Feb

19

Our Flashpoint program is a needed help for many schools  

After an introductory school assembly last year, we received repeated invitations from the Principal to schedule our classes.  The primary reason was a concern about the emotional well-being of the students. She believes our program will help.

You see, this school is in a very remote area of Qwa Qwa with no form of recreational activities for the students.  In fact, due to their location and size, they shared that it is rare any organization visit them to offer support or services.

One of the teachers voiced concern as well, sharing a recent incident in which they found students engaged in sexual activities inside the school toilets.  One of the children is now pregnant.  

Though the toilets are now patrolled and teachers involved, they state they need more help.

This term we brought our classroom program there.

Our coaches confirmed that what the Principal feared was true for many. Upon introduction of curriculum and explanation that God has a purpose for their lives, students quickly disagreed.

Two students stated that they came to this world by mistake.

One said she is a product of teenage pregnancy (and was named in regards to that mistake).
The second shared that she was raped by her stepfather, and because of that believes her life is also a mistake.

It is these stories that make our work as Ignite South Africa crucial.


Data and testimonies reflect that 
through our program students lives are impacted by truth and changed forever.
That s
tudents begin to understand God has a purpose for them regardless of the past.

We have personally witnessed the lives of students (and families) in previous schools altered forever by HOPE.

Because of that, we look forward to witness the transformation in the lives of students here as we teach in grades 7-9: Living on Purpose, Save Sex, and Break The Silence. 

We can only do this with your prayer support and financial backing.
To join us in reaching this school, and many others, pray about becoming a financial partner.  

* Sponsor one class per month for $45/month
* Sponsor one coach teaching in one school for $85
* Sponsor a whole school for $300 – $550 (cost varies on school size and number of coaches teaching)

To specify your giving as noted above, just leave a comment in the donor form linked above.

Feb

13

Let the whole world know what God has done…

The strike has ended with surprising speed. Reports indicate that Vusi Tshabalala has stepped down as Mayor over Maluti a Phofung district.

Today, schools are back in session.  Word is that we will be able to resume our Flashpoint classes tomorrow.  What an answer to prayer!

We also plan to move forward with the Mobile Pregnancy Clinics in both Mmakwane and Qholaqhwe on Thursday, Friday respectively. Please pray that word gets out and that people respond and take advantage of the classes and services we are offering.

We ask for continued prayer for our district, and the country, as there will be many changes in leadership on all levels over the coming weeks.

Thank you for your partnering with us, prayer absolutely changes things!

Feb

12

Today is the second week of a bit of unrest here in South Africa.

Last week Tuesday the strike started with roads being blocked, schools closed, and shops locked. We had hoped the end was near however just discovered today that it is continuing indefinitely.
We could use your prayer support…

The reason for the strike is multi-faceted but the request is that the Mayor V. Tshabalala step down.

He has been accused of many things including misappropriation of funds which has led to services having slowed or stopped in many areas.  Additionally,  residents in Qwa Qwa find themselves without essentials such as water and electricity.

The situation is desperate and word is that schools, nor work, will be resumed until he steps out of office. Which to date, he has refused to do.

In addition, at this moment a committee is in session to determine whether President Zuma will be asked to step down. If he refuses again (he has twice so far) the matter will then go to Parliament.

In all of this uncertainty I can assure you we are safe.

We are taking precautions. Which means our Flashpoint classes, Workshops, Life meetings and ministry events have been put on hold temporarily until life settles.

We pray that will be this very week. Will you join us?

Feb

5

 

Imagine this…

as a child of 11 or 12 years you are playing with friends when one notices that there is blood on your pants.  Home you run feeling confident that you are now dying. You stop before your mom who quietly states, “you are a woman now. Do not sleep with boys or you will be pregnant. Go and clean yourself up and use this cloth to protect your pants.”

That’s it. That’s all you get.

No explanation at all about what is happening in your body.

Unfortunately, this is an all-too-often occurrence for many girls within the villages of Qwa Qwa. Culturally parents do not discuss body changes feeling it far too personal. This leaves many youth alone when trying to understand, and care for, their body.

A principal in one of our schools identified that as a problem for his youth and asked we talk to the boys and girls separately prior to beginning our formal classes.

Our first class we did just that- divide the boys and girls. Our coaches talked about puberty including body changes and personal care for both males and females.

Due to a donation of reusable panty protection packs from Listowel Baptist Church in Canada, we were able to explain proper care and provide the means to over 50 girls.

In addition, we took that time to talk about sexual abuse, molestation, and respect toward the opposite sex. With National statistics reflecting 1 in 3 youth in SA have been sexually molested/raped we knew it was something we needed to discuss.

Once again, thank you to all our partners who make our work possible and practical!

Follow the links to see more photos from the day, learn more about Flashpoint, or become a partner.

 

Jan

29

It’s a new school year in South Africa and just like in the states, it brings with it a sense of  anticipation. The children await class dressed in their school uniforms exuding hope for a successful year.

It is an exciting time for all involved, including me.

Today I join our Flashpoint team to deliver our books and take photos on this first week of classes.  In the schools I see the joy experienced as the kids receive their book and hear about the topics to be discussed. It reminds me of “the whys”…

Why I live overseas, away from family.
Why we spend months developing our coaches to go into the schools.
Why we invite new schools to join our classes.
Why we invest money in preparation, curriculum, education, and ministry to the youth.

South Africa’s next generation leaders.

This first quarter Flashpoint will be in 7 schools teaching approximately 1,175 students grades 7-9. In addition, they will work with students one on one when requested and hold assemblies in schools not currently teaching. Follow this link to enjoy a few photos from the schools we were at today.

We invite you to partner with us in prayer:

  • our Coaches model Christ and lead by example.
  • youth will see and seek Truth over beliefs and expectations
  • recognize every choice made will determine their tomorrow, their future.
  • see the Coach as a safe refuge and are able to talk freely

To join us as a financial partner and impact this next generation, follow this link

Jan

10

I love new beginnings (and second chances) and believe starting a New Year encourages both of these.

After all, when else do we get permission to start over?  We are encouraged to look back at our accomplishments, consider the challenges and determine what we want to do differently.
Or not.

I think that is why I love starting a new year with a leadership retreat and all-staff meeting. Let’s face it, work can get tedious, the challenges overwhelming, and discouragment tries to creep in … especially when you work in a hurting world.

Therefore it’s important that we encourage each other regularly and what better starting place than the beginning of a New Year?
So here’s a peek at us:

We begin every meeting with prayer and worship (acappella style) followed by a teaching from God’s Word.  This year the teaching is titled “So What?”
Are you curious?

Then we take a “look back” at the previous year. This invites us to celebrate all God accomplished and revel in the truth that He desires and is pleased by our collaboration.  SO. COOL.

Next we review God’s promises, purpose, and mission for Ignite South Africa to remind and re-ignite the passion for our work. It begins to stir the gifts that God deposited within us to ensure we accomplish what lies before us in 2018.

Finally, we fill in our year planner to see the big picture of where we are heading. This also inspires us to prayerfully consider and write our goals and action items.

I don’t know about you but I’m tired of planning something and finding it incomplete. God calls us to run our race which means – running and staying on the track.
To stay on the right track we need to be intentional = action items!

So, here’s to a year of intentional living.
Investing our time, energy, focus, and finances where we know they will increase.

Praying God’s blessings over you for a prosperous New Year!

 

Jan

4

We are so grateful to announce that in 2017 over 16,500 people were reached by our ministry!

Here’s what happened in our House of Refuge this year.

THE STATS
House of Refuge: community LIFE programs for females of all ages!

  • Our House mom is fully trained and prepared to receive new moms.
  • Our Maternity Home is fully furnished.
  • We completed registration for the Maternity Home with the Department of Social Development (this will allow us to take in children of all ages).  
    • Now we await final approval!
  • Our pregnancy helpline received many calls, 10 of which required counseling.
  • We received an ultrasound machine from Flutter for our Mobile Clinic and four of our staff were trained in ultrasounds. We  provided our first 10 ultrasounds to new moms.

A team from LIFE International led a second series of trainings for the leaders who volunteer with us.

  • Journey of a Lifegiver (JOL)
    • This level II training reviewed the challenges our volunteers encountered during our National led training. It also reinforced teachings and increased confidence for our team to expand this JOL training to new pastors and leaders in 2018!
  • Post abortive counseling
    • This level II training helped our volunteers who work with our crisis phone line problem solve calls and questions.

THE TESTIMONY
House of Refuge | Life Program

At the beginning of the year we received an ultrasound machine that was donated to us from Flutter.  

June, Amanda, Busisiwe and Aimee were able to receive training on the use of the machine, early detection of pregnancy and measuring for dates with volunteers allowing us time to “practice”.  

Additional training was done through a pregnancy center in Springs to observe and hone our skills so we are better able to interpret what we are seeing.

To date we have be able to perform 10 ultrasounds and it has been such a blessing to see the joy on the mother’s faces when they see their babies on the screen.


If you would like to partner with the House of Refuge programs click here, your support will help us to support and spread the message of life to more in 2018.

Dec

28


We are so grateful to announce that in 2017 over 16,500 people were reached by our ministry!

So much has happened this year that we’re going to highlight our impact over a few different blog posts.

Here’s what happened in our Enrich Bible School program this year.


THE STATS:

Enrich Bible School and Discipleship (our adult discipleship class attended by many pastors as well as lay)

  • 8 Adult Bible classes held with 66 classes taken and a  92% pass rate
  • 4 graduated from the 2.5 year program
  • 3 1-day Pastoral workshops held  with average of 15 attendance.

THE TESTIMONY:
Rev. Paul Maleke, Capstone Leadership Class

 

During the course of this class, I led a gathering for men in the church, but made it to focus on all men and not men of our church only. I wanted us to find a way to bridge a gap between men because our culture dictates that a man’s life should be on island (do life alone). Secondly I wanted old men to open a direct communication channel to us young men (to help us grow). Knowing how we live here in QwaQwa, I did not expect many people to show up but on the set day many men arrived.

 


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Dec

21

We are so grateful to announce that in 2017 over 16,500 people were reached by our ministry!

So much has happened this year that we’re going to highlight our impact over a few different blog posts.

Here’s what happened in our Flashpoint program this year.


THE FACTS:

 

Flashpoint is our youth program in the schools which teaches relevant biblically based curriculum.

This year our coaches:

  • Taught over 2500 students in our classrooms
  • Taught another 1,200 in our one day school assemblies
  • Total of over 3,700 students our coaches taught
  • 365 new decisions for Christ were made

In addition, 9 schools requested our help to meet/counsel their students, which meant 91 youth getting one on one sessions!

We also had 12 youth follow ups requiring intervention with Social workers etc.

To support our youth programs our management team held the following in the schools:

  •  4 Educator workshops = 58 people
  • 4 Parent meetings  =  487 people

THE TESTIMONY:

 

This is from an Educator/Headmaster, Mr. TT Moloi

We as the SMT, SGB and Teachers of  Makong Intermediate School are highly impressed by the way programs of Ignite SA implemented in our School. The programs like this are highly required in Schools as they contribute a lot in instilling discipline among learners.

As for our school, the program has arrived at the right time when there was a crisis of  behavior of learners and teenage pregnancy. This serves as an eye opener to us as a school, that we need to collaborate with other organizations like this to bring back morale of good behavior among young generation.

For the sake of improvement we recommend that the program of Ignite SA be sustainable for at least 6 month in the School to ensure a complete development.


We are so encouraged by the results and feedback from our efforts in the Flashpoint program. Thank you for helping us ignite the youth of South Africa!

More 2017 results to come.


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Dec

5

Our Capstone Leadership class is the final class in our discipleship training series.  It provides a variety of opportunities for students to practically apply what they have been learning through oral presentations, journaling as well as creating a project that reaches out to their communities.  In addition, the leadership classes help students identify and grow in the different areas of ministry that God has called them.

Our 2017  Capstone class had this to say about what they learned:

God has helped me to know that as a leader I am called to equip, I am called to teach, called to lead by example and with integrity. – Lizzy Khoabane

In this class God has blessed me a lot for I learned even from the topics that we were given to present. The lesson of self care in ministry was important to me for I learned that God cares for us. Meaning He is not just caring about our spirituality but for both spiritual and physical as well. – Moeti Moloi

Each student had to determine local needs then design and implement a project that would impact their local community.  Here is what a couple of them had to share about their project:

During the course of this class, I led a gathering for Men in the church but made it to focus on all men and not men of our church only.  I wanted us to find a way to bridge a gap between men, because our culture dictates that a man live should be on island (alone). Secondly I wanted old men to open a direct communication channel to us young men. Knowing how we live here in Qwaqwa I did not expect many people but on the set day many men arrived! – Paul Maleke

 A testimony of my project to teenagers. The teenagers loved everything that we did and they wanted us to continue (past our scheduled date). The teaching was about living on purpose, and some of them knew some of things, and many didn’t understand a purpose for their life’s and I explain to them about purpose and they were encouraged. – Martha Moloi

As these students graduate we look forward to seeing how they will use their gifts, knowledge and skills to impact and change their communities.