2019 Yearly Review and January News Letter 2019

Dear partners, sponsors, family and friends,

             We want to inspire you with the great progress of the ministry. In the first photo below are some of our precious helpers that faithful help every Sunday to prepare and clean up after church. On the photo immediately below are some of the core team, the “engine” so to speak behind it all. The Lord is raising up an army of active participants getting ready to truly change the world for Jesus. There are still many un-reached and the Lord wants to mobilize all of us, His children, to reach out to others. We are on an exciting mission that we will never finish along as there are un-reached people. Thank you so much for your participation in whichever form it takes. For those of you who may not know it we are partner and sponsor supported and would not be able to get the job done without our wonderful network of people! And if you would like to also partner with us we welcome you on board to the wonderful work the Lord is doing! Together we have definitely made an impact on Sir Lowry’s Pass and the surrounding areas, and Sir Lowry’s Pass will be know as the “City of Joy”!

GRACELIFE:





In the photo below Emily is teaching at one of our Life Group meetings. The Lord is raising up local leaders to where they will one day be able to keep the work going with or without outside assistance. A lasting work!



Below: During one of our services Christiaan asked if there were people present who had never seen a miracle? He then called them up front for a better look and to be actively part in praying for the legs of two people to grow out to equal size. These ladies both complained of backaches and as it turned out it was due to one leg being shorter that the other. An undeniable miracle took place in front of all and the Lord was greatly glorified!


In the photo above Philip is teaching from Galatians 5 and gave an interesting insight into the fruit of the Spirit.

FIRE IN SIR LOWRY'S PASS:


Sadly 7 shacks in Sir Lowry’s Pass right next to Emily’s Play School, where we hold church, burned to the ground this month. As Gracelife reached out with a sustainable amount of food for the families, as well as nappies and baby clothes. We were also able to bring a couple of sacks of adult clothing which the Lord had just miraculously provided the day before.

Thankfully the government brought new building materials for the people to be able to rebuild and get a roof over their heads soonest possible. The following day after the fire we also had quite a downpour that pretty much lasted the whole day, thus helping to ensure that nothing would flare up again.

In the photo below 6 of the heads of the families that suffered loss received the Lord. There were 7 families who lost their homes, but one was not able to come and so others brought him and his family their share of food, etc. We plan to follow up on these people and see whether they have further needs, but in the midst of the sorrow it was heart warming to see how the community pulled together to each try to be of assistance.


SUPPLIES:


We are so very thankful to Woolies who have assisted us over the years twice weekly. On this particular day the pick up was especially large and it was in fact a bit of a puzzle to fit everything including the plant into the back of the bakkie. We thank the Lord for His goodness and the abundant life which He longs to share with all.
In the photo below Joyce and her team are busy sorting and preparing the food for either distribution or a meal.



This month we also assisted various ECD centers with milk, cooking oil, flour, millie meal, and other food stuffs. (As seen in the photo above which was taken at Mila’s ECD).


In the photo below the staff at Emily’s Play School are emptying the bakkie after Philip assisted them in collecting food from Checkers. We, Force4Good, help with their pick-ups as needed!

 
2019 HIGHLIGHTS:
JANUARY 2019:


During the Christmas/January holidays we continued to hold meeting and minister to the students and their families. In January we also started Bible School which we ran for a year. We were also blessed with many supplies some of which are seen here being sorted and distributed by locals.

FEBRUARY 2019:


We continued teaching several Life Groups a week, running Bible School, assisting with supplies, etc and attended a Business Leaders conference for further training.

MARCH 2019:

14 large boxes of Weet-Bix were collected and distributed to various Daycare Centers and individual needy families in Sir Lowry’s Pass and Nomzamo. Besides that other food and milk was distributed and the teaching was continued and we again attended a conference for more training.
 
APRIL 2019:

Disclaimer:The picture below taken from the news paper( not reflecting our views,)


  In spite of a lot of unrest, load shedding and us not being able to access the Sir Lowry’s Pass village freely, the Lord kept us and all of our students safe and raised up leaders from among the students who kept things going!


MAY 2019:

The special event this month was a three days outreach with Gracelife church reaching further into the communities, teaching some of our students with hands-on-training how to reach out to others and present the Gospel. Gracelife sent an amazing and dedicated team. Other than that we carried on teaching and assisting with supplies. And many were healed during the special outreach days!
 
JUNE 2019:


We invited all our students from the various groups to a big united event. Over 50 hot meals were prepared and served. Regular supplies like food from Woolies, milk for the daycares, etc was also provided that month.
 
JULY 2019:

In July we set up a Food Bank, started the repair of a very dilapidated shack (see August), continued to assist with food and clothing, had some students water baptized and continued to teach our regular evening classes
 
AUGUST 2019:

This month we replaced the roof, bought cupboards and provided floor covering for one of the shacks in SLP. 
We also had a very special event on Women’s Day and we ourselves attended a Leadership Camp with our church, Gracelife!

SEPTEMBER 2019:

 

September was one of the highlights of the year as a new Gracelife church was planted in Sir Lowry’s Pass. The establishing of a lasting work independent of any one individual! Exciting!!!
 
OCTOBER 2019:


17 students completed the 22 weeks Rooted course, and we had a great celebration. More people were baptized this time and the end of a morning service. And we started a Skills Training course for unemployed women in SLP!


With Gracelife we started a new course for all the students, called Growth Track—and completed it. We also started did a Baby Dedication course as several families with younger children requested it.

 
DECEMBER 2019:

We had several beautiful events during the month of December, and on the 20th we, Force4Good, served a delicious Christmas meal and gave a message on the unopened Christmas gifts that Jesus brought that many have not yet looked at or left unopened under the tree!

 
CONTACT DETAILS:

Force4good : Force4good.fvs@gmail.com
force4good.ministries@gmail.com
Antonios Michalitsis, FNB, Branch: 200912 Account no. : 62633037082
 Rita Olsen, NedBank, Branch Code: 114145  Account no.: 1043639810
PayPal: force4good.ministries@gmail.com
            For those of you that are abroad and would like to contribute please be aware that besides PayPal there is also the SEPA option as we have an account in Europe:
Rita Olsen
Danske Bank
Branch: 1551

Account: 3719943470
IBAN DK28 3000 3719 9434 70
SWIFT: DABADKKK

December News!! & Happy New Year 2020!

HAPPY NEW YEAR 2020!

Dear Ones,
           We hope this finds you well and trust that you have all celebrated a wonderful Christmas with your family and loved ones. We want to wish you a very happy and fruitful new year 2020! And to thank you for your faithful partnership, love and support. THANK YOU SO MUCH!

The definition of routine is: a series of actions regularly followed! We would venture to say that this year was filled with routine, actions repeated over and over again, such as: teaching, preaching, ministering to the poor physically, emotionally and spiritually, laying brick by brick as when building. At times routine mighty lose its sparkle. But the Bible promises in Galatians 6:9 that if we will not get weary in well doing, that we shall reap in due season. So although a lot of our accounts of what happened in the month that passed may appear very routine, let’s not lose sight of the fact that faithfulness to the Lord’s call will in time result in a harvest coming in.
We want to start by thanking all of you who have formed a partnership with us and have stuck with us through thick and thin. You are the reason our work has prospered and that we are now getting better positioned to reap the great harvest the Lord is about to bring in. We believe, and therefore know, that this year will yield a bigger increase than ever and that we will continue to go from strength to strength.

CHRISTMAS MEAL/SPECIAL EVENT:


On the 20th of December we served a meal of chicken, French fries and green beans, with ice cream as desert in Sir Lowry’s Pass in order to celebrate Christmas together. A couple of our young girls danced (see above) and I, Rita, shared a message titled ‘Great Joy’ - which also included how to truly experience the great joy by learning how to lay hold on all the Jesus provided for us through His finished work.


Some new-found friends, A. and D. joined us and helped serve, etc. They also brought the ice-cream desert which was greatly appreciated by all.  And they were a big help and blessing to the overall work. Thank you!



Before leaving each of the children received a Party Pack which A. and D.s 3 year old daughter was very happy to help hand out.—A great time was had by all!

CHRISTMAS SERVICE THE 25TH:


On the 25th we had a beautiful time of praise and worship together with our Gracelife family. Five of us then got up and shared our personal testimony bringing out how Jesus is real and how He transformed our lives by bringing us into relationship with Himself. At the end we served an abundant and delicious snack of sticky barbeque chicken and minced fruit pies along with tea and coffee! Our 2nd Christmas feast together. We thank the Lord for His goodness and generosity towards us. The abundant life He promised! Praise God!



FELLOWSHIP SUNDAY THE 29TH:



After our time of worship the girls did spiritual dancing and Philip shared a Word about entering the new year, encouraging everyone to leave the past behind and to put our hands to the plough and look forward to all the good things that God has in store for us, remembering that we are the light of the world for the lost.



At the end we served chicken and egg sandwiches and apples (which were in such abundance that a couple of our young men went to the streets distributing apples to the poor villagers and children passing by. We also had left over sandwiches which some gladly took home to share with other family members. We also distributed two boxes of Weet-Bix making sure that every family that attended got at least a package.

FOOD HAMPERS AND VOUCHERS:


We want to thank each and everyone of you who helped make it possible for us to continue reaching out to the needy families at this time of year with Food Hampers/or vouchers. As seen we also received some chicken and chicken giblets for our distribution. People were very appreciative and thankful! Praise the Lord!



PARTY PACKS:

We also want to than SA Sweetlands for enabling us to pass out Party Packs to 300 children in Sir Lowry’s Pass and Nomzamo. For many of these children it might be the only gift they receive at this season.




SKILLS TRAINING:

This month the ladies attending the Skills Training course learned to make jewelry from clay. They also started attending a special entrepreneur course learning to budget and be self-employed. Philip helped them get back and forth a couple of times. This course still needs to be completed in the new year!




PROJECTS:


A couple of projects started the previous month were completed, like the housing for the family that had to move form the homeless shelter that we had erected years ago at the soup kitchen.
 We also brought a bed and mattress to the son of the two girls that we helped get off the ground last month by providing new beds for them. The whole family is now sleeping on new beds and mattress. And we were able to get some more lights installed so that they have a light in each room,
 

SUPPLIES:

We thank Dis-Chem and assistance as well as the dedicated team of ladies that help us sort and distribute the supplies. Besides what is seen here we also distributed milk and Weet-Bix, etc. And we are grateful to Woolworth’s for the twice weekly contribution to the Sir Lowry’s Pass soup kitchen.




 OUR NEW YEAR WISHES AND PRAYERS FOR YOU:
           Many people at the start of the year have many good goals, plans and aspirations. Many times however these soon fall away as life gets busy and the human nature tends to return to our comfort zone whenever possible.

           But we would like to pass on some very good advice which was passed on to us. Rather than seeking “What” in the new year, let’s seek “Who”! Let’s strive not for what we can do, but rather, if we are to strive at all, let’s strive to build our relationship with the Lord. To cultivate it to become deeper and more intimate. To learn to hear what the Holy Spirit is trying to communicate with us (by taking time in the Word and presence of the Lord, taking time to slow down and listen, study the Word, etc.) This can only be accomplished by prioritizing our relationship with the Lord as there will always be more to do than what we can physically accomplish.

However, as we let the Lord into the picture more and more and give the controls over to Him we will be finding that rather than being worn out in the flesh, which if the pressure is kept up, will soon lead to burn out, that we will be energized by the Spirit which will enable us to do things that we never thought possibly. The apostle Paul said, “I labor more abundantly than they all,  yet not I but the grace of God which was with me.” (1 Corinthians 15:10).

Our prayers for you, and ourselves likewise, is that we will learn more and more to wait on the Lord, to be led by His Spirit.

In closing we also want to thank you for upholding us and the ministry in your prayers. And if any of you have some specific prayer requests that you would like us to pray for, please do not hesitate to let us know.

If you are reading this and are not yet partnering with us we would like to extend and invitation for you to please pray about doing so. AS you have seen we face many needy projects in our ministry.

With love,

Philip and Rita

PS: We want to thank each of you for partnering with us and for the wonderful work that has come about as a result. We pray that you and your families may be mightily blessed.
         
           When giving we ourselves never look at it as a loss, but rather as a farmer planting a seed. The farmer knows that that seed, although in the ground and seemingly lost, is an investment and he expects a great harvest and a manifold return on his investment. So likewise we, when sowing ought to always pray over our seed that it will bring forth much fruit. And then be expectant the our prayer will indeed be answered. We trust that you have each experienced the goodness of the Lord and that He is more willing to give than we have the capacity to receive.
We thank you for each and every sacrifice you have made to help establish the kingdom of God on earth. And we pray that you may go from strength to strength, and glory to glory!