It is a long way to travel from the pot-holed roads of Hammarsdale to the Christian Council of Norway in Oslo, Norway. The path from being a young girl in a traditional Zulu home to an international gender, HIV/Aids activist is just as long. That is the life journey that chief executive officer (CEO) of the Kwazulu-Natal Christian Council (KZNCC), the Reverend Phumzile Zondi-Mabizela, has travelled. She traces the real start of her faith journey back to boarding school. She grew up in a religious home, but her family belonged to a church that was “very doctrine-driven and did not encourage us to analyse the Bible or think for ourselves”. At school she joined the Students Christian Movement which “opened my eyes to the possibility of reading the Bible in different ways and being able to shape my relationship with God myself.