Yoh, yoh, yoh, its been ages since I’ve written a blog. What a crazy busy few months it has been.
And as I sit in my bed on a Sunday morning drinking a cup of delicious tea, looking around at my room at all of the photos and kind words people have given me, feeling happy, I glance to the right to look out of my window, I see a drug dealer hiding some drugs in the ground for his customers and I see my car that has been giving me major problems, I notice I have put a sign with the word written ‘faith’ on my window ledge, eish I think to myself…..it’s so true, one minute I can be so happy because I am so blessed and then I can suddenly be so saddened, stressed and burdened by the things going on. What is God asking me to do in this moment? Pray yes, come to him first, yes and essentially have faith that he works everything for the good of those that love him.
Therefore, since we have been justified through faith, we have peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ, 2 through whom we have gained access by faith into this grace in which we now stand. And we boast in the hope of the glory of God. 3 Not only so, but we also glory in our sufferings, because we know that suffering produces perseverance; 4 perseverance, character; and character, hope. 5 And hope does not put us to shame, because God’s love has been poured out into our hearts through the Holy Spirit, who has been given to us.
6 You see, at just the right time, when we were still powerless, Christ died for the ungodly. 7 Very rarely will anyone die for a righteous person, though for a good person someone might possibly dare to die. 8 But God demonstrates his own love for us in this: While we were still sinners, Christ died for us.
9 Since we have now been justified by his blood, how much more shall we be saved from God’s wrath through him! 10 For if, while we were God’s enemies, we were reconciled to him through the death of his Son, how much more, having been reconciled, shall we be saved through his life! 11 Not only is this so, but we also boast in God through our Lord Jesus Christ, through whom we have now received reconciliation. Romans 5 v 1 – 11.
The verses above are instructions that I am learning about and preparing myself to do more and more, each and everyday. I have spent sometime praying and asking God what else he has in store for me, here in Cape Town. I currently live in a suburb called Observatory, next door to this, is a suburb called Salt River, I wouldn’t necessarily say one suburb is worse than the other but Salt River is known as a massively diverse community for many different reasons. I along with 11 other people have made the decision to move into this area.
Here is alittle bit of an introduction as to why…..
There is a NPO called The Message Trust, they have been alive and active in the UK for more than 20 years. Within The Message Trust they have several sub divisions ranging from ‘Enterprise’ where they want to develop a Message Leadership & Enterprise Centre that will not only create employment, but will seek to train entrepreneurs and release them into community-based micro-enterprises, to a ‘Prison Programme’ which consists of four phases that will interact with one another and provide each offender they work with the best possible care and support so that they can be given a platform to succeed in life. Alongside these amazing divisions, there is one called Eden Salt River, in enters the connection…..
Their vision is to mobilise a team of volunteers who will live long-term in the community in order to demonstrate the Kingdom of God in word and action. Serving under a full-time team leader, the Eden team will accomplish this vision through sharing the joys and challenges of community life as they live as salt and light amongst the people. The team will have a particular calling to the youth of the area, recognising teenagers as a missional key to the whole community. Team members will develop relational activities to positively engage local young people with a holistic approach embracing their education, health and of course, their relationship with God.
Personally I feel the vision God is calling me to is exactly that above. As mentioned in other blogs, incarnational living is something I have been continuously challenged by. Living in a community where I know my neighbours names, shop at the local shop and get my car fixed at the local garage, all doing so by living my life and being intentional.
Along with my housemate Rudo, our move wont be until the end of this year, beginning of next year as there are a few things logistically that need to be sorted out before I move but I will ensure I keep everyone updated.
Please see the link to the website below, I encourage you to have a look and a read, a gold star for whoever can spot me on the website! 😀