Newsletter May 2019


Dear Ones,

           We want to start by thanking each one of you, our partners, friends and supporters. We have had an awesome month with a lot of emphasis on reaching out to the lost and especially needy people. However, the job is too big for just a few, so everyone was rallied to get behind the vision. The photos below are of a special event in Sir Lowry’s Pass. The event was themed ‘Miracle Night!’

'Miracle Night', Sir Lowry's Pass:


 A team of our local students are leading a time of worship.


In the photo below Coenrad  is sharing the vision for reaching out to others with the love of God

Here Shayne is sharing about receiving your miracle. Being expectant and knowing the love that God has for each of His children and His desire for all to come to Him and receive all the benefits of salvation not only in the life to come, but also here and now!

SUPPLIES:

Weet-Bix:

Bright Stars, Nomzamo:


This month the Weet-Bix, which the kids really like and look forward to, was also distributed to an additional two especially needy daycare centers in Sir Lowry's Pass that were brought to our attention: Tiny Tots and Tom’s Little Angels, as well as a kitchen and approx. 20 of our student families were helped!

Emily's Play School, Tiny Tots and Tom's Little Angels, Sir Lowry's Pass: 


This month 15 large boxes of Weet-Bix were distributed between 6 daycare centers and a soup kitchen in Sir Lowry’s Pass and Nomzamo.



We also want to thanks and acknowledge our fellow believers who have been contributing generously of used clothing, shoes, etc. Here we dropped some off to be sorted and distributed by Emily and her faithful staff, along with several boxes of personally hygiene supplies, etc. generously donated by Dis-Chem, also to be sorted and distributed!

Bright Stars, Nomzamo:




Mila's Angels, Sir Lowry's Pass:



 Joyce's Soup Kitchen, Sir Lowry's Pass:


Our Bible Students, SIr Lowry's Pass:



Milk:


Once a month we collect and distribute 100 liters of milk. Much of what we do is repeated on a monthly basis, but when there was an unexpected break in the milk supply those on the receiving end really missed it and were all praying for it to start up again, which to everyone's relief it did. So although many of our tasks have almost become routine, they are very needed and much appreciated!

Mila's Angels, Sir Lowry's Pass:


Bright Stars, Nomzamo:


Woolworth:


We thank Woolworth's for their faithful contribution over the years of food for the main soup kitchen in Sir Lowry's Pass.

Checkers:


Checkers is assisting Emily's Play School and from time to time Philip helps by collecting the food from the store.

Training Disciples Through Various Word Studies:

Bible School:


Philip runs the Bible School while I, Rita, usually teach the beginners in an adjoining class room.


Here I, Rita, taught the Bible School students on the Biblical principles of sowing and reaping.


Beginner students laying a strong foundation through Rooted, a basis course by Shayne Holesgrove.


The lady seen in the picture here was miraculously delivered of a bad backache after being prayed for. She runs a daycare center for approx. 50 children. As seen they also received a couple of boxes of Weet-Bix for the kids!


Gracelife Conference:



We had a special guest speaker from UK who came with his wife and daughter. He not only shared the Word at several services, but also at a Saturday conference geared to stirring everyone up to reach out to the lost!

Growth Track:


Once every tremester Gracelife runs a 4-week course for newcomers called Growth Track, which aims at helping new believers enter into discipleship. This month Philip and I were invited to teach at one of these sessions. Afterwards everyone were treated to a delicious lunch! 

Water Baptism:


Two of our young students were water baptized and later received a certificate to help them commemorate the day when they publicly acknowledged their faith and identified with being in Christ.




April News 2019


Dear Ones,

           We trust that you have all celebrated a wonderful and meaningful Easter, realizing all that is now ours because of the sacrifice Jesus made in laying down His life for us. For those of you that are partnering with us, we thank you. Together we are establishing the believers in the the faith and we are happy to report that they are growing strong and that the work is expanding—the fruit of our united efforts!


EASTER:

           As shown in the pictures below we had a beautiful time attending our church celebration (Long Friday and Easter Sunday). There was a beautiful dance illustrating the crucifixion and the power to overcome that the believers now have as a result.
After the service on Friday morning we had a picnic and the children were treated to a fun Easter Egg hunt led by Shayne and greatly enjoyed by all the children!




UNREST:



The photo here and below were taken right by our apartment on the N2! There was unrest for several days due to an attempted land grab. Because of this the N2 was closed and all traffic was redirected.



The unrest resulted in us not being able to get to the Sir Lowry’s Pass village as the traffic was backed up for miles and crept along at a snails pace. But we are happy that the situation now seems to have returned to normal.

LOAD SHEDDING:



Prior to the above mentioned incident we experienced a period of load shedding that caused our Bible School teaching (which is done via multi media DVDs) to grind to a halt. At the time there were no promises of the load shedding stopping, but rather the opposite was indicated. This led us to invest in the electricity power system seen here, which by the way was quite costly and we thank you our donors for helping to make it possible. We also invested in a couple of battery operated lights (not pictured here). We were determined not to allow these things to hinder us in ministering as we realize the need for the people, and all of us for that matter, to grow strong in the Lord and to know whom we have believed!
- This system here is battery operated and does not make any noise or require any petrol.

STUDY GROUPS:



While we ourselves were not able to enter the village, we contacted a couple of our leaders there who took up the torch and gathered everyone together for the Word and prayer. We are happy to see the strength and determination the Lord has infused into these people and rest assured that the work will one day be able to carry on with or without us there!



When possible we always work together two by two and here I am present while one of our leaders are teaching!



Philip and the Bible students enjoying a time of worship before starting the Bible School teaching. The students have just completed a module (consisting of 8 DVDs and a test) on Discipleship Evangelism. This far they have completed 6 modules and the Lord has added new students as well.


Following are pictures of our Life Group which is busy studying through different study guides by Andrew Wommack, We just finished the Water Walker, and are now studying about keys to Staying Full of God.

Another group just completed their study of Rooted and we are now and will have their graduation together with the rest when everyone has caught up. We expect there to be 15-20 students completing the course soon.




SUPPLIES:

MILA'S ANGELS:



Every month we collect 100 liters of milk which is then distributed to various ECD centers (Early Childhood Development) and soup kitchens.

 BRIGHT STARS, NOMZAMO:




 HOUSING PROJECT:



We are also happy to announce that the house we are assisting with the building of is now nearing completion. The inside walls still need painting, and some outside security walls are also being worked on.—This precious family is realizing the fulfillment of a dream they never thought would come to pass. We want to THANK our specific donors (you know who you are) that are instrumental in bringing this to pass. Praise the Lord!

WOOLWORTH'S, MAIN SOUP KITCHEN SLP:


Besides the 100 liters of milk we also have a twice weekly food pick up from Woolworth's.
We assist the kitchen by collecting and bringing it to them once a week, and they then do the second collection.


DIS-CHEM SUPPLIES:


Here Philip is seen with a bakkie full of Dis-Chem supplies and milk. Our leaders in Sir Lowry’s Pass are now helping us to divide and distribute these supplies as they are often more aware of people specific situations and needs. From time to time the supplies goes to Nomzamo where we also assist with milk and other things, all according to availability.

CHECKERS:


From time to time Philip also assist in collecting food from Checkers. Here is a van full of food ready to be off loaded and sorted at Emily’s Play School!

EASTER PICKNIC:




After the Long Friday Easter service there was a picnic planned where everyone brought their own. We had two bus-loads full of people and brought hot dogs, hot-dog bun, tomato sauce, mustard, grapes, etc. for everyone to ensure that no one would go without. We had a wonderful time sitting around on the grass and enjoying the warm sunshine and fellowship.


Newsletter March 2019

Dear Ones,
           We want to thank you for joining forces with us in furthering the kingdom of God and helping to make a difference in the lives of many. As things intensify and the world around us becomes darker we realize more and more our need for the Lord and His light and power in our lives, and for Him to increase so that the things and situations around us that are not of Him may decrease. The Lord’s heart and desire for us is to become rooted, grounded and established in Him so that we may be more like Him while still in this world and may be able to overcome the things that come against us and stand triumphant because we are rooted and planted in Him. That is why we are aiming to carry on our life-giving ministry of building up others and ministering to them as we also have been ministered to. And our prayers are with each of you to likewise be strong in the Lord and in the power of His might!

BIBLE SCHOOL:

 Our Bible School students enjoying a time of worship.

 Some of our students busy helping us to distribute chicken (below) and Weet-Bix (cereal) after Bible School.



Some of the happy and grateful recipients! We all thank the Lord for His goodness!

WEEKLY BIBLE STUDY GROUPS:


Emily busy teaching “Rooted” to her group of students.


 Philip’s Wednesday night group going through Berry Bennett’s Healing School course.



 Rita’s Wednesday nights “Rooted” group!



Our united Thursday night Life-Group that has gone through many study guides by Andrew Wommack and are presently concluding the “Water Walker” study, having learned more of the laws of faith.

SUPPLIES:
(DIS-CHEM)

 We thank Dis-Chem for their continued support over the years. Here we are delivering supplies to Nomzamo’s “Bright Stars” ECD (Early Childhood Development) center which has approx. 80 children.




(WEET-BIX AND OTHER FOOD SUPPLIES)

We thank Ter for his faithful supply of an assortment of food monthly for our distribution in Sir Lowry's Pass according to the need.


 Every so often we receive a van full of Weet-Bix which is then distributed to various ECD (Early Childhood Development) centers and soup kitchens in Sir Lowry’s Pass and Nomzamo! (See the photo below of the “Bright Stars” in Nomzamo!)




 E. receiving supplies for her Play School of approx. 80 children.
M. receiving supplies for Mila's Angels ECD which has approx. 50 children.

(MILK)

100 liters of fresh milk is distributed monthly. Here are 30 liters along with a mini fridge, office chair and lamp on the way to be delivered to one of the daycare centers in Sir Lowry’s Pass.

(WOOLWORTHS)

 We also thank Woolworth’s for their faithful support and consideration for the plight of the poor. Twice weekly they contribute food for the main soup kitchen in Sir Lowry’s Pass. Many people depend upon their good-will and we are very thankful for their assistance. In the photo above we are collecting and in the photo below we are delivering the food to the kitchen!






BUILDING PROJECT:



The pictures here show a building project that we have been very privileged to assist. It is always our joy to see the poor being uplifted and assisted in whichever way the Lord may lead, and to play a part is an honor.



GRACELIFE CONFERENCE:

The conference was led by our lead pastor, Shayne (seen here) and there were guest speakers from abroad ( as seen below).


The happy recipients at the conference now with new vision and vigor ready to go win the world for Jesus!

VISIT FROM ALBANIA:

 We were on the receiving end of many treats this month, which also included a visit from the pastors of our church plant in Albania. We all gained an interesting insight to the work there and some of the many obstacles that they have had/are having to be overcome for the work to thrive and the hearts of the people there to be established in truth.

VISIT FROM THE UK:


Will Graham and his wife Barbara ministered in great lengths to the pastors and elders of Gracelife as well as several Sunday congregations. They also joined the one week conference where they envisioned and inspired everyone with the great things GOd has in store and how to work strategically and with a plan.

VAN:


We are happy to be able to say that we are getting closer to achieving our goal of getting a much needed van for the ministry. We are however realizing that the type of vehicle we are looking for is not easily available. Please pray with us for the Lord to guide us supernaturally to the right vehicle and for us to be able to get it very soon. Thank you so much especially to those of you who have/are contributing towards this, as well as to those of you joining with us in prayer for a speedy manifestation of the van the Lord has for us. Thank you!