Photo Blog: Namesake Workshop

Tony and I spent the last two Saturdays hosting a Namesake Workshop. This is the first time it's ever been presented in a workshop format, and we were rather surprised by how well it went! We moved through the workbook over the course of two six-hour sessions, and the participants have given us incredible feedback. The glory is all God's.

We hosted the workshop at the Yebo Life office. Only after day one did Tony admit that he was a bit nervous about using our small little space! But it was absolutely perfect. Snacks, coffee, and tea were provided, which kept us physically cozy as we delved into some weighty discussions on perspective, identity, life vision, action planning, fear, and opposition.

A little shout out to Michelle Phillips for sending me back to Cape Town with this yummy candle! You know the way to my heart. :)

Here's Tony and me before the workshop! He and I naturally have really different approaches to life, so teaching this coursework together over the last two years has been quite interesting. Beyond helping others gain clarity about what God's calling them to do in this season, Namesake has forced Tony and I to ask a lot of hard questions and wrestle with our varying perspectives and beliefs. The end result, I feel, has been increased unity on the marriage front.

I'm very thankful to be walking out a life of faith with this man. Whew, God has taught me so much about Himself through Tony.

We welcomed six young adults to this workshop, and this group was definitely our most diverse one to-date! They are all flipping rockstars! From left to right:

  • Xolania and Tanaka Mandidi, a newly married couple from Zimbabwe
  • Jonny Dosé, an electric guitarist from the Southern Suburbs
  • Morgan McClure, an American who moved to Cape Town three weeks ago
  • Toni Kapp, a first grade teacher from the Northern Suburbs
  • Andrea Damon, a physiotherapist living and working in Knysna

During day one, we taught on Kingdom perspective, forgiveness, redeemed perspective, identity, passions and dreams, and discerning your calling. The revelations were awesome. Things like "I need to forgive my dad" and "I really connect with God through solitude" and "I want to be a part of ending hunger" emerged.

Day two was spent talking about the roles God's calling them to play in this season of life, how to put their God-given visions into action, and the battle believers face with opposition and fear as they rise up to their namesakes. As brothers, sisters, sons, and daughters, people realized how God's asking them to be intentional with certain relationships. They identified fears associated with moving forward in their callings, and they spoke God's Truth over the lies they'd believed.

What, then, shall we say in response to these things? If God is for us, who can be against us? He who did not spare his own Son, but gave him up for us all—how will he not also, along with him, graciously give us all things? Who will bring any charge against those whom God has chosen? It is God who justifies. Who then is the one who condemns? No one. Christ Jesus who died—more than that, who was raised to life—is at the right hand of God and is also interceding for us. Who shall separate us from the love of Christ? Shall trouble or hardship or persecution or famine or nakedness or danger or sword? As it is written:

“For your sake we face death all day long; we are considered as sheep to be slaughtered.”

No, in all these things we are more than conquerors through him who loved us. For I am convinced that neither death nor life, neither angels nor demons, neither the present nor the future, nor any powers, neither height nor depth, nor anything else in all creation, will be able to separate us from the love of God that is in Christ Jesus our Lord.
— Romans 8:31-39, NIV

We'll be gathering with this group of world changers again on Thursday evening and on November 27th to touch base on how their journeys are going. Please join us in prayer for them as they continue stepping out in radical faith and respond to the unique callings that God has given each of them!