At the beginning of 2018, we made plans to send two of our Foundations for Farming (FfF) champs to Zimbabwe for an intense training time. They came back very excited to put into practice what they have learned so that our Sinani projects can benefit in many ways. There are so many exciting stories that have come from these efforts and harvest time is right around the corner for our first harvest. After subsidizing the fresh organic vegetables wtih the food provided for the children at the care points, we plan on bringing the produce to sell at Church Unlimited (C.U.) Nelspruit.
We put our sports ministry training into practice this week with over 100 laughing & cheering orphaned and vulnerable children in a community called Msholozi. For the day, these kids got to be kids, without a worry - while our team spread the gospel through the universal language of sports and play. It was great to see them slowly relax into just being themselves and allowing us to serve them and teach them. For the first time we had four other communities represented... helping serve children they didn't know... from a community they aren't from.
The communities within which Sinani projects work are also affected by literacy challenges. Not only are children struggling with reading for meaning in their own languages but also accessing age-appropriate material to read in both their mother-tongue and English. In this regard it has been exciting to discover and work with a specialist partner to tackle this problem. Penreach (http://penreach.co.za) is a large organisation with extensive reach and impact into the field of basic education.
On June 26-28, we were blessed to have two amazing trainers join us to equip eighteen local leaders on what it means to spread the gospel through the universal language of sport and play. We are very excited for this partnership and the impact we feel it will make in this region. The trainers mentioned they’ve been trying to make in-roads in Mpumalanga for many years with little success. It seems like this is an open door for that to happen. We will be putting into practice what we’ve learned on 3 July in a community we support called Msholozi.
On Saturday, 9 June as the sun began to rise on a crisp lowveld morning, mountain bike enthusiasts and good-hearted people gathered at the Crossings Centre in front of Mopani Pharmacy and the Sasol garage in White River for a good cause. Everyone soon made their way about 30 minutes east towards the township of Zwelisha. Hot drinks were ready for the volunteers and riders who made it to the destination of Zwelisha Primary School.
We consider Sinani a “GOING” ministry - but we are very challenged right now in the area of transportation. If we can’t effectively “GO” we can’t tell people about Jesus. We need at minimum, two proper vehicles to do the work set before us. Our directors are having to borrow vehicles to visit our communities and we have our first Sinani volunteer committed from Canada… but we don’t have a way for him to get around yet. At this point, any vehicle (that is roadworthy) would be a blessing for them, even if it’s temporary.
We are a “GOING” ministry. We have an opportunity for you to GO to a land God will show you (Genesis 12:1). That land is Malawi. Sinani supports Hands at Work in the Maonde community.
Date: 3-9 August
Purpose: To encourage, visit & support the Maonde community
Cost: Approximately R10 000 including flights, meals & accommodation.
For inquires please contact Craig or Brenda Rebro at: email@example.com
If you haven’t heard, a Sinani project we’ve been supporting was chosen to be GEMS CSI project for 2018. This is fantastic news as it’s been 4 years of patience from our Mother Theresa there named Angel. GEMS will cover all of the materials for the life centre including the appliances needed. What they won’t cover is the labor to build the building. The quote for the labor is R160 000 (US$13 000).
We have great news! Sinani has now been registered as a beneficiary for the MySchool / MyVillage / MyPlanet Fundraising Programme.
If you do not know what this program is, it is a free program that allows the charity of your choice to earn money while you shop at your favorite stores. If you shop at Woolworths, Engen, Flight Centre, Waltons and a few others, every time you purchase something, you can be earning money for Sinani and helping to care for orphans in the communities that we are working in.
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