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

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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!


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