It should have been a happy time, fresh off her retirement, Ria had set off across the country to visit her sister in Johannesburg, South Africa. As they pulled into a friends townhouse, some men had rushed the vehicle in an attempt to carjack⏤in the process they shot and killed Ria’s sister.
“For some unexplained reason they spared my life,” explains Ria Pieters. “In one moment, I lost my sister, the next I lost my feeling of safety and then I had anxiety attacks. I was a mess.”.
Life changed dramatically for Ria Pieters, anxiety attacks, panic, insecurity⏤something had to change if she was to survive. It was the night that one of these attacks prevented her from unlocking the door to her own home, she froze, and had to get assistance to walk into her own home. That very next morning, she confessed to a friend that she was seriously considering leaving the country. Her friend had a different reaction…
“I get so fed-up with every one that wants to leave the country instead of helping and making a difference. On our own doorstep is a township with a 60% unemployment. Do something about that and they will not resort to crime”
That night Ria read 2 Cor 12:9, “And he said unto me, My grace is sufficient for thee: for my strength is made perfect in weakness. Most gladly therefore will I rather glory in my infirmities, that the power of Christ may rest upon me” Listen in to this remarkable story and see what Ria Pieters has done with her life!
The story continues on the Brink of Greatness Podcast…
The Next Leap Forward
Today Ria Pieters is the Founder and Principal (as needed) of the Ithemba Family support centre. Ithemba means HOPE. The primary aim is to create a stimulating and loving environment for the children, where they can receive a balanced meal each day as well as medical care if and when needed.
Ria Pieters is an extraordinary woman. She is a leader, a kind soul with the natural gift and desire to help others. Through her determination and outlook to the future⏤she is making a significant contribution to future generations. She is impacting lives in a big way!