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Hi Everyone,

God is just amazing :heart:  The last two weeks have been hectic with battles and confusion.  I feel as if I'm being pushed in my spiritual capacity to become what God wants me to be, and it has been difficult.  BUT God has been with me, so the last two weeks have really been blessed, amidst all of the challenges.  I REALLY want to share the following 2 things with you guys:

:bulletpurple:  My friend's testimony

One of my dear friends, Siphiwe, shared one of his testimonies with me.  I have knows Siphiwe for 7 years, but never knew he had asthma - seriously, not a clue.  BUT it seems he did have asthma as a child, and he shared with me how God healed him.  HE NO LONGER HAS ASTHMA.  Not even a hint of it :D  Please read his testimony here

:pointr:  Siphiwe's TestimonyI would like everyone to meet my friend, Siphiwe.  We've been friends since Bible College 6 years ago, and he really has been a blessing to me.  Without Siphiwe I would be, well, closed minded.  He has taught me many things, and I've enjoyed seeing things from his perspective.  We all need friends like this - friends who don't have the same background we do, friends who have had a very different life than our own.  Today, he shared a very, truly, amazing testimony with me.  Here is Siphiwe's testimony:
"Well this happened many years ago I would say about ten years ago while I was in High School. I had been suffering from Asthma since childhood and it would be even worse around winter times. My chest would block and I would not be able to breathe. I had to go to the nearby clinic for them to give me oxygen with medicine so that my chest can clear. I also had medicine that I had to keep at home so that I could drink immediately when I felt the symptoms. This



:bulletpurple:  Prayer and presence of God stop PE rape attack

I read this awesome news article today!!  You can read the original here :pointr: gatewaynews.co.za/prayer-and-p…
God really is amazing :heart: 

Michelle Campbell (PHOTO: Facebook).

An attempted rape on the Port Elizabeth beachfront was dramatically averted early on Sunday morning when the victim began to pray out aloud that she was protected by the blood of Jesus.

 Recounting the incident, well-known PE public relations practitioner and entepreneur, Michelle Campbell said a calm came over her as she felt God’s presence and guidance from the moment that she started to pray.

Her ordeal began when she and a friend, John Lovemore, were confronted by two armed men as they were taking a stroll on King’s Beach early on Sunday morning. The men demanded cell phones and money after stabbing Lovemore in the arm and hitting him on the head and neck.

 “When we told them everything was in the car, they asked for the keys and at that point, we made a conscious decision to just cooperate,” Campbell said.

Campbell, who is the owner of Michelle Campbell Publicity, said that while one man left to ransack the car, the other grabbed her from behind, pushed her and told her he was going to rape her.

Calmness
“He started to undo his zip… He told me that if I screamed or resisted, he was going to slit my throat with his knife. Then he said that he can run faster than me.” At that point Campbell started praying aloud and said that she could immediately feel calmness wash over her as God began to guide her and show her exactly what to do.

“I said ‘I am protected by the blood of Jesus’ (out loud) over and over, a few times. He immediately stopped, got off me and we both stood up and faced each other. I put my hands on his chest and told him ‘In Jesus name, you don’t want to hurt me.”

Campbell said she remembers feeling God’s presence and a sense of surety that everything was going to be okay, as the prayer diffused the situation.

“I recall seeing fear in his [the attacker’s] eyes and knew that he too was just a victim of circumstance.”

Campbell said that she felt pity for the attacker and introduced herself and Lovemore to him, in an attempt to humanise them to the attackers. She also asked him his name, but he did not reveal it, apparently out of fear.

“His face just crumpled and he started to apologise, telling me that he was actually a good person. I told him that I believed him; that I forgave him and God forgave him too.” The attacker showed remorse and Campbell reassured him that everything was going to be okay. After a while the other man came back, handed them the car keys, and they left.

Campbell said that she had always believed in God but about seven or eight years ago she began a one-on-one relationship with Him. The relationship has continued to grow from strength to strength.

She believes that the Lord turned the attack on her and Lovemore around for His glory, and wants her to tell her story to as many people as possible. The night before her first media interview she woke up with voices in the room and a sensation of being choked. She knew that the enemy was trying to silence her and that gave her the resolve to spread the story as far as she could.

“The Lord once again showed me that He will always be there for us. God told me that He would bless me for giving my testimony and boy has He done that!”

 Campbell said she has received an overwhelming response both locally and internationally, as people have responded to her story, sharing that their faith had been renewed. She has made a promise to God to use her prominent role in society to give Him glory. 

Yea, though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death,
I will fear no evil
For You are with me
Your rod and Your staff, they comfort me.
Psalm 23:4



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The day God hi-jacked the hi-jackers
An article published in Christian Living Today Magazine

Gauteng-based evangelists, Des and Ros Sinclair have overcome many near-death experiences through their faith in God. Al Gibson captures their extraordinary lives and ministry in the book Life On the Line. Here is a short extract:

Ros and Des Sinclair have experienced God’s supernatural protection many times, and have seen how the Lord can intervene to change people’s hearts and bring about reconciliation between different races, but little did they expect what God would do to show them some light at the end of the tunnel when it came to combating crime in their own lives.

White man, you deserve to die

On 8 May 2002 Des was driving to Soshenguve Township north of Pretoria, where he was scheduled to preach at a high school. It was 6:30am when he was held up by four armed men.

“Get out of the car or we’ll kill you!” one man said, leaning through the open window and pushing a revolver into Des’s neck.

“Give me your wallet,” instructed another man.

Des was shocked. Originally from New Zealand, he had heard of many South Africans who had been hijacked, but he had never expected it to happen to him.

As he sat in the driver’s seat, one of the hijackers grabbed his car keys, another took his wallet, and the two others pointed guns at him.

Once they had pulled Des out of the car, they dragged him behind some bushes on the side of the road and, even though they now had what they wanted, they still threatened to kill him. “White man, you deserve to die! Prepare to meet your maker!” one of the hijackers shouted.

A covenant promise

Des responded confidently, “If a man is going to die, then at least let him say a few last words. Do you realise that if you murder me, you will be bringing a curse upon yourselves? My blood will be on your hands!

“God made a promise to me, just as He did with Abraham; that those who bless me will be blessed, and those who curse me will be cursed. You will pay dearly for your actions.”

A look of fear began to fall on the men’s faces, boosting Des’s confidence, even though he continued to stand in the line of fire. “Do you know that you are condemned to hell unless you repent and receive Jesus?” he shouted at the hijackers. “I rebuke you in the Name of the Lord Jesus Christ!”

All of a sudden the four men took fright and ran off, as if they had seen a ghost – dropping the car keys in their haste, but stealing all the money Des and Ros had.

Des quickly picked up the keys that had fallen, got back into the car and drove away. He looked around to see what had caused the men to run – whether there was a police vehicle or a traffic officer in sight – but there was nothing. So he continued on his way to the school where he was scheduled to minister.

Fighting two killers

After sharing about the attempted hijacking to the students, and how the Lord had supernaturally protected him, Des had a tremendous response from the teenagers, with about 1500 decisions to receive Christ as Saviour.

Both the principal and the school counsellor were delighted. This was a school where on average, three students a week were being buried from HIV/AIDS-related deaths, and they were convinced that it was only the Gospel that could make a difference.

HIV/AIDS is the number-one killer in South Africa for youths between the ages of 13 and 24, and the hijacking statistics are, of course, staggering. Des had taken on two of the country’s main killers in one day!

On his way home, Des thanked the Lord for His divine protection over Ros and himself, and continued to wonder what it was that had caused the hijackers to take off so quickly.

Face to face

It was not until two years later, when ministering at Johannesburg Correctional Services, a maximum-security prison, that he would find out. Des was praying for inmates at the end of a service when two men came up to him. “Do you remember us?” one of the men asked.

“Have we met before?” Des answered.

“We are the ones who tried to hijack you in Pretoria in 2002,” the other man replied.

“We nearly killed you,” the first man interrupted, obviously wanting to come clean.

The two inmates then told Des exactly what had happened during the attempted hijacking.

“So what stopped you from killing me?” Des asked. “Why did you suddenly drop the keys to my car and run away as quickly as you could?”

“We saw a man in front of you – the tallest man we have ever seen! He was white and shone like the sun!” one inmate explained.

“We were so scared as we saw the power of your God, that we dropped everything and ran for our lives,” the other man interrupted.

“What happened to the other two?” Des asked.

“They are dead,” came the answer. Then the two men told Des how the curses he had warned them against had happened just like he had said. Their two friends had been killed in a shoot-out with the police, and they themselves had been taken into custody and sentenced for various crimes and were now serving time.

Des was amazed by this startling confession. The last thing he had ever expected was to come face to face with these men again, but the best news of all was that they had been coming to his prison outreach meetings and had given their lives to the Lord under his ministry.

“We are serving God now, and we ask you to please forgive us for what we did to you,” one of the men said.

“We are so sorry for threatening you with a gun and stealing your money,” said the other.

This is just one remarkable example of how the Lord has used Des and Ros to transform the lives of inmates in South Africa’s prisons. There have been more than 2000 recorded salvation decisions to date, for which the Sinclairs give God all the glory.

The Lord completely turned this situation around: these hardened criminals had been touched by God, and were now serving the Lord. It could only have happened because Des made a conscious decision at the time to forgive these men and pray for their salvation.

Published worldwide by Monarch / Lion Hudson, Life on the Line is written by international Christian journalist, Al Gibson and is available in bookshops across the country from Pearson Education. For more information visit www.life-on-the-line.com.
Testimony: God saves a man from hi-jackers
This is yet another amazing testimony I received last week :heart:  God is just absolutely amazing.  As some of you might know, I live in South Africa.  It's a beautiful country, but it has a very high crime-rate.  The last couple of weeks I have been receiving amazing testimonies on how God saved people out of very dangerous situations - in very super-natural ways!!!  And He saved them here, in my country - the beautiful South Africa.  God is so good :heart:

For the lazy readers, here's a link to the video testimony :D :pointr: youtu.be/7UipoUV2jxs

If you have a similar testimony, no matter how great or how small, please share it with us :hug: We must never forget what our God is capable of, and His immense power and ability to save us.

Be strong and of good courage, do not fear nor be afraid of them; for the Lord your God, He is the One who goes with you. He will not leave you nor forsake you.  Deuteronomy 31:6 
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The Great Blue by saykha
The Great Blue
This is something I captured during our holiday in Cape Town.  This is one of the views of the Cape Point - it really was a beautiful sight :heart:
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Hi Everyone,

God is just amazing :heart:  The last two weeks have been hectic with battles and confusion.  I feel as if I'm being pushed in my spiritual capacity to become what God wants me to be, and it has been difficult.  BUT God has been with me, so the last two weeks have really been blessed, amidst all of the challenges.  I REALLY want to share the following 2 things with you guys:

:bulletpurple:  My friend's testimony

One of my dear friends, Siphiwe, shared one of his testimonies with me.  I have knows Siphiwe for 7 years, but never knew he had asthma - seriously, not a clue.  BUT it seems he did have asthma as a child, and he shared with me how God healed him.  HE NO LONGER HAS ASTHMA.  Not even a hint of it :D  Please read his testimony here

:pointr:  Siphiwe's TestimonyI would like everyone to meet my friend, Siphiwe.  We've been friends since Bible College 6 years ago, and he really has been a blessing to me.  Without Siphiwe I would be, well, closed minded.  He has taught me many things, and I've enjoyed seeing things from his perspective.  We all need friends like this - friends who don't have the same background we do, friends who have had a very different life than our own.  Today, he shared a very, truly, amazing testimony with me.  Here is Siphiwe's testimony:
"Well this happened many years ago I would say about ten years ago while I was in High School. I had been suffering from Asthma since childhood and it would be even worse around winter times. My chest would block and I would not be able to breathe. I had to go to the nearby clinic for them to give me oxygen with medicine so that my chest can clear. I also had medicine that I had to keep at home so that I could drink immediately when I felt the symptoms. This



:bulletpurple:  Prayer and presence of God stop PE rape attack

I read this awesome news article today!!  You can read the original here :pointr: gatewaynews.co.za/prayer-and-p…
God really is amazing :heart: 

Michelle Campbell (PHOTO: Facebook).

An attempted rape on the Port Elizabeth beachfront was dramatically averted early on Sunday morning when the victim began to pray out aloud that she was protected by the blood of Jesus.

 Recounting the incident, well-known PE public relations practitioner and entepreneur, Michelle Campbell said a calm came over her as she felt God’s presence and guidance from the moment that she started to pray.

Her ordeal began when she and a friend, John Lovemore, were confronted by two armed men as they were taking a stroll on King’s Beach early on Sunday morning. The men demanded cell phones and money after stabbing Lovemore in the arm and hitting him on the head and neck.

 “When we told them everything was in the car, they asked for the keys and at that point, we made a conscious decision to just cooperate,” Campbell said.

Campbell, who is the owner of Michelle Campbell Publicity, said that while one man left to ransack the car, the other grabbed her from behind, pushed her and told her he was going to rape her.

Calmness
“He started to undo his zip… He told me that if I screamed or resisted, he was going to slit my throat with his knife. Then he said that he can run faster than me.” At that point Campbell started praying aloud and said that she could immediately feel calmness wash over her as God began to guide her and show her exactly what to do.

“I said ‘I am protected by the blood of Jesus’ (out loud) over and over, a few times. He immediately stopped, got off me and we both stood up and faced each other. I put my hands on his chest and told him ‘In Jesus name, you don’t want to hurt me.”

Campbell said she remembers feeling God’s presence and a sense of surety that everything was going to be okay, as the prayer diffused the situation.

“I recall seeing fear in his [the attacker’s] eyes and knew that he too was just a victim of circumstance.”

Campbell said that she felt pity for the attacker and introduced herself and Lovemore to him, in an attempt to humanise them to the attackers. She also asked him his name, but he did not reveal it, apparently out of fear.

“His face just crumpled and he started to apologise, telling me that he was actually a good person. I told him that I believed him; that I forgave him and God forgave him too.” The attacker showed remorse and Campbell reassured him that everything was going to be okay. After a while the other man came back, handed them the car keys, and they left.

Campbell said that she had always believed in God but about seven or eight years ago she began a one-on-one relationship with Him. The relationship has continued to grow from strength to strength.

She believes that the Lord turned the attack on her and Lovemore around for His glory, and wants her to tell her story to as many people as possible. The night before her first media interview she woke up with voices in the room and a sensation of being choked. She knew that the enemy was trying to silence her and that gave her the resolve to spread the story as far as she could.

“The Lord once again showed me that He will always be there for us. God told me that He would bless me for giving my testimony and boy has He done that!”

 Campbell said she has received an overwhelming response both locally and internationally, as people have responded to her story, sharing that their faith had been renewed. She has made a promise to God to use her prominent role in society to give Him glory. 

Yea, though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death,
I will fear no evil
For You are with me
Your rod and Your staff, they comfort me.
Psalm 23:4



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Origami Star Jar by saykha
Origami Star Jar
This is something I made for my husband, for our 6 year anniversary.  I'm very glad with how it turned out, and he really really loved it :heart:.  If you want to make it yourself, just follow the following instructions:

You will need the following:

1 empty jar with a plastic screw-on lid
Home made, ornamental, paper
Twine
Paper, for you origami stars
Delicious little chocolates

Take your home-made paper and cut out a square peace a bit larger than the lid of the jar (you will be wrapping the paper over the lid and then attaching it with twine like in the picture above, so measure it well).  I used paper where they had embedded a flower into it.  It came out pretty nice with the flower :D.  Wrap the paper over the top of the lid, and then wrap the twine across the side of the lid as tight as possible.  Once you have covered the sides completely, tug the end of the twine under the twine you have already wrapped onto the lid.  This will keep it sturdy.  Place the lid on the jar.  Now, your jar is complete :D

Take your paper and create a couple of origami stars - as big as you want them to be.  Here's a good origami star tutorial :pointr: www.deviantart.com/art/Origami…

Once you have finished your origami stars, place them and your chocolates into the jar.  And there you have it - you have your very own Origami Star Jar to give to a "special someone" :heart:
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I can practically feel God's love on this page :) God bless you!
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Thank you so much my friend :hug:
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God bless you dear Natasha! :rose: www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZE0RZN… :rose: :hug:
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Thank you :hug: That was a lovely song
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Glad you like it! Have a nice weekend and be blessed! :hug: 
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Hey!  Thanks for the llama! La la la la He appears to be in great shape.  
I'll strive to take excellent care of him. :D (Big Grin)

I hope you got a chance to check out the comics!  If so, let me know what you think! 

Cheers! 
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