Matthew 7: 24 – “Therefore, everyone who listens to these messages of mine and puts them into practice is like a wise man who built his house on a rock.” (ISV)
The first few months, as we’ve begun to discern practical areas for pursuing ministry, have felt much akin to the building of our house upon the rock. We have prayed hard; countless hours spent listening for God’s voice, affirmation and encouragement. We have also worked hard; much of it an emotional outpouring, as we initiate relationships with individuals, churches and organisations. These both are a necessarily slow, deliberate process.
When we have taken stock of our progress it has sometimes felt as though we’ve barely begun. What we have had to remind ourselves of is that foundations are built below the surface.
It is the foundations that give strength to a building and define where the structure is built. In our context, without these foundations there will be neither long term vision nor accomplishment in ministry. This rock has required persistent digging, but we are committed to this foundational genesis – we believe that this is the way for our family, ministry and work to weather any coming storms.
Our deep gratitude goes to everyone who has supported us in this establishing process, as we are busy laying foundations.
Grace Help Centre
Inez has spent Wednesday of each week serving the women and children of the Grace Help Centre. This NGO has operated for 13 years (started in 2003) and is a haven for women and children who have suffered tremendous abuse and need love, grace and sustained support in recovering their lives. Rina, who opened the centre, has served vulnerable people faithfully for many years and is a testament to what God can accomplish through love, availability and persistence.
Inez’s heart is to provide skills development and build a positive self concept amongst the various women of the Centre. She has begun with interviews with all of the women to ascertain their history, and to be certain to include them in the choice of their future. This has been a long, painstaking process but she knows it will bear much fruit in the long run as all programmes will flow from these interviews, and honour the involvement of these ladies as they partner in building their own future. Her heart is to walk alongside them as they discover what God has in store for each of them.
Steve met a wonderful lady by the name of Brenda Klopper earlier this year. Brenda has Cerebral Palsy, and is (in her words, “at the moment”) confined to a wheel chair. She is a phenomenal person with such a zest for life, who has refused many of the limits life has presented to her. She is currently working her way through an extensive ‘bucket list’ – some of the items already completed include sky diving and bungee jumping!
One of her great visions is to run a camp for both disabled and able-bodied participants – Camp Kaleidoscope. This amazing project seeks to bridge the, often subconscious, gap between these two separate worlds. Steve is involved in supporting Brenda in the strategic and operational requirements of birthing this vision. August is the projected date to host a one day event to launch Camp Kaleidoscope to the people of Rustenburg.
More to follow in a Facebook post on Brenda, her vision and ways in which to support this project.
Vison of Hope Foundation
Vision of Hope Foundation (VoH) is an NGO based in Rustenburg involved in a number of social justice and caring programmes. These programmes range from feeding schemes to counselling for drug addicts; to support for people involved in sex work and trafficking; as well as weekly ministry to young people in schools. They are an amazing, committed core team supported by various volunteers that work tirelessly to see their vision come to reality.
Steve has been working alongside the two main partners of VoH, Zelda and Wynand, to satisfy two main objectives. Firstly, VoH offer a variety of open doors to introduce us to potential avenues for ministry. Secondly, Steve is assisting with strategy sessions for vision, needs analysis and role definition/training.
Have a further look at their areas of service at http://visionofhopefoundation.com
Please uphold our family daily in prayer as we continue in ministry. Pray specifically for our unity and health as a family. Also for God’s provision for our continued needs – physical, emotional, spiritual and financial.
Please pray for guidance and strength for all current projects. Please pray for people to be meaningfully reached through them, as well as for God to connect the right networks and individuals in service of these projects.
Please pray for continued discernment and obedience as we choose new projects, as well as for God to open doors to people and places that need ministry. Pray for the success of upcoming projects and that God will be glorified.
(If you would like to support us regularly in prayer, please contact us here to sign up for our monthly prayer request email.)
Partnership takes many forms: prayer, financial support, hands on service, relationship. If you are interested in committing to partner with us as a family, or in any of the ministry projects, please contact us on the details below. For direct financial partnership please use the banking details, also supplied below.
Cell: +2782 854 3229
Cell: +2779 340 9880
For direct donations please use the below details:
First National Bank
Account holder: S M Carter
Account number: 6258 8100 322
Branch code: 250 655
Reference: (depositor’ name and surname)
For tax exemption on your donation (via Section 18A of the SA Income Tax Act, 1962) please use the following bank account details:
First National Bank
Account holder: OC Africa NPC
Account number: 5144 0093 759
Branch code: 250 655
Reference: (Carter/donor name)
A SARS compliant certificate will be emailed to you.
Kids week 2017:
This five day programme for primary school children is hosted at Larries (Laerskool Rustenburg) during the July holidays. Upwards of 500 children attend this morning programme. Meals are sponsored daily for all children, and the passionate volunteers communicate God’s love through song, dance, games and learning. Please contact us if you would like to support this programme.
Dates: 10 – 14 July. Theme for the week will be announced soon – watch this space, or follow on Facebook for more info.
Blanket drive 2017:
As winter settles firmly into Rustenburg, we will begin a blanket drive to collect gifts of practical warmth and love that can be given to those in need. These blankets will be distributed through Vision of Hope to either the Vuka feeding scheme or the SOS feeding scheme for the homeless. Please prepare to support this vital act of service to those less fortunate. Contact us for more details.
We are busy consulting with an NPO that pioneered a system for inexpensive and nutritious meals for people. Our hope is to launch this programme in Rustenburg, and then help set up small businesses within communities that can service their own community members.
May the Lord bless you and keep you
May the Lord make His face shine upon you and be gracious to you
May the Lord lift up His face to you and give you peace.