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God of the Impossible; God of the Preposterous

Yesterday was the two-year anniversary of the Grade R (kindergarten) at the Ocean View Care Centre. I had no idea until I arrived. The excitement was abundant because it was truly a day to celebrate plus, God had provided a free trip to the circus for the school as a birthday present! Two years of miracles are certainly worthy of celebration.

The story is remarkable. The school was born in pain. The founder lost his young son to cancer at the end of 2014. He decided that he was not going to allow the children of Ocean View to be lost through lack of academic preparation. He couldn’t change what happened to his boy, but he could change the paths of the children of Ocean View who seemed to be falling through the cracks because they were on the streets when they should have been in a Grade R preschool.

The school was started with a simple decision. We will do it and God will provide. There was no building and no budget. These children’s families could not pay for this school and yet these children needed nutrition if they were going to learn. He found a retired teacher to do the teaching, and they rounded up about 20 kids who were Grade R age but were playing in the streets during school days. On February 10, 2015, the school started outside in the corner of a building. It rained that day while kids sat huddled in a corner of an abandoned building.

The school started to grow. More children came and so did more volunteer teachers. In April, the school and Ocean View Care Centre received 16 used shipping containers and were allowed to put them on a plot of council land. Now the school has its own classrooms and kitchen. Playground equipment was donated and a small support staff feed and care for the students.

Every day is a miracle here. Everyone is a volunteer. There are no salaries. When they come to serve, it is a miracle. The children are fed breakfast, lunch and a snack every day with no budget. Miracle. 85 children completed the first year. There was a total of 98 who came at some point during that year. Miracle. That was overwhelming so they capped enrollment at 55 the second year with a smaller staff. Miracle. This year they have about 40 students. Miracle. Almost 200 children’s lives have been impacted over this two years. Miraculous.

During our morning prayer meeting, I found myself praising the “God of the Impossible; God of the Preposterous.” He has made a school out of shipping containers and a vacant lot. He has fed and taught almost 200 children and prepared them for a better future. He has changed the lives of countless parents, observers, and volunteers who He has touched as we watched Him work with willing hearts and no budget.

The crazy thing is this is only the beginning of the impossible and preposterous things we expect God to do in Ocean View, in the Fish Hoek Valley, in Cape Town, in South Africa, across the African continent, and around the world. Get ready to participate with the God of the Impossible; God of the Preposterous.

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What We Do

Screen Shot 2013-05-07 at 7.35.10 PMWhat do we do? We tried to summarize our daily activities here:

Comfort and feed a screaming woman lying on the sidewalk.

Hold the hands of filthy kids. We are the ones who return home blessed.

Give fruit to hungry. Except the time Kevin pulled a banana out of his black hoodie and the poor lady threw up her arms like it was a hold up. Oops. Continue reading What We Do

Clarity

bimagesYou know in the eye doctor’s office, when you sit in a chair and the kind Dr. snaps different sets of lenses in front of you and asks which lens helps you see clearer? Sometimes the difference is imperceptible so you hazard a guess, hoping for the right answer. Sometimes it’s obvious because your eyesight improves from rorschach spots  to recognizing the actual alphabet. Continue reading Clarity

This is Our Africa

Just to give you an idea of how differently life operates here in the Southern Peninsula of Cape Town, here are two examples.

1. Hudson plays for a local soccer team. The season is 6 months long. SIX MONTHS! It is surprisingly cheap compared to what we were paying for travel soccer in the US. And by cheap, I mean $35 for all six months. Includes the jersey, which he actually returns after each game so the coach can take them home and wash them and make sure they don’t get stolen, lost or forgotten. Continue reading This is Our Africa