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|WHAT IS PRO•VISION INTERNATIONAL?|
Pro•Vision International (PVI) is an evangelical Missions Serving Agency, committed to the accomplishment of the Great Commission of Jesus Christ by assisting needy missionary endeavour. PVI has its roots in South Africa and we are committed to the entire geographic region. We are also currently involved in Africa and the Indian Ocean Islands. A PVI office has been established in the USA, where we have a number of missions’ partnerships focused on Africa.
PVI undergirds leaders who, having seen a deep need for Christian involvement in disadvantaged communities, have initiated and pioneered missions. Passionate and enthusiastic about their calling, these leaders labour under difficult and trying conditions with very little support. Their motivation is not power or prestige. It is an intense desire to reflect the love of Jesus Christ and, in so doing, uplift their community. We call these servant leaders Unsung Heroes.
PVI is unique. To the best of our knowledge there is no other mission committed to a ministry which has an holistic approach, in that it provides mentoring, management and money to exceptional missionary enterprise, in the context of solid relationship.
|THE MISSION AND MINISTRIES OF PRO•VISION INTERNATIONAL|
Across South Africa there are thousands of pioneering leaders who selflessly serve poverty stricken and suffering communities. Although they have obvious leadership abilities, many of these community leaders lack managerial skills. It is at this point that PVI comes alongside in partnership and creative intervention, enabling such leaders to continue their mission and achieve their vision.
Our focus is not primarily on a needy community, but rather, it is on a leader who is serving a needy community. We focus on a person in order to embrace and impact a community. PVI supports people who recognise potential within their disadvantaged community and have realised the necessity for Christian involvement in order to meet spiritual and practical needs, present within their community.
Passionate and enthusiastic about their calling, these leaders labour under difficult and trying conditions with very little support. They are also best placed, in partnership with PVI, to determine the implementation of development initiatives for their community. Their motivation is not power or prestige. It is rather, an intense desire to reflect the love of Jesus Christ and, in so doing, to uplift their community. We call these servant leaders, ‘unsung heroes’.
|THE SCOPE OF OUR COMMUNITY INVOLVEMENT|
These ‘unsung heroes’ use their community involvement as a vehicle to share the gospel through proclamation and lifestyle. They are active in the following areas of community need:
Home-Based Care (HBC) for those infected or affected by HIV & AIDS
HIV & AIDS Awareness and Education
Voluntary Counselling and Testing (VCT) in order to determine HIV status
Community based Care Centres for orphaned and vulnerable children of school going age
Food distribution and nutritional supplementation
Early Childhood Development (ECD) for children in the birth to 6 age category
After Care Centres for orphaned children of school going age
The creation of Nutritional Gardens and distribution of their produce
The care and rehabilitation of destitute people who are homeless and jobless
PVI seeks to train and equip these ‘unsung heroes’ through the implementation of a unique model. This model is referred to as M3 and has three components: Mentoring, Management and Money. This model is used to strengthen the work of the ‘unsung hero’, within the context of a discipling relationship.
* Purchasing of land and existing buildings. Renovation and refurbishment of existing structures. Construction of new buildings. Equipping of community centres for the purpose of worship, education, aftercare and health care.
Mentoring – The mentoring component is viewed as the pivotal aspect of the M3 process. Acknowledging that effectiveness is not only a factor of skill acquisition, PVI employs skilled Mentors who provide psychosocial assistance, life skills development and spiritual support to our ‘unsung heroes’. Community work is by nature challenging and exposes one to large scale human suffering. This mentoring relationship serves to encourage and equip our ‘unsung heroes’ in ways that build fortitude and resilience, reducing the possibility of burnout or withdrawal from the project.
Management – ‘unsung heroes’ are exposed to a two year training programme called ‘The Toolbox’ which covers the areas of governance, strategic planning as well as finance and administration. This ensures that ‘unsung heroes’ are equipped to effectively manage their projects and ensures sustainability. PVI is the Gauteng representative of the Mentoring Resource Network (MRN) under whose auspices ‘The Toolbox’ is used.
Money – Very little in life is achieved without finance and PVI acts as a conduit of funding to its ‘unsung heroes’, ensuring that there are effective controls in place and adequate reporting. More importantly, PVI ensures that the quantum and timeframe for the disbursement of funds, matches the ability and capacity that the ‘unsung hero’ has to effectively deploy such funding.
Our M3 model has consistently delivered outstanding results since its initial implementation in the year 2000 and has proven to be a model of best practice with regard to community work. In our view, community work that ignores any of the above components will lack effectiveness.
The following eight criteria are used in order to assess the suitability of a potential ‘unsung hero’:
They must be a committed Christian
They must be committed to and endorsed by a local church, which preferably has links to their ministry
They must have initiated a ministry which they are currently leading and which has achieved a measure of success, despite a lack of resources
They should preferable live in the community which they serve
There should be broad recognition of them as leaders within their community at Church, Local Government and Civil Society level
They must be committed to relationship and accountability
Their project should be in need of funding
They need to be able to benefit from our full M3 offering
Our society is in desperate need of intervention by the Church. The Great Commission is fulfilled by taking the Word of God to people and making a practical difference in the lives of the impoverished.
We are reminded of the words of Jesus, contained in Matthew 25 v 37 - 40 “Then the righteous will answer him, ‘Lord, when did we see you hungry and feed you, or thirsty and give you something to drink? When did we see you a stranger and invite you in or needing clothes and clothe you? When did we see you sick or in prison and go to visit you? The King will reply, ‘I tell you the truth, whatever you did for one of the least of these brothers of mine, you did for me’.” (NIV)
As we become increasingly aware of our responsibility in addressing the orphan crisis in our country, it is important that we heed the words recorded in James 1 v 27 “Religion that God our Father accepts as pure and faultless is this: to look after orphans and widows in their distress…” (NIV)
It is with these words in mind that PVI reaches out to needy communities across South Africa.
Many of the ‘unsung heroes’ projects we support grew out of, and continue to be assisted by their local church. We see this local church partnership as a relationship that is integral to the grounding, growth and effectiveness of the project. PVI seeks to network with local churches and other organisations in an attempt to produce the most meaningful impact at community level.
Many churches however, do not have the capacity or experience to operate a mercy ministry or missions outreach to needy communities. By partnering PVI, such opportunities can be created. The benefits for your church in partnering PVI are that it becomes involved in taking the Gospel in its fullest expression to disadvantaged communities. This is done through the conducting of Vision and Mission trips to our projects. Vision trips are used to visit and observe work taking place in our projects and to evaluate whether they wish to become involved. Mission trips provide an opportunity for visiting church members to get involved in practical ministry within a specific project.
“TLC began as an endeavour by an ordinary family with a common heart and purpose to embrace newborn babies without families. When the ministry grew beyond our own capabilities, we had to become an organisation. Our desire was to continue to serve the babies and our community with excellence, without losing the rich family content that had been built up. PVI was TLC’s answer to achieving that goal.”
The Love of Christ Ministry (TLC)
Eikenhof, Gauteng Province, South Africa
“Pro•Vision has been a blessing to our ministry. Their support and contribution have helped us in taking the Gospel to the most needy and unreached people of our society … farm workers in particular. Their relationship with us has been so enriching and valuable. I believe God has provided a divine connection and our destiny is tied up with PVI.”
Pastor Morse Ndala
God Reigns International Church
Farm Workers Upliftment and Empowerment
Tzaneen, Northern Province, South Africa
Advancing the Great Commission of Jesus Christ by strengthening visionary leaders who responsibly embrace high-risk ministry by selflessly taking His light and sharing His love with people who live in spiritual darkness.
Strategically influencing the growth of the kingdom of God through the mentoring and equipping of exceptional servant leaders who pursue visionary goals in obedience to the Great Commission of our Lord Jesus Christ.
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future of a country is determined by ordinary people doing extraordinary things.”
- Clem Sunter (Chairman of the Anglo American Chairman’s Fund)
“Where there is no vision, the people perish -" Proverbs 29:18 (KJV)
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