Feb

5

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Back row L to R: Constance, Moeketsi, Nefthali, Thabang, Phillip, Sipho, Aaron, Moeti, Dudu and Busisiwe.  Front row: Sibongile, Martha, Nnini, and Nthabiseng.

God is taking our staff team on a journey where they are learning to specialize in areas, as well as individually mentor new volunteers.  Let me share:

Busisiwe Mosia our Director of Flashpoint for the past four years continues to  use  her leadership and collaboration with the schools to strengthen our team and expand our opportunities within Qwa Qwa.

Moeti Moloi is our Volunteer Coordinator and also works in our Discipleship program.  His gift of leadership and encouragement supports his fellow coaches. He is mentoring Constance as a CIT and Nefthali in our Discipleship program.

Aaron Sibaya as Administrative Support ensures all coaches have what they need for schools and encourages them along the way.  Aaron is mentoring Sipho.

Thabang Tshabalala as our Data Specialist works to compile, input, and report our data results twice yearly.  In addition, after reviewing results will propose ways in which we could improve our program.  Thabang is mentoring Moeketsi.

Nnini Sibeko as Administrator and Conference Organiser uses her gifts to organize attendance, events and assists all staff wherever needed. Nnini is mentoring Phillip.

Martha is our Writer and storyteller.  Her goal is to help you experience our Flashpoint program and classes through a variety of mediums. Martha is mentoring Nthabiseng.

Sibongile as Environmental Specialist sets the mood by preparing our environment both physically and with song/worship.  Sibongile is a gifted vocalist and is mentoring Dudu.

We are thrilled to see our coaches step into these new roles knowing it is a small part of the God-miracle that is unfolding this year.  In addition, we are delighted to welcome our seven volunteers who joined us for training.  We pray their time with us is fruitful, fulfilling, and God-willing may they join us as permanent team members in the future.

 

Jan

18

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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

28

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From Bongani, grade 8

“I was a person who was stealing from other people and from Spar (a grocery store) in Setsing.

Ignite South Africa came to our school to teach us about important things in life.
They taught us how people are when they steal, so I quit stealing because I realized that stealing was not a good idea at all.

I thank these people who are teaching us from Ignite South Africa, I love you.
What you have done for us is very special and changes lives.”

Your partnership made a difference once again- both for this young person and all those his life impacts.
Your generous gifts allowed us to continue God’s work in the schools of Qwa Qwa. Thank you!

 

If you can. . .  year end gifts are greatly appreciated and would propel us into another successful year serving both youth and adults of Qwa Qwa, South Africa.

Currently, every dollar given multiplies 3-fold due to the exchange rate.
You can multiply your giving today by following this link, thank you!

 

Dec

9

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Your support has made an impact!
Read on and hear what a youth is saying..

Rampai Teboho, grade 9, Khothalang
Ignite South Africa was like nothing to me. I was always bored when I see them coming to our school, every time. I didn’t mind it until I see some of my friends changing their attitude.

We were calling ourselves “lover” – boys with many girls.
But after Ignite educated them they started changing in everything – started focusing on their work.

Our educator was not just an educator but he was a motivator. He always advised and motivated us.
I now know that sex is not just fun with your girlfriend, it has lots of regrets afterward even if you use a condom.  Now, I have chosen to save sex until marriage.

Thank you Ignite. I will always believe in everything you gave us especially to live on purpose not on making friends happy.

Would you consider a year end gift to Ignite South Africa?
Every gift is guaranteed to impact thousands of youth, just as it did for this one.

Ignite South Africa, Inc. is a 501(c)(3) organization in the United States as well as a NPO/PBO in South Africa. As you partner with us you will be sowing into God’s Kingdom work in South Africa, supporting our ministry programs such as Flashpoint that this young man attended.

Oct

30

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Moleboheng Pule is our first place winner for High Schools, here is what she shared.

Living with a crippled single parent is not fun or easy as one can ever think of especially while you are still at school.

I was 12 years old doing grade 6 when my parents got involved in a car accident when crossing the road. My father passed away instantly and my mother was badly injured and taken to the hospital where she was admitted for four months. Then I was forced to live with my drunken aunt who never allowed me to go to school. I was supposed to clean the house, cook and bath her baby and take him to school. Thereafter I would often go to buy her beer at the tavern and that made me enjoy not going to school but to hang around with my drunken aunt and her friends. That was a pretty good time I thought.

My mother was discharged from the hospital late in December. I had to go back home and take care of her. She was a cripple walking with a wheelchair. She couldn’t do anything for herself. Because I was used to cooking and cleaning at my aunt’s place I didn’t mind doing all those things but my mother didn’t like that, she wanted me to focus on school work but I was used to staying at home all day and not going to school anymore. I enjoyed staying at home helping my mother with whatever she needed.

Then it was January and my mother sent me back to school and I had to repeat grade 6, start new friends and that made me hate school even more; thinking that my friends had left me behind was very painful. Sometimes when I was supposed to go to school I would pretend to be sick and not go to school or leave home and hide until all the children were back home then I would come from my hiding place. I was used to hiding instead of going to school until I was noticed as school that I was always absent. Then my mother was sent a letter telling her about my behaviour. She was mad at me I know she was not going to do anything to me as she was a cripple so I took advantage thereof.

My teachers organized a counseling sessions for me because they saw the potential in me. I got counseled for a month and it was fun there because we met different people from different background with different people’s story. It was like I was at home, I enjoyed myself very much. We were told to appreciate ourselves and to do things that would make us better people in the near future. Then I realized that being a drop out would never help me and my crippled mother. So I had to study hard to make the difference in my family and to make my mother proud. I attended school regularly and passed my grade 6.

Then I went to the intermediate school, I did well there. I was good in languages and that made me love debate and poetry but I thought there was no future in that, and then I started to doubt myself until I was told to be a diplomat.  That would allow me to stay in another country to keep good relationship between two governments and being a diplomat needs level 7s in languages and I thought I would fit in and seeing myself in another country speaking different languages, practicing their culture and eating their food would be a pleasure. I couldn’t wait to complete my matric.

Now I am a grade 12 learner who is about to discover what life is like out there. I was motivated from primary school till my secondary school. I even got motivated by my church crew, former learners and my teacher. Now I’m looking forward to realizing my dream and to be a diplomat even if it’s going to be painful to leave my crippled mother behind but it’s for the good cause.

Mar

4

Jill Surrender Hill

The Bible often uses running and races as a model for life.  As with any sport, running takes time, discipline, and hard work.  Preparing to race takes even more time, sacrifice, determination and of course, courage.

On Saturday, Jill Marshall will be setting out to conquer Surrender Hill, her first 42.2K or full marathon.  After several months of training, Jill will experience one more previous “impossibility” become possible!

“I’m already both nervous and excited about the race.  I know I have been working hard, but I’m also fearful about the distance and the difficulty rating.  Now I’m just trusting God that He will carry me further and faster than my body wants to go.  With God all things are possible.”

Jill’s journey has been filled with overcoming “impossibilities” of one kind or another. Six years ago that journey led her to South Africa as a missionary, and strengthened her as she helped to co-found Ignite. Today that journey has once again shifted as she prepares to relocate to the States in a few months.

Donating a gift toward this race will be a double blessing to Jill and to Ignite, the charity she helped establish. It will provide the means for us to purchase her bakkie (which we use all the time), which in turn will help finance her transition to life back in America.

Would you consider showing Jill your support and donate a gift, maybe $42 for 42k?
It is guaranteed to bring a two-fold blessing!

Donate Now

Finally, don’t forget to pray!

Pray for safe travels, strong and injury-free running, total trust in God, and for a successful finish.

Dec

29

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Thank you for your prayers and financial gifts. 2014 has been an incredible year thanks to you!

Through your generous support, we taught over 7,000 youth life-giving information about life skills, leadership, HIV/AIDs, drugs, alcohol and other important topics – all rooted in the Word of God.

Through your generous support, we provided workshops and classes to hundreds of pastors and church leaders that they wouldn’t have access to otherwise. In addition, we have 50 new Life Leaders equipped to carry a message of the sanctity of life to their homes, churches, and communities.

The finances, prayer support and trust you extend has reaped a great harvest, and we know the Lord has more for us in 2015, together!

A year-end gift from you will make a difference.

And with year-end fast approaching, we have only three days left to receive matching for gifts of $500.

To give $500, please use our secure online giving or send checks to Ignite South Africa, PO Box 137, St Louis, MI 48880.

To gift a smaller amount and join forces with others raising the $500, please checkout either of the Razoo links below. Razoo is a great group fundraising tool and we have 2 groups currently raising funds.

http://www.razoo.com/story/Double-The-Blessing
http://www.razoo.com/story/Double-The-Blessings-Ignite-South-Africa

Blessings to you for a Happy and Prosperous New Year!

Dec

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Through your generous support, 2014 allowed us to teach over 7,000 youth life-giving information about life skills, leadership, HIV/AIDs, drugs, alcohol and other important topics – all rooted in the Word of God.  Over half of those youth we mentored bi-weekly in our classes!
 
Through your generous support, we provided a variety of educational opportunities and classes to  hundreds of pastors and church leaders that they wouldn’t have access to otherwise. In addition, we have 50 new Life Leaders who now have the tools to carry a message of the sanctity of life to their homes, churches, and communities.
 
The finances, prayer support and trust you extend has reaped a great harvest as noted by our testimonies posted every Friday on our blog. What an incredible year.
We know the Lord has more for us in 2015, together.  

A year-end gift from you will make a difference.

Your gift will allow us to begin the year with the needed supplies and equipment to complete our work.  Whether it is uniforms for our coach-teachers in the schools, or text books and materials for our discipleship classes, you will be a part of reaching the goals God has set before us.  
 
If you are able to help, there are 2 ways to give:

  • Checks can be mailed to Ignite South Africa, P.O. Box 137, St. Louis, Michigan 48880.
  • Follow this link for safe online giving.

Donations submitted or postmarked by December 31st will receive 2014 tax receipt.

Here are a few ways your dollars work…
$15 purchases a Christmas food parcel for our staff.  (20)
$25 buys a text book and materials for class. (20)
$50 pays for school / training supplies for a coach. (14)
        or covers the cost of one pastoral workshop. (10)
$100 pays for a coaches uniform for the year.  (14)
$250 will pay a coach salary for the month. (12)
$300 covers the cost of all food parcels for Christmas!
$600 pays our office rental costs for one month. (12)
$1400 will pay for ALL coach uniforms!
$6000 will buy a used bakkie (truck).

Once again, thank you for remembering us and being such a significant part of this ministry.
Merry Christmas!

June Blanshan
President and Executive Director
ignitesouthafrica.org

Sep

10

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Everywhere we look there are needs. Overwhelming needs.
Food, shelter, water, rescue, education, protection, and on and on and on.

Even in daily life our “to do” list can stack up, causing exhaustion or just shut down.

While there are incredible needs, and endless “to do’s” I find it refreshing to note that not every need is my responsibility to meet.

Additionally, there are a variety of ways we can meet needs.

There is the traditional financial gift that we all think of first, however it is not the only way to give.
For some of us, it isn’t even the best way we can give.

Many people have talents and abilities to share, prayer time they can invest, as well as resources to gift.

Today I want to celebrate the following people and companies that have invested product, time, and talents, to make Saturday’s Fundraising Gala and Auction an event to remember!

Special thanks to…

  • Adopting Nations  
  • Aheart4africa                                             
  • Art Van Furniture                                               
  • Gabriella Artigas  
  • Jamison Bebiak                                               
  • Dave & Lisa Berry                                                
  • Blessings by the Beach                                         
  • Bronx Diba Shoes                                                
  • Cartier Mansion                                                   
  • Central Michigan Electrology & Laser      
  • City Cleaners                                                            
  • Cook’s Christian Supplies                                
  • Mark & Louise Fabeck  
  • Jonathon Glenn                                    
  • Kathy Goldman                                                       
  • Gorjana Griffin                                                         
  • Inmotion
  • Cathy Knox
  • Rev. Rick Lopez
  • Jan Manguson
  • Sharon Martz
  • Steve & Bonnie Mitchell
  • Optimized Ammunition
  • Pala Designs
  • Rifle Paper Co.
  •  SoundBalance
  • Sharon Stebelton
  • Sugar & Bruno
  • Thrive Ministries International
  • Tieks
  • Wendel’s Design

It is because of you, we have a stunning array of auction items and a fabulous night of fun planned.  See you Saturday!

If you desire to share your talents, abilities, prayer time, or resources with us, send us an email at info@ignitesouthafrica.org we would love to hear from you!

 

 

Aug

30

 

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Co-Founder and President, June Blanshan, is celebrating 50 years of life today and she’s wanting to make this one extra special. After all, you only turn 50 once. Read on to see how YOU can be a part of the celebration!

You see, June’s heart, regardless of age, has always been to encourage and help others reach their potential. From patient care, to management, to now serving in the mission field – she has loved to help, teach, and empower others.

At 30 years of age June encountered the living Gospel message, and while professionally successful, she experienced a freedom never known before. It is sharing this freedom that drives her – empowering people to reach their God-gifted potential. This is what caused her to sell all, leave home and family, and move to South Africa to empower a people that many write off.

Over the last 5 years she has devoted herself to teaching, training, and equipping young leaders. She has witnessed the jobless rise to positions of teachers, managers, and directors.  She has seen children who felt incapable, graduate, win competitions, and change their world at home. She has seen freedom in action…

Something that has really resonated with June over her time in South Africa is the quote, “If you give a man a fish you feed him for a day. If you teach him how to fish you will feed him for a lifetime.” Spending time to disciple and mentor others to reach their potential is an investment, but one that will make an eternal impact.

June has invested, her field team has invested, and now we invite you to invest and celebrate June with us by making a donation to Ignite South Africa of $50 (or any amount!) to celebrate her 50 years.

Together we can make this milestone a freedom giving, life changing, forever impacting birthday!

Happy Birthday June!