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Gerjo Ben van der Merwe

Why Roadtrip247? Here at crossroad247.com we've been busy for years bringing God's Word to people via the internet in modern language. Only problem? No teens. That is why we started Roadtrip247 - just for teens! What was your dream job at 13 years old? I was clueless and crazy confused. I presume that I didn't even want to work when I got older... Favourite colour? Blue, light blue, dark blue, you name it! Anything really that has a blue tinge to it. Greatest hidden talent? I am a professional underwater hairdryer technician. Hobbies? I am crazy about music - from rock to relaxed... just no jazz please. Character from the Bible you've learnt the most from? Paul. I presume that I am a lot like him. A bit rough, to the point, and very in love with Jesus. Dog or cat person? Dog person, you never know with cats if they actually like you or not.

Our other writers:

Alet-Mari van der Merwe

Why Roadtrip247? I’ve always had a passion for people. I’ve always had a heart for those in pain and for those searching; searching for more, searching for something, searching for God. Roadtrip247 was the perfect platform where I could try to make a difference in the stormy waters out there. Life is hard, unfair, unpredictable and sometimes just too hard. I would like to bring God’s Words to teenagers in today’s world. What did you dream of becoming when you were 13 years old? I can’t really remember, but I always wanted to be a Spar cashier or shelf packer. Later on, I wanted to be an architect. What is your favourite colour? Navy blue and white. Greatest secret talent? ... Hobbies? I LOVE the outdoors, so anything I can do outside: cycling, running, hiking in the mountains, swimming in mountain pools, bodyboarding. I like braaibroodjies and chops, so braai is always close to the top of my list. What person in the Bible taught you the most? I think Moses and Jacob. Moses – firstly, because for me he is such a direct foreshadowing of Jesus. Secondly, God chose him to take his people to the promised land and his first response was, “No, Lord, not me, I’m not good at public speaking.” Exodus 4:11-12 “God said, ‘And who do you think made the human mouth? And who makes some mute, some deaf, some sighted, some blind? Isn’t it I, God? So, get going. I’ll be right there with you—with your mouth! I’ll be right there to teach you what to say.’ 13 He said, ‘Oh, Master, please! Send somebody else!” Even though God chose Moses, Moses was human and hesitated. Not knowing that his God can overcome any human obstacles. Moses’ God is my God. My God knows what He is planning for my life. I must simply trust Him like Moses did. And see what a remarkable leader Moses turned out to be. Jacob – longed for an intimate relationship with God. He didn’t stop until he received God’s blessing. Jacob searched for God. And he did everything possible to find Him. Jacob taught me to search for God and to keep searching even if I think He is hiding from me. God wants each of us to search for Him the way that Jacob searched for Him.

Mia van der Merwe

Why Roadtrip247? I enjoy being part of something that has such an impact on people’s daily lives can share my view of the Bible with other people and in that way live my creativity and gifts. What did you dream of becoming when you were 13 years old? Vet What is your favourite colour? Plum purple Greatest secret talent? Able to take a nap every afternoon. Hobbies? Reading and camping What person in the Bible taught you the most? Jesus Dog or cat person? Dogs

René Badenhorst

Why Roadtrip247? What a great way to build up young people in the language that they understand on the platforms that they prefer. What was your dream job at 13 years old? I've always wanted to help people. At 13 I wanted to become a physiotherapist. Now I can help people with words. What is your favourite colour? Island blue. Yeah, I'm one of the romantic sorts. Greatest hidden talent? I can read Korean. Haha, it's really not that difficult though. Hobbies? Taking photos, reading, and taking in as much ocean air as I can. Character from the Bible you've learnt the most from? Jesus. He had a lot of guts to be so radically different from the culture he grew up in. And to be able to forgive the people who are killing you as you are busy dying? I find that kind of love captivating! Dog or cat person? That's a difficult question. I love both.

Chantelle Phillipson

Why Roadtrip247? Wanted to give myself a new challenge in ministry. Always liked writing and thought why not try? In being part of Roadtrip 24/7 I also share how I’ve experienced God in my life, what I’ve struggled with, and that also touches many people and they begin to experience God in their lives, and they get answers, strength and hope for what they’re going through. What did you dream of becoming when you were 13 years old? I wanted to be in a band. What is your favourite colour? Pink and purple. Greatest secret talent? I can quickly suss out people. Hobbies? Beads, reading, nature hikes, birding and butterflying, painting, playing music and dancing, writing, making cloth toys, orgami. Like crafting. Making life better for others. What person in the Bible taught you the most? The whole story of the Bible; yes, the people in the stories touched me, but that whole journey with God, the unconditional live, man’s choice of right and wrong, and how the people experienced the Holy Trinity. Dog or cat person? Cat person

Heike Shamrock

Why Roadtrip247? I chose Roadtrip 247 because I’ve taught my kids about the Lord from a young age, and now I’m doing the same for my grandchildren, and I feel the youth of today need to have God in their lives more than ever. What did you dream of becoming when you were 13 years old? When I was 13 years old, I dreamt of becoming a doctor, because I wanted to work with people. What is your favourite colour? My favourite colour is red. It reminds me of the blood Jesus spilt for us. Hobbies? My hobbies are reading and writing. What person in the Bible taught you the most? I’m so inspired by Isaiah and the Psalms. Dog Dog or cat person? I’m definitely a dog person, I love Poedels and Pekingese so much.

Hendri Mouton

Why Roadtrip247? I want to work at my ministry and draw people to the Lord. I felt that Roadtrip was a good beginning that could lead to a bigger door opening. What did you dream of becoming when you were 13 years old? I wanted to be an actor. What is your favourite colour? My favourite colour is green. Greatest secret talent? I can push my whole fist into my hand! Hobbies? I play four musical instruments, and I love doing it! What person in the Bible taught you the most? Job taught me a lot! His patience. Dog or cat person? I’m more of a dog person.

Luane McLachlan

Why Roadtrip247? I became involved in the #imagine movement, and heard about Roadtrip 247 there. These two organisations are absolutely focused on conveying the Gospel to teenagers, so it made sense to me to work with them. Roadtrip 247 makes it easy for teenagers to meet God and talk to Him through the Bible in a way that is relevant to them. What did you dream of becoming when you were 13 years old? A writer (fiction) What is your favourite colour? Yellow! Greatest secret talent? Then it’s no longer a secret;-) Hobbies? Painting, writing, sketching, and I’m teaching myself to play the ukulele. What person in the Bible taught you the most? What a difficult question!! It changes from season to season … at the moment, Andreas and the little boy with the loaves and fishes are in mind. It doesn’t matter how small your contribution is, Jesus does miracles with it! Dog or cat person? Animal person!

Minke Beukes

Why RT 247? Early in the year God showed me a picture of myself with a big arrow coming out of me. Together with this vision, he gave me a date. I didn’t really know what it meant, but got the idea that I had to go and share part of me. About a month later (on the exact date that He showed me), Alet Mari asked me to be one of the RT247 writers! I immediately knew this was what God had shown me. What did you dream of becoming when you were 13 years old? I really, really wanted to be a professional tennis player. My backup plan was to become a ball girl, LOL. Favourite colour? Yellow, yellow and yellow. Secret talent? I can wiggle my little toe without moving my other toes. Hobbies? Painting, hiking in the mountains, playing guitar … but my number one go-to is to cuddle with my dog. Who in the Bible taught you the most? I love the way Jesus taught. He was straight forward. Trusted in God 100%, and best of all – He literally came to show us how to live. All we have to do is to copy Him. Dog or cat person? I’m that person who comes to your house, plays with your dog for 15 minutes, and then realise that I haven’t even greeted you yet.