Today (28/4/2013) we had an AMEN hike from Newlands Forest to the Kirstenbosch Gardens. I realised that we – the Health Team – had come full circle. It was just over a year ago that our involvement with AMEN started. We had heard that AMEN was having a hike from Newlands Forest to the Kirstenbosch Gardens and we were excited and curious to see what they were about, so we went.
This group of young people, then unfamiliar strangers but now brothers and sisters closely knit to our hearts, were passionate about the Lord and people – they intrigued us. Grant started a conversation with us and the usual small-talk ensued and during the conversation he found out that Maneo and I were studying medicine, Vera – dietetics and Nelisa – physiotherapy and asked if we could present the next health training programme. And as they say,
All is history from then.
Going to the hike today, just over a year later after our first one at the same place, made me reflect over the past year since the beginning of my involvement with AMEN and see and appreciate how the hand of the Almighty God has worked in my life and in the lives of Maneo, Vera and Nelisa too. Today Kurt asked me what had changed since my involvement with AMEN; there are so many things but two stick out the most: God developing our leadership and organising skills.
The verses that come to mind as I write this are Philippians 2:13, “for it is God who works in you both to will and to do of His good pleasure” and Jeremiah 29:11, “For I know the thoughts that I think toward you, says the Lord, thoughts of peace and not of evil, to give you a future and a hope.” It was by no mere co-incidence that we came to that first hike, it was Divine appointment. Yes, we have come full circle but I can say that we have truly grown in many ways and I realise more so today that we must let God’s will be done in our lives, for our loving Father knows best. The Alpha and Omega sees where our dim eyes cannot, He knows the things that our minds cannot fathom and has plans for our lives that will not give us a fleeting happiness but the joy that springs from within – where He dwells – a joy that fills and runs over to our fellow brothers and sisters.
By the Health Team