Our first area of focus (first in time and priority) is compassion ministry, moral teaching, and evangelistic outreach in the community. This was Jesus’ model of gospel ministry (Matthew 4:23, 9:35). Here are some of the things God has led us to do at present:
COMMUNITY HEALTH EVANGELISM: For years, our team has been involved with making home visits to talk to our neighbours about medical, social, moral and spiritual needs. We talk about health, hygiene, drinking water, nutrition, and medicines available at nearby clinics, and we weave these ideas together with a biblical worldview, God’s unchanging moral truths, and the saving, transforming gospel of Jesus Christ.
CHURCH-PLANTING: We are attending, supporting, and assisting churches that are being planted in the towns and rural communities surrounding 7 Rivers.
MENTORING: We are mentoring men and women who are prospective leaders and pastors of area churches.
SCHOOL ASSISTANCE: The team provides educational assistance in the local schools. Some have done leadership training for area teachers. Some have been involved in after-school ministry to local children. In November, we give small Christmas gifts to local school children and faculty at a special school event.
VERSE SHOP: Every other month, we host a “verse shop” at 7 Rivers, allowing local residents to earn several articles of clothing by reciting Scripture they have memorised and listening to a gospel presentation.
STORY OF HOPE (INDABA YETHEMBA): We are teaching the Story of hope (20 Old Testament events and 20 New Testament events) to teach a chronological gospel. In time, we want to start a distribution centre for isiZulu-language books and materials, and to have our staff involved in writing and translating other good materials.