"This Is Our Time" AVAILABLE NOW!!

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"This Is Our Time" AVAILABLE NOW!!

Today is a good day as KineticIV's new single, "This Is Our Time," has officially been released and is now available on all music platforms! Read more about it in this article and then follow the link to have a listen! 

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An Anthem for South Africa

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An Anthem for South Africa

KineticIV has just returned from being on mission, visiting the schools and community of Citrusdal. While there, they had the opportunity to film a music video for an upcoming song release. There are exciting things happening with KIV; don't miss out!

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We All Scream For Ice Cream!

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We All Scream For Ice Cream!

One of The Message Trust's Gangstar Enterprises, The Soft Machine, is gaining attraction and building momentum towards bigger and better opportunities. We are grateful for the opportunities we have already had, and excited for future ones on the horizon. 

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Exploring Eden: What Becoming An Urban Missionary Is All About

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Exploring Eden: What Becoming An Urban Missionary Is All About

It would be awesome to not just see people in the community at church on a Sunday, but to connect with them throughout the week and build relationships.
— Xola, Khanyisa Community Church

Our Eden Network, in partnership with local churches, is passionate about sending out teams of urban missionaries to neighbourhoods where gangsterism and crime is high. These missionaries are dedicated to sharing the Gospel, making disciples, and transforming communities.

 

At our fourth annual Proximity Conference in September, our Eden Network shared about the challenging issues of living the gospel in difficult circumstances, as well as some inspiring testimonies of real-life community transformation that our Eden teams have been able to experience. As a follow-up to the conference, the Eden Network hosted an Exploring Eden event on Thursday 5th October, to discuss the practical details involved in setting up an Eden Team and its support network to those interested in joining or supporting a local Eden Team.

It was a very relaxed evening sharing about how our life has been as Eden members. It’s not easy, it’s sacrificial; suffering for something you believe in. It’s not all roses, but it’s definitely fulfilling and a beautiful experience.
— Warren, Team Member - Eden Salt River
It’s about the process, not the product.
— Grant, Team Leader - Eden Salt River

 

Exploring Eden was held at Khanyisa Community Church in Tambo Village and was geared specifically towards those interested in possibly getting involved in the new Eden Tambo Village Team currently being developed. Around 25 people attended the event (about half of whom were visitors) and had the opportunity to hear from current Eden members from various, already developed teams across Cape Town. These members shared real-life stories about their experiences; from becoming an Eden team member and their preconceptions, to their current involvement within Eden in the communities they live in. Detailed information about the process of starting up with a new team was also available and afterwards, those that were interested in becoming part of Eden Tambo Village were encouraged to fill out a form in order to start taking the next steps. We are very encouraged by the turnout of those interested in joining an Eden Team that night, and are excited to watch this new Eden Team gain members and continue to develop.

We need to meet regularly and pray and get the momentum going. We need to set up prayer walks to start building excitement for whats happening here in our community.
— Siviwe, Pastor at Khanyisa Community Church, Tambo Village

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Made For More

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Made For More

On 29 September, KIV performed an electrifying "Made For More" concert at the end of a Schools Week, in partnership with Lighthouse Church. We are excited to see how future partnerships could have the potential to change the lives of young people and bring hope and encouragement to their current circumstances. 

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Reintegration to unlock potential

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Reintegration to unlock potential

Introducing the new Reintegration Programme! We identify youth out of prison who desire to leave a life of crime and gangsterism, giving them a platform to flourish, so that they can impact their family, community and nation. Check our more in this news article. 

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Breaking Every Chain

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Breaking Every Chain

On the 3rd June we partnered with Radio Tygerberg and co-hosted an amazing breakthrough event in Khayeltisha. Check out this touching report from Mtheteleli, an ex-offender now working with The Message Trust.

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Stars in their eyes

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Stars in their eyes

Here is an inspirational young man who has the heart to see change in society. Using sports as a tool to reach out to young people.

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AGENT OF CHANGE

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AGENT OF CHANGE

After 14 years of prison this young man believes he has discovered a way to keep young people out of prison. Here's an inspirational story of Steve Sam, and what God has done for him while in prison.

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Fresh out of Prison

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Fresh out of Prison

It's not over until God says so. Here's a story of a young man whose life was transformed by the love of Christ while behind bars. 

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      FUTURE ME   WORLD OF WORK FESTIVAL   One of our enterprises at The Message Trust (The Soft Machine) were recently invited to a workshop held  at Christel House High School in Cape Town. This invite was one which carved a significantexperience not  only for business but for the students as they were given skills in building and running a successfulfood truck business.  FutureMe is a  holistic, technology-enabled programme  aimed at assisting  high school learners  to be  work-ready  when they leave school. The  purpose  of FutureMe is to  assist young people  in becoming more  self-aware  and  confident; more aware  and  knowledgeable about subject, study and career choices  and  employment opportunities;  and  more prepared for,  and  effective in the working world.   In this way, FutureMe intends to act as a  bridge between youth and the working world.   We are really passionate about addressing the  youth unemployment crisis  in South Africa, as well as the  skills gaps in the working world .   We were there to share about The Soft Machine and the work we do as well as how these learners could empower themselves if they chose to take the path of running a food truck. The power in it all was the hunger for success we saw in the eyes of the young people at Christel House High school.     

  

  	
       
      
         
          
             
                  
             
          

          

         
      
       
    

  


      The most important part of the day was when MT shared his story with the students, many who are impacted daily by the negative cycle of gangsterism, crime and poverty. One of the grade 7 students said: “ mam, just yesterday 6 of my friends became gangsters and now they want me to join too.”  MT shared the realities of joining a gang and how this set him back for 13 years of his life. The students were eager to know how they can make a difference and where they could find help.     As we left Christel House High on the day we knew there is hope for our future and it lies in the hands of the young people in our country and it’s our duty to empower our youngsters and support their dreams. It’s the least we can do, but what's more important is for any young person to know that you care.       
   
     “ People don’t care about how much you know, they want to know how much you care ” 
   
   — Stephen R Covey 
                 

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Investing time in the young people in school is not a waste of time it is watering the seed teachers already planted. What an experience as we took time to attend a function hosted by FutureMe.

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