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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.

Nicholas

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What time is it?

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.

Nicholas

Happy Snappies – looking back and looking forward

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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.

Blessings,

Pravani

Tune-up for the Marriage Motor

It’s so tempting to look at other people and think they have it together. This applies to virtually every area of our lives and therefore God’s commandment that we should not covet what other people have is loaded with divine wisdom (Exodus 20:17). I want to lay emphasis on this in regards to marriage. If only we were like other couples, if only my husband were more romantic, if only I were more patient etc. Even though Nicholas and I haven’t been married a long time (7 Years this July), the element of success that is becoming apparent to us is that great marriages come through hard work and big investments, not candlelit dinners and fulfilled wishes. When we got married, Nicholas and I committed to attending a marriage seminar at least once every year. We failed terribly with that commitment but I’m grateful that this year we made no excuses. An awesome friend babysat our toddler and we took our small baby with us for a half-day marriage seminar at our church – Doxa Deo Langeberg.

I’ve recently learned a lesson about this from my dear sweet dad. He has been in the car industry for longer than I can remember. In January, he and my mom visited us and he heard a noise in the car and knew exactly what was wrong. In fact, he knew that the longer we left it unattended, the worse it would get and eventually the compounded problem would almost be too expensive to repair. I had several excuses – “Dad you don’t understand, life is too busy for us right now.” “We can’t afford to fix the problem now”It’s not that big of a problem, it’s just a small noise that comes and goes”. And yet, since that time, for several weeks, my father would nag me about the car with almost every phone call. On their next visit in late July, my dad got to a point of frustration. He took out a few hundred rand notes and put it in the glove compartment and said, “Please, please take the car in. Deal with it now”. And sure enough, when we took the car in, we found a bolt on the engine that was literally breaking off! It was relatively inexpensive to repair but it was just God’s grace holding that car together!!!

Back to the marriage seminar. Nicholas and I have a relatively good marriage – disagreements that come and go, we go on a date here and there, we have an okay-ish level of communication. Basically, the car isn’t falling apart, we’re ok. But ok isn’t good enough. At the marriage seminar we got time to look under the hood and talk about the deeper things, to adjust course and even write out some new vows! To name just one course adjustment we made – we realized that the “fun” element of our marriage was being neglected (and if you know us well, you’d know that we love having fun! See picture below for what I mean!) We spoke about how we could reintegrate the fun element into our weekly schedule and be intentional about it.dscf0051

We love our marriage and value it. This tune-up did cost us something – it took time, it took money, it took a bit of inconvenience (especially since we have small children) BUT a car service today is better than a car breakdown tomorrow!

For a marriage tune-up I’d recommend asking your church about their next marriage seminar or feel free to contact Campus Crusade for Christ’s Family Life ministry and enquire about the seminars they host regularly. Go get your marriage motor revving!

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It was fun writing out some new vows and even more fun saying them out loud!

Here’s to rev, rev, revving it up!

Pravani

Kiran’s Story

Even though God had dreamed him long before we did, my earliest memory of Kiran was at a staff meeting where Nicholas and I had asked our team to pray for us to have a second child. Even though our hearts lay open to God’s will, my secret desire was to have another boy – a son who would, like Vincent, wrap my mommy heart around his tiny fingers. In God’s perfect timing, He showed us His answer on a pregnancy test in September 2015 and a few weeks later we were informed that our baby was a boy!

Our agreement was that since Nicholas chose Vincent’s name, I could choose our second son’s name. My preference was that he would have an Indian name – so the search began with one of the oldest Indian languages – Sanskrit. In our search, the name Kiran popped up and its meaning grabbed our hearts. The name Kiran (pronounced “key-rinn”) means “A Ray of Light”. This holds a significant meaning to us as disciples of Jesus who encouraged us to be the light of the world (to draw others to God, shine for Him and to push back the darkness). This beautiful meaning was confirmed when I prayed with a friend one day. God showed me a mental picture of a cradle being surrounded by darkness and demons when suddenly a bright light shone out of it and threw them all back. Nicholas and I pray that as Kiran grows into a man, God’s picture will be confirmed – that Kiran would allow Christ to shine through him and push back the darkness of this world, unafraid and unashamed.

My pregnancy with Kiran was a joy and he was brought into the world through a quick and professional C-section on 23 May 2016 weighing a sturdy 4.17kgs. Before I went into surgery, I asked Nicholas to put on some worship music for me to listen to. The words of Chris Tomlin’s song called Indescribable sank deep into my heart, giving me peace and reassuring me that God was in control. When Kiran was placed on my chest, I was overwhelmed with love and joy for this little one, grateful that I could once again share this miracle with Nicholas. We recently dedicated him to the Lord – a special ceremony where our pastor and our church prayed over Kiran and admonished us to raise him in the ways of the Lord. It was an extra special privilege to have my parents come from Gauteng to attend that as well. To watch the video of that special moment you can click below.

Vincent’s affection for his boetie (meaning little brother in Afrikaans) has been a growing journey of acceptance and love. He loves hugging Kiran and can often be heard around the house saying, “Boetie…mamma…boetie…mamma”.

Friends, thank you for sharing in our joy with all your prayers, well wishes and visits. Please continue to pray for us. I will continue to work from home with our student ministry (which is becoming an even greater adventure with two little ones!) while Nicholas works from our Tygervalley office with our Digital Strategy.

Thank you for all your love and support through this whole journey. I cannot believe we’re a family of four now!

With love

Pravani