Spreading the gospel is our passion, and using T-shirts, Hoodies and Scatter Cushions we are getting the Word of God out there. But behind the scenes this means admin and diligent people getting the work done. Which is why I am so thankful that God has sent us Emma Umima Elstadt to help in the In the Gap Office.
She shares a bit of her story with us:
How do you pronounce your second name and do you know it’s meaning?
My second name is Umima, and I know, it’s quite different. Quite special. You pronounce it je-mi-ma, which means ‘little dove’. It’s my grandmother’s name, and I’m not exactly sure how the story goes, but I think the doctor or my great grandfather misspelled Jemima on my grandmother’s birth certificate. So, because of the uniqueness of the name, my parents named me after my grandmother.
Where are you from ?
At the time of my birth, we lived in Springbok, but I was born in Stellenbosch. I’ve lived in several different places, moved from house to house, town to town, and if you count it all, it’d be approximately nineteen times. We eventually ended up in Mossel Bay, which is awesome, because we’ve never been happier.
What school did you go to?
I went to Point High School for two and a half years and then I decided to start homeschooling. My parents registered my homeschool as Shanan Lamad, which means ‘work diligently’. They had to attend a course to be qualified to teach me and be my supervisors. But, because I started with Cambridge and then switched over to ACE, my parents couldn’t attend the course that was in the beginning of every term. So, basically, I had a whole three months vacation.
When I finally started, I had to do some extra work in the final three months of 2013. Science, Biology, Business and English. After I finished that, I had to start with grade ten all over again in 2014. With a lot of self discipline and self-control, I did my whole grade ten and eleven in 2014 and my matric in 2015.
What did you do in those three months to keep yourself busy?
Well, I started surfing. My dad and I went every morning at five. The swell wasn’t always great, obviously, but then I would just paddle out and chill there while my dad swam. I also did a basic photography course in between.
What did you do before you were assigned to this job?
I was a Barista at my mom’s gift shop, Blessings, for four months.
What is your job description here at In The Gap Clothing?
I’m an Operations Manager, I think. It includes marketing, design, admin, financing, orders, stocktaking, even babysitting from time to time, which I love.
What would you like to go study someday?
I always thought in some design direction like, Communication Design or Graphic Design. I also looked at this Motion Picture Make-Up course, which is pretty amazing. It entails a lot of creative thinking and hard work.
Why do you think Christian t-shirts are relevant in today’s society?
God expects us to spread His Gospel so that it can reach the unreachable and touch the untouchable. Even if it seems impossible, it is necessary. By word of mouth, by art or illustrations or even by what we wear. Every single one of these is a tool we can use to inspire and encourage others with The Word to live a better life. We are changing the world one t-shirt at a time.
What advice can you give to young people today?
Do not conform to this world.