What do you think some of the challenges are in building a more harmonious South Africa?
Daryl starts to explain that the last 8 – 10 years have been really difficult for South Africa. Political leadership has caused the whole economy to dropsignificantly and at the same time, create a lot of racial tension between different cultural groups. This leadership has also massively influenced how South Africa deals with refugees and the integration of people from other countries. Daryl has also noticed a lot of tension between those who have businesses and organisations, as opposed to those who don’t. According to Daryl, this has caused a lot of fear and anxiety on both sides of the spectrum as he adds that he’s interacted with people who don’t have a lot and vice versa. From these experiences, Daryl noticed thatthere is a large sense of entitlement found within the tension of wealth and the lack thereof.
The encouraging thing that Daryl has seen in his last four years in South Africa, however, isthat despitecontext above, biblical truth transforms everything. Regardless of the fear and anxiety, political unrest, entitlement and poor leadership, the truth transforms. “The big message about biblical generosity is about grace. To extend grace to each other despite all the differences and when others see that people are willing to take risks and cross boundaries in faith and across cultures – that’s when we’ll begin to see harmony and cultures coming together.There is joy in that,and that’s where healing can happen,” says Daryl.
How do you and your organisation engage in this process of change?
When talking about ‘transformation’ in a disharmonious context, Darryl explains that this refers to something broken and not whole. What they do with ‘Journey of Generosity’, is present a message of grace. It takes the focus off ‘yourself’ and puts it on others. “When everyone focuses on themselves, the result of that will be greed, selfishness and entitlement. But, when we focus on others, we tend to gather. It creates real friendship and real fellowship,” Daryl explains.
How do you see the way forward for yourself and South Africa?
This is a very exciting time for South Africa, says Daryl. With great hopes and a new president coming in, Darryl says he is hopeful that there will be some positive changes in South Africa. As someone who has worked in 48 different countries around the world, Darryl sheds some light on the perspective he has gained over the last four years. “I entered SA four years ago, I don’t pretend to know South Africa, but what I can see here is that God is already working. What is encouraging to me and what I tell people around the world when they ask me about South Africa, is that I left here very encouraged. I have seen hundreds of people who go through a journey of generosity with God.” Darryl frequently gets asked the question “Well why would you want to spend so many hours thinking about generosity if there are so many other serious issues around the world?” Darryl explains that God then moves in peoples hearts to let them know that generosity is an opportunity, not an obligation.”
Can you briefly name a few of the opportunities you had while growing up that made you the person you are today?
Although a businessman, Darryl spends the majority of his time working with the ‘Journey of generosity’ program. As he reflects and asks himself how he got to where he is today, the first thing that Darryl thinks of is his personal calling. “Because God has made each of us uniquely, we all have a unique plan. So, what it our purpose?” says Darryl. He continues to elaborate and says “What is God’s purpose for us? Not necessarily the things we want to do, or we like, but finding that place of surrender where we ask the Lord what he wants us to be and what He is asking us to do.” Coming to that realisation over time has been an opportunity Darryl is grateful for in his life. Darryl has made a point to seek out specific mentors during his life that have helped him discern. Darryl also emphasised the importance and value of scripture in his life. “It’s the foundation and base of everything when we’re seeking thetruth.” The verse that truly stopped Darryl in his tracks and changed Darryl’s trajectory to what he’s doing now is 2 Corinthians 8:7 which reads “Excel in the grace of giving.”
Any words of advice to those who feel as if all hope is lost?
Darryl explains that some people might think that the ‘Journey of generosity’ path is for people who are highly educated or businessmen and maybe not relevant to them. Thereality, however, when you look at scripture, is that biblical truth applies to everyone. All ages, all cultures, all socio-economic levels and “here’s the big message, here’s what I’ve learnt”, Darryl emphasises. “Most of us, myself included, always understood giving as an obligation. I saw it as something that I was supposed to do. In actuality, it is an opportunity. We all have the opportunity to give. We all have something to give, because,in Christ, we have freely received. The Lord doesn’t ask us just to start giving; He says that we have already freely received. This begs the question – what have we received? What we have received if we are in Christ – is everything.”