Thus far, 2013 has been an exciting, surprising, and blessed year in Durban, Kwazulu-Natal. The volunteer supply has been bolstered by the arrival of the Szabos (USA), Matt Bilelo (USA), Adam Winfree (USA), Charles Taylor (AUS) and Liz Freeman (UK). This, in addition to local Yvette Van Rooyen and the reappearance of the Larsens (SA/USA) has allowed us to expand our programming to new levels. Our team “the 20-somethings” who reside at the Westville hall, have been trying to visit each centre 2-3 times a week, in addition to special joint programming on the weekends. We’ve definitely gotten to know a lot of our local brethren better, and have experienced God’s blessing on several new initiatives.
For me, the most exciting centre at the moment is Clermont, which is currently under construction as Grant oversees the building of a new hall, closer to the road.
The Clermont Mobile BEC has been a new idea, hatched by Funo, a brother that lives in Clermont, and steers the Clermont ecclesia. He suggested we set up a table in the vendor area of the downtown core on Saturdays to tell people about our Good News Centre, and sign them up on the God’s Master Plan correspondence course. It has some of the aspects of the Bible Education Centre in downtown Durban, but can be carried in the back of a car. This has been wildly successful, and by spending about 6 hours a week on the street, we’ve had more than 600 people sign up for the course! Clermont is such a hotspot at the moment, and we’re excited to have the cell numbers of so many interested friends on hand, so that we can invite them to come and celebrate the opening of the new hall with us when construction is completed.
We also use our BEC time to invite kids to Sunday school, and lure them in with the ever-effective face paint.
Our vendor site is conveniently located next to a “barber’s tent,” which most of the boys have made use of. This transformation cost Adam R10 (about $1.08 USD).
I help teach Clermont Sunday school, and the junior class is filled with some of my favourite characters. We’ve been studying the Exodus, and here Dumisani is modeling a high priestly turban.
Funo is such a stellar brother, he is always there before I am on Sunday mornings, opening up, getting the kids in order, and translating the lesson. He also joins us for the mobile BEC on Saturdays, and is tireless in his drive to share the good news. We are welcome labour here, but our efforts are so often matched or exceeded by local brothers and sisters who are deeply invested in their ecclesias and communities.