February 2020
The majority of Peer Educators attend training events at the beginning of the year. (New locations are trained throughout the year.) A recent count of Peer Educators in South Africa, Swaziland, Mozambique, and Lesotho shows there are 260 Peer Educators who are trained and working. Of this number, 181 are full time Peer Educators working Monday to Friday in the field, 52 are part time Peer Educators who are mostly young adults with part time jobs or university students who work on their free days, and 27 are Fox Peer Educators who are students in the top grades of high school teaching kids in lower grades. Pictured above is the training that took place in February in Soweto. (Mission team members will recognize this as the church where we had lunches and fellowship with the Peer Educators. )

Prisons in South Africa are operating at about 150% capacity so inmates and staff are living and working in stressful conditions. Some dedicated ministry workers have been teaching R4L groups in prison institutions for quite a few years. You may remember our reporting previously that the Department of Corrections granted early releases to some inmates who completed the program and showed improved behavior. Last year, inmate attendance in R4L groups was 22,252. More volunteers are expressing an interest so a more formal training for this type of ministry was needed. With input from R4L director Thandeka Mavundla-Nzama and prison ministry workers there, Prevention Time has put together a manual to assist new volunteers in understanding the requirements of prison ministry. Two members of the Prevention Time board have been involved in prison ministry locally for many years with Prisoners for Christ and are familiar with the unique aspects of this type of ministry. Many procedures are similar to what you would find in the U.S., but some adaptations were made for the South African (and sub-Saharan African) prisons. Topics include security issues, clearance procedures, understanding contraband, how to relate to inmates and staff, avoiding inmate manipulation, and how to conduct group meetings. We appreciate the volunteers who willingly work within the restrictions of the prison institutions to bring hope and the possibility of real change to the inmate population.


The latest supply of 30,000 Reach4Life Bibles was delivered in February to the two main distribution hubs - 15,000 were taken to Johannesburg for that area, and areas north and west. The other 15,000 were delivered to Harrismith for locations east and south. We always look for the most cost-effective ways to take them to the locations and villages beyond the hubs, often using pastors or others who might be traveling to those destinations. The kids love these Bibles and we appreciate our supportors who help make this possible. Thank you!

Tshepo Sithebe - KwaNdebele Coordinator was at the Area Coordinator conference in January and says: " Thank you so much to all of you who make it possible for us to have weekly subsidies and lunch funds as we go to schools, prisons, clinics, universities, churches, Rehabs and any platform the Lord makes available for his word to be known. You have kept us going strong. In our prayers we do not forget about your sacrifices and support to the youth of Africa. We are ready for 2020, may Jesus be known till the ends of the world."  


Our annual silent auction will be held on Saturday, May 2 at Sacajawea Middle School, 1101 S. Dash Point Rd., Federal Way. As usual, we will have donations from individuals and the community, including the ever-popular restaurant gift cards. Admission and refreshments (cookies & coffee) are free, dress is casual, and kids are welcome!  We have some professional bakers among our supporters and our dessert section is always a treat (pun intended)! Doors open to the public at 6:00 p.m. and the bidding starts at 6:30 p.m. This event is always a lot of fun and it gives supporters an opportunity to hear updates about the program. If you are interested in making a donation to the auction, please email us at preventiontime@gmail.com, or call or text 206-423-0306. We hope to see you there!

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