November's News Letter, almost Christmas!!




Greetings to all,

           We send our best wishes for the season holidays about to begin. We are amazed to see that yet another year has nearly passed— time literally flies. But “God is outside of time and our faith brings us into His timeless zone. There, what the years have stoles, will be restored, and even as our years increase we will not grow weak and weary because the restorer of life and nourisher of our old age is in us”!(J. Prince)
We have had a busy month and lots of good things have been accomplished.
What As seen in the photo below a large group of people from Sir Lowry’s Pass completed Growth Track a course designed to help people find freedom, connect and belong, discover their purpose and make a difference.

GROWTH TRACK:


Philip and Christian ministering side by side at one of our Growth Track meetings.


Philip leading some “Baby Dedication” meetings aimed at preparing the parents who would like to dedicate their young ones to the Lord.


The picture above and the two ones following depict our Life Groups. We first have a united teaching  & then divide into groups to further discuss and share what stood out to us, and what we plan to do about it.




SUPPLIES:



As seen in the first picture we found two sisters and two children sleeping together on the floor as there was no money for beds. One of the sisters is slightly mentally handicapped and not able to work while the other has been unemployed and has a baby and a 12 year old boy as well as the handicapped sister to look after.            
We were able to help them with two beds this far. We still need to get the 12 year old off the floor as he sleeps on a mattress on the ground. Also the one bedroom has no electricity and therefore no light. We plan to soon help with that as well.

14 large boxes of Weet-Bix collected and distributed to EDC centers in Sir Lowry’s Pass and Nomzamo.


 And 100 liters of milk were likewise collected/distributed to ECD centers in Sir Lowry’s Pass and Nomzamo.


Philip shopping for our Food Bank and later distributing to four especially needy families in Sir Lowry’s Pass.


We did not hear from Dis-Chem for a long time as it went under new management. But we were very happy to again receive some much needed help this month.


A family from Zimbabwe that has been housed at the Homeless Shelter at the soup kitchen is having to move as there a new plans of using the railway station for touristic purposes, They found a very small one-room house, but their family is large and so they are presently busy building an outside room for the older boys to stay in. Here Philip is bringing various building supplies including a door and some roof sheeting.


The family mentioned above making a new shelter was also blessed with a large corner couch which was a big blessing as they basically have no furniture besides the beds that we provided them some time back.


One of the many happy recipients of some Dis-Chem supplies. Every little help is greatly appreciated! Last month we also assisted her with a washing machine.

SKILLS TRAINING:

This month our Skills Training Group was especially blessed as they were “hired” to help make some necklaces and earned R 5 each per necklace produced. They have also been making earrings etc. to sell.

GRACELIFE CHURCH PLANT:

One one of the first Sundays this month we had a Thanksgiving Service. We looked back and counted our many blessings. At the end some especially nice treats were served!


Emily welcomed everyone. Christiaan led the service. And Philip closed with communion! (see below).



During our Thanksgiving service we had about four or five people step forward to testify of how their lives have been transformed after getting to know the true Gospel and learning more about grace and faith,


At a subsequent meeting when Christiaan called those in need of ministry forward just about the entire church moved to the front. We all felt the move of the HS and many lives were touched.


In the photo here JB, Christiaan and Philip are busy ministering to and praying for some of the people!


Here we are praying together with some of the many volunteers in one of our pre-service meetings.


Cari ministering to the 7-12 year olds at Kids’ Church. Some, in order to be able to attend, persuaded
parent to come to church and they have been attending faithfully since.


When delivering supplies we were asked to please minister to these young boys. All three readily received the Lord!


Philip ministering to a group of young children and their teachers in Nomzamo. They likewise were happy to receive Jesus.

TESTIMONIES:
           Following are just a few testimonies from the month that passed. We often promise ourselves that we are going to start writing down every testimony as it happens, but then life gets busy and when later on we try to recollect we are sure that we often miss some things. It was said of Jesus, “ (John 21:25) There are many other things that Jesus did, which if they were written one by one, I suppose that even the world itself could not contain the books that would be written. Amen.” — And “Jesus Christ is the same yesterday, today and forever” (Hebrews 13:8) still busy at work!

This month we (Gracelife) held a Memorial and a funeral in Sir Lowry’s Pass. Among the attendee was a man in his fifties. When he saw Philip he came up to him very excited asking if he remembered him, which he didn’t. The man then went on to explain, “Long ago you prayed for me for…..(a private health problem) and I have been completely whole since that day!

While at the market alone, a lday came up and asked me where my husband was. She then went on to say that she had been at the market years ago and that my husband had “somehow” picked up that she had a problem with her back. He had prayed for her and the problem never returned. She ad been perfectly fine since then.

I Rita prayed for L. She phoned me saying that she had a very difficult time breathing and had gone to the hospital where they were going to put her on oxygen, and asked me to please pray for her. Later she called again asking if we could please come to her house and pray for her. She was back home but felt like she had a lump in her throat that was choking her. Philip and I went to her place and as I laid hands on her and prayed she said she felt like a knot was lose and that she swallowed it. She has not had any further problem since, which is now a couple of weeks ago.

H. had a swollen infected finger. She had shown Philip who had just briefly prayed for her and the next day it was completely cleared up.

One day Philip saw T. carrying around her sister’s son. He had somehow injured his foot which made it very painful for him to walk on it and it had swelled up a bit. Philip prayed for the boy and didn’t think anything more of it. The following day he saw the boy running around—no more pain, no more swelling, completely healed.

Mr. A. told Philip that he had been diagnosed with precancer on the top of his head and was to go for an operation shortly. Philip prayed for him and when he saw him again the following week Mr. A. told him that he had been back to the doctor who had told him that there was no longer a need for an operation as he didn’t find anything anymore.

M. arrived in church with a swollen infected sore breast making it not possible for her to move her arm on the side freely. I prayed for her and just gave time for the HS to move and do its work. After a short while without encouragement from me M. started to move her arm more and more and was soon in awe as the pain was gone and she was now able to move her arm any which way.

In John 14:12 Jesus said that “greater things than these shall you do”. It seems that there were no greater healing miracles  than what Jesus did. There was no disease that he did not heal, and he raised the dead, caused the lame to walk, the blind to see, the deaf to hear, etc. So what could Jesus have meant? Could He possibly have been referring to the fact that we should be able to lead people to being born again, and filled with the Holy Spirit?….Jesus could not do so while He was still alive and the Holy Spirit could not yet be given until Jesus went away. In John 16: 7 Jesus said, Nevertheless I tell you the truth; it is expedient for you that I go away: for if I go not away , the Comforter will not come unto you; but if I depart, I will send him unto you.’

Since our church plant in Sir Lowry’s Pass we have seen many people receive the Lord and get filled with the Holy Spirit. This leads to an eternal life, something that mere physical healing cannot do. Physical healing is still very important, but our present life her upon earth is described as a vapor that appears for a little while and then vanishes away (James 4:14), but in that small timeframe we have the opportunity to receive the greatest gift of all, Everlasting life, by simply receiving Jesus as pour lord and Savior and if we will make Him Lord He will transform our lives and we will be able enjoy the abundant life He came to give.

MEMORIAL AND FUNERAL IN SIR LOWRY'S PASS

 The husband of one of our church members recently passed away. During the week JB from Gracelife facilitated the moemorial and the following Saturday Philip and Emily facilitated the funeral.


Emily gave a word of comfort and consolation at the reception where the casket was and people were able to go by and say their farewells. Later Philip gave a word of love and hope and the deeper meaning and purpose of life. While Emily gave a running translation for the Afrikaans only speakers.


CHRISTMAS:

This month we also distributed 300 party packs for the children’s end-of-the-year celebration. Here the children in one of the kindergartens show their party packs. A little goes a long way to spread much joy for those that are not used to much! (We hope to show more photos of that next month. We thank SA Sweetlands for their generous donation of ready-made packs.

NEW BIBLESTUDY GROUP:

Since starting the church plan in Sir Lowry’s Pass our schedule has changed. Due to that we have been able to start a new Bible study group in our home. These are all (we have 3-4 students) people that had not yet received the Lord and knew very little if any of the true Gospel. It is a real joy to minister to these ones as they are like hungry little lambs readily gobbling up any little crumb available.

In closing we would like to extend an invitation to those of you who would like to become partners with us and/or give and extra help for the Christmas season. If you are interested in knowing more details please contact us:

Email: force4good.fvs@gmail.com

With love and appreciation,

Philip and Rita

For your convenience our details are as follows:

Antonios Michalitsis, FNB, Branch: 250655 Account no. : 62633037082
 Rita Olsen, NedBank, Branch Code: 11414500  Account no.: 1043639810
PayPal: force4good.ministries@gmail.com
or: PayPal.Me/fvsa or PayPal.Me/fvs
            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
           


 



2019 A VERY SPECIAL APPEAL!!

SPECIAL CHRISTMAS APPEAL 2019!

Dear Ones,

Thank you so much for partnering with Force4Good and for the long ways we have come together. Time is literally flying and we are again already on the verge of a new Christmas season, which we pray will again be very special.
For those of you who would once again (or maybe for the first time?) like to join us in spreading some Christmas cheer, we welcome you!
Christmas is a time of giving. John 3:16 "For God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten Son that whosoever believes in Him shall not perish, but have everlasting life!" That is the greatest giving of all, to give your life that others may live!
This Christmas we would again like to honor the Lord's birthday by doing what He cares about most of all....reaching out to those in need. If you would like to be part please read on to see what some of our present needs are.
We thank you in advance for your time, interest and contributions. May you and your families be richly blessed!
"Inasmuch as you have done it unto one of the least of these my brethren, you have done it unto me." Matthew 25:40

With much love and appreciation,

Philip and Rita
Philip: 074 165 75 70
Rita: 072 134 27 31


CHRISTMAS MEAL:


Part of our joy at this season is help ensure that everyone’s hearts and spirits are lifted and encouraged. We would like to prepare a feast for the less fortunate. For that we would need the following:

10 kg mince
20 kg quarter chicken legs
50 kg potatoes
12 heads of cabbage
15 kg carrots
20 kg onions
20 kg rice
20 kg pasta
5 liter tomato sauce
5 kg mayonnaise
5 liters cooking oil
40 liters juice

PS: You can help by either providing some of the above items or finances towards it. Thank you!



FOOD HAMPERS:


Assisting needy single mothers and struggling families with Food Hampers has over the years become a Christmas tradition for us! People are now looking forward to it as it helps tie them over during the holiday season.

We would like to assist either with a voucher for Shoprite or Checkers, or an actual food hamper. Please feel free to contribute either way. We are aiming at providing to the value of + R 300 per voucher.

We hope to provide + 30 vouchers/ food hampers. If the Lord should lay it on your heart to contribute in this way please know that the fortunate families on the receiving end will be extremely thankful.

Or if you prefer to donate funds towards this you may do so to the following account specifying that the funds are for the Food Hamper Gift Cards and how many gift cards you would like to donate. Thank you so much:. Please use either one of the accounts listed below. You may also contribute without specifying and we will then channel the funds as needed.

 CHILDREN'S CHRISTMAS:


Christmas is especially an exciting event for the children, which they anticipate with lots of hope and excitement. For this reason we like to contribute towards meeting some of these expectations. For the past many years we have sought to help ECD centers (Early Childhood Development centers).

We are aiming to help provide special treats for the groups to enjoy on the day of their Christmas celebration. + 350 children.

Some suggestions are:
Juice
Cookies
Chips
Sweets
Cake
Chocolate
And/or the like!

..or again funds specifically designated for the children’s Christmas.

Thank you!

 INVITATION TO PARTNERSHIP:

We are active all year round finding ways to help and ease the plight of the underprivileged.

Some of the ways we go about this is:

 · Helping to improve living conditions

· Bringing supplies: food, clothing, etc.

· Educational materials for ECD centers.

· Preaching the Gospel and establishing new believers in the faith.

· Teaching Charis online Bible school and Study Guides weekly.

· And we now have a very recent brand new Gracelife church plant in Sir Lowry’s Pass with Gracelife!


Please contact us for more information. TY!

(See contact details on the following page:)

Banking details are as follows:

 
Rita Olsen, NedBank,
Branch Code: 11414500
Account no.: 1043639810

Or:

Antonios Michalitsis, FNB, Branch: 250655
Account no. : 62633037082

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
          
  

October Newsletter 2019. One of the best yet, The Good News, The Evangelion.


Dear Ones,            
Much love and appreciation to all of you for partnering with us and the important role you each play in all our accomplishments. We are blessed to have such an amazing teamwork and we are very happy with many changes and progress the work is going though. Thank you for your support and prayers!

 ROOTED GRADUATION PARTY:

This month we celebrated that another 17 students completed Rooted (basis discipleship course). This far approx. 70 people have completed the course with us and we know it is only the beginning.


We had a great celebration and delicious refreshment was being served. All rejoiced at the achievements!

GRACELIFE CHURCH PLANT:

The Gracelife Church Plant in Sir Lowry’s Pass is now a couple of months old. One Sunday we had 3 water baptisms and in almost every service we have had people giving their hearts to the Lord and/or getting filled with the Holy Spirit.
 Here JB led everyone in a time of communion. We have had fruitful times of ministry after every services and children and adults alike have gotten healed, found jobs, etc. God is doing a great job in their hearts.


I taught one Sunday on Son-ship mentality vs. Slave mentality based on the text from Galatians 3:26-4:7.


To the far right Christiaan is leading the Dream Team (all the volunteers) in prayer before the service and giving words of encouragement as well as a time of sharing testimonies and/or asking for prayer!


We also want to compliment our Sunday School Staff. One particular mother only started coming to church because her daughters persuaded her to come as they wanted to attend the Sunday School classes. She has since become a regular attendee and is enjoying the services and all the love and attention.


We have a precious hospitality team presently being trained up. Here they are joyfully serving the guests.

GROWTH TRACK:

Since the Church Plant we now run a course called Growth Track every Wednesday night. The aim is to help everyone get on track for greater growth and discipleship. There are four sections to the course: Find Freedom, Connect and Belong, Discover Your Purpose, and Make a Difference! All are welcome to attend!


 One Wednesday night we had power cut, but in spite of that we ended up having one of the most powerful evenings as Christiaan led everyone in receiving the Holy Ghost and practicing speaking in tongues, which as it says in the Book of Jude builds us up and helps keep us in the love of God,  give us rest (Isaiah), etc.
 

We like to end every gathering with a time of ministering. Here Christiaan and Philip are praying for people.

SKILLS TRAINING:
We started a Skill Training workshop for unemployed women. The aim is to teach them to be able to generate income for themselves and their families. Next month they will be learning @ finances and budgeting.


These are some of the finished products that will be put up for sale! At the moment they are building stock.

SUPPLIES:

Above: We thank Woolworths for their twice weekly contribution to Joyce’s Soup Kitchen. This week we were blessed with an unusual big amount of food. A real answer to prayer as there are many mouths to feed.


Once a month we receive 100 liters of milk which is distributed between Nomzamo and Sir Lowry’s Pass. Approx.300 children benefit from this contribution, from  five different ECDs (Early Childhood Development).


 This month we got a brand new washing machine for Mé. It was placed in the home of one of our volunteers who offered to wash, hang, and fold Mé’s laundry for her. Through the love of the Lord, drawing closer to Him through our teaching of the Word, church plant etc. we are seeing a beautiful community of believers develop who truly love and care for one another. The love of God is being spread abroad in many hearts!


We also donated some educational books (for adults) to the local library. We pray they will benefit many!

BIBLE SCHOOL:

Here we are busy studying the “Lifestyle Foundations” by Carrie and Mike Pickett.

LIFE GROUPS:

Here we are finishing our study on “Staying Full of God” by Andrew Wommack. We all learned a lot!
 
Philip prayed for this man at the market as he noticed he was limping from a sore knee. He was completely healed and the following week came to get Philip as he had somebody else for him to pray for. The market has really been more about ministry than fundraising for us and hundreds of devotional readings have been passed out to fellow traders over the years.I t used to be that they would come and ask for them if we forgot.

GORDON'S BAY BUSINESS FORUM:

We were honored this month to again receive recognition from the Gordon’s Bay Business Forum as one of their local charities that are truly making a difference in assisting the needy. This is now the 2nd year for us.

We want to close by thanking you for your participation, time, interest, prayers, love and support!

With love and prayers,

Philip and Rita


For your convenience our details are as follows:
Antonios Michalitsis, FNB, Branch: 250655 Account no. : 62633037082
 Rita Olsen, NedBank, Branch Code: 11414500  Account no.: 1043639810
PayPal: force4good.ministries@gmail.com
or: PayPal.Me/fvsa or PayPal.Me/fvs
            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