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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MEP GRADUATION 2016

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MEP GRADUATION 2016

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.

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Doors Wide Open!

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Doors Wide Open!

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.

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      Respect ME is an exciting new project that is a part of The Message Trust family. It is a schools based program that helps to equip young people to make positive choices that won’t only impact them but those around them. It looks at those areas of our lives that are so important to who we are as individuals yet people find difficult to talk about.       How are you doing it ?  We have a range of different sessions and each is rooted in value and positivity. The lessons are interactive and informative, we give overviews, share stories, look at statistics and discuss how we can help make change in our own spheres of life. They are aimed not to tell young people how to make good choices but to go on a journey with them and guide the discovery of these positive choices themselves.       Why are you doing it ?   I am doing this project because I fully believe in young people each having God given potential. In a world where we are constantly bombarded by negativity and false expectations I believe it is important for us to know who we are, the value we hold and the depth to which we are loved.       What are the objectives/goals you are aiming for ?  I want to see as many young people as physically possible to show them the truth, that they are incredible young men and women that have  purposes, hope and exciting futures! I want young people to really have full and happy lives and know their value. I want to see young peoples lives changed and transformed in the way they think about these what have been in the past “sticky” areas of their lives.   Written  by: Naomi Plant   Edited by: Siseko Ngwayishe

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 You don't want to miss this, "RESPECT ME" a new and exciting new program for schools designed to deal with issues our kids face daily. This is a must see.

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The Concert was Ballistic!

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The Concert was Ballistic!

On the 27th of September KineticIV ran their third annual missions trip to Citrusal. This was an amazing week of music, life-skills and engaging hundreds of young people in schools across the community. Check out this report by Shaun Pretorius.

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A Mission Trip to Remember!

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A Mission Trip to Remember!

In August we were privileged to have the amazing Believers World Outreach (BWO) team work with our staff in our Eden teams, prisons and schools. It was an amazing two weeks! Read this report from the BWO team and their time with our team.

 

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Welcome to Donovan Nelson! What a Gangstar!

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Welcome to Donovan Nelson! What a Gangstar!

The Message Trust family welcomed Donovan Nelson into the Gangstar Enterprises team on the 1st of August. Donovan has been employed as our Gangstar sales and marketing manager and will oversee the expansion of all our Gangstar businesses. We are excited to welcome him onto the team!

 

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First ever KICK24!

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First ever KICK24!

The Message Trust and Sports Chaplaincy SCZA teamed up to host a 24-hour soccer event at Ajax Ikamva Grounds from 12pm on Friday 3rdJune through to 12pm Saturday June 4th. Read our report about this amazing event! 

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Meet Xola our latest Gangstar!

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Meet Xola our latest Gangstar!

Meet our latest Gangsar Enterprises Apprentice - Xola! Xola will be assisting part-time in our Soft Machine ice-cream enterprise. We are excited to have him join The Message family! 

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