“As a local church, we must do something – not just by talking but by action. If the church doesn’t play its role, these children are going to disappear and lose their hope and confidence." – Pastor Paul, Welverdiend, South Africa.
“As we helped paint the Care Point in Welverdiend Community, South Africa, the excitement of the Care Workers inspired our team. You couldn’t wipe the joy and pride off the children’s faces as they added their touch of colour.”
"My thoughts about Africa have completely changed. I was fearful of going at first because all I ever heard about Africa was the pain, suffering, violence and oppression. Since visiting, I have seen a different Africa. I have seen the colour, the joy in those who have very little, the African dance, the African countryside and a care model that is working.”
Eddie Skinner, Heart City Church Team (Australia) shares about his time visiting Hands at Work and the community of Welverdiend in South Africa.
“This photo is of Josefa* from Pfunani Community. We were doing an appreciation day for the Care Workers and because there was an additional workbook left over, I gave it to Josefa and asked him to write his name on the heart. The booklet was based on Ephesians 3:18 and when I explained that it said ‘God loves Josefa,’ he gave me a huge, beautiful smile.”
Audrey Sibiya (African Volunteer, #SouthAfrica) shares about what church mobilisation looks like at the Pfunani Community Based Organisation (CBO) in Welverdiend, South Africa:
"There are two pastors who are actively involved at the Pfunani Life Centre: Pastor Richard Masuku and Pastor Paul. Pastor Richard serves as one of our board members at the Pfunani CBO in Welverdiend. We have a strong relationship with these pastors and they are willing to support us whenever we need them." Please #pray for more pastors like Pastor Richard and Pastor Paul in each of our communities across Africa to stand up and recognise their biblical mandate to care for the most vulnerable. #ChristAsOurFoundation#LocalChurch
Pastor Paul is from Welverdiend Community in South Africa and is with the ‘International Christian Centre Church’. He shares: "As a church, we are doing our part to show love to children and those that have been orphaned. We are playing an important role in looking after them and helping them. Some of them don’t have parents and they don’t have that love that children are supposed to get from their parents. I have opened my hands. Every Sunday, I say to people that if they know anyone that is sick, I’m available. Please let me. I’ll go. I’ll visit and pray for them. We are in one community. If we just fold our hands, who is going to take the responsibility? As a church, we must do something - not just by talking, but by action. These kids from the Life Centre are our future generation. If the church doesn’t play it’s role, these kids are going to disappear, and lose their hope and confidence."