As I reflect on 2018, while it has been a very tough year in ministry, there is still so much to be grateful for. So much so, that as I have been writing up my annual report and pouring over the pictures taken over the year, I see God’s sovereign hand at work! New students have given their lives to Jesus, been baptized and discipled, and we have raised student leaders across all our campuses. Our Father is always building His Kingdom. He is always looking after His children, weaving together His rich and glorious story all the time.
This year found us losing four of our campus ministers across our Cape Town Campuses. Currently the CPUT campus ministry is without a campus pastor at its helm. I have stepped in and even though it has been very stretching to take this on, I am slowly finding my feet. It has taken some time to understand the heartbeat and unique challenges and opportunities of this campus, yet in spite of all the hurdles and sifting, we continue to see God’s favour. I am grateful that the previous campus pastors are available and have helped me so much in this transition. I managed to raise money to send some of these student leaders to our annual Every Nation Campus (ENC) Conference in Johannesburg for a special encounter with God and general encouragement. Out of that opportunity, we now have two very committed student leaders that I have grown to know and care for over the last 4 months. With their help we managed to run a couple of ‘outreaches’ on campus, as well as a small event in their residence to equip and inspire their fellow students. I am excited to continue building with them, pulling in more of the student leaders to the coal face of the ministry, whilst also raising new leaders in the new year.
A lot hung in the balance this year, yet I am even more convinced that reaching the young people on our University campuses is a ‘GOD IDEA’ and an invaluable investment and a seed of hope into the future. Recently I was so encouraged that two UCT and campus ministry alumni were asked to address students at the UCT graduation this December. These students, who themselves were on the campus over 10 years ago, actively served other students. What is extraordinary is that much of their service on campus, as students, still continues to bear fruit today! They are such great role models for this nation and to young people studying now. I would like to applaud Maanda Tshifularo and Mamello Selamolela for their dedication, hard work and serving hearts that opens the way for so many people! Africa needs so many more noble graduates that are dreaming big as they serve society.
As we prepare to enter 2019, my heart is full of hope that we will be able to bring stability to our campus ministries on the different universities in Cape Town, growing and standing firm in the vision God has given us to reach more students and young leaders in this city with the gospel.
My hope is that as you take stock and reflect on the past year whilst looking forward in anticipation for 2019, that you too will be filled with peace, hope and an assurance of God’s relentless love for you no matter what you are going through or have been through. Paul writes “So we are convinced that every detail of our lives is continually woven together to fit into God’s perfect plan of bringing good into our lives, for we are his lovers who have been called to fulfill his designed purpose. – TPT Romans 8:28.
So, on we go! Thank you for your partnership, faithfulness and generosity. You make reaching, inspiring and walking with students in pursuit of God possible!