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.
Last week, KineticIV (KIV) in conjunction with Lighthouse Church, were involved in a Schools Week in and around the Northern Suburbs of Cape Town. Schools Week is something we offer through our Message in Schools Programme where our band, KIV, visits multiple schools throughout the week sharing music, stories, and hyping up a big end of the week concert. The goal of the concert is to encourage young people, share testimonies, and share the gospel! Our vision is to always do this in partnership with a local church, so the youth are linked to people who can continue walking with them in their journeys through discipling and investing in them.
From the 25-29 of September, KIV visited Ravensmead High, HTS High, and Sarepta High and promoted their “Made for More” concert on Friday night hosted at Lighthouse Church in Parow. A local artist, Alexandra May, opened the concert. KIV member, Jabulani, shared a spoken word followed by an electrifying performance from KIV. Afterwards, Lighthouse’s youth band, Fired Up, lead praise and worship and our very own Preston Jongbloed shared The Word. Nearly 300 young people attended the concert and about 10 of them made first-time decisions to follow Christ!
This partnership has been a big honour for us, since in the past, we have found it difficult to get involved in the Northern Suburbs. We are excited for these relationships to grow and are expectant to see God use us to help churches reach more young people in and around the area in the future.
On the 24th of June, KineticIV (KIV) performed at the Bellville Velodrome as part of Youth Transformation Africa (YTA). YTA is an annual youth event that brings youth together from all backgrounds and communities from across the city. It’s a wonderful opportunity to unify young people, bring together local churches and lift the name of Jesus higher.
It was a privilege for The Message Trust to serve YTA through our band KineticIV performing at the event. 6000 young people were in attendance and it was wonderful to see so many young people gather together. The atmosphere was absolutely electrifying and they loved KIV and especially their new single “This is our time”.
Watch this space as we plan to launch “This is our time” in the coming months!
Hey guys, this is a bitter sweet post for me , as this marks the end of my journey with KineticIV. What an incredible journey it has been. I’m truly thankful for all opportunities that were given to me through The Message Trust SA |UK .These were indeed opportunities that only comes once in a life time. I believe that these experiences have helped shape me for the season that lies ahead.
I’ll be studying at an Institution called SAE (School of Audio Engineering) for a BA degree in Sound Production. I’ve always wanted to study sound production but due to the lack of tuition fees I wasn’t able to. Over these passed two months, God has truly shown that He has His hand over my life. I applied and got accepted within the space of a week. Shortly after that I received a bursary to cover my full tuition for the next 3 years. HOW CRAZY! I believe that this was God working out His plan for my life.
I believe that this is the right time, so as I move on to this next chapter in my life, I’ll continue to support Kinetic IV and help out where I can! Thank you guys for all the memories we had. I’m going to miss you all! Lots of love and all the best for what lies ahead! – Justin Lucas Barth
We are so excited for Justin and this new venture, and also sad to see him leave. We are grateful for the role he had played in this team and the relationship we’ve built with him over these few years.We hope that he will always remember that he is made for more and we pray for Gods abundant blessing over his life.
We are hard at work in studio , and preparing new sessions for our KIV Fam. 2017 is going to be amazing!!!
Over 450 people attended our third annual Vision Night banquet hosted at Jubilee Community Church. Through the amazing cooperation of the Department of Correctional Services, 21 students from our in-prison Message Enterprise Programme (MEP) were among the guests. Angus Buchan, our key note speaker, had been into the prison earlier that day and shared the Gospel with around 300 offenders, as well as spending some time with the MEP class. “When I look at these young men I have hope for the future of our country… they’ve got fire in their eyes!” he told the Vision Night guests.
Vision Night provides The Message with an opportunity to share stories of what God is doing through the organisation, as well as show appreciation for our partners and supporters.
KineticIV kicked off the evening giving the audience a taste of how they share the Gospel with young people in schools and youth groups across the city. Following Uncle Angus’ inspirational address, Tim Tucker (Message SA CEO) shared about our goals to empower young people, equip the church, eradicate gangsterism and expand into Africa. “We want to see young people become role models, build strong Christian families, become constructive and positive citizens, and be empowered to shape the future.”
Chumani Ndzala gave insight into what this looks like in reality. He works in one of Message’s micro-enterprises – Gangstar Furniture. “My job reminds me of my life. I turn old wood into beautiful products… the things people cast off as rubbish, still have amazing potential. And that is what God has done with my life.”
The evening culminated in a powerful and emotional performance by the MEP students who led the guests in two worship songs. Many in the audience were in tears as they witnessed first-hand the transforming power of the Gospel in the lives of the young men.
Message UK CEO, Andy Hawthorne, closed the evening with a rousing challenge to support The Message and partner in raising up generations of urban heroes.
For me, there has always been something captivating about South Africa. Before my trip with The Message, I had visited the country on other occasions and had fallen in love with its people, its landscape, its heartbeat. So when I made the decision to spend three months volunteering with The Message – a charity I also love – in South Africa, I was expectant that I would see a great move of God happening. The trip exceeded my expectations!
The Message SA operates out of a little office space in a business park, which in no way parallels the scale of the charity’s vision. I was immediately welcomed in to the Message SA family as if I had been part of the team since it began. The Message in South Africa follows the pattern of The Message UK, with its unashamed focus on evangelism and the power of Christ to restore but adapted it to be relevant to the culture of Cape Town.
Gangsters to gentlemen
Prison ministry is a major focus here because of the powerful grip of gangsterism on South African society. I had the privilege of attending a session of the Message Entrepreneurial Program in Drakenstein Prison. This is led by Jennifer Belcher, a trained lawyer who has been completely captured by the need of the young inmates in South African prisons and spends her time training them to be entrepreneurs. In this class, the men were discussing their own business models and learning to think like CEOs – they were incredibly articulate and most of what they were talking about was way beyond my knowledge level! I was deeply impressed. Some of the men also stood up and shared about their past experiences and were treated by their inmates with encouragement and respect. There was such a feeling of unity within the room. When they led me around their cell, a small room where around 25 of them stayed, I noticed Bibles neatly tucked under pillows and Hillsong posters on the walls. You can imagine how different this must have been to their previous lives.
I was so happy to meet with the guys again for their graduation ceremony, which happens when they have successfully completed a year on the programme. This was such a joyous event, with plenty of family and friends present in the audience and many sweet old mamas tearing up at the sight of their sons in graduation robes. The most memorable moment for me was when all of the class held hands and sung at the top of their lungs, ‘My chains are gone, I’ve been set free…’ It was so powerful seeing young men who were in true physical bondage, jubilantly proclaiming the freedom they have found in Christ.
What I truly love about The Message is their desire to provide support for these young men once they have been released from prison. This is not only spiritual, but practical help. I became close friends with several of the ex-offender that now work under The Message running small enterprises. These include a clothing range, an ice cream company and a furniture business. It was eye-opening learning about their stories – not only the struggle of township life that led that many of them to make poor decisions, but the fact that some of them used to be South Africa’s most wanted men. I couldn’t connect the violent, dangerous men they told me they were to the softly-spoken gentlemen that I knew them to be. Every time I spoke to them, I felt so proud to be part of an organisation that offered men like this such a radical second chance.
Community up close
A third area that The Message focuses on is community transformation, known as Eden. To me, this was all about restoring hope to communities that had long felt forgotten about. I was part of leading a club called ‘Thursday is Girl’s Day’ where the young girls from the local area were invited to the Eden team leader’s house after school. Instead of wandering the streets or sitting alone in their run-down houses, they were able to find a safe haven to socialise, share their hopes and dreams and make rainbow cookies! This soon turned into a Bible study, which was actually what the girls were most excited about.
Eden also partners with a local church to deliver the most amazing feeding scheme for homeless women and their children, the majority of whom live in the most appalling conditions under a railway bridge. The women collect recycling all week and are then able to trade this in for points to spend on toiletries, clothes and food items. This system is especially effective, because it gives the women a sense of dignity as they have worked hard collecting items all week in order to earn points. It further enables them to choose what is most necessary for them at that particular time, rather than being handed a general package. Even though the actual day of points trading was noisy, messy and absolutely chaotic, it was one of my favourite things to be involved in. I loved seeing the delight and appreciation when these women found a little shirt that perfectly fit their child or their favourite flavour of soup was on offer that day.
A dream come true
I also got a chance to see a childhood dream come true and pretend I was part of the Message South Africa’s first mission band, Kinetic IV. I travelled with them to the rural community of Citrusdal to partner with Hebron Community Project. Here, I saw them perform to 250 unbelievably excited children at Paardekop Primary School and lead a three-hour creative programme. The next day, we opened the doors of Hebron’s community centre to the whole village. Tiny infants, high school kids and grandparents came from far and wide for the time of worship, dancing and prayer. I was able to anoint sweet old ladies with oil and pray for healing, despite my inability to speak a word of their language! After our trip, when reflecting on the impact of this mission to Citrasdal, Neil Hall, the Chairman of Hebron exclaimed, ‘The Valley will never be the same again!’ It was evident that the message of Christ had stirred hope and excitement in so many hearts that weekend, and the villagers felt united to one another in a way they had not experienced before.
A final memory for me that I feel is worth mentioning was taking on the Three Peaks Challenge. As The Message’s annual fundraiser, we challenged ourselves to climb the Three Peaks of Cape Town (Lion’s Head, Devil’s Peak and Table Mountain) in one day – which is an extremely physically exhausting task. There were around 60 of us that attempted at least one mountain and there was such an incredible team spirit present the whole time. I valued every minute because as I climbed, I was able to learn many people’s personal stories – whether ex-gangsters, the charity’s director or an international volunteer just like me. Everybody pushed themselves to their own limit and we raised much-needed funds in the process. Reaching the top of that last mountain was an experience I will never forget and reminded me that achievements worth having take time, effort and overcoming hurdles.
I am forever changed by my experiences with Message South Africa and I am certain that I will one day return to this country and the people that I love so deeply.
If you would like to do a short missions trip with the Message Trust or a one year internship, please email [email protected]
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.
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”.
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 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 [email protected]
“God has His hand reaching out to every one of you, and all you have to do is take it.”
Twelve24 is one of Message Trust’s associate bands and they are based in Manchester England. The group consists of three inspiring individuals from three different countries. Josh from England, Christina from Ghana and Ryan from America. All the band members have unique stories, passionately serving one God, and sharing the same heart to see change in this generation of young people.
The Message South Africa had the pleasure of hosting the band at the end of August. The duration of the tour consisted of school visits, concerts, prison and community outreach and the filming of their all new music video “Nobody But You” – check it out below!!
The first half of the tour consisted of going into a number of schools and performing and promoting the planned weekend concerts to hundreds of youth. Watching them interact with the school children and the energy they exuded 100% of the time was inspiring. Not only did the kids absolutely love the music, but you could tell that Twelve24 were enjoying their first ever tour in Cape Town, South Africa.
Twelve24 also had the opportunity to perform in Drakenstein youth prison where The Message Trust runs the Message Entrepreneurship Program. That morning KineticIV and Twelve24 both gave outstanding performances that lead to one young man responding to the message given by Josh (Twelve24 band member). It was encouraging to see the boldness of one young man, as he stood in front of his peers and made a public decision to not let his past determine his future.
KineticIV, our exciting new Message South Africa Band, had the privilege of working with Twelve24 during their 6 month band training at The Message Academy in Manchester. KineticIV were able to open for Twelve24 at all three concerts and this was great exposure for our new band as they begin to work with churches, communities, prisons and schools across Cape Town.
During the tour Message South Africa organised three large concerts for Twelve24 and KineticIV to perform. The three main concerts were well attended by youth from across Cape Town and to say transformation took place is an understatement. At Grace Performing Arts Center, Josh gave a testimony and said, “God has his hand reaching out to every one of you, and all you have to do is take it.” It showed the passion and faith these individuals had in the Christian message of hope they brought to young people and and the mission/purpose God had placed on their lives.
Another exciting element was Twelve24 filming their new music video, just released, “Nobody But You” in Cape Town. The youth impacted through the tour were excited to hear that their city would be the location of their new music video.
I can personally say The Message Trust was truly blessed by their presence in South Africa and we will welcome them back with open arms anytime.
Written by: Beth Ann Bielik
Check out Twelve24 new single and video filmed in Cape Town whilst out on tour!