So, we moved this past weekend. It has been a crazy time with all the packing and unpacking. Not to mention that life doesn’t stand still and wait for all this to happen. And so we’ve been fitting into each day all the usual ministry and family demands along with the extra work that moving house entails. Because of this our August newsletter is late. I am so grateful to Inez who really handled the lions share of this move, and freed me up to still focus on ministry and assignments. A better partner in life I could not have asked for.
Thank you to everyone who has been praying for us for the past year as we’ve journeyed with this impending move. God has been so good and gracious to us as He has both provided for our family during the period of uncertainty, when we weren’t sure what was going to happen when, and provided a new home for us within the same complex we’ve been in for the past 3 and a half years. It remains for me a daunting thing to rely fully on God to meet our needs, and this move has been a genuine test of faith in itself. I am still convicted that God is working and moving, even when I don’t see it; and is pursuing, in some mystical way, His will through and for our family.
Funny how conviction often comes after the fact though. I’m not one of those unwavering Jesus followers when it comes to trusting God! I battle – often daily – with doubts and questions. Sometimes I feel this is a very healthy space, to be able to question deeply and challenge underlying assumptions. Other times I feel the real deficiency of my faith. There is nothing much for me to do in those times, I find, other than do my best to cling tight to Jesus. I imagine I am not alone in this.
Thankfully, Jesus seems to place high priority on clinging to me, even when my grasp is weak. It would seem that He really is the Alpha and Omega; the ground of our being; the author of our faith.
I’m so excited to share that I have been spending time with a small team praying into and discussing a counselling ministry to the city of Rustenburg. It has been on my heart, since we moved here, to see a Christian counselling facility made available to the people of this city. I encounter so much brokenness here that I know could be tackled by a dedicated team of people looking to serve the emotional needs of the broken – and it looks as though God is moving now on this front.
It is something I have been doing as a weekly expression of ministry here since we started, but I know I am more of a team person. I don’t enjoy the go-it-alone slog, and would prefer to operate within a group of people orientated towards similar goals. There is also great benefit in a team as it provides for different perspectives and approaches to ministry, problems and opportunities. So, my hope is that this will be semi-formalised soon and begin to function as a resource that can be publicised to the people of Rustenburg.
My other focus areas will be around the family – marriage, parenting and family relationships; and also individuals. This encompasses a few things: personal trauma, life-coaching, relationships etc. In some ways this is distinct from spiritual direction, and yet they cannot be truly separated. My position would be that Jesus is at the centre of all things. However, for those who may not yet know Him, I do not want to create a barrier to accessing healing resources. My hope would be that through the journey people would meet Jesus as the author of their healing.
From my perspective I still have the needs of leaders and ministers in the Church as a priority. These amazing people are sometimes fighting battles no one knows about, often without a safe space to offload. If we’re honest about ourselves as church members, we can be quite unsupportive towards our church leaders. If you feel this comment isn’t fair, then I celebrate you for being one of the few that does intentionally seek to support their leaders. Unfortunately, in my experience, you are a rare breed of Christian. There are many church members whose primary stance is that of taking, not giving. We need to take a long hard look in the mirror with Jesus, and ask Him how He wants us to change our attitude towards His ministers and church leaders.
This expression of ministry is very near and dear to my heart. Since I was a teenager, I have had a desire to sit with people in their emotional and spiritual pain and confusion. What emerged over time was an equal desire to assist them in reaching a point of wholeness in their lives. What has been ultimately added to all of that now is an effective skillset. It is an ongoing journey – there is always much more to learn. I am so grateful to God that He is making a way for me to use these gifts here in Rustenburg. It is one of the spaces where I feel most alive.
We need your help!
Please pray for us as a team as we continue to meet, dream and plan? We need your support in prayer to make this happen. We will also need partners that will come alongside us with resources to make this space available. Please pray into whether God is asking you to partner directly with our family in financial support? Or whether it is to make other kinds of resources available to the team to support this specific direction? You can contact me at any point to discuss this. I’d be so grateful to hear from you.