Buyiswa Zwane (1978-2016)

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Our dear friend Buyi passed into eternity last week and is survived by her husband and three young children. La Tascha and Sophie flew out on an emergency flight to South Africa to be with P. Jabu (husband) and the children during this difficult time of mourning and transition. Buyi truly was a Proverbs 31 woman. The family's needs are great during this very difficult time. If you are able to help financially in any way, please send donations with P. Jabu in the memo and we will get them to him as soon as possible.

Below is a tribute from P. Jabu (her husband):

It's hard to fathom that 2016 has been both the climax and deepest, lowest year of our lives together. I feel like God Who makes All things beautiful in His time and His own way, knows what He is doing much more now than I have been willing to acknowledge. Having been with you as a husband, friend, pastor, brother and more, feels to me like a fairy tale, a dream that exceeded my highest expectations in life. I don't think that anyone could have ever been so perfect with and for me for the season we've been together. To me only God could have put us together and orchestrated what feels like an abrupt end to a beautiful life that was only beginning. And yet it feels like with all the sadness and pain, your passing brought to me, God was still setting us up for a life with more of you in your absence than we could have salvaged had we known you'd leave so soon.

I see, hear, sense and experience more of you through the people you lived your life for, our children, The Body of Christ, our family and friends. It's a mystery to me that so much of you is still so alive, continuing and getting better even though I don't hear your voice anymore, I cannot hear your infectious and inviting laughter, feel you beautiful warm hand in mine or get lost in your beautiful eyes like I used to. The hope and peace I feel at the thought of you, I can only describe as Divine. It is without a doubt beyond my comprehension but well within my most welcome comfort. I wish there was something more that I could use, other than words, to express these contradictions I have been feeling in the last year. Somehow all this seems to have prepared me, us, the children, family and friends for a life without you and yet with more of you in your absence. All this, inspite of this having being the least prepared for your sudden departure.

I love you, I miss you terribly but what God's Grace enabled us to build together won't let me be buried in grief and sadness. There are so many things I wanted to say to you, I wanted to do for you and with you. With all that, I sense a new life being born in so many areas of the life we built together and I know it was God, It has always been God and it will always be God working. This very life has been the greatest source of healing and restoration, the same life where I have experienced pain that I could never wish on anyone, has been the same that shines the light in all the dark corners and lifts me out of the deepest and lowest places in this time. And I know, it is well, it is well because none of it is in vain. Pain has found her restoration, confusion her defintion and desperation, Hope.

As I have so many times heard in recent deep and casual talks with Pastor Renaldo, "God has prepared us, for what He has prepared us for". Even though I feel ill prepared, ill equipped, disdained and fearful, hope seems to be the only triumphant certainty. I feel an inexplicable calm, realising that I never needed to be prepared because God has been preparing, all of it. Hope is always finding herself to be the only place I make my bed at night. Even in confusion, in unbearable pain and uncontrollable sobbing, Hope secures my sanity. Hope is the only song that soothes my aching soul and makes joy in my heart the only familiar and welcome emotion I am desperately willing to embrace and hold on to longer. I know I can live today, raise our kids today, enjoy what God has graciously built through our lives today with friends and family, through the faith that held us and helped us grow together. I am better man of The Faith today, I am better father today and a better husband today. The Lord gave, The Lord took, To His Name and Only His, Yahweh be all Glory, Honour and Praise forever. Amen