Miranda van Tuijl is one of the ministry partners that Yebo Life works with. She runs the soccer ministry called Future Stars that works youth in the Cape Flats communities in Cape Town. Hailing from the Netherlands she originally wanted to be a police officer but when that didn’t work out she decided to join YWAM and decided to move to South Africa to serve the Lord. We decided to ask her more about her journey and story.
Gerald and Colleen run their ministries in a community where the everyday is not easy. People in the community try their hardest to live life, while being faced with extreme poverty and active gangsterism everywhere they look, not to mention the strong draw to drug abuse. Even though this is the reality that Gerald and Colleen live with, they have become a beacon of hope and a light in the darkness to the people around them.
The history of Cape Town is perhaps not as glamorous though, and the effects of Apartheid are still very evident. A 15-minute drive can take you from multimillion dollar homes perched along prime beachfront property to tin shanti houses with no running water or electricity. The result of the "relocation of land" in the 1960s involved forcibly moving people into certain areas of the city according to their race.
"Sisterhood Moms" happens every Thursday morning. Sydney's been running this program for a year now, and honestly, she struggled to see tangible impact. She continually connected with the moms who attended—offering them a place to speak openly and honestly and gaining their trust and friendship. But starting this year, Sydney said she's begun to see some budding sprouts of impact.