International Student Convention 2017 - In the USA in May
University of Pennsylvania in Indiana City, PennsylvaniaWe are so delighted to share with you that the three boys who won nominations at the All Africa Student convention held at the University of Free State in Bloemfontein South Africa last December applied for their USA visas on Wednesday and we collect their approved visas on Friday March 24.
Hallelujah and praise God for His grace and favour. Mr. Nati Kirsh a prominent Jewish Swazi businessman has sponsored their flights to USA on May 10 returning May 31. They are flying with about 50 others students from various countries in Africa (they are the only Swazis): South Africa, Zimbabwe, Zambia and up birth Kenya, Ethiopia, Uganda.
The International Student Convention is being held in Indiana City at the University of Pennsylvania in Pennsylvania. If you are nearby or if you are able to visit them in Pennsylvania it would be marvelous. Last year a sponsor couple from Oklahoma were able to visit with the three girls at the University of Missouri while they were there at 2016 International Student Convention.
We are still gathering clothes, pocket money, art supplies, a camera and cell phone etc., for them to travel with to the USA. You may want to show your support and drop them an email or even a gift or funds towards their trip. You are welcome to respond by email to email@example.com
We are so very proud of them and pray they will represent our loving Heavenly Father and our beloved Swaziland superbly. John is doing the 100m dash so was out scouting for running shoes today. Yesterday we purchased art supplies as all three boys have entered art exhibits. Samuel is working on an expressive reading, Zadok is brushing up in chess skills while they are both practicing their winning puppet show. John is also entering a solo song. A great adventure and tremendous growth experience before these three young men.Please keep them in your prayers from now until they are safely home at end of May. Much love and thanks for your love, prayers, support and interest.
Advent commenced with our lighting of the First Advent candle together, the Candle of Prophecy. Each evening we read together and meditated on the Prophecies given 100s of years before Christ’s birth in Bethlehem of Judea(now in what is called the West Bank). What an amazing wonder of God’s faithfulness to share what He is doing and going to do with us His creation on Earth. We combined the scripture reading of the prophecies of His first coming 2016 years ago and the prophecies of His second coming that is yet to come. The Second Candle of Advent is Preparation and we then proceeded to spend each evening as we lit the candles and sang Christmas Carols reading scriptures of how to prepare our lives and hearts for making room for Christ in our hearts and in our daily lives as we prepare ourselves to fulfill the dreams God had in His heart when He thought about us in the beginning of time so that we can be truly contented in life by doing and living the very thing for which we were created. The third Advent Candle we celebrated the Joy of Our Salvation, the benefits of health, protection, joy, peace, provision, prosperity and loving kindness from God and from our fellow human beings. The last and fourth Advent Candle of Worship, our response to the wonderful Grace wrapped up in the coming of the Son of the living God to dwell amongst us and then to leave His spirit with us that we be empowered to live free and happy contented lives of peace and wonder.
For the past two weeks we have considered in chapel each morning our preparations to celebrate the Birthday of the greatest man on earth, Jesus, Saviour of the World, Prince of Peace, Mighty God...We signed up for three themes to celebrate together on 24th December, 2016:
THE SPIRIT OF CHRISTMAS IS JOY
THE MESSAGE OF CHRISTMAS IS PEACE
THE MEANING OF CHRISTMAS IS LOVE
Each team prepared songs of praise and worship that declared and proclaimed Joy, Peace and finally love.
So after lighting the Jedidah, Nehemiah, Tabitha and Ethan lit the four Advent Candles and our Big Boys: Matthew, Titus, Nehemiah, Josiah and Piwa lit the Hanukah candles we proceeded with the fun and rejoicing and laughter of the evening all in honour of the King of Kings born in a manger in Bethlehem 2016 years ago. While they were lighting these candles we sang O HOLY NIGHT as it is quite astounding that in John 10:22-23 that Jesus Himself revealed His true identity in Solomons Porch of the Temple at the Feast of Dedication which is now called Hanukah
The Spirit of Christmas started with songs of Joy to the World the Saviour reigns, let earth .....let every heart prepare Him room and heaven and nature sing...and on to I go the joy joy joy joy down in my heart....the joy of the Lord is my strength...then came the drama written and created by the team. See foto of the group on stage.
This was followed by much hilarity as all 70 of us played musical chairs to Christmas songs on the computer
Then we feasted on Turkey, stuffing, baked potatoes, candied carrots all yummy food prepared by Phillippa our chief cook and her team. After all were satisfied and the turkey bones set aside to make scrumptious soup for the next day we proceeded with the festivities.
The Message Christmas is PEACE
The songs and drama focused on the message brought by the angels on the night of Jesus birth as shepherds were watching their sheep by night suddenly the heavens were filled with angles praising God and singing “Peace on Earth and good will towards Men” The little sheep including our newest family members were darling(see Lindelwa as a sheep, she is two years old) see foto.
After games together we shared desert of traditional British style TRIFLE before moving on to the final theme of the day.
The Meaning of Christmas is LOVE.
Oh what fun as we sang “It’s love its love its live that makes the World go round...It you its me that makes the Love go around..” Then a sophisticated drama of Mary and Joseph in the days of courtship, the visitation of the angel Gabriel the shock and confusion of Joseph on discovering Mary was pregnant. The gracious visitation of an angel to speak to Joseph in His sleep and the reconciliation between the young couple before the decree of Caesar Augustus that all must go to register to be taxed and the young couple traveling down to Bethlehem from Nazareth. Tabitha played Mary, John played Joseph and Zipporah served as the Hallowed donkey carrying the Christ Child from city to city in His mother Womb. Finally the desperate search for accommodation and the birth of the Saviour with shepherds and wisemen coming to show love respect and honour to the baby born in a Manger. This drama thankfully was not video taped as some may rank it sacrilegious but what laughter and what humanity displayed through this brief story play, I wonder how the angels must have been falling around laughing in the heavenlies and how Jesus, Joseph and Mary may have been laughing with us as real life feelings actions rolled out before us...Love often is costly and Love often is challenging.
From this Caleb accompanied by Abigail, Tabitha and Miriam offered a thanksgiving testimony through the song “ARISE”.....and James accompanied by Samuel and the teen boys band offered a song of prayer “Fire Fall” this led us into the sacred time of sharing Jesus birthday cake and singing Happy Birthday to our beloved friend, saviour and brother.Lastly before the ending of the party Tracie’s cousin Debbie and her husband in Johannesburg had boxed up little gifts for each child, so it was a delight to have fun surprises. Titus, Hepzibah, Prisicilla and Josiah each had big boxes of gifts from their sponsors. So we all closed the day thankful to be alive and well, happy and living in a Kingdom where peace reigns.
Happy Overcomer Preschool Graduation
2016 is over and we move into 2017. Blessed be God forever. Faithful and just and true is our God, maker of Heaven n Earth, who was and is and is to come!
What a great day. Fifty lively happy and excited little ones gathered with their educators: Ms Menzi, ms Colile, Ms Nothando, ms Phumlile,ms Zanele.
Parents, Hope Academy students and community friends came for a day of showing off skills learned and joy unspeakable.Sis Ngeti served as Priframme Director and Bishop Zakes Nxumalo shared the Word of God with fun, with participation and blessings. He shared from Matthew where Jesus answered the question " who is the greatest in the Kingdom?" And Jesus answered that it was the little child and even went further to say unless you become as a little child you cannot enter the Kingdom of Heaven. So what must we do to be childlike not childish: wake up each day full of joy, wonder and trust; fill each day with liveliness, enthusiasm and honesty.He called the little ones up to dance with himto the song "when Jesus says yes, nobody can say no" then he called up the parents to join them, then he blessed parents, then teachers and then children.
Colani the coordinator of Early Childhood Network launched with ms Tracie Hynd last year was the second speaker giving words of wisdom on the vital importance of the Early Childhood years of Development.
This was all followed by a scrumptious meal cooked and served by the Preschool Educators.Hats off to them for a great and joy filled day on Bethany Mountain.Later in the evening mr Steve our music teacher together with our talented Hope Academy students led the annual Hope Academy Music Concert. We were delighted Ms Tracie was back from koinonia creative arts school in time for a day of celebration.
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2016 Fall Feast
The fall feasts, the final scene on earth before the curtain drops on life as we know it on earth. The feast of tabernacles or Succot as it is called in Hebrew.
God in His great wisdom ordained a series of "Feasts of the Lord" that serve to unfold the nature of Gods plan for all creation and these are explained in Leviticus and Deuteronomy. Jesus attended and celebrated these Feasts with His family and His disciples while He was on earth. Truly it is amazing to walk in His prophetic and historic ways.The Spring Feasts of the Lord have all been fulfilled historically: unleavened bread, Passover, Pentecost and we celebrate these in their completion. The Fall Feasts are yet prophetic and this makes them so exciting as we still anticipate with great longing their unfolding fulfillment.
Last night we celebrated prophetically what the Apostle John described in Revelations 19 the anticipation of the Great marriage supper of the Lamb,we started with lighting the shabat candles, the first in honour of Jesus who was born in Bethlehem in what is now called The West Bank. This candle we celebrate and rejoice over as it represents Jesus the light of the World bringing an end to darkness, fear, confusion and bring revelation understanding and liberty in our lives, communities and societies. The second candle representing the mystery and miracle of how believing in the death and resurrection of Jesus the Light establishes a new creation in us and we mere mortals become the light and glory of God uponthe earth.
Then we entered into celebration and we have a few video clips and fotos to share with you. Our small girls (under 8s) started the program: lindelwa, Sharon, azariah, Mishael and Hananiah.
Then the happy over comers preschool teachers led by ms Menzi a glorious song, then big girls (Keturah Huldah, apohia, hepzibah, Priscila and jedidah ) finally the climax was the teenage girls and a wonderfulprocession of the Bride of Christ each holding and tending to the flame of their First Love for the so incoming Bridegroom the Prince of Peace and Lord of Lord, King of Kings. Please watch the video.So together we shoutwith the Spirit saying "come Lord Jesus come"
Fall 2016 Practice for Fall Exams
Schools have started the third and final term of the year for 2016.Excitement is in the air as seniors are taking mock or trial exams getting ready for finals in November. Seven of our students are preparing for Royal college of London ballet exams in November and 14 are preparing for All Africa Student Convention the first week of December.
Last week was drama preparation week and even Sunday afternoon before a well appreciated rain storm teams were practicing to be ready to begin going to schools tomorrow.
For the next three weeks our kids will be up early and off to the four corners of Swaziland to lead school assemblies. Our theme this year comes from Micah 6:8 "what is required of man? To do justly, to love mercy and to walk humbly before your God"
The teams are composed of four in each team, that’s the number of praise so as we come to the end of the year we want to declare in the earth, under the earth and above the earth..."praise to our God creator and sustainer of heaven and earth and all that is therein"
That the Lord says he will pour rain and the waters will run in furrows.
We had an awesome evening yesterday. About 430pm heavy black clouds rolled in as we were about to gather for shabat in the Tabernacle of Praise at New Hope Centre
Roshashana is Oct 2 sunset but we celebrated on Friday at shabat, the goodness of God by eating apples dipped in honey and reading over the verses in psalms that included proclamations of God’s goodness.
God declares in psalm 65:11 that he crowns the year with goodness and our paths with abundance. Then each one of us choose the verse that best suited us like I choose " I will see the goodness of the Lord in the land of the living" while Abigail for example choose " the steps of a righteous man are ordered by the goodness of God" this we each wrote on a coloured sunburst card as our "command " for the coming year. You see in the Book of Job God asks Job "have you commanded your day?" So we choose what we want to command over the coming year.
The preceding verses in psalm 65 were awesomely declared in the land validating verse 11 in that the Lord says he will pour rain and the waters will run in furrows. Well at about 5 pm we had the first real thunderstorm with lightening and abundance of rain.The excitement in the tabernacle was awesome, the lights went out because the power was disrupted by the storm, so we had the menorah candles burning, the kerosene lanterns lit and candles on the tables while we sang and danced in praise and adoration to a good and faithful God of all creation. The rain drummed on the roof tiles and we danced in circles and small groups delighting in Gods blessings of abundance of goodness and the abundance of rain.
Most of our daytime staff missed the fun as we sent those from far home early and those who live locally went home between 5 pm and 6 pm only to find they could not safely walk back in the storm. Only ms Nothando and mr lucky were able to join us.
So we begin the Feast of trumpets with much rejoicing and thanksgiving for surely our God is good, and His mercies endureth forever, there is none like Him. He makes goodness and mercy follow us all the days of our lives and He drops fatness or abundance in our paths.
September Shalom From Joel The Licensed Pilot
Joel Abraham obtains great step forward in life. Joel has dreamed and believed and prayed to be a pilot. He took to the skies this past month and past his flying test. He is now a licensed pilot. Glory to Hod and we thank God for every safe flight every patient and careful instructor and every prayer and gift of funding towards the lessons, exams, test flights etc. This is the first milestone. He cannot earn money as a pilot however until he achieves his Commercial Flying License. This will involve many more hours of flying of study of passing tests on paper in simulation flights and in real flying hours. We are trusting the same faithful Heavenly Father who brought him this far to take him through to prospering as a fully qualified commercial pilot flying the skies of this beautiful little planet called Earth. We are truly thrilled by his determination perseverance and developing skill. Thank you to each and everyone who believed and invested in this young precious life.
Abraham Family Worshiping
The Abrahams are fulfilling their destiny. This past weekend our church had a Youth Day. It cost e50 per person so one of the pastors at church, Nan Jarvis, sponsored all our teenagers so that all could participate and enhance their feeling of belonging in the Church.
Sunday they were invited to lead worship. Here you see them leading. These kids were abandoned, rejected and lost before God placed them in this Abraham family. Now the throwaways are transforming the nation by sharing "the knowledge of the glory of God all over Swaziland, as the waters cover the seas."
This coming weekend they are invited to lead at Revival services being held in. The western part of Swaziland called Mankayane, the community where Elijah lives and has his fledgling chicken farm. The next weekend, Septembrt 24 they will host the September 4-14 year old church with the theme" The Power of Praise"
Please pray for the redemption of our entire nation. We want none to be left behind when Jesus returns to gather up His Bride.
October 2015 2015 All Africa Student Convention
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March 2015 - Celebration of Purim
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March 2015 Heroes in Swaziland Visit New Hope Centre
Today we were blessed by two great men both "living legends " Dr Samuel Hynd, medical missionary doctor serving the Kingdom of God in the Kingdom of Swaziland for almost 70 years and still assisting patients at the ACTS 2 Clinic at the age of 90, and Mr Nati Kirsh, the third richest man in all of Africa who started a milling company in Swaziland with his young family and has been a friend and supporter of Dr Hynd’s missionary endeavors to relieve suffering.
Our children at New Hope Centre are so proud of both Dr Samuel Hynd, their adoptive grandfather and Nathi Kirsh, a Swazi who has excelled in business, economics and philanthropy. The children have prepared Israeli dances to honour Nathi’s visit. Nathi will be receiving the Lifetime Achievement Award from the Israel United Appeal in Johannesburg the day after his visit to New Hope Centre. Five of our boys have prepared works of art in commemoration of this 2015 Swazi visit by their heroes.
February 2015 - Wake Foundation Visit
This wake foundation is a team of students from Taiwan who came for ten days. They were great fun. They went out five days to rural schools nearby and spent the day doing art and culture in each class from grade one to grade seven and also held an all school session in basic hygiene as one if the volunteers was a medical student.They spent Saturday with our kids visiting homesteads in our community to encourage them with the word of god and to pray with them. On Monday they split into two teams and went to two homes in the community and cleaned house. Then the last day they divided themselves into four teams and spent the day in our hope academy doing Art with our students.What a delight to have these you bright friendly smart young people in our midst. The leaders hope to bring another team out from Taipei in August 2015
New Year’s Celebration 2015
A Happy and Blessed New Year to everyone dropping into our site. Tonight we will celebrate beginning at 6pm in out Tabernacle of Praise with Caleb leading praise and worship with James Anastasia Joseph Jedidah phoebe Debrah Miriam Suzzanna Keziah Tabitha and Abigail and our master drummer Jesse on the drums. This will be followed by Braai (barbeque) with wors (a special style South Africa sausage) cooked by Joel and his team followed by an evening if games created and led by Phoebe Samuel and Debrahand awards for outstanding character as nominated by our family using the 60 character traits of Jesus. Every child will win an award and some may win several. At midnight we will watch the fireworks from our mountain as they are displayed over Manzini then watch the movie series "Left Behind" as we bring the Christmas season to a close keeping in mind and heart that this same Jesus born in a stable in Bethlehem will return to establish his kingdom of Peace on Earth. As the Bride of Christ and the Spirit say Come quickly Lord Jesus. May the Spirit God move each and every one who reads this into a fulfilling and deep encounter and relationship with the Living Loving Lord Jesus Christ, the reason for the celebration of the Christmas Season.
Christmas Pageant 2014 ( on YouTube )
Christmas Pageant at New Hope Centre Swaziland – December 2014 - About 40 community kids were in this pageant that started Abigail as prophet Isaiah then had station with five wise men discussing funding the star and deciding to go west. Then Jerusalem temple with Anastasia as Gabriel Lydia as Zechariah and a community kid as Mary. Next Mary and Gabriel by Tabitha and Miriam next Joseph and Gabriel by Sam and Gcina. Next Elizabeth and Mary by Apphia and community Chloe then Bethlehem village scene with a bunch of community kids including only Elijah and Joanna. Zadok and John made great soldiers bringing decree of Caesar Augustus. Next Ethan and community kid Mary riding a live donkey the phoebe as Mary Judith as good inn keeper a community kid as other in keeper and Joseph. A bunch if our girls as angels visiting shepherds who were Jesse and bunch of community kids next station Chloe as Mary and community kid was Joseph and a baby from the community so cute. At preschool station 12 was James as king Herod Seth Titus and Joseph as kings and bunch if kids as villagers next three kings Jemimah Hepzibah and Josiah sadly these men did not get camels. Final scene in tabernacle the same three wise men Jedidah as Mary community kid as Joseph and community kids as shepherds and angels. The tabernacle was full of hay for the stable atmosphere but only donkeys attended our cows were so upset at donkeys just kept chasing them all over. Very interesting sunshine with her baby goodness were the lead aggressors. Ended with big hail storm and magnificent rainbow riding from kwaluseni university high into the sky. Bless god he has provided for us to bless 70 families with whole chicken rice etc hamper for them to cook Christmas dinner. Filmed by Jason coop professional movie maker photographer and camera man from London
November 2014 4-14 Church
Yesterday was a great success with 200 Bethany community kids. We have teams of two hosts with ten community kids each and all if us make up 24 teams so its really easy. As each team has ten kids unless the team includes our preschoolers then our preschooler is the tenth and the team would have 9 community kids. So we did the hoopla hoop game throwing over a poll with a banana reward, pass the gift with the music and do a special action as paper instructed until last paper that was wrapping a beautiful soft cuddly teddy bear, then the whisper game with a statement of something related to Christmas story, and finally the river bank game but we used Bethlehem and Nazareth and they had to jump back and forth.
Praise and worship was led by James and Anastasia and it was splendid Jesse was superb on drums. Phoebe outstanding as lead singer and dancer with Keziah and Miriam her backups. Jedidah Abigail and Tabitha led certain songs brilliantly. The bible teaching by Gugu was so e capturing and finally they all took home a beautiful sketch they coloured in the zadok had made as a maze leading to find baby Jesus in the manger. Weather was awesome sunny and warm.
A great day. Pray for us as we prepare for December 20 the Christmas pageant including our 50 Abraham kids and 50 of the community kids. We will have 14 stations with a mini drama at each if the nativity story ending in the tabernacle with everyone.
May god use us as a light to transform our community to manifest his presence and his glory
Preparing for Universal Children’s Day
Tracie Hynd is on the steering committee of the first ever national conference for early childhood education, to commence on Universal Children’s Day, the 20th November. This conference will host 230 delegates at the Royal Swazi Convention Centre for two full days with a closing session honoring those centers excelling in early childhood programs. Tracie is also presenting two of the plenary sessions.
"Children on The Go: Blessed going in and Blessed going out"
Tracie, Caleb, Jemimah, Jedidah, Titus, Ethan and Joseph left Thursday morning July 31 for a week of ministry in East London down in the Southern Province of South Africa called the Eastern Cape. It was a two day journey in our faithful ten year old "bakkie" once given to us by friends in Hong Kong. They overnighted at Amanzimtoti just south if Durban with another ministry called Seeds of Hope.
Ms. Tracy Goes on National Radio
Last Monday Ms. Tracie Hynd founder and head of our New Hope Centre Preschool called the Happy Overcomers School with 36 students this year from the Bethany community and 8 of our Abraham children, went national. Ms. Tracie has developed a unique Biblical curriculum which will shortly be published and she has begun running a training course at New Hope Centre each year for early childhood educators.
She was invited to share in a one hour lunch time national radio broadcast and so launched New Hope Centre influence nationally. She shared on the importance of play in early childhood development. The vital role in cognitive, intellectual and social development of early childhood training of daycare centre and preschool and kindergarten teachers to maximize the development of each and every child. She shared for 30 minutes then handled call in questions for 30 minutes.
The responses were great and they asked her to come again with Ms. Zanele who translated for her.
2014 the year of our tenth anniversary and the year of national influence for the little ones who will lead the nation in years to come.
ELIJAH ABRAHAM is preparing for his life dream to be a chicken farmer.
In the past few months we have been meeting with the elders of his family and the community elders regarding his ancestral land. The family agreed to give him his mothers portion of the homestead and this past week 7or8 of our teenage boys have jumped into our "canopy bakkie" small van and head northwest for a 45 minute ride to Mankayane area. There they have dug the foundation for Elijah’s chicken shed and office with a room for him to sleep as well. The rains are over so this is the perfect time to prepare the site. School begins next week which will bring things to a halt but finance is now needed to by the cement and rivers and and crush stone to hand mix and pour the foundation. This must be done before the rains come so as soon as we have some funds even usd1000 we can pour the concrete foundation.
We are praying that by the next school break in September the funds will have come in to buy concrete blocks, window frames. Door frames, wire netting poles and corrugated iron roofing so the teenage boys can go to task helping their older brother prepare for his life dream. Between September and December we pray god will provide a "bakkie" for him so he can collect the needed sawdust for preparing the chicken shed, buy the day old chicks and their meds then transport the food and finally take the grown chickens to market. It would be wonderful if he started his first day old chicks at end of October or mid November so that he could hit the market supplying peopl in his rural area with a live chicken for Christmas. In January he will begin high school in his home community as he completes grade 7 at hope academy this year.
Please pray for him to be a great success as he enters the life of his dreams. He will still need alot of support in finance and prayer as he makes this transition
Fathers Day 2014
We loaded two cars full of kids and went the 20Km ride from New Hope Centre on the north west side of Manzini to the Elwandle on the eastern side of the city to celebrate Fathers Day with veteran medical missionary and grandfather to our family of 52 kids. Dr Samuel Hynd who will be celebrating his 90th birthday in December was thrilled on this chilly grey wintery day to have a blue frosted chocolate cake with the ducks, chickens dogs and cows representing family life in rural Swaziland. The children had bought cards for him and gathered around to read the adjusted Fathers Day cards into Grandfather blessings. It was a fun time for all and truly a blessing to have a man of God in our midst who has been faithful throughout his days becoming a father in the nation of Swaziland not only a father to his immediate family. He is the most honored in the land as he was the attending physician when His Majesty King Mswati III was born in RFM Hospital 47 years ago and was also attending physician to the first Princes and Princesses born to our present King.
|Joseph on his knees in respect as he reads his blessing card to Dr Samuel Hynd||Happy Father’s Day on a chilly Sunday afternoon on the Elwandle Mountain Ridge|
|Suzzanna reading her card of Blessing to “Babhe” Dr Samuel Hynd on his 60th celebration of Father’s Day|
Being a Father to the Fatherless
Father’s Day 2014
At New Hope Centre we are dependent on the generosity and kindness of those who care for orphans. It is always a great pleasure to see our children grow and mature. However, it also means that each year they are in need of new clothing.
It is at this time of the year that we try to supply each one of our kids with a new sweater since it is winter in Swaziland. They also need a new pair of shoes and two new pairs of socks. When you are honoring your father at father’s day we would like to appeal to you to also BE a father (or mother) to those who have none by contributing $30.00 (US) for a new sweater for one child.
If you are a father (or mother), perhaps you could consider donating $50.00 (US) to supply a complete package of the new items needed for each child. We will tell the children who has given them their clothing, if you like, and they will send you an email to thank you. If you prefer that they not write, just let us know.
It may surprise you to know how important it is to these kids that you take an interest in them. They keep the pictures of those who sponsor them by their beds and pray for them each day.
This Father’s Day you can become a father (or mother) to a child who has been deprived of their own. Thank you for considering this opportunity to share your blessings.
Praise at the Christian Life Centre
After launching the Swazi 4-14 Church yesterday May 17, 2014 Caleb Abraham our eldest son , drive the faithful Izuzu canopy "bakkie"(small van) with all our big girls (Jedidah, Jemimah,Chloe, Keziah, Naomi, Hepzibah ) with Ethan our big boy and Jesse to Christian Life Centre to lead a portion of the praise and worship for this church.
Here is how this happened. While June McKinney was here for our Tenth Anniversary celebrations, she ministered in a church called Christian Life Centre. Jedidah ( our most honoured and beloved daughter whose name means "God’s Darling") fell in love with the gentle spirit of the pastor and his wife so she begged to go to church there. We arranged it for her the next Sunday, and Jemimah asked to join her. On Mother’s Day these two had a speech, a song and a presentation of a coffee cup each to the pastors wife. Today they had prepared a worship time with all the main house big girls plus Ethan plus Jesse on drums and Caleb on the guitar.
Ms. Futhi, our community worker who accompanied them said "Shalom auntie! The kids did amazing!! As soon as they put the mics to their mouths ready to sing, the house already was going crazy!!! It was amazing, beautiful, and inspiring to see young children leading the people to the Lord’s presence. I am very proud of them, and honored to be with them. What a great performance from NHC, the spirit of the Lord filled the whole church. Most people were in tears and dancing to the wonderful music they rendered. Everybody congratulated Jedidah and Naomi because they did their best. I have never heard them singing and worshipping as they did today. I am really humbled to work with this family and these kids. Dr, thank you for allowing them to visit my church. My Pastor extended her blessings to you for being a good mother to them. As a thank you for mothers day gift from Jedidah pastor asked me to treat them all with KFC and ice cream, so I did as she asked of me. We also registered for Saturday fun day with the church to be held at Mavuso trade fair in Manzini. There will be music,dance, word of God,soccer,skipping etc.
Launch of the the Swazi 4-14 Church at New Hope Centre, May 2014
Yesterday May 17, 2014 we launched the Swazi 4-14 church at New Hope Centre. Seventeen churches were invited to bring their Sunday school kids ages 4 to 14 for a day walking through the lessons we can learn of Joseph’s life in the Bible times.
Three hundred and fifty kids with their Sunday school teachers came walking up the hill to our wide open gate. 34 of our kids had signed up to be hosts to the ten or twenty kids from each church. Our kids had posters held high with the church name on it and they called the names of the churches them hugged and welcomed each and every child. The hosts with their group then found a cosy place to sit down in the sunshine and share a banana and mug of juice while asking them a few "get to know you questions". They told them a brief introduction of our family life at New Hope Centre then took them to visit and use the toilets before going into the Tabernacle of Praise for Praise and worship led by New Hope Centre worship team. After about 30 to 40 minutes of praise and worship auntie Elizabeth officially welcomed everyone and the program began with a drama of the story of Joseph followed by a brief and fun message by Pastor Absalom Dlamini of International Tabernacle. He was also one if our speakers our the Tenth Anniversary weekend of celebration. We then went out in age groups 4-6 year olds to the "Lapha" (the meeting place) near our front gate; the 7-10s to the level ground by the solar water pump; the 11-14 year olds to the space beside the Lorraine First Aid Centre. Each group had activities related to the life and destiny of Joseph connecting to our every day lives in 2014. Then we gathered for a closing prayer and lunch before everyone left on the bus homeward bound.
We were so blessed to launch the Swazi 4-14 Church on this our Bethany Mountain. We are working on the constitution as we register ourselves officially as the Swazi 4-14 Church For children, With Children, Led by Children.
Samuel Abraham our very own young prophet and preacher had a prophetic vision of our logo which we will print on t-shirts as soon as God helps us raise funds for printing them.
The next step for us is to begin our monthly Saturday afternoon 4-14 Church meeting the third Saturday of every month. So the next will be June 21st from 2pm to 4pm. Please keep us in your hearts and prayers as we obey the great commission go ye into Jerusalem Judea Samaria and to the uttermost parts of the world baptising them in the name if the Father, Son and the Holy Ghost, teaching them everything I have taught you and signs and wonders will follow you.
Flying Over Swaziland, May 2014
Joel Abraham has spent his school holiday moving forward in his flying lessons both theory and practical in a small Cessna plane. This morning he is off to the airport early with auntie Annie as he will be flying at 9 am and his instructor is Mike Randf the pilot who also flies His Majesty King Mswati
Preparing for Medical School, May 2014
Phillippa Abraham has begun the long journey to fulfil her calling as a medical doctor. Her story you can find in the "24 extraordinary children " book which is a collection of our first 24 kids written mini biographies.
Phillippa has finished her first term at Penryn College in Nelspruit South Africa. She was just home for two weeks holiday and worked on some issues that were challenging her. This first week back at college she is full of smiles but has some needed assistance. Her assignments require a laptop computer costing about usd600 and she will need help with the next terms tuition. She has her books and sponsor support for her daily provisions but the college fees are a big stretch. Pray with her that she grasps all her studies, passes with excellence and that finances come for her to be able to become a medical doctor to help those who suffer from sickness and disease. She saw too much suffering as an orphaned child and desperately wants to be part of the solution in our country
The Swazi Mile Swim, February 2014
The Swazi Mile is an annual event up in the mountains near the capital city Mbabane. Swimmers of all ages and genders enter and swim in the cold mountain lake that is behind a dam that produces hydro-electricity. So nine of our family joined the swimmers Sunday morning at 10am and with the whistle blow they set off to buoy floating up stream then down stream to the second one then across current back to the starting point. All nine completed the mile so got the t-shirts but no awards. We are proud if these young people as it takes a lot of courage to swim in open waters with no wall to catch onto at the turn at each end of the pool.
Elijah celebrates his 18th birthday, February 1, 2014
Elijah celebrates his 18th birthday and makes his passage from childhood to adulthood by walking through the golden archway created by his sisters and after a scrumptious Braai or barbecue prepared by his brothers. The evening began with much excitement lighting the Shabbat candles and the menorah lamps. We then crowned Elijah King of Endurance. This is a tradition we have created from the chronicles of Narnia so as prince Elijah moves into his place and destiny we honour end him by crowning him King Endurance. Before him is Caleb King Courageous, Debrah Queen Diligence, Noah King Noble.
On this night the Happy Overcomers, our preschoolers opened the program with a song for Elijah followed by all sorts of talent. Jedidah sang a worship song in solo, Debrah wrote and encouraging speech while phoebe wrote a poem for him and Joanna with backup of teenage girls and boys sang a song she had written for him. The teenage girls created a mime drama of the story of his life which was so creative introducing the various characters and incidents in family life.
Finally Elijah a man of few words gave a touching and heartwarming speech thanking various family members for their love and investment in his life most especially to Joel, his best friend in good times and bad times. Elijah is meeting with his relatives to prepare for a place in the traditional family homestead to build his two-room house(one room for his bedroom and the other for his office) as well as land for a chicken shed to begin his life as a farmer. He dreams of fulfilling his ministry as an evangelist as Angus Buchanan the farmer who started the Mighty Men’s Movement has been his hero for early days at new hope centre when angus was international speaker for the Somhlolo Festival of Praise.
Read more about Elijah’s life story and destiny in his autobiography within the book 24 extraordinary children that you can order from this website
Pastor Bob Harper Visits
Pastor Bob Harper brought a small team of his church family to visit during these last school holidays. They were here for just over a week and what a wonderful time. Pastor Bob led chapel everyday with our kids participating in dramas with him and he met with teenagers each night for discussions in moving forward in life. He brought Jared his worship leader who met for two hours each day with our worship team bringing up the standard. Martha a physical Ed teacher ran classes on fitness and nutrition and helped with gym time each day after lunch. She also ran a sewing class in the afternoon and each kid made an item of clothing from start to finish. Shari came with art classes each morning in our tabernacle that was under such demand we needed a way to multiply time. Donavon was on the roof of our main house with a bunch of teenage volunteers and our two maintenance guys scrubbing the tin roof priming it and painting it. Praise God the product is guaranteed for ten years. That was one huge job. Katie came with them and helped in our admin office and accounts. Auntie Gwen who has been the miracle worker in the production of our two books "a little child will lead them" and hit off the press "24 extraordinary children " which is the story of the first 24 kids in our family written by each child themselves and illustrated with their own meaningful artwork. Gwen ran a writers workshop while also working on preparing the biography for my dad Dr Samuel Hynd.
Joel represented Swaziland at Ramat Rachel in Jerusalem
This is Joel the day he left for the all nations prayer convocation held at Ramat Rachel in Jerusalem . Joel was nominated to represent Swaziland in the Joshua generation track of this convocation with 165 nations represented. He has returned saying this was the best spiritual experience and he wants to pray form you to be able to go in 2014. He joined the All Africa praise and worship team playing the drums. He met up with many people and has invitations to take our new hope praise and worship team to Cape Town South Africa and even to India . He also met up with Alana and Rachael who are now visiting with us. These young ladies are from Australia and had each been volunteers for a number of years at New Hope Centre. He met up with Rachel Spiro an Israeli volunteer who was with us at new hope Centrelast year and met David Katz who has given funds to reace our wooden windows in the main house at New Hope Centre and his daughter maybe coming as a volunteer next year. This is all good and one highlight was Joel and Rachael baptized Alana in the Sea of Galilee. Awesome as the life of Christ unfolds in our lives. We praise god for his investment through real live people into Joel’s life. Joel is now beginning his flying courses at the Matsapha airport near us. This is a big faith step as his courses to become a qualified pilot will need usd10 000 over the next few years as well as flying lessons costing usd150 per hour. May god prove himself faithful through people who want to be part of transforming the life of a destitute abandoned five year old orphan boy into a contributing citizen competent pilot and steadfast man of God.
Conference of Accelerated Christian Schools - Bloemfontein University - South Africa - September 2013
Phillipa Anastasia Ruth and Esther are in South Africa at the university of free state in Bloemfontein where they are with ms Tracie Hynd as their educator. This convention involves high school students from countries all over Africa in ACE(Accelerated Christian Schools). All 4 girls entered in a foursome worship dance while Phillipa and Anastasia did a duet in praise movement. Anastasia entered a poem and we are waiting to see how she did. Phillipa and Esther each entered a short story and all four girls entered in the photographic competition in either scenic or animal or still life categories. Ruth entered into chess but was out in the first round as it was her first ever competition and means we need to practice a lot more chess. Esther entered for checkers and made it through to the finals today. We want to thank ACE for assisting us to enter these girls this year and for faithfully making such an amazing event happen. It truly changes their lives to see so many other talented gifted and believing Christian young people. It helps them know they belong to a marvelous all nations all languages and types family of god. We want to honour and thank the faithful sponsors who make it possible for these girls to grow mature and become good citizens and confident Christian leaders
Ascension Day 2013
Ascension Day: the Day Jesus left before His disciples being taken up into heaven commissioning them to preach the gospel to Judea, Samarai and to the ends of the earth, promising to be with them always, promising to send the Holy Spirit to be their comforter, guide and teacher, promising that he will be seated at the Right hand of the Father interceding for us so that we can do greater things than He was able to do on earth, and promising to prepare our home in glory and to return to come and collect us just as the disciples saw Him leave.
It may be we are the only nation left on earth that has a public holiday to honour this awesome day on the Mount of Olives. Our King may be the only head of state in the world who gathers with his people in the stadium to celebrate the ascension and commissioning of all disciples. For this we rejoice.
We had a special guest with us for these celebrations, Dr Tim Deuler founder of Mango Medical Centre and Mango Foundation in Hawaii. It was great fun to enjoy our celebrations with him. He arrived and on the first day spent the day at the ACTS 2 Community Clinic (the special clinic serving HIV/AIDS infected and affected of the community between Manzini and MAtsapha founded by the vision of my father and launched at the celebration of his 80th birthday when he declared as Caleb did int eh Word of God found in Joshua the first chapter “I am 85 years of age and have the strength I had at age 45, give me that mountain” Dr Samuel Hynd declared “at 80 years of age I have the strength I had at forty so I ask of God, give me this mountain” The mountain he was referring to was the epidemic of HIV/AIDS in Swaziland as he wants to live to see the end of this scourge in our land as he has witnessed the end of typhoid, leprosy and small pox in the 60 years of medical practice in the country.
Ascension day was Thursday, a beautiful sunny day. We hiked up with Dr, on Ascension day the public holiday here, up the mountain with flags and kites in the sunshine and wind, Why? as a celebration that the disciples watched Jesus ascend to the Father promising to send the Holy Spirit to us so we can live a holy life and do greater things than the things Jesus did, to intercede for us, to prepare a place for us and to return one day to collect us. Before we went up the mountain we met in 5 groups to study the last scriptures of the four gospels talking about his commissioning and departure, then one chapter in acts dealing with His departure and the coming Holy Spirit. We had a “hotdog, ketchup and oranges” picnic party. Zechariah’s home made kite was the most successful. Some kids gave up as their kites were too heavy and just not taking off so it was frizbees and soccer. So Dr tim joined us and played soccer and attempted to help even the three little “jewels”, formerly called the triplets, try their best to fly kites. Debrah had a blue and white Israeli flag type kite, Zipporah and a tinkerbell kite and Asher had a dashing red and yellow magnificent kite. These three were the only manufactured ones and had been gifts from friends or sponsors, all the rest were trying to fly our homemade ones made from sticks or grass stalks and black plastic garbage bags..(hilarious) but Zechariash was flying for hours made with grass stalks, Joel tried the same but had included thin wire to make it stronger but the weight cost him the success.
The on the Saturday Dr Tim and 4 kids went with MS Edna to the Hlane game reserve and saw lions, elephants, rhinos, giraffes, impala, wildebeest etc etc they seemed to have a great day. Sunday he was with us at Church for Mothers Day which had some really fun moments a honouring the mothers then a great message by Apostle Bheki Twala. With all of this he also did physicals for the kids and what a blessing as a few had some needs for attention. Phoebe, Esther and Phillippa did a great job as the doc’s assistants doing the prep and keeping things on track, well trainined in 2011 by Dr Cherry Brandster who also had come for a weeks visit all the way from CAlifornia.
So he left a blessing also of funds raised through his clinic/foundation which will be the blessing enabling us to celebrate Pentecost, the gift of the Holy Spirit with a braai(barbeque) and gifts commemorating the Gift from God and the Son of the Holy Spirit to all men. We will be able to purchase a sweater and takkies (sneakers) for each child in preparation for winter. Glory to God for His faithful provision for all our needs according to His riches in glory, using His beloved children to care for the fatherless in the tine mountain Kingdom of Swaziland. So we are blessed from Hawaii … amazing kindness when we are on the other side of the world.
“Preparing for Passover 2013 and celebrating the Resurrection.”
As we prepare for the annual celebration of the Lord’s deliverance of the Children of Israel from the slavery and bondage of the Egyptian Pharaoh, we have studied why God would tell Moses this was to be remembered annually as a Feast of the Lord, a holy convocation. The God of Abraham, Isaac and Jacob wanted to show the Egyptians their hope was misplaced in the creation and not the creator, as they worshipped many things. They worshipped for example, the River Nile that brought water and alluvial soil. They considered the River their source instead of placing their trust in the creator of the River, the seasons, the rains and the floods that prepared their fertile fields. This is why the daughter of Pharoah was at the river the morning she and her handmaidens found baby Moses. They were there to worship not to bath. In the time of deliverance 80 years God told Moses that by the time the Children of Israel received the Pharaoh’s permission to leave to go and worship Him, Egypt would know the God of heaven and earth was Jehovah, Yaweh. Each of the plagues demonstrated the fallacy of their trust in these gods of Egypt. From the time when Moses’ rod turned into a snake and ate the Egyptian snakes, to the death of the first born, who was the hope of the next generation since the eldest son of Pharoah was to take his place and the Pharoahs were worshipped as gods in the land; God was demonstrating that their trust was misplaced. God was also showing the Children of Israel that putting their trust in Him, being on the Lord’s side meant that He could and would accomplish wonders for their sake. The challenge of the snakes was related to the crown of Pharaoh as his emblem or totem was the cobra snake and worn on his headdress or crown. The deliverance of the Israelites however required TRUST and OBEDIENCE. God told Moses to tell the people to take a lamb on the 10th day of the first month, a lamb without blemish, injury, or disease and keep it in the house for 4 days to determine is was truly fine. Then on the 14th day the lamb was to be killed, its blood smeared on the two sides of the doors and on the lintel or the top of the door, then they were to roast the lamb and eat it, burning any leftovers on the fire. This obedience showed God they had put their trust in Him, they were ready to trust and obey. Anyone whether they were Hebrew or Egyptian or even a foreigner in the land could enter into the promise by trusting and obeying the instruction. Those who obeyed did not suffer the death as the angel of death passed over the homes of the families with the blood of the lamb smeared on the doorposts and lintel.
We looked at how God used the very same pattern when He sent Jesus as the deliverer of the whole world. Jesus entered Jerusalem riding on a donkey on the 10th day of the month. Jesus spent the next four days teaching in the Temple in Jerusalem. This was the representation of the four days of inspection. The people, the priests, the elders and God the Father could inspect if He was teaching what was pure, holy and full of God’s wisdom, love, mercy and salvation. Jesus passed the test from God’s point of view but the chief priests had other plans. Jesus, the Lamb of God died at the very same moment that all the lambs in the temple were slaughtered for the Passover of that year. The Temple curtain was ripped from top to bottom, opening the Holy of Holies and bringing an end to one and a new era was ushered in. This is worth celebrating. The God of Heaven and Earth intervened once more to save and deliverer anyone from the hand of slavery and bondage and shame to the world and the prince of this world. Just as he used the blood of the lamb in Egypt to deliver the children of Israel from the bondage, shame and slavery of Egypt. As we trust and obey what God says to the nations, and to us as individuals “confess with your mouth and believe in your heart that Jesus Christ is Lord, and you will be saved” Eternal life begins that moment.
We also considered the two sides of obey. We can obey out of fear or we can obey out of love. We looked at the ancient Egypt. People had become conditioned to obey out of fear of the heavy hand of the Egyptians. We understand this because not long after being free and entering the desert place when Pharaoh changed his mind and chased after them, they grumbled and complained to Moses that he had brought them out into the desert to die. They feared the Pharaoh. Pharaoh also responded in fear, fear of what would happen to Egypt without the intelligence and the hard work of their slaves. So in his fear he changed his mind because he followed the ways of his god, who is a liar, a deceiver and not to be trusted. Moses stood firm as Moses had learned to obey and trust His God because He loved this amazing God, Jehovah. He trusted God that even when there seemed to be no way, there was always a way. We know this as Paul wrote in the new Testament “All things are possible in Christ Jesus.”
So we “Waited upon the Lord” on Saturday morning and God revealed some interesting things in our hearts. One child discovered that he was obeying God because he wanted to avoid hell. He realized that he was motivated by fear of punishment not by love. He was able to thank God that he was at step one, as the Bible tells us the fear of God is the beginning of wisdom. SO this teenager rejoiced in being at step one and he asked God to complete the work of wisdom, trust and love in his heart. Another one discovered in her heart that she had passed the test of loving God and this brought her into a realm of freedom in life. She saw herself in beauty, in freedom and that she would be recognized as a heavenly being dressed in a physical body. Another teenage boy saw his freedom to fly like an eagle with one wing of trust carrying him and the other wing of obedience carrying him. Zadok had a vision of the components of revelation. See his scanned artwork and ask the Lord to reveal to you the message composed in this revelation to bring yourself into a new level of rejoicing in the celebration of Passover, the passing over of our sin, disease, and death as we cover ourselves in blood of Jesus the Lamb of God by trusting and believing in the miracle of the power of the death and resurrection of Jesus, the Lamb of God and the King of Kings.
Road Work - July 2013
New Hope Centre is high on the Bethany Mountain overlooking the Swaziland Military Headquarters, the Soon to be built Science and Technology Park, Summerfield Botanical Gardens and in the distance the Matsapha International Airport runway. A beautiful view in the day and at night. The down side of our picturesque location is the roadway up the steep incline. Six years ago a Scottish volunteer made friends with a Scottish Engineer, and his family, who worked for the local Road construction company called Inyatsi. We had approached them to give us a quotation on paving the road all the way up from the clinic to New Hope Centre. Well the quote nearly knocked us over as it was equivalent to building a Children’s Home for 30 kids, so that was out of the question. They did however offer to make the road workable and to maintain it for us. The work they did has lasted about 6 years but the last years rains finished it off. The upper corner as you approach the centre became a labyrinth of “dongas” as we call them, erosion ditches several feet deep making it really dangerous and impassable by car or truck. Just at that time Natie Kirsch, a Jewish business man whose children went to school here in Swaziland with Elizabeth, visited and commented that we had to do something about the road. Not only did he comment but he took action and sent us funds to improve or repair the road. This photo is phase one. It is the view from the front gate of New Hope Centre and shows the whole eroded and dangerous area is paved with concrete, safe and durable. We are thrilled.
We are now working on the remaining 650 meters to be done in two further phases. Soon all visitors will be able to come up without fearing damage to their vehicles. We had some Scottish students from Inverness visit on Saturday brining beautiful hand knitted sweaters for the children but they had to walk all the way up the hill as they did not believe their rental cars would manage as they had low wheel bases.So we share this good news with you and we hope by the end of the winter before the rainy season begins again the road will be completed for continuity and safety. We bless the Kirsch family for their kindness and generosity towards us believing in the future leaders of this nation
October 2012: Swimming Pool Nearing Completion
Men working on the training pool
Peace (the Labrador) is checking out the toddler pool under construction
October 2012: Welcoming Tobi into the world
Rose is Phoebe’s jersey dairy cow and she gave birth to her first baby girl on Saturday afternoon. Phoebe has called her Tobi and she is tiny and brown and beautiful. Praise be to God he is still in the business of creating and recreating, multiplying and covering the earth with life and liveliness.
Happy mom (Rose) giving Tobi a love caress
Tobi with proud Dad (Morning Star)
NEW HOPE CENTRE TRAINING POOL
In the early days of New Hope Centre’s preparations as the Nelspruit Timber Company were putting up the Main House for the under twelve children, a man drove up to the gate in jeep. He jumped out and asked if we would like the Olympic Swim committee to sponsor training 4 of our staff members to coach children in Swimming. He also had arranged that our children could train at the Royal Swazi Hot Springs called the Cuddle Puddle in the early mornings before most clients started to come out for their exercise. This was wonderful as not many Swazi children have the opportunity to train in swimming as pools are expensive, and trained coaches are few. Andile Gamedze was one of the four who has stayed with us through these years.
In two weeks’ time gracious folk from Pretoria will be coming down with materials, equipment and skilled manpower to complete the training pool. It is small but will be adequate for our needs for training and practice. We hope to have a thermal blanket to keep the water warm, to have fast lane jets so that the pool will work like a treadmill, the water will move and the swimmer will train against the speed of the water. This will mean kids can practice daily and really develop their skills.
Yesterday (September 23, 2012) six of the swimmers who have qualified for the National Swazi Swim team were up at 4am to catch transport bus at 545am to Nelspruit 3 hours away for the TRI-NATIONS SWIM GALA. They had only trained for two days but they were able to swim their registered races. They came home at 8pm tired, hungry and happy. They won no medals but they had made the qualifying times for the next meet to be held next month. If they make it through that Tri-Nations they will be flying to Zambia for the Southern African Meets before the end of the year.
We are so proud of Joanna, Phillippa, Noah, Elijah, James and John. We hope by the end of this swim season more of the family will have qualified to represent Swaziland and shine for the Kingdom of God.
Thank you to all who have prayed for these kids, supported them and encouraged them until now and we hope all will continue and others will come on board to help make these formally destitute children to become national heroes.
SWAKI COMPUTER TRUST DONATION SEPTEMBER 2012
Today September 10th 2012 is a historic day for New Hope Centre. If anyone has ever driven up to New Hope Centre you will notice our sign stating all the ministries involved at NEW Hope Centre includes THE COMPUTER SCHOOL. This sign was put up in March 2004 when we had the official opening. From that day forward it has been a prophetic declaration that God will bring the school to pass. We need it for our own children to be computer literate and be able to function in the world as it fast hurdles into the cyberspace technology and it is imperative that we help our neighbours become computer literate so they can begin to enter the modern job market. So many in our community are jobless and hopeless. So today is a day of celebration as God has been faithful, the prophetic is now a reality.
Natie and Frances Kirsh are precious folks in Swaziland. I was in primary school with their daughter Wendy, and so we were friends. Natie Kirsh, her father, came to Swaziland and started from nothing the Swaziland Milling grinding corn to make Mielie Meal as corn meal is called here. Natie took Swazi citizenship and remains a Swazi to this day. Natie is now a successful international entrepreneur; however he retains a lively interest in Swaziland: he is an adviser to His Majesty King Mswati III, and he he has started and funds two major charitable initiatives. The first is Inhlanyelo (means “seed” in SiSwati) Fund that is a charity-based micro-lending scheme that has assisted in the start up of over 10,000 businesses, mainly amongst rural women; and the second is the Computer Education Trust (CET) that has computerized all of Swaziland’s state high schools. It is so prophetic because the Word of God says that His chosen people are a blessing to all nations and truly Natie and Frances are a blessing to many nations , they also are providers of many many peoples jobs so they are a fountain of hope for many by providing opportunities for work. Through CET they have assisted 100s of 1000s of Swazi children to be internationally marketable in the job market as they have become computer literate.
Today at 1030 Nhlanhla and Lindiwe arrived in a bakkie(small van) loaded with 25 refurbished computers and they proceeded to install them into the two rooms we built upstairs in the Hope Academy. We put the computer labs upstairs to make it a little more difficult to steal such equipment. The team of kids had worked to prepare the place, the maintenance team had drilled holes in the benches etc so that the cables will hang down as they should safely. What excitement! Some of the girls went off to make thank you cards to give George Lys who represents the Trust in Swaziland and to Natie and Frances.
The excitement is high as we start the third term of the school year. We have hired a young lady teacher for the computer labs again God is good as she started with us one month ago and so she will be ready to move forward with the new computers. There are a couple programmes we need to add for the ACE(Accelerated Christian Education) curriculum we use but all is well. Now we need your prayers for the safety of these computers since Dr Samuel Hynd lost 5 computers out of 8 from the ACTS II CLINIC (AIDS Care Training and Support) one night in early September.
George List, the happy representative as the project of 25 reconstructed computers are set up in the Hope Academy for students
"For I know the plans I have for you, declares the Lord" - September 2012
Today I was reminded several times that God has a plan for each of His children. My day started with hearing the beautiful testimony of a young visitor of mine from New Hope Centre in Swaziland, Africa. She & one of the long term volunteers from these children’s home were given an amazing opportunity to travel to Cambodia to learn more about some of the work being done here. They are particularly interested in the different approaches of NGO’s in the care of victims of the sex trade and how God is moving in this country. They both shared their testimonies at Bloom Cafe and both have amazing stories of God’s transforming power but I was particularly touched by Joanna’s testimony.
Joanna is about fourteen years old and comes from a very dark background. She courageously shared her story with about forty strangers today. She spoke of how difficult it was growing up and how it was hard to trust others. She told us how she felt like she was a nobody without purpose. But she boldly encouraged everyone with Jeremiah 29:11 that states, "For I know the plans I have for you, declares the Lord, plans for welfare and not for evil, plans to give you a future and a hope." She told us about how God is now working in her and through her and the different gifts he has placed in her to use for His Kingdom. She shared how she now knows she was created as somebody special, with a purpose and that God loves her and has great plans for her life. WOW! I was so touched by this young woman’s ability to trust in the Lord.
This evening, the three of us went aerobic dancing near the Independence Monument and four street kids came up to us begging. They were all filthy wearing ratted clothes and no shoes. I began to ask the children questions & the oldest child Panha, would answer me. I started to ask Panha questions and (assuming Panha was a boy because "he" was dressed in boy’s clothes and had short hair) asked if "he" knew of the boy’s center near the river front which is a safe place for street kids where they can go to hang out and learn English. Panha responded, "I’m not a boy. I just cut my hair and dress like a boy to avoid getting raped while I’m out on the streets begging. It’s not safe."
My heart just about melted, though it explained the softness in her beautiful eyes. Panha too, is near Joanna’s age. She was thirteen, without parents and responsible for earning money to take back home to her Aunt who sells water and makes about $0.50 a day. Panha is like many other children in this world who probably feel invisible most of the time. But there was something special about this child, she was not invisible to me and I know she is not invisible to God who loves her and created her with a purpose. There is something sacred and beautiful about each person, especially about a child in their innocence. It is so important to speak life & truth into people’s lives, to remind them that they have been created on purpose & with a purpose. Thank you Joanna, for reminding me of that today. Please, join me in praying for Panha that God would protect her & provide for her, so that she too, can walk in the fullness of all that she has been created to be. Amen.
Miss Tracie, Phoebe and Anastasia Travel to California 2012
On July 11, 2012 Miss Tracie, Phoebe and Anastasia arrived at LAX in Los Angeles, California for a whirlwind trip full of ministry and blessing. After a day of recovery they went to Disneyland for a day of fun and play.
Then their times of ministry began. They had the precious opportunity to share in dance, story, prayer and games with a group of underprivileged children in Victoria Park. The park used to be overrun by drug dealers, but now has become a church for the poor. The girls danced with flags then invited the people to come forward for prayer. They came without any hesitation. Tears flowed and lives were changed, parents and kids alike.
Their next destination was Oak Valley Church in Calimesa where they performed at all of their three church services. The response was over-whelming. The Spirit of God fell and people rose to their feet praising God with shouts of heart felt adoration and worship. Nine new sponsors came forward along with new prayers for New Hope Centre. The love of these people was generous, warm and sweet. They were also given the opportunity to minister at the large Calvary Chapel in Redlands for the Youth Group. So many of the kids came up afterwards to tell the girls what a great inspiration they had been to them. It was not hard to see that the love of God comes thru the same Spirit no matter the cultural differences. They were able to relate across any lines the world may draw.
Though their plates were full with ministry opportunities (They also danced at the Ventura Vineyard), the rest of their time was not without varied experiences. They were taken on a VIP tour of C. R. Laurence (the world’s largest supplier of materials to the glass industry). It may be possible that this contact might be a springboard for a micro industry at New Hope Centre. They also visited Big Bear Lake in the Sierra Nevada Mountains, Santa Monica Beach and attended the International Worship Symposium in Pasadena. The trip was full of the miracles and blessings of God and they return home full of new vision, insights and even more determination to set Africa ablaze with the power of God.
Joanna Abraham ( 13 year old girl child from New Hope Centre) and Rachael Holt ( Volunteer at New Hope Centre) have been invited to learn from and join a ministry to street girls and prostitutes in Cambodia in August of 2012. The girls both have a real passion for ministry and worship. They believe in the power of the living God to transform lives.
The focus of the trip will be to learn from The Daughters of Cambodia ministry and bring back relevant skills to teach and implement back home.
The girls are going completely by faith, believing for God’s provision. With great anticipation and excitement the girls are praying towards and preparing themselves for a life-changing ministry trip. If you would like to assist Joanna and Rachael reach and minister in Cambodia please email firstname.lastname@example.org with the key words ‘Cambodia Ministry Trip.’ May the Lord bless you and complete the work He has started in you!
Shalom Shalom .
Joanna and Rachael.
Joanna is in grade 7 at Hope Academy and is a worship leader with a heart for the presence of God. Rachael has coordinated the Children’s Ministry Department since 2008, arriving at New Hope in 2006, she has a passion for the Word of God and seeing His power in action to bring life and restoration..