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.
In Jesus, Through Jesus, For Jesus
At the end of September, I had the privilege of attending a Jesus.net conference in Poland with my team leader, Johan Myburgh. We had 4 days in Poland – 3 days attending the conference and 1 day to connect with the Jesus.net team. At the conference I discovered I had the wrong expectation of what I was going to learn there. I shared with you that I was planning to learn about evangelism and discipleship through the platform of Jesus.net. What I did learn was about discipleship, focusing on volunteers. The focus of the conference was to encourage, connect and empower their current and new volunteers. The theme was “In Jesus, Through Jesus and for Jesus”. I spent the 3 days asking questions to learn how and why their ministry tool is working so well in Poland.
What I learned was that they have been using the Jesus.net platform in Poland for the past 9 years. They have over 150 active volunteers. This conference happens yearly. Their volunteers go through a 6-month training online to become an e-coach. An e-coach is a person that helps people through the variety of course material, in other words discipling. There is a lot more that I could say, but these points helped with the basic perspective.
Experiencing worship in Polish
The day after the conference was the most valuable for me. We visited DEOrecordings – a company that has adopted Jesus.net as one of their strategies. We spent 3 hours with Norbert – a CCC staff member in Poland who focuses on Jesus.net, and Philip, a DEOrecordings staff member who is a software developer for Jesus.net. They showed us the platform from an e-coach and administrator’s perspective and what we can do through this platform. The best way for me to explain how I felt was blown away. Below is a video of me visiting DEOrecordings and sharing my excitement with you.
What are my next steps?
- I am going to start with the Polish e-coach training, and it should take me 4 to 6 months to complete.
- I am going to work through our course material on our own site called KnowingGod.co.za so I know what we share, so I can coach others.
- The Netherlands team also has e-coach training, which can be completed in 1 month. I will also do this training.
I will keep you informed as to when we will officially launch our Jesus.net platform so you can check it out.
Thank you for sending me and thank you for your prayers. May you have a blessed day.
Here is a video update.
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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.
For the past 2 weeks, I have been visiting potential Ministry Partners in Gauteng. The plan was that I would be in Gauteng for a week and in that time, get my visa for Poland. But I made mistakes and my appointment was only scheduled a week later. So, I had to extend my stay and leave Pravani alone with our boys for 2 weeks instead of 1 week.
During my time in Gauteng, I am grateful for the interesting appointments that I have had:
- Engaging with people that knew us from before our move to Cape Town and sharing our current reality with them
- Meeting new people and casting vision for our ministry
- Having a prime-time spot on a Christian radio station (Radio Pulpit) to share about my ministry and faith journey
I can say that I have grown because of the reaction and encouragement from each appointment.
I want to say thank you to each and every one of you who made time to see me in these 2 weeks. Whether you became a Ministry Partner or not, thank you for your time and encouragement (even if it was over the phone). God has used you in my life.
What I am taking away from these 2 weeks is that God is faithful. Even when my plans fail and I am annoyed, He still shows up in unexpected ways and reveals that He is still in control.
Please pray for the following:
- Pravani and I will still be busy with Ministry Partner Development till the end of the year. Pray that we reach our target soon.
- I am almost at my goal for my trip to Poland. If you want to contribute or find out more follow the link and pray that I will have a fruitful, productive and safe journey.
If you want to know how we are doing or have a word of encouragement, please send an email or like our Facebook page and leave a comment, or text us. We like hearing back from you.
One last thing, thank you for all the support from our family and Gauteng community. It made the 2 weeks here worth it.
With love and excitement.