Monthly Archives: August 2014

Ek is HIP HOP

Now everybody put your hands up and wave em around like you just don’t care, screaming HIP HOP we are here to HEAL THE HOOD.

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The setting is the Iconic Lounge in Long Street an intimate venue great for the MC & 1 on 1 B-Boy BATTLES UK B-BOY CHAMPIONSHIPS QUALIFIER – except for the fact that you couldn’t get to the toilet during the B-Boy battles and half the time sien djy net bene in die lig en arms wat waai but if you got a good spot in the circle it was awesome.

The Top 16 B-boy line up:
D-Mon(Port Elizabeth)
Juandre(George)
Rhythm(Port Elizabeth)
Jed(Cape Town)
Toufeeq(Cape Town)
Shine(East London)
Silent Sam(Cape Town)
Kill Moovez(East London)
Smoke(East London)
Luigi(Cape Town)
The Curse(Cape Town)
S-One(Bloemfontein)
Dag(East London)
Gift(Port Elizabeth)
Beanz(East London)
Sonic(Odtshoorn)
DJ: BREAKS BY BEAR

3 Rounds, Blue corner vs Red Corner – judges decision is final, Dj spin that beat let the madness begin….

From the 6 step to high flying acrobatting power moves the tension was papable as these top 16 gave their best to battle it out for a chance to represent SA in the UK, it was B-Boy Jed vs B-Boy The Curse in the  final. The Curse killed the Jedi to become Obi-Wan Kenobi and we hope this guy brings back the championship belt from the UK, Respect the talent and Represent the positive movement.

Next up we had the MC battles and this was not your typical 8 Mile Rap Battle people dissing each other nah…they were given a topic….

– If I was President
– 20 years of Democracy
– A woman’s worth
– Power and Corruption

…and 90 seconds to spit a verse, great topics and some interesting lines, powerful words from future gamechangers in the underground hip hop scene. This is where the greats are born and bred with the crowd choosing YMCMbesem aka HEMELBESEM as the out and out champ.

In its 14th year the Hip Hop Indaba has come a long way and has created a platform for breaking down the stereotypical mindset of Hip Hop being associated with gangsterism and drugs. Hip Hop is an expression of positivity and should be encouraged through programmes like this in order for the youth to have a voice of change, listening to the MC’s you could hear they put some thought into the words – actions speak louder than words though but what if they were our future president would we see a change…..with the word of MC Duck “Ek is nie die president nie, EK IS HIP HOP”

Peace.

Blisters for Pilchards

R50 feeds 25 children, with the annual Blisters for Bread Big Walk around the Seapoint promenade attracting thousands of walkers choosing from either the 5km to the 10km route.

You can’t teach a hungry child, with this as the motto Lucky Star Pilchards put an exciting twist to this years walk with 3 challenges along the route awarding you with a band in exchange for prizes at the end of the walk.

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First stop, 10 Sit Ups….ahhhh easy peasy 1, 2 skip a few 10 can I have my band please :-D….with a long queue people started getting on the floor to get in on the action if it wasn’t controlled we’d have had a long line of people doing sit ups in unison….ahhh team spirit was evident and I loved it ;-).

Challenge 2….piggy back someone and walk,crawl or run with them for 50 metres, seems easy doesn’t it uh nope not if you walked a whole 1 km before this lol but like Barney Stinson we say Challenge Accepted :-D.

Last and final challenge….get down and gimme 10 push-ups thats it this is a full body workout..work it work it,.right now go and enjoy the walk further :-D.

This my 4th Blisters For Bread collectively probably a hundred children were fed by the Penisula School Feeding Association from my entry fees, but whose counting right we all here to have fun and enjoy the beautiful scenery of Cape Town, while you at it why not take a picture of a Rhino in the urban jungle, yip animals do walk our streets people 😀

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We are all winners with everyone getting a medal at the end and some Coca Cola to replenish the energy levels….if you completed all 3 challenges you get a prize at the Lucky Star Pilchards tent….fish is brain food and a can of Chilli Pilchards is O so Yummy ;-)….keen on trying out some of those recipes now I just need to find someone who can cook lol volunteers welcome.

Great fun was had by all, here’s to next year….lemme go soak these blister from my feet….uh nope not putting up any pictures of my leka feet sorry o_O.

Chill Out

What is the Ice Bucket Challenge and why has it been trending all over social media and the internet lately?

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The Ice Bucket Challenge is to raise awareness and funds for people with amyotrophic lateral sclerosis, AKA motor
disease. You are challenged to donate a certain amount to the ALS foundation or take the challenge of having a bucket full of Ice poured over your head.The ALS foundation has raised thousands of money with this campaign which is positive, many celebrities getting in on the Act and donating.

Yes it is for a good cause but is there not any other way they could’ve done this. I read an article and kinda agree with what they are saying, there are people thirsty not having access to clean water and here we are ‘wasting’ it by throwing each other some people not even really knowing why they are doing it…..just another way to become famous.

http://www.theguardian.com/world/shortcuts/2014/aug/25/ice-bucket-challenge-drought-henan-california-animal-rights-rice

Name Game

Should Matric Pupils names/results be discontinued from being published in the newspapers at the end of the year?
http://www.iol.co.za/news/south-africa/western-cape/matric-no-more-names-in-paper-1.1737950

This the question on the lips of those in parliament as they discuss the subject and come to a conclusion, I agree that it makes no sense anymore as the focus has now been shifted to quantity rather than quality.

In some subjects, grade 12s only need 30 percent
to pass.
http://mobi.iafrica.com/sa-news/2014/08/20/no-more-matric-results-in-paper/

With this lowered pass rate and the dismal results in maths and science, with earlier reports of schools not offering maths and some teachers not competant enough to teach certain grades, is the discussion of publishing names in the newspaper really such a big issue?

Focus should be put on quality, produce quality teachers and allow all students access to these opportunities. The distinction between ‘model C’ and former disadvantaged schools should be eliminated, all families can not afford to send thier children to a top school. A suggestion could be to rotate teachers to different schools every 5 years in order for all schools to have access to a ‘Top Teacher’.

Parents should also take more interest in thier children and not put all the pressure on the teachers as they cannot be blamed for weak results if the learner is not encouraged to practise at home.

From a young age children should be encouraged to think for themselves, ask questions and not just take what is said to be correct.

Yes it is nice to see your name in the newspaper but the added pressure to achieve can have  devastating consequences, on the plus side it could be seen as a motivation tool for some learners, but as I said is quantity better than quality.

Schools are the foundation for the real world, and the real world is no fun and games unless you are educated as knowledge is power, not only book smarts though but street smart too.

In closing Stay Focused, Have a Goal and Reach for the Stars.

I will Follow Him

Are we followers or fans…are we groundbreakers or “draadsitters”
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Today as Moravians we commemorate the memory of Susannah Kuhnel who at a young age said ‘I Will Follow Him’ – Kinderfees is a time for us to celebrate our children allow them to shine and shower them with praise, encourage them to grow in FAITH and show them that all the answers will be given in time.

Proverbs 22:6
Train a child in the way he should go, and when he is old he will not turn from it.

Children are seen as pure and honest do not let society hinder that image with the distructive power of substance abuse and other negativity. Let only words of praise come from the lips of a child

Matthew 21:15-16
But when the chief priests and the teachers of the law saw the
wonderful things he did and the
children shouting in the temple
area, “Hosanna to the Son of David,” they were indignant.  “Do you hear what these children are saying?” they asked him. “Yes,” replied Jesus,
“have you never read, ” ‘From the lips of children and infants you have ordained praise’?”

For those who are not familiar with the Moravian history below you will read about this touching and groundbreaking story of a young lady who should be an inspiration to all little children, showing obedience and faith in the Lord.

Genadendal Mission Museum
THE SPIRITUAL HERITAGE OF
GENADENDAL/MORAVIAN CHURCH:
We read of many heroic deeds that took place through the ages. You might have heard about such deeds by children which took place recently like, e.g. the five-year-old Riley Braden of Florida who saved an 18-month-old from drowning in a swimming pool in 2009 or Kamal
Nepali from Nepal who descended a gorge to save a toddler in 2012. In
the South African history, the 13- year-old Rachel de Beer (sometimes known as Racheltjie) is a well-known Afrikaner heroine who gave her life in order to save that of her brother in 1843. Also Hector Pieterson who was killed at the age of 13 when the police opened fire on protesting
students of the 1976 Soweto uprising in South Africa is regarded as a hero during the Apartheid regime. For years, 16 June stood as a symbol of resistance to the brutality of the
apartheid government. Today, it is designated National Youth Day — when South Africans honour young people and bring attention to their
needs. But, in Genadendal/Moravian history there is a heroine with a different
focus, namely that of a spiritual
nature. Almost 300 years ago a girl called Susannah lived with her parents in Herrnhut, Germany. Her mother was a dedicated Christian and brought her daughter up in the fear of the Lord. Johann Kuhnel, the father of Susannah, was a weaver by trade and became a close friend of Christian David, pastor of the Herrnhut congregation. Susannah’s
parents were refugees – fleeing from Moravia (today the Czech Republic) and settled in Ober-Oderwitz, where she was born on 28th June 1716. After the refugees got permission from a German nobleman, the Count
Von Zinzendorf to build their own community/ Church on his estate, they called the village
“Herrnhut” (Under the protection of God). Johann Kuhnel and his family also moved to Herrnhut and got
permission to build their house next to the Church. Susannah often heard the testimonies of the older people and one testimony that touched her
deeply was that of a man called
Melchior Nitchmann, who said,
“ Even if they burn me on the stake or jail me till I rot and die, I will never turn away from Jesus, my Saviour”. Later, he met Susannah in the street
and challenged her to give her life to Jesus. In the same year, her mother fell ill and had a vision of Jesus in His glory. She shared her testimony with her family, urged them to commit their lives to the Lord and soon afterwards fell asleep in Jesus.
For three days, Susannah was so
absorbed in thought and prayer. On 17th August 1727, having passed through a severe spiritual struggle, she was able to tell her father that she invited Christ into her life. The
children in town noticed the change that took place in her life. She was no longer grieving over her mother’s death and her face was beaming with
joy and happiness. One by one the children turned to the Lord, forming small prayer circles, gathering on the Hutberg and joined in singing praises unto to the Lord as their voices echoed throughout the village – a
mighty Children’s Revival had taken place! Susannah got married in her late
teens, lived a simple life until the Lord called her home on 14
April1785. For many years, I was
convinced that this was a myth and a mere pious anecdote, until I discovered a sketch plan of the old Herrnhut cemetery in our archives and in 2001, I set off to visit Herrnhut again with a copy of the plan showing that the grave is to be found in the
4th quarter, the 6th row as the 151st grave. A friend, Christoph Model assisted with the research and at last we found a hidden gravestone in the Hutberg cemetery. Today it is clearly marked with a headboard for visitors to see where the remains of this heroine of the Gospel were laid to rest. Susannah’s conversion is annually celebrated (Sunday closest the 17th August) in
many Moravian Churches. The day is marked with a special service for children, choir singing and wild flower decorations in Church. “But Jesus said, Suffer the little
children to come unto me and forbid them not, for of such is the kingdom of the heavens”. Matt 19:14.

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With all the above being said one last thing to the children….

Ephesians 6:1-4
Children, obey your parents in the Lord, for this is right.  “Honor your father and mother”-which is the first commandment with a promise- “that it may go well with you and that you may enjoy long life on the earth.”  Fathers, do not exasperate your children; instead, bring them up in the training and instruction of
the Lord.
http://www.biblestudytools.com/topical-verses/children-bible-verses/

Geseende Kinderfees aan u Almal 😀

“O Captain! My Captain!”

From the boy who never grew old to a boy who grew up to fast, a Nanny and a Robot….Robin Wliiams has played a variety of characters and these will help keep his legacy alive, it was shocking to hear the funny man passed away after apparently hanging himself, he also suffered from severe depression.

“But only in their dreams can men truly be free. It was always thus and always thus will be” – Robin Williams

http://mashable.com/2014/08/11/robin-williams-quotes/

May he rest in peace and may he be free from suffering.

Robin Williams made boardgames exciting in the movie Jumanji except for Monopoly ofcourse, he also showed us that Robots can have a heart, speaking of hearts he gave a touching performance in Patch Adams reminding us that laughter is the best medicine.

“You’re only given a little spark of madness. You mustn’t lose it.” – Robin Williams

True words, never be afraid to let your madness take over, this was probably his advice as a psycologist in Good Will Hunting in which he won an Oscar for best supporting Actor.

“No matter what people tell you, words and ideas can change the world.” – Robin Williams

Another inspiring role was in Dead Poet Society where he made poetry interesting and the line – “Carpe diem Seize
the day, boys. Make your lives
extraordinary.” became famous.

From Teddy Rooseveldt to a voice in Happy Feet and a blue Genie who pops out of Alladin’s magic lamp, my wish is that he is Happy in his Whole New World.

“O Captain! My Captain!”

http://edition.cnn.com/2014/08/11/showbiz/robin-williams-dead/index.html

In The Beginning…

Genesis 1: vs1-5
In the beginning God created the heavens and the earth. Now
the earth was formless and empty, darkness was over the surface of the deep, and the Spirit of God was hovering over the waters. And God said, “Let there be light,” and there was light. God saw that the light was
good, and he separated the light from the darkness. God called the light “day,” and the
darkness he called “night.” And there was evening, and there was morning—the first day.

Wednesday, August 13th 1727 saw the Holy Spirit move the people of Herrnhut beginning one of the greatest missionary movements in the Moravian history. The Moravian Church is built on strong foundations of rich history and dicipline, I am always suprised when I share the fact that I am Moravian and some people ask whats that. I feel it fitting seeing that it August and we are celebrating the day Graaf Von Zinzendorf started the Moravian Mission movement we look back and reflect at this history through a piece I found on Facebook…

Genadendal Mission Museum
THE SPIRITUAL HERITAGE OF
GENADENDAL/THE MORAVIAN
CHURCH
It is the month of August and
instinctively the great spiritual
revival that took place on the
13th August 1727 in Herrnhut,
former headquarters of the Moravian Church in Germany,
came to my mind. Moravian historians refer to this spiritual
happening/ experience as the
“Pentecost of Herrnhut”. While
many will just be joining in the
religious ritual of 13th August
out of tradition, there is.however a deep spiritual story
attached to it. As a young lad,
I was deeply touched when the
older people would tell us
about this historical turning
point in the lives of the many
Church members of this town.
This led to my own commitment
to Christ when I was still in
primary school. Herrnhut and
the neighboring town of.Bertheldorf were always on my
mind and I regarded these
towns as my spiritual Heimat.
What happened in this town of
Herrnhut and in the Church of
Bertheldorf, almost 300 years
ago. It was when the Spirit of
God ascended on the congregation. Church members
dedicated their lives anew to
the Lord Jesus Christ and the
love of God filled their hearts.
The Moravian poet, James
Montgomery wrote:
“He found them in the house
of prayer, With one accord assembled, And so revealed His presence there, They wept for joy and trembled; One cup they drank, one bread they broke,
One baptism shared, one language spoke Forgiving and forgiven.” Soon after this awakening, a system of “Hourly Intercession” was introduced. The whole day was carefully mapped out, and each Brother and each Sister took his or her turn. It is said that this have lasted without interruption for more than a hundred years and the result: Missionaries sent out and the Gospel proclaimed in many remote parts around the globe – Genadendal included.
In 1996, I had an appointment
with members of the King
Boudewijn Foundation in Brussels, Belgium. After the.meeting I thought I would spend some days traveling.around in Europe. A strong desire came up in my heart to
go the ‘extra mile’, and visit
the place which was for so
many years in my thoughts and
dreams. The next moment I
found myself in the small
charming town of Herrnhut,
near Dresden. Knowing nobody
in the town, but well acquainted with the town’s history which I read through.the years and all the photographs that I had seen, I could find my way easily around the town and to the summit of a hill called the Hutberg where 287 years ago Moravian Brethren assembled to spend nights in prayer and
supplication, singing and
weeping before God for a
mighty revival…and then on
13th August while gathering in
the Bertheldorf Church a
mighty out-pouring of God’s
Holy Spirit was experienced by
young and old. Many testified
afterwards that they did not
know whether they were on
earth or taken up in heaven.
When I was standing on the
Hutberg and gazing over the
towns of Berthelsdorf and
Herrnhut – I could feel the
presence of the Lord; and on
the wings of time I flew back in
history, saw and heard with my
inward eye and ear how the
spirit-filled congregation were
rejoicing in the Lord who had
saved their souls – unforgettable and today it is marked in my memoirs as one of the highlights of my earthly pilgrimage. I believe God can
do it again in our hearts and in
the congregations if we are
willing to allow Him to do it.
“The LORD is the portion of my
inheritance and my cup; You
support my lot.The lines are
fallen unto me in pleasant
places; yea, I have a goodly
heritage” – Ps 16:5-6

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Genadendal Mission Museum
THE SPIRITUAL HERITAGE OF
GENADENDAL
It is most interesting to read
about the daily life in the
Moravian village of Herrnhut,
Germany during the early 18th
century. Many of these Church
customs are no longer
practiced:
– If a man desired to settle in
Herrnhut, the one supreme
condition was that he earned
his bread by honest toil, and
lived a godly, righteous and
sober life.
– We do not work to live, we
live to work. They worked, on
average sixteen hours a day,
allowed only five hours for
sleep, and spent the remaining
three hours at meals and
meetings.
– There were to be no dances
whatever, no wedding
breakfasts, no drinking parties,
no funeral feasts and no bride
at Herrnhut ever carried a
bouquet.
– They forbade ghost-stories,
condemned tales about omens,
death-birds, etc.
– At five in the morning they
met in the hall, and joined in a
chorus of praise. At the dinner
hour they met again, and then,
about nine o’clock, after
supper, they sang themselves
to rest.
– The Elders selected prayerfully
in advance a number of Bible
verses and put them all
together in a box; and then,
each evening, one of the Elders
put his hand into the box and
drew the text for the
following day. Since 1731 they
had the verses for the whole
year printed.
– They practiced the ceremony
of foot-washing, as described in
the Gospel of St John
– When a Church member
departed this life, the mourners
never spoke of the person as
dead, but “the believer is gone
home”
– For difficult decisions and to
settle serious ecclesiastical
problems the they would seek
the face of the Lord in prayer
and afterwards the Lot was cast
– in many instances the Lot was
cast for a life’s partner
(husband/wife)
WOULD YOU LIKE TO STAY
TODAY IN A VILLAGE WITH
THESE RULES/CUSTOMS ?
“Remember your leaders, those
who spoke to you the word of
God. Consider the outcome of
their way of life, and imitate
their faith.” –
Hebrews 13:7 (ESV)
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It all started with a portrait of the suffering of Jesus on the Cross of Calvary ..with the inscription “I have done this for you; what have you done for me?” – We are active beings and should use our energy and talents for good.