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Confessions of A Bible Student
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The Beauty of Dependence
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I See Gold in Ocean View – My First Three Weeks
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“Why Have You Come Here?” – Part 1

Confessions of A Bible Student

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The School of Biblical Studies’ students completed their intensive, nine months of study and graduated this week here at YWAM Muizenberg. One student Sydney gives her honest and encouraging outlook as her view of the Bible changed from boring and insignificant to essential to knowing God and living life. I hope you are inspired that the Bible is essential to your God-filled life!

“The B. I. B. L. E. Yes, that’s the book for me…” Yeah, yeah, I had heard it since Sunday school – I should read the Bible. Call me a “bad Christian,” but if I was honest nothing, seemed more painstaking.

With that, here are the confessions of a Bible student:

  1. For most of my life, reading the Bible consisted of opening it at random, slapping my finger on the page, and reading whatever verse I landed on.
  2. I thought the Bible was boring. It only seemed somewhat relevant when the pastor on stage came up with a witty presentation.
  3. Frankly, the Bible was too overwhelming, and I thought I would never be able to make sense of that dusty piece of literature for myself.

That was until I decided to embark on a journey. A journey to see what would happen if I read the Bible in its entirely. What would it reveal about God? How could 66 books of ancient literature, written in three different languages, over the course of 1,500 years, actually apply to my life today? Little did I know but this quest would change the course of my life forever.

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The Beauty of Dependence

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I ask you to consider taking Cayla’s post to heart, whether encased by the mundane, the comforts or difficulties of home, whether battling tragedy personally or tragic, global headlines – near to home here in South Africa with xenophobia and recent violence or a bit further away – the devastating earthquakes in Nepal… There is Someone waiting for you, Not on “the other side” of tragedy or struggle, but He is With You In the struggle – regardless of it’s supposed size. He waits, for your independence to surrender.

This post was originally published on the Cayla Bertelsen’s blog at http://caylabertelsen.blogspot.com/2015/03/the-beauty-of-dependence.html and is re-posted with permission.

“I need you more, more than yesterday. I need you more, more than words can say. I need you more than ever before. I need you more; I need you, Lord.”

Today I was reflecting on my days in South Africa and the sweet intimacy with Jesus that I enjoyed in such a full measure. My heart longed to feel that nearness once again. I wanted to feel that familiar trust and peace that came from the constant running to Him.

I wondered for a minute, “Why? Why was there such a difference between that time and this?”

But right then, I knew what it was  – the amount of dependence.

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I See Gold in Ocean View – My First Three Weeks

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Just a month ago Tiffany Baca, the author of the below post, moved to South Africa to join the staff of Justice Doll, a YWAM ministry. She shared her experience with her friends recently (see http://us6.campaign-archive1.com/?u=5871ff8192&id=9321bed718). Can we join her to see and to pray with God’s eyes for beautiful Ocean View?

I got to stay in this cozy, adorable, little, yellow mission house…

…filled with Scriptures and pictures of the people in the neighborhood, stories of the challenges and victories and abundant with love.

It seems so far removed from its surroundings because of how you feel in the house, yet those that have lived in the house have invested, loved, cared, been in the nitty-gritty of, and rejoiced over its surroundings.

My amazing housemate took the time to show me around and explained to me the history of Ocean View. She shared about the families in the area, took me to church, and invited me into this space that teeters between over-coming and just-getting-by.

There are kids who grew up in Ocean View and prospered and raised their families seemingly unscathed by what goes on around them, and there are kids who grew up to reciprocate the violence around them.
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“Why Have You Come Here?” – Part 1

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This post was originally published on the author Christina Quist’s website http://www.thequists.com and is re-posted with permission.

Have you ever caught yourself thinking about or intrigued by a specific person, people group, or place? Maybe even a cause? You know, you try to put it out of your mind, but at random times, it returns? You don’t even know the person, or have never been to the place, but you feel a connection with it, a responsibility or longing to know more?

The first time I felt this particular connection to someone was Michael Jackson in the fifth grade. I may or may not have been misguided by hormones. This is not what I’m talking about. This is stalking.

As I get older, I know there are specific people designed for me to not just pray for, but I know I have a part in their lives and they in mine. We are meant to be entwined for however brief a moment (Ephesians 2:10).

I’m kinda used to the crazy. I mean, we up and moved to South Africa because of a powerful draw and call we felt to a very specific place. Once you jump off the deep end, it gets easier every time.

Which is why it wasn’t unheard of for me to make my way to the Middle East without an agenda or goal in mind. Or heck, without my husband, well-rehearsed missions team, a lot of money, or even knowing a hint of Arabic. Just me and my new friend who I met a few months ago.

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