We are excited to see how we may partner with these incredible organizations, churches, and individuals that we have met throughout this trip. Please be praying as we process all that we have seen and heard and make sense of the next steps.
Saturday, June 14, 2008
Today was to be our day of rest for the week. Ryan has taken on a terrible cold, and was in much need of extra rest; however, God had another agenda for the day… a wonderful one! We had a lunch meeting planned for 1:00 pm with a couple who has worked for Campus Crusade most of their lives, and are currently working with a program called Crossroads, which works with schools on HIV/AIDS prevention efforts. Paul Anderson, our friend and host for the few days we are in Pietermaritzburg, had been trying to set us up with some different projects in this area, but he did not expect to have anything until Friday. At about 8:40 am today (Thursday), he called to say that if we could be in town by 9:00 am, the director of Gateway could meet with us. We skipped our showers, and scrambled to quickly get ready and headed into town. We learned about the partnership of several churches that have come together in Pietermaritzburg to provide a wide array of programs, including a pregnancy center, a school of fashion, a sewing program, and a school. The organization is currently restructuring and exploring the most effective way to move forward. Currently most of the programs are located in the same area – a bit disconnected from the most needy areas of the city. We learned that they plan to move these programs closer to the population that would best utilize them.
Written by Ryan - ForgottenVoices.org at 6/14/2008 02:34:00 AM