Thursday, December 25, 2008
Wednesday, December 24, 2008
On this joyous note - have a great and merry Christmas. May Christ be close to you and may you experience His peace during these great days. May our awesome God lead you through 2009 and reveal HIS great plan for you as you journey with him in the New Year.
If you are with family .... enjoy and if you would - would you spend 30 seconds in prayer for the people of Zimbabwe and Mozambique who are currently starving.
Blessings to ya all!!
Francois & Alta Rauch
Wednesday, December 17, 2008
Keep on praying!
Monday, December 15, 2008
Hey ..... if you think this was a sad, dark blog post ........ (maybe) .... but let's cheer up. Christ is with us ..... God has a plan .......... we are alive ..... and we can make a difference.
Wednesday, December 10, 2008
- * have a thorough knowledge of the Bible and a diploma endorsed by Hebron Theological College
- * a good understanding of local ministry within their communities;
- * extensive training on leadership qualities;
- * character training;
- * ministry help with children's, women's and orphan ministry;
- * health training
- * church planting and growth
- * evangelism tools
........ and all of this in a cultural relevant method introduced by African Leaders themselves!
Below: We even brought in help from Polokwane, South Africa. Past. Johan Pieterse provided teaching with the local monitors from northern Mozambique. Self Leadership was one of the topics covered by Johan in a very practical way.
TOP: Francois explaining to local leaders and pastors the importance of ........ (looks like Assyria and Babylon) ..... Joao Benjamin standing on the left is an University of Maputo student guiding and helping the students with us.
Saturday, December 06, 2008
GENEVA (AFP) — Zimbabwe's cholera outbreak has killed 575 people with a total of 12,700 suspected cases in the poverty-wracked country, according to latest figures released by the United Nations on Friday.
The capital Harare was the worst-hit district with 179 deaths and 6,448 suspected cases as of December 4, the UN's Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs said in a statement.
"The entire health system is collapsing, there are no more doctors, no nurses, no specialists," said OCHA spokeswoman Elisabeth Byrs.
Many health workers are on strike because they have not been paid or have simply deserted hospitals and health centres as the crisis grows, she told journalists.
"As a result, we do not know the exact scale of this epidemic because the figures we have are those collected by the health centres that are still functioning, but many are not functioning any more and thus there are many cases which are unknown," Byrs said.
The World Health Organisation said it was the worst outbreak of cholera in the country since a 1992 epidemic which killed 3,000 people, and there were no signs it was slowing down.
The United Nations Children's Fund meanwhile called on donors to urgently provide funds to enable relief operations, saying that none of the nine million dollars UNICEF was appealing for in Zimbabwe had yet been provided.
- Please pray for all the peace-loving Zimbabweans. They are hungry, sick and dying.
- Help us to help Zimbabwe. We need maize at the moment to feed the hungry.
- If you are in South Africa write an urgent letter/email to your member of parliament to make them AWARE of the situation.
- If you are in South Africa - PLEASE STAND UP against this cruel situation.
- We are totally outnumbered here in the bush - we need you. Contact us if you will so we could guide you in the process.
- PLEASE - Act ..... it's not just "Africa again" - good people are dying.
Thursday, December 04, 2008
She send me the following cartoon as a memoriam. Hope you can read this. If not follow the link at http://www.thescreamonline.com/images7-1/nonsequitur.jpg
Tuesday, December 02, 2008
HIV & AIDS are having a widespread impact on many parts of African society. The points below describe some of the major effects of the AIDS epidemic. For a more detailed examination, visit our African impact page.
- In many countries of sub-Saharan Africa, AIDS is erasing decades of progress made in extending life expectancy. Millions of adults are dying from AIDS while they are still young, or in early middle age. Average life expectancy in Sub-Saharan Africa is now 47 years, when it could have been 62 without AIDS.
The effect of the AIDS epidemic on households can be very severe. Many families are losing their income earners. In other cases, income earners are forced to stay at home to care for relatives who are ill from AIDS. Many of those dying from AIDS have surviving partners who are themselves infected and in need of care. They leave behind orphans, grieving and struggling to survive without a parent's care.
In all affected countries, the HIV/AIDS epidemic is putting strain on the health sector. As the epidemic develops, the demand for care for those living with HIV rises, as does the number of health workers affected.
Schools are heavily affected by HIV/AIDS. This a major concern, because schools can play a vital role in reducing the impact of the epidemic, through education and support.
HIV/AIDS dramatically affects labour, setting back economic activity and social progress. The vast majority of people living with HIV/AIDS in Africa are between the ages of 15 and 49 - in the prime of their working lives. Employers, schools, factories and hospitals have to train other staff to replace those at the workplace who become too ill to work.
Through its impacts on the labour force, households and enterprises, HIV/AIDS can act as a significant brake on economic growth and development. HIV/AIDS is already having a major affect on Africa's economic development, and in turn, this affects Africa's ability to cope with the epidemic.
Article taken from http://www.avert.org/aafrica.htm (Please visit for more info on Aids in Africa)
Monday, December 01, 2008