Project leader’s feedback
“At the SU July Camp, approx. 100 children attended each day, and 42 gave their lives to the Lord at the end of it. A few teenagers from Phayiphini were part of the team running the programme.”
“We are also holding on to the vision we had at ttt4c training last year, of a children’s centre in Phayiphini. This would be a place for the Jewels of Hope groups to meet, as well as where teenagers could do homework etc. Also space for a feeding scheme for children in the area, etc etc. Beauty has mentioned this to Cllr Dolo Zondi who is now wondering how we could fund such a place. It is great that he is seeing the need for such a centre.”
ttt4c’s feedback on this project
There is also a lot of movement in terms of community mobilization within Phayiphini – the induna of the area and the Ward Councillor have recently become very supportive of the Prestbury Methodist Church’s team’s efforts to secure a community property for a children’s centre. Rev Stone and Wendy have also connected with the Methodist pastor at Ndumo Methodist church in Phayiphini – he is keen to partner with Prestbury Methodist Church as the community church.
Prestbury Methodist Church is a prime example of the success of the SEED Strategy using community development principles and pursuing sustainability into the future. The children involved in the Jewels of Hope programme earn R250 each per month, as well as benefiting from the Jewels of Hope Discipleship programme recently developed by the Director. This is a three-year programme followed by the children in their weekly Jewels of Hope meetings, and it focuses on the children developing life skills and their spirituality in a fun but relevant way.
Report as at November 2009