It is with great excitement that we welcome new team members to our Message Family! After reviewing many applicants, conversing during interviews, and tons of prayer, we have found the right people. So, to our network of Message Family, help us welcome our newest team members!
Higher Tour came to South Africa in 2019 and we kicked off our very first large-scale gospel proclamation event in Parkwood. This was an exciting new project that involved all hands-on deck at The Message Trust. Our team had this remarkable opportunity to equip, encourage and strengthen the local church to raise up a generation of culture-shifting disciples. In practice, we were able to do evangelism, discipleship training, and to partner with local churches, schools and ministries in one of the toughest neighborhoods in Cape Town – Parkwood.
Over 1000 young people attended Higher at Fairmount High School in Parkwood on the 6th September 2019 resulting in a massive number of young people raising their hands in response to the gospel. It was an unforgettable night and the team, as well as the local community, were pumped to make many more Higher Tours happen in the future.
Using the momentum we’d gained, and our excited partners, we began planning 4 Higher Tours in different communities across Cape Town for 2020! Then Covid19 hit, and it hit the Higher Tours, HARD – we were no longer allowed to host any public events! While the team mourned our plans, we adjusted, knowing we had to find a way to present Higher Tour in spite of the global pandemic that seemed content on stopping our plans. There was only really one option, we needed to take Higher online – Higher Live was born!
In September 2020, we launched our very first Higher Live series with pre-recorded performances and encouragements especially relevant to the youth of Cape Town, and South Africa as a whole. Drawing up schedules to get a large group of creatives, ‘the Higher Collective’, together proved to be challenging but it resulted in definite success. Seeing musicians from all walks of life come together and perform, in one of the most difficult seasons, was mind blowing.
We’ve reached over 4000 young people through Higher Live, through watch parties, social media platforms, youth sharing it with their friends over WhatsApp and probably in places we are completely unaware of! It’s the hearing of stories from the young people it is impacting that makes us thrive on mission and encourages us to continue to reach young people who are lost.
A teenage girl shared that:
“The Higher Live has been amazing to follow and being in contact with the program makes me feel a little closer to church!”
Higher Tour has seen us pursue and be involved in many firsts. From our first Higher Tour in Parkwood 2019, navigating a global pandemic, learning how to adapt, and even filming a full series of episodes to be made available to anyone without an internet connection. We are so excited to see that all the time and effort we put into Higher Tour 2020 was still able to create a space for young people to be reached.
The even more exciting news is that Season 2 of Higher live is about to be launched, with a new line-up of our amazing Higher Collective artists, alongside a new series of challenging and encouraging messages for the youth of South Africa. We hope that you will join us on Friday’s at 7:15pm as Higher goes LIVE for the second time – all you need to do is join us via YouTube!
Written by: Michaela Tait, Higher Tour Coordinator
The Oaks, a home providing accommodation and discipleship to ex-offenders launched by The Message Trust SA, continues to provide support and care to the current residents while taking it upon themselves to help aid families in need during the pandemic.
During the Covid-19 pandemic and strict lockdown enforced all across South Africa, several families have lost their income and are struggling to provide food and essentials to their children and family members. Marlon and Annalise Petersen, The Oaks’ house parents, alongside the 3 young men currently living in the home have taken the initiative to help source and deliver food parcels to families in need throughout Cape Town communities.
The basic food parcel which feeds a small family for up to two weeks. Food parcels have been provided by the Mayor of Cape Town’s office, as well as through donations made through The Message Trust Community Fund.
This is being done through communicating with churches we have partnered with to assess the need of the communities in which they are located, and sourcing food parcels and essentials through the Cape Town Mayor’s office.
The Oaks family collects parcels from the Mayor’s office and are involved in the physical delivering of the parcels to both churches and individual families in different communities. The team also takes the time to pray with families and offer them words of encouragement before moving on to deliver the next parcel. Several partner organisations and individuals who have heard the call to give in this difficult time, have also donated specific items of need in order to ‘top up’ food parcels with other practical items that families need. The
“It is an overwhelming and ongoing task. The demand is so great and the supply of food parcels is so small – it is really difficult to see how much more is needed. This week there was a lack of supplies at the Mayor’s office, so we were actually unable to make food deliveries this last week, ” said Marlon.
The team are taking every step possibly to fall in-line with government regulations, as well as following strict hygiene protocols to ensure they are not becoming a part of the virus’ spread whilst trying to do good. The team remain prayerful and cautious as the communities they are reaching out to are becoming increasingly dangerous as several riots have been reported across the city. There is also a very real worry of catching coronavirus themselves, however these feelings aren’t nearly as great as the need to serve the hungry and inflicted communities in Cape Town.
“It is difficult to see the amount of pain and need there is in our communities but hearing the family’s hearts and appreciation when we deliver the parcels is such a great reward to be able to give back to the community.”
The Oaks Family, together with The Message Trust, thank God for the opportunity to help the most vulnerable amongst us. It is an moments like this that we are able to show the strength of Christ’s people against diversity and the strive towards a nation of unity. If you would like to make a financial contribution to the relief aid we are offering, please make a donation via GivenGain: www.givengain.com/cc/community-fund
Written by: Alexis Horne
With a vision to provide business and people development solutions, through various training and consulting services, Omni HR Consulting was founded in 2009. They have a heart to make a difference within the community and uniquely defines “community” as a composition of their employees, suppliers, customers and the local community.
OMNI has been helping us with the work we are doing around the community of Nyanga for some time now and additionally support our Gangstar Cafe with the purchasing of their coffee supply from us. With this partnership, OMNI will further aide in the development of The Message Trust Community Hub in Nyanga through practical and financial means.
We are so excited to partner with OMNI and we look forward to seeing how this partnership positively impacts the community of Nyanga.
So that you may become blameless and pure, “children of God without fault in a warped and crooked generation.” Then you will shine among them like stars in the sky..
Philippians 2: 15
We live in a world where we see and experience injustice every day. It is truly hard. Yet in the midst of it all, God is doing a new thing. He is raising up generations of men and women to manifest His glory on earth.
The Message Trust is passionate about reaching young people, seeking to break the cycle of poverty, unemployment, gangsterism and crime that negatively impacts young people in communities across Cape Town. We have faith in young people and seek to raise up “Urban Heroes” who will become godly leaders in their families and communities for generations to come.
Who are Urban Heroes?:
Urban Heroes are men and women who were once the problem, and have now become the solution within society; sharing their testimonies and life experiences to help other young people find their purpose in life. They are those who now say “no” to crime and “yes” to God!
After months of preparation, we finally hosted our first Urban Hero South Africa Awards at the Ritz Hotel in Sea Point on the 1st of November, 2018. The evening was filled with excitement as guests and businessmen from all over Cape Town flooded the Ritz Hotel lobby to witness and take part of this exciting event.
Democratic Alliance (DA) Leader, Mr Mmusi Maimane, was among those who came to witness this prestigious event and present a trophy to one of the award winners that night.
Our International CEO & founder of The Message Trust, Andy Hawthorne, spoke on the vision God gave him to see young people’s lives being transformed through the gospel of Christ; and seeing that happening in Cape Town from a vision birthed in the UK says a lot about carrying the vision of God!
The awards were for all our Urban Heroes who are helping to better our society by sharing and living a positive life in their society. These men and women defied the odds and refused to be victims of their pasts, rather they changed to become change agents for young people in their society using their life stories as testimony of the saving power of God.
Sheldon Heuvel – Achiever Award
Thembinkosi Mbelu – Catalyst Award
Mthetheleli Ngxeke – Servant Leader Award
Melissa Titus – Ubuntu Award
Mkhululi Letsatsi – Special Leadership Award
Xola Dingiswayo – Mission Award
Xola Dingiswayo – Overall Urban Hero Award
We are thankful to everyone who helped us make this night possible, our sponsors and donors and the Message Team for their hard work and dedication.
In the early hours on Saturday the 6th of October, The Message staff along with 58 activists met at the bottom of Devil’s Peak in preparation of our 4th annual Triple Challenge Fundraiser.
It was a beautiful day coupled by excitement and anticipation as we began our attempt at completing a three mountain (Devils’ Peak, Table Mountain and Lion’s Head) climb in one day in order to raise funds to aid the mission work we do with young people from hard to reach and neglected urban areas in and around Cape Town! In addition each staff member and activists were challenged to raise R2500 towards the hike. We raised up to R156 000!
The Message South Africa is thankful to everyone who contributed to our Triple Challenge Fundraiser! Because of your support more lives will be impacted by the work we do in Cape Town.
On the 24th of September, we hosted our first event in our new home to celebrate the faithfulness and provision of God in our lives.
The past four years have been filled with frustration and thoughts of uncertainty as we waited and trusted God to come through for us with a building we can use for our ministry. Finally, after some endurance and perseverance, God has come through for us and has given us the buliding we’ve been praying for.
This means we now have a place to thrive, a hub where people can implement new and innovative ways to share the gospel with many who come through our doors.
We continue to praise God and acknowledge Him in all we have accomplished so far as a ministry. It is to His glory that we have received our new home.
Isaiah 43 verse 19 says:
“See, I am doing a new thing! Now it springs up; do you not perceive it?
I am making a way in the wilderness and streams in the wasteland.”
What a prophetic passage of scripture! In a time when crime and gangsterism are rife in Cape Town, God still promises us hope and life in this city!
In 1991 John was sentenced to two 15 year sentences which ran concurrently in Pollsmoor. In this time, his wife was pregnant and John felt he wanted to be a father to his child but couldn’t due to his time in prison.
After some time in prsion, John accepted the Lord. Later, he was released and became an evangelist who went back into prison (Pollsmoor) to share the gospel to those behind bars.
John worked for a charity organization called “Help A Rural Child” and about two years ago, John felt he wanted to have a permanent program to run in Pollsmoor due to his experience. It’s now been 18 years since his release and John has become a mentor to many men in prison, allowing him to minister and share about God’s goodness.
On the 1st of September 2018, John joined our MEP team (Message Enterprise Program) which works in and out of prison with young men who want to make a change in their lives and society.
This is what he had to say about recently joining the Message Team
As our team grows, we are thankful to God for bringing people together with the same heart for young people, and our prayer as The Message is that many may come to know Jesus as Lord and Savior.
On the 26th July, The Message Trust hosted their Annual General Meeting where our stakeholders and members of the public gathered to hear the organisation’s highlights and accomplishments from 2017.
At the AGM the 2017 tax year financial report was officially adopted and is available here.
At the AGM, our CEO Dr. Tim Tucker addressed the public and shared about how God has shaped the direction and goals of The Message South Africa in 2017. The following are some excerpts from his speech: