This year New Life Center is 22 years old and we marvel at God and His ongoing work here and continued provision! Like anything that starts ageing, a lot of maintenance has been required – from faulty locks to a new electricity board, vehicle repairs to painting and, as is usual, more still to be done.
As of the end of October we have so far this year assisted 25 pregnant girls & women in crises; of which 7 were teenagers, with 8 choosing single parenting and 17 adoption; and altogether we have been part of the journey of 694 girls & women who, in spite of challenges and difficulties, chose life for their babies.
We have also experienced challenges and difficulties – with some of our residents! We had two very trying groups during the course of the year abd we really missed the peace of the Lord which the house usually emanates. Some of our volunteers unfortunately found them too much of a challenge and took a break from their volunteering or questioned their continued involvement here at NLC. We hasten to point out that in each of those two groups there has been that one whose heart had been won by Jesus and who made a 360 degree turn, praise Him! Happily we’ve had other groups who have more easily been a pleasure and privilege to serve.
That we are part of making a difference in the lives of those who stay with us during their crisis is humbling indeed. We may for a period become involved in the horrible and hurtful, desperate and depressing circumstances that many of our residents find themselves in but we so often also get to see healing of hurts and addictions, bodies and souls, and God’s personal intervention in their lives and provision for them.
God created and birthed New Life Center, each of his girls and their babies and He is faithful to His promise: ‘I have made, and I will bear; I will carry and will save.’ – Isaiah 46:4 All the glory is His.
“Sing to the Lord a new song… all the earth… praise His name… proclaim His salvation day by day”.
With the psalmist i praise the Lord God Almighty for His amazing provision for this vital ministry of the Bellville MCSA – The New Life Center.
My first year as Chairperson had been a privilege and challenge – a joy to work with enthusiastic and competent committee and housemother – and a challenge to meet financial viability and implement much needed maintenance to the property. Day by day Jehovah Jireh provided our needs and we sing His new song!
This ministry to pregnant females, ladies and girls, in crisis had continued to offer new life experiences to many – new hope, new opportunities, new skills, and for some a new relationship with Jesus.
This is made possible by the dedicated work of the housemother, Mrs Jeanette McClure, the social worker, Mrs Sunette le Roux, the volunteers, the committee and Rev Sibidla.
I also thank God for the may individuals and businesses who generously donate money, goods and time to this ministry. Without their support the New Life Center would not be able to continue to minister to pregnant females in crisis and offer new life infants and new opportunities to families.
As we “proclaim his salvation day by day” we ask that you pray constantly for the New Life Center ministry and administers, that the home will be a visible witness of God’s grace – where mercy triumphs over judgement and unconditional love conquers all.
Yours in His Service, compelled by His love,
Grace and peace to you in the precious name of our Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ.
Praise be to our God who is in heaven who has blessed us in heavenly realms with spiritual blessings in Christ. New Life Center is a blessing from God to the church.
I am humbled to briefly convey my 2nd annual message dedicated to New Life Center Ministry. The message precedes the Christian Calendar Season of the Reign of Christ in the world. The Season calls upon people to recognize Christ as King – in control of their lives. People are to have trust in Christ and place their lives in Jesus’ hands. Christ is in control. In Him there is life.
Indeed, it is a season to come into cognisance of our relationship with God and one another. On account of this season we are to display Christ’s love and deal justly with others, especially those who suffer in crisis.
New Life Center is a place of hope and life giving ministry to serve pregnant women in crisis. To the church it is a discipleship machinery for shaping lives of women in despair. So far the church and community has done so well in responding to this task. We wish to express our sincere gratitude to all who willingly serve their gifts to the center. Through their regular contributions, donations, support and prayers, NLC continues to be the light shining in the world.
A special word of gratitude goes to the Chairperson – Mrs Cheryl Greaves and her Executive Committee for their selfless support and commitment in serving NLC.
Last but not least, an overwhelming praise to God with blessing us with a House Parent – Mrs Jeanette McClure. Thank you Jeanette for your faithfulness and kindness.
It is with sadness to advise that our Treasurer – Mrs Liane Cowan and her family Bill Cowan will be leaving at the end of the year. Thank you Liane and Bill for letting us know. Thank you for all that you have done for NLC. You will be greatly missed by all of us. You deserve a heavenly reward – “Well done faithful servants”.
I wish NLC another great year of blessings. I am pleased to spend moments with you.
“Finally, brothers and sisters, whatever is true, whatever is honourable, whatever is right, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is admirable, if there is excellence and if anything is worthy of praise, let your mind dwell on those things and God will be with you” – Philippians 4:8
Christ Reigns – Christ is in Control
Rev NP Sibidia
As 2019 draws to a close everyone starts to reflect on what kind of year it was for them? For the New Life Center is brings to mind the many lovely ladies that crossed over the doorstep this year. Our mission is to have them leave the center equipped with additional skills, a renewed hope for their future and knowing that they are abundantly blessed with God’s love in their lives. A huge thanks to all the volunteers helping out by donating their time and sharing their skills.
I am not able to give final figures yet as the year still draws to a close, but I can say that once again we have truly been blessed. We rely fully on donations of monies, groceries and toiletries. We extend a grateful thanks to all who have contributed in some way during the year as without you we would not be able to continue. We continue to sell our jewelry at every opportunity which brings a steady income. We had a very successful Golf Day and want to say a heartfelt thanks to the Ladies of Durbanville Golf Club who have made it their mission to generously continue their support. Our Spring Tea fundraiser was also a great success and enjoyed by all. The hall was full as managed to sell 112 tickets. We also had the opportunity of running a tuck-shop at Parow North Primary Family Day where we sold cool drinks, chips, hamburgers and hotdogs. It was a great success and well woth the hard work. All this extra fundraising replaced the annual Community Chest grant that we were unsuccessful in qualifying for this year. We have also had to do a lot of repairs and maintenance to the house, including a major electrical safety upgrade which made the increase in our expense bill quite significant.
I would also like to thank our auditors, HG Chartered Accountants who every year continue to donate their expertise and time to audit our books. Also, thanks to Simone from SDT Accountants who handles our payroll.
Wishing everyone a blessed Christmas and an amazing 2020.
Lots of Love
Whether we want to know it or not, South Africa struggles to take care of it’s children.
With a reported 3500 unwanted babies deserted every year, it’s safe to say that child abandonment in South Africa is an epidemic. Of course, the law is supposed to protect the rights of children, and there are legal consequences for anyone who is found guilty of abandoning a child. We often judge these mothers, but this is a complicated matter and the primary reasons include financial issues, lack of family support, unwanted pregnancy, resentment of baby and fear of judgement from family members.
In 2016, there we almost 12 million children receiving Child Care Grant, 470 000 children receiving the Foster Care Grant and 131 000 receiving the Disability Grant.
If we look at the adoption statistics there were 14 803 legal adoptions registered in South Africa for the period of 1 April 2004 to 31 March 2010. That amounts to more or less 2 400 adoptions per year. These amounts are declining every year and according to many resources it is less than 2 000 a year at the moment.
Obviously the best for any child is to be part of a healthy functioning family. Unfortunately, this is a privilege that not all children have. Many children end up in permanent foster care while actually they could have benefited from adoption. In South Africa often adoptions are the very last option while sometimes it is the best option. One of the reasons for this is lack of knowledge and perceptions people have which are not true.
Places like the New Life Center are therefore of the utmost importance. Firstly, it takes care of the biological mother on an emotional, physical and spiritual level and with in-depth counselling she can make an informed decision for her child. If she chooses adoption with the resources of the center and social workers involved she will be assisted to do the best adoption possible. The focus of the center is not only on the babies, but also on the mothers and their wellbeing.
Due to financial restraaints several homes for biological mothers closed down and currently the New Life Center is the only home pregnant mothers in a crisis who are considering adoption where they can stay and get the required care. We cannot allow the last resource of this kind in Cape Town to close its doors, for when this happens many children will become part of the abandoned and foster care statistics.
The role the New Life Center cannot be measured in saving children and giving children the right to grow up in forever families.
Sunette le Roux – Social Worker