With South Africa divided by Apartheid
, we found that many people living in the Townships around Cape Town were living in poverty and oppression
. So for many years we have been deeply involved in ministering to the poor and oppressed by means of word and works. Our main aim is to connect people to Jesus
, who is the One who breaks the hold of oppression, restores dignity and who answers the cries of the poor. Secondly, we see to the needs of the poor
in such a way that we do not create dependence but help build dignity and self-worth. We seek to build relationships so that they result in us being friends together, serving each other with whatever provision/gifting God has given us.
We have had the privilege of leading many people to the Lord, which has resulted in two churches being planted in the Townships. Our first plant was Uzuko Lwakhe
(His Glory) Church in Khayelitsha
, and the second, Khanyisa Community Church
. Both churches are exciting to visit as one sees the power of God at work in people’s lives. You will see the restoration of dignity, hope, and leadership, and recognition of the abilities and gifting that each has.
We have also been part of a successful housing project
, which was instrumental in moving a community of 650 families from living in shacks with no electricity, running water, toilets and in desperate conditions to brick houses with all the ‘perks’ as mentioned before. This was truly a miracle of God!
We are at present working into the Township of Langa
and are privileged to have cell groups
there as well as participation in our Sunday morning meetings. And, of course, friendships are developing!
"Is not this the kind of fasting I have chosen: to loose the chains of injustice and untie the cords of the yoke, to set the oppressed free and break every yoke? Is it not to share your food with the hungry
and to provide the poor wanderer with shelter
- when you see the naked, to clothe him
, and not to turn away from your own flesh and blood.......then you will call, and the Lord will answer; you will cry for help, and He will say: Here am I."