Mar

7

Ignite South Africa is operating in enemy territory.

On a daily basis our coaches are confronted with shocking stories. Cases that include child abuse, molestation, rape, negligence, and violence. In fact, a large percentage of our students, grades 7-9, have already experienced some or all of these atrocious injustices.

The 2017 crime stats feature Phuthaditjhaba (Qwa Qwa) in the Worst 10 Precints in 2017 in terms of sexual assault, rape, and sexual offenses. (Crime Stats SA)  These statistics are based on crimes reported at police stations. What is tragic is that in Qwa Qwa these crimes are so familiar that most of them go unreported. Imagine growing up thinking sexual molestation is a way of life.

That sexual assault is acceptable.
This is how the enemy operates.

He comes to steal our innocence, kill our hope, and destroy our life.

Recently a 15 year old student from one of our schools opened up to a coach. She shared that she ran away from home and slept on the streets for 2 days. This was done to escape  an abusive stepfather who attempted to rape her and tried to kill her mother. She and her mother finally went to stay at her grandmother’s house, ending up in yet another abusive situation.

The living conditions at her grandmother`s are marred by poverty, violence, and alcohol abuse. When she requested basic necessities, her mother instructed her to prostitute herself so she could buy them.  She is currently staying with a friend.

Another 13 year old also faces physical abuse in the home. Her response was to find a boyfriend. This boyfriend tried convincing her to participate in a satanic cult and sacrifices. He told her blatantly he worships Lucifer, and even took her to the mountain at midnight where they have their gatherings.

Though she is 13 years old, this boyfriend is trying to convince her to fall pregnant and have a child with him. This life she lives has led her to being suicidal.

We are grateful that this young girl felt safe and able to share her story with us.
Praise God that we were at this school, at this time able to share His love, bringing hope, help and guidance.

These stories are from one class, in one school, on one day.

This is the type of stories our coaches come across on a daily basis.
It is the work that Ignite South Africa is involved in.

In addition to teaching, our coaches meet with students one on one to provide support and refer to organizations, or the authorities, respectively.

One can only imagine how many others are dealing with similar and/or worse cases. How many young people are questioning their existence, have become dispondent or suicidal because of the condition they find themselves.

This year we plan to reach 22 schools and all the students within. While we are grateful for this, our hearts break for those whom we are not able to reach due to financial limitations. Our reach is not even 10 percent of the number of schools in Qwa Qwa. Yet, we refuse to let the enemy win.

You can help!

A gift of as little as $10/month will help expand our reach and counter the works of the enemy.  Use these links to request more information or partner with us today!

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.

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

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.


If you’d like to become a monthly supporter, or give a year end gift, click HERE!

Jun

19

Educators, regardless of where employed, have a challenging job.

To accomplish their goals to teach and prepare students for life and advanced education, they must take many things into consideration.  For example, they need to incorporate various teaching-learning styles to enhance learning. They take time to identify learning challenges in an effort to help the student succeed.

However, what happens when significant challenges are discovered?
Working within an impoverished area in any country holds unique challenges.
How do you teach a child who is hungry? Alone? Abused? In an unsafe environment?

Many educators find themselves asking the questions . . .
What is my role? How can I help a person overcome such insurmountable obstacles?
After all, I am only one and the problems so very great.

Yet history clearly reveals ONE can create great impact.

Just look at Moses, Mary, Ghandi, King, and Mandela as a few examples of people who gave of themselves regardless of the cost.

With a passion to impact came boldness, love for others and a willingness to sacrifice.

The work here is hard and daunting. The number of students that are orphans or living in housing (hostels) with little adult supervision is overwhelming. Bullying, abuse and sexual predators are rampant and the list goes on.  Needless to say burn out for teachers is on the rise.

Our Educator workshops the past couple of months were filled with facts and truths as we lead them through self-discovery of purpose and passion.

Here are a couple testimonies from the school of Phahameng:

“I did not know how to speak positive words to learners if they did wrong. In fact, I was talking bad words and was easily angered. I even rebuked one in front of everyone!

I now realise the power of words and have learned to control myself, no longer speaking negative words. I know how to talk to the learners and have seen things change in my class just because I have changed the way I speak!”  ~Mme

“Prior to this workshop I saw my work as a job, as a way to pay my bills.

Lately it had become hard for me to work, I would get tired and want to go home early. I took my work simple. I did not know these were symptoms of burn out or what could be done to help.

The workshop showed me that though I may not have “chosen” my profession, it chose me!
I now see my purpose and have a heart to help, to impact the lives of the learners. 

Because of this workshop I have changed my life and am choosing to live out my purpose through my work!”  ~Ntate

Our Flashpoint youth programme collaborates with the schools to help students succeed in life. We  offer these services because of and through the support of our partners and friends.

If you are passionate to help youth overcome and be positive impacts regardless of their past, please consider giving a gift!

Dec

5

Flowers


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!

 

Nov

29

2

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!

 

Nov

16

Nef

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.

 

Sep

23

Puleng and Rosemary

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.

Sep

14

Mother and Baby

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!