We started our day with an early breakfast and headed to Acts Church to meet up with a group of people from the Acts of Love outreach team. This team actually heads out to do a Soup Kitchen at a park in a nearby township called Olievenhoutbosch every Saturday morning. But before they ever go minister to the people, they minister to God. We started with worship at the church and then prayed together, received instructions, and only after that were we ready to head out to be the hands and feet of Jesus in this township.It is here where they do worship, prayer, the Word, and give food to people who literally don’t know where their next meal is coming from. There was even a story of a woman that came and thanked the team because they gave her kids food that she couldn’t give them.
When we arrived at the park, there were already many children and mothers gathered waiting for us. We greeted them, set up and began to worship with them being led by worship leaders from Acts. As we sang and danced even more people came from the area. Makayla & Ashley both performed worship dances that really grabbed the children's attention, everyone was watching so intently. Donna then brought a word about discovering your dreams. After this we split the people up by young boys and girls and mothers. Each one received a hot meal and drink. Our team also had a great time praying for people and playing with the kids. A few kids fell asleep while our team held them as well. It’s was an amazing morning where we were able to help feed 384 people! Afterwards, we all grabbed trash bags and picked up all the trash littering the park. While most of this litter was there when we arrived, it wasn't left by our team or people we were serving, we always want to leave an area better than when we arrived so our team made quick work of picking everything up and leaving it looking all clean!
After the Soup Kitchen, we headed back to the church for a light lunch and then went back to the hotel to get ready for the CELEBRATION dinner. The Celebration dinner has become a tradition for our team here in South Africa. We get together with everyone from the church that we’ve worked with and have a very nice meal and fellowship time. The kids of the pastors tend to do something fun for us and this year they had an awesome game organized where they called each person up individually and asked us the South African word for an American word. Example: What is the word they use for trash.. and the answer is rubbish. That was fun but the best part of it was that when they called the team member up, they did something that related to that team member. For instance Cindy is a nurse, so they acted hurt, played an ambulance sound and said something like, can someone call Cindy to help. It was very creative and kind and really amazed us that the children had really paid attention to each of us all week to know such unique and individual things about every person on our team! Each person got a South African key chain from the kids with a handwritten note.
After the kids were finished with the amazingly creative game, we all ate dinner and then exchanged gifts with one another. It is always great to fellowship with fellow brothers and sisters in the body of Christ around the world and the ones here sure do hold a special place in our hearts. We are very grateful for everything they do for their community and for our team.
They really are changing the world, one person at a time, through acts of love.