May 2021, our latest & life changing News Letter !

 





Dear family, friends’ partners, and supporters,
             We are so very grateful for each and every one of you and for the privilege of being able to work together to change our little part of the world. It is really amazing what can get accomplished when we join forces and seek the common good.

GRACELIFE:
The following photos are a small glimpse into some of the highlights of this month. In the first photo, our lead pastor S. Holegrove is teaching and ministering in Sir Lowry’s Pass, Afterward, we had a 3-hour leadership training session after enjoying a delicious meal cooked by Shayne.



The Kids’ Church teachers recently started teaching two weeks in a row. At the end of the two weeks, the children then come upfront at the end of the service and do a 5-minute presentation of what they learned. Here they presented the fruits of the Spirit and sang a song. —Below is a photo taken of all our precious mothers, foster mothers, and grandmothers we celebrated this month!


Philip teaching at one of our weekly Life Groups. We ourselves presently lead three studies, but many of our former students are now running their own groups as well, Praise the Lord.

SUPPLIES:

 On the following pages, we have tried to give an idea of some of the many loads of food/supplies that were brought to the needy. These supplies provided over 2000 cooked meals WEEKLY and did not include the meals cooked from the main kitchen seen here, or the other Feeding Schemes we have such as the Food Bank, pizzas, etc. distributed.
Part of what was not included in the meals cooked from the two loads of food brought weekly to the main kitchen, as well as an innumerable amount of pizza bases/bread/rotis/cereal.

One of the twice-weekly pick-ups from Woolies!


Donation from Ladles of Love. These donations help to support 4 different kitchens. We hope and pray that we will be able to continue to receive this support.
 

 From Ladles of Love! This gave birth to a new project ministering to HIV/AIDS patients.


100 liters of milk donated monthly!


 In spite of all the wonderful contributions of food, we still need to do regular shopping for various items such as protein, cooking oil, soya mince, refilling of gas bottles, veggies, etc.
 



Seen here is some of the shopping done. However, as mentioned carrots, cabbages, potatoes, onions, etc was also bought to help supplement. Again we thank our partners and donors!

DISTRIBUTION:

The photos here and some of the following portray some of the many people very grateful for our united efforts. We also thank the faithful and hard-working cooks that never miss a beat. It is sad to think of the many children that must queue up a long time just to get a bite to eat, and that is regardless of the weather. Thankfully they do get to eat something.






SCHOOL LIBRARY:

The Dr. GJ Joubert school in Strand is setting up a library and we donated to the project a computer, a projector, and a large stand-up white projector screen.
 
OTHER SUPPLIES:

We also thank our newfound friends who generously donated children’s books, puzzles, etc. which was/is a big blessing to Emily’s Play School in Sir Lowry’s Pass. Thank you!

PERSONAL:

This month we celebrated Philip’s birthday with a nice meal out. A real treat. Thank you so much for this nice treat from a precious friend.
 
WORD REACTIONS:
We would like to say that we are really inspired when we receive reactions like the ones below. It shows that the entrance of the Word has given light and understanding. (Psalm 119:130)
 
· Amen!! Only God is the author and the finisher of our faith. Only His grace can purge our sin away, no one and no law. Faith came by hearing and hearing by the Word of God. And by meditating on the Word and an intimate relationship with Christ we receive the knowledge of what is the will of God and receive forgiveness.
· That's so awesome..let every ear listen to this ...as we all grew up in the law /sin and his bondages but now thanks to our Lord  Jesus Christ  ...we are now saved by  His  Grace, His  Goodness, and Mercy ... Let's Praise His Holy Name forever...His Love is awesome.
· Awesome truth about this message is how we can relate to God is by Grace and by putting faith in that grace. The mere fact that Christ died for us while we were yet sinners blows my mind and not because of our performance. Such love THANK YOU JESUS!!!!!
· Very true! Our own righteousness will not grant us anything good but we are more than conquerors through Christ. Glory be to God for His love upon us!!
· Well said, if your focus is on God there is nothing that's supposed to matter and no time to check on others' faults. Rather take it all to God and ask Him to help us to help others. What a revelation! Don't condemn cause God gives us grace, peace, and love, no condemnation. So we preach the Gospel to the drunkard not judge or condemn them, for God died for all of us, so they need our help, not judgment. So help us Lord and thank You for Grace, mercy, and Salvation.
· What stood out for me is actually understanding that Paul is drawing a comparison... If you accept that God loves the sinner., '' Much more then, being now justified by His blood, we shall be saved from the wrath through Him. God loved me as a sinner, how much more now that l am saved. I should maintain my relationship with God the same way as l was first born again. My born-again spirit is always righteous and holy in God's sight and l need to see it like that.. Amen. Placing my entire faith in the Gospel... Awesome. Message.
· Wow thank you Lord for the grace you showed us which was greater than our sin, true Grace is supposed to be ruling and controlling our lives. We are in Christ and under the New covenant, GRACE reigns through righteousness into life by Jesus Christ our Lord.
· Run to win "towards the Word, not away from it. Going to church, study the Word, fellowship with other believers doesn't make you holier, it will make you love God more. It enlightened your mind to understand the Word and who you are in Christ. Such an eye-opener, and therefore I am thankful to Jesus His for us never change, and  study of the Word only strengthen our relationship with Him
· Amen!! Our minds can be powerful when it's renewed, and be a good tool in God's Kingdom. It all depends on us as children of God to renew our minds for God needs us to establish His Kingdom upon the earth. Powerful knowledge.

In closing, we want to once again thank our precious partners and donors. For those of you who would like to be part, but are not yet, we encourage you to please contact us. There are many in need of assistance and together we can reach a lot further. Thank you so much. Please find our contact details below!

Much love and appreciation,

Philip and Rita


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The Amazing month of April !

 


Dear family, friends, and partners,
 
             We would like to start out by saying that we are soooo very grateful to each of you for your love and support. To see the difference we can make together never fails to impress and inspire us. As the Lord works in and through us to raise us up to be so much more than we could ever be or dream on our own, many lives are being touched. As you will see, the Lord has called upon us to step in and assist the needy in even greater ways than before. And when we say “us” we mean ALL of us. You are each part of the team, and we each contribute in different ways, just like the body parts each have a different function. Some of us are the “hands-on” team, while others work behind the scenes and remain unseen. However, we want you to know that we recognize the very important part each of you has in accomplishing the task set before us. Thank you, and may you be mightily blessed!

LADLES OF LOVE:
NEW!



Working hand in hand with Lion’s Club in Gordon’s Bay has strengthened our efforts and has enabled us to do more than ever before. Through them ‘Ladles of Love’ (a charity located in Cape Town founded in 2014), it has started to assist our feeding scheme. Seen here is the first donation we “Force for Good” collected from them. About half to two-thirds of the supplies go to the feeding schemes we, Force4Good, are running. And it has given birth to two new projects this far:
· Support group for HIV/AIDS-affected people. The first cooked meal was served out to 149 people. (This included single mothers and their children).
· A newly started Soup Kitchen in Nomzamo. On the first day they served 150, but sadly had to turn 29 away as they did not have enough food.
‘Ladles of Love’ mainly provides starch and veggies. To get the support group running, we needed to buy them a 15-liter gas bottle that we will need to refill regularly. We also need to supply them with the needed: Cooking oil, protein, soya mince, bouillon cubes, etc. Whatever needs to be supplemented. And we assist in collecting the supplies from Cape Town as we take turns with other club members.
· Besides that we also had just committed to assisting one of the Soup Houses for the children called ”Angels Kitchen”. And we are still keeping the...
· Foodbank in Sir Lowry’s Pass restocked as the need arises.
· Assisting the ECD centers.
· Other Soup Houses 
· Joyce’s Soup kitchen, etc.

THE SUPPORT GROUP PROJECT:
NEW!
There is a saying that, “Where God guides He provides”. We had just left after meeting with the team taking on the Support Group Project, and had discussed all the items still needed to be able to run the project, one of the main ones being protein for all the meals. As we had just left our phone rang and some missionary friends from Cape Town called to let us know that they had just received a large amount of frozen off-cut meat and that if we could use it to please collect it right away. We received approximately 35 kg of frozen meat! Praise God!

 
BRIGHT STAR SOUP KITCHEN:
NEW!
Delivery to the Bright Star Soup Kitchen in Nomzamo, which, as mentioned earlier, ran out of food on the first day after having served 150meals and ended up turning away 29. They then turned to us and asked for assistance and we hope to fill the gap.


ANGELS' SOUP HOUSE:
NEW!
As seen in the photo above, we did a big shopping for the Angels’ Soup House. They were running short on the needed supplies and turned to us for help. They also provide hot porridge in the morning at around 7 pm before the children go to school. God bless them!
 


MILA'S ANGELS SOUP HOUSE:
This month we were also asked by Mila’s Soup House for some extra assistance. God bless these dear ladies who have a big heart for the village's children and work hard to keep them well fed! In the photo below, Philip is shopping for them. At Easter, we were blessed with three boxes of Easter eggs distributed in different places in the village.



PIZZA BASES AND SLICED BREAD:

We were very blessed to receive extra bread, etc., from Lion’s Club at the beginning of the month. This enabled us to also assist families in Rimvaasmark in Sir Lowry’s Pass, as well as
The kitchens, ECD centers, and Soup House we usually help!


100 LITRES OF MILK:


14 BOXES OF WEET-BIX:


WOOLWORTHS:
The milk, the Weet-Bix, the Woolworth's food, and some additional supplies were distributed in Sir Lowry’s Pass and Nomzamo during April!

EXTRA SUPPLIES:
We also donated some nice clothing, cooking oil, sauces, spices, etc. which were again distributed in SLP and Nomzamo!
 
GRACELIFE: People registering, sanitizing, etc. in preparation to attend church.

Philip teaching on what it means to “Walk in the Spirit”.

A couple of the ladies distributing Easter eggs outside the church after the service.

Our Dreamteam closing off the early morning meeting with a bang, all raising our hands in unison to indicate that we are ready to move into action as a team to set up for the service, etc.

Lucy teaches the children and afterward leads them all in prayer to receive the Lord and be filled with the Holy Spirit.
 

Here most of our Kids’ Church teachers meet together after one of the Sunday services to plan, share lessons and ideas on improving, work closer together, etc.

TESTIMONIES:

 TESTIMONIES!
  
· What God has done for us through Jesus Christ we can never repay with good deeds or undo with a bad attitude. He makes it so easy for us just receive His grace with a humble heart and believe and be thankful for God's love and forgiveness. As a child of God, His Godly Spirit is within us, which will renew our minds and hearts. Thank You Father, all the praise and glory unto You.
· Through You O Lord, my sins are forgiven...Thank you for that. I don't need to do anything to gain Your Forgiveness...And that  You only wants the best for me ...even though I came short of the Glory of God sometimes, but Your Love never changes ... Thank you, Lord!
· Very true if we will recognize that only by the grace of God can we accomplish anything of lasting value that puts us into a position of strength.
· Thank you, Lord, for your grace that helps us in time of need and strengthens us. Your grace empowers us to live above our circumstances and persecution of this life to fulfill God's will. Amen! Awesome to be free from all the condemnation of my past and that l don't have to atone for my sin. Thank you, Jesus, for Your free gift of eternal life and salvation. Such freedom to know that l can just repent of my sin and believe in what Jesus has done through His death, burial, and Resurrection and cleansing from sin. Awesome truth, and l got saved.

There are many more inspiring reactions to the word and testimonies to share, but time and space fail us in reporting it all.

Much love,

Philip and Rita

OUR CONTACT DETAILS:
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or
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And if you are new to our work and would like to partner with us on a monthly basis, we invite you to please contact us for further details. We look forward to hearing from you!

March News Letter 2021. Love Never Fails!

 



HAPPY EASTER 2021!

Dear Ones,

We want to wish you a very Happy Easter! Our prayers are that it will be a blessed time celebrating the awesome gift Jesus provided for us when He offered up Himself that we might live and never see death!
John 11:25-26: "Jesus said unto her, 'I am the resurrection and the life: he that believes in me, though he were dead, yet shall he live: and whoever lives and believes in me shall never die.Do you believe this?'"


VEHICLE MAINTENANCE:

This month it was exactly a year ago the Lord so graciously blessed our work with this blue double cabin Toyota.
We noticed that there was a lot of wear and tear in the tires and so for safety reasons had all four replaced. We thank the Lord for His faithful supply making it possible to be taken care of.

This vehicle is a big blessing to the work and carries many heavy loads. Here we are collecting pizza bases, bread, etc from Lion’s Club for distribution in the Sir Lowry’s Pass Village and surrounding areas.
 
SOUP HOUSES:

The Soup Houses are especially geared for the children. As seen here the bread and pizza bases are a most welcome supplement to the  soup and other food served. We are at times called to collect on extra days and it often arrives “just in time” as they are out of bread wondering what to offer!

We want to THANK OUR dears friends who so generously donated a bakkie full of food for one of the Soup Houses in Sir Lowry’s Pass.

 And again a big THANK YOU to Lion’s for the provision of bread, etc.


WEET-BIX:
This month we also collected 14 boxes of Weet-Bix. To our delight, and especially that of all the happy recipients, the boxes this month were double sized the usual and we even received a couple of extra boxes! Thank you!
The Weet-Bix was distributed in Sir Lowry’s Pass and  Nomzamo to ECD centers and the main soup kitchen in Sir Lowry's Pass!


MILK:
100 liters of milk was also collected and likewise distributed in Nomzamo and Sir Lowry’s Pass!


JOYCE'S SOUP KITCHEN:
We THANK Woolworth’s who has consistently supported Joyce’s Soup Kitchen for a very long time. Seen here is an  especially large collection. As seen the pot continues to be a great help and blessing in feeding the many!
 

And the pizza bases are also greatly appreciated and used in feeding some of the most needy villagers.

GRACELIFE:
Here Philip delivered a powerful message on the importance of our Faith Walk and praying in faith. Many later commented that this teaching had really spoken to their hearts.

Here our Dream Team (consisting of those who are willing to be counted on to arrive early in order to set up for the service, etc.

Rita teaching on the importance of doing the Word, not only hearing it.

KIDS' CHURCH:

It has been a pleasure for me to have started to help head up the Kids Church. We have big plans for our training of these little ones. Here we learned about JOY one of the fruit of the spirits, and we all made happy smiles!
 
LIFE-GROUPS:

Philip and I are presently running three Bible study groups (Life Groups) . The photo here is not of a Candle Light service but rather learning to overcome adverse circumstance and not let it hinder or slow us down.

On a different night Philip is leading three young people to the Lord and inviting the two young men to our ‘Men of the Word’ group!

WATER BAPTISM:

Two of our students were baptized this month. It has been inspiring to see the growth and transformation taking place in the lives of those who wholeheartedly commit to their walk with the Lord!
 
SCHOOL LIBRARY:
One of the newest projects of the Lion’s Club is to set up a library in one of the schools in Strand. Everything will have to be dome from scratch: Shelves, getting the needed books, etc. We are happy to say that the lady that made this donation of  beautiful Encyclopedia books to us also is a former teacher and librarian herself and has offered to help set up once the project reaches that stage!
NOTICE: If any of you have educational or otherwise  wholesome books for  students that you would like to donate to this project please contact us. We will be happy to collect! We thank you in advance.
 

TESTIMONIES:
Hebrew 13:8 “Jesus Christ the same yesterday, today and forever!”
 
We are so thrilled to be able to report to you some of the amazing thing the Lord has done this month, although His signs and wonders take place all the time all around the world.
 
*   We received a late in the evening request from T. to please pray for her sister. The doctor had said that she would not make it till the morning, due to a number of ailments. We prayed for her, as did T. The next day we were told that the sister had woken up and was able to respond and answer questions except she didn’t know the date or day of the week. A few days later we heard that she had sat up in bed and had eaten. A few days after that we heard that she was well and had been released from the hospital! We give God the glory for His wonder working power. In fact the sister, the night she was so sick, had been placed next to a lady that had passed away from Covid that night! Also, when on her “death bed” as it had appeared, she had received Jesus! Praise God for His love and compassion! Before all this these two sisters had not been very close, but their relationship has been restored and T. one of our students is now able to minister to her sister.
 
* L. had asked prayer while in church. When contacting his the following day he said that the pain was still there but had moved. We prayed and rebuked the spirit of infirmity and he has been well since then!
 
* S. had been unable to eat for several days, but after prayer the Lord dcompletly healed her and she was again able to eat as normal.
 
* A. Whom we prayed for last month whose stomach had been very swollen is now 100% restored. There is no evidence of there ever having been a swelling and she is eating normally and healthily. Praise the Lord for His goodness.

WORD REACTIONS:
 
* What stands out for me is that we need to represent God accurately and minister to people out of a pure heart, not to build our own kingdom or improve statistics. We should point people to Jesus and make his name known - sharing the Word and speaking the truth that sets people free. I also believe that the only one to bring and give Glory to is Jesus in all we do.

* God's honor is higher than any other. When we respect our leaders and do our whatever God wants us to do with humility  He will lift us up. May God help us to always first seek His Kingdom and appreciate what He give unto us.

* Amen! Humility is to say I have enough , let me now help others, and look what I can do to partner with God in establishing His kingdom on the earth. For God is the one who enable us to get the power us to get good things in life. So we must praise and glorify God for everything, never forget to thank Him. God is good all the time!

* It's so very true, that when we focus on own feelings,  our own selfishness or self centered behavior,  we will get angry and that is really  pride...I know that from my experiences...and I never thought of it as  pride...I  thought it was something I was born with...I just pray to God, so he can take away my  pride ,  I don't want to be a proud person anymore, and I don't want to be angry anymore, in Jesus Name.

* Very true Humility doesn't speak  evil or slander a brother or sister. It doesn't judge in anger or repay  evil for evil. Humility summit itself to God and lets God take care of its defense, true .Vengeance is for the Lord, Amen. Help me Lord not to have  this  terrible temper in my life. l resist it in the name of Jesus Amen.
 
With much love and gratitude for your love, support and partnership,

Philip and Rita

Ps.And if you are new to our work and would like to partner with us on a monthly basis we invite you to please contact us for further details. We look forward to hearing from you!


CONTACT DETAILS: 

force4good.fvs@gmail.com

flame1950@gmail.com