MEET THE 2019 EXPLORE EVERY NATION TEAM
Robbie Steenkamp is 23 years old and has been living in Pretoria for the last five years while working at Target Life (Christian gap-year).
- What are your hobbies? Woodworking, cutting grass, sport and wandering outside
- What is your favourite quote? Never be afraid to trust an unknown future to a known God - Corrie ten Boom
- What is your favourite food? Ribs
- Coffee or tea? Coffee makes the world go round
- If you could time travel, would you go to the future or past? Past
- If you could take three items with you on a deserted island, what would it be? Bulk steak, matches and a braai grid
- If you could master one skill right now, what would it be? Catching guinea fowl without a trap
- What is the highest thing on your bucket list? Traveling to Norway
Amike van Rijswijk is 25 years old and spent the last seven years studying medical microbiology at Stellenbosch University.
- Hobbies: Running, hiking, photography and pretty much any activity that might involve kids
- Favourite quote: I believe in Christianity as I believe that the sun has risen: not only because I see it, but because by it I see everything else - C.S. Lewis
- Favourite food: Pasta
- Coffee or tea: COFFEE IS LIFE
- If you could time travel would you go to the future or past: Past
- If you could take three items with you on a deserted island, what would it be: My bible, my pillow and a coconut & cashew chocolate bar (my sweet tooth will be one less obstacle to overcome)
- If you could master one skill right now, what would it be: Playing the guitar
- What is the highest thing on your bucket list: Summit Mount Kilimanjaro
The team had orientation for the first two weeks in January after which they slotted in at Every Nation Tshwane Southdowns to serve with the campus team. They will be engaging and building relationships with students on two campuses in Centurion, namely Centurion Academy and Open Window.
The team had the privilege of joining Centurion Academy's first year camp during their orientation week (21-25 January). At the camp they had an allocated slot, called 'life skills', with each of the first year groups during which they shared with them the importance of knowing their core values. Our core values cause us to make certain decisions, which results in forming habits (good or bad) and ultimately mould the person we become. After that they facilitated a discussion regarding the importance of faith/spirituality, relationships, self image, studies as well as hobbies.
Following the life skills sessions the team was available for the students to come chat to them. On the first evening a group of five students came to talk to the team and recommitted their lives to the Lord and on the second another girl was lead to Jesus. It was an incredible time of getting to know the students and what a privilege it was to witness Jesus' love change lives.