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19.06.2014
But we have this treasure in jars of clay, to show that the surpassing power belongs to God and not to us. In New Zealand, as in Australia, Britain and Europe, we’re still a long way from multiplying movements of disciples and churches.
The biggest barrier to the spread of the gospel, resulting in new disciples and multiplying streams of churches, is our unwillingness to share the gospel up front and early and teach new disciples how to obey Christ. Theirs is the story of gospel advance as Phil is facing a life and death struggle with cancer. Phil and Monika Clark talk with Steve Addison about their story of pioneering movements in New Zealand. Last time we checked in Russell Godward was out searching for houses of peace in Gisambi, Kenya.
If you want your Mondays to be different maybe we could come and train with you, your church or a group of churches in your town? I got comfortable and settled in to switch off and watch a movie before the busy two weeks ahead and noticed an older Asian man sitting next to me.
Part way though the flight (at and my movie!) the gentleman next to me tapped me on the shoulder. I talked about how in the Koran it says Jesus was sinless, born of a virgin and did miracles. So, there, at 30,000 feet we prayed and Salim from Sri Lanka asked Jesus to forgive his sins and said he wanted to follow Him. Please pray that the seed that has been planted in Salim’s heart will grow and that he will become a strong follower of Christ. David Broodryk talks to Steve Addison about the place of groups, gatherings and teams in pioneering movements in urban environments. God assumed from the beginning that the wise of the world would view Christians as fools…and He has not been disappointed. But if influence reduces merely to terms of human flourishing and the Common Good, we are not preaching the gospel.
According to Pew Research, among Christians women are more religious than men, but among Muslims women are rarely more religious than men. The poll, published in the liberal daily L’Unita, challenges long-held perceptions that Italy is a ”Catholic” country, despite the popularity of Pope Francis and the historic role of the Vatican City State in the heart of Rome. Of the 1,500 respondents, 4 percent said they were Orthodox or Protestant, 2 percent were Buddhist, 1 percent were Jewish and 1 percent were Muslim.
A surprising 20 percent said they were atheist, while 8 percent said they were religiously unaffiliated.
Italy has witnessed a weakening of religious faith over the past 20 years and a growing trend toward personal spiritual inquiry.
Over the next four decades, Christians will remain the largest religious group, but Islam will grow faster than any other major religion, mostly because Muslims are younger and have more children than any other religious group globally.
Its ancient cities are cradles of Christian art and learning, and Catholicism is in many ways the country’s raison d’etre.
But Belgium’s devout heritage has been traded for secularism and Islam has stepped into the void. Among all respondents, levels of active adherence to Catholicism seemed to diminish dramatically with age, while the practice of Islam increased correspondingly.
The percentage of avowedly “practising Catholics” far exceeds the numbers who actually turn up at mass, as any cleric will confirm. Chuck Wood discusses what it takes to move beyond making disciples to multiplying churches.
When Jesus announced the arrival of the kingdom of God, he was announcing the beginning of the end times. Somehow people think that because the kingdom has arrived in the person of Jesus, his death and resurrection, the world will be transformed in this age. The one thing he did promise was that repentance for the forgiveness of sins will be preached in his name to all nations, beginning at Jerusalem (Luke 24:47). This month Mission Frontiers magazine published an extract from book on Pioneering Movements.
The Jim Muir’s extensive report on the rise of ISIS and why it’s not going away anytime soon. Articles by Jeff Sundell, Nathan Shank, Troy Cooper, Stan Parks, David Watson, Fred Campbell and some bloke called Steve Addison. UPDATE: you can download the whole edition free, but some of the articles online are web only.
Convictions: They were motivated by inner convictions that compelled them to share the gospel. Experiences: They saw God at work — people coming to faith, or the experience of the Holy Spirit in sharing. My last question to Ray Vaughn was on how God prepared him for the challenge of reaching a city of 6.5 million. I can feel rather overwhelmed with a city that’s a large as Houston but I think what’s prepared me is being in Columbia being in a smaller realm and in all honesty the thing that’s prepared me the most is failing. The reality of learning to persevere through churches that get started and then flop, learning to persevere through teams that feel like are forming and then they don’t, learning to persevere through being in a city and feeling like you’re the only person who really wants this (even though you’re not but you just haven’t met those people yet) learning to persevere through loneliness, through I have no idea what to do next or through getting to 2nd generation church and then it all flops, or to 3rd generation and wondering how do we get to 4th or 5th generation church? Learning to persevere has helped me to realize it comes with the territory of trying to get to movement and no place left.
So we start training at Sugar Creek, we meet this guy named Otis, he’s maybe in his 50s, really sweet African-American guy with a real good heart for the Lord but has been in the church for about thirty years.
I’m training at Woods’ Edge and all of a sudden this young guy comes out of the training, Angelo and his wife Brianna. So you get this general type, the ones God’s already got…now we’re giving Angelo lots of time, even outside of training, because it’s not classroom, it’s relationship. Woods Edge Community Church recently is getting on board where they’ve already learned a lot of these tools, with multiple trainings at their church, but now since we’ve come alongside them we’ve been able to capture more progress and help them go through more consistency of training.
Then we have some through this ministry called Hip Hop Hope through Guy Caskey and his network, it’s been a great connection working with Guy and pre-existing leaders in other networks.
Most weeks in Houston there’s a church somewhere training their people and going out into the harvest. Between 2012 and 2014, the proportion of Britons identifying themselves as Anglican dropped from 21% to 17%–a fall of about 1.7 million people. Previously the church hoped to turn the decline around within five years. Now it’s 30 years — at least. The Church of England is facing at least another 30 years of decline according to internal projections revealed for the first time. Even if it sees an influx of young people to services, the sheer numbers of older worshippers dying in the next few decades mean it is unlikely to see any overall growth in attendances until the middle of this century, officials now believe.
The stark calculations were revealed during discussions at the Church’s decision-making General Synod, which has been meeting in London, about ambitious plans to tackle declining numbers. It is preparing to pump ?72 million into a “reform and renewal” drive which includes plans to ordain 6,000 more clergy in the 2020s to build a younger priesthood which is less male dominated and less white. So approaching the year 2050, after generations of decline, the Anglican church will somehow spring back to life.
What began as a sideline business selling polished metal mirrors to pilgrims in Germany (to capture holy light) evolved into an enterprise that altered the course of art, religion, politics and industry: Johannes Gutenberga€™s movable type and printing press. We judge ourselves by our noblest acts and best intentions, but we are judged by our last worst act. There are 10,000 species of ants, and for several million years they have coved the earth, except Antarctica [no pun intended]. Credit has existed globally since the early days of trading and mercantilism, but it wasna€™t until the 1920s that oil companies issued a physical card to repeat customers who purchased fuel for their new-fangled automobiles. Therea€™s nothing so hollow as the laugh of the person who intended to tell the story himself. CHALLENGE #111: Why is the numeric keypad on a computer (7-8-9 at the top) upside-down from the numeric keypad on phones (1-2-3 on top)?
English belongs to the very large Indo-European language family [Germanic, Baltic, Slavic, Celtic, Latin, Hellenic, Iranian, Sanskrit et alia, which led to Polish, Welsh, French, Greek, Kurdish, Punjabi, and English, to name a few]. The real test of character comes when doing the right thing may not be in our self-interest. In the past 5,000 years the human genetic code changed 100 times faster than it had in any prevous period. In the 1880s, Samuel Augustus Maverick was a Texas cattleman who refused to brand his cattle, seeing it as cruel.
CHALLENGE #111 was: Why is the numeric keypad on a computer (7-8-9 at the top) upside-down from the numeric keypad on phones (1-2-3 on top)? Researchers gave cash to experimental subjects who were instructed either to spend it on themselves or on others. BIG Q #26: Pericles argued in his Funeral Oration that democracy stimulates excellence because all citizens are stakeholders with public responsibilities. When intensive-care units at Michigan hospitals followed a 5-step checklist for how to insert intravenous lines in patients, infections were virtually eliminated, saving the hospitals $175 million over 18 months. The peace symbol began as the emblem of the British anti-nuclear movement 50 years ago on Good Friday: a combination of the semaphore positions for N and D [Nuclear Disarmament] within a circle [the earth]. CHALLENGE #114: He was a fighter who was obsessed with boxing and he abused drink and drugs. BIG Q #27: Since poverty is deeper among children than the elderly, why does public spending on the elderly vastly outstrip spending on the young? E-mail and Web searches consume 1.5% of the nationa€™s electricity last year, and if current trends continue, by 2010 the power bill to run a computer over its lifetime will surpass the cost of buying the machine.
Biologically speaking, humans have changed little in the 100,000 years [or 3,000 generations] since modern humans emerged on the African savanna--not enough time for serious adjustments. Rembrandt was a master of chiaroscuro (kee-ahr-uh-SKYOOR-oh), the use of contrasts of light and shade to enhance the depiction of character and for general dramatic effect. CHALLENGE #114 was: He was a fighter who was obsessed with boxing and he abused drink and drugs. CHALLENGE #115: What proportion of the cells in your body are not actually yours but belong to foreign organisms? BIG Q #28: Why do girls, on average, lead boys for all their years in school, only to fall behind in the workplace?
Only 11% of CEOs of top 500 companies have an Ivy League degree, but 20% of the top 60 women in Forbes a€?most powerful womena€? list did. The hormone oxytocin is naturally released in brain after a 20-second hug from a partner, triggering the braina€™s trust circuits.
CHALLENGE #115 was: What proportion of the cells in your body are not actually yours but belong to foreign organisms? CHALLENGE #116: A westerner and an easterner who each changed the world, but didna€™t want their names used to identify a religion--to no avail. Featured Quote: a€?The truth of the matter,a€? is that a€?we havena€™t sacrificed one darn bit in this war, not one. BIG Q #29: Why are the most powerful people in the world old white men and pretty young women? When lima bean plants are attacked by spider mites, they release volatile chemicals that summon another species of mites to attack the spider mites. Funeral directors promote embalming: replacing body fluids with formaldehyde, a carcinogen that eventually leaches into the environment when the buried body decays [800,000 gallons annually].
In 2001, President Bush exempted some 3,500 plants that spew toxic chemicals from the Right-To-Know law. Consultants get paid up to $500,000 to name a drug, and insist that letters are imbued with psychological meaning: P, T, and K, they claim, convey effectiveness. CHALLENGE #116 was: A westerner and an easterner who each changed the world, but didna€™t want their names used to identify a religion--to no avail. CHALLENGE #117: His father a€?bluffeda€? his way into law school using a faked transcript, and went on to finish first in his class and become a successful labor lawyer. Spoken language is instinctual, the brain collects the phonemes and abstracts the rules from what it hears, but written language must be taught.
Busha€™s tax cuts for the rich have reduced annual tax revenue avaiable for public needs by $300 Billion each year.
CHALLENGE #117 was: His father a€?bluffeda€? his way into law school using a faked transcript, and went on to finish first in his class and become a successful labor lawyer. FACTOID: Unusual English spelling shows the way the words were pronounced 100s of years ago. Chinoiserie (sheen-WAH-zuh-ree) is a style of ornamentation using motifs identified as Chinese. CHALLENGE # 118 was: If a tree falls in the forest and no one is there, does it make a sound?
CHALLENGE #119: Which a€?booka€™ won the Pulitzer Prize for literature and drama, in successive years?
School fees a€“ all the fees for all the pupils at home and elsewhere have been paid in full. School uniform- since pupils were using skirts, shorts and dresses during the last term, this term there has been a need to change to winter uniforms. Food stuffs- I am very pleased to advise that we have managed to buy all the food stuff for the term both for the school and for Village Hope. School feeding program- if you can recall my words, if I come across a situation which is very pathetic sometimes I cannot be able to express my gratitude. Community feeding program- as I mentioned earlier that the numbers are falling due to what I feel like political tension, this year there were a number of changes of a political nature. School furniture- we also bought four chairs and four tables for the teachers and cupboards for the storage of learning material.
A The year started on a good note as it was punctuated by your visit to the family and the family trip to Great Zimbabwe. At the end of the term, the children in primary school did fairly well and there were signs of hard work with the children in secondary school.
We earmarked the renovations of ceilings as the second project that we had to undertake after the drainage system phase 1 that we have successfully accomplished. We faced a challenge with our electricity supplier as they decided to unilaterally switch us off despite the payment we had made.
We had incidences where our beasts fell into water filled pits as it was during the rainy season.
The Social Welfare during this term called us regarding the case of Forget who is now part of the family.
The term ended early as it paved way for the harmonized elections that were to be held on July 31. We extended the wall of the drainage channel in phase 2 of the project to become a durawall. We had been praying and praying that we get a van that can be able to send children to school and do other business without major challenges. We managed to launch the poultry project at the orphanage centre and we are pleased with the progress and cooperation that we got from the centre. We managed to buy school furniture for a nearby school which was facing challenges with their old and breaking down furniture. We continued with our school feeding program by supplying the highly nutritious drink of Nutresco Mahewu. It is pleasing to note that the project continued to have life although there were different stages of development.
A There was a very huge development of the project and particularly by the achievement that was been registered by one of the families.
During the course of the term we had visits from officers who are part of the Social Services department.
The other challenge was the behavior of the new member of the family whom we had to integrate into the family. Schools opened early to compensate for the time that was lost as they closed early paving way for elections.
It is unbelievable that David came first and highest in all the subjects that he sat for and he did not get less than 90% in all the subjects. Edgar also produced above average results and it seems he is now realizing the importance of education after failing to produce passes in his first attempt at a boarding school. We are happy that Irene passed her June examinations and she now has all the subjects that she needs to proceed to the next level and train as a teacher. We once again managed to successfully launch the feeding program for the three schools that we had been consistently supplying with the nutritious Nutresco Mahewu. We undertook to research on satellite school and identify a 4th school that we can consider for the school feeding program. Every Sunday after our church service we gather as a family and the community and share food together. Through the initiative we are promoting unity and one-ness among community members who used to be marked by religious and social differences.
We once again appreciate your support in this cause of transforming the image of the community. As our tradition and to uphold consistency we take our time at the end of every term to carefully account and track all the things that would have happened during the term.
On this part we scan and assess the general environment of the family and conclude as to whether it was conducive for the social, physical and academic welfare of the family. We ensured that all our children had enough stationery to meet the school requirements and at the same time to cover for their supplementary studying at home. Most of the children in the family were healthy for the entire term apart from infrequent headaches, flue and colds that can be associated with the winter season. I am pleased to report that we managed to transport all the children from home to school daily. Our primary school children continue to do well in their studies and we are pleased with their performance.
I am really pleased to report on this part as we managed to do all that we had planned to do within the scope of this term. The water channel has since been finished and its completion was a major development as it led us to another development.
We managed to buy A school furniture for a nearby school which was facing challenges with their old and breaking down furniture.
We continued with our school feeding programme by supplying the highly nutritious drink of Nutresco Mahewu. It is pleasing to note that the project continues to have life although there are different stages of development. We are happy with the development of the project and particularly by the achievement that has been registered by one of the families.
Regarding the goats, the highest achiever now has 15 goats and the other family has 12 goats.
This term we managed to send two of our boys and one community member for Sunday School training. I have been praying and praying that we get a van that can be able to send children to school and do other business without major challenges. The other challenge was the behaviour of the new member of the family whom we had to integrate into the family.
I attached a number of photos for all the development that we have made which I thought could explain much better than words. We have come to the end of the first term in the year 2013, yet our minds are still filled with the memories of your visit. The first term started on a high note as it was marked by change of grades as it was a new year. The results of the final examinations that we had been waiting for were finally released in February.
A We had minor encounter of sicknesses with Chiedza who was once affected by sore throat, Nicolette who was once affected by running stomach and weak joints, Arlene who had sore throat and fever, Pamela who had headache and fever and Irene who was complaining of headache and stomach pains.
The major development this term was the construction of the drainage channel in Phase1 and Phase 2. This term we continued in our efforts to support schools and the community through the feeding programme.
Apart from the growth in offsprings we continue to face challenges with some members of the community who are selling the offsprings and remaining with nothing. During the course of the term I received a call from the Social Services offices outside our district concerning a boy who was staying with a mentally challenged grandmother. We continue to have Charmaine in our hearts and mind given her physical condition and the place that she is staying. We had three incidences this term when our beasts would fall into wells and we had to rescue them. I hope and believe the Almighty Father shall continue blessing you for the job welldone, children are smiling all because of your hard work. Well, it is very unfortunate that you missed the initial request for furthering the women empowerment.
Society views women as vulnerable members of the community who need total support as they bear many burdens that men can easily get away with or evade. It is against this background that Alice have decided to pivot upon the women as pillars for community and family transformation. We require three sewing machines to kick start the project and with the funds that you have already left we can mobilize the women and hire a qualified person to teach the women cutting and designing of garments. On the marketing and selling side we are proposing that we can make an arrangement with the schools so that they can get at least 5% of the sales to support their school needs, this way we will be assured of a ready market for the products. There have been efforts of uplifting the community such as the poultry project and the goatsa€™ which have played their part but the sewing one seems to be the climax of the initiatives. On the other hand the cutting and designing skills will personally benefit the women as they can in their spare time be able to sew clothes for themselves and those of their children. Please notice: For the above initiative we are not asking for more funds we want to utilize the funds you left first then we can see the results.
George,Irene and Theresa are working flatout as they realizied their mistakes,I hope this time they are going to do their best. In South Africa the infant mortality rate is 43 deaths per 1,000 live births under one year old in a given year.A  This places South Africa at number 57 out of 220 countries worldwide. Goeie dag aan al die HospiVisie vriende!A  Ek is opgewonde om myself aan julle voor te stel: Nuut aanboord is die uwe Jacolien Ackermann!


Ek het groot geword met die Verwoerd Hospitaal, ouer geword met die Pretoria Akademiese hospitaal en nooit gedink ek sal werksaam wees in die Steve Biko Akademiese Hospitaal nie.
Dink asseblief solank aan alles en almal wat julle ken wat saam met julle en myself wil hande vat om Hospivisie se bronne te verstrek!
A Prof Louw emphasized that the current emphasis on a holistic approach in medical care and the other professions engaged in the healing sciences put on the agenda of caregiving the question: What is unique to pastoral care as a theological science? Initiative and creative ideas is what we thrive on at HospiVision when we look for ways to take hands with the community and corporate sector. Ultima rolled up their sleeves to paint at the Children's Care Train, served the patients with tea and coffee while they waited at the hospital pharmacy and they brought smiles to the children in the wards where they handed out soft toys. God is ons Almagtige Hemelse Vader wat a€?n mensA  met siekte tot stilstand bring en besef jy moet jou lewe rig op God. HospiVision was privileged to have the opportunity to present our work at the United Presbyterian Woman's Federation Conference. This week we will go back to the Netherlands, overflowing with stories our families need to hear. Rigters 6:3-16 (uittreksels) A Wanneer die Israeliete iets gesaai het, het die Midianiete teen hulle opgetrek saam met die Amalekiete en ander mense uit die ooste. Daarna het 'n Engel van die Here gaan sit onder die groot boom in Ofra wat behoort het aan Joas die AbiA«sriet.
Al wat God van Gideon vra is 2 dinge: Eerstens dat hy gehoorsaam moet wees en tweedens om die krag wat hy reeds het beskikbaar te stel. We pray together as a young 19 year old guy turns his life over to following Jesus, and we make plans to start meeting to disciple him! Broken people are not put back together overnight, but why would you want to do anything else? The Spirit stirred him, then a slow realisation showed on his face and he acknowledged that Jesus must be greater.
Salim’s son-in-law in Sri Lanka is a Christian and when he returns to Sri Lanka he is looking forward to talking with him. A flourishing culture that likes the trappings and benefits of Christianity, but not its kernel, isn’t biblical Christianity.
Here’s the inspiring story of how disciple making movements are spreading in the prison system. Of those, some said they believed in destiny, horoscopes, reincarnation, Tarot readings and miracle cures. All other faiths, except Islam, have plateaued or are declining in their percentage share of the world’s growing population.
When it was created in 1830, the kingdom offered a political home to Catholic Dutch-speakers who preferred to unite with French-speaking co-religionists than with Protestants with whom they had a common tongue. Among respondents in the city, practising Catholics amounted to 12% and non-practising ones to 28%. Thus among respondents aged 55 and over, practising Catholics amounted to 30% and practising Muslims to less than 1%; but among those aged between 18 and 34, active adherence to Islam (14%) exceeded the practice of Catholicism (12%). You’ve got to help people build in support structures and patterns that sustain obedience to the Great Commission. Learning to persevere through hardships with pastors that don’t share your view on church or leadership or baptism. By embracing that role and vision and call I need to expect and say yes all these other hardships. We trained about who to share with and what to say, with lots of repetitions and practicing the 3Circles gospel presentation. They come to me and say hey, we already have a group in our home, in fact when we moved into this complex we knocked on every door. We want to make sure Angelo really gets it, and he’s got it so we’re giving him and his wife a lot more time. Turn local churches into training and centres that mobilise ordinary believers to do extraordinary things.
One is with Sugar Creek Baptist Church where we got started, and now there’s a team that got raised up there in Sugar Creek that’s doing all the training every month. They’ve committed to the third Saturday of every month and are also giving us some short term missions into Houston that are tied to the training.
They’ve tightened up some of their Lesson 1 and they’ve seen lots of generations and some fruit. In the better sets, the traditional flaws of plasma (burn-in) and LCD (limited viewing angle, weak blacks, weak fast motion) have been largely eliminated. In 1958, Dinera€™s Club launched the first card available for payment to general merchants: 27 participating NYC restaurants. Kugel, an Orthodox Jew and author of a€?How to Read the Biblea€? says that there is essentially no evidence--archaeological, historical, cultural--for the events in the Torah. Koerner which he said depicts: a€?a horseman determinedly charging up what appears to be a steep and rough traila€?--representing his own political journey against steep odds and naysayers. The rope was not strong enough to carry them all; they decided 1 had to leave, or all would fall.
According to the Energy Department, vampire gadgets account for about 25% of total residential electricity consumption in the U.S. Guppy submitted a fish to the British Museum that was already classified, but the name stuck [and the fish is still in a jar at the museum]. This is because I have been putting in place all things necessary for a successful second term. This is because the weather has become chilly lately so the pupils now have blazers, trousers and long sleeved shirts.
We want our children to have access to the best reading and writing material so that they are up to the standard required by government in all schools. This is very critical as we always want to stock sufficiently for the term as it is hard to keep buying on a daily basis. We have added more food stuffs than before as we aim to achieve better healthy for our children and encourage to come and concentrate. In addition to this we are going to fit four fire extinguishers into each of the classrooms. We had to make our children attend extra lessons and we monitored their studies as we sought to improve the pass rate in the family. The boy came from a tormenting background and we thank the Almighty Father that he is now in a safe place where he can access food, shelter, clothing and education. Beneficiaries continued to reap benefits from the project and some beasts and goats gave birth to more offspring.
There were no challenges at school as our children behave well and faired very well at the end of the term. This means that security on the property had been enhanced and on the same note our animals cannot stray into our maize field. It was all joy as we bought the new van and managed to sell the old van that was now giving us challenges.
We lost a Freezeland during the term and that was setback to our objective of crossbreeding our animals. We were pleased by the issue of continuity in the project that they have mastered as they went from the second batch to the third batch. The children continue to enjoy the drink and the feedback from the children regarding the drink was very encouraging. One of the schools managed to buy the second batch of chickens as they uphold the concept of continuity that we laid as the foundation of the project.
The interesting part of it is that the families have been selling some of the goats in order to meet the school fees of their children and in some cases for groceries and other pressing family needs. We shared with them our experience and help each other to look into issues that need their expertise and consultation.
We faced some challenges as he could not practice good hygiene and in some cases he would come from school late.
We bought uniforms for all the children who had outstanding items that needed to be bought. This clearly shows the hand of the Almighty Father in the life of David and looking at his background it is an impressive performance. She is producing excellent performance and if she maintains her performance she will get very good grades in Grade 7. Although her performance is good she has not been able to consistently deliver the best grades that she obtained in the previous terms. Their performance has been below average and we are looking at ways of improving their results. He failed all his subjects and the teachers indicated on his report that he is rude and stubborn in class.
We continue to encourage her as she goes into Form 3 which forms the foundation of Ordinary level education. George and Tapiwa wrote their Advanced Level examinations while Theresa wrote her Ordinary level examinations.
This third term we were busy going about Teachera€™s Colleges where she was attending interviews. This was a journey of discovery as we learnt that Lovemore, David and Pamela come from the same area as Charmaine. They changed the meter to a prepaid meter and they insisted on charging us commercial rate because of the grinding meal. We realized that the rains falling on the premises are washing away the soil and are a threat to the rock boundaries that were erected. After visiting four schools during the research we chose one school which is near the orphanage and the school has 712 pupils. Many families are now benefiting from selling the goats and they can afford to put food on the table this coming festive season. Not all family members despite the interventions we have done can put food on their tables throughout the year. We also give milk to children from the community as part of the community feeding initiative.
The same platform also serves as a time of interaction on the word of God and the progress on the various community initiatives. We had elections in 2013 but the Almighty Father protected us from the dangers that are associated with African elections. The Village Hope family culture allows every child to be served individually and we have maintained our concept of serving as buffet.
We ensured that all our children had adequate and warm clothing so that they would not easily catch colds or fever. It remains our objective to have our children improve their grades and get better results in their final examinations. We started with them from preschool and they are producing good results which reflect the input that that they are receiving from the family. We have two girls who wrote final examinations in June as they were supplementing inorder to make sure that they get enough passes to proceed to Advanced Level.
They are now in their second batch of the chicken and the manager has since advised us that they are going into the third batch soon. The children continue to enjoy the drink and the feedback from the children regarding the drink is very encouraging. One of the schools has managed to buy the second batch of chickens as they uphold the concept of continuity that we laid as the foundation of the project. The interesting part of it is that the families have been selling some of the goats inorder to meet the school fees of their children and in some cases for groceries and other pressing family needs.
We share with them our experience and help each other to look into issues that need their expertise and consultation. We are pleased that we have now a functional Sunday school in the home and that caters for the community.
As I advised you earlier on that I will be going to the South African border to buy a van, I managed to have a successful trip.
Forget became a new member of the family and we are pleased that he is finding his way as we guide him into the culture of the Village Hope family.
Above all we reflect on the visit to the family, the visit to the community, the Great Zimbabwe trip and the game drive.
All our preparations went well as we worked hard to ensure that all the uniforms, stationery and many other requirements were in place.
We continued to encourage our children to put more effort in their studies so that they can get better grades in the future. We have two of our girls writing in June and two in Advanced Level who will be writing in November. There had been challenges with drainage on our property and water was running down towards the residential area after rainfall as you witnessed. The number of offsprings among the beneficiaries continues to increase at a tremendous rate. By this Easter holiday we may be able to give them the animals as part of our growing number of beneficiaries.
This is contrary to our founding principles as we agreed that from time to time a member should be left with at least two offsprings are passing the first animal or selling to meet family needs. After gathering information through research in other communities, institutions and diverse organizations Alice have come up with another initiative that may help in addressing the plight of women in our community. In Shona there is a proverb which says; Pakafa amai vana dzave nherera asi panofa baba vana hadzisi nherera (this means that when a family loses a mother, the children become orphans but when a family loses the father the children are not orphans).
If we are to empower the children of the community and their families, it is wise to invest in the women of the community. When the women have mastered the art of cutting and designing they can start sewing school uniforms for the surrounding schools. With the poultry project some beneficiaries would consume as relish the chickens that were meant to generate income. Clothing is a basic need and if women can cut their costs by making some clothes by themselves and they will reduce expenditure on clothing and use the resources for other family needs or pressing issues from time to time. As we labour in these efforts we are giving the women in our surrounding areas the hook so that at any time they can go fishing. Common in all forms of healing is the basic question of anthropology: Who is the human being we have in mind when we talk about 'healing'? On the 17th of August 2012 the corridors and wards of the Tshwane District hospital and Steve Biko Academic Hospital became the boardroom for Ultima Financial Planners (Authorised Financial Services Provider). Bukelwa Hans (Vice General President, UPWF), welcomed us and Elzien-Lolette van der Merwe (Mrs Africa 2012 1st Princess) also had an opportunity to speak to the women.A  We also received a donation from the women attending the conference. We came from Holland to Africa and to see what it is like to work for a NGO and it definitely was a great experience for us.A A  Most of the days we were just busy at Oasis,A  selecting clothes for the social worker, knitting with the Kangaroo-mums and teaching skills on Wednesday mornings. Dan slaan die Midianiete kamp op en vernietig die opbrengs van die land a€¦ Hulle het nie 'n dier in Israel lewend agtergelaat nie, nie 'n skaap of 'n bees of 'n donkie nie. Sy seun Gideon was besig om koring uit te slaan in 'n parskuip waar hy weggekruip het vir die Midianiete. Even more, God is glorified that whether Phil lives or dies, Phil and Monika live in Christ.
He needs to leave, but before he does Dapo asks him if we can meet again to share some more? We begin to share more with him; we ask if he feels near or far from God and he talks a little about this. I love that the explosion of Christianity led to a revolution in human dignity; in hospitals and university. A true gospel will be met with resistance because it overturns the accepted patterns of the world. Some 19% were active Muslims and another 4% were of Muslim identity without practising the faith. If anything holds Belgium together through its third century of existence, Catholicism will not be the glue.
David Milne (above) has done the research on the factors that influence whether a person follows through. Paul commends or validates his work as an apostle, more than any other way, through perseverance. He’s got every hour of his week mapped out, he knows exactly what he’s doing but he has no idea what process to go by, how to multiply. Now he’s identifying that group in his home as church and putting 3Thirds into that and now they’re going out sharing every week and getting now an idea of how to multiply.
We’re looking for who’s obeying so we can help them start churches and groups that are multiplying. The first one is in March, they’ll be taking them out among internationals, with lots of repetitions in the harvest, and then they’re coming back to their Saturday training. From that they’ve taken inner city urban poor, folks coming out of prisons, and are plugging them a network of folks really going after church-planting and making disciples to 4th, 5th, 6th generation.
But after all, it is the leaders of the country who determine policy, and it is always a simple matter to drag the people along, whether it is a democracy, or a fascist dictatorship, or a parliament, or a communist dictatorship.
No man spoke, but the woman said she would voluntarily let go of the rope, because, as a woman, she was used to giving up everything for her husband, kids and men in general, and was used to always making sacrifices with little in return.
This is an update on all the things that I have covered as of today on a stage by stage basis. This is as per government requirement whereby every winter all pupils have to wear warm clothes to protect them from the harsh weather. It is our family standard to aim very high in all things we do such that it is up to the pupils to do their best and not end up blaming anyone for their failure. There is therefore a need to conduct elections to fill in the gap left and so we are faced with elections once again on June 10, 2015. Two of them dropped on medical grounds and one moved with the parents when they shifted from the community and the other one just dropped back but the parents said she will resume next term. Our aim was to ensure that the property is not destroyed by running water and we managed to finish the first phase of the project.
We had a setback when one of the beneficiaries decided to sell a beast without our knowledge. We fitted the Rhino board ceiling which are fireproof and that is a welcome development to the safety of the family. The old van had started giving us challenges and was nolonger reliable.A  I managed to have a successful trip to South Africa to buy the van.
We are happy that our poultry project is growing in strides and we are teaching our children how to look after the animals and the birds. Although they have not maintained the number at 1000 because they use the proceeds to meet some need of the institution, we are very pleased that they have managed keep the project rolling. Their visits ensured that we are in line with their expectations and doing the best for the children.
As our policy we do not buy school uniforms every term for all the children but we consider those that have needs as the term begins.
That will boost her chances of getting placement at a better school after she finishes her Grade 7.
We are doing all to make sure that she keeps the momentum as she goes into Grade 6 next year. They are struggling with their school work and we feel we have to seek assistance so that they can be moved to a safe place. He needs to pull up his socks if he is going to produce good results in secondary education.
The results will be known end of January or early February 2014 and if they do well the boys will proceed to university and Theresa will go into Advanced Level. We continue to monitor the welfare of Charmaine and support her in all ways possible as she is in the custody of her relatives.
We had challenges to register the new meter and the outstanding amount on the electricity bill.
The other children are now comfortable with the name and we are hopeful the boy is on a path to transformation.
We are now reinforcing the rock boundaries and dealing with the new challenge of draining that we discovered after the previous phases.
Despite the challenges that we faced with our beasts in the past two terms we are happy with the state of our animals. We are encouraged by the response that the children continue to give regarding the supply of the product for their consumption. According to the research we carried out we identified that the school will need assistance just like the ones we are already assisting.
We are pleased with the feedback we are receiving from the beneficiaries relating to the assistance that the goats and the beasts have given them. This year alone they acquired cutting and designing skills and they were empowered with state of the art new sewing machines as a group.
This promotes not only a healthy community or the spirit of sharing but it builds and cements harmony in the community. As we build relationships among the community members we are also promoting a healthy relationship with them so that we can realize our objective of transforming the community into a company of productive and empowered individuals. He gave health to the family and we went about our duties and the children attended school and wrote their examinations.
The schools have closed a week earlier according to the scheduled school calendar inorder to pave way for the impending harmonized elections in the country that will be held on the 31st of July this month.
This is meant to produce children who are spiritually and morally balanced for interaction with the society. Although the rate of consumption goes up in winter as the body would want to generate more heat we were able to meet the demand for foodstuffs and this one of the major factors that provides a conducive environment in the family. Adequate stationery is a tool to providing good education for our children who are the future of the world. This is in line with our mandate to make sure that we produce children who have better grades and who can be competitive on the job market. We are expecting reports from the schools about the feeding project as we plan for the term which will be hot. As I report the beast gave birth to a bull calf last year and now the beast is now encalf and they will be getting another beast any time from now. Their visits ensure that we are in line with their expectations and doing the best for the children.


We are pleased that our boys bare now responsible and the family will be well grounded by the new development. He transferred the amount into our account as proof of payment and a proof of receipt inorder to declare to the Zimbabwe Revenue Authority. Given his background we have had some challenges with him associating with the other family members and issues relating to school. We continue to offer our appreciation for the moral and financial support that you are extending to us as a family and meeting the needs of the young and innocent souls in our care. The revision plan will take into account even those who are not writing as we enhance our efforts to improve the grades of our children. To address the challenge we undertook to construct a drainage channel as per our discussion. The goata€™s offspring tops the chats given the short breeding cycle of goats and the abundant pastures that are there because of the rains. Some individuals continue to show selfish tendencies as they forgo long term benefits to satisfy their desires today. This term we visited our girl Charmaine to check on her and supply her with some basic needs and school requirements. We have negotiated with the farm owner who sold us two of the Freezelanda€™s to sell us one more.
The ground became very slippery and the wells that were dug a long time ago were covered with vegetation.
Were being highly charged and the operation team from the company would come do disconnect power unilaterally. We equally shared a good time as we had time off from our hectic schedules and had to spend quality time with the family and take part in church activities. This statement comes from the fact that a mother will never abandon her children nomatter the circumstances.
On the foundation level we started with dolly making and this has proved to be a success as you sold some of the finished products. Initially the project will be launched as nonprofit making since it will be purely skill gaining and empowerment until the women can on their own or as a cluster of individuals in the community.
With time we may have to find other selling points that may be convenient with the customers. Such losses are eliminated when women take part in the empowerment projects like the sewing initiative that we have on the cards.A  Although the chickens were more profitable in the short run, the sewing project is profitable in the long run as is not affected by seasons just as the supply of chicks is limited in winter. He emphasized the unique perspective on our being human from a pastoral perspective and the importance of 'spirituality' in healing.
Maar wat a€?n voorreg is dit om met my medepasiA«nte en ou bekendes van dieA  hospitaal te kan lag en gesels. Because Oasis receives many donations, all clothes, materials and wool need to be classified and cleared up properly. Hy sA? self: a€?Die familie waaraan ek behoort, is die armste in die hele Manasse, en van my pa se kinders het ek die minste aansiena€?.
Efe 2:10 se Hy het werke vir ons voorberei om te doen en nou roep Hy jou en my om daardie werke te doen. I want a renaissance of high culture that produces aesthetic wonders emanating from Christianity.
New Testament Christianity assumes that a follower of Christ is well acquainted with scorn (2 Tim.
But if this trend continues, practitioners of Islam may soon comfortably exceed devout Catholics not just in cosmopolitan Brussels, as is the case already, but across the whole of Belgium’s southern half. Constantly he is reminding us look I’m not a false apostle because I’ve suffered through hardship, beating, shipwreck, trial, constantly I have the burden of the church. He ends up leading ten of his family members to the Lord, baptizes four out of the ten, trains them and now some of them have actually led two others to the Lord and possibly getting baptized in the next month. Now we’re guiding them more in the areas of Fields 3 and 4 (making disciples, forming churches).
They have a training center maybe two times a month where they have new folks from different churches that are being trained.
So, plasma has truer color and does better in darker rooms, and LCD has more vivid color and does better in bright rooms. This will help them concentrate better in their studies without worrying about the cold winds.
To be honest with you dear friends we are trying our level best as Village Hope to put our children first for their best interest. Due to changes in the weather there is need to change the diet a bit to include warmer food stuffs such as tea and coffee. We received good rains at the start of the summer season but the rains vanished when crops were tasseling. This means that it is hard to organise large gatherings because this may be mistaken for political activity. My dear friends it is a blessing to have these children at Village Hope as our children in Christ.
We express our heartfelt appreciation to your continued support and unwavering commitment to see Village Hope stand and shine in the community and to the entire nation.
Some of the children who wrote their examinations last year were awaiting their results which finally came in February.
In the end the demarcation for the drainage system helped us as it is now acting as a barrier to animals since they can no longer stray into our fields. Since it was an athletics term, the consignment went a long way in helping the plight of the children. The feeding for the Freezelands continued to be a challenge but we appreciate your support as we seek to boost our family herd. It remains our drive to see that children are empowered with practical skills such as poultry so that they can be able to support the initiatives in the community and in the long term is able to start their projects.
That was milestone and a testimony that will be cherished by other members of the community.
A The objective that the people of the community should embrace the objective of sustainable development was being realized. This allowed the women to be able to move into the area of making school uniforms that they can sell to the nearby schools. We bought stationery for all the children to meet the school requirements for the third term and extras for their study at home. This will serve as an encouragement to the other children that nothing can stand in the way of a person if they put all their effort. We always remind them of the importance of school in this age and encourage them to put more effort. We do all we can to send the children to school and teach them at home to behave well but he is not representing the family well. We are happy that she is looking healthy and settled with the new grandmother that her grandfather married.
This third term was summer and the temperatures were relatively high and the demand for the drink by the school children was high.
In the same manner the schools are set to be opened a week earlier to allow the children to compensate for the one week lost this past term.
Children could study, take their meals and engage in all activities in a peaceful, harmonious and tranquil environment. We also allow children to take part in the activities in the home such as rearing of animals and the poultry project. It is our baseline as the Village Hope Family to ensure that all the children have proper school uniforms. Our children were always punctual at school and that is the best way for them to start the day and we are putting that seed of punctuality in their lives. This is a milestone and a testimony that will be cherished by other members of the community. This has been our objective that the people of the community should embrace the objective of sustainable development. This will allow the women to be able to move into the area of making school uniforms that they can sell to the nearby schools.
George who was in Advanced Level and wanted to do Political Science failed to score the required 8 points so we decided to send him back to school to supplement for the other points.
All the materials including bricks, sand, stones and cement was acquired to see the construction go underway.
In our interview with the children we noted a great level of satisfaction and appreciation of the product. Families are continuing to reap benefits from the project and they are putting food on their tables and sending their children to school. We attribute this mainly to negative influence by some members of the community and the low literacy levels.
We are treating him as a member of the family as we await instructions from the Social Services offices who are trying to locate his relatives. Even if a woman remarries she will continue to care and look after her children from the previous marriage.
We have at this point in time decided to venture into sewing of garments and in this case school uniforms.
At a certain point the project can become profit making and then the women will reap rewards from it. Uniforms have no seasonal demand as they are needed at any time given that some people can buy on holidays as they prepare for the opening of schools. Dis ook a€?n voorreg om van een vloer na die ander te kan stap, nuwe vriende te kan maak en om al die bekende klanke van die hospitaal te geniet. On Tuesdays and Thursdays we went to the Kangaroo ward, where mums and their premature babies are cared for and where people from Oasis teach them how to knit booties and hats.
His commandment was that we should continue for one mile more after the first one.A  After the message from Scripture we went to the wards, talked to ill people and had a short prayer with them. We visited former Dutch churches, projects with babies, projects in Winterveldt, the centre of town and so much more that we now understand there is a big variety in lifestyles, circumstances and religions we would otherwise never come across.
Hulle het die Israeliete arm laat word, en toe het die Israeliete tot die Here geroep om hulpa€¦.
Die Here se vir hom: Jy sal hulle so maklik verslaan asof die hele Midianiete weermag net een man is! If I have brought any message today, it is this: Have the courage to have your wisdom regarded as stupidity.
Any false apostle or somebody who’s not really called to this type of work is not going to persevere through those type of things. They meet now in a church in their home; Otis is leading a church with that family and some of his friends every other week, and they’re committed to planting more churches. We have also bought school bags and shoes for the children so that they do not feel out of place at school which might affect their concentration. Milk is also a high protein food stuff compared to orange juice which has high energy content. We are however continuing with the project but we hope that with time our number will grow once again. We take this time to walk you through all that we have managed to cover during the entire year. We thank the Lord Almighty Father for granting them health and safety as they prepared and finally wrote the examinations.
The other beneficiaries learnt the art of consistency and steadfastness as they engage in their activities.
The worst case scenario was that of families that received goats, a beast and chickens but today they cannot account for any of the things that they received. In the short term they were able to learn and acquire the skills for cutting and designing but in the long term they will be able reap from the project and support their families. The prepaid billing system has proved to be a little bit cheaper as compared to the estimated billing system they were using to charge us.
We reiterated the need for the school authorities to continually update us regarding the progress of the feeding program. The lives of the women will never be that of idle people or gossipers but they are now productive women and community builders. There was no disruption to the studies of the children since we would use the generator if there were power cuts related to load shedding.
This is meant to equip them with life skills that will sustain them outside the environment of the home as they will not spend the rest of their lives under our care. This helps in portraying the image of the family and making the children to feel confident at school.
This is meant to ensure that they master the art of coexistence with others and develop with a global mind. She continues to impress us and make us see the hand of God as she came from a very terrible background.
The other beneficiaries will learn the art of consistency and steadfastness as they engage in their activities. The calf is still sucking milk and this is all positive development in line with the project. The worst case scenario is that of families that received goats, a beast and chickens but today they cannot account for any of the things that they received. We managed to send him to a nearby school and we are happy that he is back at school and we are continually monitoring him. In the short term they will be able to learn and acquire the skills for cutting and designing but in the long term they will be able reap from the project and support their families. Once again we appreciate your gesture and the sacrifice of your time to be with the family.
Only those who were waiting for the results stayed at home as examination results were due in the early month of February. Irene who wrote Ordinary Level and wanted to train as a nurse failed to pass Mathematics and Science which are two of the required subjects. Reports show that consumption has been very high and this has boosted the level activity in athletics. This shows the depth that women can reach in taking care of their children whereas a father once remarried can easily neglect children from the previous marriage. Sure that was a great experience for us, just as teaching skills on Wednesday was quite challenging. At that moment the guy changes, the bravado falls away and he visibly warms to the idea of prayer.
As a result of this training we’re finding guys like this Otis and just want to release and equip them. They have teams that go out every week, sharing the gospel is starting to become part of their DNA as a church and they have members that are already training folks downstream.
But, therea€™s no such thing as a 1080p TV broadcast (cable, satellite, anything), and wona€™t be for years. Actually, it was an illustration for a Saturday Evening Post short story, a€?The Slipper Tongue,a€? about a slick-tongued horse thief fleeing a lynch mob.
All you have to do is to tell them they are being attacked, and denounce the pacifists for lack of patriotism and exposing the country to danger. Athens, to honor god of wine & drama, Dionysus [Baccus], where comic actors wore padded phalluses as part of their costumes. We have also added more eggs to the diet to build on protein which can be converted to fat. As I mentioned earlier that the school will be our foundation for more future projects for sure ita€™s a new generation ready for a bright future.
We had mile stone achievements and we are pleased to report on the great exploits that we had.
We maintained the silver colour and we managed to register the car for use and it is now fully operational. Empowering the women is empowering the community given that it is the women in most families who are the breadwinners and women never forsake their families. This November we used an average of $300 which was not possible in the past as they were charging us an average of $600 per month. We do not want our children to feel inferior by their dressing in the company of other children.
On the other hand the medication that she was given during the time that the tests were being done miraculously worked and the child got better. This stage will determine whether they will be able to go university if they score highly or the will go colleges for courses.
It has one row of seats at the back and we need to put two more rows so that all our children can fit.
She is supplementing with the assistance of private teachers and she will be writing in June. This is a major boost to our initiatives as we continue to note the nature and extent of the impact that our combined efforts are having on the young lives. Women cannot neglect their children and this attachment to their offspring makes them vulnerable as they go at length trying by all means to manage the welfare of their families. Cowboy stylea€?, was die litte behoorlik los en almal aan die lyn dans.A  Ons het gou agter gekom waarom Chevonne Blundell so slank bly.
Die dankbaarheid oor die wete van a€?n Lewende Waaragtige God wat in elke omstandigheid uitkoms gee en a€?n positiewe uitkyk op die lewe, oorweldig my.
Hy het in die geheim in die middernagtelike ure sy eerste stap in die geloof geneem en die Baal altaar vernietig. It’s getting dark and cold, so we head around the area to prayer walk before heading home. This is comparable to a situation we faced in 2008 when some people had to depend on wild fruits for survival. The school will cater for generations to come and this project is now beyond our imagination as it will cater for people whom we have not even met.
The new machines took the empowerment drive to a new level and the lives of the women will never be same and their families. This was not the first time that the child had this kind of illness but this once happened in 2010 and only to resurface again in 2013. The new machines take the empowerment drive to a new level and the lives of the women will never be same and their families. Theresa who wants to be an air hostess failed to get the required subjects so she had to go back to school as well and she will be writing in June and November.
Their faithfulness has prepared the way for movements of disciples and churches across New Zealand.
He looks me in the eye and says “Yes, 2 years ago this week my older brother at age 21 committed suicide in prison.
So far the school has been able to mix pupils from very different backgrounds into one class of happy children.
The nature of the illness has not been ascertained but some doctors had suggested that it could be chronic juvenile arthritis. This means the group that did not return to school on the onset of the term later joined the other children though going to different schools. Apart from serving the purpose of drainage, the structure also demarcates the residential area from the field and it serves as a barrier for animals straying into the field. Children have immensely benefitted from the product as some go to school without having any meal and some walk long distances and by the time they get to school, they will be hungry. Basing on that experience I find myself out of words to say thank you for the help towards feeding the community. Some are very poor indeed, while other are better off and yet others come from very well off backgrounds. Phases 1 and 2 have been successfully completed except for plastering that is needed to make the walls stronger and on the cards is Phase 3. Lank laas in my lewe het ek groot mans so sien sweet, stress (bang vir mis a€?stepa€?) en saam sing.
So there on the High Street, as the cold and dark press in on us, we pray for him and his family in Jesus’ name. This mixture helps the children relate well with each other and learn each othera€™s cultures and backgrounds. Phase 3 requires more resources and careful planning as I once mentioned as it involves construction of a reservoir or a collection point. Ever since we introduced maheu in different schools the enrolment has increased and the average performance also rose. We continue to pray to the Almighty Father to guide the family and protect it from the outbreak of diseases that are spreading in the country and the whole world. For example a child whom we supported from Village Hope was a boy living with a grandmother who benefitted from the a€?Pass It Ona€? project.
We have been able to change the uniform to winter wear which includes trousers and long sleeved shirts. In summary, the property is nolonger under threat from running water or overland flow since the two phases of the drainage channel were completed. This boy did not have a birth certificate, national identity card or uniform for school and Village Hope assisted him to acquire all these.
This is a good demonstration of the performance of children who reside in a caring community where they get all the requirements for good growth such as food and clothing all because of your caring love. Some words of advice- at first we gave out a free uniform but we had to sell in order to acquire new fabric. This term the school feeding program will be even more important as children will get more of their food at school compared to home.
This is not a profit making venture but an attempt to ensure that all our children are uniformed so that there is no noticeable difference between them. Things are not very bad in the first part of the dry season but as stocks run low in most homes the situation will become critical.



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