Photo: Two Afghan boys in an orphanage in Kabul
In Matthew 25:35-36 & 40 Jesus says:
"When I was hungry, you gave me something to eat, and when I was thirsty, you gave me something to drink. When I was a stranger, you welcomed me, and when I was naked, you gave me clothes to wear. When I was sick, you took care of me, and when I was in jail, you visited me.
I assure you, when you did it to one of the least of these my brothers and sisters, you did it to me."
In Matthew 25:35-36 & 40 Jesus says:
“When I was hungry, you gave me something to eat, and when I was thirsty, you gave me something to drink. When I was a stranger, you welcomed me, and when I was naked, you gave me clothes to wear. When I was sick, you took care of me, and when I was in jail, you visited me.
Whenever you did it for any of my people, no matter how unimportant they seemed, you did it for me.”
Vision and Mission of the CRN
MEET THE DEDICATED CRN TEAM
INcontext International could not ask for a more suitable person to head up its Crisis Response Network than Yolandé Korkie. Both her professional qualifications and deep personal understanding which arises from life experiences make her eminently qualified.
Yolandé gained a Masters degree in Psychology and credentials as a Pastoral Counsellor. She used these as a lecturer in the Faculty of Education at the University of the Free State, and in counselling courses, specializing in support of parents with children with ADHD. Living outside of Bloemfontein, South Africa, with her teacher-husband and two children, she was also involved in equine therapy at their riding school.
Yolandé and her husband, Pierre, were involved in cross-cultural work for ten years before moving to Yemen in 2009 with their two children, where she was involved, among other things, with humanitarian work at a clinic for widows and orphans.
After five years in the country, experiencing the Arab Spring first-hand with their local friends, she and Pierre were captured by Al Qaeda in Yemen. She was released after eight months and then fought tirelessly for that of her soulmate, but this tragically ended with his death at the hands of his captors. Her book, 558 DAYS, which was also awarded the Andrew Murray Desmond Tutu book prize in 2017, vividly recounts the turmoil they endured as captives and brings perspective on how families of hostages experience and survive such a time.
Before joining Incontext International in 2019, Yolandé returned to lecturing while she intentionally pursued healing from the trauma they experienced, and was also in demand as a speaker, focusing on the theme of forgiveness and hostage survival. But the passion to support and encourage those in crises and a desire to equip fellow believers to be the aroma of Christ in the darkest places led her to leave the formal classroom and instead help lead individuals and organisations into much-needed deeds of compassion.
Yolandé enjoys spending time with her two young adult children and three cats, walking in nature, gardening and the two spoilings in life…good coffee and dark chocolate!
INcontext International Director
Gustav Krös is the Director of INcontext International. His journey in missions started in January 2007 when he became a volunteer at an organisation serving the persecuted. In July 2011 he joined INcontext International where he served as Project Manager until he took on the position as director in November 2019.
As part of INcontext’s leadership, he works with an editorial team to identify and communicate a Christian perspective on world news. This is done with a view to equip and empower the global body of believers to respond effectively and timeously to world events, in line with what God is doing around the world.
During his time as Project Manager, Gustav was responsible for the more than 70 cross-cultural workers, which INcontext International supports. In this role, he has travelled to more than 30 countries to conduct research and develop relationships – in Africa, Asia, Europe, the Middle East, and the United States.
With much experience gained from studying world news from a Christian perspective and travelling on a regular basis, Gustav is equipped to share with people how God is moving around the world.
Gustav is married to Hanlie and they have two young boys. They live in Cape Town’s Northern Suburbs (South Africa), where they both work at INcontext International’s head office.
Trish van der Merwe
By God’s grace, Trish is a seasoned Educationist and Strategist who was able to equip, mentor and lead diverse and cross culture teams of educational professionals in a variety of fields to succeed through a merger and continuously changing legislative environments. She initiated and steered many innovations and strategies in a fast-growing college-sector. Trish is a servant leader and strongly driven by her values and was blessed to sustain particularly good relationships, collaboration and support from the public, colleagues and subordinates as a Deputy Principal in the public TVET college sector in Cape Town. Trish retired in 2017 from the public education platform after 34-years’ experience in the field of youth development. She volunteered and served on the Board of a youth development organisation (NGO), MOT, for 10 years.
Trish and her husband, Marnitz’s, interest and heart for missions and the persecuted body of Christ was ignited in 1995 and they have since been involved in a number of short-term outreaches in their private capacity and with Open Doors, as well as INcontext International. They have shown a special interest in member care and are involved with a few of those members active on the frontline of missions.
Currently, Trish is thriving in the second phase of her life journey. As a life coach, she is helping people with a lack of fulfilment to find new meaning and purpose in life. She is a soundboard for a variety of business-, ministry- or personal innovations of friends and people in the local community and nationally. Trish and Marnitz live in Melkbosstrand on the west coast, on the outskirts of Cape Town.
The Fingerprint Logo
We often forget how uniquely and fearfully we have been created! Nothing demonstrates this more beautifully than our fingerprints.
- Fingerprints reflect that we have been created, each person unique in his hopes, dreams, talents, and character.
- Fingerprints can grow back if they are worn or badly burned, remain the same, even while you grow, and continue to represent you, even after death!
- Fingerprints represent the uniqueness of a person’s needs when a crisis comes their way and is an astounding reminder of mankind’s resilience.
- Fingerprints aren’t easily erased; in the same manner, God’s unfailing commitment to us cannot fade.
May this logo remind you of all this, and that the people involved in the CRN live as an extension of His hands.