SU Training Set to Soar!


SU’s National Training Co-ordinator, Diane Evans, has made good strides on the realisation of the online training portal with the likelihood that we may have 12 modules up and running in January 2017. This is massively exciting and will service a number of key aspects in our movement, such as new worker orientation, volunteer orientation, staff development and Regional Executive Committee orientation.

Key to this development is making adult learning accessible and relevant and SU has been blessed with the assistance of Neil Butcher and Associates (NBA) in Johannesburg in this regard. While having been a training organisation for many years, SU is moving much of its tried and tested material online, reframing it to include a healthy mix of face-to-face interaction (the ideal) with distance, computer-of-choice self-learning.
While geared at SU’s internal operation initially, this online training platform will be extended as soon as feasible to more external friends and partners. Watch this exciting space in months to come!

Child Protection: A team effort


SU believes that Child Protection is as urgent and important as it’s ever been – and is paying renewed efforts to this key aspect. While it is a great privilege and joy to be involved in ministry with children and teenagers, it is also a massive responsibility and SU feels this weighty challenge on an ongoing basis.

Sponsored by one of SU’s key donors (Kindernothilfe, KNH), a Child Protection strategy session was held in Durban in September. This challenged SU and fellow ministry organisations to up the game in terms of Child Protection. Workable and current Child Protection Policies are critical and SU is aware of the need to equip our teams continually in how to respond when a child reports a case of abuse, either from the past or on an activity. This has professionalised our responses to incidents that unfortunately do occur.

But perhaps more importantly even, is the need for innovative, energetic and creative proactive Child Protection Initiatives – especially by organisations like SU that aim to “be there for young people”. Currently SU’s Youth Centres fulfil such proactive purposes, as do our Lifeskills programmes. An innovative example is the Debating Competition we run in Mdantsane, Eastern Cape, covering key topics like Bullying and Abuse. Learners are challenged to extend themselves and are empowered to present reasoned responses and consider courageous disclosures.

Spearheading SU’s Child Protection programme is Sam Otigo (Regional Director SU Algoa) and Sam’s input at the KNH event was substantial. Sam has demonstrated through being one of SU’s leading camping Regions that Child Protection, both in its reactive and proactive forms, is an area in which SU is determined to demonstrate excellence.

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Thank you for supporting Delft Holiday Club | SU Western Cape

We have seen tremendous growth within our Delft (Cape Town) holiday club leadership team, especially in our 5 new volunteers who rose to the challenge and ventured out of their comfort zones. This year, we had two programmes: our Junior Programme (Cosmic Quest – You’ve been selected) for Grades 3 – 5 learners; and a Senior Programme for Grades 6 – 9. Both were extremely successful. In our Senior Programme, we split the boys and girls into separate groups and ran modules that covered, self-Image, peer pressure, values, choices and love. Through this we were able to build a relationship with each young person and in turn share God’s love with them. A highlight in the girls’ programme was their realization that they are beautiful and special in God’s eyes. Girls were taught how to apply make-up and were given general etiquette tips. This warmed my heart as I’ve never seen so many girls feel so loved and full of smiles as they were reminded that they are loved, beautiful and full of purpose.

The drama was a major highlight in the junior’s programme as it related to their own lives, how they as children need to be obedient to God. We thank God for the 18 young people who made commitments to follow Jesus as their personal Lord and Saviour and to grow in their walk with God. Our leaders have already initiated a follow-up process and are aiming to “walk the road” with them after the holiday club.

As a club we were greatly encouraged by the support and prayers that covered us while we ran the club. Donations of various kinds were given to us to ensure that we can run a successful holiday club. The Delft holiday club leadership team is grateful for all efforts that resulted in one more young person hearing the gospel. We were privileged to minister to an average of 300 young people every day.

Delft Holiday Club 2016 Leader
SU Western Cape

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Welbedacht Holiday Club | SU Durban

Welbedacht Holiday Club

We had a brilliant holiday club this July. We had the South African Police partner with us: they spoke to the children about abuse, drugs and safety and each child was given a soccer ball. The highlight of the holiday club however was telling children about Jesus and having 20 of them open their hearts to Him. It was a “wow” moment for us. Somehow this time the children were so receptive to the gospel, to our stories and to the activities. Every day was filled with excitement and anticipation. Our volunteers, most of them new, were so passionate and enthusiastic which added to us having an exhilarating holiday club. We Thank God for His provision, protection and His presence. We want to see every child know Him and everyone open their hearts and lives to Him.

Abigail Pillay
SU Chatsworth

My name is Leigh and I was a 1st time volunteer at the Scripture Union Welbedacht Holiday Club.
I loved every moment of it! What an awesome experience!!! My group was so adorable and couldn’t wait for their lessons, their Bible stories and activities. I watched children come every morning in the cold, so excited to see us and their friends. I realize that when we make ourselves availble we can make a difference in the lives of these little ones. If we do not share Jesus, how would these children know Him? This one week of holiday club has changed my life, the way I see things and the need to make Jesus known. I will be availble for the next holiday club and the next… I want to make a difference.

SU Chatsworth volunteer

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Reaching that one child for Christ

Still at university and looking for adventure, we set off to Grassy Park in Cape Town to “do this thing” called Holiday Club. I had never heard of SU before, but I knew it would be a great adventure, with Charles Charmers, our youth leader at Bridgetown Presby, leading the way.

I was introduced to some incredible leaders who gave us a solid grounding in leadership and how to share the love of Christ with young children. Wow, what an experience it was with close to 500 children desperately in need of the Gospel and someone to show them that they matter, that there is a better way to live and that Christ loves them deeply and showed His love by dying on the cross for their salvation.

For some ,this had been the first and only time they had experienced unconditional love with no expectation of anything in return. Year after year, they would return to spend a precious week of rare fun and laughter, goodies, prizes, fantastic stories, drama, music, a friendly face and loving arms.

More than two decades later, having overseen training and development of thousands of leaders (some who now serve in Parliament, are TV personalities, DJs on radio, refs on the international soccer stage, run their own businesses etc), reaching tens of thousands of children with the Gospel and seeing unity in the Church through a common goal, I have only one regret: “that I couldn’t do more”.

The thing about it though is that, in the words of Christ Himself, if only ONE comes to know Him “the angels in heaven rejoice”. If you were to ask me, what is holiday club? I will, say that holiday club is about adventure, leadership development and unity in the Church, but most of all reaching that ONE child for Christ”.

Nigel Adriaanse
SU Holiday Club Crew Member

Social Media Savvy

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 event was largely a success however many of those who responded did not pitch up at the event however those in attendance felt the evening was beneficial.

Summer Camp 2015 | SU Gauteng South

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.

Algoa SUmmer Camp 2015 | SU Algoa

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.

Enriching Experience on a Bike! | SU South Africa

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!!