On the 19th of March 2016, SU Pietermaritzburg hosted an event addressing the dangers of social media for children and presented tips for parents and caregivers on how to manage the online presence of teenagers and how to put systems in place to protect themselves from online predators. We had Ian Loots present solar power options to reduce electricity consumption and prepare for load shedding. Ian also presented a shopping saving option using one card at various shops.
The year ended with a great two Regional Summer Camps which took place from the 10th-13th of December 2015, Activate for the teens and Super Heroes for the little ones. The camps were an incredible success with a total of 78 children in attendance from two Regions, Gauteng South and Gauteng North. On arrival at Stoney Ridge, the children filled the campsite with their excitement. Activate was the teenage group which consisted of 23 teenagers in total. Superheroes, which was the Primary School group, consisted of 53 children.
Scripture Union Gauteng North ran four camps; three for teens and one for kids with a total of 113 young people and Summer Special camp is for kids from grades 4-7. Our theme for this year was Unfrozen
(friendships). We explored friendships between Ruth and Naomi, David and Jonathan and finally ended with friendship with Christ based on John 15:13-14.
Savouring the intimate moments with the Father on the most uncomfortable seat I have ever sat on (a bicycle seat), my spirit has words and emotions for which my soul is still searching. Having completed the Cape Town Cycle Tour 2016 and looking back on it, it all probably started with a commitment between Tony Nzanzah (SU General Director) and me to do the race. Our idea got “life” as the following words were spoken over me each devotional morning: “Good Morning, my cycling partner”. Wow, I have been able to taste Proverbs 18:21!!
Pictured is one of the leaners from an underprivileged community who benefitted from the #oneshoeatatime project. One of the communities we serve through SU Pietermaritzburg was identified with children attending school without school shoes or with shoes that they have out-grown and some wearing their only pair of shoes they own. In addition to this they also have other needs; however we wanted to make a start and the smiles on their faces were so precious. Below is an excerpt from a letter sent by one of the schools we supported.
Just a few weeks ago, 70 directors and coordinators from 35 holiday clubs gathered for an appreciation dinner at the Western Cape offices. What a night as we listened to testimony after testimony of the Lord’s goodness! Although I am well aware that numbers are not important, we had set out a bold prayer for 500 first time commitments this holiday season. Our theme for the evening was taken from Ephesians 3:20 “Now unto him who is able to do immeasurably more than we can ask or think or imagine.” So by the time the 6th director had shared, I had already tallied up 494 first time decision… I decided to stop counting!
Our biennial Staff Conference was held this year in July at Stoney Ridge Campsite. The theme was “Back to School – Enabling for Impact”, with the focus was on how we, as staff, can enable volunteers to really impact young people in South Africa.
Only one word can describe my experience at the Transformers Leadership 2015 camp; AWESOME! It was amazing to feel the presence of the Holy Spirit together with people from different cultural backgrounds. An atmosphere of love and togetherness as Bhande High school Grade 12 prevailed, and we learnt that we are all people of God no matter what culture we come from. The leaders of the camp were also role models to us and showed us how to take a stand and live the life you know God wants for you.