Newsletter - January - February Edition 2024

February 27, 2024

Mabopane Foundation Newsletter

January - February 2024

IN THIS NEWSLETTER

Gathering Together

Bring a small group together to meet at the Gathering Place!

Blessings Unveiled

A look back on God’s faithfulness over the past 25 years at the Ya Bana Village.

Upcoming Online Auction

Mark your calendars for our upcoming auction and consider donating!

Unconditional Love

Reflecting on God’s unconditional love for us and how that drives us to serve Him.

Gathering Together

In December we opened the Gathering Place for shopping and now we are offering it to be used by small groups to meet together. This beautiful space can be reserved by companies, clubs, Bible studies, families and friends to host small get-togethers. The space can accommodate groups of up to 12 people and is free to use! During your meeting time, you will get a chance to hear about the foundation, tour the Mabopane Marketplace, and shop from the items in the Gathering Place.

We have had several groups meet out in this beautiful space to eat & fellowship, and your group can come do the same! Contact Becky at 919-818-3804 or becky.young@mabopanekids.org to reserve a time for your group at the Gathering Place.

The Gathering Place made possible, with love, by Wayne Abbott and the Becky Hatcher family.

Blessings Unveiled: Celebrating 25 Years of God's Faithfulness

Many people kick the year off by reflecting on the previous year and making resolutions for the new one. At the Mabopane Foundation, we wanted to take some time to reflect on all that God has done over the past 25+ years and praise Him for how He has worked to build this village for His glory.

In 1998, Becky Young (founder of the Mabopane Foundation) visited Mabopane, South Africa for the first time on a mission’s trip. While there, she saw poverty unlike anything she had ever seen, and she was overwhelmed with compassion for the children that were malnourished, abused, and homeless. She felt God prompting her to act, so when she got home, she started hosting yard sales to raise money for the children in Mabopane to be able to attend school. Friends, family and neighbors found out about what she was doing, and God moved them to contribute and assist with the yard sales.

After working with local shelters in Mabopane for several years, Becky returned to Mabopane and felt God compelling her to do even more for the children living there. With help from several generous donors, a small piece of property was purchased in Mabopane. Becky partnered with several other individuals in South Africa (Carina and Hennie Goosen) and God provided wisdom and instruction on how to use the property to love and care for the abused and orphaned children of Mabopane. A plan for the property was drawn up to include cluster homes to each host 6-8 children with a house mother to care for them so that the children could experience a stable home environment with a family-like structure.

Becky returned home and continued fundraising so that construction could begin on the first of the cluster homes. From there, the foundation grew as God prompted more and more people to get involved. Currently, the village boasts eight cluster homes hosting over fifty children, an early learning center that is open to children in the community, and a youth living center to allow the children to further their education or learn a trade before living on their own. Most importantly, many children have come to a saving faith in Jesus Christ – just this past year over 30 children from the village and surrounding community put their faith in Jesus. Praise God for His faithfulness over these past 25 years and for how He has worked in the lives of these children and this community. Please pray that God would continue to bless this village and that He would work powerfully in this community in the years to come.

Upcoming Online Auction

Mark your calendars and clear your schedule because our online auction is just around the corner. Join us online from May 17th – 25th for an unforgettable week of bidding & winning!

Date: May 17th-25th

Location: Your favorite device! Join us online for a seamless and exciting auction experience.

What to Expect: Something for everyone – we will have a huge range of items including certificates for services, restaurant gift cards, jewelry, gift baskets, experiences, and vacation rentals.

Stay tuned for more details and sneak peeks of featured items. We will post more information about the event on our website, social media, and in our next newsletter. Save the date, spread the word, and get ready for the thrill of the auction!

Have questions? You can reach out to Sarah Hall at Sarah@mabopanekids.org for more information or if you are interested in helping with this auction

Auction Donations

Please consider donating to our upcoming online auction! We are looking for new, high-end items, gift certificates for restaurants/services/stores/experiences, and rental home donations. All item donors will be featured on our website, social medial and online auction platform. Most importantly, 100% of the money made at this auction will be used to sustain the Ya Bana Village (cover the costs of food, shelter, electricity, etc.). If you are interested in donating, please reach out to sarah@mabopanekids.org

Furniture Donations

We need small furniture items (small tables, nightstands, drawers, small desks, chairs, etc.) to sell at the Mabopane Marketplace. For larger furniture items, please text Becky a photo at 919-818-3804 to ensure that we have space to store the item and to coordinate a time to drop-off.
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Unconditional Love: The Reason We Serve

Love is a word that permeates our daily conversations, but it’s true meaning often gets diluted in the many contexts in which it is used. In a world where the term “love” is applied to everything from a favorite TV show to broken personal relationships, it becomes crucial to reflect on what true love is and how God defines the word.

True, Biblical love can be seen in the way that God loves humanity: unconditionally, regardless of our shortcomings and imperfections. This divine, unconditional love is beautifully articulated in the scripture, “But God demonstrates His own love for us in this: While we were still sinners, Christ died for us” (Romans 5:8). The idea that God’s love is not contingent upon our worthiness challenges the worldly understanding of love.

As followers of Christ, we are called to embody a love distinct from worldly perceptions and to emulate God's example of unconditional love. In John 13:34-35, Jesus imparts, “A new commandment I give to you, that you love one another: just as I have loved you, you also are to love on another. By this, all people will know that you are my disciples if you have love for one another.” This directive commands believers to extend love beyond mere feelings, and emphasizes selfless, sacrificial actions for the well-being of others.

Unconditional love is a call to action; it is expressed through acts of kindness, generosity, and compassion towards friends, enemies, and strangers alike. We are called to give radically of our time, talents, and resources to serve God and to serve others. It is within this framework of love that I find purpose in volunteering at the Mabopane Foundation. I may never meet the children at the Ya Bana Village, but God has called me to love them in the same way that He loves them.

This is the heart of the Christian calling – to love others as God loves us. This month may we reflect on who God has called us to love and what self-sacrificing actions we need to take to love them unconditionally.
A new commandment I give to you, that you love one another: just as I have loved you, you also are to love on another. By this, all people will know that you are my disciples if you have love for one another.

JOHN 13:34-35

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