Category Archives: South Africa

Ministry as Collage

Thandiwe Gobledale Spring 2010 Ministry: A Collage Ministry.  What is it?  How do we do it?  Ministry, as I understand it, can be done anywhere by anyone.  As I think of ministry for myself, I cannot extricate my idea of … Continue reading

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A time-line of my life

Bonus Page 2: A timeline of Thandiwe’s life June 7 1984 – December 1990: South Africa (mostly Mfanefile in rural KwaZulu Natal) December 1990 – August 1994: Concord and Franklin New Hampshire (1st – 4th grade) August 1994 – April … Continue reading

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My spiritual journey

Thandiwe AmyHelen Gobledale November 24, 2009 Chapter: Why I’m Here and What I Bring Nkosi sikelel’ iAfrica Maluphakanyis’ udumolwayo Izwa imithandazo yethu Nkosi sikelela thina usapholwayo I remember watching you, you would have been all of five and a half … Continue reading

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I haven’t told anyone yet…. but I think God thinks I can do it!

House Scholar Application Disciples Divinity House, Chicago November 3, 2008 Having grown up in the church, the child of two Global Ministries missionaries, I have long recognized the church’s profound influence on my life.  Perhaps it is no surprise, then, … Continue reading

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Called to Serve

Harvard Divinity School Master of Divinity Application Statement of Purpose 6 January, 2009 The dais pulses with people sharing the communion meal as the crowd surges forward to receive blessings from the Bishop of Vellore, beside me. Having received the … Continue reading

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How is God revealed?

As I go back and look at the letters I wrote several years ago, I find that some of the most important reflecting and writing that I was doing was in the form of application essays to seminaries.  Applying to … Continue reading

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Reflections on Home: June, 2008

Hi all.  I’m beginning to think about leaving and questions about home.  I’m wondering how much you think about “home”.  What does the word mean to you?  Where is your home?  How is “home” related to where you’re from?  Are … Continue reading

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The Child of Missionaries: Reflection, June 2007

This is a reflection that I was asked to write for a publication put out by the United Congregational Church of Southern Africa.  It was also published in Disciples World. I watch the red earth puff up in little clouds … Continue reading

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A Blogging Beginning

Whenever someone asks me where I am from, I pause.  The pause may not be outwardly visible, but it’s there, every time.  I was born in South Africa to roving pastor parents.  Yes, they were/are missionaries; I sometimes cringe, even … Continue reading

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