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Derek

Nickname

Derek

Gender

Male

Country

South Africa

City

JohannesBurg

Zip

1609

Looking for

Marriage Minded

Marital Status

Widowed

Christian Affiliation

Reformed Churches in South Africa

Race

Caucasian

Height

5' 10"

Build

Athletic

Eye Color

Blue

Hair Color

Light Brown

College /University

Some college – technical training;  international training by IBM and other IT  world-wide organisations in hardware, software, services, and managerial skills.

Graduation Year

2004

Level of education

Some College

Employment

Self Employed

Occupation

IT

Company

OpenSector Pty Ltd

Seeking Ethnicity (those I am willing to date)

Any

My ideal place to live

In the suburbs

My view on smoking

I am a non-smoker

My view on drinking

I rarely drink

On the subject of children

I don't know/not sure/if God wills

Tell us about your family. How do you feel about relocating?

My family have and are relocating to the USA.

I’m grateful for a family who love and want me to be accessible for them and my grandchildren.

How old were you when you were drawn to Christ and how is your Christian walk these days?

The Lord graciously showed me my sin and my need of a Saviour at around the age of 15.  My earnest desire is to love the things God loves and to hate the things He hates.

How have the Doctrines of Grace changed or affected your life?

Radically from my youth as a teen. I desire to live a life made up of praise in every part in response to the grace of God in the Gospel – directed to me personally.

Do you have a "Quiet Time?" What are you studying?

I’m deeply grateful for the ‘means’ of God’s grace given so freely to us (prayer and the reading of His Word).. the breathing out of God’s Word to my soul.  My system of reading is a number of bookmarks that move forward on a daily basis.  I want my reading of His Word to be a response back to Him in gratitude and permanent change into more usefulness in His service and Christ-likeness in my life.

Most of my other books are Christian literature, now electronically online.

Who is your favorite Biblical Character and why?

David the Psalmist.  A man after God’s own heart.

More importantly, to find Christ in all the Scriptures is my constant prayer.

Are you content being single? Why? If not, why?

I am learning to be content in whatever state I find myself in.  I do however desire a Christian companion whom God may send into my life since having lost my wife to cancer 3 years ago.

What are four qualities your friends would attribute to you?

Integrity, cheerfulness, positive, optimistic.  My faith is in a Soverign God over all things both in time and eternity.

What are three things you are most thankful for?

The Love of God the Father. For adopting me into His family.  The Gospel and my salvation in Christ, the rock solid promises & truths of God’s Word, the Holy Spirit Who so graciously works within me bringing me daily into greater conformity to Christlikeness. And a future, heaven itself.

Describe the character and personality traits you enjoy in another person? What are yours?

Identification with the things of God. Particularly the Doctrines of Grace as the definition and basis of belief.

Outward focused, cheerful, loves God with all her heart, soul and mind.

Love the things God loves and hates the things He hates.

Other than your parents, who has been the most influential person in your life and how?

Prior to getting married and early in our courting years Kathy and I prayed for Christian friends. God graciously supplied 2 friends who, through the course of our lives and our respective marriages and children, have remained friends to this day. God has been pleased to use each other as Christian influences throughout our pilgrim walk.

What contributed to your previous relationship/marriage ending?

Sadly my wife was taken from me 3 years ago..in answer to Christ’s prayer. ‘That those whom You have given to Me, be with Me where I am’.. Christ’s prayer was answered, and in His wisdom and kindness, I’m content and at peace.

How long have you been on your own since and what did you to do get through it?

3 years.. looking to God, having my eyes fixed on Him the Author and finisher of my Faith.  Living in dependency of His Shepherding grace and kindness.

Favorite lines from movies, poems, songs, hymns or Scripture you would like to tell us about?

But of Him you are in Christ Jesus, who became for us wisdom from God—and righteousness and sanctification and redemption— that, as it is written, “He who glories, let him glory in the Lord.”  (1 Cor 1:30 NKJV)

To know that I am in Christ is blessing beyond all comparison.

What type of work do/did you do?

I have been in IT all my life in various fields.  Also active to some degree in helping my son’s in their own businesses.

How long have you been/were you in that line of work? Do/you enjoy it?

A lifetime career in IT, God’s calling and grateful for His daily provision.

Do you have any life-long goals? What are they?

It is my goal to live each day as if it’s my last, redeeming the time. I desire to find fulfilment in my role as a steward of the grace of life to wherever God calls me.

Where were you born and where have you traveled?

I was born in South Africa. I am the only brother with 2 older sisters and 1 younger.  I am grateful for international exposure in my career (mainly to Europe and the USA).

About Me

God saw fit to grant me a best friend who I married in my early 20’s and lived in a delightful relationship for 40 years before He took her home to glory due to cancer.  In God’s providence He had selected Kathy and I to raise our 2 sons, David (32) and Graham (29), born 3 years apart and who today are the best of friends. Both are in the medical profession as a Phd Biomedical engineer and Chiropractor.  They have loving wives and 3 precious grandchildren with a fourth on the way. Daily I’m staggered at the blessings God showers on His people. He delights to do them good. This leaves me humbled and amazed that He should demonstrate such love for undeserving creatures.

My Interests

My career has been in IT.  I also enjoy practical projects, so during my spare time built my own house, renovation, design, worked for multinational companies, been involved  in IT start-up in the South African region, managed teams of sales and technical people, led a team in IT and still offer a level of consultancy for my son’s in their own businesses. I love my love  my grandchilren, so little time to be bored 🙂

It is a privalege to point them heavenward to the glory and majesty of the God of all creation.

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