The Message Trust's annual 3 Peaks fundraiser really "peaked" some interest as several people joined in on the challenge of climbing 3 peaks in one day in order to help us raise funds and awareness towards the work The Message is doing throughout Cape Town communities.
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.
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.
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.
With the launch of the Reintegration Programme this week, we are excited to see how this class successfully transitions back into society and become the solution to the problems they were once a part of within their communities.
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.
Check out our very first Thursday Night Live, hosted at The Mess Cafe, our amazing coffee shop situated in Mowbray.
Check out this short report and pictures of our second ever KICK24 event. Proffesional players and celebrities teaming up with community to give gangsterism and crime the boot!
Check out this brief report about KineticIV performing at Youth Transformation Africa!
Check out this great article from Pneuma SA on our new Mess Cafe and The Book Shop.
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.
Check out this article from our latest Message Trust UK FLOW Magazine.
KineticIV Announcement from Shaun Pretorius (Band Manager) and Justin Barth (Band Member)
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.
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.
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.
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.
It's never too late to make something of yourself. Check out this amazing story of men behind bars who are creating a better tomorrow for themselves. Change is possible.
We are happy to announce that we have reached one of our goals for 2016. A home for ex-offenders, who don't have support or a place to stay.