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NO-more FOMO!

Feb 5 2015

I just want to share with you some absolutely amazing testimonies we’ve received via email the past few weeks. It relates to the series we’ve been teaching called #killingFOMO…

The oldest medical student at Stellies!
“My wife & I have been attending  your Sunday morning 08h30 and 10 services regularly over the last 2-3 years.

 This email is to encourage you that your #killingFOMO sermon was spot-on for me and made a big difference in both my wife, Theresa’s and my lives. We are both currently 41 years of age and have been on a challenging journey over the last 3 years. My wife has been a qualified Occupational Therapist for the last 20 years, but this is not what she wants to do for the rest of her life. It’s always been her dream to become a medical doctor, but in the past the opportunity never presented itself for various reasons.

About 3 years ago we had a serious talk where we made a decision that would impact the rest of our lives. We prayed about it and decided that we were going to chase after her dream. She applied the first time to study medicine at the end of 2012 (to hopefully be admitted Jan 2013), but was not selected and informed that Stellenbosch University recommended that she first enrol fulltime in the Bachelor of Science degree and at the end of the 1st year apply again.

2013 (1st year) was a very rough year for her as (apart from the fact that her classmates were 18-19 years old) she had to pick up on subjects such as Maths, Chemistry, Physics, etc after 20 years. There were many nights that she sat in front of her books crying as everything sounded like Greek to her. At the end of the first year, she passed all her subjects well, but according to the medical selection board, not well enough to be selected to study medicine in 2014.

She therefore enrolled in 2014 for the 2nd year of B.Sc and studied as hard as she could. ­Again, it was a very rough year with some 16-hour days on campus. At the end of the 2nd year, her marks improved so much that she was invited for an interview. Only 16 candidates out of 160 applicants were invited.

During the interview, the board made it very clear that her age was a problem. To make a long story short, ­she was placed on a waiting list and the only way they would consider her is if one of the other candidates did not enrol for the 2015 academic year by 23 Jan 2015.

There is a lot more to this story, but for now let¹s just say that we tried everything humanly possible to open the door. This past weekend, I decided that I will send them a last email this coming week to plead with them to give her an opportunity. While listening to your sermon on the morning of 25 Jan, the Lord spoke to me not to force the matter, but to sit back and wait on the Lord to open the door.I then decided that instead of writing a letter to plead with the medical board at Stellenbosch University, I would rather write you this email in faith (though we do not have a go-ahead yet) and share our testimony believing that He will open the door in the next few days.
Date: 27 Jan 2015
The date and time is 27 Jan 2015 10h45 and it gives me great pleasure to share with you that the Lord has provided, Stellenbosch University contacted Theresa a few minutes ago to inform her that she has been selected to enrol for the 2015 academic year as a Bachelor of Medicine and Bachelor of Surgery (MB,ChB) student. I think she is most probably one of the oldest students ever admitted for this course.”

NOW I’m living my own life!
Last year at the age of 31 I enrolled at University of Western Cape for Bcom-Management, it was a horrible year for me I was the oldest student in my class it was not easy for me to make friends or have study mates coz all were young maybe didn’t want to be friends with me, whole time I was lonely and miserable I started to hate the course and had negative towards everything sometimes I would wake up and decide I’m not gonna attend today or I will go but I’ll hang around on campus alone and watch other students go around, I wouldn’t even write test or exams it was such a frustrating time for me as a result I failed every module and I was not accepted back for this year 2015.

Now that I’m reading this testimony I’ve just realised I’m not alone, there’s a lady who had the same struggle as me and she was determined and she worked harder and she passed so I can also do it, it is possible I just have to change my mindset-my way of thinking.

The past two Sundays of Killing FOMO also been an eye opener for me, I realised I enrolled because I wanted to be this professional lady who’s in power-suits and stilettos in the business world. I wanted to fit in wanted to be better also I didn’t want to miss out but during the sermon last week God revealed toe that its ok to be different to others I must trust in Him, wait on Him and let Him direct my path.

I always wanted to be a teacher but its been a profession that is looked down by my friends so I pretended that the desire to be a teacher doesn’t exist I didn’t want to miss out as usual I wanted to be cool.

After the #killingFOMO series I decided to apply at UNISA to study my degree in Education. I’m following my passion!

Thank you Pastor Phil you saved me coz I’ve been leading a miserable life because I was comparing my life and what I was to what my friends have.

I’m no longer glued to my Facebook page, viewing what my friends are doing because everything they post is always perfect.

I’m now living my OWN life, I know who I am, im putting God 1st as you said in your message, I’m allowing God to work in me. In June/July when I commence with my studies I’ll be ready! (I’ve not applied yet, application opens in April but im positive I’ll be accepted, God is with me).

Thank you,

Trusting God!

I’m a qualified professional nurse today and whilst I have always known that I would be working in the health sector, I never thought it would be nursing. My father is the one that suggested I do nursing when I came short of good results in my matric year. I love nursing but I decided whilst studying my B Cur, basic nursing degree, that I would either come back to study MBChb or BDS, which are medicine or dental science.

I fell pregnant during my nursing studies and whilst my babies father suggested an abortion, I kept the baby and raised him as a single mother. In my second year of working as a nurse I decided to enrol to rewrite me matric math and science and also applied for both medicine and dentistry and was accepted into studying dentistry at the age of 28. It was a bit awkward studying with people mostly 10 years younger that me but that didn’t bother me at all because all I asked from God was for doors for me to open so I can study what I love. I’m still single mothering and juggling between part-time work as a nurse for fees and living and 3rd year dental studies and trusting God to see me through to completing the course. Now whenever I get a chance I encourage young girls and women to never allow difficult circumstances to decide their future. To do their best and trust God to do the rest.

Much love

Pursuing my dreams!

Well, I am 45 years old and too am following my dream. It is now 04h00am and I am getting ready to sit with my books/ studies in preparation for my exams during March 2015.

This is an international qualification at a PhD level, needless to say it is hard work. I have trusted God for years to embark on this journey and supernaturally He has opened the door. I was selected from several other candidates across Africa to do this qualification.

I am grateful and humbled by His favor.
Please pray for me as I am determined to pass all my modules first time.

God bless!
Jacqy Russell

This is just again proof that the Father rewards those who earnestly and diligently seek him. Praise the Lord!

Remember the words of Jesus (Matthew 6:30-34 MSG): “If God gives such attention to the appearance of wildflowers, most of which are never even seen, don’t you think He¹ll attend to you, take pride in you, do his best for you? What I’m trying to do here is to get you to relax, to not be so preoccupied with getting, so you can respond to God’s giving. People who don’t know God and the way He works fuss over these things, but you know both God and how He works. Steep your life in God-reality, God-initiative, God-provisions. Don¹t worry about missing out. You’ll find all your everyday human concerns will be met. Give your entire attention to what God is doing right now, and don’t get worked up about what may or may not happen tomorrow. God will help you deal with whatever hard things come up when the time comes.”

Love & God bless,
Phil Dooley