Month: January 2013

Hi to all our wonderful partners,

I trust you all have had a wonderful Christmas and that 2013 will be a year of God’s grace to you and that you will know Him pouring out His Spirit over you in amazing ways.

Thank-you for your ongoing love and support.  You have no idea how much you mean to us.  We don’t share our gratefulness to you often enough but we honestly could not continue the work in South Africa without you.  There is no doubt in my mind that the USA churches, teams, volunteers and giving have become a critical cornerstone of what the Lord is doing in Cape Town.  We are humbled by your generosity and partnership.  Thank-you to each one and to each church who gave sacrificially to us and for all the other ways in which you have supported us.

It is our Annual Partners Conference time soon.  We have kept you regularly informed as to the dates in a number of emails and now it is time to register.   I really hope that you will be able to do everything in your power to be with us in Nashville at Brentwood Baptist Church from the 25th – 26th February.  It is going to be an exciting time as we bring a significant group from South Africa to be with you all and update you on what God is doing.  We are going to have some great live reports from Managers who can’t be at the conference via Skype.  We think we are getting better and better at this each year and I promise you a wonderful informative and God inspired time.  I cannot emphasise how important it is for you to be there.  If you are possibly planning on visiting Living Hope this year – then in my book it is a must to be there.

In addition we will be giving you some fantastic news on the Living Hope movie and some sneak preview cuts of it which will blow your mind and make you cry!  You don’t want to miss this.

I would love for you to bring your missions and senior pastor as I long to engage with them about what I have learnt from Scripture about ministry to the poor and needy and about Mission’s mobilisation.  There will also be Living Hope Books, CD and T-shirt sales!

On a personal note, thank-you to many of you who have prayed for me and my health situation. It has not been an easy time for Avril and I but we have been conscious of your support in interest and prayers.  Your Facebook messages have encouraged me no end through this time.  I am still struggling somewhat healthwise but am happy to say that I am progressing bit by bit.

I look forward to seeing all of you at what promises to be a momentous Partners Conference next month.

Your friend and grateful partner in Christ

John V Thomas

 

If you want to see the items we will have on sale, click here

** On a personal note:

On a personal note, thank-you to many of you who have prayed for me and my health situation. It has not been an easy time for Avril and I but we have been conscious of your support in interest and prayers.  Your Facebook messages have encouraged me no end through this time.  I am still struggling somewhat healthwise but am happy to say that I am progressing bit by bit.

 

** How to register

To register click here . Costs are $100 per person attending.

 

** Watch this space

We will be supplying you a link to download the reports prior to the conference, so watch this space!

Living Hope has the desire and vision to expand its ministry and programmes into other parts of South Africa, even Africa, and to extend its global support base. The realisation of this dream is beginning to materialise. Living Hope’s trustees (both international and South African) approved the creation of the position of a Development Director and a Development Department.

Opportunities for growth and expansion are emerging – from the imminent opening of a new Living hope Branch in Gonubie (East London), to opportunities in Zimbabwe and Kenya; to our registration as a charitable corporation in England.

The Development Department will have a two-fold purpose: one is to develop ways to acquire new resources for the organisation (mainly fundraising); and the other is to lead the development of new programmes in new sites – particularly in other parts of Africa. This department is separately funded by overseas donors and does not cost Living Hope, Cape Town anything extra.

In line with this vision and initiative we are happy to announce the appointment of Carl Queiros, (left) as the new Development Director for Living Hope (International) and to welcome him and his family to Living Hope!  Carl Queiros is a specialist in programme design and development and has extensive experience in resource development. Most recently Carl was the Development Director for Habitat for Humanity, Africa and the Middle East. Prior to Habitat he was with Mercy Ships in the United Kingdom as the Public Relations and Communications Director. Before that he was with Scripture Union. Carl comes to us with nearly 20 years of experience in the development and Christian ministry sector. He committed his life to the Lord 22 years ago, is married to Dorothy and has two daughters – Rozanna and Rebecca.

Carl will mainly be based in Pretoria, travel to potential new Living Hope projects sites in Africa, as well regularly spend time in Cape Town. Initially, the Development Department will just be made up of Carl as staff, but there are a growing number of volunteers and partners globally that will network with Carl in resource and programme development; and staff in other ministries and departments will assist the Development Department/Carl in this role. As time progresses, opportunities and the budget allows, the Development Department will grow in staff, size and scope.

As a main component of his job is to raise funds for us, we are confident that you will find that Carl is going to be a blessing to all of us in Cape Town.  On behalf of the Trustees and staff of Living Hope, we welcome him on board and we trust that he will have a wonderful ministry within Living Hope.