Celeb for Jesus/First Radio interview I did

January 28, 2010 § 3 Comments

So I have been on various radio and TV interviews as I have mentioned in my previous blog post. I was at The Impact Centre where I went to seek help with my drug addiction for about 9 months, when I got the opportunity to share my story on one of the biggest radio stations in our country, Radio Good hope FM 94-97 fm.

I was very excited at the prospect of speaking to and sharing my story with thousands of people and very nervous at the same time. In the past I needed drugs to speak to crowds and here I found myself having to speak to thousands of people that would be listening in. I was even more nervous after hearing that DJ Suga, one of our local celebs was going to be conducting the interview. Radio Good Hope FM was covering the scourge tik (methamphetamine) that had hit the Cape Flats. And seeing that I was addicted to this drug, and have overcome it (with the help of Jesus); it made me perfect candidate to be interviewed for this particular show.

The day of the interview arrived and I was as nervous as can be. However I knew that this was for the glory of God that I would be doing this. On that particular day they were broadcasting from one of our biggest malls and there was quite a buzz as DJ Suga was present and people came to see her. I was introduced to her and she briefed me and told me at what time I would be on. She then continued with the show and then the moment finally arrived. She signalled me to come to the microphone and where she was seated.  She told me in a gentle voice: “Don’t be nervous. Just be yourself”.

DJ Suga on the right doing her thang.

The interview finally started and she asked me various questions as to how I ended up in drugs and gansterism and what kind of things I did when I was high on drugs. I told the listeners my story and when it came to the part as to how I came off from drugs I grabbed the opportunity to tell the listeners that it was with the help of God that I was set free and when I tried it on my own I failed each time. So the message was out there. It was only through Gods help that I was set free.

Through the grace of God the interview went well and I could see a tear in DJ Suga,s eye while I was sharing my story. This was the first of many opportunities I would get to mention the name of Jesus to the masses. Stay tuned as I share another opportunity God availed to me to share with the masses.

*NB I regret not having taken any pictures of this occasion.If only i knew then that i would have a blog of my own i would have captured the moment on camera:-)

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A celeb for Jesus

January 25, 2010 § Leave a comment

This is the world’s portrayal of a celeb: (Wikipedia)

A celebrity (often referred to as a celeb in popular culture) is a person who is famously recognized in a society or culture.

Generally speaking, a celebrity is someone who gets media attention and most frequently has an extroverted personality. There are a wide range of ways people can become celebrities, from their profession, appearances in the mass media, beauty or even by complete accident or infamy. Instant celebrity is the term that is used when someone becomes a celebrity in a very short period of time. In some places, someone that somehow achieves a small amount of transient fame through hype or mass media, is stereotyped as a B-grade celebrity. Often the stereotype extends to someone that falls short of mainstream or persistent fame but seeks to extend or exploit it. In the 21st Century, the insatiable public fascination for celebrities and appetite for celebrity gossip has seen the rise of the gossip columnist, tabloid, paparazzi and celebrity blogging.

The rise of international celebrities in acting and popular music is due in large part to the massive scope and scale of the media industries, enabling celebrities to be viewed more often and in more places.

My ‘celeb’ status:

“May I never boast except in the cross of our Lord Jesus Christ, through which the world has been crucified to me, and I to the world.” << Galatians 6:14 >>…so whatever I do is not for my own glory, but for the glory of God. I have been on a morning breakfast show, few radio interviews and some news paper articles. However, on and in all of these interviews I have mentioned the name of Jesus. So whatever I have achieved and have done thus far was only because of His grace. So all glory goes to Him, Jesus. My prayer is that people will see the great work that Jesus has done in and through my life. Matthew 5:16 (NIV), “In the same way, let your light shine before men, that they may see your good deeds and praise your Father in heaven”.

During the course of this week I will be taking you on a journey and showing you various interviews that I have done in the last three years since committing my life to Christ.

Stay tuned and hope you enjoy🙂

First Social Media Surgery in Africa

January 18, 2010 § 3 Comments

This Saturday we as RLABS hosted the first Social Media Surgery in Africa. The Social Media Surgery was conducted and hosted  at Vangate Mall, in Bridgetown. RLABS was taking Social Media into an open space and providing the local community the opportunity to sign up to any Social Media sites they desired free of charge. I was so honoured to be one of the”surgeons” . We know the wonders that Social Media has done for us in our own personal lives and how we have grown and developed individually since we signed up.

Busy setting up at Vangate Mall before the shoppers came

The day started off with a buzz as we signed up people to the various Social Media sites such as Gmail, Facebook, Twitter and Flickr .Some people even inquired as to what blogs were. Lots of the people were curious about  Twitter as they heard lots about it on Oprah and other  TV shows. But the order of the day was for  Facebook accounts.

Busy signing one of the mall goers onto Twitter and other Social Media sites

I can’t explain the joy and excitement this brought to us. We have come a long way and this was a milestone in its own. I have to commend Craig Ross (@Craigross316 on twitter) for a job well done. He was the project manager for this particular project. We managed to sign up 47 people to various Social Media sites by the end of the day.I am so looking forward to the next Social Media Surgery and trusting God that it will be in a bigger mall and that we will sign up and introduce more people to the World Wide Web.

You can read more about RLABS on Marlon Parker,s Blog. He is the founder and director of RLABS

Clive and Leon telling people about our outreach.

RLABS GRADUATES:2009

January 11, 2010 § Leave a comment

Just over two years ago I was unable to operate a computer. It must have been the scariest thing for me to do. As I was growing up all that I could think of was getting high and did not have an interest in furthering my education. Learning how to use a computer was at the bottom of my to do list.

Just over a year ago I did a Social Media for Social Change course with CPUT .This is where I learnt all about Social Media and the how I could empower my community by using Social Media. It was an honour for me to have has graduated from CPUT.

There were two classes running last year i.e. The Mom2.0 and The Reconstructed classes. However this time I found myself in a different position. This time round I found myself in the capacity of a facilitator and was now teaching the classes I once attended. It has been a good year with the new students. We had an awesome time, lots of laughs and very inspirational moments.

It was time to for the students to graduate and there was excitement all over. This was a huge achievement for most of the graduates as most of them had not finish their schooling and has never operated a computer before these classes. The graduation was hosted at the Cape Peninsula University of Technology (CPUT) Granger Bay Hotel School on the 23 December 2009.

Just want to say congratulations to all the graduates and my prayer that they will this year be teaching the next group of students that will be coming through this RLABS project. I am excited to see them run these projects and see them grow even more.

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It wasn’t easy, but it was worth it (3 years off from drugs).

January 8, 2010 § 5 Comments

This is me when i was still using.Have been using drugs for +/- 6 years at this stage

and terrorizing the community.

This blog post is so long overdue. On 26th November last year I was clean and off from drugs for 3 years. I first of all want to thank Jesus Christ for carrying me through those years and keeping me off from drugs and safe from harm.

Wow this has been an awesome journey thus far and it did not come without its difficulties. During these 3 years I shed lots of tears. There were times I would be facing some things in my life and would just cry unto God for help and to carry me through it. And God being faithful as He is would always come through for me. In fact God has not yet failed me and I know He never will .But mostly there were tears of joy. There were times I would just sit back and think of the awesome things God has done for me and how far He has brought me. That would be more than enough to bring me to tears.

I thank God for where He has placed me and the awesome people He has surrounded me with. I could have not asked for a better place and church to be at. I now am full time in the ministry with Impact Direct Ministries under the leadership of Apostle Roger Petersen, a man that has played a significant part in my life, recovery and my spiritual walk with God. If someone would have told me 3 years ago: “Brent, one day you will be in fulltime ministry and helping drug addicts.” I would have ended up beating them to a pulp and told them to talk their nonsense somewhere else. But God is to wise to make a mistake.

This is me in a different light.Helping out kids in the community.

There were times when the devil wanted to take me out and derail me but God was always there to carry me through it. And even though it was not nice going through at the time it only made me stronger and wiser at the end.It was all part of the shaping and moulding I guess.It was not easy,but it was worth it.I will keep on serving God no matter what as i know there are great rewards waiting for me (and i am not just speaking about wealth and all of that stuff).  I am now looking forward to see what God is going do through my life this year. Its not about what He can do for me, but what I can do for Him. So I avail my life to God a channel and vessel to use me in whatever way He wishes.

It is important to give thanks and acknowledge what God has done. I dedicate this blog post to God and everything that He has done, is doing and is yet to do through me.

Coming Off From Drugs During The Festive Season

January 6, 2010 § 2 Comments

As I said in my previous post, I am so proud of the guys for what they have accomplished and especially seeing it is in, and during The Festive Season. When I look back three years down the line, when my journey started, I get very emotional. Just like these guys, I decided to come off from drugs during The Festive Season. It was not really by choice, if I did not stop I was going to die.

Three years ago after 8 years of using meth, crack cocaine and various other drugs, I decided to stop my drug abuse and get my life in order. The only thing was that it was the beginning of The Festive Season and all the parties were starting and it was the beginning of summer as well. I was  known not just for being involved in gangsterism but also a well renowned party animal. People who knew me thought I was crazy to try and stop using drugs during this period.

However, I knew that if I could make it through The Festive Season I would be well on my way to a road of recovery. The people were right ,I was crazy trying to stop using during this time. It was challenging hearing people outside drinking and partying, while I was hiding inside, afraid to show my face as I knew they would call me to party with them. There were times that I just thought, bugger this, I am going outside and going to party and  can try this recovery thing in the New Year. Through God’s grace He kept me sane and protected me against the temptations I was facing. Every time I would think of going out to smoke drugs  or drink, God would send people like Terence Hendricks around to my house to come and talk to me. Just in the nick of time I may add.

One day I was standing at the gate and this one guy I use to smoke with came with a gram of meth to me and asked if I wanted to smoke it with him. I thought I was going to die that day. My stomach started turning and there were cravings like I cannot explain. But in all of this I saw the devil at work. This guy that was trying to convince me to smoke with him was one of the most selfish guys. He would never share his drugs with anyone and would always duck and dive when he had drugs on him. So I thought you are the most selfish addict I know and you want to smoke a gram out with me, come on! Right there and then I saw satin at work and needless to say I never went to smoke with him or ever again.

If I just think back at where my life is now and where it could have been if I had to go and smoke with that guy on that particular day. God is too wise to make a mistake. He knew that He had to save me in order for me to someday work with and lead other addicts into His Kingdom. Those are only one of the many challenges I faced during that Festive. It was not easy, but it was worth it! That is why I take my hat off to these guys. I know what it is to come off from drugs during the Festive Season.

It was not easy,but it was worth it!!

I thank God for all He has done in my life and all the other young men’s lives. All the glory goes to Him.

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