Clermont Church’s First Baptism
Since the beginning of the Clermont Good News Centre almost 2 years ago, we have had the privilege of working with Fanisiwe Zikhali, a local community resident who is active and concerned for her community. She has been volunteering for well over a year and a half in our Kwadabeka soup kitchen, taking time out from her sewing business to help those who are ill. She also keeps a close eye on the neighborhood, watching out for the young children’s welfare, many of which do not have parents.
Most recently she brought to our attention a young couple ill and bedridden with HIV who had an infant that they were unable to feed. We were able to come in and with the help of our Clermont support team, determine a path to get them on government aid and provide food parcels and formula from private donations. Now the family is doing better and attending our Sunday church services in the Centre. Fanisiwe is a diligent worker and faithful attendee of our Sunday meeting and Tuesday Bible classes. Funo has studied extensively with her through God’s Master Plan and other courses. We had the great blessing of witnessing Fanisiwe’s baptism on 20 November. It is amazing to see how the seeds planted by previous volunteers are continuing to grow and blossom and produce fruit after our Lord has watered and grown in His beautiful time.
Sunny Oranges bring smiles at Kwadabeka HIV/TB Clinic
Our Feeding Scheme program in Clermont has been given a makeover just in time for summer. I have recently turned over the project management to Petru Blewett and she has ignited smiles with her ideas! The winter’s hot soup kitchen has turned into a refreshing summer’s healthy snack to feed the HIV/TB patients of the clinic. We bring peanut butter sandwiches and oranges to the patients who greet the sunny snack with a great big smile. That’s saying a lot as we know they are not well and have been waiting in the que since 4 am. I was excited to join visiting board members Bruce and Joanie Parker of our sister charity – Meal-A-Day America for our first summer outreach.
Our Meal-A-Day food parcel distribution program is now implemented at the local Christianberg primary school in Clermont. This afterschool program runs a feeding scheme and skills program for orphans and vulnerable children (OVC) in conjunction with the NOAH organization. We have been blessed to begin working with their children, several of which I teach in Sunday School program at the Clermont Good News Centre. Plans are in the works for Emmanuel Mkhize and Sine Maphumula to run a Kingdom Youth Soccer program with the children. We are very excited for this new relationship with the school.
Another BEC Student Baptism!
Mthobisi Maxwell Skhosana discovered our Bible Education Centre in February of this year. He was working through our four correspondence courses with Siphiwe and doing much study on his own at home. One weekend he contacted Siphiwe and asked if they could do a Bible study together at his home. Maxwell became very aware that the Bible teaches what is done in heaven must be done on earth. This allowed him to open up the scriptures and understand God’s plan for him and the earth. On 4 December, we rejoiced with Maxwell in his baptism at our Durban church. Each of our BEC workers work individually with students to develop relationships and further their understanding of scriptures. We are so blessed to have this venue in the city centre where opportunity to share the Good News of God continues to flow abundantly.
Cam and Kim