10 Questions for Community Developer Brent Williams

September 29, 2009 § 1 Comment

Today’s blog post will be about an online  interview that a very special women did with me.She is none other than Joy-Anne Goodenough (also known on twitter as @joyanne ),the editor of The Portfolio Travel Blog that won the best traveling blog in this years SA Blog Awards.When she initially asked me if i wanted to do this interview i was naturally  over the moon.How could i refuse.

I just love Social Media and it is a great way to conect with people and to share your story etc. I want to take this opportunity to thank her for the opportunity for giving me the opportunity to share my story with others out there.“Thank you Joy-Anne for considering me to write about on your blog.I really appreciate it and may God bless everything that you do.”

Here is the link to that particular blog post: http://ow.ly/rAiE

Hope you guys enjoy it  and God bless:-)

SOCIAL MEDIA FOR SOCIAL CHANGE

September 22, 2009 § Leave a comment

This past Friday Marlon Parker the director of the R LABS requested that Bradley, one of my brothers in Christ, and I give talks about Social Media. We gave our talks at the School Of Hope which is a project of the Thembalistha Foundation which accommodates students that have either been expelled from other schools in the area or are currently using drugs.

Our talks were directed at how Social Media can change our communities. Bradley addressed substance abuse and the effects and consequences of using drugs. I spoke on the subject of Social Media for Social Change, a presentation that Marlon Parker had put together. This was my first time to do this particular presentation and I must admit I was a bit nervous – but at the same time excited to have the opportunity to make the presentation.

Knowing these students and their backgrounds was a bit daunting for me. Giving the presentation without knowing in advance what to expect from the audience made it more difficult than it needed to be. Perhaps I focused a bit too much on what their levels of concentration would be. Additionally, I was somewhat concerned as to what their response and reaction to the presentation would be.

In my nervousness I failed to remember that God was in control…not me. With God guiding the event everything went really very well. The students remained attentive throughout the presentations and appeared to be genuinely interested in everything we had to say. Just to see the looks of interest on their faces and realize how well they were receiving what we had to tell them was most encouraging to me and was the highlight of my day and weekend.

The whole experience caused me to think back and remember that it is important that we go on with what we are doing and allow God to work through us. God is awesome and faithful even when we are faithless.

I give all glory, honor and adoration to Jesus for what He has done and continues to do through our lives. I and people like me who formerly lived lives of crime and drug addiction are now being used to bring about positive, and I’m sure lasting change, within our communities. I am really looking forward to our next presentations with eager anticipation.

When God is for us, who can be against us?

IMPACT TEAM-BUILDING SPORTS

September 14, 2009 § 1 Comment

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Yesterday was a good day for the Impact Direct Ministries team. To bring our team together in a joint effort other than the work we do, all participated in a high-action game of indoor cricket. Indoor cricket is a variant of and shares many basic concepts with traditional, outdoor cricket. The game is most often played between two teams each consisting of eight players, in matches featuring two innings, each of sixteen 8-ball overs. Rather than simply being played indoors, the match is played on specifically designed courts covered in artificial turf and enclosed by tight string netting.

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This was a good idea for emphasizing “team” effort. We come from lifestyles of gang culture, and drug addiction so sports and team spirit were not among the things with which we were familiar. Indoor cricket was exactly the right team building event. All our energy went into where we could get our next hit and how we were going to get it.

This is a fast-paced game and requires lots of running. When it was my turn to bat I was out of breath which pointed out to me the fact that I’m really out of shape. The atmosphere was great though and we were cheering each other on in the true spirit of what “team” is all about. If it became apparent that someone was not doing well, and perhaps seemed to be struggling, the rest of the team rallied to encourage and motivate him.

At the end of the day there were no losers. We all considered ourselves winners, not based on the scoreboard but in the fact that we all felt a sense of accomplishment and enhanced team spirit. It was an awesome day for us and we’re looking to our next, monthly team-building event. Next on the agenda will be paint ball shooting and then maybe quad biking after that.

God has really blessed us and is adding new members to this team, His team. We have three new members that have come off drugs and have committed themselves to God and to what is happening at Impact Direct Ministries. Praise God.

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There are many more team members to come and lots more team building events that will be taking place. I’ll share them with you as they occur and in the process I’ll share with you my “new journey” to get back into shape.

If you’ve been following Brent’s Journey from the beginning you’re aware of how far I’ve come from my days as a gangster and drug addict. It’s been a long journey but it’s just beginning. If you’re aware of where I’ve come from…I think you’ll be interested to see where I’m going. Brent’s Journey, my journey, has really just begun.

A CHAPTER IN CLINTON’S JOURNEY

September 7, 2009 § 1 Comment

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Today’s blog post will not be about me and my journey, but rather about someone very dear to me who plays an important role in my life. That person is none other than my brother in Christ, Clinton Liederman (known on Twitter as @Clinton316).

I’m amazed by the way God is moving in his life and the lives of his family. Clinton is on a journey and has come from a life of organized crime and drug abuse in much the same way I did. Two years ago he made the choice to turn his life around and commit himself to Christ. He is now drug free and living for Christ.

Two years ago Clinton became a volunteer at Impact Direct Ministries where he has worked tirelessly for the last two years. His work, helping to reconstruct our community is now empowering the same community he formerly disempowered. In his efforts on the behalf of others Clinton has begun to realize great things in his personal life. It could be said that he is surrounded by miracles.

Clinton is now married to Shameez who is also a former drug addict who has made huge changes in her life. They are serving Christ together and the work they’re doing is so very powerful. They have three (soon to be four) wonderful, young boys and are together a great and giving family. With personal funds short and having three boys to feed and clothe, Clinton and his wife made the decision to live in one room at his parent’s home. As their family grew they began to feel the strain and pressure of the cramped space…a space that seemed to grow smaller with the birth of each child.

They prayed together about their situation and God came through for them. Clinton and his wife were presented with the opportunity to start a business of their own. Their new business, JBR Consultants, is a debt counseling business that helps people get out of debt. They worked hard at their business in addition to their community work and continued to pray and thank God for every opportunity that came their way. Praise God, they were finally able to move into a 2-bedroom flat a week ago but that was obviously not all God had in store for them.

About a year ago Carl Wills, a prophet from the U.K, prophesied over Clinton and Shameez and told them that by the end of this year they would have more living space than even the 2-bedroom flat provided. He told them they would have larger house with a garage. This started Clinton thinking about that possibility. They have their own place now, but there is no garage as the prophet had told them. He was grateful for the flat but began to visualize the house Carl Willis had seen for him. He continued to worship Jesus and praise and trust Him.

This morning Clinton shared his testimony in church as to how God came through for them. He told us that he and his family would soon be moving into a two-story, brick faced, 4-bedroom house which includes a granny flat….and what about the garage? Yes, the house has a garage just as the prophet had said it would. Clinton and his family are both grateful and excited and will soon be moving into their new home.

Not quite at the level of success to which Clinton aspires, but needing a home for his family, God touched his earthly father’s heart and led him to buy this new home for Clinton and his family. How awesome is that? Our God is real and answers prayers.

I am so glad for my brother and his family and I felt the need to acknowledge what God is doing in his life. This, though, is only the beginning. There is much more in store for Clinton and it’s going to be exciting to see where God is going to take this family next.

May God continue to bless them and give them the strength to continue their loving and giving journey.

Stay tuned and follow Clinton’s journey as I continue updating it as God continues to work in the lives of Clinton Liederman and his family.

ps. THIS IS THE HOUSE THAT CLINTON AND HIS FAMILY WAS BLESSED WITH.

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