Over 45 children received a brand new schoolbag (donated by a local college) filled with supplies – a perfect kit to head into the new school year. Such excitement filled the air as they waited in line for their bags, and once in their hands, the bags were rapidly opened and contents inspected. Shocked expressions gave way to huge smiles, and friends began comparing bags happily. One boy of about 12 held up his pack of pens, saying “This is what I need! This is what I need for my school!” Thank God for the constant opportunity to affect change and open doors to new beginnings for those in need.
What a huge and unexpected surprise to have literally HUNDREDS of tubs of ice cream donated to us! As we spread them to centres all over Cape Town, we were met with incredulous smiles and sincere thankfulness for this extra-special treat in these hot summer days!
In addition to our weekly Sunday fellowship and Bible study, we hold Bible classes throughout the week. One of these; a motivational Bible class and discussion, at a centre for women in crisis. We have seen wonderful fruit from these times and are reminded that God has promised us that His Word ..”shall not return without effect.” (Isaiah 55:11)
Once again, we were privileged to celebrate another year of serving others, with the help of the Lord and our dear friends! The children were shining stars; performing beautifully and reciting a meaningful poem. Tim, David, Stefanie, and Amy also added much with singing, musical accompaniment, and stage presence. Then there was the Highlights 2017 video – projects and outreaches overview, and to wrap it all up, eats, drinks, and fellowship! Our thanks go to each and every one of you who made the event possible, and who continually make the work possible through your help. God bless you!
Hundreds of families got a food parcel containing vegetables, fruit, and several bread rolls – as well as a Gospel tract! Feeding is necessary yet temporary; our main goal is to give hope and transform lives! Thank you Lord for the ability to show your Love and Salvation to those less fortunate.
Thanks to a dear friend who helped us with tickets, four of us (Francis, Mike, Chris, and David) were able to participate in a very special event – the Fisherman’s Friend Strongman Run! The 15km route contains 30 obstacles – mud slopes, river crossings, nets, tyres, foam pools, and even piles of tomatoes to navigate through. All four crossed the finish line together, cementing both achievement and friendship in triumphant completion! It was such an incredible experience and we are so thankful to have been able to be a part of it. The verse “I press on toward the goal for the prize of the upward call of God in Christ Jesus.” (Philippians 3:14) now has more meaning than ever before! Just like living a life for God; it’s not easy, and it takes discipline, hard work, and perseverance. But know for certain, it’s worth it!
At another community initiative, Mike helped teach the staff how to play a recently acquired educational board game, which they will be using for game nights and activities for the youth. This will help to keep them off the streets and occupied with positive input. (From Mike) I was in the area to contact the man who runs the mobile library we recently assisted. A friend had asked us to approach him with the idea of starting a soup kitchen there. Finding the library closed, I saw the community centre just next door and figured they might have his contact details. I drove in, introduced myself and asked if they had T’s cell phone number. Thankfully, they did! As I was turning to leave, my eyes espied upon one of my family’s favorite board game, Settlers of Catan, sitting there brand new! Excitedly, I asked how in the world did they acquire this. To the best of my knowledge, this game is only played in America. He laughed, and said: “Thank God you know it! Nobody here knows how to play this game! We asked the man who ordered the game for our province to please set up a workshop so we can be taught how to play the game, but he won’t be coming for months! Would you be willing to teach us instead, and lead the workshop?” I said that I’d love to, and would see them Friday afternoon and teach them all how to play it!” Friday afternoon was cold, windy, and pouring rain. Miserable. But inside, as the workshop was underway, side-splitting laughter, tears of delight, and the occasional whoop of triumph were heard. Everyone was picking up the game quickly, and we had a great time. I’m pretty sure the Lord worked it out just […]