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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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Land of smiles

Thailand has been fantastic! Our team has developed so much in terms of unity as well as individually in the Spirit. How can one not have increasing faith after being sustained by God for more than a week. All of our Luke 10 experiences were majestic and to the purest form, a Father spoiling His children. Going into a stage where we started asking questions about our futures, this new faith He has given us tends to the fears and uncertainties about our lives after Global. God is good and sovereign. He has proven Himself faithful beyond measure and through knowing this part of Him we have peace.

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Learning to Love

Since being in Colombia I often asked myself how do I love other people? Out of a society where everybody looks for their own interests and tries to get the best out of everything I didn't know how to love others. I know God loves us so much that He gave His son for us and how Jesus loved other people way back in the past. But how does it look like today?So I went and sought God for it to show me how to do it and for opportunities to put the theoretical knowledge into actions.  God is faithful and in a prayer meeting of the church in Santa Marta the pastor talked about the most valuable gift we can give to other people - Jesus. Often poor people ask for money, we don't have money with us and we send them away, but at least what we can do is to pray for them and talk about Jesus. One day later God gave me the opportunity to do this and it was the first lesson I got on my journey to love others. Obviously I got reminded on the teachings from Norm Wakefield in Training, when he spoke about God's kind of love to give and to be used, not to get or to use others. To get a deeper understanding I read his book 'Equipped to Love' and learned how to build idolatry free relationships.My theoretical foundation was set, ready to show it in deeds. In a devotion we played a game with the children in where they needed to pick up peas by sucking them on the end of a straw, walking through a little obstacle parkour and putting them into a cup. Most of the time the peas fell down and they had to go on their knees to pick it up again to finish the task.  This is how I felt when we visited homeless people in a big old house provided by the government. We went there to proclaim God's kingdom and to hand out food, toilet paper and soap. Getting out of the car some little and dirty girls already waited for us and wanted to play with us. I grabbed some boxes to carry upstairs for an excuse to not play with them.  We walked into the house and we met in a stinky and unclean patio. Four to six people are living in a small dirty room without beds or toilets. Sickness, prostitution, noise, crying people and more horrible circumstances are part of their daily lives. I stood in the corner and was shocked, but remembered what journey God brought me on.  So what can we do here without love? Paul writes in 1.Corinthians 13:2 that we can move mountains, but without love we are nothing! Same as in the game I needed to bow down on my knees, pray for God's help and jump into this humbling process. Playing with the dirty children, hugging them, loving them and showing them that they are normal humans.  We often see being a Christian as a sacrifice. NO, it is the biggest treasure we can give to others and this evening gave me joy that I haven't had for a long time! It is also an amazing opportunity to love like Jesus, unconditional and without expecting something back.  God teaches me how to have an idolatry free relationship with others and I pray that he will take me deeper to live this completely out.  # 

Since being in Colombia I often asked myself how do I love other people? Out of a society where everybody looks for their own interests and tries to get the best out of everything I didn't know how to love others. I know God loves us so much that He gave His son for us and how Jesus loved other people way back in the past. But how does it look like today?

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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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Friendship and revelations

Two different worlds in one month.Russia: cold and quite peopleCuba: hot and open people The first three days in Havana were really hard for me, because the hot weather and the long walks made me so exhausted. So from this point I started to hope that the next three weeks will go quickly. After a twelve hour truck drive and first meeting with the Gladios members I started to enjoy this time. We had the privilege to build new friendships with them and work in the organisation and their church. In our free time we discovered Santiago de Cuba, enjoyed old overloaded buses and we  ate a lot of icecream. It is so admirable to see how the christians in cuba live with so less and God showed me that he gives so much more than worldly things. Through biblestudy and devotions God gave me so many revelations and answers for all my prayers and worries, so I learned a lot in this time about Him and myself. I had on my heart to discover the book of James and through this God revealed a lot of truth and useful tips for me to use in my life. It is definitely worth to read James! I am so thankful that God is completely changing my life and giving me a real purpose! I Give all the praise and glory to Him!  "You say you have faith, for you believe that there is one God. Good for you! Even the demons believe this and they tremble in terror. How foolish! Can't you see that faith without good deeds is useless?" James 2:19-20 We are not doing good deeds, because we follow the law, we are doing it because Jesus Christ is living in us and He gives us joy in it! Amen brother! Thanks for reading and have a nice day!
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I think I love God so much it hurts.

Firstly. I've fallen in "love" a million times. So badly I would believe that I won't be able to ever live again if the relationship didn't work out.

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To suffer well...

To suffer: to undergo, be subjected to, or endure pain, disability, death etc. patiently and willingly….

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Middle East. The start?

My mind is blown. My foundations shaken. Suffering is still a thing? It's still happening?

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What a Privilege

What a Privilege

What a privilege. What a phrase.

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Its all about You Jesus!

I'm standing knee deep, but im out where i've never been before. If you would have asked me 2 months ago if im ready to go out to the nations and serve, i would have said yes!! If you ask me 1 month ago i would have said no!! if you would ask me now, my answer will be, I trust in God that i am ready for i cant do anything without Him. For it is not about me and what i am going to do but it is all about the Father and His Son. My purpose is to bring glory to God in all that i do for Him and to know Him and seek Him with all my heart. Knowing that there is only 3 days left of training makes me nervous and excited... Jesus You make me brave, You call me out into the waves, no fear can hinder the promises that You make.I will draw near and hold fast... 

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Where do I begin..

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...

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Jordan Oasis of Peace

Jordan Oasis of Peace

From Biblical times until today, the Middle East has been a region subject to near constant unrest and war. Throughout the generations, the kingdom of Jordan has been a safe harbour offering refuge to countless people fleeing from war torn countries on all sides. 

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God's love in Cuba

Santiago, a bustling city filled with motorbikes, trucks, horse carriages, musicians, street dancers, stray dogs, food trollies, markets and anything in between. There's no room for a misplaced foot . You can delight in a local delicacy about every 50m and the cheap ice-cream brought out that ice-cream-loving-kid in all of us.

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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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Concrete Heart Turned MuShY

The last couple of days spent with good, old friends, speaking about all the great things Dad has done this year in my own life and heart revealed so much more than I could have anticipated.

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The aim of our charge.

The aim of our charge.

Israel, Palistine and all things tense. I do not claim to be an expert an will not attempt to explaine the intigrate details and complexities of the political situation in the Middle East. However standing in the mist of these countries and crossing the wall that devides them, seeing both sides and and grasping a fresh the gravity of the situation is what is on my heart.

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