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We held our second successful Holiday Club in the July holidays, with over 140 students attending over five days at Altrek, the sports and recreation centre in Alexandra.

As background to these Holiday programmes… a few years ago we decided to concentrate the Saturday academic teaching to just two subjects, English and Mathematics. We identified these as the core subjects that children in Alex need to concentrate on to improve their academic skills and their ability to progress beyond school. But this left a gap in terms of non-academic subjects such as Lifeskills. For this reason, we added extra-curricular activities on Saturdays after classes as well as two Holiday Clubs and the annual camp each year. These are our best opportunities for Christian teaching and instilling Christian values and they have proved to be so influential in shaping our student’ mind-sets and actions.

The theme for THIS Holiday Club was “Who am I? Who are we? Who is Jesus?” We chose this to fit into the national “What’s Your Story” campaign initiated and driven by the Heartlines Media Company and adopted by the Rosebank Union church. Children examined their own stories in the light of the stories of other children…What are the differences between us? How do I feel about these differences? How can I be more accepting of other people who are different from me? What expectations do others have of me and I have of myself? Then they looked at Jesus’ ‘story’…Who was He? What did He say about Himself? What did others say about Him? What do YOU say about Him? What does HE say about YOU?

The Holiday programme was packed full of art and craft activities as well as games and sports. Each team competed against itself to improve its sporting performance over the week, which further built on knowing each other’s strengths and weaknesses and working together as a team.

The Holiday club leaders – key players in the success of the event – are usually compiled of ex-Rose-Act students and volunteers at other Rays of Hope projects. We made a significant change at this Holiday Club by inviting some Grade 9 learners to be group leaders. Putting a Grade 9 child into a leadership position was an important move in developing these young students’ leadership skills and developing their own maturity. To assist these young leaders, we used four supervisors who were experienced in leading groups. Each supervisor managed four groups. All in all, it went well and the young leaders rose to the occasion. Everyone learnt a lot from this experience.

An out of the normal highlight came on the Thursday, when YFM 99.2 FM radio station set up a three-hour live outside broadcast from the Holiday Club. This was part of its Mandela Day partnership with Rays of Hope. 2 000 blankets donated by listeners and corporate supporters of YFM and were given to Rays of Hope projects, including Rose-Act. They played music and in-between interviewed some of our leaders as well as other senior staff members of Rays of Hope, including our director Sihle Mooi. Then all the students gathered around and sang their newly-learned Holiday Club song, ‘You’re a V-I-P to G-O-D.’ It was amazing and the YFM DJ’s were bowled over.

The Children’s Ministry, in conjunction with the Youth Ministry, ran a fun-filled enriching Holiday Club from 3 – 7 July. Entitled “A Lego Adventure”, the week focused on the children building their relationships with Jesus. We shared with the children about building our lives on Jesus; building a strong relationship with Him through being part of a community and focusing on His word in the Bible; learning to serve and love one another; and having a personal relationship with Him.
Thank you to all who contributed in terms of food and drink – especially the hot chocolate on the cold mornings; stationery for the crafts and work books; the ladies who braved the chilly early mornings to help with registration – a total of 316 children registered, comprising 130 girls and 186 boys; and the monetary donations. Your giving is appreciated.

We had an average daily attendance of 218 children. We give thanks to the Lord for the 48 new commitments that were made
Some of the feedback we have received:

“Wow is all we can say. Thank you for the most awesome week! Nina couldn’t stop talking about how much fun she had during the day at HC and couldn’t wait to get there in the mornings.”

“Thank you all for a wonderful HC experience. Olivia had a great time! Much appreciated.”

“Thank you Lee and Nicola for putting together another awesome programme. Not only did the kids have loads of fun, plenty seeds were sewn and for that I am eternally grateful.”

Holiday Club Leaders

By Dave Myburgh


The Annual Holiday Club is an exciting week in the life of the church. There is a certain ‘buzz’ amongst the staff, the Jerusalem Hall is transformed into ‘another world’ and over 200 children arrive for a week of fun. Very few things bring me more joy than God transforming lives and by the end of the Holiday Club week we saw just that as 48 kids gave their lives to Jesus.
But as the Youth Director, I have to celebrate what God did in the lives of some of our teens at the Worship Night on Wednesday the 5th of July. I always know going into the Holiday Club that not all of the teens who sign up are followers of Jesus, and so I always make it my goal to preach the Gospel to them wherever I can over the course of the week. And so, on the Wednesday evening I gave a simple gospel message. The gospel message truly is the power of God for the salvation of everyone who believes (Romans 1:16) because by the end of the night, 9 teenagers put their faith in Christ. I had the great privilege of praying with three of them and all three spoke about how it felt as though a weight had been lifted off of their shoulders. What an incredible joy this was for me to witness and be a part of! God is at work in the lives of our young people.

On 2 November we organised a fun evening, for children from grades 0 to 7, as an alternative to a Halloween party. The aim was to give the children an opportunity to dress up, but to have a Christian emphasis. The theme of the Naoh’s Ark story was chosen and the kids dressed up with this inspiration. All the food followed the rainbow theme, which included rainbow coloured jelly, marshmallows covered in chocolate and smarties and a psychedelic rainbow coloured cake. The children had a fun filled evening with worship, best dressed competition and party food. The rainbow was used to illustrate a short talk on seven promises in the Bible. 85 children attended this event!

When a couple gets married, the thought of not being able to have children never crosses their minds. But after a few years of unsuccessfully trying to conceive, the reality sets in and it’s often shattering. “Instead of entering the pastel halls of nurseries and baby clothes, they begin the slow, miserable trudge through the white coat world of infertility. It’s a sterile setting where every last ounce of mystery and passion is leached out of conception”* and one often feels so alone…alone with unanswered questions, alone with a feeling of failure, alone with a sense of being abandoned by God. One young woman so aptly described her situation this way…”what did I do to deserve this? Why me? Why anyone? These are the questions that continuously run laps around my head.” 

Kirsten Legg was once one of those women who desperately longed for another child but couldn’t conceive. Kirsten and her husband, Andrew, were next door neighbours from the ages of 10 and 11, respectively. After five years of marriage, God blessed them with a beautiful daughter, Emma. But they just couldn’t seem to have another child.

Five years after unsuccessfully trying to conceive and after a failed IVF (in vitro fertilisation) procedure, she asked God, “Why?”. She didn’t get the answer she was expecting. God’s word to her was, “You need to help others battling with infertility.” And so “Footprints in the Sand” was born. It’s a support group for people battling with infertility and has just celebrated 5 years of existence. Since its inception, 50 babies have been born to those in the group.

Footprints in the Sand, which meets every six weeks in Kirsten’s home, is a safe and warm place for ladies to share their hopes and dreams, struggles and pain. Out of Kirsten’s seven year experience of pain and anguish in not conceiving, she has been able to offer comfort, hope, ideas and support. And lots of prayer. The ladies rejoice and thank God together each time a woman becomes pregnant.

You can find the group on the Vitalab website (www.vitalab.com). For more information, contact Kirsten Legg at 072 249 8790. 

But what about Kirsten’s own journey with infertility. Kirsten described her “infertility road” as “damaging every part of me.” Another woman described her feelings this way, “I never knew how heavy empty arms could be.”

Stephen Lungu with Kirsten and her son BradleySteven Lungu, at the end of a sermon he preached at Rosebank in 2006, asked those who felt that they had something in their life that was hurting them or stopping them from living a fulfilled life to come forward for prayer. Kirsten went to the front with others. He then said “There is someone here that has been trying to fall pregnant for many years and the Lord has told me that they will be blessed.” Some who knew Kirsten, felt he was referring to her. For many years she held on to those words.

Other amazing things happened to Kirsten which gave her hope and encouragement along the way. She journaled her walk with God which enabled her to see His activity and work in her life. After a special prayer experience in December 2009, and being told “Your heart’s desire is to have a son. This will happen soon and the glory will go to God.”, Kirsten fell pregnant in January and Bradley Campbell James Legg was born on September 23, 2010.

What an incredible story! What an incredible journey! What an incredible ministry, “Footprints in the Sand” that came out of Kirsten’s experience. As someone so aptly said, “Often our greatest ministry comes out of our greatest pain.” May Kirsten’s story continue to inspire and give hope to many.

*Quote from Phil Reinders’ article in the Calgary Herald Newspaper.