Oct

21

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The school year is ending and while youth want to be done, it is not yet time to relax. . .

In an area economically challenged, hopelessness can be pervasive leading to drugs, alcohol, pregnancy, and truancy.  These are key barriers to youth passing and completing their education.

On Saturday we welcome Mike Benson and Joe Tucker who will be joining us in the public schools of Qwa Qwa.  They are bringing a message of HOPE, one that will motivate the learners to finish strong and overcome every challenge they face.

Please pray for the assemblies, the after school events, and all those involved and attending throughout the week.  We trust that God will use these events to alter the trajectory of many lives through His saving grace.

Jul

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Jesus invites all of us, not just the elite, to come to Him when we are weary.

“Come to Me, all you who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest.” Matthew 11:28

Have you ever been hot and thirsty and had someone offer you a drink of cold water? That is what this invitation of Jesus is like for our spirits, tired out from carrying everything alone – we become refreshed.

It is during those times when we feel pressed on either sides that Jesus invites us to “Take My yoke upon you and learn from Me, for I am gentle and humble in heart, and you will find rest for your souls.” (v.29) Yet, in order receive the promise of this rest, we have to respond by taking His yoke.

Throughout His Word God invites us and yet, He will never force Himself on us. He is always gentle.

This Saturday we welcome a Canadian women’s team who will lead a training workshop and two women’s conferences. We are excited for the Groups of Hope training and Hope Conferences  and believe that women will find both the healing and rest that they are seeking.

Join us as we pray for:

  • Safe travels for our guests and staff
  • Understanding and clarity for the women who will attend training
  • All attendees, including staff, that they may receive ministry from the heart of Jesus
Jan

30

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Our World Race mission team is off to their next God-appointed adventure and we’re so thankful for the time they spent with us.  As they invested their time and talents into Vacation Bible School, FlashPoint book delivery, Relationship Evangelism and Children’s Ministry they touched many people with the love and gospel of Christ.  When we asked team members to share about their experiences, here is what team leader Rebekah had to say.

“I really enjoyed the challenge and opportunity of relationship evangelism in Qwa Qwa with Pastor Abram and Jeannette. Going out to simply love people and hear their stories is something I have not done with this kind of intention. It was amazing to see how God went before us and prepared the hearts of people to hear the gospel. It often took time, but eventually, the conversation would naturally turn to something deeper and spiritual. Having patience, laying down any kind of agenda, and trusting the Lord to lead the conversation is a must for RE.

I loved seeing how the Lord encouraged many elderly while my team was out. One experience was meeting a couple who were mostly home bound. We talked with them, prayed for healing, shared the gospel, and invited them to church. The gentleman was able to join Abram many times that week for evening services, and on Sunday. Continue to pray for healing for his wife so she can walk the distance to attend.

Also, we met a young woman and asked to visit with her. We came to her home later in the day and met her mother at the home. Her mom was sick with diabetes and had not left the home for days. While we were there, she had many friends visit. We were able to pray with her, and one friend invited us to attend an elderly school/bible study the next day. When we arrived the following morning, a group of about twenty women and one man welcomed us. We were able to teach, share testimonies, and sing with them. They were so blessed and encouraged in the Lord! It was amazing to see how the string of events led us to meet and encourage so many people along the way, and I was blessed to be a part of it! I love the way God works both in us and through us!

Thanks for the opportunities. I am challenged to find a way to do some sort of relationship evangelism when I return home. Abram and Jeannette are such a mighty couple, and I am encouraged by their persistence, patience, and love they share to bless people and advance the Kingdom of God!” – Rebekah Neese

Please join us in praying for Team Mosaic, for smooth travels, divine appointments and for abundant blessings as they serve.

Jan

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Finally, be strong in the Lord and in his mighty power. Put on the full armor of God, so that you can take your stand against the devil’s schemes. For our struggle is not against flesh and blood, but against the rulers, against the authorities, against the powers of this dark world and against the spiritual forces of evil in the heavenly realms. Therefore put on the full armor of God, so that when the day of evil comes, you may be able to stand your ground, and after you have done everything, to stand. Stand firm then, with the belt of truth buckled around your waist, with the breastplate of righteousness in place, and with your feet fitted with the readiness that comes from the gospel of peace. In addition to all this, take up the shield of faith, with which you can extinguish all the flaming arrows of the evil one. Take the helmet of salvation and the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God. And pray in the Spirit on all occasions with all kinds of prayers and requests. With this in mind, be alert and always keep on praying for all the Lord’s people.”  Ephesians 6:10-18

For the month of January we are so blessed to have a mission team with us from World Race.  During this first week of ministry, they are conducting vacation Bible school at our local church, Freedom Ministries.  The theme for the week is The Armor of God.

With fun and creative lessons, skits, songs and games, kids of all ages are having a blast learning about God’s Word and applying it in their lives.

Here in South Africa a new school year kicks off next week after a summer holiday break.  We’re excited to be able to provide students with “school supplies” that will last all year.

Please join us in praying for our mission team as the hands and feet of Christ, and for the young people they’re impacting, that they experience the loving and saving faith of Christ.

Dec

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Happy New Year!

We’re excited to kick-off the new year with a team from World Race, a Christian missions organization that sends teams all over the world to experience and serve in 11 countries in 11 months.  For the month of January, we will be hosting Team Mosaic pictured above. (Back: Jared Yoder, Rebekah Neese, Joshua Duren, Front: Steve Gonzales, Jessica Herzanek, Rachael Curtis, Olivia Bourgeois)

We know the Lord has incredible things in store as this team devotes their hearts, time and talents to serving with us in South Africa.  Please join us in prayer for the days and weeks to come.

– For travel mercies this weekend in the air and on the road.

– For an impactful week of Vacation Bible School at Freedom Ministries, that kids of all ages come to a deeper love of Christ and understanding of His Word.

– For God’s favor and smooth sailing as we print, bind, package and deliver thousands of FlashPoint books to kick-off the new school year.

– For each team member as they sow into our coach team through teaching, testimonies and encouragement.

– For Pastor Abram’s Church – Celebration Bible Church – and the 2 weeks of Relationship Evangelism and  Children’s Ministry that we will do in his community, that people will commit their lives to Christ, be strengthened in their faith, and go on to be nurtured by Pastor Abram and Jeanette.

– For protection, health and fun!

And that everything we do brings glory and honor to God.

 

 

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

Oct

15

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In South Africa, more than 50% of the legal abortions are performed on girls under 18 years of age.  In recent years, South Africa has seen a rise in the number of abortions upwards of 30% each year.  Even worse, it is estimated that illegal abortions double the number performed and also account for numerous deaths.  The Minister of Health recently stated his fear, that girls are using abortion as a form of contraceptive.

To combat this heartbreaking trend, members of Life International will be serving alongside us and hosting a 5 day Church Leader Training in November.  The purpose is to equip pastors and church leaders with the sanctity of life message.  The training will provide the tools to teach and counsel in life issues such as Biblical sexuality, God’s design for the family, pregnancy, abortion and post-abortion aftercare, healing and more.

In preparation for this important event, members from Life International are also hosting a 2-day Advanced Prayer Initiative next week.  The prayer event will gather prayer warriors and intercessors from our local churches, teaching them how to specifically pray concerning the sanctity of human life.

We know that prayer is powerful, and that through prayer the Lord will renew minds, heal hurts, restore hearts and make paths straight for His truths to be proclaimed.

Thanks for praying with us!

Jul

30

travel

As many know, packing for a trip can be a challenge.
You must take into consideration the duration of the visit, the climate, the type of events, and so on.

When it is dual focused to include work and holiday, oh the challenge to pack lightly!

Currently, June is in the final countdown and grappling with the various considerations and planning that comes along with even a temporary relocation to the States. She has been meeting with our program directors, finalizing work, graduating classes, scheduling visits with partners, and packing. . .

The dreaded packing.

Although the relocation is only for a couple of months in duration, files, computers, information, photos, and clothing all need to be packed.  While visits, transportation, SIM cards, and other necessities must be organized.

Relief however is promised the moment one enters the plane.

All anxiety falls away as the realization occurs that there is nothing you can do about the items left behind and tasks left undone. It is then that complete focus can be directed on what is to come and life enjoyed in it’s entirety once again!

So, if you know someone who is preparing for a trip, consider lifting them up in prayer and extending mercy as they struggle to “juggle” for a season!

Finally, if you would like to meet with June or have her share with your small group, church, or at any event- send her an email at june@ignitesouthafrica.org or join her at our annual Ignite Gala!

The Ignite Fundraising Gala will be held on September 13 in Grand Rapids, MI.

Invitations will be going out this week, please feel free to share our link when you see them.
The evening will include special music, a plated dinner, and a wealth of interesting items to bid on, in both a silent and live auction, including garden furniture, vacations, designer items, gift cards, dinners, and perhaps even a trip to South Africa.

Apr

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This weekend Cathy Church-Knox and Leon De Haan will return to the US.

We are so thankful to them for serving with us.  The Bible Study Intensive has been a huge success, stretching both our minds and also the capacity of our new office space.  Each day brought a more students eager to learn about the Word of God.  We’re bursting at the seams again, but it’s a great “problem” to have.

In addition, Jill Marshall, our Outreach, Operations and Discipleship director, will also be heading to the US for her missionary furlough

During her time in the US (Michigan and Ohio) she’ll be visiting with family and friends, sharing with financial and prayer partners, and working to build additional partners for both herself and Ignite South Africa.  She’ll also spend time on retreat before returning to South Africa.

Please join us in praying for safe travels for everyone.  Pray also for a restful and impactful time for Jill, and for our leadership team who will share in the extra responsibilities in her absence.

Feb

12

Dave and Lisa

We’ve been so blessed to have Dave and Lisa Berry with us, ministry guests from Michigan here to help us with our FlashPoint and Enrich programs. 

Whether sharing testimonies with our coaches, helping to deliver books to more than 4400 students, or encouraging and serving pastors during our recent Enrich workshop, they have had quite an impact and been quite a blessing to us!

Please pray for safe travels for them as they return to the US at the end of the week.

If serving in South Africa and experiencing missions first-hand sounds exciting to you, there are many ways to get involved.  We have opportunities for ministry guests, mission teams, interns, and full-time missionary staff.  Please contact missions@ignitesouthafrica.org for more information.

In addition, we are still accepting applications for our June 2014 Ignite Trip.  Check out our website for more information, or email us if you have any questions. 

We’d love to have you serve with us!