THE STORY ABOUT HOW THE SURFING MINISTRY AND LOVE TO GIVE STARTED:
Mandy Weschta Grew up in Port-elizabeth and Coffee Bay (A African Rural area of Africa). She always had a heart for the Less Privileged people from a young age, Due to her Father running a rural african community skills centre for the African People in Coffee Bay. Mandy Weschta Grew up with the African people (making bead works with them and living the African culture). Mandy always had a Heart for people and to love upn them un-conditionally (This is True love and shows Jesus love in all that she does). Mandy Says "If you can still Love apon some-one even when they are inperfect and make mistakes, this is when Jesus loves shines Through you".
Mandy Weschta Got Baptised in 2007 on the 22nd of April at the Newquay Christian Centre http://www.newquaychristiancentre.org/ , the Word and Message Proclaimed over Mandy on that day was Isaiah 62:3 "You will be a Crown of Spendour in the Lords hand, A royal Diadem in the Hand of your God.
Mandy Weschta Grew up in a Broken home, so she had to make a life for her-self. At the Age of 18 she moved to the Uk for 7 years, where she lived in Newquay, Corrnwall. Mandy Got promoted as the best Sales and Marketing Manager of the firm she worked for for 6 years in Newquay (Publicity South West).
After having been baptised in Newquay and having Lived in the Uk for 7 Years Mandy felt a Great calling on her life to reach the Lost no matter what the cost. Mandy however did not know how to Go about this until one day, A Boy by the name of Jason (age 11 at that time), Came running past Mandy’s House and Stole her Cell phone from her staircase whilst she was washing her car.
The neighbours next to Mandy’s house saw the little boy stealing her phone and they got into their car to go and drive after the boy. They also called the police. The police happened to be in the area and the police car and the neighbour both found the boy in an Alley way near to Mandy’s house. They took the boy back to the house with Mandy’s Phone.
Mandy asked the police what they were going to do with the boy now that he had stolen her phone. The police said they were going to have to punish the boy (because he was under the age to go to jail). At that moment Mandy remembered the verse: LUKE 4:18, The spirit of The Lord is on me because he has anointed me to preach the Good news the Poor. The police Car Drove off with the little boy Jason. Mandy ran after the Car and asked them to stop the car and let the boy out the police van. She told the police that she would take care of the Boy (Jason).
Mandy had a one on one chat with the Boy Jason and I told him that he had made a mistake by stealing her cell phone and even although he had stolen her cell phone she forgave him and Jesus forgives him too. Mandy told him it was not the right thing to do and that God Gets very sad when we steal. Mandy told the boy how much God loved him and how much God wants the best for him. She also told him that when he feels alone, then God is watching him and comforting him in those times. Jsson lived under the Bridge in Muizenberg at that time (on the streets).
That day, Mandy decided to take Jason Surfing, and to show him a new Life through Surfing and being active. Jason ended up being a Great surfer. He was not attending school at the time, so Mandy told him that if he went back to school then he would be able to surf every-day. Jason loved this idea and started going back to school. The following week he brought 30 of his Street friends to come and surf. This is when Mandy saw a Great Potential to change the Community.
Mandy then made a rule that if the children went to school every-day then she would collect them from school (after school) and teach 3 of them to surf a day. This is when we decided to launch love to give, Mandys heart to LOVE APON OTHERS made her start a Love to give free skills to the children. Mandy Was known as the Founder of the Surfing Project in Muizenberg and since then there are around 400 children surfing a week in Muizenberg, Mandy then also launched an Organisation to try and get more volunteers to come and help teach children sports and many other projects (that have a Great need for Volunteers) called; www.volunteerinsouthafrica.co.uk. An amercian Journalist then heard about Mandys Heart to Serve and Love apon the Poor People, so he flew over from the USA TO write a story about Mandys heart:http://www.driftsurfing.eu/index.php/archives/5242 , he published this throughout the World. At that time Mandy was running under the Sonsurf banner (however she decided to start her own Programme called love to Give) So The project is no longer running under the Sonsurf banner.
Since then the Surfing Project has grown to 4 locations in South Africa (with more to come) and SUPERSPORT has sponsored the sports Groups with Sports Gear. Mandy has also come along side many more Sports Projects and many more skills development projects have been launched Through-out South Africa providing the the projects with resources and Volunteers to help maintain the projects and running of the projects. www.lovetogive.co.za is now reaching out to +-30,000 people a month with the projects Growing daily.
Mandy says ‘My aim is to impact the less Privileged children’s lives in South Africa and Africa at Large’. I always have had a heart to reach out to the people in need, adding HOPE and LOVE into their lives. It’s so good to see that That I have been used as a tool to reach out to many People in many area of South Africa and Africa, God is using me as a tool to Impact many less Privileged People’s lives throughout Africa. This is such a huge Privilege and Honour for me.
Mandy also says' Since I started teaching the street children Surfing in 2007 we have seen many children going back to school and becoming some-thing in this LIFE. We have also built many Orphan schools in the townships, waterproofed many people’s homes to protect them from the bad weather, we have partnered with many projects that need help and support, and since I started love to Give over +-20,000 children and Youth and adults have come to the Lord and are attending church in their local areas
We have taught +-4000 children to surf and +-1000 boys to play soccer and +-1000 children how to swim so far. We have helped many people with food by going house to house in the townships (slums): offering food to people and Counselling to them. I am so blessed to be able to reach out to the less Privileged people of Africa and South Africa and add HOPE into their lives.
Mandy Says: Thank-you to the people that have believed in me and supported me to reach out to those in need, adding HOPE, LOVE AND SUCCESS INTO PEOPLES LIVES.
Any help you feel you want to give towards our projects will be so much appreciated. We run many skills development projects through-out South Africa and we have a Huge need for any resources and finances to keep running our Projects. Our aim is to teach people skills, so that they can earn a living for themselves. (instead of begging for money on the streets).
(Please note that sadly there are many Organisations using Mandy Weschtas Photos on their websites to try and get themselves more Volunteers and Funding, However These Organisations are Pretending that they are running her projects. Thes projects are not affiliated with Mandy Weschtas Projects at all. This is something that our technical support is looking into and trying to discourage. Please make sure not to sign up or partner with anyone that is falsely using our Photos. Please do check with us first before you sign up or make a donation with other organisations. Everything we do runs through this website and www.volunteerinsouthafrica.co.uk website. The other Organisations using false advertising on their websites pretending to be us when they are not. So please do check with us First. We are reaching out to +-30,000 less privileged people in South Africa and so our prices are structured in such a way to maintain the running of the Projects.
Please consider Partnering with us monthly to help maintain the running costs of our Projects. This will be so much appreciated by all the www.lovetogive.co.za projects and help us to continue to reach out to more people adding HOPE AND LOVE into their lives. Our projects can then also expand so that we can reach the lives of many, many more people. Impacting their lives for PURPOSE AND DESTINY.