December News!! & 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.


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!


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!


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.


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!


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.


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!


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,


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.

           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!