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I AM: The True Vine 9.16.18 – Pastor Kassebaum

VICTORY QUILTERS – SEPTEMBER 18 & 19, 8:30AM
The Quilters are back in action this month! If you can tie a knot, cut out a square with either scissors or a rotary cutter, have any basic or advanced knowledge of quilting, we can use your help. We make very basic quilts from squares and they are donated to those who need them.
Come and join us for this opportunity for fellowship and service. Donations of clean, usable fabric are always appreciated and may be left at the church office.

MUSIC MINISTRY
Welcome to the beginning of another season of music ministry at Victory! If you are interested in joining the choir or the bell choir, or have another musical talent you would like to share, please let us know. Choir will begin Wednesday, October 17. For more information about anything music related, contact Kristin Prouty: kprouty@victorylutheran.com.

NOTE: Kristin Prouty will be out on maternity leave from September 4-October 15. Please keep her, baby Kierra and the family in prayer. During this time, if there is something that needs prompt response please contact the main church office: 480-830-5024.

DAILY SCRIPTURE TEXT
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Thursday, August 30

Agriculture – Day 4 – Transplant Seedlings
Today students learned about harvesting seeds, storage, crop rotation, raised garden beds and made a vertical farming project using recycled jeans.
Though we were sad to say goodbye to our new friends, there was such a joy and exuberance among the students as we celebrated their completion of the course. We had a special graduation ceremony with music, cheers, applause, cupcakes and candles. Pastor Happy Boy announced their name one by one. Each student was presented with a gardening apron with supplies and Pastor Lien greet each with a hug as they posed for a picture with their certificate.

Wednesday, August 29

AIDS Education
Did you know that 75% of the HIV/AIDS population is in South Africa? Orchard: Africa teaches AIDS education in the primary and secondary schools based on the ABC’s.
A – Abstinence / B – Be Faithful / C – Condomize correctly

Agriculture – Day 3 – Life from a Seed
“Now he who supplies seed to the sower and bread for food will also supply and increase your store of seed and will enlarge the harvest of your righteousness.” – 2 Corinthians 9:10

Home Visits – The Touch of Jesus
Today we visited the homes of the sick and had the opportunity to pray with them. We also left each with gift that included some food items, socks, a scarf, knit caps and hand-made quilts donated by Victory’s Quilters.
Many of us were deeply moved with compassion for the people we prayed with. Some shared their personal struggles and how the church, under Pastor Patrick, has meant the world to them. As followers of Christ, when the Spirit of God lives in you, you can’t help but to manifest His abundant, overflowing love. Heartfelt tears flowed down our cheeks. When you are doing God’s work, He can use our eyes, our words and our touch to reach others as if they were touched by Jesus himself.

Tuesday, August 28

Day 2 – Soil, Compost, Mulch
Then God said, “Let the land produce vegetation: seed-bearing plants and trees on the land that bear fruit with seed in it, according to their various kinds.” And it was so. – Genesis 1:11

Visitation to Primary School “Ludwe Ngamlana” (K-7th grade)

Gr 4-7 instruction is in English. K-3 taught in Xhosa.  School established 2008. The principal is also a Pastor. She says that Jesus is the King of this school. They can share Christian faith in school. 99% are Christians. Teachers start morning with prayers. Student Christian Organization Learner movement in this school.

Lukhanyo Preschool – Pastor Raymond & wife began this ministry back in 1996 with just three children. Today, they have over 200 kids.

Agriculture Day 1 – Monday, August 27

We were excited to meet the agriculture students. It was a heart-warming experience for all of us. Several of the students came eager to learn.
In the afternoon we visited the Orchard: Africa Village. The 8 buildings consist of a board room, food storage, church, library, OA office, caretaker housing,  agriculture and feeding program.
Pastor Patrick talked about the importance of our visit to the community and the church.
“You spend lots of money to come here and spread God’s love. Most of you are not young, but you still come. We really appreciate it. You bring importance to Fountain of Hope Church just by your presence.”

 

Sunday Worship & Outing – 8.26.18

We worshipped with Fountain of Hope in Khayelitsha. Pastor “Happy Boy” gave a powerful sermon on three points: availability, commitment and consistency in our Christian walk. Five of the children performed special welcoming song for us.

 

Afternoon outing: Spice Route to DeVilliers for chocolate tasting!


Sunday evening was spent preparing for Agriculture program and stuffing Prayer Bears that were donated by Holy Cross Lutheran Church.

Waterfront, Cape Town 8.25.18

Due to windy & rainy weather we had a change in plans Saturday. In the morning…. Orchard: Africa orientation, history and discussion. Roger Anhorn share with us a scripture that inspired him in his devotion. It was a reminder to him why he chosen to be here.

“As the heavens are higher than the earth, so are my ways higher than your ways and my thoughts than your thoughts. As the rain and the snow come down from heaven, and do not return to it without watering the earth and making it bud and flourish, so that it yields seed for the sower and bread for the eater, so is my word that goes out from my mouth: It will not return to me empty, but will accomplish what I desire and achieve the purpose for which I sent it.” Isaiah 55:8-11

We had lunch at the Waterfront Dock, Cape Town. Spent most of the day walking and exploring the “Two Oceans Aquarium.”