Last week, CAST had a chance to partner with a life group from Westville Baptist Church to reach out with practical compassion in Lamontville.
It all started last year, when the same life group from Westville Baptist saw some kids playing without jerseys on a cold evening. Their group had the idea to collect jerseys for those who needed them most during the colder winter months. Although the vision was present, the group ran out of time to complete the project.
This year was different. When Westville Baptist began 40 Days of Community, the same life group decided it was time to reach out. Winter Warmth Jersey Drive started out as a simple Facebook page and grew into a campaign to make the greater Durban area a warmer place.
The life group partnered with another life group to collect more than 500 jerseys. Each individual in the group collected by advertising on Facebook, putting posters up at work, and even going door to door asking for jerseys.
The only problem was that they didn’t know where to take the jerseys. With so many communities that could benefit, the life groups wanted to make sure the jerseys went to individuals who needed them the most. They also wanted to spend some time in the community where the jerseys would be distributed instead of just dropping them off.
So the life group leader contacted Murry Pieterse, CAST’s Volunteer Coordinator. She was able to connect them with Lamontville Baptist Church, one of CAST’s local community churches. The life groups decided to present the jerseys at Lamontville Baptist’s Sunday morning church service so they could see what the community was all about.
At the service, the life group was amazed by the friendliness of the church members. Every life group member was hugged, greeted, and warmly welcomed into worship and prayer. When it came time to explain the Winter Warmth Jersey Drive, the church was blessed with the jerseys to distribute to the most needy in Lamontville.
Winter Warmth Jersey Drive is one of the many ways CAST is mobilising local churches such as Lamontville Baptist Church to reach out with practical compassion to transform local communities. CAST believes that true transformation happens when ordinary people are finding solutions together.
Next year the same life group from Westville Baptist would like to continue the Winter Warmth Jersey Drive in local communities where CAST works. If you are interested in getting involved, please watch the Winter Warmth Jersey Drive page for more updates.