more like a sign language than being spoken outright. After everything I have seen this year, the love I have seen has touched my heart the most. In the small acts of kindness as well as in the bigger acts of sacrifice. I want to agree with Bob Goff when he says the following in his book ''Love does'': ''I want to go barefoot because it’s holy ground; I want to be running because time is short and none of us has as much runway as we think we do; and I want it to be a fight because that’s where we can make a difference. That’s what love does.'' 1 Cor 13: 8-13: Love never fails. But where there are prophecies, they will cease; where there are tongues, they will be stilled; where there is knowledge, it will pass away. For we know in part and we prophesy in part, but when completeness comes, what is in part disappears. When I was a child, I talked like a child, I thought like a child, I reasoned like a child. When I became a man, I put the ways of childhood behind me. For now we see only a reflection as in a mirror; then we shall see face to face. Now I know in part; then I shall know fully, even as I am fully known.   And now these three remain: faith, hope and love. But the greatest of these is love.
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Panama... or America?

You could almost call Panama America with the countless similarities between the two. The closest to western culture we have seen thus far, the culture shock was more apparent then is has been in previous countries. During our time here we came into contact with more Americans then Panamanians, and the pace of our work also changed from day work to minute work. 

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12 Weeks: Ain't No Gift Like The Present Tense

12 Weeks: Ain't No Gift Like The Present Tense
A year ago I made a definite decision about 2015. It's a year later and we are debriefing the past 24 weeks of the journey. I am not sure who I am quoting now, but this is truly a life like no other. And this is what I mean by that: We have lived in dodgy hotels with almost no facilities and grand hotels with warm showers and coffee machines. We have lived in musquito nests and random islands. We have slept in airports and busstations. We have travelled with ALL kinds of buses and taxis (including a truck that was pimped into a bus - the most uncomfortable 16 hours of my life!). We have gone on a 5 day boat trip across the Amazon. ACROSS THE AMAZON. We took a trip through the Guyana jungle sitting on church benches strapped to a truck. We had blisters on our lips and fingers from eating cashew nuts without cooking them first. We have seen ALL kinds of toilets and washing facilities. We have experienced life in Cuba where toiletpaper can only be found in larny hotels and not in supermarkets. We have discovered:-If your face wash that you brought from SA is finished, a protex soap work just as well-Conditioner is a luxury, not a necessity -The best toiletry bag is a plastic shopping bag-The best cutlery is plastic cutlery from your nearest fast food store-If you have coffee in your personal food bag, everything is okay-If you have peanutbutter in your personal food bag, everything is more than okay-Sleeping bags and global jackets only make their appearance in countries with airconditioning-We are experts on spotting free food and mango trees (within 3 minutes we will know if there is a mango tree in a radius of 100 metres from us)-Your expensive havaianas WILL give you hassles at least once throughout the course of the journey (usually while crossing the street or getting onto a bus)-A scarf is the new skirt-A buff is essential for travelling or periods of time when you can't wash your hair-It is completely normal to wear a t-shirt over a dress-It is also normal to walk around with your cutlery as though it is your handbag-You will really be okay if you do not have a towel I have discovered:-Our God is a God of simplicity: Following Jesus and talking about Him is not always easy, but it is simple and we tend to overcomplicate it with our clever minds.-Our God is an awesome God: He was, is, and ALWAYS will be enough. Apart from Him I do not need anything or anyone else.-Our God is a God of adventure: Self explanatory from the paragraphs above!-Our God is a master entertainer: He loves community and invites us to sit at His table (what an immense privilege!).-Our God is God of the nations: He says that if we ask for the nations He will give it to us (Ps 2:7-9).-Our God is a God of stories: If I had to pen down everything I have discovered so far it won't be able to fit into this blog! What an adventure. WHAT AN ADVENTURE. At the moment I do not even know where I am on the world map. What I do know is that the Creator of the universe is with me and His mysterious and awesome presence has haunted my year up to now. He is a living and powerful reality, a person who can be known and loved, obeyed and followed, a person who continues to act within the real world. Rom 8:15-17 MSGThis resurrection life you received from God is not a timid, grave-tending life. It’s adventurously expectant, greeting God with a childlike “What’s next, Papa?” God’s Spirit touches our spirits and confirms who we really are. We know who he is, and we know who we are: Father and children. And we know we are going to get what’s coming to us—an unbelievable inheritance! We have 12 weeks left of this journey and I am more excited than the day we left South Africa. I want to agree with NEEDTOBREATHE and say: ''Ain't no gift like the present tense.''
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Jamaica: This is Global Challenge

In Jamaica I discovered why the word "challenge" is at the centre of ''Global Challenge Expeditions''. How ironic that the pastor's wife gave a sermon on the very first Sunday in which she repeated the phrase: ''Challenges, troubles, trials'' almost 50 times in a time frame of an hour.

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Eat your way: Guyana

Eat your way: Guyana

Guyana: land of many waters (especially in rainy season), many many musquitos (also known as the national bird of Guyana), ALOT of jungle and ALOT of sand...

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Portraying His Image in Suriname

Portraying His Image in Suriname

In C.S. Lewis' Prince Caspian, Aslan says to Lucy, "Every year that you grow, you will find me bigger." We just completed our third country, and I find Jesus bigger than ever before.

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Open door policy

Pink dolphins in the amazon, wild horses on the Guyana plains, red parrots in the Iwokrama forest in Guyana, coconuts of varies kinds just falling from trees around you, small wild mangoes, cake for breakfast, free condensed milk coffee on the amazon, acai, brigadeiro and more acai...

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A Night in Tanzania

Our journey started in the airport at Johannesburg as the last of us said their final goodbyes to family and friends. The feelings racing through our hearts were of a variety—anxious for the unknown and excited for what is to come as we follow in obedience of God’s calling for our lives.

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