Jeremiah 29:11 New International Version (NIV)
11 For I know the plans I have for you,” declares the Lord, “plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.
Founder - Andrè Cillie
My passion for many years was sports, specifically playing tennis.
I became a professional tennis coach at the age of 20 years.
That would be my job and passion for 27 years. I was then blessed with an unexpected and unplanned daughter called Suane. We were staying on a small holding at that time.
When her friends came to play, I realised things in life have changed. This was the beginning of the technology era. Playing and being active was not a priority for them.
The Lord then decided to close the door on my tennis coaching career, as most of the schools where I was coaching at that time decided to employ new coaches.
I decided to start a nursery school with my eldest daughter Clarice, which have just finished matric. We got a qualified nursery schoolteacher to do the class work, and I designed a program with the help of an educational psychologist for the different ages to play outdoors.
This program covers 9 different sports, and while playing, we developed their motor skills and life skills. Muscle tone activities were also introduced to help develop their bodies to become stronger and healthier.
The basis of the program was 15 areas which the educational psychologist uses to evaluate children for school readiness. Life skills like discipline, respect, self-respect and communication formed an integral part of the program.
Phd 4 toddlers were born.
This program was then also used at a primary school with their Grade R classes, and later became the Phys Ed program of the whole school up to Grade 7. This program was used by the school for 5 years.
Phd 4 kids were born.
After 5 years the Lord closed the nursery school and stopped the program at the primary school. Two years this program was not used anywhere. The Lord asked where is the manual of this program I have given you?
I started writing a manual, and after two years he opened the door as a tool to minister in prisons. I ministered in Pretoria Central prison, Cullinan prison and a youth prison in Randfontein.
Phd 4 Jesus were born.
Three years later these doors were also closed at the prisons. At the age of 62 my reason for being on this earth was exposed. The program that the Lord developed through me was needed to help develop children in nursery schools in less advantaged areas.
The program is known as an ECD program, Early Childhood Development program.
The program is sponsored by FNB and has currently been implemented at 24 nursery schools in Eersterus, 1 nursery school in Johannesburg, 1 nursery school in Cosmo City and 12 nursery schools in Mamelodi. Just over 2000 children are now been exposed to this program.
More importantly for me, there is a tool to reach the children with a message from Jesus.
When we come into the school the children say the following: Jesus loves me, Jesus loves teacher and Jesus loves mommy and daddy. Love is declared in Jesus name.
Then they put their hands at the face and says: I am scared Jesus help.
Two words, Jesus help: “and call upon me in the day of trouble;
I will deliver you, and you shall glorify me.” Psalm 50:15
Gender violence, child abduction being stopped by two words: JESUS HELP.
The planning is to reach as many nursery schools in South Africa as possible.
Develop the children, but also bring hope to the hopeless in Jesus name,