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First Mission: South Africa, Jan 2008

The Ministry of Jesus
The Biblical example of Jesus’ ministry teaches us that Jesus’ style spanned a spectrum of activities, blended together, which encompassed the extremities of “Feed the Poor” and “Teach the Word.” Sometimes these aspects were blended simultaneously, sometimes Jesus started with “Feed the Poor” and advanced later to “Teach the Word.”

Jesus then took the loaves, gave thanks, and distributed to those who were seated as much as they wanted. He did the same with the fish. Jesus said to them, “I tell you the truth… the bread of God is he who comes down from heaven and gives life to the world.” (John 6:11,32-33)
Christadelphian preaching ministries have traditionally focused on Teaching the Word but perhaps without including the service aspects of Feeding the Poor. The brethren in South Africa have attempted to redress that shortcoming by designing a program which incorporates the fullness of the spectrum of activity which Jesus himself used.

P2P Earth volunteers
100 young people, mainly from Australia & North America, volunteered to assist in P2P Earth’s venture in South Africa (ZA) and were previously trained with the “Prepared to Preach” (P2P) program. In ZA they formed 10 Teams of 10, each named after an early apostle. Monies were disbursed from the Community Outreach Project (COP) fund in ZA. The large number visiting prompted the formation of the “Amanzi” youth conference directly before the preaching mission, which in turn drew yet more young people. Travel to ZA for the 24 North American volunteers was funded by the Williamsburg Christadelphian Foundation (WCF). Continent Attendees Africa 52 Asia 4 Australasia 112 Europe 35 N America 40 International Night at the Amanzi conference, Jan 2008
Photo from Adam McGuigan’s collection

Preaching Spectrum
The projects described here are sequenced in the way I perceive they span the spectrum from predominantly “feed the poor” objectives to “teach the word” objectives. P2P Team featured James Lydia Philip Paul Stephen Andrew Thomas John Barnabus

Feed the Poor 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9

P2P Project & Place Orphanage upgrade, Tembisa Township, Johannesburg Pentecostal church youth program, Umlazi Township, Durban Creche & WhizzKids office, Lamontville Township, Durban Creche at Christadelphian church, Margate Kingdom Kids soccer & classes, Mariannhills Township, Durban Creche & Sis classes at Christadelphian church, Candu, E Cape Bible Education Centre & Town Centre concerts, Durban Bible Education Centre, Kempton Park, Johannesburg Preaching campaign seminars, Port Elizabeth

Teach the Word

This report is as complete as my personal visits and experiences were able to make it, but I apologize to those individuals, teams & projects with whom my travels did not intersect. John Pople

P2P Project Locations

Johannesburg

Durban Margate Candu

Port Elizabeth

P2P CA crew in ZA
Kyle, Nic, Vinca, Eric John, Roger, Sami

Jess, Levi, Colleen, Meaghan, Steve, Wendy, Becky, Leah, Kristyn Also in ZA: Hailey, Jen, Beth, Pauline, Bev, Hannah, Sharina & Alyssa

Good News of the Kingdom of God
The Bible message: “The Good News of the Kingdom of God” was chosen as a ‘brand’ for the preaching effort and applied in high profile manner.

At the end of the two week preaching effort one of our friends referred to the volunteers as “the group from the Kingdom of God.” An encouraging thought!

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Orphanage Refurbishment at Tembisa Township, Johannesburg

Tembisa Township, Johannesburg

Johannesburg Tembisa Township

Durban Margate Candu

Kempton Park

Johannesburg

Port Elizabeth

Tembisa Township, Johannesburg
• Tembisa is a shanty style township by Johannesburg • The P2P Plan is to upgrade an existing orphanage there

Tembisa: Team JAMES
Kyle Abi

Sally Thompson Abi Catchlove Dan Crawford Dan Eggington Leah Eggington Kyle Clopton Lani Stremple Larry Goodridge Rosie Lawrie Vinca Bullock

Larry

Sally

Rosie

Tembisa Orphanage
• Tiny orphanage sleeps 26 in front and rear buildings • The overseers, a married couple, live in a shack on-site • P2P Plan: Lay concrete floor and put roof between front & back buildings to increase “living” space by ~50%. Also install a shower Overseer’s house

Front building

Rear building: sleeps 8 boys

Rear building

Tembisa Orphanage
A volunteer surveys the scene out front…

…& a resident smiles from his bedroom out back

These are the currently the only washing facilities, in which a shower was installed

Tembisa Orphanage
Smiles all around. From the children…

…and the volunteers.

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Summer Youth Program at Umlazi Township, Durban

Umlazi Township, Durban

Johannesburg

Mariannhills

Durban

Durban Margate Candu

Lamontville Umlazi Port Elizabeth

Umlazi Township
Umlazi Township is the biggest township in the Durban area, with a population of around 2 000 000. It is the second biggest township in South Africa, behind the world (in)famous Soweto Township in Johannesburg.

Umlazi: Summer Program
The P2P project was to provide a summer program for ~60 children from a Pentecostal church in the township. The ‘church’ is a tent over a concrete slab, (bottom right) plus a trailer (right). The church is run by the friendly pastor Leonard (bottom left) and his assistant Ayanda. Leonard’s church in Umlazi Township, Durban.

Umlazi: Team LYDIA & ANDREW
Gabriella Stephen & Donna May Pete H

Pete S Adam

Stephanie Hope

Team LYDIA: Belinda Dennes; Adam McGuigan; Nic McGuigan; Stephen Eggington; Donna-May Eggington; Gabriella Eggington; Pete Hardy; Melody Kingston; Hope Steel; Pete Shim; Nathan Gilmore; Stephanie Higham

Umlazi: Division of Labour
With two P2P Teams deployed, Lydia & Andrew, the volunteers subdivided into four groups. Sharon van Rensburg’s bright idea was for one group to teach drama for an hour; one soccer; one crafts and one lead a prayer group. The children would rotate around all four groups during the day. A fifth team was designated as a skilled maintenance crew to help upgrade the ramshackle trailer used as a worship room. On the first day 50 children were already there when we arrived. Curiously they were all male - perhaps the program had been advertised purely as soccer? During the day word evidently got out that fun things were happening, by the end of the day 120 children were there - more than the lunches brought! Maximum attendance through the week peaked at ~150!

Umlazi: Maintenance
Exterior: Before Matt Venn Jeremy Venn Steve Eggington Steve Hindmarsh Interior: Before

Exterior: After Final exterior colours were chosen to reflect the “Kingdom of God” brand

Interior: After

Umlazi: Drama
Nick Morgan, Stuart Bowen, Jenny Galbraith & Hope Steel led a drama group. One of their activities included acting out the Biblical parables.

Prodigal Morgan departs on a long journey…

…but is ultimately welcomed home

Umlazi: Sports
Adam & Nic McGuigan, Pete Shim & Steph Higham entertained the children with sporting activities. Some of the boys enjoyed the sports so much they were reluctant to change activities at the break, there always seemed to be more than the requisite 25% of the children on the field!

Umlazi: Crafts
Belinda Dennes, Karlie Pogson, Nathan Gilmore & Pete Hardy led crafts: decorating cookies, drawing, making facemasks

Umlazi: Prayer

Melody Kingston, Gabriella & DonnaMay Eggington & I led a prayer group

Each child was asked to choose one thing they would pray for. One said: “no more death,” one said: “that my friend can walk with his legs.” Some said: “a large family,” several said: “a home.” One said: “lots of money” one: “lots of fast cars” another: “to be able to fly” another: “to be the best soccer player.” The last child to speak said: “Every man should be with his God.” He was 10.

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Summer Creche Program at Lamontville Township, Durban

Lamontville Township, Durban

Johannesburg

Mariannhills

Durban

Durban Margate Candu

Lamontville Umlazi Port Elizabeth

Lamontville Township
Lamontville is the oldest township in the Durban area, originally designed by the Durban City Council to house the black labour force close to their place of work. It now houses an estimated population of 400 000.

Lamontville Creche
A building has been refurbished with money from the COP fund to provide a community creche. The P2P project was for the volunteers to care for the children in the creche and supply Bible stories and lessons.

Lamontville: Team PHILIP
Tim

John Dennes Becky Brown Dan Ryan Jared Pogson Jessica Russell Laura Eggington Nicola White Sami Itani Kristyn Griffin Jonno Nutter

Jonno

Jessica

Nicola

Laura

Becky

Kristyn

Whizzkids United
The building also houses the office for “Whizzkids United.” Whizzkids is the new name for FIFFA-Kids: (Football-Inspired Fighting For African Kids), the soccer oriented HIV awareness program run by Bro Marcus McGilvray. After Whizzkids Utd, the young people can enroll in “Kingdom Youth FC,” run by Bro Mitch & Sis Miriam Hardy under WCF’s “White Fields” program. KYFC teaches the Gospel message, also through football training. Mitch & Miri enjoyed 3 baptisms during the 9 months they ran KYFC - by God’s grace many more will follow! Mitch & Miri

Nicky

Marcus

Lamontville
Both the Creche and the WhizzKids United office are in the same building

Whizzkids Office

Creche

Lamontville
A couple of days were spent cleaning the facility, and then doors were opened for the children to come and play. As with other township areas, they poured in eagerly, one day saw ~90 kids inside. The eagerness spreads across the ages, two women walking past (R) enthusiastically agreed to send their grandchildren to the creche. They were pleasantly surprised that there were no fees to pay. One creche exercise invited the children to design their first prayer – with some inspiring results!

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Creche at Margate

Margate

Johannesburg

Durban Margate Candu

Port Elizabeth

Margate
Team Paul were running a creche in the Margate Christadelphian church; which will also house a mini-BEC in the foyer.

Margate church

Steve

Adam

Steve also dug a vegetable plot, presumably using his camera, since it was always in his hands. ☺

Adam, proudly posing in front of someone else’s hard work. ☺

Margate: Team PAUL
Photo from Meaghan Vaughn’s collection

Dave Bowe Jonno Russell Bek King Jen Northcott Jen Paggi Lizzy Rendell Meaghan Vaughn Phil Rosser Steve Higham Tim King

Lizzy; Jen N; Steve; Jen P; Meg; Jonno; Dave; Phil

Margate Creche
Crafts and music were high on the agenda for the Margate children

Photo from Craig Blewett’s collection

Margate Creche
And many of the P2P team found relationships with the children, and even the children themselves, very difficult to let go.

Meaghan

Dave

Photo from Craig Blewett’s collection

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Creche & Bible Classes at Candu, Eastern Cape

Candu

Johannesburg

Durban Margate Candu

Port Elizabeth

Candu
Candu is a village in the Eastern Cape, undoubtedly the most rural setting of any visited by the P2P crews.

Christadelphian church /creche

Candu
The Xhosa people in Candu lead a gentle & peaceful life (except for their dogs… ☺) There’s no roads, no running water, just a beautiful agrarian society. Jake & I both spent a birthday there! Bro Templeton ploughs his field with a team of oxen

Templeton

Candu 1st Week: Team PETER
Photo from Bonnie Evans’ collection

Team PETER worked at Candu the previous week: installing valves on the water storage system to increase capacity, teaching cookery and making a roadsign. The ‘showering in the thunderstorm’ event is now legend at Candu. Templeton firmly believes the locals will now be less nervous around storms, (whereas they should probably simply be more nervous around Australians… ☺)

Candu 1st Week : Team PETER
Ben Deller Shane Kirkwood Lyn Kirkwood Sharnie Kirkwood Jacob Kirkwood Alicia Mansfield Bonnie Evans Wendy Gould Michaela Pogson Hailey Rankin Alissa Sillars Jonathan Smith Colleen Uiga
Photo from Bonnie Evans’ collection

Colleen; Wendy; Jon; Jacob; Bonnie; Liss; Sharnie; Mikki; Lyn; Ben

Candu
Bro Templeton runs a creche at the ecclesial hall. A house for Sis Dorothy, who can’t walk, is next door. The P2P plan was to build a shade shelter for the children, build a kitchen workbench for the creche, assist with teaching children, stabilize the children’s playground structures, teach health classes, Bible classes and sisters study classes. Children playing outside Sis Dorothy’s house

Candu church & creche

Dorothy’s house

Candu 2nd week: Team ANDREW
John Pople Wendy Johnsen Jessica Smith Steve Hindmarsh Jenny Galbraith Karlie Pogson Nick Morgan Matt Venn Jeremy Venn Jake Curtis
Karlie Matt Wendy Jake Jeremy

Jess

Steve

John

Jenny

Nick

Candu
Children were a staple diet of Candu

Candu Creche
Jenny, Karlie and Nick taught the children new songs and games. Nick and Karlie also led devotionals for Team Andrew and Jenny taught classes for the Candu sisters. Nick Jenny & Karlie

Photo from Jenny Galbraith’s collection

Candu

Nick & Siyanda (both 17) became friends & herded Siyanda’s cattle Wendy performed invaluable doctor’s visits, taught sister’s class, cooked Xhosa-style and learned the speed limits in Idutywa. Eventually. ☺

Steve built a workbench with fiancé Jess

John secured play structures & taught Bible classes

Candu Shade Shelter

Jem; Matt; Cob & Steve built a shade shelter, going from breaking ground to finished in 2.5 days!

Candu

It’s 10:30pm and I’m giving a ride home to a sister from Mbele, a village a few miles away. We’re driving through pitch darkness: the only light is from the headlights. We’ve long since left roads behind, even dirt ones; tall grass whips against the vehicle as we ride over the crest of a hill. In all 9 people are crammed in the car, most shouting good-naturedly in Xhosa, a language I can’t hope to understand. I think: “What on Earth am I doing? I’m a British physicist who’s supposed to be at work on a particle accelerator in California. Why am I bouncing across a hill in remotest Africa in the middle of the night, being guided to a place I don’t even know exists by a man I’ve known for less than 2 days?” Yet due to the astonishingly varied call and work of the Lord’s family, I realize that’s simply what’s needed, so there’s no better place on Earth for me to be right then than right there. As Shane succinctly said later: “That’s the beauty of the gospel.”

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Kingdom Kids FC soccer & classes at Mariannhills Township, Durban

Mariannhills Township, Durban

Johannesburg

Mariannhills

Durban

Durban Margate Candu

Lamontville Umlazi Port Elizabeth

Mariannhills Township

Mariannhills is a township close to Durban. There are some asphalt roads, some dirt roads; and some stone houses interspersed among corrugated iron shacks and outhouses.

Kingdom Youth FC

Mariannhills Township is where Mitch & Miri Hardy were last running their 9 month WCF sponsored “Kingdom Youth For Christ” soccer program, to bring children to a knowledge of the gospel. Mitch & Miri connected with Sylvester & Phinda, adult residents in Mariannhills, who were interested in the gospel and proved a helpful connection to meet all the local kids.

Mariannhills: Team STEPHEN
Darren Todd & Kelly Miri Jake Mitch

Keren

Carmel

Kezia Kirkwood; Carmel Mansfield; Jake Eggington; Keren Stone; Steven Woolstencroft; Darren Bamber; Todd Mason; Kelly Boyle; Mitch Hardy; Miri Hardy

Kezia

Mariannhills

The youngest children didn’t join in the soccer, but Darren had brought some steel bocce balls for them to play with. Given the long grass the target ball had to be balanced on a traffic cone. The occasional “Ouch! Stop that!” from Darren indicated that some of the children, either by accident or design, misunderstood their target. ☺

Darren

Mariannhills
The enthusiasm of the response to the gospel is well illustrated in Mariannhills, following the work from Mitch and Miri. Invitations to sign up for correspondence courses resulted in 27 signups from those pictured, and several came to church the next day, as invited. Mitch advised that Sylvester and Phinda were wonderfully close to baptism and some hint should be given during class that baptism was the entrance to the Kingdom of God. When that was stated, Sylvester turned around to Mitch and wagged her finger at him, grinning broadly. He was busted. ☺ Sylvester Mitch

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Bible Education Centre at Durban

Durban Bible Education Centre

Johannesburg

Mariannhills

Durban

Durban Margate Candu

Lamontville Umlazi Port Elizabeth

Durban Bible Education Centre
Bible Education Centres (BEC) are key features of the preaching projects in the urban areas. Based on a precedental model in Dandenong, Melbourne, they are Christian bookstores in which browsers can also sign up for correspondence or attend free gospel lessons taught at lunchtimes. In Durban, Sis Mary is supported by the COP fund to manage the BEC. Jemima serves at the desk

Durban BEC storefront

Adam holds a book upside down ☺

Durban BEC: Team THOMAS
Sara-Rose Pogson Jodie Errington Rochelle Errington Levi Gelineau Jessica Sweeny Jemima Jamieson Amy McClure Nicolas Pratt Eric Lange Jess; Jemima John Ashford
Matt; Levi; John; Eric; Amy

Dan; Jonno; Nicolas; Rochelle
Photo from Jodie Errington’s collection

Durban BEC: Town Centre Concert
Repeating a previous idea, Team Thomas, with recruited assistance from Team Philip, held open-air concerts in Durban City Centre, less than a mile from the BEC. Support P2P crew filtered through the crowd handing out flyers for the BEC and chatting about the gospel. Advert for BEC

Open air Christian music concert in Durban

Friends from Lamontville helped sing in Zulu

The P2P support team sat in the blistering sun… discerning locals looked on from the shade ☺

Durban BEC: Town Centre Concert
Other members of the team entertained the crowd with face painting for the young ones and manning stalls advertising correspondence courses and literature at the nearby BEC.

Amy

John

Jess

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Bible Education Centre at Kempton Park, Johannesburg

Kempton Park BEC, Johannesburg

Johannesburg Tembisa Township

Durban Margate Candu

Kempton Park

Johannesburg

Port Elizabeth

Kempton Park BEC
Kempton Park is a city 11 km northeast of Johannesburg, with a mixed race population of ~600 000 The BEC is located in a busy shopping precinct, and was launched by seed funding from WCF in 2006

Kempton Park BEC
Bro Lucas Kempton Park BEC is overseen by Bro Lucas Scheepers, who works full-time as a missionary with WCF’s White Fields program
Photo from Lucas Scheeper’s collection

Bro Andrew • Runs the BEC full time, frees Bro Lucas to leave premises, buy stock, etc • Is sponsored by a brother from the UK • Speaks English, Zulu & Xhosa; the 3 most prevalent of South Africa’s 11 official languages

Kempton Park BEC: Team JOHN
Nathan Osborn; Peter Osborn; Hilary Osborn; Roger Anderson; Leah Anderson; Ben Brenner; Hannah Fadelle; Lara Morgan; Samee Lapham; Tara Venn

Roger

Samee

Tara

Leah

Ben Lara

Kempton Park BEC
Lucas operates a simple and highly successful preaching methodology from the BEC: • Browsers are encouraged to sign up for free Bible correspondence courses • Colourful signs are frequently made up to advertise the newest Bible class • Correspondence course sheets are printed and folded ready for distribution • Bible classes are taught during lunch hour for the keenest contacts • Flyers for the Bible classes are handed Tara folds courses out in the streets just prior to a class

Hannah & Lara prepare adverts

A browser buys a Bible and signs up for correspondence

Kempton Park BEC
Roger & Hannah teach a lunchtime Bible class. The scene is from a traditional Christadelphian preacher’s dream: • People come off the streets partly as a result of handing out flyers • Ask questions concerning specific Biblical doctrines • Happily absorb the scripturally supported answers supplied

P2P Quote Chains in use!

A BEC browser asked Roger to help him understand the Biblical teaching concerning the trinity. Better yet he readily accepted Roger’s diligent explanations. Roger was sufficiently moved by the positive experience of preaching being directly blessed he was moved to later quote: “I beheld Satan fall like lightning from heaven!”

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Preaching seminars at Port Elizabeth

Port Elizabeth

Johannesburg

Durban Margate Candu

Port Elizabeth

Port Elizabeth
Sadly I didn’t get to visit this Team. P2P activities at PE included billing for & teaching seminars, teaching Sunday School classes and hosting a sports afternoon/braai for the community to meet the brethren.
All photos from Tim McClure’s collection

Sharina & Liz teaching Sunday School Sports afternoon

Ben & Tim off billing

Cooking the braai

Port Elizabeth: Team BARNABUS
Ben Dailey Rhoda Adams Beverley Barling Liz Joseph Beth MacAdams Tim McClure Pauline Minter Cara Morgan Jacob Pogson Sharina Zantingh
Beth; Liz; Bev; Cara; Tim Jake Ben

Sharina Pauline

Rhoda

Photo from Tim McClure’s collection

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Conclusions: South Africa, Jan 2008

P2P Earth: ZA Mission
Perceived strengths (such as are under our control) of mission; recommended to be employed for future missions: • Sufficient faith to launch an operation of this vision and scale • Operations within the community that well-matched both the ‘feeding’ and ‘teaching’ aspects exemplified by Jesus’ own ministry • Preparation of preaching ‘stadia’ in which to operate: i.e. BECs were already open and trading; township contacts were already established • Preparation of volunteers. Volunteers had been trained & had bonded at P2P sessions; and bonded at preceding Youth Conference • Scale of operation. That each member was one of a team of 10 and each team was one of 10 generated and carried its own momentum • The prevalence of the Kingdom of God brand, in Tshirts, hats, car magnets, was also powerful in generating momentum for the mission

“Let the little children come to me, and do not hinder them, for the kingdom of God belongs to such as these. I tell you the truth, anyone who will not receive the kingdom of God like a little child will never enter it.”