In South Africa the month of August is celebrated as Women’s Month, it is activated to acknowledge challenges and achievements associated with women.
The Gospel 101 team organized a Women Seminar on Saturday 12 August 2017 in Dickson Mission House in Philadelphia, Cape Town.
This was the second Gospel 101 seminar targeting women from various Churches and Communities. Women were invited using various communication tools from e-mail, WhatsApp, SMS and Facebook.
Upon receiving confirmations the team took it upon themselves to organize transport for those who had no access to transport. This worked well as the attendees arrived at the same time allowing for registration and the session to start as scheduled.
The theme of the 2017 women’s seminar was “Women of Value” and the facilitators for the session were the experienced and ready for action teachers: Aleta Kennedy and Carolyn Butler
The session was opened by prayer and the programme started with the Gospel 101 team giving an account of what the Team is all about followed by Brother Rodger Dickson setting the scene for the topic.
More than 30 women attended the seminar, they were from areas such as Mfuleni, Macassar, Bellville, Khayelitsha, Kraaifontein, etc.
The facilitators were very prepared did a great job in cover their topics under the theme Women of Value – they used PowerPoint presentation thus lifting the standard of the event.
The seminar attendees were very happy with the teachings and the studying material they have received after the seminar.
All participants were presented with the Certificate of Attendance designed and printed by Lorna and Sara.
The day ended with a great lunch prepared by the Gospel 101 trusted chef, Brother Barry Jantjies – this was of course a special treat for Women of God.
The Gospel 101 team extended their gratitude to Brother Rodger Dickson for the venue, the facilitator sisters Butler and Kennedy, Sister Lorna and Sara and all the attendees for making the seminar a great success.
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Jim and Shirley Neuenschwander as well as Mattie and Dan McLaughlin visited the city this year. It was great to have fellowship and see familiar faces. It was Dan’s first visit to SA to see the work his father and mother have been involved in. they spent two weeks in Cape Town sort of a busman’s holiday, sites seeing but also visiting the children’s ministries, churches and theGospel 101 team. I am sure they call took plenty of photos and videos and can personally share what they saw and experienced. The Neuenschwanders helped the work financially, too, which was greatly appreciated.
Rusty Draper (Zephyrhills, FL) also visited on a short term mission and helped substantially. He has a singing ministry (Southern Country Gospel) which every church and congregation enjoyed immensely. Together with the Gospel 101 Team, we drove to Swellendam (2 hours through the mountains) and ministered to the believers one Sunday morning. Bro Soga, the elder, commented afterwards that he wished Rusty would return in September when it was his birthday so he could sing gospel songs!
Rusty contributed to the new church building which the Christians have been steadily constructing. They were a few courses short of roof height andRusty ensured that they had the necessary bricks to get there. He also donated funds to the Gospel 101 Team and also TLC/Ingwe Care. Rusty was not idle and used his building skills to repair and restore part of the house under the TLC Trust. From South Africa, he left for Kenya to sing and speak at a Christian conference in Nairobi. Our thanks to him for his generosity of spirit and financial help.
Julia Scare informed us regarding Brian de Cook and his ministry. Brian and his family came toSA to conduct a workshop in Pretoria (1000 miles north) and spent a few days in Cape Town fora sightseeing side trip. Sara and I were able to meet with them and share the work of the Mission. We made solid contact and I will be visiting with them during my furlough to see how we can work together. His ministry is called: PeaceFire.