Partner: Amazing Graces - South Africa
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Hanneke studied Communication, and specialized in Intercultural and Political Communication at the University of South Africa. Her career includes: PRO for the Botanical Research Institute; Safari-guide in Botswana; Freelance travel writer; Lecturer; Democracy Educator; Speech writer for mayors; and running a tour operator company called Traces of Africa for 10 years, focusing on cultural tourism in South Africa.
All this was good preparation for God’s calling to intervene in the sorry state of millions of South Africans who perish for lack of knowledge and exposure to Biblical principles. Amazing Graces Social Investments was born some 6 years ago to address this crucial need. Amazing Graces has a lovely group of volunteers who help to bring the message out. The co-directors of Amazing Graces are pastor Patrick Mengoai and Annamarie van der Merwe.
Hanneke has three grown children (of whom one preceded us to be with Jesus in 2015), and she now devotes her life to advance the Kingdom of God in South Africa.
ABOUT AMAZING GRACES
Left: Participants complete a practical exercise of the Crown Money Map at the May Financial Training in Centurion, South Africa.
Right: Participants came from many remote areas, some traveling more than 3 hours each way to our April Financial Training.
Left: One of the presenters, Maq, explaining Crown Money Map principles during our Training Camp in Mthatha, Eastern Cape in Nov 2018.
Below: Hanneke and Patrick teach the Financial Seminar
Amazing Graces Social investments is a Christian non-profit organization, based in Centurion, Pretoria, South Africa. We aim to change the hearts and minds of young South Africans from disadvantaged areas all over the country, by equipping them with a solid moral foundation and relevant life-skills.
We train selected candidates during trainings camps, workshops, seminars and outreaches, after which they go back to their respective communities to implement what they have gained. The model we encourage is Youth Groups with teenagers from their neighborhoods.
We have a uniquely designed Biblically-based curriculum, addressing the peculiar issues of our society, which consist of 5 subjects, offered on three levels. The subjects are:
- Life-lessons- Biblical foundations on 1. Me and God 2. Me and others 3. Me and my community
- Citizenship - Democracy Education; Spiritual Leadership
- Literacy - Reading Clubs; Writing skills; Media studies
- Finances - Personal financial management (with our partner Crown Financial Ministries); the Economy; Entrepreneurship.
- Food Security and Family Wellness - with our partner Foundations for Farming.
Over the past years we have seen many team leaders equipped and active; many youth groups established, and by the grace of God, many hearts changed towards Christ.
We hope that we will be granted the grace to turn the destiny of South Africa, by reclaiming the territory the enemy has stolen from the youth of South Africa.