The joy of the Lord (fueled by your prayers) was our strength in the wake of jet lag and new surroundings. This past August of 2015, sent by Redeemer church of New York City, we served with our brothers and sisters in Christ at Common Ground and Jubilee churches in Cape Town, South Africa.
Cape Town is home to Robben Island, the island prison on which Nelson Mandela was held captive in the years before the ending of apartheid. So it represents a unique city in a country straining to move forward in unity and the church has a unique opportunity to be a catalyst for unity. With the joy of the Lord. In fact, the Sunday our team was introduced in its worship service, Common Ground Church began a sermon series entitled “One Cape Town.”
As a short-term, spiritual expeditionary force from a country with its own internal strife, we are quite humble about our ability to make a visible impact on our own for the Kingdom. Which is one reason we partner with local churches, and take their direction as to how we can help (without hurting) their long-term ministry in Cape Town. Here’s a glimpse of how we served:
Zanokhanyo serves the unemployed with a faith-based life training, and works with two large retailers in Cape Town to provide service personnel. We facilitated two sessions with their training staff, demonstrating how Bible stories can be used to inform work-place scenarios like serving an unfair boss (David serving King Saul), dealing with racism (Queen Esther), finding identity and confidence in the Lord (Moses being used after fleeing the palace of Pharoah) or simply forgiveness (Joseph and his brothers in Egypt).
Khayelitsha is a township reported to have over a million residents and to be one of the poorest areas of Cape Town. We held an informal Vacation Bible School for smiling kids begging for some hugs. The hero of the afternoons was Moses: the baby thrown in the river Nile; the fugitive from Pharoah; the man God selected to lead the Israelites to the Promised Land through 40 years in the wilderness.
While we were making new friends in Cape Town, God brought along long-time friend, Ken Sande, who spoke at Jubilee Sunday evening on relationship wisdom. It’s been almost 30 years since Ken and Wally Sr. crossed paths through the Christian Legal Society board and Peacemaker Ministries.