This week we salute and thank our Dedicated Educators – as we know teachers influence our lives starting at a young age from day-care through preschool and “big” school to university and FET colleges. These men and women are some of the most self-less, giving, caring individuals in our world. Their goals and ambitions are in seeing all those in their care succeed in life and many of us have our teachers to thank for where we are today!
In so many ways, educators are a shining light, a friendly face, and a guide – teaching and moulding the hearts and minds of our loved ones.
Proverbs 22:6 “Start children off on the way they should go, and even when they are old they will not turn from it.”
Teachers and educators may not be working on the frontlines to cure and treat COVID-19 like doctors, nurses, paramedics and researchers, but they continue to step up, becoming part of their student’s daily lives, often going far beyond checking off curriculum requirements.
Zoom and other on-line teaching platforms are abuzz with classes and tutorial sessions with teachers and lecturers rallying to create relevant content, so students can apply this to the unprecedented age in which we live.
Coaches, unable to physically coach athletes, are also inspiring them through technology to keep training and dreaming of their goals, compiling workouts and innovative training ideas.
Counsellors, who come alongside students and teachers certified to help those struggling with learning, emotional & many other challenges, are also able to meet via video chat to check on their students.
And to all these inspiring men and women of God – we thank you! For stepping up and stepping out – far beyond what anyone could ever ask for — and doing far more than any one of us can even imagine! Thank you, too, that in the most testing of circumstances you continue to stand tall when faced with discouragement and overwhelming feelings of frustration, exhaustion and defeat.
You are our Dedicated Educator Hero and Sheroes and we know that many innovations and brilliant minds will be born out of this crisis –
And so we lift up all our teachers, lecturers and educators on the frontline of our homes, who are pouring into the students – our children, grandchildren, nieces, nephews and loved ones – knowledge, life skills and so much more.
May we pray for them daily and by name. Let us celebrate them by offering our support, respect and prayers that they would remain strong in the Lord.
Grant our teachers an abundance of Your wisdom. Prepare their hearts to welcome and love our loved ones, and may we make sure to show them love and respect in return. Give them grace as they help students who aren’t thriving, courage to say what needs to be said, tools and knowledge on how and when to speak love, and strength when they feel weak. When they feel unseen, remind them that no moment goes unnoticed. They are shaping the future in one million small – yet incredibly important – ways every day. We are overwhelmed with gratitude for the gift of learning they share with our children. Bless them, Lord, and may they see even just a glimpse of how their faithfulness will forever impact generations to come.
Letter from Bishop Eddie Daniels
| 23 – 29 August|
Be still, and know that I am God; Psalm 46: 10
Please pray for: The Women of NMB: (Proverbs 31: 10-31) Let us continue to pray against the abuse of women and children. Husbands to love their wives and not abuse them in any way. Men and women to seek counselling in this area of abuse in their lives. The perpetrators of rape and the abuse of young women to be arrested and sentenced justly. Women and child abuse to end in NMB. Many unsaved women to have a real encounter with God. Children to honour their mothers and to treat them with great respect. A special blessing on the women of NMB, on their homes, their careers; and on our women’s ministry – as we celebrate Woman’s Month this month. (Great was the company of women. Psalm 68:11)
The Church: (Ephesians 6:18) Believers to join in prayer for World Revival and for the salvation of many. (Lk.10:2) Believers not to become weary in well doing, knowing that in due season they shall reap, if they faint not. (Galatians 6:9) Believers not to give up hope, but to continue to serve God fervently. (Heb.12:1-2) The church to continue in love and in the unity-of-purpose that we see being expressed at the moment. (John 17: 21, 26)
Our Local Economy: Survival of our local businesses, for God to make a way where there seems to be no way! For God to miraculously supply the needs of the unemployed in the Bay and to give them creative entrepreneurial ideas on how to survive financially. For those who have, to be generous towards those who are needy.
Those in the Medical Field, the SAPS and the Correctional Services: Our government hospitals to cope with the COVID-19 patients and the pressing need for important operations that have had to wait in line. God’s blessing and protection over all doctors, nurses, paramedics; police officers; members of the defence force; the correctional services; the fire-brigade. (Ps. 91)
God’s protection over our schools, teachers, all other staff members, and our NMB learners, as many of them have returned to school.
Remember the promise:
* Inquiries: To donate necessary items and for drop off points:
Please feel free to join in our prayer groups that meet outside of many of our hospitals on Wednesday and Saturday mornings. Inquiries re: times and place to meet: Whatsapp: Joan – 084 766 2270; Shirley – 082 410 7993; Trish – 083 284 4826.
Jeremiah 29:7… pray to the Lord for the city because if it prospers, you will prosper. Moms and newborn babies, contact: Patricia van Niekerk – 083 440 0253 or Helena Cullis – 082 393 1206 Items for Hospital Staff Members: Monica Dawson – 076 115 0843
Prayer pointers supplied by NMB: Transformation Christian Network.
More info: www.tcn.org.za
One of the organisations St John’s supports is INcontext International, based in Cape Town. It’s a missions-focused organisation that looks at current events and seeks to interpret them from a biblical perspective.
INcontext is in close contact with and supports missionaries from across the world, including all the families we know and love in Egypt and Lesotho.
Please pray: for wisdom and harmony for the leaders at INcontext, for the ministry to grow, and for God’s hand to be over all the people they support in the field. COVID-19 has hit everyone hard, including missionaries.
Dr Brombacher shares a message of hope and inspiration.
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Petro will explain how to install this on your smartphone.
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Do you have a sewing machine?
Would you like to help to make face masks?
St John’s has partnered with Masks for PE and is encouraging people to make masks to give away in needy areas.
Wearing face masks when out and about is mandatory. Everyone needs at least 2. That’s a lot of masks!
Masks for PE makes it very easy for people to help.
They supply packs with enough pre-cut fabric for 30 masks, thread, fabric ties and instructions.
Finished masks will be packaged along with instructions in English and isiXhosa as to how to wear them safely and how to care for them.
Masks will be distributed at our Fountain Road Soup Kitchen in Ggebera and the Centre of Concern.
Belinda and Mike Jordan will be co-ordinating this project for St John’s.
Contact Belinda on 083 447 3900 if you want to start sewing and to arrange for delivery and collection.
Please contact Andrew 083 546 2451
or Petro 072 663 9774 should you have any questions or require assistance with ZOOM.
Please be aware that the recycling area is currently closed until further notice.