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.
In October 2014, Jade Wyngaard was hired by The Message Trust as our first ever Gangstar team member. While in prison, Jade developed a connection with Mark, Tim, and Adam through a soccer programme they were running before The Message Trust was established. Shortly after Jade was released in 2014, he was given the opportunity to join the newly developed Message Trust as they were building Gangstar Enterprises and dreaming about launching the Soft Machine business. Nearly three years later, Jade and the Soft Machine are still going strong and gaining more and more attraction.
For the second year in a row, The Soft Machine was invited to the Mighty Men Conference in Malmesbury from 29 September to 1 October, and this year, our Gangstar Gear was represented as well. A few hundred men across the Western Cape came to this years conference and gathered together for an awesome weekend of camping, worship, and encouraging sessions about being a man of God. We feel very blessed through our relationship with Mighty Men to have the opportunity to attend their conference; not just to sell ice cream, but to have the chance for Gangstars to share their stories of transformation and what The Message Trust is all about. We had many people come and visit our stand during the conference and were blown away by what The Message is doing around Cape Town. One group of men actually came back four times in a row and each time brought new friends!
Because The Soft Machine has been growing and gaining attraction, we decided it was time to start dreaming bigger. Instead of taking our caravan to events only, we are excited to announce that our caravan will soon have its very own permanent location on Upper Kloof Street in Cape Town. We are expecting the launch to be early in November and are hoping for a great turn out!
The Soft Machine is projected to be open throughout the week from Monday through Friday, 11am to 3pm, and will be serving two soft serve flavours as well as five flavours of gelato and sorbet. We are so proud of Jade and what he has accomplished with The Soft Machine so far and can’t wait to see how The Soft Machine continues to grow through having this permanent location in town! To follow the most recent news on The Soft Machine or to see how you can have us at your next event, be sure to like and follow our Facebook Page!
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.
The Reintegration Programme officially launched on Monday, 18 September with a group of 10 men freshly out of prison, excited to change their lives and learn how to be urban heroes in their communities. These men, once convicted of crimes, are now convicted with the desire to not only empower themselves, but to help empower young people in their communities to make healthy life choices instead of destructive ones. One by one, they stood in front of us and expressed their desires to make a difference and live a positive, purpose-filled life.
Here in South Africa, it costs the Department of Correctional Services around R10,000 a month to keep one person incarcerated and 7 out of 10 end up returning to prison after their release. By helping young men successfully reintegrate back into society, this programme can not only help the government and society save money, but help them contribute and give back to their families, communities, and nation.
For 3 months, these men will be involved in intensive, holistic training, to help prepare them for a successful life outside of prison. They will be learning life-skills such as budgeting, setting and reaching goals, responsibility and accountability, job readiness, and much more. With weekly evaluations, mentorship, and discipleship, we want to help them build a foundation of stability, as well as empower them with the resources to be able to stay on track and not allow negative influences to pull them back into their past. In partnership with local companies and NGO’s, we hope to provide them with interview experience and job opportunities after graduation. We are excited to follow their journey and see them become a solution to the problem they were once a part of within society.
Next month we will be starting a new initiative at The Message Trust. The Message Reintegration Programme is an extension of our Message Enterprise Programme in prison. Though the years we have seen the huge challenges many young men face once leaving prison. It’s not easy for someone to just get on with life after they have been institutionalized for so long behind bars.
Dysfunctional families, lack of employment opportunities, gang ridden environments and the stigma of a criminal record place place huge barriers in front of young men who want to leave a life of crime and gangsterism. This program will be inviting young men who want to grow in faith and life to participate in a three month training program that will equip them for life and the workplace.
At The Message the Reintegration Programme will facilitate change reintegration through the following:
Identify: We identify young men in and out of prison who have a intrinsic desire to change.
Platform: Once we identify these young men, we provide a platform for them to flourish in faith and life. We do this through a holistic 3 month discipleship curriculum including spiritual, economic, social and emotional development.
Mission: Through the platform each young man continues his journey in becoming a productive citizen that impacts his family, community and nation positively. This creates a ripple effect, where each young man inspires others through his own story of transformation.
If you would like to know more about the Reintegration Programme or recommend someone out of prison, please email [email protected] for more information
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!
The break every chain event was held in Khayelitsha by Urban Heroes of the Message in partnership with Radio Tygerberg. The urban hero is a guy who was once a problem, and now he is a solution in his community, family and work.
The much anticipated event finally arrived in the community of Khayelitsha, with the people coming in their numbers to fill the auditorium. Radio Tygerberg was there……..The Message SA was there………and so too were our urban heroes, all eagerly waiting for the event to start.
The event commenced with prayer and an overview of the purpose of the event and how it came about.
Following on from this, an urban hero took the stage to present the first speech; the second speaker then gave his story, and both these urban heroes moved the audience to tears. The Message’s Kinetic IV also performed a song for our audience, which was a real blessing to the people.
The families were really touched by the whole event; in particular, one woman was so moved by the testimonies that she couldn’t contain her sobbing, and left the auditorium where she needed to be comforted by one of the pastors.
What made her to cry like that was when the group of urban heroes asked the people for forgiveness for any crimes that might have been committed against them. This affected everyone, to the point that the different pastors took turns praying for the victims of crimes and those who are in abusive relationships. They prayed for us and for those in prison.
This was one event that I believe shook the people to such an extent that they left with renewed hope ignited in their hearts for the good of Khayelitsha.
Chains really broke down and the walls of darkness and separation fell as God took control of the stage and released his people. Parents were asked to come to the front for prayer, and the host of people who responded was testimony to these people being broken and looking for solutions.
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!!!
On the 29th of October in the early hours of a Saturday morning, our climbers met together to begin our daunting challenge of conquering the 3 peaks in 11hrs. As we gathered for the morning prayer just before we began I could see the excitement and anxiety in the faces of the participants as they looked ahead to climb Devil’s Peak, Platteklip Mountain and Lion’s head mountain. The one question that went through my mind was, Are we crazy? I mean I had never climb 3 mountains in one day!
We started our climb at 7am and we began to climb up Devil’s Peak. I always wondered why this mountain had this name, well now I have first hand experience and one thing I can say about it is that mountain isn’t friendly!
You may be asking yourself if it’s such a climb, then why do it? Our challenge was aimed at raising funds for The Message Trust and we took the mountain as a symbol to the social-ills faced by many of our Cape Town youth daily, challenges such as gangsterism, teenage pregnancy and unemployment.
Everyone was motivated to continue the climb and even though my legs were shaking because of the pain, I gave it my best shot! Our mandate is to effectively share the love of Christ for our young brothers and sisters and we need all the support we can get to help our youth. Our mission is to empower young people to become world changers who will multiply and empower other’s.
We are thankful to all our activists and all our donors and every contributor to our cause, this wouldn’t be possible without your help.
Join us next year and if you want to know more about the 3 Peaks Challenge email us on [email protected]