Saterdays at MCV

 

Sometimes we have easy saterdays when nothing is going on and we can just rest, sometimes we have full saterdays when people come for a picnic and play games or when we have soccer practice or when occupational therapists come and spend their free time on working with some of our kids, but always we have fun saterdays…

 

stretchingStretching before soccer

The games we played…

We make paper aeroplanes for teaching the kids the fysics of flying…and for playing of course.

building paper airplanes

Mama Dea teaching about drag and lift

Four O.T. come two times a month on a saterday to help our kids who have learning difficulties. It s a awesome team that gives up their free saterday for our kids, we love and appreciate  them very much. They are doing this for almost a year and we see so much improvement with the kids. Their grades have gone up substantialy. Now they have taken on a new group of kids and we are excited for them.

O.T.

 

Some people in my life in Africa

Justin on my right and Menzi on my leftMenzi and Justin

I met Menzi and Justin in 2011. The first one is the drummer, the second one played base in the worship team in the Partners in Harvest church in Backdoor and the Iris Revival church in Nelspruit. Both fathered by Pastor Surprise Sithole. I drove the team every week to practice and to the service, back and forth…we spend hours and hours together in the car, but I loved it. They are so much fun and it became one of my highlights of the week. Friday after practice in Nelspruit we all joined the youth night at the church, fun fun. Like these kids always seem to do, they sneak into your heart. Our conversations became heart to heart conversations. They let me into their lives and into their hearts. In 2012, they both had a rough year and we became even closer, I started calling them sons and they called me mom. They are my joy and pride and I love them.my birthday present from my boys

Justin was touched by the Holy Spirit, who descended upon him as a dove and whispered in his ears. Since then, his life changed. Together with Iris South Africa He started the dream center ; empowering local people by teaching them computer skills and encouraging them to find jobs. Because of his passion for people and good teaching the dream center quickly became the place to be. The word spread and he gained trust with man. He took a little job but did it so well that the people trained him to work in the office. In January he got a job offer in Cape Town. I m missing him but cheering him on. He made it. He is building his dream house for his family and supporting his siblings. He is out of backdoor…

He took in my cat Joshua Joshua

Justins going away at his old office…IMG_4076

Now his little brother plays the base in church….

 

 

Menzi has got the gift of joy. He puts people at ease and makes them laugh, he loves just spending time. He doesn’t worry to much and takes life as it comes. He pushed hard to finish his last year of secondary school and is also doing marketing since January. He had 81% on his first exam. I have to admit, I was surprised…but very proud! He hasn’t got the ambition of Justin, he likes to play but he will make it.

His 21st birthday…menzi 21st

 

We went shopping for his first suit to wear at his matric dance.

shopping for suitMenzi in his suit

I send him flying for his 22nd birthday…IMG_4125

 

wedding

Shakira

Dear friends,
After a big silence, some exciting news. Today, one of our Dignity girls that stay in the safe house, is going in hospital for a c section. We thought we were going to welcome our little boy Shakira today, but they will only operate tomorrow. This gives us the opportunity to come together and stand in prayer. Caesarian sections are a little more dangerous here in Africa. It is said by ever African woman that with being pregnant, you have one foot in the grave. Lucky we are in South Africa where we have a lot more facilities then in the rest of Africa. The mother is very excited, she is 17. She has tried to continue school, but it hasn t been easy. So we decided to keep her home. What she will do in the future is a big question and we pray for wisdom and revelation about her destiny.

The other ladies that stayed with us have been discupled and are now looking for a job. One is starting her drivers licence on Tuesday. She wants to be a truck driver. We are so grateful for the money that came in for that. She is very excited and now knows that God is faithful and that He will not leave her nor forsake her.
Another lady had done a few nursing subjects and will look after our new little family when they come out of hospital next week. Also here God is providing, we are so humbled by all this.
If you wait upon The Lord, not move unless He moves, not speak unless He speaks, He WILL work miracles.
Now we have a weekend of making the safe house ready to welcome Shakira into it. Plastering, painting and praying for water to finally be delivered at the house. This has been a struggle for 6 months now, waiting on the government. I m about ready to put a borehole!!
Please pray about this. It s an absolute human right to have acces to water for every human being!

Joy Joy Joy in His presence.
Much love, Catherine

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Only God

4 months after stepping out of prostitution and being discipled in our bible school these women went to reach out to their sisters still caught in this work. It was amazing to watch them pray for them and give them words of encouragement. Their faith went to another level after this!! Only God can make such a transformation happen in such a short time!
Meanwhile another sister was admitted to hospital. She is 22 weeks pregnant, she just started school again. Please pray for her and her baby.

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Project Dignity

Allereerst; Bedankt voor de kaartjes!!! Het is fantastisch jullie allemaal een beetje dichterbij te hebben. Ze staan te pronken op de kast en elke keer ik er naar kijk komt er een niet te onderdrukken glimlach op mijn gezicht. 🙂

Project Dignity

Enkele maanden geleden gingen we voor het eerst de straat op. God had me geroepen een bediening te starten onder de vrouwen gevangen in prostitutie.
Die eerst avond hebben we met veel vrouwen gepraat en gebeden. Een van de meisjesnam ons mee naar haar kamer. In een klein steegje gingen we de trap op. De bazen wilden ons al een kamer geven….nee nee zij ik. ” Wat wil je dan?” vroeg hij nors. We zouden graag de meisjes komen bezoeken en met hen bidden, mogen we dat? “Mmmm, de kerk?… ja natuurlijk mogen jullie dat.” Ik stond versteld. Waren zijn ogen verblind? Wist deze man niet dat als God hier zou komen alles zou veranderen?
Na een bezoek en gebed samen had ik een visioen dat deze plaats een aanbiddings tempel voor God zou worden . We maakten een afspraak voor een dienst te doen en dit was het onstaan van onze kerk. Drie dagen na onze eerste ontmoeting zongen deze vrouwen ut volle borst en vanuit hun hart naar God, we deelden het Woord met hen en baden met hen en ze werden allen gevuld met hoop en kracht en liefde. De aanwezigheid van Onze Here was bijna tastbaar. Sindsdien hebben we elke vrijdag een dienst in het bordeel, vele vrouwen hebben hun leven aan Jezus gegeven en hebben terug hoop gekregen.
Enkele vrouwen zijn uitgestapt, krijgen disipelschaps training in onze bijbelschool en verblijven in een safe house dat we opgericht hebben in de gemeenschap in Whiteriver. Ze hebben drie modules van de zeven gevolgd en voelden zich sterk genoeg om met kerst naar huis te gaan om daar te gaan vertellen over hun nieuwe leven. Ze vragen gebed voor meer kracht en bescherming. We verwachten ze terug in januari.
De andere vrouwen krijgen meer kracht en moed elke dag en langzaam maar zeker, hersteld Jezus hen in hun waardigheid.
Graag jullie gebed voor deze schatten van meisjes, de vijand probeert ons op te splitsen maar samen staan we sterk, als 1 familie. Op ons kerstfeestje hebben ze bijna allen geuit dat ze na de kerst iets anders willen doen. Als ze uitstappen gaan we veel middelen nodig hebben om ons safe house aan te passen, maar God heeft tot op deze dag altijd al voorzien. Bij elke stap bracht Hij ons exact wat we nodig hadden, echt wonderlijk allemaal.
2013 Wordt een boeiend jaar, ik kan bijna niet wachten om te zien wat God nog allemaal gaat doen. Hij is goed en zijn trouw duurt voor eeuwig.
Voor iedereen een zalige kerst en een gezegend nieuwe jaar vol liefde en vreugde.

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