Mrs South Africa visited Khula Stellenbosch
Khula Development Group
Khula received a box full of love from Francis Fourie for the boys. They received sweets and presents. It was an early Christmas with a lot of love.
At the end of 2013 we took the boys group to McDonalds and from there they went to a Paintball game. Afterwards they were so exhausted they fell asleep in the cars.
The women were treated with presents and a lunch. Tables were decorated by volunteers and a slideshow of events that happened throughout the year were shown. Photos of
events are published in their respective categories on the home page under Media.
John 3:16 ‘For God so greatly loved and dearly prized the world that He gave up His only begotten Son, so that whoever believes in Him shall not perish, but have eternal life.´ (Amplified Bible)
One of our staff members had a heavenly encounter with Jesus this past week. He said to her that eternal life is the most important issue.
Some of us know John 3:16 by heart, but what does it really mean to you /or me? Does it have implications for us who are already saved?
Jesus died so that we can live.
When our out of school boys were asked this week about eternal life and in particular what they thought we would be doing in heaven, the (somewhat shocking to me) answer was that we would be having a church service.
That must be the most disheartening thought to any young, energetic boy! Imagine sitting passively in a church service for eternity.
No! Surely we are living to fall in love with Jesus more and more every day. Every encounter with Him should bring us closer to Him and make us yearn for more of Him. Yearn to see Him face to face in heaven when the time has come. But the question is: is this the message these young boys hear and see? How will they, and all the other unsaved people on the edge of society, get saved if all they ever hear is condemnation.
Father forgive us.
We are called to love as we are loved. Whom do I love? How do I love? To what extend do I love?
What does love look like?
A Father had a Son whom He loved
He chose to let His Son die
So that millions could live
Still, millions choose to die
A Son had a Father whom He loved
The Son was obedient to His Father’s request
Obedient to die, a victorious death
So that millions could have eternal life
Yet, millions still choose to die
Why, God, why? Might the answer be that the saved has a weapon of great power that is neglected? Used only by some; and by some only sometimes?
That weapon is PRAYER.
Pray for those millions who make the wrong choices, because they are blinded, bound and deafened by the enemy. That enemy who wants to steal their lives, kill them and destroy their chances of eternity with the King of Kings.
Pray someone, please pray.
ESTHER CAMP TESTIMONIES
I thank our heavenly Father for the blood that was shed, so that I could come to Him for redemption. I feel like a new person.
Thank You Lord
Oh I used to think so little of myself, I could not accept any compliment. I always asked myself: ‘why am I so ugly?’ But during these past two days, I got victory over this lie in my life. I AM FREE!
This word was for me. I took the message of Esther. I trust the Lord. I belong to Him.
I was sexually molested as a child. I did forgive, but Father said I must set them free. After the camp I have peace in my heart.
I am so thankful towards the Father that I can be part of His Kingdom. Thank you for this camp. I could spent time in quietness before the Lord, to see what He wanted to show me. The Lord is really very good to me. I don’t deserve His goodness, but appreciate it. I can only look at my own heart and try to make a difference in my community. Thank you Khula. God bless you!
When I came here I was without hope. This weekend the Father set me free
Lord Jesus, I thank You for what You have done for me. You fed me with Your Holy Spirit. All the glory belongs to You.
The Lord has healed me in many areas of my life. I am so thankful towards Him. He is number one in my life.
I had a good time with the Lord. Each session lifted me up and taught me.
The Lord redeemed me from all my pain and hurt. He loves me.
The Lord came through for me in a powerful way. He made alive that which was dead. He cleansed me. Now I am free.
God restored my womanhood. He made me see, that if I want to be like a queen towards Him, I would have to make Him the King of my life first. That is why He is now my King forevermore. He also said that I have a king here on earth and that is my husband. I trust and know that God will carry me through testing times.
My body is the temple of the Most High. The message of food – or what I permit to enter into my body, was an awakening message. His blood cleansed me again.
I used suffer from inferiority, but the Lord has redeemed me this weekend. I am free!
I am thankful that I could forgive my husband for all the times that he has made me feel that I have no worth. I also realized that I have hurt him in return. I will ask him for forgiveness again. God has forgiven me.
I feel so good after these two nights. God has opened my eyes. I have set my husband free. The Lord has made me quiet. I want to walk with Him. I am excited. I cannot wait to give my testimony at church on Sunday.
Thank you Jesus for the peace that I have in my soul.
The Lord gave me a heart of forgiveness. I want to declare it over my sister and friends.
I could forgive my father for what he has done to me when I was a little girl.
Praise the Lord. Praise the Lord. I received victory over inferiority. That is what I thank the Lord for.
Thursday 7 November the Mr. South Africa will be crowned. After a long year of hard work, it all comes together with an amazing bang, great performances, guest artists and most importantly, the top 12 Mr. South Africa 2013 finalists at Gold Reef City Lyric Theatre. Saligh Dollie, Ambassador for Khula is one of the finalists and we pray that this will be his night.
We love you, Saligh.
Boys group (See photos in Out-of-School Boys group)
The time has arrived! As from this week, the boys are occupied by Khula FIVE mornings per week. Please feel free to pay us a visit at Butterfly house in Fairylands. Most of these groups start at 10 am. They are currently busy with a welding course on Mondays and Fridays. Art classes will be on Tuesdays. On Wednesdays, Every Nation is looking after their Spiritual needs and on Thursday the boys can join our “school” where we look at their educational needs.
We are so blessed with the donations we received from Danvillle and Francis Fourie from Abu Dhabi for the boys. Now that the water solar panels at Butterfly House work the boys can shower! They were very excited when they received their toothbrushes, toothpaste, towels etc. (all on Facebook). The art and school work is also a pleasure now that they are equipped with the right tools.
We want to thank Butterfly House for the facilities made available for the boys.
By Phillip de Wet – Mail and Guardian
Principal Bonginkosi Gumede is not keen to admit it, but he is all out of ideas. Too many girls in his rural KwaZulu-Natal school do not complete their education – and after eight years of trying various interventions, he now expects that to be the case this year, and the next, and probably the year after that.
"We have lots of girls who fall pregnant here," says Gumede. "Some drop out for six months, then they come back, but most do not come back. They become mothers, they stay at home, and they never learn more."
In 2012, Gumede's school had 814 pupils. Seventy of them were pregnant during the year. Of those, 26 were under the age of consent, 16 years.
This school is not unique, nor is it an exceptional case, an annual survey of schools the department of basic education conducted in March, but has not yet released, suggests.
However, a Mail & Guardian ¬analysis of a leaked version of the survey's raw data shows there are schools with higher numbers of pregnancies than Gumede's, larger ratios of pregnant pupils, more underage girls who fall pregnant and even younger children (many under 13) who fall pregnant.
Like several of those schools, Gumede blames a range of factors: social pressure on young girls to find a man; weak health and social services; and religious communities that do not exert any pressure of their own. The department's annual survey, essentially a census of all schools in the country, is usually released as a well-digested report years after the data is gathered: the most recent officially available version dates from 2010, and was released in May 2012.
The M&G's analysis of the raw data on tens of thousands of schools shows enormous disparities between the health and wellbeing of school children in different provinces. Startlingly, the data show that, in 2012, pupils at schools in the Free State were three times more likely to die than their compatriots in the Western Cape, and also – perhaps not coincidentally – 12 times as likely to fall pregnant.
Comparing causes of death across provinces as ratios of the number of pupils in each region shows that pupils in the Free State are far more likely to die of illness or violence than children in the rest of the country. The sparsely populated Northern Cape, on the other hand, emerges as the province where schoolchildren are most prone to committing suicide. Limpopo, which reported the lowest rate of death due to accidents, violence and suicide, was nonetheless edged out as the safest province overall by the Western Cape, thanks to its remarkably low number of deaths due to illness.
According to the data, a total of 29 996 pupils are known to have been pregnant during the course of 2012. But the reality is likely to be several times that number thanks to under-reporting from school principals and because many older girls drop out of school without disclosing the fact that they had fallen pregnant.
A full third of those school pregnancies were recorded in the Eastern Cape, where 514 out of every 100 000 pupils were pregnant during 2012, according to their schools. In the Free State, with its smaller school population, that rate was 534.
Based on their grade level, which is a rough measure of age, about 25% of the girls who were reported as pregnant – nearly 7 700 – were younger than the legal age of consent. Data from individual schools also shows that about 37% of all pupils in the Eastern Cape receive social grants, as do about a third of all pupils in the Free State, the Northern Cape, Limpopo, Mpumalanga and the North West.
In the country's richest province, Gauteng, 13.3% of pupils received social grants. But in KwaZulu-Natal, the province with the largest population of schoolgoers, only 6.6% of pupils were recorded as receiving such grants.
The department of basic education has not released a report on the findings of the 2011 survey yet, making year-on-year comparisons impossible. Also not yet available is a final tally of how many schools submitted data, which would give some indication of the likely accuracy of the survey. However, numbers for both pregnancies and deaths are sharply lower than those released for 2010. "We live in a society where a majority of young children are growing up without proper access to nutrition and healthcare," said Doron Isaacs, deputy general secretary of rights organisation Equal Education.
"It's also a society where there's a lot of crime [mostly affecting townships and other poor communities], and the state of police and the criminal justice system are not helping," he said.
"[Many] schools are abandoned after 2pm or 3pm. There's no school sport or any other extramural activities. Joining a gang becomes a sport for some young people."
Human rights lawyer Faranaaz Veriava said: "Current school pregnancy guidelines are ambiguous and have not been effective."
In response to questions, the department of basic education said that as a matter of principle, it "refuses to legitimise leaked documents with a comment ¬– especially incorrect documents that are deliberately planted in the public space".
"However, we strongly refute any suggestion that, we have not released the information for public consumption. The data collated is used almost on a daily basis and for planning purposes as these issues are mainly societal matters that reflect on the broader society rather than the education sector alone."
– Additional reporting by Bongani Nkosi
KHULA NEWS 16 September 2013
Esther 4:14 …and who knows but that you have come to the kingdom for such a time as this and for this very occasion.
THIS WEEK OUR WHOLE VALLEY IS UNITED IN PRAYER.
We are praying for the unsaved, for revival and that social justice will be restored and maintained in this valley.
WOMENS SUPPORTGROUP NEWS
Our women support groups are studying the life of Esther and this week all of our ladies and the whole Khula team is praying and fasting as we are studying Esther 4, in preparation for our yearly women’s camp at Manyano Centre. This year the camp will be from 24 to 26 September. We are planning for about 80 ladies to attend the first ever Esther camp. Stellenbosch-Khula are joining us at Manyano with their women. Please pray with us for finances for the camp! We are trusting that God will supply as He has always does.
BOY’S GROUP NEWS
Have you ever witnessed a change taking place in someone’s heart? Have you ever witnessed a person being transformed? Do you want to see what it looks like? Come and visit our out- of- school- boys’ group…
They are tasting hope, they are experiencing love and finding purpose in life.
Thanks to men and women who have found a heartstring vibrate when they saw these young men; disillusioned by life, hungry, bored, addicted to various substances, hopeless…
Change is taking place and we celebrate the goodness of Father God’s heart for these boys. Please look at our gallery for photos and video clips.
NEWS FROM THE OFFICE
A volunteer information morning was held on Friday 13 September at our Khula offices, in order to explain more about what Khula does. Volunteers were informed about our programs and opportunities for them to serve the community.
Our fieldworkers are working very hard and we have received letters of some schools to congratulate the workers on their efforts. We are very proud of them. Please pray for us as we plan to release more fieldworkers into the schools in 2014.
I have set watchmen upon your walls, o Jerusalem (PAARL), who will never hold their peace day or night; you who [are His servants and by your prayers] put the Lord in remembrance [of His promises], keep not silence, [amplified Bible]
Since March 2013 more than 150 kids were integrated back into the school system. The fieldworkers perseverance through a very hot summer and cold and wet winter never stopped them to help these children. Their persistence to support and pray with the parents and follow-up on the children on a regularly basis have changed these children's lives and futures. We are grateful for the work they are doing and want to thank them for their obedience to what God has called them.
Khula Stellenbosch was invited to host a stall at a charity gholfday at De Zalze. They met wonderful people and build relationships. We really trust God for helping Khula to expand our Khula services to Jamestown. See photos in Gallery
Hettie Brittz of Evergreen Parenting shared a wonderful morning with Khula!! She gave our ladies 10 very usefull tips on parenting. Thankyou for reaching out to us Hettie! May God bless you!
Khula had our first meeting with the principle of New Valley Primary in Durbanville!! What a wonderful experience. This school will be the first that we render services to. Please pray for us and for Johannita le Roux who will be our Khula Branchmanager in Durbanville.
Khula is very proud of our own Saligh da Silva who is currently one of the 12 finalists in Mr South Africa 2013. Saligh we are very thankful for the way that you present our NPO! We will continue to pray for you. Watch this space in October or follow him on twitter!!
Lam.2:19 'Arise from your bed, cry out in the night, at the beginning of the watches; pour out your heart like water before the face of the Lord. Lift up your hands toward Him for the lives of young children, who faint from hunger at the end of every street.
If you ever go past Daljosafat Stadion in Paarl, notice the young trees in the parking lot. All of them are standing under the same sun, receiving exactly the same amount of rain and wind. Yet... some are flourishing, sprouting new leaves, growing branches from ever increasing, sturdy stems. Why then, are some struggling, unable to produce leaves and to stay upright? A few of these trees have actually fallen over right next to the support structure that was supposed to keep them upright.
That makes us wonder...
Why do some people stay upright and grow, while others in the same circumstances fall over and give up on life?
John10:1.0 The thief comes only in order to steal, kill and destroy. I came that they may have and enjoy life, and have it in abundance (to the full, till it overflows)
That is what Khula wants for every person that comes across our path. We want to provide support against the storms in life. Give encouragement like sunshine. Water them with love and words of hope. Prune them with the Word so that they can have life in abundance.
All is well and working on the office front. Please pray with us for the services of a qualified social worker, we trust the Lord for the right person and for finances to make it happen.
NEWS FROM THE FIELD
Apart from their daily home- and school visits to support and incorporate children back into the school system, our fieldworkers have also been busy starting up support groups for mothers. Stellenbosch Khula is breaking ground into Jamestown. Meetings with headmasters took place and we trust God for funds to employ at least 2 fieldworkers in that area. Durbanville Khula identified the first school in which they will start their work. Please pray together with us for fieldworkers with a heart for their community.
The women's support groups at Paulus Joubert, Nederburg Primary, Magnolia Primary, Groenheuwel Primary and New Orleans Primary have all been started. A new group at Daljosafat Primary will start next week. Thank you to all the Headmasters for their support and encouragement. Pray with us for more mothers to join these groups. The women's support group in Stellenbosch have grown to almost 30. We are so thankful for the intervention through Holy Spirit in their lives.
Our women's support group at Butterfly house is still growing and two of our senior fieldworkers are leading this group. We are currently doing a Bible study on the book of Esther with these ladies and are preparing for a women's camp at Manyano Centre in September. We are currently praying about the program for the camp and really want to hear God's voice in our planning. The cost of the camp is only R310 per person for 2 nights and 5 meals. Please pray with us for funding for this camp! It means so much for these ladies to get out of their circumstances and enjoy a time away at the feet of Jesus. The women's support group in Stellenbosch have grown to almost 30. We are so thankful for the intervention through Holy Spirit in their lives.
OUT OF SHOOL BOY'S GROUP
We are so excited about what the Lord is doing here. The boys can now join a group-activity at Butterflyhouse five times a week!
Pieter De Beer is starting a skills-training course twice weekly for a selected group of boys alongside the spiritual mentorship- and home schooling programs. We are still trusting for more programs to keep these boys occupied, off the streets and to develop them in body, mind and spirit.
A BIG THANK YOU
To each and every one who supports us in any way. We cannot do what we do without all of you on our side.
We want to sincerely thank the staff of Hospice and Butterfly house for being so generous in supplying all our groups with food and drinks, and the use of your facilities. God bless all of you.
MAY YOU FIND YOUR STRENGTH IN THE ONE AND ONLY TRUE FRIEND, MAY YOU EXPERIENCE HIS LOVE AND HAVE LIFE IN ABUNDANCE. We are all trees is the parking lot of life, keep your roots deep in Truth and hold on to the Support that is Holy Spirit.
Love and blessings in Christ
For the next three months Khula is going to expand our services to the women in our woman support groups. Together with 1Stop Jobs we are going to try and find jobs for the ladies. We are looking forward to see if this is going to bear fruit. Please pray for us.
Prov: 14:26 ” In the reverent and worshipful fear of the Lord there is strong confidence and His children shall always have a place of refuge”
As a parent-bird feeds and prepares its chicks, so our fieldworkers have been fed spiritually and prepared for a season. Now is the time to exercise the new wings, standing on the edge of the well-known nest. Then, leaping into the unknown, they have to rely on what they have learned. The fact that they have wings and are meant to fly encourages them to take that leap.
Yes, our fieldworkers are starting their women’s’ support groups at six primary school in Paarl East. We are expecting God-glorifying testimonies to come forth out of the seed that they will plant into the hearts of the women they are ministering to.
Our Butterfly House support group will in future consist mostly of our grandmothers (as primary caregivers). Herman Grobler of NWU recently visited them and gave feedback of his recent visit to a community centre for grandmothers and their grandchildren in New York, USA. Seeing that this centre is run for and by grandmothers, Herman encouraged the group to start something new, do something for the community and to believe that they are women of worth!
News from our out-of-school boys group is that a number of them chose to join a spiritual-mentorship group lead by young men of Every Nation Church in Paarl. Change the community one person at a time is what we say! Fight the enemy with love.
Khula community school is still an egg that needs to hatch, but we can see the shell showing signs of life wanting to burst through. Ten young men have enrolled last week. They are all boys who still have to finish their school careers. Some have only finished gr 5. We are starting to evaluate these boys and ask that you will pray for them and this new branch of the Khula tree.
News from the office: Our Khula branch in Durbanville is a reality!!! Johannita le Roux received her office-in-a-bag this week and has to do that jump into the unknown now! Johannita we know that you have God’s stamp of approval and that Durbanville is waiting…
A surprise awaited all our fieldworkers form Paarl and Stellenbosch this past Monday. They all received a gift containing a pair of warm boots and other goodies to fight the cold and keep them warm when they go out to do their work. For this we are deeply thankful to the Moolman family of Paarl. May you experience the blessings of heaven rain down on you!
We hope that this newsletter will prompt every reader to inspect their own wings and see if they can still fly.
We extend a wing-flapping invitation to all to fly into the unknown on the breath of Holy Spirit. T0 see the things unknown until now and to experience new things, to find the hidden strengths and abilities inside you. Have strong confidence in your Place of Refuge. If your wings fail, He will catch you. He will use your weakness for His glory.
God bless you!
It’s winter time!
It is cold and wet and the oak trees announce the season with their scabby bark and bare branches. How quickly we forget the sizzling hot days of February.
Khula may also now have the appearance of a bare winter’s tree. It is a week of planning and the framework of our ideas seems like bare branches, waiting to come to life.
Above all we are excited to experience our field workers’ new season together with them. They are going to start with new parenting guidance groups at 7 schools. Even if they feel scared and incompetent, we know that the knowledge has already been deposited in them. Just as an oak tree is secretly preparing for spring, so the Great Gardener is busy with each one by pruning, fertilising and training them. Soon the buds will become visible and grow to provide shade, shelter and support to those who need it. The reaped fruit will be of eternal value.
Khula workers, may the 3rd term be a journey of discovery for all of you - may you discover many gifts and talents hidden within. Grasp this new season with both hands and enjoy every new bud which God is letting grow through you. Discover which kind of tree you are and give generously to the hungry. Drink deeply from the Everlasting Fountain.
Thank you Father for Your seasons in our lives. Thank you Jesus for walking ahead of us and thank you so much Holy Spirit for your help and wisdom. We look forward to the journey with You.
PS. Look, the almond trees are budding already!
Khula het vanaf Januarie 2013 tot Junie 2013 nog 5 veldwerkers aangestel. Een van die werkers is Donovan Witbooi wat ook as drywer werk.
2012 Ended with a great bang, we were so blessed and happy with an awesome year!!!
We had the chance to pray in classrooms. We also prayed on the schoolgrounds, blessing our headmasters, teachers and children rendering this service to our schools is a privilege!
Our Khula fieldworkers visited the schools on a weekly base and through the year continued with their support, love and dedication. Our team consists of 9 women, plus 2 still in training. We hope to appoint more workers and expand our services to more schools in 2013.We took 67 of the children we worked with during 2012 on an outing to the Kenilworth Race Course. This was again organized by the Bookmakers Association of the Western Cape.