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boy2Man: Ayanda’s story

The CAST Annual Boys2Men Camp is one of the highlights of our year where we get to spend uninterrupted time with the young men in our communities and address the desperate need for guidance, advice, affirmation, and create a way for these boys to discover their identity. 

Below is the story of one of these boys whose life has been greatly impacted through this camp, as well as the ongoing support of mentors and volunteers:

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Twenty-two year old Ayanda from KwaDabeka has come a long way since joining CAST’s Sport & Youth Development programme six years ago. His quiet demeanor and lack of confidence told of his unhappiness at school, where the teachers seemingly lacked the capacity to give learners like Ayanda individual assistance.

This changed when he started receiving after-school tutoring in Mathematics and Physical Science facilitated by CAST, which enabled him to start passing Maths and Accounting after having failed his first term of Matric. This was a turning point in Ayanda’s life, which sparked his motivation to study further.

Ayanda was also a member of CAST’s basketball team, THE CLAN, based at KwaDabeka Baptist Church. He had the opportunity to attend the annual boys2Men Camp where he gained a strong sense of discipline and self-efficacy, so much so, that in his first year of studying at the University of Zululand, others often mistake him for a 3rd or 4th year student.

Ayanda received a bursary to study Logistics Management and, through the generous outreach of a Westville Baptist Church member, has been offered a placement to complete his in-service training this year. Once qualified, Ayanda would like to work in Durban or Richard’s Bay, and pursue his dream of running his own Logistics Company to create employment opportunities for others.

As an ‘old boy’ of the CAST Sport & Youth Development programme, Ayanda is also keen to give back to his community in tutoring and mentoring of younger boys involved in the programme. Although his path has not been easy, Ayanda continues to pray each day and embraces learning new skills and applying what he has been taught throughout his years with CAST.

To learn more about how you can get involved in mentoring our youth in the communities, contact George at: george@cast.org.za or (031)266 8830. If you would like to sponsor boys to attend camp at R350,00 each, banking details are as follows:

CAST Trust

First National Bank

Branch code: 250655

Acc no: 62762010248

Ref: “Boys Camp”

 

 

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Diversity in Prayer

September is Heritage Month in South Africa, and to celebrate the diversity of culture in our community, we would like to share the following prayer requests in the different languages we speak at CAST:

 

Swahili 

Maombi ya kuwasilisha maombi kwa hatua mbili za usajili wa CAST Kenya zilizowasilishwa na Joe jana. Prayer for submission of applications for stage two of CAST Kenya registration submitted by Joe yesterday

Ombeni kwa kambi ya wavulana: Pray for the boys’ camp– Viongozi kutumikia kutoka mahali pa kufurika. Leaders to serve from a place of overflow
– Sote tukutana na Mungu kwa njia ya kibinafsi. All of us to encounter God in a personal way
– Kuwa na mwanga katika jamii zetu tunaporudi. Be a light in our communities when we come back
– Ili kubadilishwa kuwa maisha mapya. To be transformed
– Pata furaha katika uhusiano wetu na Mungu. Find joy in our relationship with God
– Kuwa na sala zaidi na kuamini nguvu za sala. To become more prayerful and believe in the power of prayer
– Kuwa na ujasiri wa kuzungumza bila hofu ya maoni ya wengine au hukumu. Become confident to speak without fear of others’ perception or judgement
– Ili kufungua na kuwa na nia ya kushiriki. To open up and be willing to share
– Usiogope kuhukumiwa. Simama kwa kweli. To not be afraid of being judged. Stand for the truth
– Kuwa huru katika Kristo. Be free in Christ

 

Sesotho

Rapella mananeo a Westville. Pray for the Westville Programmes

 

isiXhosa

Nceda uthandazele ukuqeqeshwa kobulungiseleli kubantwana okwenzeka ngomhla we-20 kuSeptemba kunye nokuqaliswa kweeWordworks kunye neBala lokuFunda nokuBhala eMntla.

Please pray for the children’s ministry training taking place in 20 September and for the launch of Wordworks and Adult Literacy in the North

 

Afrikaans

Bid vir Nikki as sy haar studies voltooi. Pray for Nikki as she completes her studies this month

 

Please continue to keep the CAST team, volunteers, and all those whom we serve in your prayers as we work together to transform our communities and extend the Kingdom of God. If you would like to get involved and join the movement, contact us at: info@cast.org.za or +27 31 2668830.