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Report on WCYCS Community Service Projects

By Hiskia Missah

 

On Monday, May 21, 2012, I had the pleasure of visiting Good Hope High School with Pastor Mandla Lupondwana, Youth Director of Western Region of Cape Conference, and Pastor Lefume Xolisa. The school will be the first service project in the Cape Town area in July 2013. This school has a huge piece of land with no fence around it. There is a real felt need to protect this school property by putting up a fence around the outer perimeter and providing other services assigned by the school management.
 
The second site we visited was Khayalethu SDA Church, a church with 200 members. The project activity at this site will be a Vacation Bible School, serving the children of the church as well as non-SDA children from the neighborhood.
 
The third site we visited was Thembalethu SDA Church in Gugulethu. There were 40 seniors who received services from this church; 32 are SDAs and 8 are non-SDAs. They meet in this church every Wednesday morning after the prayer meeting and Bible study, and the church serves them food. This is one of the best services provided by the church to the senior citizens, giving them ears to listen to their stories as well as to share with them God’s love stories.
 
Another pastor joined us, Pastor James Williams. He took us to the fourth project, which is called Ndlovini Cooking Program. In this place they gather people from the neighborhood and teach them healthy cooking alongside Bible study.
 
Another project site we saw was Iris House, the children’s hospice. This project is coordinated by a Christian woman. It is a vibrant charity committed to enriching the quality of life for special needs children and young people with life-limiting or life-threatening conditions and providing support for their families.
 
 
 
Easy Mbinga, the local coordinator of the community service projects for WCYCS 2013, together with Veronica Moloto, took us to Thutong Meals on Wheels in Meadowlands, Soweto, Johannesburg. This project is serving 400 people—giving meals every Tuesday and Thursday, and on Wednesday they lead out in physical exercises and handicrafts. 
 
Later on, Pastor De Lange joined our team and we visited Weavind Park Nursery School under the supervision of Anca Smith, a young lady who is very skillful and active in supervising several community services. There are 80 children, from infants to six-year-olds. When we reached that place, a hearty welcome was given by a lovely choir of wonderful children who made their visitors feel at home.
 
Another project we visited was Shammah project. There were 106 people living in this place, 8 married couples and 32 children. This is a mission field where a 5-day plan to stop smoking can be conducted during the day and Bible classes or week of prayer to be conducted in the evening.
 
The last place we visited was Magnoliahaven Retiree Project, where Mr. Brian Buckly is the coordinator. There are 64 families living in this place. For this service project, Bible studies and revival meetings can be done in the evening, while during the day services for the retirees can be conducted by the youth volunteers.
 
Some important information about going to Cape Town:
Cape Town is one of the most attractive cities in South Africa to be visited. It has so many interesting places to see. It is a two-hour flight south from Johannesburg with many daily flights offered. Here is a link to see the frequency of daily flights from Johannesburg to Cape Town. Try to find out the cheapest fare from the local airlines: http://www.southafrica.to/transport/Airlines/Cheap-flights/2007/April/Johannesburg-Cape-Town-flights.php5
 
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