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

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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

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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

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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!

Sep

9

Hermeneutics Bible

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 office@ignitesouthafrica.org and we will help with the necessary arrangements.  

May

14

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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.

Mar

29

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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!

Mar

22

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Jesus reminds us to “let the children come to Him ” therefore on Good Friday a group of our staff and volunteers will be spending the morning at Leratong, a local children’s home/orphanage in Qwa Qwa.

We are excited to put together a program for the day that will bless, delight, and show each child how much they are cherished.  Our plan is to demonstrate God’s love through play, time together, and of course, sharing the Gospel message.

Join us as we pray that our team is able to demonstrate and model Christ’s love to the 50+ children, and that they enjoy the special treat we leave behind!