very year at this time, I reflect on the highlights of the past 12 months and share these with Zulu Mission supporters all over the word. But, with the euphoria of our country’s Rugby World Cup victory still uppermost in the minds of many South Africans, I decided instead to share an inspirational story with you.

Not many people know that Siya Kolisi, the Springbok rugby captain who led his team to victory, is a devout Christian. But for those who take the trouble to look closely at the tape he wears around his wrists, it’s clear to see from where he draws his strength.

It was his grandmother – the woman who raised him – who guided Siya to the church at an early age. Young Siya had a childhood that is typical of many on our Missions. Born to a teenage mother in the township of Zwide near Port Elizabeth, he grew up in poverty and hardship. He never had toys or even a proper bed. Often there was no food and he went to sleep hungry.

But, encouraged by his gran and her indomitable spirirt, he set out to overcome his circumstances.

His prowess on the rugby field led to him being offered a scholarship at the prestigious Grey School in Port Elizabeth, where he faced more challenges. He could speak only a few words of English, and being surrounded by affluence and privilege was a constant reminder of his own lowly station in life.

Yet today, Siya is our nation’s hero … the equal of any man in the country!

And he knows that God had a hand in all of this. “It is a great blessing to know that no matter what, nothing can deter God’s Will – it will always be done,” he says. “I always ask God to use me. I put it all in His hands. Knowing that He is in control gives me peace.”

Siya’s faith and commitment is a reminder to all of us to put our trust in God.

2019 has been a tough year in many ways – and yet there is still so much hope and goodness in the world. I only have to think of Mission friends like you, who are always so willing to reach out and help others in need – even though you’ve never met them and will never hear their words of thanks or see the tears of gratitude in their eyes.

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