I press on to take hold

of that for which

Christ Jesus took hold of me

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15 Aug 2018

 

 There is nothing as nice as taking pics in the soft rain.

 

 

In this news:

 

A. Pete and Fergi's passing last week.

B. Finally an answer: Will I stay with YWAM? Will I stay in SA for now?

C. Enjoying Sand-Tray Therapy with those here in K.P.

D. Training university teams to reach out to Buddhist and Musl*ms in P*k*stan

E. TheSingleTable Initiative - more and more ladies are joining our table!

F. Retreat Dates - All 3 retreats on Lodges.

    15-16 September: For the  LADIES at Lawiide Lodge outside Centurion

    5-7 October: only 4 places left for SINGLE ladies.

    10-11 November: FOR the MEN in BUSHCAMP.

 

A. Pete and Fergi's passing.

 

This month's update once again is not easy.

If change is for sure and growth an option

then forgive me, if for a moment I stagnate - to breath.

 

I was driving back from SPAR.

 

When I got home I simply sat in the car... staring.

It is one week since he did not wake up.

 

Only when I suddenly realized my frozen foods are defrosting

did I slowly get out

and unpack. 

I made myself go to a meal with friends to break the sadness.

Useless.

 

Oh Pete.

 

It is ironic you know.

Our last conversation when the Master's Module was over.

It went something like: "hey Pete, lately I really try to say bye to people when I leave to fly out"

He gave his soft gentle staccato giggle.

"ya, me too! I never use to say bye either... but then I realized..."

He gave me his authentic British hug. We laughed.

Bye Pete!

Bye Sarah, take care now"

 

I am so grateful that I was with really good Ywam company when we heard the news.

But back here in Kempton I realized

I knew Pete since 1997... so it is ok if it hurts... deeply again.

 

Apart from Pete, dear dear Fergi passed on too. Suddenly. How the two of us prayed up a storm next to Zarias's bed before he passed away. That was (very appropriately) my last time with prayer-warrior Fergi.

 

I woke up this morning,

went to work on my Master's Capstone... thinking - Please, not another person this year. Just, please.

 


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B. 1. Finally an answer: Will I stay with YWAM?    2. Will I stay in SA for now?

 

Last week, deep in my heart, after a very unexpected but life giving Ywam meeting, I felt God confirm the question in my heart I had the week before.  I wrote and dialogued extensively on this with the Lord.

I assumed nothing.

 

1. Would I stay with Ywam or not?  YES! all the way YES!

I cannot see myself anywhere else than YWAM.

 

But FIRST... finish the Masters!!!

 

2. I have also been worried: God, will you ask me to leave SA soon? I cannot assume just because of a visa denial that I am back in SA for good. But this morning... I felt that peace for now. The debate/question in my own heart finally lifted.

 

It is so strange how Holy Spirit can use the most odd scripture to confirm his words. I always love it when He visits like that.

 

This morning was quite special. He first said: "I will give you back what you lost" (Joel2:25)

 

Then he gave me Amos 9:13... "The time will come, when the grain and grapes will grow faster than they can be harvested." (I think this was relating with the UofN)

 

Then He gave me Obadiah 1:20-21 personalized - "Sarah will return home and settle. Those who have been rescued (from Thailand) will go up Mount Zion to rule over the mountains..."

 

Above - the last 3 weeks in pics. 

Some of my friends do make me look normal. Thanks Charmaine!

 

C. Enjoying Sand-Tray Therapy with those here in K.P.

 

In the mean time I am really enjoying doing Sand-Tray Therapy with folks in and around Kempton Park. A certified Psychologist and sand-tray specialist evaluated me. She noticed how my Theophostic Training came into play and really enjoyed how I handled situations. That was fun!!

 

I enjoy sitting with people while they tell their stories. I love to see how Holy Spirit speak so differently to each one. Soon the Retreats (for my Masters' Capstone) with a focus on story-telling will begin too. 

See point F for more.

 

D. Training university teams to reach out to Buddhist and Musl*ms in P*k*stan

 

I had fun teaching a group of young students at Tukkies University on reaching out to Buddhist. The day after that I received an email. Please come and help us get ready for P*k*stan. I find it so fulfilling that I can train teams with a strong focus on the 10-40 (or 50-50) window here in my own nation! It is sad for me that I am not living in the 10-40 window myself. It is taking a while to get use to that. For years I have called others to go... and here I am back in SA. I think this was my greatest struggle until God spoke what I mentioned earlier under point B.

 

E. TheSingleTable Initiative - more and more ladies are joining our table!

 

In the mean time! Our once a month gather of single ladies in and around K.P. is picking up momentum. We will be gathering for STEAK this August @Fahrenheit and talk about the ups and downs of the month. It is simply a place where we can just be... knowing there is community out there that cares.

 

F. Retreat Dates

 

All 3 retreats on Lodges.

 

    September: For the LADIES - AT Lawiide Lodge near Centurion. 15 - 16 Sept

    October: only 4 places left for SINGLE ladies. 5-7 October.

    November: FOR the MEN. Only 7 places still available. 10-11 Nov (Saturday - Sunday in BOSKAMP) R650pp

 

 

 

Please visit www.tobetransformed.com/retreat for more info.

 

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