Open Day 2018

Wow!!  What a wonderful OPEN DAY we had at New Life Centre Saturday, 10 Oct.

Thank you to our amazing volunteers, students, donors, supporters, management committee and staff who gave up their valuable time to pop down or help out on Saturday.  And what a feast !!  Thanks to all for the delicious eats that were so generously donated to make our Open Day a scrumptious affair!  Your dedication and support of New Life Centre is overwhelming, and we thank the Lord for you each.

To all who came along to see what we’re about – hope you enjoyed it!

“They shall not labour in vain” (Isaiah 65.23)

MANDELA DAY AT NEW LIFE CENTRE

So these stones shall be to the people of Israel a memorial forever.’ Joshua 4:7
This is a testimony of God’s bountiful goodness to us here at New Life Centre on
Mandela Day.

A group of twenty men and women from a division at one of the banks two blocks from us arrived at 11am, loaded with all kinds of things! We were at that time having a craft class with Pat, one of our volunteers, who was very organized and included the team with our NLC girls and very quickly had them all busy with seed pearl mosaics. The team then served up a delicious spicy lentil soup for everybody, lots of snacks
and coldrinks and some creamy donuts! One of the ladies from the team spoke, so very sincerely, about how pleased they were to be sharing some of Mandela Day with us and how much they admire the girls and what they’re doing, and grateful there is a place like New Life Centre to help.

Our social worker, Sunette, explained something about the value of self, her work, our NLC girls and the adoption process. Heather, an NLC resident from a few years ago, shared something of her personal experience of growing up in a single parent household, and some of her choices. And about being recognized and stopped by the adoptive parent of her child at a shopping centre! Her child, who had recognized Heather as her ‘Tummy Mummy’, then asked to have her photo taken with Heather.

There were many wet eyes in the room… The team presented us with the rest of their donation – a whole lot of groceries and toiletries! Everything they supplied was not from their employer, the bank, but came out of their own pockets!

In the afternoon two sisters and their husbands visited us. They were representing their family who are planning to visit us on Women’s Day, and were very excited to be here! They chatted with the girls, brought packets – held together with purple
hearts made by the scholars – of sweeties for each of us, and presented us with a donation that their school made to us as part of their Mandela Day outreach through their ‘Civvies Day’ donations.

They shared their personal story of their niece who had a few years ago adopted a daughter here at NLC, and what a livewire and blessing she is to them all. They hadn’t realized it until they arrived here that it’s the same place so they were very moved, and so were we. She goes to a private school, does all the extra murals such as
dancing and gymnastics, and has already had a trip overseas!

A day of many blessings, a day which was perhaps rather symbolic of Mandela Day, and certainly a testimony of God’s provision, in many different ways, for each one of us. We give Him grateful thanks!

Jeanette
New Life Centre
House Parent

‘It is good to give thanks to the LORD and to sing praises to Your name, O Most High; to declare Your lovingkindness in the morning and Your faithfulness by night.’
(Psalm 92:1-2)

From one of our New Life Centre Girls

I was without hope when I arrived at New Life Centre. I was broken. And I was pregnant. But very soon things changed for me. I found real friendship here, and understanding, and help. Through counselling and our conversations, I better
understood my choices and started having hope. Perhaps things could turn out better than I expected?

Our morning devotions have helped me reconnect with God. And I feel like I’m coming to know Him in a whole new kind of way, maybe more deeply than I did before. Also, I didn’t expect other people to care about me. But here I’ve found that people really do! Like Aunt Barbara and her exercise classes which are very helpful to us.
Like Ouma Esme who teaches us how to crochet. I enjoy it so much I feel I’d like to give back to the community through crocheting items for others.

I’m still dealing with my situation, my crisis. I’m still healing. But I’ve found love, and hope, and solutions.

Thanks be to Jesus!