When you ask Baba Khumalo about how he likes his new bakkie, the first thing he says is, “Too much power!”
Baba Khumalo and his wife pastor a church in the rural community of Chibini. CAST partners with this church to help run its thriving children’s ministry. During the past two years CAST has partnered with Chibini Baptist to run holiday clubs, which has brought tremendous and sustained growth to the Sunday School Programme. The Sunday School has become so popular that kids from other surrounding communities want to come and join. However the distance and rough dirt roads prevented the children from coming.
That all changed when a generous donor provided a bakkie to the Khumalos. Now Baba Khumalo is able to pick up an extra 15 children every Sunday from the surrounding communities. The Khumalos now average 85 children for Sunday School, an impressive number considering the small size of the community.
The bakkie also enables the Khumalos to do home visits and outreach in the community, making connections with the families of children who attend Sunday School.
A vital part of the their ministry is providing a meal for the children every Sunday from their garden. Having access to the bakkie has allowed the Khumalos to sell their produce to local tuck shops and make a bit of income in order to grow their garden and feed the growing amount of children in Sunday School.
Another blessing for the Khumalos has been their bore hole. Earlier in the year the same donor provided for the bore hole to be dug. This water source has not only enabled the Khumalos to continue growing food for Sunday School during dry season, but has also benefitted the entire community during the recent drought.
As we come to the end of 2015, CAST wants to thank our Saviour for the blessings He has provided our communities with this year, especially in Chibini. God’s provision has not only transformed Chibini Baptist Church, but also the surrounding communities! Please continue to pray for the Khumalos and the children and families involved with Sunday School as their ministry grows.