Month: April 2014

Living Hope recently hosted a community wide Open Day on the 29th of March at their Capri campus.  The day included a full kid zone with face painting, jumping castles, carnival games and more.  DJ Stan was streaming music throughout the day and food was available for purchase.

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Living Hope once again opened up the day to local schools for a poetry competition around the theme HOPE – A Thing With Feathers.  Students from Fish Hoek Primary, Marine Primary, The Rock Academy and Kommejtie Primary participated.  The poetry competition winners were:

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1st Place – Adara Aho Gr7 Kommejtie Primary
I’m locked on a tower,
I’ve lost the key,
I’ve lost all power
I’ve lost me.

On this tower y fears compiled,
I’ve forgotten my passion,
My heart gone mild,
I cant defeat the first pain,
Before the second’s half way of my tongue
The third strangles my throat,
The fourth compressing my lung
How can I fight your battle
When I’m losing my war
How can I carry your pain
When I’m buckling at the core
I’ve got my wings; I’ve got my feathers,
How far would I fall,
With all my tethers?
Yet hope comes in, despite my fears
“Please don’t worry, I’m always here”

It destroys my chains,
Sets me free
My hearts not tame
I am me.

It told me to soar
It’ll catch me every time
Fear the ground no more
Ill be fine

If I don’t date fly
Where will I be?
When I could reach the sky
And see all there is to see

Because hope is a things with feathers
Nothing holds it still
No chain, rope or tether
Would fight against His will

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2nd Place – Nicole Wicks Gr7 Fish Hoek Primary
Hope is an amazing feeling which keeps a lot of people striving,
It cant be seen or touched but we know its there,
When times are tough and there is not much light,
Hope is the one thing that will always shine bright.

Hope can make a difference,
Hope is a powerful feeling,
It can change the world if we all start believing,
Hope can be in many forms, many ideas and many feelings,

Everybody should have hope,
If everyone stands together hope will rise,
It will rise high and soar off a mountain side,
It can be in dreams, in thoughts, in plans.

Hope can be a graceful butterfly,
Flying across the green grass over a meadow,
Hope can be a dream catcher always reminding s to be one,
To not just stand there but to make a difference and have fun.

Finally hope can be a white dove,
Soaring, flying up high,
The dove perfectly represents hope, faith and peace,
Watching those white feathers pass by.

Never just stand there and wait for hope,
Be positive hope will come, it feels like a dream coming true,
Hope can never change the past,
But hope can definitely change the future for you.

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3rd Place – Holly Ringwood Gr6 Kommejie Primary
FIRE
A mound of ashes brushed aside to reveal a single, glowing coal
The fire has died down, but its not too late to re-ignite now that the flames are gone
A dingle breath of wind from wings of a passing bird igniting a small flame
Carefully butured and looked after, tongues of fire leap into the air
Trying to reach the wings that brought them life and gave them hope
A fire has been reborn and like a phoenix from a flame Hope arises

WIND
A single feather drifts towards the ground, then blown away by a gust of wind
Waem thermals of air lifting hearts and birds higher,
Gales determined of blowing them away
And like a swallow determined to fly through the oncoming winds
Hope is never blown away

WATER

Tears, rivers, oceans, seas, lakes and streams all forms of what we need the most in life.
Diving down to the bottom of the ocean and then re-surfacing as droplets of water sliding off feathers
Enduring storms out at sea nd days without nourishement
And no matter how wet a Gull can be
Hope is never dampened.

EARTH
A Sho cast across the earth and a watchful eye upon it too
Making its home in inhospitable places.
Mountains, tall trees and cliffs
So versatile, yet can all fit onto the earth’s surface.
Flying high enough to touch the clouds
And no matter how far away the eagle seems
Hope is never out of reach

And this to me is HOPE – A THING WITH FEATHERS …

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Living Hope is grateful to local vendors who donated prizes for the poetry competition winners.  A big thanks to Ratanga Theme Park, Long Beach Mall, Easy Dig Café and Michigan Spur Long Beach.

 

Living Hope wants to thank the youth of both Valley Christian Church and King of Kings Baptist Church for giving of their time to serve as car washers for the day.

 

The day offered opportunities to learn more about what Living Hope offers and what is happening in the communities with tours around our facilities.  Living Hope’s mobile health clinic was on site as well for free health screenings which included BMI, blood pressure and sugar tests.

 

Living Hope is a NGO that seeks to reach people for Christ, bringing hope and breaking the despair of poverty and disease.  Living Hope provides guidance in four ministries; Living Right, Living Care, Living Grace and Living Way – seeking to impact South Africa’s Southern Cape Peninsula with a holistic approach that works to support those both affected and infected by HIV and AIDS, and other chronic diseases – as well as several other contributing factors. For more information on Living Hope services near you, please contact our offices at 0217842800

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Great News – Living Hope now open to hosting short-term Mission Teams in Zimbabwe

Some time ago, on learning about and seeing Living Hope’s ministry model in action in the Southern Cape Peninsula (South Africa) and being deeply impressed by our effective, holistic and Biblically based model – folks spoke about Living Hope coming to Zimbabwe and helping capacitate or set up a similar ministry and programs in that country.

Zimbabwe is a country of wonderful enthusiastic and friendly people, and also one of great need. We have heard Gods’ call for us to go and help. For some time now we have been working with local partners and communities in Zimbabwe, doing trainings and various other preparations for the establishment of programs. Danielle Schneider has been working with partner churches to improve their children’s ministry programs and to run life skills programs, in Gweru / Mkoba (central Zimbabwe).

We have more recently also started a new Economic Empowerment partnership in Harare (the capital) with a national Zimbabwean organisation – Miracle Missions. The Economic Empowerment program involves working with orphans entering adulthood; through lifeskills training, worker readiness training, Christian counselling, and helping them get short to medium term work placement that will set them up to become economically and socially active members of society who know God’s love and plan for their lives.

Context in brief

While Zimbabwe is a beautiful country with good natural resources and resourceful people, it is also rated (by the UN and others) a very low income country. It comes in at 172 out of 187 countries in the UN’s Human Development Index (HDI), 2013. 72% of the Zimbabwean’s live below the poverty line, 40% are seen as living in severe poverty[1]. In one of the townships where we work in Gweru, Mkoba, only 20% of the community’s active adults are in formal employment.   Mkoba is a community of about 100,000 people.  Not only is there deep poverty here, but parents, schools and local churches lack resources to offer children good standards of education and life skills instruction.

(If you wish to read more about Zimbabwe and the context please request us to send you additional material, or you may google Zimbabwe and the places mentioned here yourself.)

Our partner churches in the town of Gweru and in the township of Mkoba have one to several dozen children a week attending a church service or program.  We have trained and are mentoring local leaders to become more effective children’s workers and life skill educators.

Short-term mission teams are welcome from the beginning of August this year. Find out more info at teams@livinghope.co.za

Mission program

Currently Living Hope is seeking teams to get involved in our children’s and Life skills programs. Teams have a few options available to them, depending on when they come – especially if teams come during the Zimbabwean school term or vacation time.

  1. 1.      Teams during the Zimbabwe school vacation time

One the objectives of the children’s ministry is to host annual Holiday Clubs (aka Vacation Bible Schools).  We would like to host a Holiday Club during the August School Holidays and/or the December Holidays.  The children are out of school for the entire month so we are not locked into a certain week those months.  (Since this would be the first time these churches would be hosting Holiday Clubs we will be starting small.) The churches are in different locations, thus we would host one Holiday Club two days in one location (in town) and then host another in the other location (in Mkoba) for the next two days, doing the exact same program in both places.  The structure of the Holiday Club would be very flexible and will include games, songs, Bible story-telling, and other fun activities such as face painting and balloon animals.

  1. 2.      Teams during school term

As children are at school during the morning, this program involves Afternoon Clubs. Similarly to the Holiday Clubs, these clubs would consist of games, praise and worship, a Bible story, practical application, and crafts.  Prior to the mission trip, our Life Skills Specialist, team members and the local volunteer leaders will work together to set a program based on the amount of available time, materials and skills of people and so on. (Living Hope has a rich pool of curriculum/material – both our own and that of other organisations for which we have permission to use.) 

Additional program activities

Children’s ministry, as described above, is the core purpose for this mission’s opportunity but, depending on the time Teams come to Zimbabwe, there are a number of other activities that could be added, namely:

  • Invariably when one enters Zimbabwe one enters via Harare. Teams can spend a day observing the Economic Empowerment project and getting involved in an activity or two related to this.
  • Doing life skills programs in schools (teaching in the classrooms, school assemblies, and even after school at school).
  • Ministering to the local churches (such as biblical teaching, praying for local churches, and so on).

What else do you need to know?

There are more details and as soon as you communicate your interest we will send you additional information. For now, the things you should also know are:

  • This opportunity is for a group that wishes to come for a minimum of 4 days and up to 10 days.
  • The team size needs to be a minimum of 5 and a maximum of 12 people.
  • You can apply as a group. If there are open teams individuals can you join such a group.
  • This is suited to people who like to work with children of different ages, but you needn’t be experienced in children’s work.
  • In an un-developed context it is often difficult to plan in detail and expect all to unfold as planned. Additionally for our partner churches these are new programs. Therefore visiting team members need to be flexible.
  • Please come with a servant heart, open mind and a gracious spirit.

What it is likely to cost?

Teams contribute to ministry costs to enable ministry activities (Holiday Clubs, Afternoon Clubs, Life Skills training and so on) to occur and for the costs related to their ministry activities.  The cost for a week of ministry is $350 (this is for a standard program but costs may change for different activities or extended ministry periods).

Then there are expenses related to your personal costs: airport transfers, accommodation, ground transportation (between Harare and Gweru and local transportation), meals and some drinks. In Gweru you will be staying at Antelope Park which has often been described by a range of tour operators and tourists as one of the best places to visit in Zimbabwe and even Southern Africa. The package includes a dedicated vehicle and the services of an ACTS guide / driver. ACTS is our visitor care and logistics partner.  The standard personal cost for typical 9 days program (as per example below) is $900. For more information please see Logistics and Personal Care document attached.

Sample Missions Team Program (9 Days)

Day 1 – Arrive in Harare and settle into Team House

Day 2 – Visit Eco Empowerment in Hatcliffe Lunch @Church

Day 2 pm – Rest Supper @Team House

Day 3 – Travel to Gweru

Day 4 am – Meet with the local team, plan for ministry activities and get to know each other

Day 5 and 6 – In one location hosting Holiday Club/ Afternoon Club

Day 6 and 7 – In other location hosting Holiday Club/ Afternoon Club

Day 8 – Recreation day at Antelope Park walk with lions, game drive, ride elephants or horses, etc

Day 9 – Travel back to Harare, go directly to airport, or settle into Team House and leave next day (depending on flights);

OR

Day 9 – Travel to Victoria Falls (one of the wonders of the world)

Day 10 – Travel back

If you wish to grab this wonderful opportunity to serve in ministry, experience Zimbabwe’s friendly people and see beautiful Africa email us today at teams@livinghope.co.za

Look forward to hearing from you and hosting you and seeing what God will do!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


[1] According to a report by the Oxford Poverty