South Africa

Every night in Nellmapius a township on the outskirts of Pretoria, children go to bed hungry. Many of these children are orphans who live on their own. Some have parents who can't get a job. Their future seems bleak. They have little hope to experience the life Christ offers.

Our partnership through Cornerstone desires to make a difference in this community. We want to partner with others to help eradicate systemic poverty and give hope to those who live in this community. We want to serve the whole person spiritually, physically, and emotionally. We want to bring the hope of Christ to the hopeless.

This summer will be our 2nd where we have sent a group from Cornerstone and other churches to serve alongside Beam Africa in this township outside of Pretoria, South Africa. Beam runs a development center helping ministry to the basic needs of around 200 kids and helping train adults in the community in basic job skills.

Our mission team will daily help serve BEAM provide hot meals and run a program for the kids using arts & crafts, games and sports. We also hold training classes to equip adults on how to start a business. After these adults finish these classes, we will give microloans to them to enable to start a business that will not only provide jobs for them but others in the community.

We also have created a child sponsorship program with BEAM that helps provide needs to the kids they minister to. Right now 60 individuals are sponsoring kids at a $1 a day to help provide needs for these kids. If you would like to join us in this please email us. You will receive a card of the child you sponsor.

Our long-term vision is to come along the community of Nellmapius and partner with those who are doing good work. Our plan in general is to:
1. Listen
2. Innovate
3. Empower
4. Partner with others
5. Evaluate (then repeat)
6. Sustain
7. Leave

1 comment:

Spencer Blanchard said...

i <3 Beam, Chad and Katie