So the last post was just for fun. You’d probably like to know what we’re doing besides running red lights, right?
WELL this week was insanely busy. Monday through Thursday, we spend the afternoon at Jerusalem Ministries, a center that has a school as well as an afterschool program for the children of Walmer township. We were part of the aftercare program, and we played games and did crafts, sang and talked about Bible stories. The kids were so much fun, and it was really hard to say goodbye to them. I fell in love with a girl named Sinovuyo who is nine. On Wednesday a local pastor, Mr. Zulele, gave us a tour of the township to give us a better idea of where these kids live. It was shocking. A large portion of the township is shacks, and we were invited to visit one family’s home. They were so proud of it, yet we couldn’t even imagine living in those conditions. Most girls have had a few babies by the time they finish high school (if they finish), and there are live power lines all over the ground. We heard that for a number of the children at Jerusalem ministries, the only meal they get all day is at the aftercare program. There are advertisements for free abortions all over, and very few families have a father figure. Last week the township flooded in the heavy rains, and it was extremely muddy. We were humbled as the children never complained but just enjoyed life, and we saw them share more than we share. The adults had a quiet dignity about them. It was definitely an eye-opening experience for all of us.
We got to go to an apartheid museum as well, and it was good to know the history of Port Elizabeth’s race struggles. To this day, there is definitely a lack of equality. Today we were supposed to go to the poorest township, Helenvale, but there have been a number of shootings this week and we didn’t want to risk it. Pray for the victims and their families.
Next week we start campus ministry on both the North and South campuses of NMMU. We’ll be trying to start Bible studies on the South campus, where there is already a weekly meeting, and on North campus, we’ll be building up a movement and hopefully have a weekly meeting going in a couple weeks. There is already a women’s Bible study there, and we’ll try to start a men’s study. Pray for the students we’ll be coming in contact with and for our team as we plan.