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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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Announcing…Kwelanga House

So let hope rise and darkness tremble in your holy light.*

Screen Shot 2014-02-24 at 8.16.57 PMStudents in Masi face horrific overwhelming obstacles in their community: HIV/AIDS, crime, poverty, rape and substance abuse. Some have no running water, some share a one room shack with an entire family, including one bed.

They live with  injustice. It means they must overcome a great deal in order to learn. There are students with untapped potential in Masi. It’s about inspiring. It’s about not being intimidated by obstacles. It’s about fighting back. Their injustice is our injustice.

We are beyond excited to announce our vision for Kwelanga House, our non-profit organization in Masiphumelele. Kwelanga House is an after school tutoring/guidance house for the community. Continue reading Announcing…Kwelanga House

The State of South African Education

IMG_5355It started in 2010. We stepped off a plane on to the soil of South Africa.

It continues now, when we walk through the townships, when we see the education system failing so many kids.

We know a 17-year-old girl who is still in grade 7.

We know too many who will never matriculate, but will instead drop out at grade 10. Government rules don’t demand that a student finish anything past grade 10. Continue reading The State of South African Education