Our time in Nepal was moderately long, but jam packed with things to do. We met amazing people, spent time in amazing places and experienced the culture first hand in many different situations.
"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.
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.
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.
Well where do I begin... The past few weeks have been crazy fun, hard, good days and bad days... The first week we got the connect with everyone...2nd week going on a "camping trip" that ended up to be 5 days in the bush with only the clothes on our backs and playing games to win some food...3rd week we are joining the school camp and having some fun with the kids from there we are building the road for the GLA School..week 4 and we are leaving for the Transkei to serve the people and give LOVE to the children. Week 5 and we are on our way to Cape Town to get visas and not only was this our teams first trip alone but also a place where i found myself at peace to know that i will be with this group of amaizing people for the most important life changing event in my life and i get to share it with them by my side.. so week 6 and we have Oom Gerrie and Tanie Anita come and visit us, AMAZING!! Discovering gifts and learning about the Holy Spirit then just when i thought it could not get any better Norm Wakefield join us for 8 sessions of MINDBLOWING teachings about the gospel... in all of this i have found amaizing friends, love and caring hearts, leaders who give only their best.. People who are not only friends for life but family...
At first glance you won't think that Kathmandu has so much locked up in itself. It's a poor city with many rich people.Our time in Nepal was spectacular! Oh, turquoise team! During training we could see that Jesus placed us all in this particular mini team for a reason. We just had to wait and see when and why.. Let me introduce you to the turquoise team, just in case you need to hear from us again :) Drumroll... Madelein, Chanelle, Annique, Anseri, Quinton and Coetzee. When I started off thinking about writing our piece for the small team I never thought that I will be able to cram two incredible weeks into one blog, never the less one word. As i was thinking of our many different experiences - just awe-struck, Jesus deposited the word Revival. Revival - it means new life. It is not n new life of self-effort or self-initiated activity. It is not man's life, but God's life, the life of Jesus filling us and flowing through us. This is exactly what God came to do in Nepal. Our Teacher taught US. His own possessions. WeHadFUN. As we discovered words for our time in Nepal the word fun came up. We laughed and cried. We were overwhelmed most of the time, actually.. the only times that we weren't feeling this way was when we were fast asleep. We were on a journey to discover the Body. We were constantly reminded that we all have Jesus in common. We have The Holy Spirit living inside of us.. This makes all else irrelevant. Whether we are from different nations or backgrounds, its not applicable to those who are in Christ. How Lovely, how beautiful! God established UNITY. We are now so much more aware of the Holy Spirit. We were called into the Deeper with Jesus and ever since we have this hunger inside of us - a burning flame that cannot be extinguished. God provided in the small things. Just to see how He cares so much about the smaller things, the things that might seem insignificant. God is so involved in the detail. He is always faithful in providing at the right time. The best time for us to be totally amazed and speechless. There is so much that happened in the Spirit. There was an out pour of our hearts in to the community, all because of Jesus. What an amazing country! You can read more on our experiences on our personal blogs.
Everything that the Holy Spirit taught me just during our first week in São Paulo, Brazil, can be condensed into that one sentence: God doesn't need Google Translate. He really doesn't!
A 13 hour wait in the Doha airport, Qatar while waiting for our connecting flight allows for a uniquely perfect environment for the creation of new and boardum deifying games, including sock sliding and stress ball soccer. Not to mention people gazing ,which is way more interesting here and lots of time to think...
I have always loved aeroplanes. I remember the first time I flew (PE - Joburg) and how my eyes were glued to the window the entire flight, just marvelling in the geography lesson below that books could not teach me. Even after flying a few times I would find my neck being kind of stiff by the time that we land because I was looking through the window the entire time. There was a time when I convinced myself that I'm studying the right course because I might end up working in an airport, and even spend my one vacation training in PE airport (which as you know is really not that big...). I will never forget the amazement I felt when I flew overseas for the first time and the realization that I'm actually flying over and looking down at Madagascar. Even now it still feels a bit unreal.