About 24 years ago I was a young student at university and going through a dark and difficult time. One winter evening I surrendered my life to the Lord Jesus Christ. I was deeply touched by a verse in Psalm 94: 17 -19. This has been a foundational verse for the direction of my life...to be there for people in need:
17 Unless the Lord had given me help,
I would soon have dwelt in the silence of death.
18 When I said, “My foot is slipping,”
your unfailing love, Lord, supported me.
19 When anxiety was great within me,
your consolation brought me joy.
Thereafter I received lots of confirmation to study Psychology of serving the Lord in that capacity. I started the journey of discovery and personal development that would lead to where we are today with Matters of the Soul.
In 2012, after years of being a Clinical Psychologist, I was burned out and tired. The Lord confirmed His calling, revived me and led me to scale down my private practice and follow Him into the unknown, much like Abraham of old.
Scared but excited, I ventured into the dark. One thing led to another and Sake van die Siel TV programme started at Kruiskyk TV. Over the next three years I recorded about 90 half-hour TV programmes (see the link on the website mattersofthesoul.org for the Afrikaans videos) on various topics ranging from family, life coaching to clinical themes.
Missionet came on board and provided invaluable services to build a website, podcast and social media (Youtube channel, Facebook etc).
During this time I also registered a non-profit organisation and trust and continued the online ministry. We grew organically by doing the work part-time and on a low budget. Mickey Sadler joined the one man band in 2016 as a IT/admin assistant. Steady contributions from a few donors enabled the development.
The trust also became involved in hosting a variety of social welfare projects to support individuals and families in need. During 2018 we migrated to English as the medium and changed the name to Matters of the Soul.
Currently our focus lies with expanding the media arm to reach people via social media platforms with Facebook Live broadcasts, video productions for Youtube, regular radio programmes and hopefully in future, a television programmes and short-film documentary type productions.
At the heart of the ministry is the desire to support people of all walks of life with personal development, especially with the valuable information from the scientific field of psychology and the steadfast Word of God, the Bible. It is our prayer and desire that your life would be enriched by walking alongside ours. God bless!
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Erich Schoeman and Monique Steenkamp share their thoughts on certain matters of the soul.