Sharing from the heart

2015-08-05 06:00
REV. ITUMELENG PUDULE of the United Congregational Church of Southern Africa (UCCSA) with Mitah Modise (middle), circuit secretary, while handing over food parcels to Gini Duiker (51). With the happy mother of three boys is her youngest, Letlhogonolo

REV. ITUMELENG PUDULE of the United Congregational Church of Southern Africa (UCCSA) with Mitah Modise (middle), circuit secretary, while handing over food parcels to Gini Duiker (51). With the happy mother of three boys is her youngest, Letlhogonolo

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THE culture of giving continues to blossom among the congregation of the United Congregational Church of South Africa (UCCSA) in Tyala Street, Galeshewe.

This was displayed on Monday (03/08) during the church’s Harvest Project, when the congregation filled a room with essential items meant to be distributed to 50 disadvantaged families in the province.

The project – its name is derived from the command in the Bible that one should bring the best of what one has to God – is an initiative aimed at touching the life of others through sharing.

The church revealed that the project, which is part of its Social Responsibility Programme, saw 50 families in Kimberley, Warrenton and Jan Kempdorp benefitting this year, as compared to previous years in which less people could be reached.

The identified beneficiaries are from within the church and from the broader community.

According to Mitah Modise, circuit secretary of the church, the Bible actually refers to ploughed garden crops.

“But due to the fact that we could not plant, the congregation decided on buying groceries, including vegetables and toiletries, for the cause,” Modise said.

She added that the programme, which is observed annually, had exceeded expectations this year, allowing the opportunity to reach more people.

According to UCCSA Rev. Itumeleng Pudule, the annual project came from the Touching Lives Programme that the church observed every month throughout the circuit.

“In the Touching Lives Programme, which is smaller, we identify one church member who is in dire need and step in to assist in whatever way we can,” Pudule said.

“Now with the Harvest, we go bigger every year in August, thanks to the contribution of the congregation.”

He also highlighted the recent Touching Lives Project through which they reached out to a family in Roodepan.

“We are really touched by the effect the project had on the family.

“They have a child at one of the homes in Galeshewe and the staff members and children personally came to church and thanked us for our contribution.

“That really showed us the effect that these projects have.”

Pudule said that their wish was for the project to grow in every way, in order to make a difference in more lives. Gini Duiker (51), one of the beneficiaries, was over the moon and said how privileged she felt.

“I did not know what my family was going to have for supper,” Duiker said.

“I feel so blessed, because one of the church members just arrived at my doorstep and told me to come and collect food.”

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