Author: Karen

 

Living Grace* is hosting a “Ride for Recovery Breakfast Run” on 13 April 2013 beginning at 7 a.m in Muizenberg, the ride will take you around the Peninsular ending at Living Hope in Capri.  The cost is R100 per person and includes  breakfast and coffee. All funds raised will benefit the substance abuse recovery programme at Living Grace.

For more information call 021 788 9702 or email admin@livinggrace.co.za

*Living Grace is a ministry of Living Hope and is focused on reaching out to the Homeless and the Addicted.

The Homeless ministry provides help in the form of daily meals, locker storage, shower and laundry and a clothing shop to people.  Spiritual help is a significant focus.  CLients also receive access to social service, medical care and opportunities for employment and accommodation.

A major issue in driving poverty and AIDS is Substance Abuse.  The Substance Abuse program offers outpatient rehabilitation to clients in all the areas we serve.  The program is based on a “road to recovery” model.

It is important to note that Living Grace does not charge for any of its services and relies solely on donor support to continue to offer a helping hand to those in desperate circumstances.

Thanks so much for your support this year.

 

A recent newspaper article in South Africa referred to “Living Hope Ministries” from the Free State which was allegedly involved in some form of hate speech, this was not us!

We have no knowledge of who they are even though we share a similar name.

Living Hope Trust is in no way connected to this ministry and this is the first time we have heard of them

– John Thomas, Founder and Current Chairman, Living Hope Trust

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.

Eight years ago today Living Hope opened its Health Care Centre – then called a Hospice.  1500 plus people have stayed there since then and been ministered to with Christian compassion and dignity.  Many have gone into eternity from that building and others have gone home far better than when they arrived.  We praise God for all our faithful staff over the years and their care for the patients, for our donors and the US and SA government who have contributed to the running costs. (You can buy a Christmas tree light in honour of one of those patients). While we have no more funding for it at this stage from about April next year, we do know One who is able to help us meet all our needs according to His riches.  To God be the glory for all He has done.

 

The first annual Ride to Recovery took place on a beautiful Saturday. On November 17th, area bikers joined together at Food Love’s Market in Tokai where they rode a stunning 2 hour route around the peninsula. They viewed several Living Hope communities and finished the ride at Living Hope offices in Capri. The riders were treated to a light brunch, served by Living Grace staff and clients. All funds raised benefited Living Grace. Peter Lovick, General Manager of Living Grace, is an avid biker, especially for a great cause.

With loud gospel music blaring from the pastor’s bakkie (truck), teens in the community of Overcome Heights excitedly took part in an community outreach. They distributed flyers, inviting teens in neighboring Capricorn to a youth event on Friday. One teen in particular enthusiastically joined in spreading the invitation.   He has since invited several friends who now also attend club. This outreach gave the Overcome youth a reason to spend time together and serve together.

Overcome Heights has developed into exciting possibilities. Life Skills Educator, Enrico, is excited about his opportunity to mentor teen guys in Overcome.  Enrico and the Life Skills Educators have been focusing on dealing with the boys and girls questions separately, rather than in a co-ed environment. “This has opened up new ways of relating to the guys, says Enrico. They speak to me differently, they want to spend more time together. They want more than just club. Now they want to come visit me at home and play soccer with me on Saturdays.”

Please pray for our Life Skills Educators Meagan, Stacey, Ilana, Enrico, Roger, Holden and Ivan  as they work daily with the kids and teens in Capricorn and Overcome Heights.

 

*photo Kat Stahl

Her name is Didi (not her real name), she is of Indian descent is  softly spoken and is one of those people who just blend into a crowd. A few weeks ago she came up to my office and said that she urgently needed to speak to me as what I said in the devotions had touched her deeply. She sat down and shared with me an amazing story. Being a reserved type of person she would often be taken “hostage” by dominant men who would use and abuse her. One group  forced her into being a drug mule and she was caught and arrested in Brazil and served 5 years in a Brazilian jail. On release, she was sent back to SA and landed in the Cape with nothing and no one. True to the pattern of her past she was “befriended” by a Xhosa man who again began the physical and verbal abuse. A few months later she found that she was pregnant. A little boy was born and the abuse got worse and worse.

One day, the boyfriend came home and beat Didi. He then demanded that she take that piece of (expletive) pointing to the baby and get out and never come back. In total shock and in considerable pain she gathered up the baby’s things put some of her clothes in a plastic bag and left the house. She does not know how she got to Muizenberg.

The next day, Michael, one of the MID street cleaners found her and the baby sitting on the pavement both crying. He sat down next to them and asked what was wrong? After hearing about being thrown out of the house Michael said that she should come to Living Grace, “They would help her.” Joan and the staff were truly magnificent.

Not only did they put a food parcel together but Michael bought nappies out of his own pocket, Mary Anne bought a tin of power milk for the baby and Josephine said she would take her to her church Pastor in Capricorn to ask for help with accommodation. The Pastor took her in to his own home and our staff continued to support her and the baby with milk and nappies. Didi has been an amazing volunteer and nothing too much for her. She is a real star as a very dependable capable volunteer.  She is thoroughly delightful to have around.

As she shared the story with me, I was truly amazed and deeply touched by the sacrificial actions of my staff. I had no idea they were helping out of their own meagre incomes. She then stopped speaking and quietly sat and just looked at me. After a good number of seconds, she said,  “I never intended to tell you my whole sorry story I just wanted to ask you to lead me to Jesus. What I have heard and what I have seen here makes me realise I need to have Jesus in my life.” A very special moment followed, a moment many of us in ministry cherish.

Didi has remained an excellent volunteer and there are many more of us now who help with nappies and milk for her 9month old little boy. Didi is a very bright and loving mommy and is able to speak five languages which include, English, Afrikaans, Portuguese, Spanish and German.

The Pastor has offered her some land to build a small bungalow (shack) in a safe place and she is now trying to find some building material so she can move out of a very congested house and be on her own. Michael and the street cleaners have promised to help her build the bungalow.

If anyone can help with either building material or employment please let me know. I will gladly recommend this lady and would love to see her being able to provide for herself and her little boy.

I am also very humbled and “proud” of our Living Grace staff and street cleaners. God is at work here at Living Grace to Him be all the Glory!

-written by Peter Lovick, Living Grace General Manager

Living Grace is a place of refuge, restoration and recovery.

 

On Friday, our Health Care Centre officially received the recognition they earned from COHSASA . The Council for Health Service Accreditation of Southern Africa (COHSASA) assists a range of health care facilities in Southern Africa to meet and maintain quality standards. COHSASA recognized the Health Care Centre with a two-year accreditation certificate.

Our Heath Care Centre and carers are among the elite in the health care industry. This two-year accreditation verifies the excellence in quality that we are able to provide our clients. The process spanned six years and could not be possible without their time, energy and passion. Well done!

In addition to the COHSASA accreditation, our Health Care Centre also earned a 5-star recognition from the Hospice Palliative Care Association. Congratulations Living Care on your well earned accreditation.

COHSASA Chief Operating Manager presents Sandy Lovick, Living Care General Manager and John Thomas, Living Hope Founder and Chairman of the Board, with the COHSASA accreditation plaque.

Masi Life Skills Educator  Desmond Hangana has been voted the Community Hero for the month of October. Longbeach Mall votes each month to recognize people who are making a difference in their community.

Desmond was nominated for this honor by Christina Quist, Living Hope volunteer, in recognition for his heart and leadership in working with the teens in Masi.Desmond receives a R500 gift card from Longbeach Mall and had the opportunity to choose a charity of his choice who would also receive a R500 gift card. from the mall. Desmond chose Living Right, a ministry that forms part of Living Hope.
Photo: We are happy to announce that Desmond Hangana has been voted as your Community Hero for the month of October. Desmond is a 25 year old man who works with Living Hope, specifcally the teens who live in Masi. He teaches them about making good choices, often using his own life decisions as examples of what not to do. He goes into homes to visit with the families of the teens he mentors. He seeks to provide for their physical needs, doing whatever he can to channel resources to his teens. </p><p>Kevin and Christina go on to say that Desmond does not have access to a lot of financial wealth, but he is present and there for the teens. He shows them love by not just showing up once a week, or once a month and leaving. He is there - Everyday! He lives in the community, he builds their dreams, shows them choices and does so at the expense of his own. He may not have his own NGO, but he does what the NGO's can't. He lets the teens use him as a foot stool, to step up, to get a glimpse of what could be. There is no recognition for him, just the knowledge that he is making a difference.</p><p> Our Hero, Desmond receives a R500 gift card from Longbeach Mall and had the opportunity to choose a charity of his choice who would also receive a R500 gift card. from the mall. Desmond choice Living Right a ministry that forms part of Living Hope.