I press on to take hold

of that for which

Christ Jesus took hold of me

Sarah

who?

My name is Sarah Beriyth (pronounced: Beriet).  Because so many Sarah's exist, most call me SarahB or Saartjie. I have been a full-time volunteer with YWAM (Youth With A Mission) since 1997.  I completed my B.A. degree in Biblical studies with the University of the Nations (UofN) and have both lived and staffed on 5 continents. I completed my Masters in Christian Spiritual Formation and Discipleship with the UofN (2016-2018)

STORY OF MY SALVATION

 

    When I was around 7 years old, I had an vivid prophetic dream. In the dream it was a time of war. Everything in the dream was brown. There was no grass and no color.  I remember hiding behind a big army tank when suddenly the entire scene changed in 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” Suddenly I saw Jesus (shining like a 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. During my whole childhood, and teenage years I was an outspoken Christian... but quite undiscipled in retrospect. 

One day in high school, Holy Spirit spoke into my heart. It happened "out of the blue" He said: You are following Me because you are scared of hell, not because you know Me and have a relationship with Me." That was a defining moment in my personal walk and friendship with God.

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.

As we say in YWAM:  "I AM YWAM"

 

   I train missionaries and currently compile helpful workbooks for YWAMers on all sorts of topics. (uofnbooks.com) I've created workbooks for the pioneer, the school leader, the student and staff members. I enjoy debriefing and preparing teams for outreach. I am passionate about seeing unreached people become a priority in our training and in our strategic planning as a mission.  I try to focus on the unreached when I teach.

 

   My favorite hobby is Photography. I don't get too much time for it but I do love the feeling of capturing something beautiful.  

   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 life style. I am really happy with this and have two lovely miniature Yorkies, Lilly Jordan and Yasi De Beer to keep me company while I work. On my 40th I told friend: Please stop praying for me for a husband!

 

   I was recently invited to the CILT (Core International Leadership Team) meetings in Cape Town and am currently helping the UofN Provost team with documents for the university. Yes, I do love my job!

STORY OF MY NAME

 

One particular weekend during 2005, just before a Nations-to-nations conference in Muizenberg Cape Town, I bought a new diary. As I wrote the date on the first page, I thought: “I am going to step out in faith in regards to hearing God’s voice today, and I am going to write a letter to me, from God”

 

I started “Dear...Anna-Lise, ... you are like Sarah in the Bible. She was a mother of many nations...” and so on. Because it seemed to good to be true, and way too nice, I thought... “That was probably just my own thoughts on paper” But what I wrote down intrigued me and so I opened my Bible to read about Sarah, Abraham's wife.

 

You can imagine my utter surprise when I actually saw that I quoted scripture! God told Abraham that his wife would have a name change and that she would become a mother of nations. Gen 17:16 NIV“  I will bless her so that she will be the mother of nations”

 

I ended with my quiet time but did not think too much of it afterward.  “That was a nice prophetic word... let me go on with my day” The next day at the conference during worship, the speaker made the following comment: “If you have a crown that you are holding onto, ask God what it is, and lay it at His feet”   I asked God if I had something that I was holding onto that was dear to me that I should give Him but nothing came to my mind. I started to worship the Lord again, lifting my hands to Him, and as I did that, He spoke with a very clear voice to me: “Will you give me your name?”  I was caught off guard and very surprised... “What Lord?”   I stood there thinking... why on earth would He want my name? My name did mean a lot to me.  I came from a very good background. I achieved quite a few things in my life with my name... I also had provincial colors for two sports and a few other things that made me feel proud when I said my name. 

 

So during that worship I thought: “God, I am sorry for my pride. Yes, you can have my name - I do not know what the implications will be but yes. You can have my name. I told no one of these two encounters with God.   Because it was a conference, we had another deep and extended time of worship later that week. The Holy Spirit moved powerfully and many of us were in the front on our knees. I was one of those on the floor on my knees.  Suddenly I felt a hand on my back.

 

“Anna-Lise, I sense God is saying to you that He is changing your name and that you are like Sarah in the Bible and that you will be a Mother of many nations”  He quoted my diary!I recognized the voice of the speaker who did not know me well.

 

I heard Him say “Change it now”  That weekend I went home. The connection to the name Sarah in my family is not a positive one. It is similar to “being a housekeeper/maid”   I myself had to deal with this and so I asked God if the name was just symbolic, or if it was something I had to really change?  His answer was immediately in my heart. As I stood in the garden outside my parent's house, 

 

My extended family still calls me Anna-Lise but in missions I am only known by the name Sarah, (apart from legal paperwork for visa's of course and sponsors using SA BREEDT to donate money)

 

Sarah in Genesis 17. I have French Huguenot roots from mom’s side, but there is a rumor in the family that we also have Jewish roots from Dad’s side and that our last name Breedt used to be Beriyth - that is the Hebrew word for “covenant”   God made a Beriyth with Abraham and Sarah.  I use 'Beriyth' now as my last name.