Guest Blogger: Jill Marshall

When you were young, what did you want to be when you grew up?

I have vague recollections of wanting to be a Go-Go Dancer because I already had the boots – “nifty” red vinyl boots that I rocked with my forest green sweater dress and tights.

From there I moved on to Archaeologist because I was intrigued by dinosaurs and ancient ruins, but then worried the world would run out of ruins to dig up by the time I was grown.

So, I moved on to Librarian, dreaming of how awesome it would be to get paid to read books all day, having no idea what the job actually entailed.

And my dreams continued to float and take shape from there. Some remaining in the air just beyond reach, others crystalizing to become a reality. But all giving me inspiration, motivation and hope for the future. Because that is the power of a dream.

In the rural townships of South Africa, young people struggle to dream and then keep those dreams alive. As the pressures of poverty, unemployment, family responsibilities, corruption and crime press in, their dreams get dashed on the hard rocks of life.

At Ignite South Africa we want to inspire and empower young people to dream.

To recognize their God-gifted potential.

To realize their God-gifted purpose.

To pursue their God-gifted dreams.

Dreams of education, fulfilling careers, breaking the cycle of poverty, and living lives of impact and influence.

Because God has great plans for the young people of South Africa and of the world, and He invites us to help turn those dreams into reality.

“For I know the plans I have for you,” declares the Lord, “plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future. Jeremiah 29:11

What dreams has God placed in your heart? And where is He inviting you to fuel the dreams of others? To fuel the dreams of young leaders in South Africa, please follow this link.

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