WF Report – September-October, 2010
I was privileged to start September with a mini P2P week up in Joberg. A few P2Pers arrived early for the two weeks of P2P and stayed in Joberg for a week. We did many creche up grades, mural painting, street fun and youth activies. It is always so awesome to spend time up there and I really felt God using everyone and helped us all work together for Him.
P2P Team in PE & Bible School
Our PE P2P team named ourselves PEace, with the idea that PE would be ace and that we would be a team of peace sharing it with everyone we met. God turned it into more than ace and gave us and others peace beyond all our understanding! It was more than any of us expected it would be!
Every day we started with a chapter from the book of Acts, and through out the day God showed us different meanings of what we had read that morning. On the first night we established that our aim of being there would be, to surrender every part of ourselves to Him to be used as tools to spread His love; to make sure we listened to His way and not stubbornly go our own way. So when things didn’t go according to plan, we didn’t fret over it, we embraced it. When planning our day, we never put exact times down, we knew what needed to get done in the day, though we didn’t always know how it was possible to fit the amount of things that we had to accomplish into the day. So we took Jesus’ advice and didn’t worry, because at the end of the day sitting down and sharing God moments, we all realized that God sorted out all the logistical problems, and always in a way we could never match, even with a whole day of planning!
We helped at the BEC, did billing, sang in shopping centres, visited a prisoner, held youth gatherings promoting a youth group, did a clean up at the PE ecclesial hall, did a freshen up of the Sunday school room, met with members who hadn’t been at the meeting for a while, went into hospitals to sing and give out bibles and verses. One lady invited us to her house to give a bible class the following Tuesday. After the class, she asked if it was possible to have a regular bible class at her house every week. We have encouraged the members of PE to continue this and pray it all prospers. We took on the ecclesial stamps (which we found boxes of when clearing out one of the back rooms at the hall & now on of our team members, Anna Reid, has taken them back to the UK to process them). We all feel like we were lead to the Blind School by God and so we spent a morning there getting to know them and did their school assembly. Another team member, Carmel Mansfield, has taken on the Blind school as a project and is in close contact with Mike and the school.
I feel the P2P period was very successful as we all met each other and God gave us ideas of projects to start. He picked each one of us and knew we would be able to strengthen one another, to collectively strengthen a lot more people. Team PEace are still in touch with each other and we are still very much involved in the projects we started.
A group of P2Pers got the idea from a hostel and began a competition between all of the P2P teams. The aim is to knit individual squares and then sew them together to make blankets for children who are without.
It was a great way to start conversations and get to know people. While we were down in PE, we went to visit a lady who had not been attending the meeting for quite some time. We did a bible class with her and her family and just spent some time getting to know them. When we realized she enjoyed knitting we gave her a ball of wool and the next Sunday she had the squares at the meeting. We had helped a child get a blanket for winter, reunited a member to fellowship, formed a relationship, and shown someone that with nearly nothing they could still show God’s love by giving a little of their time.
Food for Beggars
There are many homeless people in the middle of Durban. In the beginning of October we started taking them food. After many brainstorming sessions we came up with the idea of running a soup kitchen from somewhere near to where the BEC is and making a roster so that they will get food every day. We are still in the process of putting this together. We are in need of prayers, that the local members will buy into this project and that it will be sustainable for years to come.
Work Day at Happy’s
It was a beautiful blue-sky sunny day and we were off to a good start at Happy’s. Our aim was to finish putting the swings in, paint them, paint the benches, repaint the hopscotch, fix the cemented eating area, and fix some small odds and ends in some of the classrooms. We were about a quarter of the way into the work when black clouds covered the entire sky. There was thunder and strong winds. What we had planned as a whole day affair turned into only a couple of hours.
Clermont Wall-Verse Painting
God taught me a very basic lesson this past week when Dani and myself set out to paint verses on any walls we could find in the Clermont area. We set out on foot and began asking every person that had a fairly big wall if we could paint a verse on it. The main problem was that the people who were at the houses at that time were not the owners but the renters and of course they all said it would be fine, but we weren’t too sure of this. So instead of lugging our paint & brushes around on foot, we got in the car and drove around Clermont. After 40 something houses and 1 hour had gone by, we went back to the main Clermont church building and low and behold the very house next to it was just too delighted for us to paint a verse on their house! It just goes to show that sometimes the people in need are right next to us and we pass them by because we’re so busy looking out ‘there’.