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A visit With MelodyLatest 

One of our recent graduates, who lives with her family in Masiphumelele was both a time of praise and deep pain. In spite of all of the challenges of a shack, a too small place and no running water inside, Melody and her husband are hopeful as they are about to restart a small food business. With help from wonderful donors, they have purchased equipment to cook and vegetables to sell. It has been quite some time since I entered a shack and I had a wake up call again to see how much our Evangeline students must fight to just make a decent living.


With a hurting heart I went to the store to purchase something for Melody and was overjoyed to meet Unathi, who graduated in our December 2017 class. If anyone had asked me who would get a job in that class, I would not have chosen Unathi. But then I remembered how she was determined to graduate, even after illness had forced her to drop out from our class in 2017. She never gave up and has an entry level job which helps her now to take care of her family. She proudly posed in her uniform for me and took many selfies. Yes we are making a difference!


Meet Anoxolo, one of the liveliest students in our January-July 2018 Evangeline Life Skills Class.

 

One of the few students who were born in Cape Town, Anoxolo survived tragedy at the age of ten when both her parents were killed in a taxi accident that almost claimed her life too. During the fire that engulfed the taxi, Anoxolo was badly burned with terrible scars today that cover most of her upper body and arms, and which, from time to time , require hospitalization. Raised by her grandmother, Anoxolo moved from another township to Masiphumelele to live with a relative who supported them. Although she did not pass her high school exams, she was accepted in a special fire fighters program in one of the national parks. When that program ended she was accepted in a library program to read to children in English and Xhosa, something she sill does every week. Because her grandmother sewed her clothes, Anoxolo was keen to learn sewing and since she had never had the opportunity to have computer lessons, she readily came to Evangeline when a friend told her about the program. “I want to learn to do English better, ” she said. “” I want to sew school uniforms and I want so much to learn the computer.” Anoxolo recently lost her thirty five year older sister, but has not missed class because of this recent grief. grateful for this chance she now has. “I am very happy to be here,” she says.


Melody’s kindness

Melody graduated in 2017 and has now decorated our Graduation hall twice. Distressed about her housing situation she came to see me in tears. We prayed together and believed God would bring her family through this crisis. God did hear and answer and they were able to complete the building of their shack. I packed a good supply of towels and sheets and took them to her. In what is so unusual for many needy people here, Melody sent me this note. “Thank you Wendy, the sheets and towels are nice. I liked them. I gave another lady some and she was happy.” I answered”:” What an act of Christian love on your part. God bless you for sharing. God will supply all of your needs.”


Betty And Her Bible

For months Betty an 2014 Evangeline graduate has been asking me for a Xhosa Bible. Up until last year, I asked students to choose whether they wanted a Xhosa or English Bible. As well I have purchased Bibles in the Soto language and also had a French Bible donated. Currently, we use English bibles to strengthen their English. A few weeks ago when I purchased the English Bibles, the Holy Spirit reminded me about Betty’s request. Betty caught up with me this week and again asked if I remembered to purchase the Bible. Yes, I said and opened out locker to give it t her. She let out a cry of pure joy that just filled my heart. “Now I can read my Bible every day and in church.” She had also run right to the sewing room and was reading it to others. When I asked where her English Bible was she said her son had taken it and he too is reading the Bible.

 

 

 


Wishes You A Merry And Blessed Christmas

Evangeline Ministries wishes you a Merry and Blessed Christmas. We rejoice in the message of the angel to the shepherds: ” I bring you good news that will cause great joy for all the people…a Savior has been born to you, he is the Messiah, he is the Lord” (Luke 2:10-11). Thank you for helping us to share this good news of hope and joy with disadvantaged women in Cape Town, South Africa!


Happy New Year!

Happy New Year to you from Evangeline Ministries!

As we look back at 2017, our hearts overflow with thanks to God for a year in which we saw forty one students graduate from our Life Skills Program in Cape Town, South Africa. We thank each person and church and organization who helped to make all of this possible and we continue to ask you for your prayer and financial support.

We are so excited about 2018 as EM is about to begin its twelfth year of ministry. Our prayer for ourselves and for you in this new year is: “that Christ will live in you as you open the door and invite him in. And…..that with both feet firmly planted in love, you’ll be able to take in with all Christians the extravagant dimensions of Christ’s love. Reach out and experience the breadth! Test its length! Plumb the depths! Rise to the heights! Live full lives, full in the fullness of God. God can do………far more than you could ever imagine or guess or request in your wildest dreams!” Ephesians 3:17-20 (The Message)


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