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CEO’s Desk – Unswerving Hope
August 1, 2016

VCT News Letter

You Pack Vastfontein’s Parachute

Air Commodore Vishal was a jet pilot. In a combat mission his fighter plane was destroyed by a missile. He however ejected himself and parachuted safely. He won acclaims and appreciations from many. After five years one day he was sitting with his wife in a restaurant. A man from another table came to him and said, “You are Captain Vishal! You flew jet fighters. You were shot down!” “How in the world did you know that?” asked Vishal. “I packed your parachute,” the man replied smiling. Vishal gasped in surprise and gratitude and thought if the parachute hadn’t worked, I wouldn’t be here today. Vishal couldn’t sleep that night, thinking about that man. He wondered “how many times I might have seen him and not even said “good morning, how are you?” or anything because I was a fighter pilot and he was only a safety worker.” So I was thinking, who is packing Vastfontein’s parachute? And I realised many of you are that! You provide what we need to make it through the day!

 

We need many kinds of parachutes when our plane gets shot down:

We need a physical parachute, a mental parachute, emotional parachute, intellectual parachute, spiritual parachute and a financial parachute. We call on all these supports before reaching safety. Sometimes in the daily challenges that live gives us, we miss what is really important. We fail to acknowledge you, to thank you, to congratulate you or compliment you. Thank you for packing our parachutes in 2016 and for continually being there when we need support. May God bless you and continue using you in the life of Vastfontein and others.

A New School year

During the first week of school I was saddened hearing on the news that there were still 60 000 Children who had to be enrolled in a school. And at our school we experienced the rows and rows of parents desperately wanting to find a place for their children. We helped as many as we could, stretching beyond our agreed target of only 20 learners per class. Most of them can’t afford to pay any or only a small amount of school fees. The total school fees paid by parents per month amounts to R36 000 which leaves us with a deficit of +- R300 000 per month to pay salaries, administer and maintain the school. Some of the children we enrolled do not have food at home and applied for food parcels. Many of them were assisted with clothes from our second-hand clothes store and stationary from our stock room. If you would like to sponsor or contribute towards a child’s education: Load the snapscan app on your phone and scan our QR code below , type in the amount you would like to contribute and the payment is made.
 
 

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