Where do I begin to tell the story of how great a love can be? We as a STOP team have tasted and seen not only that the Lord is good, but that He passionately loves, and is jealous, over His widows and orphans.
I have become convinced over the years that anyone attempting to rescue and take care of these His special loved ones, His witbroodjies (favourites) has the support of heaven in terms of provision, success and blessing. And so all of us here today, can truly testify of this. I have seen that when we do our little bit like the fish and the loaves, God feeds the multitudes.
I want to honour every NGO and organisation represented here today and say: well done, true and faithful servants! The Lord is going to provide increase and to trust you with much more in this new season.
STOP in this past year has seen and witnessed amazing stuff.
– God enabled us to appoint an administrator who has brought order to our midst.
– L’Abri Manor has released this upper room to STOP, and now we have dignified offices.
– The Lord has sent us saints as volunteers this year, one of which I would like to mention: Michele-Lize and her loved ones. At our last AGM she volunteered to do a charity for us. The charity became a national celebration as she engaged with Freedom Exhibition and Marissa de Lange. They used art as an awareness tool, amazing paintings on human trafficking and God-severened spirits – Queens!
-We had the privilege of blessing the Queens of Africa at a banquet in Pretoria with resource packs on human trafficking. We encouraged them to engage with their ministers of education and get the material into the life orientation classrooms of their nations.
– The Trafficking In Persons bill was passed and signed. The challenge now is to implement the bill, and encourage the various stakeholders to strategise on the work plans for future implementation of the bill.
– We marched to Parliament, we pushed and pushed the Justice Portfolio Commitee – Steve Swart was our champion there. We did oral submissions and when the bill was passed nationally we targeted the National Council of Provinces. We were given an audience in parliament by Elsa van Heerden and her team. The Trafficking In Persons bill was placed first on the agenda and was passed in two weeks. Now the bill had to be signed by the President. I want to show you the favour of God and how He will manipulate circumstances for Hi ends. Margaret Stafford, national director for human trafficking for the Salvation Army found herself at a banquet next to Cyril Ramaphosa and his wife. In the course of the evening, Margaret gently mentioned what she is doing and that the President needs to sign the bill in order for us to start rescuing the victims. Mrs. Ramaphosa said “leave it to me”and within days the bill was signed! Praise the Lord! That was the end of July and now the fun begins. Our Task – definitely to pray, but also to gently and firmly nudge government to get their stuff in place by next July so that this legislation can come into full operation.
Almarie Gouws, our first Administrator, and I had the privilege in April this year to attend a conference for pastors at the foot of Mount Kenya. We shared on human trafficking, and supplied the pastors from surrounding nations with resource packs for their communities. One attendee approached me telling me the sad story of their neighbour’s daughter. She had been trafficked under false pretenses to Saudi Arabia – a domestic slave during the day and a sex slave at night. She returned home, mentally deranged, with a baby.
One of the most profound white stone experiences of my live played off in Kenya – God’s hidden agenda evolved as I sat chatting to intercessors before our first meeting. They had been praying for their elections in their prayer caves for months, to beseech God for a peaceful election (a thousand people died at the previous one). As they were praying, God revealed that since the MauMau time their generation was the fourth, and their children the fifth, and that the sins and curses of the fourth and fifth generation of those who hate God had ended with this election. And that the fifth generation, their children, heralded in the fifth and thousands’ generation of blessing of those who love God. As I lay in my bed that night, the Father reminded me that my mother was British, and that I was the fourth generation after the MauMau time. He led me to repent to Kenya for the atrocities done by the British during the MauMau time, and to declare that the painful past is now redeemed; even history books would be rewritten. So I went on my knees before the audience and repented on behalf of the British for what they did. One month later news headlines: “Britain repents towards Kenya for the MauMau times”. Britain has never repented towards any nation nor offered any recompense. In the case of Kenya they have done both, History is made!
In the meantime the STOP team have been doing outreaches to schools ages 4-18 using the valuable to Jesus program and the traffic proof program for high schools. Schools are open in South Africa and we take liberty without any resistance to introduce the children to Jesus as their healer and Saviour. We have also had the privilege to lead children to the Lord, and leading towards forgiveness for their tormentors. Olivia Nagan is running three programs on the Cape Flats: Bullying, Abstinence and Traffic Proof.
Two of our board members are actively involved with Safe House Stellenbosch and are doing amazing work there. They have a cell group on Wednesday evenings, many have been saved, delivered and baptised. We are also establishing save houses in Somerset West, Tzaneen and Cape Town. We just see where the gaps are , and make sure they are filled…
Carin is busy engaging with the port authorities and the Salvation Army for a safe house for men. I think the recently rescued fishermen are the first of many to come.
I had the privileged opportunity of attending a week-long workshop on human trafficking sponsored by government (Department of Social Development) and presented by Nick Dam. I learned so much, and I am proud of what is being done by Government. Social workers, safe house managers, NGO’s and volunteers were fed, trained and had great fun.
At present we are working with MICAH International, aiding them with program content, key note speakers in their planning on an All Africa Human Trafficking conference in Livingstone, Zambia in 2014. It is wonderful for STOP to partner with anti-trafficking champions and organizations in Africa to put something substantial together to traffic proof Africa. Media village, NFN, Salvation Army, Marcel van der Watt, Freedom Exhibition and Michell-Lize are all on board with us.
God is opening the doors to Africa, as Ann will also be sharing with you a little later. The doors are opening to Southern Sudan to take up training material and trainers.
There is an open door to Africa in the season – let us not miss this opportune time of God’s visitation .
I believe God wants to use South Africa to traffic proof Africa and be a rescue agent in His hands to redeem our loved ones further north.
We as a STOP team thank you for coming today, and again we avail ourselves with the little we know to be of assistance, should any one of you need us. At present we have STOP team in Stellenbosch, Polokwane, Tzaneen, Potchefstroom, East London and hopefully Durban next year. God has faithfully provided in all our needs out of His riches and Glory. Thank you for those of you here today who have graciously done events for us to raise funds. We are most grateful. I would like to pray a blessing over every person and organization here, passionately taking care and looking after the marginalised in our Nation.
To God be the Glory, honour and praise for the works that He has done.
Corinne Sandenbergh, Director STOP