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Eye Of The Storm

Ever since I launched JSSM in November 2021, the response has been overwhelming. Here are some of the lovely feedback I received: It’s an accelerated season for Jeffrey’s Bay. Vicki, you’re destined to pioneer God’s dreams. May God continue to strengthen you and the team, to keep on doing the great work you are doing. Just …

Legally Pure

A couple of weeks ago, I re-watched Legally Blonde on Netflix for the first time in years. Immediately, I took a walk down memory lane, and it felt like I was a teenager again. I couldn’t stop smiling all throughout the film, and I even laughed a few times. Most of all, I was struck …

Lock & Key

As a child, I had an obsession with Hollywood and all it entailed. We didn’t have the internet, so my only means of access to Hollywood was through reading Huisgenoot (YOU) magazines. However, I was forbidden from reading that ‘gossipy magazine’, but I made a plan. Every week or so, I would visit my friend’s home. …

Ruling The Hallways

My early years were spent climbing trees with friends, going to the park with friends, and riding bikes with friends. My whole childhood was filled with friends – friends that I made on the street, friends at children’s church, friends in school, friends at friends’ houses, etc. Everywhere I went, I collected friends like I …

Rebels With A Cause

‘Everywhere I go, I’ve been praying for the people: ‘Lord, restore their wild heart. Restore what religion called rebellion, what culture labeled too radical, and what tamed them from being the undignified lovers they were called to be.’ Right now, I pray that over you too.’  Nate Johnston Lately, I’ve felt something rising up in me. …

Ndonwabile – I Have Joy

Three years ago, my mom and I moved back to Bloemfontein. We landed right in the middle of a severe drought. After experiencing an abundance of afternoon thunderstorms in Johannesburg, it was a huge adjustment to find ourselves in the middle of a Free State desert. Water restrictions were everywhere; even my grandmother had long …

Scents Of A Past

Recently, my grandmother gave me a suitcase. It was brown, small and worn out leather, and it was filled with newspaper clippings, black-and-white photos, magazine articles, old passports, worn-out Bibles, cufflinks, and even an expired bank card. This suitcase had a special distinction to it because it once belonged to my grandfather, Christiaan ‘Goggie’ Johannes …

Stones Of Remembrance

‘Those who know your name trust in you, for you, Lord, have never forsaken those who seek you.’ Psalm 9:10 In every relationship, trust is vital. Without trust, a solid foundation cannot be built. The key to building long-lasting relationships is to have complete faith in one another, knowing that you can depend on each …

A Decade & An Age

There’s this website where you can calculate the number of days you’ve been alive on this earth. Accordingly, I have now been here on this earth for a total of 11,167 days. I’m from the Millennial Generation. If you haven’t yet heard or read of these generational calculations, read this chart – it is a …

Of Roots & Wings

‘It is 365 years since the first Dutch settlers arrived at the Cape but no more than 180 years since Afrikaner nationalism gained momentum and barely 100 years since Afrikaans was formally recognized as a language.’ John Battersby Yesterday I was at a restaurant, and as I was playing with my 2-year-old nephew in the …

The Parent Trap

The relationship between children and their parents can be a complicated thing. Our parents are complicated human beings themselves. We are an extension of them, so that already makes us complicated as soon as we come into this world. We carry their DNA, their personality traits, their physical attributes. We can also end up carrying …

Waai Wind Waai

Dit is die dag voordat ek en my ma Kaap toe vlieg. Ons beplan om eers Stellenbosch toe te gaan, dan Robertson, Gansbaai en uiteindelik Blouberg. Ek voel alreeds onrustig oor die padreis, maar ek kan nie my vinger daarop sit nie. Dit is vreemd, wat ek het nog nooit so gevoel oor enige iets …