Our guest speaker this Friday morning at TGIF is Pastor Vuyo Nyabaza. Before Vuyo was arrested, he was living the life every young man desires – driving the best cars, he owned a house in his teens and was popular in his community. He led the gang.
During his time in prison, which include a ‘great escape’ and he becoming a “wanted fugitive”, he came to faith in Jesus Christ.
After leaving prison he had nothing, and his father had passed on. God was his only hope and during his search for a job he came across the Message Trust and was accepted and treated well.
Now, he ministers to youngsters, especially those with problems with drugs, gangsterism and former prisoners. Vuyo also has a radio show on Radio Tygerberg and is pastoring a local congregation.
A Capetonian all my life, I am married to Allison and have two adult children – Jason and Erin. We have lived and work in Durbanville for 13 years.
After the Defense Force, where I came to know God, I qualified as a Electronics technician and Programmer. Convinced of God’s call I then studied theology and went into pastoral ministry for 23 years where I also developed my love for cross-cultural mission and discipled others to do the same in Southern Africa. Leaving my denomination and pastoral ministry I joined a church planting movement in the UK and headed up their theological training in Africa for a period. Since then the Lord opened opportunities to serve in China from time to time through under the name of my ministry called Intentional Encounters.
To support myself in 2013 I qualified as a Complementary Health practitioner where I also have opportunities to minister to ‘unchurched’ clients who are struggling with chronic pain and stress illness.
I served in the SA Police in 2 Specialised Units from 1984 to 1995 executing specialised tasks including bodyguarding VIPs such as Madiba…FW…Mbeki….Vlok etc etc In 2004, I went to Iraq and is still there currently working for International NGO.
My experiences of witnessing and partaking in multiple traumatic events led me to PTSD and alcohol dependence and many other sins until the Lord through His mercy and compassion saved me in 2015.
My getuienis sal gaan oor hoe ek opgestaan het vir die reg van die ongebore kind in ‘n baie goddelose werkplek; waar kinders week na week vermoor word. Die prys wat ek betaal is hoog, maar ons het n groter prys wat ons kry in die lewe hierna as kinders van die lewende God. Ek sal n “update” gee oor my regtelike saak wat volgende Maandag voortgaan. Dit het baie publisiteit gekry en dis verwag dat dit nog meer sal. My saak het die debat teen aborsie ontwaak en vir die eerste keer sedert wetgewing wat aborsie toelaat is daar ‘n beweging wat ons land kan beweeg in die rigting om die afgruwelike wetgewing te skaf.
Do real men suffer with mental health issues? Is it biblical to battle with depression and anxiety, or is it just a matter of insufficient faith? I will be pleased to share my personal experience with respect to both depression and anxiety.
CS Lewis said, God whispers to us in our pleasures, speaks to our conscience, but shouts in our pains – it is his megaphone to rouse a deaf world.
“A Million Miles is not only a story about how my journey with Him transpired, but rather something to keep in our hearts every day. It’s our journey with God, going forward.
Every time we seek Him, He reaches out to us. But we’re so caught up in life that we often miss what He is showing us. Even if He shows us A Million times.
We must just keep seeking Him and get to know him better. The more we get to know Him, the easier it will be for us to understand His ways.”
Alex van Dyk is well-known in the South African Music Industry as Sound engineer and Technical support. He heads up Solid Events and have worked extensively in the South African Music Industry supplying sound and all the technical requirements for events. What people do not know about him is that he himself can also sing and write music. One Million Miles is his first attempt at entering the market as singer-songwriter.