When I first joined Hands at Work, I arrived totally saturated by the culture I had been raised in. But I guess this was to be expected! I had been born, raised and moulded by one particular culture and therefore carried with me certain expectations, norms and a sense of entitlement.
Lisa and Brian Dalley have been volunteers for Hands at Work since 2008. They started in Canada serving for the Hands Canada office and came to serve long term in Africa in 2015. They are currently living at the Kachele Village in Zambia where Lisa serves with teams and supports Team Kitwe and Brian does building, construction and HR.
The chapel at the Hands at Work HUB in South Africa is a very special place for many volunteers. Tyler, Catherine, and Robyn share why it is special to them.
At Hands at Work, our volunteers are called by God from all over the world to serve the most vulnerable in Africa. Each of us has a unique story of how we were transformed when we stepped out in faith and were obedient to His call. Tommy and Morgan’s stories started out from different countries, but the journey God has brought them both on has led them into a beautiful story of love, adventure, and serving Him together. Both of them being confident of God’s calling, they share their story of serving and following Christ.
Twice a year, Hands at Work welcomes a new intake of volunteers. In September 2014, 8 volunteers joined us to serve for one year and in February 2015 we were blessed with 13 more. They each received the same calling of God to serve in Africa, but the work He is doing in their own lives is unique. Here, some of them reflect on their journey so far in Africa.
Volunteers from around the world of various backgrounds and ages comprise the Hands at Work team. Hands at Work invites volunteers to come and invest a year or more of their life on behalf of the most vulnerable by becoming a part of our work, family and community of faith. During a five week orientation in South Africa, they are prepared to mobilise, equip and support the local church across Africa to transform the lives of the most vulnerable. We ask our volunteers to learn and serve in whatever way is needed. Like scaffolding, they are an essential yet temporary tool in building a structure and leaving it stronger than when they arrived.
Hands at Work envisions the local church in Africa united with the international church around the world, serving together to care for the most vulnerable people in the poorest African communities. In the US, Suzette, Michelle and Sara are three members of the Hands at Work US team who have answered this calling on their lives. Here they reflect on their call to GIVE:
Hands at Work believes that for us to serve the most vulnerable in the poorest communities in Africa, we must first serve the people we live and work with every day in community. We have very different testimonies of our walks with Christ, but we all feel called to serve the most vulnerable here in Africa
Stay connected with Hands at Work to hear what is happening on the ground in Africa, and around the world as we unite with the international church to bring hope to the hopeless. Hear what is inspiring us, read stories of transformation among the most vulnerable, and stay informed with how you can serve as we are called together to serve our brothers and sisters in Africa.
In 2008, Oumie started living with George and Carolyn Snyman (her son and daughter-in-law, Hands at Work Co-Founders). Soon afterwards, she was diagnosed with acute leukemia and told she had only weeks to live. There was a new chemotherapy treatment available, and she qualified to begin receiving it. Oumie’s friends and family stood with her in prayer, trusting that God could heal her.