Change always brings with it some form of loss in your life that you have to grieve and then let go. A wise woman described it to me as” Let go of what is in your hand clutched oh so tightly so that God can fill it with new things and new beginnings.”

For me, the greatest change I had to face was moving to another country at the age of 49. For two years before that God had been speaking to me about moving to South Africa and had given me the verses that were given to Abraham( leave your country and family and go to the land I am showing you ). Vincent, my husband, was Managing Director of the company he had worked for almost 24 years and even though things were really tough in Zimbabwe God had been looking after us. We had our family, friends, church and community there. I knew that God had to do something dramatic to get us to move and I wanted to be obedient. Vince was not one hundred percent sure that this was from God. Because of the shortages in Zimbabwe, I would travel with Vince when he came down on business every three months to buy groceries. Looking back I can see that it was God’s way of preparing us.

We came for a Lionel Ritchie concert in November 2008 and within five days of being here; God had confirmed His call to move here. We suddenly had an unbelievable job offer, a townhouse to rent (lovely testimony to that one!) and a college for our son. We moved in January 2009. I knew that we were not simply moving for economic or political reasons, but that God had a purpose in mind for us here.

It was exciting in the beginning, but we had left our newly married and pregnant daughter behind and loved family and friends. Moving when you are younger seems somehow much easier!! Living in a new home in a new country with a whole new culture and lifestyle was challenging to say the least. I remember having to drive on the highway for the first time. I clutched that steering wheel tightly chanting” I can do all things through Christ who gives me strength!” In Zimbabwe, the roads were very different!

From being in a church we loved, we had to find a church that we felt God was calling us to and we wanted to add value to that church. Churches in Zimbabwe are fairly small compared to South Africa. We felt a little lost initially. We started making friends but felt people had a history together and we were the new kids on the block! From being used by God at Harare Christian Counselling Centre as a teacher, counsellor and speaker, I was at home waiting for Gods direction. God led me to start a lady’s bible study. There were eight ladies in that bible group from different countries with a South African thrown in for good measure! God did amazing things amongst us.
I received a prophecy in 2009

“God is calling you to establish something in a country that is not your own. It is a small seed. It may be something small, but it is some big thing that is latent and dormant. It is a vision waiting to be birthed.”

That was confirmed through a dream and another prophecy. My life has not been the same since then!

The Sanctuary Soul Care Centre has now been established, and God has shown himself to be faithful. Please visit our website.

How did the change impact me? I had to go through a time of grieving losses. Grief does not only occur when someone dies but when you experience losses of any form. I couldn’t be the “hands-on nana” I had always dreamt about. I couldn’t be there for my parents as they grew old and sickly. God kept asking me “do you love your family more than me?” The biggest thing that God showed me was my loss of identity and what I was still relying on for it.

What did I do? I clung to God in a way I had never before. He was father, mother, friend and family to me. When I left the land of my birth, I had been a Christian for almost 21 years. I grew to love God in ways I never thought possible as He revealed more and more of Himself to me: who He really was and who I really am. I have learnt that we are foreigners and aliens on this earth looking forward to a better and eternal home and that as long as God is with me, I can make my home anywhere He calls me to. I have learnt that I am simply a beloved child of God loved by Him in a way no one else has or ever will. I have learnt that yes life can be hard, but, oh never dull or boring as I watch God work his wonders in my life and in others. After living here now for eight years, I have grown to love South Africa and its people. Foreigners are accused of wanting to take from the City of Gold, but God has given me a heart and desire to give to this country so that it may prosper. I yearn to see broken people come to Him and receive healing from Him.

My daughter and her family will be moving to South Africa soon to live, and God has granted me the desires of my heart as I have heeded His call on my life. As we surrender those things, places and people that we love the most to Him, oh He gives us so, so much more, exceedingly and abundantly!! To God be given all the glory!!!

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Hello I’m Olga, “Only a moment to live this life, like shooting stars burning up the night. Till Heaven’s opened and we arrive.” – Cory Asbury, Endless Alleluia. I’d like to invite you to join me on this journey of being “like shooting stars burning up the night” making our lives count for all eternity. We can make a difference and influence the world around us.

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