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John 3:16 ~ For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life.

About The Big Story SA

In 2008 I received a vision to connect the body of Christ, starting in South Africa. Little did I know it was God's mission for me. I thought it would only be a positive South African site.

But He had much greater plans. Thus it took 4 years for it to blossom. It was finally launched on the 27th of July 2012. It is called the Big Story SA...

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Winning lives with Won Life

"For I know the plans I have for you," declares the Lord...

Knowing for sure that the Lord is always faithful and knowing that He loves all His people has helped Susan in her walk. A teacher by profession, much like her mother, Susan Muirhead was born in the coastal city of Durban in South Africa two years after her brother. At age 10, her family relocated to Pretoria. After completing her studies at TUKS she then moved to London, her father's birth place, well close enough. Her father, a Quantity Surveyor, was actually from Bristol.

It was whilst she was there in London that she met her husband who turned out to be not only South African but also a Durbanite. In 2012 after spending 11 years teaching in London, Susan and her family, which now includes two boys aged three and four, moved back motherland.

She came to know the Lord at the age of 21 while she was doing her Post Graduate Teachers Diploma. She met a girl (who is still her best friend today) who was a Christian and through her example she realized that she had something special that Susan knew she wanted, Jesus. She has always loved working with children and has a passion for teaching children to read and God has used both of these things for where she is today. She has always had it in her heart that she wanted to work with underprivileged children, but working in London she was not living this out.

When they moved back to South Africa they started attending Urban Edge Church in Durbanville with her husband’s parents. Susan knew about the organisation called Won Life that is linked to Urban Edge and knew it was something that she would love to be involved in. She had been thinking of ways to stay involved in Education without going back into full time teaching but with having a young family, she wanted to be around for them too. She was planning on working towards bringing a phonics programme they had used in London out to South Africa as teaching a child to read is a gift that can never be taken away. Then one Sunday there was an advert on Church news that Won Life was looking for someone to set up their new Literacy Centre and Susan just felt the Holy Spirit nudge her to apply.

Susan feels that it was a God appointment as the hours fit perfectly with her children’s school times and she still gets to spend holidays with her boys, which the Lord knew was her desire. But most importantly, the Literacy Centre has allowed her the opportunity to establish a place where underprivileged children come to learn to read and write!

",,, plans to prosper you and not to harm you. Plans to give you hope and a future."

What Susan knows for sure is that the Lord makes a way where we feel there is none. He is the provider and He will never leave us.

Susan says: "We see the extreme poverty the people in Fisantekraal are faced with daily and we know we need to show them Jesus' love everyday and we need to be the Lord's hands and feet on the ground."

Won Life is a registered non profit organisation (NPO) working in the community of Fisantekraal, just outside of Durbanville. We have worked in this community since 2002, delivering services in the areas of health and education.

Won Life believes that the future of our country is largely determined by the quality of education delivered to our youth. With a good education, children have the opportunity to break the cycle of poverty and carve out a preferred future for themselves and their families.

As we continue to impact and influence children's lives, we will see the development of responsible and active citizens.

The Won Life Early Learning Centre is our Flagship Project:

The Won Life Early Learning Centre started as a basic day care facility. Many young children who did not attend crèche would gather at the Fisantekraal Clinic, the first of Won Life’s projects. In 2005, we employed ladies from Fisantekraal to look after these children and provide them with basic care at the clinic. We quickly realised that there was a need for more formalised Grade R education in the community as there was none. This led to the building of our current school. In 2007 we registered as an independent Grade R preschool with the Western Cape Department of Education and continue to enjoy a wonderful working relationship with them. With each year, we have gone from strength-to-strength. We now boast a very successful, well run facility providing an excellent standard of education to 120 children each year.

The core purpose of the Won Life Early Learning Centre is great Grade R education. Our programme is first and foremost an excellent academic facility. We provide a unique service to a community that would otherwise have no access to Grade R education.

Our preschool is, however, far more than just an institution following a basic curriculum. We aim to supply a holistic education providing stimulation and enrichment to children in every sphere of their lives.

The Won Life Literacy Centre is one of the programmes that we have recently started:

The Won Life Literacy Centre was opened in May 2013 in converted and renovated shipping containers on Trevor Manuel Primary School’s premises. This programme aims to improve the levels of literacy by providing one-on-one intervention by trained volunteers who encourage the children and build their self-confidence as they learn to read and write in English.

Curriculum

At the Literacy Centre we fulfil the First Additional Language criteria from the CAPS curriculum. In order to do this we have partnered with two NPO’s based in Cape Town who have both had proven success with their reading programmes. For our Grade 1 programme we have adopted the Word Works Early Literacy Programme and for the Grade 2 and Grade 3 programmes we have partnered with The Shine Centre. Both of these programmes follow the same format and include the 4 different elements we include in our hourly sessions: Paired Reading, Shared Reading, Have a Go Writing and Games. Each child attends 2 sessions a week and the sessions last for an hour.

Volunteers

Our Literacy Centre Programme is completely volunteer based. We have volunteers from all walks of life who give up an hour or two out of their week to come to the Literacy Centre to support the children through our specific Early Reading Programmes. All our volunteers receive training on the Early Reading Programmes and are given the opportunity to observe a few sessions before they are placed with a child. Volunteers are placed with one or two children in order to give the children the individual attention they require and often don’t receive in their large classes.

Learners

In order to ensure we are giving our children the best possible grounding in the English language, we keep the same children on the programme from Grade 1- Grade 3. We have chosen to work with a smaller group of children with an emphasis on quality rather than quantity. Because we believe in delivering programmes of an excellent standard, we choose to start small and grow our capacity in a controlled and sustainable manner. Once our programme is established and the curriculum perfected, we will look at increasing the number of children we offer this service to. The children are assessed at the beginning of Grade 1 to determine which children will join the programme. Those who qualify are then assessed twice a year after that with a control group who do not attend the Literacy Centre in order to measure the impact we are having at the centre. We currently have 40 children who attend the Literacy Centre each week- 20 Grade 1 children and 20 Grade 2 children.

Literacy Centre Before

Literacy Centre

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Boichoko; God is love

Psalm108 vs1, "My heart, O God, is steadfast; I will sing and make music with all my soul...

Born in a family of 3 girls, 2 being twins and her being 1 of a pair, Boichoko grew up being a very shy girl. Although she was shy, she was very playful, smart and also took on her shyness head on when she decided to enter pageants as a model, to the extent of which she was a semi finalist in the Mrs South Africa 2013. Boichoko is also an Afro-Soul artist who sings from her heart and soul touching on different aspects of our lives.

Boichoko was born in Bloemfontein and attended school in Kroonstad when her parents went their separate ways. She can hardly remember a time when their family was together in the same place due to this separation of her parents. The children had to take turns to visit each other because the twins were staying with the mother in Kroonstad whilst the first born Cholofelo stayed with the father in Bloemfontein. This set up left a huge void in Boichoko's life as she longed to have homes like her cousins' where the parents were together with their children. After matriculating she then went back to her home town to further her studies at the University of Free State. By the end of her final year at varsity she had already moved to Johannesburg to pursue a career in music.

vs6 “Save us and help us with your right hand that those you love may be delivered...

But it was in 2002 whilst she was doing her Matric that she got saved. Before that she had gone through the motions of attending service mainly because church attendance was compulsory in her granny's house. It wasn't until a friend asked if she was saved or not that she really got to thinking about the Lord and her life and realised that she wanted to surrender her life into God's hands. When she did, she recalls feeling like parts of her life's puzzle were falling into place. She had found the missing parts, parts of love, forgiveness and letting go of the hurt. She let God and became a better person for it.

Boichoko

vs13 “with God we will gain victory and He will trample down our enemies."

To date, Boichoko has been blessed with a loving husband who supports and respects her in every way. Just like the kind of love and respect she has for her mother for not giving up on her children and yet choosing to walk away from an unhappy and abusive marriage. When she looks back and remembers the frustration back then when she was young and her mom, who was also young at the time, was not coping well on her own, she is astounded at just how closer it brought them together. She hopes to do things differently by learning from past experiences and hurts and by taking all the positive lessons that she learns along the way. Her childhood has taught her to value family and she vows to do everything in her power and God's grace to have a healthy relationship with her loved ones.

“I’ve healed from the hurt and loneliness that came during those years, everyday is a blessing because God is love," Boichoko declares. She finds a great amount of peace and solace in worshiping. Worship has also become her hiding place from darkness and negativity. She aspires to be used by God and He has indeed blessed her with the gift of music.

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David Dee

David Dee is a husband, father of 3 and music pastor at Life Worship Center in Pretoria. He has ministered in churches like Rhema Bible Church in JHB, Durban Christian Centre, Oasis of Life, Dominion life JHB and many more. This PK (pastor's Kid) was born in Durban in 1981. There are 8 children in his family. As clichéd as it sounds, David started singing at the age 5 and by 15 he was arranging songs for music groups. Having moved to Pretoria in 1999, he started a boys band which went on to perform all over the country and neighbouring countries as well. At 19 he composed and produced an album for Artist/AIDS Activist Musa Njoko and all the while his love for writing and performing music grew even stronger.

'Yet a time is coming and has now come when the true worshipers will worship the Father in spirit and in truth...'

List of achievements:

In 2005 he recorded his first solo contemporary gospel album which was titled ' I do believe' under his company called Ubusu Begagu Media. This album features Bebe Cele, Dj Christos and sold thousands of copies at his live performances.

In 2006 he became part of the Love Life Generation album which features Danny K, Tamara Dey, Black Coffee and BOP and toured the country performing his track 'Maye'. In this same year he started a Season concert, a music event that aims to inspire and attract the youth to the body of Christ. This project also focuses on creating a platform for the discovery of new talent and a Godly lifestyle.

In 2007 he became part of the World Song Contest album. In 2009 David was part of miller rock the boat sharing the stage with bands like the Parlotones, 340ml, Flash Republic and others.

And when the world cup came to our shores in 2010, David performed at the fan fest stadium in Centurion and other related events. In that very year he also recorded his live DVD titled 'Season one'.

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The Plain Truth

This is 1 of SA's top Christian pop/rock bands which was formed in early 2007 by members from various bands which include ONE80, The Narrow and Arde, under the direction of Drs Theo and Beverly Wolmarans, the senior founding pastors of Christian Family church Int, with the purpose of positively influencing the youth and combating moral decay in today's society.

Although some of the founding members have left over the years, the core of the group remains the same. There is a great variety of people in the group with an average of 24 years old. They strongly believe that each member is handpicked by God with the result being that it is more than a band but a calling.

'this and this only has been my appointed work; getting this news to those that never heard of God, and explaining how it works by simple faith and plain truth' 1 Tim 2:7

And it being a calling members appreciate the fact that they are not chasing fame and fortune but are trying to further the cause of spreading the Gospel of God. Their vision is to spread their music to the world and winning at least 100 000 souls through live worship ministry and to use the success of this ministry to benefit the church and to uplift the underprivileged.

’being confident of this very thing, that He who has begun good work in you will complete it until the day of Jesus Christ' Philippians 1:6

List of achievements:

>29 July 2007 The Plain Truth shot 'God Above The Universe' their first DVD which was filmed by the top television and live production crews, infront of more than 3000 people and was dubbed one of the largest DVD recordings ever for South African band.

>24 August 2008 The Plain Truth won an award for ' Best DVD' at the SABC crown Music Awards

Shortly after they went on their first international tour to the USA where they played for crowds in Palm Beach, Florida as well as San Antonia and Houston.

>shortly after came a nomination in the 'Global Chart DVD' at the SAMA

>15 June 2008 Filmed second DVD titled Only One God

>22 November 2009 Took home the award for Best DVD for their second album at the SABC Crown Music awards

>They were again nominated at the SAMA in 2010 in the Global Chart DVD and the Best Contemporary Christian Album categories and also performed live at said event

> “The Plain Truth” released their much anticipated new single called We Won’t Stay Silent. The track was recorded at the SABC studios in Johannesburg, produced by Brian O’Shea (multi SAMA award winning producer), mixed by Jasper Williams (multi SAMA award winning engineer) and mastered by METROPOLIS in London, England. This song has become the anthem a new movement called We Won’t Stay Silent – which is mobilizing thousands of people across South Africa and the world to speak out about their Christianity! The music video for We Won’t Stay Silent was nominated in the category of ‘Best Music Video’ at the 2010 SABC Crown Music Awards.

>On the 22nd of May 2011 “The Plain Truth” released their 3rd full length album titled “we are the shining ones”. The band wrote the album for over 9 months and invested much time into ensuring that each song is a favorite.

The album was mixed in Nashville in the USA by Sean Moffitt who is one of the biggest talents in the USA. Grammy award winner, Chris Stevens (mix engineer and producer on the Hillsong United Aftermath album amongst MANY others) assisted with producing the album and it was mastered by arguably the best company in the world – Sterling Sound New York.

The result is the best album The Plain Truth has ever produced!

> “The Plain Truth” released their new album in the USA with a very successful 4 state tour in June/July 2011.

>On the 7th of November 2011, “we are the shining ones” took two awards for Best Gospel Rock Album and Best Engineer at the 4th SABC Crown Music Awards.

>On the 8th of March 2012, “The Plain Truth” was nominated at the 18TH ANNUAL MTN SOUTH AFRICAN MUSIC AWARDS nominations announcement.“The Plain Truth” entered their new album, “we are the shining ones”, in the newly dubbed “Best Contemporary Faith Music Album” category. On the 30th of April, “The Plain Truth” won this award!

>“The Plain Truth” recorded their much anticipated 4th album entitled “All In” on the 5th of October 2012. This new album was recorded live at Christian Family Church JHB in front of more than 3000 people.

The new album features the band’s hit new song, “My everything” which builds on the dance theme of their previous huge success ¬¬– “Taking it higher”. Another huge anthem on the album is “All for Love”, a worship ballade that features a 12 piece South African National Champion Bagpipe band.

>On the 17th of November 2013, “All In” won in the category of Best Engineer at the 6th annual SABC Crown Gospel Music Awards. The band also performed their hit single “My Everything” live at the awards ceremony at the Durban ICC, which was also broadcast live on SABC 2.

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