Birth of a vision

2015-05-26 06:00
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Children at the LIV school.

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LIV provides holistic residential care for orphaned and vulnerable children in and around the Valley of a Thousand Hills.

Its vision is to “Rescue a child, Restore a life, Raise a leader and Release a star”, and on 5 June LIV celebrates the birth of this vision­.

Its core vision is responsible for the transformation of the lives of more than 150 orphaned and vulnerable children and there will be events from the 5 to 7 June.

Tich Smit, LIV Village founder, set a precedence with the initial 7 April, 2010 banquet, addressing 4 000 guests at the International Convention Centre. Five years ago he took to the podium to impart the vision that God had planted in him.

This vision saw 96 homes, a health-care centre, a school with 25 classrooms, an ECD Centre, a sports fields, a business centre and vegetable gardens grow into a “lived” experience.

At this year’s banquet the main speakers were Dr Zweli Mkhize, Rory Dyer and Smit. Tremendous transformation of lives and growth has been achieved by LIV since its inception stage, thus celebrations are in order. This year’s banquet is however, sold out.

Retrospectively speaking, the beginning consisted of a broken down chicken farm in the Cottonlands area of Ndwedwe, a concept drawing of a village with 150 homes for 1 000 children, a school, clinic, church hall, vegetable crops and business centre, and unfortunately no money left to build even one house.

The village remains under construction with the objective of incorporating government, business and the church in a goal-orientated relationship. Many lives have been transformed through the existence of the village and many more are to be transformed. The impending celebrations are of God’s transforming powers and his supernatural provision.

Although tickets for the banquet are sold out, LIV extends a warm invitation to everyone wishing to attend the Church leadership training, Women of Worth conference, Worship Celebration, and Open day.

“LIV Missions Conference will be held from 1pm to 4pm on Friday at the LIV school hall.

“We are hosting a missions conference for anyone interested in learning how to, more actively, be the hands and feet of Jesus with the focus on the great commission for the church to take care of the orphaned and vulnerable children of our nation and beyond,” Smit said

“We encourage church leaders in particular, to come and listen, and to bring members who want to be equipped. This is also for leaders to hear how to motivate their congregations to respond to the cry of the Father for His children.”

LIV Family Open Day and Market will be held on Saturday 6 June and will be a day of fun. On sale will be LIV fresh vegetables, craft items, LIV clothing and refreshments. If moms are attending the Women of Worth, fathers are encouraged to bring the children to participate in the organised sports events on the field.

This event is free however, donations of school supplies and sports equipment are welcome.

The Women of Worth Celebration will be from 9am to 12pm on 6 June, where they will be treated to a lavish tea party, as well as a special presentation by the LIV mothers and LIV teenage girls.

Dress code - extravagant (prize for best dressed). RSVP is essential for access to LIV Village, including free events. To book your place, or for more information, e-mail

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