May

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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.

Pray
Help us intercede for favor- that our offer is accepted and the finances come in to allow this purchase.

Share
PLEASE share this email and opportunity with everyone you know and help us take the next step.

Thank you for partnering with us!
To sow into the shelter electronically you may use this link, for other giving options or if you live in South Africa, click here.

May

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Do you have any cares these days?
I know I sure do.  Cares about family, work, friends, what’s going on in the world around me… yet God tells us to cast our burdens, cast our cares upon Him.

“Cast your burden upon the Lord and He will sustain you; He will never allow the righteous to be shaken.”  Psalm 55:22, NASB

The Lord tells us to give these cares over to Him and let Him take care of them.  He encourages us and states that He will carry the weight, freeing us up to simply trust in Him.

He invites us to look to Him as our sustenance, our provider, the one in control of all things. My cares aren’t silly or trivial to Him, because I’m not silly or trivial to Him.  And the same goes for you!

If you have children, think about a time when they lost their favorite toy, stressed out about a test, or worried about being asked to the dance.  While none of these signaled the end of the world, it felt that way to them.  And you cared about it because you care so deeply for them.

Big or small, our burdens matter to God because we matter to God!

God’s promise is that He will never let the righteous be shaken.  That’s me.  I’m righteous, so this promise is for me.

And if you trust Christ as your Savior then this promise is for you as well.

Righteousness doesn’t mean doing everything right, rather it means being in a right relationship with God, and that happens when our sins are forgiven through Christ.

Picture placing your burdens on a hook at the end of a long fishing line.  Now cast that line as far as you can.  Watch it flying farther and farther until it hits the water with a “kerplunk.”

See that bobber thingy floating way out there? Say yes…

Now cut the line! 

As you cast your cares unto the Lord, resist that urge to reel them back in and trust. . .

Apr

21

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Each of us holds something in our hands.
Whether it an opportunity, a hurt, or a gift we all are holding something and often we don’t even realize what it is.

I remember a season in my life where what was in my hand was not flattering, it was offense.  I had been hurt, deeply hurt by another and yet because it wasn’t “proper” to be angry so I stuffed it.

I buried it so deep within me that I did not see it.

But over time, it became apparent to those close to me that something was wrong and thankfully…. they shared.  This allowed me to do the introspective work I needed to do to get right. To forgive.
To move on and be free.

I encourage you to look at what is in your hands.
Don’t wait for someone (if they dare) to question you about it, check for yourself right now.

Are you clutching something in desperation?
Gripping something in anger?
Or loosely holding something in an open palm?
and then figure out . . .  what is it?

God has given us one life to live.

Create your life to be a gift to others – one that builds up, supports, strengthens, and gives.
I promise, choosing life is something you will never regret!

 

Ignite South Africa is a nonprofit org in Michigan and South Africa with a mission to model, equip, and ignite godly leaders.  If you want to be a part of this mission, check out ways you can join us on our website.

 

Mar

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How have you invested in your future?

Many of us know it’s wise to invest money in retirement, stocks or bonds. In doing this we plan to improve our future as our investment multiplies over the years.

But, how often do we consider investing something other than money?
Something such as time, talents, and skills.

How do we do that you wonder?  Well, it’s in the little things like asking someone how their day is going.
Taking a moment to open a door, help someone with groceries, or even say hello to another in the store.

Think of it, many of us have found ourselves in a crowd at some point in our life and yet felt invisible.
Alone. Unseen.

WE have the power to change this for another when we invest ourselves in others.

Along this line, our team chose to invest in the children of Leratong on Good Friday.
Through drama, testimonies, play, and time sharing we were able to connect and love on them.
I’m not sure which of us benefitted more, the children or our team!

It reminded me that as our money multiplies when invested, Jesus shared a similar principle in the parable of the talents; “Lord, you delivered to me five talents; look, I have (used and) gained five more talents besides them”   Matt. 25: 20b.

Follow this link to check out the photos from the day!

Jan

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and what a kick off it has been!

In the midst of our (well thought out) plans and schedules God has allowed a multitude of changes to surface.  Previously the twists and turns would have caused significant anxiety, today we find our whole team discovering a deeper peace, sense of direction, and increasing anticipation for what God is doing.

So while schools are changing, classes rearranging, and roles morphing, God is stirring up the gifts and talents within us.

Leadership has increased.  Volunteers multiplied.  Partnerships have expanded.
and it is only the beginning . . .

God has positioned us for a miracle year and we are ready to receive! 

 

Jan

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Have you ever felt what you had to offer wasn’t enough?

Whether it was you, your knowledge, talents, abilities, or financial gifts.  Whatever it was, you just felt lacking and when you looked at others you felt poor- poor in gifts, poor in talents, poor in stuff.

If that sounds familiar, I’m here to tell you that you aren’t alone.
This is a key device the enemy uses to keep us from sharing ourselves and our resources to build God’s Kingdom.

Yet God tells us something different…

While Jesus was in the Temple, he watched the rich people dropping their gifts in the collection box. Then a poor widow came by and dropped in two small coins. “I tell you the truth,” Jesus said, “this poor widow has given more than all the rest of them. For they have given a tiny part of their surplus, but she, poor as she is, has given everything she has.” Luke 21: 1-4

You may not be rich as the world sees it, but you are rich according to God’s standards.
He has equipped you with everything you need and called YOU a gift to the body.
Perhaps the gift you are to share today is a quick email to encourage, a smile to brighten the day, some kind of physical help, or a financial gift. . .

Regardless of the size of the gift, we are called to share of ourselves, our talents, and our stuff.
So today, rather than giving from your abundance give from your lack.  

If you lack joy share a smile, if you are disappointed speak encouragement to someone, if you don’t have enough give a token offering and watch God bring the increase!

He is able and has created you as a perfect gift to His Body!

 

Dec

18

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My name is Motloung Matadiana and I am 15-years-old. I live in Comet. Comet is in Makwane. I have 2 brothers named Khopo and Hlehla, unfortunately I am now left with Khopo (The eldest) because Khehlo passed away this year. My parents names were Mamosele (Mother) and Mphatsi (Father) but they have also passed away. My brother promised my parents that he would take good care of me even if they were no longer with us. We are very lucky because we have a very solid support structure, which includes my cousins, aunts & uncles, and grandmother. They always comfort us and supply us with everything I need. I always thank God for giving us such good relatives.

I grew up like every other child in the streets of Comet, I had plenty of friends but amongst them, all there was my best friend. One person I know I can always look up to when I feeling hurt, confused and lonely. We would play until late then our mothers would call us home. Before my mother passed away, she used to wash me and make sure I changed clothes regularly. My wonderful father was quite strict because he would always tell me that I must always be at home before the sun sets. I always thought they were not being fair towards me by throwing such hard and compulsory rules to follow.

As I grew up, I encountered many difficult challenges, which I wish no child should go though. Before my parents passed away, they would always fight both verbally and physically, and then we would just hear the sound of a police vehicle coming to the rescue, stopping the fighting. The police would always ask my brothers and I if we would rather go live with our grandparents in Bolata, my brothers said they would rather stay at home with my dad whilst I chose to leave with my mother. This meant that I had to adapt to a different environment, make new friends and attend a different school.

My father would come repeatedly to my mother for forgiveness then my mother would forgive him and move back with him. This meant that I had to stay behind at my grandparents. I was a very strong and determined child so none of this happening affected my schoolwork.

My mother then passed and my father followed three years later. My brothers and I were deeply hurt, but we knew that we had to be strong and we needed to stand up from this horrible fall, get up and dust ourselves. After just 5 months, my older brother passed away unexpectedly. We almost lost all hope in life ever being normal again but we encouraged each other that; at least we still had each other. We let God be our soul provider and He provided.

Even though my parents and older brother passed away, I am proud to say because of all the motivation, encouragement and believing in me has helped me obtain an award in grade 5 and the title of top learner. In grade 6, I managed to obtain five awards from different subjects and get the top learner title again. Just as many had thought my luck had ended in grade 7 I obtained; 6 awards and I was crowned top achiever! I was very happy because all of those awards were to show that hard work and staying focused pays off.

All of the things that happened in my life taught me very important facts about life that God never lets His children’s hard work and determination vanish, but instead He rewards them. I also learnt that I must always prepare myself because I do not know what the future holds.

I wish that many people would believe that God, The almighty really exists because Motloung Matadiana Samuel has experienced His mercy and love. Even though I have lost the majority of my family, The Lord had the mercy to leave me with my oldest brother and restored my soul, filled it with ambition and hope.
I am a strong and disciplined child because of the tough way I grew up.

Thank you Ignite for letting me express my emotions and for making me see that I can always talk to my paper whenever I am down.

Dec

15

Have you let fear overcome your life, alter your dreams, or cloud your passion?

Has your purpose in life become so distant you no longer remember what it is?
It is vital you remember that you have Unlimited Potential.
How do I know that? Because God designed you that way and lives in you!

In Exodus 4:11-12 we find Moses questioning God’s plan for him and this is the Lord’s reply, “Who makes mouths?” the Lord asked him. “Who makes people so they can speak or not speak, hear or not hear, see or not see? Is it not I, the Lord? Now go, and do as I have told you. I will help you speak well, and I will tell you what to say.”

God called Moses from his hiding spot in the mountains to lead during a crucial time. Because of past failings Moses felt inadequate.  It was only by faith in the True God- the One who forgives, equips, provides wisdom, and directs paths, that he was able to accomplish all he did.

Moses did not need to fear Pharaoh or any of the Egyptian army because God filled him with the unlimited potential he needed to overcome and journey to the promised land.

Just like Moses, God has forgiven, equipped, filled us with wisdom, and is directing us today by His Unlimited Potential.

His very Spirit inside of us.

So, when considering your God-purpose look not to yourself because you are right, you cannot do it.
However, Christ-in-you can accomplish all things (Phil. 4:13).

So today. . .
Strip off every weight that slows you down and any sin causing you to stumble.  Run the race He has set before you while keeping your eyes on Jesus on whom your faith depends on.

Ready. Set. GO!

Oct

5

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Your word is a lamp to guide my feet and a light for my path. (Psalm 119:105)

These words are so familiar to me as I said them every week at the kids church program growing up. As I have grown older they have come to have so much more meaning.

The lamp and the light mentioned in this verse are not spotlights made to light up huge areas but rather a flashlight or torch to light the path directly in front of you. God’s word reveals what is immediately in front of us so that we can avoid hazards that would make us trip, and show us the path so that we do not veer to the left or to the right.

Also, if God was to light up a huge area we would be overwhelmed by all that was shown; this may cause us to fear and get stuck, or distract us and head in the wrong direction.

So He wisely uses a lamp to guide us.
God’s word is our lamp and our light in the darkness but we have a role to play.

We need to move forward along that path; and in order to do that we need to spend time daily in God’s word diligently seeking His guidance. The lamp and light become useless if we do not use them, just as God’s word will be useless if we do not actively apply it to our lives.

So dig in, let Him guide you, and start walking down the path He has for your life.

May

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Even before there is a word on my tongue, Behold, O LORD, You know it all. You have enclosed me behind and before, And laid Your hand upon me. Such knowledge is too wonderful for me; It is too high, I cannot attain to it.… (Psalm 139 v 4-6)

Khaba Tekano, a student in our Foundations class has this to share… 

My journey attending the Foundations Bible class has been long, fun and educational.
I learned that the Word of God is the key to understanding God.
It dawned on me that without the Bible, God would be a complete mystery to me as God revealed Himself in His Word.

If you do not know God, you know not LOVE.
Meaning without Him, love does not exist.

God is Love.

He is a loving Father. He is a rewarding Father. He gave His only Son just so He could heal and restore us.
God wants an intimate relationship with His children, yet He doesn’t force this on us, He is a complete gentleman. He wants my life centered around Him.

I was created for this very purpose.

These classes are setting a strong foundation and are helping me discover how to have an intimate relationship with God. I know I am filled with God’s love and that as His child I have every right to prosper and be blessed in all areas of my life.

Foundations for Christian Growth is our first 13 week class in a series. We trust that God will enrich the students in both  knowing and applying the great tools learned for Christian Development!