Visiting some friends in Ocean View –
Karl plays a little “living room soccer” with
a young friend. He's got skills!
We now have 15 women in the "Sisterhood
of Success" class and they love every minute!
They have learned how to change their mindset,
overcome obstacles, set goals and create a higher
expectation for their life.
This week they are in the “Sisterhood
of Value” section (learning the value of
work and how to be a valuable employee).
THE GAMES TODAY: To vividly illustrate
how much it affects other people when you don’t
call and don’t show up for work (a big problem
here), they had to create book marks
in an assembly line of two teams.
Then Richard (the teacher), pulled out three
women from each line – and they still had
to create the same product – with
about half the workers. It was HARD
to make book marks with only half the people!
To emphasize teamwork another way, they also
played “janga”, but in the second
half of the game, they had to pull out the janga
pieces blindfolded, guided only by the voices
of their team members.
During each class we do a Discovery Bible Studies
and they are learning how to hear God speak to them.
It’s amazing to see these women laugh, share,
and discover a God that cares deeply about them!
Let me tell you about
Alli is my Sisterhood partner!
She's on our Baby Safe team and has been working
in Ocean View for several years (she spends
much of her time with the local prostitutes).
Alli is amazing and I found
out last week she is fluent in Portuguese
(she never happened to mention that tiny detail).
That came in handy when a Portuguese speaking
women joined our Sisterhood class (I had no
idea either spoke Portuguese!).
She happens to be fluent
because she has spent time in Mozambique -
running an orphanage and carrying babies on
her back while fetching drinking water for
20 people. If you ever pop into South Africa
- you HAVE to meet Alli.
Meet Alli! She explains that a
scotoma is your "blind spot."
She is translating the Sisterhood
of Success lecture into Portuguese for one of the
students. Little did I know Alli was fluent in Portuguese!
SORRY THIS VIDEO IS SIDEWAYS! Each
student wrote one compliment for each of their classmates.
This student is so excited about "all
the nice things" everyone said about her. For
some of the women, this is the first time they have
received positive feedback from members of their
Here is a Discovery Bible Study with our ladies
from Masi (during the Sisterhood of Success class).
They would read a passage in English then translate
it into xhosa.
In this case they are discussing the verse from
the first chapter of Genesis, "Let the water
team with living creatures." There was a little
confusion on the word "team."
At the beginning of class today, the women shared
what they are thankful for.
Two of the women are grateful to have worked
out a problem and one is thankful that her mindset
I (Karl) have spent some time with McKyle recently.
Today we took an hour long bike ride along the
Atlantic coast near Ocean View. He told me he
had never seen that part of Cape Town. We enjoyed
a coke and watched the waves crash on the shore.
Last week we went out for breakfast. I had asked
him to prepare 3 questions he wanted to know about
me. (I told him I would ask him hundreds, so he
was getting off easy)
His first question was easy.
He asked, "How old are Jensen and Emme?"
His next question floored me.
We never made it to the third question.
I asked McKyle to choose a new soccer
(donated from our friends in the States).
He chose the USA ball!
Thelma helping Claudine "look over the books"
I (Julie) am so proud of Claudine! She has worked
HARD raising money for the Sisterhood of Success class!
She now keeps all of her personal family
finances in a ledger book and writes down how she
spends her money every day. She is almost debt free
and excited about practicing stewardship!
Since she started the Sisterhood of Success class
– her identity is changing. Instead of being
a struggling single mom…she refers to herself
as a business woman and carries herself accordingly.
She always has her calculator with her and is continually
thinking of new products to sell!
I can’t wait to see how God is going to do
community center in Ocean View continues to make progress,
although it may be on African time!
I (Karl) had hoped we could be breaking ground sometime
this spring and see this dream come to reality sooner
rather than later. We continue to meet with many influential
leaders, non-profits, churches and business - all who
have the same dream to see the center built. We are currently
waiting on the Department of Education for the Western
Cape to provide 1/3 of the funding. (The other 2/3 funding
has already been secured). Waiting on a governmental agency
here can test your patience.
Some areas where I am involved...
- Community Center - working to keep
that moving forward (still securing funding)
- McKyle -meeting weekly to invest
and speak God's love into his life
- Coaching - coaching and mentoring
with the Ubuntu
Football (soccer) Academy. It consists of U12/U13
boys from Ocean View and other townships in the area.
- Ocean View High School - working
with kids at Ocean View High School
- All Nations - coordinating short
term teams that come to serve in this area and helping
with the new CPx students
Wow! I (Julie) can’t believe it! They came!
13 women are attending the class. I shouldn’t be
surprised, since I am seriously working on my “joyful
expectations”, but I am amazed they are all here.
I recently heard someone talk about how we only need
to do 2% and God will do the other 98%. I’ve been
telling God this past week, I can do my 2% (start the
program, invite the women, help them fundraise, etc.)
but if God doesn’t show up and do the other 98%
- this won’t work.
One woman said, “It’s only been two days…but
already my whole mind is changing!”
God is doing big things with these women!
Richard, our Sisterhood of Success
instructor, explains the essence of work etiquette.
Be courteous! He helps them understand
what to do if they are going to be late, call in sick
or miss a day. It's important to cover the
Richard is explaining to the women
about how their RAS (Reticular Activating System in
the brain stem) helps them block out negative information.
He is teaching them how to retain
information that is helpful and negate information
that does not serve them well.
Richard reads a story to our women
about a man who solved an "unsolvable" math
problem - simply because he mistakenly thought it
was a homework assignment (and not a famous unsolved
math problem). Amazing!
He tells the women that some things
you don't even try - because you think it's impossible.
In reality, some things are only impossible because
you don't try.
You might remember the “film
club” girls I (Julie) met last year during
CPx? These girls are amazing and want to continue
to meet together! Although NONE of them
have taken dance lessons before, they decided they
wanted to go to a dance class and have a Bible study
once a week. We found a local studio that
offers them classes for half the price.
Before the class we spread a blanket out on the
lawn and have a Discovery Bible Study.
Although many of them have a religious background,
when I asked them to pray for each other’s
needs, they said, “It’s only the men
that pray out loud in our church.”
God is about to rock their world!
I know these young girls will become women who
pray to a God they know hears them!
I (Karl) was in Ocean View the other day and witnessed
a disturbing event. I had pulled in near the flats and
was waiting to pick up Julie who was in a meeting.
As I waited, I was approached by a young woman (not more
than 17 years old). I quickly realized what she wanted.
There aren’t many other reasons white guys come
to Ocean View besides drugs and sex. What saddened me
was that this wasn’t the first time this has happened
to me in Ocean View… being propositioned by a prostitute
on the sole basis that I was white and in her township.
Next, one of the many gangsters approached me to “check
me out”. After explaining what I was doing in Ocean
View, he just smiled, shook my hand and walked off. This
was quite the scene with a lot of people watching.
One minute later, I viewed something that truly saddened
my heart. I observed a young man and women sitting on
a concrete block across the street.
They seemed to be in deep conversation. I watched
as the young man got up and started digging in the dirt.
He picked up some rocks and began THROWING them at her.
I’m not talking about a pebble being tossed. I mean
a rock thrown like a baseball. In amazement, she just
sat there and let the rocks hit her in the back while
ducking her head. He continued this for about 5 minutes.
I was in total shock. And then he stopped. He walked
over and sat back down next to her again. They began to
talk and acted as if what I had observed had never happened.
This woman was treated as on object, not a human (common
theme in OV). And what saddened me was that she just “took
it”. Can you imagine this happening to your daughter
or in your neighborhood? A grown man throwing rocks at