Committee Members, Volunteers and Partners

From our chairman

2018 has been a year of change at the New Life Centre. Rennie and Wietz have finally
decided to have a well earned rest and returned to their home in Sasolburg. Our new
Housemother Jeanette McClure has slipped into place without any fuss or fanfare
and already we see healthy changes to further the work of the NLC.
Recently Jeanette organized a very lovely ‘OPEN DAY’ on a Saturday so that the work
of the NLC could be showcased in a rather unique manner with many of our volunteers
showing what they do at the centre in a very practical way. We have been blessed by
several supporters in both monetary assistance and in offers to assist in more
practical ways which is very exciting.

We look forward to the future with the confidence that the Lord’s work will be
supported if we are obedient to His will and purposes. We do ask for your continued
prayer support which is absolutely essential as we move into 2019.

Blessings
Mike Maxwell

From our pastor

Happy Advent Season greetings.

The year 2018 has come to a close. It has been a good year. The wonderful
relationship within the NEW LIFE CENTRE household and the church has contributed
to an exciting and relaxed atmosphere. Thanks to our housemother Jeanette for an
outstanding role played in ensuring caring and safety of girls. I thank God for the
privilege of praying together during Thursday mornings for fellowship and spiritual
maturity. The year opening function and the 21st anniversary day have marked the
year 2018. Through these events we felt the sense of belonging to one another as
the image of God.

On behalf of Bellville Methodist Church I take this opportunity to convey a word of
gratitude to Mike Maxwell and the NLC Committee members for working tirelessly
for the future of NLC. I also wish to acknowledge all the individuals, volunteers and
BMC members for massive contributions and gifts of love given towards this ministry.
I write this message at the beginning of the Advent Season. The word “Advent”
comes from the Latin word “Adventus” meaning “coming” or “appearance”. It refers
to the way God comes among the people to bring hope, peace, joy and love. So this
season is a powerful time of preparation as we anticipate the coming of our Saviour,
when the Creator became one of His creatures in order to lift us up.

We can reflect back at the beginning of the year. Some of us have passed through
challenging moments. Sometimes had no hope of life whatsoever, but God has been
graciously with us thus far. So let us close the year with faith and begin the advent
season with lots of hope in anticipation for new things to emerge.

May you all be blessed as you enter the Advent Season and together remember the
pregnancy time with Mary. What a joy to know that we had such a contribution to
make in the birth of the Messiah through Mary. “The Light shines in the darkness,
and the darkness has not overcome it” (John 1: 5).

I wish you a wonderful Christmas and a prosperous New Year. Hope, Joy, Peace and

Love be with you.

Prayer: Lord God, help me to see your face and feel your hand this Advent
Season. Let my heart be broken by that which breaks yours. May I be your
feet for growing miracles. Amen.

REV NP SIBIDLA

From our House Parent

This year, one of the highlights for me has been our Daily Devotion time – the girls
ready with their Bibles, paper & pen for whatever we happen to be studying and
discussing that day! It is a privilege to see God at work as they begin to grasp
something of His great love for them through His Son, Jesus Christ, His care for
them personally, as they see He answers prayer, see His provision, and how that
changes them.

Truly, each girl, and their brave choice to give life to their baby, is so valuable to God
that He has prepared this place, New Life Centre, for her; has provided for her
needs in the trauma she is experiencing through New Life Centre; and furthermore
He affords her this opportunity to personally encounter Him and grow in relationship
with Him, knowledge of Him, and love for Him. Praise Him!

“When we see God in action, and we become a part of His plan to bring hope to the
hopeless, help to the helpless, a cup of cold water to the thirsty, a loaf of bread for
the hungry, literacy to the illiterate, empowerment against unbeatable odds, when we
line up with all of that, we meet God.” (from ‘Why Not Today’). Thank you for your
part in New Life Centre and His work here.

Jeanette
House Parent
‘They shall not labour in vain’ Isaiah 65:23

From our treasurer

Dear Friends of New Life Centre
Once again we look back on another busy year gone by at New Life Centre. A year of
many feet going in and out the door. Some to seek help and others to give that much
needed help in many forms such as financial donations, skills training, counselling and
the many items of food/clothing/hygiene products donated. You are such an integral
part of the running of the New Life Centre and without your help the centre would
not be able to keep its doors open and continue to change so many lives. We really
value all your support.
On behalf of the committee I would like to thank everyone for the generous
donations we received from annual grants, companies, church organisations, families
and individuals. We know everyone is going through tough economic times which makes
your continued support much appreciated.
We continuously thank the Lord for all the blessings we receive, with the knowledge
that with His guidance and His grace the centre will continue to flourish.

Much love to all
Liane Cowan

From our Social Worker

The meaning of Christmas… This time of year, the shops are busy, people spend money they don’t have, Christmas music is played in all the shops, people literally shop until they drop. We spend hours
to plan and start preparing Christmas meals. Some might think the true meaning of Christmas is to cheer people up during a depressing time of year and shouts of Merry Christmas amongst people is part of this season.

Yet, Christmas is a season of great JOY. It is a time of God showing His great love for people like us. It is a time of healing and renewed strength. Christmas is the celebration of the birth of the Christ child.
Shepherds, Wise men and Angels all shared in the excitement of knowing about this great event happening. They knew this was not just an ordinary baby………even the
star stopped over Bethlehem…..just to mark the way for those who were looking for
this special child.

The Truth about Christmas, or the real meaning of Christmas is clear in the Bible. Christmas is celebrated to remember the birth of Jesus Christ, who Christians believe is the Son of God. The same child called Jesus died for us on the Cross………he defeated sin and death so that we can live.

The real reason for this season and the true meaning of Christmas is love. So let us celebrate Christmas this year by sharing God’s unconditional love for us…..his children.

May we remember….even if we shop until we drop….that the greatest gift we can give anyone is that special child, our only saviour JESUS and let us rejoice in the scripture
of John 3: 16

Merry Christmas… be blessed… and may you be showered in God’s true LOVE.