Activities Report for 2014

Helping those in need

Help for the needy families in Evaton WestFamily Care Ministries distributed food donations of approximately 300 litres of milk, 3100 loaves of bread, 900 kg of potatoes, 72 trays of eggs, 1130 kg of meat, 1250 crates of assorted foods, fruits and vegetables and dry goods to the needy, elderly and unemployed. In addition to this we gave used clothing, folders and stationary. We received a half a bakkie full of curtain material and cut offs which we passed to a skill-building centre to use with their trainees.

Each month of 2014 members and volunteers visited the approximately 120 elderly in three housing complexes in Brixton. The cooked meal and dry goods we served or distributed were always appreciated and we made a point of taking time to listen to the elderly and interact. Many welcomed the printed message we leave with each to offer some spiritual encouragement as well.

Outreach

Family Care Ministries facilitates outreach activities not only in the Johannesburg region in South Africa but also in Zimbabwe and Malawi.  We are regularly printing and supplying gospel tracts and Bible study materials to members and other active Christians and interested persons. Our motto: Give to get, invest to profit and sow to reap.

Training

IMG_0183-600On request and in coordination with Change the World Trust we held 2 afternoon workshops for a secondary school in Cosmo City. The theme and discussions on behaviour management and classroom control gave educators new motivation and inspiration to tackle the many challenges they face. Everyone had a clearer picture of what can and needs to be done about disruptive behaviour in the classroom and gained behaviour management skills through the strategies discusses and practiced.

Here are just a couple or the responses we got:

  • It was a very informative workshop. Especially for me as a young teacher. Even though part of me had lost hope, I now believe that it’s not too late to change or start over and be a Great Teacher to my learners. – Phumelele
  • The workshop was an eye opener to me. It has equipped me with skills and different techniques of handling misbehaviour and ill-discipline in class. Thank you so much, please keep coming to do workshops for us. – Nyakuna
  • The workshop helped me a lot because I used to give up on learners because of their behaviour. But the workshop imparted me with skills on how to discipline learner. Even though I won’t be perfect the first time around, I hope I will make it. – Mmbumi

 Early Learning Workshops

Explaining the teacher's guideFamily Care Ministries offered skills training to practitioners and caregivers of babies, toddlers and preschoolers in Orange Farm. We held a 3 workshop for 18 principals and practitioners throughout 2014. To aid in the implementation, each attendee received a free copy of a teacher’s guide with activities for children age 0-3.

Here are some of the responses from practitioners:

  • I am grateful that I attended the course because it opened my eyes and taught me to be more creative and not just sit there doing nothing. I did not know the things about the brain before.   – Sellina Mokangkang
  • The course was very good for me. I’ve learned a lot about how to react and respond to babies and how to teach and approach them. I am very grateful because I learned a lot of new things. – Emily Chabalala
  • I saw I can improvise if I don’t have toys. I learned more about how to handle children. – Anastacia Rashama
  • I would like to thank you for the information. For me everything was difficult but now I have a clue and a better understanding. – Thandi Mashinini
  • All the information that I received is relevant and will be useful to me at my centre. – S’bongile Mnisi

Prison Ministry

In December, 2014 Family Care Ministries concluded our 9th year of ministering to inmates in Kutama Sinthumule Correctional Centre  a maximum security prison in Makhado, Limpopo. Of the 188 offenders who signed up for our course, a total of 157 graduated. We mailed about 1,500 copies of the class sheets accompanying the course as well as 55 booklets to inmates throughout the year. The material left a visible impact on their lives as is evident when visiting the prison and hearing some of the reactions at the graduation ceremony we hold each year.

Here are some reactions from inmates:

  • Since I started to attend the Bible study my life is changing all the time. I can see the light now and know who I am because before I was confused all the time. I like to thank those who teach me all the time the words of God. I understand now what is wrong and what is right. – Samuel
  • I know now that no challenge can overpower me because greater is the one in me than the one in the world. – Max
  • I nearly lost hope in the beginning thinking that God had forsaken me, but after carefully studying the Word I noticed that the problem is within me not God. That is why I have resorted to put my trust in God’s hands because He is the creator of Heaven and earth. – Sipho
  • These Bible study is helping my mind. My mind is opened, my eyes are opened. – Thabo

Christmas Programs and Events

To offer the needy families we have been assisting throughout the year extra help to make it through the holiday season, Family Care Ministries prepared 50 large food parcels. We used the dry goods we regularly receive from a supermarket and some of the funding we have received from the National Lottery Board. Each parcel consisted of 5kg maize meal, 2l oil, 2 kg sugar, oats and cereal, fruit juice squash, a jar of Nutella and can of corn syrup, spices and various assorted snacks as well as some stationary.

With the help of our volunteers, who had prepared some cookies and printed Christmas wishes and a card to be added, we packed all the goods on site. Everyone was very appreciative.

Christmas parties for the children

DSCF4545-600Family Care Ministries held two Christmas parties for a total of 500 children in Orange Farm and in Soweto. We rented a jumping castle which was a big hit and organized a puppet show which the children thoroughly enjoyed. The games and activities which volunteers led kept everyone busy and channelled the children’s seemingly boundless energy.

People from the community came forward to help prepare and serve the hot dogs, drinks and snacks we had bought. Everyone pitched in to help pack and distribute the gifts for the children: pencils, colour pencils, stationary sets, colouring books, masks, snack packs and more. What a joy it was to see the smiles on the children’s faces.

The elderly

DSCF4852-600We served the elderly an extra delicious meal in December at the three housing complexes in Brixton we had visited throughout the year.  We added fruit and snacks, as well as small gifts of a bar of soap, a toothbrush and toothpaste a company had donated for them, and a Christian magazine.

In addition to this, we passed out 12 hampers to the elderly in Coronationville in a smaller complex in which is never visited by anyone.

Malawi Work

2014-08-15-063-600One of our Malawian co-workers who had received training while here in South Africa has returned to his homeland to oversee the work which has been on-going over the past 6 years. This has strengthened the work as he is able to pass on what he had learned, coordinate outreach and volunteer activities and provide the needed leadership. We have been able to provide a few of our workers with bicycles to help them get around to the Bible study groups they have started in various locations.

We received a request from a pastor in Zimbabwe to come and teach the people in this impoverished farming community for a week which Josef and a visiting Finish missionary took up gladly. It was an opportunity to see lives change and opened up avenues to facilitate efforts to spread the Gospel there.

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