As 2019 draws to a close

2019 has come to an end and what a productive year it has been. Heartland has made some wonderful friends this year in successful partnerships with both Drakensburg Boys Choir School and The Character Company… we have indeed learnt a lot along the way.

Drakensberg Boys Choir School is an all-boys choir school in the KZN Drakensburg. Almost 150 boys strong ranging from Grades 4 to 9, we as Heartland offer the school The Passed Thru Fire Experience for their Grade 8s and our Leadership Experience training for their grade 9s and prefect leaders.
The Character Company is an NGO and NPO committed to the mentoring of boys, particularly from fatherless homes. In TCCs own words their vision is: “To help raise boys to be good men with strong values, positively impacting families, communities and society, via a long-term MENtorship program.”
We look forward to the partnership we have started with TCC going forward as Heartland will host The Passed Thru Fire Experience for their boys and mentors.

We hosted our first school leadership week in January with the DBCS grade 9’s. Where we were able to discuss leadership styles and how they are used in everyday life.

We had 3 Passed Thru Fire Experiences, a Refined by Fire Experience and a successful Heartland Hunters this year. The Heartland Hunters Experience is an event for first-time hunters (under 18) with their Dads

This year also saw the launch of the Wild at Heart Basic Experience. The first Basic was so successful that we put on other a month later. This has led to the formation of men’s connect groups. Wild at Heart Basic is hosted over a 3 night weekend, for men and is based on the book “Wild at Heart” written by John Eldredge… A book we recommend every man reads. (Also recommended for all wives to read… to help understand the men they do life with) W@H Basic is NOT recommended for anyone under 21.

We are also looking forward to launching the Captivating Core weekends in 2020. Like Wild at Heart Basic, Captivating Core is a weekend event but focussed on women and based on the book “Captivating” by Stasi and John Eldredge.

In November we had a PTF that was focused on boys from fatherless homes and orphanages. We partnered with The Character Company to see a successful event. We’d like to thank all those who contributed financially towards this event as most of the families involved were unable to fund their boy’s attendance.

The launch of our You Tube channel was also a highlight this year. We have been working with Matt Swart from Ocean Driven Media to produce a PTF promo video. Our hope is to do the rounds in Gauteng, KZN, Western Cape and the Eastern Cape using the video to promote The Passed Thru Fire Experience as we expand into South Africa as a whole. Our target groups are schools, Church groups and men’s groups.

Our volunteer team have been amazing this year and continues to grow. We saw a long-time serving member, Roger Tedder, become lead elder at Hillside Church in Hillcrest, KZN and Zolani Phakathi ordained as an elder at Sarepta Church in Gillitts, KZN.

Heartland’s board of directors also saw a change with Roger Tedder coming on in 2019.

2020 is also set to be an exciting year for us. Dates are set for the two Character Company PTF’s planned in Gauteng and one in both the Eastern Cape and Western Cape.

In short, Heartland SA is growing. We are excited to be part of this adventure and look forward to seeing how God plans it out. All of this would not be possible without our committed and dedicated volunteers for whom we are very grateful as they give up their time to serve those attending the events.

In ending,

Heartland runs on three things…


Please prayerfully consider contributing in any one or all of these…

Faith – Pray for us in our mission to our communities.
Time – Please feel free to join us on any of our events to serve those we connect with.
Funds – sadly, what we do does cost money and so many who benefit from our mission are unable to contribute towards what they receive from it. If you feel so led, please consider partnering with us financially.