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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.

 

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.

Over the years many volunteers and teams have asked about Living Hope clothing. We are pleased to announce that we now have an online store! When purchasing our products, you are supporting our ministry. Thank you!

We have branded clothing, a wonderful coffee table book and CD which features the Masi choir with Michael W. Smith, Casting Crowns and Jars of Clay.

All products are shipped from Atlanta in the USA.

Order HERE.

Since  we  started  teens  team, it  has  been  very  unusual  to find  that it was mostly  boys  who  were  committed  to attending Teens Club.   It  was evident that the boys  were enjoying spending time with their male leaders who  are  filling  that  gap of  a  father  figure. We  cannot  run  away from the  fact  that   our  community  is  dominated by  father figures  who are  irresponsible, who  don’t  associate  themselves  with  their  child’s upbringing and as  a result  many  boys   are  on  the  look  out  for   fathers  who  show  interest in them  as  well.   Unfortunately  this  does  not  always   produce  good  results;  some men  abuse  these  young  boys  trust  by  involving  them in drugs and  other  unacceptable  behaviours.

 

Since  Noxolo Mokson, our  legacy  member  joined the Teens Club we  have  seen girls  getting  more  interested  in club. Noxolo  is  still young and familiar with the challenges faced by young  girls  and she is able to influence them with her  amazing  testimony  and able to set  a trend  among   her  peers  into  living  the  life  that  pleases  God.   She  has  taught  other  girls  about  the best ways  of  overcoming  loneliness without  indulging in  stuff like  alcohol and negative  peer  pressure .   1 Timothy 4 verse  12  says : “Don’t  let  anyone look down on you because  you  are  young, but  set an  example  for  the believers in  speech, in life, in love, in  faith and  in  purity.”   We  are  very  proud of  having  young  people who  are  willing to  live  a life that is pleasding to God and commit to abstain from sex until marriage.

John Thomas our much loved founder and current chairman of Living Hope has
been traveling in the USA since 18th February preaching at various churches and bringing awareness to Living Hope and the work we do.

John Thomas with Living Hope Ministries Banner

Above is a photo of John with one of our new banners which outlines our 4
ministries, Living Care, Living Right, Living Way and Living Grace. (for more
information on these ministries, please click on the ministries tab above) 

What does John have to say regarding all the back to back meetings, “Life is full of incredible opportunities!”

A few key meetings he has attended this past week are the ones regarding the launch of a full length documentary on Living Hope, a CD launch featuring the Masiphumele choir singing with various well known Christian Singers, discussions regarding a benefit concert in April 2012 with Micheal  W Smith and  a meeting with the board from  Hospice Compassus.

John at Hospice Compassus offices

 John at the Hospice Compassus headoffice

This coming week Wednesday 22nd – Sunday 26th Feb, sees him down in Brimingham, AL attending the Shades Mountain Baptist Church, Global Impact Celebration.  It’s a wonderful opportunity to share once again the work which Living Hope is currently doing through our ministries and giving people the opportunity to get involved in missions may it be through prayer, financial donations or short term missions trips.

 

John at the Living Hope table at Shades Mountain

John standing at our Living Hope table at the Shades Mountain Baptist Church, Global Impact Celebration

Please be in prayer for John as he travels in the USA, should you wish to follow him on twitter you can find him on @LivingHopeJohn

Blessings to you all