Every Face :: Every Name :: Every Heart
by Greg Owens on June 7th, 2012

To view all of our pictures from the trip, click here.

Charmaine is a 16 year old high school student that went on our December 2010 Lesotho mission trip.  Below she shares about her experience:

“The Lesotho trip was such an awesome and humbling experience. God was with us every step of the way.  He shone his light for us, through us and with us. Never did he let us down!!

The trip changed my heart so much.  It taught me a lot of valuable lessons such as looking into people’s heart and not their outward appearance, appreciating what I have in my life, as well as teaching me to be flexible and adapt to all kinds of situations.
Serving God in Lesotho was awesome!  The people of Lesotho were so hungry for God’s love.  I will never forget the children and how they just loved us no matter what we looked like. I really enjoyed spending time with them and teaching them God’s word and ways through the holiday clubs (children’s ministry similar to Vacation Bible School)!  I will never forget those children and the bonds I made with them.  They will always be in my heart!

I served with a group of amazing people and I am so glad to have had this experience. The memories we made will never be forgotten! God brought us through a lot of things together and he has been so good to us.

All I can say is I am hooked on mission trips and hope to do more in my life!  I love Lesotho and miss it a lot!”

By Greg Owens

“Many people come and bless us with things, but your group brought us Jesus.”

Jill Kinsey, founder and director of the Pulane Children’s Home, shared this with our Lesotho mission team, where we went and ministered 6-15 December 2010. This was the first missions trip sponsored by World for Christ Ministries and it was an absolute success, as shown by this wonderful compliment.
We took a team of twelve people, including nine high school and college age students, and went to the rural village of Pulane (poo-LAWN-ee) in the country of Lesotho (leh-SOO-too).   Once in Lesotho, it took us 4 hours to travel 30 miles (50 km) in our 4x4 trucks to Pulane because of the road conditions.  It was worth every minute! Travelling over and around the magnificent mountains that Lesotho is known for, we entered this simple farming community that has no electricity or indoor plumbing.  We came to serve and bless the people in that community and God did amazing things.
We hosted three Holiday Clubs (a children’s ministry similar to Vacation Bible School) at three different schools, did maintenance on a suspension bridge that the children’s home uses, prayed for HIV/AIDS patients at the local clinic and Greg lead a day-long pastor’s workshop.
As with any missions trip, the #1 rule is “Be flexible” and our trip was no exception.  Two hours after leaving Cape Town our rented 4x4 truck broke down delaying our arrival into Pulane by a day and a half.  Then it rained the last half of the trip preventing us from doing our other scheduled activities.  But God knew why He needed us there and that was to show His love to the kids.

Because of our altered schedule, we were able to spend a lot of time with the children at the Children’s Home.  There are 61 children that live there.  It is always amazing to see how accepting and loving children are, even to complete strangers.  They came up to us with open arms and immediately took our hands establishing instant friendships.  All they were looking for was love and affection and were so willing to give it to us in return.
One of the most powerful testimonies from the trip was of a little girl at the Children’s Home named Liletu.  When we arrived, she was afraid of white people.  Every time a group came in to volunteer at the home, she would scream and run away.  And it was no different when we arrived.  But several of our team members kept trying to make friends with her.  At first she didn’t respond favorably but slowly she began to open up and trust us.  By the end of the week, Liletu was running and playing with us and having a great time.  She has a beautiful smile!  The Children’s Home workers said she had never done that before with any other group and couldn’t believe what they were seeing.  She was a completely different girl when we left.  It’s amazing how the power of love can change a child’s life.   Praise God!

by Greg Owens on June 7th, 2012

By Tony Stewart
Southern Africa Missions Director

On Saturday 9 July 2011, World for Christ had the privilege of sponsoring our next myCapeTown Event to an outstanding ministry called U-Turn, an organisation that works with homeless and street people.  We came to help feed the individuals, talk with them and to share the love of Jesus.  We brought a team of six people and it was well received by all.

On arrival we were given an overall idea about the ministry from Sean and Randall, full time workers for U-Turn.  We learnt of the history of U-Turn which was very informative and an eye-opener into the homeless community.  We also saw that having a soup kitchen is only a very small part of what they are about.  They have 3 phases to their work:

1. Contact
2. Rehabilitation
3. Reintegration

Many people think that giving small change at a robot (traffic light) or street corner helps, but this is not the case.  One of U-Turn's sayings is "Small change is no change".  One can rather assist by buying a pack of five U-Turn vouchers for R20 ($3.25USD) at various places in the Southern Suburbs of Cape Town.  This voucher entitles homeless individuals to a meal or some clothing.  But the larger point in this is that they have to go to the U-Turn facility to redeem the voucher and this puts them in contact with the team at U-Turn.  In order for them to receive the benefits offered by U-Turn, they have to join a program of rehabilitation and reintegration.  You can read more about their broad-based process they take the homeless through on their website www.homeless.org.za.

After hearing about how U-Turn operates, we started setting up and preparing breakfast and setting the tables and as we were doing so, so our guests started arriving. There were 15 homeless people that arrived. This is not done haphazardly.  They were given invites to attend and they do not just allow anyone to attend as it is a process that needs to be followed. When they had all arrived, we mingled with them and served them coffee and chocolates, which they enjoyed in addition to the fellowship. We gave them bacon and egg rolls, which they thoroughly enjoyed. We all then spent time talking and listening to their many stories they have to tell, of which there are many, some short and some very long. Sean shared from the word of God.  After he finished, we then handed out sandwiches and fruit to all the people as the left, with lots of hugs and tears, leaving us changed and with a lot to think about.

One young man, who was 21 years old, has been on the street for seven years already.  He lost his parents at an early age and went from children's home to children's home.  After failing grade nine, he started living on the streets and has never had employment.  All he wants to do is work. But at U-Turn you will find out that there is normally something more that needs to be dealt with than just being homeless, usually an addiction or condition.

This where the full time staff step come in and help.  Their program or re-integration process is of a minimum of eight months, sometimes longer. U-Turn offers them small jobs where they can earn some money to keep them going.  They also try to get accommodation for them which they “pay for” with the money earned from working.  These jobs include rolling yarn, earning R2 ($0.30USD) a roll, and there is also a second hand store to work at as well. U-Turn has a very strict policy that must be adhered to, as they have become very ”streetwise” and this is also part of the learning process.

We will definitely follow up and keep in contact with this wonderful ministry as there is a lot we can learn from the lives of these people that touched our lives.

Well done to Leigh Newton for organizing this amazing event.  We are looking forward to the other myCapeTown events that lie ahead.

by Greg Owens on June 7th, 2012

By Leigh Newton, myCapeTown Coordinator
Cape Town, South Africa

What fun our last myCapeTown event was! Around 35 kids from Abaphumeleli Place of Safety in Khayelitsha joined us for a fun day at Zandvlei park on 5 March 2011. The kids arrived looking rather timid and shy…that didn’t last long! Once the jumping castle was spotted, the kids got running and jumping! Jungle gyms were climbed, castles jumped, soccer balls kicked and tables were coloured in (the colouring pages seemed to be ignored!).

By 12 pm the kids were exhausted and were all sitting along the vlei (water) edge regaining their energy. After some boerewors rolls (South African meat similar to sausage), juice and some sweets they got right back to having fun! What a wonderful day it turned out to be. At three o’clock the children were taken back home with their tummies full, bodies tired and having had a day they will most likely never forget!

Thanks to all who came out to help!

by Greg Owens on June 7th, 2012

On June 12-20, 2010 I was privileged to partner with Peter Pass and South Africa Care Missions (SACM) to travel to the Northern Cape province to a region known as Namaqualand (nah-MAH-kwah-land). Along with a team of 20 other individuals from various churches in the Cape Town area, we traveled the eight hour journey to the rural town of Nababeep (na-BA-beep); a quiet mining town just outside of Springbok nestled between the beautiful desert mountains. It’s not a tourist destination and most people don’t come to this town unless they have a purpose for being there, but it was our purpose that drove us there: to share the love of Jesus to the people of Nababeep.

We worked with Pastor Peter Diomi and his wife Nadia, such a wonderful godly couple. Pastor Peter is a missionary from the Congo that felt the call of God to live in Nababeep even though he didn’t know anyone or couldn’t even speak English or the local language, Afrikaans. But he has overcome those challenges and God has used him greatly as he pastors Nababeep Assembly of God, a church that was planted by Peter Pass. We joined forces with this lively church to tell this community of God’s love and His desire to have a personal relationship with each person.

During the week the team did door-to-door evangelism, going into each house and talking with the people. I was amazed at the friendliness of the local people in welcoming us into their homes and their openness to hear the Gospel. It’s awesome to see how God can take people that are available and interested in hearing about Him and completely transform their lives.

I was given the opportunity to be a guest on Peter Diomi’s radio program on Radio NFM 98.1. This is the only radio station based in Namaqualand and even though it has only been in operation for 5 months, it is a very popular and influential station with the communities in the area. I had a great time speaking and freely sharing the Gospel with the people listening. I heard many comments and received many favorable responses from people who listened to the programs. I know that my American accent piqued the interest of many listening, but I’m thankful for all the ways God uses to get our attention.

Each night we hosted services in a tent in the center of town (when weather permitted) and God did some amazing things. I was asked to speak several times along with Evangelist Solomon Langeveld from Kimberly as well as Tamryn Klintworth from Cape Town. I spoke one evening for a youth service on how Jacob loved Rachel more that Leah and how Leah longed for Jacob to love her. She tried to earn his love by giving him sons, but that didn’t work. Finally by the time she had her fourth son, Judah, Leah decided to put her focus on praising God instead of trying to earn the praise of Jacob and it was through Judah’s lineage that Jesus was born. Even though we may feel unloved or rejected, the Bible says that God sees us and is right there with us. Many teens that night came forward to receive Jesus’ love and forgiveness and many found healing for the pains and hurts they had experienced. It was a wonderful night!

At the end of the week, 95 people made first time decisions to receive the Lord into their life! Praise God for his faithfulness!! I thoroughly enjoyed spending time with the people in Nababeep. They are some of the nicest people I have met and I know that God has brought us together for a purpose. I look forward to continuing work with Peter Diomi in sharing the love of Jesus Christ to all the people in Namaqualand.

Thank you for your prayers and financial support of World for Christ. Even though you weren’t able to go on the trip, you are a part of what was done this week and God will reward you for your faithfulness. Please continue to pray that God will open up opportunities for us to go into all the world telling people that God loves them. God bless you.

by Greg Owens on March 30th, 2012

Ephesians 1:22, "God has put all things under the authority of Christ and has made him head over all things for the benefit of the church."

The local church was established by God for the purpose of meeting the needs of the community as well as uniting Christians together for times of worshiping God and encouraging one another through fellowship.

Each church has the responsibility and obligation to tell their community about the love that God has for every person.  God has given every Christian the mandate to "Go and make disciples of all nations..." (Matthew 28:19).  And when the church does not fulfill this calling, it is falling short of the purpose for which it was created.

One of the core values of World for Christ Ministries is to help the local church in every country fulfill their missionary responsibility regardless of size.  We believe that para-church organizations (any Christian non-profit organization that works independently of a church or denomination) should never take the place of the local church in meeting the needs of a community.  World for Christ Ministries works along side pastors and leaders in supporting and encouraging them as they lead their churches.  This is accomplished through:
  • Speak at adult/youth services, adult/youth conferences
  • Helping coordinate local outreaches in their community
  • Organizing and coordinating mission trips to Cape Town, South Africa
  • Having churches unite together in larger city-wide events
  • Offer worship nights for churches to come together and unite as one body
  • Helping churches organize and participate in domestic and international short term missions trips
  • Evangelism/Missions teaching and training
  • Talking with pastors and leaders to identify the needs of their community and find ways for their church to meet those needs
  • Working with young people and youth groups to motivate them to reach their full potential in God
  • Provide networking opportunities for pastors and leaders to meet other ministers in their area for support and encouragement
If we can help you or your church in any way, please contact us.  Together we will spread the good news to every nation around the world that God loves them and that they can have a relationship with Jesus Christ.  To find out more about World for Christ, read our About Us page.

by Tony Stewart on October 12th, 2011

By Tony Stewart
WFC Southern Africa Director

On the 8th of October 2011, the day dawned for World for Christ’s first ever fundraiser: a kite flying event for Abaphumeleli Place of Safety in Khayelitsha at Rendevouz, Zandvlei.

Once at Zandvlei, there was a hive of activity where jumping castles were being put up, sound systems blaring away, and the lovely smell of food to tickle the taste buds. But the most important ingredient for this whole event were the children from Abaphumeleli. When they arrived, they immediately started running around and loving the freedom after been cooped in a small home and began playing WWE-style wrestling in the jumping castle. Then, what we all had been waiting for, the wind , which Cape Town is known for, finally arrived and with great excitement and shouts of glee the kites were put together. In no time the sky was a sea of colour and different shapes and sizes. It is also amazing to see what a kite can do to an adult as they were having just as much fun as the kids.

People mingled around, chatted, ate, laughed, and played with the children. There was a lucky draw with great prizes won and everyone was having so much fun. The children then entertained us with an amazing dance which ended up having most of us dancing as well. The joy and smiles on the faces of the children was worth more than any money raised on the day.

And like all good things, the day unfortunately had to come to an end. The place was cleaned up and as the children were taken back home, they fell asleep in the vehicles from exhaustion. Even Evelyn, the amazing lady who looks after all these children, started to doze off. Truly a great fun day was had by all.

All proceeds that were made went directly to Abaphumeleli to provide new flooring for their kitchen and living room that was badly damaged. It is a great honour to be able to partner with these children and show them that God loves them and that He has a purpose for their lives and to give them a hope for their future.

This event would not have been a success had it not been for the hard work and dedication put in by Ronel Prinsloo, our Marketing and Event Coordinator, who worked tirelessly to ensure that all went well. It was an amazing event and thanks to all who sponsored, supported and prayed for the event. It was really and truly appreciated.

Here’s looking forward to the next exciting myCapeTown event as we continue to make a difference in our community!

by Greg Owens on December 2nd, 2010

Our second myCapeTown Event was held at Sibongile Day & Night Care Centre in Khayelitsha, on of the impoverished townships in Cape Town, South Africa.  Sibongile is a diamond in the ruff.  They give excellent around-the-clock care to 24 children with cerebral palsy and it was started in 2005 by Nomasongo Xabanisa.

Nomasongo asked Greg if World for Christ could help paint one of their houses and we agreed without any hesitation.  We got the help of members from The People's Church in Constantia along with Khayelitsha Assembly of God and together we were able to give their house a fresh look.

It's an honour to have a continuing relationship with Nomasongo and Sibongile.  This is a phenomenal organization and we look forward to partnering with them on a long-term basis.

To find out more information about Sibongile, go to www.sibongile.org and watch the video below.

by Greg Owens on September 30th, 2010

Saturday the 25th of September 2010 saw a group of 15 volunteers with World for Christ Ministries descend upon uThando leNkosi – Place of Safety in Diep River, Cape Town, for our first myCapeTown event, to show our support for the work that they are doing to provide short-term places of safety and emergency care to children at risk.  The weather could not have been better considering that it had been a solid week of rain! We were totally taken aback by the welcome and hospitality from the children and their house parents. The house parents, Errol & Michelle Muller, are amazing people with such testimonies of God’s faithfulness and provision.  They are real role models for the children.

After spending some quality time with the kids (painting faces, balloon tricks, and of course an amazing soccer game) the team split into groups tackling equally important tasks. Without a hesitation the team got to work.  These tasks included: painting the exterior boundary wall, cleaning the garden, digging a vegetable patch and varnishing the exterior window frames.

The team did really well considering the time that they had to complete the tasks.  With ages spanning from 15 years to 52 years, there was an incredible sense of “team” and unity: a testimony of how the young and old can work together, encourage each other, and impact peoples lives for the Kingdom.

Everyone who came along on Saturday thoroughly enjoyed themselves and felt blessed to be a part of the great work God is doing in children’s lives in the Southern Suburbs of Cape Town.   Even though there are many needs that still need to met, when we take ownership of our community, put into practice the commands of Jesus to help those in need, and each one do their part, then the only result is for our city to be transformed.  We hope that you will join us next month as we continue to share God’s love throughout Cape Town.

We’ll be back to uThando leNkosi for sure.