Following Jesus' example we at HBC encourage our members to be practical in their outreach. We have partnered with the Cornerstone church nearby as they preach the gospel and feed those in need both physically and spiritually. We make use of the the Challenge News paper as a tool to share the testimonies of the love of Christ. We also have a trauma teddy initiative which reaches to children who have been traumatised, usually by physical or sexual abuse.
Compassion for the community, and being moved by that compassion to minister practically in the lives of the local people, is the example Jesus set as he engaged the people where he lived and travelled.
The accounts of the miracles he performed include a number of times he fed and healed many.
Caring for people especially the widows and orphans did not stop with Jesus but was continued in the early church. Even as Paul went to Jerusalem and confirmed the gospel he was preaching the elders encouraged him to care for the widows and orphans.
These teddies are given to children who have been traumatised, usually by physical or sexual abuse.
We work with SAPS Krugersdorp, who give the teddies to the children for comfort after the abusive event/s and during counselling.
Approximately 400 children under the age of 18 are victims of abuse on the West Rand alone each year – and these are just the cases that are reported.
Please join us in reaching our goal of providing at least 200 teddies each year.
You will need a pair of needles (size 4.5 or 5 depending on your tension)
100 g of each of 3 colours (will make 3 bears if you alternate them correctly)
Cast on 15sts in colour 1
Knit 6 rows
Change to colour 2
Knit 24 rows
Cut wool with 15 cm end to sew up
Do not cut off
Make second leg the same
Knit across both legs for 24 rows
Change back to colour 1
Knit 4 rows
Change to colour 3
Knit 4 rows
Cast on 15 sts at end of next 2 rows
Knit 14 rows
Cast off 15sts at end of next 2 rows
Knit 35 rows
Cast off on wrong side
Make a second side the same as the first
Sew together, leaving the top of the head open
You do not have to sew in the ends – they form part of the stuffing
Sew on mouth and eyes with wool
Please do not use buttons or similar – only wool
Stuff and sew across top of head
Please drop completed teddies at the Church.
Horison Baptist Church started using the Challenge Newspaper under the leadership of Ps. Mike Trollip and individual members loved to distribute it in their personal capacity. Further inroads were made, and a systematic and consistent use of the paper followed under Ps. Mike’s successor, Ps. Jamey Dykman. The Jerusalem Project was birthed whereby Challenge Newspaper was distributed every second month using municipal maps of the Horison area divided into sectors, making use of volunteer members on Saturday mornings. Teams walk the streets two-by-two, dropping the paper into post boxes and handing it to residents with a friendly introduction of who we are and where our church is situated. Invites to special events, Holiday Bible Club and series of meetings now serve as inserts and piggy-back on the Challenge Newspaper into the homes of needy souls. Currently the church uses 2 000 copies every second month.
We have seen responses to these efforts in attendance of Holiday Bible Club and individuals phoning the church to acquire more info. A lonely Christian lady responded to the Christmas service invitation via the newspaper and after attending for the first time at the end of December 2018, became a faithful visitor. This caused her to find a loving church family and spiritual home.
If you would like to partner or participate with us in distributing the Challenge Newspaper in our community or further afield please feel free to connect with us here.