Table Mountain Training Pastors and Church Leaders to Bring Change to South Africa

Cape Town is often called the most beautiful city on earth. It is the most popular southern African destination for tourism. However, it's nation has a devastating problem. It is estimated that by 2015, South Africa will have 5.7 million children, 1/3 of all the children in the country, who have lost one or both parentsto AIDS (MRC,   2007).  A couple who is working in the midst of this unfathomable problem is Aaron and Maevis, pastoring in the slum of Khayelitsha. Read their story here.

The Great Commission Coalition of Khayelitsha led by Aaron Makili now has more than 500 church leaders involved. They have established a Management Team of ten and a House of Elders of twelve for this township of 2.5 million inhabitants. This collaborative structure is the foundational key for the development and transformation of the community. The following are recent developments for the Great Commission (GC) Coalition:

GC Business Forum established: Four elite business professionals from Cape Town, have connected to the forum to give guidance and assistance to established as well as new businesses. Already the number of businesses has doubled.

GC Social Development Task Group established: A group of leaders is providing training on health, hygiene and nutrition for women and mothers of  the township. A child feeding program targeting the most malnourished children is operating through the local schools; more than 2,000 children receive anutritious meal daily. The Department of Labor for the Western Cape now provides stipends so that the Coalition can hire unemployed youth to clean the streets and school grounds.

GC Disaster Management Task Group put in place: This team has taken in more than 300 people who had no shelter after a recent fire. Besides shelter, blankets and clothes were provided while daily meals were served by volunteers. The government is working with them to upgrade streets and rebuild homes with local labor.

GC Development Bank paperwork filed: Typically charged 20% annually for money placed on deposit, if a poor person seeks a loan, the annual rate of interest is in the range of 27-44%, making it impossible to save or obtain small loans to build up their families and businesses. With the counsel of an economist and community advocate, the leaders of the GC Coalition have taken steps to establish their own commercial development bank. Courses are being offered to train the people on savings and credit for personal life and business development. This is crucial to make the community sustainable.

Breakthrough Partners is partnering with HOME OF COMPASSION  to free their community from oppression of poverty, hopelessness, unemployment and foster a culture of Hope by providing the necessary skills and awareness programs to stimulate the community's God-given abilities and empower them so that they can in turn bring about a change in their own community. They are involved on a daily basis through different projects addressing issues such as hunger, child abuse, substance abuse, crime, gangsterism, and teenage pregnancies, TB HIV/Aids, skills training, etc. They have a "wholistic" approach towards community upliftment and community empowerment and present well-balanced programs to their community as they serve the "Whole Man". The City Council of Cape Town has officially endorsed this church-based initiative.
TownshipToday the Home of Compassion Ministries is growing beyond belief. Government and other stakeholders have come to recognize the extent of the impact that can be achieved based on our knowledge and experience in Delft and Blikkiesdorp communities. Recently our partners in local Government as well as the YPO internationally, have asked us to share our knowledge and success to assist in introducing similar initiatives across the Western Cape, as well as Nationally and Internationally.

Child in TownshipBreakthrough Partners brings biblical worldview and partnership training, coaching and follow-up with Christian leaders,  fostering relationships of mutual understanding and trust. Through this training, they  learn to obey God's Word, listen to each other's heart for the community, seek God through united study, prayer and worship, explore and plan what they can do together, and identify who should facilitate the process. Overcoming decades of distrust and jealousy between black, colored and white church leaders is crucial to this work. Additionally, young leaders from other African countries have been invited to participate so that they may be mentored in the training process. A leader in the training of young Christians, the African Leadership Institute for Community Transformation (ALICT) is seeing change brought to nations through the service of its graduates. By including others, we are training the next generation of leaders and multiplying our efforts.