Shifting the Paradigm of Family

Shifting the Paradigm of Family

Family is about relationship. It is about investing time in other people. It involves supporting and encouraging each other. It takes sacrifice. It fosters mutual admiration and inspiration.

And family does not only refer to blood relatives.

Last week I attended Paradigm Shift’s celebration evening. It was a brief time of reflecting on how entrepreneurs, volunteer trainers and mentors had grown together. I was so struck by the incredible cohesion of relationships that has been developed in this small community. Meeting for a journey of business training …

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In the rearview mirror

In the rearview mirror

There’s no denying that 2014 was an action-packed year for Common Good – we were blessed, stretched and challenged but, always, reminded of God’s love, grace and sovereignty.

Some of our highlights include the introduction of our EEE (Education, Employment and Early Childhood Development) strategy – have you seen THIS video yet? – as well as the launch of our pilot Early Childhood Development (ECD) programmes – have you read THIS yet – and everyone who helped raise over R311 000 for our initiatives through TWD (you need to …

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This is not a fairy tale story

This is not a fairy tale story

This is a REAL MAN story.

He’s all shy. His black Polo is parked nearby; he’s just come from his new job as a land surveyor. Only when he’s pressed will he admit that he put his cousin through accounting (she now works at KPMG) and his sister through two years of UCT.

Meet Shaun Sijeqe

This REAL MAN is so humble and God-honouring in his success, and I’m so glad that I had met his family ten years ago. It’s not an everyday family – it’s made up …

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How life changes after adoption

How life changes after adoption

Two years ago my husband and I adopted our daughter Rachel. While our journey is, like all adoption stories, unique and significant to us (you can read about it here), this post is instead about our life since Rachel became part of our family.

The big question many often want to know is how exactly has life changed since the adoption? The answer is surprising, even to me: from the other side, adoption is normal, it’s every day, and I don’t see the difference.

Before we adopted there where so many questions floating through our …

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Why I adopted as a single woman

Why I adopted as a single woman

Ever since I held my 10-day old (adopted) Goddaughter in my arms – almost 9 years ago – I knew I would one day build my family using adoption. But little did I know, back then, the real plans God has for me, and the desires he was stirring in my heart.

Many people often ask me how and why I decided to adopt my son. I tell them that I didn’t make my decision as logically as they might think. Yes, I am a couple …

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‘About the adoption option…’

‘About the adoption option…’

Learn to do good. Seek justice. Help the oppressed. Defend the orphan. Fight for the rights of widows. Isaiah 1 vs 17 (NLT)

This is us, the Kynies – a rainbow nation mash-up. My husband, Ryan, and I are proud parents of two of the best kids. Ilan is three and enjoys ‘dancing like a Zulu’, imitating his sister and riding his bike dangerously down hills. Kira just turned one and is a real busy body – she can handle cuddles in a maximum of five …

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Heritage Day: What’s a Braai gotta do with it?

Heritage Day: What’s a Braai gotta do with it?

As 24 September draws near and the typical wood versus briquette debate “flames up” (again), I’ve had many musings ahead of the celebrations: Why is the day important to us? What should we be doing? What is our “heritage”? Why does it even matter?

I found myself perplexed with one question in particular that, perhaps, is one of the simplest and  at the same time most head-scratching-it’s-so-simple-it’s-not-simple questions: “But what is Heritage Day actually all about?”

The answer? “Well it’s about heritage… or something.” This was one of the …

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Why I’m confronting my prejudice for my family’s sake

Why I’m confronting my prejudice for my family’s sake

Yes, I understand that there are a million types of mushrooms, and butterflies, and daisies; and I think it’s wonderful that everyone has a unique thumb print, but do I feel the same delight in diversity that God feels when He sees every individual human being; unique in our struggles and our pain, unique in our joys and our delights?

Common Ground Church is in the throws of exploring the dangerous and yet utterly indispensable theme of diversity: why it matters to God and why it should …

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Why working at an NGO made me less generous

Why working at an NGO made me less generous

I’m sure most of us have had that moment when, through a deadline-infused haze, we’ve thought, “Maybe I should just quit my job and go work for an NGO.”

The thought usually brings with it a few ‘warm and fuzzies’. You ponder on all the good you can do for mankind, and how working for an NGO would surely make you a better person, right?

Part of me is hoping my mother will never read this, because, well, here’s the truth: working for an NGO made me a …

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4 Common giving mistakes I’ve made

4 Common giving mistakes I’ve made

As Warm Up Winter kicks off, Common Good Executive Director, Sarah Binos, shares some of her personal discoveries about giving in ways that won’t erode dignity. 

Something a Common Grounder shared with me over a Sunday lunch has been ringing in my head for the last few weeks.

The thought was this: “We are all equal in Christ, but given our recent history, white people will struggle with the temptation to feel superior to other races, and blacks will feel tempted to feel inferior to whites, eroding our …

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