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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.

The Factory which is a local youth ministry held at King of Kings Baptist Church every Friday evening from 7pm to 10pm are partnering with Living Hope and hosting the ‘Journey to Hope’ fun run and walkathon – all funds raised through ‘Journey of Hope’ will be donated to Living Hopes childrens ministry (to more about this ministry click here)

The event takes place on the 7th February starting at 9am from Living Hope Capri – the route takes place around Capri and ending again at Living Hope’s Capri campus.  You have an option of doing 1 Lap which equals 3.5km or 2 Laps which equals 7km.  The cost is R100 to enter the run/walk

After all the running and walking, there will be amazing activities at the Living Hope Grounds, Live Music, Food Stalls, Jumping Castles, Picnic Spots, Braai Spots, Games! Entrance is free!!

You don’t want to miss out! Invite the whole family!!

Register Online click here

For more info contact: Stuart 083 254 0634

*** DUE TO THE CURRENT WEATHER SITUATION, Brentwood Baptist Church’s parking lot has frozen over so we have changed locations for tonight’s Partners Conference Dinner – the new location is Rolling Hills Community Church, 1810 Columbia Avenue, Franklin, TN 37064 – Times will remain the same, 6pm – 8pm – Hope to see you there ***

 

You have seen the “Save the Dates” and heard a little bit about the plans, but now it is time to SIGN UP AND REGISTER! We are so excited to be coming to the U.S. to share this time with our friends and partners and know that it is going to be an incredibly blessed and informative time. Please make your plans NOW to join us!

Partner Celebration Dinner
Sunday, February 22, 2015
6:00 pm – 8:00 pm
Brentwood Baptist Church – Hudson Hall *** NOTICE – this will now be moved to Rolling Hills Community Church, 1810 Columbia Av, Franklin, TN 37064 ***
$30 per person for non-conference attendees
RSVP required

*free childcare provided but RSVP needed

John Thomas, Living Hope Chairmain will share the opening to a three part series titled “Gods Heart for the Poor and Needy”.

Partners Conference
Kicks off with the Sunday evening celebration dinner and continues all day Monday and Tuesday, 24 Feb til 11:30 am
Brentwood Baptist Church
Cost $100
(Conference cost covers Sunday night dinner & meals on Monday and breakfast on Tuesday)

Come hear the second and third part of the titled series as well as spend time getting to hear the stories of what is going on at Living Hope, the future of the ministry and connect with other partners in ministry.

John and Avril will be around all Tuesday afternoon to spend one-on-one time with anyone interested.

REGISTER HERE

Chris and his sister are active kids in our afternoon club at Ocean View. One day while playing with friends at the lake near a building site in Ocean View Chris fell in and hit his head on a rock. A lady walking past witnessed the event and pulled him from the lake to start doing CPR. She eventually revived him and took him to the clinic where he lost consciousness again. The paramedics worked on him for two hours before they were able to get a steady pulse and rushed him to the Red Cross Children’s Hospital.

During this traumatic time our Life Skills Educators supported the family with food parcels and emotional support as they constantly checked in with the family to see how they were doing over the weeks to follow. Chris’ granny also thanked Living Hope for the many prayers that were a great support to her family. Furthermore, Living Hope connected the family with social workers to assist the family on any legal matters pertaining to the incident.

Chris has now made a full recovery and he and his sisters still attend club today. We were so glad that we could support the family spiritually and emotionally in their time of need. Because of the generosity of others who become a #LivingHopeDAD we are able to be active in life events of our children and respond in love during tragedy. Become a financial partner by going clicking here

Chris' granny came to thank Living Hope for assisting her family

Chris’ granny came to thank Living Hope for assisting her family

The community of Ocean View

The community of Ocean View

Our Life Skills programs brings hope to literally thousands of children and families every year. And we do it all by the donations of individuals.

This Black Friday we are hosting our annual Face-a-thon with the goal of getting 100 NEW DAD’s over the course of 12 hours. Our Dollar-A-Day (DAD) supporters are key to keeping this program going strong by giving just $31 a month.

With videos, photos, fun facts and more, this Black Friday promises to be more than just a day of scrambling for gifts. Give the gift of HOPE and help us recruit 100 new DAD’s. Join our Facebook event by clicking here!

face-a-thon

As is the nature of our volunteers, we constantly have people coming and going. The process from decision to apply with us to arrival usually averages about 12 months. Knowing this process takes some time, we are looking ahead to how an incoming volunteer can meet needs here at Living Hope. While we value all of our volunteers and the skills that they are gifted with and we welcome anyone to apply, here a few of the positions we would love to have a volunteer fill (prefer a one year or greater commitment unless otherwise noted, 6 month minimum):

  • Our Agriculture and Business Training Program is looking for someone who can perform general maintenance and be an “all hands on deck” worker within our tunnels.
  • Our Agriculture and Business Training Program is also looking for someone with a horticulture background to be a farm supervisor and potentially help out in the classroom as well.
  • Our Life Skills Department has opportunities to volunteers with our kids and teens programs in each of our communities.
  • Our marketing department can use help with a shorter term commitment with either photography/videography or with graphic design.
  • We would be happy to have someone for general building and grounds maintenance as well as auto maintenance for our vehicles that transport staff and clients to and from our communities.
  • Living Right can also utilize someone skilled in administration to help with the day to day processes and to help research and write grants to help fund our ongoing work.

ride for recovery

The month of October has been deemed Ocsober, where South Africans and all those around the world are being asked to quit drinking for the month, as part of a campaign to raise awareness about alcohol abuse. Living Hope understand first hand the devastating effects alchohol abuse can have on an individual and family, because of this we created a Ride for Recovery event, where we take to the roads to raise funds and awareness of our Recovery Programme.

Ride for Recovery started in 2010 and has been an annual fundraising event for Living Hope’s Recovery Programme. The ride has always been marked with an enjoyable morning out with kindred spirits of the biker kind and every year the friendship circle grows bigger and bigger.

On 26th October 2014 in keeping with the theme of OCT-SOBER we will ride again. Many of us will know someone or know of someone who has been impacted by drunk driving, a terrible scourge in SA. In honour and memory of these people some who have passed on others who live with life crippling injuries we honour them with this ride. How appropriate that the proceeds raised will go to a Substance Abuse Recovery Programme.

Do diarize the date and join with us!

Meeting Venue : Blue Bottle Parking Area in Muizenberg

Time: 7:30am

Date: 26th October 2014.

Donation : R100 per person.

Destination : The Beach Restaurant in Kleinmond

Route: Baden Powel Drive to N2. N2 to Engen 1 stop (toilet break) on to Gordons Bay turn off (turn right) to Clarens Drive. Clarens Drive to Koggelbay (bum break and sight see hopefully there will be whales) Koggelbay to Kleinmond for brunch (your own cost).

All motorcycles and scooters welcome. THIS IS A RIDE NOT A RACE!

So here’s praying for great weather and looking forward to seeing you there.

For more information : Contact Samantha 021 788 9702 (office hours)

Living Hope can now count itself among the accredited training providers in the Western Cape. Living Hope has received the final stamp of approval from the Services SETA for accreditation of the Way To Work course. This 9-day course teaches the soft skills needed for employment such as work ethic, time management, integrity, communication and more and has been a long-standing programme within Living Hope.

Nathan Panti displays the Statement of Achievements certificate with Services SETA approved results

Nathan Panti displays the Statement of Achievements certificate with Services SETA approved results

Programme Coordinator, Nathan Panti, shared that becoming an accredited training provider gives Living Hope an edge over other training organisations offering this type of training. “This accreditation certifies that we have a high quality training that meets the guidelines of the Services SETA. Not all training providers in this field are accredited so this gives us an advantage in being attractive to job seekers looking for skills, companies wanting to upskill their staff, and helps us in applying for tenders from the city to provide training.”

The original material was created for training the unemployed in soft skills and has since found a market among employers looking to increase the skills of their staff. What this means for Living Hope is that Way To Work can now be offered in multiple versions both as a resource for the community and an income-generating project as businesses are willing to pay for high quality training, explained Panti. The corporate version piloted with two trainings for the agricultural testing company, Bemlab.

“The opportunities for this programme to expand are limitless,” Panti said. “We are excited to see more people being trained in skills that will benefit them not only at work, but in all areas of life.”

To find out when the next Way To Work course will be held or to arrange a training for your company please call Nathan Panti, Programme Coordinator, at 021 784 2838.

Peter Lovick writes,

At Living Hope’s Recovery Programme the morning discussion topic with our clients was on Heritage. The question was asked what is a heritage? Someone in the group responded with,” it is something you receive from the past you did not earn….like an “ in-heritance”. This sparked lots of lively interesting discussion.

It was noted that we have a great heritage in South Africa with many things to be very proud of and that in every culture there are the “giants” who left us an inheritance of good values and traditions. ( E.g. Achbishop Tutu and Madiba)
This then led to the comment does your heritage define who you are? It was agreed, in many instances yes, one can recognise a person who speaks English with a Greek accent and who loves Greek food as a Greek person. Following this line of the discussion found the group asking so what kind of heritage are we leaving the coming generations? Gangsterism, Women abuse, Alcoholism, Drug abuse, Prostitution, Child abuse and neglect…. the discussion became very sombre and reflective.

Then almost in a whisper someone said, “that’s why I am here, to change what I have received and to leave something better for the future.” Like a ripple in a pond the individuals lifted their heads and said me too, me too, me too….

I thank God that there is a place like Living Hope’s Recovery Programme where people can find deliverance from the past and become new creations in Christ Jesus (II Cor 5:17). Where the chains of addiction and old negative behaviour gives way to peace, joy, love forgiveness and hope.

We hope you enjoy a very happy healthy Heritage Day, have a great braai too. If you have a good Heritage stop for a moment and give thanks and if you don’t perhaps you too will join us at Living Hope’s Recovery Programme to make a new start on a better future.

God bless!