This year CAST took our annual holiday club season to a whole other level by partnering with local churches to host clubs in five of our communities. A total of 1100 children were reached with the Gospel. The adventure started off in the rural communities where kids came to learn more about Jesus at Noodsberg Baptist Church. Then, the attention turned to Durban central, where CAST continued our long standing partnership with Addington Primary School to host a holiday club for learners. Volunteers from both Westville Baptist Church and local partner churches were key to the success of the programme.
This week CAST made a new record of hosting three simultaneous holiday clubs in KwaDabeka, Lamontville and Mariannridge! CAST was only able to accomplish this through the hard work of volunteers from Lake Pointe Church (Texas, USA), KwaDabeka Baptist Church, Lamontville Baptist Church and Joy Chapel Ministries (Mariannridge).
Below are the stories of two high school students from Lake Pointe Church who gave of their holidays to volunteer with the clubs at Lamontville and Mariannridge:
Paige, a volunteer from Lake Pointe Church
Paige and Kylea came to South Africa for the first time last year. They served at the holiday club in KwaDabeka, and fell in love with the culture and people. Despite the language barrier and challenges of running a holiday club in a different setting, Paige and Kylea felt the Lord calling them to return to South Africa this year.
As Paige explains about serving, “You have to prepare your heart and be open to learning new things. You also have to be open to the flow; things don’t always go the way you planned.”
Kylea also shared, “Even coming to the other side of the world, the same God is Lord everywhere. You have to get out of your comfort zone. I’ve learned how to be a better leader.”
CAST’s partnership with Lake Pointe Church is also vital for community volunteer training. Instead of just implementing holiday clubs once-off, Lake Pointe has the long-term goal to empower church volunteers to serve their own communities.
Last year Lake Pointe provided volunteer leader training for local community members in KwaDabeka. This year KwaDabeka Baptist Church was able to implement their own holiday club with entirely local community volunteers.
CAST would like to thank all our partners, volunteers and donors who made this holiday club season such a huge success!
Photo Credit: John Benn Photography