My heart simply is to create a platform where children & parents of any language and background - especially unreached groups - can study portions of the Bible that they have. This makes outreach to difficult people groups a tad easier!
When I was 7 years old, I had a vivid dream. As a child growing up in South Africa, we did not really watch TV in the '70s like we do today, and influence from the outside world was extremely limited. Yet, in the dream, it was a time of war. The environment looked like modern-day war-torn nations - everything was brown. There was no grass and no color. I remember hiding behind a big army tank when suddenly the entire scene changed in the blink of an eye. Everything turned into the most beautiful green fields. I don't know how I knew the following but I thought “Wow, the hills look just as green as Scotland” I also knew that the USA was not in a good place before God.
Suddenly I saw Jesus shining like a very bright light coming down on a huge white cloud and I knew it was too late to accept Him. The entire world could see Jesus coming down. I don’t know how I knew this, but I knew Americans on the other side of the world were looking at Jesus at the same time but it was too late for them to repent. I was very aware that the entire Globe could see Him. Nothing and no person could hide from Him at that moment.
I became very afraid because I knew it was too late for me to accept Him. That is when He spoke to me with an audible voice. “Do not be afraid, you are coming with Me.” Physical warmth and incredible peace surrounded me and then I woke up.
One day while I was still in high school, Holy Spirit suddenly spoke into my heart as I walked behind one of the classrooms during break time. He said: You are following Me because you are scared of hell, not because you know Me." That was a defining moment in my personal walk and friendship with God. That moment He was so real.
I have a few more stories like this that lead me on a very different trajectory than what I planned. In 1996, God called me to full-time missions through Jeremiah 1:5 A dear friend introduced me to YWAM and I joined in 1997. My very first trip to India was for a few months and changed my life forever. I saw the un-reached face to face and personally met hundreds of people, nice people, who have not even heard the name of Jesus or knew that there is a Creator!
WHY STOP MOTION?
I have been a full-time volunteer with Youth With A Mission since 1997. I completed my B.A. degree in Biblical studies with the University of the Nations and have both lived and staffed on 5 continents. While in Australasia I was part of Create Intl, producing films for unreached people groups. There are millions who have not heard the gospel of Jesus. Check out Joshuaproject.net for updated numbers.
I moved back to South Africa after living in Asia for many years. Just before Covid lockdown, I completed my Masters in Christian Spiritual Formation and Discipleship with the UofN (2016-2019). It was during the harsh level 5 lockdown in 2020 that God unexpectedly called me back to my home town, Stilbaai.
One day something triggered the idea to make a STOP MOTION FILM using the SandBoxBible figures that I have developed since 2018. I saw the potential of walking through the Bible verse by verse in an audio-visual manner.
I think I dislike it when someone says, "Oh, I do not read the Old Testament" or "The God of the Old Testament is an angry terrible God" There is simply no way such a person can read the most amazing letter to the Hebrews and understand it. Not understanding Jesus concealed in the old, implies you cannot understand Jesus revealed in the New Testament to the extend HE INTENDED for us to do.
I pity the person who thinks God is only an unfair angry person in the Old Testament. They have clearly missed the beginning on which the rest was written.
LIFE BEFORE THE SANDBOX
I used to train missionaries to go on outreach to third world nations. During that season I compiled workbooks for YWAM'ers on all sorts of topics. How to pioneer a YWAM base, run schools, etc. I enjoyed debriefing and preparing teams for outreach. I am passionate about seeing unreached people become a priority in any Christian training and strategic planning but strongly sense that God is shifting my focus with The SandBoxBible.
My favorite hobby is Photography and to imagine I will be using my camera and video, filming the Bible in a creative way for the next couple of years to help people understand the Old Testament is both wonderful and daunting.
ROOM FOR THE CALL
Why am I single?
This is a long story, but through a series of dreams that came true, I knew God was calling me to this lifestyle. I am really happy with this and have two lovely miniature Yorkies, Lilly Jordan and Maycee to keep me company while I work. On my 40th I told friend: Please stop praying for me for a husband!
Three years later my cal to a single life got challenged on two occasions and finally, God confirmed it again!
You will have to read my book "ROOM FOR THE CALL" for more information on this topic.