Tag - community

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COMMUNITY SPOTLIGHT: Lolla’s 5 Year Journey with The Sozo Foundation
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Life in Muizenberg – Turning Visitors into Locals
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The Road Less Traveled – And Why Going It Alone Is Not God’s Idea
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“A Man of Sorrows and Acquainted with Grief”
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Why Have a Blog?

COMMUNITY SPOTLIGHT: Lolla’s 5 Year Journey with The Sozo Foundation

Photo Credit: The Sozo Foundation

We are excited to share Lolla’s inspirational journey with The Sozo Foundation. We celebrate the wonderful things our non-YWAM neighbors are doing to impact the local community! The Foundation recently turned five years old, and The Bay Community Church has made it possible by giving the organization its full back up support from the beginning in 2011.

The Sozo Foundation is a non-profit organisation, based in the impoverished Cape Flats community of Vrygrond, Cape Town. The Foundation creates opportunities for holistic development through various key areas of Youth Development, Education, Health and Wellbeing, and Skills Development. Their vision is to see the community of Vrygrond living with dignity, purpose, and hope. They live by their motto: We help people to know they’re loved so they can love others. Our guest author for this post is Nolis Mhone, a Public Relations Intern at The Sozo Foundation.

Lolla has walked a journey with Sozo from its inception, and we were thrilled when she joined us permanently in April 2015. Born and raised in a small town in the Eastern Cape, Nelisiwe, or Lolla as we affectionately call her, moved to Cape Town in 2007 with her mother and sisters after tragedy struck her family. Vrygrond soon became Lolla’s new home, and quickly after arriving, Lolla began volunteering at the Vrygrond Library in the afternoons after school.

In 2011, The Sozo Foundation was started and began to use the library to provide after-school tutoring to high school learners from the community. Intrigued by the newcomers and the programme that they offered, Lolla volunteered her time and helped out wherever she could.

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Life in Muizenberg – Turning Visitors into Locals

Photo Credit: Kenny Hall via instagram @lovemuiz

There are many facets to being a part of Youth With A Mission in Muizenberg, South Africa, a beautiful, southern suburb of Cape Town. As students in our schools or on staff with local ministries here, we may study and minister A Lot of the time. But another important aspect to living and making home is for family and friendships, rest and rejuvenation; so let’s rejoice in Muizenberg as a blessing and displaying God’s beauty in so many ways. Here’s to a little taste of Muizenberg, which Kenny brings so well in this post. You may become a local too. (Check out more breathtaking photos of Muizenberg on instagram @lovemuiz.)

Muizenberg, perhaps more than any other place I’ve been in the world, is known for turning visitors into locals. With its rich history dating back to the 1740’s, the streets and walls of Muizenberg are filled with stories, and they have a way of captivating. There’s also no doubt that Muizenberg attracts a very diverse crowd of people.

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The Road Less Traveled – And Why Going It Alone Is Not God’s Idea

Photo Credit: Linh Nguyen

This post was originally published on the author Lindsey Lautsbaugh’s blog at http://www.thisisloveactually.com/road-less-traveled/ on June 3, 2014 and is re-posted with permission.

Last week I left my house for a late afternoon run. I’m a hoofer who plods along slowly. Seeing me run would probably evoke less images of a light-footed deer and more images of a stray elephant looking for its herd. But, I digress.

That evening was beautiful, still, cool air, and beautiful clouds. I love running at that time of day; the streets are full of people walking home after a long day at work. There are large groups of gossiping Mamas noisily giving the updates of the day. Weary fathers pushing their young daughters home from preschool. Dusty men returning home after a hard day of manual labour.

That evening I took my normal route along the busiest roads, past the buzzing taxi ranks, and weaving along semi-crowded sidewalks. The next morning I woke up to learn that thirty minutes after I had run, there was a shooting along my route, killing several. It was part of a week of rising violence in our neighborhood.

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“A Man of Sorrows and Acquainted with Grief”

Photo Credit: Painting “Spring Again” By Gaylin Downie

The above painting shows the winds of change blowing away the darkness of winter and the old season. Colour is released from heaven to earth bleeding life back into the hills, which become covered in spring flowers. Words: “Wrong will be made right, when Aslan comes in sight. At the sound of his roar, sorrows will be no more. When he bares his teeth, winter meets its death. And when he shakes his mane, we shall have spring again.” ~ From The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe by C. S. Lewis

{This painting is by Gaylin Downie, local artist and YWAM Muizenberg staff of Bethesda House, and we are blessed to feature it here. Her main art expression is prophetic art, which is a visual form of what God is communicating to people to encourage them and highlight aspects of who they are and what they are made for. You can view her art on Facebook here: CrimsonHeart by Gaylin.}

 

My heart breaks and bleeds as I contemplate the extent of the brokenness of humanity. Murders, shootings, gang rapes, molestation, drug abuse, theft… Is there no end to the evil of mankind?

I wish that my thoughts were merely theoretical, but they are not. On a weekly basis I am faced with the troubles in some of the communities in Cape Town, South Africa. It is even sadder that I seem to be more heartbroken than the actual people who live in these traumatic situations.

It’s not that they do not feel the pain, but that the pain has become their normal experience of existence. They are beyond pain. The pain is so deeply entrenched in their culture and identity that they don’t see it anymore.

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Why Have a Blog?

Photo Credit: TomConger via Compfight cc

I happen to love crime shows. And it’s amazing the scientific and technological advances that have been made. To use the minutest bit of evidence – DNA, blood, hair, tissue, fingerprints – to catch a criminal. Granted t.v. is probably blowing it way out of proportion and not demonstrating the great amount of hard work and other things which contribute. But I digress…

When looking in particular at the fingerprint, it is an imprint of the smallest raised swirls and lines of skin tissue on your finger, yet it’s so intricate. And it got me thinking today,

God has not only left His fingerprint, His imprint on our lives,

He has woven His DNA within us and He has placed His image upon us.

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