On August 22, Rosemary Mlotshwa received her first call on our Pregnancy Center Helpline. Here is her amazing testimony of life change and a life saved.
Expectation is something that is wonderful and it has power; sitting and waiting for the phone to ring gives you much power to have patience. So that’s what I did. I waited…and waited…and practiced patience. Until it happened!
Late one afternoon I got our first call from a young lady who was pregnant, scared, and was concerned about getting help for an abortion. When the phone first rang, I’ll admit I panicked at bit. But then I took a deep breath, remembered the training I received, took out my training document, and answered the phone with a shaking voice.
Fortunately, God was there with us in that moment. He picked me up, made me strong, and calmed my fears. The girl’s voice was shaking and she spoke very fast. She was nervous, afraid, and desperate for help with an abortion. I managed to calm her down by the grace of God, and after talking with her she agreed to meet for an appointment the following day.
This was as new for me as it was for her. We both were scared. But I also knew that it was a divine appointment from God. On my way to the appointment I prayed, studied my notes, prayed, and studied some more. Then my phone rang and my heart dropped thinking she was calling to cancel. Instead it was just to confirm where to meet.
I was happy to finally be in the field and to be used by God to help someone, but at the same time it’s hard to be happy while someone is desperate and scared and sad.
We met at the church, and in a warm and beautiful office started talking…and talking. I did my part by applying what I had learned, and God did his working in her heart and changing her mind. After a long, difficult chat she decided to keep her baby. I was so proud of her.
Together we saved a life that day.
Through this call, I learned more about love, patience and life. Life begins even before a child is in the womb, and every life is precious to God, our Creator. I thank God for bringing me this deeper revelation. I thank God for the training I received both in the classroom and in the field. And I thank God for the opportunity to save lives.
While I am changing someone’s life, it’s surely changing mine as well.
Please pray for Rosemary and our other helpline workers – for strength, wisdom, patience and love as they answer the call. And if you can help sustain the work they are doing, please visit our strategic giving page and select House of Refuge.
Did you know…?
- 1 in 4 youth we teach are orphaned and at risk.
- 41% of all rapes in South Africa occur to children 12 years and under.
- Tradition states that a man “owns” anyone to whom he provides resources.
- Only 1 in 25 rape victims report to authorities.
- South Africa ranks highest in the world for rape.
- This accounts for a high percentage of HIV and teen pregnancies.
- Abortion is often the choice.
- Illegal abortion occurs for more than 1 in 2 girls, often with devastating results.
These statistics are heart-breaking, but at Ignite South Africa we are purposing to change them through an incredible team of staff and volunteers. Together, we are empowering leaders for life, and making a tremendous impact.
Did you know…?
- That our Pregnancy Center Helpline opened this year – the FIRST in the Free State!
- Posters are going up in Qwa Qwa offering hope and help.
- We’ve received a low interest loan and purchased the House of Refuge, a home to pregnant, orphaned teens.
- Prepping and furnishing of the House has started.
- Two women have experienced healing through our first abortion recovery retreat.
- Five mothers have received support and five babies have been saved.
We praise God for these incredible testimonies and for His provision thus far. But as we shared at our recent Gala event, even more is needed. More trust, more faith, more prayer, and more people to sow into this incredible work.
Can you help…?
- $45,000 is needed to retire the loan on the House of Refuge as quickly as possible.
- Additional monthly givers are needed to ensure that we can meet operating costs prior to bringing in our first girls.
- Advocates are needed to raise awareness and expand our partnership base.
- And of course, prayer warriors are needed as well!
Please pray about the role the Lord is inviting you to play. To sow financially, please use this link.
Thank you for your love, prayers and support!
SOAP is a simple yet powerful method for studying Scripture. It stands for Scripture, Observation, Application and Prayer.
- S – Scripture: As you study scripture, make note of the key verses that jump out to you. Writing them out helps you to slow down, really see them, and allow God speak to you through them.
- O – Observation: Write down your observations about what you’ve read. Who is the author? Who is the audience? What is the situation? Are there certain words repeated or emphasized?
- A – Application: Write down how those observations affect your life today and how you can apply them. This is where God’s Word becomes personal. What is God saying to you today?
- P – Prayer: Pray to God about what you’ve learned and how to live it out. Also pray about anything else He may have revealed including any sin that may be getting in the way.
This is just one of the many study methods that students learned in our recent Hermeneutics class. When asked about how they were blessed by the course, here is what some of our students had to say.
“God blessed me through this class…It class taught me about the Old and New Testaments, and I want to thank God because now I have resources like books and notes that will help me to read and understand the Word of God so that I can be ready to preach the Gospel to others.” – Mokokeng Motsami
“One key lesson that I have learned and enjoyed is how to work with the word SOAP when it comes to Bible study…I have been applying this method in my teachings in the church and it has been helpful. I thank God for you and others in the class.” – Jeanette Mofokeng
“I enjoyed the class times and learning with others. Before this class, I would become frustrated at times when I didn’t understand certain Scriptures. Learning to study scripture in context has made a huge difference in my understanding of it.” – Amanda Radebe
We are currently building a resource library in our new office facility. If you have any new or gently used Biblical resources that you’d like to contribute, please email email@example.com and we will help with the necessary arrangements.
Prosperity. Success. We may define it differently, but we all want it – for ourselves, for our children, for our children’s children. Fortunately for us, in Joshua 1 God gives us the secret to prosperity and success.
And the secret is…Wait for it…Obedience.
The Lord was busy encouraging Joshua in his new role as leader of Israel. Joshua had big shoes to fill after Moses, and was likely feeling a bit intimidated and unqualified. So the Lord promised to always be with him, and encouraged him to be strong and courageous not once, but 3 times. (4 if you count his soldiers saying the same thing.)
But the part that struck me in the encouragement was the call to obedience.
“Be strong and very courageous. Be careful to obey all the law my servant Moses gave you; do not turn from it to the right or to the left, that you may be successful wherever you go. Keep this Book of the Law always on your lips; meditate on it day and night, so that you may be careful to do everything written in it. Then you will be prosperous and successful.” (Joshua 1:7-8, emphasis added)
While strength and courage are important, its obedience that leads to prosperity and success. And who doesn’t want to be successful wherever he or she goes?
Now, both the world in general and our American culture in particular have much different definitions. For example, Merriam-Webster defines prosperity as “the state of being successful usually by making a lot of money.” We tend to think of wealth, possessions, influence, and power, and then project that view on God thinking if we obey God we will be wealthy.
Yet reality doesn’t pan out…
Because God doesn’t define prosperity or success the same way we do. I love what Jen Hatmaker says in For the Love. When it comes to how we interpret the Bible, “If it isn’t true for a poor, single, Christian mom in Haiti, it isn’t true.” In other words, God’s Word must be true for all. If it isn’t true everywhere, then it isn’t true anywhere.
So if we determine that obedience leads to material wealth and power, yet it doesn’t work for that poor, single mom, then we’ve misunderstood the character and Word of God. Prosperity and success must mean something else…
The Lord tells us if we obey, then we will be prosperous and successful. Imagine if our values and goals, words and actions, marriages and parenting, work ethics and relationships were all rooted in God’s Word. Imagine if we modeled Christ in every area of our lives.
That sounds pretty prosperous and successful to me.
Praying for prosperity and success in your life and mine.
Just as we need to eat nutritious food for physical health and strength, we must spend regular time feasting on God’s Word for spiritual health and strength. And as anyone with young children knows all too well, it takes learning and practice to master eating “big-people” food. The same is true for studying God’s Word.
Hermeneutics is a discipline that teaches us how to study God’s Word. It takes into consideration things like cultural and historical context, literary genre, grammar, syntax and semantics to better understand the author’s intended meaning.
In our recent 13 week Hermeneutics course, based on the book How to Study the Word by Terri Lawson, students learned methods of Biblical interpretation for both personal spiritual formation and for teaching others.
As they shared testimonies, many said that they discovered falsehoods they had believed based on their own cultural traditions, but they now felt better equipped to study, interpret and teach the Bible for themselves with the help of the Holy Spirit and the tools provided.
“This class has been a great blessing to me indeed, as it has given me the ways of taking the word of God from the pages to my heart. From now on I know how to study the Bible in a different way than I did before. And the most fascinating thing was to learn that the Bible has its own original language, that was a key lesson for me, though a difficult one, but it makes me want to dig deeper and deeper to find out more. So far, I have applied the methods I’ve learned in my devotional journal. As I study the Bible, I’ve been practicing what I’ve learned. I’ve also been helping my brothers in the Lord by teaching them.” – Thabiso Makhorole (pictured bottom left)
Please pray for our recent course graduates as they practice what they’ve learned and press deeper into the Word of God.
“Pray also for me, that whenever I speak, words may be given me so that I will fearlessly make known the mystery of the gospel, for which I am an ambassador in chains. Pray that I may declare it fearlessly, as I should.” Ephesians 6:19-20 (NIV)
Paul had just been encouraging the Ephesians to be strong in the Lord, to draw their strength from His and to clothe themselves with the full armor of God so that they’d be able to stand against the devil’s schemes. We’re in a spiritual battle and the enemy wants nothing more than to keep us from following Christ and from reaching others for Him. So he’s telling us to stand firm, gear up, and pray, pray, pray.
He tells us to pray for all the saints, then goes on to ask for prayer for himself. Why? Because he’s an ambassador in chains charged with sharing the Gospel. We can think of the chains figuratively, but in Paul’s case he was literally in prison in chains at the time.
As an ambassador, Paul was Christ’s representative. Christ chose him, entrusted him with the Gospel, commissioned him, sent him out to share it, and qualified him to do so. We are Christ’s ambassadors as well. 2 Corinthians 5:20 says this: “We are therefore Christ’s ambassadors, as though God were making his appeal through us. We implore you on Christ’s behalf: Be reconciled to God.”
God makes His appeal through us. What an awesome privilege and responsibility that is!
Even in jail, Paul’s priority was doing the will of God, sharing the Gospel, and encouraging others to do the same. Paul doesn’t ask for prayers to get out of prison. His own comfort and freedom weren’t top priorities in his heart or mind. Rather, he asks to declare the gospel fearlessly – without fear of the enemy, without fear of man – as he ought to speak.
Whether we are in chains or able to go freely, we ought to proclaim the Gospel boldly, without fear. So what are some of the things that are holding us back from doing so?
Fear of rejection? Fear of persecution? Fear of embarrassment or humiliation? A lack of love for our fellow man?
Ask the Lord to reveal any fears that you have so they can be dealt with and you can be reconciled with God, ready to battle for Him and for those who don’t know Him.
As imperfect humans living in an imperfect world, we go through a lot. Trials, problems, injustices. And as Christians it can be even more difficult, swimming against the currents of the world, battling against attacks of the enemy.
But James tells us to be patient and not lose heart. Like the farmer who plants and then waits patiently for harvest, “You too be patient; strengthen your hearts, for the coming of the Lord is near.” (James 5:8)
I needed to be reminded of this today. It’s not like we don’t already know this – that we need to be patient and keep the faith when things get tough and prayers seem to go unanswered. But for me, I tend to forget as time marches on and pressures, doubts and fears try to push their way in.
Patience is such an important part of faith. It’s what keeps our faith engaged while we’re waiting on God. Patience is to faith what our feet are to the brakes in our cars. Obviously we keep pressing until our cars come to a complete stop.
Yet it’s not always so obvious when it comes to faith – at least not for me anyways.
Earlier this week I saw a great video segment from Andy Stanley. He spoke about our current presidential race how people are becoming weary of everything that is going on. He reminds us not to grow weary, to remember that we worship a God who is bigger than all of this and in always control.
And I love this – he tells us to “Stop scaring the children!” That’s exactly what our lack of faith does. It gives the next generation a pretty bleak picture – one of doom and gloom and an impotent, uncaring God.
James goes on to remind us that we have seen and heard of the Lord’s dealings, that we already know for a fact that God is full of compassion and is merciful (v11). James gives the examples of Job and the prophets who endured trials with patience, persistence and prayer. These are great examples to be encouraged by.
But they also remind me that I have examples in my own life…and you do as well. Testimonies big and small of when God showed up, came through, answered prayer, full of compassion and mercy.
We just need to remain patient and keep the faith for as long as it takes. And stop scaring the children!
What do you find yourself praying the most about these days?
Praying that you will remain patient and full of faith as your prayers are answered.
God doesn’t judge the way the world does, based on possessions, power, influence or fame. Instead, He looks at how we love and how we demonstrate that love through the simple day-to-day things.
“Then the righteous will answer him, ‘Lord, when did we see you hungry and feed you, or thirsty and give you something to drink? When did we see you a stranger and invite you in, or needing clothes and clothe you? When did we see you sick or in prison and go to visit you?’ “The King will reply, ‘Truly I tell you, whatever you did for one of the least of these brothers and sisters of mine, you did for me.’ “ Matthew 25:37-40
In this parable Jesus’ message is clear –how we love others and respond to their needs is how we love and serve God Himself. They are one and the same.
Food for the hungry. A drink for the thirsty. Welcoming a stranger. Clothing the naked. Comforting the sick. Visiting the lonely or imprisoned.
What these acts have in common is that they are simple – things that any one of us can do. They are also things that only the person being helped will notice.
Notice in this parable that those serving didn’t realize it was Christ they were serving. “When did we do that?” they asked. Winning His favor wasn’t their motivation. Instead their motivation was to serve purely out of love for others, even the least of them. As a result, their attitudes and actions were credited to them as righteousness.
Continuing on in the parable, you’ll see that those who didn’t help others, who may have had they known it was Christ they were serving, were separated out and judged as having the wrong heart, wrong motives and wrong actions.
Our Father is delighted when we love and help others without expecting anything in return. That’s how we experience the pure joy of serving.
And we needn’t think we have to do everything, fix everything or give everything that we have. That is not the goal. The goal is simply to love others well, and it’s the simple things can make such a difference!
Lord, please help me to be present in each moment, and to notice the people and needs around me. Show me how to help in the simple ways that reflect your love each and every day. Amen.
I love the Psalms because they are so raw, authentic, and passionate.
They show us that we have a God who cares about us and wants to share in our triumphs and pains, in our hopes and fears. He loves our praise, but He’s also ok with our cries, complaints and rants.
God wants it all. That’s what being in relationship is all about.
“When I am afraid, I will put my trust in You. In God, whose word I praise, In God I have put my trust; I shall not be afraid. What can mere man do to me?” Psalm 56:3-4
David was crying out to God because he was being pursued by his enemies. He was feeling weary, discouraged, and fearful from fighting all day long. And notice that he doesn’t say “if” I am afraid, but “when.” Because it happens. It happened to him, it happens to me all the time.
Like David, I have felt exhausted and battle weary at times. I have felt trampled, hurt by naysayers and scared by doomsdayers in my life. While I may not have actual soldiers chasing me with their swords glinting in the sun, my enemy (and yours) is even tougher, craftier and more persistent.
When negative comments and thoughts about myself and the world around me make me feel insecure, inadequate, and afraid that’s a sure sign that I’m putting my trust in something other than God.
Fear is a red flag that I’ve taken my focus off of God.
I love how David rallies his courage in this Psalm. He remembers that he belongs to God and that God is with him. He puts his trust in God and trust is the “firm belief in the reliability, truth, ability, or strength of someone or something.”
God wants us to place our trust in him – only him.
Anything short of that is actually idolatry…ouch!
So David turns his worries into praise, and he conquers his fears knowing that God has his back (and front and sides…) As David strengthens himself in the Lord he realizes that no one and nothing can harm him or prevent him from fulfilling God’s purposes.
God will deliver him from the hands of his enemies, and God will deliver us as well.
Our fears stem from a lack of trust.
Not trusting that God has our backs.
Not trusting that God is with us.
Not trusting that God is speaking and that we’re hearing His will.
Too often, we listen to the voices of our enemy instead.
Where are you placing your trust right now?
Lord, please show me what it looks like to trust You in each area of my life.
We located a House of Refuge, conference centre, AND office space!
It feels surreal that after searching everywhere God brought us back to the center of Qwa Qwa to find this property. But He did.
This home has EVERYTHING we need to house 3-4 orphaned/at-risk girls with a house mom. The property has additional buildings which will provide a conference centre, classroom, two offices and a bathroom. This will allow us to relocate our Qwa Qwa office saving us $350/month in rent!
To make this God-dream become reality, we need YOU!
For Ignite to purchase the home we must pay cash (SOON) and the cost is $48,000.
At first I was intimidated thinking it was impossible but then I realized that it would only take:
- 48 people donating $1000 each (or)
- 96 people donating $500 each (or)
- 192 people donating $250 each (or)
- 480 people donating $100 each (or)
- Or any combination
Can you help today?
Sow a gift
Help us provide shelter and safety to a pregnant teens, classrooms and office space for the work we do.
Help us intercede for favor- that our offer is accepted and the finances come in to allow this purchase.
PLEASE share this email and opportunity with everyone you know and help us take the next step.