50 Coffees is a blog series that follows me, Lucia Dramat, as I interview inspirational Christian women in South Africa. In 2010 I lived in Joburg for one year. It was a life changing year for me as God showed me a different way of life. During that year I visited Rhema church and if I am not mistaken it was at the women’s conference where I first heard Ps Pushie speak. I remember her saying “you strut, confidently, knowing who you are”. It blessed my heart to see a young, beautiful and vibrant woman speak about God so confidently and so boldly. Ever since I have been following her on social media and watching in awe as she fulfills her purpose. Honestly I freaked out when she said she would do the interview. She taught me so much in the time we spent together, you’ll see when you start reading. She also really inspired me to fulfill my calling and to trust God. Enjoy!!!
You meet so many influential people in ministry with the interviews or when you are travelling, what was a profound meeting or “Wow God!” moment for you?
Megafest! Definitely Megafest. It was surreal. Ps. Paula invited my friend and I to Megafest in Dallas, Texas. She was staying at a different hotel from us, so we get in the car to go pick her up. She enters the car, looks at me and says, “Be ready!’. I thought, ‘Be ready for what?’ She didn’t give any more details. I learnt that she doesn’t give much warning. Having attended the opening session with Bishop Jakes preaching the previous evening, was good enough for us. I had no expectation of more. Tonight we walk in and are hugged by Joyce Meyer. It was so surreal. I still remember thinking ‘this is more than enough’. The next thing Pastor Paula goes backstage and I think, ‘Ok I can sit down now and relax’. But then her husband comes running from backstage, and the next thing I know I’m standing on the Megafest platform with Paula White in front of tens of thousands of people. So that for me is definitely the highlight of my ministry. A moment I will never forget.
When and how did it come about that you knew you were called for ministry?
It was very drastic and a very sudden change of life. One minute I was on television and the next minute God was taking me completely out of that environment and putting me into the ministry. Even when I was in the ministry in the church I was just serving. I didn’t know why I was there at first. I didn’t come in with the intention of being a pastor or a preacher. I was just being obedient to God saying, ‘You need to be here, you need to be in the church’. So I said ok ‘I am here, I don’t know what I am supposed to do here but I’m here’. I was a volunteer for eight years, just serving wherever I could, including the TV department. That entailed interviewing the pastors after the conferences, such as Brian Houston amongst others until eventually I ended up preaching. From serving it flowed into preaching but I had no idea it was going to go there. I had no intention for it to go here.
2006 I went to Bible College but it was only in my second year of Bible College that it hit me, I am called into ministry.
You have been married for 16 years. There is ministry, business and kids but your relationship seems so young and fresh. How do you keep it fun and fresh?
We are friends, we support each other. We have each other’s backs. He’s my confidant. He’s always on my side. He’s supportive of what I’m doing and I’m supportive of what he’s doing. Nobody else has my back like he has and likewise. I think when you’re friends and you’re there for each other, that’s the most important thing. Life has ups and downs but if you support each other and are there for each other then you can go through anything.
20-35 years old is the age group where we as ladies usually figure out who we are, what we want to do and also when we get married. What advice or guidance would you offer ladies in their early twenties?
I think every decade you change, at ten years old you like ice cream, in your teens you like milkshake, in your twenties you like smoothies, and then in your thirties you like green tea… You are going to change, your wants are going to change. If you want to get married, you need to try to find somebody who is going to grow with you. Because what you want in your twenties is nothing like what you want in your thirties. By the time I turned thirty I was a completely different person. It was almost like I opened my wardrobe but I had nothing to wear. It was the same on the inside, I was a totally different person. I strongly recommend premarital counseling to assist you in selecting a partner that is not only compatible with you, but able to grow with you into all that you may become.
In those challenging, wilderness spaces of life, how do you stay connected and motivated?
There are always wilderness spaces because you’re always moving on to something else. So you have to accept it as part of the journey. You will arrive at one place only to eventually outgrow it and then have to move on to another place. Reaching the next place is a process and soon you realize that we spend more time on the journey than the destination. So we learn to embrace it as part of the process. If you have faith in God then you know you will get there at the right time if you’re supposed to be there.
What was the question, statement or fear you had to overcome to be where you are today?
I don’t have fear when it comes to ministry. Perhaps just trusting in God’s timing. I don’t have fear that it won’t happen or that I won’t get there because I didn’t choose it. I’m not making it happen. I didn’t plan it or send out my CV or hand out a business card. So if God takes me there, I know He’s able to keep me there. If He says I’m going somewhere or doing something, I believe it will happen. It’s just a matter of time. And when it does, I’ll be ready.