How We Get Where We're Going

 Clayten, along with members of Yebo Life, Restoring Hands, and Grace Christian Church, building a new house for a Lavender Hill resident

Clayten, along with members of Yebo Life, Restoring Hands, and Grace Christian Church, building a new house for a Lavender Hill resident

This month, we hear from our newest team member, Clayten Gouws! In this blog, Clayten shares about how God called him to leave his 8-5 as a mechanical engineer and to start working with Yebo Life. This guy has been hugely impactful on our team so far, and we look forward to seeing how he's destined to help the organization and mission move forward.


A year ago, I resigned from my job.

Did I feel called to be a full-time missionary or to travel the world?

Nope.

Was there an amazing new job opportunity waiting for me on the other side?

Not really.

I resigned because I knew that's what Jesus was telling me to do. It was the opportunity to jump into an adventure that had no safety net (by worldly standards)—which was both exhilarating and terrifying all at once!

Sure, there were things that I felt God wanting me to pursue. He doesn’t call us to be lazy, sitting at home waiting for some job opportunity to fall from the sky. He also knows just what kind of encouragement (or "push") is needed to get us out of the proverbial door and into the adventure He has called us to.

There’s verse in Proverbs 16 that says, “We can make our plans, but the LORD determines our steps.”

This was 100% my experience.

You see, if God had given me a step-by-step handbook for what to do after I resigned, it would've been SO easy to follow because I’m a plan-making kind of guy. It would've been TOO easy, in fact!

I could’ve just gone about my business as if nothing had changed. My “adventure” would’ve been like riding a custom-made downhill mountain bike… in my garden… with training wheels on. I wouldn’t have needed God at all. 

That’s not the kind of adventure that makes a person come alive inside.

Instead, He led me along a path where I learnt that when I trust His HEART for me, no circumstance, no silly decision I choose to make, and no amount of fear of the unknown can displace the purpose and the passion He has planted in my heart.

A year later, I find myself working for a Public Benefit Organization (PBO), investing in and empowering local leaders in communities around Cape Town. I’m also the co-owner of a coffee company, in which I get the opportunity to share that passion that I have with others every single day.

How did I get here?

I have no idea!

(Well… it was all God... but you know what I mean.)