On Thursday, 23 November, the ladies from Victorious Women in Christ came together at Munch Restaurant to end off the year.
“For the Lord your God is the one who goes with you to fight for you against your enemies to give you victory,” Deuteronomy 20:4. Victorious Women in Christ has been a Christian nonprofitable organisation since August 2016, comprising most of the churches in Mkhondo.
In 1999 four women began praying for unity in Christ among the different denominations and cultures in Mkhondo, according to John 17. Ten years later, these ladies had a celebration, and from the celebration VWiC was born. 2017 was a very fruitful year for VWiC Piet Retief.
Many outreaches were done under the theme: “You were called for such a time as this,” taken from Esther 4:14. The women want to give all the thanks and glory to God for His favour, the many doors He opened for them, His protection and His guidance. The foundation of VWiC is Christ and the four pillars on which they stand: outreaches, upliftment, education and celebration.
At each outreach, the ladies share the message of hope in Christ with girls to encourage them and a medical doctor in the group educates the girls on sexually transmitted diseases. A few men also accompany the women and minister to the matric boys. Each learner is given a Bible, a bookmark and some food and sweet treats. The underprivileged girls are also helped to get matric farewell dresses.
Different churches take the lead to provide food and Bibles for the outreaches, while Premie Naidoo provides the bookmarks. Over the past eight years, the Victorious Women have ministered to about 8 500 learners. In 2017, eleven schools in and around Mkhondo were visited. During an Educational Conference in Amsterdam, a further 300 learners were ministered to.
In total 1 343 matriculants were ministered to. A total of 5 000 Bibles were also donated for the outreaches – all the Glory be to God! VWiC held their first Women’s Conference, on 4 and 5 August this year and God was glorified. Through the conference, God touched the lives of many women. 130 women joined the conference, with some coming from as far as Durban, Swaziland and Ermelo.
The Keeping Girls in School project, headed by Riana Brits and Karen Nieuwenhuizen, focussed on supplying reusable sanitary pads, called Subz, to rural girls. They also aim to create awareness of the plight of poor girls, in this regard, in the community. A very successful Fun Run was held to raise funds for the project and R12 000 was collected. A total of 167 girls were given Subz this year. VWiC also has eight bursary students who they are supporting.
Thank you to everyone who helped, prayed and supported the work financially throughout the year. Thank you to the churches in and around Mkhondo who gave their support and encouragement. It indeed made all our projects a worthy success. “Let us not become weary in doing good, for at the proper time we will reap a harvest if we do not give up,” – Galatians 6:9.