Issue 6 | february - may 2020
apostle andre pelser
A NEW YOU! ex Muslim's testimony
"I KNOW WHO I AM BECAUSE OF JESUS MARISKA FOURIE
DANGERS OF SPIRITUAL EXPLORATION
reflecting on TCL Mag's
2ND BIRTHDAY PARTY
BUSINESS, BABIES E & BRAVERY R
PHOTOGRAPHY GRAPHIC DESIGN WRITING
FEB - MAY 2020
62 Dangers of Spiritual Exploration Apostle Andre Pelser
71 - 73 Sarah Taliep Ex-Muslim finds Jesus
87 - 88 Reflecting on TCL's 2nd Bday bash
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43. EMI South Africa 53. Sunor EnergyÂ Pages 15 - 18 Cover Story - Mariska Fourie shares her testimony on starting up a business, loss, gains and all Glory to the King of Kings. REGULARS
54. Worshipping Jesus 68. Biblical Generosity
64. NEW AFRIKAANS CATEGORY LAUNCH
7. Publishers Note 8. What's Trending 9. Editors Note 11. Events 12. Business 19. Education 38. Salvation Prayer 47. Creative Arts 48. Legal 51. Health 59. Travel & Acc 76. Single 78. Fashion 82. Books 84. News
THE CHRISTIAN LIFESTYLE
CONTRIBUTORS Jessica Rhind Jessica is a passionate dietician and
CONTRIBUTORS Juanita Zwavel, Charlene Ainslie, Jessica Rhind, Tarryn Tyalor, Anastasia Christodoulou, Amy Knoetze, Simanay Lalla, Darren Tarr, Claudene Sebolai, Danie Vermeulen, Geneke van Niekerk
loves to work on food combinations that is great for body, mind and soul.
Tarryn Taylor Tarryn is a beautiful Jesus lover and model who writes and fulfils her passions while having a great vision for the future while living in the present
Amy Knoetze Amy is a Medical therapist studied in London and started her very busy and popular salon 6 years ago and has just gone from strength to strength through Jesus Christ.
Simanay Lalla Simanay is a worshiper through and through and carries a healing anointing in her voice to break the chains of inner and physical healing in Jesus name.
Publishers Note Happy New Year TCLMAG lovelies. May 2020 be a year of good experience, goal reaching, grabbing opportunities, getting what you deserve, giving unconditionally and always being grateful. We are absolutely thrilled to have reached our 6th edition, which is filled with interesting and inspiring interviews, articles and advertisers. Rest assured, God's got amazing surprizes in store for you this year. This is a year of tongue power. Speak with confidence, believe in God and trust His Word. 1 Corinthians 2vs9, .... that no eye has seen nor ear heard what God is preparing for you....is well underway. We appreciate you. Be blessed and enjoy an exciting read. Much love Juanita Zwavel FOUNDER 6
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Editors Note T hi s G od-or da in e d i s s u e w i ll s e t a f i r e de ep in yo u r so u l a s yo u d e l v e i n t o th e wor ld o f b u s i n e s s , f a s h i o n , b e a u t y and of co ur s e o u r w o n d e r f u l c o v e r st or y - M a r isk a F o u r i e f r o m B a b y R oo m z a nd h e r t e s t im o n y o f g r o w t h , en du r a nce a nd v i c t o r y . M a n d a , t h e ne w owne r of B a b y R o o mz i s a l s o fe at ur e d as th e c u r r e n t m a s t er m i n d be hi nd the chil d r e n 's f u r n i t u r e b r a n d .
Ja m p a c ke d w i t h t r a v e l s e g m e n t s , e d u c a t i o n a n d o f c o u r s e e v e n t s - t hi s i s s u e i s s ur e t o b e a m u s t - r e a d fo r a l l t h o s e 20 2 0 v i s i o n a r i e s . W e a l s o h a v e t h e v er y b o l d a n d b e a ut i f u l S a r a h T a l i e p - a n e x- m us l i m w h o ' s s t o r y i s s o c hi l l i ng wi t h t h e m o s t e m p o w e r i n g o u t c om e of j us t h o w f a i t h f ul a n d s o v e r e i g n ou r Fa t h e r i s . T h a n k y o u J e s u s f o r y o u r fa v o ur o v e r t h e ma g a z i n e a n d a l l of t h e wo n d e r f u l c o n t r i b u t o r s w h o ma de t hi s a l l p o s s i b l e . M a k e t h e mo s t o f 2 0 2 0 ! God Bless! Charlene Ainslie
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Salvation, Inner Healing, Deliverance and freedom from the chains that bind us in Jesus name.
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Leonard Brand ( Founder) Can you share with us a little more about you and the calling you had to start God’s Business. I worked for 5 years as a pharmacist at ACTS Clinic, a
Please elaborate on some of the outreach partnerships
Christian based, HIV clinic outside White River in
GB has collaborated with.
Mpumalanga. Being part of the management team I got to
I have partnered with Kobus Nell, an accountant and director
understand the challenges of running a NPO. (NPO’s are
of PKF accounting firm in Diep River; Kyle Oliver ,a Labour
mostly so focused and under-staffed that their admin and
Law Consutant of LMK HR services in Nelspruit; Martin
statutory stuff is left behind.) I had a dream in 2018 to start
Serafin, an IT consultant and networking technician from
a NPO that addresses these issues in NPO’s and God did
Fishoek and private individuals that give their time doing
the rest! He supplied the startup money, a NPO (CUDO)
basic accounting and fundraising after hours. These
who took GB under their wing and amazing people
individuals and companies have the option of charging GB
offered their help to get started.
in full for their support or service. Most of them do it at a
You speak of Gods Business (GB) supporting NPO’s
reduced fee or for free, dependent on the support given. I do
in their statutory needs; as the lack thereof is often
not expect my partners to give free support just because it is
their downfall. Can you explain a little more on the
for a good cause.
types of needs GB can assist with? GB provides book keeping, accounting, tax, HR, Fund raising, IT and any other support that is in our means to assist NPO’s. It is a free service but not a permanent support. My principle is to get you back up and running and legal and then put systems in place for the NPO to carry on it's own. How long can the process of partnership last whilst GB is walking a journey with the relevant NPO? This all depends on the need and support that is given. My aim is to put systems in place for them to be self-sufficient when our support stop.
Can you share with us one particular example of how God’s Business partnered with another NPO and the turnaround progress that was made and where they are at now? Over the past 6 - 9 months I have helped three NPO’s to get their basic book keeping and accounting up to date. All three will be ongoing for at least another year to get their financial year ends in order and certain tax needs sorted. One also signed up for the full, cloud-based HR function (LMKEM System) that my supplier is offering. We also assisted in CCMA cases with advice. We have further provided two NPO’s with fundraising training and has also
Do you see GB remaining local or would you imagine it
provided assistance to sight impaired people in Worcester!
to potentially reach into Africa too in the future?
We are also in the process of helping a NPO with IT support
GB is only been in operation for about 9 months, and very small scale. Anything is possible. My current partnerships are all based in South Africa and I have built up these relationships with people and companies that I trust and have personally dealt with. This is Gods business, I go where He shows me and open doors. That was His promise to me in Exodus 20 vs 24. – Where He show me to give help, I will go and there He will bless the work. It has been like that with every NPO that GB has helped.
and repairs with their pc’s.
Leonard Brand ( founder) firstname.lastname@example.org www.cudo.capetown +27 82 267 6846 12
God’s Business is a non-profit organisation (NPO) that helps and supports other NPOs in bookkeeping, accounting, IT, fundraising and others. GB is affiliated with a NPO, CUDO, in Fish Hoek, Cape Town. NPOs are generally so focussed on their main outreach that their statutory processes are often neglected. As a result, the NPOs are deregistered and it becomes impossible to gain support or get funding. God’s Business has set up agreements with various wellestablished professional organisations and people that render these services in the marketplace. God’s Business will connect the NPO with these businesses for the needed service to be rendered. These services will be paid for by God’s Business to get them started or until the NPO is back on its feet. God’s Business also requires funding to carry on supporting the above-mentioned services. Donations can be done to CUDO. A tax certificate will be issued for these donations. Support us to support others! Leonard Brand (founder) email@example.com
MARISKA FOURIE FOUNDER OF BABY ROOMZ
r e v c og i r l Entrepreneur & SA's national treasure continues to pioneer in NZ Thank you Mariska for sharing your incredible testimony. From the party days to the pregnancy to the loss of your baby and the start of your entrepreneurial journey into Babyroomz. God is so faithful to finish the good work He starts. How has your faith increased over the years?
Your husband made his first baby cot in a wheelchair while you were assisting after a caesarean – that is just unbelievable. What would you tell other people in the situation where they are about to give up?
For us “desperate times called for desperate measures”. God had always planned for us to have our own business but the comfort of the known and security of a monthly salary held us back from developing our God given entrepreneurial spirit. We believe that many things happened to us to change our direction. If it was not for the accidents and traumatic events, we would not have had the confidence to quit our jobs and start a business. But we had no choice, we needed to survive. So never get discouraged, never allow
I did not know what I was capable of until, through faith God sent me in the direction He wanted me to be in. God can take the work of satan and turn it into something incredible to bless me, my family and those God put on our
comfort to dampen God’s voice and when things are really tough don’t blame God as you will get distracted from what God is doing.
Ask God, what is His truth of what is
path. I always hold onto this truth about God’s promises to us in my life.
Jeremiah 29:11 “For I know the
plans I have for you, declares the Lord. Plans to prosper you and not to harm you.
Plans to give you hope and a
future.”God tells us that He formed us in our mothers’ wombs. This is the link for me to Baby Roomz and the privilege we have to enter people’s lives during a very crucial time. It is at a time of excitement for a growing family, a time of uncertainty or shame for an unwed Mom, or a time of abandonment for an innocent baby. I have learned to rely more on God and to trust His will and plan especially through my darkest times. There is always hope. But the hope is not just for better, but for the best and perfect plan of God.
"There is always hope. But the hope is not just for better, but for the best and perfect plan of God." 15
You did revamping baby bedrooms from celebrities to the less than fortunate. What was the one room or project that stands out the most for you in terms of impact?
By far El-Shama Safe House for Abused and Abandoned babies! We walked into this building ready to build new furniture and with a logistical approach to fitting the furniture in and mechanically putting it together. But then I saw these beautiful little babies lying there, I realised that this was not just a room makeover, this was going to be a love project. My focus was no longer just making a room pretty but improving it for the babies and those who worked there. The Holy Spirit led me to do more than just build furniture and decorate rooms, but to form a bond with the organisation to impact lives. Not just those of the babies they fostered but of many other people. This was a special project that developed our focus and heart for abandoned and orphaned babies. A seed was planted in us to one day own our own Safe House and to facilitate training for staff of these centres. This was a project of R80k and we did not have a budget for it. But we stepped out in faith and God provided all the funds within the month of the project. Your passion is projects driven around babies and mothers who have been in traumatic situations. You also started your journey in South Africa but are now in New Zealand. How are you continuing your passion and projects over there?
For the future I feel a strong calling to engage all areas of social
community. This has been a passion of mine for many, many years and God has at various times placed people and projects on my path that has confirmed this. In 2007 I wrote a business plan that can integrate my business experience, love for people and my drive to impact community. Every person has value and purpose no matter their ability. I love the way that New Zealand acknowledge and support the special needs community. I have a dream to employ people with various abilities, train them and equip them with skills that can give them a sense of purpose. Teaching them how to change the value of a simple piece of furniture but at the same time teaching them about the value locked inside themselves. I plan to work with some of the not for profit organisations that already support this community and tap into the structures that already exist. I dream to expand this into other areas addressing various social needs. From the high suicide Baby Roomz is now sold and you have moved to New Zealand. Was it a difficult experience to sell this business which in itself was like a baby to you and your husband?
It is always hard to let our babies go. Whether it is your own
rates, drug abuse, teenage pregnancies and at risk children and women. Bringing hope to people through job creation and developing entrepreneurial giftings. My experience with Baby Roomz was that it was the training ground for what is to come.
child going to school or leaving the house or your foster baby going to their forever homes. This rings true for us as well. Baby Roomz was our baby that we cared for very deeply and clothed and fed. Although hard to let go our little baby has matured and we can let it go to its next stage in its journey. We looked after our baby and now it has gone to their new family. We trust that the new owners will look after and grow our baby to reach its potential.
"The Holy Spirit led me to do more than just build furniture and decorate rooms,but to form a bond with the organisation to impact lives.
If you were given a choice, what would you have done differently in your journey to get where you are today?
Work life balance. Putting our family first above all. This includes spending more time with our children and focusing on our health. We get so caught up in our passions and calling that we take those closest to us for granted. Moving to New Zealand is the start of this.
BABY ROOMZ Then and now with Manda Nelson, the new Baby Roomz owner taken over from Mariska Fourie
What a wonderful business to now be running with, how are you building on from that foundation?
Why do you feel Baby Roomz has a point of difference in today’s market for children’s furniture?
We introduced improved manufacturing equipment and quality systems, streamlined the operation and also inceased output. Baby Roomz also established a website with a full range of products, including prices, and an on line quotation request facility. Facebook has a following of 143 000+ and provides for a large portion of our sales.
Baby Roomz’ Mission Statement:- “We strive to be the preferred supplier of Baby, Toddler and Children Furniture in South Africa. Manufacturing and delivering the furniture with great care and ensuring that the quality of work and prices, are the best and affordable” This outlook and approach and the fact that we are very flexible in design and can cater for our customer’s specific needs has greatly assisted to increase the market. Our factory is open to customers to view the products This also gives them a feeling of co-designing their products.
Are you following on with what Mariska started in terms of the charitable projects she was taking on with the business? We have been involved in charitable organisations for a long time and are now using Baby Roomz to offer assistance to those organisations and others on different levels, utilising Baby Roomz facilities.
Have you expanded on any item range or would you like to and if so what? Baby Roomz is continually monitoring customerâ€™s likes, new developments and new furniture fashions in order to adjust our designs accordingly.
WHAT DO YOU FORESEE FOR BABY ROOMZ IN THE NEXT 3-5 YEARS? To fully achieve our Mission, to be the household name in South Africa for the manufacture of baby, toddler and children room furniture. To that end we have purchased an additional CNC wood router machine to satisfy customers design demands.
E D U C A T I O N
BY HERONBRIDGE COLLEGE www.heronbridgecollege.co.za
For any school, the key question to be asked is, "What makes us different? Why would someone choose us over another option? What separates us and makes us different? And in this single question lies the heart of a sound education. All good schools will tell you that they offer a sound academic, sporting, cultural and outreach programme. These are the hallmarks of what a parent expects from a school today. And to be fair, pupils and staff at a good school expect the same too. As a school we aren't searching for mediocrity when we arrive in the morning. We are looking to be at our best in all that we do. Pupils are equally aware of the tighter options post-school and similarly, they too, are looking to achieve to their potential so as to be able to reach their goals and dreams. The three arms of any school; parents, teachers and pupils, set their sights on exactly the same goal and all three work tirelessly to reach that target. And so you will read of a 100% Matric pass rate at many schools. You will see rugby, swimming, netball and tennis results that reflect success. You will see, in many school brochures, images of children on stage singing, dancing, acting and playing musical instruments. But underpinning it all is relationship. And if we get relationship right, then the academic, sporting, cultural and outreach arms will flourish. Relationship involves a shared understanding of one another and a genuine desire to work in community. At HeronBridge College we work hard to foster this aspect of education. And so our teachers, coaches and mentors endeavour to be authentic and accessible to our pupils. We engage with them at each and every opportunity. We strive to break down power barriers that typically might get in the way and we work in partnership with parents and pupils to enable each individual to achieve to their very best. In the classroom we genuinely delight in the success of each young woman
or man. We
enthusiastically share stories in the staff room of success and endeavour. On the side of a sports field you will frequently find HeronBridge College staff and pupils standing side-by-side, supporting the players on the field. HeronBridge College is a distinctly Christian school. Our Christian faith and relationship with our Lord is what our school is rooted in. It is not simply an aspect of our day or a routine that we adopt, but is part of a living and breathing approach to all that we do. Each morning, our staff engage in daily voluntary devotions that are grounded in Biblical truth. Frequently an exam session will begin with an invigilator opting to start the process of the exam with prayer. There is an authenticity to our on-campus care for others that makes HeronBridge College quite distinct. We are a school founded on faith. Our website contains the full story of the origins of the school, but today, on our campus this Christian foundation can be found in the way we conduct ourselves and in the way we focus on the first two commandments in particular; love the Lord your God with all your heart, soul and mind and love your neighbour as yourself. Mark 12:30-31 c o n t . o n p a g e 2 2 20
DECLUTTER 2020 Written by Anastasia Christodoulou
GOD KNEW... As the new year sets in and we look at all the presents that were gathered, the abundant overflow of everything we have in our cupboards I am reminded that I myself - a reformed sentimentalist fell victim to this continuous onslaught of gathering unnecessary baggage both in the physical and in the supernatural. But God knew the plans he had for me. My world as I knew it was about to change forever. I remember asking God a couple of times to confirm that I was hearing him correctly and when the confirmations rang true... I asked Him to confirm again. Oh, how patient You are with us Father. As it happened, I left Gauteng, my friends, my business and half of my possessions while the other half went into storage and I walked out of an abusive relationship with only the clothes on my back and my two beautiful boys. I arrived in Cape Town fearful and overburdened yet full of hope. And so my journey to declutter began. It was humbling to move back in with my parents as our relationship had been strained in the past. But God knew I needed their love and support and a safe space to heal and face my own shortcomings and ultimately teaching me true honor. At times I was out of my depth dealing with an unjust system simply to protect my family. But God knew I needed to fully submit and trust Him so that He could take care of me. He challenged me further in the workplace with many difficult people, challenges and further injustices until I began to be more forthcoming with forgiveness. But God knew what He was doing and so I learnt self-control and how to love the sometimes unlovable.
BUT GOD KNEW WHAT HE WAS DOING AND SO I LEARNT SELF-CONTROL
And then Godâ€™s favor and provision allowed my boys and I to finally move into a place of our own. I still recall the excitement of going to collect the few items we still had in storage only to find that a family of rats had first pick of our furniture. But God knew that we needed a brand new start and so He helped me declutter my life. 21
When you visit our beautiful HeronBridge campus, you may find yourself standing in an open area at the front of school, a place where a number of our pupils gather, awaiting the formal start of the day. Imagine it's autumn and a crisp early light filters through the branches of the trees above you. You are making the customary small talk that one makes in those moments when you don't really know someone and all of a sudden you become aware of the pupils all around you who were quietly sitting together in conversation. When you look more closely you can see the smiles and laughter in those small pockets of pupils. You pause for a moment before noticing the community that was in evident around you. Let this be your temperature test of a school; to see boys and girls in community,
unstructured time is an important indicator as to the health of a school. At HeronBridge College we are three schools in one. We are a Pre-Prep, a Prep and a College. We provide a full programme that takes a young man or woman from Grade 0000 right the way through to Grade 12. The "relationship" that has been spoken about in this passage so far starts right at the beginning and it endures through the full course of an entire school career. We see considerable success, for example, in our IEB Matric results at the College. These successes are underpinned by years of foundation work and a careful, well-structured and significant academic investment in the years prior. While sound academic teaching is certainly vital in the Grade 12 year, it is critical that the correct preparation has gone in at each stage in the building blocks of a school career. The same is true for all aspects of our school programme at HeronBridge College. The sound practice of our Pre-Prep staff and the similar approach at both the Prep and College ensure that a consistency is achieved and each child is sown into in order to enable them to reach their potential. And, so if you want to know more about us and what it is that we do at HeronBridge College, if this article has piqued your interest, then makea time to come and see us. EveryDay is OpenDay at HeronBridge College. The welcome you receive will be particularly warm and you will be drawn into our community with enthusiasm. At HeronBridge College, we believe that all children are gifted and talented by God in different areas but still need to learn life skills. We aim to educate children in such a way so as to achieve their personal best while allowing them to honourably face the challenges that life places in their path, thereby glorifying God. We are absolutely confident that we will be able to answer all your questions and we look forward to showing you what it is that makes us different. CL
John Wesley School educating our Tomorrow John Wesley School is a Christian, independent, English-medium primary school located in the heart of Pinetown. As a mission of the Pinetown Methodist Church, it has grown exponentially from humble roots to establish itself as a beacon of excellence in the Highway region of KwaZulu-Natal. John Wesley School was founded in 1977 with the express purpose of rallying against the inequality of opportunity, educational and otherwise, that was imposed by Apartheid legislation at the time. Today, with a learner complement of 643 children from Grade 000 to Grade 7, primarily from previously disadvantaged communities, John Wesley Schoolâ€™s exceptional academic standards set a benchmark for excellence that make it a natural choice for discerning parents who want the very best for their children. This is not a hyperbolic claim. John Wesley School is affiliated with the Independent Schools Association of Southern Africa ( ISASA) and in the past five years has undergone a thorough and rigorous examination of its standards by both the Independent Quality Assurance Agency ( IQAA) and the Umalusi Council for Quality Assurance in General and Further Education and Training, the state quality control body. Both organisations have awarded John Wesley School full accreditation. e endeavour toinculcate in our children a deep love for Jesus Christ. We encourage them to develop and display the same love, humility and compassion that Jesus uses to transform lives.
WRITTEN BY THE PRINCIPAL MR DARRON TARR
John Wesley School is a microcosm of what South Africa could be, diverse yet unified, and we believe that the pursuit of a common purpose in Jesus Christ is the key to this. The pursuit of this purpose is contingent upon us producing children who are well-rounded and our developmental focus is on spiritual, academic, emotional and physical progression. we have dedicated class and specialist teachers and we maintain an average of 28 learners per class throughout the school . We also employ a full-time remedial teacher and offer a class for Learners with Special Education Needs ( LSEN). In addition to this we have an outstanding pre-primary school that accepts children from the age of two years and an Aftercare facility that remains open until 17h30 each day.
We offer the CAPS curriculum, however, as a fully independent school , we endeavour to extend our children well past the parameters imposed by this curriculum. Our learners come from diverse backgrounds and in the majority of cases English is not their mother tongue. However, our children succeed in surpassing the minimum passmark of 50% in English home language due to expert teaching and our stubborn refusal to lower our standards for the sake of expediency. The development of a dedicated computerised reading facility, The Kerry Discovery Centre, which was very generously financed and equipped by the Kerry Group, has been pivotal inmaintaining our upward trajectory in the successful teaching of reading.
A unique feature of our school that accounts for our remarkable academic success is the School Support Team structure. Every week of each term, the Principal, Deputy Principal, Heads of Department, Specialist Remedial and LSEN teachers, a senior Grade 7 teacher and the relevant class and specialist teachers meet with the parents of children who are experiencing academic challenges. In partnership with the parents, this School Support Team analyses the challenges each child is facing and develops effective strategies to ensure that they continue to make meaningful academic progress. We routinely hold in excess of 160 such meetings each year, which illustrates the level to which we elevate personal attention at John Wesley School.
Prayer is a core component of our daily routine and we pray extensively throughout the school day. In addition, we conduct regular assemblies at which the name of Jesus Christ is proclaimed in a totally uninhibited manner through singing and devotions. Our extensive extra curricular programme that offers a wide variety of sports, cultural and academic support options, efficiently supplements our efforts to produce children who socialise effectively, have a profound sense of unity and a strong collective consciousness that will allow them to make a positive impact in their communities as they progress to adulthood.
There are unique challenges confronting low
financial assistance to sustain our rate of
fee schools. One is that of perception. In our
development have fallen on deaf ears. This
remedial facility on our premises that will
enable us to extend our reach to those
however, the gains are nominal. Our biggest
children who cannot cope in mainstream
expense is staff salaries, which account for
education and need two to three years of
more than three quarters of our budget. This
intensive remediation to get their learning
leaves very little to cover operational costs
back on track. There are many of these
current vision is to develop a dedicated
drawn from our independent status is that
and unable to cope with the demand, we
we are wealthy and not in need of financial
have the opportunity to prevent countless
assistance. Nothing could be further from the
gaping cracks in our education system and
corporates' and other institutions
place them on a sustainable path
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God, I know that, in my lifetime, I have not always lived for you, and
those plans. I pray to you for forgiveness for the ways in which I have
heart. I am eternally grateful for your sacrifice on the cross and how filled
desire for me to live. I will strive to overcome temptations and no longer let sin control me. I put myself--my life and my future-in
steps so that I continue to live for you for the rest of this life. In your name, I pray. Amen.
THE EASTER MIRACLE: DIVINE INTERVENTION DEMONSTRATED (ROMANS 8: 11; EPH. 1:19-20) CLAUDENE SEBOLAI I imagine that Sunday morning while the women were on their way to the tomb to embalm the dead body of Jesus Christ. Hard as it was, their beloved leader had been crucified. He who had no sin died as a sinner. They witnessed with their own eyes, the torture, his broken body, the crown of thorns on His head, blood and water gushing out when He was pierced in His side, His desperate
forsaken Him. The blood sweat and tears, betrayal, denial, scorn, judgement. They saw it with their own eyes they were slowly accepting their lot. They had no expectation that a miracle could occur. Little did they know, just like in the womb of Mary, God Himself was performing a creative miracle in the tomb of the â€˜dead Jesusâ€™. A couple of days prior to His crucifixion Jesus promised His followers that He will send them a gift, that gift is His Spirit. Paul writes to the church in Rome and says that the same Spirit that raised Christ from the dead now lives in you. In the tomb that day God Himself demonstrated to humanity the power and potential of the gift that he offered the human race. You may have seen with your own eyes how that situation died, and may have accepted your lot with no expectation for a miracle. This Easter, be reminded, that
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Ingredients: (Makes 6 buns) 225g plain flour 0.5 tsp ground cinnamon 1 tsp mixed spice 25g butter 40g currants 25g mixed peel 1 tsp fast-action dried yeast 50ml warm water 50ml warm milk 1 egg, beaten For the decoration: 50g plain flour mixed with 2 tbsp water 1 egg, beaten
Instructions: 1. First weigh and measure all of the ingredients. 2. Sift the flour, cinnamon and mixed spice into the bowl and rub in the butter. 3. Next, take the wooden spoon and stir in the currants, mixed peel and yeast. 4. Now make a hole in the centre of the flour mix and pour in the water, milk and beaten egg. 5. Mix everything together to form a sticky dough, then knead on a floured surface for five minutes until the dough becomes soft. 6. Next, place the dough in a large bowl, cover with a slightly damp tea towel and leave to rise in a warm place for one hour. 7. After one hour, remove the dough from the bowl and knead for another five minutes until there are no air bubbles left in the mixture. 8. Take the dough and divide into six equal pieces and shape into round buns. Place on a large greased baking tray, making sure there is plenty of space between each bun. 9. Pre-heat the oven to gas mark 6 or 400 °F (200°C). Cover the buns with the tea towel again and leave for 30 minutes until they have doubled in size. 10. Now it is time to decorate the buns. Mix the extra flour and water together to make a dough. Roll out the mixture and cut into thin strips long enough to cover the top of each bun.
THANK YOU SO MUCH GERHARD FOR TAKING THE TIME TO SPEAK TO US TODAY. MAY I SAY THE EMI NPO MODEL IS JUST INCREDIBLE. CAN YOU ELABORATE FOR US HOW AND WHY IT STARTED?
Engineering Ministries International (EMI) was started about 37 years ago when an went on a mission trip to an island in the Pacific. During the mission trip, the host that he is an engineer, and immediately started picking his brain regarding their repairs and maintenance, and plans for future development. On his return flight thinking on what a privilege it was to be able to serve the Lord with his professional of a ministry serving the missions sector with architectural and engineering skills was
American engineer ministry found out facilities, required to the US, he was skills, and the idea born.
My own journey with EMI started with what I thought was a sabbatical in 2015: I had my own architectural practice. We were well established, comfortable. My wife and I thought it was a good time to take a break from our busy lives in Cape Town. I ended up volunteering for EMI in Delhi, India. How we ended up in India is a whole story in itself. God healed me of a chronic illness, He provided finances, and made miraculous connections. And the biggest miracle of all was that God lit a fire in our hearts for missions, a fire that is still burning. After about 4 months in India, my wife and I sat each other down, and agreed that “this is not just about 8 months in India”! I came back and in early 2016 exited my business, and launched the South African office in 2017.
EMI IS WORLDWIDE. HOW MANY COUNTRIES CAN YOU FIND EMI IN EXACTLY?
EMI now has 10 offices worldwide, including Cambodia, Nicaragua, Uganda, Senegal and the Middle-east / North Africa region. We are further looking to launch two to three new offices in the next five years to improve our reach into Africa, the east and Central America. Experience has shown that we are much better positioned to serve when we are as close as possible to location, and able to actively partner with local professionals in the countries into which we work.
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IT MUST BE SO REWARDING TO DESIGN AND BUILD FOR SUCH REAL NEEDS IN OUR COUNTRY AND BEYOND. I AM SURE THEY ARE ALL SO BENEFICIAL, PLEASE SHARE WITH US SOME OF THE PROJECTS THAT HAVE TRULY TRANSFORMED COMMUNITIES.
Our projects range widely in type and scale. Our smallest project to date is a sewer installation for a children’s home and early childhood development centre in Khayelisha. At the other end of the scale we are planning a new university dedicated to training medical professionals in rural Tanzania. Both of these projects illustrate our heart for people to be restored to and by God, and for the potential of the built environment professions to make an active contribution in building His kingdom. We are currently involved in about 20 projects, ranging from local churches, ministry and mission centres, children’s homes, hospitals, clinics, schools, et cetera. Other projects that stand out to me are two new missional church and community centres in Strandfontein and Kirstenhof, a community centre focused on the care for vulnerable and orphaned children within our communities in Fisantekraal, and a refugee village in Iraq. We do not ourselves launch new ministries or create projects. We rather work with existing ministries seeking to expand or improve their facilities. Our sweet spot is where projects both serve the sharing of the gospel as well as care for the vulnerable, the widow and the orphan. Most people in southern Africa have heard at least a version of the gospel. I get really excited when we not only speak the gospel, but show the gospel, show the love of Christ to the people they serve.
EMI HAS A WONDERFUL INTERNSHIP PROGRAMME. PLEASE SHARE WITH US HOW THAT WAS DEVELOPED AND ON AVERAGE HOW MANY INTERNS THAT COME THROUGH THIS PROGRAMME AT ANY GIVEN TIME?
We have three to five interns in the office at any given time. Our interns are usually newly graduated design professionals from around the world. We currently have an American, a Tanzanian a South African in the program. We look both at professional development and spiritual discipleship. We see young architects, engineers and other built environment professionals as our mission field. Our aim is to send out professionally excellent, spiritually shining, and mission minded young men and women into their fields throughout southern Africa and the world. The development of people is really important for us. Internships is such an amazing opportunity for us to invest in the future of this country (and our region) and its people. It is also one of those opportunities where one can see results quickly, which is so satisfying. Interns spend between 5 and 11 months with us, and the impact on their lives is so evident. We are able to instill them with both competence and confidence: in God and what He has done for them, and in themselves and who He has made them to be. Our God is a God who restores, and to see this in young lives is a beautiful privilege.
EMI SENDS TEAMS OF DESIGN PROFESSIONALS AROUND THE WORLD TO ASSIST CHRISTIAN CHARITIES ON-LOCATION IN THE AREAS OF ARCHITECTURE, ENGINEERING, SURVEYING, CONSTRUCTION MANAGEMENT AND MORE — ALL ON A NOT-FOR-PROFIT BASIS. EMI BASICALLY STARTS A PARTNERSHIP WITH THE MINISTRY IN EACH REGION REQUIRED AS THEY HAVE A NEED. WHAT ARE SOME OF THE FACTORS INFLUENCING A CHURCH BUILD IN ANY 3RD WORLD COUNTRY?
Wow, a big question! I think firstly we look at gospel impact. As I said earlier, we want to see Love, not just talk about it. We as Christians owe the world an encounter with a Living God, to quote a popular author. This is especially necessary for the broken, those who have not had the opportunity to get to know Him as a Good Father. That is always at the core. Then we look at local context and cultural appropriateness. This does not mean that we build rondawels (round huts) because we work in rural settings! It means that we consider local materials, building techniques, skills, climate, cost of construction, et cetera to make sure that what we design will be environmentally, socially and economically sustainable, appropriate and transformational. Buildings need to speak of hope. We seek to convey our God’s redemptive and restorative nature in what we design: our God is a God who transforms. We hope to design with His excellence and love for beautiful things.
EMI HAS A VOLUNTEER PROGRAMME, PLEASE SHARE A LITTLE MORE ON THIS AS THERE MAY BE PEOPLE WHO WOULD LOVE TO COME ON BOARD ON A PROJECT BASIS TO ASSIST WHEREVER POSSIBLE TO SERVE AND VOLUNTEER IN COMMUNITIES ALL OVER THE WORLD.
We mobilise teams of design professionals to travel to the project location to spend time with the client ministry to envision, plan and design their facilities with their direct input. These trips are usually 10 to 14 days long, and allows for volunteers to be directly involved in mission through their professional skills. It is an amazing model where the full professional team gets together, and together come up with workable, appropriate and excellent solutions for the project. We have again and again seen how God can bring together a diverse team to work together to come up with nothing short of miraculous work in such a short time frame. Projects are then taken further in the local office, where we produce final project reports and drawings. We advertise these project trips on our website. There are currently three projects happening in early 2020 advertised: a prayer centre in Egypt, a foster care community in Lebanon, and a school campus master plan in Uganda. The available opportunities are updated on a regular basis, with projects throughout the developing world.
IF SOMEONE WANTS TO JOIN YOUR TEAM OF EXPERTS, WHAT WOULD YOU SAY TO THEM? HOW ELSE CAN PEOPLE SUPPORT EMI?
There are a number of ways to get involved. Firstly, I’d say GO! Jesus told us to GO into all the world to share the good news. The fields are ripe! The easiest way to do this is to join us on a project trip. It is incredibly rewarding to be able to go and to use your professional skills on mission for God. A project trip is both deeply personally rewarding and truly meaningful. We get to be the ones coming along side and supporting ministry leaders and missionaries on the front lines of the mission field. You are needed, and you can make a big impact. If you want GO on a project trip, visit our website at www.emiworld.org and scroll down to where it says “GIVE GO PRAY”. Click on the GO link and it will take you to the relevant information. And if you are not satisfied with short-term GO-ing, we are looking for additional staff in most of our offices, including South Africa. You are most welcome to contact me directly should you want to hear more. You can also PRAY. We are on mission, and we need your prayers. Our clients need your prayers. Each month, we fill a calendar with a few of the prayer requests shared by each of EMI’s teams and send it out. Again, visit the website and scroll down to the PRAY link, where you can sign up to get our prayer calendar. Then, very importantly, you can GIVE. We are missionaries, and all of our staff raise support to fund their role with EMI. We are dependent on people like yourselves to be able to do our work. You can either support an individual (highly recommended), or you can support the office in general. You can see our team at https://emiworld.org/za/team. We generally ask people to commit to give a monthly amount for a given period, so you can support one of our staff by giving a monthly amount for say one or two years. And please feel free to contact me at Gerhard.firstname.lastname@example.org if you would like any further information.
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TCL interviews Matthew Gill Art by Charlene Ainslie
When you meet Matthew Gill you immediately think of that saying "Don't judge a book by a cover" and when you speak to him and get to see his heart you realise that who the Lord sets free is free indeed (Mark 10:45). We are so privileged to have had the opportunity to speak to this South African artist making headlines not only in local newspapers but even reaching international waters with his bright pop-style art culture.
Thank you so much Matthew for taking the time to chat to us at TCL Mag. We are so excited to find out more about the artist behind this incredibly unique and fresh collection of painted woodblock carvings. Can you share with us your journey as an artist, where and how it all started for you? It’s only a pleasure to be asked to share a little about my life with TCL and its’ readers. I’ve always loved art. I’ve naturally pursued art through many of life’s seasons. I’ve been fortunate enough to study art in a prestigious tertiary institution and be blessed with a supportive family. I’ve loved every step of this journey. Can you tell us how your personal testimony with Christ has potentially changed your art style just as much as you have changed as a person? My walk with Christ has given me my true identity. Before I followed Christ I was very lost in who i was and I believe since I’ve become more grounded in who I am - so has my art. I no longer worry about what other people think. What inspires you mostly as an artist? I love creating and expressing myself. I love seeing people relate to my work.
This particular collection we have highlighted from your collection really portray the gospel in the most authentic way, how did this come about for you? I love symbols. Bold, simple symbols or icons appeal to me and I try capture that in my work. The gospel is simple and is for all. I want my art to be simple and accessible to all. When you get your new inspiration, how do you put it altogether and how long does each piece take you? I work quite fast. I don’t think about the work too much. Most people think my work is paintings but the true fact is they are carved onto wood and painted. I’ve been carving for over a decade so my speed in my art is merely due to experience. Where do you see yourself going as an artist? Would you like to own an art gallery one day or do you prefer to collaborate with galleries and stick to making the magic? I’ll never stop creating art. I’ll have to trust in God and see what doors open for my art. Currently its going very well. I have representation, making healthy sales of my work and there’s plans to be represented in another country in 2020. 47
FIRST TIME HOME BUYERS
L E G A L
BY ROBIN TWADDLE & ASSOCIATES It makes a great deal of sense to own your home. We all need a roof over our heads. When you rent a home, you are paying for (and looking after) someone else’s asset.
repayments remain pretty much the same over the life of the bond, fluctuating only with changes in interest rates;
homeowner might be more than that of a renter of a similar property initially, after a few years the owner will
R5,000 and R10,000 per month for a two-bedroom flat and between R12,000 and R16,000 for a three-bedroom flat
R35,000 for a unit in an upmarket complex. And when you move out at the end of your lease, all that you have to
have to put up a bit of a fight for!
There are many people who choose to rent rather than buy. They have a financial plan that does not include property
responsibility of maintaining their home – they prefer to simply
Over time,the amount that you owe the bank reduces, very
landlord know when something goes wrong. But I think
slowly at first and more quickly over time. Unlike a car,
that there are also many people who desperately want
which depreciates in value the moment you drive it away,
to own their own home, but just cannot get into the
the value of your home increases over time. After a few
market. For most of us, our accommodation cost is our
years, you will have paid a chunk of capital on your bond
biggest expense, swallowing up a sizeable chunk of our
and the value of your home will have increased. If you
then sell your home, you can buy a more expensive home
something we own, weinvest in what will probably be
with the same monthly commitment. Do that a few times
and you may well have your dream home!Not many people
journey might be easier than you think. The first thing to
dream home. But by “trading up”, you can end up with
something pretty close over the years. Every installment
never received a state housing subsidy and earn between
that you pay on your home loan, or bond, goes toward
interest and capital. At the start of your bond, a little
subsidy of between R29,960 and R121,626.
goes to capital and a lot goes to interest. Over time,
this: firstly, you must work out what size bond you qualify
that changes: as your capital reduces, the interest also
for and what size FLISP subsidy you qualify so that you can
work out what price you can afford. Then you must find a
It works like
home in your price range.
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Once the seller has accepted your offer,
“voetstoots”, or in the condition it was at the time of sale — defects and all.
for the FLISP subsidy. The subsidy will then
thorough — inspection. It means looking behind curtains and under carpets
and opening cupboards; flushing the loos and opening the taps. If you don’t
transferring your new home, who will pay it,
inspect the home you want to buy properly, you cannot expect the seller to
along with the money from your bond, to
replace grotty carpets or fix broken windows and leaky taps. Latent defects
are defects that you cannot see, even in a thorough inspection. These are
things like rising damp, rotten roof beams, subsiding foundations and the like
Buying your first home can be an exciting
a seller is only responsible for these if he or she was aware of them and
and rewarding experience.
And the sooner
failed to disclose them. It can be difficult to prove that a seller was aware of
If you want to take
a latent defect, unless he or she has deliberately covered them up. If you are
the plunge and buy your first home, there
unsure of the condition of the home you want to buy, it is worth spending the
are a few things you should know.
money to have a professional inspect it and give you a condition report. This
you have to pay transfer and bond costs.
is not to say that the seller will agree to fix every issue that the inspector
raises – but at least you will know what issues you might need to attend to later, and be in a position to budget for it. When you own a home, you have
and the amount of the bond. If your home
to pay municipal rates and, if the home is in a complex, levies.
costs are linked to the price of the house
you do it, the better!
costs include transfer duty, which is a tax.
Find out how much these are before you sign an offer and make sure that
you can afford the total monthly commitment, not only the bond. In the long
registering the transfer of a property that costs R1M are around R30,000.00. So, you
term, owning your home can contribute to your financial security. Buying your first home can be an exciting and rewarding experience. And the sooner you do it, the better!
do need to save some money before you can
qualify for FLISP. If you are buying a new home from a developer, you are protected by
NHBRC guarantees. The NHBRC guarantees provide
months, any roof leaks that occur within 1 year and any structural defects that occur within 5 years. If the developer does not do this, you can complain to the NHBRC. if
from not and
But the have the
common law applies.
H E A L T H
BY JESSICA RHIND
A friend of mine posted a joke about finally having 2020 vision in 2020. I thought it was a good chuckle. What is your vision for 2020? Do you have a strategy for the year’s ups and downs? Continued Stress increases the risk of developing chronic illness. To help combat it, we can focus on these healthy steps:
“It all starts in the realm of the mind.” Dr Caroline Leaf writes in “Switch on the Brain “. Scientist have now discovered that our brains are malleable and adaptable, this is called neuroplasticity. This discovery underlines the idiom, “if you put your mind to it you can do anything” and the scripture in Romans 12:2 becomes clearer: “Do not conform to the pattern of this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind.” Isn’t it marvellous to think that you can play a big role in your own mental health. The way you think can literally change your brain. I will admit it takes courage, but it is worth it in the end. With discipline and these five steps:
STEP ONE - GATHER
Increase awareness of what you are letting into your mind. Think about what you are thinking about!
STEP TWO - FOCUSED REFLECTION
Mindful mediation. The bible speaks about meditating on the word day and night. Recent research has shown that meditation may relieve chronic inflammation as well as reduce stress.
STEP THREE - WRITE
Writing is an important part of the rewire process as writing down your thoughts consolidates the memories and adds clarity to what you have been thinking about and highlights areas of your thought life that need detoxing.
STEP FOUR - REVISIT
This stage is where the brain is highly active and in a dynamic state which is perfect for positive change. Here is where you revisit the previous three steps and design your new positive thoughts.
STEP FIVE - ACTIVE REACH
Anchor the thought with a physical movement, eg. While you hold the thought in your mind touch your ear or clench your fist, connecting the thought with a movement helps to establish the memory. Strengthen this pathway by confessing (declaring) it several times a day. It’s as simple as that. It will take 7-10 mins a day to work through the 5 steps, and within 21 days a new pathway has been created in the mind.
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Just as our thoughts are important for brain health what we put in our bodies is important as well. Some of the key nutrients that affect brain function are: Omega 3 is a fatty acid brain building block which cannot be made by the body, and has to be consumed through foods or supplements. The best sources of Omega 3 are oily fish, like cod, sardines and salmon. Plant sources are flax and hemp seeds. Free range eggs from hens that are fed a diet rich in omega 3 foods. Research has shown that omega 3 fatty acids are anti-inflammatory and have antioxidant effects which in turn may play a role in protecting our thinking skills. Magnesium: “The calming mineral”, because of its ability to reduce the excitably of nerve cells. Magnesium is needed for over 300 biochemical reactions in the body. In the brain it blocks N-methyl-D aspartate (NMDA) receptors from being triggered by weak signals unnecessarily and helps prevent over stimulation which leads to cell death, and may then lead to brain damage. (health line)
Stabilizing blood sugar is important for the brain, significantly affecting the way we feel. Starting the day with easy carb meals lacking proteins or fats sets us up for a crash later. Our blood sugar raises very high and because this happens so fast our body goes into overdrive and releases large amounts of insulin to counter act all the sugar in the blood. This dose of insulin is too large and "uses up" all the sugar which then causes a below normal blood sugar level and we feel like we have just been hit by a train. Instinctively we reach for sugary foods and restart the cycle. Another way that has been shown to help regulate blood sugar is by incorporating intermittent fasting - going extended periods without food, for instance having your last meal at 18:00 the previous night and then only eating your first meal 16 hours later. In a society obsessed with food it is a good principle to acquire. We too easily overindulge! In proverbs 23 v19-21 it says “Oh listen, dear child become wise; point your life in the right direction. Don’t drink too much wine and get drunk; don’t eat too much food and get fat. (Message bible) Why not try the” 21 day switch on your brain” steps for over indulging thoughts.
This is so important for both the brain and our physical bodies. A running research article posted in The Guardian showed that running changes the grey matter in the brain. This is what runners have been saying for years! Running changes the way we think and feel. Interval running has been shown to improve aspects of “executive function”. This area of the brain tunes out distractions and switches between tasks. Another way running (and other cardiovascular exercises) may help reduce stress, is by way of the kynurenine pathway.
When we under stress our liver converts the amino acid tryptophan into a molecule called kynurenine. This kynurenine can find its way to the brain and its accumulation has been strongly associated with depression and anxiety. When we exercise, we store an enzyme called kynurenine aminotransferase in our muscles. This helps break down the kynurenine into kynurenic acid and this acid cannot enter the brain. Let’s love ourselves better in 2020! Capture harmful thoughts, indulge in healthy eating and treat ourselves to the joy that exercise brings. 52
Last year you were introduced as the Margaret Hirsch Women in Business finalist for December. Please share with all the female entrepreneurs some words of wisdom in achieving greatness and being a leader in the business world today.
Thank you Sophia for taking the time to answer a few questions for TCL Magazine. Would you mind sharing with us when you founded your Solar Energy Business?
Reading Proverbs 31 made me realize that it is possible for a woman
‘Proverbs 31 woman’ didn’t just raise a family, but she was also a business woman (buying and selling) so I believe that there is a
when we stand an operate in faith brings glory to God. God
married. Before moving to South Africa I worked for many years
grace on us ladies to do the same. I believe anything we do
Zealand, where I learned much about different products and
will naturally give us platforms to bring glory to His name if we step out in faith.
Your business is called Sunor Energy, can you elaborate on all services that the business provides and some of the projects you completed? We provide a full turn-key solution for individuals and businesses who
Last year you were introduced as the Margaret Hirsch Women in Business finalist for December. Please share with all the female entrepreneurs some words of wisdom in achieving greatness and being a leader in the business world today.
backup. We provide a detailed consultation about the different products and options available and ensure that the installation
For private homes the main advantages are to be immune to
black-outs, independent of Eskom’s load-shedding cycles and
reducing the overall cost of energy. Good quality systems also
parents installed a solar system in Germany 28 years ago and it
have excellent warranties, so it will pay for itself over time. In
is still producing efficiently with no issues – that’s how I know
addition to the above benefits, for businesses who use the
that good products will ensure a long-lasting lifespan. Some of
power mainly during daytime hours, there is an even faster
the bigger installations include the Life Hospital in Fourways,
payback, which typically makes for a good capital investment
Johannesburg and various National Health Centres as well as the German Embassy in Pretoria. Residentially we have installed systems all over Gauteng and can provide many references with happy clients. We are one of Tesla’s preferred installers
What are other, intangible benefits to solar systems for business and private homes?
and have already pre-booked many Powerwall installations for 2020.
For private homes there it provides an advantage when you sell your
Has being an entrepreneur always been something you wanted to do and if so what was your journey into the business world? I did a double Master’s degree in Strategic Management and Economics; and for one of my dissertations I studied the impact of faith on the decisions of an Entrepreneur. I did this as I was intrigued by people stepping out in faith to start their own businesses. Another major influence in starting my own
associated with the loss of productivity when we don’t have energy, which can be prevented by solar PV systems
The panels themselves are quite technical so I would imagine you need the best technicians and installers. How do you choose people to come on board with the business that share the same values as you do and that will take the company from strength to strength?
business was my pastor in New Zealand, who owned several businesses and also pastored a church. It made me realize that one can be both in business and traditional ministry at the same time.
I essentially stick to the following guidelines: My
satisfaction. partner only with those with integrity and competence. I
strengths of others
W O R S H I P
WORSHIPPING JESUS DEFINES WHO I AM.
BY SIMANYA ASSUR-LALLA
Man says we choose our own destinies but as children of God we know that our GOD given purpose, blueprint and gifts were already pre-ordained before our birth. Such as it is written in the Lambs book of Life, Ephesians 2 v 10 and Psalm 139 v 16 defines the detail. In the year 2014 in the cold month of August I had a miraculous encounter with Jesus the Christ who saved my son, he had suffered from seizures that caused certain neurological delays, but He had also saved me from my self-sabotaged delay of my own destiny. To give you a better view… I never planned to come to Christ, but it was Christ who was drawing me towards Him, and today I could not ever ive without Him. For nearly two years prior to this encounter My son was hospitalised very often due to the seizures or any cold or high fevers. Doctors could not explain why he was having these continuous episodes, even the MRI’s could not detect a reason. Continue page 57 54
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Prepare yourself for a life changing journey to walk where Jesus walked.
VISITING THE HOLY LAND WILL CONNECT YOU TO THE ROOTS OF YOUR FAITH, CONNECT YOU TO THE BIBLE AND YOU WILL SEE THE BIBLE UNFOLD AND COME ALIVE BEFORE YOUR VERY OWN EYES. THIS IS WHERE JESUS WAS BORN,
OUR VISION OUR AIM IS THAT ALL CHRISTIANS WILL VISIT THE HOLY LAND TO EXPERIENCE WHERE JESUS WALKED AND MINISTERED DURING HIS TIME ON EARTH.
CRUCIFIED AND RESURRECTED.
YOU WILL WALK WHERE JESUS WALKED,
OUR MISSION IS THAT YOU HAVE A LIFE
SEE AND FEEL THE PLACES WHERE THE
CHANGING EXPERIENCE IN ISRAEL.
DISCIPLES WALKED WITH THE LORD. THE READING OF THE WORD TRULY
COMES TO LIFE. YOU WILL EXPERIENCE PROPHECY FULFILLED WHILE TRAVELING IN ISRAEL.
"FOR THE LORD YOUR GOD BRINGS YOU INTO A GOOD LAND".
W O R S H I P
"LORD I KNOW THAT YOU ARE OMNIPRESENT AND THAT YOU ARE ABLE TO HEAL MY SON"
The night of my encounter I surrendered my heart to God and in doing so I said “Lord I know that you are omnipresent and that you are able to heal my son, I asked in the name of Jesus that he has no more seizures and that we spend no more nights in hospitals. Saints, it was so, for the past five years he has not had one seizure, nor have we spent any nights in hospital by Gods Grace. During this time, I had found that worshipping Christ brought me solitude, filled voids from my
saturated my son with the Holy Spirit anointing. After living off the scripture Matthew 6 v 33 & Isaiah 6 v 8 for about a year, I had a divine encounter with the Holy Spirit and so since 2015 I started receiving songs in the Spirit. The best way to explain this to you is… I hear a new tune in my core, I keep humming it while I grab my smart phone, I place it onto record and hum until a new song supernaturally births, the full song, chorus and bridge, sometimes I only get the chorus and weeks later the rest, I hear what I refer to as “The sound of heaven” then I sit back and listen to what Papa God just sent.
I stand in awe of Him, because to date I have received albums that I have not yet released. I have noticed that the more I worship Christ around Alex, the more he is healed. In 2016 at the age of five he was potty trained and he started eating solids six months after that. By the age of seven he received the full understanding of English
respond to instructions by actions or facial expressions and head nods., When he wants something he takes you by the hand and shows you, he is still non verbal however, I
this is a healing process, he is filled with so much joy and love. I know that God is fully healing him. I firmly believe the more I offer myself to God the more healing is released. I could not turn away from worshipping Christ,
fulfilling. In full surrender I adore Him and adorn Him with worship.
Blessings Simanay Assur-Lalla
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DAYS OF DEVOTION THROUGH SPAIN, FRANCE AND PORTUGAL Give thanks for God’s grace in sacred sites across Spain,France and Portugal. Trace the paths of pilgrims to some of Europe's most important and sacred religious centres - a spiritual journey to Lourdes, Santiago de Compostela and Fátima. Hop onboard Trafalgar’s Days of Devotion 12-day exploration of a selection of these holy sites. Priced from R35 300 per person sharing this tour is inclusive of accommodation with breakfast daily, four dinners including an exclusive Be My Guest dinner in Lisbon’s Terras Verdras, iconic sightseeing in Barcelona, Carcassone, Lourdes, Burgos, Santiago de Compestela and Lisbon plus all transport, airport transfers and the services of a Travel Director. Your pilgrimage begins in Barcelona, a city that embraces religious tolerance and celebrates the Glory of God in some of the world's most inspiring churches. In the company of a Local Specialist you will get to dive into culture by visiting the incredible La Sagrada Familia. This fairy-tale church of mammoth proportions is a highlight on your travels. Step through the intricately carved doors and into the creative genius of Gaudí's mind. After the inspiring sights of Barcelona journey north, across the Pyrenees and Cathar landscapes to the fortified city of Carcassonne. View the Cité, said to have inspired Walt Disney for his Castle of Sleeping Beauty, and see the double-ring of ramparts and try counting all 52 towers!
Perhaps the most beautiful city in all of Spain, Santiago de Compostela’s winding cobbled lanes, vast squares and historic church towers are well-known the world over. Famous as the end point of the St James’ Way (an ancient pilgrim route), people walk for hundreds of miles to pay their respects to St James at the cathedral’s main altar. Leave Spain behind and continue south to Portugal, to the site of Fátima. Walk the path followed by millions of pilgrims to the shrine where three young shepherds famously saw the apparition of the Virgin Mary. End your journey of faith in Lisbon with a drive through the lush avenues of the Portuguese capital, past the black and white mosaic pavements, bound for Belém, a district on the River Tejo. You'll see the Monument to the Discoveries and the Belém Tower before embarking on a visit to the exquisite 15th-century Hieronymite Monastery. Share the end of your travel with a local Portuguese family over an exclusive 'Be My Guest' farewell dinner.
FOLLOW IN THE STEPS OF ST PAUL THROUGH GREECE Tread in the footsteps of St Paul as you encounter the places the Apostle lived, preached the gospel and wrote profoundly and prolifically about Jesus’ selfless sacrifice of love. See the Acropolis in Athens, visit Thessaloniki and Philippi where Paul preached the gospel, and view the Ruins of Corinth. Join Trafalgar’s 7-day Steps of St Paul which is priced from R25 900 per person sharing of exploring Greece. This includes accommodation with breakfast daily, three additional meals (including an exclusive Be My Guest lunch on a farm near Larissa), sightseeing, all transport and the services of a Travel Director. Arrive in Athens, the cradle of western civilisation and home to centuries of beliefs, rituals and mythology all just waiting to be explored. After getting to grips with this ancient city you will depart for Vergina and Thessoloniki for an exclusive 'Be My Guest' experience on a farm near Larissa. During a guided sightseeing tour of Thessaloniki you can admire the Byzantine art, visit the UNESCOlisted Church of Saint Demetrius, dedicated to the patron saint of Thessaloniki and head off to Kavala, where St. Paul and St. Silas were imprisoned after St. Paul's first sermon. Visit what remains of Philippi. Learn how the city became the centre of Christian faith and pilgrimage following the visit of St. Paul and see the remains of Christian basilicas and the octagonal church which stand as a testament to the early establishment of Christianity. In Kalambaka we will tread in the footsteps of St. Paul during our stop in Veria. Here we'll see his Tribune (Bema), where he preached Christianity. Then continue to Meteora, where we'll have an opportunity to visit two of the Eastern Orthodox monasteries that cling impressively to immense, rounded rock towers overlooking the town. Journey on to Delphi where you can follow the path once taken by the ancient Greeks to consult with the most important oracle in the classical world. Join your Local Specialist and walk the Sacred Way to the 4thcentury Temple of Apollo. Your journey of faith in St Paul’s footsteps ends where it began – in Athens where we travel to Corinth, once home to the first Christian communities. In his letters, Paul provides us with excellent insights into what life was like for the Corinthian community who were the recipients of two Epistles. To book a trip with Trafalgar that will have you discovering the world’s most holy sites call them on (011) 280 8440 or visit www.trafalgar.com
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Dangers of Spiritual Exploration
SUMMARY OF A BOOK "IN OTHER LANDS" BY APOSTLE ANDRE PELSER. ARTICLE BY AJE PELSER "I h a v e w a l k ed in th e fo ot s te ps of E xp l o r er s al l ov er th e w orl d. S o m e h o w I h ave s u rvi ved s i mi lar d a n g er s b y th e g rac e of G o d. W h e n I m a d e m y v o w to G od in Sw it z e r lan d a s a y o u n g m an to s e rve G od an d h um a n i t y, as lo ng as G od s p ar ed m e a n d k e p t m e h eal th y, To w hi ch H e p r o v ed H im s el f fa ith fu l! I've b een i n m a l a r i a- i n fes ted ar ea s fo r w ee ks o n e n d y e t, I n eve r h ad an y m o s q u i t o b ite s! M or e p eop le d ie of m a l a r i a t h a n an y ot h e r d is ea s e in A f r i c a. G o d re ve ale d H im s el f to M o s e s a s t h e Lo r d yo u r G od th at t a k e s a w a y al l yo u r d is ea s es. G od p r o t ec t s m is s io n ar ies s o th at th ey c a n d o H i s w ork o f s p re adi ng th e G o o d N ew s o f th e K ing do m of G od t o t h e w o r l d. G od al s o co m pl et ely h ea l ed m e of H ep ati tis s h or tly af te r t h e e a r t h q u a ke an d ts un am i th at d e st r o y e d co as tal to w ns in Ja pa n t h a t c a us ed a n u cl ea r fa llo ut, I w en t t h er e t o w i t n es s an d h an d o u t tr ac ts t o t h e p e o p le in Ja pa ne s e b ut I w as n o t a f f e c t e d at al l. I w as on c e lo s t a t se a o f f t h e ea st co as t of Br is b an e A u st r a l i a, i n a lit tl e on e m ot o r f i s h i n g b o at w ith a P as t or in a tropical s t orm at n igh t. We e v en t u a l l y s p ill ed o u t on a s m a ll i s l a n d p a s t m id nig h t. Th e fe ar of d r o w n i n g o r to b e ea te n b y s h ar ks w a s v e r y r e a l. O nc e a sm a ll p ro p el ler a i r c r a f t' s en gi ne ca ug h t fi re an d w e h a d t o m a k e an em e rge nc y la nd ing. Fire B r i g a d es an d am b ul an ces s u r r o un d e d th e p lan e as we a l i g h t e d. I n N ige ria I h ave es c ap ed kidnappers tw ic e. Th ey ca pt ur e Europeans an d d em an d la rg e r a n s o m s. Th e m ili tan ts ca m e w ith m a c hi n e g un s to c a p tu re m e in th e c h u r c h e s w he re I w as p rea ch ing. Bu t so m e h o w I es cap ed. I p as s ed t h r o u g h a b or d er p os t to a Bu d dh is t v i l l a g e i n M ya nm ar b ut th e g u ar ds w i t h m a c h i ne g un s d id n ot s e e m e i n t h e c a r.
They did not see me when we went in or when we came out. They ignored me as if I was not there but asked for all the identification of the taxi driver and the Pastor that was with me! Louw in our home church in Cape Town apparently prayed that God would make me invisible! In Zimbabwe I escaped being arrested and put into prison by run ning to the nearest police station where I met the Minister of Defence who pardoned me and gave me leave to carry on with my mission, along with his personal card and details in my pocket. By 2012 the Philippines used to have 24 typhoons per year. The last serious typhoon completely destroyed Tacloban and more than 7000 people died. But since then we started praying for typhoons to decrease and to date they have only had 4 weaker typhoons annually. God has spared my life on many occasions and healed me of all my dis eases. He also spared my wife and children and kept them healthy. I have kept the part of my vow to God to go to other lands to preach. I have reached 123 nations to date and I still have 72 nations to go before I have reached the whole world for Christ. I have no ambition about it but I be lieve it is possible. Three Pastors have seen the same vision about me: 'We see you cutting open a pathway in the jungle with a panga (ma chete). But don't give up; the clearing is just up ahead where the sun shines brightly! You are preparing a path for others to follow. It will be easy for them.' So I encourage new missionaries to keep going!
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Die Here is my herder 'n Psalm van Dawid
Die Here is my herder, ek kom niks kort nie. Hy laat my rus in groen weivelde. Hy bring my by waters waar daar vrede is. Hy gee my nuwe krag. Hy lei my op die regte paaie tot die eer van sy Naam. Selfs al gaan ek deur donker dieptes, sal ek nie bang wees nie, want U is by my. In u hande is ek veilig. U laat my by 'n feesmaal aansit, terwyl my teĂŤstanders moet toekyk. U ontvang my soos 'n eregas, ek word oorlaai met hartlikheid. U goedheid en liefde sal my lewe lank by my bly en ek sal tuis wees in die huis van die Here tot in lengte van dae.
Psalm 23 66
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RE-DISCOVERING THE JOY OF BIBLICAL GENEROSITY
"EACH MAN SHOULD GIVE WHAT HE HAS DECIDED IN HIS HEART TO GIVE, NOT RELUCTANTLY OR UNDER COMPULSION, FOR GOD LOVES A
BY DANIE VERMEULEN
CHEERFUL GIVER." 2 CORINTHIANS 9:7
HANDFUL OF RICE When we see or hear the word “generosity”, the first thing we think about is often money. As we look at the stories in scripture,
In 1910, in the province of Mizoram, North-East India, one woman
we see that it‘s far more than money. It is Time,Talent and
started putting aside a handful of uncooked rice for Jesus at each
meal. She believed that He was the unseen guest at the table, and
Let’s go on a journey through Scripture as we share
stories that will help you discover the “Joy of Giving” – not giving
by the end of the week, she had a kilogram of rice which she sold at
under compulsion but through a decision that is made from the
the market. She gave the proceeds to the church to help support the
heart, as Paul so beautifully encourages the Corinthian church in
local Bible Woman – an evangelist who had almost no income.
2 Corinthians 9:7 “Each man should give what he has decided in
Today, the Mizo people still set aside a handful of rice for Jesus at
his heart to give, not reluctantly or under compulsion, for God
every meal. They also tithe from the firewood they cut, and find
loves a cheerful giver.”
many other creative ways to give to the church. In 2016, the Mizo Presbyterian Church and the Baptist Church of Mizoram combined,
Let’s go on a journey through Scripture as we share stories that will help you discover the “Joy of Giving” – not giving under compulsion but through a decision that is made from the heart, as Paul so beautifully encourages the Corinthian church in 2 Corinthians 9:7 “Each man should give what he has decided in his heart to give, not reluctantly or under compulsion, for God loves a cheerful giver.”
collected more than $3million US Dollars through the “Handful of Rice” ministry. And they had no outside funding. The people of Mizoram live in poverty, but they believe that as long as they have something to eat every day, they have something to give to God every day. Sometimes we’re afraid of giving because we are anxious that we won’t have enough for our own needs tomorrow. But when we realize that God is who Jesus says He is: Almighty Creator and our gracious heavenly Father, then I can live without fear because I know: He cares for me. We don’t give so that we can receive; we give because we have already received so much from God. To give isn’t an exchange transaction. We give because God first gave to us: “For God so loved the world, that He gave His only Son…” (John 3:16)
GENEROSITY IN THE MIDST OF WAR
YOUR RECEIVING IS PROPORTIONATE TO YOUR GIVING (2CO 9:6)
In 2001 Western Uganda was at war. The ADF, a rebel group in Uganda, overtook many regions of Western Uganda, forcing over 80,000 survivors into the turmoil and destitution of refugee camps. The people were destitute and without hope. But there was one who chose to inspire through generosity and gracious giving. Bishop Hannington Bahemuka had a burden for his church to give from
Remember this: Whoever sows sparingly will also reap sparingly, and whoever sows generously will also reap generously. We don’t give so we can accumulate wealth, but rather that we could become more generous.
their hearts, and not out of duty. But he never thought it would take such a tragedy for him and his people to realize that they all needed to change. Life in the refugee camps was very bad; families lived in crowded shacks and children often went without food and water for
GENEROSITY IS A HEART ISSUE (2CO 9:7)
2-3 days. Death followed quickly. Children were orphaned and left to fend for themselves without food or clothing. The Lord started
Each man should give what he has decided in his heart to give, …
speaking to Bishop Hannington about putting into practice what he had learnt about generosity. He learnt that everything we have belongs to God (Psalm 24:1), and realised that even in the refugee camp, God had provided resources for His people. He went back to
GENEROSITY PRODUCES THANKSGIVING TO GOD (2CO 9:12)
his people and called on the believers to share what they had with the needy. He taught them about stewardship and generosity, and
This service that you perform is not only supplying the needs of
very soon they started a campaign to provide blankets for the
God's people but is also overflowing in many expressions of thanks
orphans. After two years in captivity, it was safe for the people to
return to their home, Bundibugyo, only to find that everything had been destroyed. Bishop Hannington started inspiring his people to think about ways to rebuild. He told them that God had given them everything they needed to rebuild their community. Soon people started using their skills and gifts to rebuild their community. A farmer used her skills to sell tomatoes for the reconstruction of the church; those with building skills gave of their time and skills. Soon the people of Bishop Hannington’s community had rebuilt the church, provided homes and schools for the orphans, and the needs of the people were met. The people understood that they needed to create wealth in order to allow for tangible generosity. No longer did they wait for the West to arrive with help. They chose to focus on what they had and trust God to rebuild their war-torn town through their own generosity. In 2 Corinthians 8 and 9, Paul writes to the Corinthian Church to encourage them to participate in a giving project which they had committed themselves to. The offering was meant for the poor Jewish Jerusalem believers who were facing harder-than-usual economic times as a result of a famine. Several churches joined the effort. From his plea to the Corinthians a few gems regarding giving comes to light.
YOUR JOURNEY OF GENEROSITY We are facing difficult times in South Africa. Don’t be discouraged. Make a decision in your heart to give of your time, talent and treasure, as you are able. If your giving doesn’t bring you joy, something is wrong. I have observed that when people are reluctant to give it boils down to two factors: 1) They are afraid to give, in case there won’t be enough for them to survive or 2) they are too busy accumulating for themselves. Start small and grow your generosity until you excel in it. Jesus said, “And if anyone gives even a cup of cold water to one of these little ones because he is my disciple, I tell you the truth, he will certainly not lose his reward.” (Mt 10:42) The Mizoram churches and Bishop Hannington took God at his word and were not disappointed. The mission of Generosity Path is to gently restore this grace of giving within the hearts of the body of Christ. I always say: "The Prosperity message is all about getting. The generosity message is
GENEROSITY IS AN ACT OF GRACE
all about giving". Our people need to discover the “joy of giving”.
(2CO 8:7) But just as you excel in everything—in faith, in speech, in knowledge, in complete earnestness and in your love for us—see that you also excel in this grace of giving.
GENEROSITY IS AN ACT OF LOVE (2CO 8:8) I am not commanding you, but I want to test the sincerity of your love by comparing it with the earnestness of others.
I KNOW WHO I AM BECAUSE OF JESUS WRITTEN BY SARAH TALIEP Born and raised as Sihaam, a Muslim for 29 years. Until my Heavenly Father changed my name to Sarah in 2015. Coming out of a life of emotional, verbal and physical abuse both as a very young child and an adult. Always feeling like an outsider. A father who hardly spoke to me, a mother who struggled to show affection. My first encounter with God was dying as a baby. Going to Heaven. This huge green field; a bright blue sky above me, the sun shining, blue birds chirping and a river of milk. Suddenly this strong booming voice says “Go back your work is not done.” All my life those words haunted me. Today I understand what it meant. Jeremiah 1:5 “I knew you before I formed you in your mother’s womb. Before you were born I set you apart and appointed you as my prophet to the nations.” Yes, I was an outsider because of God setting me apart to do His will in my life. Happy childhood memories is but a few. I recall my father smacking my mother and pushing her around. I made a vow unto myself that no man will raise his hands to me. As a teenager I struggled with thoughts of suicide. Expressing myself was never easy even as an adult that all changed when I accepted Jesus. t 18, I went on minor Hajj visited Egypt, Jerusalem, Mecca and Medina. At 20 I met my ex-husband. As per Muslim tradition, the female is never present when the male asks the father permission to date. Six months later I was engaged, six months thereafter married due to conversation that took place between them.
SUDDENLY THIS STRONG BOOMING VOICE SAYS “GO BACK YOUR WORK IS NOT DONE.”
On 27 April 2001, the age of 21 I married even though I was filled with doubt. I informed my mom during the first two months of marriage that I want out as my husband was verbally and emotionally abusive. She responded that “the first two years are the hardest, it will get better.” It never did. It only worsened. On 1 July 2002 my eldest son was born at 29 weeks emergency caesarean; I had Preeclampsia. Today, he is 17 years old. On 4 September 2003 my youngest son was born at 37 weeks. Today, he is 16 years old. In 2007 the abuse became physical after moving to our own house. My husband often rejected me in bed. I ended up quite often in hospital due to the stressful environment at work and home. I resigned but two months later reluctantly accepted a job after my husband applied on my behalf without my knowledge. One night in 2008 alone in my room doing my daily prayers, I cried out of frustration to God not Allah, “God surely this is not the life you have given me?” Shortly after that outburst we saw a beauty spa exhibition in the mall. My husband spoke to the owner knowing I studied in that field.
A Few days later I was offered a partnership, we discussed it and my husband encouraged me to accept. Not knowing he is a Born-Again Christian.
Needless to say this man always shared about Jesus and challenged my beliefs. He encouraged me to read the bible but never forced his beliefs on me. I witnessed how he led many to Jesus as well as many healing miracles. After witnessing this and constantly being in his presence, we fell in love and I had an affair. On June 2009 , while lying in my bath Jesus appeared to me surrounded by this bright light, clothed in a white robe with arms stretched out and said “Give your life to me.” Immediately I surrendered my life to Jesus and felt immense peace. After uttering the sinners’ prayer He instructed me to completely submerge and He baptised me. May 2010, my husband raped me. In Islam, a husband has a right over his wife and rape is not acknowledged between a married couple. I had a nervous breakdown. Feeling worthless and broken my parents sent me back to the marriage. I was left with blue marks several times thereafter. Twisting and grabbing my arms to prevent me from working. To this very day, my sons believe that I pinched my arms blue even though they bore witness to the abuse.
The affair resulted in a child being born. My daughter born on 5 February 2011 at 26 weeks and died in my arms on 27 April 2011. She was buried immediately as per Muslim tradition. That evening, asleep in her room, angels came and took me up in acloud to God. I laid my head on the Father’s lap and HE gently rubbed my head as I cried myself to sleep and whispered to me, “One day you will understand.”I started confessing to certain clients that I am a Born Again Christian and was blessedwith my first bible which I read in secret and hid amongst my daughter’s belongings.
On 27 December 2011 my husband hacked my Facebook account. The affair and paternity of my daughter was discovered. He punched and beat me up so badly that day in front of my sons and youngest burst out crying. I was granted an interdict against him. Divorced on 1 February 2012 marked the start of endless court battles. In 2013 I started attending a church and embarked on a journey of deliverance. October 2013 God blessed me with my own place. A second time home buyer being blessed with 100% bond. My sons were happy to attend church with me which my parents soon discovered. On 2 January 2014 my dad visited to inform me of a family meeting. God revealed the purpose of the meeting and I knew what was about to transpire.
"HE STOOD UP AND PUNCHED ME HARD ON MY FACE"
On 5 February 2014, I entered my parents’ home and sensed the tension. We all sat down and my dad asked “Do you go to church?” God whispered “Speak the truth today” Boldly I replied, “Yes, I do.” He asked “Do you take my grandchildren to church?” I replied “Yes.” Everyone threw their hands up in disbelief. Again he asked and again I affirmed. His interrogation continued and I boldly stated that I am a Born Again Christian. something cracked and fell on the tiles. That day I lost half a tooth for Jesus. My dad screamed “How can you be Born Again if I gave birth to you?” My siblings and mother called me a pig and beat me nonstop. My bag with my bible and car keys got taken from me. In all the commotion I called on the name of Jesus and He made a way for me to escape. While walking down the road my dad and younger brother drove after me in separate cars. At first I refused to get in but in the end I relented.
Upon arrival at their home my uncle Sheikh Nazeem was present. More concerned about my face, he drove me to the pharmacy. During that drive he preached to me about Islam and was curious to know who this Living God I talk of is. I challenged him to accept Jesus into his heart to know who the Living God is. As he stepped into the pharmacy I got hold of my pastor and they started interceding for me. We sat for two hours outside my parents’ home. God instructed to be still. I only spoke when God said speak. I had the opportunity to tell him that Islam is a violent religion. He was up in arms all I responded was look at what transpired today. I entered the home to pick up my sons. In that short time they were brainwashed. My dad asked me for forgiveness and I immediately forgave him. I hugged and greeted all and to this day have not set foot back there. That week another custody battle began. Both my parents signed affidavits stating that I am an unfit mother. All because I left Islam, they sided with my abusive ex-husband.
I incurred huge amounts of debt fighting in court. I am still paying the cost. Instead of surrendering my sons to God and letting Him fight on my behalf. I went into a huge depressive state and even tried to commit suicide. Ended up thrice in institutes, lost my mind but JehovahRapha my Healer completely healed me. My sons were turned against me and constantly said “I don’t need to listen to you because you a Christian and I am Muslim.” On 3 February 2015 my eldest son smacked me, turned around and told their dad I am being abusive. Which was a lie. Their dad fetched them immediately with the police. I have not seen them since even though I tried to make contact and have a court order to see them. I let go that day and left them in God’s hands.
I have been serving Jesus for just over ten years. It was not the easiest decision to come out about my love for Jesus but I would do it all over again. Jesus got beaten, was persecuted and betrayed by the world. Taking a beating for Jesus and being ostracised is worth the freedom for self and my loved ones. Since my calling I desired to be in ministry and even though I am working in a ministry, I have a ministry of my own, The Exodus Ministries. Almost every prophecy that has been spoken over my life has come to pass. The one prophecy I feel that is giving birth is the organization that I need to establish for the abused and the ex-Muslims. Exodus 14:14 “God will fight for you, and you shall have peace.” It has been prophesied that I will preach internationally including Muslim countries. The 2018 Tanzania mission trip marked the first of many. For someone that has no extra money and struggling to pay off debt will graduate with a degree in theology. God always makes provision for all we desire to do.
"MY DAD ASKED ME FOR FORGIVENESS AND I IMMEDIATELY FORGAVE HIM." 73
One would think that summer bodies are made in winter. But no, the sun is here the flowers are in full bloom and we naturally embark on the journey for smooth, gorgeous, firm skin, free from ingrown hairs, winter fuzz and that dreaded orange peel. “Laser Lipo seems to be huge here in Cape Town,” Comments Amy Knoetze from Pulse Dermatology and Laser in Cape Town. “However I find that in most cases patients are getting more water loss with this treatment than anything else, which has resulted in us bringing in London’s star body tightening laser, The Near Infra Red in motion laser from Alma lasers NIR. This not only speeds up the localised metabolism of the area treated, but it instantly tightens the skin. The results have been fantastic! And because it is working deep in the skin and fatty tissue, the results last! It gives the effect of a bottom lift and is great for saddle bags, muffin tops, excess weight around the abdomen and even those bingo wings.” “The next trend in beauty treatments is Hyperhydrosis, a treatment by the administration of Botox to combat excessive sweating. “BOTOX® injections temporarily block the chemical signals from the nerves that stimulate the sweat glands. When the sweat glands don't receive chemical signals, the production of excessive sweat stops in the treated areas only. Sweat continues to be produced elsewhere. Where does the sweat go? Your sweat doesn't go anywhere or get backed up, because the sweat simply isn't produced in the areas treated with BOTOX®. Says Amy.
“Remember, the rest of your body is free to release moisture normally. And if you were to stop BOTOX® treatment, the sweating function would return to normal.” she continues. Research has shown that 84 out of 104 patients treated with BOTOX® (81%) achieved a greater than 50% reduction in sweating, compared to only 44 out of 108 treated without BOTOX® (41%)
WRITTEN BY AMY KNOETZE
S I N G L E S
"Are you single?" "No, I'm an album..."
What does this label even mean? Single? According to Google dictionary they literally say "unmarried or not involved in a stable sexual relationship" Just looking at some marriages today and we see Sometimes He does, sometimes He doesn't. Some people say "it's
alone having a stable sexual relationship. Those that are engaging in
better to be alone than to be with the wrong person" Some say "you
sexual relationships in this year 2019 we could hardly label as
must be equally yolked" I've even heard "God won't bless a
"stable" And in a society with hundreds of different gender
mess" But aren't we all a mess and that's why we desperately need
preferences and identities, I could be in a relationship with my pot
God? Aren't we never alone because we have the Lord? Doesn't it
plant. Yes, that's a thing. So by default one would be inclined to
say in 1 Corinthians 7:14 "For the unbelieving husband has been
narrow in on the question, instead of being asked "are you single."
made holy by his believing wife. And the unbelieving wife has been
One should rather ask "are you currently having sex?" I mean, isn't
made holy by her believing husband by virtue of his or her sacred
that what everyone wants to know anyway? Or goal? Why do you
Union to a believer. Otherwise, the children from this union would
want to know? It's modern day cave man at it's best, "you woman,
be unclean, but in fact, they are holy." TPT* So my advise would be,
me man, let's go" As a model I meet people from all over the world
don't take advise. Listen to the small still voice of the Holy Spirit and
on a regular basis, all ages, races, culture and beliefs. One thing every
let Him minister to your heart, let Him speak to you about your
model has in common, is the topic of a "relationship status" and I
specific season and journey. I believe in this new era there is a call
find myself being asked "are you seeing anyone?" A lot. When I say
to the Body of Christ to come back to a spirit of love and of holiness.
no and explain that after multiple failed "situation ships" I opted out
According to 1 Corinthians 7:14 it is the SACRED UNION that makes
of this dating game and took myself off the shelf, so to speak..
the couple holy, not even whether they are both believers.
There's always a positive response. Every person (whether in a
Personally, having been down the road of dating unbelievers I won't
relationship or not) I have shared that with, has encouraged me to
choose that path again. Life is difficult enough as it is, I don't want to
heal, love myself, discover who I am without feeling the need to live
have to intercede for my partners salvation on top of everything
up to someone else's expectations etc. Taking note of all this it
else! I would much rather have a man that I know hears from God in
seems to me, a lot of us have the completely wrong experience and
order to be led by him. But what stands out to me more in this
impression of what being in a relationship is all about. There isn't a
scripture is that marriage is SACRED. Marriage was God's idea, and
formula, "do this and then this will happen." We see it everywhere,
the teaching on wives submitting to their husbands is a picture of
and we hear testimonies of each persons unique and equally as
how Jesus laid down His life for His church. Later on in chapter 13
beautiful love story. What works for one couple won't necessarily
Paul tells us that love is a safe place of shelter, for it never stops
work for another.
believing the best for others.
Written by Tarryn Taylor
that many married couples aren't even sleeping in the same bed, let
"Can I faithfully love this person 'til death do us part?" Some are high school sweet hearts and never date anyone else, end
That love never takes failure as defeat, for it never gives up. Love
up getting married and that's the biggest blessing! Others meet in
never stops loving. As Christians we know that God is love, that He
"the world" have an encounter with Christ and through the
loves us and that we are to love each other. We know that He loves us
transformational power of the Holy Spirit, repent and break up. Or
so much He gave us His precious Son Jesus to be made righteous and
alternatively, stay together but stop having sex. Other Christians try
step into a covenant relationship with our Heavenly Father. When it
to live a holy dating life but can't resist temptation and end up having
comes to relationships, dating and marriage we should know that
sex, then they feel shame and guilt and often end up leaving church
God, as our Father, has loved us to respond to His love, by deciding to
altogether because some leaders told them they would find
love one another. Considering love is eternal, picking someone to
themselves in hell. Others meet in church and don't have the same
"never stop loving" is less about them ticking all our proverbial
struggle in resisting temptation and end up saving that love
boxes,and more about asking ourselves "can I faithfully love this
exchange for their wedding night. Some couples have formed where
person til death do us part?" So no I am not Single. I'm album. A
one person was saved and fell in love with an unbeliever and then
collection of songs written by the Lord in freedom of the Holy Spirit
spend the rest of their prayer life trusting God to save the beloved.
and I reserve the right to have my album released for the One God sends. I have committed to not date anyone until my God sent man pursues me with all of his heart. 76
Because that is what I am worth. Again, there is no formula, and
I need someone to help me do what You have called me to!" And
what works for me might not work for you. But this is what the
while my Pappa smiled His infectious smile and looked down upon
Lord has spoken to me and what I have peace about. I'm not saying
His throne He must have giggled "that's what you think" ... You see,
the next guy I date is automatically being upgraded to future
THINKING you are ready, or even FEELING ready, is not actually the
husband status. But I am saying that just like my Savior and Lord
same as BEING READY! And while God knows it is natural to want to
Jesus did, He came running after me! No matter how many times I
be paired up and it is our innermost desire to love and be loved, a
failed, He never stopped loving me. No matter how unfaithful I was,
blessing outside of God's perfect timing can result in becoming
He was always faithful, and by receiving His faithful love He began
more of a curse. So get ready sister! Whatever it takes, do it. If the
to teach me what unconditional love was. Now I know that there's
guy had to call you tomorrow would you be ready? Is the door to
nothing I can do to ever make Him stop loving me I can apply that
your past closed? Is your heart healed? Are you taking care of
same wisdom to my future spouse. To know and understand that
yourself mentally, physically, emotionally and spiritually? Are you
love is a decision, not a feeling, that is walked out by faith every
free from lies? Are you pursuing deeper intimacy with the Lord? Are
moment of every day. That I have the power to decide to love
you receiving fresh mercy, love and grace from Him every morning
myself and others by being patient, kind and understanding. That I
and leaning on His kindness and goodness towards you? What kind
have access to the same Holy Spirit power inside of me to walk in
of Godly wife would you like to be? Are you open to trusting
the Fruits of the Spirit of Love, Peace, Patience, Kindness,
another with your heart, to be vulnerable and let someone in? Are
Goodness, Longsuffering and Self-control. To rejoice in truth and
you ok with the idea of putting someone else first? Can you make
not tolerate lies. To be committed and focused on the Lord, until
the space for him and let go of your independence to become
God shows me a mans heart like that, I'm not interested. Until that
interdependent, as you both depend upon the Lord? Instead of
man comes after me, the way God intended, I will go after God,
making a check list for your ideal man, make one for yourself. Allow
with all my heart and all my mind and all my strength. The more I
the Lord to transform you into the Godly woman a Godly man
learn to love God, the more I learn how He desires for me to be
would deserve. And if you are already that woman, get your hopes
loved, His way, not the world's way. The Almighty God of Heaven
sky high! The Lord withholds no good thing from those who walk
and Earth gave up His Son for you, why would you settle for less
up rightly! ;-) Trust His perfect timing. Ecclesiastes 3:11 He has
than His best for you? His best might not come wrapped in
made everything beautiful in its time.
washboard abs, a sports car and the perfect family, degrees and missionary or ministry experience. A title or a long list of achievements. His best most likely will come in a man that sees you for who you are, loves you unconditionally, with all your weakness and imperfection. Someone with the desire to want to get to know you, the real you, and loves it. Someone who doesn't expect anything from you but is just happy to be around you, because he sees what you bring and what you have to offer. Someone who honors your time and your space, your calling and your Kingdom Purpose. Someone with integrity and honor that shows you they are invested in keeping you accountable to fulfilling your Destiny. Someone who will pray with you, worship with you, seek Jesus with you and rely completely on receiving His love to love you better. Now isn't that worth waiting for? Isn't that worth trusting God for? Isn't that worth PREPARING FOR?! In my season of preparation for Kingdom Marriage there have been many times I have cried out to God, "I'm ready God, I'm ready! Send him Pappa!
F A S H I O N
Prophetic Clothing- Beloved Clothing Collection By Geneke van Niekerk
Thank you Geneke for taking the time to chat to TCL mag for our fashion segment. I have to say I have followed your brand for the longest time now and I absolutely love the concept and every collection you bring out. Can you elaborate on what exactly the concept is for our readers and how it came about? Thank you. Beloved Clothing Collection was birth right out of God's heart. In September 2018 I received a prophetic word from the creative leader from Bethel Church in Redding, that Beloved Clothing Collection will be a prophetic clothing collection that will restore dignity and bring out Gold in women. So, you mention that it is a prophetic fashion range – how do you start the process with the Lord in terms of selecting styles and fabric colour and texture etc? When I go to the Fabric store I pray that the Holy Spirit highlights fabric to me and when I buy it I wait upon the Lord for the prophetic meaning and then I pray and release that specific word over each garment when it's done. Your first fashion item was a collection of kimonos – why did you choose this fashion item to start? When the leader from Bethel prayed for me she did a prophetic act by Clothing me with a jacket. (it reminded me of Joseph jackets) and I felt it will go hand on hand with the kimonos. Do you only manufacture what God tells you? What if there is another great pattern or style you find but God says no? Yes only lead by the Holy Spirit when choosing designs and fabrics. Gods heart is that every women looks modest, so I have to be very sensitive to His voice when choosing the right designs.
Only between 10-maximum 20. I want the garments to be exclusive and don't want to mass produce. I feel that when buying a garment your are investing in a ministry, so it's not just buying another piece of garment that
The new collection consists of dresses and skirt and top
you will find all over. You are actually partnering
sets. Tell us a little more about this new collection
with God's Kingdom.
I am a prophetic dancer, and when you dance in front of
What is your plan for Beloved Clothing over the
the altar you want to feel comfortable and free, so with
next 3-5 years?
the new collection each garments is designed to feel
I don't plan so far ahead, because I trust God in
comfortable and free when moving. My favorite is the
everything. I just pray to be obedient and walk
worships skirt and worship wrap dresses. I feel like a real
warrior princess when I'm dressed in them.
Collection. What I do feel in my heart is that the
How many items of each style do you produce
Collection will go internationally and that alot of
and why that amount?
broken women will be restore by God's word when wearing these garments.
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Joel Osteen the New York bestselling author and senior pastor of Lakewood Church in Houston, Texas says what propelled biblical heroes was a force called favour. He says that favour will take you where you cannot go on your own. He details in his book examples from his own life of how favour played a part in shaping who he has become. He shares how it was because of favour that they were able to acquire the Compaq Center and turn it into a church. ORIGINALLY PUBLISHED BY GATEWAYNEWS.CO.ZA
Louie Giglio On ‘Not Forsaken’ The book is about how we relate to God. The main thrust is to help all people, no matter whether they had a great relationship with their father or no relationship at all, to see that God wants to be known as a perfect father. A lot of the time we know that He is almighty. We know that He is sovereign. We know that He is a King and Lord but what Jesus taught us above all is that God is a Father. ORIGINALLY PUBLISHED BY GATEWAYNEWS.CO.ZA
On ‘How Great is Our God’ Giglio says God is the ultimate scientist. He made it all. How Great is our God is about showing kids everyday something phenomenal about creation, about the stars, or the plants or the human body or about animals or nature and then there is a parallel from that amazing thing to the God who made that amazing thing and to the God who made them to discover more the intricacies and the beauty of God’s creation. ORIGINALLY PUBLISHED BY GATEWAYNEWS.CO.ZA
l a n o i t a n r Inte Evangelist Reinhard Bonnke, a German-born preacher nicknamed “the Billy Graham of Africa” for his recordsetting crusades, died 7 December 2019 at 79.“He passed
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away peacefully, surrounded by family,” his wife, Anni Bonnke, said in a statement. The family lives in the United States but the founder of Christ For All Nations was best known for his decades of preaching in Africa, a ministry in which he has seen more than 79 million saved along with a popular healing ministry, according to the organization. “It’s no exaggeration to say that his work transformed the continent,” Daniel Kolenda, Bonnke’s successor at the ministry, said in a statement. “Evangelist Bonnke drew some of the largest live audiences in history.”
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KANYE WEST DECLARES
Kanye West is, as sometimes self-reported, perhaps the most successful
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recording star ever. He has won 21 Grammys, had so many #1 hits and sold so many records (over 100 million) that it is almost impossible to keep up. He is truly a creative genius and has written and produced many hits for other top stars as well. His work has often been controversial and he has often exhibited “Messianic” tendencies where one could wonder if he thought HE was the King. Now, suddenly, he has bowed his knee to Jesus and his “Jesus Is King” album has already set all kinds of new records. (If you haven’t heard it, be sure to. It’s truly amazing and I highly recommend it!) It is presently #1 in five different genres of music. Kanye also has many other very successful business ventures, particularly in shoes and clothes. ORIGINALLY PUBLISHED IN ELIJAHLIST.COM
TRUMP TARGETS ANTISEMITISM, BOYCOTTS AGAINST ISRAEL ON COLLEGE CAMPUSES US president Donald Trump is threatening to cut federal funds to college campuses that don’t curb anti-semitism against Jewish students, with an executive order set to be signed today, according to a senior administration official. Trump’s new order will hit the Boycott, Divestment, and Sanctions (BDS) movement head-on and will invoke Title VI of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 to fight anti-Semitic rhetoric on college campuses, labelling Judaism as a nationality as well as a religion, and calling on federally funded agencies to adopt the International Holocaust Remembrance Alliance definition of anti-Semitism in cases of discrimination. ORIGINALLY PUBLISHED BY FOX NEWS
KINGDOM COME SOUTH AFRICA - SEAN, BILL & SHAWN Right now the Holy Spirit is stirring our hearts with an increased desire for the “more of God” to break into our nation. At the beginning of another decade there is an urgency for the Church to be built with greater accuracy, on the foundation of the Apostles & Prophets. For the 3rd time people from all across South Africa will be gathering under the banner of Kingdom Come SA in Johannesburg, from Thursday 27th through Saturday 29th February 2020. This leap-year conference is an opportunity for you to receive fresh impartation, and is designed to encourage and equip believers across the nation for the coming harvest.
Once again we host renowned revivalist
and author Bill Johnson, and we welcome for the first time internationally acclaimed prophet Shawn Bolz. This is going to be an awesome combination of Ephesians 4 gift ministries. Our friend Sean Feucht and members of Bethel Music will lead us into the Presence of God through anointed and passionate worship.
Our prayer is for ever-increasing
outpourings of the Holy Spirit upon the Church in South Africa with a resultant revival of the saints and a reformation of society. The harvest is ready, it’s time for believers to be empowered to step into the fields, to release Heaven on Earth. For the King and His Kingdom . John Crumpton: Breakthru Life Church. Moss Nthla: The Evangelical Alliance of SA
TWO CHARGES AGAINST PRO-LIFE DOCTOR SET ASIDE De Vos’s hearing has been delayed and rescheduled, and charges have been changed on more than one occasion. On October 28 and 29 his legal team argued, among other things, that the delays render the hearing unfair and the charges are unlawful. In its media release DFL says that after some two years of linking their refusal to sign De Vos’s internship completion off with the outstanding disciplinary proceedings, the Wynberg Military Hospital has now abandoned this position. “In this regard the Disciplinary Committee of the HPSCA in effect in its reasons delivered on Tuesday has confirmed this delinking. Prior to this despite letters to the HPSCA requesting clarity on this, no response was forthcoming from the HPSCA,” says DFL. De Vos, who is a member of DFL is supported by DFL and legal team (De Wet Wepener Attorneys and Adv Keith Matthee SC) on a pro bono basis. ORIGINALLY PUBLISHED GATEWAYNEWS.CO.ZA
Reflecting on our 2nd birthday celebration
The event was more than okay .. it was more than anyone could have bargained for. What you got right on the night was the setting, in terms of dĂŠcor and the catering - the food was simple, yet excellent. We know that at any function is memorable when the food is good. It created the atmosphere for people to concentrate on the program for the night and the awesome testimonies. From my vantage point, I never saw a single person leave before the time, which is testimony to the success of the night. To crown it all, the event and your magazine created and provided the platform to shake the heavenlies on the night. ERNIE - MC OF THE PARTY
Thank you for a lovely evening. Both testimonies were amazing. We serve an amazing God and His goodness endures forever! Have a beautiful blessed day Manda at Baby Roomz
Thank you to everyone who attended our evening. Thank you to Opulence Function Venue for all the stunning decor and the divine food. A big thank you too to my amazing family, husband Denzyl, my son Topaz and my daughter Tovah and my sister Bonita for always supporting me. Founder of TCL Magazine - Juanita Zwavel
It was such a blessing to be there, thanks for the invitation! Well done for putting the whole function and all together. It's so refreshing to see a magazine that seeks to honor and glorify God â?¤ May God use the magazine in greater ways than u can imagine and reach many for His kingdom! Hope you have a beautiful day! CAROLINE FROM NEW LIFE CHURCH
Dear TCL Magazine Happy Birthday Well done on two years of spreading the good news of Jesus Christ Thank you for a wonderful event. Seeing God's hand in all you do to spread the gospel. We at Harvester Church Cape Town were honored to share in your cause for missions. Grace and peace CARIN FROM HARVESTER INTERNATIONAL CHURCH
Dear TCL Magazine Team We would like to thank you for the invitation to be part of TCL's birthday. Your generosity was amazing, you bent over backwards with a lovely venue and delicious meal and we all appreciated your hospitality. The evening's memorable moment for me was - to join you in praying for Sarah, her story touched our hearts. We give thanks to Christ for His Grace in calling and keeping her faithful to Him. We serve a Mighty God indeed. Kathy, Maurice & Bible Institute of SA students. 88
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