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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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      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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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 Nathan Hans!

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Meet Nathan Hans!

Meet our newest team member! Nathan Hans. Nathan will be employed in our Soft Machine enterprise and working in our Gangstar Enterprises department. Check out this brief interview with our Operations Director Mark Slessenger

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Message Vision Night

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Message Vision Night

On the 25th February we held our third annual Vision Night. Read about the personal reflections from one of our MEP prison students who was MC on the night.

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"The valley will never be the same again!"

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"The valley will never be the same again!"

The KineticIV Impact 

The Message Team arrived in Citrusdal on Friday morning, 20 November, 2015. The team partnered and were hosted by Hebron Community Projects who work with schools and farms in the community. The Message had planned a youth outreach weekend aimed at impacting many young people who come from difficult backgrounds.

Shaun Pretorius speaking to the youth

Shaun Pretorius speaking to the youth

The weekend began with our team running a school outreach programme at Paardekop primary school. Our team was welcomed by over 250 excited children, who had heard about KineticIV and were excited to hear from the band.

Our team prepared and implemented a three hour creative schools programme for the school. This involved hosting a school talent show that included grades 1-6 showcasing their musical and dance talent. 

One of the favourites was a young girl called 'Eljure' who sang a familiar South African song called “Hoor hoe raas die stilte” and had the whole crowd singing along!

Before KIV performed our team spent time getting to know the children, engaging them through creative ice- breakers, jokes and Gilead (KIV band member) teaching them the popular dance called “the whip and nae nae”. 

Jabulani Majola sharing with the children

Jabulani Majola sharing with the children

KIV then gave the school a taste of what they could expect at the full concert on Saturday by performing two of their original sound tracks , ‘More Than This” and “Storm” - it was a joy to see the children going crazy and enjoying themselves!

On the Saturday more than 300 people showed up for the first Hebron Citrusdal concert. The audience included a mix of kids parents and grand parents, this was a massive breakthrough as the whole family was present. Generally, in farming communities families are engaged in heavy drinking, to witness families coming together and engaging in positive activities was significant.

When KIV were due to perform excitement filled the room as Neil (Chairperson of Hebron Community Projects) introduced the band and The Message Team. Meryl (KIV female vocalist) came up to introduce the team individually and got the children ready for the evenings events.

During the concert KIV delivered an electrifying performance that even got the grandparents to their feet! In between performances KIV band members Jabulani and Meryl shared their stories to encourage and uplift everyone in attendance.

After the KIV performance Shaun (Band Manager) shared his story of overcoming a life of drugs and alcohol abuse. After sharing his testimony, he made a call for prayer and twenty people made a response.

KineticIV concluded the evening with some crowd interaction, including dancing and singing and finished off with a final performance of the crowd favourite, “Storm”.

The team were commended for their performance and received positive feedback from both the Owners of the life centre and the community. 

The valley will never be the same again
— Neil Hall - Chairperson: Hebron Community Projects
The team really inspired us to pursue our dreams
— Cisco: KIV Concert Attendee

The team completed the weekend by leading a church service on Sunday morning. Meryl and Jabulani, along with the local church band led worship and one of our team members shared an inspiring message.

Neil Hall, chairperson of Hebron, and some of the church members took time during the service to motivate and encourage The Message to continue in their work amongst young people and promised to pray for the team.

If you would like to know more about KineticIV and are interested in your church or oganisation doing a schools outreach contact us on info@message.org.za

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