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Bishop Suffragan Diane Bruce and the Rev. Tom Callard, who helped organize the Instituto de Liderazgo, a Spanish-language institute that empowers students for ministry locally, during a Diocese of Los Angeles Convention. Photo: Janet Kawamoto[Episcopal News Service] Without a local formation program like Waiolaihui’ia in the Episcopal Diocese of Hawai’i, potential priests like Malcolm Kealanu Hee could likely never see ordination.Hee, 50, juggles two teaching positions with busy family and other responsibilities. But every other month, he spends an intense 72-hour weekend at a local retreat center, learning the academics and practicalities of ordained church leadership.“Local formation is important for Hawai’i because we need to raise up our own priests,” Hee wrote in an e-mail to ENS.“Currently, there is only one priest of Hawaiian descent. All the other priests have been transplants; many return to their homes, eventually leaving Hawai’i. Raising up our own priests will increase the likelihood of them staying here.”Similarly, in the Diocese of Los Angeles, Carlos Ruvalcaba, 42, says the Spanish language Instituto de Liderazgo, which trains laity, propelled him to local lay leadership and now, onward to discernment for ordination.“The Instituto is very important for our diocese and for the church as a whole, because we serve one of the largest Hispano/Latino populations countrywide, and we have so many people with a huge desire to serve God and their neighbors,” he said. “But, we are a community that needs to be educated and prepared to understand the structure, government, history, beliefs and life of the Episcopal Church.“It’s important that we continue supporting programs like this, since our actual systems fail to identify potential church leaders from poor and immigrant communities,” added Ruvalcaba, who was born in Guadalajara, Mexico.Like Los Angeles and Hawai’i, dioceses across the church are increasingly offering alternative programs to overcome the career, family, financial and cultural challenges inherent in more traditional formation of lay and ordained leaders.Hawai’i: a case of local formationOne such alternative is local formation, according to the Rev. Canon Liz Beasley, who is canon to the ordinary in Hawai’i. The diocese launched Waiolaihui’ia in January with three students and another person auditing part of the coursework, she said.Waiolaihui’ia means “the gathering of waters,” according to Hee, who teaches preschoolers with disabilities and also instructs university students preparing for teaching careers.“We chose this because we come from all over the state and together we are intermingling and learning. Water or “wai” is important in our culture as it sustains the taro that we grow. Water is also important in our church as an important part of the baptismal covenant. That’s how we came up with our name.”The curriculum comes from the Iona Initiative, which is based on the Iona School for bivocational priests and deacons in the Diocese of Texas. The three-year local training program for priests and deacons is currently in use in eight rural and remote dioceses, including: Wyoming, Oklahoma, Arkansas, West Texas, Northwest Texas, Northeast Texas and Mississippi, in conjunction with the Episcopal Seminary of the Southwest.“People in the program already have significant jobs and families they’ve raised and they don’t have the capability to go to seminary for three years,” Beasley said during a telephone interview. “It also doesn’t make sense for someone to spend the money to go to seminary and come back and have maybe a part-time job. That doesn’t seem financially responsible,” she added.Although the current students are all native Hawaiian and their “experience and cultures do come into the discussion and the learning” the curriculum is adaptable to any group, she said. Diocesan clergy are trained to serve as teachers and mentors; students live in community during the intensive weekend sessions. Some coursework is available on videotaped and power-point presentations and students complete substantial amounts of homework in-between sessions, she added.The cost is about $2,000 per year for students with the diocese absorbing other costs for the three-year program. It aims to prepare second-career priests for local ordination but is not a replacement for the traditional path to seminary; the diocese still sends recent college graduates to residential seminaries, she said.“We’re really excited about this,” Beasley said. “We want priests who know what it means to live in Hawai’i and are committed to being here. This is a long-range view, we figure if we’re raising up people who already call this their home, they’re more likely to stay.”The Bishops’ Native Collaborative—local formation regionallyFor the Rt. Rev. Carol Gallagher, an assisting bishop in North Dakota, another possibility is making local formation available on a larger regional scale, especially within cultural contexts.A member of the Cherokee Nation, she has been serving in Alaska recently, and crafting the Bishops Native Collaborative, (BNC) a consortium established by the bishops of Alaska, North Dakota, South Dakota and Navajoland, to provide training for lay and ordained leaders by sharing resources for theological education.Most of the dioceses have offered local training separately; this is the first attempt to do so collaboratively, she said.“It has been a struggle to raise up native leaders and part of that is not only the cost, as it is for everybody, but the radical removal from their traditional learning methodology,” Gallagher said.The BNC hopes to find “ways to do that locally but also to share our resources through technology, so that folks in Alaska can be learning alongside folks in Navajoland, even though they might be using different languages to talk about common issues,” she said during a telephone interview.Generally speaking, “Native people—and I don’t like to use universals because we’re very different, tribe to tribe, but in terms of educational processes—it’s really important to have a cohort group to be working with,” Gallagher said.“One of the challenges of going to one of our denominational seminaries often is, there’s no one there who speaks your language or understands your experience.”Additionally, church processes, such as commissions on ministry, may also tend to deter Native Americans, who rely on more communal support and feel isolated, she said.The BNC as currently envisioned would include local mentors and teachers and would present coursework via teleconferencing and other educational materials. Students could gather every month or six weeks for intensive sessions. Gallagher hopes to launch it next year.South Dakota Bishop John Tarrant said the diocese has historically trained clergy locally through the Niobrara School for Ministry but is hoping to perhaps reinvent that training via the BNC.It is also a pragmatic way of stretching limited resources as “our goal is to make it extraordinarily affordable,” Gallagher added.All of which is welcome news for Marla Liggett, 59, of Winner, South Dakota, who “keeps plugging away and hopes to be ordained eventually.”The challenges she faces exemplify those of many second-career potential clergy. She is the full-time treasurer for both Tripp and Todd counties and her family life—including grandchildren and daily visits to a local nursing home to check on her ailing 93-year-old mother—occupy much of her time.She is studying both the Old and New Testaments via an online Yale University course and meets with a local mentor on Wednesdays. On weekends, she assists at the altar at Trinity Church in Winner with the Rev. Stan Woolley.Liggett, who is part-Lakota, hopes to acquire an audio version of the Yale coursework, to listen to while driving. She is nonetheless excited about the opportunities created by the local training “to do something really new. I just did a sermon about the bent over woman and how we are kind of like that now,” she said. “Before, you just didn’t see a lot of women in the priesthood.”Engaging mission and making disciples in Los AngelesLos Angeles Suffragan Bishop Diane Bruce, who has taught classes at the diocesan Spanish language Instituto de Liderazgo, said the program works because “congregations are being strengthened by it.”With about 30 congregations engaging Hispanic ministry, the diocese benefits from the three-year program, which empowers students for ministry, in both church and community, she said.“We have lay leaders who know what’s going on and what needs to happen,” Bruce said. “Clergy are getting assistance. They are also talking about having members of the congregation go out and work in other congregations while they’re going through the Instituto to get exposed to different ways of doing church.”That’s exactly what happened for Carlos Ruvalcaba, and more. A parishioner at St. Mark’s Church in Van Nuys, California, in his third year of Instituto studies and planning to begin formal discernment for ordination in the fall.“I’ve learned a lot about my church, about the basics for almost every ministry you can get involved in, in your congregation, but the most important thing is, I’ve had the opportunity to discern some deeper questions, like is God calling me? What is he looking for me to do? What can I offer to the service of God?” Ruvalcaba said.He and others, like the Rev. Eric Law, founder and executive director of the Kaleidoscope Institute, say that current formal church structures may unintentionally deter people of color and culturally sensitive training is helpful for formation. The Kaleidoscope Institute is a Los Angeles-based consulting firm whose mission is to create inclusive and sustainable churches and communities.“Most leadership training materials in the Episcopal Church and in churches in general, come from a European and in our case English-speaking foundation. There’s nothing wrong with that, except it doesn’t work in places that are multicultural or non-European-based,” Law said.For example, a European context assumes that participants in class discussions “who have something to say” will automatically volunteer their opinions. But, in many non-European cultures, “people were trained not to speak as an individual but to speak on behalf of the community and are therefore reluctant to offer their individual thoughts right away,” according to Law. “Very often, they (non-Europeans) end up not speaking and were perceived that they didn’t want to participate,” he said.The Instituto currently has about 50 students enrolled in classes, which meet once a month on Saturdays at various locations across the diocese. Costs are kept at about $100 per student per semester, for basic expenses, according to the Rev. Roberto Martinez, vicar of La Iglesia Magdalena in Glendale, California, an Instituto co-director. Local clergy and educators serve as teachers and mentors. The classes are taught in Spanish.Subjects offered range from liturgy and preaching to church history, pastoral care, evangelism and Christian education, Martinez said. “The idea is the lay leader goes back to his congregation and is empowered to work with the priest to develop the congregation.”The Rev. Vincent Schwahn, rector of St. Mark’s, Van Nuys and a co-director of the Instituto, said sheer demographics make the Instituto an important and necessary undertaking not just for the L.A. diocese, but for the entire church … “because what we’re about in our essence is doing mission and creating disciples.“Los Angeles, is the second largest Mexican city in the world, after Mexico City, and that doesn’t even include the rest of the Latino population here,” says Schwahn.“Many of our neighborhoods are between 70 and 90 percent Hispanic,” he added. “We’re trying to adapt to our surroundings instead of ignoring immigration as a real fact of life in our neighborhoods and parishes. We have a responsibility to reach out to the community because that’s where our buildings are. Otherwise our buildings should be somewhere else.”He added that: “It’s such an exciting project it’s so wonderful to see people’s lives being changed and transformed and people getting excited about being members of their community; the Instituto has that kind of vision.”— The Rev. Pat McCaughan is a correspondent for the Episcopal News Service. She is based in Los Angeles. Rector Washington, DC Rector Belleville, IL Seminary of the Southwest announces appointment of two new full time faculty members Seminary of the Southwest Comments (1) AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to PrintFriendlyPrintFriendlyShare to FacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterShare to EmailEmailShare to MoreAddThis ‘Doing mission and creating disciples’ Dioceses empower local leaders in cultural contexts Cathedral Dean Boise, ID Featured Events September 11, 2013 at 2:30 pm Great story…………good to see locals becoming involved in the church leadership…..God bless! 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What started as a musical tribute concert has become so much more, as members of Lotus, RAQ, Particle, Digital Tape Machine and more will join forces for an all-star performance dedicated to the late great Prince. Going as “Supernatural Beings,” the group had previously announced a performance featuring the music of Michael Jackson, James Brown & Prince. Now, that tribute will take on a new role in the wake of Prince’s passing.The group features Marcus Rezak (Digital Tape Machine), Todd Stoops (RAQ), Mike Greenfield (Lotus), Clay Parnell (Particle), Emily Nichols (Woo Park), Marty Gierczyk (Chicago Funk Mafia), and Christian Rogala (Fluid Minds). With support from SPREAD, this should be one great night of music.It all goes down Thursday, April 28th, at the Emporium Arcade Bar in Chicago, IL. For more information, head here.
Harold D. “Sonny” Russell 77, of Moores Hill passed away Monday June 11, 2018 at Harbourt Terrace in Indianapolis. Harold was born Friday January 31, 1941, the son of Lawrence and Mildred (Young) Russell. He was a farmer and worked at the Aurora Utilities. He enjoyed farming, listening to music at Little Nashville and spending time with his family.Harold is survived by son: David Russell of Moores Hill; daughter: Kimberly Russell of Indianapolis; brother: Joe Russell of Aurora; 1 Granddaughter: Sara Russell. He was preceded in death by his parents and the mother of his children, Betty (Giblin) Russell.Funeral services will be held at 11 a.m. Saturday June 16, 2018 at Sibbett-Moore Funeral Home with Pastor Charlie Miller officiating. Burial will follow in Forest Hill Cemetery, in Moores Hill. Visitation will be 9-11 a.m. Saturday also at the funeral home. Memorials may be given to the South Sparta Community Church or Moores Hill United Methodist Church. Sibbett-Moore Funeral Home of Moores Hill is entrusted with arrangements; 16717 Manchester St. Box 156 Moores Hill, IN 47032. (812)744-3280. Go to www.sibbettmoore.com to leave an online condolence message for the family.
The 51-year-old met the sportswear magnate with managing director Derek Llambias on Wednesday to review a desperately disappointing season and discuss the way forward, but Press Association Sport understands that Pardew’s position as manager was never on the agenda amid fevered speculation that he could lose his job. That said, Pardew will be expected to improve significantly on last season’s 16th-place finish if he is to justify the faith placed in him when he was handed an eight-year contract in September last year, and Llambias said: “Everyone connected with the club was disappointed to finish where we did last season, particularly on the back of such a fantastic year prior to that.” He added: “Our discussions on Wednesday were very constructive and we pinpointed a number of factors that contributed to a season which fell below expectations. “We are now looking forward and are entirely focused on the forthcoming campaign, with the expectation of at least a top-10 finish in the Premier League. There has been a great deal of speculation in recent weeks but our desire, as we announced back in September, is to bring long-term stability to this club. “It’s up to us all now to work closely as a team to ensure next season sees us competing in the top half of the table again. “We would all like to thank the fans for their continued support and assure them we remain committed to providing affordable football at St James’ Park.” Llambias’ comments may not satisfy Pardew’s critics, who grew in both number and volume as Newcastle found themselves plunged into a fight for top-flight survival. However, the indications have been all along that his job was not under threat after a series of factors, many of them out of his control, contributed to a dreadful campaign. There is an acceptance by all parties that the squad with which the club went into battle at the start of the season was inadequate for purpose with the demands of the Europa League – something with which they will not have to contend this time around – and injuries cruelly exposing its lack of depth. It will be depleted further at the end of the next month when veteran keeper Steve Harper and full-back Danny Simpson leave the club when their contracts expire, and while Pardew is desperate to retain the services of skipper Fabricio Coloccini, his continued presence is by no means certain four months after he asked to be allowed to return to his native Argentina for personal reasons. Newcastle boss Alan Pardew has been handed the task of dragging the club back into the top half of the Barclays Premier League after holding talks with owner Mike Ashley. Press Association
PIG AND COW BRACKET LEADERBOARD AFTER WEEK #1 Daniel Floyd47FloridaLouisvilleMichigan St.Oklahoma Close Forgot password? Please put in your email: Send me my password! Close message Login This blog post All blog posts Subscribe to this blog post’s comments through… RSS Feed Subscribe via email Subscribe Subscribe to this blog’s comments through… RSS Feed Subscribe via email Subscribe Follow the discussion Comments Logging you in… Close Login to IntenseDebate Or create an account Username or Email: Password: Forgot login? Cancel Login Close WordPress.com Username or Email: Password: Lost your password? Cancel Login Dashboard | Edit profile | Logout Logged in as Admin Options Disable comments for this page Save Settings You are about to flag this comment as being inappropriate. Please explain why you are flagging this comment in the text box below and submit your report. The blog admin will be notified. Thank you for your input. There are no comments posted yet. Be the first one! 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Champ.FinalistSemifinalistSemifinalist 3 Final Fours371126 Week 1 leaders (after two rounds) – 3 of 4 Final 4s & Finalists still playingÂ Mark Bales46FloridaArizonaLouisvilleMichigan St. Week 1 leaders (after two rounds) – All four Final 4 picks still playing Tim Hay46LouisvilleFloridaArizonaMichigan St. Irene Monson49FloridaLouisvilleIowa St.Wisconsin Tiffin Meyer48Mich. StateArizonaFloridaLouisville by Tracy McCue, Sumner Newscow â€” The Pig Shack Barbecue- Sumner Newscow â€œPig and Cowâ€ Bracket contest has finally been tallied for week one and after two rounds played last weekend, Irene Monson is the current leader for the $200.But as we all know the brackets can be turned on a dime.Of the 90 brackets submitted, Monson had 49 points, having missed seven of the 32 games in the round of 64. She then had four wrong in the round of 32.Currently, she has all four of her Final 4 picks still playing with Florida as her national champion (see Pig and Cow leaderboard below).Â We tallied these a bit differently. We divided the brackets in a pile of three. We placed all the people with all four Final Fours still playing in one pile, those who have three right in a second pile, and those with two or less in a third pile.Although, nobody has that one outstanding bracket, this yearâ€™s brackets arenâ€™t completely awful as in years past. Perhaps, thatâ€™s because the No. 1 seeds, except Wichita State (grrrâ€¦), is still playing.Some trends weâ€™ve seen.â€¢Nobody picked Mercer to beat Duke.â€¢Eleven brackets were knocked out of the pile of four when Wichita State went down to defeat.â€¢Keep your eyes on brackets made by Cooper Norris and Nick Norris. They are near the top of the leaderboard, and they also have different National Champions and finalists than the others. Cooperâ€™s pick of Kentucky is looking like a very wise choice at the moment. Iâ€™m convinced the Shockers didnâ€™t just lose a Round of 32 game, but may have lost the National Championship game on Sunday.â€¢The trendy Pig and Cow upset pick was BYU getting to the Sweet 16. A lot of people were in love with Oklahoma State and that Marcus Smart guy who loses his temper a lot.â€¢I thought overall the brackets were smartly played. A lot of entries had WSU going out in the Sweet 16 or Elite Eight which is where I would have had them had I filled a bracket out. My thinking was, WSU would have pulled off an incredible win against Louisville and then get upset by Michigan.â€¢A lot more people had Harvard beating Cincinnati in the first round than what I would have expected.â€¢Chances are next weekâ€™s leaderboard â€” which I hopefully will tally much more quickly â€” will be completely different.Ok, keep watching the tourney and get some ribs at the Pig Shack while youâ€™re watching. 2 or less Final Fours281711 EntryNo. of pointsNat. Champ.FinalistSemifinalistWrong Total902862 Cooper Norris47KentuckyFloridaWisconsinMichigan St. EntriesNo Nat. ChampNat. Champ Roy Kabureck46VirginiaArizonaFloridaWich. State Cade Phelps45FloridaLouisvilleArizonaMichigan St. Axl Norris45FloridaArizonaVirginiaWich. State Seth Henton46FloridaMichiganSan Diego St.Michigan St. All Final Fours25025 Nick Norris46Mich. StateLouisviilleArizonaFlorida
CLICK HERE if you are having a problem viewing the photos on a mobile deviceSAN FRANCISCO — Johnny Cueto looked like himself.And that’s all the San Francisco Giants could hope for on Tuesday night.Cueto needed 69 pitches to throw five shutout innings of one-hit ball against the Pittsburgh Pirates in an outstanding 2019 season debut that keyed a 5-4 Giants win. “I know it was a great outing and I just hope that there’s many more to come,” Cueto said through Spanish-language …
In 1923 wealthy socialite Frida Hartley left London for Johannesburg to open a shelter for destitute women, a solid one-storey brick building in Bellevue. Today that building is still a refuge for the penniless and abandoned, while its sister Bethany Home helps victims of abuse.The Frida Hartley Shelter in Bellevue is a place where women can make a new beginning. (Image: Frida Hartley Shelter, Facebook)Lucille DavieIn 1923 wealthy socialite Frida Hartley gave up her comfortable life in London and headed to Johannesburg, where she opened a shelter for destitute women, a solid one-storey brick building in Bellevue.Ninety years later the Frida Hartley Shelter is still solid, standing in a quiet, jacaranda-lined street of modest houses and small blocks of flats. And its doors are still open to penniless and abandoned women, some of them pregnant, and their children.The home is specifically for destitute and homeless women; abused women and their children are taken in by its sister shelter, Bethany Home in nearby Bertrams.“She wanted to make a difference to women in Africa,” says Bridget Edwards, the manager of both shelters.“These are women abused in a different way,” says Edwards. “They are often just homeless, for circumstantial reasons.”The shelter can house up to 27 women and children, but currently has 12 women and 13 children. They are allowed to stay for up to six months, during which time they are expected to find jobs and alternative accommodation. Often, with Edwards’s intervention, they reunite with their families.They are also given transport money to help them look for jobs, as well as advice on compiling a CV and doing well in job interviews.As with many non-profit organisations, funding is always a problem. Edwards says they rely entirely on the private sector, getting generous donations from corporates and trusts, churches, Rotary, the Freemasons, and “wonderful Johannesburg individuals and families”.“I love Johannesburg. The people are the most amazing, generous people.”Love and prayerEdwards, a slim and sprightly 59-year-old, says two things make both shelters work: love, and prayer. The women often come from abusive homes, where there is no structure to their lives, and as a result have no self-esteem. “No one has ever told her she is loved.”They get plenty of love from the shelter staff, with affectionate names like “my baby”, “sweetheart” and “my darling” flowing naturally from Edwards. “With enough love, enough encouragement … love conquers all,” she says. And that love keeps her going too. “I absolutely love it to see the end product. To see them fly, is just most rewarding.”That “end product” is women who have new skills and jobs, some of them in their own businesses. One now has a stall at a local market, others are seamstresses, another has her own hairdressing salon, and one has her own upholstery business. Others are housekeepers and security managers. Edwards’s biggest success stories include two who are studying – one electrical engineering, and the other financial management at the University of Johannesburg.Sometimes, before women can begin to rebuild their lives they have to get the basics, such an ID book. This can take Edwards up to two years to obtain. Now she only takes in women who already have IDs. Others have to be taught to read and write. Then companies come to the party, sponsoring the women and teaching them a skill. “The women are amazingly stoic, beautiful people.”The children are put into private schools, as public schools are usually full.Bethany HomeEdwards spends most of her time at the larger Bethany Home for abused women, which can accommodate up to 54 women and their children, but currently has 26 women, and 25 children. There, she says, she experiences “so many miracles on a daily basis”.She recounts a time when the staff lost the keys to the craft cupboards. After searching fruitlessly they prayed in a circle, and shortly afterwards the keys were found. Another time, she says, she had a sick child but could not get hold of the doctor. Fifteen minutes after praying the phone rang – with the doctor on the other end. “God is so great,” she says. “Thousands and thousands of miracles happen. We pray for funding and it happens.”Edwards does intensive counselling with the women and children at Bethany Home, to help them recover from abuse. She says her job is hectic, full of “real highs, and real lows. It is the most incredible work.” Abuse and violence against women is on the increase, she believes. “The family value system has broken down.” Sometimes, when women fall pregnant their male partners throw them out.She tells of a 22-year-old whose boyfriend, when she fell pregnant, abandoned her to go overseas. Her mother was dead, and she had fallen out with the rest of her family. After Edwards’s intervention she now lives with her aunt, who will support her when she has the baby.Edwards has been working at the Frida Hartley Shelter for eight years, and at Bethany Home, which opened in 1989, since 1999. Before that she ran a preschool, and then did private counselling from home.“The wounds heal,” she says of the abused women who come to Bethany. “Once the emotional healing is accomplished, we give them training, and help to find them jobs and a place to stay.” According to Edwards it takes 12 to 14 months to rehabilitate the women.Bethany Home is clearly a place of healing, bustling with positive energy. Two women are in the sewing room making quality picnic blankets and aprons. A craft room produces jewellery. An upstairs balcony is now a hairdressing salon. Other women cook and sell their food to companies in the area. Others sell disposable nappies, or hairpieces.“Our craft is becoming well known in the community, and we have been invited to sell to many organisations, churches and schools over the past year,” says Edwards.“It’s a humming business,” she adds. It’s also a happy place, where women smile and laugh a lot.Success storiesOne of her success stories is 36-year-old Izzy Moabi. Escaping an abusive relationship several years ago, she came to Bethany with her child and stayed for a year. “I received healing before I started afresh,” she says.Moabi has worked as a house mother at the Frida Hartley Shelter since 2009. “I love working here. There was a time when I was destitute. That prepared me to understand what it was like to be destitute.”She had a job but couldn’t find a place to stay, and her life just spiralled downward. But in six months she recovered. “I managed to forgive myself, him and everybody,” she says. “We blame ourselves, and say to ourselves: ‘I did something wrong, I should have respected him more’. We look for excuses for them and say, ‘I deserve it, I was not behaving properly.’”Moabi says the hardest part of her job is when residents don’t keep to the rules of the house, and in dealing with women who are in denial. But the best part is “when people who are emotional and free to talk to us and have faith and hope to go out and make it again, and get back on their feet”.Another former resident, who declines to be named, is now working as an administrator and part-time nail technician at a beauty salon. In the Bethany Home pamphlet she writes: “Thank you for the person that I’ve become, I learn to depend on myself and not let anyone bring me down.” She spent a year at Bethany Shelter, then got a waitressing job and soon moved on to store manager, before working in beauty salons. “I’m going strong and nothing is going to clip my wings and it’s all thanks to Bethany.”In 2013, 23 women have been rehabilitated at Bethany, and with jobs and homes can now fend for themselves and their children. One is a receptionist, three have done a hospitality course, another is an administrator, two are cleaners, one is a bookkeeper for a doctor, another a preschool teacher and another a cook at the preschool. Two more are working at an upholstery factory, learning the craft.Edwards says former residents often call by to say hello, and one calls her at least twice a week to chat.She’ll stay in her job, she says, until she drops. Or “until the passion goes”.“This job requires a lot of energy, and passion from God,” she says. “It takes an incredible amount of compassion and understanding. The biggest thing is unconditional love, a lot of patience and a love for people.”She does have disappointments, but when they happen, she “gives them to God”, and moves on. She says there is no room for baggage, because the women she sees have plenty of baggage which needs to be unpacked.Would you like to use this article in your publication or on your website? See Using Brand South Africa material.
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The 2006 National Touch League (NTL) The 2006 NTL, taking place in March 2006, is being used as part of the selection process for the 2007 World Cup to be held in January 2007 in Stellenbosch, South Africa. This means that for the selection of senior teams to attend the 2007 World Cup in South Africa, there will be differences in several of the age categories for the 2006 NTL. The differences need to be there as the World Cup is being held in 2007, a different year to the 2006 NTL obviously. With all previous World Cups, the NTL and World Cup have been held in the same calendar year and the problem with age requirements has not arisen. This is not the case for the 2006 NTL and January 2007 World Cup. Please note that age requirements will return to normal for the 2007 NTL and continue to remain so, unless a special requirement arises such as International selection. The age requirements for the 2006 NTL are as follows: Men’s 20 Years and Under: Born 1986 or after Women’s 20 Years and Under: Born 1986 or after Men’s 30 Years and Over: Born on or before 1976 Women’s 30 Years and Over: Born on or before 1976 Men’s 35 Years and Over: Born on or before 1971 Women’s 35 Years and Over: Born on or before 1970 Men’s 40 Years and Over: Born on or before 1966 Women’s 40 Years and Over: Born on or before 1965 Men’s 45 Years and Over: Born on or before 1960 Men’s 50 Years and Over: Born on or before 1955 If you have any enquiries please contact NTL Tournament Director Jon Pratt on (02) 6285 2703