Giving the gift to the have-nots

2017-02-23 06:00
Apostolic Faith Mission’s Reverend Pedro spreading love at Langa Cheshire Home.

Apostolic Faith Mission’s Reverend Pedro spreading love at Langa Cheshire Home.

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Forever trying hard to be the proverbial Good Samaritan, Reverend Benjamin Pedro, is possessed of a charitable heart. Even on a day his should be pampered by his family, on account of it being his birthday.

The leader of the Apostolic Faith Mission in Bothasig trekked down to the Cheshire Home in Langa where he donated groceries and toiletry packs to the inmates there.

Joined by his army of fellow believers, they all brought joy to the hearts and smiles to the faces of the recipients of such benevolence.

“For the past three years I have picked deserving organisations to bless on my birthday and on other occasions. This year, I came to Langa because this centre is doing wonders,” he said.

He collects gifts through his own resources and willing volunteers from the church.

Cheshire Home gives complete care to the extremely disabled, most of them due to spinal injuries.

“On my visit there I saw a greater need and I feel the broader community should know about the needs of the Cheshire Home residents. If I, as a Zimbabwean national, can touch the hearts of locals, then anyone can and they should,” he said.

Last year Pastor Pedro and his congregation gave out a hundred blankets to child headed households through various agencies. They also host a yearly Christmas party for the underprivileged in Bothasig. This is usually at Tafelberg School Hall. At this event, back to school packs and shoes are given to the kids who are drawn from the Dunoon Community, he said.

Pastor Pedro believe that the church exists to change lives and transform communities through practical means. The ladies department of Oasis Centre has embarked on a fund-raising drive to buy and install new curtains for the Langa Cheshire Home.

Centre manager Mnyamezeli Mbadlisa said he was pleasantly surprised by Reverend Pedro’s visit.

“We benefitted a great deal here. The amount of groceries they brought here will carry us for a long time,” said Mbadlisa.

Pedro can be contacted on 0718699576 .email: pedro72@polka.co.za

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