ACKNOWLEDGMENTS

A dream needs a team! I thank God for surrounding me with a wonderful team who have stood by me and believed in me every step of the way.

I thank my dad, Martin, for never giving up on me. Dad, I respect and honour you for the unique person you are, for always being there, for your unconditional love, and for being such an excellent example of godly character and integrity in my life. I thank my uncle Chris for his support and faith in me, for taking such great care of my dogs when I go on trips, and for never keeping quiet about Jesus. Auntie Sus, thank you for your positive attitude and all your words of wisdom.

Ann, Anton, and Zoe! Thank you for all the fun and adventures we have together, and for your steadfast support during challenging times in my life. You always fight back to back with me and I honour you for that. I could not have asked for a better sister, brother-in-law, and little niece.

Benita O’Brien-Fulde. You’re a rare treasure and your sense of humour never ceases to amaze me. You’re one of those people who just add colour to life. Thank you for your hard work and special input in the manuscript. Your insight really made a difference.

Elbie and Levern, Karin, Ruzane, Beatrice, Beulah and Libo, Lauri, Yolandi, Dornita, Cielie and Pastor Hanna – how blessed I am to know you. Thank you for your kindness, your love, and your ceaseless encouragement. Thank you for giving me the space to grow, for accepting me just as I am, and for all the fun we have together. I honour you.

I thank my spiritual mentors, pastors At and Nyretta Boshoff, for their obedience to their heavenly calling. Thank you for your prayers, your love, and your faith in your members. Thank you for your strong leadership and no-nonsense attitude. Thank you for your endurance, boldness, and for breaking barriers. You’re a precious gift to the body of Christ. I love, respect, and honour you with all my heart.

Then lastly, I thank God, my heavenly Father. Was it not for Him, my enemies would have swallowed me alive. I thank Him for sending Jesus to save me. And I thank Him for giving me a Helper, the precious Holy Spirit. To Him I give all the highest honour and glory and praise!