Prayer requests: The right workers at the right time, our pastoral partners and their congregations, our kids safety and growth in the Lord, us(we are pretty tired)-Char is recovering swiftly from last week’s surgery(thanks for all the prayers and kind remarks on facebook).
You know, the majority of what we do is government compliance, meetings, and administration(boring.. lol), but here are a few things that YOU equipped to happen this month!:
-Team from USA put in tiered gardens at Mahushu-now able to grow own vegetables to supplement food AND teach the children how to garden.
-Partnership formed with LOCAL South Africans to build the Church building/CarePoint in Mahushu- a $9000 building that (thanks to donations and discounts) cost just $2000 and now seats 150 on sundays!(and up to 200 kids weekdays for bible clubs and meals)
-Water at Mahushu(the city truck kept breaking down resulting in our storage tank running empty and not having water for the gardens or the cooking projects)-YOU gave and brought water to the community.
-Tent Revival(actually more of a church launch) in Mganduzweni. New feeding site north of Mbombela that is now adding on a life giving church in partnership with the USA-thank you to the generous giver of $200 to rent the 80 person tent and chairs!
-Land aquired in Mshadza. The chief allocated land for us to add another site for feeding and a future church plant. 100 meters x 100 meters and close to a primary school. Thank you for the $500 to make it happen. Now hundreds of children will have a safe place to eat, play and hear about Jesus.
-Add on feeding days at Pastor Jele's(Thubalisha), Pastor Mnisi's(Elukwatini) Pastor FIkilie's(Nkomeni), Pastor Maxwell's(Mooiplaas) and Pastor Daniel's(Nhlazatshe) locations- setting them up for the next step- full funding via child sponsorship.
-New partnership in Clau Clau and Phakane(2 new feeding sites feeding twice a week in partnership with local church
-New partnership with Jerusalem, Phelandaba, Mganduzweni1, Chochocho, and Kabokweni. An established ministry was assisting and continues to do so, however by partnering together we are able to extend a deeper spiritual and nutritional benefit to the kids.
-Plans for Pastors Conference the first week of November(our heart-to see pastors equipped to love kids and impact their lives)- we are expecting 100+ pastors at the new church in Mahushu
-New South African Missionary planning on coming- a brilliant young lady from Cape Town is answering Gods call to be a missionary here at home and move to Mbombela to serve with us. She is a children's pastor and will be of GREAT help to teach our facilitators how better to connect with and train up children
-Looking to hire our first employees! Have been interviewing and have leads on some high caliber people to assist with office/admin work, kids clubs, camps, preschool, tutoring, etc.
It's NOT about numbers, but to put a number to all of this- 25 Carepoints feeding from 1-6 days per week and touching 3,168 children by December. PRAISE GOD!
Thanks so much. We love you and miss you!
Mitch n Char