This trip contains multiple components. We will initiate Faith & Work events at three to four churches that partner with Redeemer, including Grace Chapel Durban. The churches will host the event, which will include testimonies, panel discussions, and a message from the pastor. No special skill is needed for these events, other than the willingness to share your testimony with the congregants. It is a wonderful opportunity for evangelism, as well as sharing in community with several local churches. We will also attend their Community Groups and become active in their services by sharing testimonies and utilizing any artistic talent.
We will spend some time with ithemba Projects, a community development organization that partners with the community of Sweetwaters/Mpumuza to bring holistic restoration: spiritually, economically and socially. They concentrate their work on kids and teens, by providing youth mentors and role models. Our goal will be to use our creative skills to support their youth mentoring work -possibly at a youth camp- or assisting in the start up of a drop-in centre for orphans and vulnerable children.
Finally, we will travel to Estcourt to work with the Midlands Christian Centre, a church that fosters several programs within their community. We could do special events at the school, do mercy ministry at the nearby township, or work at an orphanage connected to the church. All skills and vocations are welcome, and we will tailor the activities toward the strengths and gifts of the team members. Musical and artistically inclined team mates are especially welcome!