- Chuck & Amy
- National pastors & wives
ABOUT THE TEAM:
The G.R.E.A.T. team presently works with both the Coloured and Xhosa people.
Population: 210,000 (4.2 million in all of South Africa)
Background: The Coloured are a mixed-race group unique to southern Africa, representing a wide range of genetic backgrounds, including Dutch, Malaysian, Indian, Indonesian, African and Afrikaner (white African).
Typical Occupations: farming, fishing, business, domestic work
Religion: 85% claim Christianity, but many belong to sects and do not have a clear understanding of the Bible or the plan of salvation.
Challenges: unemployment, alcoholism, drug addiction.
Ministry Opportunities: prayerwalking, holiday Bible clubs, basic discipleship, training, children, and youth ministry training, men’s and women’s conferences, sustainable job sills training.
Present Ministries: Working with churches/leaders to help develop their churches (evangelism, discipleship, leadership training) so as to help them be healthy in order to reproduce themselves.
Population: 7.5 million in all of South Africa
Language: isiXhosa, which uses “click” sounds
Religion: 88% claim Christianity, but many mix in ancestor worship and animal sacrifice
History: The amaXhosa have lived in South Africa since the 1600s and often clashed with colonists over land. Lawyers and businessmen among the amaXhosa actively opposed apartheid (legal segregation from 1948-1994) and were influential in building the new, free South Africa. Former president Nelson Mandela is Xhosa.
Distinctive Custom: Boys (typically between ages 12 to 18) become men after a period of up to six weeks when they are circumcised and taught the traditions of their tribe. Honoring ancestors is an important focus
Present Ministries: Working with Thembalethu Baptist Church to disciple the men, women and youth who are members/regular attendees. Youth ministry has just begun. Plans are being made to partner with Youth For Christ, to help in HIV/AIDS ministry and teen mothers outreach.
- Pray for leadership development. Pray new leaders can be identified and trained to serve in the church and community.
- Pray for strategies to reach men. Many men are more interested in alcohol than church or family. Pray for relationship-building opportunities, men’s events and casual evangelism opportunities.
- Pray for single mothers. Pray the church will love and forgive pregnant teenagers, helping them raise up a generation that follows Christ.
- Pray for Church growth and maturity.
- Pray that God will raise up leaders among both men and women, so that as new churches are started, the resources for teaching and training will be there.
- Pray that the amaXhosa will have a vision to reach their own people.