An Incredible week at Sudan / S4J / Barika Coffee / Delmas connection!

This is about as huge as it gets. All happening in ONE week…THIS week! It is a wonderful reminder of the S4J slogan: Changing Lives and Changing Nations !

  1. Sudan under new management.
  2. S4J 2020 year launched with 19 athletes joining four groups via BackaBuddy.
  3. The newly launched S4J coffee brand, Barika coffee’s online shop launched.
  4. The Beloved Clana Heydenrych from Delmas passed on to higher glory.

Sudan under new management.

A massive transition is taking place in Sudan. This week the new Sovreign Council was sworn in. Former President Omar al – Bashir is behind bars and under trial.

With former president Bashir on trial and behind bars… Photo link.
The new Sovereign Council has been sworn in on Wednesday 21 August 2019. Photo link.
General Abdel Fattah Al Burhan after being sworn in as head of Sudan’s newly formed sovereign council on August 21, 2019. EPA

The little-known general leading Sudan’s transition

New Prime Minister 

Hours after the new 11-member sovereign council took office in Sudan, the country’s new prime minister, Abdalla Hamdok, was sworn in and vowed to make achieving peace and solving the country’s economic crisis a priority. Link to article on this.

The newly launched S4J coffee brand: Barika coffee’s online shop opened.

At S4J we’re fundraising to bless the people of Sudan and South Sudan in various practical ways, such as corrective eye surgeries, access to clean water, children’s education where it’s most needed and supplying Bibles to people in their own languages.

To strengthen wat we do as S4J, we’ve been blessed with our brand new own coffee brand, Barika Coffee. Barika means “blessing” in Arabic. This week we’ve been blessed to launch our online coffee store. The effect of that is that people from anywhere in South Africa, could now order Barika Coffee online. Funds raised in this way would be to fund our mission.

The S4J Barika Coffee online store launched. Barika is COFFEE WITH A STORY. To read more about this, go to the following link on our Barika website:

About The Company

Barika Coffee – coffee with a story.

To have a look at our brand new Barika website, click on this link

S4J Year 2020 launched with 19 athletes joining 4 groups via BackaBuddy.

The S4J uses the BackaBuddy as a platform to create a profile for each S4J athlete, fundraising for our S4J projects. During the past two days, no less than 19 athletes signed up for the S4J 2020 year that runs from 1 August 2019 to 31 July 2020.

Here is the link to our S4J fundraiser on BackaBuddy

Manda Gomes joined the S4J team on a visit to Beja country in February 2019. Here is a link to a short video on her story.

Every athlete has their own story. We appreciate everyone of the.

Our very first athlete that volunteered to be part of the S4J 2020 has her own amazing story of transformation. Anoeska Rautenbach’s won testimony that she weighed in at 130 kg in 2013. This changed to less that half that size weighing in at 61 kg. She is aiming to do the 89 km Comrades Marathon on 14 June 2020.

Anoeska at 130 kg in 2013…now at 61 kg. S4J, changing lives and changing nations.

The beloved Clana Heydenrych from Delmas passed on to higher glory.

Beloved Clana Heydenrych from our Delmas Beja prayer group passed away this week.

Clana Heydenrych here with S4J 2019 athlete Andy Foster. Mixed feelings! Well dearly miss Clana. Andy fundraised an incredible more than 10,000 Canadian dollar for corrective eye surgeries among the Beja during the S4J 2019 year through her running of the 2019 Comrades Marathon.

To view Andy’s story, here is a link to her story in a short video.

One of the paintings of Clana Heydenrych in our S4J office, this one of a Beja boy enjoying a cup of water.

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What a Comrades Day it was!

What a blessed day the 9th of June turned out to be!!

We started the day off with a get-together at the Comrades Expo for our annual customary Team Photo. there was such an intimate vibe between friends that only our Lord could have created. The photo done we moved to the Expo hall and then the S4J support team went scouting for the best support spots.

The day started off dreary and misty but this did not last long. Team at Camperdown soon got into the Comrades spirit! We set up and waited and soon the action started…

From then on it was just lots and lots of athletes. In between the support of our S4J athletes we also managed to have some fun

We saw some very dedicated S4J athletes going by as well.

And at around 2:30pm it started petering out until the last person had come past. It was an exhausting day but so rewarding for us at S4J. Thank you to every athlete that had made our work throughout the year so worth while.

See you in August!!!!

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The story an athlete: Joan van Wyngaard

Here is wonderfully inspiring story of one of our athletes you should enjoy

Joan with Norman at the SSNET offices in Pretoria

I was told on the 12th of March 2018 that I will probably never run long distances again and that I needed urgent surgery to repair a torn labrum in my hip and other inherited defects.  I was in absolute agony and really battled to walk and could not go up or down stairs.  I used to wake up at night from pain and limped while walking. 

I decided to not go for the surgery and rather cycle while going for physical therapy and then in June 2018 I started taking Osteo eze platinum daily.  The improvement was gradual but by November 2018 I could run a marathon again and haven’t looked back since then.  This year I completed the 2 oceans and will be taking part in comrades too.  It has made a tremendous difference in my quality of life as I love running and also to my mobility in my hip (and pain). 

The product I use contains a novel new ingredient that is extracted from chicken sternum cartilage and works with your immune system to facilitate healing.  Running causes micro damage to the cartilage and although some of the popular joint supplements work in reducing pain and inflammation, it does not address the root cause of the problem.  A key component in joint destruction is when the immune system goes out of control and starts attaching the cartilage.  This is why I now use my two pronged approach – Osteo eze platinum daily for cartilage protection and osteo eze MSM for the inflammation and exercise recovery. 

These two together address not only pain and excess inflammation but also triggers the natural rebuild of your cartilage.   This is even a great prevention strategy for people without issues.  A study done in healthy individuals showed faster recovery from exercise and an increase in joint mobility.

We hope you enjoyed this advise which perhaps would be useful to you.

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We have a New-Look Website

Last week we launched our brand new website. We are so proud of how it looks. Many hours of hard work has gone into the building of this site. A special thank you to Sampie Enslin who has toiled relentlessly to get the site ready in a record time.

We have made some major improvements like:

  • Donation page more efficient
  • S4J page filled with information
  • Modernized the overall feel of the site

Do yourself a favour and pop around to and let us know what you think by leaving us a message on this blog. We would love to know.

Eddie Howden

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The Bibles for the Sudan’s Project

We would like to give our athletes a more frequent update on the projects that are currently running at S4J. This week we will focus on the Bibles for the Sudan’s project.

One of the key projects of the S4J is Bible distribution to South Sudan and Sudan. We are aiming to sponsor 10000 Bibles to Sudan and 20000 Bibles to South Sudan at R 5 each in 2019. Currently we have 38 athletes raising funds for this project.

The the next batch of Bibles is being printed and readied for the long trip to North Africa. 10 000 Bibles will be going to Sudan and 20 000 Bibles will be delivered to a refugee camp in Kapoeta in South Sudan in the next couple of months.

A limited edition S4J Bible was launched at the recent 2019 50 km Loskop Marathon that took place on 13 April. Chanelle Retief’s father Johann and mother Cindy was at the gazebo to hand out Bibles as the Holy Spirit lead. The theme of S4J at Loskop was: celebrating the Life and Legacy of Pierre & Erika Bantjes. We created a profile so that people who wanted to donate could do so. Betsie Drost, our Financial Administrator, was representing the SSNET office at the tent. It was a most memorable day.

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