The Message Trust’s new Reintegration Programme held a ‘Speak Out’ event on the 8th of December, where several of the young men in the programme presented eye-opening and challenging speeches.
When these guys first entered the programme in September, a majority of them were unable to write a speech. They struggled to express themselves, write grammatically, and find the confidence to speak in front of even a handful of people. With the help from some of our team members, they learned the ins-and-outs of public speaking. Afterwards, they were given the opportunity to write their own speeches to be presented to the community.
The speeches delivered at Speak Out were a testament to how the Reintegration Programme has quickly grown these men and given them the confidence to speak out. Their stories were challenging as we heard about the struggles of violence, gangsterism, crime, and the impact of having such a fatherless nation.
These young men (and so many others) have powerful stories to share and it’s time that we, as a nation, start listening. We are excited for more Speak Out events to happen in the future. Don’t miss out on the next one – the impact of their words is something no person should go without experiencing!
Our band, KineticIV (KIV,) has visited Citrusdal for three years now in partnership with Hebron Community Projects. It’s a trip they look forward to as the people there are so warm and inviting, expectant to learn, and the encouragement KIV gives is something the community really appreciates and takes hold of.
Last week, KIV had the opportunity to go back and visit the town but this time it was a little different than in the past. In addition to visiting a few schools in the area, KIV performed a concert in the middle of town which attracted over 400 people within the community. Farmers in the rural area made sure to provide transport for all the children living on the farms so they could attend.
Those things alone make the trip worth it, but what made it really special was the fact that KIV was able to film the music video for their new single, “This Is Our Time.” The filming of the video took place on one of the farms in the area and several children from the community got the chance to be a part of it.
One day there will be no more crime, have faith this is our time. It’s hard to see it through the things we’re facing, but we’re the voice that can change it.
[Excerpt from “This Is Our Time”]
The song and music video release for “This Is Our Time” will happen on the 2nd of November during a Vision Night hosted by KineticIV. During the event, KIV will be sharing their vision on how they plan to impact the youth and schools within Cape Town communities moving forward and will be inviting people to join in on this process.
If you would like KineticIV to serve your school, community, or youth group, contact them here.
At 6:00am on Saturday, 14 November, nearly 60 people gathered at the bottom of Devil’s Peak, after months of training, to begin a day’s worth of hiking mountains. Three to be exact. These people weren’t gathered because they are crazy (though for some that might be questionable), they were gathered for a shared purpose.
For 4 years now, The Message Trust has challenged both team members and activists alike, to climb 3 of Cape Town’s well-known peaks in order to raise funds and awareness for The Message to be able to continue the work we are doing throughout the city. This year’s goal of the fundraiser was not just to raise R125,000, but to actively unite in shared interest to spread awareness of The Message’s vision of reaching at-risk youth and transforming their lives and communities for the better.
We are so thankful to everyone that played a part in this year’s Three Peaks fundraiser. Because of those involved, we were able to smash our goal of R125,000 and raise OVER R155,000 to go towards the continuation of the work we are doing. We are expecting to do even better next year as this event continues to grow in size and success! If you would like to join us for the next Three Peaks event, please be sure to contact us! (We’ll be easy to find. We’re the ones with stiff legs and loads of ice packs, desperately trying to recover).
ON THE 25TH OF FEBRUARY 2016 THE MESSAGE TRUST HELD IT’S THIRD ANNUAL VISION NIGHT. THE MESSAGE TRUST VISION NIGHT IS A YEARLY EVENT THAT SHARES STORIES AND UPDATES OF WHAT GOD IS DOING THROUGH THE ORGANISATION. ONE OF THE BIGGEST JOYS OF THIS YEAR’S EVENT WAS HAVING 21 STUDENTS FROM OUR MEP CLASS COME TO THE VISION NIGHT. OUR STUDENTS PERFORMED TWO SONGS WHICH DEEPLY MOVED OUR GUESTS ON THE EVENING. ANOTHER HIGHLIGHT WAS HAVING ONE OF OUR STUDENTS CLINTON LE ROE AS THE MASTER OF CEREMONIES (MC) FOR THE EVENT.
HERE IS HIS EXPERIENCE OF VISION NIGHT IN HIS OWN WORDS:
“The man who fails, to fail, to failure, stands up and embarks on the journey of a thousand miles. On vision night I felt as if I reached my destination and stepped into my future. It was all playing out before my very eyes, many people listening to me, the guy with the mic. Never before have I been received by such a great audience as the guests who were at vision night. It was my first time to play the role of MC to such a large group of people. All I could see on the night was a dream coming true and despite my current status (of being a prisoner) I was not shaken or moved by fear, I accepted the challenge and faced every listener. It was an opportunity to show case the potential and gift God has placed in me.
I was humbled to be placed on such a platform receiving the respect of so many big names and people from abroad. One of my biggest highlights was being able to share the stage with Angus Buchan and knowing that my mentors at The Message Trust had my back.
The Message Trust has become my window of opportunity and given me a second chance to rectify my wrongs. I am still overwhelmed by the magnitude of Vision Night and what God allows me to step into, it’s shows his amazing favour upon my life.
The future leaders and our MEP class performed fantastically on the night and were a massive source of strength to me, they are my brothers in arms”.
Written by Clinton Le Roe – MEP Student and MC on our Message Trust Vision Night.
One of the things we are passionate about at The Message is seeing the chains of crime, gangsterism and unemployment broken in the lives of our youth in Cape Town. We are passionate about sharing Christ’s love with young people and seeing this demonstrated in action. One of the ways we do this is through our prisons work with young people behind bars.
On the 26th of June we hosted a production at the Joseph Stone Theatre in support of our prisons programs. We had over 150 people attend from all over Cape Town. It was an amazing evening where the talented Lauren Hannie and Obed Paatjies performed two shows for the audience. Both shows presented powerful messages that spoke about the chains of gangsterism, crime and abuse.
On the evening we were privileged to have Siviwe Mjongile open the evening with a spoken word that he wrote especially for the event. Siviwe is a graduate from our job readiness class in 2014 and was released in May this year. The biggest surprise of the evening was to have fourteen of our young men from our Message Entrepreneurship Programme (MEP) in Drakenstein youth centre attend and perform “break every chain” for our audience.
God moved powerfully throughout the evening and there was a powerful time of worship and prayer at the end of the event. Our prayer is continuously that Christ will be made known across this city and in the lives of young people who are caught up in the evils of crime and gangs. We truly believe that these chains will and can be broken when young people come to the realization that there is a God who loves them and has a plan for their lives.
We would like to especially thank Lauren and Obed for their willingness to support our work in prisons and for their amazing performances. We would also like to thank the Department of Correctional Services and especially Drakenstein Correctional Management for all their support and providing the security and oversight of the MEP students on the evening. Finally we want to thank our prisons team leader Preston Jongbloed for project managing this event and doing such a fantastic job.
We are hoping to do further productions in the near future, so watch this space!
If you would like to get involved with our Message In Prisons programmes please email us at firstname.lastname@example.org