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"Grace stands in the heart of a vibrant, serene garden in full bloom, surrounded by colorful flowers and winding pathways, radiating contentment and joy."

The Garden of Delight

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Grace standing in a vibrant, serene garden, symbolizing the fulfillment of her heart's desires through her delight in the Lord.
“Grace stands in the heart of a vibrant, serene garden in full bloom, surrounded by colourful flowers and winding pathways, radiating contentment and joy.”

In the quaint village of Brookville, there lived a young woman named Grace. Grace had always dreamed of owning a beautiful garden where people could come to find peace and beauty. However, her circumstances made it difficult for her to achieve this dream. She worked long hours as a seamstress and barely made enough to make ends meet.


One day, while walking home from work, Grace felt a nudge in her heart to visit the old church at the end of the street. She hadn’t been there in years, but something drew her in. As she entered the serene sanctuary, she felt an overwhelming sense of peace. She kneeled down and prayed, “Lord, I delight in You. Please guide my steps and fulfil the desires of my heart.”


From that day on, Grace made it a habit to visit the church daily, spending time in prayer and worship. She found joy in serving others and became actively involved in church activities. Her heart overflowed with delight in the Lord, and her life was filled with newfound purpose and happiness.


One sunny afternoon, the church announced a community project to restore the abandoned garden behind the sanctuary. Grace’s heart skipped a beat—this was her dream! She eagerly volunteered, and to her surprise, she was asked to lead the project. With unwavering faith and a heart full of delight in the Lord, Grace poured her energy into transforming the garden.


Weeks turned into months, and with the help of the community, the garden blossomed into a breathtaking haven. People from all around came to find solace and inspiration in its beauty. Grace’s dream had come true, not by her own striving, but through her delight in the Lord and His faithfulness in granting the desires of her heart.


As she stood in the midst of the vibrant flowers and serene pathways, Grace whispered, “Thank You, Lord. Truly, You have given me the desires of my heart.”

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Elphas Sipho Mdluli- MBA Areas of Expertise Business Leadership – Operations Leadership – Financial Management – Process Optimisation – Decision Making Stakeholder Engagement – Project Delivery – Organisational Strategy – Relationship Management – Negotiation Skills Strategy Development – Change Management – Relationship Building – Team Empowerment – Performance Improvement Critical Thinking – Systems Thinking – Strategic Planning – People Management – Business Administration Executive Summary As a meticulous, driven and people-oriented professional, Elphas is motivated by ensuring the achievement of organisational goals. He is fuelled by improving business performance, whilst his all-embracing skillset has enabled him to successfully execute projects across various platforms. His career has presented the effective delivery of solutions, leveraging expertise in financial, operations, administrative and business processes, as well as the management of integrated transformational projects. Elphas thrives in complex environments where strong leadership is required to drive business performance. As a highly focused and participative leader who believes in effective teamwork, he prides himself on his innate ability to connect with and lead stakeholders across all levels of an organisation. With a dedication to continuous improvement, Elphas has completed a vast range of courses, including currently completing his Doctor of Business Administration, building upon his MBA, Bachelor of Ministry degree and Bachelor of Commerce degree in Accounting, to mention just a few. Career Summary Elphas has built his career on a strong academic foundation across a diverse range of areas, including accounting, management development, ministry, finance, corporate governance, risk management, behavioural intelligence, leadership and business administration. He is a Business Leader, an Author, a Lecturer and a pillar within his community. His diverse roles have shaped his skillset and his early roles consisted of Chairperson and Senior Pastor for Christian Liberty Centre and Branch Officer for Select Management Services before moving to Sibonelo Savings and Credit Cooperative Society as Accountant, Manager and then General Manager. In 2013 Elphas spearheaded the start-up of Life Solutions Investments, an organisation providing Training & Consultancy as well as leading operations of a Block Yard. He has also been contracted by Calvary College as a part-time Lecturer. In addition, Elphas has written and published numerous books based in business, marriage and spirituality, as well as being Founder and Senior Pastor of the Freedom Centre International Church. As a result of his sharp business acumen, Elphas was offered the role as Executive Manager for Eswatini Association of Savings and Credit Co-operatives (ESASCCO) where he effectively led teams across various departments. He oversaw Administration, Finance, Training, ICT and the Insurance departments. Elphas has consistently excelled in improving performance and has enjoyed many successes throughout his career, which is evident in the success of the organisations in which he is involved. Elphas provides a significant contribution to the long-term sustainable growth through his extensive experience, vast administration knowledge and impeccable business leadership abilities. His implementation skills are forefront in overall strategic development, and his involvement in business ensures ground-breaking improvement in performance. He is a resourceful professional who has a passion for the development of commerce and the progress of human capital within business, ensuring and facilitating significant growth and financial health of an organisation.