March 2019
This year's silent auction will be at 6:30 pm on Saturday, May 4, at Sacajawea Middle School, 1101 S. Dash Point Rd, Federal Way. Dress is casual, and admission and refreshments are free. Most items are very affordable, including restaurant and retail gift cards, bakery items and plants, baskets and other items for men, women, and children.  Mother's Day is the following weekend and Father's Day is the following month, so this is a great place to pick up something nice while supporting a good cause. If you'd like to donate something, gift cards to restaurants or retail stores are always popular.    

For the second year, we are also having a Golden Ticket drawing to win a $500 Costco gift card! Last year April Clevenger (attender at Des Moines Gospel Chapel) won the prize. Tickets can be purchased for $10 each and you can buy as many tickets as you'd like. You don't have to be present to win. There are only 150 tickets available, and we've already sold some. If you'd like to buy some Golden Tickets or make a donation to the auction, please email us to let us know.  Please plan to come to this fun event!  All proceeds will support Reach4Life (AIDS prevention and youth development) and Khayelisha Care (orphan care) in South Africa.


Our annual garage sale will also be held at Sacajawea Middle School (see address above), on June 27 through Saturday, June 29. (We had to slide the dates due to the snow makeup days.)  Tuesday and Wednesday (June 25-26) will be set up days. We have a shortage of storage space and want to avoid double-handling, so please bring any non-clothing items directly to the school on the set up days of Tuesday and Wednesday. (No furniture, please.) We do want to take clothing items prior to the sale so that we can sort them. If you have some clothes that are definitely not going to be used for the garage sale, please put those in a separate bag and label them "Clothes for the Cause." That will help save time in our sorting process. We can start receiving clothes after May 15, at 30020 2nd Ct. S., Federal Way. Ring the bell but if there is no answer, please leave them next to the garage doors or on the covered porch.   Clothes left over from the garage sale will start our summer clothing drive .which will run through September.  

Funds raised from these events support Reach4Life. Last year we raised $6801 from the garage sale and $6821 from the clothing drive, so your donations and your help at the events are allowing many youth to participate in the R4L program! Watch future newsletters for more details.

Prevention Time was established as a 501(c)3 nonprofit on February 11, 2009 by a group of us who had been to South Africa on a mission trip. In the beginning we provided general support for Reach4Life, but in 2014, Thandeka (Thandy) Mavundla-Nzama began her own South African nonprofit (Phakama Africa Community Projects) using the Reach4Life New Testament as a platform for teaching.  She had always desired that African people would be equipped to bring solutions to their own communities. We agreed with that philosophy and began supporting the indigenous people directly through Phakama. This approach has proven to be very successful. In 2014, we were amazed when 16,092 youth participated. But it has continued to grow and in 2018, over 205,000 people were involved! Africans are a "we" (community) people and a sharing people, which has contributed to the growth of the program. Consistent support from our donors has also been a critical piece of the expansion. 

We have no paid staff and no buildings to maintain, so about 97% of funds received go to the program. The work takes place mostly in schools, but also in prisons, clinics, drug rehabs, community centers, churches, and wherever small groups meet. We fund the program director (Thandy) and assistant (Lerato Nokwane), and help with transportation to and from schools, t-shirts and caps, some meals, supplies, training, and Reach4Life books (Biblica also donates some). The Departments of Education and Health have endorsed the program and have offered invitations into more facilities. More people and communities are waiting for training, which will happen as funding allows. 

Prevention Time and Phakama have shared values. We don't make promises we can't keep, we are transparent (see our donate page for tax filings), and we are accountable (records are kept of work that is done).  The picture above is a collage of our current board members. Top row (left to right) are Lorna Packard (President), Mindy Sauerlender (Vice President), Kim Ives (Secretary), Mary Schumacher (Treasurer), John Packard (Multi-Media Director), and Pastor Ed Kelley (Pastoral Advisor).  Please see our our website for more information. 

We know that God is in control of all things and we thank Him for what He has done through this ministry.  We also thank Him for the individuals, churches, and organizations who are supporting the work. If you would like to get involved, please go to our donate page     
Many people attended the training in Tugela Ferry in KwaZulu-Natal, South Africa. The Rock of Life Church hosted the training, and other churches participated as well.  Peer Educators from other locations came to help with the training. Local headmasters from seven high schools released students and some teachers to attend. The biggest emphasis during a training is on how to use scripture to address all life issues. Participants are taught how to use the R4L Bible - the Four Journeys, which include 40+ lessons as well as the Reality Bites, which cover social issues such as drugs, rape, pornography, teen pregnancy, and others. While there, Thandy and her team visited some local schools as well as one interesting small group in this area which is known as the "under the tree group." These are new believers who are being discipled during school breaks.  Not everyone can fit under the tree, so some willingly stand in the hot sun. In all 123 potential Peer Educators and volunteers were trained!


Twenty community HIV/AIDS workers attended the training. In this community, 8 out of 10 are either living with HIV or have family members who are infected. These workers go around the village helping infected people take their medication on time. We're grateful that HIV is losing some of its stigma, so people are less afraid to seek treatment. However, these workers want to do more as they are still seeing people die from AIDS.   

Mchunu, HIV/AIDS Mvoti Centre, general manager (orange top) attended the Tugela Ferry training and says:  " As much as Reach4Life was designed to reach the youth but I tell you every human being no matter what age group, they need this tool. We don't have a tool like Reach4Life which teaches about real life issues beyond just social issues, but covers spiritual matter in depth. When I saw the invite and the description of the program I wanted to bring my whole team for training. We have opportunities everyday as we do our rounds in the community to share Christ but we just did not know how to talk to the people. The R4L book already has lessons planned for daily or weekly meetings. The topics are direct and unapologetic about the Gospel being the only solution to people in the world. We are going share Jesus to all our patients and we will disciple them using this great book."

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The Prevention Time Board
Lorna Packard
Mindy Sauerlender
Mary Schumacher
Kim Ives
John Packard
Pastor Ed Kelley IV