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

Jun

12

I ran my first full marathon in South Africa and it was grueling. The course was all hills and it rained the whole time. I was pretty much last – I only saw one guy behind me and he was walking because of an injury. To be honest, I was just happy to finish upright and not to be the last one.

No one wants to be last.

In Matthew 20 Jesus tells the story of some laborers hired to work in a landowner’s field. The men hired in the morning worked hard all day in the hot sun. As the day wore on, the landowner continued to bring in more workers. Then at the end of the day, he called them in last-in-first-out order, and paid them each a denarius for their work. The men who had worked all day were angry. They didn’t think it fair to get the same wage as those who worked less, and even worse, they were paid last.

No one wants to be last.

Jesus uses this parable to describe the Kingdom of God where the last shall be first and the first shall be last. (Matthew 20:16) But how is this possible? When is being last actually winning rather than losing? When we exalt God rather than ourselves. When we surrender our will to His will.
When we love, serve and sacrifice for others.

The morning laborers failed to do this. Instead, they compared themselves to others growing angry, jealous and discontent. They doubted the landowner’s wisdom, motivation, character and sense of justice. Then they powered up to get justice for themselves. As the first ones hired they wanted special treatment – payment befitting of being first.

They wanted what they thought they deserved.

A mentor of mine says that forgiveness is the oxygen of the Kingdom. It sustains life. It makes Kingdom living possible. If that’s true, then perhaps comparison is the carbon dioxide of the Kingdom. It sucks the life right out. It steals our joy, faith, trust and love, and turns our focus inward. It defeats and implodes, and out of the dust rises pride and insecurity. And it hinders us from receiving and demonstrating God’s love. That’s why comparison is such an effective scheme of the enemy.

The landowner ascribed value equally and unconditionally, just as our Heavenly Father does.
We can’t earn value through works, or attain it by comparing and striving to get ahead. Instead, we must put God and others first. That may mean last place for us, but there are both great lessons and great rewards to be found there.

I’ve never heard of a race where athletes train and run in hopes of finishing last. But then the Kingdom of God isn’t a typical race, and Jesus isn’t a typical coach.

Here’s to hoping for a photo finish with all God’s people tied for last.

What does training and aiming for last place look like for you?

Mar

27

In Matthew 14:22-31, the disciples left by boat while Jesus stole away to the mountainside for alone time with God. By the time Jesus was ready to rejoin the disciples, it was near dawn and the boat was far off, being tossed by the wind and waves. Jesus went out to them, walking on water. I love how that part is thrown in so casually and matter-of-fact, like he could have just as easily been walking down the street.

The disciples saw him and were terrified at first. It’s not every day you see someone walking on water. But today wasn’t going to be like every other day. Jesus called out to them, “Take courage! It is I. Don’t be afraid.” And that’s when Peter, empowered by courage and faith replied, “Lord, if it’s you, tell me to come to you on the water.” Jesus did, and Peter stepped out of the boat and walked on the water towards him. But then Peter saw the wind and became afraid, and that’s when he started to sink.

So often with this story we focus on Peter’s crisis of faith, the fear that crept in, how he took his eyes off Jesus, and Jesus’ rebuke. Maybe it’s because we can best relate to this side of the story. I know I’ve had times when I’ve bailed out on my faith, afraid of the winds and waves around me.

But there’s another side to this story.

Peter hoped for the best. Better yet, he expected the best.
And even better yet, he actually did it! I think this side is harder to relate to because so often we hope for the best, yet expect the worst. We stifle our faith with a myriad of worst-case scenarios and back-up plans.

What would our lives look like if we retrained our minds to hope for the best and then truly expect it? The Bible teaches that through the power of Christ we can move mountains (Matthew 17:20), accomplish more than we can ask or imagine (Ephesians 3:20), and do even great works than Jesus Himself (John 14:12).

But only if we both hope and expect it to happen.

 

What is God calling you to today?
Are you expecting the best, or hoping for the best while expecting and planning for the worst?
And if it’s the latter, what does that reveal about your faith and trust in God?

Feb

27

A desire of Ignite is to help leaders (of all ages) dream big, discover their gifts, and pursue God-sized goals. Goals help us move forward, focus on what’s important, prune away distractions, overcome obstacles, and ultimately accomplish great things. Goals are a good thing.

But what makes a good goal? What should be the goal of our goals?

First of all, our goals should bring glory to God. Not ourselves, not anyone else. 1 Corinthians 10:31 teaches us that no matter what we do, we should do it for the glory of God.

As Pastor Rick Warren says in Transformed “Any goal that causes you to trust Him more, to depend on Him more, to love Him more, to love other people more, to serve God, to serve others, to be more unselfish”, that’s the kind of goal that honors God.

Anything and everything – from housework and yardwork, to going to school, raising children, even leading a multi-national corporation – can be done for God’s glory if done with the right motives.

Do your current goals honor God in this way?

Second, our goals demonstrate God’s love in the world. Philippians 2:3-4 says “Do nothing out of selfish ambition or vain conceit. Rather, in humility value others above yourselves, not looking to your own interests but each of you to the interests of the others.” That is what love in action looks like.

When we operate in love, we put others first, treat them well, partner with them, and accomplish so much more than we could ever accomplish on our own. An old African proverb says,
If you want to go fast travel alone, if you want to go far travel together.”

Do your current goals reflect the love of Christ in this way?

God won’t further goals that are motivated by selfishness, pride, jealousy or fear. But he will get behind (and in front of and alongside) goals that are motivated by glorifying Him and sharing His love with the world.

Goals are a good thing. And if our ultimate goal is to become more like Christ, then doing everything for His glory and His love is the path to success.

So, what goals are you currently pursuing? And are you pursuing them with right motives and right ultimate goal in mind?

Feb

9

Isn’t due to location, finances, smarts, or even who we know. Becoming more…

begins with a thought.

Who we are today and tomorrow begins with a single thought.

In fact, what we think is the foundation
for every action we take, our actions develop into habits, habits evolve into a lifestyle and thus our lifestyle propels us toward our destiny.

Common knowledge you say?

If so, then why is it that we allow all the negative talk, discouragement, and bitterness to reap havoc in our thoughts and emotions.  If we truly know that our thoughts direct our outcome and destiny, why is it that our failures and disappointments are the focus rather than our destination.

God instructs us to renew our mind with His Word for a reason.  He knew that our greatest battle, the only one that can overcome us, is in our mind. Whatever we focus on is guaranteed to become larger whether it be a problem or the solution.

Our focus ENLARGES and leads.
Our focus directs our life and penetrates our heart.

We are invited to focus on the following for purpose.
Whatever is true and noble, right and pure, whatever is lovely and admirable if anything is excellent or praiseworthy- think about such things. (Phil. 4:8)

Our purpose in life is to be directed by God’s truths.
His truths about you (You are His workmanship created in Christ Jesus to do good works).
His truths about life (Love the Lord your God with your whole heart, soul and mind).
His truths about people (love your neighbor as yourself).
Even His truths about disappointments and hurts (forgive as I have forgiven you).
His truths will guide you and ensure you accomplish your purpose in life (seek His will in all you do and He will direct your path).

So once again I lay a challenge before you.
Throw out the garbage and lies you’ve allowed yourself to ponder.
Discover what the truth truly is in those areas (hint: Look in His word and email me if you can’t find it).

Then.. think on them daily, speak them out loud and live the life you were purposed to achieve!