ADRIAN & CATHERINE SAY YES TO GOD
Written by Catherine & Adrian Van Zyl
It starts with a YES. Saying, “Yes”, to follow Jesus. He takes hold of our lives and starts us on a journey of purpose and wholeness. When you say YES – a new abundant, eternal, unshakable world opens up. On this journey there will be many things that God will ask you to say yes to.
Thinking back on our journey we have said, “yes” to some crazy things, some fun things, some challenging, some enlarging things and some character building things:
Getting baptised & receiving the Holy Spirit, joining Urban Life church and making it home, washing coffee cups after the church meeting, stepping out and talking to new people, being a “gofer” in the church office (Go for this, go for that), serving in kids ministry (AD was mostly a giant human jungle gym for kids), joining a Discipleship group and then starting our own DG, starting Friday Night church with a team of young guns…
One thing is sure that God always does more with our, “Yes” then we can ever imagine.
We would love to share with you the next step that we believe God is asking us to say yes to. Watch our story below:
SO WHEN DO YOU LEAVE GO?
We are not “leaving” but rather we are “going”, we are being sent by Urban Life (remember words create worlds). We are not going right away. There is no fixed date as yet – it’s as soon as possible & as long as necessary. We want to walk this transition season wisely with the church, as well as leave margin so we can rest for what’s to come.
WHAT WILL HAPPEN TO URBAN LIFE MIDRAND?
Craig & Andy, who lead the family of churches, will be stepping in for a season to lead and transition Urban Life Midrand. Jesus is building His Church and He will continue to do great things in Urban Life no matter what seasons of change may come.
WHAT WILL YOU DO IN JAPAN?
We would love to get settled in the nation first – get jobs, meet people and make it home. We are looking at the possibility of getting jobs as English teachers, because they are in demand, and we have been doing TEFL (Teaching English as a Foreign Language) courses over the last few months to prepare, but we are also open to other opportunities. There is a great church called Lifehouse that we will join when we get there. Our heart is to go in as learners and then find the right time in God to plant a church community.
HOW CAN WE BE A PART OF THE JOURNEY OR HELP?
There are many things, but here are the top three:
- For God to prepare the way ahead – the right jobs, the right homes, the right city, favour and provision for visa’s etc…
- Growing faith and courage for the journey
- For open hearts, open homes and open cities. To meet people who will be keys to households and cities that are open for the Gospel.
- Step in the Gap
Step in the gap at Urban Life. Ask God what your next “Yes” is. Is it serving? Leading a DG? The Church is not built on the gifts and talents of a few, but the sacrifice of many. Make it a joy for those who lead you.
Urban Life has set up an account:
Standard Bank Centurion
Branch code: 012645
Account: 01 516 670 8
We, at Urban Life, are trusting God for 10 churches, in 10 cities, in 10 nations!
Keep watching this space!