March News Letter from Force4Good!!


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Dear Ones,                            

Following is a brief account of the month that passed. When we look back we stand in awe of the Lord’s foresight and provision. He never ceases to amaze us with Him goodness.

GRACELIFE:

In the photo below I, Rita, shared a message on the love and goodness of God. Using the chair as an illustration. I brought out how just like the chair is a chair and is made of plastic and offers a place of rest for whoever will receive it, so God is love and goodness and offers rest for whoever will receive it as well. It is not God that withholds from us. But if I think I am too dirty, too unworthy or doubt that the chair can hold me I limit myself and therefore, because of my way of thinking, will not be able to receive from God. Just like it is not the chair forbidding me to sit, it is likewise not God withholding from me. And I can count on Him always being good and always being love. He said, I am the Lord. I change not!

 
Here we are in one of our leadership meetings before the church service
 
We were encouraged to love one another with a brotherly/sisterly hug. Little did we know how long these hugs would have to last us! Hahaha!


Dancing and rejoicing in the Lord! "The joy of the Lord is your strength" Nehemiah 8:10.

Matthew 28:19 Baptizing them in the name of the Father, and of the Son and of the Holy Ghost!

Dividing into small groups where rather than being taught/told each one is encouraged to discover truth for themselves based on the Scriptures read -- encouraging personal revelation!

"Give us this day our daily bread" We thank the Lord for our precious friends from the market you readily supply us with fresh bread whenever they are able to do so.


A glimpse of some of our precious "Dream-Team" preparing and buttering the bread. -- Always ready to tirelessly serve others!

Coffee, tea and freshly buttered bread --  a welcome breakfast for most who arrived not having eaten. We never have leftovers! Hahaha!

REACHING OUT TO OTHERS:


We have been learning how to reach people more on a relational basis in order to develop disciples, as opposed to preaching and just getting quick converts that don’t go any further than that, thinking that is all there is to it and not realizing that Jesus offers freedom in this life if we continue in His Word!


We printed up a tract called COVID 19 based on Psalm 91. We all decided to meet one hour earlier than usual before our Wednesday night meeting. We spend about 45 minutes after which all (100) tracts were gone and 30 souls had been led to the Lord. Although we would like to ensure that they are all discipled, and not just won through a quick prayer, we are nevertheless very relieved to know that they are now in His hands. All the tracts had the address of the school where we meet on Sundays along with an invitation and we trust that the Lord will bring many of them along once we are allowed to gather again.



SUPPLIES:

The Lord and His foresight and goodness never ceases to amaze us. The “highly sought after” (J) toilet paper was distributed in abundance along with essential foods such as Weet-Bix, milk, cooking oil, Dis-Chem supplies (Which seemed to be on hold for a long time) etc, just shortly before the lock-down!


Mila's Angel -- Sir Lowry's Pass!

Joyce's Soup Kitchen -- Sir Lowry's Pass!


Sunshine Kids -- Sir Lowry's Pass!

In the photo above: Bright Stars, Nomzamo. Below: Emily’s Play School, Sir Lowry’s Pass. The supplies were distributed around the beginning of the moth while the schools were not yet closed!



WEET-BIX:


Philip at the Weet-Bix factory collecting 14 boxes of Weet-Bix being loaded here by a very helpful team!

WOOLWORTHS:
(Joyce's SOup Kitchen, Sir Lowry's Pass!)



We are very thankful for the assistance of Woolworth’s who have been extremely helpful and has helped alleviate the plight of many. We have been issued permits to continue to collect during the lock-down.


DIS-CHEM:


We also received a very precious load full of much needed supplies from Dis-Chem. There seemed to be a long wait between this load and the precious ones. But as seen below it brought great joy and relief. And again it arrived at a perfect time. It was distributed between several ECDs (Daycare centers).


Mila's Angels -- Sir Lowry's Pass!

MILK:


And each month 100 liters of milk was distributed between Nomzamo and Sir Lowry’s Pass. We have likewise been promised a permit to continue this during the lockdown. The milk will be distributed to individual families.

LOCK-DOWN PREPARATIONS:


On the 26th, the day before the lockdown we brought as much food as we could possibly spare from our cupboards to Sir Lowry’s Pass village. We also bought 30 vouchers most of which were distributed on the 26th (some a few days prior and some we still have on hand for the following week/weeks. You are invaluable partners enabled us to ensure to the best of our ability that everyone would start out with full cupboards and reassurance that they are not alone. That the Lord and we are there for them at all times!




ABOVE AND BEYOND:


We stand in awe at the goodness of God. During these times while most of the world has to tighten their belts and are anxious and concerned for their ability to have their basic needs met, the Lord turned around and blessed us above and beyond our expectations! This double cabin bakkie was donated to us completely free of charge, but not only that, it was also brought through road worthy, all the paperwork was sorted, etc. before it was given to us. The owner has opted to remain anonymous, but we know that the Lord knows and that our prayers of extra blessings and favor to be bestowed upon him will be heard!

We have long been desiring to offer a comfortable ride to those we often need to help transport from place to place. Being finally able to do so is a great joy to us!

CONTACT DETAILS:

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

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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February news 2020,. Making the Word a better place!!


                                                                               
Dear Ones, This has been one of our most exciting months in a long time. A new training program was started called DMM (Disciple Making Ministry). It basically consists of forming small groups referred to as “Discovery Groups”. It encourages initiative in the ministry by asking everyone to share truths from the Word of God with others, that they themselves have discovered in their Discovery groups. That raises up leaders a lot faster which in turn raise up other leaders a lot faster. Another benefit to this kind of modus operandi is that it is a lot more satisfying for the individual as everyone gets a chance to lead. And the more we share and pour out the more we retain personally and so the more we learn and grow. It is very exciting, but as mentioned we are still in the beginning stages of learning how to effectively operate in this way with a decentralized and non positional leadership structure. So more about that as we learn ourselves!
If you would like to know more you are welcome to contact us we would love to hear from you!

DISCOVERY GROUPS:
 

As seen in the picture above we usually start out in a larger group, after which we divide into small groups. Then we read through a small passage of Bible verses together and discuss and share within our groups what we learned/what stood out from us in that passage. It helps us to draw out truth and to be attentive, as well as encourages everyone to speak up and to contribute in a safe environment,


We usually dive into four to five groups depending on how many are present. We are also using this model on Sundays and again, after a time of Worship and Word we divide into smaller groups. We are then all encouraged to share what we are most thankful for for the week that passed. What stood out to us from the passage read. How it relates to our relationship with God. How it relate to our relationship with our neighbor. Who we can share this Word with this week? Etc. These are some of the main questions posed in order to draw everyone out and to help us realize how to implement what we learn. How to  become doers of the Word and not hearers only! And It helps us retain what we are learning.


GRACELIFE:

More of our local people are also being challenged to take a lead publicly. In the picture above, Hetta, one of our faithful disciples over the years, is welcoming everyone and leading us into a time of worship.
As seen people are coming up front to testify of the Lord’s goodness -- His healing power, the supernatural supply of their needs, or finding a job, etc. Together we are all learning to draw more on His grace and to have the courage to step out and share what the Lord is doing in us, for us, and through us.





In the photos above different ones are testifying, welcoming, etc. And in the photo here Emily shared a very heart touching message about our call to carry out the Great Commission (Matthew 28:18-20)

Seen here is our core Sunday School team making some needed announcements. We are very thankful for their dedication and hard work. The children are learning, growing, and eager to attend Sunday School

WATER BAPTISMS:

As part of fulfilling the Great Commission (Matthew 28:18-20) we had three water baptisms last Sunday. Baptizing them in the Name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Ghost! Praise the Lord!

SUPPLIES:

100 liters of milk were distributed in various ECD centers. Seen here are “Bright Stars” in Nomzamo!

We are very thankful to Woolworths who this month assisted us very generously and went above and beyond our expectations. People were helped generously and were given food to take home as well!
 

HEALING TESTIMONIES:
One day at the market I, Rita, met a lady who could hardly walk. I asked her what was wrong and she told me that her knee had made a “cracking” noise that morning and that it had hurt since then. I offered to pray for her and afterwards asked her to do what she was not able to do before. She was hesitant saying something to the effect of, Well, with time it will get better. I asked her to please try walking now, and as she did a big smile broke out over her face as she realized that her knee was already much better! Praise the Lord for His goodness!

Philip prayed for a lady with a painful stiffness in her fingers due to arthritis — also while at the market. She was instantly healed and kept coming back to Philip to thank him and to let him know how much she appreciated it.

A friend that often comes to see us at the market had a very painful wrist. Philip prayed for it and the pain was gone immediately. Praise the Lord!

Another friend, who had been due for a knee transplant three years ago, and whom Philip had prayed for then and whom we hardly seen since because she lives quite far from us, when we recently visited her, told us that she had never had a problem with that knee ever since and that when she had returned to the doctor he had told her that there was no need to operate.
When visiting this lady this time, she was suffering from a painful stiff neck. Philip prayed against it and she was instantly better.

Her friend was suffering from a condition that made her legs very painful and made it difficult for her to walk and stand up or sit down. When I met her she was sitting down so I took the time to first lead her to the Lord. After that I prayed for her healing and asked her to try to stand up and walk. When she did she got very excited as her legs did not hurt and she spun around with her arms in the air a couple of times saying, “I’m better! I’m Better!” Praise the Lord!

Philip also prayed for a lady who was suffering from severe lower back pain, and the pain left’ But the following week as he went to follow up on her she told him the following. The pain had come back and she had been in bed for three days due to the pain. But while there she felt like the Lord was doing an operation on her back as something unusual was happening to it. On the third day she got up and all the pain was gone. And when Philip saw her again she was still pain free.

Testimonies like these (and many others that we do not have time and space to share here) are a big part of what keeps us inspired and fully persuaded that God is able to do above and beyond what we can ask or think.

Through our time in the Word the Lord also showed us that unless we are doers of the Word we will never truly know Him. But stepping out by faith, risking those small steps, are what builds us up and encourages us that He can truly be trusted to keep Him Word. Praise the Lord!

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With much love and appreciation to each of you our precious friends, partners and supporters!

Philip and Rita

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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