Posted in Inspirational, People, Random, South Africa, Uncategorized

Pneu

I’ve been here in my new job for just over a month now. It’s been incredible!

I realised. Maybe my friends and some family, may wonder what I actually do? And also what is with the whole #pneulife and #pneugeneration I keep hashtagging in my Instagram posts. It’s not like I am spelling NEW incorrectly? ūüėČ

So last night, we held an event called WTF! Not what you think… but rather:

WE THE FAMOUS!

I was seriously blown away and so inspired by the talent that we have in our school. ¬†These students had me kinda emotional. ¬†From dances, to skits, to singing… it was seriously really good. ¬†I thought to myself: ¬†Thank you Jesus, I get to be part of this and surrounded by this creativity! ¬†Here are some pics from the night. ¬†But actually they don’t really do justice:

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To see some videos of the night go to the Pneukleus Instagram account.

So my role her is that of Gap Year Coordinator. ¬†What does that entail? ¬†Yes, some seriously adventurous and fun stuff. ¬†But that really is only 1/5 of the programme. ¬†In each week, with the students, we will do career exposure (cover about 13 different careers). ¬†Then we do some spiritually development stuff. ¬†Going deeper in connection with God and one self. ¬†There is also an aspect of self discovery. ¬†Each person working out who they are? ¬†Personality type, love languages, etc. ¬†Then there is the fitness side. ¬†And I cannot exclude, the massive tour prep. ¬†This is taking the gospel (good news) out to various towns around the country. ¬†Using dance and drama – ¬†But the quality of this is outstanding! ¬†The young adults are dancing to the likes of Michael W Smith. ¬†(When did teens in high schools ever connect with that? haha!) ¬†Nope! ¬†The Pneumatix crew is dancing with relevant stuff and bringing a message that hits home. ¬†That’s what grabbed me, when I saw them on tour… ¬†They were not afraid to cover and deal with the difficult topics.

And what is also something to note. ¬†Is that these youngsters we have here on campus. ¬†(52 this year.) ¬†They also come here with a story. ¬†Life hasn’t always been kind to them either. ¬†So this is a place where they will find healing too.

There are many places, these young folk can study.  And at those institutions, they are just a student number.  Here they are known, couched and cared for.  When these young adults leave, they will leave as gentlemen and ladies, who have been educated in excellence!


So they the point of this post… about the PNEU. ¬†Comes from the word “Pneuma”

It refers to the breath of God. ¬†Which is just pretty darn cool! ¬†Reminds me of the passage in Ezekiel 37. ¬†This¬†VIDEO¬†depicts it well. ¬†In this passage Ezekiel is show a valley of dry bones. ¬†He is asked by God if they can come back to life? ¬†God’s in inviting him to see something incredible. ¬† To be part of something incredible. ¬† To cut a long story short… the PNEU / “breath of God” is given to these dry bones and they are brought to life!

Another encounter of this PNEU is when God makes Adam. ¬†He’s breathes life into him.

So that’s what we are as a campus / college. ¬†We want each person to experience the “breath of God.” ¬†Thus giving them a #Pneulife and becoming a #Pneugeneration.

Besides… the whole PNEU thing is quite catchy! ūüėČ

So my gap year programme is called Pneukleus – again going with the whole Peu thing…

Pneumatix is best known for it’s performing arts department. ¬†Some seriously good dancing here, and acting. ¬†Then we have film school here and music. ¬†And theology. ¬†Any psychology. ¬†There is a lot to be done here.

So next time, you are in the area.  Do pop in, come and see what we are about.  Besides, we have the most incredible campus:

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So that’s it for now. A bit about #Pneumatix and what I do. If you want to know more. Feel free to ask.

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I must end off with this. In Secunda, one breathed in the pollution of Sasol. Here I keep singing the lyrics of Switchfoot to myself: “I can feel my lungs again”

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Imagine 1783?

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I subscribe to #Goodreads daily quotes.
The quote is an average one.
But what got me thinking… was the date of birth.

Can you imagine life back in 1783?

How do you see / think it was like? (Please feel free to comment below.)

I’d like to think life was less cluttered back then.
More simple, if you will.
The pace was more peaceful.
The issues of the world was were less complicated.
Perhaps teenagers grew up..
Less messed up?
Maybe parents were more present in their children’s lives?

Maybe there were less made up diseases and conditions.

There was definitely less technology noise.
People would have communicated with their mouths and eyes.
Nowdays we use our fingers and our “maybe” responses…

Ah, for a more uncluttered era.

I guess back then, there would be no way for me to share this blog post…

Hmm?
I guess I’m gonna press “publish” anyway… ūüėČ

Posted in Blast to the Past, Church, Humour, People

Job is a brat! (They didn’t tell us that…)

Catherine has been reading through the book of JOB for her recent quiet times and we have had some interesting discussions around the character of Job.

Job is whining idiot!  (Yes, you just read that correctly!)

IN THE OLD DAYS:

– I heard many a sermon preach on how faithful JOB was to God.
– Are they serious, the preachers who preached that message?
– Job, is pitiful.
– He moans and feels sorry for himself and curses the very day he was born.
– And we were told. Be like Job.

(Did preachers, really believe – that was the message?!)

– I was taught, his friends who were babbling fools giving insensitive advice.

BUT WHAT IS THE ACTUAL LESSON:

– The friends, actually, speak wisdom to Job. They call it as it is. (We all need friends like that.

– Maybe, the lesson from the book is – do not whine like JOB? Seriously, when last have you read that BOOK? It’s painful to hear all his sulking.

– The best part of that book is when God speaks to Job in chapter 38 with a serious of questions. That simply puts things in perspective.

– God is God. His ways are higher than ours.

Question – How will you respond when the poo hits the fan?

Job – he didn’t too well. But how would you and I respond?

(I could expound more on the book of Job, but right now, it’s late, and my day is full tomorrow. ¬†Good Night world!)

Posted in Inspirational, People

Unusual Good Samaritans

Yesterday, after my run at the beach. (Wow, being the near the beach is very cool)
My car didn’t want to start. Battery was super flat! Three car gaurds came to try give me a push start – But battery was just too “pap!”

So I checked. I didn’t have jumper leads (I should invest in some soon.)
But I approach this rich guy sitting in his rich car. I asked him if he had any jumper cables. He eyed me as if I were bugging him – and gave me some excuse about “he’s not here for very long.” (Wait, did he think I was keen on camping out at the beach? It wasn’t my plan to be there to long either, punk!)

So then I decided I’d call my roadside assistance. (Apparently, our insurance comes with that.)

All the while, these three car guards kept asking each person returning to their car if they had cables for me.
Eventually, someone did.
And we set it all up… and “tada!” my car started!

The little lesson, I learnt is help comes from unusual places.

A rich guy brushes me aside…

And, these three car guards (who we’d so often brush aside) came to my aid.

Noted.

Posted in Inspirational

A blog about Golf

I don’t know much about golf.

But I heard this information about the famous St Andrew’s golf course (I don’t even know where it is. Some enlighten me, please?) in regards to their membership requirements.
(Heard from a church I visited this morning.)

And that is what grabbed my attention and got me thinking (and writing this…)

Besides, being super wealthy to be part of the St Andrew’s golf course. (You see, not just anybody can play there.)

Part of the membership requires that each member will caddie at least once a year for someone else there. No matter, how wealthy you are, or any other status you may have… You MUST caddie for someone else.

(I am going on what the preacher said. Not sure where to verify this information)

The idea behind that rule:

It reminds you that “you are part of that golf course, for the love of golf and not the love of wealth!”

Brilliant, hey?!

Posted in People, Uncategorized

The Insensitivity of Curiosity

This past week there has been some serious fire-fighting going on here in Somerset West. A lot of damage has been caused by these veld fires which has burnt down some houses too.

The peculiar thing – is the behaviour of people. (About a year ago I wrote about a similar thing when a house in Secunda exploded.)

We are all curious. But could our curiosity be insensitive? The radio had informed the community that certain roads were closed and that the authorities asked people to not come near to “check out” the damage done by the fire. But what did the people do? They went anyway…

Again, people seem to thrive on bad news. We like to pry on the misfortune of others. Rather insensitive, don’t you think?

But on the flip side. When KFM (a local radio station) put out a request for sunscreen and lip ice for the firefighters… the community responded well. They pulled together to provide aid.

I drove passed Strand Fire Station on the way home today and I noticed that people were still dropping off things that were needed. I am impressed by the community’s help.

People are peculiar. We pry and but we care too.

Posted in Inspirational, People, South Africa, Travels

New Home

Long Summer days. Squirrels scampering across the garden. Vineyards basking in the sunlight. The Hottentots Holland  mountains standing nearby. The sea lining the horizon. An owl swooping from tree to tree. An early morning beachfront. Crisp fresh air.
I feel like we have found our home.

Yes, yes – this is coupled with that “holiday feeling.”

Work starts next week. I’m excited it for it. (Naturally, a bit nervous too.)
I’m basically in Christian education and empowerment now.
Thankful and happy for this new chapter of our lives.

It’s difficult to put all I am feeling into words and to even contain the emotion I have inside.

This part of the world is stunning! So much to take in.
There is so much to do.
Markets. Wine tasting. Hikes. Mountains. Beach. Coffee shops. Craft beer. Geocaching. New Friends. New experiences.

And yet there is no rush to do it all.
Even the ordinary things here are just so beautiful.

My heart and soul feel giddy.
Here’s to 2017!



Posted in Church, People, South Africa

Dear Secunda,

When they left for AUS, Lee had mentioned in one of her statuses on FB; “it’s the people not the place that make a place” (something to that effect)

That has stayed with me. There is some truth in that. Wherever you are it’s the people that matter.  That make a place for you.

Secunda, has been a good chapter.  A short one, but it has been full.

Here are some of my observations of things, in no particular order:

(Why am I writing? It’s thing I do. I like to take stock of my life. Count my blessings, if you will.  Read on if you like. If you don’t,  it doesn’t matter.)

Of recycling:
I started a recycling project in Secunda last year. It’s still an “infant” in its life span. But my prayer is that it won’t remain a project. That implies it has a start and an end.
Recycling is a lifestyle.
I hope the people at St Peters live differently and think green. The recycling can expand further. I’d be stoked if that happens!

Of love and wedding:
A lot of people move to Secunda for Sasol. A job there. I moved here for love. And what an incredible journey that has been.
Our venue was a quaint coffee shop. If you ever visit Secunda go check out #EataLot
And the day of the wedding was in the windy month of August… but on the 8th… there was no wind. It was a glorious day!
And I married the lady who stole my heart. ‚ô°

Of studying:
Because life has been quieter and the urge in me was growing stronger I started studying through #Unisa again last year June. 3 semesters down. 10 subjects passed. I’m on my way to getting a general management degree in Business. Excited about this journey.

Of football and soccer club:
One of my highlights of Secunda is meeting the guys through field and indoor soccer.
For a few months we got to play on Sundays at the sasol club. On their fields. Was good fun! (Until the greed of management kicked us out. Pun not intended.) Greed always ruins things.

The soccer club is a brilliant little bar/pub with cheap beers and amazing football memorabilia strewn across the walls and the ceiling. On match day the vibe would be great in there as various premier league fans gathered to watch the screening game.

Of children’s ministry:
Most of ministry has involved teens (in the previous years). in Secunda I had only three or four teens.
So I had to focus more on the children in the Sunday School. A different focus for me but I enjoyed it. Kids are often keen!

Of exiting the church:
I’m excited to be leaving the church. For the first time in 15 years I won’t be a paid staff member of the church.

I can visit a church with Catherine not being known by anyone. And not “being paid to be there” (not that my relationship with Jesus was dependent on a salary… but I’m sure those who have been on ministry understand what I mean.)

Of Sasol and the “fresh air”:
I can’t wait to not see thr pollution of Sasol anymore.
My new view from our new home will be that of a sea view (estate agent sea view) and a mountain. And some vineyards too.
To breathe is fresh air is gonna be a “breath of fresh air” ūüėČ

Then I always I didn’t understand how to residents of Secunda never got cheaper petrol prices. The residents have to suck in Sasol’s pollution . The least they can do is give cheaper petrol.

Of St Peters and people:
Meeting with the folk from St Peters at church or a social is like one big family gathering.
There is the one uncle with the jokes.
There is the one grandfather with the long stories.
There are the cute children running around.
There is the nosey aunt.
The grumpy. The joyful.
The committed.
St Peters has it all.
Hospitality is this church’s strength.
I’m thankful to have been part of the ‘family’ and with leaving… I still feel part of the family. Just at a distance.

I’ve made some friends along the way here. Jannie, Reinier and a few others.
Thanks everyone!

Of tourism and green spaces:
When they designed this town the planned many “green belts” – I liked that. With paths and benches.
A very good idea. (Obviously in SA, crime ruins the safe feeling of those spaces. But TIA, right?)


Soooo… whenever you live in a town you should be able to promote it as a tourguide. Well, that’s one of my philosophies.

If you ever pop into Secunda.

Eish! On the waterfront is a brilliant spot. A good South African feeling restaurant. On Secundas waterfront. (Inland style. Haha ;))
In fact there are a few places to eat at at the waterfront. Or to just ‘keuer’ (don’t know how to spell that.)
Also playing adventure golf along the water edge is pretty cool.

Then the duckpond is worth checking out. Lots of space to walk the dogs, go for a run or a ride, or to have a braai. On the weekends there is a little steam train that runs on a small track. Kids love it. Mind you, adults too.

Decent coffee shops. Symphony’s and “Eat a Lot”


Secunda, it’s been real!

See you (in blog world) in 2017!

Posted in Inspirational, Nature

Of colours and when you ‘feel blue’

I am so thrilled with the flowers and colours in our garden.  I must give credit to Elliott or the previous owners who threw seeds down in the flowerbed.  This summer the flowers have bloomed with conviction.

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When I look at the flowers each day I can’t help but smile. They’re stunning! It got me thinking about a conversation I had with my brother on feeling depressed.

(Now, I know depression is a complex thing) – and we’re no experts…

But what he and I spoke about made sense. And I am confident it would be helpful.
When one would “feel blue” – one could sit outside in their garden.
Or one could do half an hour exercise.
And now I add, one could tend to a garden. Water the flowers. Take out the weeds.
Or even, get yourself a pet. Caring for a dog, and receiving the love from a dog – would do wonders for anyone…

I think doing these things would help someone who is feeling depressive…

Your thoughts?

Posted in Random

Colours of the week…?

Black Friday. Black is a whole description for a Friday. I see Friday as red.

Speaking of colours of the week. Where does the association of certain colours for certain days of the week come from?

I see:

Monday as black
Tuesday as light green
Wednesday as purple
Thursday as.. probably white?
Friday as red
Saturday as brown
Sunday as pink or orange?

But where do I get that from? Where does that association come from?

Maybe when I was young and we learnt the days of the week…the week day names were written in that colour or where on that colour background?

The mind is a peculiar thing.
Just another random post ūüėČ

Better than colours… one should attach emotions as the cure did:

“Friday, I’m in love…”