The past Easter we reflected on the meaning of Love. We discovered that true Love cannot be contained in a heart that is filled with fear, suspicion and hatred. We cannot have Christ and not have unconditional Love. This does not mean to get fuller with Love, but emptier of ourselves!
For many believers the way to God is “up”. Deeply embedded in us is a belief that the spiritual journey is an ascent, not a descent. And yet, Jesus had only one operational mode: “down”…going lower, taking the lower place.
In our own desire to build capacity and contain more of Christ, the route must be down. There is nothing heroic, by any of our normal standards, in becoming a loving, humble and servant-like person.
This is the path of Philippians 2:6-8:
Have the Same Attitude as Christ
6 Although he was in the form of God and equal with God,
he did not take advantage of this equality.
7 Instead, he emptied himself by taking on the form of a servant,
by becoming like other humans,
by having a human appearance.
8 He humbled himself by becoming obedient to the point of death,
death on a cross.
During April, a friend invited Theunis to join him to coach a group of students at Eagles Rising Leadership Academy outside Strand: (https://web.facebook.com/eaglesrisingleadershipacademy/?_rdc=1&_rdr).
At Eagles Rising, they inspire, encourage, teach, equip and mentor students (18-24yrs) from a deprived background, to believe that the future can be different from the past and that they can significantly impact society. This is achieved by providing a loving, secure and wholesome Christian environment and a variety of part-time and full-time training programs.
We followed a process over 6 sessions helping them to discover their life purpose. We discussed their life stories to take building blocks from their past for their future; we helped them to discover their potential through understanding who they are in terms of their personality, skills and abilities; we helped them to discover their passion and to develop a Life Mission Statement; we helped them to integrate and align their life with their vision, mission and values.
At first the participants were noticeably shy, with low self-esteem and little self-belief.
During our final one-on-one sessions with the participants they were able to look us in the eye and with confidence declare who they are and what they belief the purpose is that they will fulfil.
This was a very satisfying experience. It was also a “labour of love” because we did not receive any income to cover our cost.
Your faithful donations and monthly contributions enabled us to travel to Strand and to devote our time to these students.
Theunis is still involved in a business coaching process, helping friends to develop a vision and plan for their business.
We had three inquiries about the “Walking with Wounded Children” training and we are waiting to see if any of these doors will open to present the training.
We spent time with Magda’s parents and siblings during Easter weekend in George. It was a special time with family and friends and we cherish the memories of the time we spent together.
We attended the Missions-Focus weekend hosted by the DRC Fish Hoek from 26-28 April 2019. It was good to have fellowship with other people in different ministries supported by the congregation.
Thank you for your continued love and support.