Victory Gap Year

This year in January I have started the Victory Gap Year (VGY) in Jeffrey’s Bay. VGY is more than a year of procrastination, it is a year in which youth gets equipped, empowered and sent out to advance the Kingdom of God. Victory Gap Year has started as an initiative of Victory Christian Church and has since then grown to be a gap year that has influenced many lives forever. There are in total 5 schools: Leadership Academy, Media Academy, Ocean Masters, Surf Masters and Worship Academy. I study at the one named last.

VGY Core – LECTURES

VGY core contain all the lectures and activities that all schools take part in. The lectures are to lay a Biblical foundation in one’s life. Some of these lectures also include after-care in small groups to talk about what they have experienced and learned, and to deal with issues. The house-leaders play a significant role in this. I can talk freely to the house-leaders about issues that bother me, they are trust-worthy. I have so far attended lectures including: Spirit, Soul and Body; Hebrew 6 Foundations; Ancient Paths; and Purpose and Destiny. Hebrew 6 Foundations deals with the basics of our beliefs, this confronted me with, what do I believe and why? Ancient Paths has taught me many principles concerning blessing and curse, concerning family. Purpose and Destiny provided me with insight to what God has destined me for.

VGY Core Activities

One of the most extreme activities is orientation. Orientation is a mix between major physical and mental challenge, to push us beyond our-thought abilities, and experience that we can do more than we thought we could. It taught me to push through and to obey accurately.

The weekly Church services of VCC with teachings of mainly Ps. Louis Els and Ps. Andre van Mollendorf. The morning service is for general visit, where-as the evening service is especially for youth but open to anyone. Both equally challenge me to move forward, and change further to become more like Jesus and to become more intimate with God, my heavenly father. These teachings have been a significant part my year so far, and it is only April!

In the upcoming month, all students are going on a National outreach to different areas of South Africa. I am thrilled to see what it is like to be on the other side. For the previous two years I was the one listening to the testimonies which encouraged me to go. I am certain that God will do astonishing things in people’s lives, including our own.

Other activities include: Poverty Week, Solitude Week, Community Projects, Church Involvement, Family Days, and the Graduation Ceremony.

Victory Gap Year has been a great journey so far!
This is the first article in a series about Victory Gap Year.

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My time in the Netherlands

I haven’t been blogging for a while but it has been amazing in the Netherlands. Starting off in the first week of December with some snow, but there hasn’t been anything ever since. I had hoped for a white Christmas but it didn’t happen, like in most of the countries around the Netherlands. We have visited most of our family and friends but I haven’t met up with a lot of friends yet except for new years eve. It has been nice to have a Dutch new years eve again, with all the fireworks and Dutch donuts called “oliebollen”. I also sold them with my dad at the local supermarket that my father used to manage.

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Selling oliebollen with my father

I’ll go to school in the Netherlands for one day only to meet up with schoolmates, i’m sure it’s gonna be fun. And i’m planning on visiting my other schools for a short time.

I will make South Africa unsafe again from 17 January. So you better watch out…

Since recently I have a tumblr and about.me pages.

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Oliebol

My time in the Netherlands

I haven’t been blogging for a while but it has been amazing in the Netherlands. Starting off in the first week of December with some snow, but there hasn’t been anything ever since. I had hoped for a white Christmas but it didn’t happen, like in most of the countries around the Netherlands. We have visited most of our family and friends but I haven’t met up with a lot of friends yet except for new years eve. It has been nice to have a Dutch new years eve again, with all the fireworks and Dutch donuts called “oliebollen”. I also sold them with my dad at the local supermarket that my father used to manage.

©© me
Selling oliebollen with my father

I’ll go to school in the Netherlands for one day only to meet up with schoolmates, i’m sure it’s gonna be fun. And i’m planning on visiting my other schools for a short time.

I will make South Africa unsafe again from 17 January. So you better watch out…

Since recently I have a tumblr and about.me pages.

©©  flickr.com/photos/orangesplaash/
Oliebol

My experience with my South-African public school.

You might have heard me rant about the school system here in South-Africa. And honestly I cannot say anything else. The self-discipline or independence simply don’t exist. Students are taught as a robots where you put information in without teaching them why or how to deal with the information. Students are not taught to deal with, for example, poetry but simply get a paper where everything is already on, or it is on a projection screen.

Biology is not different at all, all information is just poured into the student’s mind. Instead of teaching how to make summaries and comprehend the text in a textbook they just say: “hi, this information is in the curriculum, study it without using your brain”. I  have experienced Science as one of the subject that is completely different from this. That would make sense since most of the independent thinkers of the grade take Physics. The others simply can’t handle it that they even have to think about the things they are studying. So science people, thumbs up!

This leads to a lack of independence of learners which they will definitely need in life later on (maybe that is why the government is not functioning correctly?!). They try to teach values in the form of ‘Life Orientation’. This is really a useless subject since it is taught over and over again. It should not be a single subject but spread over all the subjects, guys please these are values!

I know that I am not the only one who thinks like this, a few teachers and learners share this with me and it is time to do something about it! This will certainly not be my last post on this matter, surely not because I think the learners get a fake image of how the world works and do not learn how to be independent! I have seen that students do not think further than now. For example, I am not trying to be offensive, but if you go to a ‘only Afrikaans’ it is simply not that smart. I think that it is much better to be getting taught in both Afrikaans and English so you are not limited to a small vocabulary when you are going international.

Hi people reading this unacceptable blog

Hi, it has been a while, but don’t worry I am still alive as far as I know.

Sadly I haven’t been to beautiful beaches lately because my dad and brother is and was sick last two weeks. The weather is getting bettah and bettah every day. The local people say that it has been the worst winter in years. Last weekend there was some depressing weather for a while, but the sun is now more and more shining. That is of course not interesting in any way. I’m still enjoying the nature here, we have such a beautiful view from our house, it seems like paradise (except for the garden which is still screwed up like when we came here) with my little buddy that isn’t that little anymore. I eat breakfast outside, almost everyday. Eating with buddy on the small sun deck, couldn’t do that in Netherlands.

Tomorrow it is mommy’s birthday, im excited but it is sad that my dad is still ill, dont let me tell you the details. We were going to eat somewhere in town to celabrate. My mom turns 45 tomorrow, yep, only 5 years to go until 50, time flies.

Enough said you unacceptable blog readers!

De eindtijdstudie van Frank Ouwenheel

Na het vernietigende rapport waarin staat dat hij een aanzienlijk gedeelte uit de eindtijd studie heeft verzonnen, noemt hij de sterk onderbouwde kritiek op zijn studie een teken van de eindtijd is. Hij staat nog steeds 100 % achter zijn studie.

Om duidelijk te maken hoe absurd gedeeltes van zijn studie zijn:
http://www.de-waarheid-achter-de-eindtijdstudie-2011.nl/
In dit fragment van zijn studie geeft Frank Ouwenheel aan dat er straling van 5 Sv (of 5000mSv) is gemeten in een bepaalt punt van de zee. Dit zou betekenen dat de straling op dat punt nog hoger is dan wat werd opgelopen door mensen die vlakbij Fukushime centrale woonden!!! [http://fukushima.ans.org/report/Fukushima_report.pdf] Hij gebruikte ook een afbeelding van schepen, die hij afzette als boten die de zee in de gaten houden, onzin, het schip is nog niet eens gebouwd! Wie het niet gelooft kan zelf duidelijk zien dat het 3D ontwerpen zijn.

Ik snap daarom ook niet waarom kerken Frank Ouwenheel nog uitnodigen om te komen spreken, voordat hij toegeeft fout te zijn geweest.

Ik heb een voorganger gesproken die zegt dat het rapport allemaal vuilspuierij en leugens bevat. Hij zei dat hij gehoord had en dat het allemaal leugens waren.  Ik ben van mening dat hij zijn mening gebaseerd heeft op geruchten, en niet zelf het rapport doorgelezen heeft. Hij claimde ook dat hij gesproken had met de makers van het onderzoek, die volgens hem, alles toe hebben gegeven!? Mijn mening is volgens hem gebaseerd op leugens. De voorganger heeft verdere communicate geweigerd.

Naslagwerk:
Rapport (PDF) http://goo.gl/HyiWG
Uitgebreid Rapport (PDF) http://goo.gl/bJ6nQ
Rapport (VIDEO) http://youtu.be/adFUOvBtS3Y
Verweer Frans Ouwenheel http://goo.gl/qlRme
Commentaar op verweer van makers http://goo.gl/vc08h
Onlangse berichtgeving door CIP.nl over Dhr. Ouwenheel http://goo.gl/LwLTv