Teams coming to spend time with Hands at Work in Africa is integral to our vision. Here, they are immersed in community living, they learn more about the Hands at Work model and, of course, they visit the vulnerable communities and form relationships there. When St Andrew’s Church from the UK first visited Hands, they were exploring what it meant to partner with Hands and how this could be translated into supporting a community. But their impact in the Hands community was even broader than this. Their team came to learn, understand and stand in solidarity with the Hands family, coming alongside what was already happening and seeking to serve in whatever ways they could. The resultant partnership that St Andrew’s formed with Hands at Work was one of mutual service, respect and learning – and where deep and meaningful relationships have been formed. In 2017, St Andrew’s sent their third team to South Africa and spent time visiting their partnered community of Siyathuthuka.
"I like coming to the youth exchange days. It’s a place where we can share our struggles with one another and we don’t feel alone.” – Youth Leader (Mluti Community, South Africa) In June of 2016, twenty young leaders from Zwelisha, Mluti and Siyathuthuka Communities gathered in Zwelisha during their school holidays for a Youth Exchange Day. The youth spent the day encouraging and learning from one another as they built relationships and heard from the word of God. #Fellowship #Joy