One Thing Remains

Sitting down to write about my first week in Cape Town seemed like an easy but impossible task. I couldn’t wait to summarize and process all the amazing things I’ve experienced and felt. But then again, how would I choose just one?

I decided to write about the one thing. You know, the one thing that matters most.

Jesus.

It seems so cliché, writing about Jesus on a Christian blog. But He’s the only thing that’s been constant for me in this time. In all of the changes, challenges, new ministry, and moving my whole life across the world, He’s the one thing that’s been there. And it’s so worth writing about.

Because Jesus hasn’t changed at all in this time of transition, and His calling on my life hasn’t either. That’s been my favorite part of being here. Being in Lavender Hill and Capricorn Park and doing the ministry that He’s called me to are the times when I’ve felt most at home. I can’t even explain the feeling. I’m so happy to be in a place I’ve fallen in love with, which happens to be the same place He’s planned for me to be.

Being in His will is a crazy feeling, I tell ya.

It’s a reminder of why I’m here. I’ve learned that brokenness and hopelessness exist everywhere. Right next door to wherever you live and across the planet in a third world country. Yes, it looks extremely different from place to place, but the truth is—it’s the same at its core. The only thing that truly changes, heals, and transforms is Jesus.

I’m honored to be a part of what God is doing in Cape Town. He loves these people so much. He’s given me a growing love and compassion for them too. He’s called me to share the hope and love found only in Him. I can’t believe I get to do that. I can’t believe I get to work alongside people—my team and our lovely ministry partners—who love God and love His people. I’m so lucky that He’s picked Cape Town, South Africa for me. I can’t believe what my life looks like here.

On our ministry partners:

I've loved getting to know our ministry partners. I’ve been captivated by their stories and hearts behind the ministries that God has given them vision for. I’m so privileged to see them live lives set apart for God. I’m absolutely honored that they are letting me be a part of what they’ve created!

On the children:

I've loved seeing the faces of these children in real life. Up to this point, I’ve only seen photos, and so it’s just amazing to see the photos come to life. These children are so much more special and beautiful than I ever could've imagined. They're the reason that God has me here. I love them so much already.

On the Yebo Life team:

My team is so amazing. I'm so happy that I get to work alongside people who truly have the biggest hearts for Cape Town and its people. I’m excited to get to know each of them more... and the heartbeat of Yebo Life is so amazing. I'm thrilled to share the same DNA! It’s so good to be right where God has led me and to be working in the capacity that He has planned for me.

And of course, on Jesus:

He’s been so good to me. I'm so far from perfect, and sometimes, I live like He’s not everything. It’s a daily choice. I really want to meditate on the fact that it’s all about Him. I remember this quote that Seth Barnes, the founder of Adventures in Missions, once said, “The main thing is to keep the main thing the main thing.” That’s such good life advice—applicable far beyond the realm of missions. It’s all about Jesus. Always. It always was and always will be. And I’m so thankful for that. It’s my prayer that He stays my one thing as I serve, love, and live in Cape Town.