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Addington Camp 2015

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This year 57 children had the opportunity to attend Addington Camp, thanks to the generosity of all those who gave towards this event!

Upon arriving at camp, the kids were split into teams and had the chance to meet their leaders and see their cabins.

During the weekend, the campers enjoyed delicious meals prepared by Westville Baptist’s very own Nathalie Crawford and Janet Hughes!

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While there were countless fun games and activities including swimming at the beach, volleyball, soccer and other group games, but what stood out for most of the campers was the obstacle course on Saturday.  The kids were truly challenged to face their fears and work together as a group to complete the daunting course, which even included climbing a wall and crawling through mud!

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During group time, the kids learned all about what it means to be a leader, especially as a young person.  Most of the small group discussions centred around 1 Timothy 4:12, looking to the life of Timothy as an example of how to be a leader, no matter how old you are.

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On Sunday, the kids were given an opportunity to accept Christ as their Saviour.  When asked to stand if they wanted to follow Jesus, every child in the room stood!  It was an incredible experience to chat with the kids in small groups following the message, as they had important questions about what it means to be a Christian.

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Similar to in years past, the children asked the leaders if Addington Camp could be turned into a boarding school because they loved the experience so much! If you are looking to pray for the children who attended Addington Camp, here are some things you can pray for:

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1) The courage to continue to follow Jesus at home and school.

2) To step up as a leader at school – to model Jesus in what they say and do.

3) Strength and wisdom in dealing with tough family situations.

4) For positive friends and role models, who can encourage them to do the right thing.

Thank you to Joseph Bode, who did an amazing job organising camp this year!  He will be following up with the kids who attended camp, to make sure they have a positive support system to succeed.

During the school year, CAST runs a literacy programme, creative arts programme, and counselling centre at Addington Primary School.  If you’d like to get involved in a more long-term capacity with what CAST does in Addington, please contact Murry at murry@cast.org.za to find out more.

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Thoko the Teacher

One of CAST’s most faithful volunteers, Thoko was more than thrilled to become a CAST intern at the beginning of this year. Thoko’s journey with CAST began in 2014 when he was working a part-time job and looking for a way to give back to his community. One Sunday morning Thoko came to Westville Baptist Church, with a CV in hand and hoping for a chance to volunteer. After hearing CAST’s Executive Director, Jean-Ray Knighton Fitt, speak during the service, Thoko knew CAST was the place for him.

Thoko is originally from the small country of Malawi. As Thoko explains, “Malawians are too nice. Everyone greets you. Malawi is a poor country, but its people are hardworking.”

True to his word, Thoko used his passion for teaching through volunteering at CAST’s Homework Club in Addington. Last year when Homework Club transformed into the new Wordworks Literacy Programme, Thoko was excited to get involved.

When children come to the programme who are struggling with reading and writing, Thoko finds it incredibly fulfilling to work with the students. While volunteering with students who have fallen behind requires some serious patience, Thoko believes any volunteer can find a sense of fulfillment from getting involved with CAST’s Literacy Programme. The more informal and fun learning environment allows students to make enormous improvement within a short amount of time.

As Thoko explains, “The Literacy Programme opens up a whole future to the kids.” Without adequate reading or writing skills, students struggle to succeed in every subject. The goal of CAST’s Literacy Programme is to help students with basic literacy and language skills that lay the foundation for overall academic performance.

CAST’s Literacy Programme is completely dependent on volunteers who give a few hours of their time a week. If you have a heart for kids and education, and want to get involved, just email Murry at: murry@cast.org.za to find out more. CAST provides Wordworks training that makes it easy to get started. The Literacy Programme runs on Tuesday and Thursday at Addington Primary School in Durban central.