Author: Karen

Registration for Living Hope’s Annual Partners Conference is now open!

We kick off on Friday 4th March with a 15th year celebration dinner at 7pm and go into Saturday 5th March with our conference from 8am to 3pm

We look forward to sharing with you stories from our staff and clients on how God has been working in our ministries.

If you have not yet registered, please do so to avoid disappointment

 

 

On Sunday, 30th November, in the early hours of the morning, a fire broke out in Masiphumelele wetlands area affecting between 4000 – 5000 people, it is estimated that close on 1000 of those are children.  Living Hope is the official drop off point for donations of clothing (all ages, male and female, including babies), bedding (pillows, blankets, sheets), shoes, hygiene products (soap, face clothes, toothpaste, toothbrushes, roll on).  The donations are being sorted on site and volunteers are welcome.

We have had many asking about financial donations and Living Hope has been approved to receive cash donations, click here if you are outside of South Africa and wish to donate please select ‘Masiphumelele fire’.  For those living in South Africa the bank details are as follows:

Account Holder: Living Hope – Call Account
Account Number: 62061847748
Branch code: 202309
Bank: First National Bank
Type of account: Investment Account/Savings Account
Reference – Masi Fire & your email address

Some photos of the effected areas, photo credit Chad Chapman

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National Child Protection Week is commemorated in South Africa to raise awareness of the rights of children, this year it takes place from the 25th May to the 1st June.  A green ribbon symbolizes the support and awareness of Child Protection.  We encourage you to partner with us and wear your green ribbon for the above dates

Living Hope is dedicating the month of May to Child Protection and bringing awareness and education to schools, churches, parents and to the community
WHAT IS CHILD ABUSE?

Below are some helpful resources of orgonizations which work in protecting and helping and advocating for children, please feel free to share these as we work together in protecting our children of the future:

1. WHERE CAN ONE REPORT ABUSE?

* DEPARTMENT OF SOCIAL DEVELOPMENT
The Department of Social Development ensures that a comprehensive network of social development services is provided to enable and empower the poor, vulnerable and those with special needs. They also offer after hours services and placements for children in crisis situations
Cape Town Office Tel: 021 481 9719 or a/h: 071 815 0920 or tollfree: 0800 60 10 11
Southern Suburbs Office Tel: 021 763 6236 or a/h 078 883 7012
Website

* FALSE BAY HOSPITAL
False Bay Hospital offers emergency care and assessment of any case of child rape or abuse.  They also are a referral to appropriate services at Red Cross Hospital and Victoria Hospital for forensic examination, offer counselling of children/affected family members and obligatory reporting to Child Protection Unit
Tel: 021 782 1121
Website

* SOUTH AFRICAN POLICE SERVICES
South African Police Services are available for report cases of child abuse
Emergency line: 10111
SAPS Ocean View tel: 021 783 8306
SAPS Fish Hoek tel: 021 782 6289
SAPS Muizenberg tel: 021 787 9000
SAPS Cape Town tel: 021 467 8037
Website

 2. COUNSELLING AND SUPPORT SERVICES FOR ABUSED

* ACVV SOMERSET WEST
ACVV provides psycho social welfare services to children and their families in Chris Nissen Park, Garden Village, Helderzight, Firgrove, Faure, Central Somerset West, Victoria Park and Pinkster Park
Tel: 021 852 2103
Website

 * CAFDA
CAFDA’s role is to serve the Cape Flats community through restorative support for the entire family and to create educational and social opportunities for the community.
Tel: 021 706 2050
Website

* CHILD WELFARE SOCIETY
The Child Welfare Society ensures the survival and protection of children at risk. Helping children in crisis situations like abuse, substance abuse, severe neglect, poverty and crime
Tel: 021 638 3127
Email: information@helpkids.org.za
Website

* CHILD CARE INFORMATION CENTRE
The Child Care Information Centre handle queries on all matters relation to child care from health t education, child abuse to parent support groups
Tel: 021 689 1519
Address: Red Cross Childrens Hospital, 46 Sawkins Road, Ronderbosch

* CHILD LINE
Child Line offer individual counselling for children
Tel: 0800 55555
Email: admin@childlinesa.org.za
Website

 * NICRO
Nicro are a youth rehabilitation, national institute for crime prevention.
Tel: 021 462 0017
Email: info@nicro.co.za
Website

 *OCEAN VIEW TRAUMA CENTRE
Ocean View Trauma Centre offer debriefing and short term counselling for victims of crime.
Tel: 076 290 7099
Email: clmswart@gmail.com

* OPEN DOOR IN OCEAN VIEW & MASIPHUMELELE
Open Door offer social work/statutory services and counselling.
Tel: 021 712 2330
Website

* RAPCAN
Rapcan work to precent child abuse. They run awareness raising workshops and a counseling and referral system for both children and families and for adult survivors of incest and child abuse
Tel: 021 448 9034/5
Address: No 28 Lower Main Road, Observatory
Website

UCT CHILD GUIDANCE CLINIC
UCT Child Guidance Clinic offer counselling for families of children with emotional and behavioural problems. Scholastic and developmental assessments are also carried help
Tel: 021 650 3901
Email: cgcnl@protem.uct.ac
Website

3. PLACES OF SAFETY/FOSTER HOMES

 * ACVV BRIGHTLIGHTS
ACVV manages a drop in centre for destitute children in the Helderberg basin
Tel: 021 851 2414
Email: acvvbrightlight@telkomsa.net
Website

* HOME FROM HOME
Home from Home offer foster homes throughout the City
Tel: 021 761 1581
Website

 * IMMANUEL’S HAVEN
Immanuel’s Haven provides a place of protection and love, especially for abused, neglected, abandoned and hurt children
Tel: 021 200 0757
Email: info@immanuels-haven.org
Website

 * L’ABRIE DE DIEU
L’Abrie de Dieu is a place of refuge for physically, emotionally and sexually abused women and their children including pregnant women in crisis.
Tel: 021 883 2574
Website

* RAINBOW OF HOPE
Rainbow of Hope is a place of safety for abandoned and abused children
Tel: 021 591 6610
Email: rainbowhouse11@telkomsa.net
Website

 * ST FRNACIS OUTREACH TRUST
St Francis Outreach Trust offer foster home in Masiphumelele
Tel: 021 786 5487
Website

* TEREO PROJECT – SOMERSET WEST
Tereo Project offer a place of safety
Tel: 021 851 4005
Website

* UTHANDO LENKOSI – DIEP RIVER
UThando leKosi offer a place of safety
Tel: 021 713 4342
Website

* VILLGE CARE CENTRE – LAVENDER HILL
Village Care Centre offer a Safe House for emergency placements for children for up to 48 hours
Tel: 021 701 8840
Email: lynette@villagecc.co.za

4. CHILD PROTECTION/PREVENTION ORGANIZATIONS

* LIVNG HOPE
Living Hope Serves as an advocate for children in the communities in which it works. A priority of all staff , partners and volunteers is the protection, safety, well being and holistic development of children
Tel: 021 784 2800
Website

*BEAUTIFUL GATE
Beautiful Gate provide care and support to vulnerable children and families
TEl: 021 370 2500
Email: support@beautifulgate.org
Website

4.1 DISABILITY

* SINETHEMBA SPECIAL CARE
Sinethemba Special Care support rehabilitation for disabilities awareness support for families, social worker
Tel: 021 785 5389
Email: fhknw@telkomsa.net

4.2 FAMILY SUPPORT/FOSTER CARE

*ARISE CHLDRENS MINISTRIES IN HEIDEVELD
Arise Children’s Ministries promote and support and adoption and foster care for children without families and we provide quality support through community organisation partnerships.
Tel: 021 633 4320
Website

 4.3 HUMAN TRAFFICKING

*S-CAPE
S-Cape are a Human Trafficking prevention group who empower those most vulnerable for human trafficking with the knowledge and skills to protect themselves and their children
Email: miryam@justiceacts.org
Website

4.4 PORNOGRAPHY

* STANDING TOGETHER TO OPPOSE PORNOGRAPHY (S.T.O.P)
S.T.O.P  promotes a society in which children are nurtured in an environment of sound family values and in which women and children in particular are protected from sexual crime, sexual exploitation, abuse and violence in accordance with their constitutional rights
Tel: 021 715 3216
Fax: 086 696 008
Email: stop@stop.org.za
Website

*K9 WEB PROTECTION
K9 Web Protection is easy-to-use Parental Control and Internet filtering software that helps parents protect their children online
Download the free software and protect your children
Website

4.5 PREGNANCY

*HOPE 4 BABIES
Hope 4 Babies offer counselling intervention for women with unwanted pregnancies, support for new mothers, abandoned babies, 24 hour drop box
Tel: 076 116 5403
Email: counselling@kingofkings.org.za

*PREGNANCY HELPL CENTRE
Pregnancy Helpline Centre provides free pregnancy tests and counseling
Tel: 021 447 3630
Address: Jubilee Community Church, 21 Nelson Road, Observatory

4.6  PROSTITUTION

*STRAATWERK – PAROW HEADOFFICE
Straatwerk offer information and ministry concerning prostitution
Tel: 021 930 8055
Website

4.7 SUBSTANCE ABUSE

 *PARKWOOD CLINIC DRUG CENTRE
Parkwood Clinic Drug Centre offers counselling and rehabilitation for children abusing substances
Tel: 021 705 0103/4
Email: cindychessne.williams@capetown.gov.za

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Do you have a dream to start your own farming business? Living Hope can teach you how! Living Hope is now recruiting students for its next Agriculture & Business Training Course which is a free, full time, long term training for those with a passion for farming. Come to Living Hope on April 28th or 30th at 2 p.m Kommetjie Road in Capri to find out more! You can also contact Chris at 021 784 2800 or email: agritraining@livinghope.co.za

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Good Friday 3 April
Read: Matthew 27:32-61

Today is Good Friday – a day that sometimes feels far from good. How can such a horrendous unjust death be good? Our hearts are heavy at the price Jesus had to pay for us, but yet our hearts should also be bursting with praise – He paid the price for our sins. As that old pastor’s sermon goes, ‘It’s Friday, but Sunday is coming’. As we remember the crucifixion of Jesus today we also remind ourselves that this is not the final piece of the salvation puzzle – yes, Jesus died a horrible death. But that is not the end. Acts 2:23-24 This man was handed over to you by God’s set purpose and foreknowledge; and you, with the help of wicked men, put him to death by nailing him to the cross. 24 But God raised him from the dead, freeing him from the agony of death, because it was impossible for death to keep its hold on him.

As you dwell on the crucifixion of Jesus today do so with gratitude in your heart but also do so with the joy of knowing He is not dead, He is risen.

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Thursday 2 April
Read: Matthew 27:11-31

Jesus had His trial before the Jewish religious authorities – they knew they wanted to silence Jesus, no matter how. But there was still another trial before a puzzled Roman who ended up part of this Easter puzzle without really understanding what was going on. Pilate was manipulated by the Jewish leaders. He sentenced to death an innocent man. The injustice of Jesus’ trials often goes unnoticed – He was set up and yet did not protest – He did not kick and scream. It was unfair, yet God was still in control. Isaiah 53.7 He was oppressed and afflicted, yet he did not open his mouth; he was led like a lamb to the slaughter, and as a sheep before her shearers is silent, so he did not open his mouth.
Even as the soldier whipped and mocked Him Jesus did not protest. The religious leaders thought they had won, they thought they were in control, but they did not understand what was happening. They did not understand their piece in bringing about salvation. Just as Joseph said of His brothers: You intended to harm me, but God intended it for good to accomplish what is now being done, the saving of many lives. (Genesis 50.20)

Tomorrow is Good Friday when we remember Jesus’ sacrifice on the cross – will you invite someone to our services so they can catch a glimpse of the abundant love that Jesus has for them?

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Wednesday 1 April
Read: Matthew 26:36-56

Jesus knew what lay ahead of Him – the pain and suffering yet He knew what the big picture was, reconciliation between man and God. So in the Garden of Gethsemane He weighed up the puzzle pieces, He wrestled with His human nature that said do all you can to avoid pain and He wrestled with His love for us that said do all you can to save them. So in that garden He reaffirmed His love for us and His commitment to undo the damage done in that first garden. The big picture- God’s plan and will won over that next puzzle piece that would be laid down.

It is so hard to imagine how Jesus put one foot in front of the other to walk towards a horrendous death – but He was compelled to do so by His love for you and His obedience to God’s plan.

Will you let the love of God compel you today – to reach out and share God’s love someone in your life who needs to know the breadth and depth of Christ’s love for them?

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Tuesday 31 March
Read: Matthew 26:17-35

The men who were closest to Jesus did not fully understand what that first Easter was all about. At a last meal together, a celebration of the Passover, Jesus tried to spell it out to them. Using the bread and the wine as object lessons He explained how He had to die. We see from the disciples’ reactions at Jesus’s arrest that they did not grasp this. It is hard sometimes to understand why Jesus had to die for us – but His death was the only perfect sacrifice for our sins. Without His dying there is no reconciliation with the Holy and Just God. There was no other way, Jesus death was planned, it was not a mistake or a plan B. Isaiah 53:4-10 shows how Easter was always part of the big picture: Isaiah 53:10 Yet it was the LORD’s will to crush him and cause him to suffer, and though the LORD makes his life a guilt offering, he will see his offspring and prolong his days, and the will of the LORD will prosper in his hand.

Take some time today to make a gratitude list – what are you thankful to God for about Easter?

 

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Monday 30 March
Read: Matthew 26:1-16

As soon as Jesus entered Jerusalem the religious authorities got itchy – He was speaking in a way that made them feel uncomfortable. He shone the light on their sins and shortcomings, He did not fit with their plan so they plotted to silence Him forever. Little did they realise that their distaste for Jesus was known to God and that they actually were part of God’s big picture too. Jesus was rejected by the very people who had been looking for Him to save them. John 1:10-11 He was in the world, and though the world was made through him, the world did not recognize him. 11 He came to that which was his own, but his own did not receive him.
The religious authorities thought they knew best, what God’s plan was and how it should work. Yet they missed out because of their preconceived notions.

Looking at our own lives it is sometimes hard to see God’s big plan – ask Him to help you submit to His will for your life.

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Sunday 29th March Palm Sunday
Read: Matthew 21:1-17

Right from the creation of the world and from that moment when Adam and Eve chose to go against God’s instructions this triumphal entry into Jerusalem was planned by God. Jesus, God’s own Son, was riding into Jerusalem proclaimed as King. Yet He was not what people thought the Messiah, the Saviour, would be. Many had hoped He would be a political figure who would stamp out the Roman rule over Israel. Yet He came as a peaceful King. People wanted a mighty warrior, and He is, but not in the way they thought, they didn’t know who the real enemy was. It was not the occupying forces that Jesus came to defeat, but the oppression, death and separation from God caused by sin.

Jesus said this in His first public sermon in Luke 4.14-21 but the people missed what He was saying – He seemed like a puzzle piece that just did not fit with their plan.

As we start our journey towards Easter ask God to show you His big plan so that you can worship Him fully this Easter time.

(a special thank you to Tracey Soko for the daily readings)

* 24 March is World TB Day, South Africa sits with the Worlds highest statistics, 400 out of 100 000 people test positive to TB.

Did you know that Tuberculosis, or TB, kill more young people than any other single infectious disease.  Every minute two children die of TB worldwide.  All children under the age of 5 years, living in a household where there is someone with TB or if they have regular contact with someone with TB should be tested for TB

A cough of two weeks or more, blood-strained sputum, fever, drenching night sweats, loss of appetite, unexplained weight loos, a general feeling of illness and tiredness, shortness of breath, chest pain are symptoms of TB

TB can be cured.  With early diagnosis and the correct medical treatment, TB can be cured.  Speak to your clinic nurse or GP  for more information.

Children can be tested for TB by taking a Montoux test at any local Clinic

Living Hope staff will be out in the communities today bringing awareness and doing TB screening, come and visit us at one of out locations:

* Ocean View clinic

* Masiphumelele Khosa Square

* Red Hill clinic

* Or look for our blue tents in your community

Together lets stop TB in our lifetime

At our recent Partners Conference in Nashville, TN, John Thomas, our founder and current chairman of Living Hope presented a three part series called ‘God’s heart for the poor and needy’ for those who where not available to attend, we would like to share these sermons with you.  We should hopefully have the audio podcasts available soon.

Part 1: What did Jesus have to say about the poor and needy

Part 2: What do the Old Testament prophets say about the poor and the needy?

Part 3: Will you be a biblical Christian and a biblical church?

 

 

The Life Skills Education Programme work with children and teens in impoverished and challenging home-circumstances in 6 different different communities to bring hope and to show God’s love. Through the various programmes offered the children have a place to feel at home and loved, the South African schools get to learn about Biblical Principles and AIDS Prevention, and it helps to provide godly male and father role models in the communities.

This all gives our communities hope in Christ, helps to build the children with Christ-honoring values and helps to reach South Africa for the Lord. The programmes offered include afternoon children and teens clubs, holiday clubs, school and preschool ministry and parenting workshops to name a few.

The Life Skills program depends on funding from our D.A.D. campaign. So we need you to partner with us to help raise support for this programme.

“Would you be willing to play the fatherly role through the sponsorship of the Life Skills Program and effectively allow these children to have some form of fatherly input through our very dedicated staff? I want to ask you to commit yourself NOW to this program.”  John V Thomas, Chairman and Founder of Living Hope.

Click here to sign up as a D.A.D.