Challenge Good News Paper - 94, 2018
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     Finding purpose beyond pot
Randal Robertson (Randy) was a directionless teenager – performing well enough at school but lacking in purpose, and drifting into bad company.
Finding purpose beyond pot
     Power of a single decision
In 2007, after some months of house hunting, I bought a house after seeing it once - before my husband had even viewed it (although he said I could go ahead), in an area we knew nothing about, where we knew no one and at the other end of the city from where we had been renting.
Power of a single decision
     Phone fiasco helps man find faith
Abram Kutoane bought and paid for a R500 cell phone one day in April 2008, only to have the police arrest him the next day for theft. In what Abram maintains was a gross violation of justice, he was imprisoned for 20 years in a maximum security prison, even though the store owner tried to convince the police that it hadn’t been him who had stolen a phone.
Phone fiasco helps man find faith
     Rapist radically changed
“My life was a mess,” Thabiso Malakoane admits, speaking of his former lifestyle.
Rapist radically changed
     Desperate search for love ends
Philile Matiwane never really felt loved at home and grew up hungry for affection. As a result she struggled with sexual immorality, even though she knew it was a sin to have sex outside of marriage.
Desperate search for love ends
     Freedom from addictions
Billy's childhood was relatively easy ... until the day his mum passed away from cancer, when he was 13.
Freedom from addictions
     Poor choices used for good
Mtshali Lerato had the privilege of being brought up in a Christian home where he heard about Jesus and even went to church. Sadly he was not able to make the connection of having a personal relationship with Jesus, until he found himself in a tough spot.
Poor choices used for good
     Attempted murderer finds the right path
Lehlohonolo Mokheseng, known as Walaza, was in a bad way, struggling with drugs, lying, un-forgiveness, and a bad attitude.
Attempted murderer finds the right path
          Bible is full of ordinary people
One of the very instructive outcomes of reading the Bible is that the characters in its pages are very ordinary people, most of whom we can relate to.
Bible is full of ordinary people
     How sure is your foundation?
How sure is your foundation? Can you stand and not be shaken?
     Actor escapes porn and finds true love
Brittni De La Mora was asked to act in ‘romantic’ movies – but it turned out they were far from romantic.
Actor escapes porn and finds true love
     Hope despite terrible loss
Sylvia Mwanza had been married for 39 years. She and her husband were committed to serving the Lord and planted numerous churches in Zambia.
Hope despite terrible loss
     More than just a feeling
"Feelings, nothing more than feelings," goes the 1974 classic by Morris Albert, and sometimes our actions seem to be governed by nothing else.
More than just a feeling
     Freed from heroin
Ex-gangster shows old friends how to gain a life free from drugs
Freed from heroin
     Life term leads to rethink
Veracity David grew up in a family where he knew nothing about Christianity and thought nothing about God until he was given a life sentence in 2002.
Life term leads to rethink
     Addict lets anger go
Ayaya Konze grew up in a church going family. But he used God like a get out of jail card - whenever he did something wrong he prayed in the hopes that God would forgive him and rescue him.
Addict lets anger go
     Discovering that ‘normal’ is really extraordinary
All Benny Oliphant wanted was to live "a normal life" as a law-abiding citizen with a job and family, but he came to realise that in his own strength he could not even do that.
Discovering that ‘normal’ is really extraordinary
     Fraudster now forgiven
Thirty-eight-year-old Dumisani Mathebula lived a life of privilege until he was arrested for stealing money from the South African Revenue Service (SARS).
          Blind eyes opened
Nellie Shibambo suffered from the time she was a little girl with terrible sores on her eyes and partial blindness. Her parents, who followed traditional African beliefs took her to the sangoma and tried all sorts of herbal remedies and prayers to the ancestors, all to no effect.
Blind eyes opened
          Blinde oë geopen (Afrikaans)
Nellie Shibambo het van kleins af gely aan aaklige sere op haar oë en gedeeltelike blindheid. Haar ouers, wat tradisionele Afrika gelowe aanhang, het haar na die sangoma geneem het wie allerhande kruie-geneesmiddels en gebede aan die voorvadergeeste probeer het, maar sonder enige effek.
          Amehlo angaboni avulekile (Zulu)
UNellie Shibambo wahlupheka kusukela ngesikhathi esase yintombazane encanyane enezilonda ezimbi emehlweni kunohlangothi olungaboni. Abazali bakhe, ababe landela bekholelwa emasikweni esintu bamthatha baya naye esangomeni bazama imithi eminingi eyahluka hlukene bazama ukumxhumanisa namadlozi, kepha konke lokho akuzange kusize._
          Walking in his father’s footsteps
Many preacher's kids (PKs) end up rebelling against their upbringing and leaving the church, but Malachi Cole was impacted by the integrity of his pastor father and soon wanted to follow him in the faith.
Walking in his father’s footsteps
     Diamond in the dirt
Jewel Mclean knows all about rejection and difficult circumstances. He grew up in children's homes because his parents were drunk all the time. When he was sent back to them at 15, he ran away to live on the streets of Brixton, Johannesburg.
Diamond in the dirt
     Turkish immigrant transformed
Alper Tetik grew up in Turkey, following the majority religion but always felt 'empty' spiritually.
Turkish immigrant transformed
     Lessons from a sausage dog (Part 7)
The other day my husband was cutting up beef to make biltong and Carrie, our little sausage dog, was dancing around the kitchen begging for scraps.
Lessons from a sausage dog (Part 7)
     From the Gospel of John
John 4:27-4:54
From the Gospel of John
     Surfs like a girl
After feature film Soul Surfer captured her inspiring shark attack survival story in 2011, the real Bethany Hamilton hit the screens early last year with Surfs Like a Girl, documenting her journey to the best waves on the planet.
Surfs like a girl
     ‘You can’t win unless you plan well’
Former Rwandan marathoner knows the pain of coming back from loss
‘You can’t win unless you plan well’

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