Almie and Callie with their sons

Abide  | May 2016




Almie and I are similar in many ways. She is a senior director at the company Stefan works for. I remember Stefan coming home after his first few weeks at the office saying, “You have to meet Almie – you are going to love her.” We met – and I did. The few times we connected over a cup of coffee had been so uplifting; we literally had to tear ourselves away to go home afterwards. Almie’s face and name kept popping up when I prayed about the storytellers, but only towards the end of the process. I was at a crossroads: I had eight stories, but I strongly felt there should be twelve stories. I had been reminded, however, of a prophetic word someone gave me a year prior: They referred to the number eight in talking about books I would be busy with. I needed time to pray about the prophetic word and realised the eight was related to something else.

After meeting with Almie – experiencing her peace and hearing about all that God was doing in her heart, even though she was physically not well – I knew I should ask her to share her journey. That gave me hope that God would bring the remaining three storytellers in His time. Almie is thirty-four and lives in Pretoria with her husband Callie and their two boys.



A declaration of life. At a time when I felt powerless and hopeless, Lord steadied my heart in His promise: He is mighty to save, He has already won. I don’t need to fight in my own strength, I can trust in Him. In the branches of the tree I wrote: I AM the resurrection and the life. Abide in me. (John 11:25, John 15)

I experienced ultimate peace as I read Almie’s story and was reminded that my life is held in the hands that bled and conquered death. There is life in His blood, and healing in His hands. This Truth remains; regardless of what our circumstances or emotions might tell us.