Projects already in the pipeline are:
A. Project 1 – Western Cape
Stanford. We recently moved to Stanford in the Western Cape area. We scouted this area in 2012 and visited some farms that were for sale in this area. We have found potential farms that will function perfectly to roll out this vision. As our strength is ministry and hospitality, we are searching for land that accommodates these skills and expertise. We have years of experience in the hospitality industry that combines with marketplace minsitry. This will also help for the project to be self-sustainable.
This land will operate as a Community Project – as already addressed in the main vision, but will focus on:
Community village with small business opportunities. We would like to develop a reality experience of community life. We have lost the art of creativity and community living. This area will be a buzz of activity and will be open to the public over weekends and some selected weekdays. We will invite entrepreneurs/artists/sports professionals to work / teach a variety of skills to individuals and children. This area will encourage families to spend quality times together – bringing unity into families and enjoying life again. There will be a communal kitchen and dining-area shared by residents and visitors as well as ablution blocks and recreational areas for physical exercise/arts/sports.
The residents/tenants, who would feel inspired to become part of such a unique way of community life, will have small/medium enterprise businesses on ground level and will stay on top of their businesses in small apartments. They will be required to pay a fair rent – which will also help with income to maintain the land/buildings or to further developments! They will furnish and manage their own businesses [with/without the managing board’s financial assistance]. Monthly accountability to the board will however be expected, with the purpose of advisory support.
Communal hall/Wedding venue: I believe that the wedding venue will be critical to the sustainability of this community. We have encountered many people living together in sin and not getting married – due to lack of finances and the availability of less expensive venues. We would like to offer this venue especially to young couples at a reasonable rate. Different packages will be in place to cater for the needs of rich and poor. Christa has already started with a wedding dress collection. [We have recently helped two couples, one from the Cameroon and the other from Limpopo, with a wedding at our Guesthouse. The couple from Cameroon were married years ago in court with no photo’s, etc. We arranged these events as “Jireh Dream Builder’s Foundation” projects (with the aid of others) and blessed them with a special event which they can always fondly remember. This facility would also be utilized for training programs/camps.
Community: We would like to focus on creating opportunities for willing and/or poor people; potential entrepreneurs; orphans and widows. Feeding, clothing and providing in basic needs will always be high on the priority list. We also have a connection with ministries called “Living Ball” and “Kidz Play”. They bring social upliftment/ life-coaching in the area of sport and recreation. We would like to involve business people and farmers with skill and resources in this community drive.
We would also like to appoint one of the living-units in the “old-era” village to a single mothers/couple – willing to parent about 5 – 6 orphans per mother/couple from the immediate surrounding community. These children will either be taken to the nearest public school in town OR enrolled in Home school; and the extended community will be encouraged to “adopt-a-child” via financial contributions for a specific child’s personal needs.
It is Makarios Communities’ vision to invite the skill of retired people to the table. They have a treasure of wisdom and knowledge which can benefit the younger generations. Many youngsters do not know what it is to have a grandfather/mother… Society should consist functionally out of 3 – 4 generations!
Live stock: We would have to accumulate a number of dairy cows/cattle + have chicken-farming [broiler house] for community consumption and also for commerce. This will also create job-opportunities and additional revenue. We will be looking to rent/buy additional land available in the area for extra livestock [eg. cattle].
Everything in this plan will benefit the community at large.
In the nearby area, closer to Cape Town, we would like to extend our ministry with orphans and widows. We had a prophetic dream of a small Hotel-type building for orphans and soft landing place [army barracks style] for struggling families / young adults without a sufficient income to make them independent in society. The orphanage will house many children in need of a hopeful future in our rainbow nation. We are already linked up with FOUR ministries in the Western Cape and know SEVERAL couples with many years of experience – which can be utilized in this specific vision. Most of these ministries are already involved in the colored communities of Cape Town. I have requested the one pastor to scout for a building in the area that God showed my wife in this prophetic dream. I was actually surprised about the detail of the dream. As she described the detail that she saw, I was reminded of a military base “Youngsfield” in my army days. The location of the base, as I recall it, correlates with the prophetic dream. Recently we saw the state of some military bases on a news report and realized that these abandoned bases have much infrastructure to offer! It comprises of hostels, small flats, sport fields, offices, etc. Fruit and vegetable/herb gardens can be planted here and small/medium enterprise businesses can also be introduced to these places of safety.
Christa also vividly saw in this same prophetic dream, a huge entertainment centre for healthy recreation and adventure – keeping youth from boredom and out of the streets/shopping malls. This entertainment centre can serve as free therapy for the above mentioned individuals but it can definitely also be a key money-spinner as you also open it up to the general public! We envision trained life-coaches being dispersed to work among these youths at the entertainment centre. The prophetic dream showed that this entertainment centre was situated somewhere between the barracks and the orphanage-hotel BUT it’s not to say that the barracks; entertainment centre and orphanage hotel will necessarily be situated in the same geographical area. God will show where… and roll it out in His good time because He is famous for being passionately committed to the establishment of His plans!
Sport and recreation can include the following:
B. Project 2 – Pretoria, Brits/Bela-Bela/Waterberg-area
We have received many confirmations through dreams and scriptures that Brits would be one of the open doors for the planting of a self-sustained community. We only recently heard that the Brits area was more affected by land-claims than any other area in South Africa. Brits are one of the best areas where intensive farming is practiced. The land in the area is very fertile with enough water coming from the Crocodile River. However, there are many farms and small holdings that have limited or no water available for agriculture. More than a year ago we were sent by God to scout the area. There are many farms available in the area. We connected with Benje du Preez that left RSA for West Zambia in 2010. He offered his land next to the Crocodile river to us for the development of camps with youth, leaders and families. There is also a 1.6ha land next to his premise for sale. In total the land size is 3ha. We have recently joint forces with GOMA (Grace Outreach Ministries Africa). We will be looking to buy this land and develop facilities for training and youth camps. Our focus will be the youth on farms and rural communities. The redemptive gift on this land is to be a well of Knowledge and a Camping ground for training leaders and schoolchildren + students; restoring individuals, marriages & families and ministering to farmers / business leaders and their workers as a team in the Kingdom! This can also serve as a wedding venue:-)
Training area. We would like to build a training facility that can take 300 people. We have identified a couple that have a heart for teaching and equipping. We could use this as a secular training facility and small group mentoring.
Training would include:
C. Project 3 – George
One of the Directors, Mr Jack Probart, is residing in George. We have been friends for many years with this family and have walked an extensive ministry road together when they still lived in Johannesburg. They have embarked as a family, on a road of community development. They have ministered in the local informal settlements and marketplaces for the past few years; were actively involved in their church and did passionate healing & deliverance on individuals in need of healing in their community!
Recently Mr Probart purchased a farm between George and Uniondale. They are also very importantly, busy rolling out a project which Jack has researched intensively for some time, called “Eden Aquaponics”. Aquaponics is a way of making many families self-sufficient. The project is already nearing roll-out phase. Our goal is to take small units into rural communities that will provide fish and vegetables to families. These units will be easy to make and will be sustainable. This will also create secondary job opportunities in the area. If we can pilot this successfully in George, we will roll this out into many other villages in the rural areas.
D. Project 4 – Port Elizabeth
We have a spiritual son that lives in Port Elizabeth. He became involved in the local government over the past 18 months. He has identified many homeless people in the city centre. Recently he negotiated a deal with an influential businessman to obtain a building that can easily be converted into a home for the homeless. Church, discipleship, life skill training and other activities will feature highly on his agenda for these people. We will oversee this project personally on a weekly basis. The aim is te get it self-sustainable and to get the community involved as well. His garnd parents have been in ministry in PE for years and can also help with valuable inputs.
We have numerous contacts with like-minded visionaries that we met over the past couple of years. There are many opportunities, available people and land that we can connect with. We have friends already released into Africa doing similar up-liftment projects. These friends are already active in countries like Zambia, Botswana, Zimbabwe, Nigeria and others. We are connected with them and would like to support them in whatever way God makes possible. I believe these community will become interlinked and that a barter system could develop over time between these communities. This can be produce, ideas, skills, etc.