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My service year journey – Tebogo Makgoane

08 Jul

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Last year I completed high-school in my hometown, Brits, located in the North-West Province.  And unlike many of my peers, I at least knew where I was going afterwards.

It all started at a Winklespruit camp, last year April, where I met the ‘Service Year for Christ’ team and came to know about UCSA for the first time. Like many matric-learners I was clueless as to what I should do after I graduated; I prayed to God asking for His guidance. Shortly after, I noticed the ‘Service Year for Christ’ poster posing the ultimate question and solution: “What are you doing next year… take a gap year.” I immediately felt a sense of peace and checked the website advertised for all the details. At the end of the camp my testimony was profound, I was doing a gap year and joining UCSA as a ‘Service Year for Christ’ student.

At first I was terrified at the idea because I didn’t know anything about VCSV/UCSA or the ‘Service Year’ program, so I didn’t know what to expect. During the December month I received a call informing me that I was going to have to join the Western Cape team, as there weren’t any ‘Service Year’ teams in Brits.

So on the 3rd of January I got to meet my team for the first time, and immediately my life started changing. We were challenged on stepping out of our comfort zone and what it means to have a relationship with God. I cannot explain in words how ‘Service Year’ has changed my life. During training Piet (one of our mentors) would tell us stories about young people who were so fired up for God that they changed their schools, communities and even countries, and how the youth can impact the world through their relationship with God. I thought the stories were cool but doubted that I would ever be so influential; according to me, I just didn’t have the confidence or ability to do something so inspirational. But even so my Spirit kept on growing and strengthening during the year, and I continued praying to God, asking Him to use me as He saw fit. And He did. In March I had a dream of Piet informing the entire church about a movement I had started, and how it has changed young people’s lives all over the country! I remember waking up and thinking “Wow! That was awesome!” So I prayed, asking that God reveal the dream’s meaning to me. He then instructed me to start a group on Facebook, which I did, but I didn’t know what to name it. I asked Him what the group should be called, and He said ‘The Chosen One’… at that moment I  thought the name was too cheesy and hesitated,  but God’s will always prevails, because right at that moment, on my way to church, I encountered some network problems and couldn’t complete the details of the group. When I got home everything seemed to be working fine, and Facebook was prompting me to “invite people on the group you just started.”  Right there I knew this was all God’s doing.

Later, on the last day of the “Imagine” camp, I was informed that we would be going on holiday for the month of June, just in time for my mother’s birthday on the 21st! I was eager to spoil her and considered taking her and some of her friends to a park, just to thank her for making this year’s life-changing opportunity possible. As they were speaking in Afrikaans at the camp, I struggled to understand and my mind quickly started drifting away. Suddenly I felt the Holy Spirit’s presence, and He started speaking to me! He told me that on the 21st of June I would be launching ‘The Chosen One’ movement. I hastily borrowed a pen from Handri and started scribbling on a box. I wrote down everything I could think of at that moment e.g Names of people who I had to call and what their responsibilities would be etc. Some of the names I was a bit hesitant to phone as I was afraid what they might think of me or of the movement I was eager to start. But a leap of faith was necessary and quickly I had 23 people who were all on board! It’s still difficult to believe what has been happening, but God is amazing. ‘The Chosen One’ is now a registered private company on Facebook, and our opening-launching will be taking place on the 21st of June, and it is evident that God has been working miracles and moving mountains in my life. Even though our funds aren’t where we hoped they would be, I trust whole-heartedly in the Lord, and know He will provide where necessary.

Five months into ‘Service Year for Christ’ and I’ve grown more spiritually than I ever thought possible. Never would I have imagined that I would be a director of a company, but I tell you this is definitely a year of your life. UCSA has helped me grow into a stronger and more confident young woman, a woman who fears God and who is, herself, fearless. Where risks are insignificant and reaching for the sky is more possible now than ever… all in the hope of saving a soul.

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