This week marked the half-way point of the DTS lecture phase. There has been ups and there have been downs but here are some points of praise:
God made us relational and I have loved building new relationships and furthering old ones since coming back to the Drakensberg. Christ said, “there is no one who has left house or brothers or sisters or mother or father or children or lands, for my sake and for the gospel, who will not receive a hundredfold now in this time, houses and brothers and sisters and mothers and children and lands, with persecutions, and in the age to come eternal life.” (Mark 10:29-30). And that is exactly what He has given me here. I am blessed to live on base surrounded by many brothers and sisters in Christ!
I’ve really enjoyed the outreaches we are doing into the local community. My favourites have been going to the schools as well as offering what small practical help we can to Isibani, a community centre.
Watching God work in my life, the students and those here on base is a privilege and joy.
The Drakensberg truly is a beautiful part of the world! I am so blessed to wake up every morning and see His glory in the nature that surrounds this place. The mountains never look the same. Sometimes they are so close you think you could touch them. Other days you can’t see them at all and you can only assume they took the day off. God’s also blessing me with many visits by His creation: monitor lizards, eagles, falcons, bucks, snakes… Some more appreciated than others!
How can I not mention how much I have loved taking the Bible Studies with Chollom on this school! It is confirming this as my passion. Very good thing given I’m going to staff on the School of Biblical Studies next year…
Birthday & Affirmation
Everyone here makes me feel so loved and special. Not only on my birthday but everyday. My birthday was definitely a highlight though with many encouraging words and prayers spoken over my life. The DTS students were determined to give me a great day up at Dragon Peaks and then back on base the rest of the staff came around and loved on me.
I’m really grateful for internet that allows me to stay in touch with everyone back home and especially Skype, which lets me keep in touch with family
There are many more positive moments I could share and things that I love about being here but I best leave it there for now.