You Have It In You Foundation founders Thuli, Lo and Vu were nominated for the humanitarian award by ZIWA. We were surprised because we consider ourselves to be a small young organisation still trying to find our feet. I (Thuli) represented the ladies at the awards ceremony and here are our reflections.
1) We have so much to be thankful for
We were chatting Saturday morning as I was getting ready for the awards and I asked the girls ‘who shall I not forget to thank if we win?’ So many names cropped it made me nervous because my memory sometimes is questionable. At that point I realised how blessed we are and we do not take it lightly. When we started this journey we didnt have much but an idea. Today we have a whole host of people who have educated us, financially supported us, kept us accountable, prayed with and for us, mentored us, encouraged us and supported us in many other creative ways. We didn’t get to say thank you on the ZIWA stage – but we would still like to say thank you to YOU all. Even just for taking time to read this.
2) The rearview isn’t so bad
Gratitude gave us an opportunity to reflect. We have come so far in such a short space of time. We never imagined we’d be here today. The original unspoken intention was to quietly help where we can. But God had grander plans, I call this ‘the dream that wont let us go’. The day we surrendered to God and His plans and stood out of the way, God truly took over. We are truly grateful for grace!
3) We wouldn’t do this any other way
Still on the mushy side :-). If we had to choose who to go on this journey with all over again – it will still be Lo, Vu and Thuli all over again!
4) The bigger picture is grander and more beautiful
Our mandate is to spread the love of God throughout the nations through the work we do. Hearing first hand what other women are doing to effect change in the world was just an amazing experience. It got us to realise that indeed there is a bigger picture and we are a small part of it. It is then our duty to hold our end of the bargain because when we win the team wins! We have been pondering since on how to be more effective at showing forth the love of God in our work.
5) When you don’t win – be inspired
I was blessed to sit next to the phenomenal winner of the Humanitarian award – Rumbi of RBM Lawyers. She offered to share her award with us. We are sold to her cause – she does amazing work with young people. We were not only inspired by the work she does but also by how she approaches her work. I also had the pleasure of networking with true change makers and inspirational women who just ministered to us. It was truly a time of refreshing!
Thank you to ZIWA for this opportunity and putting together a lovely ceremony.