My week ahead – Ballito

I am often overwhelmed when I step outside of my reality, and look at the things I get to do, and call my job. I hear of people who hate what they’re doing and, while I obviously have moments of frustration, I cannot relate.  I consider myself to be so privileged to serve the people I serve, in a way that I can still support my family.

This is one of those weeks.  As I type this, I’m sitting here:

IMG_8544 IMG_8545 IMG_8546This is a ‘pitstop’ on route to Ballito with some awesome people – 13 in total. The reason we’re heading to Ballito, is to join the Red Frogs team that will be serving matrics (and those young adults that can’t let go of their childhood and still travel to Rage… seriously?!?!) for the week.  We’ll be making them free pancakes.  We’ll be walking them home.  We’ll be cleaning their hotel rooms. We’ll watch their stuff on the beach so they can have fun without worrying about crime.  We’ll calm them down when things get a little out of hand.  We will get them coffee to help them sober up.  We will do whatever else it takes to let them know that they are a loved generation.

Some of the team that are travelling with me this week.  We're meeting the rest in Ballito tomorrow

Some of the team that are travelling with me this week. We’re meeting the rest in Ballito tomorrow

The main reason for our trip to Ballito this week is to be part of the team that serves, as I will be leading Red Frogs in Pretoria from January 2013. A group of 9 young adults have committed to serve at a high level of commitment to build this organization in Pretoria and be a presence wherever students party, safe guarding a generation.  Beyond these 9, many others will be part of the wider network, serving when they can.  This is an incredible opportunity to reach out in an active love.  Yes, preaching is important.  But when people were hungry, Jesus fed them. When people were thirsty, he gave them something to drink.

As I get older, I can appreciate more and more the necessity for the church to move beyond the four walls of our buildings. I am so excited for 2014 and the potential that lies ahead to impact students in such practical ways. Will you pray for favour and success as we start this ministry in Pretoria?

And, if you’re around and interested, RedFrogs serve in Ballito, Umhlanga, Margate, Plett and Zimbabwe. Get involved. Change the world.


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