Activities Report for 2010

 Outreach:

During the World Cup we used opportunities to share the Gospel and offer prayer and counsel to reach visitors and locals who would come to the fan parks and stadiums.  Our tract distribution for the year rose to a record 31,000, each pamphlet reaching, encouraging, empowering or uplifting someone.

We again endevoured to teach others to teach others throughout this year. We continued to encourage others to participate in our volunteer activities and to live out their Christian faith in an active way by offering them opportunities to join us on visits to the prison, with serving a meal to elderly, to our Christmas party in Orange Farm, and with outreach and other activities.

Visits, phonecalls, sending weekly emails and/or SMSs have helped us stay in touch with those we meet to further strengthen them in their faith.

Activated Library and Reading Room & Bible Studies:

The premises we are renting in Diepkloof, Soweto have served the community as a meeting place for prayer and Bible studies in the evenings. Though we were unable to expand activities in 2010, it has served as a base for outreach activities in Soweto.

Bible Study classes in Orange Farm and Evaton West have also been established now.

Workshop for Educators:

One of our fulltime workers invested time and effort into preparing and presenting a one day workshop for 45 educators of 5 needy government schools from the Tembisa, Katlehong, Primrose and Germiston districts to aid their professional teacher development. The aim of the workshop was to motivate and empower educators to offer their best to the children in their care. We discussed various leadership qualities needed in their workplace and the importance of tackling the challenges the profession brings in a proactive manner. The training was given free of charge.

Prison Ministry:

Our Bible study course at Kutama Sinthumule Correctional Centre in Louis Trichardt was attended by 83 inmates in 2010. We assessed progress through the test which is mailed to us for assessment once a module is completed and monitored class attendance.  A total of 1120 classes as well as 238 booklets were mailed or given as gifts to the prisoners throughout the year. 54 students graduated at the end of the year each receiving a certificate and a small gift.

We visited the inmates two times throughout the year to meet with and encourage them. On the visits we were accompanied by members of our team from Soweto and Orange Farm who did a fantastic job leading the program. We receive reactions to the course  and our visits and various questions in the mail and strive to answer each letter personally.

A total of 8 students participated in the 12 Foundation Stones Course, a leadership and discipleship course which emphasises practical application of the Christian principles it teaches.

The three libraries at Kutama Sinthumule Correctional Centre in Louis Trichardt received a donation of 18 Christian booklets.  The three facilitators of the course received training in the workshop that we held while visiting the correctional facility.

Visitation at Leeuwkop Juvenile Detention Centre has spanned over the past 8 years. Twenty inmates completed the two courses that were offered this year around. 210 class sheets were distributed and our dedicated team members spent many hours answering inmate’s questions and concerns.

Helping those in need:

The food distribution to families has been a help and encouragement to a number of families in Soweto, Orange Farm and Evaton  West. The goods and items donated have been much appreciated. Approximately 80 people/children received regular food aid  throughout the year.

Other needy institutions also received donations of food and clothing. One of such is Christway Centre in Turffontein which houses 30 children and runs a feeding scheme to over 300 people. From the later part of the year onwards, Buyis’ithemba Health Community Project in Zakariyya Park also benefitted. 100 children from needy families were assisted bi-monthly with bread.

At Christmas we provided a wholesome meal to approximately 120 elderly people who reside in 3 complexes in the Brixton area.

Christway Centre Christmas party:

We joined Elise again this year for her Christmas event for 300 children from impoverished families. The children enjoyed the performances and activities and a wholesome meal and appreciated the colouring books and pencils, toys and sweets that were distributed We raised the sponsorship for the colouring books and pencils which were handed out to the 300 children along with the other toys.

Christmas Party in Orange Farm:

Approximately 200 children attended our Christmas party in Driezik, Orange Farm and thoroughly enjoyed the games, meal and gift package they each received. There was a lot of excitement in the air and it was wonderful and heartwarming to hear the laughter and see the children’s smiles. The parents thanked the team for the food and organising  the fun activities and commented that no one had ever come to do something the like for the children in this area.

 

 

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