Joburg 2016: Simply Come

Joburg 2016 has officially come to an end.

Downtown view of Joburg from campus

Downtown view of Joburg from campus

I love this trip for so many reasons, and yet again God showed up in big ways this week.

Students got their lives changed.

Team members got their lives changed.

 Lasting impact happened that won’t just stay in South Africa, but will be carried home with everyone on this team.

The campus team spend long days on campus and this year the weather didn’t cooperate very often with us. We had to deal with lots of rain during the week this year, which was a blessing for a country going through a drought, and a bit of an obstacle for us.

Two events really stuck out to me on campus this trip, the first was affected because of the rain.

Wednesday afternoon we had planned to do an outreach on the basketball court, playing basketball and games to draw a crowd and then have a special speaker (who’s a famous singer in SA) come share the gospel.

Kabelo Mabalane, former member of TKZee in South Africa, sharing the gospel

Kabelo Mabalane, former member of TKZee in South Africa, sharing the gospel

Well, Wednesday we got a rain storm. All. Day. The campus staff almost canceled the event all together but we decided to just get a speaker system, give the mic to JC, and let JC be JC and gather a crowd and have a singing competition with prizes.

JC gathering a crowd

JC gathering a crowd

It ended up being a huge success! After the singing competition we had Kabelo Mabalane speak to the crowd. He shared his testimony and challenged students to give their lives to Christ.

15 students responded right there on the spot! It was incredible to see lives changed during an event we could have easily canceled because of the weather.

The other event that was a highlight of the trip happened Friday night. Like our trip last year the Wits team reserved the great hall (the largest venue on campus) for a night of worship and a special speaker.

All week we invited students to the event and this year did not disappoint!

There were easily over 500 students the turned out for the event.

Worship was lead by the Freedom Band and it was incredible. Hundreds of students were singing their lungs out praising Jesus. It was a powerful night of worship.

The Freedom Band

The Freedom Band

Numbers at an event are a great thing to talk about, and they can look impressive, but really it’s the number that is much smaller than the total attendance that is the most important.

Ten students made the commitment to follow Christ Friday night. 

Students giving their lives to Christ

Students giving their lives to Christ

Wednesday afternoon and Friday night are great examples of what a group of people who simply answered “yes” when God asked “will you go?” can do.

Because of their yes’s, students hallway around the world heard the gospel and responded and are forever changed.

You can’t put a price tag on something like that. I can’t fully explain enough the importance of a trip like this, of what ten days does all over the world, using ordinary people to make a lasting impact on the world.

Of the many things I’ve learned by traveling on many trips like this is, if anyone is contemplating going on a trip like this, go. Come as you are. You don’t have to be perfect or an evangelist, simply come, be available and watch how God uses you and your story to change people’s lives.

Our team

Our team

Carol does an amazing job with her team at Wits

Carol does an amazing job with her team at Wits