A DAY IN THE LIFE OF A GAME RANGER by Chad Cocking

Not many people would guess that hyenas would be able to dominate lions in an area, but as is often the case, these mostly misunderstood predators are hugely underrated. Given their complex social organisations and the fact that their clans regularly number twenty five or more members, their dominance in such systems should not come as such a surprise.
 

Colin's Wise Wednesday - 20th June 2018

Wednesday has arrived so it is once again time to share with you.
 
My prayer is that our fellowship with you as believers will bring about a deeper understanding of every blessing which we have in our life in union with Christ.
 

A DAY IN THE LIFE OF A GAME RANGER by Chad Cocking

11 JUNE 2018 A weekend of new introductions
 

Colin's Wise Wednesday - 13th June 2018

It’s Wednesday again and what a privilege it is to once again share a time of devotion with you.
 
When, however, the Spirit comes, who reveals the truth about God, He will lead you into all the truth.
 

A DAY IN THE LIFE OF A GAME RANGER by Chad Cocking

1 June 2018 - A week of green landscape in photos
After a little over two weeks of leave spent exploring some of Zimbabawe’s national parks, it was wonderful to return to the wilds of the Timbavati Private Nature Reserve and see what had been happening at Tanda Tula whilst I was away. One thing was quite apparent upon my return, summer was still not willing to let go of its grip on the landscape, and quite unlike the Kruger National Park, just north of the Timbavati, the bush was still infused with a great deal of greenery. Other than some yellowing grasses, the shades of autumn remain absent.
 

Colin's Wise Wednesday - 6th June 2018

As I said a few weeks ago birds are one of my passions. When we moved into our current house 15 years ago one of the first things that we looked for was a place forour bird feeder and bird bath/drinking spot.( Aren’t we glad that we don’t have to drink the water we bath in!)  We were eager to see what birds would “pop in” for a meal and a drink. We had masked-weaver males fighting for their territory and the Indian Mynahs chasing the more placid birds like Cape white eye and the Redheaded finches. We had cut the perches short so that the doves could not stand on the perch, it was their job to clear the ground as they ate all the food that the smaller birds had messed. Our plan works very well. The other birds that we have around are the Cape Robin the Olive Thrush and the bigger birds like the Grey Lourie and our daily wakeup call the Hadida. We are truly blessed having God’s creatures all around us.
 
My prayer is that our friendship with you as believers will bring about a deeper understanding of every blessing which we have in our life in union with Christ.
 

A DAY IN THE LIFE OF A GAME RANGER by Luke Street

Sharing fellow Tanda Tula’s ranger Luke Street’s beautiful photography.
 

Colin's Wise Wednesday - 30th May 2018

Last week we reflected on recognizing Gods call. I have included Chad’s picture of the bird calling as it is again appropriate to God’s message today.
 

A DAY IN THE LIFE OF A GAME RANGER by Chad Cocking

It has been another exciting week at Tanda Tula Safari Camp. Chad’s pictures give a real perspective to the variety of species that have been seen in just a few days. If you cannot be on safari in the Timbavati yourself, you could live precariously through his beautiful images!
 
So then, dear brothers and sisters, stand firm and steady. Keep busy always in your work for the Lord, since you know that nothing you do in the Lord’s service is ever useless.
 

Colin's Wise Wednesday - 23rd May 2018

A couple of years ago I officially decided to stop saying that I was still running every week because increasingly I wasn’t. After a lifetime of running which included Comrades, Two Oceans, cross-country and road running my body called it a day and I now I mostly walk. Not infrequently I stop altogether to examine birds, another one of my passions. I often used to keep a tally of how many different species I saw during a walk. During my running career a stop or a walk was a definite “no-no”.
 

A DAY IN THE LIFE OF A GAME RANGER by Chad Cocking

Understanding Exposure 
By courtesy of the Tanda Tula Safari Camp http://www.tandatula.com/blog/posts/photographer-s-focus
 
I pray that your love will keep on growing more and more, together with true knowledge and perfect judgement, so that you will be able to choose what is best.
 

Colin's Wise Wednesday - 16th May 2018

Every time I hear the hymn below I think to myself how awesome it would be to be a “channel” of Gods peace. I no longer want to be a storage facility or a storage dam I want Gods love to flow through me. I don’t want to be stranded like those storage garages down Modderfontein road away from the main source. I want to be like a distribution center where stock arrives  in one end, it is rearranged, redirected and out the other end. That is what I would like to happen to Your word Lord. I don’t want your word to come in one ear and out the other but I want  Your word internalized within me and go out in word thought and deed.  I absolutely love the image Lord of You spilling from me in  life-enhancing living water.
 

Colin’s Wise Wednesday – 9th May 2018

Every picture tells a story.
When thinking about my devotion for this week I came across these two pictures.  The captions inserted are God’s desire for us, most probably the most difficult instruction to adhere to….love your enemy.
 
PSALM 104 : 33 - 34

”Listen!” says Jesus. “I am coming soon! Happy are those who obey the prophetic words in this book!”
Revelation 22 : 7

LET US PRAY FOR
Our Ministers
We come Lord, with thankful hearts, for You have given us one who follows You closely and teaches us how to do the same. You have called him and instructed him in the task required for Your church. Bless him Lord, as he spends time before You seeking Your will and way for his own life as well as for the church and people of this congregation. Instruct Him Lord, through Your Holy Spirit of the tasks You require to be fulfilled. Thank You for the time spent in studying Your Word and preparation of the message to bring to Your people in this place. Guide him, guard him and care for him each day, Lord, we pray!

Church
You have blessed us Lord God, as we gather together, to worship You and to praise Your Holy Name. You have given us this place where we come in Your Name, to have fellowship with others who believe, and to help all people to grow through the teachings and fellowship here. Thank You for the love that is shared amongst us as fellow believers, and for the eagerness, to live and grow as Your own. Bless Your church and people, Lord, we pray in Jesus Name!

Church Leaders
There are men and women who have stepped forward to serve You wherever there is a need. Thank You for each one who has willingly taken on the challenge as leader for some activity. You have called them and instructed them, and they have been obedient, desiring to help others grow in their faith and trust in You, Lord! Bless each one who has accepted the responsibility of teaching or instructing others in study of the Word or of life skills as a follower of Jesus Christ.

South Africa
Bless our land and people, Lord, and draw them closer to serve You. We pray for peace and harmony amongst workers who are striking for better working conditions. There are many areas where there are demonstrations that have turned violent and destructive. We pray for an end to that behaviour, and that peaceful discussions could take place to solve the issues that have been raised. Thank You for the rains that have fallen all over our land, and that the dams are full. You provide for our needs, Lord, and we give You thanks and praise for Your continuing loving care for us all!

The Needy
Lord, bless and heal those who are not well. There are many who are in need of Your healing care, and as we name them before You now, we pray for Your hand of blessing upon each one. Hear our prayer, O Lord, we pray, and help all those in need this day. Thank You, Lord!
 

DAY IN THE LIFE OF A GAME RANGER By Chad Cocking

Courtesy of the Tanda Tula Safari Camp http://www.tandatula.com/blog/posts/photographer-s-focus