Sep

3

“Then the righteous will answer him, ‘Lord, when did we see you hungry and feed you, or thirsty and give you something to drink? When did we see you a stranger and invite you in, or needing clothes and clothe you? When did we see you sick or in prison and go to visit you?’ “The King will reply, ‘Truly I tell you, whatever you did for one of the least of these brothers and sisters of mine, you did for me.’ “ Matthew 25:37-40

In this parable Jesus’ message is clear –how we love others and respond to their needs is how we love and serve God Himself.  They are one and the same.

God doesn’t judge the way the world does, based on possessions, power, influence or fame.  Instead, He looks at how we love and how we demonstrate that love through the simple day-to-day things.

Food for the hungry.  A drink for the thirsty.  Welcoming a stranger.  Clothing the naked.  Comforting the sick.  Visiting the lonely or imprisoned.

What these acts have in common is that they are simple – things that any one of us can do.  They are also things that only the person being helped will notice.

Notice in this parable that those serving didn’t realize it was Christ they were serving.  “When did we do that?” they asked.  Winning His favor wasn’t their motivation.  Instead their motivation was to serve purely out of love for others, even the least of them.  As a result, their attitudes and actions were credited to them as righteousness.

Continuing on in the parable, you’ll see that those who didn’t help others, who may have had they known it was Christ they were serving, were separated out and judged as having the wrong heart, wrong motives and wrong actions.

Our Father is delighted when we love and help others without expecting anything in return.  That’s how we experience the pure joy of serving.

And we needn’t think we have to do everything, fix everything or give everything that we have.  That is not the goal.  The goal is simply to love others well, and it’s the simple things can make such a difference!

Lord, please help us to be present in each moment, and to notice the people and needs around us.  Show us how to help in the simple ways that reflect your love each and every day.  Amen.

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Aug

27

 

Guest Blogger: Jill Marshall

“And now, just as you accepted Christ Jesus as your Lord, you must continue to follow him. Let your roots grow down into him, and let your lives be built on him. Then your faith will grow strong in the truth you were taught, and you will overflow with thankfulness.” Colossians 2:6-7

A few years ago, I visited the pictured rocks in northern Michigan with a few friends. (including June and Amanda, Hi ladies!!) We hiked along the shoreline of Lake Superior and came across an amazing sight. A tree growing tall and strong, in all its glory.

But that’s not the amazing part. What is difficult to see in this picture is that the tree is all alone on a tower of rock. Over the years, the rock and earth around it have eroded and fallen away. Yet the tree remains, still thriving.

How? Notice the elaborate roots that have formed. Those running deep into the existing ground. And those running wide, tethering across the divide. This tree has weathered every storm imaginable and has survived. Thrived.

And we can too. Just as we’ve accepted Christ, so we must now follow Him. Living in the truth of who he says we are. Walking in his ways. Receiving his love and overflowing it on to others. Making a difference in the world. Thriving.

How? By letting our roots grow down into him and building our lives on him. Just like this tree.

I think of the thousands of youth who have accepted Christ over the years through Ignite South Africa. And I think of the countless hours our leaders have poured into them equipping them to now walk in his ways.

Roots are being formed, truth is being instilled, and young people are coming to know Christ intimately as their source for love, identity and purpose. They are growing strong, thriving, just like this tree.

I, for one, am overflowing with thankfulness.

Father God, may our roots grow deeply into you and may our lives be built on you alone, so we can live the lives you’ve created us for. Amen.

Are you rooted deeply in Him?

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Aug

20

Guest Blogger: Jill Marshall

I’m an early riser. I set my alarm for 4:45am but am often awake even before that. I like to get up early so I can spend time with the Lord, workout and walk Zoe all before going to work. I love my morning routine even when I hate it. It has become my thing.

One of the challenges, however, is that Zoe insists on protecting the world from squirrels and raccoons, even at 4:45am. That’s her thing.

One morning I was praying and journaling about some things that weighed heavily on my heart. The Lord was encouraging me to see the best in everyone including myself, and to see the best in every situation rather than worrying about things outside of my control. Basically, to see people and circumstances through His eyes.

So I was feeling all encouraged and spiritual…until Zoe started barking, running back and forth, jumping up my back wall, and trampling all my flowers trying to catch a raccoon. I was ticked! And I was sure my neighbors were about to be as well. Zoe was in big trouble!

Then I paused. What did the Lord just speak to me? See the best in everyone? Did that mean my dog as well? Because she was just doing what dogs do. What she thought was right. Protecting her mamma. And that raccoon was 25ft in the air, in a tree behind the 6ft wall of my yard. Yet she barked and jumped as if she could actually reach him. It never even occurred to her that she couldn’t. I wish I had that same determination, perseverance and hope.

Did the Lord just school me using my dog?

I don’t want to over-spiritualize this. I still grabbed Zoe and pulled her into the house. Barking at 5am is a big no-no. But I love how God used her to reinforce his lesson to see the best, assume the best and to step out in faith trusting that he’s in control. He also reminded me of how quickly the enemy tries to snatch away truth through annoyances, distractions and challenges, and for that we must remain alert and guard our hearts.

May we all learn to snatch God’s truth right back with the same determination, perseverance and hope of Zoe girl.

Ps. In this picture Zoe went after a skunk rather than a raccoon. In the battle of Dog v. Skunk there are only losers. But you can’t blame a girl for trying.

At Ignite we purpose to see the best and call it out of leaders of all ages. For ways you can help, please follow this link.

Aug

15

Guest Blogger: Jill Marshall

“You complete me.” Whose heart didn’t just melt when Jerry Maguire dug deep into his soul and poured out these words to Dorothy, played by Renee Zellweger? And what woman (or man if he’s willing to admit) doesn’t long for the exact same thing?

To be complete. To feel complete. For someone or something to complete them.

I know I do.

In Colossians 1:28, Paul’s goal is to proclaim and teach the gospel so that everyone may be presented complete in Christ. Colossians 2:10 says that we are complete in Christ. Some translations use the word perfect.

So often I focus on the things that I’m lacking or have lost along the way. My flaws and scars. My fading beauty and energy. Goals not yet accomplished. Dreams deferred or destroyed altogether.

Then I try to rally by cultivating gratitude and “counting my blessings.” By focusing on what I do have rather than what I don’t. That works for about a minute, then it floats away and I’m back to beating myself up. This time with “ungrateful” added to my list of flaws. Ugh! Have you ever done this, or am I the only one?

What do the things I’m grateful for and the things that I lack have in common? They are things! Separate from me and even contradictory to who God says I am. They neither make me complete nor detract from being complete because they have nothing to do with it.

The truth is that I already am complete. With or without my 20-year old body. With or without a spouse or full bank account. With or without accomplishments, accolades or promotions. With or without Instagram followers or 1000 Facebook friends.

The truth is that I am complete. Because my Father, my Creator, my Lord and Savior says that I am.

And if you’ve surrendered your life to Christ, you are too!

Lord, you complete me. Thank you that I am complete because you are complete, and you are in me. Help this truth sink deep into my soul. And may it fuel joy, gratitude, confidence and power in my life. Amen.

Pastors, leaders and youth need to know they are complete in Christ, and in Christ alone. If you can help us reach them with this truth, please click here.

Jan

10

I love new beginnings (and second chances) and believe starting a New Year encourages both of these.

After all, when else do we get permission to start over?  We are encouraged to look back at our accomplishments, consider the challenges and determine what we want to do differently.
Or not.

I think that is why I love starting a new year with a leadership retreat and all-staff meeting. Let’s face it, work can get tedious, the challenges overwhelming, and discouragment tries to creep in … especially when you work in a hurting world.

Therefore it’s important that we encourage each other regularly and what better starting place than the beginning of a New Year?
So here’s a peek at us:

We begin every meeting with prayer and worship (acappella style) followed by a teaching from God’s Word.  This year the teaching is titled “So What?”
Are you curious?

Then we take a “look back” at the previous year. This invites us to celebrate all God accomplished and revel in the truth that He desires and is pleased by our collaboration.  SO. COOL.

Next we review God’s promises, purpose, and mission for Ignite South Africa to remind and re-ignite the passion for our work. It begins to stir the gifts that God deposited within us to ensure we accomplish what lies before us in 2018.

Finally, we fill in our year planner to see the big picture of where we are heading. This also inspires us to prayerfully consider and write our goals and action items.

I don’t know about you but I’m tired of planning something and finding it incomplete. God calls us to run our race which means – running and staying on the track.
To stay on the right track we need to be intentional = action items!

So, here’s to a year of intentional living.
Investing our time, energy, focus, and finances where we know they will increase.

Praying God’s blessings over you for a prosperous New Year!

 

Dec

28


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 Enrich Bible School program this year.


THE STATS:

Enrich Bible School and Discipleship (our adult discipleship class attended by many pastors as well as lay)

  • 8 Adult Bible classes held with 66 classes taken and a  92% pass rate
  • 4 graduated from the 2.5 year program
  • 3 1-day Pastoral workshops held  with average of 15 attendance.

THE TESTIMONY:
Rev. Paul Maleke, Capstone Leadership Class

 

During the course of this class, I led a gathering for men in the church, but made it to focus on all men and not men of our church only. I wanted us to find a way to bridge a gap between men because our culture dictates that a man’s life should be on island (do life alone). Secondly I wanted old men to open a direct communication channel to us young men (to help us grow). Knowing how we live here in QwaQwa, I did not expect many people to show up but on the set day many men arrived.

 


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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.


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Dec

1

I praise God for these six women who were released to join us for our 2017  She Leads event.  God used these leaders to minister in a variety of ways including Word, Prayer, and the Arts!

Just recently another testimony came forth as a leader shared how the sessions impacted her stating, “I believe this conference was just for me.”

The two day conference was held at two (very) different locations. It was exciting to see how the Holy Spirit shifted identical messages to meet the needs of the women present. Through the conference we saw women saved, baptized, set free and healed in a variety areas in their life specifically areas of abuse, bitterness and rejection.  I am grateful for our speakers who shared personal stories that ministered to the hearts.

Additionally, we were able to gift cosmetics to the attendees donated by @maccosmetics and personalized inspiration by @simplyrootedcalligraphy. It was such fun to see the ladies use their new products and share how special and beautiful it made them feel.

God used all things to touch the hearts of His daughters and we are grateful!

Follow these links to see photos of the events ERM, ERMd1 ,STd2

Special thanks to @j.leephotos who captured this event (and others) on camera for us.  We look forward to enjoying the photos and how they will transform our website in the future!

Jun

16

Aimee Hurtubise joined us in 2015 as Director for the House of Refuge and has helped to bring us to where we are today- opening the Maternity Home. During the past two years she states that God has brought her on a journey regarding her calling that she wanted to share…

“You see, I have always known that finances and administration came easy to me however, I questioned whether that was enough.  When I accepted the role of Director, people would ask where I see us in a few years and I didn’t have an answer. I thought that was something I should be able to do, envision our future. When I could not picture it I started to question if I was a leader.

Yet during this time I also began to see how special my personal gifting is and though it comes easy to me, for many it does not. As I embraced the knowledge of who God created me to be, rather than what I felt I was “supposed” to do, I no longer felt inadequate regarding my leadership skills. I realised I was trying to fit into a role that was not mine. Though very different in nature, I now know that my gifts are also vital to the growth and health of our organisation.

I learned that God has gifted me in administration and finances which is equally as important as that of the visionary, which is not my gifting.  Today when I look to my future and this new role I accepted I am excited. I know I am able to do the job well and though there is a little nervous excitement stepping into a new area, I know I will be stretched in areas I am already strong in.

I look forward to being involved and a part of the future of Ignite South Africa in all her areas of ministry!”

Help us welcome Aimee in her new position as the Finance Director for Ignite South Africa. We envision a bright future with her as part of our senior leadership team!

 

 

Jun

14

My favourite class to teach is an applied hermeneutics class created last year. I laugh a little when I say that as I think of the struggle most have to say the word.  Also, how the word alone carries an impression of greatness and is therefore one of the reasons for the interest in taking the course!

I knew from personal experience that hermeneutics can be challenging and really wanted to make it a practical course. Thanks to generous gifts and donations we have been able to build a resource library (including computers) for the students to use to apply the methods as they learn them.

The truth is that many do not know that Bible study can (and should) include more than reading the text.
The fact is that many of the pastors and church leaders here are amongst that group.
The truth is that inaccurate interpretations may lead to false truths or even heretical beliefs being preached.

Kind of scary when you think of it that way.
Regardless of our best intentions we could lead people astray…

Though all of those things are important, the real reason I love teaching the class is seeing the students come alive as they learn to use various resources. As they uncover cultural or historical facts that bring a deeper understanding of God’s Word to them. When they realise the various scripture interpretations are exactly that…. interpretations – some of them better than others. And finally, when they experience the impact it makes in their own life.

Our recent class just finished and here is what a couple of them had to say:

I was blessed learning how to use different study aids and materials, knowing the difference between bible translations and how to SOAP journal. I have been using what I learned during my personal devotion times and when preparing for sermons. This year as I prepared for Passover I spent time studying the significance of the feast and was able to prepare a powerful message. I saw the Holy Spirit make His presence evident during the service in a way I have never seen before! ~Rev. R.P. Maleke

It was a blessing to me to learn about various methods of interpretation, analyzing scripture, reflection and resources. I have already been using it while teaching in my church and plan to organise a bible class at my house for others to learn as well. I have a much richer understanding of God’s Word now. ~Pastor T. Nhlabathi