Empowering

I worked as a Social Worker in rural communities for many years – contributing to improving people’s quality of life. After I had qualified from the university of the North (then Turfloop) in the early 80’s, I felt God calling me to serve the poor. I knew what poverty was, having experienced it throughout my life up till that point. Part of my vision was to empower rural women through self-help projects, enabling them to feed and care for their own families. Many of these women had very limited education and skills. With the support of World Vision, the Government of the Netherlands and other local businesses we were able to teach reading and writing, sewing and cooking skills, as well as art and crafts.

Following promotions, I ended up working as a Chief Director at the Department of Social Development, giving me the opportunity to contribute to public policies that catered for women and children. Later on in life I became a business woman passionate to empower, mentor, and coach women to become business leaders in their own right. I co-founded Agape Christian Women’s Network (ACWN) – A Not for Profit Organization empowering women from all faiths, and all walks of life.

Please reflect on this and share with us what you are doing to empower others. How can I share my experiences with you? I would like to support you on this journey as I believe the more we share, the bigger the difference we can make in other people’s lives.

Please share your story with us so we may encourage others in faith.

I believe the more we share, the bigger the difference we can make in other people’s lives.

Some of our shared stories

  1. After reading Pastor Kenneth Mwale’s share I was so inspired that I had to know who this person is – thus I discovered that he is a pastor in Pretoria, South Africa. I am so encouraged by his wisdom that when I visit South Africa soon God-willing, I will visit his church as I have to meet this amazing pastor whose knowledge of the Word is brought back to practical applications advise. Thank you sir. For me as a young person who is not sure what the expectations of marriage are, I would like to ask you (I hope you are married) what is your prophetic insight about marriage? You advise that we should not marry the daughter of the king before time but wait for the right time. I want to walk in the counsel of your wisdom to ask you when is really the right time? In South Africa, I am aware that while there is no longer law against inter-racial marriages, I understand that while the young generation are open-minded about this, the older generation has reservations to the extend that they would not bless or support their family members in such. How can such older generation get help from God to see beyond the obvious? Thank you Pastor for helping me and am sure many others to understand the difference between sight and vision. May God use you more in your country and continent.

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  2. SIGHT VS VISION

    Many people look, but they don’t see. Looking at something does not mean you are seeing what it is. You can look at something without seeing what the thing is. Vision, on the other hand, has to do with understanding what you are looking at. At times, what you are looking at is not necessarily what something really is. The Bible says, “The wise man’s eyes are in his head, but the fool walks in darkness’. (Ecclesiastes 2:14) It was Hellen Keller who once said, “The only thing worse than being blind is having SIGHT but no VISION”. It is astounding how many people have sight but have no vision. They look but, they can’t see. To illustrate the point, I want to look at a Biblical character called Deborah. Deborah was a prophet. Her story is found in the book of Judges Chapters 4 and 5. In the bible, every name means something, and the name Deborah means, a “Bee”. The most peculiar characteristic of a bee is its ability to turn something that we usually ignore when we look at a flower, into something as great as honey. Most of us only see a flower. The bee sees nectar to use to make one of the world’s wonders – Honey. This is not a coincidence. God is teaching us a great lesson through this great woman of God.

    To achieve great success in life like Deborah did, we need insight. We need to see beyond what we are looking at. Many a time someone has lost an opportunity because they looked but never saw. A bee sees beyond a flower. It sees honey. The Bible tells a story of Israel in 1 Samuel 8:1-9. The story is about how the Children of Israel asked God to give them a king because other nations had kings. Until this time, God was their King. God warned them about their desire for a human king. What Israel didn’t see is the oppression those kings imposed on their people. Israel just looked at the glamour and other outward outlook of a king. They didn’t see what was really going on in those nations that had kings. They looked but never saw.

    This is true about our lives today. We only look at the obvious but don’t see beyond. By failing to see beyond the obvious, we miss out on what God has for us. The secret to a great life is in having what I call Prophetic Insight. Prophetic insight both looks and sees. The Bible says that “we walk by faith, not by sight” (2 Corinthians 5:7). This means that we are not moved by appearances. We are moved by our understanding of the appearances.

    I have discovered 2 things that hinder people from attaining their full potential. And three things that will help you to achieve great success in life.

    Here are the two things that will hinder you from seeing properly:

    1. Comparing yourself to other
    When we compare ourselves to others, we will always fall short. There will always be someone better than us. We will always feel that we are not good enough. What we should compare ourselves to is our ideal self, not other people. If you have to compete, compete with your ideal self. Where are you on your journey to your ideal self?

    2. Don’t marry the daughter of the King before time
    In 1 Samuel 18:17-18 and 2 Samuel 3:14-16, a story is told that Saul set David up to be killed by the Philistines. He enticed him to marry his daughter, but he had to kill a hundred Philistines before that. David carried out the King’s challenge but declined the prize. He said he could not accept the prize because he wasn’t ready to be son-inlaw to the king. However, we see in 2 Samuel 3:14-16 that when David became King, the first thing he did was to ask for his prize which he won years back. This is a great lesson to all of us. When we do things before time to show off, we set ourselves up to fail. The very things that we aspire to, become impossible to attain because we got ourselves tied up. We don’t need to use things for our identity. We need to find an identity first, and then get things to suit that. David waited to be King to become a son-inlaw of the King. He didn’t need the King’s daughter to make himself feel important.

    Here are the three things that will help you to achieve success.

    1. Have the right role models to imitate
    To have prophetic insight, or to see beyond what you are looking at, you need to imitate people that have succeeded at what you want to do. Hebrews 13:7 says “Remember those leading you, who have spoken to you the Word of God, whose faith follow, considering the end of their conduct”. This is a great lesson. Don’t invent the wheel. There are people ahead of you that have done what you want to do, study how they have lived to achieve the success they have achieved and you will be a success. There are people that are what you want to be, imitate them and you will end up like them.

    2. Walk with the wise
    In Proverbs 13:20 we are told, “He who walks with the wise shall be wise, but a companion with fools shall be destroyed”. Choose your friends carefully. Someone once said that “if you show me your friends, I can tell what type of person you are”. Your friends reflect who you are.

    3. Ask God to help you see beyond the obvious
    Another important thing is to simply ask God to open your eyes to see more than what you are looking at. In the book of 2 Kings 6:14-16, there is a story about Elisha and his servant. They were surrounded by a large army who wanted to kill them. Gehazi, the servant of Elisha, was terrified by the armies he looked at, but Elisha was calm. What made Elisha calm was the fact that he saw more than he looked. Gehazi looked but didn’t see. In this biblical story, we are told that Elisha saw a large number of God’s angels, outnumbering the armies that surrounded them. This gave him confidence in spite of being surrounded by a physical army.

    Life is more than what you are looking at. To achieve greatness, don’t just look. You need to see. I hope you will see, and not just look.

    It is my prayer that you are encouraged by this and that your vision will be sharpened.

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  3. It is amazing how the power of interacting or networking works. I was invited by a colleague who is the CEO of the Gauteng Innovation Hub based in Pretoria, to participate at a conference in Dakar, Senegal in 2015. There I met the President of Mauritius and ever since we continued to work together in her country. My company now has an office in Port Loius working in partnership with local business people. The very same person who recommended me to participate in Senegal also introduced me to a passionate woman lawyer from Atlanta. This lady started a family foundation which established a KECTIL programme to build future young leaders from developing countries. I was privileged to share my life story with them and spend time mentoring them for a week. What a blessing! Only God Almighty made it possible for me to meet this amazing young gentleman. Indeed if it was not because of Him, I would not have met this CEO and these powerful women. Both women have hearts for young future leaders and are mobilizing resources to empower them.

    I am sharing these two examples of how we can meet people who connect us or empower us to empower others. Empowerment is both ways, and is a critical life-giving continuous process. I have learnt that being empowered ourselves, we have to empower others just as we have been blessed. We need to always remember that we are blessed to be a blessing. This CEO taught me that everything in life started with one person. He reminded me of Moses, Esther, and Jesus’ examples. God chooses one person to do something for the benefit of others. He also said in life everything has its ‘significant moments’. For me looking at these two incidences of meeting these two amazing women and working with them were my ‘significant moments’. The questions to you as you read this comment are: are you meeting people and building networks in your life? How do you network? What are the significant moments then? Do you use these as empowerment opportunities for you? Do these translate them to empower others?

    Please share your empowerment journey with us. What were the significant moments for you?

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