One could say I grew up with Kwasizabantu since my family has been involved with the Mission since I was a child. I left home at the age of 17 with a false hope to start a promising career which would have taken me where I thought I wanted to be - seeing the world, making money, getting the wife of my choice etc. I had by then seen, heard of and experienced miracles through the revival at Kwasizabantu but my heart was far from it. To say the least, my plans soon came to an end and I returned home wanting and confused.
Looking back now, I can only thank the Lord for His grace and mercy in my life. During 2006, I attended services held in the Cape by a team from Kwasizabantu KZN. After one of the services, I was approached by a member of the team, a Zulu young man, who was a stranger to me at the time (today, we are working in the same office). He told me how he was saved from a hypocritical life. Even though I grew up in a Christian home, I desperately needed a personal meeting with the Lord - I was given a second a chance.
The following year I was given the opportunity to work at aQuelle and so I moved to the Mission in Natal - I was 18 years old then. aQuelle allowed me to study while working and even paid for it. I managed to complete my qualification for which I am grateful. 14 years later, I am still working in the same department at the Mission.
Being led by the Lord into marriage is one of highlights of what the revival at Kwasizabantu brought about in my life. It is not easy for man to set aside all human reasoning when the Lord expects us to trust Him in matters. The Lord showed me the way to purity before marriage and by His grace I had not been in a relationship with another girl until the day of my wedding. I love the wife the Lord gave me. We were privileged that Uncle Erlo was able to take our wedding.
The Mission has also been a real haven during the Covid-19 national lockdown - we were provided with everything we needed to stay and keep our families safe. The Mission's Covid-19 committee seemed to always be ahead of things. The months of lockdown on the Mission felt so short to me as we had so much space to move around in.
By the grace of God, my family is still whole because of Kwasizabantu Mission. My parents are full time co-workers and both my brothers, and their families are part of this work.
A friend once said: I want to drink from the clearest stream.
This is a small part of my Kwasizabantu story.
Christoff de Wet