“The Spirit of the Lord is on me, because he has anointed me to proclaim good news to the poor. He has sent me to proclaim freedom for the prisoners and recovery of sight for the blind, to set the oppressed free, to proclaim the year of the Lord’s favour.” (Words of Jesus, Luke 4:18-19)
A key part of the mission of Jesus to “seek and save the lost” (Luke 19:10) is to reach out to the poor, the prisoner, the blind and the oppressed – essentially those who are in great need of God’s favour. If you would like to show something of the love and favour of God to people in need, here are some opportunities:
Spring-Board Chess Academy teaches chess to children in the community. Chess is a game that develops concentration and strategic thinking. This is very helpful for their school performance and also for their life choices, as they learn to consider the possible outcomes of their choices. It also draws them into a healthy community in the midst of widespread social brokenness.
We assist with feeding of the poor at St Peter’s church in Mahatma Ghandi Road. Each feeding outreach includes a healthy, hearty meal, respectful, encouraging conversations and a message of hope from the Bible. You can also join in with the regular visits to shelters to encourage the many homeless people of the city.
We assist with this literacy project of CAST (Church Alliance for Social Transformation). This helps primary school children who are struggling to learn to read and write English, so that they have a solid foundation for their further education.
We lead Christian meetings at TAFTA Lodge on Fridays at 1pm and at Langeler Towers on Sundays at 4pm. These meetings provide vital spiritual input and loving community for people who are less mobile – we “bring church to them”!