How do we deal with some of the challenges we face when we return home from a short-term mission trip? Three months ago, a team from Melbourne and Sydney returned from visiting Hands at Work in South Africa on a short-term trip.
2012 has certainly been a year of growth and change for Hands at Work, as an organization, and one that presented Busie and I with new opportunities and challenges as individuals and as a married couple.
We are excited to announce that this coming Sunday night, Leigh Hatcher, one of Australia's most experienced broadcast journalists, will be interviewing George Snyman, founder of Hands at Work in Africa.
Written by Tanya Cummings of Plentylife Church, Doreen VIC
People are always absolutely amazed when I tell them the story of how we got plane ticket’s to Africa. I’m sure you remember the story how we signed up to go to Africa on a mission trip, trusting God would provide the money for our plane tickets, but as the time neared for plane tickets to be paid for; I realized that even with the fundraising we were planning there wouldn’t be enough money for us both to go, so I told my daughter Jess I wouldn’t go. She responded saying ‘I believe we’ll both go and we won’t have to pay for the tickets”. I was unbelieving, but the next day Michelle ...
On Saturday 11th of August, a Café Event was held at Kingsway Community Church for Hands at Work in Africa. This was an opportunity for people in Sydney to hear first-hand from George Snyman, who was visiting Sydney for the week.
It's been more than a year since MLC visited Hands at Work in South Africa, where 8 girls, accompanied by Ms Argy Asimakoula and Ms Sarah Tynan, experienced firsthand, the true value of life and happiness.
Hello or Sabonani (siSwati – South Africa) or Mulishuni (Bemba – Zambia). Time for my next update as I am sitting here in Zambia and have been in Africa with Hands at Work for over 3 months. “What have I been up to,” I hear you ask…
This team, who recently travelled to South Africa, was made up of extended family members from VIC and NSW. Keen to impact their entire family, the team was made up of adults and children alike. Their aim: To be changed, and to understand more about the work of Hands at Work in Africa…
Take a look at the dates below to see where you can join us to hear from George about Hands at Work. We look forward to seeing you there!
As I write this, I am sitting at the Hands at Work village in South Africa. I left Australia in May, with 19 other Australians, and went to Zambia for 2 weeks. We did some community visits and a weeklong camp for vulnerable children. Then on the 19th May I left my team and flew to South Africa and began my 4-week orientation into the Hands at Work family. It is challenging but I am really, really loving it.
We recently hosted a Summer Café event in Sydney, NSW, and invited friends of Hands at Work to come and enjoy a night out. This was an opportunity to re-connect with our friends as well as update them with what Hands at Work is busy doing in Africa. We had an incredible night together and appreciated the efforts of so many people who helped to make it a huge success!
Each year from Australia, a team of Victorians travel across to Zambia to spend a few weeks with the communities they have partnered with for many years. Headed up by New Horizons Church in Whittlesea, these teams have formed personal relationships with community volunteers and children who are receiving care and support through Hands at Work in Africa.
What an incredible opportunity to come together and celebrate all that God is doing through Hands at Work in Africa. This is also an essential time for planning the year ahead and ensuring we have a shared common vision.
I first heard about South Africa and specifically Hands at Work when my father and two sisters went over and did a short 10 day trip with my church. I remember them coming back and trying to explain the experience, however the one constant phrase I heard from them was ‘We can try to explain it to you, but you won’t understand unless you go yourself’.
My heart has been stirring for Africa for a few years now, so this year in September I decided to take the plunge, book a trip, and get over to South Africa on the ground to experience first hand the work that Hands at Work is doing. Before I left I thought I had some idea of the situation in Africa and a grasp of the work Hands at Work was doing. However until I saw, I really did not know. However what I did see and experience...I was absolutely blown away.
Lynn Chotowetz travelled to Ago Okota in October 2011. He wrote: “As we walked Ago Okota’s streets in the morning, we passed a woman frying fish in a pot of oil over a wood fire. There was a young girl (about 13) working with the woman; the girl had a baby tied onto her back.
In September 2011, Stephen Jones, an Australian serving long-term with Hands at Work in South Africa, had the opportunity to speak with three visiting Australians. Melissa Warren, Tim and James McLaughlin all arrived in South Africa and participated in the new volunteers orientation. Stephen asked each of them what was their motivation for coming to Africa, and received three different responses.
It is with a heart of thanksgiving and joy that I have the opportunity to write this report about “Reaching for Change” which has been the main purpose of this South Africa tour. I feel honored to have shared my passion for making a difference in the world with these dedicated young ladies from MLC and to work alongside these African communities.