Ty Heuser - Germany
Volunteered for a year (2010 - 2011)
Returned in 2013 for 6 Weeks (2013)
In 2007 God has put something on my heart. He gave me an unquenchable love for this country, and so I decided to spend one year at iKhaya Lika Baba (from 2010-2011).
Now, in 2013, I have returned to South Africa and I realised again how precious this place is. Though this time it is only for 6 weeks, it feels like I have never left and I will never leave South Africa again. My heart burns for this nation. Back in Germany after one year of volunteering at iKhaya I couldn’t stop wondering when I would be returning. And now that I am here I cannot believe it has been two years that I have been gone. Returning to South Africa was a bit like coming home. But right now South Africa is not a place for me to live in. Simply because I know 100% that God wants to use me in Germany and I cannot wait to get back to my church, youth group and worship team at home. That is where God has planted me for this season of my life and there is no place on earth I would rather be (not even South Africa). But returning to South Africa also made me realise that this will definitely not be the last time that I am touch South African soil. Somewhere in my heart there is this deep connection to iKhaya, Solid Ground (the local church) and my dear friends that I have here. I will never stop asking God what His plans are for me, and in that I will never stop asking what His plans are for me and South Africa. If it will be relocating to South Africa or just an occasional visit for the summer holidays - I don’t know. I just know that He HAS a plan! For now I just enjoy every single second that I am here.
Coming back after two years I also noticed that a lot of things have changed. There is a new building (iKhaya 3) and a new (VERY precious) family living in it, new kids, new staff, new volunteers, a new car and alot of other new things in and around the house. All this change is good! Things are happening here, things are expanding and there is this vibe of “as long as there are children out there without a home, we will carry on doing what we do best: Caring for the least of these”. I just love it.