For far too long white and black churches in South Africa have existed as separate entities. Even where whites and blacks have worked together in Christian service, the natural assumption has been that leadership will be white.
Now, Hope for Africa Missions (HfAM) is changing this. Using Alathea Bible College facilities, weekend training courses will be given to white commercial farmers who will then volunteer their time to serve within Hope for Africa Missions' projects throughout southern Africa.
This will enable them to work alongside, and appreciate, their black colleagues. Even more than this, their trainers, and those who oversee them in the mission projects, will be black. In addition to releasing a vital new missions workforce, this is also aimed at changing the attitudes of the participants, and bringing reconciliation.
HfAM's work has already demonstrated that when recipient communities see white people willingly serving under black leadership, this is an immensely powerful witness.
Amongst the projects in which these short-term missionaries will work are:
Malawi Agriculture & food ecurity
Swaziland Children & youth ministry
Mozambique Adult & youth discipleship
Angola Church planting
Zimbabwe Women’s income generating projects
Lesotho Pre-school groups & erecting buildings
We need to raise £10,000 to help the training programme get under way, and for oversight of this project.