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Breakdowns, breakthroughs and seasons

Through the years one picks up wisdom along the way. A lot of it when you’re traveling the road of suffering. I’ve learnt that many things pass through seasons. My business had good seasons, but these were often followed by hard seasons. Relationships go through seasons when everything is going well and then seasons when […]

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The right thing to do

My wife had the privilege of spending a few days in Taizé, a classic old monastery in France, to recharge her spiritual batteries, and there she met a young woman from Poland. Not even a year later she knocked on our front door. She was in South Africa to help with the Taizé event in […]

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Proud of you!

I received the following email from Dawid: In 2014, we really struggled financially and I couldn’t even give my wife flowers or a card for our 45th anniversary! Under a peach tree in the garden I found a yellow autumn leaf and wrote the following message on it: “I love you!” with that day’s date. […]

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Don’t you dare touch my buddy, then …

My buddies from high school and I are still good friends. Four of us are living in the same area. One went to Australia, but when he visits SA, we get together virtually every night. It is quite something to experience the close ties among us. Even if we have seen each other a long […]

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New courage and strength

I woke up with a bang. It is 2:30. I can’t sleep because the stress is driving me up the wall. My stomach is churning, and my body is covered in cold sweat. I’m having a huge project at hand and the doors are closing one after the other. I’m wondering what God wants me […]

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You are needed

Ettienne (not his real name) tells a little bit about his life: We moved to PE dreaming of making millions and enjoying city life. I joined the athletics club where I met Attie (not his real name). He was a true Christian friend who led me to the Lord. I started going to church, because […]

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Your faith also strengthens others

Life is not just moonshine and roses. All of us experience this first hand and in person nearly every day of our lives. What do parents hold onto when their four-month-old baby boy is no longer there lying in his crib? Their home has collapsed. For a long time, I simply sat with them at […]

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Missing others

When I get to heaven, the first guy I want to make an appointment with is Paul. I have so much appreciation for this man – probably because I can see so much of myself in him. Probably because he was such a rough diamond and has the full box. But especially because he loved […]

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Despite stumbling ourselves, we can and must help others

A single parent told me this story: This mom was so ashamed the other day. My little girl broke her arm and at first we thought, no problem, it doesn’t seem to be broken. I bandaged the arm and we asked Jesus to help the sore arm feel better. Two days later the swollen arm […]

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Like a pole above water

People often ask me if I would be a referee on their CVs. For some I do it with pleasure, for others with some hesitance, because you have to be honest when someone calls you asking you to give a reference for the person. When someone enquires about someone who didn’t really pull their weight, […]

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