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October 30, 2017 by Roland Rink (South Africa)

Greetings from Johannesburg, South Africa!

I was born and raised in the city of gold, Johannesburg, and continue to call it home. Perhaps it should be named the green city as it is reputed to have the most planted trees of any city on earth. I guess this means that I live in an urban forest.

Two little known facts about me:

Roland's family

Firstly, I have always been surrounded by women. Two younger sisters, Renee my wife of 44 years, two daughters, two sisters-in-law, countless nieces, female dogs & cats have combined to give me much joy and multiple reasons to celebrate women in general.

Secondly, because I love music of every genre, I really enjoy going to rock concerts. They’re great places to sing and dance and to forget the cares and troubles of the world for a few hours. I recommend them unreservedly!!

For the past 17 years our unit, Africa Upper Room Ministries has been printing and distributing The Upper Room Daily Devotional guide in South Africa, Angola, Mozambique, Lesotho, Swaziland, Botswana, Zambia, and Zimbabwe.

The subscriptions and sales have grown over the years. In 2001, we printed 6,000 copies of the magazine. This year we will print almost 200,000 copies of the magazine in Portuguese and English. In my opinion, these numbers reveal a very real hunger. People want to spend time with God each day. The Upper Room magazine is a trusted resource that helps all of us keep our daily appointment with God.

It is a blessing to know that there are millions of people, in more than 100 countries around the world , “on the same page”. Christians practicing the basic disciplines of spirituality — joined together in prayer, reading scripture and meditating on the heartfelt words of people from every conceivable walk of life, on any given day of the year.

I encourage you to seriously consider writing for The Upper Room. Everyone has a story worth telling. All you need to do to tell your story is to write about where you have seen God at work in your own life.

You can submit your writing for consideration here:

I look forward to reading your stories!

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