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Carlynne's One Step Farther

Carlynne Kotzè, Director of Charis Bible College-South Africa. (Click to enlarge)Seven years ago, after spending three decades as a physiotherapist in South Africa, Carlynne Kotzè sensed the Lord prompting her to make a significant change in her life. She had been attending a bible school on a part-time basis, and had recently finished the program. Carlynne came to realize that the path God wanted her to take required her to move to another country. This was not something she had ever considered before, but Carlynne knew that God had given her Isaiah 45:1-3 on which to stand, and that instilled in her the confidence to follow God’s lead—more than eight thousand miles to the United Kingdom (UK).

“God kept His side of the promise and kept the double doors open, and took every obstacle out of my way. I got a stunning job and a place to stay with lovely Christian people,”
Carlynne recalls.

Carlynne applied for a one-year work permit in the UK, but was blessed with a five year permit instead. She was thankful for the favor of God surrounding her; however she still did not know the reason for the significant move in
her life.

CBC-UK Director, Paul Flanagan, staff and students lay hands on Carlynne during her commissioning ceremony. (Click to enlarge)Three months after her relocation to the UK, Carlynne missed South Africa and felt very alone. One day, as she walked through a local supermarket, she overheard some people speaking in her home language of Afrikaans. Following their introductions, her new friends handed her a set of Andrew's teaching tapes; a series called You've Already Got It!

“That was the first time [after listening to the tapes] that I knew why God brought me to the UK, away from my religious family, [it was] to learn the truth of the Gospel message,” explained Carlynne.

Carlynne leads class at CBC-SA in Heidelberg. (Click to enlarge)She attended Andrew's Gospel Truth Seminars in Walsall and London, England, and felt she should enroll in Charis Bible College (CBC). Carlynne wasn’t interested in moving any further outside her comfort zone, so instead of attending class on campus, she settled for taking correspondence courses. The DVD courses ended up being difficult for her because the cares of life seemed to leave little time for study. God however, in His faithfulness, kept the doors wide open and made the crooked paths straight, and Carlynne soon ended up moving to Walsall to attend CBC.

“It was a scary time in the natural, but an awesome time in the supernatural. I found work immediately, with work times that suited me while attending CBC-Walsall in the mornings," Carlynne said.

CBC-SA Walk-A-Thon (Click to enlarge)After four years in the Midlands of the UK, Carlynne was ready to go anywhere God wanted her to go. During her second year at CBC she had the opportunity to be a part of a mission trip to Heidelberg, South Africa and she was overjoyed. Although Carlynne still missed South Africa, she had not spent time dwelling on her feelings. While ministering on the trip however, she became acutely aware of just how much she had missed her people. Leaving at the end of the mission trip was difficult, but the Lord encouraged Carlynne with another passage of scripture, Jeremiah 15:19-21. "They will come to me and I will have to wait for them," she said. Relying on verse nineteen she put her complete trust in her Savior, and said good-bye to South Africa for the second time.

Ten months later, Carlynne met with CBC-Walsall staff. During the meeting leadership expressed to her that they believed she was being called to go back to South Africa. Carlynne was thrilled.

CBC-SA students working together to make posters for a fundraiser. (Click to enlarge)Today Carlynne serves as the Director of CBC-South Africa in Heidelberg. The school has eleven full-time students and thirty-two registered correspondence students. Inquiries continue to increase, and Carlynne says that God has promised to bring people from afar to attend the school. She enjoys watching her students grow in boldness and love, and seeing the fruit of their labor in Christ. The students have had opportunities to travel around the Western Cape ministering to the townspeople in the Heidelberg area, and they have seen some individuals healed. Students have also begun to lead Discipleship Evangelism groups in their local church.

Keeping school fun! CBC-SA student box car race. (Click to enlarge)Although her journey has not always been easy, the Lord has made Carlynne's paths straight. Regarding her new career as Director of CBC-South Africa, Carlynne had this to say, “There is no comparison between the life of faith and grace I now live, and my previous life as a physiotherapist. My focus then was on myself and self performance, but now my focus is only on God and what Jesus accomplished for me on the cross. There are still times that I feel scared and inadequate and have to remind myself that no one was qualified when God called them. He will also qualify me, focusing on Him alone will do the job.”

To learn more about CBC-South Africa visit the school's website.

Reader Comments (2)

You cannot know what your last sentence in the above testimony means to me - "Focussing on HIM alone will do the job". It's as if i received word from God directly - telling me, ensuring me!
Praise His wonderful Name.

June 26, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterLynette

if God has realy called you there is no two ways about that, the bible says his callings are without repentance ,this i've leant and if he has called me he will qualify me so i will look unto him to do his job! Thanx

September 27, 2012 | Unregistered Commenternaboth mavu

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