For 8 years the Pangani Guesthouse in South Africa was NieuCommunities’ home. It was also where our family lived from 2005-2006 and it’s filled with sweet and transforming memories. Pangani has always been a special space and thousands of guests’ lives have been moved and formed here over the years.
When we sensed we needed to relocate our ministry into a downtown neighborhood, we gulped hard and put Pangani on the market. We had really hoped another ministry—maybe even a ministry partner—might be able to buy it to continue its legacy and maybe even let us use it from time to time too for workshops and retreats at a “friend’s rate.”
Well, this week Pangani finally sold…to a local veterinary school for student housing. We love dogs and all, but dang, it looked like our days at Pangani were over. Until we met the owner! On a walk through of the property this past week Joe—our site leader in Pretoria—had a chance to tell the buyer a bit of our story in South Africa over the past decade and about our hopes for the future. He was super encouraged—even moved—by our story and by our dreams and he responded by telling us that we can keep using Pangani anytime we want to…for free! That was even more than we had hoped for and a sweet affirmation of things yet to come.
May many, many more special memories be formed in this sacred place.