Miracles of provision! Lock-down 2020!

Dear Ones,
             We hope this finds you and your families well! To be sure this has been a month like none other. For some it has been a time with much uncertainty and possibly still is, as we don’t know what the future might hold. But for those of us who know the Lord we know Who holds the future which gives us a lot of confidence to stand strong during trying times. And if any of you reading this have not yet made the decision to accept the Lord as your Lord and Savior it is still not too late and it will be the best preparation for the future. Romans 5:20 says, “But where sin abounded (which is in this fallen world), grace did much more abound!” We have definitely experienced that this month. The grace of God, His undeserved, unmerited favor, has definitely been upon us, and we stand in awe of all the ways in which He has shown himself strong on our behalf. 2Chronicles 16:9 says, “For the eyes of the Lord move to and fro throughout the whole earth, to show himself strong in the behalf of them whose heart is perfect toward him.” Please note it did not says in behalf of them that are perfect, none of are or ever will be, as long as we live in this fallen world, we will always have the struggle between the flesh and the spirit. But our hearts can still be perfect towards Him in the we trust and believe in Him and His Word.
One of the greatest needs of the poor communities this month was food and how to be able to supply for themselves and their families during the lock-down—many who were previously able to provide for themselves were not able to do so. We are very thankful to be able to testify of His goodness.
The Roll-Out project: We were contacted by someone who then proceeded to put us in touch with a sponsor (who has asked to remain anonymous). This sponsor had an amazing Roll-Out project in mind. We were asked help to identify 5 people in Sir Lowry’s Pass, faithful and trustworthy, who would be able to help buy food parcels for the people in their close vicinity. Each week a certain amount would be deposited on their account with which they were to shop for X amount of people (which worked out to be approx. 10) on a weekly basis, while still able to cover their expenses such as petrol, etc. We ourselves were also part, although on a considerably larger scale. Seeing that we have permits as an Essential Service due to our already established charity work, we were able to continue to collect and distribute food, which was especially needed this month and therefore enabled us to be an active part of the Roll-Out project.
             We mentioned our concern about a nearby township, Nomzamo, to the sponsors and they jumped in and provided approximately 200 food parcels a week for that community as well. It is a much larger community that Sir Lowry’s Pass, where we delivered approximately 100 food parcels a week between the united efforts of everyone involved in the Roll-Out Project.
However, with the extension of the lock-down this supporter was not able to help in Sir Lowry’s Pass last week. Meanwhile the need had not lessened, but rather increased. And we are very happy to say that with the help of you, our partners and some unexpected additional contributions, we were able to fill the gap and even reach into parts of the community that had still not been reached, (about 50 families — some of which received the parcels in tears saying that they had not yet been able to feed their children that day). And we were able to assist again just a few days later with an addition 50 food parcels, None of this would have been possible were it not for you our partners, sponsors and anonymous donors. And on top of that we started supporting what is called “Soup Houses” where the women in a street cook for the children living in that street. Several of them turned to us for help with the needed food and we are happy to say that we were able to reach out a helping hand to at least 5 different ones.
Jesus said, “Man shall not live by bread alone!” Matthew 4:4 so we wrote up two different tracts that we printed out and put into every Food Parcel distributed (as much as possible). Some reacted saying that they had been very encouraged, and would we please continue to do so. Although it may not be the best way to reach out, in person would be preferable, we believe that A word from the Lord is better than none. We also let everyone know where to find us after the Lock-Down, should they so desire. Besides that we started a lot of What’s Up groups through which to minister, more about that later.


The content shown here is the per food parcel content.


As the village of Sir Lowry’s Pass has anywhere from 8-10,000 inhabitants, who were basically all needy, we were careful to not distribute food parcels to the same families every week,
             Joyce’s soup kitchen which used to cater to anywhere between 100-200 families iow cooking for approximately 500 offering a hot meal every other day! Many no longer have the option of cooking at home as they have not had been able to pay for their electricity or buy cooking gas. Hopefully the aid from the government will soon kick in.

For the following three weeks this Roll-Out Project continued in full force as show above.


For lack of space we will not show what each of the local teams shopped, but as mentioned it was five teams shopping for approximately 10 families each. Altogether we managed + 100 food parcels a week.


Although we ourselves were not directly involved in the Roll-Out project in Nomzamo we were instrumental in bringing the needy community to the attention of the sponsors and to make the needed connection which resulted in approximately 200 food parcels being distributed there a week. The Lord loves the poor and wants to see them taken care of!


Through the extra support from some of you and even new donors we were able to put together 40 food parcels in the beginning of the week. These 40 parcels were all distributed in new areas of Sir Lowry's Pass that had not yet received any help, Some of the people seen in the two photos below were in tears when they received the packages.

A few days later more donations came in and another 50 food parcels were distributed (see the photos below). We are very impressed by your outgoing concern and that of others. Through our united efforts many hearts very deeply touched and comforted.

We are so very thankful for the team in Sir Lowry’s Pass that always cheerfully help us with the packaging and distribution, a big blessing to us!

With the ever increasing needs as the Lock-Down was extended for another two weeks, the villagers organized “Soup Houses” as a feeding scheme for the children of the village, the aim being that every street has a lady or two that cook at least one hot meal per child living in that street. Sadly there are still about 10 street without a “Soup House”, resulting in some of the other streets being overrun with children coming for food —sometimes 50-60 kids (they roughly estimate approx. 25 children per street) and thus end up sending some away empty handed. Another thing that has been of concern to us is that the “Soup Houses” generally speaking prefer to feed the children late afternoon, early evening to prevent them having to go to sleep with an empty stomach. This however at times coincides with the time when the police makes their patrols and rounds up everyone in the streets. The children fear the police and flee, running back home where they hide out about an hour or until they think it might be safe to try again. Seeing that most, if not all, of these children get only one meal a day and that often under very stressful circumstances is very concerning. And twice a week the Primary School cooks for about 800 children to allow for a break for the Soup Houses. However walking to the school is a very long walk for many of the little ones. Our prayers are that everything may soon return to normal and that more help will be provided for all meanwhile. When there is  no food in the homes there are also no snacks for the children to be had. All very heart breaking! But we are very thankful to you our partners and donors. With your help we have been able to assist the Soup Houses to a certain extent as well. Thank you so much! One mouth fed is one less child left hungry!


A BIG Shout out goes to Woolies who have been an exceptional big help during the Lock-Down period. Due to the Daycare Centers being closed down during the Lock-Down a lot of the food waste was redirected to the soup kitchens, for which we are extremely thankful, as the people looking for help from the kitchen in Sir Lowry’s Pass more than doubled. When the people attending the kitchen usually lies somewhere between 1-200 people, it has now risen to 500 and above.
Week 1 we collected so much food that we had to also store it behind the front seat and under my feet on the passenger side. And as you might be able to tell each week was a full bakkie of supplies. We have never received this much food a week from Woolworths, but never has the need been this drastic before either. We are extremely thankful...also please bear in mind that the kitchen is assisted twice a week and that we have divided the pick up between us so that we collect once a week and Joyce collects the other day of the week. So again a great BIG THANK YOU to Wollies for the big difference they have and are making and continue to make to the especially needed. Many have been greatly helped!     




100 liters of milk was collected and distributed! We thank Sonnendahl for their continued assistance.

 Three large boxes of Weet-Bix!

We also distributed 10 food vouchers of R 250 each!

On an especially quiet day the Lord drew our attention to a group of homeless people camped out on a field. Realizing that they had little or no chance of coming upon  a bite to eat seeing that the streets looked very deserted we went home, made some nice cheese and ham sandwiches, and also got together a bag of plumbs for them. When we went to deliver the food we were greeted with big warm smiles and many heartfelt thanks. Needless to say we made sure to let them know that Jesus loves them and has not forgotten about them.

We were approached for funding for face masks for the Developmental Forum (A total of 130 in all for the leaders and some of the elderly) of the village the Sir Lowry’s Pass community. We thank Lions Club for sponsoring these masks. Thank you so much! We, Force4Good (which includes you, our amazing partners) sponsored an additional 70 masks for different villagers.
We also assisted about 10 families not from Sir Lowry's Pass, with additional food parcels/finances, although only with a once off.

A team in Johannesburg contacted us and asked us to please assist them in being able to reach out to a nursery school in Gordon’s Bay. They had two teachers and sixteen families with children in urgent need of help. It was all funded from them, and we were happy to be able to be their hands and feet making it possible for more people to be helped. During times like these it is wonderful to see people joining forces in being able to reach out and make a difference. We are honored to be the Lord’s and your hands and feet as well as that of others also. Philippians 2:4 says, “Look not every man on his own things, but every man also on the things of others.” Together we are able to do just that!
 When delivering the food parcels we ministered to the people, and Philip led them in a salvation prayer. We offered to continue to minister to them via What’s Up. 3 signed up this far.
Matthew 4:4,
But He answered and said, It is written, Man shall not live by bread alone, but by every word that proceeded out of the mouth of God!
We entered this month thinking that, due to the lock-down, we would finally have time to get some of the many things, that have been put off due to time restraints, done. But (to our joy) we found ourselves again very busy with things that were much more important. Besides the food distribution, shown on the previous pages we also completed two training courses—one of them quite intense over the span of one week—Accelerate! The other course was already in process, but needed to be completed with a lot of assignments that came with it —The DMM (Disciple Making Movement) Both via our Gracelife church). And we also attended a lot of online meetings and teaching video teachings...besides the courses.
When looking at life through the perspective of eternity the most important is really people and their welfare, not only in this life, but especially in the one to come. So although we have not been able to meet in person we are presently ministering with weekly meetings via What’s Up to 3 groups 4 times a week. Besides that we are also sending out feeding material via What’s Up on an almost daily basis to over 30 people. Most of the people on the receiving end are folks we have known, but not really been able to minister to because of the distance and time restraints. But the lock-down, the training we attended, etc. has woken us up the fact that where there is a will there is a way. We have had many really heartfelt and appreciative reactions through this.
During this month we also sowed seeds of the Word of God. We produced two tracts. One called Covid 19 –Good News, based on Psalms 91 and the beautiful promises of protection found therein. There were good reactions and request for more so we wrote a second tract called, “Who Are You?” Based on 1 Thess. 5:23 –Spirit, Soul and Body, with a salvation message (which the other tract also had) and a brief touch on our identity in Christ. — If you would like to receive either one of these tracts/or both, please do not hesitate to ask and we will send them to you.
In closing we want to send a BIG THANK YOU to all of you, We would have not been able to accomplish all that was done without your backing, help and encouragement,

With love and appreciation,
Philip and Rita




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