Tuesday, May 15, 2012

The Birthing of Authors

Creative writers. That is what we bloggers are. Right?

Each of us can probably trace our writing gift back to our school days with a story we wrote or a teacher who saw the gift in us. Without a doubt, writing is an extension of who we are. And through our writing our own lives have been enriched. Over and over again, bloggers get to tell their stories.

As creative writers, we have the opportunity to get behind students in the township of Qwa Qwa, South Africa who are being challenged to write through a writing competition. The writing competition is not sponsored by their school, but through the ministry of Ignite South Africa.

These children know nothing of what writing will do for them.  Not yet anyway.  I believe through this competition their giftings will be stirred up (II Tim. 1:6) and authors may be birthed as they pen their stories.

I've been to Qwa Qwa, South Africa.  I've seen poverty and hopelessness that my senses cannot even begin to accept as fact. And these children are being given an opportunity to write about their lives. That is profound.

They are being given an opportunity to give their hearts a voice, for hope to be kindled, for dreams to be dreamed, and to be able to emerge from a cocoon transformed. 

And possibly...maybe...a way out of their ancestral poverty by becoming communicators through the written word.

Ignite South Africa is sponsoring the first Creative Writing Competition for grades 7-9 (ages 11-19). Here is the list of topics they have to choose from:

The essays are to be between 500-800 words in English, and their stories must be true and will be verified. Here are the three topics they can choose from:
  • My Life
  • Their story and who they are today because of it
  • Living with HIV
  • Their story of living with infection, or someone who is infected with HIV/AIDS, or having lost someone to AIDS.
  • Hope Found
  • The story of their life, how one of our programs or coaches impacted them, and who they are today because of it.

It is exciting to think how the students' lives are going to change as they find their voice through their pens - as their story unfolds on paper!  

And we have an opportunity to be a part of their transformation. Let us stand beside these impoverished African children and encourage them to write their stories.  I am asking you to please consider sponsoring this writing competition, whatever small amount you can do. You can donate right on Ignite South Africa's website.  


You can send me a check - I'll collect the funds from all of you and send in one payment from all of us WRITERS in our Circle of Sharing.  I do believe that this is God-breathed.  May we not miss the opportunity God has placed before us to touch lives we would never be able to do otherwise.

Because of Him and Unto Him,


Saleslady371 said...

What a great opportunity for these students to share themselves. May it be a springboard to a brighter future for those of them who participate in the program.

Diane Ronzino said...

Yes, thank you! I'm believing for that!

Diane Ronzino said...

God bless you, Hazel!

Amy said...

So great to read this post!!! An encouraging word, indeed!!

Judi S. Coleman said...

That's a great idea...I'll send you an email about getting a check to you!

Diane Ronzino said...

Thank you, Amy!

Diane Ronzino said...

That's great of you, Judi! Thanks...I'll look for your email.

Diane Ronzino said...

I received your note and check, Hazel. Thank you so much!!! I'm so excited that some of us writers are supporting the young ones. God bless you!