Archive for South Africa

I’m back

Posted in Random with tags , , , , , , on March 10, 2010 by rylanreed

Before coming home from South Africa, I wasn’t thinking the transition would be that hard, really at all. I was sure that when I came home, things would be a little bit different because I had been gone for a year, but nothing that wouldn’t right it self in a few weeks. 

Just saying, its been a weird period the last couple of months.  It has been really good seeing family and getting to spend quality time with them; being able to see friends and sharing with some of them how God worked in South Africa; and sharing with my supporters some of the things that God started in South Africa.  There are just some times that I don’t want to see anyone or talk to anybody (so if I have offended you, I’m sorry). It sort of was hard for a while to get motivated to do much of anything… even get on Face book (which is probably not a bad thing), but I have been rolling for a while now on trying to find a job, so things are going better than before.  Just saying, it has been a weird couple of months.  If you want to know more, you can always email me at

Things I will miss about South Africa

Posted in Random, South Africa Stint with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on November 21, 2009 by rylanreed

1) Muta (one of my guys)

2) Bahati (one of my guys)

3) Lawrence (one of my guys)

4) Patrick (one of my guys)

5) Aubrey (one of my guys/sort of)

6) Renier & Helize (campus staff director and wife)

7) Lucas (student leader, now interning with Crusade)

8) Paul (student leader, getting ready to do missions in Somalia)

9) Duan (student leader for next year, “chair person”)

10) Darius (student leader for next year)

11) Talkalanie (student apart of Crusade)

12)Ntando (student leader for next year)

13) Student leadership committee (past and present)

14) Chris Dirks (AIA)

15) Eddie (Staff)

16) Minte (Netherlands Stint)

17) Lerato (friend from UJ)

18) Balokile (friend from UJ)

19) Sammie (student leader at UJ)

20) Lizwi (student leader at UJ for next year)

21) Robert (student leader at UJ for next year)

22) Louie & Erica (BEAM owners)

23) Lordwick (pastor and staff at BEAM)

24) Ronnie (staff at BEAM)

25) Brian (staff at BEAM)

26) Blessing (staff at BEAM)

27) Given (kid at BEAM)

28) Cia (kid at BEAM)

29) Happy (kid at BEAM)

30) Ruben (Older boy at BEAM)

31) Diamond (Older boy at BEAM)

32) All the kids at BEAM

33) Francois (Erica and Louie’s son)

34) The Staff at BEAM

35) The scenery

36) The weather (warmth and the storms!!)

37) Blue Bulls/Springbok Rugby (They pretty much won everything they possibly could in one year, including the World Cup in 2008)

38) 15 Rand Wednesday movie night

I’ll be home for Christmas

Posted in Holiday with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on November 17, 2009 by rylanreed

I’ll be home for Christmas, and definitely not in my dreams, but actually there! I am sure getting excited for Christmas:) Even those here in South Africa are getting excited, with all the decorations they have in the malls.  But they don’t have Thanksgiving, so the only thing they can look forward to is seeing red and green and white, but probably not, only in their lights:)

1 or 2 words

Posted in Culture, South Africa Stint with tags , , , , , , , , on November 6, 2009 by rylanreed

A friend of mine here in South Africa sent me an “SMS” (text) and asked this quesitons: If you could sum up Beam in one or two words what would you say?  I thought for a few moments and these are a few of what I came up with:

Helping hand // Blessing // Guidance // Support // For others // Open hand // Light // Strong work // Strength // Care //

If any of you, who have been to BEAM before, want to add to this, be my guest!

Somethings I won’t miss about South Africa

Posted in Random, South Africa Stint with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on November 4, 2009 by rylanreed

1) Siren’s going off every 5 minutes

2) Car alarms going off every 5 minutes

3) Capped or (usage of space) for Internet

4) gated or fenced enclosures everywhere

5) “How’s it”

6) Few and far between bathrooms

7) No heat/air conditioners

8) No Dr. Pepper

9) No carpet

10) car guards

11) No ESPN (only on DSTV and not really American sports)

12) No Burger King

13) PNP (pick-n-pay) and little to no service

14) Driving on the right side of the car, on the left side of the street

15) Girls screaming in the apartments

16) Opening and closing a gate

17) people honking when they can’t open a gate

18) People flashing brights when they want to pass

19) Assuming that all white people speak Afrikaans

20) People drive for themselves and not thinking of anyone else

21) Small sized appliances

22) Small housing/apartments (suited for only one person, but have crammed two)

23) People just not knowing how to drive anywhere, especially on the highway

24) People saying they will do one thing and agreeing with you, and then not showing up or allowing you to get a hold of them (just be honest, its ok!)

25) Not being able to be close to my family and friends or even talk to them (but I could get over that if God called me to full time ministry…)

Summer Project time!

Posted in South Africa Stint with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on October 10, 2009 by rylanreed

There were two summer projects that came to my side of South Africa, meaning Pretoria and JoBurg.  If you don’t know what a summer project is; it’s a time frame of one month to three months in which students from all around the country that are involved in Campus Crusade get to spend a summer either over seas (which is the one month) or Stateside (which is the three months).  Unfortunately, I wasn’t able to work with the group that came to Pretoria, from the GPI Region of Crusade, which is where I am from. I did get to share with them and my co-STINTer Stacey, about the culture that is here in South Africa. Just to tell you, it’s a lot like the South in America, people calling themselves “Christians” but not really living their lives for Christ.

I was able to have the privilege of staffing the JoBurg summer project, with the four other STINTers that work along side me here in Pretoria/JoBurg. The summer project ran from the 15th of July to the 15th of August, and was a really great change up to our schedule as STINTers.  11 students from the Southwest region of America, mostly California, but some were from other states; Indiana, Montana, Texas. We worked on Kings-way campus, the University of Johannesburg’s main campus, half of the month and then traded off with the other half in community service work.

There were three guys that came on project; Nathan, Travis and Tom, whom I was able to disciple from the four and a half weeks they were in South Africa. It was a privilege to be able to spend time with each guy, and hangout with all of them when there was not much to do. It was great to see each of them grow in their own way, learning from mistakes and sin, but also teaching those around them.  I definitely learned a lot from each of them as I am sure that they learned some from me.

There were a could of activities that we tried to do on campus. Both were successful, but one more the way that we thought it would have gone. We decided to do a Soularium outreach (54 pictures or so depicting certain areas of life, using questions and pictures to see where students are at spiritually) one of the days on campus, but not in the simple way of sitting down and going through it with some students. We played out a couple of the pictures and had some taped on boards that were set on a couple of tables, so students could take the survey as quick as they wanted to.  The summer project students really enjoyed the outreach and performing some of the pictures. We had a great turnout with the students that came up and filled out the survey; and really helped increase in the students that came to the weekly meetings.

The other big activity we did involved a movie and big screen, or so we thought. On campus at UJ, there is a big screen TV on the green space right outside of the student center. We figured and planned to play Amazing Grace and give out free hot chocolate one night, and after the movie have a little talk and comment cards for the students there, Up to the day we were going to show the movie on, we thought things were set and ready to go. That day, we figured out that there was something that didn’t happen, and so instead of showing the movie like we wanted to, we decided to just play some pickup games and get to know the students that came. Over all that night we better than we thought it could have and definitely built up a rapport with us and the students.

As the STINT team has realized over the past few months, South Africa and Africa as a whole is very much more relational than in the states. As I conversed with the three guys on project, I started to see them even leaning to share the gospel in a rationalistic kind of way, which I was all for. It was good to see the guys fit into what they felt comfortable doing, not to say that being out of your comfort is bad because that is when God stretches you and builds your character, but their hearts really showed during the times of interaction with some of the students.

It was definitely an enjoyable month!

Mid-year Retreat

Posted in South Africa Stint with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on October 8, 2009 by rylanreed

The second weekend in July was spent in St. Lucia for our STINT mid-year retreat. Andy McCullough and his family came to South Africa to talk a few things through with us before we started the next semester. The focus of our few short talks was about the struggles and joys of the first semester and some different things that could maybe changed for the better in the semester to come.

Our time was mostly spent just relaxing and spending a little time enjoying the adventures of South Africa. The first full day we were in St. Lucia, we took a boat safari, where we got to see a bunch of hippo’s and corcks. It felt almost the same as what we had done up in Botswana, but this time I had my camera and was able to take some pretty sweet shots.  (I was not able to bring my camera on the first trip for some undisclosed reasons.) The second full day, we took a morning boat trip out into the Indian Ocean to do some whale watching. The moral of that small trip was to wear a wetsuit and maybe a waterproof jacket and pants.  We did get to see about 5 0r 6 different whales jumping at different times. It was a fun experience, but going in a bigger boat might have been more satisfying. Other than those two events, much of the rest of the time was reading, hanging out and just getting away from the everyday life in Pretoria and Durban.

Good trip, coming away refreshed and ready for the next stage…  SUMMER PROJECT!