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“For I cannot help but speak of what I have seen and heard!”
Acts 4:20
“Look among the nations and see; wonder and be astounded. For I am doing a work
in your days that you would not believe if told.”
Habakkuk 1:5
Pray, Pray, Pray
~ Pray for safe travel for the summer project team that is headed home on
~ Pray for safe travel for the
summer project team that is
headed home on August 5 th .
~Pray for everyone considering
STINT, next year in Durban, that
the Lord’s calling would be clear
in their hearts, whether that call is
to Durban, America, the
workplace, etc.
~Pray for our movements that
students would begin to truly
encounter, experience and express
the compelling love of Christ.
~Pray for our students and our
own hearts to be broken for the
campus.
~Pray that I would experience the
Gospel daily in new ways.
~Pray that the Lord would make it
undeniably clear to me where I
will be most effective in fulfilling
the Great Commission, and ergo
where I am called to serve Him
next year.

So many answered prayers!

August has come. The world cup has ended, Durban is no longer covered in flags and we are the only foreigners, school is back is session, our American friends are flying home, and our life has returned to normal. Yet as I think of normal, it seems so different seeing as so much has happened and our Holiday seems like it was a catalyst for change. Change not only in my life, but also in the lives of this city. I was enthralled to read two news articles lately; one covering sex-trafficking during the world cup, and the other about street children in Durban. At first glance you are probably wondering why I am so enthusiastic about these things, but if you read the articles you would see it is because both show how God’s glory reigned in this country as He answered the prayers of so many.

Upcoming Events!

Weekly Meeting

Every Friday Each Friday at we have a meeting at both campuses for students to gather together and focus on loving God and each other.

Community Groups

August 13, 2010 We are launching student led groups on both campuses dedicated not only to studying the bible, but reaching their classmates, and fellowshipping

Project leaves

August 5, 2010

It is time for our

Americans to return back to school. Pray for them to have easy, smooth, and safe trip back home.

as well

A MINISTRY UPDATE FROM ALYSSA MONDA

JULY 2010

A MINISTRY UPDATE FROM ALYSSA MONDA JULY 2010 Spain wins cup, but South Africa is real

Spain wins cup, but South Africa is real winner

With the arrival of thousands of international soccer fans, the prediction was that there would be a virtual “sexplosion” in Africa, putting millions at risk of contracting HIV and other STI’s. However these articles show sex workers’ reports of a slump in business. Most actually complaining about being left out of the World Cup bonanza. Praise the Lord! The other article was in response to someone saying that the city was hiding the masses of street children from the public and asking them to let everyone see them. However, this response was talking about the Soccer clubs, and VBS programs set up in Addington that provided these children with a place to go and have fun, instead of getting into trouble. The police reported a decrease in theft, rape, and other crimes usually committed by these children, throughout the World Cup. Why? Because someone cared enough to give them another place to go, where they could be normal children and be loved!

I was privileged enough to be a part of these programs set up in Addington by coaching a soccer team. I coached the week before our summer project, made up of 20 college students from the states, arrived. Once they arrived we set up what we called a winter project where we would go to Addington each day with those students as well as some of our UKZN students where we had times of training, putting what we learned into practice by going and talking to people on the beach about Christ, and then loving and serving the community by spending time coaching these children in Addington. Over the course of my two weeks there, I went from not knowing why I had signed up for the job to absolutely falling in love with the kids on my team. It was fun to see their hard work and passion for playing soccer, but the best part was seeing the change in their attitudes and hearts over the two- week period. When I arrived they seemed like nice kids, but they didn’t smile much and were always yelling at each other. By the time we left they had become a team that had fun and worked together. Some of my kids asked questions about the Gospel, and a few even prayed thanking Jesus for dying for their sins and forgiving them in His great love asking to know Him more.

There was one kid in particular that really grabbed a hold of my heart. His name is Maglo. He is in grade 7, and used to live in the Congo. When I met him he seemed like a child with a difficult life who was forced to become a hardened man. He is an exceptional and passionate soccer player, but he never smiled and he screamed more at his teammates than anyone I have ever seen. Every day I would leave the camp broken for Maglo. I prayed for his home life, and safety, and mostly that God would begin to remove the scabs from his calloused heart.

I prayed for his home life, and safety, and mostly that God would begin to remove
I prayed for his home life, and safety, and mostly that God would begin to remove

A MINISTRY UPDATE FROM ALYSSA MONDA

JULY 2010

He was like a new person.

UPDATE FROM ALYSSA MONDA JULY 2010 He was like a new person. I just wanted Maglo

I just wanted Maglo to find joy, if only for the few hours that he was playing the sport that he loved. During the second week Maglo did

a bicycle kick during the game. He landed on his wrist, dislocating

it, and we thought he might have fractured it. You could see the fear and pain in his eyes as we took him to the public hospital. My friend Lauren and I sat with him in the emergency room for 4 hours that day waiting for his family to arrive, and for x-rays to be

taken. We probably spoke for a total of 10 minutes the entire time, but sitting with Him was enough. I left not knowing the results, but

I told Maglo to come tell me the next day. He showed up with a

cast on his arm and a smile on his face. Who was this new boy

walking up to me? Why was he smiling, even with a cast on his arm? He had simply dislocated his wrist and nothing was broken so

I allowed him to keep playing the rest of the week. He was like a

new person. He was so happy! I even let him help me coach one day, and run drills for the team and make the line up. He was a new kid; a joyful one! He had an outburst here and there when he would yell but the transformation in his heart was so clear. I’m not sure what changed, but I know that God answered my prayers in softening his heart. I felt so blessed to see such a transformation in two weeks. This boy took my heart, and it was so difficult to say goodbye to him on the last day of camp, knowing I will probably never see him again; my heart was broken. Yet I find hope in knowing while I love Maglo, his Father in Heaven loves him so much more and I can trust God in taking care of him the rest of his life.

After the soccer camps, we did service projects in the community with the summer project students. We brought them to Ukukhanya, where we painted the front of the building, as well as the inside of some of the rooms. Students tiled in rooms and in the bathroom, and cleaned up the trash from outside. It looks so much better now, and is one step closer to being ready to have the other half opened up for more patients to live in. The students also went in and talked to patients, when they were free.

One day Julie and one of the project leaders, Austin, went in to pray with a man who was nearing death. Julie and Austin were able to share with him how much he was loved by Jesus and the forgiveness he offers as well as just pray for him. He was really sick and couldn’t really speak so nobody knows what was going on in his mind while they were there. The next day we arrived, only to find out he had passed away earlier that morning. While we do not know what he was thinking in between the time Julie and Austin left his room, and the time he passed we do know that one thing is true; God loved Him enough that day to meet him in his final hours and simply let him hear how much He loved him!

thing is true; God loved Him enough that day to meet him in his final hours
thing is true; God loved Him enough that day to meet him in his final hours

A MINISTRY UPDATE FROM ALYSSA MONDA

JULY 2010

A MINISTRY UPDATE FROM ALYSSA MONDA JULY 2010 Same old… Same old… Moving back on campus!

Same old… Same old… Moving back on campus!

It amazes me to reflect on God’s love for his people, and how He decides to work whether it is through children, life care centers, orphanages, high schools, or college campuses. No matter what the means or the venue the overwhelming presence of the Lord has been evident throughout the month of July. We returned to campus to find He was working just as much here as everywhere else in our city. We had 8 students from the summer project join us on campus. As they joined with some of our student leaders and spread out on campus telling people about the love of Christ, we saw God move in incredible ways. We had around 456 Gospel conversations and saw at least 25 students pray to receive Christ’s forgiveness, trusting Him with their lives for the first time. They spoke to many students who were already solid Christians that were praying to find a way to connect with believers on campus and express their experience of Christ to their campus. Many of these students were Indian, and a few were white.

We have been praying that the Lord would diversify our movement this term so we represent the demographics of the campus within our movement, and He is already answering that prayer in the first week! Our weekly meeting last Friday was great. We themed it “I did a 180”. Students made signs with a brief testimony of the “180” God helped them make in their life and Barrett spoke about the life of Paul; a Jewish leader who hated and murdered Christians, who turned into a man willing to let God use him radically to tell people about Christ even to his death caused by the same people he used to be part of; as they persecuted him for his faith. God showed up in huge ways this month. He changed the lives of children, he replaced the predictions of increased sex trafficking in South Africa with the truth that He would not allow that to happen, He remodeled a life care center, He caused gardens to grow in orphanages, He transformed the lives of individuals on campus, He altered the world views of the students here on project, He refined my heart, He changed my life!

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Email: Alyssa.monda@gmail.com
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Westville 3629
KwaZulu-Natal, South Africa
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