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What does it say about South Africa and South Africans when a foreigner can come to our country and hire locals on the street to kill his wife?

What does it say about South Africans when these locals are willing to kill an innocent woman for R15, 000? Is that how cheap life is in South Africa?

What does it say when trained policemen face a group of miners whom they blame for the hacking to death of two of their fellow policemen, shoot and kill more than 30 miners? What does it say about our country’s policemen when most of those killed were shot in the back?

Is the life of a miner so cheap especially when the CEO of Lonmin Plc earned R16, 707,711 in 2011 while the miners are striking for a living wage of R12, 500?

What does it say about our Justice system when 270 arrested miners are charged with the murder of their fellow miners?
What does it say about our democratic justice system when the lawyers for the state use an apartheid law to charge the arrested miners with murder?

What does it say about the South Africa Education System when vulnerable learners do not receive their textbooks because some politicians and some government officials steal the funds intended for the procurement of text-books? Is the education of especially the poor learners so cheap?
What does it say about some South African educators who through ill discipline, irresponsible absence from teaching duties and sexual abuse are willing to destroy the future of the most vulnerable learners in our society when they know that these poor learners are already at a disadvantage because of incompetent and corrupt government officials? Are the lives of these learners so cheap?

What does it say about South Africa when people are stoned and necklaced (a rubber tyre placed around the shoulders of the alleged of-fender and dosed with fuel before being set alight) because they allegedly stole a cell phone or a TV in some of our communities? What does it say about South Africans when this is done in public with children present? Is this how cheap life has become when a gruesome and horror act such as neck lacing receives the roaring approval of so many in our communities?

What does it say about South Africa when it is alleged in the media that the presidency over the past four years has cost the taxpayer R1 billion?
What does it say about our leaders when they are more concerned about protecting their turf and making deals to stay on the gravy train by selling their support to those who seek high office?

What does it say about our appetite and attitude to all these destructive and soul draining happenings?

Edmund Burke, Irish philosopher reportedly said: ”All it that is necessary for the triumph of evil is that good men do nothing”

Yes, evil is triumphing because there are too few good men and women willing to stand up against the tide of anarchy, corruption, abuse, social injustice, bigotry, murderous actions and undemocratic actions orchestrated by state organs, political organisations, vigilantes and even some unions. Good men and women should stand up.

It is time to for good men and women to speak out even at the cost of being kicked out of the group or political party they belong too.

Beyers Naude stood up when the evil jackboot of apartheid was crushing the necks of those who fought it. He was rejected by the Afrikaner Establishment, their Media, Church, Academic Institutions and Cultural Organisations. Beyers Naude was one good man who was willing to speak out.

The costly price that good men and women paid to set South Africa on a democratic road, for equal rights for all and the upliftment of the poor has all but been forgotten.

The learners who were at the frontline in the fight against apartheid gave their lives so that those coming after them would not experience the same degrading and discriminating education they received
Today, it seems if their sterling and valiant sacrifice is trampled and denigrated by those who are only interested in enriching themselves at the expense of the learners and the poor.

Those good men and women who are not allowing them to be silenced need our support at local and national level. Speak out against evil wherever it comes from.


Some of the comments we received:
Shireen Solomons said: ”Amen to that, we need to get involved and change the course of the children we work with or come into contact with. I commit myself to do my part at the place God has placed me”

Hazel Harris: ”We need to seek the face of the Father urgently. Yet we far we can unite in prayer ask God to save our children. It is only the hand of God that can reach where we can’t.”

Rev. Abe Joseph: Thank you for so forcefully sharing your heart with us in this regard.
In your final paragraph you rightfully say that “one group cannot on their own bring change to this culture of violence…….. Parents, Churches, NGO’s, Police and Politicians……..need to reach out and put in place a safety net for children at risk as well as putting in place preventative measures”
I firmly believe that the Church should take the lead in this as we are, after all the light of the world and the salt of the earth. As the Body of Christ we MUST put aside our differences, unite under the banner of God’s love and power and mobilize the army of the living God to take a bold stand. we have to unite in prayer across all churches and denominations. In our churches we must teach believers the necessity, value and power of  spiritual warfare. We have to pray and fast and fast and pray. While this is going on spiritual leaders need to get together and wait upon God for a divine strategy. Satan appears to have succeeded in minimizing the Church’s (and therefore God’s) influence in our communities. By the grace of God we have to turn this around.
The next step should be to set apart delegations and mandate them to sit down with the Police, NGO’s, schools and all other role players in our community. The whole body of community members will present a united front and victory over this evil must surely come. LET GOD ARISE, HIS ENEMIES BE SCATTERED

Liezl Oliver: ”If together we stand and pray because our God is awesome in power and mighty to save”

Lance Durrell’s unique response:
It pains my heart so much- another child dies Where is the end to this ‘war’ all I hear is lies Steenberg mourns today as an innocent life is taken The media and government to these, scenes are not even awakened
They seem to lay still and enforce a blind eye As parent shouts in anguish “my child, my child WHY” Is Steenberg and Lavender Hill not a place for them to intervene?
Rocks on Devils Peak and rhino’s for these they are keen
How unfair it is when a mother needs to fling sand on her Child’s grave We need your help one and all please our communities to save I wish that those responsible would be brought to book In jail to rot, small consolation for the life they took
We need to stand together as no sudden help seem on its way If not my family or your daughter is next that will lay Ag shame we say and forget tomorrow cause its not our own We need to act as if it was our flesh and bone
O my condolences to the parent especially and all that knew My God grant His touch and peace as fresh as the morning dew Only God can know why He allowed this tragedy to be Lets live in him; believe in Him must be the only key


Proverbs 4:17—”For they eat the bread of wickedness, And drink the wine of violence”

In the last six weeks more than 25 people were killed as a result of gang violence on the Cape Flats.
In their thirst for blood and supremacy, those ”who eat the bread of wickedness and drink the wine of violence” have no care if innocent children, men and women are caught up in the violence they have created.
Children, especially the young ones have been on the cruel receiving end of deadly gang cross fires recently. When children get caught up in the cross fire of gangs, it does prove that those that ”drink the wine of violence” have no care for their safety and well being.
Recently I was the officiating minister at a funeral service of a 32 year old father. Six years ago I was the officiating minister at his wedding.
The father was called out and in his doorway, a hit man shot him six times in front of his children.
For many of those living in the leafy safe suburbs, it was just another statistic from the violent Cape Flats. To that family, he was a husband, a father, a son, a brother, a nephew, a cousin, it was personal, it was intimate and a real tragedy. He was not just another cold statistic found somewhere on page six of the local newspaper.
Those who commit these crimes of violence are not unknown . They come from our families, from our homes, our streets, our communities. They have mothers, fathers and family members. They did not just appear, but grew up in our areas, They played soccer, cricket, rugby and other games in the streets while growing up. Now ”their feet run to evil, And they make haste to shed blood” (Prov.1:16)
Many of these gangsters are young and impressionable and the gang leaders know that they make good foot soldiers willing to prove themselves even if it means violating the innocent or taking a life.
Yes, social conditions, the impoverished areas and other reasons may be fertile soil for gangsterism, drug addiction and other social ills.
But does that automatically imply that every child’s future is one of gangsterism, drug addiction, teen pregnancy or a hopeless tomorrow? No, children must be motivated, encouraged, inspired and empowered that they can soar far above socio economic conditions that they grew up with. They must be encouraged to dream and to believe that they if given the opportunity, they can break out, and realise their dreams.
For this to happen,all role players must work together to make sure that children will grow up with hope and not despair. Children must from an early age be raised with an awareness of the danger and risks that go along with gangsterism. They must also be made aware that drug lords and gangsters are not good role models. There are many from our communities who succeeded beyond their wildest dreams and the expectations of others. They were able to break free from the cycle of poverty, drug addiction, gangsterism, abuse, alcoholism, teenage pregnancies and utter hopelessness. They are the role models that our children and youth should emulate and they should be prepared to plough back into their roots.
While politicians strategise how they can use this wave of violence to further their own selfish political aims and making use of all the photo opportunities, it is the vulnerable that pays the ultimate price. We call on our politicians not to just blindly follow the party line but really try and deliver to the people of the Cape Flats. The times for promises are long gone, it is time to take action and they have the muscle to make the Cape Flats a safer place for their constituents.
One group cannot on their own bring change to this culture of violence that has existed for so long on the Cape Flats. Parents, churches leaders, NGO’s, schools, police and yes, politicians local as well as national need to reach out and put in place a safety net for children at risk as well putting in place preventative measures.
If we don’t do it, a new generation will rise up and many ”will continue to eat of the bread of wickedness, and drink the wine of violence”


Andrew October, Husband to Dorothy October and father to Donny, Crystal and Marco passed away due to a massive stroke on 30 May 2010.

Andrew was leading the prayer at the 9.00am Sunday morning service at Blessed Hope when he suffered a massive stroke. He was rushed to the hospital. The medical staff did everything they could to save his life but alas it was not to be.

Andrew October was a great guy and zealous for the Lord Jesus. Andrew loved the Lord Jesus passionately and unashamedly. He had a passion to win souls for the Kingdom of Jesus Christ. He was a prayer warrior and in his last minutes he did what he loved best, praying and interceding for the folk of Blessed Hope.

He had a heart as big as Table Mountain. Whenever I would make an appeal for someone to assist, Andrew’s hand would be the first to be raised. He was generous to everybody not only his family. He would make himself available to assist with transport whenever there was a call from any department in the church.

Andrew was a family man par excellence. He loved his wife Dorothy. They were married for 34 years and knew each other from the age of fourteen years. He loved his children Donny, Crystal and Marco. He was involved in the activities of his kids and was a father who would move mountains for them. It was his love affair with his wife Dorothy that many would remember as a very loving and happy marriage.

Andrew was also a very passionate supporter of Manchester United Football Club. I was often on the receiving end of an sms or two whenever his team played well and Liverpool fared badly.

Andrew will be fondly remembered as one of the best dressed guys at Blessed Hope. Gina and I would always comment on his good sense of matching colours.

He was member in good standing at Blessed Hope. His mother had been an outstanding member of Blessed Hope and Andrew just carried on that tradition. He served as a cell group leader for many years.

Blessed Hope will always have good and wonderful memories of Andrew. And his going home will encourage us to take the Good News to a lost world.

Hamba kahle my brother! Bekumnandi ukuhlangana nawe.


In many countries, abortion is a very divisive issue splitting families, communities and friends.
Many hold life to be sacred but yet in South Africa and the USA abortion is available on demand. Millions of innocent lives are snuffed out before they take their first breath of air. The so called “Pro Choice” groups are determined that women should be allowed to have the right to terminate their pregnancies any time even at a late stage.

In the USA more than 4000 babies are killed by abortion every day. In South Africa over 50,000 babies are killed by abortion every year. Abortion is one of the most horrific ways of killing a human being. It is an evil, wicked, shameful practice that is also used as a method of birth control.

As much as we abhor this anti life practice, the issue that I would like you to respond to is whether pro life people have the right to kill abortionists?
In a courtroom in Wichita in the USA on 29 January 2010, Scott Roeder was found guilty of the murder of Dr George Tiller, an abortionist. Dr Tiller was on duty as an usher in his church 31 May 2009 when Scott Roeder entered and shot him in the head. Scott Roeder claimed that he did it to protect the lives of innocent unborn chidren.

Is the killing of the abortionist George Tiller justified because he was responsible for the death of hundreds of unborn children? Is his killing justified because he has been stopped from ever doing another abortion?

To some in the USA Scott Roeder is a ruthless murderer but to others he is a courageous man who saved the lives of unborn children.

As Christians, can we justify the taking of the life of an abortionist? Was Scott Roeder, a believer justified in taking the life of George Tiller?

Helping to increase your child’s territory: part 4

Surely you have some kind of expectation for the year 2012 or are you determined to see out 2012 without any significant change to your circumstances, job prospects, marriage, family life, spiritual life and ministry opportunities. Your expectations can lead to the enlargement of the borders of your territory.

Paul writes to the church at Ephesus – Ephesians 3:20 – ”Now to Him who is able to do immeasurably more than all we ask or imagine, according to His power at work in us.”

Why must some of us always have such low expectations of ourselves, our spouses, our children, our churches, our jobs, and our future?

Psalm 127:3 – ”Children are a gift from God, they are a reward from Him” Children are a blessing from God, not a nuisance, not a burden or an expensive mistake. No child should ever hear his/her parent/s say that she/he is a mistake and should not have been born. God did not burden you with a mistake but rewarded you with a gift, a most precious gift.

Never refer to your child as: ”you’re stupid”; ” you are an idiot”; ”you are just like the rest of your father’s or mother’s people, a bad apple”. Never use derogatory terms to describe your child even when they are toddlers. If you do that you will not only limit the future blessings of your child, but severely curtail any future expansion of his/her borders. Always remember he/she is a ”gift from God”; a treasure with enormous potential and a future with great hope.

Also remember to discipline your child. Solomon says in Proverbs 19:18 – ”Discipline your children while there is hope. Otherwise you will ruin their lives” Prov.13:24 says: ”Those who spare the rod of discipline, hate their children. Those who love their children care enough to discipline them” And my favourite – Proverbs 29:17 – ” Discipline your children and they will give you peace of mind and will make your heart glad” This not a call for child abuse and justifying that by declaring that the Bible says we must punish them. The Bible also says in Eph.6:4 – ” Fathers do not provoke your children to anger by the way you treat them. Rather bring them up with the discipline and instruction that comes from the Lord.” This will be a great help when your child expands his/her territory.

Let your child/ren know from the beginning that they are a truly great gift from God. From day one you should start preparing to expand the borders of your child. From an early age, they should hear from you words of encouragement and that God has great things for them in store. Believe that God cares about the future of your child and believe as much as He knew the prophet Jeremiah so intimately, so your child was known to Him before he/she was formed in the womb. Declare it over your child. Jer.1:5 – ”I knew you before I formed you in your mother’s womb. Before you were born I set you apart” Decare it – ”Before you were formed in your mother’s womb, God knew you. Before you (name) were born, God set you apart”

Declare in prayer Jeremiah 29:11 over your child – ”For I know the plans I have for you, says the Lord. They are plans for good and not for disaster to give you a future and a hope” And from an early age your child will know that their borders can be stretched and they are indeed a blessing and will become an increasing blessing to those outside the family circle. Remember that God can do infinitely more than you can ever imagine or think for your child.

What are your expectations for the year 2012? part 3

Surely you have some kind of expectation for the year 2012 or are you determined to see out 2012 without any significant change to your circumstances, job prospects, marriage, family life, spiritual life and ministry opportunities. Your expectations can lead to the enlargement of the borders of your territory.
Paul writes to the church at Ephesus – Ephesians 3:20 – ” Now to Him who is able to do immeasurably more than all we ask or imagine, according to His power at work in us.”
Why must some of us always have such low expectations of ourselves, our spouses, our children, our churches, our jobs, and our future?

Our spouses are at times the least appreciated and at times most ignored. To add insult to injury many have low or no expectations in terms of improving/enlarging their territories. In some instances it is the spouse that has low or no expectations of his or her marital partner. That leads to a frustrating situation where he/she is condemned to an underclass of mediocrity, a squashing of the spirit and the reinforcement of their feelings of inadequacy.
To enable your spouse to expand his/her borders of blessing it is important for you to affirm them. Affirmation is an opportunity to assist them in raising their expectations. You are not married to a perfect person but to someone who has shortcomings and failures. If you want your spouse expand their borders, it would be great for them to see, hear and experience that affirmation

a) Affirm your spouse in public. Do not be ashamed of your spouse. Always encourage him/her to seek improvement and to excel. Say nice things sincerely to her/him and about her/him in public or in private. Do not be afraid to praise your spouse whenever the opportunity presents itself. A little pat on the back (sometimes on his/her bottom) will do wonders for your spouse’s self-esteem.

b) Love your Spouse. Tell her/him that you love him/her and demonstrate your love for your spouse by always putting his/her interests before yours. 1 Cor.13:4 – ”Love is patient and kind. Love is not jealous or boastful or proud or rude. It does not demand its own way…….” Your spouse and his/her interests should be your priority. This will raise his/her expectations and make for a wonderful spouse.

c) Don’t take your spouse for granted. Show appreciation for what your spouse does. A word of thanks and some show of appreciation will do more good than a aspirin or a grandpa powder and is very uplifting. Sharing the chores at home does a lot to make a spouse feel happy in the partnership and leads them to trying new things which leads to an increase in their borders.

d) Remember that through Christ your spouse can do great things. Ephesians 3:20 ”Now all glory to God, who is able through His mighty power at work within us, to accomplish infinitely more than we might ask or think” (NLT) Continue to affirm your spouse with these words at every suitable moment.

A spouse who affirms his/her marital partner will share in the benefits of an increased territory and makes a marriage so much stronger.

What are your expectations for the year 2012? part 2

Surely you have some kind of expectation for the year 2012 or are you determined to see out 2012 without any significant change to your circumstances, job prospects, marriage, family life, spiritual life and ministry opportunities. Your expectations can lead to the enlargement of the borders of your territory.

Paul writes to the church at Ephesus – Ephesians 3:20 – ”Now to Him who is able to do immeasurably more than all we ask or imagine, according to His power at work in us.”

Why must some of us always have such low expectations of ourselves, our spouses, our children, our churches, our jobs, and our future?

YOU ARE FILLED WITH THE HOLY SPIRIT: – Imagine what the Holy Spirit can do in you and through you if you lift your expectations. In 1 John 4:4, John writes: You are of God, little children, and have overcome them, because He who is in you is greater than he who is in the world.”

”You are of God”, WOW! Let your imagination run unbridled! That is so much higher than being of South Africa, Cape Town, Full Gospel Church, Harris family, or whatever you may cling to in terms of the colour of your skin, the language or culture that dominates you or the social position you may occupy in influential circles. What can you deem higher than being ”of God” shout it from the rooftops – ”I AM FROM GOD!” Say it every morning to yourself and to all those situations that cause all your unhappiness.

Your body is the temple of the Holy Spirit! What better encouragement and motivation do you need other than the aforementioned? The Holy Spirit is with you every day and He is able to empower you. Through His power all things become possible. Mission Impossible (Your most difficult circumstances, cares, needs, etc that keeps you from excelling.) is suddenly within reach and routinely becomes Mission Possible.

I know that the Holy Spirit knows that you are capable of something bigger and greater in your career, marriage, and ministry and in every other field where you allow yourself to be intimidated by weak self esteem, lack of finances, material resources, depression, demonic oppression and unbelief in self and God. ”He who is in you is greater than he who is in the world”

The Holy Spirit is so awesome and with His direction, wisdom, power and insight available to us, we can set our expectations much higher in expanding or enlarging our territories for success and fulfilment and bringing honour and praise to the Most High God.

Expectations of a territory being enlarged

Surely you have some kind of expectation for the year 2012 or are you determined to see out 2012 without any significant change to your circumstances, job prospects, marriage, family life, spiritual life and ministry opportunities. Your expectations can lead to the enlargement of the borders of your territory.

Paul writes to the church at Ephesus – Ephesians 3:20 – ”Now to Him who is able to do immeasurably more than all we ask or imagine, according to His power at work in us.”

Why must some of us always have such low expectations of ourselves, our spouses, our children, our churches, our jobs, and our future?

1. You are a Child of God – it is the low expectations that others have of us that make us feel inferior, unworthy, useless and good for nothing. It is in this Area that your expectations should be very high because you are a child of the Most Highest God. Peter writes and says in 1 Pet.2:9 – ”…for you are a chosen people. You are royal priests, a holy nation, God’s very own possession, as a result, you can show others the goodness of God – God’s expectation of you – you can show others the goodness of God. Yes, even in your most difficult situation, you can show others the goodness of God.

In spite of your difficulties, infirmities, financial difficulties, marital issues, problems with children, parents or at work, set your expectations high for ”we are more than conquerors through Him who loved us.” Am I a conqueror or a big loser? If you set your expectations to low, you do not anticipate much. You are not inferior, unworthy or useless, you are a Child of God and that puts you on a position that is higher than that of a CEO, Mayor, President, Prime Minister, King or any other man made or installed position. ”…… who is able to do exceedingly abundantly above all that we ask or think, according to the power that works in us.”

Expanding the borders of our blessings

For many the beginning of a new year is looked upon with dread, despair and hopelessness.
For others it is an exciting time, one of refreshing, new beginnings and the taking up of new challenges.This year is the year of the ”EXPANSION OF THE BORDERS OF OUR BLESSINGS” For individual believers the challenge is to broaden the scope of their blessings on the many levels on which they interact.

Expect and work at expanding the borders of your blessings at work. Do not be satisfied or intimidated to remain at a station for years when you know there are opportunities for increases and promotions. That supervisory, managerial or promotional post is within your grasp. You need to stretch your faith, for those who believe, all things are possible.
Do not be satisfied with your quality of life, do not let your circumstances dictate the extent of the quality of life you can have. There is ample room to expand the quality of life for yourself and for your family.

There are many ways in which you can improve yourself. Do not be afraid to reach for the heights. This is the year in which you start to improve your education, expanding your borders. You can achieve what you have always dreamt about, improving your qualifications. Do not let anybody make you think or believe that you are not good enough—no you are better than just ”good enough”

This the year in which you are going to eat and live healthy. Drop the junk food, drop several kilos and fit into something that you last wore 5 years ago. Guys, this goes for you as well, drop the sweet stuff like cake, chocolates, pastries and anything that will make you unhealthier.

Expand your health ethic and you will be doing the things you always wanted to do; like: hiking, cycling, walking, swimming, mountain climbing, skydiving, snorkeling and adding years to your life

Your family life and relationships can improve if you allow the expansion of its borders. Your relationship with your kids or parents, it is time to expand those borders. The health of the family unit is an important building stone in our community. Improve the health of your family relationship, improve the community.

It is in the church Blessed Hope that we can expand the borders of our blessing for the benefit of many.
In our worship and praise, our financial giving, our involvement in church ministry in the various departments we need to expand the borders of our blessings.

In evangelism we need to expand our borders, taking the fight for souls from the carpeted sanctuaries to the streets of our communities. For far too long we have allowed the enemy to hoodwink us into expanding all our energy, fighting energy on nitpicking in church, on silly petty squabbles. Let us expand our evangelistic vision by doing what the Lord has always required from us – BE HIS WITNESS – spread the Gospel by sharing with those on the streets of our communities. Blessed Hope should have more than 350 Street Evangelists out in the trenches every day fighting for souls that are dying without Christ.

Every home in Blessed Hope should become a stronghold for evangelism, sharing the Good News that Jesus Christ came to seek and save those that are lost. One hundred homes made available for evangelism can really bring in a great harvest. I challenge every family at Blessed Hope to make their homes available for outreach. It is time to expand Home Evangelism, let your home become a dedicated tool for use by the Holy Spirit.

Expand your borders in Child Evangelism. We have a duty to the many children that are growing up without a sense of knowing that Christ loves them. Children are often the most abused people in our society suffering emotionally, physically and mentally at hands of loved ones, neighbours, friends and strangers. Children brutally scarred for life as a result of abuse need us and we need to reach out to them.

Children of walks of life need Christ. Let us stop neglecting our duty to serve them and show them the love that our Heavenly Father has for them. Expand your borders by including children in your evangelism outreach.

We have given up on young people by allowing the secular society to determine their taste in music, religion, fashion and morals. Young people are swayed and influenced by the culture of today and that culture is destroying their future.

We can expand our borders to stage a battle for the souls of young people. It is and will be a bitter war that will be waged for their souls. We are not alone or without weapons. The Holy Spirit of God will fill you with His power and in His anointing you will be in a position to win many young people for Christ and His Kingdom.

Jabez asked God to enlarge his territory and God answered his prayer. Because your request to God for the expansion of the borders of your blessing will not be selfish, be ready for what God is going to do in your home, your family, your street, at work, on the campus, at school and in your life.



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