I adore shopping for others.
Gift giving is a joyful way to let others know how much you care for them. Especially when the gifts are the thoughtful, don’t cost a ton of money, but “I was thinking specifically of you” type of gifts.
Now, what if I told you that you could turn those gifts into intentional blessings?
Well, you can!
When you buy online Amazon will donate a percentage of your purchase to the charity of your choice.
To do this login to your account using AmazonSmile (CLICK HERE). Choose your charity – I highly recommend Ignite South Africa, Inc 🙂 and make your purchases. Every month Amazon totals the purchases made and designated to Ignite, then mails the donation.
Personally, I bookmark the page for easy access. Currently I have donated $38.09 to Ignite South Africa through my account. What a gift Amazon gives in allowing me to benefit my favorite charity as I buy!
I encourage you to do the same.
Sign in to your account using AmazonSmile and choose Ignite South Africa as your charity.
As you do that, your purchases will even bless others!
It’s finally here!
Today, we are launching our 1st #GivingTuesday campaign!
Your gift will directly impact over 500 at-risk girls with counseling, support, and classes to choose LIFE and prevent unintended pregnancies in South Africa.
Ignite South Africa works in areas where teen pregnancy and abortion are considered the highest. Together, we can show the love of Christ to these girls!
Give $30 today to provide pregnancy counseling and education to 5 young girls!
Youth everywhere experience challenges.
Those challenges may be due to disabilities, relationships, abuse, bullying, drug, and so many other factors. Far too often adults do not see the child’s challenges or take them seriously. Many assume naughty children are just naughty rather than considering it a cry for help.
We are grateful to be in a position to see, hear, and intervene for youth through our Flashpoint program. Meet Bonolo, one of our 8th grade students, and hear what she has to say…
“Before Ignite my life was a mess. I had nearly committed suicide because I saw no hope and usually had a short temper. After all the lessons that I learned from Ignite I experienced change.
Thanks to you Ignite South Africa I now have reason to hope and my life is back on tract. I am speechless but I want to say thank you for supporting me, you’ve changed my life completely.”
Bonolo’s testimony is one of hundreds that we received this school year.
We are grateful to the Department of Education who allows us to teach and speak words of encouragement and hope into their lives of these students.
Our Flashpoint bi-weekly classes were attended by over 1,800 students this year as we taught grades 7, 8, and 9. Follow this link if you want to check out our curriculum. Our curriculum is available to be used free of charge, contact us at email@example.com to request the book(s) you are interested in!
Starting the Year Right
The first of the year can be hectic with school starting and teams coming. To prepare well we decided to print the first 6 months of our Enrich Discipleship class materials. This is our adult education program.
Nefthali is making over 100 text books for the 9 classes that our volunteer teachers will hold all over Qwa Qwa. We estimate it will take 3 days of diligent work to accomplish this goal. In a couple weeks the coaches will join him to collate, bind and ensure each book is made well.
Our new Printer is well used and loved
We are delighted at how simple and error free our printing has become since the purchase of the Riso printer. Though grateful for the old Duplo, it was clunky and the copies of medium to poor quality making reading hard. I truly believe that God has allowed our classes to expand (nearly doubling next year) as we have the capacity to meet the need.
Thank you to all who contributed and made this purchase possible at the beginning of the year. I know that our ability to print well has opened the door allowing the Enrich Adult Education program to expand. You see, without it we would never have been able to handle the printing needs required. So grateful to you.
I thank God for bringing Ignite South Africa into my life when He did.
I first took the FCG course which proved to be more than I was expecting as its name state, Foundation for Christian Growth. But in real terms it is nothing foundational rather intensive. After finishing it I took on God’s Plan as a second leg but I failed to finish it due to different storms which attacked me from all sides. So I took it again this year and I believe it came at the right time. I believe this whole plan was orchestrated by God himself.
As a result of attending this class I managed to establish a couple of classes at church for different level. The adult Bible study was established because of this God’s Plan for Christian Service course and a courtship class was also started seeing that we had more and more youth who are falling pregnant and becoming single parents.
Because of a better understanding of intercession, I began to teach relevant teachings to the youth and their parents. My teachings were improved and became more direct and simple for anyone to understand and as a result I saw growth of up to 50% of older men (fathers) attending the church and visitors who are touched by the gospel they received or heard from church. I have learned so much from this class.
We thankful for Pastors that are passionate about God and His direction and praise Him for multiplying their efforts!
This is our first place winner Mofokeng Popi and here is what she shared:
When I was much younger, I lived with my grandmother in a small village. Often she would have to fight to get me to school because I hated it so much that I would pretend to be sick so she’d let me to stay home. When my mother visited us I acted out because she forced me to go to school.
My absenteeism was so bad that I had not learn to do the basics of grade r. During the year that I somehow completed grade r, my mom bought a house in Phuthaditjhaba. The following year she decided that I should move in with her so I could get a better education. However, I had to perform a test to determine if I was able to start grade 1. For the test, I needed to write the first five letters of the alphabet and count from 1 to 20. I failed miserably so I had to repeat grade r.
When I passed and moved onto the next grade I made new friends, all of whom surpassed me academically. I was seen as one of the dumbest children in class because I was struggling to write and read my name and surname. Whenever I was asked to answer a question in class the other kids would laugh at me and tease me because I always got it wrong. Their constant harassment changed me. I became a troublemaker and a bully because I was full of rage. I wanted to make their lives a living hell, so I ate their lunch and took their pocket money not because I needed money but because I wanted them to feel the pain I felt when they were laughing at me.
Grade 2 and 3 were very similar in that I always made friends with the bullies and was often in fights, we broke all the school rules. I passed grade 3 and was sent to another school because I still wasn’t doing well academically. I started playing soccer and joined a netball practice; I thought these activities would restore joy in my life and give me a reason to live because every day that I went to school I wished I’d die, knowing that I was always going to be a laughing stock.
In grade 5 my behaviour remained relatively unchanged. I was still enraged because of my incompetency. My teachers used to say that I would never make it in life because they had lost all hope in me. This pushed me deeper into the dark hole that I was myself in and I felt worse about myself. My self-esteem and confidence had been eroded, but my parents didn’t lose hope; they kept pushing and taking me to different schools and even paid tutors to teach me how to read and write. It seemed as if they were wasting their time and money, but God was in control. In grade 6 I started seeing things in a different light. My hope was renewed when I started to believe that God would change my situation.
When the time came to write my final exams I was anxious because it was becoming harder and harder to move on to the next grade. When I got my report I was so scared of failing but I got the shock of my life when I found out that I passed with high marks. I was even awarded a certificate for remarkable academic improvement. I was so happy because it was the first certificate that I had ever received in my life and I also knew deep down that God was busy sharpening my life for His own glory.
But in grade 8 I found myself wondering if I could do as well as I did before. Doubting myself; I cried uncontrollably in my room, wishing that I could die instead of having to go back to school where I would, without a doubt, be the school’s laughing stock. On the day that we were set to write an English paper, I was beyond nervous. Everyone seemed to enjoy the test but I was clueless. My nerves held me back as if I were instantly paralysed. It was then that I had an encounter with God that I still can’t quite put into words.
I’m now in grade 9, I’ve come to realise that it’s my time to shine and show all my full potential. It might sound impossible but I’ve come to realise that when you want something bad enough, putting your mind to it and doing your level best is the way to go. That and a little help from God.
Remember that God is not a son of man who can lie, nor will He change His mind. Like He said in Jeremiah 29:11 “For I know the plans I have for you. Plans to prosper you and not to harm you. Plans to give you hope and a future.”
I believe and I declare my life will never be the same again. Walk in the light.
Join us as we congratulate and thank Popi for sharing her story with us!
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 firstname.lastname@example.org 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.