Serving the youth in Khayelitsha

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Fezisa Ndzululeka has been serving at Holiday Club, an initiative of  worldwide outreach organisation Scripture Union, for the past five few years. In this post she shares her reflection after completing the 2014 June programme as a leader. 

Picture this: A mother who leaves her house at 5am and returns at 7pm with one aim in mind: providing for her fatherless children.

A pregnant 14 year-old that will add another mouth to feed on top the many grand children, whom the grandmother feeds with her pension fund.

Children playing with their plastic guns and knives,  not mimicking a movie but  practicing what they saw from the older boys.

Where I come from, Khayelitsha, all of the above and more are normal.

Now imagine a group of young Christians from different denominations, backgrounds and schools. Driven by love with one goal in common, to share and introduce the gospel to the township children irrespective who and how they are.

According to Holiday Club (HC) leader Sanelisiwe Gade, the programme is, “a time of joy, freedom and happiness where not only the children get to experience a whole lot of fun, but also the leaders…get to a point where they become child-like…and truly experience the joy of salvation.

“(It) is evangelism to the max…ebantwaneni,empowering them. Not only the children,but also the families. We as the leaders, as the directors and the co-ordinators, we also get empowered and…are taught things through these children.”

As leaders & organisers we have attained a certain revelation of the high regard that Christ places children in. Each day is started with devotion and there was just an overflow of the spirit that took over!

Athi Mzayiya, another HC leader, recalls his experience as “overwhelming”, saying: “ You as the leader could literally feel the impact you had on children.”

What empowers our team the most is seeing one another daily knowing that there are situation that we left at home, knowing what the ‘norm’ is, but pressing on to what is eternal and true.

Co-ordinator Thabo Mithi says: “Eyona njongo yam yokuphila kukuba ndiqinisekise ukuba ezintliziyo zincinci ziyakhathalelwa kwaye ziyondliwa ngelizwi. Abantwana baseKhayelitsha bafuna uthandwa, badinga kukonwatyiswa, kwaye bayamthanda uThixo, kwaye ezozinto zizinto ezithi zifumaneke kwiHoliday Club.”

Translation:  “My main purpose in life is to ensure that these young hearts are taken care of and fed with the Word… The Khayelitsha children want to be loved, need to be entertained, and they love God. And those thing are available in the Holiday Club.”

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