Tuks Missions February outreach to Meetse-a-bophelo Centre, in a township in Mamelodi, was a huge success. I was privileged to be part of the team who helped run the Saturday ‘fun day’ Program. The program started at 10am, but the kids were already lined up outside hours before the time with excitement. The organisation runs an after school program during the week for vulnerable kids which they have identified in the community by their family situations and academic needs. During the weekends they open the facilities to the rest of the children in the community.
The school is incredibly enticing to kids; there is a massive lawn, water features, jungle gyms, an aviary, 2 residents , very friendly dogs, lots of sports and games equipment, and the crowning glory at the end of the yard: a trampoline.
The program started off with some free time and facilitated games, we as volunteers were incredibly blessed to spend time with the innocent and enthusiastic youth who were very comfortable around us. It was inspiring to see so much love, trust and true joy from these children. After the games we settled down for some praise and worship, it was awesome to relive the songs from my Sunday school days. I was impressed by the message presented very aptly by the permanent staff; the main idea was faith, based on the first verse of Hebrews 11 :
“Now faith is confidence in what we hope for and assurance about what we do not see.”
During the message the kids were told that there was a treasure to be found in the yard; little silver washers. They should have bring them back and exchange them for a prize. The application of this was so tangible – they trusted that there WAS in fact a treasure, and they had absolute faith that it could be swopped for their prize. Also, they were only able to redeem one token, so if they had more than one, they had to share, which is a lovely image of the gospel.
There are so many areas to get involved at Meetse a Bopelo , but the need that they highlighted that would be most applicable to us as students, is their need for tutors. They are looking for committed tutors in Maths and Science to meet weekly with a few of their older high school students for tutoring. They have drawn up a new plan that will incorporate mentoring and discipleship as well as tutoring and now all they need is the tutors.
I was blessed through my one afternoon with the kids, and look forward to hearing from some of you who’d like to get involved. I definitely recommend it, and will help out in any way if you feel called. Please watch the YouTube clip if you are interested, and get hold of Tuks missions if you want to take your interest further.