Over a period of 2 weekends we had a Kelderman 60 year celebration weekend and a Pillay family reunion. Not to mention all the February and March birthdays within the family. We have seen family more in the past few months than the previous 8 years, and it is awesome and overwhelming.
Below are pictures from the Kelderman 60 year celebration. My grandparents migrated from Holland in 1958 with their 3 sons. My cousin decided that a weekend camp would be the best way to commemorate this. Hearing stories, playing games, swimming and catching up with uncles, aunts and cousins was great. But the best part of the weekend was hearing the family history – the cost of leaving behind everything familiar and by faith in God embracing an unknown future.
The Kelderman Clan 60 years later
A celebration dinner ended our weekend off in style
A clamouring collection of cousins
Kiran’s first camping experience left him with the inability to sit still
Koekenhappen – one of the weird and wonderful Dutch games we played
Spending time in the Word as a family
We survived camping with kids!
The Pillay family reunion was a celebration of birthdays – the most special of which was Pravani’s dad turning 75. It was also arranged as an opportunity to bring the extended family together to remember a very special address – 101 Horsham Road, Clairwood. We heard the family story of how the house came to be and how many generations of the Pillay family lived in it. We even had the opportunity of placing our names and the names of our children on the family tree. It was amazing to see our part in the legacy of generosity, hard work and the love of family. Pravani’s dad also had the opportunity to share about his love for cars and the many weird and wonderful types he’s owned over the years.
Mr Pillay carefully cuts his birthday cake under some serious female supervision
The Pillay Family Tree
Daddy’s girls and the Pillay Porsche
The Pillay Party: Dad, Mom, Sisters, Husbands and Kids
Guess whose kids are the busiest?
These family occasions, including the birthdays, make us so grateful to be back in Gauteng. Our boys are getting to know their cousins and we get to spend precious time with our parents and siblings. My dad’s brother shared with us how hard it was migrating from Holland and not having any extended family around. No grandparents, cousins, aunts or uncles. It made me realise the amazing gift we have of living closer and how much my boys need family.
So my thought for this update, or rather it might be a question, are there any family members you need to make peace with, or give a call just to say hi? Think about it.
Have a blessed day.
If you’ve encountered other missionaries from CCC you may hear them say we’re one big family. With this in mind, saying goodbye to our Cape Town team and saying hello to our Pretoria team was kind of like getting reacquainted with our cousins. Still though, fitting in with a new team does require some intention of the heart. As I pulled out my bran muffins from the oven and heard my house filling with familiar sounds of my colleagues, I knew that staff meetings at home were going to continue to be a joy, just like they were in Cape Town.
Boring staff meeting? Never! Here we are at my place picking out a new WIG. Left to right: Pravani, Lydia, Renier (our team leader), Ruan and Thabiso
We got around my dining room table and starting talking about our WIGS (I see that raised eyebrow of yours! Just hold on this isn’t the hairy kind, I’ll explain). WIG is an acronym that stands for Wildly Important Goal. It’s something we can strive towards as a team – wildly! At each staff meeting we will touch on it briefly and celebrate how close we are to reaching it. The WIG that seemed to “fit” our team best was to achieve 100% of our goals for ministry partnerships this year. At the next meeting we took the time to evaluate our personal current reality using a SWOT analysis and discussed our findings. This was so helpful because we could identify with each other’s weaknesses and be encouraged by each other’s strengths. From there we each plotted our own strategic plan for achieving our goals. I took this plan to Nicholas and together we’re working on reaching our goal. Our first step is getting in touch with our Gauteng ministry partners. If you’re in Gauteng and haven’t heard from us, please send me a Whatsapp or email so that we can get together.
Getting strategic about our plans. We enjoy meeting at The Hub at Universiteitsoord next to University of Pretoria.
One part of our strategic plan was to figure out our schedule. Nicholas and I have worked on a schedule that allows me to spend enough time at home with the boys, connection time with other mommies and time with my team. We are trusting the Lord that we will be able to enroll Vincent into a playschool soon but for the moment he is enjoying spending his days at home with mommy and his little brother. He is making friends with the other kids in our apartment building and it is a joy watching him interact. Kiran is racing towards the two-year old milestone and not stopping for anyone! He is wearing bigger clothes, eating almost as much as his brother and learning how to express himself both to us and to strangers. For now, his Afrikaans is developing faster than his English and it is adorable!
Bouncing baby boys! Vincent and Kiran usually enjoy a good bounce in the morning until Kiran is tired enough for a nap 🙂
This is a new and joyful season for us as a family. There is much to get used to but there is also enough support for us to maintain certain routines. We thank the Lord for our date nights, family tea time and special visits with cousins and grandparents. If you’re in Pretoria and are able to visit – please contact me, we would love to see you!
Our sushi date night sponsored by friends of ours was such a treat! Nic had just a “few” more plates than I did 😉
When the cat’s away the mice will play! Nicholas and the boys enjoy some “guy time” when I’m at our weekly staff meeting. This is such a sweet blessing!
Here is a quick update regarding January.
Firstly, as you could see by the last update video, we have found a home in Pretoria and have been settling in since 14 January 2018. It has been a blessed time and Pravani has made sure we had a few guests over as soon as we had the kettle out to make tea and coffee. The boys are also getting used to the new home and have found fun in every moment of order and chaos.
Take-away dinners and a cardboard box on a crate as our table!
The man of the house takes his place
Bedtime giggles with Vincent and Kiran
It was great having our former and current Capetonian friends filling our home with love, food and laughter
Regarding ministry, my team set aside the last 2 weeks in January to work on our ministry platform. We focused on getting the basic lessons/modules in place, developing a vision-casting presentation, receiving e-coach training from Holland via Skype, and discovering how the team dynamics work with me in the same office as the rest of the team.
Coding, Coaching, Calling, this is where it happens
A quick trip to Holland for E-coach training (via Skype, that is)
I am excited about our platform and I look forward to the soft launch that we will do by the end of February.
Thank you for reading our updates and keeping us in your thoughts and prayers.
Happy New Year!
We are 3 weeks into the new year and our upside down lives have just found a foundation – our new home. We left the Cape at the end of November and have been housesitting for friends until now. It has been a blessing to experience God’s provision during this time, but I can say it certainly is a relief to finally have found a place to make a home. Below is a short video just to share our excitement.
For the rest of January I will be at the office focusing on the completion of our ministry website and receiving training from the Netherlands. Pravani will also be joining her new campus team soon and we’ll keep you updated on that.
Have a blessed day.
Here is a video update.
If you don’t have data to watch a video, don’t worry. Here is our news:
During my time in Gauteng, we came face to face with a hard decision. Maybe not so hard, but perfect in God’s timing. Our national team leaders expressed their concerned with our level of support in the Cape, both financially and in physical help with the children. They gave us a few options to help solve this problem, and after prayer and discussion the option we landed on was to move back to Gauteng. The move will happen at the end of November. How will this move help us? Here are a few things we considered:
- We will be closer to family, both Keldermans and Pillays.
- We will still be full-time missionaries working for Campus Crusade for Christ:
- I will be working with the rest of the Digital Strategy team, instead of working solo and reporting weekly via Skype.
- Pravani will still be with the campus ministry but will now join the team on the University of Pretoria
- Pravani will have other missionary moms around for support.
- More than half of our Ministry Partners are based in Gauteng.
What is our plan for the next 2 months left in Cape Town?
We want to see all our Capetonian friends, Ministry Partners, and potential Ministry Partners. We need to pack up our lives and send our belongings on to Pretoria.
If you are on the above-mentioned list, and would like to get in touch with us, please feel free to Whatsapp, email or call us.
Have a great day.
At our Staff Conference this past April, one of the main speakers started off with the question “What time is it?” He continued to cast vision and direction for the ministry. But the question resonated with me. What time is it? Since the year started life has been harder. We have been sick on and off, almost like a tag team, sometimes all of us sick at once. We also experience that a few of our ministry partners are going through challenges, and we experience the consequences of those challenges by losing those financial investments. And because we are not reaching our monthly income goal, getting to minister through digital strategies feels like a far off dream. Okay, that is looking at the challenges. But the question remains, what time is it?
Over the past few months I have been walking a path with the pastor of my church, and in this time he has been helping me focus on the foundation of my calling. We worked through a variety of material, from doing a gifts assessment, to looking at my life verse. Some of these concepts might sound strange, but when we put the puzzle pieces together, it shows that I am in the right place. So by knowing my calling, it gives a foundation to stand on during tough times. This answers the question of purpose, but it doesn’t answer my question, “what time is it?”
The best place to find my answer is from God. Nice generic answer, right? But it is harder when you have been in a routine or habit and you have to break out of the comfort mould. Seek God’s face, instead of just reading scripture and doing a generic prayer. My comfort zone is not to read. I worked through a book by Andrew Murray called Jesus Himself. It felt more like a sermon, but it reminded me of the passion and excitement of being a follower for Jesus and why it’s the greatest gift of being part of Christ’s family.
So, what time is it?
It is time to connect with God, our maker. It is time to talk to you, our ministry partner. It is time to do what God has called us to do. It is time to connect with mentors, influencers, the lost for the sake of the gospel. It’s time to pray for us.
So please pray for:
- Our health – that God will stop this cycle of sickness in our home.
- Ministry Partner Development – That we will meet the right people who want to invest in our ministry
- That we will continue to grow in our relationship with God and as a family.
Have a great day.
We hope you enjoyed that Thanks for taking the time to relive our happy-snappies from last year. We are grateful for all God has taken us through and all He has yet to show us for 2017. Speaking of 2017, it is clearly showing itself to be the start of another adventure (don’t worry, I’m not pregnant again!)
I am typing this post in “the office corner” of our bedroom as Nicholas spends time with the boys in the living room feeding Kiran (8 months) his apple puree while Vincent (2.5 years) eats his afternoon snack. I’m sharing this with you to give you an idea of what ministry looks like for the Keldermans. Due to my many Facebook posts about the kids I’ve been asked whether I am still in ministry. The answer is a definite YES! Although, ministry looks somewhat unconventional for now. Most of my day is centered around my primary ministry – my children. Vincent is learning new words and meeting new friends almost daily and Kiran is determined to prove he can walk before he can crawl! As you can imagine, that in itself in a full-time job! During the week I schedule ministry appointments as I am able – this includes conducting staff interviews, coaching time with other missionaries and email time. During our morning and afternoon walks Vincent and I are on the lookout for meeting new friends in our complex, this too is a part of my ministry. Fortunately, Nicholas’ ministry doesn’t confine him to a specific location as he is with our Digital Strategy (ministering to others online). This means that he can often do his work from home which offers some special time with the boys while they are still very young.
Even though I look forward to a time when I’ll be back on campus interacting with students again, I am grateful for this home-based season. It’s knowing that I will not get back these years of putting tiny hands together to say grace for a meal (and cleaning up a grubby butternut smile afterwards), or getting a “I’m sorry” hug after timeout or making a supercool Mohawk after bathtime. Soon these boys will be men, and by God’s grace, men of character whose roots of faith are strong and deep.