Connect and Serve

Kym Bishop 13 Jun 2016 mission  Khanyisa  MPower  sunday blog  sewing group  Hearts that Hope 

Many of the home groups have been asking me about ways that they as a group can be involved in community work.  I have sent some information to group leaders, but I thought I would include some of those ideas here so we can all be thinking about how we can be involved in reaching out to others.

1. Mpower is an NGO that UMC partners with.  They work with vulnerable youth, and run life skills programmes at local community centres.  They also train and equip a team of community workers who become mentors and counsellors to young people who have limited adult influence in their life.  You can be involved by visiting the after-school programmes, and assisting with training opportunities for the community workers.

2. Hearts that Hope is a local children's home, situated right here in Salt Rock.  They foster 11 children, who are housed in three houses each with a house mom.  You can be involved in a number of ways from helping with homework after school, to practical property  maintenance at the houses.

3. The Sewing Group meets twice a month, and this remarkable group sew, knit and crochet the most wonderful items to be distributed to vulnerable children and elderly people.  Each item made has a tag that says 'Jesus loves you' and there really is a lot of love that goes into this ministry.  Any one wanting to join would be very welcome.

4. Khanyisa has programmes that run 4 different areas: teacher training, adult literacy, life skills and small business.  You can be involved by joining our team of literacy tutors and teacher trainers, visiting the life skills programme or helping us establish the small business programme.  We are also always looking for funding and sponsors to help participants co-pay.  Perhaps the easiest way to support Khanyisa is by stopping in for coffee and a tea time treat at the Upper Room, as all profit goes to fund our Khanyisa programmes in an effort to make the projects sustainable.

This is just a first round of ideas.  There are lots of ways we can connect and serve.  If you have ideas, or are interested in getting involved, please contact me, I'd love to hear from you.

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